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FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Sneak Peek: The World's Best Hotels and Resorts 2014

November 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

We've done it again! And we are giving you a sneak peek! Our team of luxury hotel experts is proud to present our most current collection of the World's Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Who better to select the best luxury hotels in the world than the travel agency with the most comprehensive collection of 100% luxury hotels? This year we've hand-picked the best luxury hotels worldwide grouped into 15 different categories and based on great feedback from our loyal customers. Need a ski break? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury ski resorts. Beach more your style? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury beach hotels and resorts. It's safe to say that no matter your destination, hotel style, amenities, activities, or interests, we’ve got one of the world’s best luxury hotel and resort that will fulfill your every desire.

 

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Broken Hearts, Great Vacations

November 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance, K. Clare Johnson

So maybe you've been through a pretty bad break-up or divorce. Maybe you think that going on vacation alone, whilealeenta phuket heartbroken, is the worst idea ever, and you'd rather stay home and eat ice cream in your pajamas while watching reality TV.  Well, you would be wrong. Enter "The Power of One."  Here are some getaway experiences tailored to guests travelling alone or looking to get away from it all and spend some quality time with themselves.

At Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga, the three-night "Power of One: No More Tears" package offers:

• One Taste: Singles enjoy a gourmet picnic to enjoy solo as they soak in the serenity and solitude of the resort's pristine Natai Beach, with headphones and a special playlist prepared by the resort to create the ultimate soundtrack for letting it out, getting it together, and moving on up.

• One Touch: Experience the Singleton's "I Will Survive" Spa Session, a combination of pampering, massage, relaxation and facial treatments to make you glow with inner confidence and radiant beauty, while Aleenta helps to wash that man right out of your hair.

• One Love: Gets good karma flowing and redirects tainted love towards a worthy cause: marine conservation. Dry those tears and help heal the ocean: Join the Pure Blue Foundation and spend a day doing good deeds at the nearby turtle sanctuary. And in the evening, release a hatchling into the wild in a stirring ceremony.

• One on One: A choice for single guests a choice of a yoga, meditation, or fitness session with your own personal instructor, for some special care and attention.


Aleenta Resort Hua HinAt sister resort Aleenta Resort and Spa Hua Hin, experience the "Power of One Smash the Blues Getaway." This comprises:

• Sweet Zen Sunday with breakfast in bed, private yoga class followed by a rejuvenating spa treatment (but strictly No Scrubs) 

• Wanna Be So High Monday with a paramotor trip soaring above the sparkling seas and organic farmlands of Pranburi and the resort to blow the cobwebs of your past life away. It's the ultimate adrenaline antidote for a lost love. 

• Gonna Be Bakin' Tuesday is the time to put all your love and heartache into bread and cake with baking for the broken-hearted. Rise above the pain. 
 

At upscale boutique luxury resort AKARYN Samui Resort & Spa, on secluded Hanuman Bay, singletons can experience the "Power of One Salsa Your Sadness Away," in which a private dance session with a top dance instructor or choreographer will help the broken-hearted dance their sorrows away, while making the first steps to a new confident future.


All single guests availing themselves of any of the Power of One packages would receive a special mix CD during their stay - The AHMS Collection's "Power of One" mix, a musical journey that echoes the trajectory of being dumped, from sadness and pain to denial, anger, catharsis and finally, acceptance, optimism and facing the future with a fresh confidence.
 

Even if the activities above don't interest you, spending time on the beaches of Phuket, Koh Samui, or Hua Hin sounds like a pretty solid way to mend the most broken of hearts. 
 

View rates, details, and more images of Aleenta Phuket Phang Nga Resort and Spa>>

View rates, details, and more images of Aleenta Resort and Spa Hua Hin>>

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Westin's Heavenly Bed Flies Delta Air Lines

September 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Westin WhistlerWestin Sydney

Business travelers on Delta Air Lines can now sleep a little sounder. The airline is now offering Westin Heavenly® In-Flight bedding, designed and manufactured exclusively for Delta, in all of its BusinessElite cabins throughout the world. Delta is also enhancing the sleep experience by expanding full flat-bed seating. Delta now offers full flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabin of all transcontinental flights operating between New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle  All of Delta's Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft serving these transcontinental markets will offer the flatbed seats over the next 24 months.  

In addition to the new Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding, Delta is making investments in several other products and services to revamp the in-flight sleep experience. These include a white noise channel on Delta Radio, and new BusinessElite amenity kits featuring Tumi and Malin+Goetz products.

View rates, details, and images for a variety of Westin Hotels and Resorts >>

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Happy 4th of July!

July 3, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 Happy 4th of July! We hope you have a relaxing, patriotic, and safe celebration.

The Moorings

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Hyatt Hotel Heiress is New Commerce Secretary

June 26, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Park Hyatt Washington


Penny Pritzker, the billionaire hotel heiress, has been confirmed as President Obama's choice to head up the Commerce Department. Pritzker's family owns the Hyatt Hotel chain, and she has been a board member of the company. Pritzker has an estimated net worth of $1.8511 billion USD and is the world's 651st wealthiest person. 

Where will she stay until she finds a permanent spot in DC (if she doesn't already own one?) May we suggest Park Hyatt Washington, (pictured left)?
 

See the Five Star Alliance collection of Hyatt Hotels and Resorts >>

 

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Prisoners of Luxury

June 14, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

If you like your luxury hotels with a criminal background, check out these spots that used to be prisons:

 

Liberty Hotel



Liberty Hotel Boston

Completed in 1851, the original building was a collaboration between architect Gridley James Fox Bryant, widely considered Boston’s most accomplished architect of the time, and Rev. Louis Dwight, a prominent Yale-educated penologist whose travels shaped his interest in and advocacy for prison reform. The building is thought to be one of the best existing examples of Boston Granite Style. While former prisoners no doubt stayed for free (but check-out was an issue), the accommodations paled in comparison to this revamped luxury property. The jail’s former exercise yard is now a private, beautifully landscaped courtyard, and its granite exterior and expansive, light-filled interiors remain largely unchanged. Soaring 90 feet, the jail’s central atrium was beautifully preserved and forms the core of the hotel. The hotel also features the building’s trademark windows and historic catwalks.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Sultanahamet

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Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Sultanahamet

The 65 luxury hotel rooms and suites are housed in a century-old neoclassical Turkish prison. It was known as Sultanahmet Jail,and was built next to the courthouse building. Built in 1918/1919, it was the first jailhouse in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, constructed in a contemporary concept considering the regulation of the daily life and relationship with the outside of inmates, who were awaiting trial or serving brief sentences. 

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Healthy Treats Rule at Trump

June 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium


The Apprentice is not currently airing, so The Donald and his Trump Collection of luxury properties has had time to think about how to feed its guests in a healthy manner.

Our sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor,  says this about the Trump Wellness initiative:

Trump Hotel Collection is rolling out a trio of programs as part of its Trump Wellness initiative, starting June 17. The first program, Nourish, will enhance each hotel’s in-room dining menu with a range of options, providing guests with vegan, gluten-free and organic selections with complete nutritional values. A Healthy Kids Menu by Trump will also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for the junior set. Minibars will be revamped with healthier snacks rather than the standard minibar fare. At least one-third of all choices at each hotel will be in a health food category.

 

You'll want to read more about the other two healthy eating programs the hotel collection will be rolling out later this year.

Bon Appetit!

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Great Golf Offers

June 3, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

We have nearly 4,000 four-and-five star hotels in our collection, and many of those hotels are duffer's paradise.  Here's just a few of the great golfing rates we've seen lately:

 

Fairmont Hamilton Princess



Fairmont Hamilton Princess-The Ultimate Tee Time Package includes daily unlimited golf at executive par 3 Southampton or one round per day at Riddels Golf Course. The rate includes buffet breakfast at Harleys. Gratuities and resort levy not included. Every 4th night free. Rates available from 7/10/2013-7/12/2013

 

 



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Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

 


The 
Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Take advantage of the hotel's Best Rate Guaranteed. You'll get an Oceanview Guestroom With 1 King Or 2 Queen Bds. The ocean views are easily accessible via the room's balcony.

 

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Wynn Las Vegas


Wynn Las Vegas
has the Amex Complimentary Golf Package. Receive the Best Available Room Rate and a complimentary round of golf With Each Consecutive Two Nights Stayates Are. Restricted To American Express Cardmembers. Tee times must be arranged with the preferred golf club desk.
 

 

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Sponsored Feature: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc

June 3, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance


It's time to start planning the summer break you deserve. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. welcomes summer by offering up to 25% off at over 60 resorts in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and French Polynesia. Whether you're dreaming of a tranquil mountain retreat, or the beaches of a luxurious oceanfront resort, Starwood has a dynamic portfolio of resorts perfect for a summer getaway.

 

The award-winning resorts that are offering discounts and packages to help travelers save and unwind this summer include:



Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina: Take in views of the marina or spend a day with the family at SeaWorld or The San Diego Zoo. Rates up to 40% off, or $129 per night.

 

 

 

 

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida: From a private beachfront cabana, sit and watch the surf and take in the spectacular views of the blue Atlantic Ocean. Rates up to 30% off, or $149 per night.

 

 

 

The Royal Hawaiian

 

 

 
The Royal Hawaiian, Oahu, Hawaii: From the comfort of your private beach chaise lounge and umbrella set, enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and world-famous Diamond Head, while soaking up the Hawaiian sun. The “Pink Lady of the Pacific,” is completely renovated and offering rates up to 20% off, or $330 per night.

 

 

The Phoenician

 

 

 
The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona: Beat the desert heat with a trip to the luxurious spa, or sit poolside with a cold drink in a private cabana. Rates up to 25% off, or $149 per night.

 

 

 

 

 

Experience the best of the season when you book by June 16 for travel through September 30, 2013. Click here to view more participating resorts and to book your summer getaway.

 

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