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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.

Destination Hotels Has Welcome Credits That Are Worth the Trip

By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Rock Miami Beach

This summer, challenge yourself to explore more, do more, and live more by vacationing at a Destination Hotels property. Need a little R&R in the mountains a chance to glam it up for a weekend in the city?  Destination Hotels offers the perfect location for your next great summer getaway.  Additionally, for a limited time, book a stay and receive Welcome Credits based on the length of your stay.

Use your Welcome Credits towards dining, sipping bubbly cocktails poolside, pampering yourself at the spa, teeing up for a round or two, or settling in for a movie and snack in your luxurious guest room. Welcome Credits can be used almost anywhere on property. 

Book the Your Vacation, Our Destination promotion and receive:

2-night stay= $50 in Welcome Credits
3-night stay= $100 in Welcome Credits
4 night stay =  $200 in Welcome Credits
5 night stay =  $300 in Welcome Credits

Offer valid through September 24, 2015. Additional terms and conditions should apply, and there may be limited availability and/or blackout dates. Book early to avoid disappointment and read the rate policy carefully.

Take a Look at a Few of our Favorite Destination Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

There's a Destination Hotel no matter what your interest. Here's a few of our favorites:Eden Roc Miami Beach

Eden Roc Miami Beach
- Miami Beach, FL, USAEden Roc Resort & Spa features 535 posh guest rooms and 96 suites, many with unparalleled ocean and pool views and coming in the fall of 2015, 210 Nobu inspired guest rooms which include 15th floor Penthouse suites with panoramic views. Spacious accommodations offer sophisticated design and elegant amenities to create an exceptional boutique Miami hotel experience. Guests choose from stylish deluxe guest rooms, bi-level bungalow lofts and stunning suites with over-sized or wraparound balconies overlooking the Atlantic. Amenities include luxurious bedding, jetted tubs, flat-screen HDTVs, iPod stations, high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi, and large desks and ergonomic chairs. ADA accessible rooms are available to guests upon request.

Inn and Spa at Loretto

Inn and Spa at Loretto - Santa Fe, NM, USA
Reflecting the rich culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Inn and Spa at Loretto effortlessly blends old-world charm with world‐class splendor. One of the state's most photographed buildings, this urban Destination Luxury resort is reminiscent of the famed Taos Pueblo. Situated adjacent to the famed Loretto Chapel the Inn features 136 guest rooms, including Santa Fe's only Penthouse suite, casual fine dining, full‐service spa, year‐round heated pool and cozy lounge, as well as multiple onsite shops and galleries – all centrally located just steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road. The stunning backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains completes the picture of this truly authentic Santa Fe hotel.

The Marker Hotel Union Square
The Marker Hotel Union Square - San Francisco, CA, USA
A boutique hotel located in San Francisco's Theatre District and just a few blocks from Union Square, The Marker offers easy access to world class shopping, dining, and entertainment in the heart of The Golden Gate City.

La Cantera Hill Country Resort

La Cantera Hill Country Resort - San Antonio, TX, USA
Ta San Antonio adventure. Centrally located to the finest attractions and with it relaxed sophistication the resort offers authentic experiences, whether it’s relaxing in an exclusive pool cabana or discovering the hidden wonders of the Texas Hill Country

The Gant

The Gant
- Aspen, CO, USALocated in a secluded five-acre enclave at the base of Aspen Mountain in downtown Aspen, The Gant offers guests the service of a Colorado ski resort with the flexibility of a condominium vacation rental. Each of the resort's 120 condo rentals offers convenient access to Aspen, signature Gant Van service, and easy access to the slopes. The Gant's condominiums feature floor plans with one to four bedrooms, each of which are fully furnished – ideal for group and family vacations.



Check out all the Destination Hotels and Resorts and for a limited time, receive Welcome Credits when you book a stay >>

All About Destination Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

Inn and Spa at LorettoThe Destination Hotels Experience is highly distinct and always memorable. The luxury hotel group sees every hotel as a gateway to experiencing a destination. You’ll feel the location in a genuine way throughout each of the properties, and during the engaging experiences (both in the hotel and out) the hotel tailors specific to that destination. Destination Hotels properties draw upon the best of each location. With over 40 properties from coast to coast, its award-winning portfolio features 20 golf courses, 19 spas, and 105 bars and restaurants.

Terranea Resort

Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. They are also committed to being good stewards. In recognition of the need to preserve the world, Destination Hotels is dedicated to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen its footprint on, the changing environment. Each of the hotels and resorts develops a designated "green team" on site and has made a commitment to sourcing environmentally-responsible services and products, purchasing locally grown and sustainable foods, retrofitting existing hotels with water-saving devices and energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, and more. 

Discover for yourself today what genuine and true hospitality is at Destination Hotels.

Now, for a limited time, you can receive Welcome Credits when you Book a Destination Hotels Getaway >>

Cool Pools: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

The pool area at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is a sun-worshipper's delight. Covering more than 50,000 square feet, this outdoor playground offers two swimming pools, a jetted spa and ten comfortable cabanas with amenities including WiFi, phone, flat screen televisions, misters, ceiling fans, and a mini refrigerator. Guests also have access to a full-service outdoor bar and grill, WetBar.

Book a stay at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa>>

W Mommie Dearest Drag Mamas Take Over Mother's Day at W New York Downtown

By: K. Clare Johnson

W New York Downtown
If you can't be with your mom on Mother's Day, W New York Downtown may have the answer. The hip hotel has teamed up with some Drag Mamas to offer W Mommie Dearest events. 

These surrogate mamas are offering their services on Sunday May 10. Here are some of the events planned:

- Mama Needs a Drink. Head to the hotel's Living Room Bar & Terrace and order up a "Mama's Martini Madness." The special drink consists of vodka, orange and pineapple juice, Chambord, topped with some bubbly and garnished with a kiss from Mama.

- Mommie's Turn Down. These mother figures will tuck you in. If you ask nicely, maybe you'll even get a bedtime story.

- Mama Knows Best. Take advantage of your drag mom's wisdom. If you are wrestling with a question about love, relationships, or really, anything, the Drag Mom will offer her best advice for solving the problem. W New York Downtown

- Breakfast with Mama. It's usually your mom that gets Mother's Day breakfast in bed. Not this time. Drag Mama's will serve you up eggs with a side of sass.

- Facetime with Mother. Your tech-savvy mom will appreciate the video chat from you...but she probably won't expect your Drag Mother to be there too. 

Services are subject to availability so book quickly. 

Spend time with your Mommie Dearest at W Hotel New York Downtown >>

Book a Valentine's Day Getaway

By: Five Star Alliance

Capella PedregalValentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year.  We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment.

Capella Pedregal (pictured left) has dubbed February "Month of Romance," and is offering a range of activities created especially for couples throughout the month. et a date for Wednesday nights in February to enjoy Movies Under the Stars. Keep warm by a bonfire and snack on S'Mores while enjoying a romantic film. Travelers can also partake in culinary experiences at Capella. Romance-themed cocktails including the signature "Chamomile Damiana Margarita" will be served daily at Don Manuel's Bar in February. A special romantic five-course dinner will also be offered throughout the month of February. Nightly rates start at $1150.
Palazzini G
Palazzina G (pictured right) in Venice is offering a "Sexy Valentine" experience. It includes accommodation for two people in one of the rooms or suites (min 2 nights), an exclusive surprise sexy box in room upon arrival, a candlelit dinner for two at the PG's Restaurant (with a special 4-course aphrodisiac menu, wines included), continental breakfast a la carte served at any time of the day, and late check-out (subject to availability). Nightly rates for this promotion start at EUR 272.

Sedona Rouge Resort and Spa is offering a "Girlfriends Getaway" that's sure to suit all the single ladies. Indulge yourself with treatments at The Spa at Sedona Rouge, relax at the poolside, enjoy a wonderful meal at Reds Restaurant or explore the numerous shops at nearby Tlaquepaque village. This package includes
two night's accommodations in a Deluxe Sedona guest room, $200 spa credit to be used at The Spa at Sedona Rouge, and a $100 dining credit to be used at Reds Restaurant. Prices are based on double occupancy. Nightly rates start at $351.

Banyan Tree Lang Co is offering a "Romance in Lang Co" promotion with a minimum stay of 3 consecutive nights. Guests booking this package will receive accomdation in a One-Bedroom Beach Villa, daily breakfast, welcome drink and fruit platter upon arrival, an Intimate Moments set up in villa, return transfers from Da Nang International Airport,  an in-villa BBQ (excluding beverages), a 60-min body massage for 2, daily shuttle service to Hoi An, daily scheduled resort activities for both adults and children, 10% off addtional spa treatments at Banyan Tree Spa Lang Co (except beauty treatments), and complimentary late check-out until 1600 hours (subject to availability). Nightly rates start at $797.

The Reach A Waldorf Astoria Resort has a "Romance Package" just for lovebirds. Guests get a King Room, sparking wine upon arrival, and a buffet breakfast. Nightly rates start at $464. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Last-Minute New Year's Luxury Hotel Offers

By: K. Clare Johnson

Christmas is almost here, and between all the shopping and decorating and cooking, who has time to think of New Year's Eve plans? Well, we do! We scoured our site and found these great nightly rates for last-minute New Year's Eve stays in some of our most popular cities.

As always, rates are subject to availability and there may be restrictions. Please read the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment. 

ONE UN New YorkNew York-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

-The Carlton New York, located on Madison Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets, has nightly rates from $329.

-The New York Palace, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of 50th Street and Madison Avenue, has nightly rates from $389. 

-ONE UN New York (pictured above), located within walking distance of United Nations Headquarters, Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Fifth Avenue Shopping, and the Chrysler Building, has nightly rates from $395.10.

London-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

-The Metropolitan London, located on Park Lane, where it meets into the landmark Hyde Park Corner, has nightly rates from GBP 261.

-St. Ermin's Hotel London, located one block from Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, has nightly rates from GBP 265.

-Rosewood London, located where the city meets Covent Garden and the West End on High Holborn, has nightly rates from GBP 295.

Las Vegas-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

Palms Casino Resort

-Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, which overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip, has nightly rates from $188.10

-Palms Casino Resort (pictured above), located near the Las Vegas Strip, has nightly rates from $199. 

-Palms Place Hotel, located one mile from the Las Vegas Strip, has nightly rates from $209. 

Beijing-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

-InterContinental Beijing Beichen, located next to the Olympic Central Park National Convention Center, has nightly rates from CNY 750.

-The Peninsula Beijing, located near Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, has nightly rates from CNY 900.

-China World Hotel Beijing, which anchors the China World Trade Centre, has nightly rates from CNY 900. 

Happy New Year! 

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Seasonal Offers from Five Star Alliance

By: Five Star Alliance

We always have great rates at Five Star Alliance! Here are some special holiday deals.  As of this writing, you can still take a end-of-the-year holiday break for a great rate. As always, please read the rate details carefully to avoid penalties and disappointment.

Rustic Inn Creekside
Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa
in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Located on seven lush acres adjacent to the National Elk Refuge and just a few blocks from Jackson's lively town square, the Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa welcomes guests with warm Western hospitality.

We Like:
-Double Queen Guestroom With Fireplace. Includes Gourmet Breakfast & Airport Shuttle.

Current nightly rates from $242.


Divani Apollon

Divani Apollon Palace And Spa
in Athens, Greece is the ideal place for the seeker of sophistication and beauty.This elegant and luxurious hotel is situated on the beach overlooking the Picturesque Saronic Gulf. The hotel's interior is supplemented by its extensive gardens, spacious sundecks, swimming pools and organized private beach. The inviting balconies are suitable for private breakfast or thirst-quenching cocktails along with marvelous ocean sunset views and unforgettable romantic dining.

We Like:
-Breakfast Inclusive. Superior Room 30sqm. Twin Or Double. Bed. Side Sea View With Private Balcony.

Current nightly rates from EUR 121.46

Mandarin Oriental AtlantaMandarin Oriental Atlanta's rooms and suites offer you the most spacious luxury accommodation in the city. The higher floors have excellent views over Atlanta’s tree lined streets and some have private balconies. They are furnished with a soft understated elegance that is warm and restful. Throughout your stay gracious service that blends Southern hospitality with oriental charm will create many moments of delight.

We Like:
-Best Available Rate. Superior King Room -1 King Bed -city View. Interior-45sqm482sqft.
Complimentary High Speed Internet Access for the duration of the stay.

Currently nightly rates from $245 


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New York City Living The NoMAd Hotel Way

By: Elaine Lee

NoMad Hotel, New York City
The NoMad Hotel takes its name from the up and coming NoMad (north of Madison Square Park) district of Manhattan. The NoMad Hotel is housed in a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building that has been fully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia. The 168 rooms are residential in feel and decorated in his classic, timeless style. Ideally situated between the East and West sides of the City, the hotel is convenient to most areas, including SoHo, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District.

The NoMad Hotel roots itself deep within the French culture from the design of the hotel to the food to the awards that it wins. Guests will want to carve out some time to sample the cuisine by the property’s critically acclaimed and award winning head chef, Daniel Humm.  Humm serves hotel guests dishes that celebrate the originality of New York while keeping true to his French culinary roots. The restaurant is comprised of a series of rooms surrounding a glass-enclosed atrium and features a refined yet approachable menu with a wine program that celebrates the great winegrowing regions of the world and innovative, classically-focused cocktails.Guests can sip on classically-focused cocktails. 

A vacation within a vacation, The Nomad Hotel’s ability to allow guests to enjoy one concrete jungle to the next makes this property ideal for any city seeking travel appetite.

View more rates, details, and photos of NoMad Hotel>> 

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Celebrate Miami Spa Month with Acqualina Resort and Spa

By: Elaine Lee

Acqualina  Spa and Resort on the Beach
Be sure to book a spa appointment with Miami Beach’s five star beachfront retreat Acqualina Resort and Spa. For the past six years the Miami’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has organized a Miami Spa Month where they contact all of the premiere spas in the area and invite them to participate in a two-month long event offering customers the best deals on special spa packages. The special packages available at their award winning spa, ESPA at Acqualina Resort and Spa, are available to guests and non-hotel guests at the special discounted rate of $99. Or just go visit Acqualina’s ESPA to see their extensive and impressive facilities of 11 multi-functional treatment rooms, Roman waterfall, Finnish saunas, mist rooms, or experiential shower rooms all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Receive a unique European spa experience and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated at Acqualina Resort & Spa’s ESPA.


View rates, details and more images of Acqualina Resort and Spa>>

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