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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.

Image of the Day: Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa

By: K. Clare Johnson


Set within 240 garden acres surrounded by the soaring San Jacinto mountain range in the heart of Rancho Mirage,
Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa beckons travelers to the sun-kissed Southern California desert.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa >>


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Image of the Day: The Betsy Hotel

By: K. Clare Johnson


Dramatically poised alongside its Art Deco neighbors on Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive, The Betsy is a distinguished landmark hotel with 61 rooms and suites.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at The Betsy Hotel >>


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Image of the Day: Vivanta by Taj Dal View Srinagar

By: K. Clare Johnson


Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Explore rates, details, photos and more at Vivanta by Taj Dal View Srinagar >>



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Image of the Day: Banyan Tree Sanya

By: K. Clare Johnson


Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. – Seneca


Explore rates, details, photos and more at Banyan Tree Sanya >>


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Image of the Day: Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz

By: K. Clare Johnson


To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world. – Freya Stark

 Explore rates, details, photos and more at Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz >>



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Image of the Day: The St Regis Doha

By: K. Clare Johnson


All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.-Martin Buber

Explore rates, details, photos and more at The St Regis Doha >>



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Posted in: Doha, Middle East, Hot Spots

Image of the Day: Niyama Maldives

By: K. Clare Johnson


One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller


Explore rates, details, photos and more at Niyama Maldives >>

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Newly Renovated El Encanto Opening Soon!

By: Oksana Balytsky

We’re holding our breath for the opening of the new and improved El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California! This Orient Express property has been undergoing a major renovation for the last few months, and we’re absolutely thrilled to see all of the upgrades and modifications! Opening day is currently set for March 18th, 2013, and this luxury hotel will stand out from the rest in more ways than one! A few additions to look forward to include:

- El Encanto will have its very own cow, Ellie whose milk will be used to make a special cheese only to be found at this hotel. (cool, huh?)

- This hotel will be serving unpasteurized beer brewed nearby to go with the special cheese.

- The coffee served for breakfast will be El Encanto’s own brand, and their on-site herb and vegetable garden will ensure only the very best greens make it to your table.

- For the eco-friendly travelers, El Encanto has added various energy saving and preservation techniques to reduce overall consumption. Guests are encouraged to leave their cars behind and hop on one of the complimentary electric bikes and mosey their way to the beach or into town.

- Accommodations will include 92 intimate bungalows that are scattered throughout seven acres of grounds.

Explore details and photos of El Encanto here, and be sure to make your reservation for this stunning property in March!

Your Questions Answered: Hotels in the Maldives Perfect for Family Travel

By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: What hotels in the Maldives do you recommend for a family traveling with kids?

Answer: A few hotels in the Maldives that we’d recommend for families traveling with kids are below:

Dusit Thani Maldives - Children’s play area and club facility.

One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah - KidsOnly is free for all children from 2-11 years and provides world-class benefits including exciting and imaginative daily fun programs, age-appropriate activities, facilities and amenities, over twelve hours a day. Babysitters are available 24 hours a day for those under 2.

Anantara Veli Resort and Spa - Open for children from the ages of 3 to 12, the Dhoni Kids Club keeps our youngest guests entertained during their holidays with an action-packed program featuring a variety of beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games that are fun, educational and culturally enriching.

LUX Maldives - PLAY offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything your kids could hope for on an island vacation.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives - Kids For All Seasons Kudamas Club, an organized program of fun activities

The Gili Lankanfushi Maldives - Baby sitting service is available.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives - Children are VIPs at the Waldorf Astoria Kids' Club. Their own little paradise has a private pool, games room, a bungee trampoline for older children and adults and an extensive tailor-made program of activities for their entertainment. Fun and discovery never end.

Kanuhura - The Kids Club offers imaginative fun for kids (2 to 11 years old).

To view availability, rates, and to make a reservation, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel!

Image of the Day: Banyan Tree Lang Co

By: Five Star Alliance


Banyan Tree Lang Co is a stunning all-pool villa resort located in Vietnam’s new playground for the sophisticated vacationer.


Explore rates, details, photos and more at Banyan Tree Lang Co>>

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Posted in: Hue, Asia, Hot Spots, New Hotels