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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.


Providing a chic setting overlooking one of the world's most famous beaches, COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the historic district. Set along the beach, the property offers an urban retreat with modern guest rooms and suites infused with art deco styling, playful tones of pink and green, geometric silhouettes, marble, and chrome accents, plus the latest in-room technology and large windows offering natural sunlight. 

Balcony Guest Room at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

For dining, Traymore serves a modern menu with classic Floridian seafood dishes and American favorites created by Chef de Cuisine Juan Loaisiga. During breakfast the restaurant offers homemade juices, pastries, and healthy choices. At night, the restaurant transforms into a vibrant setting that spills from the lobby onto the terrace. Continue reading below the photo.

Dining at COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

The adjacent Traymore Gin Bar has a bright and contemporary space with more than 30 artisanal gins and signature cocktails. There's also poolside dining and cocktails, and the COMO Shambhala Cuisine concept provides guests with healthy menu options prepared using fresh Floridian ingredients from the land and sea. 

Featuring a relaxing and rejuvenating setting in the heart of Miami Beach, the property's COMO Shambhala Concept features a holistic wellness experience with an energizing dining and juice menu, spa treatments, and wellness area. Continue reading below the Hydrotherapy pool photo.

Rooftop Hydrotherapy Pool at the COMO Metropolitan Miami Beach

Set on the eighth floor of the hotel, the wellness facilities offer an urban retreat-like setting with an outdoor rooftop Hydrotherapy pool, relaxation terrace, four treatment rooms, state-of-the-art fitness center on the roof, co-ed steam room, and experience showers. 

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Whether its the South Beach Food & Wine Festival or a random Tuesday evening, SLS Hotel South Beach provides a playful, whimsical, and creative atmosphere in its restaurants, public spaces, and accommodations. The chic Hyde Beach is a unique 8,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space with a pool, cabanas, Mediterranean garden, artful mixology, and an al fresco dining scene that goes transforms into a stylish indoor-outdoor lounge when the sun goes down. Read more below the photo.

Hyde Beach dining at SLS Hotel South Beach

One of the hotel's finest amenities is the top-rated dining options. The Bazaar by José Andrés combines local Latin flavors with the James Beard-awarded chef's Spanish heritage for a sophisticated International tapas menu with indoor and al fresco dining. While the adjacent Katsuya, by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi features a range of sushi and robata dishes in a artistic setting with a daily happy hour and private dining in the Dragon Lounge. Read more below the photo of Katsuya.

 

Katsuya at SLS Hotel South Beach

The SLS Hotel South Beach offers a prime location on Collins Avenue with direct beach access. Originally built in 1939 by architect L. Murray Dixon, the stylish property has been fully restored and revamped, while retaining art deco influences blended with Latin, Asian, and contemporary styles. Continue reading below the photo.

SLS South Beach Guest Room

Perk: Five Star Alliance guests receive a $50 resort credit. 

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Set within South Beach's Collins Park, The Plymouth Hotel Miami is a boutique hotel with Art Deco pool, Art Moderne styling, and a private beach two blocks from the hotel. Guest rooms and suites are designed by Fernando Santangelo, and feature furniture by Restoration Hardware. For dining, the recently opened Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill serves sushi and Japanese cuisine in an exclusive setting. Continue reading below the photo.

Pool at The Plymouth Hotel Miami

Five Star Alliance Perk: all guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of wine, $50 resort credit ($100 for suites), and complimentary room upgrade based on availability at check-in. 

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On Florida's Gold Coast, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Miami Beach is located on the edge of the Atlantic just 15 minutes north of South Beach. 

Clean whites lead to endless blues in the recently debuted 2,900 square foot Ambassador Oceanfront Suite. The four bedroom and four bathroom sanctuary is an ideal space for families to unwind. The spacious suite features two King bedded master bedrooms each with an ensuite private five-fixture marble bathroom, walk-in closet, and spacious balconies. Two interior bedrooms boast queen beds perfect for children. The main living room is ideal for lounging and opens to a kitchenette and glass dining table for eight. Dine al fresco on one of four 210 sf balconies with direct ocean views. A second living room boasts a pull out sofa bed, allowing up to 10 guests to comfortably make the Ambassador Suite home.

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St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Ambassador Suite


A classic 1940's Art Deco retreat freshly transformed into a wildly bohemian South Beach boutique hotel, The Hall (formerly the Haddon Hall Hotel) is one block from Ocean Drive and across the street from the beach. Vintage and tropical design celebrates the Deco heritage of the building while incorporating a playful and casual beach vibe. 

What we love:

- Hang like a Hemingway at the cocktail lounge, Holiday's

- Surrounded by palm trees, chic cabanas and the South Beach sunshine, the Olympic-sized pool takes on a life of its own.

- Don't miss Campton Yard, the backyard garden under a banyan tree where you can wear board shorts and bikinis and hone your mad ping pong skills while getting social with the locals before heading out for a night on the town.

- Take the edge off with Spike Mendelsohn's surf shack inspired cuisine at Sunny's.

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The Hall South Beach

The Hall South Beach

The Hall South Beach Pool

The Hall South Beach


Himalayan Salt Wall Treatments at Acqualina Resort and SpaAcqualina Resort and Spa has added to the long list of reasons it's one of the top luxury hotels worldwide. The Florida luxury resort's 20,000 square foot Acqualina Spa by ESPA has introduced a Himalayan Salt Wall and related treatments. Acqualina is the first and only Florida Resort to offer this. 

The Himalayan Salt Wall is located in the Relaxation Lounges of the spa. Guests are encouraged to unwind and absorb the 84 trace minerals that can be found in pink Himalayan salt. Specific benefits of Himalayan Salt Wall include a sense of relaxation and stress relief, increased vitality and energy, an overall sense of well-being, and reduced electromagnetic pollution.Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach

In addition to the Salt Wall, Acqualina Spa by ESPA is now offering the Ama Releasing Abyhanga ritual. The treatment begins with a foot ritual, designed to release congesting and restricting toxins. This is followed by a full body exfoliation with a salt and oil scrub, a gentle facial cleanse, and an Ayurvedic Marma point massage; a warm infusion of oils and herbs that is applied to the vital energy centers of the face and body. The ritual will conclude with a deeply relaxing Shirobhyanga scalp massage or Shirodhara (oil pouring to the third eye through the scalp).

Acqualina has also debuted traditional Thai Massage treatments. A combination of gentle rocking motions, rhythmic acupressure, and assisted stretching serve to deeply relax and revitalize body and mind. Benefits include increased flexibility, relief of joint and muscle tension, and a balance of the body’s energy system.

Acqualina SPA by ESPA offers 11 treatment rooms and a private spa suite for two, Finnish saunas, his and hers relaxation lounges, a crystal steam room, ice fountains, and experience showers featuring cool arctic and warm Caribbean mists. Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoor terrace complete with an ESPA sun deck and spa pool, heated jet pool, and Roman waterfall.

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Guests at 1 Hotel South Beach can relax amid the palm trees lining an infinity-edge pool,
or ascend 18 stories to soak in the gorgeous, seductive Rooftop oasis featuring a lavish lounge and exotic pool.

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The three outdoor swimming pools at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach provide a haven for relaxation. Sundries, including suntan lotion, sunscreen and sun glasses, are available for purchase at the Beach Club Pool kiosk, open on weekends and holidays. Pools are restricted to residents, hotel guests, and beach club members. When visiting the pool areas, guests are asked to bring their room key and beach pass. Cabanas are available for full-day rentals. 

Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach

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At Four Seasons Miami, guests can make a splash in the outdoor heated main pool or recline on a chaise lounge in the shallow waters of the Palm Grove pool. Luxury cabanas and poolside fare are also available.

Four Seasons Miami

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Faena Hotel Miami Beach ExteriorLocated on the site of the historic Saxony Hotel, designed by the legendary Art Deco architect Roy F. France in 1948, the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach harks back to the golden age of Miami Beach, when Frank, Sammy and Dean ruled the roost and the city was the epitome of modern resort glamour.

Beautifully reimagined by Alan Faena, working in collaboration Faena Hotel Miami Beachwith filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and four-time Academy award winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin, the hotel is a dazzling modern take on a landmark gem.The landmark hotel's guestrooms and suites boast signature butler service and a bespoke blend of late-Deco flair and contemporary amenities.

The luxuriously appointed premier rooms with breathtaking ocean and city views redefine indoor/outdoor living and are caught between nature and the sublime. Locally grown ingredients are masterfully prepared to create extraordinary epicurean experiences inspired by South America’s rich culinary traditions.Tierra Santa Spa is Miami's first South American-inspired spa. The oceanfront oasis is built on ancient healing techniques and indigenous ingredients designed to elevate the spirit and restore vitality. 

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