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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.

Dining Al Fresco: Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

By: Five Star Alliance

Renowned chef Oliver Glowig brings his masterful style of haute cuisine to Rome at Aldrovandi Villa Borghese. The eponymous restaurant has been recognized with two Michelin stars. Experience Chef Glowig's distinct interpretation of contemporary Italian cuisine as you gaze out at the hotel's tranquil gardens, a hidden oasis in the heart of Rome.

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New to Five Star Alliance: W Amsterdam

By: Five Star Alliance

Mixing historical Dutch architectural elements with cutting-edge design across two buildings next to Dam Square, W Amsterdam is at the epicenter of this energetic and forward-thinking city. Let the elevator lift you up to the rooftop for a check-in experience unlike any other. Relax in one of the 238 guest rooms and suites features vibrant decor, state-of-the-art technology, and visionary amenities. Recharge with the W signature bed and a peek-a-boo shower. Indulge in a snack from the W MixBar. Amplify downtime with in-room entertainment. Connect with High Speed Internet Access. Finally, recharge with Bliss® bath amenities and retreat to a signature W bed, where a W pillow menu enhances sleep. For the ultimate experience, check out one of the WOW or E-WOW Suites.

W Amsterdam

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Best Bathrooms: Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

At Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, all of the little details have been carefully considered - with signature spaciousness, bright spacious bathrooms, exquisite furnishings with all the modern additions, high ceilings and elegant furnishings.

Adare Manor

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Enjoy a Winter Getaway with Destination Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

Now is the perfect time to plan your winter escape with Destination Hotels. Whether your sights are set on exploring a new and bustling city, relaxing poolside in the desert, or hitting the ski slopes with the family, Destination Hotels has the perfect winter vacation for you. Book the Your Vacation, Our Destination offer now through December 31, 2015 to receive up to $300 in welcome credits!

Use your Welcome Credits towards dining, enjoy a signature cocktail poolside, pamper yourself with an indulgent spa treatment, challenge yourself with a round of golf, or simply unwind with a movie and dessert in your room. Welcome Credits can be used almost anywhere on property.

Book our 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 December 31, 2015. Additional terms and conditions apply. Please read the rates carefully and book early to avoid disappointment. 

For the California climate, try:l'auberge del mar

L'Auberge Del Mar - Del Mar, CA
The stylish L'Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean from the heart of Southern California’s picturesque coastal village of Del Mar. The hotel offers 121 guest rooms and suites, each featuring plush bedding, elegant sitting areas, marble bathrooms, and private balconies or patios with garden, village or coastal views. Reminiscent of a private San Diego estate, this Destination Luxury hotel offers an intimate environment – all just 20 minutes north of San Diego International Airport and 90 minutes south of LA.

Hotel de AnzaHotel De Anza - San Jose, CA
Hotel De Anza offers the ultimate combination of classic architecture, modern comfort and exceptional boutique hospitality in Silicon Valley. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, California, it’s within walking distance of the SAP Center, San Jose Convention Center and various restaurants and attractions, and it’s only three miles from the San Jose Airport. This AAA Four Diamond hotel offers 100 guest rooms, each with well‐appointed amenities tailored to fit the needs of the savvy traveler.

For drier climates, try:
Inn and Spa at Loretto
Inn and Spa at Loretto - Santa Fe, NM
Reflecting the rich culture and history of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the iconic Inn and Spa at Loretto effortlessly blends old-world charm with world‐class splendor.


La CanteraLa Cantera Hill Country Resort - San Antonio, TX
The AAA® Four Diamond La Cantera Hill Country Resort is the perfect starting point for a San Antonio adventure. Centrally located to the finest attractions and with grand elegance and rustic comfort, the resort offers authentic experiences for guests, whether it’s relaxing in an exclusive pool cabana or discovering the hidden wonders of the Texas Hill Country.

For snowy climates, try:

Manor Vail LodgeManor Vail Lodge - Vail, CO
Manor Vail Lodge is one of Vail's original and iconic properties. With its peaceful yet convenient location at the base of Vail Mountain, it offers a variety of accommodations including studio, one, two and three bedroom condos and luxury penthouses. Each with a full-size kitchen, spacious living area and outdoor patio or balcony with a grill. Experience a home away from home vacation with all of the amenities of a full service hotel.

The gant
The Gant
- Aspen, CO
Located 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.

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Cool Pools: Banyan Tree Bangkok

By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Bangkok, a luxury hotel, offers a sanctuary for your senses with elegantly appointed rooms, classic service blended with native hospitality, and integrated spa offerings. Shimmering beneath the sky with an outdoor deck on the 21st floor, the pool is fringed by green plants to create the sensation of swimming within the tropics. A juice bar provides refreshment for the parched. The pool is open from 6am to 9pm daily.

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Dining Al Fresco: Banyan Tree Bintan

By: Five Star Alliance

Comfortably casual, the Beach Pool Bar at Banyan Tree Bintan offers a diverse menu of pleasing dishes, including freshly squeezed juices, light snacks, healthy salads, and sandwiches. Bite into a tender morsel of Sate Campur, a traditional dish of Indonesian grilled meat skewers of chicken, beef and lamb and served with a rich peanut gravy and cucumber.

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Cool Pools: Alila Diwa Goa

By: Five Star Alliance

Designed as a resort within a resort, the Diwa Club at Alila Diwa Goa boasts its own lap pool with an open air Jacuzzi and private all-day dining Bistro. The spa facilities also include an infinity pool, yoga studio offering a range of exercise, yoga and meditation sessions, a fitness centre and a salon.

alila diwa goa

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Dining Al Fresco: Siam Bayshore

By: Five Star Alliance

The Siam Elephant Bar & Restaurant at Siam Bayshore serves authentic Thai cuisine and cocktails in an open-air terrace overlooking Pattaya Bay. Located right next door to bustling Walking Street, the restaurant is the ideal spot to sit back, relax and watch the world pass by. The expert chefs are renowned for their fiery curries, regional specialties, and hearty favorites, like Phad Thai Som Tum and Tom Yum Goong.

Siam Bayshore

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Explore Key West from Pier House Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Pier House Hotel
Anyone paying a visit to the Conch Republic should check into Pier House Resort and Spa.  Nearly all the most popular attractions in the Florida Keys are just a short sunny stroll from this waterfront hotel.

Here's just a few ideas of what to see and do in Key West

- Earnest Hemingway House. See where the famed author wrote some of his greatest stories, home today to over 40 cats, many 6-toed descendents of Papa's own Snowball.

- Sloppy Joe's Key West. The rich history of this bar traces back to the day after Prohibition ended - and before - as the original owner ran speakeasies across town.

- Fort Jefferson and Dry Tortugas National Park: Secluded in the scenic Dry Tortugas, a group of islands off the coast of Key West, this historic fort is the largest brick structure in the Americas.

- Hog's Breath Saloon. Known for its rich live music scene every day and night, Hog's Breath Saloon has a devoted following of "Hog Heads" across the globe.

- Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Picture yourself a treasure hunter at the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, where precious cargo from slave ships and the Atocha are on display.Pier House Hotel

- Key West Aquarium. Both a piece of history and modern hands-on facility, Key West Aquarium was one of the first in Florida when it was built in the 1930s.

- Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. Join all of Key West for the daily Sunset Celebration, as Mallory Square fills with performers, musicians and magicians, 2 hours before sundown.

- Fort Zachary Taylor. A 54-acre recreational Florida State Park and home to Fort Taylor, this picturesque part of Key West beckons sightseers, cyclists, and snorkelers.

- Harry S. Truman Little White House. President Truman spent 175 winter days of his presidency here, inspired by the sprawling estate, pristine architecture, and the Florida sun.

- Red Barn Theatre. Dating back to 1829, this historic building was originally a carriage house, until local players turned it into an intimate 88-seat theater.

- Danger Charters Keywest. With the best-rated Sunset Sail in the state for 3 years running, Danger Charters is also famous for its impressive “Skipjack” replica Schooners.

- Sunset Watersports Florida. The oldest and largest tour group in Key West, Sunset Watersports offers regular discounts on parasailing, snorkeling, and a "Do-it-All" package.

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Image of the Day: Belmond El Encanto

By: Five Star Alliance

Suites at Belmond El Encanto feature a large separate living room with beautiful French doors, which lead into a grand private bedroom. Choose between a warming open-hearth fireplace or a patio with stunning garden or ocean views.

Belmond El Encanto

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