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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.

Dine at Aldrovandi Villa Borghese >>

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.

Learn more about Your Vacation, Our Destination >>

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.

Book a stay at  Banyan Tree Bangkok>>

Special Pampering for Moms-to-Be at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Roc at Cap CanaEden Roc at Cap Cana presents a special package for mothers-to-be looking for the ultimate maternity retreat experience. 

Benefits include:

50-Minute Mom-To-Be Therapy- Relieve and eliminate any stress common at this special moment in a woman’s life with a hydrating facial and delicate soothing massage that will leave you feeling renewed and refreshed.

50-minute Quirogolf Massage For Daddy-An exclusive and ground-breaking deep body massage performed with golf balls using maneuvers based on four pillars that act in synergy: relaxing, warming the muscles, therapeutic massage and improving flexibility.

Island Manicure For Her-Indulge in a manicure experience like no other that will leave your hands with an undeniable silky feel.

Island Pedicure For Him-Eden Roc at cap canaEnjoy an unprecedented pedicure experience that includes a gentle exfoliation, cocktail mask, and pressure point massage.

Guests will enjoy delicacies from the Gourmet Cravings Menu, which was designed and inspired by the Mediterranean diet both to meet nutritional needs and satisfy usual cravings.

In addition:

-Daily access to Wet Area facilities (sauna, steam room, whirlpool, relaxation area) during your stay
-15% discount on the purchase of any other SPA treatments
-10% discount on the purchase of any retail product

All of the nightly rates are quoted in USD and include round-trip airport transfers to the Punta Cana International Airport, daily Full-American breakfast, exclusive use of electric golf-cart, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet and access to Eden Roc Beach Club. Rates are subject to 18% taxes and 10% legal service charges. This offer is available for a limited time, and additional terms and restrictions may apply.

Book your stay at Eden Roc at Cap Cana >>

Special Holiday Offer from CastaDiva Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

You've got until November 30 to take advantage of CastaDiva Resort's Best Available Rate promotion.

Nightly room rates are from:

Deluxe Double Room Lake View: 390 EUR

Suite Partial Lake View: 510 EUR

Penthouse Suite Lake View: 510 EUR

Suite Roccabruna Front Lake View: 630 EURCastaDiva Resort

The rates include:

- Buffet gourmet breakfast at L’Orangerie Restaurant

- Daily entrance to the wellness area of the SPA featuring: Swedish Sauna, Steam Bath, Mediterranean Bath, Relaxation Pool with side jets,

Vitality Pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, Kneipp Circuit, Balancing Himalayan Rose Salt Room, Refreshing Ice Cascade,

Emotional Showers with peppermint and exotic fragrances, Darsena Relax Area - an original XIX century dock gently suspended on the lake

- Fitness Center with Kinesis and Technogym equipment

- Wifi

- Service and VAT

Rates could be subject to daily city tax, applied per person (from 12 years old). Offer is not applicable on existing bookings. Offer is applicable to a limited number of rooms. Additional rates and restrictions may apply. Book early and read the terms and conditions carefully to avoid disappointment. 

Book a stay at CastaDiva Resort >>

Holiday Offers from The London EDITION

By: Five Star Alliance

The London EDITIONChristmas and New Year's are just weeks away, so the time is nigh to book your holiday travel. If you are heading to England, The London EDITION has great offers for the best holiday celebrations. 

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Spend the holidays with us and enjoy a guaranteed table at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern with £100 credit towards food & beverage per stay, two complimentary pre-dinner cocktails and a special holiday welcome amenity. Rates from £415.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Valid from 1 December through 30 December 2015. Table reservation at Berners Tavern must be booked in advance. Cancellations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival. The London EDITION

Shop Til You...

No need to drop.  This package includes overnight accommodation in one of the sophisticated Loft rooms or above, a £50 Liberty London gift card per stay, exclusive access to Liberty's Private Shopping service,  afternoon tea for two at Liberty’s luxurious private suite per stay and English breakfast for two daily at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern. Rates from £665.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Valid through 31 January 2015. Access to Liberty’s Private Suite and shopping service must be booked in advance and can only be access from Monday through Saturday. Cancelations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival. 

Get Punch'd

Includes guaranteed table in Punch Room, signature EDITION punch for two, breakfast in bed and late checkout at 2pm. Rates from £390.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Offer is valid from 13 September through 31 December 2015. Rates are not applicable to groups or in conjunction with any other offer. Cancelations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Bright Eyed and Breakfast Ready

Stay overnight and enjoy an English breakfast for two daily at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern. Rates from £305.

Based upone availability. VAT is included in Rate.  Offer is valid through 31 December 2015. Rates are not applicable to groups or in conjunction with any other offer.  Cancellations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Additional rules and restrictions may apply. Read the rates and terms carefully and book early to avoid disappointment. 

Book your holiday travel at The London EDITION >>

Image of the day: Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort and Spa boasts the largest state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facility in Banyan Tree Group. A multisensory awakening treat awaits couples at The Rainforest, a unique Banyan Tree concept bringing couples through 16 unique hydrothermal therapy experiences. The experience includes an ice igloo, brine cavern, herbal sauna and rain walk.

Book a stay at Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort and Spa>>

Plan Your Winter Getaway with Destination Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

This winter, escape the ordinary and experience Destination Hotels’ award winning collection of hotels, resorts, and resort residences across the country. Book the Your Vacation, Our Destination offer to receive up to $300 in Welcome Credits!

If you’re fleeing the snow flurries, head to one of these surf, sun, and sand resorts:

Paradise Point Resort & SpaParadise Point Resort & Spa - On an island encircled by one mile of white sand, this Southern California resort is close to famous attractions like SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo. Spread across 44 acres are 462 spacious, colorfully designed guest rooms and suites.terranea


Terrenea Resort - Poised above the Pacific on 102 pristine acres, Terranea Resort offers an unparalleled setting with 270-degree ocean views and a luxury vacation and adventure experience within Los Angeles.


Wailea Beach Villas
- Part of Destination Luxury, Wailea Beach Villas is Maui’s most exclusive beachfront villa resort, offering ultra-lavish suites and villas.

Royal Palms Resort


Royal Palms Resort - Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, Royal Palms Resort and Spa exudes the graciousness of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy of a secluded retreat throughout its 119 guest rooms, casitas, and suites. 


For skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating, try these winter sports spots:Resort at Squaw Creek

Resort at Squaw Creek - Minutes from Lake Tahoe, the Resort at Squaw Creek is the perfect destination for family and group vacations. Guests enjoy deluxe guest rooms, fireside, suites , bi-level penthouses, and ski-in/ski-out access to Squaw Valley's legendary terrain.

Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge - This wintry getaway features 300 tastefully appointed accommodations, surrounded by 2,000 acres of pristine, environmentally protected Vermont land. And the best part is it is at the base of Stowe Mountain with the Gondola stopping feet from the Lodge.

Vail Cascade

Vail Cascade - This creekside ski-in/ski-out property offers the best of Colorado in any season and has its own lift leading to Vail mountain. This Destination Luxury property offers unrivaled natural beauty and a variety of accommodations, including guest rooms, suites, condos and private homes ideal for extended stays. 


For a limited time, take advantage of 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

Welcome Credits can be used in multiple ways. Dine at one of the many famed restaurants in the Destination collection. Enjoy a cocktail poolside, massage your tensions away at a top spa, hit the links, or even unwind with room service. Welcome Credits can be used almost anywhere on property. Now the hardest part is deciding where to go. 

Learn more about Your Vacation, Our Destination >>

Image of the day: Baltschug Kempinski Moscow

By: Five Star Alliance

The newly renovated Baltschug Kempinski Moscow offers spectacular views of the Kremlin and St Basil's Cathedral. The property is located across from the Moskva River, and is nearby Moscow's fascinating sights and premier attractions. 

The building dates back to 1898, and features contemporary decor and up-to-the-minute amenities. The hotel has 227 elegant rooms, including 36 suites and unique Design Suites. Baltschug Kempinski Moscow boasts restaurant The Baltschug Grill, as well as the refined Cafe Kranzler, Lobby Lounge bar, Beauty Centre Baltschug, and a Health Club. In addition, there are 12 modern meeting rooms, and most offer great views over the Red Square.

Book a stay at Baltschug Kempinski Moscow>>

San Francisco's Iconic Palace Hotel Completes a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

By: Five Star Alliance

Palace HotelEverything old is new again. Elegantly so, in the case of San Francisco's iconic Palace Hotel. Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. Expect new looks in the guest rooms, the indoor pool, fitness center, lobby, promenade, The Garden Court, and GC Lounge.

 The fresh design approach at this historic hotel captures timeless warmth and elegance beautifully married with chic, contemporary elements. Modern amenities and historic touches are complemented by superior service.

For over a century, The Garden Court has been known as one of the world's most beautiful dining rooms. The renovation now reveals two beautiful venues– The Garden Court and GC Lounge. GC Lounge is located at the front of the room. Stylish, comfortable chairs and couches create private vignettes.  A communal table offers a perfect place for a gathering. The GC Lounge experience is contemporary, savvy, and social. Garden Court at Palace Hotel The entrance to the Garden Court has been completely transformed. Guests are escorted to the dining room via private marble entrance. The 120 seat dining room celebrates tradition with a modern twist. The dining experience in The Garden Court offers locally sourced cuisine, refined service, and unforgettable surroundings.

Palace Hotel Guestroom Corridor

The 556 newly renovated guest rooms are a seamless blend of yesterday and today. Keeping true to the integrity of the hotel, guests will open the solid oak doors adorned with brass monogrammed knobs – both have graced the Palace since 1909. Crossing the threshold, an entry flows in to a room washed in a palette of midnight blue, charcoal, dove grey, and plum. The 11 foot ceilings and expansive windows create a naturally well-lit room filled with warmth. The artwork, topographical inspired carpeting, retro trunks, and suitcase handles incorporated into fixtures and furnishings pay tribute to time and travel.  Every item in the room has been custom created exclusively for the Palace.  

Palace Suites

The Palace Suites (pictured right) showcase a spacious living room with soaring windows. The rooms offer modern furnishings, a coffee table, desk, and 48” LED television. Historic architecture is accented with artistic lighting, blending vintage with new. Teal and navy are used to punctuate the grey and neutral palette that is rich and welcoming. Original hardwood floors are finished in dark brown and polished to high shine. Plush area rugs complete the interior of the Palace suites for a beautiful and comfortable home away from home. 

The Deluxe Suites with high ceilings, light filled windows, and authentic elements are the perfect place for a San Francisco escape. The focal point of the bedroom is a tufted, black leather headboard that frames the pillow top bed for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Unique, curated photography adds retro charm to the contemporary design.

The corner Royal Suite displays curved windows and architectural details including an intricately carved marble fireplace. Beautifully finished hardwood floors are layered with custom-made area rugs. At 970 square feet, the spacious, light filled room offers two televisions, a large living room, formal dining table, luxurious four post king size bed, and a city chic bathroom.

Palace Hotel State SuiteThe Square State Suite (pictured left) is a beautiful, light-filled space. Pale blue, plum and ivory set the tone for the interior that feels like an elegant San Francisco apartment.  A large living room with hand carved marble encased fireplace, formal dining table, comfortable seating, and 42" television add to the residential feel. A luxurious king bedroom with pillow top four post bed, a second television, and serene spa-like bath complete this city retreat.

The Chancellor Suite features a large entry leading to an open living room with intricate wood work, original fireplace, and a view of Market Street. The dining room seats eight. This suite features a beautifully designed seating area with upholstered furnishings, modern chandeliers, chic coffee table, large desk, 48” LED television, and Keurig coffee maker.  The inviting bedroom is spacious and beautifully appointed with a four post bed, chaise lounge, dark wood, and mixed metals.  A large bath with rain shower and spa tub offer the perfect place to relax and retreat.

The Presidential Suite is a grand six room suite, lined with expansive windows, that wraps around the corner of the hotel overlooking Market Street. A luxurious bedroom adorned in neutral tones and ocean blues invite the calm of sand and shore. The large marble bath features a glass enclosed rain shower, spa tub, and exquisite amenities.  Indoor Pool at the Palace San FranciscoA spacious living room and formal dining room – each with original carved fireplaces, authentic architectural detail, and vintage chandeliers are beautifully appointed with classically inspired, contemporary furnishings.  A baby grand piano sits in the corner of the living room. The media room features two plush sofas and a large plasma television.  A kitchen and guest bath completes the feeling of a private residence in a cosmopolitan city setting. The Palace Presidential Suite is perfect for a private escape or an elegant party for up to 20.

The newly renovated Palace Hotel pool and fitness center invite wellness and retreat. The restored, soaring sky lit ceiling opens the space to natural light and showcases the San Francisco cityscape. The Palace pool is ready for an aquatic workout or a leisurely swim. The new, spacious fitness center’s floor to ceiling windows look out to the swimming pool for an inspiring workout view.  The men’s and women’s changing rooms have all been updated. Features include luxurious marble bath areas, spa showers, fresh design elements and large back lit mirrors. 

Book your stay at The Palace Hotel >>