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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER

 
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.

Did you know?: Balboa Bay Club and Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Balboa Bay Club and ResortReflecting the quaint charm of its surroundings, the Balboa Bay Club was founded to offer families a refined setting to enjoy Southern California's sea, sand, and sun. The Club is located on 15 acres overlooking the Newport Bay and its prestigious harbor, which was developed in the early 1900s. A mix of both natural estuaries and man-made inlets, Newport Harbor contains several artificial islands, including the iconic Balboa Island, which is dotted with private homes and is accessible only by a two-lane bridge and ferryboat.

Balboa Bay Club has expanded and improved over the years to fit the needs of the members and community. The club now includes the adjacent and waterfront Balboa Bay Resort, as well as long-term residences, one of the largest and most comprehensive marinas in Newport Beach, and a wide array of magnificent amenities.

Book a stay at Balboa Bay Club and Resort>>


Did you know?: Banyan Tree Phuket


By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Phuket garnered 2nd Place at the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler 20th Annual Readers' Choice Awards, also taking 8th Place for Top 100 Resorts of the World. Less than a half hour's drive from the Phuket International airport and located on the island's northwest, Banyan Tree Phuket is a glorious spread of elegant Thai architecture complemented with every modern amenity imaginable, and cradled within Laguna Phuket's exclusive community.

Laguna Phuket is a 400-hectare former abandoned tin mining site and includes three kilometres of sandy shores tilted on the great Andaman. It is home to more than 30 restaurants and bars and offers inter-resort transportation by shuttle vehicle or lagoon boat.

Banyan Tree Phuket

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Image of the day: Banana Island Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

20 minutes from the heart of Qatar's vibrant capital, a luxury yacht ferry crosses crystal clear water to reach a breathtaking island that feels a world away, while a private helicopter pad offers an exclusive arrival with a bird's eye coastal view. Welcome to Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara - a paradise sanctuary of world class facilities and limitless activities, both above and below the water, providing relaxation and adventure, wellness and pure indulgence.

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Image of the day: Balbirnie House


By: Five Star Alliance

Balbirnie House is superbly located right between Edinburgh and St. Andrews, and very close to the picturesque East coast of Scotland with its many quaint fishing villages. As the crow flies, it's 14 miles from Edinburgh city center. The stunning scenery of Perthshire is an easy drive away and the vibrant city of Glasgow is just over an hour from Balbirnie. Whatever your interests, the hotel is an ideal base for exploring all that Scotland has to offer. Privately owned and personally managed since opening as a hotel 25 years ago, Balbirnie House is widely recognised today as one of the country’s finest small luxury hotels, combining understated luxury with superb service and outstanding value.

Balbirnie House

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Cool Pools: Banyan Tree Seychelles


By: Five Star Alliance

Look out to the majestic Indian Ocean as you laze idly in the splendour of a glorious infinity pool at Banyan Tree Seychelles. Complete your leisurely pool experience by quenching your thirst with poolside cocktails or feed your exercise-fuelled hunger with tasty bar snacks.

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Book the Your Vacation, Our Destination Offer from 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 at one of the famed restaurants, 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. Now the hardest part is deciding where to go. 

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. 

Here's a few of our favorite Destination Resorts:

Suncadia ResortSuncadia Resort - Cle Elum, WA
Located 80 miles east of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains, the AAA® Four Diamond Suncadia resort is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering a unique combination of activities and amenities that make it an ideal Northwest getaway and resort residential community. Set on six miles of pristine Cle Elum River frontage, Suncadia resort features more than 270 guest suites, penthouses and condos and 60 rental homes. With more than 40+ miles of hiking and biking trails, three award-winning golf courses, Portals Restaurant, two bars, Suncadia Club Swim & Fitness Center, skating rink and outdoor amphitheater, conference center, and LEED Silver-Certified Glade Spring Spa, the resort offers something for everyone.

Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson - Tarrytown, NYTarrytown Estate
Just 25 miles north of New York City in the heart of Westchester County, New York, Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson blends historical charm with modern conveniences. Overlooking the Hudson River on a 26‐acre estate, it features two 19th‐century mansions, a carriage house and a cottage, along with a contemporary atrium‐style building that houses conference facilities, guest rooms and space for social events.

Sunriver ResortSunriver Resort - Sunriver, OR
The AAA® Four Diamond Sunriver Resort offers accommodations ranging from standard guest rooms and suites to luxurious cabins, each with comfortable Pacific Northwest décor, private decks and stone gas fireplace. Located 15 minutes from Bend in Central Oregon, the resort boasts three championship golf courses, the Sage Springs Club & Spa, and easy access to myriad outdoor recreational activities.

The Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill, NCThe Carolina Inn
Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and recently renovated with an eye towards sustainability, The Carolina Inn has served visitors and returning alumni since 1924. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and winner of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award, guests enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with elegance.

Wild Dunes ResortWild Dunes Resort - Isle of Palms, SC
Wild Dunes® Resort is located on the northern tip of the Isle of Palms, a barrier island off South Carolina, just 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic Charleston. This award‐winning 1,600‐acre oceanfront resort offers a wide choice of accommodations, from the luxurious from the luxurious AAA Four Diamond rated Boardwalk Inn and Village at Wild Dunes guestrooms and suites to lovely condominiums and exclusive homes with spectacular views of fairways, lagoons or the Atlantic Ocean.

Lansdowne Resort - Leesburg, VALansdowne Resort
Overlooking the tranquil Potomac River, Lansdowne Resort, by Destination Hotels, is the gateway to the Virginia Wine Country. With over 500 acres of inspiration at your fingertips, Lansdowne Resort is one of the regions only full-service luxury escapes that is renowned for impeccable service, urban style, understated luxury and premium amenities assured to make any stay a memorable one.

Woodmark HotelWoodmark Hotel - Kirkland, WA
As a AAA® Four Diamond boutique hotel near Seattle, The Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa is the only hotel on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington.

Learn more about Your Vacation, Our Destination >>


Image of the day: Banyan Tree Ringha


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests of Banyan Tree Ringha will be be charmed by the design of a traditional Tibetan farmhouse and views of the lush forest. The two levels include a bedroom decorated in dreamlike colours with raw stone steps. Soak in the high handcrafted wooden hot bathtub or enjoy the rustic feel of Shangrila. 

Banyan Tree Ringha

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Image of the day: Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

Enjoy a selection of elegant rooms at The Ballantyne Hotel. Accessible rooms, balcony upgrades, and suites are also available. All guest rooms feature 10-foot ceilings, large picture windows, elegant decor, plush bedding with foam and feather pillow options, an executive desk, full length mirror and dresser, mini-bar, coffee maker, dual closets with robes and slippers, Bose Wave® Radio, wireless internet, television, spacious marble bath with seamless glass shower and separate oval tub (for most guest rooms), and bath amenities by Elemis. A small number of connecting rooms are available by request but can not be guaranteed.

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Cool Pools: Alva Park Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Alva Park Resort and Spa features an outdoor heated pool (May to October) with aquatic sunbeds and floating beds. 
There's also a children's pool, and open air massage cabanas.

Alva Park Resort and Spa

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Belmond Charleston Place: Charleston's Best Just Got Better


By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Charleston PlaceLocated in the heart of historic downtown, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city’s landmark luxury hotel.

Now having recently completed a $30 million dollar, three-year renovation project, that distinction has never been more fitting. The hotel’s 434 guest rooms and suites now embrace the historic beauty of Charleston as well as the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless. The redesigned private Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including an expanded marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service while overlooking the historic Charleston skyline. The fitness center has been doubled in size and features state of the art cardio and wellness equipment while the new Belmond Boardroom provides a refined yet contemporary space overlooking King Street for your next meeting or corporate event.Belmond Charleston Place

Charleston has been named the #1 Small City in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. More than 128,000 travelers submitted millions of ratings to help Charleston garner a ranking of 88.13. The readers said, "With its beautiful gardens, vibrantly painted Georgian houses along Rainbow Row, and carriages clacking across cobblestone streets, Charleston remains one of the countries' most picturesque cities. Underneath its sleepy charm, the city is known for its dynamic food scene, thriving theater scene, bustling King Street, and historic City Market."

Belmond Charleston PlaceBelmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for guests to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. History abounds on every street corner with beautifully maintained architecture from houses, to churches, to historic sites like Fort Sumter, the famous open-air market and the gardens and plantations, which are some of the country's oldest.

Belmond Charleston Place offers newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond dining, a full-service spa and unbeatable Southern hospitality. Discover More with 20% off the Best Available Rate from January 1- March 31, 2016 with rooms starting at $236 per room, per night. 

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