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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: Wild Dunes Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Wild Dunes Resort is located on Isle of Palms just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.

Wild Dunes Resort 

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Posted in: Charleston, SC

Image of the Day: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Kiawah Island Golf Resort's Oak Point Golf Course has undulating fairways and challenging greens. The Clyde Johnston-designed course is built for shotmakers, where strategy and a thinking approach will be rewarded over pure power.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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Your Questions Answered: What Hotel with a Fitness Center is Available in September with Connecting Rooms for 4 Adults in Charleston?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 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.

Charleston PlaceQUESTION: What hotel with a fitness center is available in September with connecting rooms for 4 adults in Charleston, SC?

ANSWER: Charleston Place 

Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand 17th century residence from the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier to lush personal suites. The staff of Charleston Place is dedicated to entertaining its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality, and has become the choice of celebrities, princes and politicians.
Located in the heart of Charleston's historic downtown, Charleston Place offers unparalleled luxury accommodations, including beautifully appointed rooms and suites, award-winning dining at the Palmetto Cafe and Charleston Grill restaurants, and a full-service Spa with rooftop indoor outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.

You will want to choose a Deluxe Room king to Deluxe Room 2 Doubles;  Deluxe Room king to Deluxe Room King.
-Deluxe Rooms are 400 square feet of luxurious fittings and Charleston-inspired design. Deluxe Rooms include either a fabulous king-sized bed or two plush double beds.

-Deluxe King Balcony Rooms allow you to soak in the sea air or watch the wind fluttering through the palmetto trees from the comfort and privacy of your own Juliet balcony. At nightfall, pamper yourself in the marble bathroom and then slip into the luxurious bed as the gentle, cooling breeze floats around the room.

September rates at Charleston Place start at $320 per night >>

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Great Golf Offers

By: K. Clare Johnson


We have nearly 4,000 four-and-five star hotels in our collection, and many of those hotels are duffer's paradise.  Here's just a few of the great golfing rates we've seen lately:


Fairmont Hamilton Princess

Fairmont Hamilton Princess-The Ultimate Tee Time Package includes daily unlimited golf at executive par 3 Southampton or one round per day at Riddels Golf Course. The rate includes buffet breakfast at Harleys. Gratuities and resort levy not included. Every 4th night free. Rates available from 7/10/2013-7/12/2013



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Sanctuary at Kiawah Island


Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Take advantage of the hotel's Best Rate Guaranteed. You'll get an Oceanview Guestroom With 1 King Or 2 Queen Bds. The ocean views are easily accessible via the room's balcony.


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Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas
has the Amex Complimentary Golf Package. Receive the Best Available Room Rate and a complimentary round of golf With Each Consecutive Two Nights Stayates Are. Restricted To American Express Cardmembers. Tee times must be arranged with the preferred golf club desk.


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Tee It Up at Charleston Place

By: Five Star Alliance

Charleston PlaceCharleston, SC is a golfer's paradise.  According to Golf Magazine, Charleston is home to two of the "100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World." There are more  than 20 courses in the Charleston area to choose from; from the Rivertowne Country Club, which offers 13 holes along the Wando River and Horlbeck Creek to Charleston National, an 18 hole championship course designed by the renowned golf course architect Rees Jones,  to the Links at Stono Ferry, which  is a championship par 72 golf course located along the Intracoastal Waterway. Many golf architects have proclaimed their Charleston area courses as some of their best, including Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Pete Dye, Gary Player, Tom Fazio and Rees Jones.

Unlike some other golf destinations, Charleston is generally not crowded with golfers, which  results in a greater array of  tee times and golfers who can take their time hitting the links.  Morevoer, it's always a good time of year to play golf in the Charleston area, where average high temperatures range from 57°F to 89°F. The 94th PGA Championship was one of many tournaments played in Charleston, so you know the golfing is good.  

Kiawah Island Golf Resort The Ocean Course

Pictured: Charleston Place refers guests to The Ocean Course, part of Kiawah Island Golf Resort



So where to stay to take advantage of all this golf? May we suggest Charleston Place? Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, this luxurious hotel makes every guest feel part of this great Southern city. At Charleston Place, you can take advantage of all the city has to offer in addition to great golfing. Renowned as Charleston’s finest accommodations, it is a standard bearer of Orient-Express style. Leisure activities include relaxing by the rooftop pool, dining in the award-winning Charleston Grill and browsing the exclusive boutiques both at the hotel and in the shopping areas nearby. 

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Valen-Find Sweepstakes Winners Announced

By: Five Star Alliance


Congratulations go out to Valen-Find Sweepstakes winners of $100 Visa Gift Cards!

The winners were:

Patty H of Breckenridge, MN
Iain M of Woodbridge, VA
Linda F of Middletown, CT
Austin B of Macomb MI 
Sharon H of Medina, OH
Lucy M of Pierrefonds, QB
Anne D of St Fenton MI
Janet P of Oshawa, ON
Natasha S of Webbwood, ON
Sharyn B of Coral Springs, FL
Pierre G of Rouyn-Noranda, QB


Winners, check your mailboxes, as your Visa gift cards will be arriving soon!

Thanks to all who entered and keep checking in with our Facebook page for the next contest!


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Valen-Find Grand Prize Winner Announced!

By: K. Clare Johnson


Well, someone is getting a pretty great post-Valentine's Day gift!  We are delighted to announce that the grand prize winner of our Valen-Finds Day Sweepstakes is:



Rebecca R. of Calgary, Alberta!


Congratulations to Rebecca. Rebecca and her guest will enjoy 3 nights at Charleston Place, which is located in the heart of the city, just steps from Market Street's museums and south of Broad's secret gardens. Their stay will be on the exclusive private Club-level. Located on the top two floors of the hotel, and offering the city's best views, guests enjoy complimentary cuisine throughout the day including continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and after dinner cordials and desserts. They will also enjoy a 6-course tasting menu with wine pairings at the Forbes Four Star Charleston Grill.  

Congratulations Rebecca!


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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #2 Charleston Place

By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #2 spot is Charleston Place which is located in the heart of the historic district on renowned King Street. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Evokes the feeling of a grand 17th century residence from the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier

- A total of 22,000 square feet of meeting space within the hotel, including the Grand Ballroom (14,000+ square feet), ten more function rooms, six hospitality suites, the Grand Hall, and several other outdoor courtyards

- The spa features a stunning horizon edged swimming pool

- The hotel's spa was voted the "Best City Hotel Spa in North America" by Travel & Leisure Magazine

- Hotel can provide beach accessories and picnics to ensure a pleasant stress free day

- Golfers can select from more than 21 courses

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Charleston Place here >>

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Tie the Knot Near Charleston

By: Oksana Balytsky

Rumor has it that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got hitched this past weekend at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. This plantation has been open to the public since 1956, and it’s one of America’s oldest working, living plantations. The reception took place in a charming white tent, and Florence Wench, of Florence and the Machine, performed three songs live. Reynolds, previously married to Scarlet Johansen for 2 years, went back on the market when the couple divorced in 2010. We wish them the very best in their marriage and look forward to viewing a few wedding photos! If you’d like to visit this charming plantation for yourself for a wedding or simply a tour, make a reservation at a luxury hotel in Charleston which is just outside the plantation.

Photo of Charleston Place

In Charleston, A Place Like Home

By: Christopher Roney

Undoubtedly one of our most popular resorts in the Charleston area is none other than Charleston Place, a 17th century residence complete with open-arm staircase and crystal chandelier that make you feel as if you've stepped off the street into a high society ball. Outside the threshold of that entrance is Charleston's historic downtown, which is filled with classic southern homes with more historical significance than Lord Wellington. Golf is easy to find, with over 20 courses, ranging from the Arnold Palmer signature course at Rivertown to the Kiawah and Wild Dunes. Dine at the Charleston Grill, a recipient of both a Forbes four-star rating and the AAA Four Diamond Award, so you know you're getting possibly the best food in the entire state. If you like things a little more casual, the Palmetto Cafe should be your choice for breakfast and lunch as its open-air design takes advantage of a landscaped courtyard for a calming ambiance that only makes the food taste all the more delicious.

Special rates abound at Charleston Place. To see exactly what is available, simply enter your dates of travel here. Currently rates are available with a range of amenities, including a $75 spa, restaurant, or bar credit, so you can enjoy everything Charleston Place has to offer. Select the special Five Star Alliance rate for wine and breakfast, and for stays until August 23rd, you'll also get a free upgrade the next room category! Before booking, see here for more details. This summer is the perfect time to explore one of the South's most storied cities, and what better place to stay than its historic heart and soul, Charleston Place.