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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.

Upgrade for Free at Charleston Place

By: K. Clare Johnson

Charleston Place is one of our favorite and most popular hotels. The elegant South Carolina property is known for its Southern hospitality and bespoke customer service. To show their appreciation for  Five Star Alliance guests, they are sweetening their already great 5 Star Alliance rate deal!  Currently, if you book a stay at Charleston Place with Five Star Alliance using the 5 Star Alliance rate code, you will receive complimentary wine and breakfast. Now, for stays through August 23, 2012 (excluding 8/8-8/12/12), the Southern stars are also adding in a one category upgrade at the time of booking.  If you’ve always wanted to stay in Charleston (or have been wanting to visit again), Charleston Place is located in the heart of downtown in the historic district, and is within walking distance of all the major attractions. While there, enjoy a treatment at The Spa at Charleston Place, dine at the AAA-Four Diamond Charleston Grill.  Additional restrictions may apply, so read and book carefully.  And enjoy your stay!

Deals and Steals at Charleston Place in South Carolina

By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that you, our loyal travelers, are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you, so be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

Charleston Place is a charming luxury hotel located in the heart of the historic district on King Street in the beautiful town of Charleston, South Carolina. Its Italian marble lobby and signature Georgian open arm staircase evoke the feeling of a grand 17th century residence, providing guests with stunning and luxurious accommodations and amenities. Its 435 beautiful rooms and suites, award winning dining options at the Palmetto Café and Charleston Grill, and its full service spa with rooftop indoor and outdoor pool and Jacuzzi all contribute to make this one of the finest hotels in Charleston!  Be sure to check out the following packages and deals to make the most out of your trip to this beautiful southern town!

75 Credit Summer Savings Package

Looking to get the most out of your summer family vacation? Check out this package which includes luxury accommodations, a Passport to Savings book worth $75 to be used towards the Spa, restaurants, and bars, and children ages 12 and under eat for free when dining with a paying adult.

Breakfast and Valet Parking Package

Perfect for the business traveler, this package includes luxury accommodations, daily a la carte breakfast for 2 in the Palmetto Café (to the value of $40 per room), valet parking for one car, complimentary wireless internet access, and a daily newspaper.

Continental Breakfast Grill Gourmet Package

This is the ideal package for a romantic getaway, and it includes luxury accommodations, one dinner for 2 at the Charleston Grill (to the value of $120 per room, per stay), one Continental Breakfast for 2 at the Palmetto Café, sparkling wine, and a special amenity, complimentary wireless internet access, and a daily newspaper.

115 Credit Spa Experience Package

Perfect for a relaxing retreat, this package includes luxurious accommodations, $115 spa credit per room, per day for use in the Charleston Place Spa, complimentary wireless internet access, and a daily newspaper.

The Golf Coast: Kiawah Island's Golf Courses Are as Nice as Their Resorts

By: Christopher Roney

Springtime is on the offensive on the East Coast, and that means one thing: Time to break out the clubs.  Golfing weather is looking like it's here to stay in South Carolina, and that means the closely cropped greens and devilish sand traps are calling your ball in equal measure, like the angel and devil of so many cartoons.  It's time to break out your woods and irons for the spring season and put your other sets away.  Maybe you were playing Settlers of Catan? I don't know. This whole analogy thing is harder than a brick wall. No, no, a diamond. Wait, maybe the Ko'olau Golf Club in Oahu.  There we go; now it's topical.  Anyway, I can't think of a better place to enjoy the newly found weather than on five championship courses of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Home of the 1991 Ryder Cup and 1997 and 2003 World Cups of Golf, you're getting a top class playing experience in one of the most breathtaking regions on the eastern seaboard.  And between games, you can relax along ten miles of romantic beaches or head out in search of the other sorts of eagles, who have nested in the region for centuries.  This Conde Nast Award winner even has three pool complexes and a child program available to keep the tiny tots out from underfoot while you're swinging a large metal rod around.  The Kiawah Island Golf Resort and accompanying Sanctuary at Kiawah Island are natural, beautiful, and definitely in season, so it might be worth planning a trip this spring.

The Top 20 Hotels in 2011: #5 Charleston Place

By: Five Star Alliance

In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests.

In the #5 spot we have Charleston Place, located in the heart of Charleston's historic downtown.

Charleston Place ExteriorQuick facts about Charleston Place:

- Club room occupy the two 2 floors of the hotel and offer private concierge services and enhanced amenities, food and services.

- Located on the 7th and 8th floor, on the private Club Level, the Presidential Suites measure approximately 1,200 square feet and offers a 6 person dining table walk-in closet and dressing area, integrated sound system throughout, butlers pantry and huge bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub.

- Charleston Place originally opened as an Omni Hotel on September 2nd, 1986 before becoming an Orient-Express Hotel in 1995.

Charleston Place Pool- The horizon-edged saltwater mineral swimming pool is heated to allow year-round enjoyment. When the South Carolina weather allows, the glass roof retracts for fresh-air “outdoor” sunbathing in indoor comfort.

- Guests have included Prince Charles, members of Fortune 500 companies, Governors and prime ministers from around the world. Even visiting celebs such as Mel Gibson, Ted Turner, Bruce Willis, Jessica Lange, Barbra Streisand, Melanie Griffith, Richard Gere, Jeff Bridges, Julia Roberts and many more prefer to stay here instead of at one of the more intimate B&Bs you find in Charleston.

- The Spa menu includes treatments for children ruch as the Lollipop Manicure & Pedicure, The Cinderella 25-minute facial, Boys About Face 25-minute facial and the Fit Kids fun program for 3-5 year olds that combines engaging games and exercises designed to help develop motor skills.

View photos, learn more about the hotel, and check availability at Charleston Place >>

Be sure to keep up with our countdown! In case you missed it, here are our previously featured hotels:

#20 – The St. Regis Resort Aspen  
#19 – The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore  
#18 – The Peninsula Chicago  
#17 - The Tower Club at Lebua  
#16 - Auberge du Soleil  
#15 - The Mount Nelson Hotel  
#14 - The One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah  
#13 - The Hotel de Crillon  
#12 - Peninsula Hong Kong  
#11 - Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi  
#10 - Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona 
#9 - Jumeirah Essex House
#8 - Atlantis the Palm Dubai
#7 - Hotel Le St. James  
#6 - Half Moon, a Rock Resort

Sponsored Article: Charleston Place Hotel, A Unique Balance Between Historic Charm and Modern Luxury

By: Five Star Alliance

Charleston Place HotelTake a step back in time, exploring century-old gardens and antebellum architecture while staying in the heart of one of the most romantic and vibrant cities in the world.

There are few cities in the world that have been able to preserve its past like Charleston. 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.

While the past is still very much alive in Charleston, the city has become a vibrant, cosmopolitan destination, tempting travelers around the world to experience its rich culture, boutique shopping and arguably one of the best culinary scenes in the country. No hotel in Charleston better represents the city’s unique balance between historic charm and modern luxury than Charleston Place Hotel.

One of the grandest properties in the Orient-Express Hotels collection, Charleston Place is consistently ranked among the best hotels by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand, 17th century residence, from lush personal suites to the Italian marble lobby with a signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier.

Charleston Place HotelThe staff of Charleston Place is dedicated to indulging its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s full-service European-style spa, horizon-edge swimming pool with retractable glass roof, upscale shops and the Charleston Grill, the on-site restaurant that’s been consistently recognized with a AAA Four-Diamond Award, Mobil Four-Star Award and “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine. Executive Chef Michelle Weaver presents a menu that is a unique balance of Southern, French and Contemporary cuisines highlighted by favorites like the Charleston Grill Crab Cake or Okeechobee Catfish & Fried Shrimp. The unparalleled culinary experience is accompanied by the sight of local fine art and the sound of live, world-class jazz featured nightly at Charleston Grill.

Surrounded by historic homes and buildings, strolling distance to the city’s delightful shops, galleries and restaurants, and close to pristine beaches, Charleston Place is the perfect place for guests to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other.

Charleston Place HotelNo season is finer in Charleston than summer with its alluring warm, sunny days and clear, blue skies. Beneath the long shade of a palmetto tree, the Holy City welcomes its favorite season with all of the pomp and circumstance that you would expect.

Imagine being able to explore all Charleston has to offer you this summer while staying at Charleston Place and receiving a Passport to Savings book worth $75 toward its best amenities such as the Charleston Grill, The Spa at Charleston Place, the Palmetto Cafe and the Thoroughbred Club. Escape to the epitome of Southern grace and charm from June 1 until September 6 to enjoy this exclusive Summer Savings Package. Rates begin at $225 per night.

Charleston Grill's General Manager, Mickey Bakst, Wins 2011 Neighbor Restaurant Award

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Charleston Place HotelNeed a little Monday inspiration? Check out this YouTube video. The General Manager of Charleston Grill, the fabulous restaurant at Charleston Place Hotel, recently won the 2011 Restaurant Neighbor Award ("national mid-size business winner") because of his initiative to give back to the local community. When Crisis Ministries, one of Charleston's biggest shelters, had to make budget cuts and close down their food service for one day a week, Mickey Bakst called up his friends at 52 local restaurants and formed a coalition to provide the meals that the shelter needed to provide for the hungry. One day a week, 52 weeks of the year, a different restaurant or catering operation takes over the meal service and feeds some 400 people. Two years later, Mickey and his friends have served tens of thousands of meals with "Feed the Need"-- a program which Mickey feels could be easily replicated in every city across America.

Pictured: Charleston Place, an Orient-Express property and one of the finest hotels in Charleston