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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.

The Luxury Hotel Insider Turns 10!

By: Five Star Alliance

Happy Birthday to us! The Luxury Hotel Insider turns 10 today. In Internet years, that's about 1,000. To put it into perspective, on October 7, 2005, Twitter was 17 months away from being invented, Pinterest had another 5 years to go before it started us all pinning, and Facebook was still called Thefacebook. George W. Bush had just started his second term in office, and the top TV shows were American Idol, CSI, and Survivor. 

Conrad Koh Samui

Here's to another 10 years of bringing you exclusive luxury hotel deals, features, and special rates from Five Star Alliance!


Anantara Joins the Elephant Parade

By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Elephant Parade
Get ready for the stampede! Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is partnering with Elephant Parade® and  to bring the world's largest open air art exhibition, Elephant Parade, to Bangkok.

The exhibit's herd of almost one hundred 1.5 meter elephants will be exhibited as a herd in key locations throughout Bangkok, starting on 1st December 2015 and ending on January 29th 2016.Anantara Elephant Parade

The first major Elephant Parade was held in Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 2007 and has since been exhibited in cities across the world including London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Milan, and Hong Kong. Elephant Parade Bangkok will be a first for Thailand.

Founder Marc Spits and his son Mike came up with the unique event after a visit to the Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Lampang, Thailand, which treats sick and injured elephants. During that visit, they fell for Mosha, a baby elephant who lost her leg after stepping on a landmine when only seven months old and was the first elephant to receive a prosthetic limb. Mosha gets a new leg every year, and each time must learn to walk all over again. Mosha features in each Elephant Parade exhibition and will have a specially Thai themed painted prosthetic leg for the Bangkok Parade.

Anantara Elephant ParadeArtists from all walks of life have designed elephants in support of elephant care and conservation. Famous supporters of Elephant Parade Bangkok include: Hangover 2 star Nirut Sirichanya;  Furious 7 star Tony Jaa, designer Paul Smith, Top DJ Hardwell, and Thailand World beauty queen Sirinya Bishop.  

In February 2016 a selection of elephants from the parade will be auctioned off at a charity gala dinner at Anantara Siam Bangkok. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. The foundation will find fund a range of sustainable programs that benefit the elephants of Thailand, including Wildlife Alliance, Freeland, WildAid, Think Elephants, and Thai Elephant Therapy Project.  

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Luxury Hotel Stays on Us-Book to Win

By: Five Star Alliance


Luxury Hotel Stays on Us-Book to Win!

Have a luxury hotel getaway, on us! Between September 15 to October 16, 2015, when you book a stay via Five Star Alliance at any of our 4,000+ luxury hotels, you will automatically be entered to win a 3-night stay at a participating hotel. 

Prizes include:

- A 3-night stay at Baccarat Hotel in New York, NY
- A 3-night stay at Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, SC
- A 3-night stay at Grande Colonial La Jolla in San Diego, CA
- A 3-night stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach in Sunny Isles, FL
- A 3-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, CA

Five Star Alliance will award one prize per week for four weeks. Entering the sweepstakes is as easy as booking a hotel stay through Five Star Alliance. A winner will be picked at random from all eligible entrants. Please note that airfare and other transportation costs are not included. 

Learn more about Luxury Hotel Stays on Us-Book to Win

Book today to win!

Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend!

By: Five Star Alliance

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend from all of us at Five Star Alliance. Whatever you are doing, find some time to relax in these last days of summer. 

Happy Labor Day

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The Best Luxury Hotel Private Plunge Pools

By: K. Clare Johnson

The #1 request from Five Star Alliance is for private plunge pools. For those who aren't familiar with the concept, private plunge pools are small pools often found in villa-style luxury hotel accommodations. The pools are for the exclusive use for the guests staying in that particular type of accommodation.  Private plunge pools are popular due to, well, their privacy. Guests don't have to share the pool with loud sunbathers, splashing kids, or unruly teenagers. There's no fighting over lounge chairs, as you get your own. 

Which is why we've come up with list of the Best Luxury Hotels with Private Plunge Pools. We add new selections to the list constantly, so check back frequently. 

A few of our favorites include:

COMO Shambala Estate

COMO Shambala

Hermitage Bay

Constance Halaveli Maldives

Jumeirah Bordum Palace

Jumeirah Bodrum Palace

Le Guanahani Hotel

Le Guanahani

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Destination Hotels Has Welcome Credits That Are Worth the Trip

By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Rock Miami Beach

This summer, challenge yourself to explore more, do more, and live more by vacationing at a Destination Hotels property. Need a little R&R in the mountains a chance to glam it up for a weekend in the city?  Destination Hotels offers the perfect location for your next great summer getaway.  Additionally, for a limited time, book a stay and receive Welcome Credits based on the length of your stay.

Use your Welcome Credits towards dining, sipping bubbly cocktails poolside, pampering yourself at the spa, teeing up for a round or two, or settling in for a movie and snack in your luxurious guest room. Welcome Credits can be used almost anywhere on property. 

Book 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

Offer valid through September 24, 2015. Additional terms and conditions should apply, and there may be limited availability and/or blackout dates. Book early to avoid disappointment and read the rate policy carefully.

Take a Look at a Few of our Favorite Destination Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

There's a Destination Hotel no matter what your interest. Here's a few of our favorites:Eden Roc Miami Beach

Eden Roc Miami Beach
- Miami Beach, FL, USAEden Roc Resort & Spa features 535 posh guest rooms and 96 suites, many with unparalleled ocean and pool views and coming in the fall of 2015, 210 Nobu inspired guest rooms which include 15th floor Penthouse suites with panoramic views. Spacious accommodations offer sophisticated design and elegant amenities to create an exceptional boutique Miami hotel experience. Guests choose from stylish deluxe guest rooms, bi-level bungalow lofts and stunning suites with over-sized or wraparound balconies overlooking the Atlantic. Amenities include luxurious bedding, jetted tubs, flat-screen HDTVs, iPod stations, high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi, and large desks and ergonomic chairs. ADA accessible rooms are available to guests upon request.

Inn and Spa at Loretto

Inn and Spa at Loretto - Santa Fe, NM, USA
Reflecting the rich culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Inn and Spa at Loretto effortlessly blends old-world charm with world‐class splendor. One of the state's most photographed buildings, this urban Destination Luxury resort is reminiscent of the famed Taos Pueblo. Situated adjacent to the famed Loretto Chapel the Inn features 136 guest rooms, including Santa Fe's only Penthouse suite, casual fine dining, full‐service spa, year‐round heated pool and cozy lounge, as well as multiple onsite shops and galleries – all centrally located just steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza and Canyon Road. The stunning backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains completes the picture of this truly authentic Santa Fe hotel.

The Marker Hotel Union Square
The Marker Hotel Union Square - San Francisco, CA, USA
A boutique hotel located in San Francisco's Theatre District and just a few blocks from Union Square, The Marker offers easy access to world class shopping, dining, and entertainment in the heart of The Golden Gate City.

La Cantera Hill Country Resort

La Cantera Hill Country Resort - San Antonio, TX, USA
Ta San Antonio adventure. Centrally located to the finest attractions and with it relaxed sophistication the resort offers authentic experiences, whether it’s relaxing in an exclusive pool cabana or discovering the hidden wonders of the Texas Hill Country

The Gant

The Gant
- Aspen, CO, USALocated 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.



Check out all the Destination Hotels and Resorts and for a limited time, receive Welcome Credits when you book a stay >>

All About Destination Hotels

By: Five Star Alliance

Inn and Spa at LorettoThe Destination Hotels Experience is highly distinct and always memorable. The luxury hotel group sees every hotel as a gateway to experiencing a destination. You’ll feel the location in a genuine way throughout each of the properties, and during the engaging experiences (both in the hotel and out) the hotel tailors specific to that destination. Destination Hotels properties draw upon the best of each location. With over 40 properties from coast to coast, its award-winning portfolio features 20 golf courses, 19 spas, and 105 bars and restaurants.

Terranea Resort

Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. They are also committed to being good stewards. In recognition of the need to preserve the world, Destination Hotels is dedicated to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen its footprint on, the changing environment. Each of the hotels and resorts develops a designated "green team" on site and has made a commitment to sourcing environmentally-responsible services and products, purchasing locally grown and sustainable foods, retrofitting existing hotels with water-saving devices and energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, and more. 

Discover for yourself today what genuine and true hospitality is at Destination Hotels.

Now, for a limited time, you can receive Welcome Credits when you Book a Destination Hotels Getaway >>

Wishing You a Safe and Happy Memorial Day 2015

By: Five Star Alliance

On this Memorial Day, we want to say to all who have served, or are still serving:

Thank You. 

Memorial Day 2015

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Happy Mother's Day from Five Star Alliance

By: Five Star Alliance

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and those who love them! 

Happy Mother's Day

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