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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.

Five Star Alliance Partners with Signature Travel Network


By: Five Star Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC ─ Five Star Alliance, the leading site for luxury hotel recommendations and reservations, has recently partnered with leading luxury consortia Signature Travel Network.

Through this partnership, Five Star Alliance will tap into Signature's collection of member hotels and resorts worldwide to enhance the "Five Star Alliance Perks" program, which offers clients added value amenities to their bookings. Examples include breakfast for two daily, a dining or resort credit, spa credits, complimentary round of golf, airport transfers, in-room/welcome gifts, VIP welcome and more.

Courtney W. May, General Manager of Five Star Alliance, said the partnership is a key strategic move for the brand.  

"We are delighted to collaborate on this advantageous endeavor with Signature Travel Network," said May. "As one of the strongest luxury communities in the marketplace, the pairing of our two luxury brands together will help us offer greater travel opportunities around the world to our discerning audience of travelers - including new cruise and tour packages."

Signature Travel Network is a member-owned cooperative comprised of the travel industry's leading retail agencies representing more than 6,000 professional travel consultants — and generating more than $7 Billion in annual sales.

Part of the Questex Travel Group, Five Star Alliance launched in 2005 as the leader in luxury hotel and resort recommendations worldwide and offers a comprehensive editorial listing of reviews, rates, reservations at more than 3,000 luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. 

August 2016

Signature Travel Network


Happy 2016 from Five Star Alliance


By: Five Star Alliance

New Year, new adventures. May 2016 bring you the travels of your dreams.

Iconic Santorini

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Happy Holidays 2015 from Five Star Alliance


By: Five Star Alliance

Happy Holidays from Five Star Alliance. May 2016 bring you all the travels
your heart desires. 

Happy Holidays from Five Star Alliance


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 >>


Happy Thanksgiving


By: Five Star Alliance

No matter where your travels may take you this Thanksgiving, we wish you a safe and joyous celebration!

Auberge du SoleilThe Point

Residenz Heinz WinklerVail Mountain Lodge

New York EditionFregate Island Seychelles

Palazzo Versace


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 >>


St Regis Gets Bloody (Mary)


By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis New YorkA staple of brunch menus everywhere, you can thank the St Regis New York for perfecting the Bloody Mary. In 1934, Fernand Petiot, the bartender at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, perfected the recipe for a vodka-and-tomato juice cocktail he dubbed the Bloody Mary. Deemed too racy a name for the hotel’s clientele, it was rechristened the Red Snapper, a name that didn't last long. 

Today, the Bloody Mary remains the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand, with each hotel crafting its own interpretation of the libation. Here's three of our favorites:

The St. Regis Beijing-Great Wall Bloody Mary

Taking its cue from the inclusion of beer in ancient worship rituals, this cocktail substitutes Chinese pilsner for vodka.

INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 oz / 75 ml Tsingtao® beer
3 1/2 oz / 100 ml Bloody Mary mix
3 oyster shooters, for garnish
1 lemon wedge, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Pour the beer into an 8 oz / .2 l white wineglass filled with ice. Then pour the Bloody Mary mix on top. Garnish with the oyster shooters and lemon wedge.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort-Bora Mary
The discovery of a watermelon plantation on a nearby coral reef islet led to the creation of a delightfully refreshing cocktail.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml premium vodka
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 oz / 30 ml lime juice
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml watermelon juice (or strawberry juice)
Watermelon cube (or whole strawberry), for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Blend all ingredients with ice until frothy. Pour into a 6 oz / 150 ml champagne flute. Strawberry may replace watermelon in this recipe. Garnish with a cube of watermelon to size or strawberry, if using.

The St. Regis Houston-Harry's Texas Bloody Mary
Cajun seasoning, tequila, vodka, and jalapeño give this bold cocktail a decidedly Texas kick.

INGREDIENTS
1 oz / 30 ml premium vodka
6 oz / 30 ml tequila
5 oz / 150 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 lemon wedge / 5 ml fresh lemon juice
1 lime wedge / 5 ml fresh lime juice
4 slices jalapeño
1/2 tsp / 2 g sugar
2 olives
1 thin tomato slice, for garnish
1 celery spear, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Combine all of the ingredients over ice and shake. Pour into an 8 oz / .2 l highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a thin slice of tomato on the celery spear.

If none of those suit your fancy, you can find all the St. Regis Bloody Mary Recipes here

 

 


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 >>


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. 

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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.  

View our entire collection of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas >>