The 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.

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.

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Dining Al Fresco: Siam Bayshore

By: Five Star Alliance

The Siam Elephant Bar & Restaurant at Siam Bayshore serves authentic Thai cuisine and cocktails in an open-air terrace overlooking Pattaya Bay. Located right next door to bustling Walking Street, the restaurant is the ideal spot to sit back, relax and watch the world pass by. The expert chefs are renowned for their fiery curries, regional specialties, and hearty favorites, like Phad Thai Som Tum and Tom Yum Goong.

Siam Bayshore

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Explore Key West from Pier House Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Pier House Hotel
Anyone paying a visit to the Conch Republic should check into Pier House Resort and Spa.  Nearly all the most popular attractions in the Florida Keys are just a short sunny stroll from this waterfront hotel.

Here's just a few ideas of what to see and do in Key West

- Earnest Hemingway House. See where the famed author wrote some of his greatest stories, home today to over 40 cats, many 6-toed descendents of Papa's own Snowball.

- Sloppy Joe's Key West. The rich history of this bar traces back to the day after Prohibition ended - and before - as the original owner ran speakeasies across town.

- Fort Jefferson and Dry Tortugas National Park: Secluded in the scenic Dry Tortugas, a group of islands off the coast of Key West, this historic fort is the largest brick structure in the Americas.

- Hog's Breath Saloon. Known for its rich live music scene every day and night, Hog's Breath Saloon has a devoted following of "Hog Heads" across the globe.

- Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Picture yourself a treasure hunter at the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, where precious cargo from slave ships and the Atocha are on display.Pier House Hotel

- Key West Aquarium. Both a piece of history and modern hands-on facility, Key West Aquarium was one of the first in Florida when it was built in the 1930s.

- Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. Join all of Key West for the daily Sunset Celebration, as Mallory Square fills with performers, musicians and magicians, 2 hours before sundown.

- Fort Zachary Taylor. A 54-acre recreational Florida State Park and home to Fort Taylor, this picturesque part of Key West beckons sightseers, cyclists, and snorkelers.

- Harry S. Truman Little White House. President Truman spent 175 winter days of his presidency here, inspired by the sprawling estate, pristine architecture, and the Florida sun.

- Red Barn Theatre. Dating back to 1829, this historic building was originally a carriage house, until local players turned it into an intimate 88-seat theater.

- Danger Charters Keywest. With the best-rated Sunset Sail in the state for 3 years running, Danger Charters is also famous for its impressive “Skipjack” replica Schooners.

- Sunset Watersports Florida. The oldest and largest tour group in Key West, Sunset Watersports offers regular discounts on parasailing, snorkeling, and a "Do-it-All" package.

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Image of the day: 1 Hotel South Beach

By: Five Star Alliance

The Rooftop Pool Deck at 1 Hotel South Beach lets you take a break from the vibrant energy of Miami.
Relax in the cabanas with built-in champagne buckets. You’ll enjoy the tranquility and feel comfortable
knowing that the area is adults-only. 

1 Hotel South Beach

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Cool Pools: Le Meridien Limassol Spa and Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Whether in pursuit of business or pleasure or a little bit of both, guests can enjoy swimming all
year round in two of the largest outdoor freshwater and seawater pools at Le Meridien Limassol Spa and Resort.

Le Meidien Limassol

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Dining al Fresco: Secrets The Vine Cancun

By: Five Star Alliance

Indulge in an expansive array of local and international cuisine and bold flavors at Secrets the Vine Cancun. Choose from six á la carte gourmet restaurants, a buffet and a cafe – reservations are never required. Or sneak away for a romantic meal in your room or on the beach. 

Secrets the Vine Cancun

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New to Five Star Alliance: Lizard Island Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Lizard Island Resort is the northern-most resort located directly on the Great Barrier Reef, with 24 powdery-white beaches and 40 luxurious suites.

Lizard Island Resort

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Special Pampering for Moms-to-Be at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Roc at Cap CanaEden Roc at Cap Cana presents a special package for mothers-to-be looking for the ultimate maternity retreat experience. 

Benefits include:

50-Minute Mom-To-Be Therapy- Relieve and eliminate any stress common at this special moment in a woman’s life with a hydrating facial and delicate soothing massage that will leave you feeling renewed and refreshed.

50-minute Quirogolf Massage For Daddy-An exclusive and ground-breaking deep body massage performed with golf balls using maneuvers based on four pillars that act in synergy: relaxing, warming the muscles, therapeutic massage and improving flexibility.

Island Manicure For Her-Indulge in a manicure experience like no other that will leave your hands with an undeniable silky feel.

Island Pedicure For Him-Eden Roc at cap canaEnjoy an unprecedented pedicure experience that includes a gentle exfoliation, cocktail mask, and pressure point massage.

Guests will enjoy delicacies from the Gourmet Cravings Menu, which was designed and inspired by the Mediterranean diet both to meet nutritional needs and satisfy usual cravings.

In addition:

-Daily access to Wet Area facilities (sauna, steam room, whirlpool, relaxation area) during your stay
-15% discount on the purchase of any other SPA treatments
-10% discount on the purchase of any retail product

All of the nightly rates are quoted in USD and include round-trip airport transfers to the Punta Cana International Airport, daily Full-American breakfast, exclusive use of electric golf-cart, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet and access to Eden Roc Beach Club. Rates are subject to 18% taxes and 10% legal service charges. This offer is available for a limited time, and additional terms and restrictions may apply.

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Cool Pools: The Redbury South Beach

By: Five Star Alliance

The 12,000-square-foot rooftop pool and deck at The Redbury South Beach is one of the hotel's signature features. Guests can take in the gorgeous Miami skyline by day or night, lounge in a comfy chaise, and take a dip in the pool. The Rooftop Pool is also available for private parties and special events.

The Redbury South Beach

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Dining Al Fresco: Alila Villas Soori

By: Five Star Alliance

The semi-covered open-air Bali beach restaurant Cotta at Alila Villas Soori features tasting-style daily rotating breakfast menus,
highlighting local fare and fun twist on classic breakfast favorites.

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