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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.

The New Ambassador Oceanfront Suite in Bal Harbour

July 14, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

On Florida's Gold Coast, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Miami Beach is located on the edge of the Atlantic just 15 minutes north of South Beach. 

Clean whites lead to endless blues in the recently debuted 2,900 square foot Ambassador Oceanfront Suite. The four bedroom and four bathroom sanctuary is an ideal space for families to unwind. The spacious suite features two King bedded master bedrooms each with an ensuite private five-fixture marble bathroom, walk-in closet, and spacious balconies. Two interior bedrooms boast queen beds perfect for children. The main living room is ideal for lounging and opens to a kitchenette and glass dining table for eight. Dine al fresco on one of four 210 sf balconies with direct ocean views. A second living room boasts a pull out sofa bed, allowing up to 10 guests to comfortably make the Ambassador Suite home.

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St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Ambassador Suite

1.5 Acre Playground at The Hall South Beach

June 24, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

A classic 1940's Art Deco retreat freshly transformed into a wildly bohemian South Beach boutique hotel, The Hall (formerly the Haddon Hall Hotel) is one block from Ocean Drive and across the street from the beach. Vintage and tropical design celebrates the Deco heritage of the building while incorporating a playful and casual beach vibe. 

What we love:

- Hang like a Hemingway at the cocktail lounge, Holiday's

- Surrounded by palm trees, chic cabanas and the South Beach sunshine, the Olympic-sized pool takes on a life of its own.

- Don't miss Campton Yard, the backyard garden under a banyan tree where you can wear board shorts and bikinis and hone your mad ping pong skills while getting social with the locals before heading out for a night on the town.

- Take the edge off with Spike Mendelsohn's surf shack inspired cuisine at Sunny's.

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The Hall South Beach

The Hall South Beach

The Hall South Beach Pool

The Hall South Beach

Acqualina Resort and Spa Debuts a Himalayan Salt Wall and New Spa Treatments

February 26, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Himalayan Salt Wall Treatments at Acqualina Resort and SpaAcqualina Resort and Spa has added to the long list of reasons it's one of the top luxury hotels worldwide. The Florida luxury resort's 20,000 square foot Acqualina Spa by ESPA has introduced a Himalayan Salt Wall and related treatments. Acqualina is the first and only Florida Resort to offer this. 

The Himalayan Salt Wall is located in the Relaxation Lounges of the spa. Guests are encouraged to unwind and absorb the 84 trace minerals that can be found in pink Himalayan salt. Specific benefits of Himalayan Salt Wall include a sense of relaxation and stress relief, increased vitality and energy, an overall sense of well-being, and reduced electromagnetic pollution.Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach

In addition to the Salt Wall, Acqualina Spa by ESPA is now offering the Ama Releasing Abyhanga ritual. The treatment begins with a foot ritual, designed to release congesting and restricting toxins. This is followed by a full body exfoliation with a salt and oil scrub, a gentle facial cleanse, and an Ayurvedic Marma point massage; a warm infusion of oils and herbs that is applied to the vital energy centers of the face and body. The ritual will conclude with a deeply relaxing Shirobhyanga scalp massage or Shirodhara (oil pouring to the third eye through the scalp).

Acqualina has also debuted traditional Thai Massage treatments. A combination of gentle rocking motions, rhythmic acupressure, and assisted stretching serve to deeply relax and revitalize body and mind. Benefits include increased flexibility, relief of joint and muscle tension, and a balance of the body’s energy system.

Acqualina SPA by ESPA offers 11 treatment rooms and a private spa suite for two, Finnish saunas, his and hers relaxation lounges, a crystal steam room, ice fountains, and experience showers featuring cool arctic and warm Caribbean mists. Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoor terrace complete with an ESPA sun deck and spa pool, heated jet pool, and Roman waterfall.

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Posted in: Miami, FL

Cool Pools: 1 Hotel South Beach

February 4, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at 1 Hotel South Beach can relax amid the palm trees lining an infinity-edge pool,
or ascend 18 stories to soak in the gorgeous, seductive Rooftop oasis featuring a lavish lounge and exotic pool.

1 Hotel South Beach

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Cool Pools: Acqualina Resort and Spa

February 3, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

The three outdoor swimming pools at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach provide a haven for relaxation. Sundries, including suntan lotion, sunscreen and sun glasses, are available for purchase at the Beach Club Pool kiosk, open on weekends and holidays. Pools are restricted to residents, hotel guests, and beach club members. When visiting the pool areas, guests are asked to bring their room key and beach pass. Cabanas are available for full-day rentals. 

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Cool Pools: Four Seasons Miami

January 10, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

At Four Seasons Miami, guests can make a splash in the outdoor heated main pool or recline on a chaise lounge in the shallow waters of the Palm Grove pool. Luxury cabanas and poolside fare are also available.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Faena Hotel Miami Beach

December 15, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance

Faena Hotel Miami Beach ExteriorLocated on the site of the historic Saxony Hotel, designed by the legendary Art Deco architect Roy F. France in 1948, the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach harks back to the golden age of Miami Beach, when Frank, Sammy and Dean ruled the roost and the city was the epitome of modern resort glamour.

Beautifully reimagined by Alan Faena, working in collaboration Faena Hotel Miami Beachwith filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and four-time Academy award winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin, the hotel is a dazzling modern take on a landmark gem.The landmark hotel's guestrooms and suites boast signature butler service and a bespoke blend of late-Deco flair and contemporary amenities.

The luxuriously appointed premier rooms with breathtaking ocean and city views redefine indoor/outdoor living and are caught between nature and the sublime. Locally grown ingredients are masterfully prepared to create extraordinary epicurean experiences inspired by South America’s rich culinary traditions.Tierra Santa Spa is Miami's first South American-inspired spa. The oceanfront oasis is built on ancient healing techniques and indigenous ingredients designed to elevate the spirit and restore vitality. 

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Cool Pools: Thompson Miami Beach

November 27, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance

When Time Out Miami calls it "possibly the most beautiful swimming pool in the world," you know this spot is a mandatory addition to your bucket list. Originally built in the 1920's, Thompson Miami Beach's pool was a place for movie stars like Esther Williams and Jonny Weissmuller to get some R&R and promises the same to today's celebrities and hotel guests. 

Thompson Miami Beach

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Image of the day: 1 Hotel South Beach

November 16, 2015
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: The Redbury South Beach

November 8, 2015
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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