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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. 

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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!


Dining al Fresco: Thompson Miami Beach

By: Five Star Alliance

Thompson Miami Beach is home to what When Time Out Miami called "possibly the most beautiful swimming pool in the world." It was originally built in the 1920's as a place for movie stars like Esther Williams and Jonny Weissmuller to get some R&R.

Thompson Miami Beach

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Dining al Fresco: La Casa Que Canta

By: Five Star Alliance

With an amazing view surrounded by the sea, the restaurant at La Casa Que Canta offers a unique dining experience under a starlit sky. It offers contemporary Mexican cuisine with a French touch, using fresh and organic ingredients, wild caught fish, and selected seafood.

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Discover Chicago Through the Peninsula

By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Chicago
There's no better place to discover Chicago than The Peninsula Chicago. The luxury hotel is located in the center of downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. It is just steps from the Windy City's best shopping, dining, and activities, and a few blocks from the business and financial district. 

Here's just a few ways The Peninsula Chicago Gives Guests the City:

-Suite Rides in the MINI Cooper or BMW house car. Guests will be chaffeured through the city in one of the hotel's two bespoke MINI Cooper S Clubman vehicles. MINI Coopers are subject to availability, for a maximum of three hours per stay. A bespoke BMW house car, available on a first-come, first-served basis, chauffeurs guests within two miles of the hotel. 

-Second City:Next Big Comedy Star. Guests who have dreamed of a career in stand-up will be thrilled with a private Second City IThe Peninsula Chicagomprov or Stand Up Comedy Class, a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater and more.

-Eastern Eats:Cooking Class and Tea Ceremony at Shanghai Terrace. Once guests complete this program, they can satisfy their need for Cantonese dim sum whenever they'd like. Tutored by Ivan Yuen, Chef de Cuisine of Shanghai Terrace, guests will spend time in the restaurant's kitchen learning techniques in dim sum making, ingredient selection, menu planning, and plate presentations. A Chinese Tea Ceremony experience, a four-course dinner in Shanghai Terrace, and a photo book of the experience is also included.

-Florist for a Day. Guests will assist in designing and planning the weekly floral displays that are a signature of the Peninsula Hotels experience. A personalised tour of the floral warehouse, and time with the design team as they take it from planning to execution. Champagne, tea sandwiches, a monogrammed apron and floral, plus a take home arrangement you helped create is all included.

-Broadway In Chicago:Exceptional Seats to Preferred Performances. Receive VIP access to premier seats for coveted performances. The journey begins with a delicious three-course, pre-theatre dinner in The Lobby or Shanghai Terrace. After dinner, the hotel's bespoke BMW house car whisks guests away to the performance where a personal escort is on hand to show the way to premier house seats and serve  welcome drinks. During the intermission, the VIP service continues as the personal attendant delivers additional refreshments and drinks. Upon conclusion of the show, receive signed merchandise from the cast as a prized keepsake of the experience and a transfer back to the hotel.

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Best Bathrooms: Bacara Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Bacara Resort and Spa offers four-fixture marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and walnut bathroom vanities
with added storage. Hairdryer, bathrobes, and slippers are also provided.

Bacara Resort and Spa

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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. 

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Cool Pools: The Westin Stonebriar Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Experience the perfect combination of relaxation and fun at The Westin Stonebriar's
outdoor pool. The beautiful 200-foot lagoon-style pool is fully equipped with waterfalls,
a waterslide, and a whirlpool. Located poolside, Aqua Bar and Grill invites guests to
enjoy cocktails and light fare all throughout the day. The Westin Stonebriar pool
is available to guests year round.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Villa del Palmar Cancun

By: Five Star Alliance

Situated in the tranquil Playa Mujeres area of Cancun, Villa del Palmar Cancun appeals to all ages - a perfect setting for families, friends, and lovebirds. Villa del Palmar Cancun features 415 units, including spacious suites and luxurious penthouses. Accommodations you could live in, all of Villa del Palmar Cancun's units offer unforgettable views, with the majority boasting spectacular vistas looking out to the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. Rooms feature over-sized balconies adorned with hammocks and spacious interiors decorated with a modern-chic design. The penthouses include the butler program, designed to give guests an enjoyable stay with first class service and amenities.

Villa del Palmar Cancun

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Image of the Day: Archer Hotel New York

By: Five Star Alliance

Archer Hotel New York's guests can enjoy a refined cocktail or selection of light bites in the lobby's Bugatti Bar. Guests can sidle up to the lively lobby lounge for a pre-dinner aperitif or, in the warmer months, relax outside in the hotel's outdoor patio.

Archer Hotel New York

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The Author Series at The Hay-Adams Hotel

By: K. Clare Johnson

The Hay-Adams HotelSurrounded by the White House, Lafayette Square, Lafayette Park and St. John's Church, The Hay-Adams, a historic Washington, DC hotel, is just moments away from some of the most significant destinations and famous monuments in America.

Originally designed and built as a residential hotel in the 1920s, today this boutique hotel in downtown Washinngton, DC has the distinct presence of a private mansion where guests can retreat. 

As befitting its historic status, The Hay-Adams Author Series recreates a grand literary tradition established by John Hay and Henry Adams in the late 1800s. At the time, their homes were the center of Washington's intellectual and social gatherings, featuring such notable authors as Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, and Henry James. Reinvented in 2005, the event hosts distinguished authors to celebrate their work and share a drink, a meal, and conversation.The Hay-Adams Hotel

Authors that have been honored include David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Joyce Carol Oates, Toni Morrison, Isabel Allende, John Grisham, Maya Angelou, and Patricia O'Toole. 

The next event is planned for early 2016, so literary fans should plan their visit to DC accordingly.


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