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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.

Hulu Hoop on the Rooftop at The Berkeley


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Berkeley

For all those who are yoga'd out, can't bear another step class, and who think Krav Maga is a type of sandwich, The Berkeley has an exercise plan for you. Introduced earlier this summer and running through the end of October, the hotel's health club and spa is offering London's first rooftop hula-hooping classes. 

The classes are lead by hula-hoop fitness experts HulaFit®. The exercise craze is a favorite among celebrities like Beyonce, Emma Stone, and Liv Tyler, and can burn up to 600 calories an hour. 

Classes are taught every Wednesday from 12-1pm. The £65 fee includes a pool side lunch, complimentary use of the pool, and a one of a kind souvenir Berkeley hula-hoop. HulaFit® targets core muscles for a great ab  and cardio workout while keeping things playful. Participants will learn a variety of hooping styles such as the basic Waist Hooping progressing to Turning & Pirouettes, The Limbo, The Vortex, Body Wraps and the Booty Bump. Following each class, guests get a dip in the pool and a well-deserved poolside lunch overlooking panoramic views of Hyde Park and bustling Knightsbridge.

£65 per person include pool side lunch, complimentary use of the pool and a one of a kind Berkeley hula-hoop, which can be taken home to continue the fun). The class can be booked through the hotel's spa. 

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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.


Kids Free Month in San Diego This October


By: Five Star Alliance

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla​October is a great month to bring the family to La Jolla, California.  Throughout the entire month of October, kids play and eat free at over 100 different restaurants, museums and attractions all over San Diego!  This is a fantastic opportunity for families to save a little money while enjoying an absolutely memorable trip.

And kids always stay free at the 4-Diamond Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla.  And we have some great deals and special packages for families of all sizes!  Situated in the seaside Village of La Jolla, the Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel.  Commanding views of the California coastline, this landmark hotel overlooks the shores of the Pacific Ocean and is ideally located just steps away from miles of beautiful beaches and 15 minutes north of downtown.    Within walking distance are world-class shopping, dining and entertainment and within a short drive are an abundance of golf, recreation and visitor attractions. Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

The hotel features 93 air-conditioned, non-smoking guest rooms and suites (some with fully-equipped kitchens, ideal for traveling families).  Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access is also available in each of the guest rooms and suites and throughout all public spaces.  A heated outdoor pool, valet parking, complimentary bottled water, bathrobes and evening turndown service are just a few of the luxuries guests will enjoy.

NINE-TEN Restaurant, providing catering for all group functions, boasts nationally acclaimed chefs, an “extraordinary to perfection” ZAGAT rating and a Wine Spectator-awarded wine list.  Our Evolving California Cuisine is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

With its ideal location, gracious service and environment of extraordinary comfort, the Grande Colonial hotel provides the ideal destination for those traveling to enjoy Kid’s Free Month in San Diego this October.

Book a stay at Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla >>


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 - Santa Fe, NM, USAInn and Spa at LorettoReflecting 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 >>


Did you know? Aigialos Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

With a breathtaking view of the world-famous Aegean caldera, the volcano and the deep blue waters of the
Mediterranean Sea, Aigialos Hotel, strategically located at the edge of Fira city, offers from all its balconies and
verandas an unrivalled experience of the loveliest sunset in the world, together with a rare combination of unique architecture,
elegance and tradition.

Book a stay at Aigialos Hotel>>


Cool Pools: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

The pool area at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa is a sun-worshipper's delight. Covering more than 50,000 square feet, this outdoor playground offers two swimming pools, a jetted spa and ten comfortable cabanas with amenities including WiFi, phone, flat screen televisions, misters, ceiling fans, and a mini refrigerator. Guests also have access to a full-service outdoor bar and grill, WetBar.

Book a stay at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa>>


Book a 4th of July Retreat to Romance at The Omni Homestead Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead Resort
The Omni Homestead Resort. What better place to celebrate America's birthday than a resort that has played host to dozens of US Presidents?  Add in a little romance, and it's the perfect vacation.

The Retreat to Romance Offer Includes:

A bottle of Chandon Sparkling Wine
Romantic turndown service including robes, music and lighting
Concierge pre-call to assist with special romantic touches and personal requests
Late check-out on request, 1:00 p.m.

Fourth of July Festivities Include:

Friday Night Family Dinner  - Savor the prime rib, seafood, Allegheny trout, pastas made to order, fresh salads, and house made desserts at this special Main Dining Room family experience.

Family Carnival - Held on the Casino Lawn Friday, July 3 from 4PM to 8PM. Kids of all ages will enjoy the bounce house, caricature artist, face painting and music. There will also be classic carnival food from cotton candy to sno cones to old-fashioned popcorn.The Omni Homestead Resort

Cookout on the Casino Lawn - The 4th of July Cookout features buffet style dining from 4:30pm-8pm. Enjoy a wide variety of menu items from hamburgers and hotdogs to salads and seafood as well as an array of desserts. There's also music by the Steve Bassett Band. 

Fireworks - Bring your blanket and find a spot on the Old Course Driving Range for a  concert by The Yacht Rock Schooner. The 8-man Schooner specializes in the smooth sounds of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. A spectacular fireworks display begins at 10pm. 

If you can't make it for the 4th, the Retreat to Romance offer is available until December 30, 2015.

The Retreat to Romance package is subject to availability. Amenities are only available for one night. Additional nights do not receive package amenities. See participating property for details. Not applicable to groups, conventions or in combination with other savings or special discounts. Rates subject to change without notice. Additional terms and restrictions may apply.

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Special Offers at Tower Club at lebua


By: Five Star Alliance

Tower Club at Lebua
No matter the length of your stay, Tower Club at lebua has a special offer for you. Tower Club at lebua is a luxurious five-star hotel in Bangkok, one where every moment is memorable, personal, and exceptional. On the 51st through 59th floors, the views from the 221 gigantic suites are even more extraordinary, the separate bedrooms, living room, and kitchenette complemented by the infinite thoughtful touches that reflect the personalized, intuitive service that pervades every floor.

Current Offers Include:

-Bed and Breakfast
The package includes Accommodation in a Tower Club Cityview or Riverview Suite. Daily breakfast for 2 guests at Cafe Mozu. In-suite 12 mbps internet access (wired and wireless). Tower Club Lounge access and benefits.Tower Club at lebua

-Relax at Tower Club
The package includes acommodation in Tower Club River View Suite. Guaranteed late check-out until 16.00 hrs. Daily one drink voucher @ Distil up to 2 registered guests. Daily BTS one-day pass up to 2 registered guests. 60-minute Thai Massage up to 2 registered guests (once per stay). Welcome fresh fruits and flowers.

-Experience Bangkok
The package includes: Upgrade to Tower Club Riverview Suite. One way trip airport transfers by Toyota Camry (maximum 3 persons). Complimentary one drink voucher @ Ocean 52 up to 2 registered guests (once per stay). Choice of private half-day luxury temple or palace tour with private transportation. Welcome fresh fruits and flowers. Tower Club Lounge access and benefits.

-Save up to 25% on Longer Stays
This package includes accommodation in a Superior Suite Balcony or Riverview Suite Balcony. Daily breakfast for 2 guests at Cafe Mozu. In-suite 12 mbps internet access. 

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Indiana Jones and The Jefferson Washington DC


By: Five Star Alliance

The Jefferson Washington DC boasts a prime location in downtown DC. The luxury hotel has teamed up with its neighbor, the National Geographic Museum, to bring a special summer offer featuring Indiana Jones. Starting at $365, the Indy For All package includes:

- Overnight accommodations
- Two tickets to the Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology exhibit at The National Geographic Museum
- Two of our signature Indiana Jones cocktails in Quill
- Indiana Jones-themed welcome amenity (one per room)

This offer is based upon availability, some blackout dates may apply. Must book 24 hours in advance.

The Jefferson Washington DC

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