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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

Conrad Koh Samui

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 >> 

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. 

Learn more about Luxury Hotel Stays on Us-Book to Win

Book today to win!

Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend!

By: Five Star Alliance

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend from all of us at Five Star Alliance. Whatever you are doing, find some time to relax in these last days of summer. 

Happy Labor Day

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The Best Luxury Hotel Private Plunge Pools

By: K. Clare Johnson

The #1 request from Five Star Alliance is for private plunge pools. For those who aren't familiar with the concept, private plunge pools are small pools often found in villa-style luxury hotel accommodations. The pools are for the exclusive use for the guests staying in that particular type of accommodation.  Private plunge pools are popular due to, well, their privacy. Guests don't have to share the pool with loud sunbathers, splashing kids, or unruly teenagers. There's no fighting over lounge chairs, as you get your own. 

Which is why we've come up with list of the Best Luxury Hotels with Private Plunge Pools. We add new selections to the list constantly, so check back frequently. 

A few of our favorites include:

COMO Shambala Estate

COMO Shambala

Hermitage Bay

Constance Halaveli Maldives

Jumeirah Bordum Palace

Jumeirah Bodrum Palace

Le Guanahani Hotel

Le Guanahani

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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.