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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.

Five Star Alliance Recommends Ten Little-Known Honeymoon Locations

May 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lounging on the beach for a honeymoon is nothing to sneeze at, but the newlyweds who want something different should try staying at one of these luxury hotels in an these unusual honeymoon locations.

Five Star Alliance recommends these unusual post-nuptial spots:

Cappadocia, Turkey
Why Visit
This Anatolian region is a UNESCO world heritage site known for its cave structures. Dwellings have been hewn from the rock as far back as 4,000 B.C. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. It is 30 kilometers from Nevsehir Airport.

Where to Stay
Cappadocia Cave ResortCappadocia Cave Resort and Spa (pictured right) is built right into a mountain and offers a spectacular view over the dramatic landscape. The exclusive spa area offers all kinds of treatments, from steam baths to an experience shower with sound and light effects, to a couples massage.

Cappadocia Museum Hotel has just 30 rooms and suites. The unusual living museum concept means the cave rooms and specially restored traditional rooms are decorated with antiques and have wonderful views of Cappadocia.
 

Hue, Vietnam
Why Visit
The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles from the East Sea. Hue has various points of interest, such as the Citadel, the royal tombs of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, and Minh Mang, Thien Mu pagoda, and Dong Ba market. Other attractions include Bach Ma national park, Lang Co beach, Truc Lam Zen monastery, and Thuan An beach.

Where to Stay 
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. It offers stylish interior decoration on an area of 27 hectares of undulating land and lagoon.

Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. With 99 rooms and villas, the resort is warm and inviting. Hue airport is just 20 minutes away.
 

Cuzco, Peru
Why Visit
Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of Peru's most visited spots as it is a convenient city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu. It is located 7,000 feet above sea level and is nestled in a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range with a generally dry and temperate.

Where to Stay 
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (pictured right)is located in the Urubamba Valley on the banks of the river Vilcanota. The hotel’s property spreads over 10 hectares. Unno Spa includes a hyperbaric chamber, hydrotherapy pools, Vichy shower treatment rooms and meditation, and aromatherapy oxygen.Aranwa Sacred Valley

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco’s main square. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks using the fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

Umag, Croatia
Why Visit
With a coastline filled with stunning beaches, Umag is an established summer destination in Europe. It is known as the town of tennis because it hosts many tennis camps and the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open. Beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, and unrivalled scenery add to the city's undeniable charm. The international festival of chamber theatre Golden Lion is a popular local event.

Where to Stay
Hotel Monte Mulini is situated in a beautiful and quiet location, but close to the town of Rovinj. Maistra’s boutique hotel Monte Mulini is the perfect starting point for sightseeing in Croatia, a wine trail tour, or time in the sun and sea.

Kempinski Hotel Adriatic is surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, and offers breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea. Things to do include treatments at the 3,000 square foot duplex Spa, and a few rounds at the first professional 18-hole golf course in the region.

Doha, Qata
Why Visit
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the modern Doha skyline contrasts with the surrounding desert. Things to do in Doha include playing world-class golf, off-road desert cycling, beach trips, and fossil hunts. Popular attractions include the City Centre Doha Mall, the Corniche Promenade and the acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art. The city will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Where to Stay

The Torch DohaThe Torch Doha (pictured left) is 300 meters high and has panoramic views of the city. It is located on Al Waab Street, 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Hotel guests have private walkway access to Doha's largest shopping mall Villaggio.

Sharq Village and Spa's fourteen courtyard houses are located on one thousand meters of private coastline. Guests can tour the village streets, cool off in the two pools, recline on an outdoor majlis, or shop at the village souq. The hotel is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, B.V.

Other Recommended Locations:

-Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: A destination with year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches, and world class resorts. It’s just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

 

-Lanai, Hawaii: 9 miles from Maui, the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii is all unspoiled beaches and serenity.

-Port Antonio Jamaica: A quiet and beautiful haven with both jungle trails and impressive museums.

-Almaty Kazakhstan: The largest city in Kazakhstan has a spectacular mountain backdrop and is a winter sports haven.

-Herzliya, Israel: 10 minutes from Tel Aviv, this coastal city offers water sports, boating, and hiking.

 

 


New to Five Star Alliance: The Boxer Boston

April 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Boxer is Boston's newest full-service boutique hotel, located in the heart of downtown Boston, nestled between the tasty North End and the storied cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, just one block from TD Garden. The Boxer exudes a relaxed sophistication with an urban industrial chic design that incorporates hints of Boston. 

The Boxer Boston

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Resort in the Florida Keys?

April 27, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Cheeca Lodge
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a family of 6 and looking to stay is Key West, Fla. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Cheeca Lodge 

Since 1946 the historic Cheeca Lodge & Spa has enchanted guests with world-class fishing, exceptional accommodations, and gracious hospitality. Come experience this lush oceanfront retreat, considered the premier luxury resort in the Florida Keys.

With one of most beautiful and secluded private beaches in Florida, Cheeca Lodge is an exhilarating tropical playground. From tennis and golf, the lavish Spa at Cheeca, and fishing off the end of the 525-foot pier to snoozing in a hammock on the beach, how best to relax is entirely up to you. Escape to oceanfront sanctuary and solitude at Cheeca Lodge & Spa. As the benchmark for Florida Keys luxury resorts for over 60 years, Cheeca is the crown jewel of Islamorada, the Sportfishing Capital of the World. Everything about this wondrous retreat aspires to captivate and soothe. Exquisitely appointed, West-Indies-style accommodations nestled amidst lush gardens, shimmering pools, and cascading waterfalls. 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:Cheeca Lodge
-Luxury Resort View 2 Bedroom Suite. It is 1042 Square Feet with a full kitchen living room, and a balcony The suite sleeps 6. Expect dark mahogany furnishings, elegant tropical artwork, and palm leaf ceiling fan. The spacious master bedroom features a premium pillow-top king bed with fine linens and down comforter and a marble bathroom with oversized soaking tub and separate glassed-in rain shower with massaging jets. Surround yourself with all the comforts of home, from a separate living room with queen sleeper sofa to a cozy breakfast bar and fully-equipped kitchen. Additional touches include 27" and 42" plasma screen televisions, plush bathrobes, DVD & CD player, hair dryer, and in-room safe.

 

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa

April 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gateway Canyons Resort

Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa is located in Unaweep Canyon, one of the most unique red rock canyons in the world. The word Unaweep is a Native American term meaning "canyon with two mouths." It is thought that the ancestral Colorado and Gunnison rivers may have cut through the soft red sandstone of the Uncompahgre Plateau, exposing stone dated to Precambrian times. This is said to be the only canyon in the world that is drained by two creeks; East Creek and West Creek, sending water off in opposite directions. Much like the nearby Colorado National Monument, our area has special recognition in Colorado geology. Ancient rivers eroded the rock away, exposing more than a hundred million years of the geologic record and fossils of dinosaurs and early amphibians.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

April 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located in the heart of Kansas City's best upscale shopping at Country Club Plaza and just minutes from the entertainment of the Power & Light District, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza is a sophisticated new destination for business and leisure travel.

Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza 

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Charleston Place Caters to the History Buff

April 20, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Charleston Place
Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, Belmond Charleston Place makes every guest feel part of this great Southern city. A gathering point for local society, this luxury hotel blends gentility and old-world charm with a leading-edge spa and innovative cuisine.

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect hotel from which to explore the city. From historic houses and plantation tours, to Federal forts and museums, Charleston is steeped in a rich, colorful and sometimes controversial history. The hotel has set up itineraries for travelers interested in exploring Charleston's historic past.

Charleston Place

DAY 1
-Start the day with a delicious gourmet breakfast in the hotel's garden-style Palmetto Cafe before meeting your small group for a walking tour of the city. Be sure to make an advance reservation, because these tours sell out almost every day!

-After the tour, enjoy afternoon tea at Thoroughbred Club while you discuss all the new things you have discovered on the tour.  

-After tea, join one of the many antebellum historic house tours. The hotel recommends the Nathanial Russell, Aiken-Rhett, or Edmondston-Alston homes.

-End the day with a fabulous dinner in the highly acclaimed Charleston Grill.


DAY 2
-Start off with a boat ride to Fort Sumter—the famous Federal port in Charleston Harbor where the American Civil War began.

Charleston Place-Take a hotel prepared pinic lunch to a plantation. Middleton Place is ideal for seeing what farmstead life was really like through the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, with reenactments, plus tours of the preserved manor houses and slave quarters. Enjoy lunch under an oak tree overlooking the river.

-In the evening, stroll around the cobblestone streets of the historic district, passing
many art galleries, museums and restaurants. Be sure to see the famous "Rainbow Row"—a row of painted historic houses.


DAY 3
-Explore personal interests. Try a Gullah Tour, which offers a unique insight into the native language and culture of the slaves in South Carolina and Georgia. There's also historical carriage tours, a stop aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, or a visit to the Slave Museum.

Charleston Place-Indulge in a pampering treatment in the hotel spa and unwind over lunch at the hotel.

-Stroll to the famous Battery sea-wall defense, passing many hidden gardens, and enjoy the sunset from a swing on Waterfront Park.

Sounds like a pretty wonderful way to spend a long weekend. 
 

Nightly spring rates at Charleston Place start at $298 >> 

 

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Ella

April 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Ella inhabits the Goodall Wooten mansion, one of Austin's original landmark estates. The refined property reopened in late summer 2013 following a multi-million dollar renovation. It is named in honor of original owner Ella Wooten. It features 48 impressive guestrooms (inclusive of 10 luxury suites), a cabana-lined lap pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking an expansive front lawn. Beautifully designed indoor and outdoor spaces and stately meeting rooms provide ideal backdrops for events, weddings, and corporate gatherings. Guests will enjoy exceptional dining along with a superior level of personalized service wrapped in the relaxed hospitality for which Austin is known.

Hotel Ella

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Cool Pools: The Grand Del Mar

April 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Bask in the warm San Diego sunshine by one of The Grand Del Mar's four heated pools. Vanishing edges, underwater speakers, private cabanas and a friendly outdoor Pool Bar, featuring flat-screen televisions and cool cocktails, are just a few of the highlights.

Poolside, serving light fare and refreshments, a children’s pool with wading area, white sand seating areas and glowing fire pits complete the experience at the main Resort Pool, while the Relaxation Pool is a quiet, adult-only retreat located adjacent to The Spa and ideal for swimming or lounging after a soothing spa treatment.

The Grand Del Mar 

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Image of the Day: The Whitehall Hotel

April 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Whitehall Hotel remains a landmark destination in Chicago, offering a very European sense of grace and grandeur. The Presidential Suite offers this terrific view of the Chicago skyline.  

The Whitehall Hotel 

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Redbury South Beach

April 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Redbury South Beach, formerly The Fairfax Hotel, brings the service and glamour of its sister property on the iconic corner of Hollywood and Vine to Miami's most coveted vacation and nightlife destination. From Creative Director Matthew Rolston, the hotel features 69 rooms and suites with interiors inspired by South Beach’s Art Deco heritage; Lorenzo, an Italian eatery from James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano; and a 12,000-square-foot rooftop pool and event space with food and beverage service. Guests of The Redbury can indulge in priority access to The Raleigh's beach and SLS Hotel South Beach‘s fitness center amenities, as well as V Yoga.Fitness.Spa, and Prive Salon.

The Redbury South Beach 

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