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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER

 
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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Faena Hotel Miami Beach


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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Best Bathroom: Fifteen Beacon


By: Five Star Alliance

Amidst the bustle of commerce and sightseeing, Fifteen Beacon is a haven of serenity. Relax in a marble bathroom that features a combination rainforest shower and deep jetted tub, heated towel rack, and custom designed amenities. 

Fifteen Beacon

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Book the Your Vacation, Our Destination Offer from 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 at one of the famed restaurants, 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. Now the hardest part is deciding where to go. 

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. 

Here's a few of our favorite Destination Resorts:

Suncadia ResortSuncadia Resort - Cle Elum, WA
Located 80 miles east of Seattle in the Cascade Mountains, the AAA® Four Diamond Suncadia resort is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, offering a unique combination of activities and amenities that make it an ideal Northwest getaway and resort residential community. Set on six miles of pristine Cle Elum River frontage, Suncadia resort features more than 270 guest suites, penthouses and condos and 60 rental homes. With more than 40+ miles of hiking and biking trails, three award-winning golf courses, Portals Restaurant, two bars, Suncadia Club Swim & Fitness Center, skating rink and outdoor amphitheater, conference center, and LEED Silver-Certified Glade Spring Spa, the resort offers something for everyone.

Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson - Tarrytown, NYTarrytown Estate
Just 25 miles north of New York City in the heart of Westchester County, New York, Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson blends historical charm with modern conveniences. Overlooking the Hudson River on a 26‐acre estate, it features two 19th‐century mansions, a carriage house and a cottage, along with a contemporary atrium‐style building that houses conference facilities, guest rooms and space for social events.

Sunriver ResortSunriver Resort - Sunriver, OR
The AAA® Four Diamond Sunriver Resort offers accommodations ranging from standard guest rooms and suites to luxurious cabins, each with comfortable Pacific Northwest décor, private decks and stone gas fireplace. Located 15 minutes from Bend in Central Oregon, the resort boasts three championship golf courses, the Sage Springs Club & Spa, and easy access to myriad outdoor recreational activities.

The Carolina Inn - Chapel Hill, NCThe Carolina Inn
Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and recently renovated with an eye towards sustainability, The Carolina Inn has served visitors and returning alumni since 1924. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and winner of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award, guests enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with elegance.

Wild Dunes ResortWild Dunes Resort - Isle of Palms, SC
Wild Dunes® Resort is located on the northern tip of the Isle of Palms, a barrier island off South Carolina, just 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic Charleston. This award‐winning 1,600‐acre oceanfront resort offers a wide choice of accommodations, from the luxurious from the luxurious AAA Four Diamond rated Boardwalk Inn and Village at Wild Dunes guestrooms and suites to lovely condominiums and exclusive homes with spectacular views of fairways, lagoons or the Atlantic Ocean.

Lansdowne Resort - Leesburg, VALansdowne Resort
Overlooking the tranquil Potomac River, Lansdowne Resort, by Destination Hotels, is the gateway to the Virginia Wine Country. With over 500 acres of inspiration at your fingertips, Lansdowne Resort is one of the regions only full-service luxury escapes that is renowned for impeccable service, urban style, understated luxury and premium amenities assured to make any stay a memorable one.

Woodmark HotelWoodmark Hotel - Kirkland, WA
As a AAA® Four Diamond boutique hotel near Seattle, The Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa is the only hotel on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Le Marais


By: Five Star Alliance

Set amid a historic and cultural backdrop, Hotel Le Marais is a modern and upscale sanctuary in New Orleans' French Quarter, featuring four-star amenities and a high level of personal service.

Hotel Le Marais

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Cool Pools: Banyan Tree Mayakoba


By: Five Star Alliance

Split over two levels, each Spa Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the perfect romantic hideaway. Specially designed for couples with quixotic touches like outdoor showers and a personal outdoor area equipped with massage beds, chaise lounges, and a dining area with magnificent views of Mayakoba's idyllic lagoons.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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New to Five Star Alliance: Bourbon Orleans Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel is located in New Orleans' exciting French Quarter. The guest rooms and suites overlook the stunning French Quarter courtyard, featuring a large heated saltwater pool, or the picturesque French Quarter surroundings. From the private balconies, many of which overlook Bourbon Street, guests enjoy picturesque French Quarter views. Guest rooms are thoughtfully appointed with plush pillow-top beds, 42" flat screen televisions, and spacious bathrooms with granite countertops and walk-in showers. Newly renovated French Quarter suites all feature two floors with a queen bed and spacious living area downstairs, complete with a wet bar, WiFi, 42" flat screen televisions, MP3 docking stations, in-room safes, as well as bottled water and in-room coffee and tea. All Loft Suites are approximately 500 square feet. All guest rooms are non-smoking.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
 

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Best Bathroom: Hotel Vitale


By: Five Star Alliance

Welcome to Hotel Vitale, a luxury hotel on San Francisco's waterfront.  Each room has a seating area, bay windows and spa-style limestone bathroom with rainforest showerhead. 

Hotel Vitale

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Best Bathrooms: Casa Del Mar


By: Five Star Alliance

At Casa Del Mar, Italian marble bathrooms feature Hydrothermal massage tubs with glass shutters.

Casa del Mar

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Belmond Charleston Place: Charleston's Best Just Got Better


By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Charleston PlaceLocated in the heart of historic downtown, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city’s landmark luxury hotel.

Now having recently completed a $30 million dollar, three-year renovation project, that distinction has never been more fitting. The hotel’s 434 guest rooms and suites now embrace the historic beauty of Charleston as well as the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless. The redesigned private Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including an expanded marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service while overlooking the historic Charleston skyline. The fitness center has been doubled in size and features state of the art cardio and wellness equipment while the new Belmond Boardroom provides a refined yet contemporary space overlooking King Street for your next meeting or corporate event.Belmond Charleston Place

Charleston has been named the #1 Small City in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler 2015 Readers' Choice Awards. More than 128,000 travelers submitted millions of ratings to help Charleston garner a ranking of 88.13. The readers said, "With its beautiful gardens, vibrantly painted Georgian houses along Rainbow Row, and carriages clacking across cobblestone streets, Charleston remains one of the countries' most picturesque cities. Underneath its sleepy charm, the city is known for its dynamic food scene, thriving theater scene, bustling King Street, and historic City Market."

Belmond Charleston PlaceBelmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for guests to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. History abounds on every street corner with beautifully maintained architecture from houses, to churches, to historic sites like Fort Sumter, the famous open-air market and the gardens and plantations, which are some of the country's oldest.

Belmond Charleston Place offers newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond dining, a full-service spa and unbeatable Southern hospitality. Discover More with 20% off the Best Available Rate from January 1- March 31, 2016 with rooms starting at $236 per room, per night. 

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Cool Pools: La Cantera Hill Country Resort


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Make a splash at one of the reimagined resort pools at La Cantera Hill Country Resort. The main resort pool is the perfect spot for the entire family to enjoy complete with cabanas and delicious poolside snacks from Vista Grille. A separate kids pool includes a splash area for toddlers and two waterslides. For those seeking a sophisticated experience, the adults-only pool offers a secluded space with incredible Hill Country views, along with ten luxurious cabanas and a sophisticated poolside bar. 

La Cantera Hill Country Resort

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