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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.

Cool Pools: Banyan Tree Seychelles


By: Five Star Alliance

Look out to the majestic Indian Ocean as you laze idly in the splendour of a glorious infinity pool at Banyan Tree Seychelles. Complete your leisurely pool experience by quenching your thirst with poolside cocktails or feed your exercise-fuelled hunger with tasty bar snacks.

Book a stay at Banyan Tree Seychelles>>


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.

Learn more about Your Vacation, Our Destination >>


Image of the day: Banyan Tree Ringha


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests of Banyan Tree Ringha will be be charmed by the design of a traditional Tibetan farmhouse and views of the lush forest. The two levels include a bedroom decorated in dreamlike colours with raw stone steps. Soak in the high handcrafted wooden hot bathtub or enjoy the rustic feel of Shangrila. 

Banyan Tree Ringha

Book a stay at Banyan Tree Ringha>>


Image of the day: Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

Enjoy a selection of elegant rooms at The Ballantyne Hotel. Accessible rooms, balcony upgrades, and suites are also available. All guest rooms feature 10-foot ceilings, large picture windows, elegant decor, plush bedding with foam and feather pillow options, an executive desk, full length mirror and dresser, mini-bar, coffee maker, dual closets with robes and slippers, Bose Wave® Radio, wireless internet, television, spacious marble bath with seamless glass shower and separate oval tub (for most guest rooms), and bath amenities by Elemis. A small number of connecting rooms are available by request but can not be guaranteed.

Book a stay at Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge>>


Cool Pools: Alva Park Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Alva Park Resort and Spa features an outdoor heated pool (May to October) with aquatic sunbeds and floating beds. 
There's also a children's pool, and open air massage cabanas.

Alva Park Resort and Spa

Book a stay at Alva Park Resort and Spa >>


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. 

Book a stay at Belmond Charleston Place >>


Dining Al Fresco: Aldrovandi Villa Borghese


By: Five Star Alliance

Renowned chef Oliver Glowig brings his masterful style of haute cuisine to Rome at Aldrovandi Villa Borghese. The eponymous restaurant has been recognized with two Michelin stars. Experience Chef Glowig's distinct interpretation of contemporary Italian cuisine as you gaze out at the hotel's tranquil gardens, a hidden oasis in the heart of Rome.

Dine at Aldrovandi Villa Borghese >>


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 >>


Cool Pools: Banyan Tree Bangkok


By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Bangkok, a luxury hotel, offers a sanctuary for your senses with elegantly appointed rooms, classic service blended with native hospitality, and integrated spa offerings. Shimmering beneath the sky with an outdoor deck on the 21st floor, the pool is fringed by green plants to create the sensation of swimming within the tropics. A juice bar provides refreshment for the parched. The pool is open from 6am to 9pm daily.

Book a stay at  Banyan Tree Bangkok>>


Special Pampering for Moms-to-Be at Eden Roc at Cap Cana


By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Roc at Cap CanaEden Roc at Cap Cana presents a special package for mothers-to-be looking for the ultimate maternity retreat experience. 

Benefits include:

50-Minute Mom-To-Be Therapy- Relieve and eliminate any stress common at this special moment in a woman’s life with a hydrating facial and delicate soothing massage that will leave you feeling renewed and refreshed.

50-minute Quirogolf Massage For Daddy-An exclusive and ground-breaking deep body massage performed with golf balls using maneuvers based on four pillars that act in synergy: relaxing, warming the muscles, therapeutic massage and improving flexibility.

Island Manicure For Her-Indulge in a manicure experience like no other that will leave your hands with an undeniable silky feel.

Island Pedicure For Him-Eden Roc at cap canaEnjoy an unprecedented pedicure experience that includes a gentle exfoliation, cocktail mask, and pressure point massage.

Guests will enjoy delicacies from the Gourmet Cravings Menu, which was designed and inspired by the Mediterranean diet both to meet nutritional needs and satisfy usual cravings.

In addition:

-Daily access to Wet Area facilities (sauna, steam room, whirlpool, relaxation area) during your stay
-15% discount on the purchase of any other SPA treatments
-10% discount on the purchase of any retail product

All of the nightly rates are quoted in USD and include round-trip airport transfers to the Punta Cana International Airport, daily Full-American breakfast, exclusive use of electric golf-cart, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet and access to Eden Roc Beach Club. Rates are subject to 18% taxes and 10% legal service charges. This offer is available for a limited time, and additional terms and restrictions may apply.

Book your stay at Eden Roc at Cap Cana >>