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The 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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: The Hawaiian Islands

In this edition of Featured Journeys, we travel to the Hawaiian Islands. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, these volcano-created islands offer blissful beaches, one-of-a-kind sunsets, and luxury hotels with an array of amenities and exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Plus, each of the island's offers its own unique attractions, cuisine, and adventures from exploring tunnels created by ancient lava flows to kayaking to picturesque waterfalls. 

The "Big Island", The Island of Hawaii

Twice as big as the other Hawaiian Islands giving it the nickname the "Big Island", the Island of Hawaii is the youngest of all the islands, and a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Visitors to the island can travel through all but four of the world's different climate zones, ranging from Polar Tundra to Wet Tundra. The island's vast climates are a result of the variying elevations and geological formations created by the massive Maunakea and Maunaloa volcanoes. Travelers to the island will want to visit the lush valleys of the Hilo and Hamakua Coasts, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the black sands of Punaluu Beach. 

Mauna Kea Beach Resort

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Set along a white sand beach, Mauna Kea Beach Resort is a luxury retreat with world-class golfing at Mauna Kea and Hapuna, 11 seaside tennis courts, and Bocce Ball courts. Offering an array of cultural experiences, guests can partake in nighttime glow-canoe and manta snorkel adventures, art tours, and tropical spa treatments. For children, the Keiki Club Adventures provides supervised programs, and there is a variety of ocean sports and activities for visitors of all ages. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive full buffet breakfast for two daily at Manta Restaurant, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 resort credit per stay when booking a room or a $200 resort credit per stay when booking a suite.

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OAHU

Home to Honolulu, Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Sometimes called "The Gathering Place", the island is diverse with a fusion of East and West cultures blending with native Hawaiian traditions. Mixing ancient and modern, visitors to this island can dine at an eclectic array of restaurants, partake in a variety of activities, and spend the day in the bustling city of Honolulu, or venture to a laid back surf town. 

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikik Beach

Adjacent to the shopping at Luxury Row, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is a luxury tower hotel celebrating the spirit of the island in a modern way. The all-suite property offers residential-style accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows, gourmet kitchens, living rooms, furnished balconies, and bathrooms with walk-in showers, state-of-the-art toilets, soaking tubs, and dual vanities. The spa offers treatments inspired by Hawaiian traditions, dining options include the first Hawaii locations of Dean & DeLuca and Sushi Sho, and the BLT Market with Hawaiian-infused cuisine. While the eighth floor infinity pool has private cabanas, and the fitness center was designed by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking  the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include full breakfast for each guest daily in BLT Market (subject to maximum credits per accommodation type)  and a  $100 USD resort credit per Studio, $200 per One Bedroom Suite, $300 per Two or Three Bedroom Suites and $400 per Four Bedroom Suites (not valid on room rate and no cash value). 

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KAUAI

Hawaii's "Island of Discovery" is filled with natural wonders to explore. From the Waimea Canyon to native fishponds with 1,000 years of forward-thinking history, visitors can breathe in the oxygen-rich air of the island's Wailua River while kayaking to a cascading waterfall. Be transported back in time along the Napoli Coast to a laid-back island lifestyle, and explore the small coastal towns like Hanapepe and Old Koloa Town. Ideal for travelers seeking a relaxed pace to explore natural wonders, the island also hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Ukelele concerts, Hula Shows, and the Princeville Night Market.

Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

Oceanfront Guest Room at Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort

Set on Poi'pu Beach, Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort is an intimate luxury boutique resort. Offering the island's closest accommodations to the beach, the award-winning property has a saltwater lava-inspired pool, and award-winning Red Salt restaurant serving a modern take on island cuisine showcasing locally-sourced Hawaiian ingredients. While the Spa at Ko'a Kea provides Hawaiian-inspired treatments infused with natural and indigenous ingredients, as well as a romantic couple's suite, outdoor seaside cabana treatment area, and candlelit treatment rooms.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking  the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for each guest daily at Red Salt, a $50 resort credit, per room/per stay (if not already included in the rate), and a welcome amenity. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Showcasing full views of the Pacific Ocean, the Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a luxurious two bedroom suite with 3,840-square-feet of space. Individually designed and uniquely decorated, the ultra-luxe suite provides authentic Hawaiian styling in a sophisticated, yet laid-back way. The one of a kind space has a multimedia room to accommodate VIP guests, as well as a rooftop Sky Terrace and Lounge, providing an idyllic venue for entertaining or relaxation. Continue reading below the photo of the Sky Terrace. 

Presidential Suite Sky Terrace at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Set on the fourth floor of the property, the Presidential Suite has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and one powder room. There are ocean views from every room of the suite, and the bedrooms have individual styling. Plus, there's an oversized bathroom sanctuary, and a living area with a large dining table providing ocean views. Read more below the photo. 

Presidential Suite at Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina

The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is an oceanfront luxury resort with unlimited water sports and beach activities. There are five restaurants and lounges on-site, including the Fish House Restaurant and the Waterman Bar & Grill. For relaxation, the four-level Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre provides innovative treatments inspired by ancient Hawaiian healing traditions, including massages and Keiki O Ka' Aina treatments. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: Hawaiian Islands

Introducing Featured Journeys from Five Star Alliance. Each month we're pulling together a luxurious multi-destination itinerary to discover. First up, the Hawaiian Islands. Offering a plethora of landscapes, scenery, and activities, the U.S.A.'s 50th state has much to be discovered.

Oahu
Maui
The Big Island

Oahu

We recommend starting your journey on the island of Oahu, home of the Honolulu International Airport with nonstop flights arriving daily from around the world. Explore the cosmopolitan city, walk along Waikiki Beach, hike atop Leahi (Diamond Head), and visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial. To experience a laid back surf town, take about a one-hour drive to Haleiwa, on the island's North Shore, where visitors can experience the island's history, dine in restaurants set within former plantation buildings, browse charming art galleries, and shop surfing boutiques. For kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, and bodyboarding, head to Kailua Beach Park on the Windward Coast. Known for white sand and turquoise water, it's an ideal spot for exploring. Nearby Kailua Town offers a range of restaurants, including Island Snow, serving shave ice treats and frequented by the Obama family. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Oahu Hotels:

The Royal Hawaiian

The Royal Hawaiian

Since opening in 1927, The Royal Hawaiian Resort has provided guests with a luxurious Hawaiian setting, along the shore of Waikiki Beach. Learn to surf, experience a luau, or watch the sunset while sipping a tropical drink at the Mai Tai Bar. 

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Completely renovated in 2016, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is set on a private beach with a four-level Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre providing Hawaiian-inspired treatments. Plus, the Ko Olina Golf Club, outrigger canoeing, and sport fishing.

Halekulani

Halekulani Pool

Situated along Waikiki Beach, the Halekulani has an iconic, mosaic-bottomed freshwater pool with ocean views. Along with the award-winning, five-star rated Le Mer Restaurant serving French cuisine infused with tropical ingredients in a romantic setting. 

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Maui

Next, hop a flight to the island of Maui. Referred to as the "Valley Isle," Maui offers a taste of the island's locally sourced cuisine, artist communities, and charming towns. The island is also known for whale watching, and it is located withing the Hawaiian Islands Humpack Whale National Marine Sanctuary. From January to April, Lahaina Harbor offers a wide range of whale watching tours, along with historic attractions from the whaling village's past. For a historical and botanical experience, head to the Iao Valley State Park to see the monument where Kamehameha defeated the Maui army in 1790, and walk the Iao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop to learn about the flora that Hawaiians brought to the island. For scenic views, Haleakala National Park is home to the island's highest peak, and Kaanapali Beach offers signature Hawaiian sunsets. Don't forget to travel the road to Hana for breathtaking and panoramic scenery. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Maui Hotels:

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

Fresh off a massive renovation, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea provides a beachfront setting with a range of activities including tennis fantasy camps, photography tours, Kona Coffee helicopter tours, culinary experiences at Hana Ranch, and whale watch photo excursions. 

Montage Kapalua Bay

Bathroom at the Montage Kapalua Bay

Featuring a multi-tiered lagoon pool and island-inspired cuisine, the Montage Kapalua Bay is located on 24-acres of oceanfront property in Lahaina. The all-suite property has accommodations with private lanais, luxe bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens.

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Infinity pools at Andaz Maui at Wailea

LEED-certified, the Andaz Maui at Wailea is a contemporary beach resort set along a 1.2-mile-long stretch of land along Mokapu Beach. The apothecary-style Awili Spa incorporates locally sourced and destination-inspired ingredients, plus there are three infinity pools, kayak tours, hula, and ukelele lessons. 

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The Big Island

Finally, travel to Hawaii Island. Known as the "Big Island," it is the largest of the islands and is constantly growing due to magma flows. It offers the most diverse climate of all the islands with snow-capped mountains, black-sand beaches, uplands, and rainforests. Begin by flying into Kona International Airport where you can discover the Kona coffee plantations, historic Kailua Village, and the resorts along the Kohala Coast. Take a day to head south of Kona to the sacred Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park, then onto the Punaluu Black Sand Beach.  Make sure to allow an entire day to explore Volcanoes National Park, a world heritage site with the Kilauea volcano, lava tubes, and deserts. 

Here are a few of our top-rated Big Island Hotels:

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai Kona

Providing authentic Hawaiian luxury, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai features accommodations set within two-story bungalows. There are three restaurants, seven swimming pools, kids' club, Jack Nicklaus' signature Hualalai Golf Course, outdoor movie nights, tennis programs, sunrise meditation, and PiYo classes. 

Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

Fairmont Royal Orchid

Along the Kohala Coast, the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is set amongst 32 acres of tropical foliage. Offering the Spa Without Wallas, tennis, and an oceanfront swimming pool, guests have access to a variety of activities, including hiking to petroglyph fields, lei making, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, and outrigger canoe paddling in the open ocean. 

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton Waikoloa Village Pool

Spread throughout 62 acres of oceanfront property, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is a destination resort with Polynesian and Asian Artwork. Guests can stroll flagstone pathways, or be transported via air conditioned trams. The on-site Dolphin Quest provides an opportunity to swim with dolphins, and the Legends of Hawaii Luau features traditional island cuisine with hula and fire dancers.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

A heated 46-by-82 foot fresh water pool overlooking Waikiki Beach has become one of Halekulani's most talked-about
landmarks. On the bottom of the pool is a stunning mosaic of a Cattleya orchid, comprised of 1.2 million pieces of imported
South African glass tiles.

Halekulani

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Waikiki Parc Hotel has a chic designed infused with contemporary style and vibrant interiors.

Waikiki Parc Hotel

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| By: Betsy LeTourneau

Turtle Bay Resort
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 Oahu, Hi. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: We recommend Turtle Bay Resort.


Turtle Bay Resort has almost five miles of beachfront that includes the beauty of Kawela Bay, Bay View Beach Lawn, and of course Turtle Bay. Only 45 minutes from the high pulse and energy of Honolulu, guests enjoy the natural tranquility of the North Shore lifestyle and Spectacular Ocean views. Just minutes away, find one of Hawaii's most popular destinations, The Polynesian Cultural Center, and many other famous Oahu attractions. Oahu, the one island that has it all, Turtle Bay Resort offers a true Hawaiian outer-island experience. Because of the resort's unique position on the island, all of the 375 luxury guest rooms, 26 suites, 42 beach cottages and luxury ocean villas offer picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort features two lushly landscaped pools, two championship golf courses, tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails, a surfing school, world-class dining, and shopping.

Turtle Bay ResortFor your family, we recommend Turtle Bay's Ocean Villas. Elegantly furnished with a masterful blend of luxury and style, Turtle Bay’s Ocean Villas surpass any oceanfront resort accommodations on North Shore Oahu. Enjoy exclusive amenities, such as a private pool, Jacuzzi, courtyard and barbecue area. Just steps from the beach, the Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay Resort are the perfect setting for relaxing and playing in Oahu's Fabled North Shore luxury.

-The Villa Studio, 3-Bedroom offers: Living Area with Sleeper Sofa, Lounge Chairs, Coffee Table and Entertainment Cabinet, Dining Area equipped with Silverware, Dinnerware, Glassware and Stemware, Brazilian Chestnut Wood Floors, Granite Kitchen Countertops, Sub Zero refrigerator, Wolf Cooktop, Oven and Microwave Oven, Dishwasher, Quality Cookware and Small Kitchen Appliances, Travertine Marble Stone in the Entry-way, Kitchen and Bathrooms, High Speed Internet, Bose Home Entertainment System and Flat-screen TVs with Cable, Super Capacity Washer/Dryer, Private Lanai with Sitting Area and is Steps to the Bay View Beach.

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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.

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Turtle Bay ResortTurtle Bay Resort is renowned as the only resort destination on Oahu's Fabled North Shore. The location is a flashpoint of global surfing, and the hotel plays host to the legendary Hans Hedemann Surf Center. 

Given the hotel's close connection to surfing, the luxury beach hotel has paired up with Surfer the magazine to launch Surfer the Bar. Surfer is a partnership between Turtle Bay and Surfer magazine, the global bible of surfing culture. The drink of choice here is a 16-ounce pint of ice-cold beer, many of them local small-batch brews. The food is fresh, flavorful, sometimes spicy Hawaiian comfort food.


Surfer the bar has a stage for Hawaiian musicianship. In addition to scheduled performers, Surfer has quickly become a showcase for new talent as well as a platform for surprising, impromptu performances by celebrity musicians who like the Surfer vibe.Turtle Bay Resort Surfer the bar is also a screening room for international and local Big Wave filmmakers, documentarians and photographers who consider Surfer to be the perfect venue for sharing their craft with an appreciative audience who want to see the beauty, majesty and danger of the sea through the eyes of those who know it best.  It is a studio for live webcasting of some of surfing’s biggest pro events and up-close-and-personal musical concerts. It is also a soapbox for TalkStory, a centuries-old Hawaiian tradition roughly meaning "to converse informally and openly as good friends do."

Even if you've never caught a wave, spend enough time at Surfer the bar and you'll feel as if you are a hanging ten hero. 
 

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 This lucky lady gets to relax in the Orchid Pool at Halekulani.

Halekulani

 

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Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk is located just steps away from Waikiki's famous white sand beaches and the new Waikiki Beach Walk offering vibrant entertainment, exclusive boutiques and world-class restaurants.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach

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| By: Oksana Balytsky

Halekulani has been hosting visitors to Waikiki Beach for nearly 100 years, but even the most hip and trendy luxury hotels need a face lift every now and then. This beautiful Hawaiian hotel has earned its reputation for its gracious hospitality, impeccable service, and incredible cuisine, and with its updates, the Halekulani is now that much more stunning and reputable. For the past year, the Halekulani has been sprucing all of its rooms and suites as well as enhancing guest experiences, services, and amenities. The hotel has also added a new French Bar, L’Aperitif at La Mer, and a new Afternoon Tea experience. Each guestroom has been improved with new furnishings, accessories, amenities, new lighting design, bedding, and enhanced in-room technology. We simply love the new look and feel of the Halekulani and admire how a stunning property can undergo a major improvement period without losing its historic and charming feel. Explore the new look of the Halekulani for yourself and let us know what you think!


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