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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.

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'Tis the season to find the perfect gift. Have a traveler on your list?

Here are 10 luxury gifts for Travelers from wee ones to the seasoned ones who seem to have everything. 

Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase, Five Star Alliance may earn a commission. 

1. Lug Via RFID Tote

This 3-in-1 Travel Bag transforms from a shoulder bag to a backpack with ease. Featuring a wide mouth bag opening on the top, insulated back zipper compartment, two soft lined accessories pockets, side cargo water bottle holder, and removable key fob, this bag makes it easy to keep things organized. The RFID protection protects cards from skimming devices while traveling, and the luggage strap glides over a roller bag.

Buy the Lug Via RFID Tote at ebags.com

Fuji Instax Camera

2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera

Featuring sleek styling, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera is ideal for the traveler that loves to take selfies and document their travels. Snap a picture and a credit card-sized photo prints out instantly--perfect for sharing with friends or putting in a travel journal.

Buy the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera at ebags.com

RuMe Travel Organizer

3. RuMe Garment Travel Organizer

Make packing and unpacking easy with the RuMe Garment Travel Organizer. The two-sided travel bag has a garment bag on one side for dresses and suits, the other side has compartments for tops, pants, and necessities. Machine washable and crafted of lightweight polyester, the Garment Travel Organizer rolls up to fit perfectly in a 20-inch carry-on suitcase. Once you arrive at your destination, just unfold and hang in the closet for easy accessibility. 

Buy the RuMe Garment Travel Organizer at ebags.com

Paravel Fold-Up Bag

4. Paravel Fold-Up Bag

Did a little extra shopping at the boutiques while on vacation? Not a problem with the Paravel Fold-Up Bag. Available in five color options, this feather-light bag zips into itself, and lies completely flat. Ideal as a personal item or carry-on for the trip home (or even a gym bag), this chic design slides over the handles of wheeled luggage, making getting those fun finds home from your trip with ease. 

Buy the Paravel Fold-Up Bag at Tourparavel.com

Tumi International Carry-on

5. Tumi Latitude International Carry-On

Durable and lightweight, the Tumi Latitude is crafted with layers of specially woven SRPP Ballistic Material, making the outer shell flexible and responsive. There's a brand-new Tumi wheel system for smooth maneuvering through airports, and the size and design is ideal for domestic and international travel. Available in four colors, personalization is also available. 

Buy the Tumi Latitude International Carry-On at Tumi.com

Tumi ID Lock Passport Case

6. Tumi ID Lock Passport Case

Protect your passport and cards while traveling with the Tumi ID Lock Passport Case. Available in three colors, the case is made with Tumi's signature ballistic nylon and trimmed with leather. This item can be monogrammed and features an ID window with several card slots, in addition to the passport slot. 

Buy the Tumi ID Lock Passport Case at Tumi.com

Tumi Ruma Crossbody

7. Tumi Ruma Crossbody

Versatile and practical yet elevated with gold zippers, the Tumi Ruma Crossbody is constructed with lightweight nylon. Featuring a vertical design, this style is ideal for holding a phone, wallet, passport, and tickets, along with room to spare for small essentials. Perfect for travel, yet ideal for everyday, this handbag is an ideal addition to one's travel wardrobe.

Buy the Tumi Ruma Crossbody at Tumi.com

Slip for beauty sleep Silk Travel Set

8. Slip for beauty sleep Silk Travel Set

Get your beauty sleep on the plane or anywhere you go with the Slip for beauty sleep Silk Travel Set. This gift set includes a travel pillow with a luxurious slipsilk pillowcase, as well as a sleep mask with a silk-covered elastic band to keep the mask from messing up your hair. It's a luxe must-have for long haul flights, and available in pink or black. 

Buy the Slip for beauty sleep Silk Travel Set

Little Passports

9. Little Passports

Designed for curious kids, Little Passports is an award-winning subscription service. Created to inspire children to learn about the world, monthly subscriptions are available for a variety of ages and themes including the Early Explorers for ages 3 to 5, World Edition for ages 6 to 10, USA Edition for ages 7 to 12, and the Science Expeditions for ages 9 and older. 

Buy a Little Passports subscription at Littlepassports.com

Easy Tiger US Map Wall Decor

10. Easy Tiger US Map Wall Decor

Pin your adventures! This cork map is ideal for plotting the next journey, providing an interactive way for families to travel plan, or just showcasing mementos from your trips. Made in the USA, this wall map wipes clean and measures 24"x18".

Buy the Easy Tiger US Map Wall Decor at Bloomingdales.com

Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase, Five Star Alliance may earn a commission. 


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Buckland Manor, was first mentioned in 600 AD, when the land was owned by the Abbey of Gloucester. The village of Buckland is thought to have the oldest rectory in England, which stands next to the Manor, with an impressive timbered hall that dates from the 15th Century. John Wesley preached in the church of St. Michael, the east window of which contains 15th Century glass, judged by some to be the nicest in the Cotswolds and reputed to have come from Hailes Abbey at the Dissolution. William Morris attended church services here when he came to Buckland in the 19th Century and was so impressed by the glass that he personally paid for its releading.

Buckland Manor

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Ca' Sagredo Hotel was a palace originally owned by the Morosini family. It was purchased at the start of the 18th century by the Sagredos, a noble family who had lived in the Santa Sofia district for centuries. The facade onto the Grand Canal is proof of the Byzantine origin of the building, which was altered several times in subsequent centuries. The original ground floor with the doors leading onto the water and the first floor with its tall arch windows topped on slim pillars, were completed in the 15th century by the addition of second floor, which has tracery frieze around the middle mullioned windows of the Portego or central hall.

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Belmond Copacabana Palace employs a team of pool assistants to guests' every request, from fresh towels to cool drinks and light dishes from the pool menu. Sunbathe, swim, and socialize in one of Rio's largest and most attractive swimming pools. 

Belmond Copacabana Palace

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Few hotels have a more iconic structure than the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which is constructred to look like a single, massive breaking wave. The sprawling hotel is so built so that every room can feature a sea view, since its wide face is open to the ocean. With 618 rooms and suites, that's no mean architectural feat, and its large size means that guests always have great choices when it comes to dining and leisure. The Pavilion Sports & Leisure Center puts most other hotels to shame. You can enjoy watersports, a full-service spa, tennis, dive center, and even a climbing wall.  Five different fine dining experiences await your palate, so you'll have to stay at least a week to try them all. From Italian to Latin to Lebanese, each is a completely unique culinary treat. 

There are 19 beachside villas that have an extra degree of privacy. The hotel has a total of 550 Ocean View Rooms, 48 Ocean View Suites and 19 Villas.

View rates, details, and more images of Jumeirah Beach Hotel >>

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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: Do you have a mailing list for news on your resorts? If so, could you please add me to this list but do not pass my details on to anyone else?

Answer: We do have a bi-weekly newsletter that goes out featuring the luxury hotels on our site. To sign up for our free newsletter, simply visit this website and enter your details. We will never sell or distribute your information including your email address to anyone else.

Photo of the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

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We at Five Star Alliance know that you, our loyal travelers, are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you, so be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona is known throughout the world as the ‘Jewel of the Desert,’ and it has a few Five Star Alliance rates too good to pass up! Check out what’s included and make your reservation at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa here!

The Five Star Alliance rate is available for a variety of room types ranging from Classic King rooms to Villa 2 Bedroom Suites. The rate includes:

- Continental Breakfast For 2 Daily

- $100.00 Food & Beverage Credit to Frank & Albert's

- Upgrade If Available At Check-in

- Early Check-in If Available

- 4pm Late Check-out


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The Huka Lodge is an exclusive hotspot in New Zealand that has had a number of celebrities call it their home away from home including Bette Midler Joan Collins, Michael Douglas, Barbra Streisand, John Cleese, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

Check out this incredibly luxurious and breath-taking property here and make your reservations to stay where the celebrities do!


| By: Oksana Balytsky

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’d like to stay at the Miramonte Resort and Spa, but we’re traveling with a large group of 4 adults and 2 seven year old kids. We’d like to get 2 interconnecting rooms. What room types should we book?

Answer: The Estate room with 2 queen beds or the Luxury room with 2 queen beds can accommodate a family of 2 adults and 2 kids age 7 at no extra charge. The difference between the Estate and Luxury room type is that the Luxury room type has access to a patio or balcony while the Estate room does not. The Estate king can interconnect to a Luxury Queen or to an Estate Queen. Although these interconnecting room types are currently available, interconnecting rooms would not be guaranteed and based on availability which fluctuates frequently. To view rates, availability, and to make your reservations, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel. 

Rates and availability are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


| By: Oksana Balytsky

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: I would like to see if you have any glass bottom over the water bungalows that sleep two adults and one child available for December 25th – 27th, 2012 at the Hotel Bora Bora.

Answer: The Hotel Bora Bora does not have availability for your dates of travel, but the Four Seasons Resort has the following room type available which has a maximum occupancy of 3 people, so this would be a good option for your family. It is for an overwater bungalow but it does not specify whether it would have a glass bottom. You could certainly request this, but it would not be guaranteed. To make a reservation for this room type, please visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating ‘traveling with 10 year old child and would like a bungalow with a glass bottom’ so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Bed And Breakfast - Beach View Overwater Bungalow King Bed With Queen Sofabed Maximum Occ 3

The rate is currently 1,250.77 USD per night plus tax and fees. (rates are subject to change prior to making a reservation)

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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