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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

May The Fourth Be With You! While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, fans can visit some of the filming locations to enjoy the other worldly scenery. From the deserts of Jordan to the black sand beaches of Iceland, and the allure of the Maldives, these destinations offer much to be explore (and seriously instagram-worthy vistas). Here are three luxury hotel destinations sure to inspire a journey to remember. 

1. Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

The desert of Jordan is the fictional home of the planet Jedha. The Moevenpick Nabatean Castle  overlooks the Great Rift Valley, and is a short drive from the gates of the historic city of Petra. The hotel provides a luxurious setting with the Al Madafa restaurant with a large terrace and fountain, plus guest rooms and suites with private terraces and balconies. On the garden level there's an indoor pool surrounded by windows that open to the terrace during the summer months, providing an ideal place to relax while taking in the surrounding views.

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2. Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu

Gan, one of the largest islands in the Maldives served as the backdrop for scenes that took place on the planet Scarif. The Six Senses Laamu on the Laamu Atoll, Maldives offers a chic and eco-friendly setting with overwater villas. The restaurants serve organic and locally grown produce, and the property's Six Senses GEMS (Guest Experience Makers) help guests maximize their visit to the island. 

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3. The Diamond Suites 

The Diamond Suites

Parts of the movie were filmed in multiple areas of Iceland. Scenes on Planet Eadu were shot on the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and others were shot by Krafla's volcanic crater. The Diamond Suites is located on the top floor of the Hotel Keflavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Just a short drive from the Blue Lagoon and hot springs, this luxury hotel offers an exclusive location with individually style suites offering high end amenities such as in-room Macs, Bang & Olufsen TVs, and Versace marble floors.

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| By: Rachael Weir
Perched atop the famous Hotel Keflavik, the Diamond Suites offers five luxury suites: the Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Topaz, and the Pearl. With a separate entrance and exclusive location along the Reykjanes Peninsula, the individually-designed suites offer high-end furnishings close to the Blue Lagoon, whale watching, and lava fields. Continue reading below the photo.
The Ruby Suite at the Diamond Suites
The Ruby Suite (shown above) offers 500 square feet of space. The focal point of the room is the hand-carved headboard, which took 12 weeks to carve. The bathroom has faucets designed by Philippe Starck, Versace marble tiles, whirlpool bathtub, and two oversized rain showerheads. Read more after the photo. 
The private jacuzzi in the Sapphire Suite at the Diamond Suites
From the private outdoor jacuzzi of the Sapphire Suite (above), guests have the opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis during the winter. The suite combines classic furnishings with modern artworks. Plus, a luxury bathroom with a whirlpool tub, double sinks, and an oversized rainshower. Continue reading. 
The Emerald Suite at the Diamond Suites
For Old World charm, the Emerald Suite (show above) provides a library-inspired setting with wood-panelled walls, plus exclusive Mackenzie Childs wallpaper and lighting. There's a Duxiana king size bed to add to the room's warm atmosphere, along with a cozy bathroom with a whirlpool tub, Philippe Starck faucet, and a rainshower. Read more below. 
The Topaz Suite at the Diamond Suites
Offering modern styling, the Topaz Suite showcases (pictured above) Icelandic works of art, along with contemporary furnishings. Plus, a bathroom with designer fixtures, rainshower, and whirlpool tub. Continue below. 
The Pearl Suite at the Diamond Suites
Ideal for brides, the Pearl Suite (above) features a white color palette, with a lavish king size bed crafted with white leather headboard, acccented by Swarovski crystals. There are night stands covered in aligator leather, and Versace marble columns frame the space. Plus, a luxury bathrooms with designer fixtures and a rainshower. 
 
For the ultimate retreat, the Diamond Suites allows all five suites to be rented at once for an ultra-exclusive Penthouse Suite setting. Or, the Jon William Suite is named after the hotel's founder, and combines the Ruby and Sapphire suites. 
 
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Bollinger champagne at check-in. 
 
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