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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: Five Star Alliance

New York, NY – Five Star Alliance, the leading site for luxury hotel reservations by affluent clients around the globe, recently debuted an all new website. Five Star Alliance is the leader in online to offline transactions, giving affluent customers the choice of booking electronically or via live expert advisors.

Focused on luxury travel, Five Star Alliance underwent a site overhaul to enhance the customer booking experience. The modern color palette and sleek fonts offer a fresh feel, while layout and formatting changes have simplified the search and booking process. In addition, as mobile transactions continue to grow, Five Star Alliance has upgraded its responsive mobile design and functionality. 

“Five Star Alliance is excited to share a new look with our clients,” said John P. McMahon, President & CEO of Five Star Alliance. “This new design and upgraded mobile experience reflects the needs and wants of today’s luxury travelers. Visitors will be able to find the luxury hotels they want within an easier search format, as well as unlock exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks to add value to their travels. This new look and feel is just the first phase of exciting things to come for Five Star Alliance in the luxury travel space.”

As the leading site for luxury hotel reservations, Five Star Alliance has a curated collection of luxury hotels around the world. In addition, the website has exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks featuring value-added offers at more than 1,200 luxury hotels, with an average value of $500 per stay. Recently, Five Star Alliance launched the Five Star Alliance Air Services Desk, Group Travel Desk, and Luxury Travel Planning Services.

Five Star Alliance, a member of the Signature Travel Network, was founded as an online tool to help discerning travelers find and book verified luxury hotels. Dedicated to being an online destination for luxury travelers, Five Star Alliance is transforming beyond hotels to provide clients with a comprehensive travel solution for luxury hotels, air, cruise, and bespoke experiences.

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New Five Star Alliance Listing Page

Example of the New Five Star Alliance Listing Page

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| By: Five Star Alliance

New York, NY –  Five Star Alliance is excited to share the unveiling of the all-new www.FiveStarAlliance.com. As the leading site for luxury hotel reservations, the new website is designed to simplify the search and booking process, as well as showcase the world’s top luxury properties. In addition, the website’s mobile platform underwent a redesign, to maximize responsiveness and make it easy to book a luxury hotel from a mobile device.

“Five Star Alliance is excited to share a new look with our clients,” said John P. McMahon, President & CEO of Five Star Alliance. “This new design and upgraded mobile experience reflects the needs and wants of today’s luxury travelers. Visitors will be able to find the luxury hotels they want within an easier search format, as well as unlock exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks to add value to their travels. This new look and feel is just the first phase of exciting things to come for Five Star Alliance in the luxury travel space.”

The online luxury boutique travel agency Five Star Alliance provides luxury travelers with a curated collection of luxury hotels around the world, with the option to book online or to work with one of our expert travel planners (or a combination of the two). In addition, the website has exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks featuring value-added offers at more than 1,200 luxury hotels, with an average value of $500 per stay. Recently, Five Star Alliance launched the Five Star Alliance Air Services Desk, Group Travel Desk, and Luxury Travel Planning Services. Read more below the photo.

Example of New Five Star Alliance Hotel Listing Page with Exclusive Perks

New Five Star Alliance Hotel Listing Page Example

Five Star Alliance, a member of the Signature Travel Network, was founded as an online tool to help discerning travelers find and book verified luxury hotels. Dedicated to being an online destination for luxury travelers, Five Star Alliance is transforming beyond hotels to provide clients with a comprehensive travel solution for luxury hotels, air, cruise, and bespoke experiences.

Example of New Five Star Alliance Mobile Listing Page

Mobile Listing Page Example


| By: Rachael Weir

On July 20, 1969, Apollo Astronauts landed on the moon. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Missions, including the moon landing, the Smithsonian's National Air and Spa Museum is having a special celebration. The "Discover the Moon" Day will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. on Friday, July 19.* In complement with the museum's extensive collection and expertise, guests will be able to interact one-on-one with museum scientists to learn about lunar exploration, research, and missions, view the moon in 3-D, and see high-resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This special event is designed to spark interest and a national conversation about the past, present, and future of exploration and innovation. 

Details:

Discover the Moon - 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Missions at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.*

- 1 Day Celebration for All Ages, complimentary admission

-  Friday, July 19, 2019

-  10 AM to 3 PM

The "Discover the Moon Day" at the National Air and Space Museum is part of a five-day celebration happening to celebrate the Apollo Missions including the moon landing. In addition to the event at the museum, there will be an "Apollo 50 Festival" on the National Mall July 18-20, 2019. Plus, Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit will go on display for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, July 16, there will be a special screening of the children's PBS Program, "Ready Jet Go!" at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater on Wednesday, July 17, and on Saturday, July 20 "The Eagle Has Landed" free, late-night celebration will happen from 8 PM to 2 AM. 

Click here for a schedule of events and additional details from National Air and Space Museum

Visiting DC from out of town? For an ideal location with easy access to the National Mall and the National Air and Space Museum, we recommend staying at the InterContinental Washington DC - The Wharf with a riverfront location, rooftop pool, and this exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will receive full breakfast for each guest daily in Kith and Kin (also available through room service), and a $50 food and beverage credit, per room/per stay. Continue reading below the photo. 

Rooftop Pool at the InterContinental Washington DC - The Wharf

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Another option with a convenient location for the Apollo Celebration events is the Mandarin Oriental Washington. Providing grand elegance within walking distance of Capitol Hill and the National Mall, this property offers an exclusive FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" will also receive American Breakfast for two daily in Muze or continental breakfast via room service, complimentary WiFi, and a $100 food and beverage credit once during stay (excluding taxes and gratuities). Additionally, reservations booked under the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Rack Rate" for 3 or more nights in the Jefferson and Presidential Suite also include round-trip airport transfers. 

Mandarin Oriental Washington

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*Please note: events listed above are subject to change. 


| By: Rachael Weir

In June 2018, the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas unveiled a new two bedroom villa.

Nestled amidst the Bill Bensley gardens, the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is an ultra-luxe villa steps from Mai Khao's white-sand beaches with a private pool, traditional Thai sala over the lagoon, and a sundeck. Inspired by the villa's natural surroundings and fashion connoisseur Jim Thompson's silk designs from the 1950s and 60s, the exclusive sanctuary highlights multiple Thai silks throughout. Natural Thai Makha hardwood flooring provides a unique patina throughout the villa, there's Thai artwork and carvings, as well as classic Thai Pikul flower designs. In the living room, Thompson's fabrics mingle with woods and sandy hues to create a nautical feel. Read more below the living room photo.

Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson Living Room

In the master bedroom, Thompson's Heliconia Dreamin' provides a vibrant and whimsical style that extends to the swimming pool and sala. The design was inspired by the Heliconia flower that continues to flourish today at Jim Thompson's former home. Overlooking the pool and gardens, the twin bedroom showcases the Floriential print, highlighting whimsical birds and butterflies frolicking amidst peonies. Continue reading below the photo of the twin bedroom. 

Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson Twin Bedroom

“We have a passion for enhancing our pool villas so that guests can enjoy the full beauty of Anantara Mai Khao, inside and out,” explains Nikolaus Priesnitz General Manager of Anantara Mai Khao. “The Two-Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson offers a secluded retreat with luxury amenities and is ideal for families, while highlighting the gorgeous designs of a truly beloved Thai treasure.” Read more below the photo of the exterior of the villa. 

Exterior of the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson

Guests of the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson are welcomed with fresh flowers and fruit juices upon arrival, as well as personalized Villa Host service, Anantara Spa products, and a complimentary set of the Bvlgari Guest Collection. The Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is located on the island's secluded northwest coast. Along the Andaman Sea, the property offers locally-inspired architecture, indigenous gardens, and excursions to Sirinath National Park's tropical mangroves, dives to coral reefs, and strolls through local villages. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the heart of the historic district, Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feel of a 17th century villa with an enchanting Georgian staircase that welcomes guests to the lobby, Italian marble floors, and a glistening chandelier. Providing an urban setting with a chic and serene environment inside its walls, the luxury hotel recently unveiled the Elysian Salon and completed renovations at The Spa at Belmond Place. Learn more about what's new at the hotel below the photo of the Elysian Salon. 

Elysium Salon at Belmond Charleston Place

Focused on creating a unique style for every client, the Elysium Salon is located in the East Gallery of The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place. Featuring a luxurious setting for haircuts, coloring, specialty treatments, wedding and special occasion hair, as well as makeup applications and lessons, the salon adds to Belmond Charleston Place's exclusive amenities. Since launching her career in the hair and makeup industry in 2001, Salon Director of Elysium at Charleston Place, Charlotte Belk--a South Carolina native, has been focusing on traditional cuts, natural & dimensional hair color, as well as specialty services. Read more below the Elysium Salon photo. 

Elysium Salon at Belmond Charleston Place

In addition to the Elysium Salon, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place recently completed renovations. The newly transformed environment offers a tranquil setting with a clean and crisp color palette, and a more seamless connection to the mineral swimming pool. The men's and women's locker rooms were refreshed to provide a more relaxing mood, and there's a variety of new products and treatments available for guests including TaTa Harper's 100% natural line of beauty products from Vermont, anti-aging hand and feet products by Margaret Dabbs, Lafco Reed diffusers and candles, and FarmHouseFresh goods. Read more below The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place photo. 

The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place mixes Southern charm with timeless elegance, steps from the city's historic sites, shopping, and restaurants. There's award-winning cuisine at the Charleston Grill, modern gastronomy at Palmetto Cafe, and gourmet pub fare in Meeting at Market. Plus, there's upscale shopping boutiques within the hotel and a rooftop pool. 

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| By: Five Star Alliance

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Celebrate the holidays as America's beachfront legend becomes a playful wonderland with pops of bright colors at every turn against a backdrop of twinkling white lights. With the return of Skating by the Sea, Hotel del Coronado is truly a sight to behold with carolers singing joyful tunes, whimsical polar bears striking a pose, lavish feasts and festive parties. Continue reading below the photo of Skating by the Sea.

Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado

Gather your friends and family for holiday favorites like housemade gingerbread and cookies, mulled cider and spiked coffee drinks or roast s'mores on the beach under the stars. Step back in time with an elegant Victorian Tea or explore the magnificent holiday lights around Coronado on a decked out surrey. Read more below the photo Victorian Tea photo.

Victorian Tea at the Hotel del Coronado

Whimsical trees are trimmed and glisten with pretty packages underneath. Saint Nick appears at Sunday Brunch and friendly elves read holiday tales to children. The holiday season at our seaside retreat is filled with both nostalgia and new traditions. Read more below the photo. 

Holiday Lights at the Hotel del Coronado

It's a time for magical adventures and creating memories with the ones you love, surrounded by the warm glow of The Del. Celebrate a winter of whimsy, wonder and wishes. Only at The Del.

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*The content of this sponsored article was provided by Hotel del Coronado. Offers and packages are subject to change.


| By: Rachael Weir

Exploring a city during Christmas and New Years provides visitors with a new perspective on traditions, flavors, and holiday celebrations. At the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence, guests can experience traditional Italian holiday flavors at the property's on-site restaurants. From Friday, December 8, 2017 to Saturday, January 6, 2018, the hotel's Osteria della Pagliazza in addition to its regular menu, will offer traditional Christmas dishes like Stuffed Pig's Trotter with Lentils, Ricotta and Spinach Gnudi, Meat-filled Pasta Parcels in Capon Broth, Traditional Panforte Vin Santo Sauce, Beef Wellington with Sauteed Vegetables, and Beef Cheek Braised in Chianti with Black Cabbage Sauce. Continue reading below the photo of Osteria della Pagliazza. 

Osteria della Pagliazza

The hotel's Christmas Eve Dinner will be prepared by chef Rocco de Santis and served the evening of Sunday, December 24 in the Byzantine Pagliazza Tower. The dinner will feature a welcome toast with the chef, Crisp Octopus with Guacamole, Garlic, and Almond Mousse, traditional Sardinian Fregola Pasta, Roast Salmon with Parsnip and Capers, as well as a slice of Panettone with Orange Sauce, and Cinnamon-flavored Meringue with Coffee Sauce, plus wine and coffee pairings.

On Christmas Day, the hotel will offer a Florentine Christmas Lunch. Set in the Salone delle Feste, the chef-created lunch by Rocco de Santis will feature a traditional menu with Rolled Roast Rabbit and a Parmesan Mousse with a hint of Truffle Gravy with Wild Herbs, Homemade Pasta Stuffed with Lampredotto, Capon Broth, and Orange Zest, plus the Slow-cooked Saddle of Suckling Pig, Cream of Chickpeas and Carmelized Apples, as well as Mille-feuille with Ricotta and Candied Fruite Mousse, Pears with Moscato and Red Berry Sauce, and traditional Panettone and Pandoro with sauces. Complimented by paired wines and coffee options.

In addition to special Christmas dining options, the Hotel Brunelleschi Florence is offering a variety of New Years options, including special packages with accommodations and gourmet meals. As well as two New Year's Eve Dinner choices, one dinner will be held in the Saloni delle Feste with Salted Beef Roll, Red Cow Parmesan Risotto, Handmade Pasta, Beef Tenderloin, and Panettone Semifreddo. While the New Year's Dinner Luxury Edition will feature wine pairings by the maitre and a menu with Blinis with Asetra Iranian Caviar, White Prawns with Parsley, Baby Squid filled with Provola Cheese and Lime Bechamel, Breaded Scampi, Burrata and Green Olive Sauce, Lobster Marinated in Citrus Fruit, San Miniato White Truffle, Porcini Mushrooms and Almonds, Ravioli Stuffed with Turnip Tops and Red Shrimp, Baked Wild Sea Bass with Chestnuts, Venus Clams, and Lemon Sauce, and completed with Nougat Semifreddo, Clementine Sauce, Cinnamon Crumble, Panettone by Master Baker Alfonso Pepe with traditional Pandoro with Vanilla Cream and Hot Chocolate Sauce, as well as dried fruit, Petits Fours, mineral water, and espresso. Read more below the photo of Saloni delle Feste. 

Saloni delle Feste

On New Years Day, the hotel will host a brunch in the Saloni delle Feste, featuring dishes like Marinated Salmon, Quiches, Tuscan Cold Cuts and Cheeses, Recco-style Focaccia, Warm Seafood Salad with Vegetables and Saffron Potatoes, Marinated Meat Rolls, and traditional Pandoro and Panettone with Vanilla Sauce. Continue reading below the photo of the Bargello Suite. 

Bargello Suite at Hotel Brunelleschi Hotel Florence

The Hotel Brunelleschi Florence is situated in the heart of the city, in the shadows of Il Duomo. Steps from Signoria Square, major attractions, shops, and restaurants, the boutique hotel occupies two historic buildings, with an upscale Italian restaurant and traditional trattoria. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $50 food and beverage credit per room, per stay, a bottle of Prosecco, welcome amenity, and VIP Status.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Sponsored Post*

This past year, Peninsula Chicago revealed its reimagined rooms and suites, which introduced The Peninsula Hotels' signature technology to the United States. The new rooms now offer all essential functions, entertainment, and guest services in 11 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Continue reading below the photo.

In-room technology at the Peninsula Chicago

Rooms are designed so that every control is located precisely where it is required without guests having to think or search. The tablet technology allows guests to adjust lighting and temperature controls, as well as browse restaurant menus, hotel services, city information, attractions, and TV channels, while LED touch-screen wall panels offer weather details and privacy options. In addition to the recently launched 24-hour check-in for web bookings, a new Mobile Concierge provides instant guest service support by text message, directly to mobile devices. An added benefit for domestic and international travelers alike, all domestic and international calls made from the guest room phone are complimentary via VOIP, and bedside charging stations store and charge several types of mobile devices. Read more below the photo of the bedside charging station.

Bedside charging station at the Peninsula Chicago

All of this pioneering technology has been developed by The Peninsula Hotels’ Research and Technology Department. Based in Hong Kong, the group has been responsible for some of the most advanced, yet intuitive innovations in the global hotel industry since 1985. The team flew more than 250,000 miles during the installation of the new system to ensure a truly seamless experience for guests. Continue reading below the photo. 

The Water Tower Suite at the Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago is steps from the boutiques and restaurants along the Magnificent Mile. Offering a prestigious location and a host of accolades, the property has three on-site restaurants, legendary Afternoon Tea, two-story spa facility, and elegant event spaces. All guest rooms and suites are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as classical styling with Pratesi linens, 55-inch TVs with sound bars, and marble bathrooms with 19-inch inset TVs and soaking tubs.

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*The information in the article above was provided by the Peninsula Chicago.


| By: Five Star Alliance

Offering an idyllic ski-in/ski-out setting on Beaver Creek Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has a variety of year-round activities including a full-service spa facility and tennis courts during the summer. There's also a heated outdoor pool, six dining options, the Ritz Kids program, and pet-friendly services. In addition, the resort is offering special Solar Eclipse programs for guests. Learn more about the offers in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Exterior

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch to Offer Solar Eclipse-Themed Programs

If you have not heard by now, a Total Solar Eclipse is taking place this summer on Monday, August 21; astronomically, it is an extremely rare occurrence (the first visible in the United States in 99 years) and it is predicted to be one of “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history.”

The “Great American Eclipse” will begin at approximately 10:18 a.m. PST near Lincoln City, Oregon and will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:47 p.m. EST. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, located in Avon, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains is going to be in the 90 percent path of totality for the eclipse. With such a prime observation opportunity, the 180-room resort is planning a number of special events to commemorate the occasion:

Recreation Programs

Beyond the daily guided hike offered as part of the resort’s Naturalist Program, there will also be unique activities arranged for both before and during the celestial event. Guests going on the daily hike will be led to a Rocky Mountain vista ideal for seeing the eclipse. There will be a panel where guests can learn facts about the skies, outer space and the eclipse as well as the local Colorado flora and fauna. The resort will also be providing special viewing glasses to view the eclipse from its Great Lawn and Mountainside Terrace.

Solar Eclipse Massage

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Bachelor Gulch is also joining in on the festivities. Guests 18-years and above can receive a free five-minute chair massage during the the eclipse.

Specialty Cocktails & Mocktails

In addition, all of the resort’s dining outlets are commemorating the historic natural phenomenon with a one-time-only menu of specialty cocktails. The Total Eclipse is a coconut rum-based drink, shaken with Jägermeister and pineapple juice; the Blue Moon has Grey Goose Oranj mixed with blue curacao and Contreau; meanwhile the Solar Flare is made of a homemade blueberry vodka and simple syrup. These drinks can also be modified into non-alcoholic mocktails for younger guests.

Once the eclipse passed, that evening guests are invited on sunset strolls as well as stargazing down paths used for snowshoeing in the winter. An expert resident naturalist will be guiding adventure-seekers as they teach them (most appropriately) about celestial navigation, point out key stars, planets and constellations. During their stay, guests can also enjoy the resort's Red Sky Golf Club, six different restaurants, spa, wellness center and pools.

Learn more about The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch


| By: Rachael Weir

Towering over the heart of downtown, Taj Dubai is an opulent luxury hotel mixing authentic Indian heritage with contemporary style. Featuring panoramic views, guest rooms and suites have large windows (including many with views of the world's tallest building), textural furnishings, plush beds with pillow menus, and grand bathrooms with bath menus, bath salts, and Molton Brown amenities. Continue reading below the Maharaja Suite photo.

Maharaja Suite at Taj Dubai

Within the hotel there are multiple dining options, including the signature Bombay Brasserie serving Indian cuisine, the Treehouse with an urban rooftop setting and Mediteranean small plates, and Tesoro offering a global menu within a glass and metal conservatory. Read more below the photo. 

Dining at the Taj Dubai

Steps from the Dubai Mall with more than 1,200 shops, the luxury hotel has a large outdoor pool, fitness center, and creative activities for children. There's also the Jiva Spa with four treatment suites, and Afternoon Tea in the Byzantium Lounge. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance at the Best Available Rate Plan receive daily breakfast for two guests at Tesoro, $100 food and beverage credit, and complimentary WiFi. Also, subject to availability at check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out until 4 p.m.

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