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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: Florida Holiday

Providing a mix of recreation and relaxation, Florida is an ideal destination for families, couples, adventure-seekers, theme park-lovers, and beach goers. In this edition of Featured Journeys, we explore a multi-destination itinerary through the Sunshine State. Beginning in Orlando, home of the "Happiest Place on Earth". Next up, Palm Beach known for luxury boutiques, beaches, and glittering estates. Finally, our journey ends in Miami, in the South Beach area recognized for Art Deco architecture, nightlife, and some of the world's best beaches. 

Orlando

Situated in central Florida, Orlando is known for its theme parks including Disney, Sea World, and Universal Studios. A haven for families, this region also offers resorts with full-service spas and championship golf courses. Popular at all times of the year, visitors may want to plan their visit based on special events at the theme parks like Halloween or Christmas festivities. 

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Surrounded by Disney, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is an ideal gateway destination for Orlando's theme parks. Close to it all, the property offers a relaxing retreat with two resort pools and private cabanas, top-rated 18-hole Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, spa, and the WA Kids Club with organized activities for young travelers. Plus, an array of dining options inspired by the Waldorf Astoria New York with signature restaurants like Bull & Bear and La Luce.

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily, a $100 resort credit which may be applied towards spa or golf or recreation per room/once per stay, and a guaranteed late check-out at 4 pm.

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Palm Beach

Located on the southeastern coast of Florida, Palm Beach is about 65 miles north of Miami. Along the Atlantic Ocean, this area has been a popular traditional winter home for American aristocrats for generations. There's upscale resorts, the world-class Norton Museum of Art, bird watching, and a variety of dining and nightlife options. 

The Breakers

The Breakers

Since opening in 1896, The Breakers has been an iconic destination for generations. Providing seaside glamour with Italian styling, the property continuously modernizes and revolves to meet the needs of contemporary guests with an indoor-outdoor fitness facility, newly unveiled spa, four pools, private beach, and nine restaurants. As the only oceanfront resort in the heart of Palm Beach Island, the hotel provides guests with an array of recreational and relaxation opportunities. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also received full American breakfast buffet for two daily at The Circle or The Beach Club Restaurant and a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not applicable to room rate, taxes and gift cards).

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Miami

Infused with Cuban culture, Miami is a diverse destination with a vibrant downtown, one-of-a-kind nightlife, array of shopping, and top-notch museums. The diversity of the city provides visitors and locals alike with a never-ending variety of dining options ranging from the trendiest foodie destinations in South Beach to down-home Cuban bodegas. For an urban setting, stay in downtown Miami, or if you're looking for a beach experience, choose a property along South Beach, which is filled with Art Deco buildings, stunning beaches, and an ideal people-watching scene.

Royal Palm South Beach

Terrace View at the Royal Palm

Offering direct beach access, the Royal Palm South Beach is a luxury hotel featuring Art Deco architecture with contemporary interiors. Just off Collins Avenue, the hotel is a short stroll from the boutiques and restaurants along Lincoln Road. Within the hotel, guests can relax at two pools, enjoy beach service, get a treatment at the full-service spa, or dine at Byblos serving Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" will also receive continental breakfast for two daily in Florida Cookery and a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay.

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For a limited time (through December 17, 2018), the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa is offering a complimentary fourth night* for guests that stay three nights. In addition to the fourth night promotion, guests booking through Five Star Alliance also receive exclusive Five Star Alliance Perks. Continue reading below the photo.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Amidst the picturesque red rocks of Sedona, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa offers an idyllic setting for hiking, mountain biking, and golfing. There's signature activities like Woga--a combination of walking and yoga, stargazing, guided meditation, chanting, vortex lectures, and walks through the canyon with conservationists. For those looking to get in touch with their creative side, the property offers creative photography and watercolor sessions with the resort's resident artist, as well as cooking classes and food & wine pairing sessions. Continue reading below the photo.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Guests of the resort receive exclusive private golf club access to the Seven Canyons Golf Course. Plus, the Mii Amo, Destination Spa is recognized for treatments designed to create balance, harmony, and well-being. Learn more about the exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo.

Golf at Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive full breakfast for two daily at any restaurant or through room service (maximum $30 credit per person/per day) and a $100 credit towards golf or spa services per room/per stay.

*Please note: To book the complimentary fourth night promotion, search for four night stays, booking and travel must be completed by December 17, 2018. Offer subject to availability.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Antigua

Situated in the Northern part of the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua is the larger of the two islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Formerly a British colony, the now independent nation offers a sunny destination with enough beaches to visit a different one every day of the year. Rich in history, the southern coast is home to historic harbors showcasing the island's importance as a strategic naval port, including Nelson Dockyard's National Park. English traditions are woven into the island's culture, and the capital of St. John's is home to wooden houses with louvered verandas and corrugated iron roof.

Throughout the island, dramatic scenery and sugar-white sand beaches protected by coral reefs draw visitors seeking beach vacations. In the northwest, Dickenson Bay offers tranquil turquoise waters, ideal for families with small children. While Johnson's Point provides schools of tropical fish and stark white sands. Carved over time by lashing of breakers, Devil's Bridge is a natural bridge and popular attraction within Indian Town National Park. Bird enthusiasts will want to visit Frigate Bird Sanctuary to see the large nesting colonies of frigates, or man-o'-war birds. 

Here are 5 Top Antigua Luxury Hotels:

5. Sandals Grande Antigua

Pool at Sandals Grande Antigua

Along the famous beach of Dickenson Bay, Sandals Grande Antigua is an adult couples-only all-inclusive resort with six pools, nine restaurants, and eight bars, including an English Pub. Providing beachfront luxury, the property has a variety of water sports such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and windsurfing, plus PADI Certified Scuba Diving, croquet, pool tables, tennis, beach parties, and casino nights. 

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4. Carlisle Bay

Private dining at Carlisle Bay

Featuring a backdrop of rolling hills and rainforest, Carlisle Bay is the sister hotel to the award-winning One Aldwych in London. Set on the island's south coast, the all-suite boutique property is on a secluded bay with all 87 suites offering beachfront suite-to-sand access. There's also four restaurants, four bars, kids club, and spa. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a $100 spa voucher per suite, per stay.

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3. Jumby Bay Island

Pool at Jumby Bay Island

Accessible only by boat from Antigua, Jumby Bay Island is a tropical Caribbean hideaway. Fresh off a multi-million dollar restoration, dining options include the Estate House, Verandah Restaurant & Bar, Pool Grille, and Beach Shack. Set along white sands and turquoise Caribbean waters, the property is a luxurious hideaway with an array of recreational amenities like cooking classes, sunset cocktail cruises, rum tastings, seasonal turtle watches, and yoga. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also include a $100 spa services credit per accommodation/per stay (not valid on products) and culinary welcome amenity.

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2. Hermitage Bay

Pool Suite at Hermitage Bay

Consisting of 30 freestanding suites with contemporary styling, Hermitage Bay is a secluded boutique retreat with a romantic setting. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the eco-chic property is situated on the west coast of Antigua along a 1,250-foot beach with a mix of white sands and seashells that have washed ashore from the coral reef. Amidst 16 acres of tropical gardens, the gourmet all-inclusive features menus that change daily (no buffets), and made-to-order foods prepared with the finest ingredients. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 resort credit. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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1. Curtain Bluff 

Patio Terrace at Curtain Bluff

Positioned between two picturesque bays and the only rainforest in Antigua, Curtain Bluff is an all-inclusive resort. The 15-acre property has 72 rooms and suites scattered up the bluff. Ideal for couples and families, there is a variety of on-site activities including yoga, stand up paddleboarding, Pilates, four floodlit tennis courts, two beaches with a beach bar, and two restaurants. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive a $100 resort credit per room, per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featured Journeys: British Countryside Escape

Venture beyond London in our newest Featured Journeys: British Countryside Escape. Highlighting three top luxury hotels, venture to Bath, The Midlands, and York for history, Medieval architecture, theater, and natural beauty. In Stratford-upon-Avon, visit Shakespeare's hometown, unwind in the modern baths at Thermae Bath Spa, go on hikes through nature in The Cotswolds set within The Midlands, and meander through the walled city of York. Of course along the way you'll want to take time for traditional Afternoon Tea, and a pint or two in local pubs waiting to be discovered. 

Bath, England

Situated in southwest England, Bath is known for 18th-century honey-colored Georgian architecture and natural hot springs. A destination of well-being since Roman times, the waters are still a draw for travelers today. Featuring a compact setting, Bath offers a collection of museums and galleries, including the Roman Baths, which are located in the heart of the city's World Heritage Site and one of the country's most popular tourist attractions, as well as the modern Thermae Bath Spa where visitors can bathe in the natural thermal hot springs. There's also the Bath Abbey, festivals, and sports, plus nearby attractions include the Somerset countryside, Stonehenge, Avebury, and the Longleat Safari Park. 

The Royal Crescent Hotel

Spa at The Royal Crescent Hotel

Considered one of Bath's finest addresses, The Royal Crescent Hotel dates back to 1775. Designed by John Wood the Younger, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the best pieces of Georgian architecture in the United Kingdom. Featuring uninterrupted views over the River Avon, the property was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1971. Today, the hotel is surrounded by manicured gardens with regal furnishings, fine dining, traditional Afternoon Tea, and a spa. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making a reservation with Five Star Alliance will receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room/per stay and daily full breakfast. The following are subject to availability at the time of check-in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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The Midlands, England

Situated in central England, The Midlands is known for natural beauty as well as being the home of William Shakespeare. Stratford-upon-Avon is Shakespeare's hometown, and throughout the area visitors can see inspirations for some of his most loved plays, including in Leicestershire where the battlefields and tomb of Richard III are located. Birmingham, England's second city is located in this region where travelers can meander amidst streets lined with Victorian redbrick houses, heritage museums, mega arenas, and contemporary stores. Nottingham has Medieval castles, underground caves, royal concert halls, and chic shopping areas. For outdoor enthusiasts, Peak Distict National Park has the tallest peak reachable by way of canals, secret caves, woodlands, and natural springs. 

The Lygon Arms

Torrington Suite at The Lygon Arms

Situated in the town of Broadway, The Lygon Arms is a historic British inn surrounded by an idyllic countryside. The Cotswold luxury hotel is steeped in history with roots dating back to the 1300s, including stays and visits by Oliver Cromwell and King Charles I. There's a Great Hall with a vaulted ceiling, log-burning open fireplaces, and rooms combine old world glamour with modern luxuries. The inn has a traditional Afternoon Tea, The Lygon Bar & Grill serves a seasonal British menu, and The Lygon Wine Bar has Italian bites and wines with a relaxed setting. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: All reservations booked with Five Star Alliance receive one Champagne Afternoon Tea, per person, per stay, along with 10% off spa treatments. Also, subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. 

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York, England

Founded by the ancient Romans, York is located in northeast England. The walled city is home to the York Minster, a 13th century Gothic cathedral with medieval stained glass and two working bell towers. The visitable Clifford's Tower is all that remains of the York Castle, which has housed a prison and mint throughout the years. The National Railway Museum showcases vintage trains and exhibitions, the reimagined Jorvik Viking Centre highlight's the Viking's legacy in the area, and the York Castle Museum offers visitors the chance to see hundreds of years of history in one place with historic artifacts, actors that bring the past to life, and interactive exhibits. Plus, Shakespeare's Rose Theatre open in 2018 from June 25 to September 2. 

Grand Hotel and Spa York

Grand Hotel and Spa York

Originally built for the North Eastern Railway Company in 1906 as a "Palace of Business", the Grand Hotel and Spa York offers a luxurious setting with fine British dining, Afternoon Tea, and a spa. Restored to it's Edwardian splendour, the property infuses history with modern elegance. Guest rooms and suites feature plush beds with Egyptian cotton bed linens, and bathrooms have Molton Brown toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. For upscale dining, the 3 AA Rosette Hudsons by Craig Atchinson provides a unique fine dining experience, there's classic Yorkshire dishes at The Rise Restaurant, the 1906 Bar has signature cocktails & local ales, plus the property offers a traditional British Afternoon Tea. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Named as one of Travel + Leisure's "Top 10 Resort Hotels in Mexico 2017", NIZUC Resort and Spa Cancun offers an exclusive setting in the secluded enclave of Punta Nizuc, plus special perks for Five Star Alliance guests. Situated on one of the Mayan region's most desired lands, the property faces the white sands of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, and is nestled amidst protected mangroves and lush foliage. Continue reading below the photo. 

Exterior of the NIZUC Resort and Spa Cancun

Dispersed throughout the 29-acre property, the resort has 274 luxurious suites and private villas. Reserved for adults only, Ocean Suites are steps from the beach and adjacent to the main lobby, Residence Suites are suited for families with connecting accommodations and large private terraces, while Private Villas have infinity pools as well as indoor and outdoor showers. Learn more about the Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Private Pool at NIZUC Resort and Spa CancunFive Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive buffet breakfast daily at Café de la Playa, $75 USD Spa credit, per room, once per stay (valid for signature rituals and couple rituals only), plus a welcome bottle of tequila and dried fruit amenity. Also, subject to availability at check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set along a lagoon in the North Ari atoll, Constance Halaveli Maldives offers a romantic setting with unspoiled beaches, unforgettable diving with whale sharks, and sunrise meditations with yoga masters. Providing guests with the ultimate retreat to disconnect and reconnect, the luxury resort provides barefoot luxury with a full-service spa and three gourmet restaurants. Continue reading below the photo of the overwater Jing Restaurant. 

Jing Restaurant at Constance Halaveli Maldives

The private island resort offers a variety of villas including Family Beach Villas and the Double Storey Beach Vilas. All accommodations feature contemporary island architecture with indulgent amenities. One of the most unique villa options is the Water Villas with an over-water design and its own private plunge pool. Furnished with modern wood and marble, each of the villas is air-conditioned with separate living and sleeping rooms, 42-inch flat-screen TVs with satelittle channels and DVD players, iMac systems for streaming, minibars, and wine coolers with a selection of wines. There's also furnished over-water sun decks, and luxe bathrooms including some with separate outdoor showers. Continue reading below the photo of the Water Villa. 

Water Villa at Constance Halaveli Maldives

Guests of the resort have access to a variety of complimentary activities including tennis courts, beach volleyball, badminton, and table tennis. There's a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio machines, rowing machines, Kinesis wall, and spinning bikes. Plus, the TGI Diving Center with diving courses and experiences, canoes, windsurfing, dolphin watching cruises, fishing trips, snorkeling, and excursions to nearby villages. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set along the soft white sands of a turquoise-hued lagoon, Constance Belle Mare Plage is a luxury resort providing a high-end setting in Mauritius. Offering beachfront luxury, the recently renovated resort has two golf courses, a full-service spa, kids' club, and four swimming pools, making it an ideal retreat for travelers of all ages. Read more about the resort below the pool photo. 

Beachfront luxury at Constance Belle Mare Plage

For accommodations, guests can choose from 104 Prestige Rooms, 149 Junior Suites, 6 Deluxe Suites, 18 Villas, or the Presidential Villa. Facing the Indian Ocean, accommodations are located in buildings of no more than three floors. Featuring modern island styling, all rooms and suites have furnished terraces or balconies, air conditioning, TVs with satellite channels, minibars, Apple mac minis, safes, desks, sitting areas, and laundry facilities. Within the rooms there's luxurious bathrooms with showers, bathtubs, and water closets. Continue reading below the photo of the Deluxe Suite. 

Deluxe Suite at Constance Belle Mare Plage

Surrounded by tropical gardens, the resort's beach is protected by an offshore coral reef, providing visitors with an ideal location for snorkeling, water sports, and swimming. There are catamaran sundowner cruises, underwater walks, and parasailing experiences, plus cooking classes where guests can learn to make local cuisine. In addition, the resort has four floodlit tennis courts, table tennis, French bowling, mini golf, and two 18-hole championship golf courses, all with complimentary access for resort guests. 

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Soaring 30 stories over the city, Hilton San Diego Bayfront offers a modern downtown retreat with a sun and sea-inspired design. Adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center, the luxury hotel is across the street from Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Providing a convenient location in the heart of the city, the hotel is located on 4.3 acres of land with bay and skyline views. Within walking distance of the Gaslamp Quarter's dining and entertainment venues, the property has six on-site dining venues ranging from casual eateries to fine dining. Continue reading below the photo of the Pool Club Lounge. 

Pool Club at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Providing a convenient setting for business travelers, the property has meeting rooms, Notary Public, office rentals, and The UPS Store. In addition, the property has an array of amenities focused on leisure travel needs including children's activities, cribs, and family packages. While there's a variety of fitness and recreation options such as an outdoor pool with bay views, fitness room, and a walking and jogging track. Plus, the hotel has the full-service Eforea Spa with a focus on providing services and treatments focused on wellness and balance. Read more below the pool photo.

Waterfront pool at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Overlooking San Diego Bay and downtown, the hotel's guestrooms feature coastal chic furnishings, Serenity beds, 55-inch flat-screen TVs, and work spaces. While suites have both bay and city views, separate bedrooms, and living rooms with 65-inch flat-panel TVs. 

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Showcasing a modern approach to design, Constance Lemuria Seychelles is a luxury resort blending nature with high-end architecture. Following a complete renovation, the resort reopened in late 2016. Providing all-inclusive rate options, accommodations are set within suites and villas, perfectly positioned steps from the sea amidst natural gardens. Continue reading below the villa photo. 

Constance Lemuria Seychelles Villa Exterior

The family-friendly property offers a variety of amenities to accommodate families. The Constance Kids Club has scavenger hunts, culinary activities, and island exploration trips led by fully-trained experts. The property's suites and villas provide spacious accommodations with living rooms and gathering spaces ideal for families. Read more below the Junior Suite Family Area. 

Junior Suite Family Area at Constance Lemuria Seychelles

In addition to family-friendly accommodations, the resort has an 18-hole championship golf course and the U Spa by Constance with wellness-focused spa services and treatments. Plus, there's gastronomic experiences at three restaurants and four bars featuring chef-prepared local and international cuisine. Read more below the photo.Legends Restaurant at Constance Lemuria Seychelles

Set amidst three white sand beaches, Constance Lemuria Seychelles is located on the northwest coast of Praslin Island. The deluxe property has 88 Junior Suites, 8 Senior Suites, 8 Beach Villas, and a Presidential Villa. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking the Port Launay marine national park, Constance Ephelia Seychelles is a luxury resort with pampering amenities as well as family-friendly offerings. Set on the island of Mahe, the resort is located on 120 hectares of land, including two pristine beaches. The property's location provides guests with an array of activities including diving in the Indian Ocean, stand up paddleboarding, zipling through tropical foliage, bicycling, rock climbing, raquetball, tennis, and kayaking. Continue reading below the photo.

Kayaking at Constance Ephelia Seychelles

In addition to activities for all ages, Constance Ephelia Seychelles has the Constance Kids Club, providing supervised experiences for children 4 to 11 years old. Guests can register children at any time during their stay, and amenities include outdoor spaces for running relays and playing games, computer stations for gaming, open play areas for movies and interactive games, and a swimming pool with water activities. There's arts & crafts programs with traditional and local touches, along with theme days where children can create pizzas, make ice cream, or enjoy homemade treats. While kids ages 4 to 6 can visit the imagination space with kitchenettes, 4-wheel transportation rides, playhouses, and tool workshops. Babysitting services are also offered for an additional fee, and the resort has baby amenities upon request. Continue reading below the photo of the Spa Villa.

Spa Villa at Constance Ephelia Seychelles

For relaxation, the Spa Village of Constance Ephelia offers a pampering oasis amidst tropical gardens. Guests can select from a variety of therapies and services designed to promote relaxation, rejuvenation, deep cleansing, or detoxification. Plus, spa facilities including a dry heat sauna, steam room, thermal pool, Jacuzzi, still pool, Kneipp foot path, reflective pool, and a yoga pavilion.

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