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FSA LogoThe 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.

Adventures Await at Amano'i

By: Five Star Alliance

Set between Nui Chua National Park, Vietnam's largest natural conservation sites, and the pristine Vinh Hy Bay, Amano'i is the a tranquil retreat perfect for explorations of all kinds. 

Water lovers will want to take one of the resort's catamarans out on Vinh Hy Bay. Kayaks are also available for guests who want to explore the granite rock formations and inlets of the dramatic coastline. Instructors are available to give useful tips, as are guides.

Hikers will want to explore Nui Chua National Park, which spans 29,000 hectares. The park ecosystem's include range from dry, almost desert-like conditions to a near-rainforest climate. The park is home to thousands of plant species and hundreds of types of mammals and birds, waiting to be discovered on guided hikes or picnics.

Those who prefer their adventures to be more of the relaxing and restoring type, Amano'i is also home to an Aman Spa. Set on the shores of a tranquil lake dotted with floating lotus blossoms, the spa's extensive menu includes body treatments, scrubs, wraps, facials and haircare using Aman Spa’s all-natural, chemical-free products as well as traditional Vietnamese produce. Spa treatments are centerered around four signature journeys (purify, hydrate, harmonize, and Amanoi indulgence) designed to rebalance the body and mind. There are two hydrotherapy suites that are equipped with a heated stone treatment table, steam room, Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool.

If none of these adventures entice, Amano'i will design one to the exact specifications of the guest.

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San Francisco's Iconic Palace Hotel Completes a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

By: Five Star Alliance

Palace HotelEverything old is new again. Elegantly so, in the case of San Francisco's iconic Palace Hotel. Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. Expect new looks in the guest rooms, the indoor pool, fitness center, lobby, promenade, The Garden Court, and GC Lounge.

 The fresh design approach at this historic hotel captures timeless warmth and elegance beautifully married with chic, contemporary elements. Modern amenities and historic touches are complemented by superior service.

For over a century, The Garden Court has been known as one of the world's most beautiful dining rooms. The renovation now reveals two beautiful venues– The Garden Court and GC Lounge. GC Lounge is located at the front of the room. Stylish, comfortable chairs and couches create private vignettes.  A communal table offers a perfect place for a gathering. The GC Lounge experience is contemporary, savvy, and social. Garden Court at Palace Hotel The entrance to the Garden Court has been completely transformed. Guests are escorted to the dining room via private marble entrance. The 120 seat dining room celebrates tradition with a modern twist. The dining experience in The Garden Court offers locally sourced cuisine, refined service, and unforgettable surroundings.

Palace Hotel Guestroom Corridor

The 556 newly renovated guest rooms are a seamless blend of yesterday and today. Keeping true to the integrity of the hotel, guests will open the solid oak doors adorned with brass monogrammed knobs – both have graced the Palace since 1909. Crossing the threshold, an entry flows in to a room washed in a palette of midnight blue, charcoal, dove grey, and plum. The 11 foot ceilings and expansive windows create a naturally well-lit room filled with warmth. The artwork, topographical inspired carpeting, retro trunks, and suitcase handles incorporated into fixtures and furnishings pay tribute to time and travel.  Every item in the room has been custom created exclusively for the Palace.  

Palace Suites

The Palace Suites (pictured right) showcase a spacious living room with soaring windows. The rooms offer modern furnishings, a coffee table, desk, and 48” LED television. Historic architecture is accented with artistic lighting, blending vintage with new. Teal and navy are used to punctuate the grey and neutral palette that is rich and welcoming. Original hardwood floors are finished in dark brown and polished to high shine. Plush area rugs complete the interior of the Palace suites for a beautiful and comfortable home away from home. 

The Deluxe Suites with high ceilings, light filled windows, and authentic elements are the perfect place for a San Francisco escape. The focal point of the bedroom is a tufted, black leather headboard that frames the pillow top bed for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Unique, curated photography adds retro charm to the contemporary design.

The corner Royal Suite displays curved windows and architectural details including an intricately carved marble fireplace. Beautifully finished hardwood floors are layered with custom-made area rugs. At 970 square feet, the spacious, light filled room offers two televisions, a large living room, formal dining table, luxurious four post king size bed, and a city chic bathroom.

Palace Hotel State SuiteThe Square State Suite (pictured left) is a beautiful, light-filled space. Pale blue, plum and ivory set the tone for the interior that feels like an elegant San Francisco apartment.  A large living room with hand carved marble encased fireplace, formal dining table, comfortable seating, and 42" television add to the residential feel. A luxurious king bedroom with pillow top four post bed, a second television, and serene spa-like bath complete this city retreat.

The Chancellor Suite features a large entry leading to an open living room with intricate wood work, original fireplace, and a view of Market Street. The dining room seats eight. This suite features a beautifully designed seating area with upholstered furnishings, modern chandeliers, chic coffee table, large desk, 48” LED television, and Keurig coffee maker.  The inviting bedroom is spacious and beautifully appointed with a four post bed, chaise lounge, dark wood, and mixed metals.  A large bath with rain shower and spa tub offer the perfect place to relax and retreat.

The Presidential Suite is a grand six room suite, lined with expansive windows, that wraps around the corner of the hotel overlooking Market Street. A luxurious bedroom adorned in neutral tones and ocean blues invite the calm of sand and shore. The large marble bath features a glass enclosed rain shower, spa tub, and exquisite amenities.  Indoor Pool at the Palace San FranciscoA spacious living room and formal dining room – each with original carved fireplaces, authentic architectural detail, and vintage chandeliers are beautifully appointed with classically inspired, contemporary furnishings.  A baby grand piano sits in the corner of the living room. The media room features two plush sofas and a large plasma television.  A kitchen and guest bath completes the feeling of a private residence in a cosmopolitan city setting. The Palace Presidential Suite is perfect for a private escape or an elegant party for up to 20.

The newly renovated Palace Hotel pool and fitness center invite wellness and retreat. The restored, soaring sky lit ceiling opens the space to natural light and showcases the San Francisco cityscape. The Palace pool is ready for an aquatic workout or a leisurely swim. The new, spacious fitness center’s floor to ceiling windows look out to the swimming pool for an inspiring workout view.  The men’s and women’s changing rooms have all been updated. Features include luxurious marble bath areas, spa showers, fresh design elements and large back lit mirrors. 

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Cool Pools: Hotel Le K2

By: Five Star Alliance

The Goji Spa by La Prairie at Hotel Le K2 offers an intimate atmosphere. The swimming pool, equipped with massage jets,
overlooks the valley, offering an incredible panoramic view.

Hotel Le K2

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Cool Pools: Badrutts Palace Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

The crystal lakes and majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps inspired the 2009 renovation of the Palace Wellness Spa at Badrutts Palace Hotel. Local artisans helped craft spaces from cembran pine and San Bernadino silver into an eco-friendly space with ten treatment rooms, including a hair spa, pedicure area, solarium, body treatment wing and private spa suites, as well as saunas, steam baths, and an indoor and outdoor heated pool. In addition to Anika Organic Luxury, Intraceuticals, Shodeea and La Biosthetique products, the spa also uses organic botanicals in treatments focused on mind-body balance. Many treatments draw inspiration from Ayurvedic, Thai massage and shiatsu traditions.

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Dining al Fresco: Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

At Belmond la Samanna, El Restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine that celebrates
the flavor and traditions of the region with a modern twist. Baja California style shrimp tacos,
pescadillas, panuchos and sopes are some of the delicacies on offer. 

Belmond La Maroma

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Did You Know? Lodge and Cottages at Primland

By: Five Star Alliance

Lodge and Cottages at Primrose

The Lodge and Cottages at Primland offers guests a unique way to enjoy the resort. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. This fun game of hide-and-go-seek involves using the GPS device to locate hidden canisters, or geocaches. The geocaches may contain little treasures or interesting information.

Geocaching offers a terrific opportunity for guests to explore the trails of Primland while learning fascinating facts about the local environment and culture. The caches also include puzzles for those who want an added challenge.


Primland's geocache courses and guidebooks were designed in partnership with the Conservation Management Institute of the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Image of the Day: Loews Chicago Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Experience Chicago from the heart of the city at Loews Chicago Hotel. The hotel has spectacular city skyline and lake views from the 400 guestrooms (including 25 suites) and meeting spaces both indoors and out. In a city known for its iconic architecture, Loews Chicago offers a distinctive look and feel from the lobby all the way up to the 400 guestrooms and suites

Loews Chicago Hotel

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Best Bathroom: Marmara Park Avenue

By: Five Star Alliance

The accommodations at Marmara Park Avenue aim to provide guests a refuge from the pace, and pressures of the city that never sleeps. Master bathrooms , with hardwood floors, marble finishing, and standing shower with separate bathtub inspire relaxation and comfort within the privacy of the guest’s room.

Marmara Park Avenue

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Best Bathrooms: Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi

By: Five Star Alliance

Sensory experiences can be found throughout Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi. The sleek contemporary Grande Suite Garden Access offers Le Méridien Signature bed, and an oversized bathroom with circular bathtub and separate shower.

Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi

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