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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

New to Five Star Alliance: The Wheatbaker

February 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Wheatbaker is located in the residential heart of Ikoyi, Nigeria. It is situated close to the Lagos business districts of Ikoyi and Victoria Island.

The Wheatbaker 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Marrakech Hotel for a Family of Four?

February 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance, Betsy LeTourneau

The Pearl Marrakech



 


 




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: What property in Marrakech will be suitable for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?
 
ANSWER: The Pearl Marrakech  

Located in the heart of a vibrant and magical city, The Pearl Marrakech, formerly Delano Marrakech, exudes the mystery and exoticism of another world. Designed by the acclaimed Jacques Garcia, The Pearl Marrakech creates an intimate atmosphere with a modern edge. The Pearl features 71 rooms, consisting of 27 opulent suites and 44 Guestrooms, and "The Pearl" a 2,000 square meters spa with subterranean mosaic pool, beauty salon and fitness center. Pomiroeu, the signature restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Giancarlo Morelli, offers a creative approach to classic Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. The dramatic roof-top setting features Namazake, offering an inspired menu of exquisite Japanese delights and Sky Lounge, where guests can also admire the spectacular 360° degree views of the nearby Red City, the Medina, the Agdal Gardens, Imperial ramparts and the Atlas. Loft, also located on the roof of the hotel, allows for exclusive private events and meetings with these same stunning views.The Pearl Marrakech
A carefully curated selection of boutiques located on the ground level includes Louis Vuitton, Tamengo jewelery and an BcK art Galery , all tailored to the discriminating shopper.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Prestige Suite: This suite features one king bed or two twin beds. There is also a sofa bed, luxury linens, Aveda bath products, and Internet access. At 1,100 luxurious square feet, this unconventional baroque oasis designed by Jacques Garcia features sumptuous draped silk and velvet fabrics and traditional Moroccan lighting to create a relaxing and intimate atmosphere. A very large open suite floor plan features a generous sitting area and a long Juliette balcony. Other features include headboards painted by local artists, a fully automated lighting and climatization system, a sitting area, large desk, a and generous wardrobe space. Enjoy stunning views of Mamounia, Katoubia and the Atlas Mountians as you luxuriate in crisp white linen bedding in a king size bed. The suite features a very large corner bath, inspired by boudoirs, with sumptuous marble, a double sink, and an open spa shower that leads to a marble and a soaking tub.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. 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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Spa Treatments We'd Like to Try

December 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

So many spas, so little time!  With over 4,000 luxury hotels on the site, we have a lot of great spa spots. 



Here are a few treatments offered at luxury hotel spas that have recently caught our eye:

-The Spa at Aria (pictured at right) in Las Vegas offers a Shio Salt room. Taking in salt through inhalation is thought to provide respiratory benefits. The illuminated wall of Shio salt bricks is complemented by salt lamps, vibration therapy, and radiant music.

-Intercontinental Thalosso Spa Bora Bora's fittingly named Deep Ocean Spa has glass-floored overwater bungalows enabling you to admire the marine life during your treatment. We'd go for the Deep Sea Hydromassage Bath with Chromatherapy.

-Nob Hill Spa at The Huntington Hotel offers a Cinnamon Ginger Escape.  An exfoliating spiced marmalade scrub with ground nutmeg is followed by an energizing massage using smooth pebbles wrapped in aromatic spice bags soaked in warm oil.

-Hotel Hershey, fittingly, offers a Whipped Cocoa bath,  Chocolate Bean Polish and a Chocolate Fondue wrap in their Chocolate Spa. We'll take all three! 

-A  visit to Calistoga isn't complete without a stop at a winery and at the hot springs. After you've visited both,  Napa Valley's Solage Calistoga (pictured at left) has a three-part Mudslide Experience that involves a customized mud body wrap, a relaxing soak in geo-thermal mineral water from their own spring, and then zoning out in a state-of-the-art sound/vibration chair.

-Prague's Hotel Augustine has a St. Thomas Beer Body Ritual. Created using a secret recipe from the Augustinian order of Monks.  It starts with an exfoliation using ground organic beer hops and St. Thomas dark beer, and then finished with a full-body massage. 

-Hotel Il Salviatino (pictured at top) offers an an Antixodant Wine Gel Peel. It's a body scrub using red wine gel and exfoliating seeds, followed up by a therapist-supervised aromatic vapor experience and a highly moisturizing massage.
 

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Image of the Day: Palais Faraj

December 7, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Palais Faraj's building is an architectural gem that features stucco laces, marble floors, and royal arches that ensure each guest experiences exquisite refinement and discovers an ancient culture rich in art and history. With 25 suites, a swimming pool, spa, two restaurants and a panoramic lounge, Palais Faraj offers a comfortable and relaxing stay.

Palais Faraj

 

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Image of the Day: Kurland Hotel

November 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Kurland Hotel is located near the picturesque beach resorts of Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley, in the heart of the Garden Route, South Africa.

Kurland Hotel

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Room with a View: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

October 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

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Did You Know? Fancourt

October 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Fancourt is situated in the heart of the Garden Route, one of the most picturesque areas in the world. The 200km-long stretch along the Southern Coast of South Africa offers beautiful and diverse flora and fauna, coupled with a mild Mediterranean-like climate. Originally used only by hunters, the term "Big Five" refers to five of Africa's greatest wild animals – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.The Garden Route offers a variety of opportunities to view the Big Five in a malaria free environment. 

Fancourt

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Image of the Day: Views Boutique Hotel and Spa

October 1, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Views Boutique Hotel and Spa is designed to echo the hues and beauty of the beachfront it crowns.

Views Boutique Hotel and Spa

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Image of the Day: Taj Palace Marrakech

September 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The spectacular Royal Suite at the Taj Palace Marrakech.

Taj Palace Marrakech

Fall rates at the Taj Palace Marrakech start at $601 per night >>