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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.

Get to Know Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
The unique setting of the Excelsior Palace Hotel, facing the bay of Rapallo to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, inspire a return to the elegance of the early 1900's. Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo is devoted to its guests' relaxation, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, gym, and an indoor pool with a sea view.

This aura of relaxation extends to the guest rooms. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. Attractive and comfortable, the Classic Double Rooms are ideal for those who desire comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Superior Rooms may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some also offer a balcony. The Exclusive Rooms all feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view and some can be connected with Superior Rooms.  A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Starting from the Junior Suites and on up to the top-floor Presidential Suite, they are furnished with antique furniture and offer an open bar and a terrace.

Excelsior Place Hotel RapalloThe Excelsior Palace Hotel has two restaurants, able to satisfy the most demanding palates. The Lord Byron restaurant, open year round, is a blend of refinement, tradition, and creative culinary skill. The Eden Roc Lounge & Restaurant, the hotel's summer restaurant, offers light, refined dishes and aperitifs.

The Yachting Bar is an elegant setting for the pleasure of a cocktail and the cheerful cordiality of an after-dinner drink. In summer guests can enjoy the sea air and the glow of a romantic sunset from the terrace. Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Open year round, the Beauty Spa Health & Fitness Club offers a range of services. In addition to the treatment rooms, there is an indoor heated pool and a gym with Technogym machines. During the summer massages and spinning classes are available on the terraces of the Beach Club.

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

The Beach Club features two outdoor infinity pools, equipped with 6 whirlpool loungers. There's also two Jacuzzi's and a gazebo for massages Guests can make use of the roomy cabanas and the supervised children's playground. The Sporting Bar offers snacks pool-side. On request and with for an additional fee, small size pets accepted at the Beach Club in reserved and equipped area.

The hotel also has a jetty so that guests can travel by boat to Portofino, S. Fruttuoso, and the Cinque Terre. 

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Enjoy the Perfect Massage at Inn and Spa at Loretto

By: Five Star Alliance

The Inn and Spa at Loretto is a boutique, luxury hotel in Santa Fe immersed in the culture and sophistication of New Mexico. It's award-wining spa offers a full line of massages designed to heal and relax.Inn and Spa at Loretto

Mindful Massage
The spa's most popular massage using medium pressure and multiple techniques to focus on areas of stress or concern. Create a personalized spa massage experience that you and your therapist orchestrate. 

Elemental Massage
Unwind with this gentle, relaxing Swedish-style massage that improves circulation and vitality. Pressure can range from light to medium. 

Sacred Stone Massage
Surrender to the healing warmth of this ancient spa massage. Heated, smooth volcanic river stones penetrate the deeper layers of your muscles to take you to a new dimension of relaxation. The Spa at Loretto

Sports Enthusiast Massage
A fit body is the most valuable equipment you can bring to your sport! Relieve tension, relax sore muscles and enhance your performance. Using a combination of medium pressure and stretching techniques, our therapists customize the massage focusing on the area most stressed by your sport. Light comfortable clothing may be worn. 

Dos Milagros 
Two therapists, four hands = pure bliss. 

Asian Fusion Massage
A combination of ancient forms of Shiatsu, Thai and Balinese, this massage combines pressure point techniques with rhythmic stretching movements to promote balance and relaxation. 

Deep Tissue Massage
Facilitate muscle recovery with this medium to firm massage, designed for athletes in training. Not recommended for those new to massage or visiting high elevations as it may cause extended days of soreness. 

Mother-to-Be Massage
Share a moment of serenity with your baby. This massage will ease the discomforts that occur as your body changes. We request your physician’s written consent. 

Sole Revival
Enjoy a gentle foot and leg massage created to relax and revitalize tired feet and legs. Disappear from the world while your therapist uses light to medium pressure and massage on the reflex points of the feet and lower legs. A perfect remedy for a day spent hiking or shopping. 

Couple’s Massage
The romantic couple's room is the perfect setting for two. See the Spa Coordinator to choose from a selection of spa massage rituals and experiences for your body. 

Inn and Spa at Loretto

The following additional services can also be added to any massage:

Intuitive Lifestyle Energy Work
Additional energy work to bring your massage to a deeper level of relaxation and healing.

Desert Sage Scrub
Add the spa's signature scrub to any massage for a softening and uplifting experience. 

Heavenly High Altitude Relief
Be surrounded in warm inhalation towels, enticing aromas and specific point work designed to alleviate symptoms of high altitude distress. 

Sole Revival
Enjoy a gentle foot massage created to relax and revitalize tired feet and legs. Your therapist uses light to medium massage on the reflex points of the feet. A perfect remedy for a day spent hiking or shopping. 

Head and Neck Bliss
Focused massage work targeting tension in the head and neck 

Desert Quench Bliss
Head and Neck Bliss with the addition of a Shea butter and nutrient rich oil hair conditioner. 

Immerse yourself in one of the spa's beautiful over-sized tubs infused with aromatherapy, rose petals, and soothing salts. Soak alone or with a loved one. 

Signature Aroma Therapy 
The Spa at Loretto's Aromatherapy blends used for centuries to improve overall health and relieve tension, essential oil blends can turn any massage into a fragrant indulgence. Choose from our house crafted oil blends: Earth, Fire, Water, Air or Spirit. 

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Dining al Fresco: Le Chatelain Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Le Chatelain HotelBrussels boasts thousands of places to eat, many of which are consistently voted as the best in the Europe. Le Chatelain Hotel's aptly named La Maison du Chatelain offers elegance, refined taste, and a touch of exclusiveness.

During the warmer days, the beautiful garden terrace inspired by the Florentine inner courtyards, invites you to relax and dream away whilst enjoying your tea with pastry, an afternoon drink, and even a full meal from the La Maison du Chatelain Restaurant. 

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Cool Pools: The Redbury South Beach

By: Five Star Alliance

The 12,000-square-foot rooftop pool and deck at The Redbury South Beach is one of the hotel's signature features. Guests can take in the gorgeous Miami skyline by day or night, lounge in a comfy chaise, and take a dip in the pool. The Rooftop Pool is also available for private parties and special events.

The Redbury South Beach

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St Regis Gets Bloody (Mary)

By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis New YorkA staple of brunch menus everywhere, you can thank the St Regis New York for perfecting the Bloody Mary. In 1934, Fernand Petiot, the bartender at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, perfected the recipe for a vodka-and-tomato juice cocktail he dubbed the Bloody Mary. Deemed too racy a name for the hotel’s clientele, it was rechristened the Red Snapper, a name that didn't last long. 

Today, the Bloody Mary remains the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand, with each hotel crafting its own interpretation of the libation. Here's three of our favorites:

The St. Regis Beijing-Great Wall Bloody Mary

Taking its cue from the inclusion of beer in ancient worship rituals, this cocktail substitutes Chinese pilsner for vodka.

2 1/2 oz / 75 ml Tsingtao® beer
3 1/2 oz / 100 ml Bloody Mary mix
3 oyster shooters, for garnish
1 lemon wedge, for garnish

Pour the beer into an 8 oz / .2 l white wineglass filled with ice. Then pour the Bloody Mary mix on top. Garnish with the oyster shooters and lemon wedge.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort-Bora Mary
The discovery of a watermelon plantation on a nearby coral reef islet led to the creation of a delightfully refreshing cocktail.

1 1/2 oz / 45 ml premium vodka
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 oz / 30 ml lime juice
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml watermelon juice (or strawberry juice)
Watermelon cube (or whole strawberry), for garnish

Blend all ingredients with ice until frothy. Pour into a 6 oz / 150 ml champagne flute. Strawberry may replace watermelon in this recipe. Garnish with a cube of watermelon to size or strawberry, if using.

The St. Regis Houston-Harry's Texas Bloody Mary
Cajun seasoning, tequila, vodka, and jalapeño give this bold cocktail a decidedly Texas kick.

1 oz / 30 ml premium vodka
6 oz / 30 ml tequila
5 oz / 150 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 lemon wedge / 5 ml fresh lemon juice
1 lime wedge / 5 ml fresh lime juice
4 slices jalapeño
1/2 tsp / 2 g sugar
2 olives
1 thin tomato slice, for garnish
1 celery spear, for garnish

Combine all of the ingredients over ice and shake. Pour into an 8 oz / .2 l highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a thin slice of tomato on the celery spear.

If none of those suit your fancy, you can find all the St. Regis Bloody Mary Recipes here



Dining Al Fresco: Alila Villas Soori

By: Five Star Alliance

The semi-covered open-air Bali beach restaurant Cotta at Alila Villas Soori features tasting-style daily rotating breakfast menus,
highlighting local fare and fun twist on classic breakfast favorites.

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Cool Pools: Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

By: Five Star Alliance

When you tire of sunning on one of the two private beaches at Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, you can relax at a pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Dotted around the resort are four outdoor swimming pools of varying sizes, including a designated children’s pool. In addition, the spa offers an indoor pool.

Mandarin Oriental Bodrum

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Special Holiday Offer from CastaDiva Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

You've got until November 30 to take advantage of CastaDiva Resort's Best Available Rate promotion.

Nightly room rates are from:

Deluxe Double Room Lake View: 390 EUR

Suite Partial Lake View: 510 EUR

Penthouse Suite Lake View: 510 EUR

Suite Roccabruna Front Lake View: 630 EURCastaDiva Resort

The rates include:

- Buffet gourmet breakfast at L’Orangerie Restaurant

- Daily entrance to the wellness area of the SPA featuring: Swedish Sauna, Steam Bath, Mediterranean Bath, Relaxation Pool with side jets,

Vitality Pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, Kneipp Circuit, Balancing Himalayan Rose Salt Room, Refreshing Ice Cascade,

Emotional Showers with peppermint and exotic fragrances, Darsena Relax Area - an original XIX century dock gently suspended on the lake

- Fitness Center with Kinesis and Technogym equipment

- Wifi

- Service and VAT

Rates could be subject to daily city tax, applied per person (from 12 years old). Offer is not applicable on existing bookings. Offer is applicable to a limited number of rooms. Additional rates and restrictions may apply. Book early and read the terms and conditions carefully to avoid disappointment. 

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Image of the day: Al Manshar Rotana Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance


Al Manshar Rotana Kuwait 200 luxurious rooms and suites, and all rooms are equipped with IP telephony, high speed internet,
LED TVs and kitchenettes. 

Al Manshar Rotana Kuwait

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