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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites

January 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites
Perched in the cliffs of Oia lies the luxurious Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites. Most of the 39 beautifully renovated suites were originally 17th century caved houses. The name of the hotel, Canaves, means exactly that, Caved Houses.

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Dining al Fresco: Punta Tragara

January 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Punta Tragara's Monzù Gourmet Restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean dishes and fresh fish. 

Punta Tragara

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel turns 30 and You Get the Present

January 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2014. Traditionally, a 30th anniversary is celebrated with a gift of pearls, so in honor of its Pearl Anniversary, the resort has joined with luxury pearl jeweler Mikimoto to provide guests with The Pearls of Inspiration Experience.

A celebrated icon along the California coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is perched atop a 150 foot bluff,  and set against cascading views of the Pacific Ocean. This surfside retreat has a unique beachfront setting and remarkable service heritage, and is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, along the coast of Dana Point. The resort boasts amazing dining options and all 396 guestrooms have been redesigned with decor that reflects the sparkle of the Pacific Ocean. Outdoor fireplaces have been added to the patios of first floor oceanfront guestrooms. Additional enhancements to the luxury property include major changes to the resort's gardens and grounds, and an Eco-Adventure Center. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel


The Pearls of Inspiration Experience
is exclusive to The Ritz-Carlton Club Level and includes:

• The opportunity to discover a His and Hers Mikimoto cultured pearl jewelry gift on your pillow in your guestroom
• Overnight accommodation on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level or Suite
• Pearls of Inspiration White Chocolate amenity
• Breakfast for two either through In Room Dining or in Raya
• Round trip transportation to and from South Coast Plaza
• Lunch for two at South Coast Plaza and visit to Mikimoto.
The package is available January 1 through April 30, 2014 and starts at $750 per night.

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Package is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Additional rules, regulations, and restrictions may apply. 

In conjunction with the Pearls of Inspiration Experience, the hotel has created three events that explore the genius of Kochi Mikimoto, and an exclusive look at the jewelry company and how it uses a blend of talent, discipline and artistry within their craft.

 Events include:

The Pearl King - January 23, 2014; 4-8pm
The skill of a scientist and the soul of an artist combined to create the genius of Kokichi Mikimoto, the inventor of cultured pearls. A visionary on a quest for beauty, it was his dream to "adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls."

The Romance of Pearls - March 6, 2014; 4-8pm
The pearl's iridescent luminosity has bewitched men and women alike for thousands of years. Whether offered in romance or taken in victory, worn as a symbol of chastity or a mystical aphrodisiac, pearls have been and continue to be among the most coveted gems in the world.

Birth of a Pearl - May 8, 2014; 4-8pm
In 1893, after years of painstaking efforts, Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in creating the world’s first cultured pearl. The method he developed is still used by Mikimoto today to form beautiful, lustrous pearls.

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Your Questions Answered: What Fort Lauderdale Area Hotel Features Kitchens in Guest Accommodations?

January 6, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The AtlanticWe 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.

Your Questions Answered: What Fort Lauderdale area hotel features kitchens in guest accommodations?


ANSWER: The Atlantic Resort and SpaAtlantic Resort and Spa

Fort Lauderdale's premier luxury condominium hotel, The Atlantic Resort and Spa is set amidst 23 miles of pristine sun-splashed golden beaches in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast. Most of the spacious, luxuriously appointed guest rooms command majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dining experiences range from indoor venues to dramatic ocean view settings. This intimate boutique hotel offers an elegant natural look with a distinct British Colonial ambiance. From Palm Beach to Miami, visit world-class boutiques, galleries, restaurants, museums, theatres, casinos, and nightspots. Or relax while at the beach, diving, golfing, yachting, or cruising. The hotel is ideally located just seven miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Terminals and 33 miles from Miami International Airport.

The Atlantic Resort and SpaFor Your Needs We Recommend:

-Ocean View King Studio. It is 600 square feet and is a deluxe king room with an ocean view. Luxuriate in plush pillow top bedding and bed and bathroom linens. The large marble baths feature separate stall showers and soaking tubs, and the living areas offer fully equipped kitchenettes with microwave ovens, two-burner stovetops, refrigerators, and cookware.

-1 Bedroom Oceanfront King Suite.  These 1,200-square-foot suites feature a separate bedroom with king bed, large balcony with ocean views, a fully equipped kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, range, oven, and microwave, and living area with dining room.

-2 Bedroom Oceanfront Penthouse. Featuring 15th and 16th floor views, two master bedrooms, each with one king bed, oversized marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and showers and full oceanfront view with large ocean terraces. Suite has a fully equipped kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, range, oven, and microwave, and a large living area with dining room.

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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.

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Vahine Island

January 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vahine Island is located in a paradise-like setting on the Motu Tu Vahine (Island of the Woman), a private little island of 23 acres, in the middle of the lagoon of Tahaa.

Vahine Island 

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Image of the Day: Amelia Island Plantation Resort

January 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast, the AAA Four Diamond oceanfront Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort features luxurious oceanfront accommodations, family-friendly activities, grand on-site meeting spaces, and endless dining options

Amelia Island Plantation Resort

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New Look in 2014 for the Malliouhana Hotel & Spa on Anguilla

January 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

A recent article from Ruthanne Terrero in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Adivisor, highlighted an upcoming redesign at the luxurious Malliouhana Hotel & Spa on Anguilla. 

New Entry at the Malliouhana Hotel & SpaAuberge Resorts is revealing details of its redesign of Malliouhana Hotel & Spa, an Auberge resort on Anguilla. Set for a reopening in spring, 2014, the 55-room hotel, known for its iconic location high over Meads Bay and Turtle Cove, is undergoing quite the transformation.

Along with it, we hear that the spa will be "entirely re-envisioned and scaled more in line with the classic Auberge Resorts spas, which is to say intimate," according to a representative for the resort.

The news of the refurbishment bodes well for Anguilla and for Malliouhana, a resort that personifies the jet-setting crowd of the '50s and '60s. Interior designer Todd-Avery Lenahan, who redid Hotel Jerome in Aspen, says he's using that vibe to recreate the hotel. Malliouhana Hotel Renovated Resort Rooms"We dialed in the spirit of how people in the '50s and '60s traveled - yachts, fine linens, exotic wonderment - and translated that notion into a very collected and international feel." The architects for the renovation, which includes rooms, public spaces and dining facilities, are SB Architects; you'll know their work if you've been to Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico, which underwent its own transformation recently.

With the new Malliouhana, watch for the open-air spaces to be used to the max, and decorated with bright Caribbean colors. Nice Touch: The resort, which has two beaches, will now sport a tiered swimming pool area and a sunset bar. The smallest accommodations will be the 700-square-foot guest rooms and the largest will be the beachfront villas.

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Dining al Fresco: Gran Melia Victoria

December 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Located on the Paseo Maritimo (promenade) with wonderful views of the beautiful, blue waters of the Bay of Palma, 
Gran Melia Victoria is one of the most luxurious hotels in Mallorca.

Gran Melia Victoria

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Your Questions Answered: What Room Type at The Sagamore is Best for a Family of Four?

December 29, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

 
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.

The Sagamore
QUESTION: We are a family of 4, children ages 8 and 9 and would like to stay at The Sagamore, can we get babysitting service and what room will be appropriate for our family to stay in?


ANSWER: 

The Sagamore Miami Beach is one of the hottest beach resorts in the world. With its prominent and unique private collection of art and photography, The Sagamore is a modern interpretation of a classical European resort. The property boasts 93 striking suites including 8 penthouses and 16 two-story bungalows. All suites have kitchenettes and large bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. The Miami Beach Convention Center, Lincoln Road Mall, restaurants, shopping, galleries, and night life are all within walking distance.

Sagamore Miami Beach Hotel is well known for spacious South Beach Suites.
For your family, consider:

-The Sagamore Suite is a true luxurious Miami Beach Suite with separate bedroom and living room. Bedrooms has either King Bed or Two Double Beds, Living room has Full Size Sofa Bed, 42-Inch Plasma TV, Aveda bath products, mini kitchenette and more. The Sagamore Miami Beach

-The Miami Beach Suite, which is 550 square feet, has a Standard View, Luxurious King-Sized or Two Double Beds, Wet Bar/Working Area, Separate Bedroom and Living Room, Full Size Sofa Bed, Beautifully Framed Artwork, Porcelain Tile Floors. Fully equipped with DVD Player & Gaming Systems, and High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Bathroom features whirlpool Bathtub with Circulating Jets & Shower and stocked with Aveda Bath and Beauty Products. The suite has a Gourmet Bar and Snack Selections, Refrigerator, Microwave, Toaster, Coffee Maker, and In Room Safe.

As far as babysitting , as of this writing, the cost is $25.00 per hour per child -no minimum time requirement.  If used several times there will be a discount given to the family. There are playground and children’s museum nearby as well as other child friendly activities.

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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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Did You Know? Winter Haven

December 28, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Winter Haven was designed by acclaimed architect Albert Anis, and its glamorous facade was first unveiled on Ocean Drive in 1939. Originally crafted as a simple yet sophisticated ocean front hotel, much of the hotel's historic soul and the elegance of the Art Deco design remains today.

Winter Haven

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