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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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Launches Epic Bucket List Experiences

By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Let The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel add epic memories to your bucket list!

Perched atop a seaside bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of sandy beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel continues to redefine guest experiences by creating distinctive, unforgettable and epic memories. The resort is kicking off 2015 by each week highlighting an Epic Bucket List experience guests would want on their Bucket List. These experiences are for guests to enjoy while visiting the oceanfront resort and Southern California. From sipping champagne at sunset or meeting world renowned marine life artist Wyland to snorkeling with a Garibaldi or going behind the scenes at Pageant of the Masters, an epic experience will be added to the Bucket List each week via the resort'social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. Guests are invited to follow the Bucket List through #RCMemories #BucketList and are invited to share their Bucket List ideas.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes overnight accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite featuring cascading views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and California Riviera. Guests will experience personalized surprise and delights designed by expert memory makers – the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes:
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
o Three night’s accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite
o Dinner for two catered by a personal butler on the patio of the suite
o A private butler, creating personalized experiences such as
o Private star gazing lessons and a magnum of Moët & Chandon
o Surf Lessons with a Pro
o Shopping Extravaganza
o Reserved seating on 180blu, the resort's bluff-top lounge
o A couples massage in The Ritz-Carlton Spa
o Personal paparazzi to capture the epic memories
o Round the clock transfers from the airport and around town

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Wonders of Wyland Reception at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Wonders of Wyland Reception

The Wonders of Wyland Reception will be held Friday, March 6, 2015. The evening will include film highlights from Wyland’s thirty-year campaign to create 100 life size marine life murals in more than 12 countries around the world. Spanning the sides of skyscrapers, sports arenas, and structures, these landmark public murals have captured the imagination of millions and helped inspire a new generation to become better stewards for our environment. The evening presentation will share the story of Wyland’s epic campaign, from its humble beginnings to the final, all-encompassing project for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Through original video footage and photographs, guests will get an up-close look at the murals and one man's dream to change the landscape of art - and to create a gentle reminder to communities around the world that everyone, everywhere can make a difference. The Wonders of Wyland Reception will also feature Wyland painting twelve original sumi brush paintings to be auctioned off that evening. Sumi brush paintings are done in traditional Chinese brush-style with black ink on paper. The reception is $125 per person, with $25 of the ticket price going to support the Wyland Foundation. Reservations are required for the reception.

Whales, Wonders, and Wyland event at Ritz Carlton Laguna NiguelWhales, Wonders, and Wyland

The Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight experience is offered nightly through April 30, 2015 and includes overnight accommodations, two tickets for a whale watching excursion with Dana Wharf, a special Wyland gift while on the whale watching cruise, an in-room Wyland amenity, a personal note from Wyland and resort fee. The experience starts at $620 per night.

Guests who attend the Wonders of Wyland reception and book the Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight package that evening will also receive a Wyland coffee table book.

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. The resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. As the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury, the resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years.

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Dining al Fresco: Gayana Eco Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Perched above the water in its own special corner of the Gayana Eco Resort, Alu-Alu's overwater seating presents a prime opportunity to enjoy a calm sea breeze and the gentle lapping of waves as you savor a feast of some of the country's finest Chinese seafood. The recipes are prepared from ingredients taken from its own organic fish farm, ensuring a dining experience that offers only the freshest seafood. Pick from live options kept in 28 glass display tanks, or order something straight off the menu – either way promises delicious treats for lunch or dinner. Alu-Alu is committed to sustainable aquaculture and does not serve shark's fin products.

Gayana Eco Resort

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Did You Know? Hotel Caesar Augustus

By: Five Star Alliance

The role played by Capri in Roman times was remarkable. The turning point that marked the history of the island occurred in 29 BC, when Octavian Caesar, returning from the East, landed in Capri where, according to the narration of Suetonius, a very old oak tree began to show signs of life. Augustus, interpreting this as a favorable sign, removed Capri from the dependence of Naples, in exchange he granted the largest and most fertile island of Ischia, and Capri became the dominion of Rome.

The subject of any number of picture postcards, the statue of Ceasar Augustus at Hotel Caesar Augustus has become a symbol of Capri, and of the history of one of Italy's finest five stars.

Russia's Prince Emmanuel Bulhak, one of the first owners of the villa and the man responsible for transforming the cliff edge property into a center of art and culture, had the statue placed on the corner of the terrace over a century ago.

Hotel Caeser Augustus 

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Cool Pools: Constance Belle Mare Plage

By: Five Star Alliance

Constance Belle Mare Plage has four swimming pools with sun loungers and parasols. There's even a heated swimming pool for use during winter.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

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New to Five Star Alliance: Constance Ephelia Seychelles

By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahe, overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay, Constance Ephelia Seychelles enjoys a unique location set within 120 hectares of land with luxuriant and rare vegetation.

Constance Ephelia Seychelles

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New to Five Star Alliance: Pegasus Suites and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Meet the newest member of the Five Star Alliance collection, Pegasus Suites and Spa. Set amphitheatrically over the cliffs and following the particular architecture of the island, the hotel blends in completely with the uniqueness of the scenery, preserving the caves, the volcanic rocks, and the white and blue colors of the Aegean without sacrificing its modern style. The Suites have been constructed and decorated according to the Cycladic architecture and they offer to their guests comfort, luxury, a pleasant mood, romantic atmosphere, and of course an unforgettable stay.

Pegasus Suites and Spa

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Image of the Day: The Westin Dragonara Resort Malta

By: Five Star Alliance

Overlooking the Mediterranean, The Westin Dragonara Resort Malta rests on its 74,000-square-meter private peninsula in the heart of downtown St. Julian's. The Resort is surrounded by the sparkling blue sea and offers amazing sea views from its 340 over-sized rooms.

The Westin Dragonar

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New to Five Star Alliance: Belle Mont Farm

By: Five Star Alliance

While the lush beauty of St. Kitts draws numerous visitors to the island year-round, Belle Mont Farm welcomes you to experience Caribbean vacations that offer more than just a relaxing island escape. In addition to adventurous activities, and fresh, sustainable dining, you will become immersed in the rich culture of the island as you connect with the locals who live and work here, as well as guests from the four corners of the globe. From the fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the 400-acre organic farm to the edible golf course and restorative spa journeys, every aspect of the Kittitian Hill community is designed to support a vision of community and sustainability. 

Belle Mont Farm 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Don CeSar Beach Resort
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 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: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay is St Pete FLA. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Don CeSar Beach Resort 

Located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel, has everything from romantic getaways, vacations, and honeymoons to spa and wedding services. Known as Florida's Legendary Pink Palace since opening in 1928, the luxury resort is revered internationally for its sprawling, sugar-white beach, unparalleled dining, rejuvenating Beach Club and Spa, fabulous fishing, children's program, nearby tennis and golf, and award-winning meeting facilities. Guests are tickled pink with complimentary enjoyments from sandy strolls and sunset finales to seaside pampering and sweet dream service.Don CeSar Beach Resort

The Don CeSar Beach Resort has a magnificent location. This beach front resort is located on the island of St. Pete Beach, on the Gulf of Mexico. The resort features 277 newly renovated guestrooms including 2 penthouses and 40 suites. 70 one-bedroom condominium style suites are located at The Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar. The Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar is located one half mile north of the Main Resort and complimentary shuttle transportation is provided between the Main Resort and the Beach House Suites.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Grand King Suite - This suite features a private terrace that brings all the splendor of the Gulf of Mexico right to your door. Suite includes: One King bed with plush linens, Premium Plus Wi-Fi included in Resort Fee, Balcony and direct Beach and Gulf of Mexico views, Conversation area with Queen sleeper sofa. Comfortable work desk in the suite, the bathroom includes a Shower/tub combination. All Grand King Suites are located on 2nd floor, 400 square feet / 37.16 square meters, Occupancy: 4 maximum, Cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.

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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.

Did You Know? San Alfonso del Mar has the World's Largest Swimming Pool

By: Five Star Alliance

The largest swimming pool in the world is more than 3,000 feet long, with a deep end that descends 115 feet. So where is the Guinness-record holding pool?

San Alfonso del Mar

It's at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Valparaiso, Chile. It holds 250 million liters of water. How big is that? It's the equivalent of 6,000 8 meter pool. Besides its gargantuan size, the water is an an impossible-to-believe clear turquoise. This has been made possible thanks to an advanced technology developed by the company Crystal Lagoons, which is able to collect ocean water and keep it in perfect condition. But this is not all that it is there: during summer, the lagoon further maintains a pleasant temperature that borders 26ºC, nine degrees more than the nearby sea temperature. 

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