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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.

Image of the Day: Esperanza an Auberge Resort

October 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Esperanza an Auberge Resort is located within the private enclave of Punta Ballena along the breathtaking Sea of Cortez. Spread across 17 lushly landscaped acres, the 57-room luxury hotel offers an incomparable natural setting, guest casitas cascade down a gentle hill affording spectacular ocean views from every room.

Esperanza an Auberge Resort  

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Image of the Day: Nisbet Plantation

October 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Avenue of the Palms at Nisbet Plantation stretches from the Great House to the half-mile white sand beach. 

Nisbet Plantation

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Image of the Day: Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf and Spa

October 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Located by Casares, Andalucia just  2km from the beach, Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf and Spa is a cosseting, elegant essay in luxury. Designed by architects Roger Torras and Ignacio Sierra, the hotel is comprised of two Andalusian-inspired buildings.

Finca Courtesin

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Dining al Fresco: Viceroy Zihuatanejo

October 9, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy Zihuatanejo offers cool waterfalls and enchanting lagoons. Elegant adobe-inspired villas are nestled along one of Mexico's premier beaches. Viceroy Zihuatanejo's two gourmet restaurants will captivate your senses with authentic local and European cuisine. La Villa Restaurant's refined candlelit atmosphere features excellent Pacific-Mexican cuisine made with choice local ingredients and only the freshest seafood. La Marea serves superb Mediterranean and Mexican fare for dinner in a convivial atmosphere.

Viceroy Zihuatanejo

Fall rates at Viceroy Zihuatanejo start at $235 per night >>

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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: Faena Hotel and Universe

September 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

El Porteno Building, home of Faena Hotel and Universe, is an historic building where guests may experience the comfortable feeling of being at home in a modern, luxurious environment. El Porteno Building marks the beginning of the Porteno Art District: the first open, cultural neighborhood in Latin America; a singular atmosphere dedicated to art and fine living.

Faena Hotel and Univese

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Is Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla Haunted?

September 25, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grande Colonial Hotel La JollaGrande Colonial Hotel La Jolla recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Everyone knows you don't get to that age without a few skeletons in the closet. Or in the case of the luxury hotel, ghosts in the guest rooms. For years, tales of ghost sightings and paranormal happenings have been reported by guests and staff alike. The good news is that the otherwordly happenings have always been about people having fun.

One room in the hotel is popular with those craving privacy, as it has a private entrance. Late night phone calls have been known to come from this room when it is unoccupied. There's never anyone on the other end, and when employees go to check the room, the phone is off the hook and the room is empty and the windows are locked. Some have speculated that the activity is the spirit of regular visitor Groucho Marx returning for a visit. The legendary comedian was known for late night hijinks at the hotel. Other sightings include a couple in formal attire seen in the hallway, a young woman in a guest room, several small Abraham Lincolns jumping around in a room, and a woman in white who brushed a young guest's hair. 

Many supernatural stories take place in the hotel's kitchen. Activities include stoves that turn on spontaneously, cabinets that open and close by themselves, and frying pans that move around. During remodeling the reports increased, but the new restaurant Nine-Ten seems to have sent most of the ghosts elsewhere. Guests of the North Annex, which is above the bakery, have reported loud voices, heavy footsteps, people running down the stairs, and doors swinging open and closed for no reason—all after the bakery has closed. The noises have been attributed to two young women who used to live in the apartment that is now the bakery.

Interested in reading more Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla ghost stories. Here's a full report

Fall rates at Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla start at $199 per night >>

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Image of the Day: Londa Hotel

September 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Londa Hotel is a 68-room boutique hotel that is set back from the bustle of Limassol, its shore-side setting reflecting the aura of calm and elegance. 

Londa Hotel 

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Dining al Fresco: The Residence Maldives

September 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Residence Maldives offers an unforgettable dining experience in the restaurants both in terms of tempting menus and stunning panoramas of the Indian Ocean. Besides a variety of gastronomic temptations to pamper your palate, the backdrop of the sapphire ocean creates an ambience like no other.

The Residence Maldives 

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Image of the Day: Mystique Santorini

September 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Mystique Santorini is an exclusive retreat with 22 suites and villas built on Oia’s most famous cliffs, providing dazzling views of clear blue crystalline waters.

Mystique Santorini  

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