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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.

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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Holiday Offers from The London EDITION

By: Five Star Alliance

The London EDITIONChristmas and New Year's are just weeks away, so the time is nigh to book your holiday travel. If you are heading to England, The London EDITION has great offers for the best holiday celebrations. 

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Spend the holidays with us and enjoy a guaranteed table at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern with £100 credit towards food & beverage per stay, two complimentary pre-dinner cocktails and a special holiday welcome amenity. Rates from £415.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Valid from 1 December through 30 December 2015. Table reservation at Berners Tavern must be booked in advance. Cancellations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival. The London EDITION

Shop Til You...

No need to drop.  This package includes overnight accommodation in one of the sophisticated Loft rooms or above, a £50 Liberty London gift card per stay, exclusive access to Liberty's Private Shopping service,  afternoon tea for two at Liberty’s luxurious private suite per stay and English breakfast for two daily at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern. Rates from £665.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Valid through 31 January 2015. Access to Liberty’s Private Suite and shopping service must be booked in advance and can only be access from Monday through Saturday. Cancelations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival. 

Get Punch'd

Includes guaranteed table in Punch Room, signature EDITION punch for two, breakfast in bed and late checkout at 2pm. Rates from £390.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Offer is valid from 13 September through 31 December 2015. Rates are not applicable to groups or in conjunction with any other offer. Cancelations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Bright Eyed and Breakfast Ready

Stay overnight and enjoy an English breakfast for two daily at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern. Rates from £305.

Based upone availability. VAT is included in Rate.  Offer is valid through 31 December 2015. Rates are not applicable to groups or in conjunction with any other offer.  Cancellations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Additional rules and restrictions may apply. Read the rates and terms carefully and book early to avoid disappointment. 

Book your holiday travel at The London EDITION >>

Dining al Fresco: Angleterre Hotel St. Petersburg

By: Five Star Alliance

Borsalino Restaurant  at Angleterre Hotel St Petersburg features an original Italian menu
that attracts discerning locals as well as hotel guests.

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Cool Pools: Laucala Island Resort

By: Five Star Alliance


A dramatic open-air structure designed to resemble a shell, the Pool Bar sits beside Laucala Island Resort’s 2.000-square-metre lagoon-style swimming pool, amid coconut palms and tropical flowers. Fresh fruit juices, coconut milk and coconut water is made daily, bottled and served to guests lounging by the water, accompanied by cool scented towels and vitamin shooters.

Laucala Island Resort

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