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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER

 
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.

Dining al Fresco: Mandarin Oriental Milan


By: Five Star Alliance

Boasting exquisite fine Italian dining alongside delicious dishes and bespoke cocktails Mandarin Oriental Milan caters to both hotel guests and the city's discerning style crowd.

Mandarin Oriental Milan

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Best Bathrooms: Raffles Istanbul


By: Five Star Alliance

Suites and rooms at Raffles Istanbul feature a designed inspired by an idea termed The Dream of Istanbul. With They feature full marble double vanity bathrooms with separate bathtub and shower.

Raffles Istanbul

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Did You Know? San Ysidro Ranch


By: Five Star Alliance

In the 1930s, Hollywood actor Ronald Colman and hotelier and former Senator Alvin Carl Weingand acquired the San Ysidro Ranch and transformed it into a hospitality haven – known for its idyllic setting, service, and guarding of guest privacy – for celebrities. The famous guests over the years range from Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx to Winston Churchill, Somerset Maugham, and Sinclair Lewis. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were married at the Ranch, John and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned there and John Huston completed the script for African Queen during a three-month stay.

San Ysidro Ranch

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New to Five Star Alliance: Lizard Island Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Lizard Island Resort is the northern-most resort located directly on the Great Barrier Reef, with 24 powdery-white beaches and 40 luxurious suites.

Lizard Island Resort

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Special Pampering for Moms-to-Be at Eden Roc at Cap Cana


By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Roc at Cap CanaEden Roc at Cap Cana presents a special package for mothers-to-be looking for the ultimate maternity retreat experience. 

Benefits include:

50-Minute Mom-To-Be Therapy- Relieve and eliminate any stress common at this special moment in a woman’s life with a hydrating facial and delicate soothing massage that will leave you feeling renewed and refreshed.

50-minute Quirogolf Massage For Daddy-An exclusive and ground-breaking deep body massage performed with golf balls using maneuvers based on four pillars that act in synergy: relaxing, warming the muscles, therapeutic massage and improving flexibility.

Island Manicure For Her-Indulge in a manicure experience like no other that will leave your hands with an undeniable silky feel.

Island Pedicure For Him-Eden Roc at cap canaEnjoy an unprecedented pedicure experience that includes a gentle exfoliation, cocktail mask, and pressure point massage.

Guests will enjoy delicacies from the Gourmet Cravings Menu, which was designed and inspired by the Mediterranean diet both to meet nutritional needs and satisfy usual cravings.

In addition:

-Daily access to Wet Area facilities (sauna, steam room, whirlpool, relaxation area) during your stay
-15% discount on the purchase of any other SPA treatments
-10% discount on the purchase of any retail product

All of the nightly rates are quoted in USD and include round-trip airport transfers to the Punta Cana International Airport, daily Full-American breakfast, exclusive use of electric golf-cart, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet and access to Eden Roc Beach Club. Rates are subject to 18% taxes and 10% legal service charges. This offer is available for a limited time, and additional terms and restrictions may apply.

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Room Options at La Tremoille


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel de La Tremoille welcomes guests to the heart of the Golden Triangle, one of the most prestigious Parisian districts between the famous avenues Montaigne, George V, and Champs-Elysées. Behind an elegant Haussmann façade, the atmosphere of the establishment combines historical references and contemporary services. Throughout the hotel from the reception area to the suites via the restaurant and lounge bar, a harmony of styles and eras is respected.

The 5-star Hotel de la Tremoille offers 80 cosy & spacious rooms : Deluxe Double, Superior Double and Standard Double rooms. Some rooms connect, offering the possibility of a large suite of up to 3 rooms covering 120 square meters. Each room has its own individual style, combining elegant decoration with precious materials and modern service. 

La Tremoille Double Standard Room
Double Standard Room
Average size 31 square meters
Large Queen bed 
View of the street or courtyard
Air conditioning – Sound-proofing
Molton Brown products in the bathroom
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe

 

 

 
 
La Tremoille Double Superior Room
Double Superior room
Average size 36 square meters
Large Queen bed or 2 Twin beds
Possibility of accommodating three people with an extra bed
View of the street or courtyard
Air conditioning 
Molton Brown products in the bathroom
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe deposit box
Heated trouser press

 

 

 

Double Deluxe RoomLa Tremoille Double Deluxe Room
Average size 40 square meters
Large Queen bed or 2 Twin beds
Possibility of accommodating three people with an extra bed 
View of the street –possibility of a balcony
Air conditioning – Sound-proofing
Bathroom with separate shower unit (Molton Brown welcome products)
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe deposit box
Heated trouser press

 

 

The Hotel de La Trémoille has 13 luxury suites, each composed of one or two bedrooms and a sitting room, to make your stay in Paris unforgettable. The decor of each suite features design furniture, period molding, high ceilings, and top-of-the-range amenities.

 

La Tremoille Junior SuiteJunior Suite
Average surface area 42 square meters
Large Queen bed or two twin beds
Can accommodate up to 3 people with extra bed
View over the street only – possibility of a balcony
Air-conditioning – Sound-proofing
Bathroom with separate shower unit (Molton Brown welcome products)
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe deposit box
Heated trouser press

 

 

 

One Bedroom SuiteLa Tremoille Jazz Suite
Average surface area 62 square meters
Large Queen bed or two Twin beds
Can accommodate up to 4 people (with extra bed)
Upper floors only, view over the street only
Separate sitting room with armchairs and sofa bed
Air-conditioning – Sound-proofing
Bathroom with separate shower unit (Molton Brown welcome products)
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe deposit box
Heated trouser press

 

Two Bedroom Suites are also available and they feature:

Total surface area 104 square meters
2 large bedrooms with bathrooms (with separate shower)
Large independent sitting room between the two bedrooms with armchairs and sofa bed
Upper floors, view over the street only
Balcony
Air-conditioning – Sound-proofing
Molton Brown welcome products in the bathroom
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe deposit box
Heated trouser press

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Windsor Boutique Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Windsor Boutique Hotel offers unique and upscale accommodations in the heart of downtown Asheville. Initially constructed in 1907, The Windsor recently completed an eighteen-month historic total renovation. It now features 14 new luxury suites, each with its own unique character and charm. Each suite has a private bedroom, bathroom, washer/dryer, full kitchen area and living room providing plenty of room to relax and unwind.

Windsor Boutique Hotel

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Cool Pools: Rancho Valencia Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Whether you're looking for an early-morning workout, or just looking for refreshment after your spa treatment or tennis match, the pools at Rancho Valencia do not disappoint. Featuring two saline pools, the main pool and adults-only spa pool are heated to a comfortable 82 degrees for year-round enjoyment. Large enough to swim laps yet serene enough to relax and lounge poolside in the San Diego sunshine, the pools offer the perfect place for both rest and recreation. They both also feature a bubbling Jacuzzi.

Rancho Valencia

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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. 

Soak 
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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