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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.

Image of the Day: Hotel Le Crystal

May 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Le Crystal is the flagship skyscraper kitty-corner to the Bell Center in the heart of Montreal's financial district. Within walking distance is historic St. Catherine, haute couture shopping, fine dining, bars and lively cafes.

Hotel Le Crystal 

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Quirinale

May 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Hotel Quirinale can experience the best of Italian cuisine at the Rossini Restaurant or a light snack at the Green Bar. During Spring and Summer months they can enjoy dining in the peace of the private garden.

Hotel Quirinale

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The Resort at Paws Up Offers $500 Activity Credit for One Lucky Guest

May 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, The Resort at Paws Up is offering a $500 Activity Credit the first guest to book a stay through Five Star Alliance. 

The Resort at Paws Up

 Distinguishing itself from the rest of the Montana resorts and standing apart from all other Rocky Mountain resorts, the Resort at Paws Up offers an enchanting escape into the tranquility and magnificence of Montana's pastoral countryside. This luxurious ranch resort in Montana is discretely nestled among some of the most breathtaking country in the world. 37,000 acres of Resort, 100 miles of trails, 7 miles of the Blackfoot River, and 1.5-million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness combine to make for the ultimate wilderness adventure playground. A true guest ranch is much more than rounding up and driving cattle; at Paws Up guests experience non-stop wilderness adventure and action.

So what can you spend the credit on?

 

-Take your best shot at a world-class sporting clays course.

-Cast a fly with an expert guide for the most exciting fly-fishing in Montana.The Resort at Paws Up

-Spend an hour, a day or a week on horseback-all in a wilderness sanctuary you'll never forget.

-Explore the land Lewis and Clark swooned over

-Indulge in sumptuous in-room spa treatments. 

There's also lake swimming, boating, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, tubing and nearby championship golf. Visit in the winter and partake of everything from cross-country skiing and high adventure snowmobiling to downhill skiing and even dog sledding amidst the Rocky Mountains. 


Taking advantage of this offer is easy. Simply be the first person to book at stay at The Resort at Paws Up via Five Star Alliance. That's it!

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Five Star Alliance Recommends Ten Little-Known Honeymoon Locations

May 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lounging on the beach for a honeymoon is nothing to sneeze at, but the newlyweds who want something different should try staying at one of these luxury hotels in an these unusual honeymoon locations.

Five Star Alliance recommends these unusual post-nuptial spots:

Cappadocia, Turkey
Why Visit
This Anatolian region is a UNESCO world heritage site known for its cave structures. Dwellings have been hewn from the rock as far back as 4,000 B.C. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. It is 30 kilometers from Nevsehir Airport.

Where to Stay
Cappadocia Cave ResortCappadocia Cave Resort and Spa (pictured right) is built right into a mountain and offers a spectacular view over the dramatic landscape. The exclusive spa area offers all kinds of treatments, from steam baths to an experience shower with sound and light effects, to a couples massage.

Cappadocia Museum Hotel has just 30 rooms and suites. The unusual living museum concept means the cave rooms and specially restored traditional rooms are decorated with antiques and have wonderful views of Cappadocia.
 

Hue, Vietnam
Why Visit
The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles from the East Sea. Hue has various points of interest, such as the Citadel, the royal tombs of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, and Minh Mang, Thien Mu pagoda, and Dong Ba market. Other attractions include Bach Ma national park, Lang Co beach, Truc Lam Zen monastery, and Thuan An beach.

Where to Stay 
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. It offers stylish interior decoration on an area of 27 hectares of undulating land and lagoon.

Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. With 99 rooms and villas, the resort is warm and inviting. Hue airport is just 20 minutes away.
 

Cuzco, Peru
Why Visit
Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of Peru's most visited spots as it is a convenient city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu. It is located 7,000 feet above sea level and is nestled in a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range with a generally dry and temperate.

Where to Stay 
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (pictured right)is located in the Urubamba Valley on the banks of the river Vilcanota. The hotel’s property spreads over 10 hectares. Unno Spa includes a hyperbaric chamber, hydrotherapy pools, Vichy shower treatment rooms and meditation, and aromatherapy oxygen.Aranwa Sacred Valley

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco’s main square. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks using the fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

Umag, Croatia
Why Visit
With a coastline filled with stunning beaches, Umag is an established summer destination in Europe. It is known as the town of tennis because it hosts many tennis camps and the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open. Beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, and unrivalled scenery add to the city's undeniable charm. The international festival of chamber theatre Golden Lion is a popular local event.

Where to Stay
Hotel Monte Mulini is situated in a beautiful and quiet location, but close to the town of Rovinj. Maistra’s boutique hotel Monte Mulini is the perfect starting point for sightseeing in Croatia, a wine trail tour, or time in the sun and sea.

Kempinski Hotel Adriatic is surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, and offers breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea. Things to do include treatments at the 3,000 square foot duplex Spa, and a few rounds at the first professional 18-hole golf course in the region.

Doha, Qata
Why Visit
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the modern Doha skyline contrasts with the surrounding desert. Things to do in Doha include playing world-class golf, off-road desert cycling, beach trips, and fossil hunts. Popular attractions include the City Centre Doha Mall, the Corniche Promenade and the acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art. The city will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Where to Stay

The Torch DohaThe Torch Doha (pictured left) is 300 meters high and has panoramic views of the city. It is located on Al Waab Street, 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Hotel guests have private walkway access to Doha's largest shopping mall Villaggio.

Sharq Village and Spa's fourteen courtyard houses are located on one thousand meters of private coastline. Guests can tour the village streets, cool off in the two pools, recline on an outdoor majlis, or shop at the village souq. The hotel is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, B.V.

Other Recommended Locations:

-Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: A destination with year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches, and world class resorts. It’s just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

 

-Lanai, Hawaii: 9 miles from Maui, the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii is all unspoiled beaches and serenity.

-Port Antonio Jamaica: A quiet and beautiful haven with both jungle trails and impressive museums.

-Almaty Kazakhstan: The largest city in Kazakhstan has a spectacular mountain backdrop and is a winter sports haven.

-Herzliya, Israel: 10 minutes from Tel Aviv, this coastal city offers water sports, boating, and hiking.

 

 


Bathroom with a View: The Grand Tarabya

May 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grand Tarabya has bathrooms (and guest rooms) that offer views of the Marina, The Bosphorus, and the garden.

The Grand Tarabya

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Did You Know? Le Pavillon des Lettres

April 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Pavillon des Lettres

Le Pavillon des Lettres bills itself as the first literary hotel in Paris. Each of the 26 rooms are dedicated to one of the letters of the alphabet. Behind each door hides the spirit of a poet, a writer, an impassioned virtuoso, a genius, which will give a special atmosphere to the room, with the help in particular of extracts chosen and printed on the walls.

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Boxer Boston

April 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Boxer is Boston's newest full-service boutique hotel, located in the heart of downtown Boston, nestled between the tasty North End and the storied cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, just one block from TD Garden. The Boxer exudes a relaxed sophistication with an urban industrial chic design that incorporates hints of Boston. 

The Boxer Boston

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Did You Know? Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

April 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna was originally built as a hotel for the World Exhibition in Vienna in 1873. It is perfectly located in the heart of Vienna, right at the famous Ring Boulevard.

Today it is a glamorous 5 star superior Palais Hotel with 152 elegant rooms and suites, two restaurants and three bars including a Night Bar & Cigar Lounge, a Kempinski The Spa and fitness area, as well as conference rooms and a ballroom.

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

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Learn Underwater Photography at Gaya Island Resort

April 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island Resort
 
rests along the coast of Malohom Bay, a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon. The resort's architecture respects Sabahan elements; its 120 villas and two-bedroom suite use local materials and blend harmoniously with the natural environment . The resort is a haven for scuba divers, as the area is home to 75% of marine life species known to science. The coral reefs lie in shallow waters with little current making it an ideal location for novice divers but the diverse, and sometimes rare, marine creatures also make it an interesting dive location for experienced divers and underwater photographers.

There is a PADI 5* Dive Resort at Gaya Island Resort. Divers wanting to learn techniques for taking great underwater photos can now combine a scuba diving vacation and enhance their skills at the same time.  The special course will take interested guests to suitable dive site in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP), which include Pulau Mamutik, Pulau Sapi and Pulau Gaya.

Gaya Island Resort

 

The course includes:

-PADI Open Water Diver Manual.-5 course dives.

-PADI certification upon successful completion of the course.

-All dives are guided by qualified PADI Instructors.

-Maximum 3 students per PADI Instructor for personalized attention.

-Complimentary use of towel and diving gear. Cameras with underwater housing, dive computers and underwater torches are also available for daily rental.

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