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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.

Weekend Indulgences at The Mulia Bali

July 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Mulia
Ready to fed and pampered? Mark your calenders for October 4! That's when The Mulia is offering a special Weekend Indulgence package featuring Chef Michael White. 

Chef White is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the Altamarea Group, which is composed of the restaurants Marea, Ai Fiori, Osteria Morini, Nicoletta, Costata, and The Butterfly in New York, Osteria Morini and Due Mari in New Jersey, and Al Molo in Hong Kong. Chef Michael White studies, compares and contrasts different cultures' culinary philosophies to create unique recipes, restaurants, products, and brands of unsurpassed quality. Chef White is a multiple Michelin & NY Times starred chef, a Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux, and a 2010 James Beard Award Winner. In addition, he is a member of The Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation's Culinary Council, and was named one of the 40 Most influential New Yorkers under 40 by Crain's New York Business.

The Mulia is an all-suite property located on the prime beachfront of the pristine Nusa Dua coastline with an unparalleled view of the Indian Ocean. This boutique concept hotel offers pure a lifestyle retreat with the highest level of privacy and personalized service including individualized Butlers and a meticulous attention to detail and unsurpassed sense of style and space. 

The Mulia

Choose from a one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite, which are tastefully furnished with carefully selected interior, plush bed, fine art and outstanding entertainment system. Every suite is complete with a Jacuzzi on the patio. Guests, in addition to savoring this gourmet opportunity, can indulge at the Mulia Spa, which has 20 treatment rooms, a state-of-the art Wellness Suite, an Ice Fountain Room with Chromatherapy Chakra cleansing colours, Hydro Tonic pool, and an outdoor meditation area.

This special Weekend Indulgence package includes the degustation dinner and two nights accommodation. Seating at this special event is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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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.


Discover Paradise Point Resort and Spa

July 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Paradise Point Resort and Spa
For a private vacation spot right in the middle of San Diego, try Paradise Point Resort & Spa. The family-friendly resort offers bungalow-style rooms that are right on the sandy beach or nestled among tropical gardens and lagoons. Guests of all ages will enjoy relaxing on the 44-acre island. Despite its secluded atmosphere, Paradise Point is next door to SeaWorld and within minutes of other top San Diego top attractions like Mission Beach, Old Town, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and the Gaslamp Quarter.

 Some of the Many Amenities and Activities Include:

Paradise Point Resort and Spa

-Bungalow-Style Rooms located on the sand or tucked amongst tropical gardens and lagoons. The 462 Balinese influenced bungalow-style rooms includes 73 hotel suites. Each open and airy ground-floor guestroom offers garden, lagoon, or bay views, with a refreshing, tropically elegant color scheme of coral, turquoise, chartreuse, and gold.

-Five Swimming Pools. The  family-geared Main Pool is right next to the lobby and the Tropics Cantina serves food and beverages poolside. The main pool is also home to poolside activities such as games, crafts, and face-painting on Saturday afternoons. Dive-in Movies take place on Saturday nights. The Lagoon Pool features two fire pits and is popular with evening swimmers. The Adult Lagoon pool is for those over the age of 18. The Meadow Pool offers a fountain of fun. The Waterfall Pool's swimming area is accented by cascading waterfalls.

-Full-Service Marina & Spa. Guests can enjoy water taxi service to SeaWorld, where guests can skip lines and parking fees by entering the park through a VIP gate. Park costume characters provide a special dockside welcome just for Paradise Point guests on Sundays in July and August. In addition, various aquatic activities such as sailing, jet skiing, motor boating, and kayaking are on offer. Lessons in these activities and at the Paradise Surf Academy are readily available to guests. New in 2014 is private "door-to-dock" water taxi service with pick-up from the sand outside the bungalows.

Paradise Point


Special Paradise Point Resort & Spa Events Include:

-Beach bonfires with views of the Mission Bay fireworks show occur nightly. 

-Sunday Fun Day Concerts means that San Diego's best rock cover bands take the bayside stage at the legendary Barefoot Bar & Grill.

-Market Night on Fridays brings the shopping to resort guests. Browse a collection of items crafted by San Diego artisans, including locally made food, coffee, tea, jewelry, skincare, and art.

-Guests ages 4-12 can explore, play, and learn through creative activities in the two-story Island Adventure Club bungalow and around the resort's tropical grounds. 


Learn more about all the family-fun activities at Paradise Point Resort and Spa.  

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Did You Know? Wildflower Hall

July 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wildflower Hall

Wildflower Hall started life as a country escape for Viceroys and high-ranking officials. It was well-loved and visited often by Lord Kitchener, who many call "the greatest Commander-in-Chief that India has ever possessed." In addition to the comforts of the residence, he also enjoyed camping and shooting in the area. 

Kitchener took command of the gardens, planning, planting, and even paying for them. He also had a snow-pit built, which created ice that was used in Wildflower Hall's kitchens throughout the year.  

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Cool Pools: Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya

July 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya has five outdoor swimming pools, including a children's pool.

Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya

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Did You Know? Wynn Macau

July 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wynn Macau

Gamblers at Wynn Macau are aided by the resort's Tree of Prosperity. Designed to thrill and excite guests, the Tree of Prosperity is a choreographic masterpiece of music, video and light. Rays of light illuminate the tree and change into vibrant colors to represent different seasons of the year. The sparkling chandelier, composed of 21,000 crystals, adds glitter and glamour. 

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Cool Pools: Ibiza Gran Hotel

July 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ibiza Gran Hotel's "Open Aqua" includes heated swimming pools and hydrotherapy with underwater massage, contrast baths, cold pool, Hammam, sauna, and a relaxation area.

Ibiza Gran Hotel 

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Rural Society Opens at Loews Madison Hotel

July 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loews Madison Hotel
Mr Garces comes to Washington! Iron Chef Jose Garces has just opened Rural Society, an Argentine steakhouse, at the Loews Madison Hotel. Rural Society is the chef's first restaurant in the Nation's Capital. Chef Garces, in addition to being an Iron Chef, is a James Beard Award-winner. 

Rural Society takes its name from the historic La Sociedad Rural Argentina and La Exposicion Rural, an annual event that combines a livestock show, gaucho exhibition, and a social gathering. 

In tribute to this celebratory time, the open flames of a parrilla (Argentine grill) welcome guests into the new Rural Society restaurant. All meats, fish, and some vegetables are grilled here in the center of the restaurant, on the grill fueled by charcoal as well as traditional Argentine hardwood (quebracho).


Rural Society is also celebrating the Italian culture so embedded in Argentina. Guests can savor handmade pastas along with fugazzas (thick-crust Argentine pizza). In addition to presenting apéritifs and digestifs, Rural Society’s bar showcases South American and Argentine wines. A Chef's Tasting Menu and wine pairings are also available. 

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Dining al Fresco: Auberge du Soleil

July 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil's guests can enjoy a side of Napa Valley views with their breakfast. 

Auberge du Soleil

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Late Night Spa Sessions at Four Seasons Washington DC

July 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance


Located in the heart of the hip and historic Georgetown neighbourhood, Four Seasons Washington DC offers unparalleled access to DC's inspiring monuments and historic sites as well as the eclectic charm of upscale shops, restaurants and galleries.
 
Now the luxury hotel has upped the romance quotient by offering late night spa treatments. The spa is nationally recognized as one of the top 100 spa hotels in the US by Conde Nast's 2012 reader poll. 


The Night Spa package includes:

-Two monogrammed bathrobes waiting in personalized lockers
-A bouquet of flowers: choice of 12 long-stem red roses (or the colour of your choice), a tall tropical mixed arrangement, a low lush mixed arrangement of seasonal blooms, or an arrangement of all tulips (in season)
-Two 80-minute massages
-Exclusive use of the Hotel's pool level between 10:30 pm and 1:30 am
-A personalized Michael Mina dining experience (incudes one bottle of house champagne or wine)Four Seasons Washington DC
 

The cost for this nocturnal pampering starts at $1,800 per couple. Add a one-night stay in a luxurious Premier Room for $500 or upgrade to a suite for an additional $300.

The Night Spa must be booked at least 72 hours in advance. Prepayment and menu selection is required 24 hours prior to the experience and cancellations must be received at least 72 hours in advance.

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Did You Know? Banyan Tree Liajing

July 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Liajing
The spa suites at Banyan Tree Liajing are two-story residences inspired by traditional Chinese courtyard style. 

The accommodations consist of an extensive living and dining area, with an attached pantry. The bedroom above offers a balcony, allowing for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Below the stairway, the spa treatment room is ideal for a pampering spa experience after a day of exploration and trekking. Enjoy an intimate dining experience under the stars in a private courtyard.Banyan Tree Liajing

Regarded as the Venice of the Orient with its dizzying array of water canals, quaint bridges and cobble-stoned streets, Lijiang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. 

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