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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.

Did You Know? The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

July 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal
Guests can sip on a camel's milk shake at The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. The luxury resort has an in-house Camel Milk Mixologist who offers up various flavored milk shakes — strawberry, mint and others — to guests.

The delicious service was launched last year to coincide with the with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Camel's milk is high in protein, so it's a ideal beverage to sip on during Souhour, the meal taken before sunrise for Muslims fasting during Ramadan.

The mixologist will even make recommendations for drink and food pairings, to satisfy guests' unique tastes. 

 

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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.


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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Image of the Day: Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

July 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur's all day dining venue is Maya Brasserie. Diners can choose from an a la carte menu or buffet selection. The comfortable ambience is perfected with warm lighting and soothing instrumental music.

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Congratulations to Planters Inn!

July 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Planters Inn
Congratulations to Planters Inn, which has been named the # 1 Best Small City Hotel in the continental United States by Travel + Leisure's 2014 World's Best Awards.

The historic Charleston inn is the only Relais & Chateaux establishment. The 64-room inn is home to Peninsula Grill, the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond-ranked culinary experience. 

Planter's Inn is situated on the recently restored City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America. Planters Inn is perfectly situated for strolling through tree-lined South of Broad streets, shopping on King Street, meeting sweetgrass basket weavers at the City Market, watching a play at the Dock Street Theatre, touring antebellum house museums, sailing on the harbor, and much more.

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Special Dining Packages at Auberge du Soleil

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil
Opened in 1981, Auberge du Soleil is Napa Valley's first fine-dining establishment. gained recognition as one of the leading and best restaurants in Northern California. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars. Auberge has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees. Accompanying the fine cuisine is the inn, which opened in 1985.   
The luxury Napa resort  is currently featuring two dining packages for guests who want to stay and eat. 

Culinary Escapes Package:

Submit to the talents of Chef Robert Curry and his staff as you enjoy a specially prepared dinner and fine dining experience in the newly-designed restaurant.

Auberge du Soleil

This hotel package includes:
-One-night stay in a Garden Room
-In-room wine amenity
-Daily breakfast for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant
-Four-course dinner for Two with sparkling wine greeting
(additional alcoholic beverages not included)
-All taxes and gratuities (included in Restaurant and spa only)
-Available any night of the week (holidays excluded)

 

Taste of Napa Package

Auberge du Soleil invites resort guests to a feast of the senses with a quintessential Napa Valley experience. The Rutherford property offers wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, famous breathtaking views, pure relaxation in the Auberge Spa, and early morning balloon flights to view the rest of the valley.

This hotel package includes:
-Three-night stay in a Garden Room (upgraded guest rooms and rates also available)
-Dinner for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant. Guests are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of a four-course seasonal menu (excludes all additional beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Lunch for two at any of the three culinary venues: The Restaurant at Auberge, The Bistro & Bar or La Plage (excludes all beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Daily breakfast for two in the Restaurant (excludes beverages and gratuity)
-Enjoy each of these Napa Valley activities for two:
-Early morning balloon flight (weather permitting)
Six-hour winery tour with a private car and driver (excludes tasting fees)
60-minute Auberge Massage for two in the Auberge Spa
All taxes and gratuities (included in our Restaurant and spa only)

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.

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Did You Know? Omni Royal Orleans

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Omni Royal Orleans


Inside the luxury hotel that is now Omni Royal Orleans is the historic Rib Room. The steak-heavy restaurant, unusual in a town known for Po'Boys and seafood, has served dinner to a galaxy of stars, including  Luciano Pavarotti, Muhamad Ali, The Rolling Stones, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, Charlton Heston, Louis Armstrong, Richard Nixon, Paul Newman, and Harry Connick, Jr. But that's not the hotel's only claim to fame. The ideas for the Superdome and the Louisiana Jazz Festival were developed in one of Rib Room's private dining areas. 

The culinary team at the Rib Room strives to incorporate unique and locally sourced ingredients wherever and whenever possible. 

 

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Healthy Gourmet Dining at Canyon Ranch in Lenox

June 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Canyon Ranch Healthy DiningAt renowned Canyon Ranch in beautiful Lenox, Massachusetts, the air is sweet, the scenery is perfect, and the food is a joy for body and soul. Explore the many possibilities of this unsurpassed health resort, such as fitness classes, hiking, sublime spa services and culinary experiences that will thrill you. Plus, first-time guests save 20% on this all-inclusive dream vacation, now through December 23, 2014 – a delectable deal!


Discover the award-winning cuisine that meets the high gourmet and nutritional standards of luxurious, all-healthy Canyon Ranch. Your stay includes three meals a day, and you’re sure to find favorite new dishes.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn the secrets of top Ranch chefs through group or private cooking classes, workshops and complimentary lunch demos every day. And for the most focused culinary experience, check out our Canyon Ranch Cooks featured events, led by top chefs, July 30 – August 3 and October 1 – 5. You'll take home great inside tips, new skills and practical knowledge for preparing scrumptious dishes that are also good for you. Canyon Ranch Healthy Dining

Canyon Ranch cuisine is created by chefs and nutritionists who work together and use only the best fresh ingredients, organic and locally sourced whenever possible. You can sample everything from salmon to tiramisu, or choose meals that are gluten-friendly, vegetarian, vegan or specially prepared with your health priorities in mind. It’s all delicious!

Have a particular food interest? Meet with a Canyon Ranch nutritionist who can answer your questions concerning weight loss, a special diet, balancing your meals and more. You can even ask for help in planning delectable, healthful meals throughout your stay, so you always have the best possible dining experience.

Savor the Canyon Ranch experience, the healthy vacation of a lifetime!