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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.

The Salamander Resort & Spa Sets August 2013 Opening

April 1, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Salamander Resort in Middleburg, VASalamander Resort & Spa, set on over 300 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia's famed horse country and lush vineyards announced that it is set to open this August. Located in the 18th century village of Middleburg, Salamander Resort is 30 minutes west of Dulles International Airport and an hour from downtown Washington, DC.

Set on 340 acres of farmland, the brand new resort will offer what was said to be "an unparalleled luxury experience in the region" with 168 guest rooms and suites; a culinary program led by Chef Todd Gray of Equinox Restaurant in DC including two restaurants, wine bar, cooking studio and two-acre culinary garden; a spa with 14 treatment rooms and a couples suite; and various activities including an onsite Equestrian program, with a 22-stall barn, practice ring, riding trails and instructional classes.

The Salamander Resort outside Washington, DCThe property similarly boasts tennis courts and an outdoor pool complex, and guests have privileges at the nearby Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Fifty wineries are within an hour's drive of the resort, as are opportunities for whitewater rafting, sporting clays and raceway spectating.

Salamander Resort is also eyeing to be a destination for meetings or events. The property features a 5,000 square foot Grand Ballroom, as well as more intimate settings including a 1,800 square foot Junior Ballroom, Executive Boardrooms and breakout rooms, hospitality suites and 2,000 square foot Presidential Suite with an entertainment balcony.

Indoor and outdoor event facilities at Salamander are eyed to make events stand out, including the Equestrian Barn event room, the Stallion Barn, a, over a hundred year old stone building adjacent to the Grand Lawn, and the Cooking Studio, which may be reserved by groups for private events.

 


Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran Introduces Bamboo Chic

March 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 


Breakfast in Bali has never tasted so good! Bamboo Chic, Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran’s newest restaurant boasts its delicious take on Pan-Asian cuisine with a Balinese twist. Le Meridian Jimbaran Bali has gone through a total renovation that displays a beautiful mix of traditional Jimbaran heritage amidst global contemporary design. This mix of traditional Jimbaran culture with the styles of global contemporary can be seen within the flavors of the newly opened restaurant at Le Meridian Jimbaran Bali’s restaurant: Bamboo Chic.

Guests can enjoy their meals in their 3-story restaurant and bar, or can even dine on their roof-top terrace to enjoy a beautiful Bali sunset while eating next to the man-made salt water lagoon. Run by executive chef Paul Lewis, who keeps the Le Meridian farm-to-table food concept alive by using local fresh ingredients and fresh catch-of-the-days in the menu. Bamboo Chic provides food options for all ages, complete with a delicious buffet spread that caters to many taste preferences. The restaurant is well-known for its Pork Hock dish that has a very distinct Balinese twist. Always on the menu, but in different forms, the pork is definitely a must-try at Bamboo Chic!

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Ritz-Carlton Montreal Debuts Maison Boulud

March 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 


A few months ago, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal's re-opened its doors and unveiled their new $150 million renovated hotel. Part of the multi-million dollar renovations was the much anticipated reveal of the award-winning French Chef Daniel Boulud's new restaurant: Maison Boulud. The combination of the renowned, three star Michelin award-winning chef located in one of the most well-known names in the hotel industry has created a lot of hype amongst local foodies and hotel-guests. Living up to its hype, it has all of Montreal buzzing about its new hot spot eatery. Daniel Boulud has embraced the Montreal culture into his own food philosophy by focusing the restaurant's menu to serve the best "fresh local ingredients and artisanal Québécois products," according to the restaurant’s web site.

Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch; Maison Boulud has become Montreal's new go-to spot for special occasions and foodie connoisseurs. The experience is a great one, for those who want to experiment in fine dining in French cuisine. The ambiance, food and service are all top-notch and reflect Daniel Boulud's signature je ne sais quoi elegance embedded in part of his restaurant. If you are in the Montreal area and looking to enjoy the best of what this city has to offer, definitely stop by Maison Boulud for an outstanding gastronomic experience!

 

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Tour Around St. Regis Grand Rome

March 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world, and is also home the Colosseum, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Romans are known to be a sophisticated bunch, complete with one of the world’s largest and impressive collection of art and the breeding ground of great philosophers of our time. If art, culture and sophistication are your main drivers in choosing destinations and hotels, The St. Regis Grand Rome should be your first stop! The Romans claim to fame in the art world was back in the 16th century when they gave birth to one of the most well-known styles/themes of art to date. The Baroque and Rococo artistic styling and architecture was a period of exuberant elegance and grandeur opulence, a form of art that defined the Renaissance.

The St. Regis Grand Rome is the epitome and holds the essence of all things Renaissance from the architecture, the art work, the furniture to etiquette of the service they provide, and is a landmark in its own right. The very first 5-star hotel in Rome, The St Regis Grand Rome’s hotel design theory of mixing traditional with splashes of lux modernity can be seen through all the things they provide in their hotel. Guests can view the hotel’s private collection of curated art and antiques or indulge in private concierge service in their Bottega Veneta designed suite. The Renaissance heritage runs deep at The St. Regis Grand Rome, as they are known for their amazing butler service and prompt response times. This makes it no surprise to know that the hotel has naturally become the unofficial meeting grounds of the Italian and international political, diplomatic, economic and socialite elite. As the saying goes, “When in Rome..”, do as the Romans do and experience all the amazing things they have to offer by staying at The St. Regis Grand Rome.

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Claridge's Says So Long to Gordon Ramsay

March 15, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

 

Come June, London luxury hotel Claridge's will say so long to Gordon Ramsay's iconic restaurant after a long-term relationship. According to the Financial News, the hotel has said "the time has come...for a new dining direction for Claridge's." The restaurant was part of the first wave of celebrity chef-helmed restaurants,  and was a big hit when it opened in 2001.  Recent days have seen a decline, with the restaurant losing its Michelin Star in 2010. 

 

But don't worry about Gordon. The explosive host of Hell's Kitchen still has 26 restaurants world-wide.

 

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Posted in: London, Food and Wine, Europe

Valen-Find Grand Prize Winner Announced!

February 27, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Well, someone is getting a pretty great post-Valentine's Day gift!  We are delighted to announce that the grand prize winner of our Valen-Finds Day Sweepstakes is:

 

 

Rebecca R. of Calgary, Alberta!

 

Congratulations to Rebecca. Rebecca and her guest will enjoy 3 nights at Charleston Place, which is located in the heart of the city, just steps from Market Street's museums and south of Broad's secret gardens. Their stay will be on the exclusive private Club-level. Located on the top two floors of the hotel, and offering the city's best views, guests enjoy complimentary cuisine throughout the day including continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and after dinner cordials and desserts. They will also enjoy a 6-course tasting menu with wine pairings at the Forbes Four Star Charleston Grill.  

Congratulations Rebecca!

 

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Image of the Day: Cavas Wine Lodge

February 26, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Nestled in a 35 acre vineyard, Cavas Wine Lodge is strategically located between the best known wineries and the magnificent Andes Mountain range. 

 

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Image of the Day: Hotel Lutetia

February 23, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Some rooms at Hotel Lutetia have stunning views of Le Bon Marche and the Eiffel Tower.

 

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Image of the Day: Hotel Il Salviatino

February 22, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

When you stay at Hotel Il Salviatino, all of Florence is at your feet.

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Cooking at Canyon Ranch

February 19, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Set on 750 feet of pristine beach, Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach is a spectacular all-suite oceanfront luxury hotel which offers limitless views, beachfront dining,  and quick access to the vibrant nightlife of nearby Miami and South Beach. Now you can add cooking classes to the list of reasons to visit.

Chef Giovanni Arias and Canyon Ranch nutritionist Larisa Alonso team up every other Tuesday at 3pm for
inspiring healthy-cooking demonstrations, each with a different theme. Larisa answers all your questions about healthy eating while you sharpen your technique and add to your repertoire of easy, great-tasting dishes. You’ll watch Chef prepare a delicious three-course late lunch for you to enjoy.

Classes are open to the public but space is limited. Room rates currently start at $860 per night for a suite stay from March 4-6.

The schedule of topics is below:

March 5 – Vegetarian Powerhouses: Tofu & Fish Dishes to Savor
March 19 – Breads: The Joy of Kneading
April 2 – Sensational Sushi at Home
April 30 – Farm to Table: Making the Most of Great Ingredients

 

Bon Appetit!

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