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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.

Rosewood Hotels and Resorts Welcomes Sand Hill to the Family

April 9, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Little Dix BayRosewood Hotels and Resorts, known for such ultra-luxury properties as Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, and The Carlyle in New York City, has recently opened the doors on its newest property, Rosewood Sand Hill. Situated on 16 pristine acres in Menlo Park California, Sand Hill promises to stay true to the Rosewood concepts: Exceptional architecture, flawless service, and the integration of local culture to create an enhanced guest experience. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, luxury spa and spa boutique, arcaded gardens, and a fine dining restaurant that utilizes an open artisan, wood burning kitchen. To celebrate their debut, Sand Hill will be offering up one night, deluxe accommodations for 225 to 250 USD.


Hot New Spas: The Westin Riverfront’s Spa Angali Uses Organic Products

April 8, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Riverfront Resort and SpaSince it opened last year in Beaver Creek, the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa has been getting rave reviews. (Just check out what folks are sayin' on TripAdvisor!) With easy access to Beaver Creek Mountain via the Riverfront Express Gondola located outside the resort's front door, the Westin Riverfront is the ideal base to explore the incredible mountain scenery. The list of resort activities is impressive-- from fishing to downhill and cross-country skiing. But it's the 23,000-square-foot spa and fitness center that really inspires. Indulge in a mountain-inspired spa treatment with local ingredients, and enjoy a swim in the 25-meter saltwater lap pool. Try a spin class or enhance your workout with a personal trainer, then soak in one of three Jacuzzi tubs overlooking the river. The spa is environmentally-friendly, to boot. In its April issue, Conde Nast Traveler gives a shout-out to the Spa Anjali for its green practices: "The brand-new spa... has organic bamboo sheets, cups and plates made from corn, and organic products-- and guests who arrive in their hotel robe (saving the spa from using an additional robe) receive a small discount."


Voluntourism in the Everglades with Mandarin Oriental Miami

April 6, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental MiamiThough some guests may never want to leave the infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking Biscayne Bay, Mandarin Oriental Miami offers some excellent opportunities to venture farther afield in South Florida. Case in point: The hotel's voluntourism program in the Florida Everglades, which allows guests to discover an important National Park (and World Heritage site), and do something good for the community while on vacay. On an inspiring day trip, you'll help preserve the environment with tree planting, recycling projects, and exotic plant removal programs. Explore the park's walking trails to experience wildlife up close, or try the local tradition of "slogging"-- wading through shallow waters. Boxed lunches are provided by the hotel. This is sustainable tourism at its finest.


Bardessono, Napa Valley: The Greenest Luxury Hotel in America?

April 1, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

BardessonoThere's a new luxury hotel on the scene in Yountville and it's causing quite the stir. Perhaps the greenest luxury hotel in the country, Bardessono has a carbon footprint of just about zero, and is thus pursuing LEED Platinum certification. Developed by Phil Shelbourne and designed by WATG, the 62-room hotel has 82 geothermal wells, 940 rooftop solar panels, motion-controlled LEDs and CFLs, dual-flush toilets and low-flow fixtures, and drought-resistant landscaping. Talk about commitment to environmental sustainability.

BardessonoThe San Francisco Chronicle has the skinny on Bardessono's spa:

Robert Redford and his lady friend were there for the February opening of this eco-luxury hotel built on five acres of a historic Yountville wine family farmstead. Perhaps its most unique feature is its sleek guest accommodations, all of which double as in-room spas. A massage table slides out of a cabinet, and a steam shower and 120-gallon bubble tub for two sit three steps away for after your treatment of choice. A spa butler sets you up for your in-room treatment, including providing the music of your choice. Plug your iPod into the docking station or opt for the hotel's music, where the choice can run from Bach to Bacharach. Treatments range from a basic massage (60 minutes/$125) and a wrap of enzyme-rich pumpkin and cranberry added on to any other treatment (30 minutes/$60). Or, after a dual massage, soak with your sweetie and a glass of bubbly in a tub filled with purifying bath salts containing essential oils of fennel, juniper, cypress, grapefruit and more (90 minutes/$195 per person).