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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.

Inside Paradisus Cancun

By: Meagan Drillinger

Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Travel Agent, recently wrote an article about the recently re-vamped Pardisus Cancun

Travel Agent visited Paradisus Cancun in January, following its reopening and rebranding on December 1. Before, the resort operated as a Gran Melia, but has since been repurposed as a Paradisus, Melia's luxury all-inclusive brand. 

The resort offers guests six restaurants and three bars, several pools, a YHI Spa, golf course and more. Paradisus Cancun is also home to the specialty Royal Service, a private enclave of rooms that are adults-only, and come with their own set of privileges. Those who book four nights in the Royal Service section receive an included meal at Tempo. Royal Service guests also have access to the YHI Spa's hydrotherapy suite without having a treatment scheduled. A private pool and beach section is also available for guests of Royal Service. The resort offers a selection of Life Enriching experiences to help bring guests closer to the culture of Mexico and Cancun. We participated in a tequila tasting with the resort's sommelier. Guests can also opt for experiences like massage classes, DJ lessons and more. The Paradisus Cancun

Guests will want to stay in the Deluxe Royal Service Ocean Front rooms, which are the most requested accommodations. However, if you are looking for something even more over-the-top, say for a CEO, for example, the Presidential and Government Suites are best. All rooms in the Royal Service section entitle guests to private butler service. 

Getting there: Cancun International Airport is just 25 minutes away. The concierge can arrange anything from a town car or limo to Ferrari, Lamborghini, or Mercedes Benz SLS. If guests want to land a private helicopter, Cancun's airport can accommodate. 

The YHI Spa is a great place to unwind. There are 11 treatment rooms in the 4,900-square-foot space (six regular rooms and five eco rooms; three are for couples). Reservations are taken starting a month in advance but it is best to book at least 24 hours out. Try the Ix-Chel Holistic massage. 

The resort features a 'pitch and put' golf course on the grounds. If guests want something a little more exclusive, the resort can arrange for a golf pro to come to the property for a private golf clinic.

View rates, details and more photos for The Paradisus Cancun >>

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo Opens for the Season

By: Meagan Drillinger

Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about Grand Hotel Tremezzo's season opening: Grand Hotel Tremezzo Rooftop Suite with Terrace 

This month marks the seasonal reopening of the Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como in Italy. This season, the luxury hotel is showing off a series of updates, notably to the T Spa and T Beach, along with a brand new Honeymoon Suite. The Suite sits within the fully renovated fourth floor of the Palace. A Music Concierge has also been put into place. 

Debuting for the first time last year, the hotel unveiled a newly renovated Rooftop Floor, made up of eight suites. The fifth floor of the palace now includes three Rooftop Junior Suites, three Rooftop Corner Suites and two Rooftop Front Suites. Each has its own private terrace, outdoor heated Jacuzzi pool, butler services and views of the lake.

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The New Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France

By: Ruthanne Terrero

Hotel St. Barth Isle de France

Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the new Hotel St. Barth Isle de France. Read more here:

We’re just back from St. Barth where we spent a lovely afternoon at Hotel St. Barth Isle de France. The resort, which is a member of the Oetker Collection (think Le Bristol Paris, Hôtel du Cap Eden-Roc and the Palais Namaskar in Marrakech, Morocco), is a true jetset venue. Since it’s a mere five-minute drive from the airport, you can don your flip-flops and be sipping Sauvignon Blanc on Flamand Beach in no time as you’re still shaking off your cold weather blues.

When you arrive, you’ll get the vibe that everything at Hotel St. Barth Isle de France is pure white against a blue, blue sea. And it is white and fresh, thanks in large part to a recent renovation to its garden bungalows and public areas. We were able to get a good walk-through to one of the just-turned-two Flamands Villas (No. 43). There are two of these enormous three-bedroom suites which measure 4,300 square feet in size. Smart Move: Each of the bedrooms is of equal size, with a private bath, so there’s no stress about divvying up the sleeping quarters if you’re sharing with other couples or on a girlfriend getaway. More good things: Bathrooms have double sinks and roomy tubs. Both suites as well have full, real working kitchens near their respective living rooms, which open up to a terrace, complete with a plunge infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean and they have direct access to the beach. Other lush touches? Each has an exercise room and a home cinema. Life is good.

If a Flamands Villa isn’t large enough for your special party, consider adding on a suite next door, which measures 1,300 square feet.

What we loved: Lunch at the alfresco La Case de l’Isle overlooking the sea is a must, even if you’re just in town for the day off a luxury cruise. The menu is simple and French and the crowd that gathers is cosmopolitan and international and usually quite tan and fashionable. We started off with the refreshing soupe glacée de petits pois, bruschetta de prosciutto et poivrons grilles, which is an iced pea soup served with a prosciutto ham, and grilled peppers bruschetta. For a unique dish to share with your dining companion, consider the “Wok de gambas et poulet marine,” which is a shrimp and marinated chicken wok dish served with Thai noodles. (P.S.: A continental breakfast is included in the room rate.)

The spa here has four treatment rooms and uses Natura Bissé and Intraceuticals skincare products. There’s also a Spa Pavilion set in the resort’s tropical gardens.

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Image of the Day: Cavas Wine Lodge

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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We Have a Winner!

By: Five Star Alliance


At long last, we can share our exciting news!  We know many of you have been anxiously awaiting the announcement as to who has won our Romantic Getaway Sweepstakes!  We've wanted to tell you, but we had to wait until all the details were finalized. Now that all we've dotted all our i's and crossed all our t's, we can finally tell you!  The lucky winner is (drumroll please!)



Kim H. of New York!



Kim and her guest will be flying business class to Bali courtesy of Qatar Airways!  They will enjoy a  5 night stay in a luxury 1 bedroom pool villa courtesy of the Viceroy Bali.

Amenties include:

-Welcome drink & cool towel upon arrival

-Daily choice of A La Carte Breakfast

-Daily restock of mini bar with free nonalcoholic drinks

-Free Wi-Fi Broadband Internet Access

-Free use of Jacuzzi & Steam bath at Lembah Spa

-Free drop off and pickup shuttle service in Ubud area

-Cardio and Resistance Gymnasium


Enjoy your stay Kim, and take lots of pictures! For all those who didn't win, keep checking our Facebook page. We'll have another exciting luxury hotel contest coming up soon.

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Image of the Day: Vana Belle

By: K. Clare Johnson

Situated on a serene bay, Vana Belle, Koh Samui is fringed by verdant surroundings and the transparent Gulf of Thailand, which guarantee endless activity.


Explore rates, details, photos and more at Vana Belle >>


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Posted in: Koh Samui, Asia, Hot Spots

Image of the Day: Hillside Beach Club

By: K. Clare Johnson


Located in the Aegean coast of Turkey, in Fethiye, Hillside Beach Club was voted TripAdvisor 2012 Travelers’ Choice Award winner, one of top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts in Europe.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Hillside Beach Club >>


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Happy Valentine's Day!

By: K. Clare Johnson


Here's to a day filled with the love of those near and far!

(Romantic image is of Bali's Amankila)

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Image of the Day: Hotel Monaco San Francisco

By: K. Clare Johnson


The Hotel Monaco is located just footsteps from the Union Square, Moscone Convention Center, the downtown Financial District, and the Theatre District.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Hotel Monaco San Francisco >>

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South Beach Food and Wine Festival-Where to Stay

By: K. Clare Johnson


The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities.  This year, it's being held from February 21-24. In 2012, more than 60,000 guests attended nearly 50 events featuring more than 150 celebrated chefs and over 250 wineries, spirits producers, and non-alcoholic beverage suppliers. Events include star-studded receptions, seminars, tastings, dinners, brunches, and concerts.

So where should you stay? Fontainebleu Miami Beach is presenting Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best Sponsored by Bank of America, where proprietors and wine-makers from each winery are invited to pour their top varietals and to speak to attendees about their individual processes. As of this writing, nightly room rates start at $489.

Fans of Guy Fieri won't want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Food Network star team up with reggae legend Ziggy Marley for a closing party concert at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.  The party starts at 6:30 Sunday February 24, and the luxury hotel has rooms available starting at $529 per night.  Marley will be presenting  Ziggy Marley Organics™, a organic line of the World’s First flavored coconut oils and roasted flavored hempseeds.

Don't miss Paula Deen!  She'll be at the VIP opening reception at the Delano Hotel. Paula and her sons, Jamie & Bobby, will be hosting Moët Hennessy's The Q. More than 40 of the top BBQ chefs from across the country will grill up chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butts from Omaha Steaks with smoky side dishes.
Oceanview rooms are still available for the festival, starting at $939 per night.

Other rates available in Miami for the festival include $255 per night at Riviera Suite South Beach,  $383 per night at Epic Hotel Miami, and for a true splurge $2159 for a Marvelous Suite at W Hotel Miami.

Eat, drink, be merry, and sleep in luxury!

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