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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.

Two Of Our Favorite Spas in City Center Las Vegas


By: Meagan Drillinger

Up and down the Strip, and throughout the downtown area, spas are serious business in Las Vegas. Two of our favorites are located within City Center, Las Vegas' newest complex nestled between Monte Carlo and Bellagio - The Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan and Spa & Salon Vdara. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently spelled out their perks.

Spa Cosmopolitan Las Vegas"The Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas covers 43,000 square feet and has an impressive range of spaces: Think 16 massage rooms, four body treatment rooms—each with private steam showers—six skincare treatment rooms, two hydrotherapy rooms and a series of specialty suites designed for group treatments.

The Hammam has proven to be a popular spot to unwind in for an afternoon. The 1,200-square-foot space can be used individually or by up to four guests, and has separate alcoves for steam and cold water plunge pools. Guests can also relax on the heated stone loungers or get a scrub massage to complete the treatment.

The signature Hammam treatment, the Sahra Journey, incorporates several cleansing, purifying, and exfoliating methods into a 2.5-hour package that also includes the Red Flower Hammam Experience. This unique therapy uses 11 flower oils and fruit essences, including Red Flower Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub for varied scents and healing properties. A "vigorous scrub" is followed by a purifying clay wrap with essences of cardamom; all the while guests relax on warm stones.

Tops for girlfriends: The Sahra Suite has a living and entertaining area and private spa accommodations. (Perks include a flat-screen TV with DVD player, wet bar, whirlpool tubs, steam room, shower, changing and vanity areas.) Beyond massages and facials, girls can get nail treatments, hair and makeup, and can even order room service for dinner and champagne.

Good to know: Try to book at least a week in advance. Some services are only scheduled once per hour, so the farther out the booking, the better the likelihood of getting the dream treatment.

When staying at the hotel, ask to be booked into Terrace One Bedroom Suites, which have private terraces and deep Japanese soaking tubs (great for continuing the relaxation after spa treatments, we say).

 

Spa at VdaraAt CityCenter, the three-year-old multifunction city within a city, Vdara has an 18,000-square-foot, two-story spa, salon and fitness center.

The Naturopathica French Lavender Soothing Massage is a specialty treatment offered by the spa, but we hear the signature Bamboo Fusion Massage is tops. This signature treatment uses bamboo for Balinese ritual techniques, such as compression, tapotement, ringing, and skin rolling.

Good for kids: A children's manicure/pedicure is available for anyone under 14 years old. This children's service features a strawberries-and-creme (not "cream") pedicure, which we hear uses "farm fresh products."

Bridal parties are also in luck: Brides should try the "Head Over Heels" pedicure treatment, "Body & Soul" massage package, and Day-of Hair and Make-Up services. Grooms, meanwhile, can get a Men's Cut & Style and MAN-icure. Bonus: After the ceremonies, the couple can join up for a "Happily Ever After" couples massage package.

And at Vdara Pool & Lounge, book one of the six specially designated Spa Cabanas, which have a media unit for television and music, ceiling fans, safety deposit boxes, hand sinks, as well as a refrigerator stocked with mineral water and fresh fruit. Spa treatments can also be booked at the cabanas, including the Cabana Purifying Body Treatment & Massage.

Top Tip: At the hotel, book the Two Bedroom Penthouse Suite, which has two full master bedrooms, spa-style bathrooms and a full kitchen and living room. (Guests staying in the suite get four one-time use Spa Facility passes, so this is an especially good pick for spa-focused vacations.)"

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New Year, New Style at the Four Seasons Las Vegas


By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Las Vegas Renovated RoomsAccording to the press release titled the "Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to Ring in the New Year in Grand Style With Complete Guestroom Renovation", the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, one of the best hotels in Vegas, will offer a complete renovation of all 424 guest rooms and suites and be completed by December 17, 2012.

Four Seasons Vegas guest rooms and suites are located on floors 35 – 39 of the Mandalay Bay tower and the new deisgns are inspired in part by the vibrant Art Deco period, offering sweeping views of the world-famous Las Vegas Boulevard or the surrounding desert landscape through floor-to ceiling windows. The new rooms will feature classic yet modern, contemporary style interiors and an innovative design scheme that is simultaneously stylish, comfortable and functional.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Renovated RoomsAdditional design highlights include:

  1. A multi-media hub on all televisions as well as convenience outlets in lamp bases allow easy charging of multiple personal media devices and the enjoyment of music, films, entertainment and games
  2. A generously proportioned desk and an ergonomic chair highlight each work space
  3. Sofas with pull-out sleepers in all suites
  4. Signature Four Seasons bedding ensures comfort
  5. Backlit mirrors increase ambient and task lighting in all bathrooms while suite bathrooms feature integrated television screens
  6. Custom designed faucet sets and bath hardware and the use of frameless glass shower enclosures in polished chrome create a sleek look throughout the bath
  7. Classic marble flooring and vanity tops reflect timeless sophistication

Find out more about the new and improved Four Seasons Las Vegas Hotel >>


Image of the Day: The Westin Lake Las Vegas


By: Five Star Alliance

 

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, located in Henderson, has a unexpected lake in the middle of the Nevada desert.

 

Posted in: Las Vegas, NV, Hot Spots

Image of the Day: Red Mountain Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Who's up for a little hammock time at Red Mountain Resort?

Posted in: Las Vegas, NV

New Luxury Hotels Opening: Delano Hotel Las Vegas


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

A few years ago, the Delano Hotel was the talk of the town with a plan to be a luxurious property added to the Strip in Las Vegas. With the economic downturn, this hotel never got built, but we have exciting news that it will in fact be making its debut in Sin City in 2013! THEhotel at Mandalay Bay will no longer exist and the Delano at Mandalay Bay will proudly take its place. Check out the official announcement details below:

As Delano’s second outpost in the United States, Delano Las Vegas will transport the iconic brand from the shores of South Beach to the Las Vegas Strip. Once completed, guests will experience the Delano lifestyle, and its unique blend of effortless luxury and impeccable service at the world-renowned Mandalay Bay.

In addition, Morgans Hotel Group plans to introduce several new food and beverage concepts at Mandalay Bay to be managed by The Light Group. Venues will include a casual American bistro by Chef Brian Massie, a Japanese dining destination by celebrity chef Akira Back and a new vision for Red Square. The Light Group will once again reinvent Las Vegas nightlife with a revolutionary nightclub. All venues are scheduled to open in 2013.

We love that each Delano hotel has its own style, adapting to its surroundings and offering a unique experience depending on its location without forgoing a commitment to excellent service. We look forward to the development and can’t wait to see the final outcome of this luxury hotel! Be sure to explore the other incredible hotel options available in Las Vegas!

Photo of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay


The Property Formerly Known As...


By: K. Clare Johnson


Loews Lake Las Vegas is now the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa.


Located just 17 miles from the Vegas Strip, this unique Moroccan-style getaway provides access to The Golf
Club at Southshore, elegant dining, and a revitalizing spa.


Rooms and Suites Available at The Venetian Las Vegas


By: Five Star Alliance

The Venetian is one of the "all-suite" Las Vegas hotels and the world’s largest five diamond resort and casino. The 36-story Venetian tower sets the standard for upscale suites and amenities along the Las Vegas Strip. The Venezia is a gorgeous wing of the resort with more than 1,000 suites that keep guests close to the casino action without being in it - accommodations area available in the 12-story tower, which are even larger and more extravagantly appointed. Also available adjacent to The Venetian and the Sands Expo and Convention Center is The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino - a 50-floor luxury tower with approximately 2050 luxury suites.

The Ventian Las VegasThe Venetian Suites

Luxury Suites offer: Approximately 650 square feet, 130 square foot bathroom featuring an HD TV, Roman tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, DVD player (not available in Venezia Tower), dining table that seats three, and sunken living room.
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Bella Suites offer: Approximately 700 square feet, 130-square-foot bathroom featuring a 17 inch flat-screen LCD HD TV, Roman tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, L-Shaped full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Dining table that seats three, and sunken living room.
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Rialto Suites offer: Approximately 1,100 square feet, 130-square-foot bathroom which features an HD TV, Roman tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, An adjacent water closet with telephone, double-door entrance into an Italian marble foyer, Dining table that seats three, L-Shaped full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Spacious walk-in closet, and Sunken living room.
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Piazza Suites offer: Approximately 1,400 square feet, 42 inch flat-screen plasma HD TV and DVD player, Complete wet bar, Dining table that seats three, Full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Jetted tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, Sunken living room, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, Spacious walk-in closet, and Powder room off the entryway.
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The Venetian Las VegasPrima Suites offer: Approximately 1,500 square feet, Double-door entrance with an Italian marble foyer, HD TVs throughout, Semi-formal dining area with seating for four, 200-square-foot bathroom, Jetted tub, Separate glass-enclosed shower, Two shower heads and a bench seat, Full bar with stool seating and 32 inch flat screen LCD HD TV, Full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Spacious walk-in closet, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, and Powder room off the entryway.
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Renaissance Suites offer: Approximately 1,980 square feet, Plush king-size, pillow-top bed, Sitting area showcasing incredible views, Option of either a media room or a workout room, Full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Large dining area with seating for eight, Complete wet bar, Jetted tub, Separate glass-enclosed shower, Two shower heads and a bench seat, Complete wet bar, Spacious walk-in closet, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, and Powder room off the entryway.
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Penthouse Suites offer: Sitting atop The Venetian on the three highest floors, Approximately 2,900 square feet, Fully furnished living room featuring piano, Full-sized sleeper-sofa (upon availability), Dining area with seating for eight, master bedroom features fireplace and sitting area with incredible views, second bedroom with 2 queen sized beds and sitting area, Two luxurious bathrooms featuring marble floors, Jetted tub with separate glass-enclosed showers, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, and Powder room off the entryway.

 

Check for availability, rates and make reservations for The Venetian in Las Vegas >>


Conde Nast Reader's Choice Awards Now Up for Voting


By: Christopher Roney

Have you had an unforgettable vacation this year? Or gone to back to an old favorite that you just keep away from? Now's your chance to make sure your favorite hotels, resorts, and vacation destinations are getting the accolades they deserve. Nominate them for the Conde Nast Reader's Choice Awards by heading over here and taking a simple survey.  Not only that, if you throw your opinion into the ring, Conde Nast will enter you to win a $10,000 trip to Las Vegas! So you can vote on your previous favorite and perhaps make a new one while you're at it: The Aria Resort and Casino will put up the lucky winner where you can dine at Sage, one of the top new restaurants in the city. This is a chance both to vote on your favorite hotels and to come away with something nice. Get your voice in by April 30 to make sure you're counted. It's a win-win situation, really.


Little Italy: The Venetian Las Vegas


By: Christopher Roney

Las Vegas is one of the few cities in the world where the ethnic districts are not marked out by a cultural difference in the food or architecture, but rather wholly created by casino hotels. The Venetian Las Vegas has carved out its own special place in Vegas for the other city that starts with V and has quite a bit more of a storied history to it.  The Venice on the strip offers a facsimile of the canaled streets, narrow buildings, and thousands of years of Italian history that come with the real thing. While you might not see the authentic purveyors of Murano glass in this Venice, you will dine on amazing italian food while staying in any of their all-suite rooms.  The grand canal shoppes are practically a mall in and of themselves, but with all the charm of old Italian streets, with over 80 international boutiques to choose from.

19 restaurants feature in the Venetian, with an unprecedented six James-Beard-award-winning chefs from Emeril Lagasse to Wolfgang Puck. Madame Tussauds' famous wax museum is a part of the resort, as is the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum for those who prefer their art to be a little less malleable.  It's hard to call anything an authentic Las Vegas museum, when so much is built upon the pageant of mimicry, but it is certain that no one does that better than, or on the same scale as, the Venetian Las Vegas.