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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.

Five Star Perks at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco


By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a 5,000-acre estate founded by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo. One of Tuscany's largest contiguous vineyards, the 800-year-old estate encompasses the art and lifestyle of the region. The heart of the resort is formed around Borgo, the historic village, and the grounds include ancient castle ruins and a medieval church.  

The property offers the Brunello di Montalcino winery, cooking school, and two highly-regarded restaurants. The Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is set in the estate's former wine cellar, with its own natural body care line, sauna, steam bath, and lush private gardens. There's an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course. Spacious suites and villas are set within the Borgo's buildings, with exposed wooden beams, pergolas, stone, wood, antiques, and bespoke furniture. Plus, some of the villas feature private pools, tennis courts, and theaters. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk.

Guest suite at the Rosewood Castiglione del Bosco
Kitchen in a villa at Rosewood Castiglione del Bosco

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine, $100 resort credit, and VIP status.

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Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe Tees Up Its Golf Experience


By: Five Star Alliance

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is offering its guests a new luxury golf experience. The ultra-plush mountainside resort has a 17,000-square-foot slope-side spa, multiple fine dining options, outdoor adventures led by the Tahoe Adventure Company, and evening "Art of the S'more" fire pit experiences. Read more below about the High Sierra Golf Experience from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Bob Curley

The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is bringing back a luxury golf experience for clients who think a weekend on the links should be about more than a caddy and a cart.

High Sierra Golf Experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The High Sierra Golf Experience includes accommodations, two rounds of golf at the resort’s Gray’s Crossing or Old Greenwood courses, and the services of the resort’s Mountain Concierge, which include golf-club storage and booking tee times. The concierge can even steer golfers to other links in the area once they’ve played through the two featured courses.

Old Greenwood is an 18-hole, par-72 course designed by Jack Nicklaus, while Gray’s Crossing is a par-72 Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary course, designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy to blend in harmoniously with the local environment. Both are set amid mountain pine forests in North Lake Tahoe; in fact, the two courses are right across the street from each other, while the Ritz-Carlton is located at the Northstar ski area, about 15 minutes away.

Package choices at the 170-room resort include deluxe king and deluxe two-queen rooms, mountain-view kings, mountain-view two queen rooms, and one-bedroom suites. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the summer sun, and gas fireplaces to take the chill off the mountain evenings. The resort features a 17,000-square-foot spa and five dining venues, from the Manzanita restaurant to the laid-back Backyard Bar & BBQ. In addition to golf, optional summer activities include mountain biking, private guided hikes, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe, yoga, and a winemaker dinner series. Read more below.

Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The package is good through Sept. 30 and starts at $599 per night.

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Explore the National Parks at Enchantment Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

In honor of the U.S. National Parks 100th Anniversary, the Enchantment Resort is offering an “Over-the-Top Grand Canyon Adventure Package”, which includes a private helicopter ride for four people from the resort to the Grand Canyon. Ideal for families, the Sedona Resort is surrounded by natural vermillion-colored rock formations, with hiking trails, Camp Coyote kid's club, Mii amo spa, outdoor swimming pool, golf, and tennis. Read more below about this special package from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Ruthanne Terrero.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

A Southwest getaway for the family should include active experiences plus some quality downtime. We say Enchantment Resort in Sedona might just fit the bill, especially with the program it's created for the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service. The “Over-the-Top Grand Canyon Adventure Package” provides for a private helicopter ride for four people to take a flight from Sedona to the Grand Canyon. When it's time to come home, a clay wrap spa treatment is included, at Enchantment's sister property, Mii amo. Which room works best for families? We're thinking it's the two-bedroom “Full Hacienda Suite,” which has a living room (think high ceilings and a fireplace) with two queen pull-down beds. If a family member likes to barbecue, a nice big deck has a built-in grill and lots of seating for the family to sit around and critique the cook. There's a kitchen inside as well and a dining room area for six. There's no arguing over who gets the best bedroom since both are masters (some with king beds, some with two queens, just ask). All told, there are plenty of private bathrooms for all, including one off the living room.

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Enchantment, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, has a program for children ages four to 12, which provides nature walks, pottery classes, star gazing, scavenger hunts, cooking classes and yoga. Older children and teens can also participate in tennis camp clinics. They can also take a Pink Jeep tour and visit Native American ruins in the area.

Family Dining Tip: Enchantment has two restaurants. Tii Gavo has a more casual Southwestern vibe while Che-Ah-Chi is the fine-dining venue. Reservations can be made at any time for either, but do know that both have great views of the red rock canyon. We suggest making reservations at least two weeks out for a window seat or outdoor table for optimal views. 

Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

Good to know: Families sometimes want to relax and not worry about disturbing guests around them, so, we suggest a private room at Che-Ah-Chi for parties of six to 12. Another fun option is to request in-room dining served on your private patio. Enchantment has plenty of other venues for larger groups.

Tip: Spring and summer are peak seasons at Enchantment Resort, so management recommends booking six to 12 months in advance.

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Monarch Beach Resort Completes Renovation


By: Five Star Alliance

Following a year-long $40 million renovation Southern California's Monarch Beach Resort, formerly a St. Regis property, has announced the completion of the project, which includes a new Miraval Life in Balance Spa, new pool areas, updated guest rooms, and fresh dining options. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Hotel Insider.

The resorts renovated arrival area now has beach house-inspired details with panoramic windows, over-sized seating, wide plank wood floors and blue and sea-glass green accents.

Monarch Beach Resort Front EntryAlso new is the Miraval Life in Balance Spa offering more than 70 treatments at its Monarch Beach Resort location. Each is designed to “awaken the senses, create balance and promote a sense of well-being” for guests throughout the spa's 24 treatment rooms. There is also a lap pool, multiple spa suites, a boutique, Drybar, Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon and relaxation and tranquility zones. Healthy menu items inspired by Miraval’s philosophy are also available at the resort's restaurants, as well as the new Miraval Spa Café inside the spa.

For dining, chef Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern continues to provide a private beachfront dining space for guests, while the resort is also debuting five new dining concepts led by executive chef Collin Thornton as part of the renovation. The new dining options focus on using fresh ingredients from local purveyors and exercising sustainable practices, and include:

- AVEO Table + Bar: A Mediterranean restaurant and bar designed by San Francisco-based hospitality firm Puccini Group.  Dishes are inspired by the cuisine of Spain, Italy, Greece and Morocco, and are crafted using local ingredients. 

- 33° North: This venue includes three separate dining areas; a contemporary bar serving hand-crafted cocktails; a living room salon; and an outdoor patio with fireside seating and live music Thursday through Sunday.

- Part & Parcel Market: Also designed by Puccini Group, the all-day dining option serves small bites and healthy options for guests on-the-go.

- Club 19: A refreshed indoor-outdoor gastro pub situated near the golf course offers beers on tap, cocktails, and classic American fare. 

- Sombra: A Mexi-Cali, family-friendly poolside cantina offering a fusion of Mexican/American dishes along with salads, vegetarian options and modern Mexican comfort food. 

Dining at the Monarch Beach Resort

The resort's new pool areas include an adults-only Monarch Pool, Family Pool with splash zones and two infinity-edge spas. Private cabanas have built-in music and stocked outdoor mini-bars, while chaise lounges and an outdoor fire pit provide space for guests to gather in the evenings. The pool area’s multi-level design now has a second tier dedicated to sunning and lounging. 

Refreshed guestrooms designed by Los Angeles-based Rodrigo Vargas Design have a color palette of blues, greens and whites. All rooms and suites have balconies furnished with modern patio furniture, and all first floor balconies include fire pits. 

Monarch Beach Resort Suite Living Room

Tip: In addition to the renovation, Monarch Beach Resort is also offering several new land and sea experiences in Dana Point. At the resort's private access beach, guests can enjoy activities like standup paddle boarding, trail hikes, bonfire communions and one-on-one surf lessons led by a resort Surf Host. 

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Renovations Continue at the Adare Manor Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort is set on a magnificent 840 acre estate in the heart of the picturesque village of Adare, Co. Limerick featuring sweeping parklands, formal French gardens, magnificent mature trees and the River Maigue, one of Ireland's finest trout rivers. As of January 2016, the hotel closed their doors for approximately 18 months to undergo an extensive refurbishment and development project. As you can see from these photos posted today on Twitter by Adare Manor, the Manor House is slowly being encapsulated in a white wrap as the exterior conservation work continues.

Adare Manor Renovations 2016 Adare Manor Renovations 2016

Adare Manor offered the following details about the planned renovation:

This major refurbishment will enhance all areas of the resort including upgrading and restoring internal finishes, furniture and woodwork, and repairing the external stonework and windows. New designs by acclaimed architects Reardon Smith and interior designers Richmond will enhance all guest bedrooms and public areas. These renovations will honour the building's architectural heritage as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece and embody the hotel's signature style, whilst incorporating the latest in contemporary luxury and technological innovations.

Subject to planning permission, the construction of an additional bedroom wing will add extra bedrooms bringing the total room count to 104 bedrooms, while the addition of a splendid new ballroom will have the capacity of 350 people catering for events and international conferences; both will be clad in limestone, complimenting the architectural detail of the original Manor House. The enhancements in the Manor House will also include a new state of the art spa, pool and relaxation area, boardroom and cinema.

Plans are also in place for a complete transformation of the golf clubhouse with local architects, Michael Healy and Partners. While on the golf course, world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio will assist with improvements to make the course one of the finest Parkland courses in Europe.

The 800 acres of Adare Manor's beautiful parkland, walled gardens and walking trails will be enhanced and improved. It is planned to provide an activity centre which will add an extensive range of pursuits available to guests during their stay, including falconry, archery and a children’s activity zone.


A Peek at Barcelo Montecastillo Golf


By: Five Star Alliance

The Barceló Montecastillo Golf Hotel oozes health and wellness, given that apart from the spectacular on-site sports complex, it also includes unlimited free green fees on the 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, tennis courts, 4 paddle tennis courts with artificial grass, 2 standard size FIFA football pitches, a pitch and putt, a multi-sport court, and jogging track. 

Its innovative spa with hydrotherapy circuit, saunas, hydro-massage bath, treatment Cabins and gym, has the best specific treatments for each sports and a range of exclusive beauty treatments. 

Barcelo Montecastillo

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Did You Know? Barnsley Gardens Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Behind Barnsley Resort's storybook setting is a true story filled with as many twists and turns as a work of fiction. The original manor, called Woodlands, was an estate built by a man—Godfrey Barnsley—for the love of his life, his wife Julia. Godfrey Barnsley began construction on his Italianate villa in the 1840's in the north Georgia foothills, on land that had once been inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. Both the home and its elaborate gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneering landscape designer and proponent of Italianate and gothic revival architecture. Julia never saw the completed home, as she fell ill and passed away. Today, Barnsley's stunning estate is an award-winning destination resort.

Barnsley Garden's Resort

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Dining Al Fresco: Lodge at Torrey Pines


By: Five Star Alliance

The Lodge at Torrey Pines' signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, takes its name from a talented early-1900's California artist whose works in ceramics, watercolors, and oils are now valued collectors items. A.R. Valentien features fresh regional San Diego cuisine served in an elegant, timbered room overlooking the 18th hole of Torrey Pines Golf Course. The restaurant's decor also includes an exhibit of original Valentien artworks.

Lodge at Torrey Pines

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Image of the day: Ballyfin


By: Five Star Alliance

Among the outdoor activities offered at Ballyfin are coarse fishing on the lake, which has a large stock of roach and pike, croquet, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, archery, and falconry. There are several miles of hard surfaced paths as well as miles of mown grass paths offering a gentle stroll or the exhilaration of mountain biking. The gardens and park lands are a delight to explore and picnics are offered to enjoy in the grounds.

Ballyfin

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Best Bathrooms: Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi


By: Five Star Alliance

Sensory experiences can be found throughout Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi. The sleek contemporary Grande Suite Garden Access offers Le Méridien Signature bed, and an oversized bathroom with circular bathtub and separate shower.

Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi

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