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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.

The New Villa One at One&Only Palmilla


By: Five Star Alliance

This article was first published in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Natalie Maneval, under the title "The Villa Experience."

One&Only Palmilla Villa One

On the tip of the Baja Peninsula, discerning travelers now have a new villa accommodation to choose from when traveling to the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos. Villa One is complete with four bedrooms and an additional Butler Suite (for that top-notch service). By day, the guests will have 14,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor space to venture through, complete with an infinity-edge pool and fire pit. Seeking a wellness experience? We suggest making an appointment with the villa's dedicated fitness trainer or spa therapist, who will, of course, provide treatments onsite.

For a taste of adventure, the Villa Team can plan custom experiences, including deep sea fishing excursions, full-day surf lessons and cruising on One&Only Palmilla's Catari Yacht. In fact, travelers that stay at least four nights in Villa One will get to choose between a complimentary private yacht cruise or art walk tour. During the cruise, guests will explore the Sea of Cortez complete with a spin to Medano Bay - the view of the coastline will amaze. Meanwhile, an Art Walk takes guests to San Jose del Cabo to check out the Gallery District from the months of November to June. Guests will peruse different galleries like La Sacristia and Galeria Corsica.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One

Back at Villa One, the culinary staff can create custom meals to fit all tastes. We suggest asking for a themed dinner like taco night or barbeque. Tip: Complimentary sunset margaritas and Mexican canapés are served daily.

This accommodation is ideal for multigenerational families - the bedrooms come in several configurations, including an 870-square-foot master suite, a second bedroom with a king size bed and a secluded sun deck, a third room with two queen size beds and private patio and a fourth guestroom with bunk beds. When it comes time for those special family moments, convene in the great room. There, the doors open 30 feet wide to reveal views of the infinity-edge pool, the gardens and the sea. The prime views continue throughout the guesthouse, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

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One&Only Palmilla Villa One


New to Five Star Alliance: Asia Gardens and Thai Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Asia Gardens Hotel and Thai Spa embodies serenity, peace, and quiet. Its lush tropical gardens with more than 3,000 species brought from Asia, 8 spectacular swimming pools, 4 of which are heated, the choice of 8 restaurants, and a Thai Spa where one can lose all sense of time and regain vital energy, are just a few of the reasons.

Barcelo Asia Gardens Hotel and Spa

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz


By: Five Star Alliance

The view from the Penthouse Balcony Suite at Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz is is of the mountains in Switzerland's Heidiland holiday region.

Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz

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Unusual Activities: Moonlight Spa Remedies at Alila Ubud


By: Five Star Alliance

Moonlight Spa Remedies at Alila Ubud

Alila Ubud offers its guests the opportunity to enjoy spa treatments al fresco and under the stars. Every new and full moon (which occurs on the 1st and 15th day of the lunar month) Spa Alila at Alila Ubud offers  Moonlight Remedies. During the period of a new moon or full moon the moon’s energy is believed to be at its strongest, the massage treatments are conducted outdoors in a custom spa tent, open to nature yet completely private, harnessing good lunar energy to promote healing and spiritual growth.

The Moonlight Remedies begin with the Spa Concierge personally escorting guests from their room to the garden and into the caring hands of a Spa Alila therapist. Guests enjoy a cup of herbal tea while the therapist reveals the healing secrets of the moon. Then, in the spirit of Balinese tradition, treatment begins with a prayer that is meant to relieve stress, calm fears and reduce anxiety. The therapist's healing hands draw upon the lunar energy to relax and rejuvenate. Each session ends with the therapist harmonising. the body through methods rooted in the spiritual traditions of Reiki.

Currently, four destination-inspired massage therapies are offered by moonlight: Balinese Massage, an ancient therapy that combines gentle stretching, long therapeutic strokes and pressure techniques to alleviate stress and tension; Alila Recovery Signature Massage, which combines Balinese long soothing strokes, Swedish deep tissue massage techniques and acupressure for a complete body re-awakening; Reflexology, which improves the flow of energy around the body through pressure applied to specific points on the feet and hands; and Indian Head Massage, dating back nearly 400 years, which reduces stress and boosts vitality through the stimulation of pressure points on the head, neck, shoulders and face. 

Moonlight Remedies are exclusively available during the full moon period, for $125 per person.

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Cool Pools: Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

The Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa's award-winning Aquatics department, recognized as the #1 aquatics program in Texas and the #1 program among hotels, offers programs in instruction, recreation, competition, exercise, and education. The Club's state-of-the-art pool complex features a large Resort Pool, 25-meter by 25-yard Sports Pool, a beautiful Garden Pool, and a shaded children's wading pool that are heated year round. 

Houstonian Hotel and Spa

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Cool Pools: Pilgrimage Village


By: Five Star Alliance

Pilgrimage Village is a delightfully rustic resort where skillful artisans create beautiful items in front of your eyes and comfortable villas and bungalows come hand-in-hand with a delightful spa, a variety of bars and restaurants, swimming pools and Vietnamese cooking classes.

Pilgrimage Village

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Cool Pools: Alila Diwa Goa


By: Five Star Alliance

Designed as a resort within a resort, the Diwa Club at Alila Diwa Goa boasts its own lap pool with an open air Jacuzzi and private all-day dining Bistro. The spa facilities also include an infinity pool, yoga studio offering a range of exercise, yoga and meditation sessions, a fitness centre and a salon.

alila diwa goa

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Cool Pools: Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva


By: Five Star Alliance

Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva offers a swimming pool with panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the Vevey region. 

Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva

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Enjoy the Perfect Massage at Inn and Spa at Loretto


By: Five Star Alliance

The Inn and Spa at Loretto is a boutique, luxury hotel in Santa Fe immersed in the culture and sophistication of New Mexico. It's award-wining spa offers a full line of massages designed to heal and relax.Inn and Spa at Loretto

Mindful Massage
The spa's most popular massage using medium pressure and multiple techniques to focus on areas of stress or concern. Create a personalized spa massage experience that you and your therapist orchestrate. 

Elemental Massage
Unwind with this gentle, relaxing Swedish-style massage that improves circulation and vitality. Pressure can range from light to medium. 

Sacred Stone Massage
Surrender to the healing warmth of this ancient spa massage. Heated, smooth volcanic river stones penetrate the deeper layers of your muscles to take you to a new dimension of relaxation. The Spa at Loretto

Sports Enthusiast Massage
A fit body is the most valuable equipment you can bring to your sport! Relieve tension, relax sore muscles and enhance your performance. Using a combination of medium pressure and stretching techniques, our therapists customize the massage focusing on the area most stressed by your sport. Light comfortable clothing may be worn. 

Dos Milagros 
Two therapists, four hands = pure bliss. 

Asian Fusion Massage
A combination of ancient forms of Shiatsu, Thai and Balinese, this massage combines pressure point techniques with rhythmic stretching movements to promote balance and relaxation. 

Deep Tissue Massage
Facilitate muscle recovery with this medium to firm massage, designed for athletes in training. Not recommended for those new to massage or visiting high elevations as it may cause extended days of soreness. 

Mother-to-Be Massage
Share a moment of serenity with your baby. This massage will ease the discomforts that occur as your body changes. We request your physician’s written consent. 

Sole Revival
Enjoy a gentle foot and leg massage created to relax and revitalize tired feet and legs. Disappear from the world while your therapist uses light to medium pressure and massage on the reflex points of the feet and lower legs. A perfect remedy for a day spent hiking or shopping. 

Couple’s Massage
The romantic couple's room is the perfect setting for two. See the Spa Coordinator to choose from a selection of spa massage rituals and experiences for your body. 

Inn and Spa at Loretto

The following additional services can also be added to any massage:

Intuitive Lifestyle Energy Work
Additional energy work to bring your massage to a deeper level of relaxation and healing.

Desert Sage Scrub
Add the spa's signature scrub to any massage for a softening and uplifting experience. 

Heavenly High Altitude Relief
Be surrounded in warm inhalation towels, enticing aromas and specific point work designed to alleviate symptoms of high altitude distress. 

Sole Revival
Enjoy a gentle foot massage created to relax and revitalize tired feet and legs. Your therapist uses light to medium massage on the reflex points of the feet. A perfect remedy for a day spent hiking or shopping. 

Head and Neck Bliss
Focused massage work targeting tension in the head and neck 

Desert Quench Bliss
Head and Neck Bliss with the addition of a Shea butter and nutrient rich oil hair conditioner. 

Soak 
Immerse yourself in one of the spa's beautiful over-sized tubs infused with aromatherapy, rose petals, and soothing salts. Soak alone or with a loved one. 

Signature Aroma Therapy 
The Spa at Loretto's Aromatherapy blends used for centuries to improve overall health and relieve tension, essential oil blends can turn any massage into a fragrant indulgence. Choose from our house crafted oil blends: Earth, Fire, Water, Air or Spirit. 

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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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