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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.

Image of the Day: Ritz Carlton Riyadh

June 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The indoor pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh features garden views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Ritz Carlton Riyadh

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Four Seasons' Spas Strike Gold

May 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Washington DC
Gold isn't just for wearing at Four Seasons Spas around the world. Gold has long been touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, and the luxury hotel group has started adding the precious metal to its spa offerings.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC has a Four Seasons Gold and Diamond Facial that utilizes the ultimate in anti-ageing technology to provide instant results. This facial combines several cutting-edge technologies designed to achieve maximum skin health while promoting cellular renewal. Following a complete ultrasonic exfoliation, micro-current therapy is administered to lift and tone sagging muscles. A specialty serum is then infused for smoother, firmer and more hydrated skin. The treatment is finished with LED therapy to calm any redness and stimulate collagen production. The cost ranges from $460-470. 

Four Seasons Chicago features the Sjal Skincare Signature Gemstone and Crystal Facial. This one-of-a-kind, holistic facial incorporates the healing power of precious minerals and gemstones such as rose quartz, platinum, copper, and nano-gold as well as sapphires, rubies, diamonds and pearls with Eastern healing techniques of shiatsu Ayurveda and reflexology. This facial rejuvenates mind and body while visibly restoring skin nutrition for a smooth and radiant look. The cost ranges from $170-220, depending on appointment time and length. 

Get the heavy metal treatment with gold and copper with the Pinnacle Facial at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. This decadent treatment indulges both the face and the body. An intensely stimulating facial brings radiance to the complexion, while the body is treated to a gold-infused sugar scrub and shimmer oil. A Copper Peel concludes the treatment. The cost is $300 for 100 minutes.

At Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, guests can enjoy the Gold Perfection Facial. This sensational treatment combines innovative technology with the rich, natural healing properties of gold to deliver glowing, radiant skin. Umo's 24 Karat Gold Facial mask creates immediate and long-lasting lifting, firming, and lightening results. The cost is EUR 550 for 100 minutes.

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Cool Pools: Abano Ritz Spa and Wellbeing Resort

May 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Abano Ritz Spa and Wellbeing Resort

Abano Ritz Spa and Wellbeing Resort has a new hydroRelax pool, with a focus on pleasure and well-being in thermal water in the lush green of the park. In the hydroRelax pool guests can experiment with the benefits of different hydro-massage jets thanks to two casks with crossed hydro-massage jets (energetic hydro-massage on different muscles of the body and a beneficial effect on circulation), two cervical hydro-massage beds (full-body massage of medium intensity that stimulates and oxygenates the skin), one cervical fountain (relaxing and tension-releasing effects on the cervical vertebra), and one hydro-massage bench (good activation of circulation on a lumbar level).

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Cool Pools: The American Club

May 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Kohler Waters Spa is conveniently located next to The American Club so hotel guests can drop in for a nourishing treatment, or step into a robe and experience all-day immersion.The Spa consists of three elegant treatment rooms. Riverbend also offers salon finishing services, a secluded indoor-outdoor year-round swim-through pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

The American Club 

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Oh, Those Summer Nights at The Boulders Resort

May 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Boulders a Waldorf Astoria Resort


Summer is almost here! In honor of the season, The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, has introduced several new programs for guests to enjoy. A luxury hideway tucked in the desert, The Boulders features 160 guest casitas and 61 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, seven restaurants and a lounge, two championship Jay Morrish-designed golf courses, eight tennis courts, and a Waldorf Astoria Spa. 

Programs include:

-Night Bicycling. Go for a night bike! You'll use night equipment to see the desert as you've never seen it before, complete with thousands of stars and the fascinating nocturnal animals of the Sonoran desert. 

-Night Walking Excursion. Led by the resort's expert guide, guests use hiking headlamps and night vision monoculars to see the unique surroundings while learning about the geology, history of the area, and the desert flora and fauna. The tour is available for all ages and skill levels and is limited to 10 guests. Guests can cruise along on cycles or ride the resort's roller-coaster golf cart paths.The Boulders Biking at Night

-Moonlight/Sunset Yoga. For those who want some additional stretch in their evening. yoga is held at Promise Rock, which is 2,288 feet above ground level. Watch the sunset from your Warrior II pose, or take in the panoramic views of the valley below as you embrace your Downward Dog.

Moonlight Massages. Relax and unwind both your body and your mind. Private nighttime massages are offered at the guest casitas (residences). They can even be held on the casita's patios for added privacy. 

-Moonlight Shaman Meditation. Get calm and grounded. The private meditation sessions are lead by the spa's resident Shaman in the authentic Tipi. 

-Celestial Spa DinnersThe Boulders ResortThese sign-specific  wine dinners, planned by both the chef and astrologer, include a five-course dinner accompanied by fine organic wines from a featured winemaker. They are held, al fresco, at the spa's 5,600 sq. ft. Organic Garden.  The resort's resident astrologer Tom McMullan explains the symbolic language of Astrology as guests enjoy a gourmet dinner under the cool desert night sky.

-Stargazing. The spa can arrange for guests to observe the Arizona sky with the resident professional astronomer. View the planets, stars, constellations, and the lunar surface - canyons to craters - through a high-powered telescope. Guests guests can also rent a special constellation-friendly iPad for use on their private patio.

-Astrological Soul Reading. Guests can get insight into the story of their soul's journey through a personal astrological chart which is calculated by the guest’s birth date, birth time, and birth place. The Astrological Soul Reading is performed by the spa's resident Astrological Consultant. The service helps to center and empower guests with the knowledge of what each individual brought into this lifetime to work on and where they are moving forward on each specific path. 

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Cool Pools: The Grand Del Mar

April 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Bask in the warm San Diego sunshine by one of The Grand Del Mar's four heated pools. Vanishing edges, underwater speakers, private cabanas and a friendly outdoor Pool Bar, featuring flat-screen televisions and cool cocktails, are just a few of the highlights.

Poolside, serving light fare and refreshments, a children’s pool with wading area, white sand seating areas and glowing fire pits complete the experience at the main Resort Pool, while the Relaxation Pool is a quiet, adult-only retreat located adjacent to The Spa and ideal for swimming or lounging after a soothing spa treatment.

The Grand Del Mar 

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Image of the Day: Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington

April 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington embraces travelers with the charm of a private residence. Combining intimacy and elegance, The Woodmark Hotel is the only hotel located on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington and showcases shoreline views of the Seattle skyline and Olympic Mountains. Prominently set within the Carillon Point waterfront community, the Woodmark is just 15 minutes east of Seattle and minutes from shopping, galleries, the high-tech Silicon Forest of Seattle's Eastside, and many popular tourist destinations.

Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington

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Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam

April 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam
Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam's
Revive Massage & Wellness has a whole team of professionals ready to spoil guests with beauty treatments and massages. The centerpiece of the spa is the relax area's 9x5 meter swimming pool with a jetstream. The spa aquatic offering also includes a Turkish steam and whirlpool. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Marrakech

March 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grace Marrakech is a haven of exquisite taste with a unique aura. This luxury boutique hotel in Marrakech, due to open in summer 2014, brings out the true "art-de-vivre" of Morocco - its hospitality, the warmth of its people, as well as the beauty and variety of its landscapes. Grace Marrakech is for those who seek a luxury hotel in Morocco that is an escape into a rural retreat with easy access to the vibrant culture, nightlife and entertainment that Marrakech is famous for. Grace Marrakech harmoniously embraces: urban and rural; body and soul; luxury and authenticity.

Grace Marrakech

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Image of the Day: Fusion Maia Da Nang

March 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Fusion Maia Da Nang have to make the difficult choice between the infinity pool, the beach, or a bite to eat al fresco.

Fusion Maia Da Nang 

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