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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.

Did You Know? Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

The first member of the van Breda family came to the Cape in 1721 and over the years, the family became owners of large tracks of land. Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of The Cape, gave Michael van Breda a piece of land at Oudekraal in 1836 on which to build his own hunting lodge.

In 1929, Jack van Breda designed a handsome house – much after the style of Sir Herbert Baker – with two big white frontal gables and a thatched roof. It took two years to build. After changing hands several times, the hotel became part of Red Carnation Hotels in 2002. It was renamed The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and was completely renovated by 2007.

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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Best Bathrooms: Anantara Seminyak Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

This sunken bathtub at Anantara Seminyak Resort and Spa is more like a private indoor pool. Anantara's 59 luxurious suites feature expansive, free-flowing living spaces, with Balinese-inspired decor, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows and large balconies with terrazzo tubs for two and views of the sparkling ocean.

Anantara Seminyak 

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The Breakers Revels in Ocean Fitness

By: Five Star Alliance

The Breakers

Take in the beach while still keeping fit on your next vacation.

Situated atop the resort’s Mediterranean-style Beach Club complex, the flagship of The Breakers fitness collection, the masterfully designed 6,000-square-foot Ocean Fitness facility includes an expansive terrace for outdoor workouts (including cycling and yoga classes) beyond its 10-foot-tall windows that showcase breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. This best-in-class, hotel fitness center features a network of advanced fitness solutions and equipment, an array of classes, and the expertise of professional instructors, personal trainers and a wellness coach to deliver a highly customized and energizing fitness experience.

Highlights of this modern facility include:

Functional workout and training equipment systems such as Life Fitness' Synrgy 360™Technogym’s Kinesis One and Artis Collection

High-tech treadmills including the self-propelled Woodway, indoor cycling equipment, arc trainers, upright and recumbent bikes, lateral ellipticals and water rowers

Multi-faceted strength training equipment and a mix of dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine and balance balls, and resistance bands

Weekly rotation of over 60 classes that incorporate core strength and conditioning programs

Ocean Fitness is open daily from 6am. to 9pm as a complimentary amenity to hotel guests 16 years of age and older. Teens 13 and older may participate in fitness classes, while family fitness classes are open to guests with children 12 and under. 

There's also other ways to get your workout on at this West Palm Beach resort:

Hotel Fitness Center
Located on the first floor of the main hotel, this facility is fully equipped with cardiovascular, weight training and strength equipment. 
The Breakers
Fitness Studio
Situated on the Southeast Mezzanine level of the hotel, the Fitness Studio is where guests may enjoy a variety of group classes taught by certified instructors.

Fitness Classes
A wide variety fitness activities designed to build aerobic capacity, flexibility, strength and endurance are on offer.

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Cool Pools: The Westin La Paloma

By: Five Star Alliance

The Westin La Paloma has five spectacular pools, and features one of Tucson's longest resort water slides – the 177 foot long SlideWinder. For adults, there is a seperate pool that offers a serene and relaxing experience. Poolside cabanas are available for rent, and food and beverages are available from Sabino's Swim Up Bar & Grill.

The Westin La Paloma

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Terranea Resort Celebrates Five Years of Fun

By: Five Star Alliance

Terranea ResortPoised above coastal bluffs with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea, A Destination Hotel, is the only luxury destination resort on the Los Angeles coast. When you step onto the secluded 102-acre peninsula paradise, it's like stepping into a whole new world – yet mere minutes from L.A. On three sides, you're surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific with Catalina Island just across the channel. The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into every inch of architecture. From the resort lobby and outdoor gardens to the private terraces and inviting courtyards, Terranea is infused with a classic Californian elegance. Terranea is a land unto itself. A land with its own culture and way of life. From the moment you arrive, this land called Terranea becomes yours to explore.Terranea Resort

Terranea’s Suites, Bungalows, Casitas and Villas are elegant yet functional, balanced and inviting, and replete with modern conveniences. Each offers expansive living space with additional great rooms, perfect for your unique getaway.

Step out of the rooms and find plenty of space to roam. Terranea Resort offers a wealth of activities for kids, teens and families to enjoy. Pointe Discovery, Terranea’s innovative activity center and adventure concierge, helps you discover and explore all 102 acres of natural beauty. Make a splash with activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tide pooling and snorkeling. Then dive deeper into your adventure with a guided bike ride, an ocean-side hike, a horseback trail ride or a visit to our falconry program.

Terranea Resort

This family oasis has everything parents and kids could ask for. The main resort pool boasts the 140-foot waterslide and jumping splash pad. And when you are ready to relax, reserve a private cabana at the Spa Pool or sip an exotic drink at the adults-only Cielo Point pool.

Restore, rejuvenate and realign at the award-winning spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Embracing the natural beauty and energy of its southern California setting, it spans more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and contains 25 treatment rooms, a fitness center and a wellness center.


Terranea Resort

Perfect your game at The Links at Terranea, a dramatic 9-hole, par-3 oceanfront golf course, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island – all masterfully routed and integrated with the natural surroundings.

Taking full advantage of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island views, Terranea’s collection of eight restaurants promise tastes that satisfy and sights that surprise. The chefs personally tailor menus with an emphasis on regional and seasonal ingredients. And if you want to relax in your room, a complete in-room dining menu is available 24 hours a day.

Come celebrate Terranea’s five-year anniversary. Festivities will take place all year long, including the annual Celebration of Food & Wine event, plus exclusive offers and promotions. Other events include special culinary offerings such as beer flights and beer and wine paired dinners. Not to mention enhancement to existing Terranea programs, including the Seaside Yoga celebration, Chef’s Table Dinner Series, Acoustic Series, the ever-popular Traditions events, and more.

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Cool Pools: Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum

By: Five Star Alliance

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum offers an indoor aqua therapy pool (WATSU Pool), plus specially designed treatment zones offering uniquely designed spa programs that combine various therapies and spa treatments with fitness and well-being, ensuring a memorable experience that balances the body and mind.

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay BodrumKempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum

The indoor pool's unique programs are under the aegis of Consultant Practitioner Deniz Susever. Deniz Susever began her journey in 1997, with alternative therapies, and the healing energies of Reiki. After being introduced to yoga as a guest she decided to go to Rishikesh and became a Yoga Instructor, and created Underwater Yoga. Deniz had excellent training in India for Watsu (Water-Shiatsu), Tantsu (Watsu on land),Water dance (WATA), AquaReflexo, Integrative Massage, Ai Chi and Hypno Therapy (California Hypnosis Institute of India). The last eight years she has been a Vipassana Meditator. Deniz makes recommendations for you to choose the most suitable combination of therapies, such as Water Therapies, Reiki, Klang Massage, EFT, Hypno Therapy,or Meditation to activate your self-healing process.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa features a total of 101 guest rooms and suites, including 30 Tokoriki Retreats with private plunge pools, 14 Beachfront Rooms which interconnect to 14 Ocean Breeze Rooms, 18 Ocean View rooms, 16 Family Suites, and 19 Island Breeze rooms.

Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Lodge at Pebble Beach

By: Five Star Alliance

Since 1919, The Lodge at Pebble Beach has been a legendary California haven for discerning clientele. From the moment you walk through the door, you are welcomed with impeccable service and comfortable elegance. The Lodge at Pebble Beach envelopes the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of the most exciting closing holes in golf.

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

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Have an Equine Experience at Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa
Ready to try something new in 2015? Give the Miraval Equine Experience a whirl.  For $45, guests can practice living life in the moment. You will work with specially trained horses and instructors to practice equestrian ground skills. The class will give you a chance to notice personal patterns of learned behavior that may be holding you back from the life of your dreams.

Nestled at the base of the stunning Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa's 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert creates an inspiring backdrop that is warm and welcoming year-round with luxurious accommodations and a world renowned spa.

Why not give it a whirl if you find yourself at Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa

Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy for Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What is the pet policy for Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa?

ANSWER: There's no place like Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa - the Palm Springs hotel of choice for families and couples seeking a carefree retreat. Set within 240 garden acres surrounded by the soaring San Jacinto mountain range in the heart of Rancho Mirage, the resort beckons travelers to the sun-kissed Southern California desert. This is Palm Springs at its laid-back best, where guests can enjoy 27 holes of golf, tennis and an expansive spa without ever leaving the beautifully landscaped grounds. Discover the classic Palm Springs accommodations at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. The resort-style hotel is home to 444 guest rooms including 22 suites - housed in captivating, Spanish-style accommodations, where French doors open to private patios and balconies overlook the lushly landscaped grounds. Premium mattresses are draped in plush down comforters, custom duvets and cotton-rich linens. Comfort prevails at this Palm Springs luxury hotel, with spacious guest rooms complemented by thoughtful amenities and services.

Pet Policy
Rancho Las Palmas is pet friendly in specific buildings. Pets must be less than 50 pounds and a $100 charge per stay will be applied. Pet-friendly amenity included.

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.