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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.

Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel Galvez and Spa

October 26, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel GalvezHotel Galvez & Spa, built in 1911 on Galveston Island, is a renowned upscale hotel, with guest rooms that boast an island or ocean view. Legend has it a seaman's fiancé was staying in room 501 when she heard his ship had sunk, and took her own life. Now she haunts the halls, especially during October Ghost Tours. Throughout October, the 104-year-old historic Texas hotel is offering its annual public ghost tour accompanied by a three-course dinner. During the one-hour tour, the Hotel Galvez concierge will guide guests through the historic hotel's ghostly past using popular ghost hunting tools to conduct a paranormal investigation. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Serene Pavilions

October 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Serene Pavilions is 55 kilometers from Colombo, in the heart of a 7 acre coconut grove by the Indian Ocean. There are 12 pavilions, a spa, gym, tennis court, reading room, swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and private butlers to unobtrusively cater to whatever takes your fancy.

Serene Pavilions

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel Monteleone

October 25, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Monteleone
Thanks to Anne Rice's novels and American Horror Story, vampires are probably more closely associated to New Orleans than ghosts and spirits. But Hotel Monteleone has its share of ghosts and otherwordly sightings.  The historic Hotel Monteleone, founded in 1886 and owned by the fourth generation of the Monteleone family, has often heard ghost stories from guests, especially on the 14th floor (which is actually the 13th floor).

Generations of hotel guests and staff have regularly experienced haunted events at the event. This haunted hotel has an elevator that stops on the wrong floor, leading a curioues couple down a hallway that grows chilly and reveals the ghostly images of children playing.

In March 2003, the International Society of Paranormal Research spent several days at the Hotel Monteleone, investigating the hauntings. While at the hotel, the team made contact with more than a dozen earthbound entities. Among them were several former employees, a man named William Wildemere who died inside the hotel of natural causes, and a boy who was much older when he died but enjoys returning to Hotel Monteleone as a 10-year-old to play hide-and-seek with another young spirit.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend an Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico?

October 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Royal Hideaway Playacar
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 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: We are a couple looking to stay at an adult-only all-inclusive property in Mexico. What resort offers the best accommodations for us?


ANSWER: Royal Hideaway Playacar Playa del Carmen - Quintana Roo, Mexico

Royal Hideaway Playacar is for the most discriminating guests. Designed to feel more like a fully-staffed private vacation home with 11 villas, each with a private concierge, Royal Hideaway boasts the AAA-Five Diamond award distinction and is a member of Leading Hotels and Virtuoso. Guests of Royal Hideaway Playacar soak in incomparably serene Caribbean vistas, experience succulent culinary creations served in the finest surroundings, enjoy pampering spa treatments, and an attentive staff that lives the idea of "always at your service."
The exclusive Royal Hideaway Playacar offers 200 elegantly-appointed guest accommodations including 6 junior suites and 2 presidential suites. Mexican colonial style architecture adorns two- or three- floor villas giving guests sheer privacy and exceptional intimacy throughout their stay. Royal View accommodations feature a view of the azure Caribbean. All rooms feature a furnished balcony or terrace as well as a private villa concierge, candles, pillow menu, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, Etro amenities, hydromassage bathtub &shower, monogrammed terrycloth bathrobes and slippers, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, DVD player, high-speed wireless Internet access, CD stereo system, stocked mini-fridge with water, soda & beer, and coffee maker.Royal Hideaway Playacar

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Duplex Suite
This beautiful two-story suite features a living room and dining area with a wet bar, bathroom and balcony on the first floor. The second floor features a large bedroom, full bathroom and large terrace where guests can enjoy endless hours of relaxation on a lounge chair or a traditional hammock. Room size: 118 sq m / 1270 sq ft. Bed type: One king size bed, per request one extra bed.

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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.


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Grande Colonial La Jolla

October 24, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Stay in business long enough, and you are bound to pick up a ghost or two. Such is the case with Grande Colonial La Jolla. We explored the alleged hauntings at La Jolla last year, you can find the full report here. The spirit of Groucho Marx, tiny jumping Abe Lincolns, a mysterious hair brushing, and ringing telephone are all de rigeur for the spirit world at this historic beach hotel. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Lumeria Maui

October 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lumeria Maui is a stunning six-acre property on the North shore of Maui comprised of five historic lodge-style buildings connected by a continuous, covered lanai (porch). Featuring 24 individually appointed guest rooms and suites with ocean, island and mountain views. The historic building is surrounded by indigenous tropical and edible organic gardens, stunning communal areas and meditation gardens, and a saltwater pool and Jacuzzi.

Lumeria Maui 

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Get Your Fourth Night Free at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach

October 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
 is offering guests a free night. Book four consecutive nights at Acqualina and receive the fourth night free plus the following daily benefits:

• Daily Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
• Daily $40 Body or Facial Spa Treatment Credit for up to two adults at Acqualina Spa By ESPA
• Daily access to our award-winning Children's Program, AcquaMarine, for Children Ages 5 to 12
• Welcome Fruit Amenity
The Fourth Night Free Offer is available now through December 19, 2014 with rates starting from $550 per night for a Deluxe Intracoastal Room.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach epitomizes the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa combined with the beautiful oceanfront location on Florida's Riviera. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this Miami Beach luxury resort features 188 residences, 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites and world-class luxury hotel amenities, including three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools and an innovative marine biology-based children's program.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Palihouse Holloway

October 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Palihouse Holloway is a boutique urban lodge offering 36 studio, one-and two-bedroom guest suites and loft-style residences, a roof deck for private entertaining, Palihouse Courtyard Brasserie and the Lobby Lounge, which brings guests, residents, and neighbors together for signature cocktails, food, and more. Palihouse is located in the heart of West Hollywood, a vibrant, dynamic city known as one of Los Angeles' most popular destinations for its entertainment venues and unparalleled nightlife and shopping.

Palihouse Holloway

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Image of the Day: Royal Hotel Sanremo

October 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Looking out to the sea, the Royal Hotel Sanremo is located a few meters from the Casino and the elegant shopping district downtown. The large windows offer breathtaking views over the Mediterranean sea and the impressive landscape.

Royal Hotel Sanremo 

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New to Five Star Alliance: La Reserve Ramatuelle

October 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally located just a few minutes from the village of Saint-Tropez, overlooking the Mediterranean,La Reserve Ramatuelle comprises 9 rooms and 19 suites designed by internationally renowned architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte as well as 12 villas designed by interior architect Remi Tessier. Each of the 50 to 100-square meter rooms come with its own private, sun-filled terrace or garden full of unique scents. Classic Provençal-style villas with pools are set in lovely private gardens offering a magnificent view of the Mediterranean stretching far towards the horizon.

La Reserve Ramatuelle

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