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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.

Reviving Historic Charm in Charleston


By: Five Star Alliance

 A King Bed Club Room at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, SCLocated in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city's landmark luxury hotel.

Now, having recently completed a $30 million, three-year renovation project, that distinction has never been more fitting. The hotel's 434 guest rooms and suites now embrace the historic beauty of Charleston as well as the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless.

The redesigned Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including an expanded marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service while overlooking the historic Charleston skyline.

Belmond Charleston PlaceThe new Belmond Boardroom is a sophisticated space for your next corporate retreat while the newly renovated Fitness Center has doubled in size and includes all new cardio and weight machines, making it easier to stick to your workout while traveling.

Don't worry, the hotel still has the heated, saltwater pool on the roof top of the fourth floor. In addition to the stunning retractable glass roof,  there are striking 'porthole' windows which overlook downtown Charleston. Lush plants surround the pool and jacuzzi providing a private paradise. 

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for you to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. They offer newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond restaurants, a full-service spa and rooftop pool, sophisticated shopping and unbeatable Southern hospitality.

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P.S. Check out the "Five Star Alliance Rate" which includes continental breakfast, sparkling wine, luxury accommodations, wireless internet access, and daily newspaper.


Tennis at Bacara Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

For your next tennis vacation, Bacara Resort and Spa is simply the best choice. Bacara's tennis facility offers
four Har-Tru clay composition courts along with private and semi-private lessons with a resident pro, adult and junior clinics,
match arrangements, and equipment rentals.

Bacara Resort and Spa

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Did You Know? Fairmont Banff Springs


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Banff Springs
The 
Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta is an internationally recognized symbol of Canadian hospitality. It was built during the 19th century as one of Canada's grand railway hotels, being constructed in Scottish Baronial style and located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The hotel was opened to the public on June 1, 1888. The likes of Helen Keller, Marilyn Monroe, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
visited the hotel.
 


Dining al Fresco: Fairmont Kea Lani


By: Five Star Alliance

Ko Restaurant at Fairmont Kea Lani Resort was voted 2013 Maui Restaurant of the Year. Executive Chef Tylun Pang leads the culinary masterpiece of Kō restaurant in Wailea, the only fine dining restaurant on Maui to offer cuisine inspired by Hawaii's sugarcane plantation era. Ko features island family recipes and includes farm-fresh Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese menu items.

Keiki (Children) five and under eat free at Kō through the Keiki Dining Program.

Fairmont Kea Lani

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Gambling Options at Caesars Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

Caesar's PalaceCaesars Palace brings you all the excitement of a Las Vegas casino in an ancient Roman setting. Enjoy lavish surroundings while playing slots and table games—including blackjack and poker—or take your chances at the race and sports book. Whether you're looking to win big or simply in it for the experience, Caesars Place always offers something fun to play.

POKER
The most action-packed Las Vegas Poker Room is perfect for recreational players and seasoned pros alike.
RACE & SPORTS BOOK
On game day, there is no better place in Las Vegas than Caesar's Race & Sports Book. The room buzzes with excitement as horse bettors and sports fans cheer their favorites while watching action from coast to coast.


SLOTS
Caesars Palace is the Las Vegas casino that has been the site of more $1,000,000+ slot jackpots than any other casino in the world. 

TABLE GAMES
From the iconic Palace Casino to the OMNIA gaming tables, from Craps and Baccarat to Pai Gow and Six Card Poker, you’re sure to find just the right Las Vegas gambling experience at which to test your luck and skill.

Book a stay at Caesars Palace>>


Warped Stairs at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia?


By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton PhiladelphiaThe stairs leading to what today is The Grand Ballroom at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia (formerly the vault of Girard Bank) are warped on one side. The stairs were built for the ladies to make their “grand entrance” into the vault to retrieve their jewels on Friday for their weekend social event, and their subsequent return on Monday. The warping on that one side is from the traffic up and down—the skirts were long at the time, and there is a banister only on that side. The stairs were left as is.

 

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Green Initiatives at Bardessono


By: Five Star Alliance

BardessonoBardessono is one of only three hotels in the United States that has been designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for environmental design. Initiatives include:

-Buildings that are designed with overhangs to reduce the heat gain from the summer sun, yet allow the winter sun's rays to enter and warm the rooms. Each room has 200 square feet of glass to allow for natural lighting. 

-When cooling is required, the first stage of intervention is for motor controlled exterior venetian blinds to lower to reduce the heat gain from the sun. When additional heating or cooling in guest rooms is necessary, water is used from 72, 300 foot wells on the property.

-The large amount of glass used in each building reduces the daytime requirement for electrical lighting. LED, halogen, or fluorescent bulbs are used in light fixtures throughout the property. Bardessono

-All glues, adhesives, finishes, paints, carpets, and fabrics used at Bardessono are required to meet low volatile organic compounds (VOC) standards to vastly improve indoor air quality. 

-The combination of low VOC compound materials, no carpeting and drapes, all organic linens, terry and cleaning supplies, greatly reduces any potential allergens in the rooms.

-Indoors, bathroom fixtures with low water flow have been installed, along with dual flush toilets and waterless urinals. Outdoors, native and drought tolerant plants have been chosen for landscaping in order to minimize water demand. 

Book a stay at Bardessono>>


Baja Spa Indulgence at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso


By: Five Star Alliance

Las Ventanas Al ParaisoLas Ventanas Al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort has redefined pampering and luxury in Los Cabos with unparalleled service, exquisite accommodations and unwavering attention to detail. Now guests can take advantage of the ancient healing rituals of Baja at The Spa at Las Ventanas and unwind in its verdant and tranquil setting. The Spa at Las Ventanas offers a full range of treatments and therapies inspired by the power of the Four Elements.

Baja Spa Indulgence Package Features:

-Four nights accommodation for two
-Premium round-trip airport transfers from San Jose del Cabo International Airport in a Mercedes G-500
-One welcome spa cocktail per person

-Full breakfast and dinner for two daily
-LVP Air meals for two upon departure
-One $500 spa and salon credit per suite per stay

The package is available through December 17, 2016. Additional terms and conditions apply and the offer is subject to availability. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Book your package at Las Ventanas Al Paraiso >>


Pampered Pets at Nine Zero Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Nine Zero HotelTraveling with your pet? Nine Zero Hotel offers a pet package, Tail in One City, so your furry family member feels at home at this pet friendly hotel.

This package includes:

-Restful overnight accommodations in one of our deluxe guestrooms

-Designer pet welcome amenity

-Nine Zero pet bowls and a pet bed placed in your room for your pet's use throughout your stay

-Pet sitting, pet grooming, pet walking and pet massage services available through our concierge for a supplementary cost

Nine Zero Hotel is surrounded by some of the best dog walking spots in the city. Just across from the hotel is Boston Common, a pet-friendly 50-acre public park.

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Cool Pools: Ocean Key Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Ocean Key Resort & Spa welcomes LIQUID Pool - Bar - Lounge to it's waterfront location in Old Town Key West. The revitalized locale boasts the most desirable view on the island, bright and vibrant fabrics and furnishings, genuinely friendly service, and culinary delights to match the energy.

Ocean Key Resort and Spa

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