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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.

Image of the day: 1 Hotel South Beach

By: Five Star Alliance

The Rooftop Pool Deck at 1 Hotel South Beach lets you take a break from the vibrant energy of Miami.
Relax in the cabanas with built-in champagne buckets. You’ll enjoy the tranquility and feel comfortable
knowing that the area is adults-only. 

1 Hotel South Beach

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Dining al Fresco: Secrets The Vine Cancun

By: Five Star Alliance

Indulge in an expansive array of local and international cuisine and bold flavors at Secrets the Vine Cancun. Choose from six á la carte gourmet restaurants, a buffet and a cafe – reservations are never required. Or sneak away for a romantic meal in your room or on the beach. 

Secrets the Vine Cancun

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Did You Know? San Ysidro Ranch

By: Five Star Alliance

In the 1930s, Hollywood actor Ronald Colman and hotelier and former Senator Alvin Carl Weingand acquired the San Ysidro Ranch and transformed it into a hospitality haven – known for its idyllic setting, service, and guarding of guest privacy – for celebrities. The famous guests over the years range from Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx to Winston Churchill, Somerset Maugham, and Sinclair Lewis. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were married at the Ranch, John and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned there and John Huston completed the script for African Queen during a three-month stay.

San Ysidro Ranch

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New to Five Star Alliance: Lizard Island Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Lizard Island Resort is the northern-most resort located directly on the Great Barrier Reef, with 24 powdery-white beaches and 40 luxurious suites.

Lizard Island Resort

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Windsor Boutique Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

The Windsor Boutique Hotel offers unique and upscale accommodations in the heart of downtown Asheville. Initially constructed in 1907, The Windsor recently completed an eighteen-month historic total renovation. It now features 14 new luxury suites, each with its own unique character and charm. Each suite has a private bedroom, bathroom, washer/dryer, full kitchen area and living room providing plenty of room to relax and unwind.

Windsor Boutique Hotel

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Cool Pools: Rancho Valencia Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Whether you're looking for an early-morning workout, or just looking for refreshment after your spa treatment or tennis match, the pools at Rancho Valencia do not disappoint. Featuring two saline pools, the main pool and adults-only spa pool are heated to a comfortable 82 degrees for year-round enjoyment. Large enough to swim laps yet serene enough to relax and lounge poolside in the San Diego sunshine, the pools offer the perfect place for both rest and recreation. They both also feature a bubbling Jacuzzi.

Rancho Valencia

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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. 

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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Cool Pools: The Redbury South Beach

By: Five Star Alliance

The 12,000-square-foot rooftop pool and deck at The Redbury South Beach is one of the hotel's signature features. Guests can take in the gorgeous Miami skyline by day or night, lounge in a comfy chaise, and take a dip in the pool. The Rooftop Pool is also available for private parties and special events.

The Redbury South Beach

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St Regis Gets Bloody (Mary)

By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis New YorkA staple of brunch menus everywhere, you can thank the St Regis New York for perfecting the Bloody Mary. In 1934, Fernand Petiot, the bartender at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, perfected the recipe for a vodka-and-tomato juice cocktail he dubbed the Bloody Mary. Deemed too racy a name for the hotel’s clientele, it was rechristened the Red Snapper, a name that didn't last long. 

Today, the Bloody Mary remains the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand, with each hotel crafting its own interpretation of the libation. Here's three of our favorites:

The St. Regis Beijing-Great Wall Bloody Mary

Taking its cue from the inclusion of beer in ancient worship rituals, this cocktail substitutes Chinese pilsner for vodka.

2 1/2 oz / 75 ml Tsingtao® beer
3 1/2 oz / 100 ml Bloody Mary mix
3 oyster shooters, for garnish
1 lemon wedge, for garnish

Pour the beer into an 8 oz / .2 l white wineglass filled with ice. Then pour the Bloody Mary mix on top. Garnish with the oyster shooters and lemon wedge.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort-Bora Mary
The discovery of a watermelon plantation on a nearby coral reef islet led to the creation of a delightfully refreshing cocktail.

1 1/2 oz / 45 ml premium vodka
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 oz / 30 ml lime juice
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml watermelon juice (or strawberry juice)
Watermelon cube (or whole strawberry), for garnish

Blend all ingredients with ice until frothy. Pour into a 6 oz / 150 ml champagne flute. Strawberry may replace watermelon in this recipe. Garnish with a cube of watermelon to size or strawberry, if using.

The St. Regis Houston-Harry's Texas Bloody Mary
Cajun seasoning, tequila, vodka, and jalapeño give this bold cocktail a decidedly Texas kick.

1 oz / 30 ml premium vodka
6 oz / 30 ml tequila
5 oz / 150 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 lemon wedge / 5 ml fresh lemon juice
1 lime wedge / 5 ml fresh lime juice
4 slices jalapeño
1/2 tsp / 2 g sugar
2 olives
1 thin tomato slice, for garnish
1 celery spear, for garnish

Combine all of the ingredients over ice and shake. Pour into an 8 oz / .2 l highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a thin slice of tomato on the celery spear.

If none of those suit your fancy, you can find all the St. Regis Bloody Mary Recipes here



Best Bathrooms: The Hazelton Hotel Toronto

By: Five Star Alliance

Ensuite bathrooms at The Hazelton Hotel Toronto are done entirely in galaxy green granite comes
complete with heated floors. Deep soaking tub and separate rainfall shower, an LCD television built
into the mirror, as well as his and her sinks
Hazelton Hotel Toronto

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