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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Generations Riviera Maya

March 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma is Mexico's premier all Suite, all Butler, all Gourmet beachfront resort where couples, wedding parties and families savor a Gourmet Inclusive® experience, a vacation that fosters togetherness. This all-suite hotel stretches along a secluded beach, providing indulgences from gourmet cuisine, to luxurious suites with butler service. Families can relax knowing that their little ones are in good hands with the certified team of professionals at Eko Kids Club. Generations Riviera Maya features 144 luxurious suites decorated in a forward looking style and divided into 10 categories.

Generations Riviera Maya 

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Image of the Day: LaPlaya Beach Resort

March 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

LaPlaya Beach Resort is the only luxury beachfront resort on the Florida Gulf Coast. The resort promises an experience of rejuvenation, whether under a white cabana, by a cascading-falls pool, through the fine cuisine at Baleen Naples, in exotic SpaTerre, out on the Bob Cupp golf course, or simply in your guestroom.

LaPlaya Beach Resort

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The Beverly Hills Hotel Debuts the Marilyn Monroe-Inspired Suite 100

March 11, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Marilyn Monroe-inspired Suite 100 at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Known as the "Pink Palace," The Beverly Hills Hotel is famous for legendary service and legendary guests. Over the past one hundred years, Hollywood stars have enjoyed the timeless glamour of this dramatically beautiful setting, attracted by the relaxed resort-feel and seamless service. Located on Sunset Boulevard in the center of Beverly Hills, the hotel is surrounded by 12 acres of lush, tropical gardens and exotic flowers.

The Beverly Hills Hotel has introduced a special suite inspired by film icon Marily Monroe. The suite is part of the Suite 100 promotion, which showcases five redecorated suites, each one in a select Beverly Hills hotel, reflective of different decades from the past 100 years and showcasing the legendary style of one of the world's most glamorous cities. 

Guests staying in The Golden Age Inspired by Marilyn Monroe suite, priced at $3,795, will find the following amenities:

• A display case showcasing original artifacts from her estate, courtesy of Julien Auctions. Artifacts include: 
-A signed model release form from Marilyn Monroe's second modeling session with photographer Joseph Jasgur
-An Erno Laszlo plastic container that once held Active pHelityl soap owned by Marilyn Monroe The Beverly Hills Hotel
-Original contact sheets from her starring role in Some Like It Hot
-A three-panel sterling silver custom-made Cartier frame gifted to Marilyn Monroe by Nedda and Joshua Logan. The center frame houses a black and white silver gelatin print of the portrait Cecil Beaton took of Monroe in 1956, while the left and right frames house a handwritten letter from Cecil Beaton describing Monroe.

• Media Library featuring classic Marilyn Monroe films and books, including Norman Mailer Marilyn Monroe Bert Stern and Andre de Dieme, Some like it Hot, and Gentleman Prefer Blondes.

•True Monroe fans can opt for the additional Marilyn Monroe Champagne Bath Bubble Menu featuring a Some Like it Hot bubble bath, bath pillow, wood back brush, bath mitt, and a bottle of Dom Perignon.

• For dinner, there's Marilyn's Menu, inspired by an interview that appeared in the 1952 issue of Pageant Magazine., in which Monroe described her diet. ''My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat and that is all.'' Marilyn did enjoy the occasional sweet treat, such as ice cream sundaes. Items from Marilyn's Menu include: Prawn Cocktail, Heirloom Carrot Salad, DiMaggio's Spaghetti and Meatballs, Grilled New York Steak, and Marilyn's Ice Cream Sundae.

• Turn down service includes a selection of 50s hits, including You Send Me, Tutti Frutti, Hound Dog, and Summer Wind.

The Beverly Hills Hotel
Marilyn Monroe enthusiasts who want an enhanced transformational stay may select the Norma Jean Experience for an additional $1,914.

The Norma Jean Experience includes:
• Roundtrip airport transfers in a vintage car
• Welcome amenity including Marilyn Monroe themed gifts and a bottle of Dom Perignon
• Bottle of Chanel No. 5
• Two Diamond Perfection body treatments in the hotel's Spa by La Prairie
• Marilyn's Menu for Two 
• Two specialty "Norma Jean" cocktails in Bar Nineteen12 (vodka, Navan, honey, lemon, and sparkling wine)
• Breakfast for two one morning
The Beverly Hills Hotel - The First 100 Years Commemorative Book
• Marilyn Monroe Taschen Coffee Table Book Norman Mailer Marilyn Monroe Bert Stern
The Norma Jean Experience must be reserved 72 hours in advance. Select items from this list will also be available to purchase a la carte for guests who do not purchase the Norma Jean Experience.

Suite 100 - The Golden Age inspired by Marilyn Monroe, and the Norma Jean Experience, may be reserved though December 31, 2014. 

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Cool Pools: Willows Lodge

March 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Willows Lodge is made of timbers that are 100 years old that have come from a Portland seaport. Each lodge room comes with a fireplace, a soaking tub, and Australian lamb's wool bedding. Popular activities include the nightly wine tastings in the lobby, art walks and nature walks. The hydrotherapy pool is nestled amidst the tranquil and beautiful surroundings of a hidden courtyard adorned with Japanese maples, ferns and sedums.

Willows Lodge 

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Did You Know? Hamilton Turner Inn

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hamilton Turner InnHamilton Turner Inn was built  in 1873 for Savannah alderman Samuel Pugh Hamilton and his family. In 1883, the Hamilton mansion was the first residence in Savannah  to have electricity installed.  The entire house was fitted with electric lights by 1886, around the time Hamilton became president of the Brush Electric Light & Power Company.

Dr. Francis Turner purchased the house from the Hamilton estate in 1915 and lived there with his family until 1926. The mansion was opened for boarding and became a home for the Marine Hospital nurses in 1928. The Turner family moved back into the home in the 1940s, and the courtyard level was Turner's medical office.

The Turner family sold the house in 1965 to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The plan was to knock the building down and turn the lot into a school playground. The Historic Savannah Foundation intervened, and the mansion was spared from the wrecking ball.

Over the next 30 years, the Hamilton-Turner house changed hands several times, at one point even being converted into apartments. The Inn even appears in John Berendt’s best-selling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

In 1997, The Hamilton-Turner mansion was converted into an inn.

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Your Questions Answered: What are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Marco Island for a Family of 4?

March 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hilton Marco Island
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 are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Marco Island for a Family of 4? 

ANSWER: Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa 

The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is perfectly situated off the Southwest coast of Florida, directly on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Naples. The resort is minutes from the Florida Everglades National Park, Caribbean Gardens, historic downtown Naples, and many of the finest golf courses in Southwest Florida. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is only 55 minutes from Southwest Florida Regional International Airport and 90 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale Florida International Airport.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa
Guest rooms at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort include amenities such as sofa bed, private furnished balcony, 32 inch LCD television, high-speed internet access, mini refrigerator and are offered in a garden/tennis, partial Gulf view or full Gulf of Mexico views. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is an ideal choice for vacationing guests.

This Hilton hotel offers resort guests an array of dining, recreational, and entertainment choices great for the entire family. Enjoy casual, poolside, or elegant formal dining in the hotels two restaurants or watch the sun go down from the Beach Bar and Grille. Watersport activities include sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, or wave runners. Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel has beach volleyball or poolside sunning if something more relaxed is a priority.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel boasts of warm Gulf Stream water, an array of activities making this Hilton hotel an ideal vacation spot.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa features 22 one-bedroom suites. These spacious suites are perfect for families and offer a bedroom and living room area with dining table and sofa bed. All suites offer comfortable accommodations with a soothing contemporary theme. Amenities in the one-bedroom suites include a luxurious Hilton Serenity Bed, 32" LCD flat panel TVs, Cuisinart coffeemaker, sofa bed, in-room safe, refrigerator, work desk, private furnished balcony, and well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers.

-Two Queen Bed Junior Suite Deluxe Golf View
Take in views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and hotel pool from the balcony of this suite with queen beds. Stretch out on the sofa and watch an on-demand movie on the 32-inch TV, or read a book by the bedside LED lighting.

The Family Fun package includes breakfast for four and free high-speed Internet access. This deal will be available until May 16, 2015.

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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.

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It's Fat Tuesday at Hotel Monteleone!

March 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Monteleon


Happy Fat Tuesday everyone! Hotel Monteleone is the perfect Mardi Gras hotel in New Orleans, just steps from the Uptown parade route on Canal Street. This New Orleans hotel that has been a French Quarter icon for more than a century. Hotel Monteleone boasts 600 luxurious guest rooms, including 55 luxury suites and literary author suites. The new Criollo Restaurant and famous Carousel Bar & Lounge offer our guests the best in New Orleans dining and nightlife. Hotel Monteleone provides the best luxury hotel amenities, including a heated rooftop pool, 24/7 fitness center, and valet parking. Hotel Monteleone also offers 24/7 In-Room Dining and a Grab-n-Go Breakfast in the Lobby Lounge.

 

After catching the parade and merriment on Canal Street, retreat to the world-famous Carousel Bar for a Sazerac, Vieux Carre, De La Louisane, or other historic Big Easy libations. 

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Deals of the Day: Warwick Denver Hotel, Radisson St. Martin Resort, and Breidenbacher Hof A Capella Hotel

March 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Warwick Denver
Warwick Denver 
 - Denver, CO, USA

Combining the finest in comfort with unmatched hospitality and service, Warwick Denver Hotel offers visitors the ultimate in affordable luxury among hotels in downtown Denver, Colorado. Warwick Denver Hotel boasts the most spacious lodging accommodations in Downtown Denver, the majority of which have private balconies (with two patio chairs and table) and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering impressive views of the Downtown Denver skyline or the Colorado Front Range. The rooms are decorated in a traditional style with understated comfort.

Try the Suite Life Package. It includes:
-Luxury Suite for two
-Wine and cheese welcome amenity
-One in-suite movie
-Complimentary Valet Parking
-Complimentary Wi-Fi

Rates start at $249 per night >>

Radisson St. Martin Resort - St Martin Cedex, French West Indies
As the most comprehensive full-service beach resort in St Martin, this is the place to stay, dine, play, discover and relax. Guest accommodations at the Radisson St Martin Resort, Marina and Spa provide a relaxing environment for a romantic getaway, Caribbean honeymoon or family vacation. Guests can opt to stay in a beautiful Marina Suites or traditional guest room. All will enjoy such welcome amenities as a private balcony, iPod dockable clock radio and high-speed Internet access. This St Martin resort offers motorized water sports and everything you need to enjoy a day on the Caribbean Sea, including banana boats, canoes, kayaks and wave runners. There is always something fun going on.
Radisson St. Martin Resort

Take advantage of the Early Summer Sale. It includes: 
-Superior Room with two Queen beds
-30% savings on accommodations
-Spacious guest rooms with two queen beds
-Daily breakfast buffet for two adults
-Kids Stay & Eat Free
-Fun resort guest activities: nature hikes, dive-in movies, aqua gym and sunrise stretch
-Free wireless, high-speed Internet access

Early summer sale rates start at EUR 168 per night >>

Breidenbacher Hof A Capella Hotel - Dusseldorf, Germany 

Breidenbacher Hof a Capella HotelSituated right on one of the world's most renowned streets, the Konigsallee, Breidenbacher Hof is an icon for Germany, combining modern features and amenities with the rich tradition and heritage of the past. While the exterior remains the same, preserving one of Germany's treasures, the inside of the Breidenbacher Hof has been entirely rethought to fit the needs of the modern traveler.
Shopping at the Breidenbacher Hof provides select and distinct shopping experiences, including House of Escada, Schnitzler Perfumery and Hugo Boss, moments away on the Konigsalle. Inside Breidenbacher Hof, a world-class grill awaits, combining modern flair with traditional German cuisine, and there are numerous opportunities to discover the local flavor along the Konigsallee and beyond. Dusseldorf's renowned Old Town is steps away from the hotel, featuring historic taverns, bars and restaurants, as well as a stunning collection of turn-of-the-century architecture awaiting your exploration. 

Try the Honeymoon Package. It includes: 
-Fireplace Suite
-Four-course dinner
-Carriage ride
-Spa treatments
-Complimentary Wi-fi

Honeymoon Package rates start at EUR 656.80 per night >>

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Image of the Day: Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts and Spa

February 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts and Spa, located in the fragile Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve in one of the best intact examples of temperate rainforest left on earth, was founded in 1997 by The Genovese Family Trust. The resorts have grown into a golden triangle of adventure which begins and ends in the tiny village of Tofino on the western-most edge of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts and Spa promises discriminating travelers two world-renowned ultra-luxurious eco-resorts, otherworldly coastal cuisine, super natural adventure, and some of the most breathtakingly beautiful wilderness frontier left on the planet.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

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Vote Your Way to the World’s Best Sweepstakes

February 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vote Your Way to the World's Best

Announcing the Vote Your Way to the World’s Best Sweepstakes! Choose your favorite World’s Best luxury hotel or resort from the participating properties, and you may win a stay! Vote and win. What could be simpler than that?

Prizes include:

-Two business class round trip flights courtesy of Qatar Airways and 4 Night Stay in an Armani Deluxe Room at the Armani Hotel Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

-A four-night stay at Hotel Le Toiny on St. Bart’s

-A four-night stay at Armani Hotel Milano in Italy

-A four-night All-Inclusive stay at Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun

-A four-night stay in an Ocean View Room at the Acqualina Resort in Miami Beach

-A four-night stay in Ocean View Room at Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

-A four-night stay in a Deluxe Room at Grace Cafayate in Cafayate Provincia de Salta, Argentina

-A four-night stay in a Deluxe Junior Suite at Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia

-A four-night stay at Titilaka Lodge in Lake Titicaca, Peru

You can only vote once, so choose wisely! 

Enter Now!

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