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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.

Oh, Those Summer Nights at The Boulders Resort

May 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Boulders a Waldorf Astoria Resort


Summer is almost here! In honor of the season, The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, has introduced several new programs for guests to enjoy. A luxury hideway tucked in the desert, The Boulders features 160 guest casitas and 61 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, seven restaurants and a lounge, two championship Jay Morrish-designed golf courses, eight tennis courts, and a Waldorf Astoria Spa. 

Programs include:

-Night Bicycling. Go for a night bike! You'll use night equipment to see the desert as you've never seen it before, complete with thousands of stars and the fascinating nocturnal animals of the Sonoran desert. 

-Night Walking Excursion. Led by the resort's expert guide, guests use hiking headlamps and night vision monoculars to see the unique surroundings while learning about the geology, history of the area, and the desert flora and fauna. The tour is available for all ages and skill levels and is limited to 10 guests. Guests can cruise along on cycles or ride the resort's roller-coaster golf cart paths.The Boulders Biking at Night

-Moonlight/Sunset Yoga. For those who want some additional stretch in their evening. yoga is held at Promise Rock, which is 2,288 feet above ground level. Watch the sunset from your Warrior II pose, or take in the panoramic views of the valley below as you embrace your Downward Dog.

Moonlight Massages. Relax and unwind both your body and your mind. Private nighttime massages are offered at the guest casitas (residences). They can even be held on the casita's patios for added privacy. 

-Moonlight Shaman Meditation. Get calm and grounded. The private meditation sessions are lead by the spa's resident Shaman in the authentic Tipi. 

-Celestial Spa DinnersThe Boulders ResortThese sign-specific  wine dinners, planned by both the chef and astrologer, include a five-course dinner accompanied by fine organic wines from a featured winemaker. They are held, al fresco, at the spa's 5,600 sq. ft. Organic Garden.  The resort's resident astrologer Tom McMullan explains the symbolic language of Astrology as guests enjoy a gourmet dinner under the cool desert night sky.

-Stargazing. The spa can arrange for guests to observe the Arizona sky with the resident professional astronomer. View the planets, stars, constellations, and the lunar surface - canyons to craters - through a high-powered telescope. Guests guests can also rent a special constellation-friendly iPad for use on their private patio.

-Astrological Soul Reading. Guests can get insight into the story of their soul's journey through a personal astrological chart which is calculated by the guest’s birth date, birth time, and birth place. The Astrological Soul Reading is performed by the spa's resident Astrological Consultant. The service helps to center and empower guests with the knowledge of what each individual brought into this lifetime to work on and where they are moving forward on each specific path. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Provident Luxury Suites Fisher Island

May 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Provident Luxury Suites Fisher Island

Nestled in the waters of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean,Provident Luxury Suites Fisher Island features Mediterranean-style residences showcasing spectacular vistas, spacious interiors with elegant decor, advanced comfort, and communications. Suites range in size from 800 square feet up to 3,500 square feet and contain one to three bedrooms. Each suite offers ocean views, estate quality furnishings, marble bathrooms with oversized tub, separate shower, LCD televisions, in-room safe, lavish bath amenities, kitchen or kitchenette with granite countertops, and a personal golf cart to use throughout your stay.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in the Florida Keys?

May 7, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Cheeca Lodge
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: We are a family of 6 and looking to stay is Key West, Fla. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Cheeca Lodge 

Since 1946 the historic Cheeca Lodge & Spa has enchanted guests with world-class fishing, exceptional accommodations, and gracious hospitality. Cheeca LodgeLocated on one of most beautiful and secluded private beaches in Florida, Cheeca Lodge is an exhilarating tropical playground. Cheeca is the crown jewel of Islamorada, the Sportfishing Capital of the World. Everything about this wondrous retreat aspires to captivate and soothe. Exquisitely appointed, West-Indies-style accommodations nestled amidst lush gardens, shimmering pools and cascading waterfalls. A pristine ribbon of private beach extending along the magnificent azure waters of the Keys. Guests enjoy water sports, from SCUBA and snorkeling to the best fishing in the world. There's also tennis and golf, the lavish Spa at Cheeca, and fishing off the end of the 525-foot pier or snoozing in a hammock on the beach.

Kids will enjoy Camp Cheeca, an environmentally-focused program designed to entertain while educating them about the wildlife found in the Florida Keys. Each day Camp Cheeca offers a unique combination of arts and crafts, exploration, and outdoor activities led by knowledgeable counselors. This fun and exciting day camp is the perfect complement to any Islamorada family vacation. Activities at Camp Cheeca include fishing off the pier, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, lagoon swimming and snorkeling, group games, and beach exploration. Camp Cheeca welcomes children ages 5 -12.

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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.

 


Image of the Day: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

May 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is a classic mountain resort set two miles from Yosemite National Park's southern gate, surrounded by noble evergreen forest and a rich range of Sierra recreation. The Tenaya experience is classic, yet perfectly modern, with such contemporary amenities as wireless Internet access, spa services, fine dining, and gracious guest service.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

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Rocking at the Redbury

May 6, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Redbury at Hollywood and VineThe Redbury at Hollywood and Vine has teamed up with Amoeba records to create a unique Hollywood experience for the ultimate music fan.

The Redbury Rocks Hollywood Package includes:
• One night stay in a suite of your choice
• One album of your choice from Amoeba's curated selection
• Two welcome cocktails
• Complimentary in-flat Internet
• Complimentary overnight valet parking for one vehicle
 

The Redbury is an all-suite boutique hotel featuring 57 thoughtfully-appointed guest flats that exude a warm, bohemian counter-culture feel with design elements drawn from a variety of old-world cultures. Each spacious guest flat offers a home-like atmosphere including an in-flat washer & dryer unit, walk-in rain showers and many other comforts that can accommodate stays of a day, a week or as long as needed. Amoeba Records is home to the largest and most diverse vinyl collection in Los Angeles.

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Did You Know? Soniat House

May 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Soniat House

Between 1829-1833 French sugar plantation owner Joseph Soniat Duffossat and his eldest son Robert built three French Quarter townhouses. The custom of the day, for those with means and social standing, was to have a residence in town. Such homes were built both for their convenience, and most importantly, to entertain and receive guests.  In 1982 the townhouses began their new life as Soniat House. The 31 guest rooms are furnished and decorated with French and English antiques and custom European fabrics. Hotel guests are especially fond of sitting in one of the two courtyards and soaking up the atmosphere. 

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Image of the Day: Hotel Le Crystal

May 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Le Crystal is the flagship skyscraper kitty-corner to the Bell Center in the heart of Montreal's financial district. Within walking distance is historic St. Catherine, haute couture shopping, fine dining, bars and lively cafes.

Hotel Le Crystal 

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The Resort at Paws Up Offers $500 Activity Credit for One Lucky Guest

May 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, The Resort at Paws Up is offering a $500 Activity Credit the first guest to book a stay through Five Star Alliance. 

The Resort at Paws Up

 Distinguishing itself from the rest of the Montana resorts and standing apart from all other Rocky Mountain resorts, the Resort at Paws Up offers an enchanting escape into the tranquility and magnificence of Montana's pastoral countryside. This luxurious ranch resort in Montana is discretely nestled among some of the most breathtaking country in the world. 37,000 acres of Resort, 100 miles of trails, 7 miles of the Blackfoot River, and 1.5-million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness combine to make for the ultimate wilderness adventure playground. A true guest ranch is much more than rounding up and driving cattle; at Paws Up guests experience non-stop wilderness adventure and action.

So what can you spend the credit on?

 

-Take your best shot at a world-class sporting clays course.

-Cast a fly with an expert guide for the most exciting fly-fishing in Montana.The Resort at Paws Up

-Spend an hour, a day or a week on horseback-all in a wilderness sanctuary you'll never forget.

-Explore the land Lewis and Clark swooned over

-Indulge in sumptuous in-room spa treatments. 

There's also lake swimming, boating, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, tubing and nearby championship golf. Visit in the winter and partake of everything from cross-country skiing and high adventure snowmobiling to downhill skiing and even dog sledding amidst the Rocky Mountains. 


Taking advantage of this offer is easy. Simply be the first person to book at stay at The Resort at Paws Up via Five Star Alliance. That's it!

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Five Star Alliance Recommends Ten Little-Known Honeymoon Locations

May 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lounging on the beach for a honeymoon is nothing to sneeze at, but the newlyweds who want something different should try staying at one of these luxury hotels in an these unusual honeymoon locations.

Five Star Alliance recommends these unusual post-nuptial spots:

Cappadocia, Turkey
Why Visit
This Anatolian region is a UNESCO world heritage site known for its cave structures. Dwellings have been hewn from the rock as far back as 4,000 B.C. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. It is 30 kilometers from Nevsehir Airport.

Where to Stay
Cappadocia Cave ResortCappadocia Cave Resort and Spa (pictured right) is built right into a mountain and offers a spectacular view over the dramatic landscape. The exclusive spa area offers all kinds of treatments, from steam baths to an experience shower with sound and light effects, to a couples massage.

Cappadocia Museum Hotel has just 30 rooms and suites. The unusual living museum concept means the cave rooms and specially restored traditional rooms are decorated with antiques and have wonderful views of Cappadocia.
 

Hue, Vietnam
Why Visit
The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles from the East Sea. Hue has various points of interest, such as the Citadel, the royal tombs of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, and Minh Mang, Thien Mu pagoda, and Dong Ba market. Other attractions include Bach Ma national park, Lang Co beach, Truc Lam Zen monastery, and Thuan An beach.

Where to Stay 
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. It offers stylish interior decoration on an area of 27 hectares of undulating land and lagoon.

Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. With 99 rooms and villas, the resort is warm and inviting. Hue airport is just 20 minutes away.
 

Cuzco, Peru
Why Visit
Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of Peru's most visited spots as it is a convenient city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu. It is located 7,000 feet above sea level and is nestled in a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range with a generally dry and temperate.

Where to Stay 
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (pictured right)is located in the Urubamba Valley on the banks of the river Vilcanota. The hotel’s property spreads over 10 hectares. Unno Spa includes a hyperbaric chamber, hydrotherapy pools, Vichy shower treatment rooms and meditation, and aromatherapy oxygen.Aranwa Sacred Valley

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco’s main square. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks using the fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

Umag, Croatia
Why Visit
With a coastline filled with stunning beaches, Umag is an established summer destination in Europe. It is known as the town of tennis because it hosts many tennis camps and the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open. Beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, and unrivalled scenery add to the city's undeniable charm. The international festival of chamber theatre Golden Lion is a popular local event.

Where to Stay
Hotel Monte Mulini is situated in a beautiful and quiet location, but close to the town of Rovinj. Maistra’s boutique hotel Monte Mulini is the perfect starting point for sightseeing in Croatia, a wine trail tour, or time in the sun and sea.

Kempinski Hotel Adriatic is surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, and offers breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea. Things to do include treatments at the 3,000 square foot duplex Spa, and a few rounds at the first professional 18-hole golf course in the region.

Doha, Qata
Why Visit
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the modern Doha skyline contrasts with the surrounding desert. Things to do in Doha include playing world-class golf, off-road desert cycling, beach trips, and fossil hunts. Popular attractions include the City Centre Doha Mall, the Corniche Promenade and the acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art. The city will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Where to Stay

The Torch DohaThe Torch Doha (pictured left) is 300 meters high and has panoramic views of the city. It is located on Al Waab Street, 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Hotel guests have private walkway access to Doha's largest shopping mall Villaggio.

Sharq Village and Spa's fourteen courtyard houses are located on one thousand meters of private coastline. Guests can tour the village streets, cool off in the two pools, recline on an outdoor majlis, or shop at the village souq. The hotel is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, B.V.

Other Recommended Locations:

-Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: A destination with year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches, and world class resorts. It’s just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

 

-Lanai, Hawaii: 9 miles from Maui, the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii is all unspoiled beaches and serenity.

-Port Antonio Jamaica: A quiet and beautiful haven with both jungle trails and impressive museums.

-Almaty Kazakhstan: The largest city in Kazakhstan has a spectacular mountain backdrop and is a winter sports haven.

-Herzliya, Israel: 10 minutes from Tel Aviv, this coastal city offers water sports, boating, and hiking.

 

 


New to Five Star Alliance: The Boxer Boston

April 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Boxer is Boston's newest full-service boutique hotel, located in the heart of downtown Boston, nestled between the tasty North End and the storied cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill, just one block from TD Garden. The Boxer exudes a relaxed sophistication with an urban industrial chic design that incorporates hints of Boston. 

The Boxer Boston

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