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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.

Did You Know? The Quin Hotel

January 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel

The Quin Hotel, which in November 2013, is a peaceful retreat alongside Central Park. In another life, The Quin Hotel was known as The Buckingham hotel. Opened in 1929, the Buckingham's location near many theaters made it extremely popular with artists visiting and performing in New York City. Famous artistic guests of the hotel include pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski, artist Georgia O'Keefe, and painter Marc Chagall. In honor of the artists, The Quin Hotel has the Paderewski and O’Keeffe Specialty Suites.

-The Paderewski Suite is a bohemian 1-bedroom suite inspired by the Polish pianist. The 600 sq. ft. suite features city views and distinctive finishes, including a marble shower and bath, separate living room, and dry bar. This room comfortably accommodates up to 2 guests.

-The O'Keefe Suite The spirit of Georgia O‘Keeffe is captured in this picturesque 600 sq. ft. 1-bedroom Specialty Suite. Inspired by O'Keeffe’s harmonic use of line and color, the suite is designed with earth tones and boasts city views, a separate living room, marble shower and bath, a dining area, and dry bar. This room comfortably accommodates up to 2 guests.

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa Lake Tahoe's Introduces Seasonal Treatments

January 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe
is a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center with treatments and therapies themed around water and the woods. The luxury spa has introduced a selection of new seasonal treatments that complement signature favorites and are specifically designed for the winter season and the region's active mountain lifestyle.  

Seasonal Treatments Include:

- Coffee Cake Break  
Start with a deep exfoliating sweet caramel body scrub infused with caffeine designed to stimulate and revive dry skin, followed by a simmering bath soak to hydrate and lock in moisture. A massage with caramel scented body lotion is the icing on the cake. (90 minutes, $300)

- Organic Picture Perfect Pumpkin Facial
This facial is a yam and pumpkin enzyme peel that will leave skin glowing. This sweet yellow clover masque enriches the skin, revealing a refreshed and hydrated complexion. (80 minutes, $300)

- Buttered Rum Rejuvenation Manicure, and Pedicure
This is the winter treatment perfect for soothing tired hands and feet. It consists of an intoxicating sweet exfoliation using a special blend of brown sugar and premium aged rum, finished with caramel body milk will leave the skin soft and hydrated. (80 minutes, $150) Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

- Wnter Signature Apres Ski Massage
This specialized massage incorporates specific elongating stretches, pressure point techniques, and therapeutic massage. (80 minutes, $265) 

- Cozy Cabin Couple's Massage
This massage is tailored to the needs of both individuals. A romantically illuminated spa suite featuring its own fireplace is where couples can relax as though they have escaped into the woods. (50 minutes, $185.00 per person, 80 minutes, $265 per person)

All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity, and are subject to change.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel turns 30 and You Get the Present

January 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2014. Traditionally, a 30th anniversary is celebrated with a gift of pearls, so in honor of its Pearl Anniversary, the resort has joined with luxury pearl jeweler Mikimoto to provide guests with The Pearls of Inspiration Experience.

A celebrated icon along the California coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is perched atop a 150 foot bluff,  and set against cascading views of the Pacific Ocean. This surfside retreat has a unique beachfront setting and remarkable service heritage, and is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, along the coast of Dana Point. The resort boasts amazing dining options and all 396 guestrooms have been redesigned with decor that reflects the sparkle of the Pacific Ocean. Outdoor fireplaces have been added to the patios of first floor oceanfront guestrooms. Additional enhancements to the luxury property include major changes to the resort's gardens and grounds, and an Eco-Adventure Center. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel


The Pearls of Inspiration Experience
is exclusive to The Ritz-Carlton Club Level and includes:

• The opportunity to discover a His and Hers Mikimoto cultured pearl jewelry gift on your pillow in your guestroom
• Overnight accommodation on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level or Suite
• Pearls of Inspiration White Chocolate amenity
• Breakfast for two either through In Room Dining or in Raya
• Round trip transportation to and from South Coast Plaza
• Lunch for two at South Coast Plaza and visit to Mikimoto.
The package is available January 1 through April 30, 2014 and starts at $750 per night.

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Package is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Additional rules, regulations, and restrictions may apply. 

In conjunction with the Pearls of Inspiration Experience, the hotel has created three events that explore the genius of Kochi Mikimoto, and an exclusive look at the jewelry company and how it uses a blend of talent, discipline and artistry within their craft.

 Events include:

The Pearl King - January 23, 2014; 4-8pm
The skill of a scientist and the soul of an artist combined to create the genius of Kokichi Mikimoto, the inventor of cultured pearls. A visionary on a quest for beauty, it was his dream to "adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls."

The Romance of Pearls - March 6, 2014; 4-8pm
The pearl's iridescent luminosity has bewitched men and women alike for thousands of years. Whether offered in romance or taken in victory, worn as a symbol of chastity or a mystical aphrodisiac, pearls have been and continue to be among the most coveted gems in the world.

Birth of a Pearl - May 8, 2014; 4-8pm
In 1893, after years of painstaking efforts, Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in creating the world’s first cultured pearl. The method he developed is still used by Mikimoto today to form beautiful, lustrous pearls.

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Your Questions Answered: What Fort Lauderdale Area Hotel Features Kitchens in Guest Accommodations?

January 6, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The AtlanticWe 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.

Your Questions Answered: What Fort Lauderdale area hotel features kitchens in guest accommodations?


ANSWER: The Atlantic Resort and SpaAtlantic Resort and Spa

Fort Lauderdale's premier luxury condominium hotel, The Atlantic Resort and Spa is set amidst 23 miles of pristine sun-splashed golden beaches in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast. Most of the spacious, luxuriously appointed guest rooms command majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dining experiences range from indoor venues to dramatic ocean view settings. This intimate boutique hotel offers an elegant natural look with a distinct British Colonial ambiance. From Palm Beach to Miami, visit world-class boutiques, galleries, restaurants, museums, theatres, casinos, and nightspots. Or relax while at the beach, diving, golfing, yachting, or cruising. The hotel is ideally located just seven miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Terminals and 33 miles from Miami International Airport.

The Atlantic Resort and SpaFor Your Needs We Recommend:

-Ocean View King Studio. It is 600 square feet and is a deluxe king room with an ocean view. Luxuriate in plush pillow top bedding and bed and bathroom linens. The large marble baths feature separate stall showers and soaking tubs, and the living areas offer fully equipped kitchenettes with microwave ovens, two-burner stovetops, refrigerators, and cookware.

-1 Bedroom Oceanfront King Suite.  These 1,200-square-foot suites feature a separate bedroom with king bed, large balcony with ocean views, a fully equipped kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, range, oven, and microwave, and living area with dining room.

-2 Bedroom Oceanfront Penthouse. Featuring 15th and 16th floor views, two master bedrooms, each with one king bed, oversized marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and showers and full oceanfront view with large ocean terraces. Suite has a fully equipped kitchen with full-sized refrigerator, range, oven, and microwave, and a large living area with dining room.

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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: Amelia Island Plantation Resort

January 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled at the tip of a barrier island just off the Northeast Florida coast, the AAA Four Diamond oceanfront Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort features luxurious oceanfront accommodations, family-friendly activities, grand on-site meeting spaces, and endless dining options

Amelia Island Plantation Resort

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Image of the Day: Viceroy New York

January 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York's porthole windows provide a unique view of Manhattan.

Viceroy New York

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Spa Treatments We'd Like to Try

December 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

So many spas, so little time!  With over 4,000 luxury hotels on the site, we have a lot of great spa spots. 



Here are a few treatments offered at luxury hotel spas that have recently caught our eye:

-The Spa at Aria (pictured at right) in Las Vegas offers a Shio Salt room. Taking in salt through inhalation is thought to provide respiratory benefits. The illuminated wall of Shio salt bricks is complemented by salt lamps, vibration therapy, and radiant music.

-Intercontinental Thalosso Spa Bora Bora's fittingly named Deep Ocean Spa has glass-floored overwater bungalows enabling you to admire the marine life during your treatment. We'd go for the Deep Sea Hydromassage Bath with Chromatherapy.

-Nob Hill Spa at The Huntington Hotel offers a Cinnamon Ginger Escape.  An exfoliating spiced marmalade scrub with ground nutmeg is followed by an energizing massage using smooth pebbles wrapped in aromatic spice bags soaked in warm oil.

-Hotel Hershey, fittingly, offers a Whipped Cocoa bath,  Chocolate Bean Polish and a Chocolate Fondue wrap in their Chocolate Spa. We'll take all three! 

-A  visit to Calistoga isn't complete without a stop at a winery and at the hot springs. After you've visited both,  Napa Valley's Solage Calistoga (pictured at left) has a three-part Mudslide Experience that involves a customized mud body wrap, a relaxing soak in geo-thermal mineral water from their own spring, and then zoning out in a state-of-the-art sound/vibration chair.

-Prague's Hotel Augustine has a St. Thomas Beer Body Ritual. Created using a secret recipe from the Augustinian order of Monks.  It starts with an exfoliation using ground organic beer hops and St. Thomas dark beer, and then finished with a full-body massage. 

-Hotel Il Salviatino (pictured at top) offers an an Antixodant Wine Gel Peel. It's a body scrub using red wine gel and exfoliating seeds, followed up by a therapist-supervised aromatic vapor experience and a highly moisturizing massage.
 

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Your Questions Answered: What Room Type at The Sagamore is Best for a Family of Four?

December 29, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

 
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.

The Sagamore
QUESTION: We are a family of 4, children ages 8 and 9 and would like to stay at The Sagamore, can we get babysitting service and what room will be appropriate for our family to stay in?


ANSWER: 

The Sagamore Miami Beach is one of the hottest beach resorts in the world. With its prominent and unique private collection of art and photography, The Sagamore is a modern interpretation of a classical European resort. The property boasts 93 striking suites including 8 penthouses and 16 two-story bungalows. All suites have kitchenettes and large bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. The Miami Beach Convention Center, Lincoln Road Mall, restaurants, shopping, galleries, and night life are all within walking distance.

Sagamore Miami Beach Hotel is well known for spacious South Beach Suites.
For your family, consider:

-The Sagamore Suite is a true luxurious Miami Beach Suite with separate bedroom and living room. Bedrooms has either King Bed or Two Double Beds, Living room has Full Size Sofa Bed, 42-Inch Plasma TV, Aveda bath products, mini kitchenette and more. The Sagamore Miami Beach

-The Miami Beach Suite, which is 550 square feet, has a Standard View, Luxurious King-Sized or Two Double Beds, Wet Bar/Working Area, Separate Bedroom and Living Room, Full Size Sofa Bed, Beautifully Framed Artwork, Porcelain Tile Floors. Fully equipped with DVD Player & Gaming Systems, and High-Speed Wireless Internet Access, Bathroom features whirlpool Bathtub with Circulating Jets & Shower and stocked with Aveda Bath and Beauty Products. The suite has a Gourmet Bar and Snack Selections, Refrigerator, Microwave, Toaster, Coffee Maker, and In Room Safe.

As far as babysitting , as of this writing, the cost is $25.00 per hour per child -no minimum time requirement.  If used several times there will be a discount given to the family. There are playground and children’s museum nearby as well as other child friendly activities.

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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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Did You Know? Winter Haven

December 28, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Winter Haven was designed by acclaimed architect Albert Anis, and its glamorous facade was first unveiled on Ocean Drive in 1939. Originally crafted as a simple yet sophisticated ocean front hotel, much of the hotel's historic soul and the elegance of the Art Deco design remains today.

Winter Haven

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Your Questions Answered: What's a Great Oahu Luxury Hotel for a Family of Six?

December 28, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Turtle Bay Resort
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 Oahu, Hi. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: We recommend Turtle Bay Resort.


Turtle Bay Resort has almost five miles of beachfront that includes the beauty of Kawela Bay, Bay View Beach Lawn, and of course Turtle Bay. Only 45 minutes from the high pulse and energy of Honolulu, guests enjoy the natural tranquility of the North Shore lifestyle and Spectacular Ocean views. Just minutes away, find one of Hawaii's most popular destinations, The Polynesian Cultural Center, and many other famous Oahu attractions. Oahu, the one island that has it all, Turtle Bay Resort offers a true Hawaiian outer-island experience. Because of the resort's unique position on the island, all of the 375 luxury guest rooms, 26 suites, 42 beach cottages and luxury ocean villas offer picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort features two lushly landscaped pools, two championship golf courses, tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails, a surfing school, world-class dining, and shopping.

Turtle Bay ResortFor your family, we recommend Turtle Bay's Ocean Villas. Elegantly furnished with a masterful blend of luxury and style, Turtle Bay’s Ocean Villas surpass any oceanfront resort accommodations on North Shore Oahu. Enjoy exclusive amenities, such as a private pool, Jacuzzi, courtyard and barbecue area. Just steps from the beach, the Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay Resort are the perfect setting for relaxing and playing in Oahu's Fabled North Shore luxury.

-The Villa Studio, 3-Bedroom offers: Living Area with Sleeper Sofa, Lounge Chairs, Coffee Table and Entertainment Cabinet, Dining Area equipped with Silverware, Dinnerware, Glassware and Stemware, Brazilian Chestnut Wood Floors, Granite Kitchen Countertops, Sub Zero refrigerator, Wolf Cooktop, Oven and Microwave Oven, Dishwasher, Quality Cookware and Small Kitchen Appliances, Travertine Marble Stone in the Entry-way, Kitchen and Bathrooms, High Speed Internet, Bose Home Entertainment System and Flat-screen TVs with Cable, Super Capacity Washer/Dryer, Private Lanai with Sitting Area and is Steps to the Bay View Beach.

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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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