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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.

Romance is on the Menu at Miramonte Resort and Spa

January 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Miramonte Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley in prestigious Indian Wells, is an oasis in the desert offering luxurious accommodations in a romantic setting. This Mediterranean village-inspired resort is an upscale yet intimate property, making it a perfect escape for couples wanting to getaway, reconnect, and celebrate.

There are 215 guest rooms of discerning architecture woven into the exquisite landscaping complete with Italian fountains, fine-crafted stonework, and tranquil piazzas. For the ultimate luxury experience the resort offers 11 exquisitely appointed Villas –with candlelit entryways and private terraces looking out to the immaculate lush grounds of the property. Fragrant citrus and rose gardens adorn the public areas, as well as a notable and lavish herb garden.

Surrounded with balmy palm trees, breathtaking mountain backdrops, and romantic sunsets, couples will find a quaint setting at The Vineyard lounge patio to enjoy a glass of wine and sultry live music. Following with a stroll along the winding pathways, framed with beautiful draping bougainvillea, will make for an unforgettable evening enjoyed under the starlit desert sky.
Miramonte Resort and Spa Outdoor Pool
Couples can also have quality time together to reflect and reconnect at THE WELL Spa, while enjoying a couple’s massage or doing something a little different with the Pittura Festa treatment, a couples painting party using therapeutic muds and followed by a massage for the couple. Recognized as a top 100 North American Resort Spa in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, THE WELL Spa treatments and amenities deliver relaxation and rejuvenation to both the body and spirit.

Miramonte Resort & Spa features a Romance in the Desert Couple's Dinner and Spa Getaway package that includes two 60-minute spa treatments, dinner for two at The Grove, a special welcome amenity, and a late check-out of 2 pm. 

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Image of the Day: Sandpearl Resort

January 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Sandpearl Resort can enjoy an al fresco evening while still being curled up by the fire. The luxury resort has a stunning location along a 700-foot expanse of the sugary white sands of the pristine Gulf of Mexico beachfront.

Sandpearl Resort

Winter Rates at Sandpearl Resort start at $327 per night >> 

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Your Questions Answered: What New York Luxury Hotel Offers a Whirlpool Tub and Balcony?

January 26, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Gansevoort Park AvenueWe 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 hotel in New York offers a Jacuzzi tub and balcony?

ANSWER: Gansevoort Park Avenue 

Enter Gansevoort Park Avenue and leave the busy streets of midtown Manhattan behind. Downtown cool meets uptown classic in this beautifully designed new building with chic modern interiors and a three-story atrium lobby featuring herringbone granite floors, over-sized aubergine chandeliers, and a fireplace. Spruce up at Cutler Salon. Treat yourself at Exhale Spa. Relax by the rooftop pool. Savor the views at Gotham’s second Plunge Bar and Lounge. Sample a champagne cocktail in the elegant bar adjacent to the lobby. Share a table and Italian-inspired fare at the 10,000 sq ft Ristorante Asellina.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

DUPLEX PENTHOUSE - This is an indulgent 3 bedroom, 2000 sq ft Presidential Suite that boasts all the premium amenities that you could desire. The bi-level, unique layout features a stunning fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, a lofty terrace with exquisite city views, and an audio-visual system fit for the ultimate in entertainment. Spacious dining and living areas feature floor to ceiling windows flanked by custom black chandeliers. Your own private spa experience awaits in the grand, 6 fixture bathroom which includes a steam shower, Starck freestanding soaking whirlpool tub, products by Cutler Salon, and separate vanity dressing room. It's the ultimate destination for a truly unforgettable stay.

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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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Image of the Day: Quail Lodge

January 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Quail Lodge & Golf Club is located in beautiful Carmel Valley, California, a sublime pastoral river valley nestled into the towering Santa Lucia mountain range. Extending twelve miles inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley emboldens visitors with a sense of discovery and insulation, both from the fog and the busier pace of the tourist-frequented Carmel-by-the-Sea. Carmel Valley is one of the finest wine growing regions in California, where endless opportunities for recreation, entertainment, sumptuous food and premier wine tasting abound. 

Quail Lodge 

Winter rates at Quail Lodge start at $225 per night >>

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Spotlight on Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa

January 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Sedona Rouge Spa
The Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa
is ideally located only one mile away from Thunder Mountain trailhead, the entrance to Red Rock Country, and hundreds of acres of Coconino National Forest. Sedona is renowned for its numerous energy enhancing Vortex site locations, which many believe help facilitate the exploration of the soul. The Spa at Sedona Rouge embraces Sedona's natural energy, making it a prized destination for relaxation, healing, and wellness. 

A spa service at Sedona Rouge entitles guests to the use of the hot tubs, steam rooms, fitness center, and swimming pool. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and stay late to enjoy all the spa's amenities. There's also a morning yoga class for an additional fee. 

Services Include:

Custom Massage and Bodywork - The spa's certified massage therapists are devoted professionals, well versed in many bodywork modalities including Reflexology, Cranial Sacral, Cupping Massage, Myofascial Release, Lomi Lomi, Thai Massage, and traditional Ayurvedic services. 

Body Treatments - Body treatments are rituals with rich butters, invigorating scrubs, detoxifying herbal wraps, and mesmerizing scented baths that are locally hand-crafted with both indigenous and exotic botanicals. Customized massage harmoniously and synergistically completes each body treatment ritual.
Sedona Rouge Pool View of Spa
Couples Treatments - A Couple's Massage provides each person with their own therapist to perform customized bodywork while sharing the mood of relaxation with a friend or loved one. Twin Flames is a couples bathing and massage ritual conducted in a candle-lit room scented with rose petals. It begins with a massage tailored to enhance the energies between the couple. Then the therapists leave the room, allowing the couple to enjoy a romantic, candle-lit bath for two.

Facials & Esthetic Services - Experienced estheticians tailor each facial according to each person's unique needs. Offering highly effective skin care products along with extractions, steam therapy, and acupressure massage, the goal of each facial is to promote radiant, healthy skin.

Wellness & Intuitive Discoveries - Offering Psychic Readings, Tarot, and Spiritual Acupuncture, the Spa at Sedona Rouge facilitates a Sedona journey to self discovery.

Ayuvedic Services - Consultations, Ayuvedic Warm Oil Massages, Shirodhara & Marma Point Therapy, Herbal Body Scrub &Wrap, Nasal & Sinus Therapy, and Heart Chakra Healing are all available.

Spa Rooms & Suites - Spa guest rooms are located inside the Spa at Sedona Rouge, away from the main hotel lobby. Most spa guest rooms feature in-room large soaking tubs in the living area. Located inside the Spa at Sedona Rouge, the two-room suite features a soaking tub in the main living area with a pull-out sofa bed and private bedroom and bath.

Happy relaxing!

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Did You Know? Wequassett Inn

January 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wequasset Inn
Wequassett Inn sits atop an east-facing rise, and offers breathtaking views of Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Over 400 years ago, the Wampanoag Indians enjoyed summering at Wequassett. The tribe named the land Wequassett, which means "crescent on the water," most likely because the sand-spit curves about the Cove are in the crescent shape. Much as visitors do today, summer activities for the tribe included swimming and fishing in the Bay's clear waters. 

Of the 22 historic buildings that comprise the resort, two boast especially noteworthy stories. The Eben Ryder House, known locally as "Square Top," was actually built in the nearby town of Brewster. In 1907 it was disassembled, and moved to Wequassett on large flat-bed trucks. The  registration building, the 1740 Warren Jensen Nickerson House, was also transported to its present site.

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Image of the Day: Little Palm Island

January 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Little Palm Island has long been the escape of choice for presidents, high profile celebrities and savvy travelers alike. The magic of this island is its exclusive location where a captivating view exists in every direction.

Little Palm Island 

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Did You Know? La Casa Que Canta

January 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

La Casa Que Canta appeared in the movie "When A Man Loves A Woman." The 1994 film starred Meg Ryan, Andy Garcia, Ellen Burstyn, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. 

A unique Mexican architectural concept, the luxury resort is perched on a cliff surrounded by the Sea of Zihuatanejo Bay, with a magnificent panoramic view. It features ten pool suites, eleven grand suites, and three terrace suites facing the ocean, all inspired by the beauty of Mexican Art.

La Casa Que Canta

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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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