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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.

Cool Pools: Canary Hotel

May 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Canary Hotel 

For one of the best 360-degree view of Santa Barbara, head up to the rooftop pool at Canary Hotel. There's an ocean breeze, and guests can see all the way from the city's iconic red-tiled rooftops to the mountains and the sea in the distance. Lounge by the pool, or take a dip in the warm waters. If you get hunthe gry or thirsty, there's no need to leave the roof. 

When the sun sets, and the temperatures cool, the hotel lights the fireplace, and the roof becomes the perfect spot to view the numerous constellations. Canary Hotel

Canary Hotel is just steps from historic State Street and the downtown arts, culture, and dining scene. The beach is a mile away (the perfect biking distance), and there are wine-tasting opportunities nearby. The hotel blends modern design with Spanish Colonial, and provides a retreat within the city.

 

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Four Seasons' Spas Strike Gold

May 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Washington DC
Gold isn't just for wearing at Four Seasons Spas around the world. Gold has long been touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, and the luxury hotel group has started adding the precious metal to its spa offerings.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC has a Four Seasons Gold and Diamond Facial that utilizes the ultimate in anti-ageing technology to provide instant results. This facial combines several cutting-edge technologies designed to achieve maximum skin health while promoting cellular renewal. Following a complete ultrasonic exfoliation, micro-current therapy is administered to lift and tone sagging muscles. A specialty serum is then infused for smoother, firmer and more hydrated skin. The treatment is finished with LED therapy to calm any redness and stimulate collagen production. The cost ranges from $460-470. 

Four Seasons Chicago features the Sjal Skincare Signature Gemstone and Crystal Facial. This one-of-a-kind, holistic facial incorporates the healing power of precious minerals and gemstones such as rose quartz, platinum, copper, and nano-gold as well as sapphires, rubies, diamonds and pearls with Eastern healing techniques of shiatsu Ayurveda and reflexology. This facial rejuvenates mind and body while visibly restoring skin nutrition for a smooth and radiant look. The cost ranges from $170-220, depending on appointment time and length. 

Get the heavy metal treatment with gold and copper with the Pinnacle Facial at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. This decadent treatment indulges both the face and the body. An intensely stimulating facial brings radiance to the complexion, while the body is treated to a gold-infused sugar scrub and shimmer oil. A Copper Peel concludes the treatment. The cost is $300 for 100 minutes.

At Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, guests can enjoy the Gold Perfection Facial. This sensational treatment combines innovative technology with the rich, natural healing properties of gold to deliver glowing, radiant skin. Umo's 24 Karat Gold Facial mask creates immediate and long-lasting lifting, firming, and lightening results. The cost is EUR 550 for 100 minutes.

Go for the gold!
 

 


Image of the Day: Kessler Canyon

May 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kessler Canyon is nestled on 27,000 acres of private mountain property. Kessler Canyon’s Guesthouse includes six private rooms, each with original artwork, hand-crafted juniper furniture and amazing mountain and stream views. The Homestead features nine private rooms which can accommodate up to 18 guests, along with a spacious wrap-around porch and outdoor fireplace overlooking the lake and apple orchard.

Kessler Canyon

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Did You Know? Wentworth Mansion

May 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wentworth Mansion


Wentworth Mansion, in Charleston, SC, was originally the private residence of Francis Silas Rodgers, his wife Marie Elizabeth Evans Cochran, and their 13 children. It was built in the mid-19th Centuryand designed by the noted architect Daniel G. Waynes, . In 1920, members of the Rodgers' family sold the home to the Scottish Rite Cathedral Association for $100,000. The Scottish Rite Masons kept the home until 1940 when they sold it to The Atlantic Coast Insurance Company who used it as their office headquarters until 1996. 1997, current proprietor Richard Widman purchased The Wentworth Mansion and began an extensive $7 million renovation that preserved historic features including the inlaid floors, original staircase, and Tiffany glass. He also added modern conveniences and luxurious bathrooms transforming the home into a one-of-a-kind historic hotel experience.

 

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Image of the Day: Market Pavilion Hotel

May 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Terrace Suite at Market Pavilion Hotel basks in 1,000 sq. ft of spellbinding luxury and comes with city's largest hotel bathroom. Located on the Concierge Level, guests of the Terrace Suite enjoy private floor access, a concierge parlor serving delectable hot breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres, and more. There is a 800 square foot Italian marble bath with separate shower & Jacuzzi bathtub, lighted makeup mirror, scale, hair dryer, Hermes brand toiletries, and plush robes. 

Market Pavilion Hotel

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Cool Pools: The American Club

May 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Kohler Waters Spa is conveniently located next to The American Club so hotel guests can drop in for a nourishing treatment, or step into a robe and experience all-day immersion.The Spa consists of three elegant treatment rooms. Riverbend also offers salon finishing services, a secluded indoor-outdoor year-round swim-through pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

The American Club 

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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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