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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.

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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New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Hotel Minneapolis

December 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis has reopened in Minnesota's largest city following an extensive $22 million top-to-bottom total transformation. Situated along the tree-lined streets of Nicollet Mall, this downtown Minneapolis hotel is minutes from the theater, museums and cultural centers; and is directly connected to the Minneapolis Convention Center by enclosed skyway.

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis 

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Did You Know? Inn and Spa at Loretto

December 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Inn and Spa at Loretto sits at the end of the historical Old Santa Fe Trail. Built on the site of the Sister's of Inn and Spa at LorettoLoretto girls' school, the Inn shares its grounds with the famed Loretto Chapel. The chapel is home to the spiral staircase known as the Miraculous Staircase. Why is it a miracle? Because no one knows who built it, or how they built it. 

When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to reach the choir loft. The sisters consulted carpenters, but the craftsmen agreed that the only solution was a ladder. Since the chapel is small, the ladder would take up too much space. 

Legend has it that the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth day of prayer, a man appeared looking for work. He was hired, completed the circular staircase, and then disappeared. The Sisters searched fruitlessly for the carpenter. Unable to find him, some concluded that the man was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers.

In addition to the mystery of who built it, the staircase is a construction mystery as well. The stunning staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without any nails. 

It's a mystery. 

 

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Image of the Day: The Villas at Snowmass Club

December 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Villas at Snowmass Club is a 19,000 square foot mountain club paired with spacious villas offering guests premier amenities to enjoy during a vacation in the Colorado Rockies. It is situated in Snowmass Village overlook Mt. Daly and the Elk Mountains, and is minutes from the Two Creeks chairlift. 

The Villas at Snowmass

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New to Five Star Alliance: Millennium Bostonian Hotel

December 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Millennium Bostonian Hotel has undergone a $24 million renovation, offering a contemporary and comfortable haven amidst the bustle of downtown Boston. Guests are welcome to unwind in front of the lobby's fireplace, admire original art installations and make the most of the quiet reading area. Guests will also be delighted with the hotel's spacious, clean rooms and suites, complete with an array of high-quality finishes. Details such as pillow-top beds, Frette linens and 40-inch high-definition televisions will enhance your experience and make your stay extra special.

Millennium Bostonian Hotel 

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