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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: L'Auberge de Sedona

November 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

L'Auberge de Sedona is in the center of Sedona's Red Rock Country, and all the area recreational and leisure activities in Sedona, including the Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Canyon and Magenta Cliffs.

L'Auberge de Sedona

Current nightly rates at L'Auberge de Sedona start at $255 >>

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Now Open for Business: The Quin Hotel

November 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel opened yesterday in New York City, at the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. Situated steps away from Central Park South, Steinway & Sons, and Carnegie Hall, the complexity of music's most sophisticated compositions is embedded within the walls of its original beaux-arts architecture. The 200 Guest Rooms and Suites are a peaceful retreat alongside Central Park, and hand-selected sustainable materials, luxury finishes, and state-of-the-art audio-visuals exude intelligent and considerate sophistication. We have even more images of the hotel on our Facebook page

The Quin Hotel

See rates, details, and more images of The Quin Hotel >> 

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Image of the Day: Solage Calistoga

November 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Solage Calistoga is situated on 22 acres in the heart of Northern California wine country, and surrounded by panoramic Mayacamas and Palisades mountain ranges.

Solage Calistoga

Current nightly rates at Solage Calistoga start at $360 per night>>

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Image of the Day: Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa

November 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa is located on 360 acres in Rancho Mirage, approximately five miles from the Palm Springs International Airport, and has two 18-hole golf courses.

Westin Mission Hills 

Nightly rates at Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa start at $184 per night>>

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Did You Know? Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

November 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Sure, Las Vegas is land-locked. But that doesn't mean you can't hang out with sharks. And we don't mean the ones at the poker table. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has a Shark Reef where you can see all kinds of aquatic wonders — sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile, to name a few. In all, there are over 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of water.

 

Nightly Rates at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino start at $95 per night >>

 

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Image of the Day: Four Seasons Punta Mita

November 9, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Punta Mita is located just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy spacious casita-style luxury hotel accommodations with beachfront or ocean views, restaurants that capture the distinctive flavors of regional Mexican cuisine, a full-service spa and outdoor activities galore.

Four Seasons Punta Mita 

Nightly ates at Four Seasons Punta Mita start at $XX per night >>

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Surf the Bar at Turtle Bay Resort

November 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Turtle Bay ResortTurtle Bay Resort is renowned as the only resort destination on Oahu's Fabled North Shore. The location is a flashpoint of global surfing, and the hotel plays host to the legendary Hans Hedemann Surf Center. 

Given the hotel's close connection to surfing, the luxury beach hotel has paired up with Surfer the magazine to launch Surfer the Bar. Surfer is a partnership between Turtle Bay and Surfer magazine, the global bible of surfing culture. The drink of choice here is a 16-ounce pint of ice-cold beer, many of them local small-batch brews. The food is fresh, flavorful, sometimes spicy Hawaiian comfort food.


Surfer the bar has a stage for Hawaiian musicianship. In addition to scheduled performers, Surfer has quickly become a showcase for new talent as well as a platform for surprising, impromptu performances by celebrity musicians who like the Surfer vibe.Turtle Bay Resort Surfer the bar is also a screening room for international and local Big Wave filmmakers, documentarians and photographers who consider Surfer to be the perfect venue for sharing their craft with an appreciative audience who want to see the beauty, majesty and danger of the sea through the eyes of those who know it best.  It is a studio for live webcasting of some of surfing’s biggest pro events and up-close-and-personal musical concerts. It is also a soapbox for TalkStory, a centuries-old Hawaiian tradition roughly meaning "to converse informally and openly as good friends do."

Even if you've never caught a wave, spend enough time at Surfer the bar and you'll feel as if you are a hanging ten hero. 
 

Current Nightly Rates at Turtle Bay Resort start at $197 per night >>

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Image of the Day: The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

November 6, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a picturesque retreat set in the high Sonoran Desert, northwest of Tucson, Arizona, in the scenic town of Marana. This world-class luxury hotel includes a spa and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, along with the serenity of an exclusive desert setting. Guests will enjoy a vast array of luxurious amenities plus the added convenience of the city of Tucson less than thirty minutes away.

Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain 

Current nightly rates start at $179 a month >>

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An Insider Look at Carolina Inn

November 6, 2013
By: Lucy LeTourneau

Carolina Inn Exterior
A member of the Five Star Alliance staff recently stayed at Raleigh's Carolina Inn. The Inn is not only a beautiful and unique downtown Chapel Hill icon, but architecturally represents the history of the south. Blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical characteristics often found in the northeast, the Inn was originally designed after the Potomac River front of George Washington's Mt. Vernon.


Built in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill - distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee - the Inn's original concept was "to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni... and University visitors". In 1935, Hill donated the Inn to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the stipulation that after meeting expenses, profits from the Inn were to be used for "the maintenance and support of the University library, and especially for the support of the collection of books and papers known as the North Carolina Collection." Mr. Hill's wishes are still carried out today as the Inn returns its profits to the University to support the University library.

Carolina Inn Guest Room

Here's the insider's report of her visit:

 

The hotel has a long history and dates to the 20’s and was part of University of North Carolina for many years. The updates they've made in recent years are really nice and keep the historic feel of the hotel along with tons of decorations detailing various faculty and sports memorabilia from the school. I found one placard explaining how Andy Griffith, a UNC alumni, was discovered at the hotel doing a comedy routine while he was a student.


The Inn was larger than I expected and had a huge living room style lobby and a lot of nice meeting space.



The
Carolina Crossroads bar was small but cozy. They seem to use the front porch for outdoor "tailgate" events. We didn’t eat at the restaurant but it gets a lot of accolades.

Carolina Inn


The room had two queen beds and was relatively spacious. The bathroom was small and there was no tub but it was nicely decorated. Because it's essentially part of the UNC campus, it's close to everything we needed to see at UNC and was also within walking distance of the downtown area for restaurants, etc. The free coffee in the am was a little bit of a walk from our room, but I managed. 

 

Rates at Carolina Inn currently start at $169 per night. 

 

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Image of the Day: Keltic Lodge

November 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Keltic Lodge is situated high on a cliff, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and has a view of majestic Cape Smokey rising out of the sea.

Keltic Lodge 

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