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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.

Cool Pools: Belmond Hotel Caruso


By: Five Star Alliance

This stunning pool at Belmond Hotel Caruso is set at the highest point above the town of Ravello, providing a stunning 
views of the coastline.

Belmond Hotel Caruso

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Did You Know? Barnsley Gardens Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Behind Barnsley Resort's storybook setting is a true story filled with as many twists and turns as a work of fiction. The original manor, called Woodlands, was an estate built by a man—Godfrey Barnsley—for the love of his life, his wife Julia. Godfrey Barnsley began construction on his Italianate villa in the 1840's in the north Georgia foothills, on land that had once been inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. Both the home and its elaborate gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneering landscape designer and proponent of Italianate and gothic revival architecture. Julia never saw the completed home, as she fell ill and passed away. Today, Barnsley's stunning estate is an award-winning destination resort.

Barnsley Garden's Resort

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Cool Pools: Bellagio


By: Five Star Alliance

When you're ready to take a break from the casinos, nightlife, and fine dining, relax at Bellagio. The Mediterranean
style pool area is for more than a refreshing dip in the pool. There are five al fresco dining areas at the pool. 

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Acqualina Resort and Spa Debuts a Himalayan Salt Wall and New Spa Treatments


By: Five Star Alliance

Himalayan Salt Wall Treatments at Acqualina Resort and SpaAcqualina Resort and Spa has added to the long list of reasons it's one of the top luxury hotels worldwide. The Florida luxury resort's 20,000 square foot Acqualina Spa by ESPA has introduced a Himalayan Salt Wall and related treatments. Acqualina is the first and only Florida Resort to offer this. 

The Himalayan Salt Wall is located in the Relaxation Lounges of the spa. Guests are encouraged to unwind and absorb the 84 trace minerals that can be found in pink Himalayan salt. Specific benefits of Himalayan Salt Wall include a sense of relaxation and stress relief, increased vitality and energy, an overall sense of well-being, and reduced electromagnetic pollution.Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach

In addition to the Salt Wall, Acqualina Spa by ESPA is now offering the Ama Releasing Abyhanga ritual. The treatment begins with a foot ritual, designed to release congesting and restricting toxins. This is followed by a full body exfoliation with a salt and oil scrub, a gentle facial cleanse, and an Ayurvedic Marma point massage; a warm infusion of oils and herbs that is applied to the vital energy centers of the face and body. The ritual will conclude with a deeply relaxing Shirobhyanga scalp massage or Shirodhara (oil pouring to the third eye through the scalp).

Acqualina has also debuted traditional Thai Massage treatments. A combination of gentle rocking motions, rhythmic acupressure, and assisted stretching serve to deeply relax and revitalize body and mind. Benefits include increased flexibility, relief of joint and muscle tension, and a balance of the body’s energy system.

Acqualina SPA by ESPA offers 11 treatment rooms and a private spa suite for two, Finnish saunas, his and hers relaxation lounges, a crystal steam room, ice fountains, and experience showers featuring cool arctic and warm Caribbean mists. Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful outdoor terrace complete with an ESPA sun deck and spa pool, heated jet pool, and Roman waterfall.

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Posted in: Miami, FL

Cool Pools: Pure Salt Port Adriano


By: Five Star Alliance

Pure Salt Port Adriano is the only hotel in El Toro located in the famous marina of Port Adriano. Separated from the marina by a small beach with fine sand and crystal waters, this adults only hotel in Majorca becomes an oasis of peace and calm. 

Pure Salt Port Adriano

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New to Five Star Alliance: Taj Exotica Goa


By: Five Star Alliance

Located on the southwest coast of Goa, overlooking the Arabian sea, Taj Exotica Goa is one of the best five star hotels in Goa. Set amidst fifty-six acres of lush gardens, Taj Exotica is a showcase for relaxation with tropical-inspired design touches, grand architecture, a sun-drenched atrium, wide shady corridors, and flower lined patios for a memorable stay.

Taj Exotica Goa

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz


By: Five Star Alliance

The view from the Penthouse Balcony Suite at Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz is is of the mountains in Switzerland's Heidiland holiday region.

Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz

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Take a Holiday Break While Gleneagles Hotel Trains Your Dog


By: Five Star Alliance

Gleneagles Hotel
What a way to multi-task! Guests at Gleneagles Hotel can take a vacation and get their dogs trained. Dogs can stay in guests' room, or have a stay in the kennels. The training is conducted by Kennel Club approved A panel judges. Dogs who pull on the lead, jump up, refuse to come when called, or just generally misbehave can be taught to behave better. All training is tailored to suit individual requirements and children over 12 are welcome to take part. Day and evening classes are available.


Prices
Private class (50mins) £75
Group class max 4 dogs (75mins) £60

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Have an Aquatic Adventure at Westin Puntacana Resort and Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Westin Puntacana Resort and ClubIf you are fans of aquatic adventures, you'll want to check into Westin Puntacana Resort and Club. The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is conveniently located in the Playa Blanca area of the magnificent 15,000-acre PUNTACANA Resort & Club. 

Located on 3 miles of white sand beaches along the Caribbean Sea, this luxury resort is the perfect home base for a water-filled active vacation. The 87,000-square-foot Punta Cana Aquatic Center at Puntacana Resort & Club offers a range of water sports including snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, and water skiing. 

It also offers:

Boating: The resort has boats suitable for romantic cruises for two or a family adventure.Westin Puntacana

Kiteboarding: The Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club offers kiteboarding lessons through the Kit Club Punta Cana, the first and only fully IKO certified kite school on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. Playa Blanca is an ideal location to learn how to kiteboard thanks to the flat, waist high water and steady winds. Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels in both private and group sessions. 

Scuba Diving: Whether you are a seasoned diver or this is your first step toward certification, The Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club is the perfect place to begin your next underwater adventure. The resort offers PADI certification classes as well as underwater tours of nearby sunken ships.

Deep Sea Fishing: Full and 1/2 day deep sea fishing excursions are a great way to enhance your vacation. The resort's boats range in size from 37 to 54 feet, and it is known worldwide for its big game fishing.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding: Professional instructors can get all ages and sizes up and paddling in just a few minutes. The resort also hosts Paddle Surf Eco Tours through the Puntacana Marine Reserve. 

Book a stay at Westin Puntacana Resort and Club >>


Special Five Star Alliance Rate at The Wellesley


By: Five Star Alliance

Overlooking the Royal Hyde Park amidst the glamour of Knightsbridge, The Wellesley Hotel is London's most exclusive baby grand hotel. The Wellesley is located in a 1920s townhouse that has been restored with a modern take on the Art Deco style and with every modern convenience. Combining sophisticated luxury with captivating grandeur and uncompromising service, The Wellesley offers just 36 rooms and suites for the most elite, discerning traveler. 

Now, The Wellesley is offering a special rate exclusively for Five Star Alliance clients. Simply search for your desired dates using Five Star Alliance, then select the special "Five Star Alliance" rate. When you select this rate, you will receive a free breakfast with your stay.

The Wellesley

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Posted in: London