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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 Governor's Residence


By: Five Star Alliance

A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond Governor's Residence recalls the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar's southern states. Go for a cooling dip in the fan-shaped swimming pool, or simply relax and take in the atmosphere while lounging on the comfortable sunbeds.

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Unusual Activities: Moonlight Spa Remedies at Alila Ubud


By: Five Star Alliance

Moonlight Spa Remedies at Alila Ubud

Alila Ubud offers its guests the opportunity to enjoy spa treatments al fresco and under the stars. Every new and full moon (which occurs on the 1st and 15th day of the lunar month) Spa Alila at Alila Ubud offers  Moonlight Remedies. During the period of a new moon or full moon the moon’s energy is believed to be at its strongest, the massage treatments are conducted outdoors in a custom spa tent, open to nature yet completely private, harnessing good lunar energy to promote healing and spiritual growth.

The Moonlight Remedies begin with the Spa Concierge personally escorting guests from their room to the garden and into the caring hands of a Spa Alila therapist. Guests enjoy a cup of herbal tea while the therapist reveals the healing secrets of the moon. Then, in the spirit of Balinese tradition, treatment begins with a prayer that is meant to relieve stress, calm fears and reduce anxiety. The therapist's healing hands draw upon the lunar energy to relax and rejuvenate. Each session ends with the therapist harmonising. the body through methods rooted in the spiritual traditions of Reiki.

Currently, four destination-inspired massage therapies are offered by moonlight: Balinese Massage, an ancient therapy that combines gentle stretching, long therapeutic strokes and pressure techniques to alleviate stress and tension; Alila Recovery Signature Massage, which combines Balinese long soothing strokes, Swedish deep tissue massage techniques and acupressure for a complete body re-awakening; Reflexology, which improves the flow of energy around the body through pressure applied to specific points on the feet and hands; and Indian Head Massage, dating back nearly 400 years, which reduces stress and boosts vitality through the stimulation of pressure points on the head, neck, shoulders and face. 

Moonlight Remedies are exclusively available during the full moon period, for $125 per person.

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Dining Al Fresco: Banyan Tree Lang Co


By: Five Star Alliance

A beachfront restaurant offering indoor and al fresco dining on a varnished veranda, Azura at Banyan Tree Lang Co serves up good old-fashioned Italian recipes, succulent offerings of seafood and deliciously scrumptious appetizers. Watch the chefs work rounds of pizza dough at an open counter before it is turned into crisply thin pizza of the highest artisan excellence.

Banyan Tree Lang Co

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Dining al Fresco: Carlisle Bay


By: Five Star Alliance

Indigo on the Beach restaurant is the relaxed heart of Carlisle Bay. Sea breezes fill the open-sided room
and terrace. Tables are spread out over a wooden floor on which bare feet are welcome, at any time of day.
Dishes tend toward the fresh and healthy - grilled seafood, salads, home-made breads and pastas - while
children can enjoy the flexible menus designed just for them.

Carlisle Bay

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Best Bathrooms: Mandarin Oriental New York


By: Five Star Alliance

Mixing both New York and Asian influences, this suite at Mandarin Oriental New York has been designed as a home away from home and includes a large master bedroom with king-size bed, bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower, and a walk-in closet. Offering expansive views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, the suite also boasts a magnificent living room dotted with contemporary black and silver furnishings, and fine silk textiles.

Mandarin Oriental New York

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Image of the Day: Cloister at Sea Island


By: Five Star Alliance

Cloister on Sea Island has been standard-bearer for southern grace and hospitality.
Generations of families, royalty and heads of state have found respite in the magnificent
coastal landscape. In turn, The Cloister on Sea Island pampers them with unparalleled service
and a legendary array of amenities, recreations and children's programs. The Cloister at Sea Island
s part of the Sea Island Resort complex - which includes The Lodge at Sea Island (a boutqiue hotel experience)
and the Sea Island Cottages.

Cloister on Sea Island

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Dining al Fresco: Caneel Bay


By: Five Star Alliance

Perched atop the Caneel Bay's 18th-century sugar mill ruins, overlooking the stunning scenery
surrounding Caneel Bay, ZoZo's at the Sugar Mill offers a menu of northern Italian fare presented
by famed local restaurateur John Ferrigno and his team. Bask in the breeze in this open-air
environment while you gaze at the shimmering lights of St. Thomas, scattered along the horizon.

Caneel Bay

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Cool Pools: Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

There are 2 pools on site at Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort. The outdoor infinity pool is heated,
and towels are provided. The outdoor lagoon pool is also heated, and has a slide. Towels are provided.  

Marriott Singer Island Resort

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How to Choose the Perfect Room at Grand Miramar Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Miramar Resort Exterior


Bad rooms simply don't exist at Grand Miramar Resort and Spa. But to help you make the perfect choice of accommodations, here's a breakdown of the suites offered at this oceanfront Puert0 Vallarta paradise. 
All the luxurious suites feature a terrace with a spectacular view. Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire property. The contemporary décor incorporates marble, granite, fine tropical hardwoods and artisan-crafted custom furnishings.

All Suites offer the following amenities:

Wifi
Sky TV
Air conditioned
Safety deposit box
Telephone
Clock Radio
Queen or King size bed
32-inch LCD screen
42-inch LCD
Queen size chaise lounge
Bathroom
Terry robes and slippers
Amenities Agave Spa
Terraces 
82 to 121 square meters


Junior Suite
Junior Suites are luxurious, spacious and comfortable, each one with a panoramic ocean view from the terrace.
They feature all the amenities listed above. 
 
Grand Junior SuiteGrand Junior Suite (pictured left)
Grand Junior Suites combine spaces designed exclusively for comfort. Each features a terrace with a view of the sea. Grand Junior Suites measure 80-121 square meters and have one King bed and 1 Chaise-lounge Queen bed.

Additional Amenities to the ones listed above include:
Desk
Bathroom with double sinks


Grand Junior Suite Double Suite (pictured right) Grand Miramar Double Junior Suite
These suites can sleep six and feature two Double beds & one Chaise-lounge queen bed. Each 80-121 square meter suite has a balcony that offers spectacular views of the bay.

Additional Amenities to the ones listed above include:
Desk
Bathroom with double sinks
One bedroom with two Double size beds and 32-inch LCD screen

Grand Miramar Resort and Spa Master SuiteMaster Suite (pictured left)
The spacious and beautiful Master Suites feature a terrace with a Jacuzzi for two and spectacular ocean views. These suites are very popular with honeymooners.

Additional Amenities to the ones listed above include:
Desk
King Size Chaise lounge 
126 to 137square meters
Jacuzzi on the balcony
Terraces with ocean views


Governor's Suite (pictured right)Grand Miramar Governor's Suite
This is a luxurious penthouse spread over three floors. Terraces on each level feature views of the ocean. The first floor houses the living room, a dining room seating eight, and a spacious kitchen as well as two bedrooms with en-suite baths and a half-bath for guests. On the upper floor, there are two more large bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath, dressing room, and terrace. The top floor is an enormous private palapa with living and dining areas, and a Jacuzzi. Sleeps 12.

Additional Amenities to the ones listed above include:
Four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and walk-in closet
Three floors
Marble in kitchen and in baths
Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar
Dining area with seating for eight
Four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and walk-in closet
LCD screens
Living room
Lavatory
Three terraces with ocean view
Palapa on rooftop entertainment area and Jacuzzi
678 square meters

Presidential Suite (pictured left)

Grand Miramar Presidential Suite

One of the finest hotel suites in Puerto Vallarta, Grand Miramar's Presidential Suite offers breathtaking beauty, luxury, and exclusivity. It covers 9,225 square feet on three floors. 

The beautifully decorated open concept living area unites the living room, dining room, and kitchen. With views of the ocean, the living room is enormous, as is the dining room with seating for eight.The kitchen includes an island, a breakfast bar, wine refrigerator, and a separate pantry. 

Two downstairs bedrooms each have en-suite baths and walk-in closets. The upper floor features two more bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath, walk-in closet, and a view of the sea. 

The master bedroom suite has a king-size bed and two chaise-lounges. It has a his-and-her walk-in closet, marble bath with two wash basins and two showers, and a terrace with a spectacular view. 

Looking out over the ocean, the third floor features a spacious private palapa with living, dining and recreational areas. The terrace with its Jacuzzi for invites you to stay a while.

Additional Amenities to the ones listed above include:

Three floors
Marble in kitchen and baths
Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar
Wine Celar
Dining area with seating for eight
Four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and walk-in closet
LCD screens
Living room
Game room
Lavatory
Terraces with ocean view
Palapa on rooftop entertainment area and Jacuzzi
857 square meters

In addition to suites, the resort also offers residences. The comfortable two and three-bedroom residences are designed with the family or friends in mind. Each modern residence is perfect for an unforgettable vacation or an extended stay for the business traveler, with all the comforts you'd expect in a luxury home. Each has a fully equipped kitchen.

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Unique Amenities: Sleep Concierge at The Benjamin Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Benjamin HotelThe Benjamin Hotel wants guests at its boutique Manhattan hotel get a lot more than 40 winks. The hotel employs a round-the-clock Sleep Team that won't rest until guests have the sweetest dreams possible. Renowned sleep consultant Rebecca Robbins has trained the entire staff on the fundamentals of sleep medicine and the promotion of healthy sleep habits. The staff can advise on items from the Rest & Renew Menu that is found, of course, on the bedside table. Menu offerings include a top ten pillow selection categorized by sleep position, an array of decaffeinated teas, and bedtime snacks that are under 200 calories.The Benjamin Hotel

Younger guests can also benefit from all the slumber help. Winks' Kidzzz Club is a complimentary children's program created to educate the youngest guests on the importance of sleep. The Benjamin provides children from 2-10 with a child-sized pillow and bathrobe, and a library of family bedtime books. An official Winks' Kidzzz Club Sleep Certificate is awarded at check-out. Winks the Owl dolls are also available for purchase.

Good night to all, and to all a good night!

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