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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.

Dining al Fresco: Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort

July 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort offers designing by design. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in the desert and the five-star catering services will make it palate perfect.

Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort

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Posted in: Sir Bani Yas Island

Did You Know? Chateau Marmont

July 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Chateau Marmont


Modeled after an infamous royal residence in France's Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont opened its doors in 1929. It was originally a luxury apartment residence, but was converted to a hotel during the Great Depression. The hotel was acquired and restored in 1990 by André Balazs. The hotel has become a celebrity in its own right. 

The hotel is popular with celebrities both for its iconic appearance and its private accommodations. Each of the sixty-three rooms, cottages and bungalows are a home of their own. The majority have full kitchens, sitting areas or living rooms, some have formal dining rooms, balconies and private terraces. The scale is gracious from a long gone era, perfect for hosting an impromptu party-thick soundproof walls ensure privacy.

In 2010, Sofia Coppola directed her movie Somewhere at the hotel. The opening scene of The Canyons was shot at the Bar Marmont. Other celebrities would have produced work at the hotel include Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothy Parker, Bruce Weber, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tim Burton, and Jay McInerney. Legendary actor Robert De Niro is well-known for his penchant of often retreating to one of the hotel's two penthouses. 

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Image of the Day: Le Gray Beirut

July 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Gray Beirut offers cool, modern interiors, with 87 wonderfully spacious rooms and sensational suites, exciting restaurants, and a relaxing spa, all accompanied by warm and highly professional service.

Le Gray Beirut

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Did You Know? The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

July 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal
Guests can sip on a camel's milk shake at The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. The luxury resort has an in-house Camel Milk Mixologist who offers up various flavored milk shakes — strawberry, mint and others — to guests.

The delicious service was launched last year to coincide with the with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Camel's milk is high in protein, so it's a ideal beverage to sip on during Souhour, the meal taken before sunrise for Muslims fasting during Ramadan.

The mixologist will even make recommendations for drink and food pairings, to satisfy guests' unique tastes. 

 

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Did You Know? The Shelbourne Dublin

July 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin
The Shelbourne Hotel
was founded in 1824 by Tipperary man Martin Burke, when he acquired three adjoining townhouses overlooking Dublin's St Stephen's Green - Europe's largest garden square. Burke named his grand new hotel The Shelbourne, after William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne.

In May 1922, The Shelbourne played host to its most historic meeting – the drafting of the Irish Constitution. Bunreacht na hÉireann was drawn up in room 112, under the leadership of Michael Collins. This room is now The Constitution Room.

 

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Hyatt Regency La Jolla Completes $12 Million Dollar Renovation

July 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Regency La Jolla
Makeover. Facelift. Renovation. Freshening Up. Nip and Tuck. Whatever you want to call it, Hyatt Regency La Jolla has had some expensive work done. The resort has recently invested $12 million into its guestrooms. Set on 11 prime acres in La Jolla, CA, the luxurious hotel boasts the 417 updated guestrooms, as well a 32,000 square foot Sports Club and spa, gourmet restaurant row, and 32,000 square feet of function space.

The top-to-bottom improvements included the redesign of bathrooms and bedrooms with a contemporary, coastal chic aesthetic accented in colors of blues, greys, and yellows. The rooms feature new lighting fixtures and furnishings including chairs, ottomans, headboards and TV stands. The sleek bathrooms feature all new fixtures and finishes including glass mosaic tiles and white porcelain sinks with stainless steel faucets and hardware.

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville?

July 21, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Hermitage HotelWe 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: What is the Pet Policy at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville?

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NSWER: The Hermitage HotelCommissioned by 250 Nashvillians in 1908, The Hotel Hermitage (named after Andrew Jackson's Hermitage estate) opened its doors in 1910. The Hermitage Hotel was a symbol of Nashville's emergence as a major Southern city. For its first 50 years, it flourished in the heart of a city that repeatedly earned its rightful place in the nation's history books. The hotel became a social center for Nashville and a frequent stop for some of the nation's most prominent figures, from presidents and war heroes to actresses and gangsters.

In June 2000, Historic Hotels of Nashville, LLC, purchased The Hermitage Hotel with the goal of creating one of the finest small luxury hotels in the world through an extraordinary renovation of the guest rooms and public areas, and a commitment to achieving an uncompromising level of warm and friendly service. There are 122 luxurious guest rooms and suites. Thoughtfully and tastefully decorated, the feel of the guest rooms is richly residential. The hotel's restaurant, The Capitol Grille, focuses on the Farm to Table concept. The 106-seat restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is a true celebration of southern taste.

Pet Policy

-Pet friendly hotel, with no pet weight or size restrictions
-The daily pet fee includes: a custom bed in the room, treats, and nightly turn down service
-Dog sitting, walking, and massage services available
-In-room dining menus created specifically for pets

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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Posted in: Nashville, TN

Did You Know? The Hotel of South Beach

July 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Hotel of South Beach was designed by innovative fashion designer Todd Oldham. The rooftop pool and sundeck features Oldham's signature style and casual elegance. Canvas-covered, overstuffed sofas and chairs are solid white, accented with handmade orange and pink woven ribbon pillows. Sheer white fabric, stirred by the ocean breezes, hangs from the rooftop's main wall. The flooring consists of planks of wood, painted vibrant red, orange and white. The circular Spire Bar surrounds the original Art Deco era Tiffany spire. Guests can partake of the free yoga classes held every Saturday morning that are held by the pool.

The Hotel of South Beach

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Cool Pools: The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah in Ubud

July 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah in Ubud is just outside the artists' village of Ubud. It is the former estate of Hendra Hadiprana, one of Indonesia's most respected art collectors, and has been transformed into an intimate retreat with twenty individual villas. Recreational facilities include the 25 meter outdoor pool. 

The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah in Ubud

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Offers Estate Homes for Rent

July 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Sanctuary on Camelback MountainPlan the ultimate getaway in one of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's Mountainside Estate Homes, nestled above the resort, just a short stroll from all Sanctuary has to offer. 

Terraced high on Camelback Mountain, the luxury vacation homes offer the pinnacle of privacy for Sanctuary guests. Each unique in style, these mountainside homes are the ultimate retreat for family vacations, social gatherings, and corporate retreats to Sanctuary Camelback Mountain. Enjoy dazzling vista views and comfortable, spacious seclusion in one of six luxury vacation homes. And with all the resort pleasures just a few steps away, these mountainside estates are the ideal choice for a Scottsdale vacation home, offering intriguing features like a private game room, secluded pools, private patios, and even a guest house. 

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Each of Sanctuary's distinctive private estates is available for the night, week or month. Casa del Sano: starting at $1,500 per night Gallery: starting at $2,000 per night Casa Montana: starting at $2,500 per night Hi Lob: $2,500 per night Casa Five: $4,000 per night Casa Nine: starting at $4,000 per night

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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