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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.

Dining al Fresco: Auberge du Soleil

July 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil's guests can enjoy a side of Napa Valley views with their breakfast. 

Auberge du Soleil

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Late Night Spa Sessions at Four Seasons Washington DC

July 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance


Located in the heart of the hip and historic Georgetown neighbourhood, Four Seasons Washington DC offers unparalleled access to DC's inspiring monuments and historic sites as well as the eclectic charm of upscale shops, restaurants and galleries.
 
Now the luxury hotel has upped the romance quotient by offering late night spa treatments. The spa is nationally recognized as one of the top 100 spa hotels in the US by Conde Nast's 2012 reader poll. 


The Night Spa package includes:

-Two monogrammed bathrobes waiting in personalized lockers
-A bouquet of flowers: choice of 12 long-stem red roses (or the colour of your choice), a tall tropical mixed arrangement, a low lush mixed arrangement of seasonal blooms, or an arrangement of all tulips (in season)
-Two 80-minute massages
-Exclusive use of the Hotel's pool level between 10:30 pm and 1:30 am
-A personalized Michael Mina dining experience (incudes one bottle of house champagne or wine)Four Seasons Washington DC
 

The cost for this nocturnal pampering starts at $1,800 per couple. Add a one-night stay in a luxurious Premier Room for $500 or upgrade to a suite for an additional $300.

The Night Spa must be booked at least 72 hours in advance. Prepayment and menu selection is required 24 hours prior to the experience and cancellations must be received at least 72 hours in advance.

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Did You Know? Banyan Tree Liajing

July 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Liajing
The spa suites at Banyan Tree Liajing are two-story residences inspired by traditional Chinese courtyard style. 

The accommodations consist of an extensive living and dining area, with an attached pantry. The bedroom above offers a balcony, allowing for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Below the stairway, the spa treatment room is ideal for a pampering spa experience after a day of exploration and trekking. Enjoy an intimate dining experience under the stars in a private courtyard.Banyan Tree Liajing

Regarded as the Venice of the Orient with its dizzying array of water canals, quaint bridges and cobble-stoned streets, Lijiang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Romantic and Family-Friendly Resort in The Maldives?

July 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives


We at Five Star Alliance work hard 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 romantic resort in the Maldives can accommodate a family of three?


ANSWER:
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives


Experience the charm of a Maldivian island village surrounded by crystal waters at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. Just a half-hour speedboat ride from Male, discover an enchanting garden island where everything is close at hand. Find your perfect wave with the Surf School, sail to the mesmerizing Island Spa or embark on thrilling shark snorkel safaris and dolphin cruises. Explore the Maldives further by visiting the island of Landaa Giraavaru in the unspoiled Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, home to exotic marine life and remarkable diving opportunities. An island spa offers soothing Asian secrets. Sunrise, sunshine and sunset paint the endless sky

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Families can be accommodated in a two-bedroom suite or in adjacent bungalows. (Due to their unique location and nature, Water Bungalows are not recommended for children under eight years of age.) Daybeds and cribs are available in some accommodations upon request.

Get Away, Get More Package-Use your USD 100 Resort credit to sample world-class cuisine in the restaurants, indulge in a soothing spa treatment, and more. This package includes daily breakfast for two, USD 100 Resort credit per stay, and luxurious villa accommodations.

Summer Family Escapes-Experience the Maldives family vacation of a lifetime. From May 11 to September 30, 2014, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is offering a package created especially for families. This package includes 50% off a second guest room, daily buffet breakfast for two adults per room, Shark Snorkel Safari, and luxurious accommodations.

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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.


Special Dining Packages at Auberge du Soleil

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil
Opened in 1981, Auberge du Soleil is Napa Valley's first fine-dining establishment. gained recognition as one of the leading and best restaurants in Northern California. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars. Auberge has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees. Accompanying the fine cuisine is the inn, which opened in 1985.   
The luxury Napa resort  is currently featuring two dining packages for guests who want to stay and eat. 

Culinary Escapes Package:

Submit to the talents of Chef Robert Curry and his staff as you enjoy a specially prepared dinner and fine dining experience in the newly-designed restaurant.

Auberge du Soleil

This hotel package includes:
-One-night stay in a Garden Room
-In-room wine amenity
-Daily breakfast for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant
-Four-course dinner for Two with sparkling wine greeting
(additional alcoholic beverages not included)
-All taxes and gratuities (included in Restaurant and spa only)
-Available any night of the week (holidays excluded)

 

Taste of Napa Package

Auberge du Soleil invites resort guests to a feast of the senses with a quintessential Napa Valley experience. The Rutherford property offers wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, famous breathtaking views, pure relaxation in the Auberge Spa, and early morning balloon flights to view the rest of the valley.

This hotel package includes:
-Three-night stay in a Garden Room (upgraded guest rooms and rates also available)
-Dinner for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant. Guests are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of a four-course seasonal menu (excludes all additional beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Lunch for two at any of the three culinary venues: The Restaurant at Auberge, The Bistro & Bar or La Plage (excludes all beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Daily breakfast for two in the Restaurant (excludes beverages and gratuity)
-Enjoy each of these Napa Valley activities for two:
-Early morning balloon flight (weather permitting)
Six-hour winery tour with a private car and driver (excludes tasting fees)
60-minute Auberge Massage for two in the Auberge Spa
All taxes and gratuities (included in our Restaurant and spa only)

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: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

June 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Elegantly enveloped within the Santa Rosa Mountain range, Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage is one of the most esteemed luxury resorts in Palm Springs, CA, an elegant retreat where both palm trees and snow-capped mountain views provide a delightful visual choice. From a mountaintop overlooking world-famous Palm Springs and the picturesque Coachella Valley, the hotel's desert surroundings are reflected in a decor that reveals natural elements of stone, wood and fire. From the 244 guest accommodations that feature private balconies and patios to spa treatments that awaken the senses with indigenous herbs and plants to dining that serves local California fare at its freshest, let us open your eyes to an oasis that will touch both your soul and adventurous spirit.

Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

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Did You Know? Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort

June 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort has seven pools, including one pool reserved for guests' pets. Lucky dogs.

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort

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Spotlight on Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

June 7, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniFor the past 100 years or more, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. Right from the outset, the Grand Hotel became the chosen destination for illustrious guests in search of peace: royalty, aristocrats, figures from international politics, and movie stars. The Sovereigns of Spain, Romania, Albania, Egypt; above all the Russian and English aristocracy; Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J.F. Kennedy; Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Maria Schell, Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, Al Pacino.... these are just some of the famous guests who have strolled through the rooms and lakeside gardens of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, enjoying its beauty and outstanding hospitality. 

Located on the gorgeous Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake. The locale enjoys sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. From April to November the salons and the large lakeside garden offer guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The hotel's  interior reflects the good taste loved by the wealthy nobility of the time. Its walls and ceilings are adorned with frescoes and paintings of mythological scenes, gilded frames, festoons, temples, putti, flamingos, and Pompeian reds. The coffer ceilings are frescoed with floral patterns in grey and pink tones. Guests will enjoy period wall coverings in the French style, antique Persian carpets, crystal chandeliers from Murano, Imperial furniture, and the neo-classical and Art Nouveau style; not to mention the marble staircases, the stucco work columns, and the splendid trompe l'oeil.The "salle à manger" alone is a genuine monument to art, as is the Salone Reale, which in the evening is lit by bronze and crystal chandeliers, the splendor of whose lights are reflected by large mirrors. 

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniLovers of peace and quiet can alternate the pleasure of a poolside drink with beauty treatments and programmes at Villa Serbelloni SPA, the hotel's own beauty farm. Guests can set off from the private dock for a motorboat trip to the historic gardens along the lake which, in springtime, attract tourists from all over the world: especially for the wonderful flowering of the azaleas.  Lovers of sport can take advantage of the hotel gym and tennis courts, enjoy delightful walks, take a mountain bike out on the Bellagio promontory, and cool off in the swimming pool overlooking the lake.

Nightly spring rates at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni start at EUR 418 >>

 


Did You Know? Villa d'Este

May 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa d'Este

Villa d'Este was where legendary director Alfred Hitchcock decided to do his first movie. That stay happened in 1925 and the movie was titled The Pleasure Garden. Hitchcock was a big fan of the waterfront hotel. He often spent his September vacations relaxing on Lake Como.

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