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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Essque Zalu Zanzibar


By: Five Star Alliance

Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an intimate boutique destination nestled in a natural cove on the island's north-eastern coast overlooking the Indian Ocean. Choose from 40 individual suites and 9 villas all with picturesque views over the tropical garden or the ocean. 

Essque Zalu Zanzibar

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Dining al Fresco: Belmond El Encanto


By: Five Star Alliance

At Belmond El Encanto, guests can dine in the elegant dining room, or delight in a romantic dinner under
the stars on the terrace. The innovative menu offers contemporary California-coastal cuisine, complemented
with gracious service and a side of stunning Santa Barbara views.

Belmond El Encanto

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Andy Murray Scores Love at Cromlix


By: K. Clare Johnson

Cromlix
If you owned a hotel in the form of a restored country house, why wouldn't you get married there?  Sources say that tennis legend Andy Murray is set to marry this weekend near his recently opened hotel Cromlix. Murray, who is currently ranked #3 in the world and has two Grand Slams to his name, is marrying Kim Sears, his girlfriend of nearly a decade.  Cromlix, a Victorian Perthshire mansion, is in Murray's hometown of Dunblane, Stirling. Murray bought the property in 2013 for 1.8 million pounds and turned it into a 15-room luxury getaway. Rooms are named after Murrays fellow Scotsmen, including Sean Connery, Annie Lennox, and the medieval King of Scotland, Eden, which is likely to be the suite in which the newly-hitched couple will stay. Cromlix

Tying the knot at Cromlix is a apparently a rite of passage for the Murray family. Andy's brother was married at the estate in 2010. 

Although the property has its own, 12th century, 28-seat chapel onsite, the pair has chosen to wed in nearby Dunblane Cathedral. The reception will be held at Cromlix, where dining is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux.

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Naughty And Nice Offer at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs


By: Five Star Alliance

Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs combines the sleek design of a new Fender Stratocaster with the laid back vibe of a beachside reggae band. Lovers will be interested in the hotel's special Naughty and Nice Room Package. 

Hard Rock Hotel Palm SpringsThe Package Includes:

- Rock 'n' Roll Designed Room to Play… and SleepHard Rock Hotel Palm Springs

- Naughty Turndown service

- Breakfast in Bed

- $250 Rock Spa credit or 50 minute couples massage

- Late Check Out
 
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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Your Questions Answered: What Atlanta Resort Would You Recommend for a Romantic Weekend?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Chateau Elan Winery
We 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 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 Atlanta area resort would you recommend for a romantic weekend?


ANSWER: Chateau Elan Winery and Resort Braselton, GA


Within the sweeping panorama of the north Georgia foothills, just 40 minutes north of Atlanta but a world away from the bustling city is Chateau Elan. Here on 3,500 acres, French provincial and Southern hospitality combine to produce a superb leisure resort and conference destination. The Inn's charm can be attributed not only to its architectural authenticity but also to the approachable and enthusiastic service-oriented staff. The exterior design, with its pitch roof, wrought-iron detail and cornice moldings, captures the feeling of a French country estate. In the lobby and throughout the elegant guest rooms, a pastel color scheme, window shutters and country French furnishings enrich the look. Dining at Chateau Elan, enhanced with the bounty of the award winning vineyards, is a heady attraction for anyone's tastes. Choices and settings span classic French dining at Le Clos, casual bistro style foods at Cafe Elan, sumptuous buffet and a la carte fare at Versailles, and the spirited ambience of Paddy's Irish Pub. All guaranteed to send taste buds soaring.
 

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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.

 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Romantic Hotel in Atlanta?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Hyatt Atlanta
We 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 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: Can You Recommend a Romantic Hotel in Atlanta?

ANSWER: Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is set within the upscale uptown neighborhood of Buckhead. Spacious, renovated guestrooms include irresistible Hyatt Grand BedsTM, state-of-the-art fiber-optic Internet and sleek flat screen HDTVs. Enjoy views of the Japanese Zen Garden at Onyx at the Grand, savor renowned Southern cuisine at Cassis, or treat colleagues and guests to the culinary expertise of the outstanding catering staff.Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

Suite Unwind within the spacious 1,240-square-foot accommodations featuring stunning views of Stone Mountain and downtown Atlanta. Entertain graciously in these handsomely appointed accommodations that include sitting, dining, and work areas as well as a marble foyer. Allow the professional food and beverage staff to serve dinner from the kitchenette. Luxuriate in the master bath offering a Jacuzzi, marble vanity, and deluxe Portico bath products. Slumber blissfully on one king-sized signature Hyatt Grand Bed™ fitted with sumptuous linens Additional amenities within these superb accommodations include iHome stereo with iPod® docking station, 42” flat screen HDTV, 24 hour in-room dining service, a safe large enough to store and charge a laptop computer, and easy video checkout.

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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.
 


New to Five Star Alliance: Westin Puntacana Resort and Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Westin Puntacana Resort and Club is located in the Playa Blanca area of the Puntacana Resort & Club, a spectacular 26-square-mile slice of paradise. The resort offers miles of powdery white sand beaches, two championship golf courses, a world class spa, endless water sports, and award-winning cuisine—all overlooking the magnificent Caribbean.

Westin Puntacana Resort and Club 

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Your Questions Answered: Does the Hotel Francois 1er Offer Rooms with 2 Separate Beds?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Francois 1er Paris
We 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: We are a couple traveling together and looking for a room with 2 beds. Does the Hotel Francois 1er offer rooms with 2 separate beds?


ANSWER: After a complete renovation, Hotel Francois 1er Paris has provided an informal atmosphere in sumptuous surroundings. Spacious rooms and suites are decorated with plush furnishings, handmade cornices, and luxurious fabrics. Laid out more like a comfortable home than the typical hotel room, the guestrooms at the Francois 1er are the ultimate home away from home.

Rooms are equipped with all modern conveniences. The lavishly decorated rooms are sumptuously furnished and offer all modern services and luxe bedding. The beautiful fabrics and hand crafted furniture give comfort and warmth even after the busiest of days.


The Executive Room offers 2 twin beds. The rich fabrics and the French charm summon you to comfort and ease. These spacious rooms are ideal for couples.  Amenities include hairdryer, newspaper, 2 Twin Beds, garden view, and air conditioning.

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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.
 


Image of the Day: Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon


By: Five Star Alliance

Perched on a historic dock overlooking San Francisco Bay, Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon is the only waterfront hotel in the seaside town of Tiburon. The back deck affords a comfortable place to watch sailboats bobbing lazily in the water as waves lap against the docks, all against the majestic backdrop of Angel Island and the San Francisco skyline. 

Waters Edge Hotel Tiburon 

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Spa After Dark at Villagio Inn and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Villagio Hotel and Spa

The 23-acre Tuscan inspired Villagio Inn and Spa features flowing water fountain pathways weaved throughout lush Mediterranean-style gardens. The centerpiece of the Yountville property is the 13,000-square-foot Spa Villagio, featuring sixteen treatment rooms and five intimate, private spa suites appointed with indoor and outdoor oversized sunken infinity tubs, fireplaces, steam showers, wet bars and flat screen televisions with Bose sound systems.

One of the many signature treatments and spa packages that can be enjoyed by guests is the Spa Villagio After Dark experience.

Start the day in your luxurious hotel guestroom. At dinner, experience the culinary epicenter of Napa Valley in a town that boasts the most Michelin Star rated restaurants on Washington Street. Your sensory journey continues after dinner where an inviting Spa Suite awaits you. Enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious dessert next to a crackling fireplace on your own private patio. Listen to your favorite music and take a soothing Mediterranean steam. Candles are lit and it's time to complete your ultimate evening of tranquility with a Mineral Soak in your infinity edge tub.

Spa Villagio After Dark Includes:

Luxurious One Night Accommodations for Two at either Villagio Inn & Spa or Vintage Inn.
Complimentary Bottle of Wine Upon Arrival.
A $100.00 Dinner Credit at Michael Chiarello's Bottega Ristorante
Use of a Private Spa Suite for 1.5 hours.
Sumptuous Champagne Breakfast & Afternoon Tea Service Each Day.
Complimentary Daily Access to Spa Villagio Facilities and Amenities.

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