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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.

Romance is on the Menu at Miramonte Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Miramonte Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley in prestigious Indian Wells, is an oasis in the desert offering luxurious accommodations in a romantic setting. This Mediterranean village-inspired resort is an upscale yet intimate property, making it a perfect escape for couples wanting to getaway, reconnect, and celebrate.

There are 215 guest rooms of discerning architecture woven into the exquisite landscaping complete with Italian fountains, fine-crafted stonework, and tranquil piazzas. For the ultimate luxury experience the resort offers 11 exquisitely appointed Villas –with candlelit entryways and private terraces looking out to the immaculate lush grounds of the property. Fragrant citrus and rose gardens adorn the public areas, as well as a notable and lavish herb garden.

Surrounded with balmy palm trees, breathtaking mountain backdrops, and romantic sunsets, couples will find a quaint setting at The Vineyard lounge patio to enjoy a glass of wine and sultry live music. Following with a stroll along the winding pathways, framed with beautiful draping bougainvillea, will make for an unforgettable evening enjoyed under the starlit desert sky.
Miramonte Resort and Spa Outdoor Pool
Couples can also have quality time together to reflect and reconnect at THE WELL Spa, while enjoying a couple’s massage or doing something a little different with the Pittura Festa treatment, a couples painting party using therapeutic muds and followed by a massage for the couple. Recognized as a top 100 North American Resort Spa in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, THE WELL Spa treatments and amenities deliver relaxation and rejuvenation to both the body and spirit.

Miramonte Resort & Spa features a Romance in the Desert Couple's Dinner and Spa Getaway package that includes two 60-minute spa treatments, dinner for two at The Grove, a special welcome amenity, and a late check-out of 2 pm. 

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Image of the Day: Quail Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

Quail Lodge & Golf Club is located in beautiful Carmel Valley, California, a sublime pastoral river valley nestled into the towering Santa Lucia mountain range. Extending twelve miles inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley emboldens visitors with a sense of discovery and insulation, both from the fog and the busier pace of the tourist-frequented Carmel-by-the-Sea. Carmel Valley is one of the finest wine growing regions in California, where endless opportunities for recreation, entertainment, sumptuous food and premier wine tasting abound. 

Quail Lodge 

Winter rates at Quail Lodge start at $225 per night >>

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Book a Valentine's Day Getaway


By: Five Star Alliance

Capella PedregalValentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year.  We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment.

Capella Pedregal (pictured left) has dubbed February "Month of Romance," and is offering a range of activities created especially for couples throughout the month. et a date for Wednesday nights in February to enjoy Movies Under the Stars. Keep warm by a bonfire and snack on S'Mores while enjoying a romantic film. Travelers can also partake in culinary experiences at Capella. Romance-themed cocktails including the signature "Chamomile Damiana Margarita" will be served daily at Don Manuel's Bar in February. A special romantic five-course dinner will also be offered throughout the month of February. Nightly rates start at $1150.
Palazzini G
Palazzina G (pictured right) in Venice is offering a "Sexy Valentine" experience. It includes accommodation for two people in one of the rooms or suites (min 2 nights), an exclusive surprise sexy box in room upon arrival, a candlelit dinner for two at the PG's Restaurant (with a special 4-course aphrodisiac menu, wines included), continental breakfast a la carte served at any time of the day, and late check-out (subject to availability). Nightly rates for this promotion start at EUR 272.

Sedona Rouge Resort and Spa is offering a "Girlfriends Getaway" that's sure to suit all the single ladies. Indulge yourself with treatments at The Spa at Sedona Rouge, relax at the poolside, enjoy a wonderful meal at Reds Restaurant or explore the numerous shops at nearby Tlaquepaque village. This package includes
two night's accommodations in a Deluxe Sedona guest room, $200 spa credit to be used at The Spa at Sedona Rouge, and a $100 dining credit to be used at Reds Restaurant. Prices are based on double occupancy. Nightly rates start at $351.

Banyan Tree Lang Co is offering a "Romance in Lang Co" promotion with a minimum stay of 3 consecutive nights. Guests booking this package will receive accomdation in a One-Bedroom Beach Villa, daily breakfast, welcome drink and fruit platter upon arrival, an Intimate Moments set up in villa, return transfers from Da Nang International Airport,  an in-villa BBQ (excluding beverages), a 60-min body massage for 2, daily shuttle service to Hoi An, daily scheduled resort activities for both adults and children, 10% off addtional spa treatments at Banyan Tree Spa Lang Co (except beauty treatments), and complimentary late check-out until 1600 hours (subject to availability). Nightly rates start at $797.

The Reach A Waldorf Astoria Resort has a "Romance Package" just for lovebirds. Guests get a King Room, sparking wine upon arrival, and a buffet breakfast. Nightly rates start at $464. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra 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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Spotlight on Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Sedona Rouge Spa
The Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa
is ideally located only one mile away from Thunder Mountain trailhead, the entrance to Red Rock Country, and hundreds of acres of Coconino National Forest. Sedona is renowned for its numerous energy enhancing Vortex site locations, which many believe help facilitate the exploration of the soul. The Spa at Sedona Rouge embraces Sedona's natural energy, making it a prized destination for relaxation, healing, and wellness. 

A spa service at Sedona Rouge entitles guests to the use of the hot tubs, steam rooms, fitness center, and swimming pool. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and stay late to enjoy all the spa's amenities. There's also a morning yoga class for an additional fee. 

Services Include:

Custom Massage and Bodywork - The spa's certified massage therapists are devoted professionals, well versed in many bodywork modalities including Reflexology, Cranial Sacral, Cupping Massage, Myofascial Release, Lomi Lomi, Thai Massage, and traditional Ayurvedic services. 

Body Treatments - Body treatments are rituals with rich butters, invigorating scrubs, detoxifying herbal wraps, and mesmerizing scented baths that are locally hand-crafted with both indigenous and exotic botanicals. Customized massage harmoniously and synergistically completes each body treatment ritual.
Sedona Rouge Pool View of Spa
Couples Treatments - A Couple's Massage provides each person with their own therapist to perform customized bodywork while sharing the mood of relaxation with a friend or loved one. Twin Flames is a couples bathing and massage ritual conducted in a candle-lit room scented with rose petals. It begins with a massage tailored to enhance the energies between the couple. Then the therapists leave the room, allowing the couple to enjoy a romantic, candle-lit bath for two.

Facials & Esthetic Services - Experienced estheticians tailor each facial according to each person's unique needs. Offering highly effective skin care products along with extractions, steam therapy, and acupressure massage, the goal of each facial is to promote radiant, healthy skin.

Wellness & Intuitive Discoveries - Offering Psychic Readings, Tarot, and Spiritual Acupuncture, the Spa at Sedona Rouge facilitates a Sedona journey to self discovery.

Ayuvedic Services - Consultations, Ayuvedic Warm Oil Massages, Shirodhara & Marma Point Therapy, Herbal Body Scrub &Wrap, Nasal & Sinus Therapy, and Heart Chakra Healing are all available.

Spa Rooms & Suites - Spa guest rooms are located inside the Spa at Sedona Rouge, away from the main hotel lobby. Most spa guest rooms feature in-room large soaking tubs in the living area. Located inside the Spa at Sedona Rouge, the two-room suite features a soaking tub in the main living area with a pull-out sofa bed and private bedroom and bath.

Happy relaxing!

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Image of the Day: Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is located on the island of Vanua Levu on 17 acres of a coconut plantation. The accommodations overlook the peaceful waters of Savusavu Bay.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort

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Image of the Day: Little Palm Island


By: Five Star Alliance

Little Palm Island has long been the escape of choice for presidents, high profile celebrities and savvy travelers alike. The magic of this island is its exclusive location where a captivating view exists in every direction.

Little Palm Island 

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Your Questions Answered: Which Guest Rooms at the Armani Hotel Milan Have the Biggest Closets?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

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.

Armani Hotel MilanQUESTION: What guest room has the largest closet space at the Armani Hotel, Milan? Also can you tell me more on the fitness center?


ANSWER: Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel to be launched within the Armani Hotels & Resorts project, following the success of the Armani Hotel Dubai. Inside this building with its austere and powerful exterior, Giorgio Armani has created a world of harmony and privacy, with uncompromising attention to the requirements of guests. Here luxury, calm, and beauty are fostered in pure Armani style, imparting a new aesthetic excellence to the concept of comfort.


Armani Hotel Milano promises a “home-away-from-home” experience in line with the Stay with Armani philosophy. The Armani approach goes beyond visual aesthetics, offering a new level of service under the care of the lifestyle service department, with an innovative Lifestyle Manager concept. Armani Hotel Milano’s Lifestyle Managers are key representatives of the hotel and are assigned to guests as hosts. Their role is to anticipate guests’ needs and to ensure that you get the most out of your stay, and your visit to Milano. The Armani style and philosophy defines every detail of the 95 guestrooms and suites of Armani Hotel Milano. Each element has been personally designed by Giorgio Armani and has been chosen for its sculptural, aesthetic and sensual qualities.

Here's details on the Guest Room Closets:

-Armani Premiere Room. These rooms measure 70 square meters, and provide a comfortable living space with a bar and workstation. Rooms offer walk-in wardrobes, and guests can request rooms with the largest closets.

-Executive Suites. These suites are located on floors 3-5, and are 95 square meters. They have a vestibule, fully equipped Living Room, and walk-in closets.  

Here's details on the Fitness Center: 
-The fitness center has 4 treadmills, free weights, weight-lifting equipment, 8 different machines, forerunners, and a stationary bike. The center is 100 square meters. Personal trainers are available. The fitness center, which is part of the spa, also includes a relaxation pool overlooking the city, Finnish sauna, steam bath, heat experiences, relaxation areas, and and ice cascade.

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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.

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Did You Know? Lake Placid Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

Lake Placid Lodge
Lake Placid Lodge
was built by hand in the Arts and Crafts tradition. There are thirteen sumptuous rooms and seventeen luxurious cabins at the water’s edge. The woods and water enfold the Lodge; the sun warms its wide stone porches. Each room has a fireplace at its heart and wilderness visible through its diamond paned windows. 

Lake Placid Lodge’s superb accommodations, idyllic setting and unmatched service have made it a legend among hotels.

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Did You Know? Hastings House


By: Five Star Alliance

Hastings House
In 1937, Warren Hastings, an English naval architect with a gift for story-telling, moved to Salt Spring Island from Sussex, England with his new bride Barbara. According to Hastings, he and Barbara "decided to build on Salt Spring Island because we love the sea and we think it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a lovely climate." Hastings built the Manor House in 1940 to resemble his 11th century Sussex-style family home because their "furniture was suitable for a house of this type."
 

 

 

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