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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.

Did You Know? The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto


By: Five Star Alliance

The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto's three distinct on-site Japanese-style gardens soothe and refresh the mind with the tranquil sound of waterfalls. Both the Aoi-den and Kasui-en Japanese gardens have been designated as Kyoto City Cultural Assets.

Created in 1933 by the landscape architect Jihei Ogawa, Aoi-den Garden is highlighted by a three-level, 15-meter waterfall. Other carefully-chosen elements include clusters of maple trees and Japanese andromeda, and perfectly positioned stepping stones. The innovative design of Kasui-en Garden by Hakuyo Ogawa also incorporates water, which falls quietly over a large rock in the center against a backdrop of red pine trees. The newest garden—the Garden of Philosophy—is designed by the sculptor Bukichi Inoue and features cool, clear water flowing from the Eastern Mountains.

The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

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Art is Appreciated at Tolarno Hotel Melbourne


By: Five Star Alliance

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne
Tolarno Hotel Melbourne
 
is housed in St Kilda's infamous Tolarno building. The hallway and room walls are highlighted by original local artwork reminiscent of the days when it was owned renowned artist, Mirka Mora and her husband George, who lived and operated The Tolarno Gallery from this building.

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne

Set in the heart of St Kilda's cafe, bar and club precinct, the hotel is a short stroll to the beach, Acland Street galleries and the Sunday Esplanade Market. Right outside the hotel are trams offering direct access to Melbourne's CBD, the Casino, Southbank, National Gallery and Royal Botanic Gardens.

Over the years, the hotel has firmly cemented itself as a cultural institution and played host to some of Australia's most-loved artists, including works from the likes of Sidney Nolan and Howard Arkley.

Today it lies at the heart of bringing Melbourne's most exciting, up-and-coming artistic talents to the world. Namely students from VCA, RMIT and Monash, as well as a number of local artists.

The premise is simple: each room is specifically designed around select works from a particular artist and the winners of each annual prize are exhibited in the hotel foyer. The upshot is that guests are afforded a unique opportunity to purchase works from the artists directly.

At the heart of Tolarno Hotel's present-day incarnation are co-owners James Fagan and Bernard Corser. Their friendship dates back to the early-Nineties and is one that shares the love of art.

Tolarno Hotel Melbourne


After purchasing the hotel in 1996, James and Bernard sought to retain the essence of the hotel's flamboyant, idiosyncratic personality. From the outset, they wanted to retain the building's heritage and eclectic ambiance while creating something truly unique. The pair established the Tolarno Hotel's first annual art prize with RMIT in 2002. The success, of which, led them to set up a similar prize with VCA the following year. Monash University then followed suit in 2005. The upshot being that many students exhibited in the hotel have gone on to gain considerable kudos in the art world.
 

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Did You Know? Hotel Icon


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Icon

Originally constructed to house one of the state’s most prominent financial institutions at the time, the Union National Bank, the 

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The building soon became a magnet for an impressive list of illustrious tenants, including Jesse H. Jones, architect John Staub, international construction firm Brown and Root, and law firm Fulbright & Jaworksi. For 35 years, it was also home to the first investment banking firm in Texas, Neuhaus & Co.

In 2004, this historic landmark was restored and transformed into Hotel ICON. The building retained its distinguished Bedford limestone and brick facade while sporting a lustrous new interior created by the San Francisco-based design firm, Candra Scott and Anderson. In 2012, the interior was refreshed and revitalized to capture the contemporary energy of Houston’s invigorating modern urban atmosphere, and provide an even more genuine Texas experience.

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Winemaker's Kitchen Table at Hotel Healdsburg


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Healdsburg
Located 67 miles north of San Francisco, Hotel Healdsburg encompasses the Sonoma wine country’s simplicity and charm. The Hotel is set on the western edge of Healdsburg's historic town plaza, and guests can enjoy some of the world's finest vineyards, restaurants and shops within minutes of the front steps.

Now, until May, guests can eat, drink, and be merry at the Winemaker's Kitchen Table.  Held in the Dry Creek Kitchen Dining room, this one-of-a-kind dinner series showcases the rich culinary and wine heritage of the region. Heald monthly, these community suppers are hosted by top vintners serving their prized wines and family recipes

Dining Schedule

March 6
Peter Michael | Peter Michael Winery


May 15
Peay Family | Peay Vineyards

Reservations available by calling Dry Creek Kitchen at 707-431-0330.

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Terranea Resort Celebrates Five Years of Fun


By: Five Star Alliance

Terranea ResortPoised above coastal bluffs with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea, A Destination Hotel, is the only luxury destination resort on the Los Angeles coast. When you step onto the secluded 102-acre peninsula paradise, it's like stepping into a whole new world – yet mere minutes from L.A. On three sides, you're surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific with Catalina Island just across the channel. The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into every inch of architecture. From the resort lobby and outdoor gardens to the private terraces and inviting courtyards, Terranea is infused with a classic Californian elegance. Terranea is a land unto itself. A land with its own culture and way of life. From the moment you arrive, this land called Terranea becomes yours to explore.Terranea Resort

Terranea’s Suites, Bungalows, Casitas and Villas are elegant yet functional, balanced and inviting, and replete with modern conveniences. Each offers expansive living space with additional great rooms, perfect for your unique getaway.

Step out of the rooms and find plenty of space to roam. Terranea Resort offers a wealth of activities for kids, teens and families to enjoy. Pointe Discovery, Terranea’s innovative activity center and adventure concierge, helps you discover and explore all 102 acres of natural beauty. Make a splash with activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tide pooling and snorkeling. Then dive deeper into your adventure with a guided bike ride, an ocean-side hike, a horseback trail ride or a visit to our falconry program.

Terranea Resort

This family oasis has everything parents and kids could ask for. The main resort pool boasts the 140-foot waterslide and jumping splash pad. And when you are ready to relax, reserve a private cabana at the Spa Pool or sip an exotic drink at the adults-only Cielo Point pool.

Restore, rejuvenate and realign at the award-winning spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Embracing the natural beauty and energy of its southern California setting, it spans more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and contains 25 treatment rooms, a fitness center and a wellness center.

 

Terranea Resort

Perfect your game at The Links at Terranea, a dramatic 9-hole, par-3 oceanfront golf course, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island – all masterfully routed and integrated with the natural surroundings.

Taking full advantage of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island views, Terranea’s collection of eight restaurants promise tastes that satisfy and sights that surprise. The chefs personally tailor menus with an emphasis on regional and seasonal ingredients. And if you want to relax in your room, a complete in-room dining menu is available 24 hours a day.

Come celebrate Terranea’s five-year anniversary. Festivities will take place all year long, including the annual Celebration of Food & Wine event, plus exclusive offers and promotions. Other events include special culinary offerings such as beer flights and beer and wine paired dinners. Not to mention enhancement to existing Terranea programs, including the Seaside Yoga celebration, Chef’s Table Dinner Series, Acoustic Series, the ever-popular Traditions events, and more.

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Did You Know? Hotel Blackhawk


By: Five Star Alliance

Since its opening in 1915, the historic Hotel Blackhawk has been the luxury hotel of choice for presidents, movie stars and athletes. Hotel Blackhawk was built at a cost of $1 million by local businessman W. F. Miller and featured seven floors and 225 guestrooms. Designed by local architectural firm Temple & Burrows, the hotel blends elements of Italian Renaissance and Art Deco styles highlighted by the terra cotta pilasters, stonework, and decorative details. 

Upon its 2010 re-opening, Hotel Blackhawk includes 20 one- and two-bedroom apartments, 130 guestrooms, nine extended-stay rooms and banquet and meeting facilities that include a renovated Gold Room. A bowling alley was re-created in the basement level and shops were incorporated into the main level along with a restaurant and lounge. A new fitness center and a swimming pool as well as a business center were also created.

 

Hotel Blackhawk

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Image of the Day: Princess D'An Nam Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Princess D'An Nam Resort and Spa is an all-villa boutique resort & spa, designed in Vietnamese New Tropical Style. Here, where chic French luxury meets traditional Vietnamese hospitality, a fascinating eco-system of mountains and rivers is just waiting to be discovered. Designed by award-winning architect Tan Hock Beng, the resort style mixes modernist sensibility and post colonial ambiance. With its 48 exclusive villas, four swimming pools, two restaurants, and a sumptuous 1,800–square-meter spa complex, Princess D'An Nam Resort and Spa is an idyllic haven of calm and luxury.

Princess D'An Resort and Spa

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New to Five Star Alliance: Sunrise Kempinski Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel is located on Yanqi Lake, a new haven of tranquility and beauty, with magnificent views of Yanshan Mountain and the Mutianyu Great Wall, just one hour's drive from Beijing City Centre. Sunrise Kempinski offers guests and their families an exciting experience at a new fully-integrated resort on the outskirts of Beijing. Facilities include 306 guestrooms and suites, meeting facilities, Kempsinki The Spa, recreational and fitness facilities, a Kid's Club, and an array of culinary offerings at its nine restaurants and bars.

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel
Designed by Shanghai Huadu Architect Design Co., Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing embodies the shape of the rising sun and symbolizes harmony, unity and infinity. From a side angle view, the hotel building is shaped like a scallop which represents Fortune in the Chinese culture. The front view is that of the "Rising Sun" – symbolic of the fast- developing economy of China.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Le Meridien Tampa


By: Five Star Alliance

Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Meridien Tampa . The hotel's 130 exquisite guest rooms and suites blend historic feaures with inviting comforts and state-of-the-art technology to ensure memorable experiences. Wood window trim and beautiful doors evoke the rooms’ past as judges' chambers. Contemporary facilities include a business center and a 24-hour fitness centre. Bizou Brasserie serves signature French comfort food, and Longitude Bar encourages mingling. Courtrooms have been re-purposed as elegant meeting rooms.

Le Meridien Tampa 

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Explore Italy in Style at The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma


By: Five Star Alliance

The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma
Against the splendid backdrop of Rome, there is The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma. At the very heart of the city, this 5-star luxury hotel is just a short walk from the Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso, and Piazza di Spagna. It is the ideal base for exploring the beautiful Capital while enjoying top-notch accommodations: a truly one of a kind experience.

A thoughtful restoration has turned this 19th century nobleman’s palace into an elegant and refined hotel; the noble lines - that look of aristocratic home - have been preserved, yet at the same time it is welcoming and comfortable. This is the central feature of this art hotel: being aesthetically luxurious while at the same time giving you the delightful sensation of feeling completely at home.

There are impressive pieces of artwork and designer furnishings throughout the common areas and suites: with its permanent and temporary exhibits, each room becomes a small private gallery, yours for a few days.

Now Guests can Book an Italy in Style Offer:

Book a minimum of 3 nights and receive complimentary buffet breakfast, free wifi, and 3 hours private tour to incredible Borghese Gallery and gardens. Entrance tickets for two are included, transfer excluded.

The original sculptures and paintings in the Borghese Gallery date back to Cardinal Scipione's collection, the son of Ortensia Borghese - Paolo V's sister - and of Francesco Caffarelli, though subsequent events over the next three centuries entailing both losses and acquisition have left their mark.

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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