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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.

Destination Hotels Has Welcome Credits That Are Worth the Trip


By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Rock Miami Beach


This summer, challenge yourself to explore more, do more, and live more by vacationing at a Destination Hotels property. Need a little R&R in the mountains a chance to glam it up for a weekend in the city?  Destination Hotels offers the perfect location for your next great summer getaway.  Additionally, for a limited time, book a stay and receive Welcome Credits based on the length of your stay.

Use your Welcome Credits towards dining, sipping bubbly cocktails poolside, pampering yourself at the spa, teeing up for a round or two, or settling in for a movie and snack in your luxurious guest room. Welcome Credits can be used almost anywhere on property. 

Book the Your Vacation, Our Destination promotion and receive:

2-night stay= $50 in Welcome Credits
3-night stay= $100 in Welcome Credits
4 night stay =  $200 in Welcome Credits
5 night stay =  $300 in Welcome Credits

Offer valid through September 24, 2015. Additional terms and conditions should apply, and there may be limited availability and/or blackout dates. Book early to avoid disappointment and read the rate policy carefully.


Say Hello to 1 Hotel South Beach


By: K. Clare Johnson

1 Hotel South Beach, the hotel formerly known as The Perry Hotel South Beach, is now
accepting reservations for stays starting the last week in March. The new name follows a
change in ownership and subsequent $100 million investment in the beachfront property.

1 Hotel South Beach 

The hotel sits on several hundred feet of shoreline within the heart of South Beach. The
Main Pool Deck, shown above, is at the center of the hotel. The 30,000 square foot space
offers guests cabanas, day beds, and 180 degrees of ocean view.

1 Hotel South Beach 

The Lobby Lounge, pictured above, was designed to blend the outside and inside together.
This is achieved by lush plants, comfortable designer furniture and unique terrariums and
living green walls.

1 Hotel South Beach

The range of accommodations include city view, ocean view, pool view, and oceanfront
rooms and suites. Choose from King or Queen bedded rooms or from studio, one, or
two-bedroom suites.  A state-of-art fitness center, in-room massage service, and dining
options by Top Chef Tom Colicchio are a few of the other amenities available at the hotel. 

Special introductory rates are starting at $664 per night.  

Book a stay at 1 Hotel South Beach >>


Choose Your Own Adventure at Solis Lough Eske Castle


By: K. Clare Johnson

Solis Lough Eske
Solis Lough Eske is ameticulously restored 17th century luxury castle hotel nestled in the Irish countryside. It offers many different activities, packages and special offers. Can't decide which to choose?

Choose the Experience Solis Package! This package include:

- Dinner for two in Cedars Restaurant
- Overnight accommodation in a luxurious Courtyard Room (based on two people sharing)
- Complimentary use of Spa Solís Thermal Suite
- Complimentary use of our heated indoor pool and fitness centre
- Full Irish breakfast for two

Lough Eske Castle is the ideal base for exploring the rugged beauty of Ireland's incredibly scenic North West region.  The Castle is also located within a short distance of the 7 wonders of the Northwest - a must see for all new visitors to the region. Walking enthusiasts can embark on the world renowned and globally popular International Appalachian Trail, part of which surrounds Lough Eske Castle in the form of the Bluestack Mountains. Or join Executive Chef in the castle's kitchen for a cooking demonstration followed by a glass of sparkling Prosecco and a four course dinner in Cedars Restaurant. Guests can also spend time at the full service Spa, which is located at the water's edge of Lough Eske.

Book your own adventure at Solis Lough Eske Castle >>


Special Five Star Alliance Rates in Italy


By: Five Star Alliance

Five Star Alliance has special offers travelers won't find anywhere else. Here's three of our newest Five Star Alliance Rates, all in Italy.

Palazzo Victoria is a stunning palace built at the beginning of the XIV° century.

The Five Star Alliance rate features:

-Full Buffet Breakfast
-Free Upgrade (subject to availability)
-Late Check-Out (subject to availability)
-Welcome Gift
-Free WiFi
-Welcome Aperitif

Palazzo Victoria


Hotel Il Salviatino is a stunning and perfectly hand restored 15th century villa that lies proudly on the hillside of Fiesole, with inspirational views of Florence.

The Five Star Alliance rate features:

-Full American Breakfast
-Free Upgrade (subject to availability)
-Late Check-Out (subject to availability)
-Complimentary WiFi
-Welcome Gift
-Welcome Aperitif

Hotel Il Salviatino

Palazzo Montemartini is a luxury hotel in central Rome, within walking distance from Termini Station, adjacent to the Baths of Diocletian, and near the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, designed by Michelangelo. 

The Five Star Alliance rate features:

-Welcome cocktail
-Late check-out, based on availability

Palazzo Montemartini

The rates are valid throughout 2015.

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.
 


10 Jobs at Luxury Hotels and Resorts That You Wish You Had


By: Five Star Alliance

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Resorts
Ready to give up the rat race for an exciting new career? Here are 10 awesome jobs that we found at luxury resorts. 

1-Marine Biologist at Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, (pictured left).Located on 17 acres of a former coconut plantation, the resort is a place where heavenly surroundings combine with an unsurpassed range of luxury hotel activities. With a full-time Marine Biologist on staff, the resrt is committed to treating guests to fascinating insights into the ecology of the marine world in Fiji. 

2-Camel's Milk Mixologist at Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. This kind of  mixologist does pretty much what his job title implies--mixes drinks with freshly muddled ingredients infused with locally-sourced camel milk, ranging from flavors such as sweet strawberry and refreshing mint. 

3-Wine Guru at the Anantara Group. Jirachai Sethisakko has been Anantara’s Group Wine Guru for five years. Ensuring that each guest’s wine experience is guided by the best of the best, June is responsible for training Anantara’s elite team of Wine Gurus. In addition to training, June manages the wine lists and overall wine experience set up at new resorts, so that guests can enjoy Anantara’s impeccable standards whichever destination they travel to.

4-Pool Concierge at Ritz Carlton South Beach. This expert on all local happenings strolls the pool deck (pictured right) between 9-5 to assist guests with reservations and information, offering sunglass polishing and a selection of magazines, presenting ever-changing culinary amenities make activity recommendations and proffer updates about special events in town that guests might enjoy.  ritz carlton south beach

5-Kids Concierge at The Athaneaum Hotel & Apartments. The luxury hotel is so child-friendly, they even have a Kids' Concierge. The Concierge gets in touch prior to check-in to arrange tickets to shows or events and to create an itinerary that is age and interest appropriate. Every whim, from food to movies to books, can be fulfilled by this concierge. 

6-Duck Wrangler at The Peabody Memphis. Be warned, this is not a position with many openings. This job was held by Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, from 1940-1991.  The wrangler oversees the duck's twice-daily march from their home in the Royal Duck Palace on the roof to the hotel lobby's marble fountain. 

7-Surfing Instructor at Turtle Bay ResortOahu’s North Shore is world famous for its surfing, and Turtle Bay Resort’s 5-mile stretch of breath-taking coastline offers a variety of surf breaks for every level, from absolute beginner to elite wave rider. Our local community is filled with surfing legends and contemporaries, and we draw upon their expertise daily to share their experience and knowledge with you. Group and semi-private lessons are available. Or hire your own professional surfer for a day and live the life as you tour famous breaks, find a few waves to yourself, and get personally introduced to the area with a top local guide.

Tower Club at lebua

8-Sleep Concierge at The Benjamin Hotel. Rebecca Robbins is a Cornell sleep medicine professor and the co-author of Sleep for Success, traveling internationally to give talks on the latest sleep research. Much of the Rest & Renew program’s content and resources are based on the studies and findings outlined in her book. Robbins is available for custom sleep consultations while overseeing the hotel’s Sleep Team.

9-Fragrance Butler at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Through this unique service, guests can borrow from a curated selection of the finest perfumes and colognes. When summoned the butler appears bearing a silver tray with ten fragrances from which the guest can choose. Each property hand-selects fragrance menus distinct to its location.

10-Bartender at Tower Club at lebua (pictured left). The hotel is home to The Dome at lebua, Bangkok's most coveted and certainly highest collection of restaurants and bars, with the famed Sirocco and Sky Bar, the inviting Distil lounge, the celebrated Asian restaurant Breeze, and Mezzaluna, the award-wining fine-dining mecca renowned for its innovative cuisine. Bartenders at the glowing rooftop bar have a birds-eye view of Bangkok. 

 


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.

Book a stay at Hotel Healdsburg >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Curtain Bluff


By: Five Star Alliance

Flanked by water on both sides, Curtain Bluff sits on a rocky promontory that juts into the sea between two beautiful beaches. One is calm, ideal for swimming and watersports; the other beach is washed by ocean surf. 72 rooms and suites, all with staggering seascape views, are spread out along the Surf Beach and up the bluff. There are two restaurants: the open-walled Tamarind Tree serving breakfasts and candle-lit dinners, and The Sea Grape restaurant where barefoot casual lunches and romantic dinners are enjoyed one step from the sand and a few feet from the water’s edge.

Curtain Bluff

The resort's exceptional facilities include a championship tennis center, a fully equipped watersports center (scuba, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, waterskiing, Hobie Cats and kayaks), a squash court, and fitness center. When it's time to relax, there's a tranquil spa overlooking the sea, a beach side swimming pool, a beach bar, and hammocks swaying in the shade of coconut palms.

Book a stay at Curtain Bluff >>


Spend New Year's Eve in the Nation's Capital


By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
If you've ever dreamed of spending New Year's Eve in Washington, now's your chance!

We found availability at the following DC-area hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City has a King room for $159 per night.

* Le Meridien Arlington has a Classic King room for $149 per night.

* The Fairfax at Embassy Row at has a Superior King room for $179 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Washington DC has a Queen room for $189 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Alexandra has a Deluxe Queen room for $195 per night.

* Dupont Circle Hotel has a Superior King room for $195 per night.

* Park Hyatt Washington has a Deluxe King room for $199 per night. 

* Loews Madison Hotel has a Deluxe Queen room for $206 per night.

* W Washington DC has a Wonderful Queen room for $235 per night.

* The St Regis Washington DC has a Superior King room for $266 per night.

Or, if you are feeling like a splurge, Four Seasons Washington has a One Bedroom Courtyard King Suite for $2045 per night. Breakfast is included.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


Spend New Year's Eve in New York City


By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York

It's not too late to join the throngs watching the ball drop in Times Square!
We found availability at the following New York hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Hotel Americano has Queen City View rooms starting at $325 per night. 

* Andaz Wall Street has Andaz King rooms starting at $345 per night. 

* W New York Downtown has King Wonderful rooms starting at $422 per night.

* The Tribeca Grand Hotel has King Superior City View rooms starting at $479 per night.

Smyth-A Thompson Hotel has King Superior rooms starting at $500 per night.

* W New York has Queen Wonderful rooms starting at $514 per night.

* ONE UN New York has Deluxe Queen rooms starting at $543 per night.

The NoMad Hotel has Classic King Bed Interior Rooms starting at $545 per night.

* Andaz 5th Avenue has Andaz Loft King rooms starting at $565 per night. 

* The James New York has King Studio rooms starting at $584 per night. 

There's even some rooms still available at Westin New York Times Square, which would put you right in the heart of the action. It has King rooms starting at $716 per night for a stay from 12/31/14-1/2/14. Stay an additional night, and the rate drops to $543 per night. Make a weekend of it and check out on the 4th, and you can book the room starting at $457 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.  


Last Minute Christmas Rates: Farmhouse Inn


By: Five Star Alliance

Farmhouse Inn


If you just can't face another holiday full of eggnog and family drama, you are in luck. Five Star Alliance has found some great last-minute deals at hotels around the world. Keep in mind that these rates have limited availability, so book early! You'll also want to carefully read the rate details to avoid disappointment.

Farmhouse Inn has an America's Winter Offer. Stay four nights and get:

-Fourth night free in Deluxe or Luxury or Suite Rooms

-Complimentary 3-course breakfast

-Free Parking

-Free WiFi

Book a romantic getaway at Farmhouse Inn and enjoy all the warmth and hospitality of a family owned bed and breakfast inn coupled with the services and amenities of a Preferred Boutique Hotel. The inn is located in Forestville, California (just 1 1/2 hours north of San Francisco) – the hub of the Russian River Valley, literally minutes from hundreds of wineries and world-class restaurants. Surrounded by the towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, the Sonoma Coast and the Santa Rosa airport, the internationally-acclaimed Farmhouse Inn, Michelin starred Restaurant and Spa offers something for everyone.  

Book your stay at Farmhouse Inn >>