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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.

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa Introduces 187 Pounds of Adorable

March 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa
has introduced 187 Pounds of Adorable. Born on March 3rd at the world famous Elephant Camp at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort outside Chiang Rai, the 85 kilogram baby elephant, nicknamed Nong Sam, stands 84 centimeters tall at the shoulder and measures 129 centimeters from forehead to tail. The bouncing baby boy was born at to forty-five year old Boon Jan, and is her fifth son. He was nicknamed by his mahout (elephant carer), as is tradition, meaning "three" in Thai and alluding to his birth date on the third day of the third month. Being a Garieng elephant, Nong Sam will choose his own formal name at the age of three in a special ceremony involving bits of paper wrapped around sugarcane. Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa  

National Thai Elephant Day takes place every year on March 13th. The aim of the day is to draw attention to the elephant which is the national animal of Thailand and plays an important part in culture, religion and tradition. A weeklong celebration at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort kicked off with more than 60 children and novice monks from local orphanages and schools invited to the resort to learn about the importance of elephant conservation and affording them a rare opportunity to meet the elephants up close and personal. 

Surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern Thailand's rugged hill country, Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa is a luxury nature retreat set amidst 160 acres of lush tropical jungles overlooking the winding Mekong River and the border with Burma and Laos. The Elephant Camp offers guests such unforgettable experiences as mahout training courses, elephant trekking ,and other conservation activities. 

 

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Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger Have Designs on Hotels

March 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Raleigh South Beach
Legendary Fashion Designers Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger have joined colleagues Armani, Versace, and Missoni (among others) in the hotel business. Lagerfield has  just inked a deal to design a 270-room signature hotel in Macau. Lagerfield will be going for a 19th Century design aesthetic with a modern twist. Karl Lagerfeld isn't brand-new to the hotel-design business. He recently spruced up Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo's new pool. China is currently is quite popular with designers and designers. Bulgar is opening a new hotel in Shanghai in 2015, and Versace plans to open Palazzo Versace Macau, in 2017.

American sportswear designer Tommy Hilfiger isn't just designing The Raleigh, he has purchased it. The art deco hotel is a South Beach icon, and Hilfiger has plans to add a destination spa, fine dining outlets, and possibly a private club to the hotel. The hotel will most likely undergo interior redecoration to reflect the Hilfiger style.

Other fashionable luxury hotel spots include the Oscar de la Renta-decorated villas at Tortuga Bay, a Dior suite at The St Regis New York, a Diane Von Fursternberg suite at Claridge's, and Ralph Lauren's Round Hill Hotel and Villa's accommodations. 

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The Gleneagles Hotel Re-Launches the Leisure Club

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Gleneagles Hotel
The Gleneagles Hotel
 
has officially relaunched The Club, which is the hotel's leisure complex. The re-launch, which took 12 months and cost  £5 million, coincides with the hotel's 90th anniversary and arrives just in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being held at the hotel.

The Club's reception area now has a viewing gallery overlooking the pool hall, and a waiting area with comfortable seating. There are dry and wet stairs so that swimmers and gym users can stay seperate. The changing facilities have been enlarged with more lockers, vanity tables, and added space for adult and toddler changing cubicles. There is a playroom  for junior members between 2 and 10 years old.The Gleneagles Hotel Leisure Pool

The former lap pool has now been transformed into a soothing adults-only zone. There is a whirlpool tub, sauna and steam room, and heated loungers. The leisure pool now features a waterfall, bubble jet crossing, and bubble pool. Undergoing a complete transformation, the old outdoor pool is now an Alpine Onsen. The outdoor pool now combines the look and feel of a hot mountain pool with the tranquillity of a highland landscape. 

The Gleneagles Hotel

The hotel has previously unveiled a series of developments including the £3 million overhaul of the Dormy Clubhouse in 2011, the installation of The Blue Bar - a new outdoor whisky and cigar bar - in the same year, and a £1 million investment in its PGA Centenary Course in 2012. In 2013, the resort invested £1million in refurbishing 36 of its 232 rooms, as part of a rolling revamp.

The Gleneagles Hotel was built in 1924 and is situated in 850 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside, just one hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel is a haven of luxury British heritage that offers a five star hotel experience. With 232 elegant rooms, including 26 suites, the hotel provides some of the finest accommodation in Scotland.

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Welcome Back Loews Regency Hotel!

January 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loews Regency HotelWelcome back to the Big Apple Loews Regency Hotel!

The luxury Park Avenue hotel, which re-opens tomorrow, has been reimagined with a contemporary new look. New York City’s most talented design minds, including Rottet Studio, Meyer Davis Studio Inc, and Jonathan Nehmer + Associates were selected by Jonathan Tisch for the redesign of the hotel. Blending modern design with clean and classic style, the expansive 24-foot high ceiling provides a grand entrance to the lobby that invites and energizes guests, bringing New York’s unmistakable Midtown vibe to life. The lobby, designed by Rottet Studio, offers a grand marble entrance with bespoke finishes and an urban sophisticated neutral palette. The Lobby Lounge area with rich velvet sofas, complete with power and hardline internet outlets, sits under a breathtaking art installation by Brooklyn-based artist Nina Helms called "Brise de printemps" (spring breeze).


The revitalization of the hotel includes:

-The Regency Bar & Grill. The hotel's signature restaurant will maintain the high-powered clientele of the famed "Power Breakfast" and offer innovative cuisine from restaurant partners Sant Ambroeus 

Loews Regency Hotel

-Sant Ambroeus at The Regency, a Milanese-style coffee bar with separate entrance on 61st Street

-A redesigned lobby to create an inviting and energizing sense of atmosphere

-328 all-new apartment-styled guestrooms and 58 suites with luxurious amenities

-State-of-the-art technology to accommodate corporate travelers and leisure guests

-A new 10,000-square-foot Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa

-Modernized fitness center with advanced equipment

Located within walking distance to Central Park, iconic attractions and some of the city’s finest dining and shopping options, the hotel is perfect for exploring New York City. 

Book a stay right now, and you can take advantage of Loews Regency Hotel's Stay 3+ Nights and Save up to 30% offer. 
The Third Night's A Charm offer is valid any day of the week (based on availability). 

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa Lake Tahoe's Introduces Seasonal Treatments

January 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe
is a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center with treatments and therapies themed around water and the woods. The luxury spa has introduced a selection of new seasonal treatments that complement signature favorites and are specifically designed for the winter season and the region's active mountain lifestyle.  

Seasonal Treatments Include:

- Coffee Cake Break  
Start with a deep exfoliating sweet caramel body scrub infused with caffeine designed to stimulate and revive dry skin, followed by a simmering bath soak to hydrate and lock in moisture. A massage with caramel scented body lotion is the icing on the cake. (90 minutes, $300)

- Organic Picture Perfect Pumpkin Facial
This facial is a yam and pumpkin enzyme peel that will leave skin glowing. This sweet yellow clover masque enriches the skin, revealing a refreshed and hydrated complexion. (80 minutes, $300)

- Buttered Rum Rejuvenation Manicure, and Pedicure
This is the winter treatment perfect for soothing tired hands and feet. It consists of an intoxicating sweet exfoliation using a special blend of brown sugar and premium aged rum, finished with caramel body milk will leave the skin soft and hydrated. (80 minutes, $150) Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

- Wnter Signature Apres Ski Massage
This specialized massage incorporates specific elongating stretches, pressure point techniques, and therapeutic massage. (80 minutes, $265) 

- Cozy Cabin Couple's Massage
This massage is tailored to the needs of both individuals. A romantically illuminated spa suite featuring its own fireplace is where couples can relax as though they have escaped into the woods. (50 minutes, $185.00 per person, 80 minutes, $265 per person)

All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity, and are subject to change.

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The World's Best New Hotels and Resorts 2014 are Here!

January 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

World's Best New Hotels and Resorts 2014

The latest and greatest in luxury hotels and resorts is here! These luxury hotels and resorts opened during the year 2013 just in time for guests to be able to score a reservation in the new year. Of course, hundreds of luxury hotels open every year all over the world, but our experts have combed the globe to find the top 50 that are must-visits. There are new luxury boutique hotels, beach resorts, ski resorts and hotels perfect for a city-break. These top luxury resorts and hotels are so newly-opened, you might be the first guest to stay there!

Here's a few of our choices:

Samabe Bali Resort and Villas

-Samabe Bali Resort and Villas - Located in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
Samabe Bali Suites and Villas is an exclusive oceanfront resort that occupies 8 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens overlooking the Indian Ocean, along with kilometer of famous white sand stretching along the coast. The resort features 39 gorgeous full Ocean View Suites, 13 of which come with their own private pool. The 42 pool villas range from one to three bedrooms, and each of those comes with its own luxurious private pool.

 


 

Westhouse Hotel New York



-Westhouse Hotel New York
- Located in New York, NY, United States
This aesthetically modern property allows business or leisure guests to experience a boutique hotel experience where personalized service and special privileges are thoughtfully delivered in a private and exclusive atmosphere. The 172 refined and exquisitely appointed guest rooms including 18 spacious suites, many with views of Central Park or Times Square, are replete with in-room comforts. The Den serves international culinary offerings.
 

 

W Guangzhou


-W Guangzhou
- Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
At W Guangzhou, guests will find everything needed for a stylish escape from it all. Guests can mix and mingle, eat, drink, flirt or play, knowing that the hotel has got it covered. Want to take care of business? Room are fully wired. When it's time to rest and de-stress, work-out at the fully-equipped FIT gym, or get soothed and pampered in the AWAY Spa. For all other wishes fulfilled, the Whatever/Whenever service is available 24/7/365. 

 

 

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Now Open for Business: The Quin Hotel

November 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel opened yesterday in New York City, at the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. Situated steps away from Central Park South, Steinway & Sons, and Carnegie Hall, the complexity of music's most sophisticated compositions is embedded within the walls of its original beaux-arts architecture. The 200 Guest Rooms and Suites are a peaceful retreat alongside Central Park, and hand-selected sustainable materials, luxury finishes, and state-of-the-art audio-visuals exude intelligent and considerate sophistication. We have even more images of the hotel on our Facebook page

The Quin Hotel

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Westin's Heavenly Bed Flies Delta Air Lines

September 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Westin WhistlerWestin Sydney

Business travelers on Delta Air Lines can now sleep a little sounder. The airline is now offering Westin Heavenly® In-Flight bedding, designed and manufactured exclusively for Delta, in all of its BusinessElite cabins throughout the world. Delta is also enhancing the sleep experience by expanding full flat-bed seating. Delta now offers full flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabin of all transcontinental flights operating between New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle  All of Delta's Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft serving these transcontinental markets will offer the flatbed seats over the next 24 months.  

In addition to the new Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding, Delta is making investments in several other products and services to revamp the in-flight sleep experience. These include a white noise channel on Delta Radio, and new BusinessElite amenity kits featuring Tumi and Malin+Goetz products.

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Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

August 3, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The James


The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

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Experience Japan the Local Way at The Peninsula Tokyo

July 25, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The Peninsula Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo
has rolled out an exciting new array of experiential courses for guests wanting to learn first-hand about Japanese culture.  The experiential learning is done through personalized classes, tours, and activities. These new programs have been designed from a local Japanese perspective and highlight key aspects that speak to the Japanese culture, heritage, lifestyle, cuisine, arts, and more. "The Art of the Kimono program is one of the many new classes that the hotel has created. Guests of the hotel get introduced to the Japanese culture and lifestyle by learning about the complexities of putting on the formal kimono During the program guests are professionally fitted and dressed in the traditional Japanese garment. Guests can select the kimono of their choice to try on from the available selection provided by the famous Japanese kimono designer Hatsuko Endo. Guests also have the option to don a traditional Japanese hairstyle and makeup with the opportunity to commemorate the experience with professional photographs at additional cost.

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