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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.

Wild, Wild West: Blacktomato Offers Luxury Frontier Package

September 21, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Tanque Verde Ranch

Think back to childhood. Picture yourself chasing after your friends, finger cocked into the shape of a pistol. “Bang, bang. I got you! You’re dead!” you’d yell, but your friends would never just fall down. They’d have a million reasons why not: “You missed me!” or “I’ve got armor!” or “I’m superman – bullets don’t hurt me!” or “Nuh uh!” You probably wrestled a bit until Mom told you to come inside and have your dinner already, it was getting cold.

Remember that? Now you get a chance to bring those childhood afternoons spent playing "Cowboys and Indians" to life. Blacktomato has created a 12-night luxury tour to showcase the modern Wild West adventure. Travel the edge of the Grand Canyon, wrangle cattle, and visit the most awe-inspiring of desert oases. It’s so authentic you might forget when you’re out in the wilds that you’re not spending your nights in a small, sweltering tent, but instead getting refreshed and rejuvenated at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels. They suggest, as we do, that you spend at least part of your stay at the Amangiri, a secluded resort so built to blend into the landscape that you’ll think it’s a mirage. Unlike most vacation packages, which offer you a set itinerary, Blacktomato recognizes that you want to take control of your own destiny, and their 12-night package is nothing more than a suggestion for things to see and do as you explore the western frontier:

  •  • Begin at Las Vegas and experience the strip in all its neon-bathed glory.
  •  • Leave the city to explore the rugged, scenic vistas of the Grand Canyon.
  •  • Continue on to the hidden desert oasis of Amangiri.
  •  • Experience the majestic red rock formations at the Enchantment Resort.
  •  • Live the life of a cowboy at the Tanque Verde Ranch.

Blacktomato will work with you to craft the perfect journey through America’s wildest of regions, and trust us; you can’t go wrong.


TripAdvisor Reviews of the Overlook Hotel (aka Jack's Pad in The Shining)

June 13, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Overlook Hotel, The ShiningIt sounds pretty good on paper. A lobby based on the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park, and a Gold Room and red bathroom inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix... But for the real scoop on The Overlook Hotel, you've got to check out the reviews on TripAdvisor.com, recently compiled by the good folks at McSweeney's Internet Tendency:

"Great spot for writing the Great American Novel"
by HappyJack

This place has a majesty to it that mirrors the mountains that cup it in their craggy fingers. The decor echoes the Indian culture of those who first dwelt here, and its deep halls might be the "Mines of Moria" Tolkien wrote of, only with mesmerizing carpets. I am looking forward to buckling down and doing solid work here. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!

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"not enough towels"
by SkiMogul89

Cool hedges though.

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"Caretakers act high and mighty"
by HollyHobbyMommy

A creepy kid on a big wheels had full run of the place and kept annoying my daughters. He rode up and ignored them like some sort of mute freak. His parents probably taught him he's too good to play with common folk.

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"Lousy bartender"
by Anonymous

Creepy guy couldn't make a Sex on the Beach. Gave me something called a "Pimm's Cup." More like a piss cup. At least it was free.

For the full scoop (and a good laugh), check out McSweeney's post here...


20 Years in LA: Happy Birthday to The Peninsula Beverly Hills

April 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Beverly HillsIn a star-studded hotel scene, The Peninsula Beverly Hills stands out for its exemplary service and rockstar enticements. Take, for example, the "Red Carpet Ready" experience- where guests are dolled up with glam jewelry and designer threads, then photographed by an award-winning Hollywood photographer after getting their hair and make-up done by a stylist. Sure, this AAA Five-Diamond and Mobil Five-Star hotel has the luxury spa, exceptional restaurant, and rooftop pool terrace that's so important for L.A.'s well-heeled clientele. But the hotel's "enticements" really distinguish it from the rest. We also like the chauffeured shopping experience, piano classes with local celebrity pianist Antonio Castillo de la Gala, and in-room Yoga classes. When you pay a visit to The Peninsula Beverly Hills this year, take Afternoon Tea to celebrate the landmark hotel's 20th anniversary. Each of the specially designed teas is designed to give back to the local community, with a portion of the proceeds going to nonprofits each quarter.