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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.

12 Days of Hotels: 5 Best Hotels & Resorts for Destination Weddings

January 1, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today we’re featuring the 5 best hotels to tie the knot!

1. The Oberoi Udaivilas

Udaivilas is a luxury resort located on Udaipur's legendary Lake Pichola overlooking its beautiful island palaces and the Udaipur city palace. It is accessible by land and boat.

2. One and Only Palmilla

Considered The "Jewel Of Baja" And Located On Once the tropical hideaway for the likes of Hemingway and Harlow, the serenely private and sensually elegant One&Only Palmilla features expansive ocean-facing accommodation, each with veranda, sunbeds, and indulgent amenities.

3. Hayman Island Resort

Surrounded by idyllic coral fringed beaches and lapping the waters of the Coral Sea, on the south-western side of the island, Hayman offers 244 guest rooms, suites, penthouses and a beach villa.

4. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

The luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa lies where earth, sea and sky meet, poised above Atlantic rollers and flanked by the majestic Table Mountain and The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range in glorious Cape Town, South Africa.

5. The Point

The Point Resort is a unique, private Adirondack estate where you are free to enjoy your special time in splendid circumstances. It's a vibrant and exclusive house party, an elegant hideaway, the essence of rustic splendor, luxury and whimsy amid Adirondack Mountain wilderness.


12 Days of Hotels: 7 Best Honeymoon Resorts

December 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today we’re featuring the 7 best and most romantic honeymoon resorts!

1. Burj Al Arab

This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer for the newlywed couple trying to escape from the world.

2. Hotel de Crillon

Even if you and your spouse did not fall in love in Paris, you will fall in love with Paris while gandering at the Tour Eiffel from your room at the Hotel de Crillon.

3. Hayman Island Resort

With the largest swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere, the resort is surrounded by idyllic coral fringed beaches in tropical elegance.

4. Peter Island Resort

The resort's self-contained luxury villas are unmatched in creating an idyllic pasture for you, your spouse, and wedded bliss.

5. Villa San Michele

Only a few minutes from the center of Florence, Villa San Michele is a sanctuary of peace and unsurpassed beauty designed to indulge newlyweds.

6. The Tides Riviera Maya

This adults-only resort features exclusive villas, stunning spa, and seven-miles of white-sand beach.

7. Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

You are in the middle of nowhere at Ponta dos Ganchos and it delivers the dream: idyllic landscapes of emerald sea and forest.

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Your Questions Answered: Honeymoon Packages at Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

October 4, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

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.

 

Question: I am getting married and in the process of planning our honeymoon. I would like to stay at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos. Are there any romance or honeymoon packages available? Also, what is the weather usually like in June?

 

Answer:  We are showing lots of availability and packages at Parrot Cay during your travel dates. We are showing a Romance Package which includes:

- accommodation

- return airport transfers by boat and hotel car on scheduled flights

- daily breakfast, lunch & dinner in choice of restaurant (3 course - no beverages)

- fruit basket replenished daily

- group Yoga and Pilates classes, non-motorised water-sports and use of hotel gymnasium

- spa cottage experience including couples massage

-choice of two of the below activities for BEACH ACCOMMODATION ONLY

*Excursion to Iguana Island & Snorkeling

*Romantic Candle Lit Lunch or Dinner At Pool Tiki Hut

*Excursion to Dand Dollar Island & Snorkeling

*1 X 60 minute private Yoga class for 2

*Private dinner in beach house or villa

*Romantic Castaway Picnic

We are also showing a Discover Como Shambhala which includes:

- accommodation

- return airport transfers by boat and hotel car on scheduled flights

- daily breakfast, lunch & dinner in choice of restaurant (3 course - no beverages)

- fruit basket replenished daily

- group Yoga and Pilates classes, non-motorised water-sports and use of hotel gymnasium

- 6 spa treatments per room (3 treatments for single occupancy).

Choice of treatments apply 

* 1hr Purify Facial

* 1hr Como Shambhala Massage

* 1hr Deep Tissue Massage

* 1hr Indian Head Massage

* 1hr Shiatsu Treatment

* 1hr Relexology Session

-10% discount off of each additional treatment

Rates, availability and reservations are available through this link:

Availability and pricing can change frequently.

Temperatures in Turks and Caicos during June generally vary between an average high during the day of 86.0 degrees F and an average low at night of 79.0 degrees F. The chance of rain, on average during that period is only 5-10% at the very highest. Please visit the following URL to check for prices and availability over your travel dates for the packages referenced above. Also, when making a reservation there will be a special request field where you can mention it's your honeymoon so that the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.


Your Perfect Wedding Proposal Awaits at the Cap Maison Resort and Spa

July 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

You’re ready to get down on one knee, but you’re a little nervous, a little unsure of how to make the experience perfect, and basically need a little help upping the romance. The Cap Maison Resort and Spa in St. Lucia takes the stress out of planning the momentous occasion with the help of its Proposal Concierge. The Proposal Concierge (also known as your new best friend), is the ultimate partner in discretion, elegance and creativity who works quietly to handle all details and ensure that every answer is the only answer – YES! A few creative proposal ideas include sailing aboard a private yacht, kneeling under a full moon and returning to a beautifully decorated suite filled with tropical flowers, or enjoying the sunset on a cocktail deck perched above the waves where the ring gets zipped down the Champagne Zip Line. Make your reservations today and take advantage of the Proposal Concierge’s services to ensure an elegant, memorable, and perfect proposal.


Aleenta Phuket Launches a Secret Dinner Series

May 4, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Aleenta Phuket Phang Nga Resort and Spa in North Phuket, Thailand is proud to present the NA THALANG Ancestral Siamese Cuisine Secret Dinner series every Monday until further notice. Prepare to experience traditional and authentic dishes from the kitchen of Chef Premchit Prateap Na Thalang prepared from secret recipes passed down through 12 generations. The menu will feature distinctive southern Siamese cuisine with Chinese and Indian elements and fresh ingredients from the forests and seas of the Andaman coast. The courses will feature juice, canapés, an aperitif served at 7:00pm, and an 8-course tasting dinner served at 7:30pm.

The Aleenta Phuket is a beautiful boutique hotel with only 40 rooms and 15 suites including pool villas, ocean view lofts, and private 2 and 3 bedroom beachfront villas located steps from the beach. This luxury hotel is only 20 minutes from the Phuket International Airport and a short distance from the Blue Canyon Golf Course and the beautiful Phang Nga Bay.

Be sure to explore this simply stunning hotel and make your dinner reservations to embark on a truly authentic and once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience!


Saint Barbara's Jardín: Inn of the Spanish Garden

May 2, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

In veneration of the Honorable Alex Kozinski (don't click this until the end, or you're cheating), we're going to do a little something special with this post. It's risky business when two ideas face off in a single article. On one level, I'll be talking about the wonderful Inn of the Spanish Garden. On the other, well, see if you can find the clue, or, perhaps, I've left you clueless. In any case, let's get to it.

Opening just eleven years ago in 2001, the Inn of the Spanish Garden brings a distinctly Mediterranean flavor to the West coast. It is a true American beauty, the fusion of European sensibilities with a level of relaxation only California could achieve. Staying in any of the 23 rooms at the Inn is just about as good as it gets. The small size means that the 24-hour staff is available to personalize your experience so you can have it just as you like it. With either a private balcony or patio in every room that may open up to the secret garden within their beautiful courtyard, you don't have to leave the outdoors behind. Their 30-person banquet hall is perfect for parties looking to host a small wedding or party in a small hotel that you can really make your own. The verdict? The Inn of the Spanish Garden is a great escape from the bustle of the world outside.


A Hotel Love Letter: To the One and Only Palmilla

April 6, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Dear Palmilla,

You are the Only One for me.  The curve of your beaches, your brilliant blue skies, the way your service always comes with a smile. It's enough to make a man blush.  Your beauty is unparalleled. I would write a poem describing it, but my awkward turns of phrase would pale in comparison to the raw, unadulterated perfection you embody, and I fear I would only stumble over my words, as graceful as my inner child, still going through the uncontrollable acne of his middle school years.

When I'm trapped at work, the spreadsheets morph inexplicably into images of your pristine beaches.  I just can't stop thinking about you. I would cross the oceans, travel to the very beaches of Los Cabos itself, just to be with you.  I know a longer relationship could never be, and our time together was always destined to be fleeting, too short to blossom into its full potential. But I hope that as time goes on my memory of you will become all the more poignant for its ephemeral nature. The possibility of seeing you again keeps me going as I slog through the world of faxes and memos; it is a spark of life that I will carry with me always.  May I see you again soon. You are the One and Only, my Palmilla.

With all my heart,

Chris


The Sweet Night Sky: Peter Island Is a Perfect Honeymoon Spot

February 23, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

 The honeymoon is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, a chance to show the person ou're going to spend the rest of your life with just how much you love them and just how beautiful and amazing the coming years are going to be.  So it makes sense that you'd want to take them to a place of perfection, where the waters are blue and the sand is soft between your toes.  Peter Island Resort is just that place, and there's a reason it made our list of top Honeymoon destinations.  The resort was named one of the 20 Top Islands and Best Places to Stay in the World by Conde Nast Traveler.  Only 52 rooms means that staff outnumbers the guests, and you'll have that private, exclusive feel that a honeymoon deserves.  The sparkling Caribbean waters serves as the perfect backdrop for open-air restaurants and an elegant wine bar.  Head underwater to spy some sea turtles while snorkeling in the pristine ocean or go inland for nature hikes that are sure to delight.  Peter Island seeks to combine the privacy and comfort of your own villa with the world-class service and amenities of a resort.  And in such an idyllic location, I can't think of a better place to go for your honeymoon than The Peter Island Resort.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Alila Villas Uluwatu

January 30, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Featured prominently on the Gold List for ambiance and design, the Alila Villas Uluwatu is everything you could hope for in an secluded all-villa property.  On the very edge of sheer limestone cliffs that overlook the Balinese ocean below, the views from the outdoor pool and gardens seem to look over the edge of the world itself.  Sky and sea meet in an endless ocean of blue that is only ever disrupted by the prismatic diffusion of the sun's rays as it falls below the skyline.  And as darkness drapes itself over the edge of the cliffs, cradling Uluwatu in its embrace, simply step inside to the Sunset Cabana for a nightcap or something more substantial. Its holistic design is minimalistic but never spartan, tranquil but never vacant.  The Alila Villas Uluwatu truly deserves its place on the Conde Nast Gold List for most ambient and well-designed hotels of 2012.


Weekend Trips from Washington D.C.: Middleburg and More

November 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Goodstone Inn and Estate, MiddleburgJust an hour west from Washington D.C., the rolling hills of Virginia's Piedmont make for a fantastic day trip or weekend outing from the nation's capital. A number of vineyards offer wine tastings (in Loudoun, Fauquier, and Rappahannock Counties), and for those seeking adventure, excellent hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains abound. This is horse country (read: you should dress the part) so pick up some threads in the charming stores that line Middleburg's main drag, where you'll also find all kinds of organic goodies at the Home Farm Store (Ayrshire Farm's gourmet retail shop). For a sweet treat and an excellent cup of coffee, Warrenton's Red Truck Bakery is *the* place to go.

Looking for a place to stay in the countryside? Folks make pilgrimages to The Inn at Little Washington in Rappahannock County for some of the best food you'll eat in the US of A. Another good bet: The Goodstone Inn and Estate, recently profiled by the good folks at Daily Candy. To quote: "Pretend you’re visiting a rich uncle’s estate at the welcoming Goodstone Inn & Restaurant. Book a room in the carriage house for breathtaking views or gather a weekend party group to rent an entire house (bonus: A chef can make your meals using local ingredients and freshly picked veggies from the garden). Then unwind in the spa or stroll the grounds to visit with farm animals."

For more information about visiting Virginia, check out Virginia is for Lovers, the Official Tourism Website of the Commonwealth of Virginia.