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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.

Unique Amenities: Posh Pets at The Surrey New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The Surrey New YorkYour pooch deserves pampering as well. Through The Surrey New York's pet-friendly hotel program, all pets receive a welcome amenity, biscuit menu, and box of treats curated by Bocce's Bakery, monogrammed dog bed available in two sizes, food and water bowls, and a list of local pet-friendly parks and restaurants. Services include dog walking and grooming by local pet boutique, Canine Styles.

Additionally, as exclusive partner, Canine Styles offers 15% off all products and grooming services when guests present their room key.

There is a $150 one time non-refundable pet cleaning fee per stay.

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Image of the Day: Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten


By: Five Star Alliance

Luxurious Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is the essence of a traditional European grand hotel. Since its opening in 1897, the elegant hotel at the Binnenalster Lake in the heart of Hamburg has welcomed guests from all over the world with its charming magnificence and timeless elegance.

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

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Cool Pools: Belmond Hotel Cipriani


By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Hotel Cipriani is home to the only swimming pool in central Venice. The Olympic-sized pool is fully heated and filled with filtered seawater. A team of pool assistants is on hand to cater to your every request, from fresh towels to cool drinks and light dishes from the pool menu.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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Did You Know: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai


By: Five Star Alliance

The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is the world's tallest hotel, a 76-story, 355 meter twin-tower skyscraper complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It features a 1,608-rooms, 14 food and beverage outlets, rooftop bars, a business center, conference halls and meeting rooms, an extensive banquet hall, a 3,700 square meter spa and health club, as well as retail outlets, a swimming pool, and a gymnasium.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

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Dining Al Fresco: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo


By: Five Star Alliance

Beside the swimming pool, in the shade of a cool pergola, the Pool Restaurant at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is open daily for lunch. Enjoy light bites, brick-oven pizzas, a salad buffet, and a selection of freshly-caught fish overlooking Mount Etna and the Mediterranean Sea.

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Cool Pools: Belmond El Encanto


By: Five Star Alliance

One of the most iconic hotels in Santa Barbara, Belmond El Encanto sits high in the hills amid lush gardens with views across the town and ocean. A landmark since the 1920s, its original architectural features have been lovingly brought back to life, while modern additions include an expansive outdoor swimming pool and beautiful boutique spa. 


Gaze out across the Pacific while soaking up the sun in its lavish infinity-edge swimming pool. It's the perfect setting to unwind and acclimatize to Belmond El Encanto's easygoing lifestyle.

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Cool Pools: Belmond Casa De Sierra Nevada


By: Five Star Alliance

The azure pool at Belmond Casa De Sierra Nevada sits surrounded by the beautiful stone arches and arcades of the mansion. A courtyard dotted with manicured trees and colourful flowers makes it a fantastic setting for a cooling dip.

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Unique Activities: Customized Perfume at The Chatwal New York


By: Five Star Alliance

The Chatwal New York
Beautifully restored and modernized by master architect Thierry Despont to a jewel-like quality, The Chatwal features every modern luxury imaginable in a setting reminiscent of the deco period in this landmark Stanford White building.  The Chatwal's fine amenities include a personalized consultation with a Krigler perfume expert. Krigler, a family-owned company since 1904, offers guests of The Chatwal a unique opportunity to create a personalized fragrance or scented candle on the advice of their skilled perfume makers. This service is available for in-room consultation or by appointment at Krigler's New York store.

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Cool Pools: Belmond Governor's Residence


By: Five Star Alliance

A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond Governor's Residence recalls the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar's southern states. Go for a cooling dip in the fan-shaped swimming pool, or simply relax and take in the atmosphere while lounging on the comfortable sunbeds.

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Unusual Activities: Moonlight Spa Remedies at Alila Ubud


By: Five Star Alliance

Moonlight Spa Remedies at Alila Ubud

Alila Ubud offers its guests the opportunity to enjoy spa treatments al fresco and under the stars. Every new and full moon (which occurs on the 1st and 15th day of the lunar month) Spa Alila at Alila Ubud offers  Moonlight Remedies. During the period of a new moon or full moon the moon’s energy is believed to be at its strongest, the massage treatments are conducted outdoors in a custom spa tent, open to nature yet completely private, harnessing good lunar energy to promote healing and spiritual growth.

The Moonlight Remedies begin with the Spa Concierge personally escorting guests from their room to the garden and into the caring hands of a Spa Alila therapist. Guests enjoy a cup of herbal tea while the therapist reveals the healing secrets of the moon. Then, in the spirit of Balinese tradition, treatment begins with a prayer that is meant to relieve stress, calm fears and reduce anxiety. The therapist's healing hands draw upon the lunar energy to relax and rejuvenate. Each session ends with the therapist harmonising. the body through methods rooted in the spiritual traditions of Reiki.

Currently, four destination-inspired massage therapies are offered by moonlight: Balinese Massage, an ancient therapy that combines gentle stretching, long therapeutic strokes and pressure techniques to alleviate stress and tension; Alila Recovery Signature Massage, which combines Balinese long soothing strokes, Swedish deep tissue massage techniques and acupressure for a complete body re-awakening; Reflexology, which improves the flow of energy around the body through pressure applied to specific points on the feet and hands; and Indian Head Massage, dating back nearly 400 years, which reduces stress and boosts vitality through the stimulation of pressure points on the head, neck, shoulders and face. 

Moonlight Remedies are exclusively available during the full moon period, for $125 per person.

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