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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico


By: Five Star Alliance

Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico offers impressive views of Lago Argentino and Cerro Calafate. Alto Calafate Hotel is strategically located at the entrance to the city on the way to the airport and 3.5 kilometers from downtown. 

Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico

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New to Five Star Alliance: La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa, Michel Reybier's highly distinctive urban mansion, has all the elegance of a 19th century private apartment, where ultra-personalized services can be enjoyed in complete simplicity and discretion.

La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at The Westin St. John Resort and Villas?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Westin St John Resort and Villas
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 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: We are a couple traveling with our puppy.What is the pet policy for The Westin St. John Resort and Villas St. John, United States Virgin Islands?


ANSWER: Nestled among hibiscus and bougainvillea on the The Westin St. John Resort and Villas' 47 lush acres guests will find 174 guest rooms and suites and 92 villas. The resort offers water sports, tennis, nearby golf, children's activities, great dining, a spa, and meeting facilities.
The rooms, suites and villas are set apart, adding to the drama of the site, on a verdant, sloping beachfront hillside. All of the rooms face Great Cruz Bay and feature both Westin's Heavenly Bed and refreshing Heavenly Bath.Westin St John Resort and Villas

The smallest of the developed U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is renowned for its gorgeous, pristine scenery and wealth of recreational opportunities. The Westin St. John Resort & Villas is perfectly positioned to make the most of this bounty with a splendid setting on Great Cruz Bay, just steps from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and moments from Virgin Islands National Park.


An outstanding spa, tennis courts, private beach, Westin Kid's Club, dining and health club are steps away with many more pleasures nearby - secluded beaches, golf, fishing, shopping, snorkeling, sailing. Vacation your way by doing it all or doing nothing at all. The Westin St. John Resort is a smoke-free resort.

Pet Policy
The resort accepts dogs up to 20 pounds on the resort side. For Villas Guests: In compliance with the Home Owner Association Policy we are unable to accommodate pets in Villas. (Service dogs are excluded from this policy)

We suggest booking a Deluxe Room. Enjoy spectacular views from a private patio or balcony overlooking our private beach on Great Cruz Bay or the stunning views of the lushly landscaped oversized pool. Enjoy Westin's Heavenly Bed® and marble Heavenly Bath® with curved shower rod for extra room. Equipped for comfort with a 32 inch flat screen TV, a refrigerator, High Speed Internet Access and safe.

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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.
 


New to Five Star Alliance: Palazzo Montemartini


By: Five Star Alliance

Member of the prestigious Ragosta Hotels Collection, 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. Palazzo Montemartini is the only hotel in Rome crossed by the Servian Walls, built in the sixth century BC during the reign of Servius Tullius. At Palazzo Montemartini holiday, business and wellness meet unique high-tech elegance, perfectly in harmony with marble, stucco, and classic lines of an ancient palace. Palazzo Montemartini is the hotel for those who travel for pleasure or business.

Palazzo Montmartini

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Did You Know? Iron Gate Hotel and Suites


By: Five Star Alliance

Iron Gate Hotel and Suites
Iron Gate Hotel and Suites
 
is housed in a building that dates back to 1519.

As from the beginning of the 17th century, this rare patrician house was owned by Jan Stastny Golias. For many years it was believed that none of the facades preserved a single trace of any of the house signs, which had been quoted in ancient documents; however, during the restoration of the facade facing Michalska Street, a painting of the house emblem was discovered and restored.

The gothic complex underwent a large reconstruction in the 16th century. The Baroque period and Classicism contributed gradually with the addition of loggias and balconies, however, the most prominent feature is a tower which is significantly higher than the houses themselves.

The new face, especially of the northern wing was changed around the year 1800, by Count Ludvik Jan Hartig (1736-1813), a lover of art and an active musician. He founded here a musical society, joined two floors into one and thus created a huge concert hall decorated with stucco, gilding and paintings. Today, the hall cannot be restored to its original scale. However the Heritage Department has managed to discover and restore both pillars with decorative bases and parts of preserved paintings. Count Hartig was a distinctive personality also served as a model for one of the characters in Mörike's novel "Mozart's Journey to Prague".

August Fridrich Piepenhagen, who later became famous as an outstanding painter of romantic landscapes sought-after by collectors all over Prague, used to live here. In the 2nd half of the 19th century, the house was famous for Fuchs printing office, and housed an editor's office of several Czech papers. Czech writers of that time, Jan Neruda and Ignat Hermann, used to frequent the house.

Recently, it was subject to major renovation during which a number of important discoveries were made. Especially worth mentioning are: part of a wall fresco painting from the 14th century, the wooden, painted, so-called decking ceilings with various ornamental scenes, and also ceiling paintings with figured compositions, the most interesting of which is of Joseph and Putiphar's Wife. The wooden ceilings have been covered for almost three hundred years since, according to the decree issued by the Empress Marie Theresa, all combustible constructions had to be covered, at least by plaster – so that they were hidden from sight to those who came later, but were preserved for centuries, taking us back to almost the times of the famous Emperor Rudolf II. Another discovery is a torso in a medieval paving in the ground-floor room with a central pillar and a chapel, which has been out of use for a long time.

During a careful renovation, an exceptional and rare high gothic roof truss from around 1380, and a former northern gable wall with a narrow and high window on the central axis, was discovered. It is all now preserved for our viewing pleasure.

It is also possible to admire period parquet, partly original, historic railing, roof truss constructions, profiled doors and a number of other remarkable features; as for example, little windows of various sizes and shapes, or various niches and alcoves which give the space an original flavour with a unique atmosphere. Facades, uni-coloured until recently, can today be admired in a restored shape with a number of artistic details.

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Cool Pools: Eden Roc at Cap Cana


By: Five Star Alliance

Redefining luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in the island, consists of 34 freestanding suites with private pools and stunning views. At the resort's Solaya Spa, the free-form swimmping pool is surrounded by lagoons and lush local flora. 

Eden Roc at Cap Cana 

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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.
 


New to Five Star Alliance: Westin Puntacana Resort and Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Westin Puntacana Resort and Club is located in the Playa Blanca area of the Puntacana Resort & Club, a spectacular 26-square-mile slice of paradise. The resort offers miles of powdery white sand beaches, two championship golf courses, a world class spa, endless water sports, and award-winning cuisine—all overlooking the magnificent Caribbean.

Westin Puntacana Resort and Club 

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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. 

 


The Breakers Revels in Ocean Fitness


By: Five Star Alliance

The Breakers

Take in the beach while still keeping fit on your next vacation. 

Situated atop the resort’s Mediterranean-style Beach Club complex, the flagship of The Breakers fitness collection, the masterfully designed 6,000-square-foot Ocean Fitness facility includes an expansive terrace for outdoor workouts (including cycling and yoga classes) beyond its 10-foot-tall windows that showcase breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. This best-in-class, hotel fitness center features a network of advanced fitness solutions and equipment, an array of classes, and the expertise of professional instructors, personal trainers and a wellness coach to deliver a highly customized and energizing fitness experience.

Highlights of this modern facility include:

Functional workout and training equipment systems such as Life Fitness' Synrgy 360™Technogym’s Kinesis One and Artis Collection

High-tech treadmills including the self-propelled Woodway, indoor cycling equipment, arc trainers, upright and recumbent bikes, lateral ellipticals and water rowers

Multi-faceted strength training equipment and a mix of dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine and balance balls, and resistance bands

Weekly rotation of over 60 classes that incorporate core strength and conditioning programs

Ocean Fitness is open daily from 6am. to 9pm as a complimentary amenity to hotel guests 16 years of age and older. Teens 13 and older may participate in fitness classes, while family fitness classes are open to guests with children 12 and under. 

There's also other ways to get your workout on at this West Palm Beach resort:

Hotel Fitness Center
Located on the first floor of the main hotel, this facility is fully equipped with cardiovascular, weight training and strength equipment. 
The Breakers
Fitness Studio

Situated on the Southeast Mezzanine level of the hotel, the Fitness Studio is where guests may enjoy a variety of group classes taught by certified instructors.

Fitness Classes
A wide variety fitness activities designed to build aerobic capacity, flexibility, strength and endurance are on offer.

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