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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.

Romance is on the Menu at Miramonte Resort and Spa

January 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Miramonte Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley in prestigious Indian Wells, is an oasis in the desert offering luxurious accommodations in a romantic setting. This Mediterranean village-inspired resort is an upscale yet intimate property, making it a perfect escape for couples wanting to getaway, reconnect, and celebrate.

There are 215 guest rooms of discerning architecture woven into the exquisite landscaping complete with Italian fountains, fine-crafted stonework, and tranquil piazzas. For the ultimate luxury experience the resort offers 11 exquisitely appointed Villas –with candlelit entryways and private terraces looking out to the immaculate lush grounds of the property. Fragrant citrus and rose gardens adorn the public areas, as well as a notable and lavish herb garden.

Surrounded with balmy palm trees, breathtaking mountain backdrops, and romantic sunsets, couples will find a quaint setting at The Vineyard lounge patio to enjoy a glass of wine and sultry live music. Following with a stroll along the winding pathways, framed with beautiful draping bougainvillea, will make for an unforgettable evening enjoyed under the starlit desert sky.
Miramonte Resort and Spa Outdoor Pool
Couples can also have quality time together to reflect and reconnect at THE WELL Spa, while enjoying a couple’s massage or doing something a little different with the Pittura Festa treatment, a couples painting party using therapeutic muds and followed by a massage for the couple. Recognized as a top 100 North American Resort Spa in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, THE WELL Spa treatments and amenities deliver relaxation and rejuvenation to both the body and spirit.

Miramonte Resort & Spa features a Romance in the Desert Couple's Dinner and Spa Getaway package that includes two 60-minute spa treatments, dinner for two at The Grove, a special welcome amenity, and a late check-out of 2 pm. 

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Did You Know? The Chanler at Cliff Walk

January 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance


The building that is now The Chanler at Cliff Walk was built by Civil War-era New York Congressman John Winthrop Chanler. Construction was started in1870 and took three years to complete. The cost at the time was a staggering $30,000. The building was built as a summertime retreat for Chanler and his wife, Margaret Astor Ward. She was the great granddaughter of the first multi-millionaire of the United States of America, Mr. John Jacob Astor. The building remained a summer home within the Chanler family for approximately 50 years, hosting prominent figures such as President Theodore Roosevelt and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 

Current nightly rates at The Chanler at Cliff Walk start at $309 >>

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Posted in: Newport, RI

Image of the Day: The Cliff House Hotel Ardmore

January 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cliff House Hotel Ardmore sits in Ardmore Bay, in the picturesque landscape of West Waterford.

The Cliff House Hotel Ardmore

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Posted in: Waterford

Image of the Day: Sandpearl Resort

January 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Sandpearl Resort can enjoy an al fresco evening while still being curled up by the fire. The luxury resort has a stunning location along a 700-foot expanse of the sugary white sands of the pristine Gulf of Mexico beachfront.

Sandpearl Resort

Winter Rates at Sandpearl Resort start at $327 per night >> 

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Your Questions Answered: What New York Luxury Hotel Offers a Whirlpool Tub and Balcony?

January 26, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Gansevoort Park AvenueWe 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: What hotel in New York offers a Jacuzzi tub and balcony?

ANSWER: Gansevoort Park Avenue 

Enter Gansevoort Park Avenue and leave the busy streets of midtown Manhattan behind. Downtown cool meets uptown classic in this beautifully designed new building with chic modern interiors and a three-story atrium lobby featuring herringbone granite floors, over-sized aubergine chandeliers, and a fireplace. Spruce up at Cutler Salon. Treat yourself at Exhale Spa. Relax by the rooftop pool. Savor the views at Gotham’s second Plunge Bar and Lounge. Sample a champagne cocktail in the elegant bar adjacent to the lobby. Share a table and Italian-inspired fare at the 10,000 sq ft Ristorante Asellina.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

DUPLEX PENTHOUSE - This is an indulgent 3 bedroom, 2000 sq ft Presidential Suite that boasts all the premium amenities that you could desire. The bi-level, unique layout features a stunning fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, a lofty terrace with exquisite city views, and an audio-visual system fit for the ultimate in entertainment. Spacious dining and living areas feature floor to ceiling windows flanked by custom black chandeliers. Your own private spa experience awaits in the grand, 6 fixture bathroom which includes a steam shower, Starck freestanding soaking whirlpool tub, products by Cutler Salon, and separate vanity dressing room. It's the ultimate destination for a truly unforgettable stay.

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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.

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Did You Know? Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli and Gran Canal

January 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The splendid residence that houses Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli and Gran Canal was built by the Coccina family. Sold in 1581 to the Florentine family of Luca Antonio Giunta, the palace was inherited by the Foscarini family after two of the brothers married descendents of Giunta. The Foscarini family lived at the palace in the eighteenth century, along with their most illustrious representative, Doge Marco Foscarini, who was responsible for the many rare manuscripts, all bound in red leather and stamped with the emblem of the Foscarini family. In the library of Foscarini Giovanelli Palace, nearly a thousand volumes collected by Marco Foscarini have been conserved for decades. Today, more than 500 of those historic manuscripts can be seen at the prestigious Imperial Library of Vienna. The books were a pledge for payment of taxes in arrears to the Austrian state by the declining Foscarini family.

Hotel Palazzo Giovanelli and Gran Canal

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Image of the Day: Quail Lodge

January 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Quail Lodge & Golf Club is located in beautiful Carmel Valley, California, a sublime pastoral river valley nestled into the towering Santa Lucia mountain range. Extending twelve miles inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley emboldens visitors with a sense of discovery and insulation, both from the fog and the busier pace of the tourist-frequented Carmel-by-the-Sea. Carmel Valley is one of the finest wine growing regions in California, where endless opportunities for recreation, entertainment, sumptuous food and premier wine tasting abound. 

Quail Lodge 

Winter rates at Quail Lodge start at $225 per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: What Swedish Luxury Hotel is Great for a Family of Five?

January 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Hotel Stockholm
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: We are a family of 5 and looking to stay is Stockholm, Sweden. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER:
Grand Hotel Stockholm 

Staying at the Grand Hotel Stockholm is an experience beyond the ordinary. It opened in 1874 and has a long and fascinating history. The rooms and interiors are unique, as is the hotel's location in the centre of Stockholm. The hotel is on the waterfront facing the Royal Palace and the Old Town. Each room has destinctive decor and its own colourful history. Fine dining restaurant  Mathias Dahlgren was awarded two Michelin stars 2010, and Mathias Dahlgren Food Bar was awarded one star 2010. The Cadier Bar, with its award winning drinks, bartenders, location, and buzzing atmosphere, has an extensive cocktail menu serving drinks from all over the world. Relax in a sauna and take a refreshing dip, just like in the archipelago. Feel tranquility in the beautiful, late-summer warm pool. Fit an energizing and empowering visit to the gym into your daily schedule. Spa treatments are also available. 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Ask for the Superior Courtyard Room connecting to another Superior Courtyard Room or for a Superior Street View Room to a Superior Street View Room. There is no charge for a rolloway bed.

Superior Double has classically attractive and individually furnished rooms from 20 sqm. Here you'll find a comfortable seating area and a nice work area with desk. The comfortable double bed is 180 cm wide. Rooms are available with stunning views over the water in front of the Royal Palace and the Old Town. For more peace and quiet , book rooms on a side street or courtyard.

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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.

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Posted in: Stockholm

Image of the Day: Rose Garden Palace

January 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The rose bush in the external garden at Rose Garden Palace is responsible for the name of the luxury Rome hotel. 

 

Winter Rates at Rose Garden Palace Start at EUR 176 Per Night >>

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Book a Valentine's Day Getaway

January 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Capella PedregalValentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year.  We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment.

Capella Pedregal (pictured left) has dubbed February "Month of Romance," and is offering a range of activities created especially for couples throughout the month. et a date for Wednesday nights in February to enjoy Movies Under the Stars. Keep warm by a bonfire and snack on S'Mores while enjoying a romantic film. Travelers can also partake in culinary experiences at Capella. Romance-themed cocktails including the signature "Chamomile Damiana Margarita" will be served daily at Don Manuel's Bar in February. A special romantic five-course dinner will also be offered throughout the month of February. Nightly rates start at $1150.
Palazzini G
Palazzina G (pictured right) in Venice is offering a "Sexy Valentine" experience. It includes accommodation for two people in one of the rooms or suites (min 2 nights), an exclusive surprise sexy box in room upon arrival, a candlelit dinner for two at the PG's Restaurant (with a special 4-course aphrodisiac menu, wines included), continental breakfast a la carte served at any time of the day, and late check-out (subject to availability). Nightly rates for this promotion start at EUR 272.

Sedona Rouge Resort and Spa is offering a "Girlfriends Getaway" that's sure to suit all the single ladies. Indulge yourself with treatments at The Spa at Sedona Rouge, relax at the poolside, enjoy a wonderful meal at Reds Restaurant or explore the numerous shops at nearby Tlaquepaque village. This package includes
two night's accommodations in a Deluxe Sedona guest room, $200 spa credit to be used at The Spa at Sedona Rouge, and a $100 dining credit to be used at Reds Restaurant. Prices are based on double occupancy. Nightly rates start at $351.

Banyan Tree Lang Co is offering a "Romance in Lang Co" promotion with a minimum stay of 3 consecutive nights. Guests booking this package will receive accomdation in a One-Bedroom Beach Villa, daily breakfast, welcome drink and fruit platter upon arrival, an Intimate Moments set up in villa, return transfers from Da Nang International Airport,  an in-villa BBQ (excluding beverages), a 60-min body massage for 2, daily shuttle service to Hoi An, daily scheduled resort activities for both adults and children, 10% off addtional spa treatments at Banyan Tree Spa Lang Co (except beauty treatments), and complimentary late check-out until 1600 hours (subject to availability). Nightly rates start at $797.

The Reach A Waldorf Astoria Resort has a "Romance Package" just for lovebirds. Guests get a King Room, sparking wine upon arrival, and a buffet breakfast. Nightly rates start at $464. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra 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.

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