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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.

Reviving Historic Charm in Charleston


By: Five Star Alliance

 A King Bed Club Room at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, SCLocated in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city's landmark luxury hotel.

Now, having recently completed a $30 million, three-year renovation project, that distinction has never been more fitting. The hotel's 434 guest rooms and suites now embrace the historic beauty of Charleston as well as the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless.

The redesigned Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including an expanded marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service while overlooking the historic Charleston skyline.

Belmond Charleston PlaceThe new Belmond Boardroom is a sophisticated space for your next corporate retreat while the newly renovated Fitness Center has doubled in size and includes all new cardio and weight machines, making it easier to stick to your workout while traveling.

Don't worry, the hotel still has the heated, saltwater pool on the roof top of the fourth floor. In addition to the stunning retractable glass roof,  there are striking 'porthole' windows which overlook downtown Charleston. Lush plants surround the pool and jacuzzi providing a private paradise. 

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for you to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. They offer newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond restaurants, a full-service spa and rooftop pool, sophisticated shopping and unbeatable Southern hospitality.

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P.S. Check out the "Five Star Alliance Rate" which includes continental breakfast, sparkling wine, luxury accommodations, wireless internet access, and daily newspaper.


Cool Pools: Fuchun Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

A wellness highlight of Fuchun Resort is a magnificently designed indoor heated swimming pool – arguably the most beautiful hotel pool in China. The Pool Pavilion features a traditional wood-bracket vaulted ceiling supported by lacquered wood columns over a black mosaic tiled pool, and is decorated with stone statues and loungers. The Pool Pavilion terrace offers two outdoor Jacuzzis overlooking the mountains beyond.

Fuchun Resort Indoor Wellness Pool

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Pampered Pets at Nine Zero Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Nine Zero HotelTraveling with your pet? Nine Zero Hotel offers a pet package, Tail in One City, so your furry family member feels at home at this pet friendly hotel.

This package includes:

-Restful overnight accommodations in one of our deluxe guestrooms

-Designer pet welcome amenity

-Nine Zero pet bowls and a pet bed placed in your room for your pet's use throughout your stay

-Pet sitting, pet grooming, pet walking and pet massage services available through our concierge for a supplementary cost

Nine Zero Hotel is surrounded by some of the best dog walking spots in the city. Just across from the hotel is Boston Common, a pet-friendly 50-acre public park.

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Two NY Gansevoort Hotels Want You to Wed


By: Five Star Alliance

Gansevoort Meatpacking
What better time to say "I Do" than Spring? And what better place than NYC? Lovebirds of all kinds should head to Manhattan and take advantage of the "Mr. + Mr." or "Mrs. + Mrs" package. The offer, which is available at Gansevoort Park Avenue and Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.

Gansevoort's "Mr. + Mr." or "Mrs. + Mrs" package includes: 

-Room accommodation
-Two couples one-hour Fusion Massage at Exhale Spa 
-Taxi to city hall
-Champagne upon arrival
-Custom Cake
-Rose Petals in room
-Suit Press or Dress Steaming

Prices starting at $642.00*

Package is subject to availability and pricing is exclusive of tax and based on double occupancy. 


New Hotel: Perth's The Treasury


By: Five Star Alliance

COMO The Treasury is a new hotel in an old property. Housed in Perth's 140-year ­old State Buildings, which forms part of the Cathedral Square development, there are 48 elegant guest rooms and suites featuring original high ceilings, cornicing, and balconies. Facilities include two restaurants, a bar, lounge and library, which together provide a social hub for the city. Holistic therapies are available at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, as well as a gym and 20 meter indoor pool.

The Treasury

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Three Great Offers in Barcelona


By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
Five Star Alliance has terrific offersfor luxury travelers. Here are three current offers, all in Barcelona, Spain.

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona offers some of the most exclusive accommodations in Barcelona.  Finished to a level of luxury synonymous with Mandarin Oriental, this property gives every guest a supremely comfortable home in the city.

The Fall in Love in Barcelona Rate Includes:

-Complimentary upgrade upon arrival (subject to availability)

-A Chilled Bottle of Cava The Catalan Champagne With A Selection of Seasonal Berries.

-Continental In Room Breakfast

-Complimentary Late Checkout until 2pm 

-Butler Service

 

Hotel Miramar Barcelona is an artistically restored palace on the slope of a mountain with marvellous views over the area of Las Ramblas, this luxury hotel in Barcelona combines the grandeur of the 1920s with contemporary design. 

The Romantic Promotion Rate Includes:Great Rates in Barcelona

-Buffet breakfast

-Romantic Bath with Petals

-Bottle Of Cava

-Free WiFi

-Access to Hotel Spa & Swimming pools

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The Ohla HotelThe Ohla Hotel is a new five-star hotel located in the heart of Barcelona, an ideal setting for tourists, shoppers and business people offering a world of experience, service and wellbeing. The calmness and serenity of the hotel combined with the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Barcelona offers a unique blend. 

The Fall in Love Suite Includes:

-Breakfast included In Room

-A La Carte Bath Service

-Bottle of Cava

-Sensual Kit

-Chocolate Sins

-Late check out until 2pm

-Free WiFi

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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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Best Bathrooms: Mandarin Oriental New York


By: Five Star Alliance

Mixing both New York and Asian influences, this suite at Mandarin Oriental New York has been designed as a home away from home and includes a large master bedroom with king-size bed, bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower, and a walk-in closet. Offering expansive views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, the suite also boasts a magnificent living room dotted with contemporary black and silver furnishings, and fine silk textiles.

Mandarin Oriental New York

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Unique Amenities: Sleep Concierge at The Benjamin Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Benjamin HotelThe Benjamin Hotel wants guests at its boutique Manhattan hotel get a lot more than 40 winks. The hotel employs a round-the-clock Sleep Team that won't rest until guests have the sweetest dreams possible. Renowned sleep consultant Rebecca Robbins has trained the entire staff on the fundamentals of sleep medicine and the promotion of healthy sleep habits. The staff can advise on items from the Rest & Renew Menu that is found, of course, on the bedside table. Menu offerings include a top ten pillow selection categorized by sleep position, an array of decaffeinated teas, and bedtime snacks that are under 200 calories.The Benjamin Hotel

Younger guests can also benefit from all the slumber help. Winks' Kidzzz Club is a complimentary children's program created to educate the youngest guests on the importance of sleep. The Benjamin provides children from 2-10 with a child-sized pillow and bathrobe, and a library of family bedtime books. An official Winks' Kidzzz Club Sleep Certificate is awarded at check-out. Winks the Owl dolls are also available for purchase.

Good night to all, and to all a good night!

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Cool Pools: Four Seasons Milan


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Designed by celebrated architect Patricia Urquiola, the Spa at Four Seasons Milano is accented with wood, cream and grey design elements to embrace you in warmth and comfort.  Take a swim in the elegant lap pool, measuring 14 metres (45 feet) long and 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) deep.

Four Seasons Milano

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