The 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: Guarda Golf Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Guarda Golf HotelGuarda Golf Hotel offers an exceptional location in the heart of Crans, five minutes on foot from Crans city center. Crans Montana has a reputation as a golf mecca in the summer and a skier's paradise in the winter. The hotel has twenty-five rooms and suites – outfitted exclusively with natural materials – two gourmet restaurants, a lounge, and the first spa in the world to offer Brazilian Ivo Pitanguy treatment products.

Hotel Guarda Golf is in one of Switzerland's finest skiing and snowboarding arenas. The slopes extend from the plateau at an altitude of 1500 meters all the way up to the Plaine-Morte glacier at 3000 meters above sea level, a downhill and cross-country skiing paradise. The arena is served by 28 lifts and offers fans over 140 km of pistes in all challenge categories. Right at the Guarda Golf's doorstep, cross-country skiers have access to an extensive network of separate tracks. The hotel is located on the fairway of a 9-hole golf course designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus, and adjacent to an 18-hole course designed by former world champion Severiano Ballesteros.

Check rates, see images, and learn more about Guarda Golf Hotel >>

New to Five Star Alliance: Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

If a luxury hotel has the word peace in its name, it's a safe bet that you are in for a tranquil getaway. Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort. Set amidst a 42 acre coconut plantation and golden crescent shore with glorious Indian Ocean views, the resort offers a naturally exclusive hideaway for exotic beach life, as well as easy access to iconic cultural sites, spectacular national parks, and whale watching destinations.

Anantara Tangalle

Book a stay at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort >>

Book a 4th of July Retreat to Romance at The Omni Homestead Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead Resort
The Omni Homestead Resort. What better place to celebrate America's birthday than a resort that has played host to dozens of US Presidents?  Add in a little romance, and it's the perfect vacation.

The Retreat to Romance Offer Includes:

A bottle of Chandon Sparkling Wine
Romantic turndown service including robes, music and lighting
Concierge pre-call to assist with special romantic touches and personal requests
Late check-out on request, 1:00 p.m.

Fourth of July Festivities Include:

Friday Night Family Dinner  - Savor the prime rib, seafood, Allegheny trout, pastas made to order, fresh salads, and house made desserts at this special Main Dining Room family experience.

Family Carnival - Held on the Casino Lawn Friday, July 3 from 4PM to 8PM. Kids of all ages will enjoy the bounce house, caricature artist, face painting and music. There will also be classic carnival food from cotton candy to sno cones to old-fashioned popcorn.The Omni Homestead Resort

Cookout on the Casino Lawn - The 4th of July Cookout features buffet style dining from 4:30pm-8pm. Enjoy a wide variety of menu items from hamburgers and hotdogs to salads and seafood as well as an array of desserts. There's also music by the Steve Bassett Band. 

Fireworks - Bring your blanket and find a spot on the Old Course Driving Range for a  concert by The Yacht Rock Schooner. The 8-man Schooner specializes in the smooth sounds of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. A spectacular fireworks display begins at 10pm. 

If you can't make it for the 4th, the Retreat to Romance offer is available until December 30, 2015.

The Retreat to Romance package is subject to availability. Amenities are only available for one night. Additional nights do not receive package amenities. See participating property for details. Not applicable to groups, conventions or in combination with other savings or special discounts. Rates subject to change without notice. Additional terms and restrictions may apply.

Book your stay at The Omni Homestead Resort >>

Indiana Jones and The Jefferson Washington DC

By: Five Star Alliance

The Jefferson Washington DC boasts a prime location in downtown DC. The luxury hotel has teamed up with its neighbor, the National Geographic Museum, to bring a special summer offer featuring Indiana Jones. Starting at $365, the Indy For All package includes:

- Overnight accommodations
- Two tickets to the Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archeology exhibit at The National Geographic Museum
- Two of our signature Indiana Jones cocktails in Quill
- Indiana Jones-themed welcome amenity (one per room)

This offer is based upon availability, some blackout dates may apply. Must book 24 hours in advance.

The Jefferson Washington DC

Book a stay at The Jefferson Washington DC >>


Cool Pools: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

By: Five Star Alliance

When visiting Palm Springs you have to check out the pool at the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage. The pool is equipped with luxury cabanas for rent as well as the most comfortable lounge chairs poolside.

Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

Book a stay at Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage >>

Best Bathrooms: Bardessono

By: Five Star Alliance

All Steam Spa guestrooms at Bardessono are located on the ground level
and include king sized beds dressed with organic linens, spacious sitting area,
and an upgraded bathroom featuring an indoor dual shower-steam room and an
outdoor shower. Designed to double as a private spa, the custom bathroom also
features a concealed massage table, a soaking tub and double vanity. Personalized
spa treatments should be enjoyed in the special seclusion of each room.


Book a stay at Bardessono >>

Image of the day: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa was inspired by and designed to capture the natural beauty of the surrounding desert and mountain scenery. The feel is warm and casual, yet sophisticated and elegant, with guest rooms featuring majestic views of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains.

Agua Caliente Casino Spa Resort

Book a stay at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa >>

Cool Pools: Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Half inside the Spa, half outside in the terrace, and with the landscape as backdrop, the swimming pool at Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa offers an unparalled physical and sensory experience.

Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa

Book a stay at Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa >>

Cool Pools: Sofitel Nanjing Zhongshan Golf Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Sofitel Nanjing Zhongshan Golf Resort is more than just a golf resort. After a long day on the links, guests can unwind in the So SPA, where Asian traditions merge with French beauty therapies. Part of the rejuvenating facilities include this stunning indoor pool. 

Sofitel Nanjing Zhongshan Golf Resort

Book a stay at Sofitel Nanjing Zhongshan Golf Resort >>

Cool Pools: Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico

By: Five Star Alliance

The spa area at Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico features two pools, both heated: a playful one with waterfall and hydro jet, ideal for relaxing, and an 18x8 meters perfect for families and avid swimmers. 

Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico

Learn more about Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico >>