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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.

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.
 


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. 

 


Winemaker's Kitchen Table at Hotel Healdsburg


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Healdsburg
Located 67 miles north of San Francisco, Hotel Healdsburg encompasses the Sonoma wine country’s simplicity and charm. The Hotel is set on the western edge of Healdsburg's historic town plaza, and guests can enjoy some of the world's finest vineyards, restaurants and shops within minutes of the front steps.

Now, until May, guests can eat, drink, and be merry at the Winemaker's Kitchen Table.  Held in the Dry Creek Kitchen Dining room, this one-of-a-kind dinner series showcases the rich culinary and wine heritage of the region. Heald monthly, these community suppers are hosted by top vintners serving their prized wines and family recipes

Dining Schedule

March 6
Peter Michael | Peter Michael Winery


May 15
Peay Family | Peay Vineyards

Reservations available by calling Dry Creek Kitchen at 707-431-0330.

Book a stay at Hotel Healdsburg >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Curtain Bluff


By: Five Star Alliance

Flanked by water on both sides, Curtain Bluff sits on a rocky promontory that juts into the sea between two beautiful beaches. One is calm, ideal for swimming and watersports; the other beach is washed by ocean surf. 72 rooms and suites, all with staggering seascape views, are spread out along the Surf Beach and up the bluff. There are two restaurants: the open-walled Tamarind Tree serving breakfasts and candle-lit dinners, and The Sea Grape restaurant where barefoot casual lunches and romantic dinners are enjoyed one step from the sand and a few feet from the water’s edge.

Curtain Bluff

The resort's exceptional facilities include a championship tennis center, a fully equipped watersports center (scuba, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, waterskiing, Hobie Cats and kayaks), a squash court, and fitness center. When it's time to relax, there's a tranquil spa overlooking the sea, a beach side swimming pool, a beach bar, and hammocks swaying in the shade of coconut palms.

Book a stay at Curtain Bluff >>


Spend New Year's Eve in the Nation's Capital


By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
If you've ever dreamed of spending New Year's Eve in Washington, now's your chance!

We found availability at the following DC-area hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City has a King room for $159 per night.

* Le Meridien Arlington has a Classic King room for $149 per night.

* The Fairfax at Embassy Row at has a Superior King room for $179 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Washington DC has a Queen room for $189 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Alexandra has a Deluxe Queen room for $195 per night.

* Dupont Circle Hotel has a Superior King room for $195 per night.

* Park Hyatt Washington has a Deluxe King room for $199 per night. 

* Loews Madison Hotel has a Deluxe Queen room for $206 per night.

* W Washington DC has a Wonderful Queen room for $235 per night.

* The St Regis Washington DC has a Superior King room for $266 per night.

Or, if you are feeling like a splurge, Four Seasons Washington has a One Bedroom Courtyard King Suite for $2045 per night. Breakfast is included.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


Spend New Year's Eve in New York City


By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York

It's not too late to join the throngs watching the ball drop in Times Square!
We found availability at the following New York hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Hotel Americano has Queen City View rooms starting at $325 per night. 

* Andaz Wall Street has Andaz King rooms starting at $345 per night. 

* W New York Downtown has King Wonderful rooms starting at $422 per night.

* The Tribeca Grand Hotel has King Superior City View rooms starting at $479 per night.

Smyth-A Thompson Hotel has King Superior rooms starting at $500 per night.

* W New York has Queen Wonderful rooms starting at $514 per night.

* ONE UN New York has Deluxe Queen rooms starting at $543 per night.

The NoMad Hotel has Classic King Bed Interior Rooms starting at $545 per night.

* Andaz 5th Avenue has Andaz Loft King rooms starting at $565 per night. 

* The James New York has King Studio rooms starting at $584 per night. 

There's even some rooms still available at Westin New York Times Square, which would put you right in the heart of the action. It has King rooms starting at $716 per night for a stay from 12/31/14-1/2/14. Stay an additional night, and the rate drops to $543 per night. Make a weekend of it and check out on the 4th, and you can book the room starting at $457 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.  


Last Minute Christmas Rates: Farmhouse Inn


By: Five Star Alliance

Farmhouse Inn


If you just can't face another holiday full of eggnog and family drama, you are in luck. Five Star Alliance has found some great last-minute deals at hotels around the world. Keep in mind that these rates have limited availability, so book early! You'll also want to carefully read the rate details to avoid disappointment.

Farmhouse Inn has an America's Winter Offer. Stay four nights and get:

-Fourth night free in Deluxe or Luxury or Suite Rooms

-Complimentary 3-course breakfast

-Free Parking

-Free WiFi

Book a romantic getaway at Farmhouse Inn and enjoy all the warmth and hospitality of a family owned bed and breakfast inn coupled with the services and amenities of a Preferred Boutique Hotel. The inn is located in Forestville, California (just 1 1/2 hours north of San Francisco) – the hub of the Russian River Valley, literally minutes from hundreds of wineries and world-class restaurants. Surrounded by the towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, the Sonoma Coast and the Santa Rosa airport, the internationally-acclaimed Farmhouse Inn, Michelin starred Restaurant and Spa offers something for everyone.  

Book your stay at Farmhouse Inn >>


Last Minute Christmas Rates: Aman Sveti Stefan


By: Five Star Alliance

Aman Sveti Stefan

If you just can't face another holiday full of eggnog and family drama, you are in luck. Five Star Alliance has found some great last-minute deals at hotels around the world. Keep in mind that these rates have limited availability, so book early! You'll want to carefully read the rate details to avoid disappointment.

Aman Sveti Stefan has a Festive Offer. Simply stay a minimum of three nights, and you will get:

-Complimentary Daily Breakfast

-Christmas Eve dinner

-A massage per person per stay

-Roundtrip airport transfers from the airport

Aman Sveti Stefan is located in the centre of Montenegro's Adriatic coastline, south of Budva and between the villages of Pržno and Sveti Stefan. The site incorporates two kilometres of coastline including the pink sandy beaches of Sveti Stefan, Miločer Beach and the famous Queen’s Beach which is backed by the resort’s expansive Aman Spa. Aman Sveti Stefan enjoys breathtaking views of the sea, across the bay and along Montenegro’s most renowned stretch of coastline. The island itself measures 12,400 square metres, and while its historic exterior remains largely unchanged, the resort’s interiors have been restored and updated to meet contemporary expectations.
Aman Sveti Stefan offers 50 rooms, cottages and suites on the island and eight suites at Villa Miločer.

Book your holiday getaway at Aman Sveti Stefan >>


Bernardus Lodge to Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Renovation


By: Five Star Alliance

Bernardus Lodge


Bernardus Lodge
 
has announced that it will be closed from November 30 through March 13, 2015 to undergo a multi-million dollar lodge restoration project. The renovation plans include upgrades to luxury accommodations, a stunning new lobby space, a reinvented pool experience and refreshed dining destinations. The new decor will offer contemporary design elements, state of the art technology, and spectacular new creative accents that match the beauty and charm of Carmel Valley.


Today's a Big Day for The Langham Sydney


By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham, Sydney has completed a $30 million grand transformation and reopened today.  

The Langham Sydney 

Be among the first to stay at the new and improved The Langham, Sydney >>