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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.

Terranea Resort Celebrates Five Years of Fun


By: Five Star Alliance

Terranea ResortPoised above coastal bluffs with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea, A Destination Hotel, is the only luxury destination resort on the Los Angeles coast. When you step onto the secluded 102-acre peninsula paradise, it's like stepping into a whole new world – yet mere minutes from L.A. On three sides, you're surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific with Catalina Island just across the channel. The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into every inch of architecture. From the resort lobby and outdoor gardens to the private terraces and inviting courtyards, Terranea is infused with a classic Californian elegance. Terranea is a land unto itself. A land with its own culture and way of life. From the moment you arrive, this land called Terranea becomes yours to explore.Terranea Resort

Terranea’s Suites, Bungalows, Casitas and Villas are elegant yet functional, balanced and inviting, and replete with modern conveniences. Each offers expansive living space with additional great rooms, perfect for your unique getaway.

Step out of the rooms and find plenty of space to roam. Terranea Resort offers a wealth of activities for kids, teens and families to enjoy. Pointe Discovery, Terranea’s innovative activity center and adventure concierge, helps you discover and explore all 102 acres of natural beauty. Make a splash with activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tide pooling and snorkeling. Then dive deeper into your adventure with a guided bike ride, an ocean-side hike, a horseback trail ride or a visit to our falconry program.

Terranea Resort

This family oasis has everything parents and kids could ask for. The main resort pool boasts the 140-foot waterslide and jumping splash pad. And when you are ready to relax, reserve a private cabana at the Spa Pool or sip an exotic drink at the adults-only Cielo Point pool.

Restore, rejuvenate and realign at the award-winning spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Embracing the natural beauty and energy of its southern California setting, it spans more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and contains 25 treatment rooms, a fitness center and a wellness center.

 

Terranea Resort

Perfect your game at The Links at Terranea, a dramatic 9-hole, par-3 oceanfront golf course, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island – all masterfully routed and integrated with the natural surroundings.

Taking full advantage of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island views, Terranea’s collection of eight restaurants promise tastes that satisfy and sights that surprise. The chefs personally tailor menus with an emphasis on regional and seasonal ingredients. And if you want to relax in your room, a complete in-room dining menu is available 24 hours a day.

Come celebrate Terranea’s five-year anniversary. Festivities will take place all year long, including the annual Celebration of Food & Wine event, plus exclusive offers and promotions. Other events include special culinary offerings such as beer flights and beer and wine paired dinners. Not to mention enhancement to existing Terranea programs, including the Seaside Yoga celebration, Chef’s Table Dinner Series, Acoustic Series, the ever-popular Traditions events, and more.

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Did You Know? Hotel Blackhawk


By: Five Star Alliance

Since its opening in 1915, the historic Hotel Blackhawk has been the luxury hotel of choice for presidents, movie stars and athletes. Hotel Blackhawk was built at a cost of $1 million by local businessman W. F. Miller and featured seven floors and 225 guestrooms. Designed by local architectural firm Temple & Burrows, the hotel blends elements of Italian Renaissance and Art Deco styles highlighted by the terra cotta pilasters, stonework, and decorative details. 

Upon its 2010 re-opening, Hotel Blackhawk includes 20 one- and two-bedroom apartments, 130 guestrooms, nine extended-stay rooms and banquet and meeting facilities that include a renovated Gold Room. A bowling alley was re-created in the basement level and shops were incorporated into the main level along with a restaurant and lounge. A new fitness center and a swimming pool as well as a business center were also created.

 

Hotel Blackhawk

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Image of the Day: Princess D'An Nam Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Princess D'An Nam Resort and Spa is an all-villa boutique resort & spa, designed in Vietnamese New Tropical Style. Here, where chic French luxury meets traditional Vietnamese hospitality, a fascinating eco-system of mountains and rivers is just waiting to be discovered. Designed by award-winning architect Tan Hock Beng, the resort style mixes modernist sensibility and post colonial ambiance. With its 48 exclusive villas, four swimming pools, two restaurants, and a sumptuous 1,800–square-meter spa complex, Princess D'An Nam Resort and Spa is an idyllic haven of calm and luxury.

Princess D'An Resort and Spa

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New to Five Star Alliance: Sunrise Kempinski Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel is located on Yanqi Lake, a new haven of tranquility and beauty, with magnificent views of Yanshan Mountain and the Mutianyu Great Wall, just one hour's drive from Beijing City Centre. Sunrise Kempinski offers guests and their families an exciting experience at a new fully-integrated resort on the outskirts of Beijing. Facilities include 306 guestrooms and suites, meeting facilities, Kempsinki The Spa, recreational and fitness facilities, a Kid's Club, and an array of culinary offerings at its nine restaurants and bars.

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel
Designed by Shanghai Huadu Architect Design Co., Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing embodies the shape of the rising sun and symbolizes harmony, unity and infinity. From a side angle view, the hotel building is shaped like a scallop which represents Fortune in the Chinese culture. The front view is that of the "Rising Sun" – symbolic of the fast- developing economy of China.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Le Meridien Tampa


By: Five Star Alliance

Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Meridien Tampa . The hotel's 130 exquisite guest rooms and suites blend historic feaures with inviting comforts and state-of-the-art technology to ensure memorable experiences. Wood window trim and beautiful doors evoke the rooms’ past as judges' chambers. Contemporary facilities include a business center and a 24-hour fitness centre. Bizou Brasserie serves signature French comfort food, and Longitude Bar encourages mingling. Courtrooms have been re-purposed as elegant meeting rooms.

Le Meridien Tampa 

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Explore Italy in Style at The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma


By: Five Star Alliance

The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma
Against the splendid backdrop of Rome, there is The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma. At the very heart of the city, this 5-star luxury hotel is just a short walk from the Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso, and Piazza di Spagna. It is the ideal base for exploring the beautiful Capital while enjoying top-notch accommodations: a truly one of a kind experience.

A thoughtful restoration has turned this 19th century nobleman’s palace into an elegant and refined hotel; the noble lines - that look of aristocratic home - have been preserved, yet at the same time it is welcoming and comfortable. This is the central feature of this art hotel: being aesthetically luxurious while at the same time giving you the delightful sensation of feeling completely at home.

There are impressive pieces of artwork and designer furnishings throughout the common areas and suites: with its permanent and temporary exhibits, each room becomes a small private gallery, yours for a few days.

Now Guests can Book an Italy in Style Offer:

Book a minimum of 3 nights and receive complimentary buffet breakfast, free wifi, and 3 hours private tour to incredible Borghese Gallery and gardens. Entrance tickets for two are included, transfer excluded.

The original sculptures and paintings in the Borghese Gallery date back to Cardinal Scipione's collection, the son of Ortensia Borghese - Paolo V's sister - and of Francesco Caffarelli, though subsequent events over the next three centuries entailing both losses and acquisition have left their mark.

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 Elephant


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Elephant
 With history dating back to the early 16th century, Hotel Elephant hotel has served as a rendezvous for international poets, artists, intellectuals, and statesmen ranging from Goethe to Schiller to Bach. Goethe was known to sip wine in the basement, and there is a secret tunnel dating back to World War II. 

Works of contemporary artists such as Elvira Bach, Markus Lupertz, and Hans Peter Adamski decorate the walls of guest rooms and suites.

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Westin Hilton Head


By: Five Star Alliance

Whether it's on one of the three Port Royal championship golf courses, the award-winning tennis courts, planning the perfect wedding, or simply watching the day go by from a lounge chair by one of the pools-The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa offers endless ways to renew. With its trademark striped lighthouse, world-class golfing, top-ranked tennis facilities, and magical marinas—it's no wonder why Hilton Head Island is the ideal place to retreat and reinvigorate. Practically any water sport imaginable is available, along with great outlet and boutique shopping and award-winning restaurants—for countless ways to plan your getaway.

The Westin Hilton Head

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Cool Pools: Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum


By: Five Star Alliance

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum offers an indoor aqua therapy pool (WATSU Pool), plus specially designed treatment zones offering uniquely designed spa programs that combine various therapies and spa treatments with fitness and well-being, ensuring a memorable experience that balances the body and mind.

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The indoor pool's unique programs are under the aegis of Consultant Practitioner Deniz Susever. Deniz Susever began her journey in 1997, with alternative therapies, and the healing energies of Reiki. After being introduced to yoga as a guest she decided to go to Rishikesh and became a Yoga Instructor, and created Underwater Yoga. Deniz had excellent training in India for Watsu (Water-Shiatsu), Tantsu (Watsu on land),Water dance (WATA), AquaReflexo, Integrative Massage, Ai Chi and Hypno Therapy (California Hypnosis Institute of India). The last eight years she has been a Vipassana Meditator. Deniz makes recommendations for you to choose the most suitable combination of therapies, such as Water Therapies, Reiki, Klang Massage, EFT, Hypno Therapy,or Meditation to activate your self-healing process.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

At the Southernmost point of South America, located in the mythical Tierra del Fuego and washed by the waters of the Beagle Channel, stands the city of Ushuaia. A destination to visit, enjoy, and explore. With a standards-based sustainable architectural design, Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa extends along a spectacular natural balcony situated 800 feet above sea level, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces, and green areas harmoniously integrated into the environment.

Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa

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