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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.

Did You Know? The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

July 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal
Guests can sip on a camel's milk shake at The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. The luxury resort has an in-house Camel Milk Mixologist who offers up various flavored milk shakes — strawberry, mint and others — to guests.

The delicious service was launched last year to coincide with the with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Camel's milk is high in protein, so it's a ideal beverage to sip on during Souhour, the meal taken before sunrise for Muslims fasting during Ramadan.

The mixologist will even make recommendations for drink and food pairings, to satisfy guests' unique tastes. 

 

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Did You Know? The Shelbourne Dublin

July 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin
The Shelbourne Hotel
was founded in 1824 by Tipperary man Martin Burke, when he acquired three adjoining townhouses overlooking Dublin's St Stephen's Green - Europe's largest garden square. Burke named his grand new hotel The Shelbourne, after William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne.

In May 1922, The Shelbourne played host to its most historic meeting – the drafting of the Irish Constitution. Bunreacht na hÉireann was drawn up in room 112, under the leadership of Michael Collins. This room is now The Constitution Room.

 

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Hyatt Regency La Jolla Completes $12 Million Dollar Renovation

July 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Regency La Jolla
Makeover. Facelift. Renovation. Freshening Up. Nip and Tuck. Whatever you want to call it, Hyatt Regency La Jolla has had some expensive work done. The resort has recently invested $12 million into its guestrooms. Set on 11 prime acres in La Jolla, CA, the luxurious hotel boasts the 417 updated guestrooms, as well a 32,000 square foot Sports Club and spa, gourmet restaurant row, and 32,000 square feet of function space.

The top-to-bottom improvements included the redesign of bathrooms and bedrooms with a contemporary, coastal chic aesthetic accented in colors of blues, greys, and yellows. The rooms feature new lighting fixtures and furnishings including chairs, ottomans, headboards and TV stands. The sleek bathrooms feature all new fixtures and finishes including glass mosaic tiles and white porcelain sinks with stainless steel faucets and hardware.

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville?

July 21, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Hermitage HotelWe 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 is the Pet Policy at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville?

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NSWER: The Hermitage HotelCommissioned by 250 Nashvillians in 1908, The Hotel Hermitage (named after Andrew Jackson's Hermitage estate) opened its doors in 1910. The Hermitage Hotel was a symbol of Nashville's emergence as a major Southern city. For its first 50 years, it flourished in the heart of a city that repeatedly earned its rightful place in the nation's history books. The hotel became a social center for Nashville and a frequent stop for some of the nation's most prominent figures, from presidents and war heroes to actresses and gangsters.

In June 2000, Historic Hotels of Nashville, LLC, purchased The Hermitage Hotel with the goal of creating one of the finest small luxury hotels in the world through an extraordinary renovation of the guest rooms and public areas, and a commitment to achieving an uncompromising level of warm and friendly service. There are 122 luxurious guest rooms and suites. Thoughtfully and tastefully decorated, the feel of the guest rooms is richly residential. The hotel's restaurant, The Capitol Grille, focuses on the Farm to Table concept. The 106-seat restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is a true celebration of southern taste.

Pet Policy

-Pet friendly hotel, with no pet weight or size restrictions
-The daily pet fee includes: a custom bed in the room, treats, and nightly turn down service
-Dog sitting, walking, and massage services available
-In-room dining menus created specifically for pets

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: Nashville, TN

Did You Know? The Hotel of South Beach

July 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Hotel of South Beach was designed by innovative fashion designer Todd Oldham. The rooftop pool and sundeck features Oldham's signature style and casual elegance. Canvas-covered, overstuffed sofas and chairs are solid white, accented with handmade orange and pink woven ribbon pillows. Sheer white fabric, stirred by the ocean breezes, hangs from the rooftop's main wall. The flooring consists of planks of wood, painted vibrant red, orange and white. The circular Spire Bar surrounds the original Art Deco era Tiffany spire. Guests can partake of the free yoga classes held every Saturday morning that are held by the pool.

The Hotel of South Beach

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Cool Pools: The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah in Ubud

July 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah in Ubud is just outside the artists' village of Ubud. It is the former estate of Hendra Hadiprana, one of Indonesia's most respected art collectors, and has been transformed into an intimate retreat with twenty individual villas. Recreational facilities include the 25 meter outdoor pool. 

The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah in Ubud

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Offers Estate Homes for Rent

July 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Sanctuary on Camelback MountainPlan the ultimate getaway in one of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's Mountainside Estate Homes, nestled above the resort, just a short stroll from all Sanctuary has to offer. 

Terraced high on Camelback Mountain, the luxury vacation homes offer the pinnacle of privacy for Sanctuary guests. Each unique in style, these mountainside homes are the ultimate retreat for family vacations, social gatherings, and corporate retreats to Sanctuary Camelback Mountain. Enjoy dazzling vista views and comfortable, spacious seclusion in one of six luxury vacation homes. And with all the resort pleasures just a few steps away, these mountainside estates are the ideal choice for a Scottsdale vacation home, offering intriguing features like a private game room, secluded pools, private patios, and even a guest house. 

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Each of Sanctuary's distinctive private estates is available for the night, week or month. Casa del Sano: starting at $1,500 per night Gallery: starting at $2,000 per night Casa Montana: starting at $2,500 per night Hi Lob: $2,500 per night Casa Five: $4,000 per night Casa Nine: starting at $4,000 per night

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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Image of the Day: Le Meridien Pune

July 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Meridien Pune was built to evoke a royal Indian Palace. Located just 20 minutes from the airport, Le Meridien Pune enjoysc lose proximity to the commercial, cultural, and business districts of the city. For guests seeking outstanding shopping and entertainment, the nearby MG and Koregaon Park provide a wealth of options with their modern malls, charming restaurants, and local bars. Pictured is a classical mural located off the hotel's porch entrance.

Le Meridien Pune 

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Miraval Resort and Spa Makes Plans for Expansion

July 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Miraval Resort & SpaRevolution Places, the owners of the Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, has entered into a joint ownership agreement with private equity firm KSL Capital Partners.

The new partnership will drive the expansion of the Miraval spa and wellness brand into new markets, with plans to launch in other US locations, in Europe, and in other destinations around the world.

Nestled at the base of the stunning Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa's 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert creates an inspiring backdrop that is warm and welcoming year-round with luxurious accommodations and a world renowned spa.

Miraval

Steve Case, chairman of Revolution, said: "For many years, we have been working to grow Miraval, to bring it to new locations and new people. Partnering with KSL allows us to accelerate these efforts, build on our success in Tucson, and take Miraval to new locations around the country and the world."

Miraval's focus on sustainable living, casita-style guest accommodations, and the spectacular new Life in Balance Spa are consistently recognized by SpaFinder, Travel+Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler year after year.

Miraval began in 1996 with a powerfully simple vision: life is more meaningful and enjoyable when physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components are in balance. Guests came to Miraval individually or with family and friends to relax, refresh, and learn to live and feel better. There were no strict regimens. Instead, choice was the guiding principle, with a wide range of programs and experiences designed to create overall well-being and help guests become more aware of themselves and their surroundings – live in the moment through the means that works best for them. In 2004, Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, became the majority owner of Miraval. Through his own memorable experience at the resort, he saw the opportunity to grow Miraval into a global lifestyle brand.
 

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New to Five Star Alliance: D-Hotel Maris

July 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Set high up on the hillside in the stunning reservation of the Datca Peninsula, D-Hotel Maris has spectacular and breath-taking views of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, small islands, five natural private beaches, luscious pine forests, and volcanic mountain ranges.

D-Hotel Maris

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