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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.

Did You Know? W Retreat and Spa Vieques Island


By: K. Clare Johnson

Vieques Island is home to not only a wonderful W Retreat and Spa, it's also home to what many believe to be the world's most spectacular Bioluminescent Bay.

W Retreat and Spa Vieques

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New to Five Star Alliance: Travaasa Austin


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Travaasa Austin thinks of itself as Texas's most active destination resort and spa. The luxury resort takes pride in offering its guests a compelling menu of inclusive guided adventures, culinary classes, cultural encounters, healing spa treatments, and fitness and wellness workshops, all located in a Zen-like preserve for the soul.

Travaasa Austin

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Did You Know? The Ranch at Rock Creek


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Ranch at Rock Creek has all-inclusive rates based on type of accommodation. For those seeking the ultimate in luxury and privacy, Trapper is a secluded Canvas/Wood cabin, 10 minute bike ride from Granite Lodge. It accommodates a king bed, kitchenette, private tub on the patio. Located up against Rock Creek with unparalled wilderness.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

 

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Did You Know? Gayana Eco Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Gayana Eco Resort has an on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre which passionately propagates endangered Giant Clams and restoring natural coral reefs.  Instead of extinction, under the Giant Clam Restocking Programme, these endangered shell creatures are well on their way to further reproduction. 

 

Gayana Eco Resort

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B Ocean Fort Lauderdale Supports Sea Turtles


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

B Ocean Fort LauderdaleBe amazed at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale’s Accommodations. Guests lucky enough to have stayed at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale know that you’ll be welcomed by a stuffed plush Sea Turtle. Why is that? Well, each of the B resorts has a destination-specific endangered species program. 

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

At B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, the program is supports sea turtle conservation organization. Guests may purchase our turtles from the room, in the gift shop or online. A percentage of the retail proceeds will go to benefit sea turtle conservation organizations. 

If you visit B Ocean Fort Lauderdale between October and March, you may just get to witness sea turtles nesting on the beach in front of the hotel.In addition to sea turtles, B Ocean also arranges eco tours of the Everglades, where you can spot manatees, dolphins, alligators, Florida panthers, and more than 350 types of birds. Upon entering any one of B Ocean Fort Lauderdale's 240 beachfront guestrooms and suites, guests will greeted by the stunning views of the sandy white beaches and colorful shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. All hotel rooms are furnished with either one King-sized or two Double Blissful Beds. In addition to the sea turtle, expect The Blissful Bed, Free WiFi, Aveda bath products, and other special amenities.

 

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Image of the Day: Singita Sasakwa Lodge


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Singita Sasakwa Lodge is built in the style of an Edwardian manor house. Singita Grumeti Reservers is located in Northern Tanzania and forms part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, bordering on the Serengeti National Park. 

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Image of the Day: Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang has a 700m-length beach with amazingly beautiful white sand and rows of coconut-palms. It also is the largest island-sea tourism and entertainment resort in Vietnam.

 

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Image of the Day: Niyama Maldives


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #4 Auberge Du Soleil


By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #4 spot is the Auberge Du Soleil which is located just off the Silverado Trail, outside of Rutherford, overlooking Napa Valley. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- All accommodations at Auberge du Soleil feature Mediterranean-inspired decor with original contemporary art

- Auberge du Soleil began as a restaurant created by visionary restaurateur Claude Rouas

- Maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees

- Auberge Spa occupies a 7,000 square feet stucco building, overlooking the Napa Valley

- Napa winery tours can be arranged in advance

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #14 Marrakech, Morocco


By: Oksana Balytsky

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore some of our most popular destinations!

As of today, Five Star Alliance features 17 hotels in Marrakech!

What makes our guests love this Moroccan city?

- Hotels like Jnane Tamsna embrace elements of the traditional Moroccan style and color, allowing guest to immerse themselves in the culture.

- L Mansion Marrakech features only 10 suites and a 4 bedroom villa, providing an intimate feeling and features beautiful fountains and lush rose and bougainvillea coppices.

- Luxury hotels located in 5 acre parks such as the Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel allow visitors to escape and unwind in a peaceful and beautiful setting.

- Phenomenal food in various luxury hotel restaurants featuring lamb, couscous, dates, coconut fudge cakes, and much more.

- Luxury villas offer private pools and dedicated outdoor areas at the Palais Namaskar. This luxury hotel is also designed to resemble a palace making all visitors feel like royalty.

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