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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.

Cool Pools: Bacara Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, Bacara Resort & Spa offers relaxed luxury and stunning natural beauty for an unforgettable getaway in Southern California.

Bacara Resort and Spa

If the ocean temperature is not as warm as you’d like, Bacara's three zero-edge heated swimming pools are a great alternative. Enjoy two zero-edge, heated saline swimming pools, where the saline is easy on your eyes, skin and hair. The Spa at Bacara also has its own zero-edge, heated saline pool for adult-use only, along with separate women's and men's hydrotherapy whirlpool spas.

The Cabana and Resort Pools feature expansive ocean views, along with their own heated saline hydrotherapy whirlpool spas. In addition, the Pool Bar features a fun menu including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and kids' meals, as well as full bar service.

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Your Questions Answered: Does the Metropolitan Miami Beach Offer Connecting Rooms?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Metropolitan Miami Beach
We 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: We are a family of 3 traveling together and looking for connecting rooms. Does The Metropolitan Miami Beach offer connecting rooms?


ANSWER: Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is a 74-room Miami hotel in the heart of the city's Historic District, overlooking America's most iconic beach. A new hotel poised to become an essential Miami Beach experience, Metropolitan Miami Beach delivers the perfect blend of rest and revelry, urban modernity and period charm by way of light-filled rooms, a COMO Shambhala spa, and leading-edge interiors by the Italian designer, Paola Navone.

Among hotels on Collins Avenue, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, has one of the best locations: an enviable position for shopping, dining, and entertainment, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Guests benefit from easy access to Miami;s city highlights, including the Lincoln Road shopping and entertainment districts, as well as the Miami City Ballet and Bass Museum of Art. Several rooms in the hotel have a water view, be it the Atlantic Ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Pancoast.
Metropolitan by COMO
For dining in Miami Beach, Metropolitan by COMO stands tall, with its lobby bar, pool restaurant, main restaurant and bar. Whether you are feasting on Florida’s seafood at Traymore restaurant or grazing on crudo in a pool cabana, there remains one common commitment: locally-sourced, quality ingredients, and an old-fashioned service ethic that recalls Miami's golden age.

COMO Shambhala Urban Escape - Metropolitan’s luxury wellness spa in Miami Beach - offers a highly personalised approach to wellbeing for both guests and locals. Offering our signature COMO Shambhala therapies for body and face, the spa's light and airy interior presents a clean-lined sanctuary for those looking to escape the city's partying.

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Among local luxury properties, Miami Beach looks most impressive from Ocean View rooms, with the beach and bright turquoise ocean in sight. These accommodations are available with two (2) twin beds or one (1) king bed, each offering the option to interconnect with an Ocean View Suites. Size: 394 - 436 square feet. Ocean View Suites are ocean-facing, spacious one-bedroom suites that each have a king-size bed, separate living room, and powder room. They all have blue sky views of the Atlantic. The oversized bathroom feature dual vanity, shower, and deep soaking tub. 

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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.
 


The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Launches Epic Bucket List Experiences


By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Let The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel add epic memories to your bucket list!

Perched atop a seaside bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of sandy beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel continues to redefine guest experiences by creating distinctive, unforgettable and epic memories. The resort is kicking off 2015 by each week highlighting an Epic Bucket List experience guests would want on their Bucket List. These experiences are for guests to enjoy while visiting the oceanfront resort and Southern California. From sipping champagne at sunset or meeting world renowned marine life artist Wyland to snorkeling with a Garibaldi or going behind the scenes at Pageant of the Masters, an epic experience will be added to the Bucket List each week via the resort'social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. Guests are invited to follow the Bucket List through #RCMemories #BucketList and are invited to share their Bucket List ideas.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes overnight accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite featuring cascading views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and California Riviera. Guests will experience personalized surprise and delights designed by expert memory makers – the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes:
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
o Three night’s accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite
o Dinner for two catered by a personal butler on the patio of the suite
o A private butler, creating personalized experiences such as
o Private star gazing lessons and a magnum of Moët & Chandon
o Surf Lessons with a Pro
o Shopping Extravaganza
o Reserved seating on 180blu, the resort's bluff-top lounge
o A couples massage in The Ritz-Carlton Spa
o Personal paparazzi to capture the epic memories
o Round the clock transfers from the airport and around town

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Wonders of Wyland Reception at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Wonders of Wyland Reception

The Wonders of Wyland Reception will be held Friday, March 6, 2015. The evening will include film highlights from Wyland’s thirty-year campaign to create 100 life size marine life murals in more than 12 countries around the world. Spanning the sides of skyscrapers, sports arenas, and structures, these landmark public murals have captured the imagination of millions and helped inspire a new generation to become better stewards for our environment. The evening presentation will share the story of Wyland’s epic campaign, from its humble beginnings to the final, all-encompassing project for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Through original video footage and photographs, guests will get an up-close look at the murals and one man's dream to change the landscape of art - and to create a gentle reminder to communities around the world that everyone, everywhere can make a difference. The Wonders of Wyland Reception will also feature Wyland painting twelve original sumi brush paintings to be auctioned off that evening. Sumi brush paintings are done in traditional Chinese brush-style with black ink on paper. The reception is $125 per person, with $25 of the ticket price going to support the Wyland Foundation. Reservations are required for the reception.
 

Whales, Wonders, and Wyland event at Ritz Carlton Laguna NiguelWhales, Wonders, and Wyland

The Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight experience is offered nightly through April 30, 2015 and includes overnight accommodations, two tickets for a whale watching excursion with Dana Wharf, a special Wyland gift while on the whale watching cruise, an in-room Wyland amenity, a personal note from Wyland and resort fee. The experience starts at $620 per night.
 

Guests who attend the Wonders of Wyland reception and book the Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight package that evening will also receive a Wyland coffee table book.

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. The resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. As the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury, the resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years.

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Dining al Fresco: Gayana Eco Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Perched above the water in its own special corner of the Gayana Eco Resort, Alu-Alu's overwater seating presents a prime opportunity to enjoy a calm sea breeze and the gentle lapping of waves as you savor a feast of some of the country's finest Chinese seafood. The recipes are prepared from ingredients taken from its own organic fish farm, ensuring a dining experience that offers only the freshest seafood. Pick from live options kept in 28 glass display tanks, or order something straight off the menu – either way promises delicious treats for lunch or dinner. Alu-Alu is committed to sustainable aquaculture and does not serve shark's fin products.

Gayana Eco Resort

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Did You Know? Hotel Caesar Augustus


By: Five Star Alliance

The role played by Capri in Roman times was remarkable. The turning point that marked the history of the island occurred in 29 BC, when Octavian Caesar, returning from the East, landed in Capri where, according to the narration of Suetonius, a very old oak tree began to show signs of life. Augustus, interpreting this as a favorable sign, removed Capri from the dependence of Naples, in exchange he granted the largest and most fertile island of Ischia, and Capri became the dominion of Rome.

The subject of any number of picture postcards, the statue of Ceasar Augustus at Hotel Caesar Augustus has become a symbol of Capri, and of the history of one of Italy's finest five stars.

Russia's Prince Emmanuel Bulhak, one of the first owners of the villa and the man responsible for transforming the cliff edge property into a center of art and culture, had the statue placed on the corner of the terrace over a century ago.

Hotel Caeser Augustus 

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Cool Pools: Constance Belle Mare Plage


By: Five Star Alliance

Constance Belle Mare Plage has four swimming pools with sun loungers and parasols. There's even a heated swimming pool for use during winter.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

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New to Five Star Alliance: Constance Ephelia Seychelles


By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahe, overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay, Constance Ephelia Seychelles enjoys a unique location set within 120 hectares of land with luxuriant and rare vegetation.

Constance Ephelia Seychelles

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New to Five Star Alliance: Pegasus Suites and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Meet the newest member of the Five Star Alliance collection, Pegasus Suites and Spa. Set amphitheatrically over the cliffs and following the particular architecture of the island, the hotel blends in completely with the uniqueness of the scenery, preserving the caves, the volcanic rocks, and the white and blue colors of the Aegean without sacrificing its modern style. The Suites have been constructed and decorated according to the Cycladic architecture and they offer to their guests comfort, luxury, a pleasant mood, romantic atmosphere, and of course an unforgettable stay.

Pegasus Suites and Spa

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Image of the Day: The Westin Dragonara Resort Malta


By: Five Star Alliance

Overlooking the Mediterranean, The Westin Dragonara Resort Malta rests on its 74,000-square-meter private peninsula in the heart of downtown St. Julian's. The Resort is surrounded by the sparkling blue sea and offers amazing sea views from its 340 over-sized rooms.

The Westin Dragonar

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New to Five Star Alliance: Belle Mont Farm


By: Five Star Alliance

While the lush beauty of St. Kitts draws numerous visitors to the island year-round, Belle Mont Farm welcomes you to experience Caribbean vacations that offer more than just a relaxing island escape. In addition to adventurous activities, and fresh, sustainable dining, you will become immersed in the rich culture of the island as you connect with the locals who live and work here, as well as guests from the four corners of the globe. From the fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the 400-acre organic farm to the edible golf course and restorative spa journeys, every aspect of the Kittitian Hill community is designed to support a vision of community and sustainability. 

Belle Mont Farm 

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