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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.

Two Of Our Favorite Spas in City Center Las Vegas

May 3, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

Up and down the Strip, and throughout the downtown area, spas are serious business in Las Vegas. Two of our favorites are located within City Center, Las Vegas' newest complex nestled between Monte Carlo and Bellagio - The Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan and Spa & Salon Vdara. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently spelled out their perks.

Spa Cosmopolitan Las Vegas"The Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas covers 43,000 square feet and has an impressive range of spaces: Think 16 massage rooms, four body treatment rooms—each with private steam showers—six skincare treatment rooms, two hydrotherapy rooms and a series of specialty suites designed for group treatments.

The Hammam has proven to be a popular spot to unwind in for an afternoon. The 1,200-square-foot space can be used individually or by up to four guests, and has separate alcoves for steam and cold water plunge pools. Guests can also relax on the heated stone loungers or get a scrub massage to complete the treatment.

The signature Hammam treatment, the Sahra Journey, incorporates several cleansing, purifying, and exfoliating methods into a 2.5-hour package that also includes the Red Flower Hammam Experience. This unique therapy uses 11 flower oils and fruit essences, including Red Flower Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub for varied scents and healing properties. A "vigorous scrub" is followed by a purifying clay wrap with essences of cardamom; all the while guests relax on warm stones.

Tops for girlfriends: The Sahra Suite has a living and entertaining area and private spa accommodations. (Perks include a flat-screen TV with DVD player, wet bar, whirlpool tubs, steam room, shower, changing and vanity areas.) Beyond massages and facials, girls can get nail treatments, hair and makeup, and can even order room service for dinner and champagne.

Good to know: Try to book at least a week in advance. Some services are only scheduled once per hour, so the farther out the booking, the better the likelihood of getting the dream treatment.

When staying at the hotel, ask to be booked into Terrace One Bedroom Suites, which have private terraces and deep Japanese soaking tubs (great for continuing the relaxation after spa treatments, we say).

 

Spa at VdaraAt CityCenter, the three-year-old multifunction city within a city, Vdara has an 18,000-square-foot, two-story spa, salon and fitness center.

The Naturopathica French Lavender Soothing Massage is a specialty treatment offered by the spa, but we hear the signature Bamboo Fusion Massage is tops. This signature treatment uses bamboo for Balinese ritual techniques, such as compression, tapotement, ringing, and skin rolling.

Good for kids: A children's manicure/pedicure is available for anyone under 14 years old. This children's service features a strawberries-and-creme (not "cream") pedicure, which we hear uses "farm fresh products."

Bridal parties are also in luck: Brides should try the "Head Over Heels" pedicure treatment, "Body & Soul" massage package, and Day-of Hair and Make-Up services. Grooms, meanwhile, can get a Men's Cut & Style and MAN-icure. Bonus: After the ceremonies, the couple can join up for a "Happily Ever After" couples massage package.

And at Vdara Pool & Lounge, book one of the six specially designated Spa Cabanas, which have a media unit for television and music, ceiling fans, safety deposit boxes, hand sinks, as well as a refrigerator stocked with mineral water and fresh fruit. Spa treatments can also be booked at the cabanas, including the Cabana Purifying Body Treatment & Massage.

Top Tip: At the hotel, book the Two Bedroom Penthouse Suite, which has two full master bedrooms, spa-style bathrooms and a full kitchen and living room. (Guests staying in the suite get four one-time use Spa Facility passes, so this is an especially good pick for spa-focused vacations.)"

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Take a Picture, Win a Stay at W Hotels of New Orleans!

February 6, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


At W Hotels of New Orleans, pictures aren't just worth a thousand words. They can also be worth a free one-night stay! The hotel group, which includes W New Orleans and W New Orleans French Quarter, has just announced a joint Instagram photo competition that starts Thursday Feb. 7. The contest, which lasts through Mardi Gras day, asks fans to share their best Mardi Gras celebratory images on Instagram. Fans should tag the hotels by using @whotelsnola along with the hashtag #wmardigras. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, W New Orleans will post the top five photos to their Facebook page. The participant whose photo gains the most likes by 12:00 p.m. (CT) on Monday, Feb. 18 will win a one-night stay at W New Orleans!  

 

With all the floats, parades, costumes, and colorful characters in New Orleans, we can't wait to see all the great photos!

 

 

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New Year, New Style at the Four Seasons Las Vegas

September 26, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Las Vegas Renovated RoomsAccording to the press release titled the "Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to Ring in the New Year in Grand Style With Complete Guestroom Renovation", the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, one of the best hotels in Vegas, will offer a complete renovation of all 424 guest rooms and suites and be completed by December 17, 2012.

Four Seasons Vegas guest rooms and suites are located on floors 35 – 39 of the Mandalay Bay tower and the new deisgns are inspired in part by the vibrant Art Deco period, offering sweeping views of the world-famous Las Vegas Boulevard or the surrounding desert landscape through floor-to ceiling windows. The new rooms will feature classic yet modern, contemporary style interiors and an innovative design scheme that is simultaneously stylish, comfortable and functional.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Renovated RoomsAdditional design highlights include:

  1. A multi-media hub on all televisions as well as convenience outlets in lamp bases allow easy charging of multiple personal media devices and the enjoyment of music, films, entertainment and games
  2. A generously proportioned desk and an ergonomic chair highlight each work space
  3. Sofas with pull-out sleepers in all suites
  4. Signature Four Seasons bedding ensures comfort
  5. Backlit mirrors increase ambient and task lighting in all bathrooms while suite bathrooms feature integrated television screens
  6. Custom designed faucet sets and bath hardware and the use of frameless glass shower enclosures in polished chrome create a sleek look throughout the bath
  7. Classic marble flooring and vanity tops reflect timeless sophistication

Find out more about the new and improved Four Seasons Las Vegas Hotel >>


New Luxury Hotels Opening: Delano Hotel Las Vegas

August 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

A few years ago, the Delano Hotel was the talk of the town with a plan to be a luxurious property added to the Strip in Las Vegas. With the economic downturn, this hotel never got built, but we have exciting news that it will in fact be making its debut in Sin City in 2013! THEhotel at Mandalay Bay will no longer exist and the Delano at Mandalay Bay will proudly take its place. Check out the official announcement details below:

As Delano’s second outpost in the United States, Delano Las Vegas will transport the iconic brand from the shores of South Beach to the Las Vegas Strip. Once completed, guests will experience the Delano lifestyle, and its unique blend of effortless luxury and impeccable service at the world-renowned Mandalay Bay.

In addition, Morgans Hotel Group plans to introduce several new food and beverage concepts at Mandalay Bay to be managed by The Light Group. Venues will include a casual American bistro by Chef Brian Massie, a Japanese dining destination by celebrity chef Akira Back and a new vision for Red Square. The Light Group will once again reinvent Las Vegas nightlife with a revolutionary nightclub. All venues are scheduled to open in 2013.

We love that each Delano hotel has its own style, adapting to its surroundings and offering a unique experience depending on its location without forgoing a commitment to excellent service. We look forward to the development and can’t wait to see the final outcome of this luxury hotel! Be sure to explore the other incredible hotel options available in Las Vegas!

Photo of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay


Rooms and Suites Available at The Venetian Las Vegas

July 9, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

The Venetian is one of the "all-suite" Las Vegas hotels and the world’s largest five diamond resort and casino. The 36-story Venetian tower sets the standard for upscale suites and amenities along the Las Vegas Strip. The Venezia is a gorgeous wing of the resort with more than 1,000 suites that keep guests close to the casino action without being in it - accommodations area available in the 12-story tower, which are even larger and more extravagantly appointed. Also available adjacent to The Venetian and the Sands Expo and Convention Center is The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino - a 50-floor luxury tower with approximately 2050 luxury suites.

The Ventian Las VegasThe Venetian Suites

Luxury Suites offer: Approximately 650 square feet, 130 square foot bathroom featuring an HD TV, Roman tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, DVD player (not available in Venezia Tower), dining table that seats three, and sunken living room.
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Bella Suites offer: Approximately 700 square feet, 130-square-foot bathroom featuring a 17 inch flat-screen LCD HD TV, Roman tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, L-Shaped full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Dining table that seats three, and sunken living room.
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Rialto Suites offer: Approximately 1,100 square feet, 130-square-foot bathroom which features an HD TV, Roman tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, An adjacent water closet with telephone, double-door entrance into an Italian marble foyer, Dining table that seats three, L-Shaped full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Spacious walk-in closet, and Sunken living room.
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Piazza Suites offer: Approximately 1,400 square feet, 42 inch flat-screen plasma HD TV and DVD player, Complete wet bar, Dining table that seats three, Full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Jetted tub with separate glass-enclosed shower, Sunken living room, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, Spacious walk-in closet, and Powder room off the entryway.
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The Venetian Las VegasPrima Suites offer: Approximately 1,500 square feet, Double-door entrance with an Italian marble foyer, HD TVs throughout, Semi-formal dining area with seating for four, 200-square-foot bathroom, Jetted tub, Separate glass-enclosed shower, Two shower heads and a bench seat, Full bar with stool seating and 32 inch flat screen LCD HD TV, Full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Spacious walk-in closet, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, and Powder room off the entryway.
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Renaissance Suites offer: Approximately 1,980 square feet, Plush king-size, pillow-top bed, Sitting area showcasing incredible views, Option of either a media room or a workout room, Full-sized sofa-sleeper (upon availability), Large dining area with seating for eight, Complete wet bar, Jetted tub, Separate glass-enclosed shower, Two shower heads and a bench seat, Complete wet bar, Spacious walk-in closet, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, and Powder room off the entryway.
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Penthouse Suites offer: Sitting atop The Venetian on the three highest floors, Approximately 2,900 square feet, Fully furnished living room featuring piano, Full-sized sleeper-sofa (upon availability), Dining area with seating for eight, master bedroom features fireplace and sitting area with incredible views, second bedroom with 2 queen sized beds and sitting area, Two luxurious bathrooms featuring marble floors, Jetted tub with separate glass-enclosed showers, Double-door entrance with Italian marble foyer, and Powder room off the entryway.

 

Check for availability, rates and make reservations for The Venetian in Las Vegas >>


Opening in 2016: The Luxury All-Inclusive Pen Resort Hotel Curacao

June 21, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

Avila Beach HotelThere is a new luxury hotel development in the works in Curacao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. Set to open in 2016, the future Pen Resort Hotel will be developed on 23,000 square meters of oceanfront property in a unique beachfront location not far from the capital Willemstad near the four star Avila Beach Hotel.

The Pen Resort Hotel will be a luxury all-inclusive resort:

- 5 restaurants and 3 bars

- Contemporary Dutch Caribbean architecture

- 313 rooms featuring the amenities of a AAA 4 Diamond rated resort hotel

- A full service spa and gym, plus many other activities and amenties for adults and children

- 30 minutes away from Curaçao’s International Airport but steps away from the capital

- The resort will include a restoration of Curaçao’s 19th century landmark Cerro Bonito Mansion which will be used as a casino and restaurant

- The resort will restore the historical Kas di Pueblo into suites that are complimented by butler service and where meeting and banquet facilities will be located

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Your Luxury Summer Travel Guide: Incredible Hotel Pools All Over the World

May 24, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Swimming, fishing, hiking, sun bathing, and kayaking are just a few of the various activities to partake in during the incoming summer months. We’ve combine luxury hotels with exciting activities to give you the ultimate summer luxury travel guide perfect for folks looking for an adventure, a weekend away, or just an opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful weather! Check in with us often for a few ideas on where the summer should take you!

Memorial Day Weekend starts tomorrow, and with that comes the opening and beginning of pool season! Certain luxury hotels have absolutely stunning pools perfect for catching some rays and relaxation, and a few of our favorites include the Setai in Miami Beach, the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and the Marina Bay Sands Singapore. The Setai is an intimate oceanfront resort in the heart of South Beach, Florida, and it has not 1, not 2, but 3 beautiful pools each set at a different temperature to accommodate the wide range of guests’ needs. The Bellagio in Las Vegas has 5 beautiful pools with massages available along the poolside, a pool bar, and beautiful statues and flowers surrounding the area. The Marina Bay Sands Singapore infinity pool is located in the Sands SkyPark, and it offers simply stunning views of the city that’s absolutely unparalleled. Be sure to check out these incredible pool options for a phenomenal and relaxing holiday!

Need more? Check out our top luxury hotel pool album on Facebook and board on Pinterest for even more ideas on where to make a splash next!

Image of the Setai


Add a Little Spice to Your Life: Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino

April 24, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

 I love Reno, NV. There's something about the southwestern US that makes it give birth to organic growths of neon, and the sequined glamour comes with enough glitz to make lovers of earth tones run for the hills. And that's precisely the draw of it. People don't go to Reno or Las Vegas for an understated evening alone with nature. It's fast-paced, colorful, and exciting. One of the marks of a good Reno hotel is that it wholeheartedly embraces this action, and one of the marks of a great one is that it does it with its own personal style. It's not enough just to buy into the technicolor dream, you have to take it and make it your own, and the Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino's particular touch is to take the gaudy flair of the strip and apply a layer of pure class to it. 

That class begins as you walk down the front promenade. The sheer scale of the resort is what strikes you first. With 1,630 rooms, 9 restaurants, and 16 bars and lounges, the Peppermill is a self-contained city, a palatial enclave with everything you'll need for your stay.  The rooms are boundlessly luxurious and defined by their old world standards of service. The most recent Tuscan expansion has even expanded on those options, and by the name, you can tell that the hotel is even large enough to split itself into separate themed areas. Tour the world without even stepping outside.  The Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino is just what I expect when I stay at a 5-star resort in Reno: All the glitz and glamour of the commercial lifestyle with the high standards of service of an internationally renowned hotel.


The Best Luxury Hotel Pools Now Open in Las Vegas

April 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With the summer rolling in and temperatures on the rise, the luxury hotels in Las Vegas are combating the heat by opening their pools for their guests! Check out the list of the best luxury hotels in Vegas to find the perfect pool to swim, lounge, and tan!

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore

These two sister properties have 6 pools total, so you have your choice between a variety of options and styles. There are two semi-secluded European pools which allow topless sunbathing and feature black jack tables or bars, and the Encore Beach Club is a lively scene with Djs and lily pads for lounging.

Vdara Hotel and Spa

This is a four star hotel and it is a casino-free and smoke-free property, which can offer a pleasant break from the craziness of Las Vegas. This hotel has a 40,000 square foot pool deck for guests only, and it is lined with chaise lounges and daybeds available for rent.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

There are 2 lap pools and a Jacuzzi on the 8th floor of the hotel perfect for families as well as a plunge pool and a hot tub set up in a quiet zone for adults. Only guests can access the pool on weekends, but anyone can reserve a cabana Monday through Thursday, which come with drinks, fruit, soft robes, and a flat screen TV.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

This hotel’s three pools are considered to be the center of the hip and trendy. Its Marquee Dayclub has 3 story bungalows with private infinity edge plunge pools. The Bamboo Pool is a quiet, more relaxing scene, and the Boulevard Pool is the largest one which has activities such as ping pong and foosball available for its guests.

The Venetian and The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino

These sister properties have the perfect pool options for partiers and loungers alike. Tao Beach and Azure are the pools for the party crowd, and the rest of the pool options offer a calm and relaxing atmosphere, featuring a children’s pool.

 


Mad Men Party to be Held at Hotel Monteleone

March 15, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

For all of you Mad Men lovers crossing off days until the fifth season premiere (10 days and counting), we certainly have an exciting opportunity to transport you back to the swinging sixties. Hotel Monteleone, a luxurious hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans is hosting a Mad Men party at its Carousel Bar and Lounge. The event will feature a fashion show with clothes from Banana Republic, Haute Dames, and Retro Active Vintage. Complimentary 60s cocktails will be served and provided by Republic, and as an incredibly special treat, Bryan Batt, a former Mad Men star will serve as host and costume contest judge.

Interested? Read on for party details as well as a bit more information about the Hotel Monteleone. The party will take place March 20th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Carousel Bar and Lounge. It is free and open to the public, and prizes will be awarded for the best 60s era attire.

The Hotel Monteleone has recently undergone a $70,000 restoration, transforming it back to its original stature as New Orleans Grand Hotel. Its 600 luxurious guestrooms are modernly equipped without losing the traditional and welcoming feel. Its award winning restaurant, Carousel Bar and Lounge has recently celebrated a renovation as well, and it now features expansive windows along Royal Street, updated furniture, and a second crescent-shaped bar.

So whip out your 1960s dresses, polish your dancing shoes, and make your reservations for the Hotel Monteleone today to take part in all the fun!