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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.

Chic Villas at Baoase Resort in Curaçao


By: Five Star Alliance

If you are a first timer, or even a seasoned traveler, looking for a swanky villa within a luxury resort, we've got the best option for you in the Caribbean at the uber chic Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao. Nestled amidst tropical gardens and caressed by the azure water of the Caribbean Sea our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has the following insight:

Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao is a great fit for LGBT guests and all seasoned Caribbean travelers looking for an island where everything is accepted and celebrated. The local airport, Curaçao International, is about a 25-minute drive from the resort, which also has a helipad. Hint: Guests can opt for a VIP transfer, and a chauffeur will pick them up inside Curaçao International Airport, allow them to pass through customs and immigration more quickly, bypassing the lines, and then take them to the property in a luxury car. Note: There is a private jet center at the Curaçao International airport.

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Villa with private pool at the Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao

Even though the Ocean Front Villa is the most requested accommodation here, but we were told families cannot go wrong in booking the Private Pool Villa, the Superior Private Pool Villa and the Master Villa (the only one with butler service).

Note: The resort doesn't have a spa. However, guests can request treatments ranging from traditional massages and body scrubs to manicures and pedicures on the property's private beach. In-room group treatments are also available for wedding parties. Tip: Guests are advised to book spa treatments at least two days in advance. 

The resort’s Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant is open to locals. The most popular fare here is "The Chef’s Menu," a full seven-course menu, which changes constantly and makes use of fresh ingredients. Additional recommended dishes include tuna tartare, lionfish and ginger cheesecake. Nice Touch: All of the seating at this restaurant is beachfront. Although it is fairly easy to get a reservation at the resort, we were told guests should book two weeks in advance to be on the safe side.

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Outdoor bathroom and tub in a Superior Beachfront pool suite at the Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao

For VIPs tying the knot, the resort can do everything from buyouts to ceremonies for 10 guests and rehearsal dinners. The property can accommodate almost any over-the-top request. For instance, A-listers can hire a private jet to drop rose petals during the ceremony. Other extravagant needs that the resort has fulfilled in the past include delivering 100 flowers to a couple's room during their honeymoon, and flying in wagyu beef from Japan to meet a guests request for dinner.

Additional experiences include a bottle of champagne upon arrival; a four-course “Surprise Menu” created by the chef in a romantic gazebo set up on the beach; and private picnic on the beach.

Tip: For those VIPs looking to get some shopping done, there are some high-end jewelry shops in Punda, which is roughly a five- to 10-minute drive from the resort. The property can provide VIP transport to and from the shops.

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Beach at the Baoase Luxury Resort in Curacao


Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Offers #EpicMemories


By: Five Star Alliance

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Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Family Beach VacationNestled along Southern California’s most recognizable and breathtaking coastline, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel provides the inspiration for guests to create #EpicMemories in 2016 with original and enduring packages and activities that awaken the soul, stimulate creativity rejuvenate the spirit and inspire the heart.

Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Outdoor PoolSea legs are embraced and the soul is awakened on the Eco-Adventure Center's Biggest Show on Earth excursion. See first-hand why Dana Point is the Whale Capital of the West. A famous gathering area for aquatic animals, Dana Point attracts not only marine mammals but marine biologists and whale lovers from around the world. While on the adventure, majestic blue whales or gray whales can be seen as they travel past Dana Point, which is believed to serve as a visual landmark for several species of whales that migrate along the Pacific Coast. The Biggest Show on Earth is $110 per person and includes transportation to and from Dana Point Harbor.

The history of art is filled with stories of solitary artists abandoning society to pursue their creative expression. The 2016 Pageant of the Masters sets out in search of stories of compelling collaborations that led to the creation of unforgettable artworks in this summer's presentation of "Partners". Filled with provocative and passionate tales of some of art's dynamic duos - artists and patrons, models, muses, even dance partners, be sure to bring someone special with you, as "Partners" pulls back the curtain to reveal the significant others without whom the creation of great masterpieces might not have been possible.

Going backstage at the Pageant of the Masters stimulates creativity. The resort's Behind the Velvet Rope experience offers an exclusive opportunity to see how this grand production comes together behind the curtain and offers a peek into the mystery of how art comes to life. The experience also affords guests to rub elbows with the artists while on a private docent tour of the Festival of Arts. The resort also offers a Pageant of the Masters "Partners" package that includes two tickets to the performance. Pageant packages start at $849 per night and are available July 7 through August 31, 2016.

Rejuvenate the spirit with the Rejuvenate You package. Celebrate a new you with two 60-minute signature spa treatments, oceanfront Pilates and yoga, as well as a delectable lunch for two in Raya. The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a selection of massage, facial and body treatments in a relaxing and tranquil environment. Rejuvenate You starts at $749 per night.

Guests can extend their stay with the Treat You package. Starting at $875 per night, the Treat You package includes accommodations on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level and one complimentary night when guests stay four nights. The Club Level experience offers the comfort, convenience and privacy of a hotel within a hotel. Located on the fourth floor of the resort, The Club Level is not just about luxurious surroundings; it's about personalized service. A dedicated concierge is available to meet any needs from hard to get restaurant reservations to assistance with changing airline flights. Only guests registered on Club Level can access the floor through use of a special elevator key, ensuring a sense of personal security. The focal point of Club is a spacious lounge area, furnished to resemble a comfortable living area and well stocked with books and a variety of magazines and newspapers.

Inspire the heart and fall in love all over again with the resort’s Sunset Romance package that includes overnight accommodations, Champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries, and breakfast for two. Enhance the experience with an upgrade to a fireside ocean guestroom where guests can toast the sunset by the warmth of the fire on the private patio and create #EpicMemories. Sunset Romance starts at $699 per night.

Throughout 2016, #EpicMemories experiences will be highlighted on the resorts social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. These experiences range from watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean with your loved one to building a sand castle on the beach with your children. Guests are also encouraged to share their #EpicMemories.

Sunset at Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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High Roller's Love the Red Rock Resort 180 Suite


By: Five Star Alliance

10 miles from the strip, The Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa offers the ultimate high roller suite - the 180 Suite - spread over 7,500 square feet of space and with views of the Strip and the mountains. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.

Red Rock Resort 180 Suite Terrace

Guests will be staying in good company as the resort has hosted George Clooney, Pink and Cindy Crawford. The One-Eighty Suite has views of the Strip and the mountains. However, the suite may divert attention from the vistas with its sleek, luxurious design in a color scheme of black, rich browns and blues - very 21st-century. This top suite leaves us wanting to know what's around every corner and behind every door. Amenities at this luxury hideaway include a pool table, a 100-inch TV and a full bar (hello, Sin City).

The bathrooms in both master bedrooms are fitted with a walk-in shower and Jacuzzi tubs with fireplaces. The two bedrooms also come with private balconies. Outside, along with a stunning view of the mountains, guests will have a spa tub and a bar with a revolving sofa. With these digs, venturing over to the Strip may not be necessary.

Additional Tip: For the ultimate entrance, the hotel has luxury Cadillac Escalades and Cadillac Limos for private pick up from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. 

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Red Rock Resort 180 Suite Living Room


Rooms with a view at Villa Dubrovnik


By: Five Star Alliance

Originally built in 1961, Villa Dubrovnik is a boutique hotel prominently positioned on the cliffs above Dubrovnik's prestigious St. Jacob precinct with stunning views over the Adriatic Sea, The Island of Lokrum, and the Old City walls. Featuring 56 rooms, seven of them unique suites, guests can enjoy the year round indoor/outdoor swimming pool, nearby private beach, extensive spa, fine dining at Pjerin and Giardino, and the rooftop lounge - Prosciutto & Wine Bar. Venetian Vaporetto speedboats offer daily transfers between the Villa and Old City.

Read more below about our favorite accommodations available at Villa Dubrovnik.

Villa Dubrovnik

Villa Kolin is a standalone building within the resort offering 2 separate residences with private services, entrances, and facilities. The residence spreads through 3 floors and offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a grand living room - for a total of 132 m2 space. The 12 m2 teak wood private terrace features a jacuzzi bath. Each bedroom has a private bathroom, plus the bathroom on the living room floor. The bathrooms are equipped with walk-in showers or bathtubs, double basins and floor heating. The 2 Kolin Residences can can be reserved individually or as one unit.

Villa Kolin at Villa Dubrovnik

Superior Rooms are the smallest offerings at 30 square meters. They offer a King Bed or 2 Twins, an en suite glass wall bathroom with full shading option, and a sea view off the teak wood terrace balcony overlooking the Adriatic sea, Lokrum island and the majority of them the view to the Old City.

Superior Room Terrace Villa Dubrovnik

The Deluxe Rooms are similar to the Superior Room and offer all the same features and amenities, but are 35 square meters in size.

Deluxe Room Bathroom Villa Dubrovnik

Executive Rooms offer a King Bed or 2 Twins, an en suite glass wall bathroom with full shading option, a private jacuzzi on the teak wood terrace balcony, and are 37 square meters in size.

Villa Dubrovnik Executive Room

Learn more about Villa Dubrovnik and book your reservation here >>

Villa Dubrovnik


3 Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Experiences


By: Five Star Alliance

Perched between the mountains and the lake, The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is a luxurious retreat. Originally built as a private estate in the 1850s, the historic hotel has been popular with royalty and celebrities from around the world for more than 100 years. Featuring a prime setting in Bellagio, the resort has an indoor and outdoor pool, fine dining, full-service spa, lavish gardens, and ornate interiors.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Here are three of our favorite experiences at the property:

  1. Spa Serbelloni: open from April to October, the spa is located within a historic villa. Adjacent to the indoor pool, guests can enjoy a variety of treatments designed to create harmony between the mind and body, including the Beauty Day program which includes a remineralizing body treatment, massage, facial, and light lunch. Plus, there are integrative options that combine Pilates and Fitness Center sessions with spa treatments.  
  2. The Mistral Restaurant offers the ultimate dining with a view experience. Featuring cuisine by Michelin Star Chef Etorre Bocchia, the restaurant has a terrace with stunning views of Lake Como, plus live music.
  3. Taxi Boat excursions are the perfect way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the area. The hotel offers a variety of options including transfers from the property's private dock to Villa D'Este and Centro Lago, or guests can choose rides around the lake for a specific amount of time.

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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Docks


Stay Close to the Acropolis at NJV Athens Plaza


By: Rachael Weir

Situated in historic Syntagma Square, the NJV Athens Plaza is within walking distance of the upscale Stadiou and Voukourestiou Streets. Featuring a modern atmosphere and luxurious amenities, the hotel provides breathtaking views of the Acropolis as well as easy access to shopping, archeological sites and tourist attractions. There's also three on-site dining options including a British-style bar, all-day café and the Parliament Restaurant with authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Plus, a terrace with stunning vistas.

Guest rooms at the hotel feature contemporary styling with a mostly white color palette, designer furnishings and smart TVs, plus views of the Acropolis and downtown Athens.
In addition, all guests enjoy:
-    Discounted rates to the prestigious Holmes Place Athens Club and Spa
-    Car rental service
-    Multilingual staff
-    Traditional Greek and American-style buffet breakfast choices

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NJV Athens Plaza Restaurant
 


Deluxe Junior Suites at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

On the banks of the Vilcanota River and at the foot of Macchu Picchu, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers travelers 60 guest rooms: 3 Sumaq Suites, 11 Junior Suites and 46 Superior category rooms.

As of May 2016, new Deluxe Junior Suites are available. Sleep deeply with hypoallergenic pillows, goose feather comforters, spring mattresses, and modern thermal heating. The rooms measure approximately 29 to 34 square meters. Services and amenities include a King Bed, 47 inch LED tv, mini-fridge, coffee maker, cradle, small living room, DVD player, radio with MP3 player.

All guest rooms at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel feature the following:

  • 100% goose-feather blankets
  • 100% cotton sheets
  • Cable television
  • National/International Direct Dialing
  • Thermal Heating
  • Electronic Safe
  • 110V/220V power
  • Bathrooms with tub and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Black-out curtains
  • Fire alarm
  • Soundproof windows
  • Minibar
  • 2 bottles of water complimentary per night
  • Turndown service

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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The New Villa One at One&Only Palmilla


By: Five Star Alliance

This article was first published in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Natalie Maneval, under the title "The Villa Experience."

One&Only Palmilla Villa One

On the tip of the Baja Peninsula, discerning travelers now have a new villa accommodation to choose from when traveling to the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos. Villa One is complete with four bedrooms and an additional Butler Suite (for that top-notch service). By day, the guests will have 14,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor space to venture through, complete with an infinity-edge pool and fire pit. Seeking a wellness experience? We suggest making an appointment with the villa's dedicated fitness trainer or spa therapist, who will, of course, provide treatments onsite.

For a taste of adventure, the Villa Team can plan custom experiences, including deep sea fishing excursions, full-day surf lessons and cruising on One&Only Palmilla's Catari Yacht. In fact, travelers that stay at least four nights in Villa One will get to choose between a complimentary private yacht cruise or art walk tour. During the cruise, guests will explore the Sea of Cortez complete with a spin to Medano Bay - the view of the coastline will amaze. Meanwhile, an Art Walk takes guests to San Jose del Cabo to check out the Gallery District from the months of November to June. Guests will peruse different galleries like La Sacristia and Galeria Corsica.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One

Back at Villa One, the culinary staff can create custom meals to fit all tastes. We suggest asking for a themed dinner like taco night or barbeque. Tip: Complimentary sunset margaritas and Mexican canapés are served daily.

This accommodation is ideal for multigenerational families - the bedrooms come in several configurations, including an 870-square-foot master suite, a second bedroom with a king size bed and a secluded sun deck, a third room with two queen size beds and private patio and a fourth guestroom with bunk beds. When it comes time for those special family moments, convene in the great room. There, the doors open 30 feet wide to reveal views of the infinity-edge pool, the gardens and the sea. The prime views continue throughout the guesthouse, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

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One&Only Palmilla Villa One


Complimentary Cocktails at Tower Club at lebua


By: Five Star Alliance

Tower Club at lebua As if a stay at Tower Club at lebua wasn't enough...

When you book your stay through Five Star Alliance, you'll get complimentary cocktails (up to two) at Distil, the highest bar in Bangkok. You can toast your stay against the backdrop of one of the world's most exciting cities.

Tower Club at lebua is a luxurious five-star hotel that was named the World's Leading Luxury All-Suite Hotel at the World Travel Awards. Located on the 51st through 59th floors of the State Tower building, the views from the 221 gigantic suites are extraordinary, and the separate bedrooms, living room, and kitchenette are complemented by the infinite thoughtful touches that reflect the personalized, intuitive service that pervades every floor.
Tower Club at lebua

Located on the 64th floor, Distil is home to mixology magic like the new season of Aged Cocktails, for which the ingredients, including premium and exclusive Havana Club 3 Year Old rum and Plymouth gin, are aged in French oak barrels for several weeks, then shaken and muddled with nectars, spices, purees, and liqueurs. There's also a collection of Ice Cocktails, where standard ice has been replaced with spheres or cubes of completely unexpected flavors frozen at minus 1.9 degrees Celsius.

A wide selection of premium authentic malt whiskies, vodkas, and brandies are also stocked, and a walk-in wine cellar features the finest wines and champagnes from around the world. 

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Spice Spoons at Anantara Phuket Layan


By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa
Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa
offers guests a chance to learn to cook authentic Thai cuisine. Much more than just a cooking class, Spice Spoons offers a rich and interactive immersion in Thailand’s world famous gastronomy, renowned for its artistry and unique four flavor balance of salty, sweet, spicy and pungent. For the more adventurous the journey begins early in the morning with a chef guided tour of the market to select fresh ingredients and sample a popular local snack. In the afternoon cooking class, held in the open kitchen of the Thai restaurant La Sala, guests will learn about Thai cuisine's cultural significance and health benefits, indigenous ingredients and cooking equipment, as well as convenient replacements to use at home.

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