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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.

Teddy Bear Tea at Rittenhouse Hotel

December 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Rittenhouse Hotel Teddy Bear Tea


Gather up your kids for a special kid-friendly tea-time at Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Hotel.

From November 29th through December 31st 2013, children can enjoy a real-life tea party with their teddy bear friends at The Rittenhouse daily. With a child friendly menu and a complimentary Rittenhouse Teddy Bear, you will be sure to leave with a smile and a memory. Children's seating is at 11:30 am with Story time at 12:30 pm. Teddy Bear Tea is being offered at $60 for adults and $30 for kids. Advance reservations are required. 

The Tea Room bears the name of renowned painter Mary Cassatt, whose brother once lived in the mansion that is now the Rittenhouse Hotel. Amidst the rush of urban life, Afternoon Tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room offers an intimate daily escape and the continuance of an age-old tradition. The tea selection spans the world, from tisanes of local herbs and flowers to grand black and green teas of Asia. As accompaniment, Executive Chef Jon Cichon at Lacroix has crafted a selection of delightfully inspired and perfectly delicate sweets and savories with a view to seasonal ingredients and pairings with the wonderful teas.

 

Nightly rates at Rittenhouse Hotel from November 29th-December 31st start at $349>>

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Sneak Peek: The World's Best Hotels and Resorts 2014

November 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

We've done it again! And we are giving you a sneak peek! Our team of luxury hotel experts is proud to present our most current collection of the World's Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Who better to select the best luxury hotels in the world than the travel agency with the most comprehensive collection of 100% luxury hotels? This year we've hand-picked the best luxury hotels worldwide grouped into 15 different categories and based on great feedback from our loyal customers. Need a ski break? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury ski resorts. Beach more your style? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury beach hotels and resorts. It's safe to say that no matter your destination, hotel style, amenities, activities, or interests, we’ve got one of the world’s best luxury hotel and resort that will fulfill your every desire.

 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Cafayate

November 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Grace Cafayate is a luxury hotel, spa, and residential villas development in Calchaqui Valley in the northwest of Argentina, just south of Salta. The hotel forms part of La Estancia de Cafayate, a secluded 1,360 acre residential and sporting estate in the heart of an area famed for its spectacular scenery, outstanding wines, and equestrian sports.

Grace Cafayet

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Surf the Bar at Turtle Bay Resort

November 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Turtle Bay ResortTurtle Bay Resort is renowned as the only resort destination on Oahu's Fabled North Shore. The location is a flashpoint of global surfing, and the hotel plays host to the legendary Hans Hedemann Surf Center. 

Given the hotel's close connection to surfing, the luxury beach hotel has paired up with Surfer the magazine to launch Surfer the Bar. Surfer is a partnership between Turtle Bay and Surfer magazine, the global bible of surfing culture. The drink of choice here is a 16-ounce pint of ice-cold beer, many of them local small-batch brews. The food is fresh, flavorful, sometimes spicy Hawaiian comfort food.


Surfer the bar has a stage for Hawaiian musicianship. In addition to scheduled performers, Surfer has quickly become a showcase for new talent as well as a platform for surprising, impromptu performances by celebrity musicians who like the Surfer vibe.Turtle Bay Resort Surfer the bar is also a screening room for international and local Big Wave filmmakers, documentarians and photographers who consider Surfer to be the perfect venue for sharing their craft with an appreciative audience who want to see the beauty, majesty and danger of the sea through the eyes of those who know it best.  It is a studio for live webcasting of some of surfing’s biggest pro events and up-close-and-personal musical concerts. It is also a soapbox for TalkStory, a centuries-old Hawaiian tradition roughly meaning "to converse informally and openly as good friends do."

Even if you've never caught a wave, spend enough time at Surfer the bar and you'll feel as if you are a hanging ten hero. 
 

Current Nightly Rates at Turtle Bay Resort start at $197 per night >>

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Dining al Fresco: The Mark New York

November 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges in NYC features a masterful design by Jacques Grange and an innovative restaurant menu specially crafted by NYC's pre-eminent chef, the award-winning Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Guests of The Mark New York can also enjoy a bicycle ride and a picnic arranged by the hotel.

The Mark New York

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Sponsored Post: A Taste of the Good Life at Canyon Ranch

November 1, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Sponsored Post Canyon RanchAt renowned Canyon Ranch in sunny Tucson, Arizona, the air is sweet, the scenery is perfect, and the food is a joy for body and soul. Explore the many possibilities of this unsurpassed health resort, such as fitness classes, hiking, sublime spa services and culinary experiences that will thrill you. Plus, first-time guests save 20% on this all-inclusive dream vacation, through June 30, 2014 – a delectable deal!

Discover the award-winning cuisine that meets the high gourmet and nutritional standards of luxurious, all-healthy Canyon Ranch. Your stay includes three meals a day, and you’re sure to find favorite new dishes.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn the secrets of top Ranch chefs through group or private cooking classes, workshops and complimentary lunch demos every day. You’ll take home great inside tips, new skills and practical knowledge for preparing scrumptious dishes that are also good for you.

Sponsored Post Canyon Ranch Tucson


Canyon Ranch cuisine is created by chefs and nutritionists who work together and use only the best fresh ingredients, organic and locally sourced whenever possible. You can sample everything from salmon to tiramisu, or choose meals that are gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan or specially prepared with your health priorities in mind. It’s all delicious!

Have a particular food interest? Meet with a Canyon Ranch nutritionist who can answer your questions concerning weight loss, a special diet, balancing your meals and more. You can even ask for help in planning delectable, healthful meals throughout your stay, so you always have the best possible dining experience.

Savor the Canyon Ranch experience, the vacation of a lifetime!

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Image of the Day: ABaC Restaurant and Hotel

October 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The trippy lounge at ABaC Restaurant and Hotel.

ABaC Restaurant and Hotel 

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Dine at The Dome at Tower Club at lebua

October 17, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Tower club at lebuaTower Club at lebua is a five-star hotel that epitomizes Bangkok luxury. The world-class service and accommodations are are rivaled only by the top-notch dining options at the hotel. The Dome at lebua is home to Bangkok’s highest collection of bars, restaurants, and lounges.

 

Tower club at lebua

Dining and Bar options at The Dome include:

 

-Mezzaluna, which features modern innovative cuisine. Twin chefs Thomas and Mathias Sühring offer an ever-changing menu of modern European cuisine with subtle Asian flavors. A Conde Nast Traveler "Hot Tables" winner, Mezzaluna, found on the 65th floor, is the highest restaurant on the property.

 

-Sirocco, located on the 63 floor of the Dome at lebua, is the world's highest al fresco restaurant and one of Bangkok's hottest restaurants. Sirocco has breathtaking views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river, an amazing Sky Bar, and quality Mediterranean fare.

 

-Breeze specializes in Asian takes on the vast culinary influences of the region. Seating is high above the sea level and the view is a bird's eye glimpse of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River. Seating options include an open-air terrace and a spectacular glass sky-bridge that is suspended in mid-air.

 

-Skybar Suspended in the sky on the 63rd floor of The Dome at lebua, the Sky Bar is the world's highest open air bar, which has a panoramic view of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River. With such an enthralling ambience coupled with a seductive selection of the finest vintages, beverages, and cocktails in Bangkok, the rooftop bar is unanimously accepted as the coolest bar in Bangkok.

 

skybar


-distal is located on the 64th floor and offers premium and authentic malt whiskies, vodkas, and cognacs. A unique feature of distil is the Oyster Bar. Pink Diamond Oysters, Exclusive Petrossian Caviar and fresh sushi and sashimi present a delightful selection, along with the finest champagnes and wines from a walk-in wine cellar. Hand-rolled authentic Cuban Cigars are yours to enjoy together with drinks in the adjoining open-air Cigar Terrace.

 

-Ocean 52 (located on the 52nd floor) is situated several steps from Breeze and a few floors away from Sirocco, Mezzaluna, Distil, and the Skybar, and is a popular rendezvous spot for social gatherings or dinners.

Bon Appetit!

 

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Did You Know? The Bath Priory Hotel Restaurant and Spa

October 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The gardens at the Bath Priory Hotel Restaurant and Spa encompass three acres of lawn and meadow at the back of the house, and an acre of courtyard at the front. The walled Kitchen Garden provides the perfect spot for vegetables and fruit to thrive; and a commitment to using local, seasonal produce means only the freshest of ingredients will be used in the kitchen.

The Bath Priory Restaurant and Spa

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