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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.

Wow, what a view at the Springs Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Wow, what a view at The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Courtesy of instagram user /Safarianne, the boutique hotel sits on a mountainside 1,000 feet above the Arenal. The tropical resort has 28 thermal spring pools with the highest quality mineral content in the area, the famous "Monkey Slide" at Perdidos Springs, and the Club Rio Outdoor Center set on one-mile of the Arenal River with on-site adventures such as water tubing, rock climbing, and horseback riding. There's also a wildlife sanctuary with more than 100 rescued animals including monkeys, deer, sloths, toucans, jungle cats, and crocodiles.

As you can see, guest rooms feature views of the volcano and surrounding valley, with hardwood floors and ceilings, carved wood furniture, marble bathrooms with dual sinks, and sitting areas. 

The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal from /safarianne


Did You Know? Alisal Guest Ranch


By: Five Star Alliance

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley bound by a river on the northeast and a coastal mountain range on the southwest. The range barricades the coastal flow, producing warmer valley days and cooler valley nights. The adjacent river and seasonal streams that cross this land abound with annual runs of 10-pound steelhead trout. The rolling hills are dotted with valley oaks and coast live oaks, many of which will live up to 300 years. The verdant glens and riverbanks, shadowed by the mountain backdrop, support healthy groves of western sycamores. Deer graze cautiously, fearing mountain lions, bears, and coyotes. Original inhabitants used this land for hunting and for gathering acorns and, most recently, for raising livestock. 

Alisal Guest Ranch

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Ambassadors of the Environment at Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman


By: Five Star Alliance

The Ritz Carlton Grand CaymanJean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment is an educational program dedicated to engaging people of all ages with their natural and cultural environment. Guests at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman can enjoy activities designed to deepen their appreciation for nature. Throughout these unique Caribbean eco-tours, the islands’ ecological resources become a natural classroom and living laboratory in which adults, families and kids learn while having fun at the same time. Each Grand Cayman Ambassadors of the Environment adventure begins upon arrival at Heritage House, a traditional island cottage showcasing Caymanian culture. The Ambassadors Naturalists can customize tours for groups of any size. There are customizable options geared towards kids, teens, adults, and the whole family. 

Available Activities Include:
-Coral reef presentations     
-Mangrove kayak adventures    
-Sunset mangrove kayaks    
-Night snorkels     
-Underwater photography snorkels   
-Shipwreck snorkel 
-Underwater videography snorkel    
-Fish frenzy snorkel
-Reef discovery snorkel
-Cayman snorkel odyssey

-Private guided telescope observations
-Seafloor submarine adventure

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Dining Al Fresco: Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort choose from any of four restaurants for lunch.

During the summer season, guests are also treated to three weekly outdoor events: a Seafood Barbeque served at Alisal Lake on Monday nights, a Southwestern-style Barbecue served at the Rodeo Arena on Wednesday nights, and our traditional Western Barbecue served on the lawn adjacent to the pool on Saturday nights. The Monday and Wednesday affairs are optional, as the Ranch Dining Room is also open to guests on those evenings.

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Image of the day: Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico


By: Five Star Alliance

Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico is located 320 kilometers from Rio Gallegos and on the south bank of Lake Argentino, it is the city of El Calafat and a haven of peace and greenery. Considered one of the top tourist destinations in the Patagonia Argentina , has a modern infrastructure with all the services and amenities needed for a comfortable stay. This resort is considered the starting point for many excursions in Calafate both to the Glacier National Park and the town of El Chalten.

Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico
The great ice sheet known as Perito Moreno Glacier, located 80 kilometers from El Calafate, traps thousands of tourists who want to learn about the natural beauty of this large iceberg which has a front of 5 kilometers and a height of 60 meters above water level. Thus, in El Calafate it is today one of the world's most iconic destinations you should definitely visit on your next trip.

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Natural Adventures at Hotel Quinta Do Lago


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Quinta do LagoThe Hotel Quinta do Lago is situated in the Resort of Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, next to the Formosa Estuary (Ria Formosa) and the sea, in the very heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Hotel Quinta do Lago is the ideal place to discover nature.

Nature Activities and Adventures Include:

Horseback Riding-There are numerous stables near the hotel, from where one can enjoy the beauty of the Ria Formosa National Park on horseback.

Birdwatching-Quinta do Lago is a luxury destination for true bird watchers; here they have the opportunity to observe many different species in their natural habitat. The best location is besides the São Lourenço Lagoon, where a wooden shelter provides views over the water.Hotel Quinta do Lago

Seaside-Discover the unique beauty of the coast with its rock formations and caves. Take an exclusive cruise to relax, or have fun in the company of others on a group cruise.

Countryside-The inhabitants of Algarve's countryside maintain traditions of past centuries. Taste the traditional cuisine and enjoy the natural beauty of Algarve's best kept secret.

Beach-The Quinta do Lago beach is located a mere 300 meters from the hotel. You will find a vast array of water sports that will enliven your summer. You can also visit nearby beaches such as the Garrão beach and the Ancão or the Vale do Lobo beaches.

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Did You Know? IDW Esperanza Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Lithuania's IDW Esperanza Resort is surrounded by 27 acres of extensive pine forests. The resort was handcrafted from cedar logs imported from the mountains of British Columbia. The wood ranges from 175-400 years old.

IDW Esperanza Resort

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Brewhouse Inn and Suites


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The Brewhouse Inn and Suites is part of Milwaukee's visionary, LEED certified, Platinum rated sustainable neighborhood, The Brewery. The hotel was home to the Pabst brewhouse for more than 150 years. Now it's an all-suite hotel with generous amenities and thoughtful, first-class accommodations. It is the perfect location for memorable one night as well as extended stays. From the more than 300 beautifully arched windows throughout to the exposed, original cream city brick, to the original exposed timbers and the historic Carnegie Steel beams, the curved staircase with forged iron barley inlays to the original Pabst copper brew kettles, the property is a feast for the eyes and an architectural marvel.

The Brewhouse Inn and Suites

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Dining al Fresco (And Inside As Well): Victoria Falls Hotel


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Victoria Halls Hotel

Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria Falls. The hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge and the gorges below. Situated in acres of private garden, the charm and tranquil atmosphere of the hotel has earned international acclaim. The elegant decor and the old world charm of this gracious hotel is reflected in the wide colonial verandahs and the Livingstone room with its superb cuisine.

A walk along the hotel's private pathway will bring guests out atop the gorge and provides a magnificent view of the bridge crossing into Zambia. From here one can watch in awe as bungi jumpers fall 111 metres down the world's longest natural bungi jump, towards the mighty Zambezi below. 

Dining options include:

The Livingstone Room-Enjoy an elegant dining experience at The Victoria Falls Hotel. Guests can choose from a la carte menu and an extensive wine list. The dress code has been relaxed in line with the times. The dress code is smart but a jacket and tie is not longer obligatory. 

The Jungle Junction-Situated close to the swimming pool with a clear view of the spray of the Falls, the Jungle Junction is a popular venue with groups, offering African fusion food with traditional African music. 

Stanley's Terrace-A selection of light meals is served from the Stanley's Terrace at The Victoria Falls Hotel. An afternoon spent enjoying the renowned traditional High Tea overlooking the Victoria Falls bridge and spray of the Falls is a must for hotel guests.

In-room dining is also available.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Campo Bahia


By: Five Star Alliance

Campo Bahia

The resort Campo Bahia is situated at the seaside of the federal state Bahia, to the north of Porto Seguro. The 14.740 square meter area Campo Bahia has been built in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to include it into the surrounding landscape of the Santo Andre and Santa Cruz Cabralia region. Campo Bahia has 14 houses with a total of 68 suites for a personal and exclusive stay. Each house has two stories with a living space, a kitchen area and a terrace on the first floor and extraordinary but cozy bedrooms on the first floor. The houses are surrounded by an open central sector with a spread out lounge and dining area, an open kitchen and a 700 square meter pool area. Close to the resort, guests can enjoy several outside sport facilities as well as an indoor fitness center.

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