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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.

Book a 4th of July Retreat to Romance at The Omni Homestead Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead Resort
The Omni Homestead Resort. What better place to celebrate America's birthday than a resort that has played host to dozens of US Presidents?  Add in a little romance, and it's the perfect vacation.

The Retreat to Romance Offer Includes:

A bottle of Chandon Sparkling Wine
Romantic turndown service including robes, music and lighting
Concierge pre-call to assist with special romantic touches and personal requests
Late check-out on request, 1:00 p.m.

Fourth of July Festivities Include:

Friday Night Family Dinner  - Savor the prime rib, seafood, Allegheny trout, pastas made to order, fresh salads, and house made desserts at this special Main Dining Room family experience.

Family Carnival - Held on the Casino Lawn Friday, July 3 from 4PM to 8PM. Kids of all ages will enjoy the bounce house, caricature artist, face painting and music. There will also be classic carnival food from cotton candy to sno cones to old-fashioned popcorn.The Omni Homestead Resort

Cookout on the Casino Lawn - The 4th of July Cookout features buffet style dining from 4:30pm-8pm. Enjoy a wide variety of menu items from hamburgers and hotdogs to salads and seafood as well as an array of desserts. There's also music by the Steve Bassett Band. 

Fireworks - Bring your blanket and find a spot on the Old Course Driving Range for a  concert by The Yacht Rock Schooner. The 8-man Schooner specializes in the smooth sounds of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. A spectacular fireworks display begins at 10pm. 

If you can't make it for the 4th, the Retreat to Romance offer is available until December 30, 2015.

The Retreat to Romance package is subject to availability. Amenities are only available for one night. Additional nights do not receive package amenities. See participating property for details. Not applicable to groups, conventions or in combination with other savings or special discounts. Rates subject to change without notice. Additional terms and restrictions may apply.

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Enjoy a Writer's Weekend and Maple Bourbon Dinner at The Omni Homestead


By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead Nestled amidst the splendor of Virginia's Allegheny Mountain lies The Omni Homestead Resort, one of Virginia's premier mountain resorts.  Minutes from the front steps of The Omni Homestead lies the neighboring county of Highland, best known as Virginia's "Little Switzerland." Highland County represents one of the last unspoiled rural communities in the Alleghenies. When spring temperatures arrive in mid-March, residents celebrate the "opening of the trees" at the Highland County Maple Festival, dedicated to the maple syrup farming process. For two weekends local farmers open their homes to visitors as "sugar camps" where they reveal the processes of tree tapping, sap collection, and syrup making. This year the festival will be held March 14-15 and 21-22.

Inspired by the Maple Festival, the resort's culinary team has created an intimate dining event featuring maple-inspired dishes paired with bourbon cocktails. There were also be lectures courtesy of distiller Buffalo Trace. The dinner, held on March 21, also coincides with the resort's inagural Writer's Weekend, where events will include writer presentations as well as a book sale and signing. Sample dishes include maple sugar dusted Diver Scallop, crispy maple brussels sprouts, New York Strip Steak au poivre with a bourbon peppercorn sauce, and maple bourbon ice cream.

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The Omni Homestead Debuts its New Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead has long been popular for its natural hot springs. Two major springs from the Allegheny Mountains flow onto The Omni Homestead Resort property, naturally heated and requiring no chemical treatment. Renew your mind and body with a rejuvenating soak in the natural mineral waters of our legendary Jefferson Pools. The luxuy resort has also just debuted its rejuvenated spa.

The Spa at The Omni Homestead is an expansive, state-of-the-art facility for guests to experience decadent treatments, wellness facilities and unique features, including theAqua Thermal Suite and a year-round, adults only Spa Garden. In the Spa Garden, dip into the natural hot springs or relax your muscles in a naturally-pressurized geothermal deluge shower. 

The river reflexology walk offers a one-of-a-kind massage for your feet with smooth stones amid a small stream of natural spring water. Poolside cabanas, a spring-fed pool and whirlpool and Finnish-style sauna are other key features of this exclusive garden experience.

The Spa offers a variety of signature services including the Southern Harvest Apricot and Sweet Vanilla Wrap, 1766 Mineral Bath. and Mineral Springs Mud Wrap. Virginia’s classic spa also offers soothing and restorative massages, skin care and body therapies, and a fitness area with cardio/weight room and movement therapy rooms for yoga, cycling, and other classes.

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The Homestead Plans for Canyon Ranch


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The HomesteadGood news for East Coast fans of Canyon Ranch. The Homestead, located in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, has just announced that they will open a Canyon Ranch SpaClub this month. 

Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Homestead will offer a variety of opportunities to explore the rewards of living a healthier, longer, more vibrant life. Signature services will include the Canyon Stone Massage and Mineral Euphoria Body Treatment, along with Target Heart-Rate Determination and Nutrition for Wellness. The luxury spa will also offer healing and restorative massages, skin care and body therapies, and a fitness area with cardio/weight room and movement therapy rooms for Pilates, yoga, cycling and other classes. Canyon Ranch is known for being the gold standard in healthy vacations, starting with their flagship property in  Canyon Ranch destination resort spa in Tucson, Arizona.

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub will provide a delightful accompaniement to the luxury resort's Hot Springs. Two major springs from the Allegheny Mountains flow onto The Homestead property, naturally heated and requiring no chemical treatment, so you can enjoy what many consider to be the best hot springs in Virginia straight from the source. Soak in the natural mineral waters of thelegendary Jefferson Pools (named after the former President) or play year-round in our two-acre outdoor pool area, Allegheny Springs.

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Get Your Golden Easter Egg at The Homestead


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

It's not even Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean it's too soon to start planning for Easter!  The Homestead, one of the country's leading historic resorts and a National Historic Landmark, has been providing luxuriously appointed resort accommodations to Presidents, Princes, and sports enthusiasts alike since its founding in 1766. Easter weekend is a big deal at The Homestead, with activities such as crafts, magic shows, caricatures, balloon animals, photos with the Easter Bunny, and even Saturday afternoon tea with the Easter Bunny.

On Sunday, The Homestead hosts the largest Easter Egg hunt in Virginia, with over 4,000 eggs hidden! One lucky child will find the Golden Egg, and will receive a complimentary one-night stay including breakfast and dinner for a family of four. 

Adults can enjoy such activities as a golf clinic, Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland Ice Skating & Swimming, and a Ballroom dance clinic.
 

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A Spectacular July 4th at The Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Homestead Resort, VirginiaNestled in Allegheny Mountains, The Homestead is a treasured Virginia resort destination, where generations of families vacation in mountain splendor and partake in an endless array of indoor and outdoor activities-- from canoeing and horseback riding to archery and golf. A National Historic Landmark, The Homestead first welcomed its first guests a decade before the American Revolution, and princes and presidents alike have flocked to the resort to "take the waters" at the healing hot springs.

This 4th of July, make it a family affair with a vacation at The Homestead. With festivities like an All-American cookout, "A Concert Under the Stars" and a spectacular fireworks display, the resort's July 4th is guaranteed to be a holiday to remember. The Homestead is currently offering a "3rd Night Free" with unlimited resort activities, priced from $345 per night. Must book by June 17, for travel through August 31, 2011.