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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Marrakech

March 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grace Marrakech is a haven of exquisite taste with a unique aura. This luxury boutique hotel in Marrakech, due to open in summer 2014, brings out the true "art-de-vivre" of Morocco - its hospitality, the warmth of its people, as well as the beauty and variety of its landscapes. Grace Marrakech is for those who seek a luxury hotel in Morocco that is an escape into a rural retreat with easy access to the vibrant culture, nightlife and entertainment that Marrakech is famous for. Grace Marrakech harmoniously embraces: urban and rural; body and soul; luxury and authenticity.

Grace Marrakech

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Image of the Day: Fusion Maia Da Nang

March 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Fusion Maia Da Nang have to make the difficult choice between the infinity pool, the beach, or a bite to eat al fresco.

Fusion Maia Da Nang 

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The Omni Homestead Debuts its New Spa

February 15, 2014
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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Image of the Day: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

February 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is home to Kempinski The Spa. The spa also offers a unique signature treatment: Harmony Within. Harmony Within begins with a Mother of Pearl body scrub which cleanses and gently prepares the skin for the warm Thyme and Mint Aromatic massage. During this soporific massage, soothing hot stones are applied to further reduce any lingering tensions. The Signature Treatment ends with a truly tranquil, warm oil head massage.

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

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Romance is on the Menu at Miramonte Resort and Spa

January 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Miramonte Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley in prestigious Indian Wells, is an oasis in the desert offering luxurious accommodations in a romantic setting. This Mediterranean village-inspired resort is an upscale yet intimate property, making it a perfect escape for couples wanting to getaway, reconnect, and celebrate.

There are 215 guest rooms of discerning architecture woven into the exquisite landscaping complete with Italian fountains, fine-crafted stonework, and tranquil piazzas. For the ultimate luxury experience the resort offers 11 exquisitely appointed Villas –with candlelit entryways and private terraces looking out to the immaculate lush grounds of the property. Fragrant citrus and rose gardens adorn the public areas, as well as a notable and lavish herb garden.

Surrounded with balmy palm trees, breathtaking mountain backdrops, and romantic sunsets, couples will find a quaint setting at The Vineyard lounge patio to enjoy a glass of wine and sultry live music. Following with a stroll along the winding pathways, framed with beautiful draping bougainvillea, will make for an unforgettable evening enjoyed under the starlit desert sky.
Miramonte Resort and Spa Outdoor Pool
Couples can also have quality time together to reflect and reconnect at THE WELL Spa, while enjoying a couple’s massage or doing something a little different with the Pittura Festa treatment, a couples painting party using therapeutic muds and followed by a massage for the couple. Recognized as a top 100 North American Resort Spa in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, THE WELL Spa treatments and amenities deliver relaxation and rejuvenation to both the body and spirit.

Miramonte Resort & Spa features a Romance in the Desert Couple's Dinner and Spa Getaway package that includes two 60-minute spa treatments, dinner for two at The Grove, a special welcome amenity, and a late check-out of 2 pm. 

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Spotlight on Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa

January 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Sedona Rouge Spa
The Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa
is ideally located only one mile away from Thunder Mountain trailhead, the entrance to Red Rock Country, and hundreds of acres of Coconino National Forest. Sedona is renowned for its numerous energy enhancing Vortex site locations, which many believe help facilitate the exploration of the soul. The Spa at Sedona Rouge embraces Sedona's natural energy, making it a prized destination for relaxation, healing, and wellness. 

A spa service at Sedona Rouge entitles guests to the use of the hot tubs, steam rooms, fitness center, and swimming pool. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and stay late to enjoy all the spa's amenities. There's also a morning yoga class for an additional fee. 

Services Include:

Custom Massage and Bodywork - The spa's certified massage therapists are devoted professionals, well versed in many bodywork modalities including Reflexology, Cranial Sacral, Cupping Massage, Myofascial Release, Lomi Lomi, Thai Massage, and traditional Ayurvedic services. 

Body Treatments - Body treatments are rituals with rich butters, invigorating scrubs, detoxifying herbal wraps, and mesmerizing scented baths that are locally hand-crafted with both indigenous and exotic botanicals. Customized massage harmoniously and synergistically completes each body treatment ritual.
Sedona Rouge Pool View of Spa
Couples Treatments - A Couple's Massage provides each person with their own therapist to perform customized bodywork while sharing the mood of relaxation with a friend or loved one. Twin Flames is a couples bathing and massage ritual conducted in a candle-lit room scented with rose petals. It begins with a massage tailored to enhance the energies between the couple. Then the therapists leave the room, allowing the couple to enjoy a romantic, candle-lit bath for two.

Facials & Esthetic Services - Experienced estheticians tailor each facial according to each person's unique needs. Offering highly effective skin care products along with extractions, steam therapy, and acupressure massage, the goal of each facial is to promote radiant, healthy skin.

Wellness & Intuitive Discoveries - Offering Psychic Readings, Tarot, and Spiritual Acupuncture, the Spa at Sedona Rouge facilitates a Sedona journey to self discovery.

Ayuvedic Services - Consultations, Ayuvedic Warm Oil Massages, Shirodhara & Marma Point Therapy, Herbal Body Scrub &Wrap, Nasal & Sinus Therapy, and Heart Chakra Healing are all available.

Spa Rooms & Suites - Spa guest rooms are located inside the Spa at Sedona Rouge, away from the main hotel lobby. Most spa guest rooms feature in-room large soaking tubs in the living area. Located inside the Spa at Sedona Rouge, the two-room suite features a soaking tub in the main living area with a pull-out sofa bed and private bedroom and bath.

Happy relaxing!

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New to Five Star Alliance: Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa and Golf Resort

January 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Palazzo Arzaga

Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort is a Renaissance mansion amidst the green hills of Lake Garda. Inside, guests will find archways, wooden ceilings, frescoes, marbles, and stuccoes. Outside is the noble Chapel and the antique courtyard. The impressive terrace is flooded by the sun from sunrise to sunset, and there is an elevated swimming pool. The resort features 84 rooms, most of them located in the main building, the Palazzo. Two separate buildings, Residenza dei Castagni and San Martino, are connected to the main building and offer English country style rooms. Many historic details of the original 15th century palace that houses the Palazzo Arzaga Hotel have been preserved. The hotel features 2 frescoed rooms which have original XVI Century fresco painting in the room or in the bathroom. Many rooms have a stunning view of the golf courses, while others enjoy a relaxing view of the gardens or the courtyard.

Palazzo Arzaga’s two signature golf courses have been designed by Jack Nicklaus II and Gary Player. The courses, the 18-hole Championship Jack Nicklaus II, and the 9-hole Gary Player, are geared to beginner and expert golfers. The recently unveiled Arzaga SPA offers multi-sensory treatments utilizing hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and other techniques. Guests can look forward to natural thermal waters and personalized service.

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa Lake Tahoe's Introduces Seasonal Treatments

January 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe
is a 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center with treatments and therapies themed around water and the woods. The luxury spa has introduced a selection of new seasonal treatments that complement signature favorites and are specifically designed for the winter season and the region's active mountain lifestyle.  

Seasonal Treatments Include:

- Coffee Cake Break  
Start with a deep exfoliating sweet caramel body scrub infused with caffeine designed to stimulate and revive dry skin, followed by a simmering bath soak to hydrate and lock in moisture. A massage with caramel scented body lotion is the icing on the cake. (90 minutes, $300)

- Organic Picture Perfect Pumpkin Facial
This facial is a yam and pumpkin enzyme peel that will leave skin glowing. This sweet yellow clover masque enriches the skin, revealing a refreshed and hydrated complexion. (80 minutes, $300)

- Buttered Rum Rejuvenation Manicure, and Pedicure
This is the winter treatment perfect for soothing tired hands and feet. It consists of an intoxicating sweet exfoliation using a special blend of brown sugar and premium aged rum, finished with caramel body milk will leave the skin soft and hydrated. (80 minutes, $150) Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe

- Wnter Signature Apres Ski Massage
This specialized massage incorporates specific elongating stretches, pressure point techniques, and therapeutic massage. (80 minutes, $265) 

- Cozy Cabin Couple's Massage
This massage is tailored to the needs of both individuals. A romantically illuminated spa suite featuring its own fireplace is where couples can relax as though they have escaped into the woods. (50 minutes, $185.00 per person, 80 minutes, $265 per person)

All prices are exclusive of tax and gratuity, and are subject to change.

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Spa Treatments We'd Like to Try

December 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

So many spas, so little time!  With over 4,000 luxury hotels on the site, we have a lot of great spa spots. 



Here are a few treatments offered at luxury hotel spas that have recently caught our eye:

-The Spa at Aria (pictured at right) in Las Vegas offers a Shio Salt room. Taking in salt through inhalation is thought to provide respiratory benefits. The illuminated wall of Shio salt bricks is complemented by salt lamps, vibration therapy, and radiant music.

-Intercontinental Thalosso Spa Bora Bora's fittingly named Deep Ocean Spa has glass-floored overwater bungalows enabling you to admire the marine life during your treatment. We'd go for the Deep Sea Hydromassage Bath with Chromatherapy.

-Nob Hill Spa at The Huntington Hotel offers a Cinnamon Ginger Escape.  An exfoliating spiced marmalade scrub with ground nutmeg is followed by an energizing massage using smooth pebbles wrapped in aromatic spice bags soaked in warm oil.

-Hotel Hershey, fittingly, offers a Whipped Cocoa bath,  Chocolate Bean Polish and a Chocolate Fondue wrap in their Chocolate Spa. We'll take all three! 

-A  visit to Calistoga isn't complete without a stop at a winery and at the hot springs. After you've visited both,  Napa Valley's Solage Calistoga (pictured at left) has a three-part Mudslide Experience that involves a customized mud body wrap, a relaxing soak in geo-thermal mineral water from their own spring, and then zoning out in a state-of-the-art sound/vibration chair.

-Prague's Hotel Augustine has a St. Thomas Beer Body Ritual. Created using a secret recipe from the Augustinian order of Monks.  It starts with an exfoliation using ground organic beer hops and St. Thomas dark beer, and then finished with a full-body massage. 

-Hotel Il Salviatino (pictured at top) offers an an Antixodant Wine Gel Peel. It's a body scrub using red wine gel and exfoliating seeds, followed up by a therapist-supervised aromatic vapor experience and a highly moisturizing massage.
 

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Did You Know? Inn and Spa at Loretto

December 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Inn and Spa at Loretto sits at the end of the historical Old Santa Fe Trail. Built on the site of the Sister's of Inn and Spa at LorettoLoretto girls' school, the Inn shares its grounds with the famed Loretto Chapel. The chapel is home to the spiral staircase known as the Miraculous Staircase. Why is it a miracle? Because no one knows who built it, or how they built it. 

When the Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, there was no way to reach the choir loft. The sisters consulted carpenters, but the craftsmen agreed that the only solution was a ladder. Since the chapel is small, the ladder would take up too much space. 

Legend has it that the Sisters of the Chapel made a novena to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. On the ninth day of prayer, a man appeared looking for work. He was hired, completed the circular staircase, and then disappeared. The Sisters searched fruitlessly for the carpenter. Unable to find him, some concluded that the man was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters' prayers.

In addition to the mystery of who built it, the staircase is a construction mystery as well. The stunning staircase has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Also, it is said that the staircase was built without any nails. 

It's a mystery. 

 

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