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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.

Cool Pools: The Cliff House Hotel Ardmore


By: Five Star Alliance

The Spa and Wellness center at The Cliff House Hotel Ardmore takes its name from the sacred spring at St Declan’s Well, which is  a short walk from the hotel. A 15 meter indoor infinity-edge swimming pool is The Well’s centrepiece. Its floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views create a sense of unending space, as if the pool is merging into the Irish Sea. For those of stronger constitutions, a natural outdoor rock pool can be enjoyed at full tide. There's also an outdoor heated Jacuzzi and relaxation terrace with two stone baths.

The Cliff House Hotel Ardmore

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Did You Know? Barnsley Gardens Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Barnsley Gardens Resort has a long and storied history. It was build by one of the wealthiest men in the south, Godfrey Barnsley, for his wife Julia. Construction began on the Italian-style villa in the 1840s, on land that was once inhabited by Cherokee Indians. Both the home and its elaborate gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneering landscape designer and proponent of Italianate and gothic revival architecture. Sadly, Julia passed away before the home was completed. 

Barnsley Gardens Resort

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Did You Know? Art Deco Hotel Montana


By: Five Star Alliance

Art Deco Hotel Montana, perched on the hillside above the Palace Hotel, was opened in 1910. At the same time, an electric funicular railway was also built to take guests from the lakeside promenade directly to the hotel lobby, in just one minute.

Art Deco Hotel Montana

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Cool Pools: Regent Porto Montenegro


By: Five Star Alliance

Regent Porto Montenegro nestles on the palm-lined shores and lush mountainous backdrops of the Boka Bay – a historical Austro-Hungarian naval base that is now a superyacht homeport and the heart of the best emerging cruising ground in the Mediterranean basin, with over one kilometer of west-facing waterfront.

The outdoor 20 meter infinity edge pool is located on the first floor and has two outdoor showers. On the same floor, the indoor vitality pool features an air jet Jacuzzi and is a part of the Spa. The two pools connect in the summertime for a plunge with a comprehensive view of the marina.

Regent Porto Montenegro

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Montage Deer Valley Offers Apres-Ski Art


By: Five Star Alliance

Montage Deer Valley
You might not think that ski resort would also be dedicated to fine art, but you'd be wrong. Montage Deer Valley is located in the year-round community of Park City, and guests enjoy a coveted location atop Empire Pass, unrivaled ski-in / ski-out access to America’s top ski resort, the 35,000 square foot Spa Montage and amazing year-round activities including hiking, biking, golf and fly-fishing. 

Montage Deer ValleyBut  Montage Deer Valley  also offers an extensive art collection, with hundreds of original pieces by local artists that hang in the resort's public spaces, guestrooms, and residences. With works by Luke Frazier, Herb Mignery, John James Audobon, and John Banovich, the sculptures, oil paintings, and prints depicting the mountains and dramatic landscape complement the refined Mountain Craftsman resort. Truly representative of the American West, the collection evokes the culture and heritage of the West past and present, with paintings that capture the beauty of the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife in the region. For guests and art lovers alike, Montage Deer Valley has compiled a guide book titled Montage Deer Valley Art Guide, which provides a comprehensive overview of the historic and original art collection and guides guest room by room through the art. 

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Get Well at Miramontes THE WELL Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Miramonte Resort and Spa What better way to get away from it all than to run away to the deserts of Palm Springs to the ultimate spa destination, Miramonte Resort and Spa? This property is home to The Well Spa, a destination spa resort that has received multiple awards for its spa services on offer. 

Established in 2004, THE WELL Spa offers award-winning services in an intimate Tuscan environment. It has been named "Best Spa" by polls of readers locally from Desert Magazine to "Top 100 Resort Spas" by worldwide vote in Conde Nast Traveler.

Distinctive outdoor and indoor treatments are available to enliven your senses and bring relaxation and rejuvenation to both the body and spirit, for the ultimate spa experience. The 12,000 square foot spa facility at WELL Spa features amenities such as separate steam rooms for both men and women, river bench water therapy, a plethora of indoor treatment rooms to choose from that have jet soaking tubs, five outdoor treatment spaces including the Watsu pool, a quiet meditation room, and a beverage bar featuring an exclusive spa menu with light fare to complement the rejuvenation experience. Guests can also have fun while they relax with the Pittura Fiesta Painting Party by getting dirty using bright-colored muds and clays on your body, face and hair.

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Cool Pools: The Chedi Andermatt


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This spectacular relaxation pool is part of the spa and wellness center at The Chedi Andermatt.

The Chedi Andermatt

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Cool Pools: Amangiri


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Amangiri's unique swimming pool is set within a sunken courtyard framed by the Pavilion and rock escarpment. It wraps around the rock to finish with a hot tub that sits at the base of a rock wall. The lounging terrace that surrounds the pool features king-sized daybeds, some of which appear to float on the water, and pairs of sun-loungers. Adjacent to the hot tub is the Campfire Pavilion which faces inwards. Warmed by a fire during winter, it is an inviting nook for lounging and relaxing.

Amangiri 

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Offers Estate Homes for Rent


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Sanctuary on Camelback MountainPlan the ultimate getaway in one of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's Mountainside Estate Homes, nestled above the resort, just a short stroll from all Sanctuary has to offer. 

Terraced high on Camelback Mountain, the luxury vacation homes offer the pinnacle of privacy for Sanctuary guests. Each unique in style, these mountainside homes are the ultimate retreat for family vacations, social gatherings, and corporate retreats to Sanctuary Camelback Mountain. Enjoy dazzling vista views and comfortable, spacious seclusion in one of six luxury vacation homes. And with all the resort pleasures just a few steps away, these mountainside estates are the ideal choice for a Scottsdale vacation home, offering intriguing features like a private game room, secluded pools, private patios, and even a guest house. 

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Each of Sanctuary's distinctive private estates is available for the night, week or month. Casa del Sano: starting at $1,500 per night Gallery: starting at $2,000 per night Casa Montana: starting at $2,500 per night Hi Lob: $2,500 per night Casa Five: $4,000 per night Casa Nine: starting at $4,000 per night

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies. 

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