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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.

The Melville Suite at Grand Hotel de la Minerve, Rome


By: Five Star Alliance

A magnificent mansion built in 1620 for the Fonseca family, The Grand Hotel de la Minerve offers 135 guest rooms and suites in the Rome historical city centre, the hotel overlooks the Pantheon and is just minutes from Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

Sitting Room of the Melville Suite

The Melville Suite at the Grand Hotel de la Minerve:

"In the square there is an obelisk that rises above an elephant…", that's how the famous writer of Moby Dick, Herman Melville describes in his diaries the amazing view of Bernini's masterpiece from this suite. 

Overlooking the Minerva Square, this 75 sqm suite is composed by a large living room with a sitting area, a bedroom with a four poster king size bed and a marble bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub and shower. The coffered ceiling and the accurate design lend the Suite Melville its noble, elegant lines and the warmth of a comfortable, welcoming aristocratic "home". 

Max occupancy is 2 adults and 1 child, with a crib available upon request.

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Bathroom of Melville Suite


Exciting Expansion at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Centrally located a destination unlike any other, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, with it's distinctive Mediterranean design, began an expansion project on October 27, 2014 and it is now ready for guests to enjoy. Features include a new two-story building of 32 incredible rooms and suites. Lush gardens and an outdoor venue were included in the expansion, all while preserving the Sedona red rock views.

Sit with a glass of wine on the patio, overlooking the Almeria Garden, or journal your day's activities inside with the warm glow of a fire feature that invites dim lighting and romantic conversation.

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Suite Bedroom at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa


London's Freshest Suite at the Mondrian


By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on the banks of the River Thames in the famed Sea Containers building, Mondrian London uniquely offers river view balcony suites directly on the Thames. The following article was originally posted in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, and was written by Emily Goldfischer.

Rumpus Room at the Mondrian London

Beside the Thames and next to the Tate Modern on the Southbank is another relative newcomer, The Mondrian. We wrote about it when it opened at the end of 2014. The hotel has 25 River View Suites, worthy of mention with the Tate's highly anticipated expansion of 60 percent more gallery space on June 17, sure to draw art enthusiast to London. In the former Sea Containers headquarters with nautically inspired bespoke interiors by Brit-it-designer-of-the-moment Tom Dixon (think porthole curves, ship models and a dramatic lobby evoking the side of an ocean liner), suites at The Mondrian offer fabulous views of the Thames and City skyscrapers.

Top two options are the 1,200-square-foot River View Apartments (Nos. 445 and 545), which have a 12-seat dining area, a lounge and a separate king bedroom. Most-requested rooms are the 700-square-foot River View Balcony Suites. These open-plan L-shaped spaces have a dining area, pull-out sofa and a king bed. The best part? There is a private balcony with views of St. Paul's. Slightly smaller 635-square-foot River View Loft Suites have sleeping areas that can be closed off for more privacy but no balcony.

The hotel has really hit its stride; no matter when we visit, there is a palpable energy to the space. The riverside Sea Containers restaurant dishes up some of London's most delicious farm-to-table fare; the cocktail lounge, Dandelyan, hums with an arts-and-media crowd sipping herbally inspired drinks; and the spa is often cited as one of London’s best. 

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Pictured: The Mondrian London's 1,200-square-foot River View Apartments Suites have a 12-seat dining area, a lounge and a separate king bedroom.

Mondrian London River View Apartments Suites


Deluxe Junior Suites at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

On the banks of the Vilcanota River and at the foot of Macchu Picchu, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers travelers 60 guest rooms: 3 Sumaq Suites, 11 Junior Suites and 46 Superior category rooms.

As of May 2016, new Deluxe Junior Suites are available. Sleep deeply with hypoallergenic pillows, goose feather comforters, spring mattresses, and modern thermal heating. The rooms measure approximately 29 to 34 square meters. Services and amenities include a King Bed, 47 inch LED tv, mini-fridge, coffee maker, cradle, small living room, DVD player, radio with MP3 player.

All guest rooms at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel feature the following:

  • 100% goose-feather blankets
  • 100% cotton sheets
  • Cable television
  • National/International Direct Dialing
  • Thermal Heating
  • Electronic Safe
  • 110V/220V power
  • Bathrooms with tub and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Black-out curtains
  • Fire alarm
  • Soundproof windows
  • Minibar
  • 2 bottles of water complimentary per night
  • Turndown service

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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The New Villa One at One&Only Palmilla


By: Five Star Alliance

This article was first published in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Natalie Maneval, under the title "The Villa Experience."

One&Only Palmilla Villa One

On the tip of the Baja Peninsula, discerning travelers now have a new villa accommodation to choose from when traveling to the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos. Villa One is complete with four bedrooms and an additional Butler Suite (for that top-notch service). By day, the guests will have 14,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor space to venture through, complete with an infinity-edge pool and fire pit. Seeking a wellness experience? We suggest making an appointment with the villa's dedicated fitness trainer or spa therapist, who will, of course, provide treatments onsite.

For a taste of adventure, the Villa Team can plan custom experiences, including deep sea fishing excursions, full-day surf lessons and cruising on One&Only Palmilla's Catari Yacht. In fact, travelers that stay at least four nights in Villa One will get to choose between a complimentary private yacht cruise or art walk tour. During the cruise, guests will explore the Sea of Cortez complete with a spin to Medano Bay - the view of the coastline will amaze. Meanwhile, an Art Walk takes guests to San Jose del Cabo to check out the Gallery District from the months of November to June. Guests will peruse different galleries like La Sacristia and Galeria Corsica.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One

Back at Villa One, the culinary staff can create custom meals to fit all tastes. We suggest asking for a themed dinner like taco night or barbeque. Tip: Complimentary sunset margaritas and Mexican canapés are served daily.

This accommodation is ideal for multigenerational families - the bedrooms come in several configurations, including an 870-square-foot master suite, a second bedroom with a king size bed and a secluded sun deck, a third room with two queen size beds and private patio and a fourth guestroom with bunk beds. When it comes time for those special family moments, convene in the great room. There, the doors open 30 feet wide to reveal views of the infinity-edge pool, the gardens and the sea. The prime views continue throughout the guesthouse, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

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One&Only Palmilla Villa One


Reviving Historic Charm in Charleston


By: Five Star Alliance

 A King Bed Club Room at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, SCLocated in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city's landmark luxury hotel.

Now, having recently completed a $30 million, three-year renovation project, that distinction has never been more fitting. The hotel's 434 guest rooms and suites now embrace the historic beauty of Charleston as well as the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless.

The redesigned Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including an expanded marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service while overlooking the historic Charleston skyline.

Belmond Charleston PlaceThe new Belmond Boardroom is a sophisticated space for your next corporate retreat while the newly renovated Fitness Center has doubled in size and includes all new cardio and weight machines, making it easier to stick to your workout while traveling.

Don't worry, the hotel still has the heated, saltwater pool on the roof top of the fourth floor. In addition to the stunning retractable glass roof,  there are striking 'porthole' windows which overlook downtown Charleston. Lush plants surround the pool and jacuzzi providing a private paradise. 

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for you to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. They offer newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond restaurants, a full-service spa and rooftop pool, sophisticated shopping and unbeatable Southern hospitality.

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P.S. Check out the "Five Star Alliance Rate" which includes continental breakfast, sparkling wine, luxury accommodations, wireless internet access, and daily newspaper.


Unique Amenities: The Villas of Cabo Azul


By: Five Star Alliance

The Cabo Azul Resort, in Los Cabos, Mexico, is an all-villa masterpiece on more than 12 oceanfront acres. The resort and spa stands out from the standard Cabo San Lucas resorts and hotel choices in the San Jose del Cabo area because of the Studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom luxury villas. 

Each and every one of the villas offers:

- King-size bed
Living area with sleeper sofa
Polished natural stone floor throughout
Private patio terraces
Fully-appointed kitchen with stainless steel appliances
Entertainment center with DVD and flat-panel TV
Individual climate control w/ ceiling fans
Bedroom with in-Room spa tub
Full bathroom with two sinks & shower

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Cabo Azul Villas


Did You Know? Ajman Saray


By: Five Star Alliance

Brought together by the passion and dedication of His Highness Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Executive Council, Ajman Saray is home to some of the finest Arabian horses in the world, known across Middle Eastern and European show circuits. Guests here can get up close and personal with these majestic thoroughbreds. 

Ajman Saray

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Choose Your Own Fragrance Adventure at The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch


By: Five Star Alliance

The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch


The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch
 
offers contemporary five star boutique accommodation, designed to appease those looking for the proverbial good things that come in small packages. Ideally located within strolling distance of Oxford Street and within easy reach of London's landmarks, this chic property offers a calming and peaceful retreat for an experience to remember.The calming atmosphere is enhanced by the assortment of five senses exotic frangrances available to sweeten the air in the guest rooms. 

Fragrance Choices Include:

Romantic Touch
The Romantic Touch fragrance is created from classic floral notes of Rose combined with the pale tones of sandalwood. Fresh infusions of cardamom, the rarity of saffron and an undertone of basil complete the refreshing experience.

Refreshing Lavender
This fragrance is a blend of essences of French lavender, bergamot and sage creating a calming and balancing atmosphere. Close your eyes and you'll feel like you're in a spa. It's perfect for getting that relaxing feeling after a stressful day.

Fresh Clean
A fresh and airy fragrance, lightly scented and reminiscent of gentle breezes and open windows, this fragrance is subtle and light, creating a breezy, open atmosphere that takes you from the city to the countryside in seconds. It will definitely evoke the smell of a picnic in the country.

Pink GrapefruitThe Montcalm Hotel
The invigorating juice of ripe grapefruit and oranges are paired with fruity peach and red berry nuances, sweetened by osmanthus, violet, and muguet Pink Grapefruit to create a fresh, open and uplifting atmosphere. Absolutely perfect for feeling energized at any time of the day.

Saw Grass
The smell of fresh grass evokes open windows on a summer day. The earthy, sweet and distinct scent of saw grass smells like a warm day in the Deep South. Notes of bright green grass are sweetened with light floral and neroli, with hints of lemongrass, rose and sandalwood to create a sense of peace. Perfect for summer escapes.

Marine Fresh
Smell the waves crashing to the shore with notes of ocean spray, bergamot, dune grass and cedar. Transport yourself instantly to the beach on a summer's day. With this uplifting scent you can almost hear the seagulls and feel the sand between your toes.

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Honeymooning at Sandals LaSource Grenada


By: Five Star Alliance

Recently two of our favorite clients got married and decided to honeymoon at the brand new, all-inclusive, couples only Sandals LaSource Resort in Grenada

Zach and Alexandra stayed in room 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda. Located within the Italian village, 1 bedroom oceanview skypool suites feature a full living room with butler pantry, wet bar, indoor dining table, plush sofa and chairs, and HD LED Smart TV. There is also a desk with wireless internet and USB ports. The double doors open into a bedroom with a king size bed, and large HD LED Smart TV. The bathroom includes two Carrera marble vanities with backlit mirrors, Kohler claw footed tub, separate frosted glass shower and a frosted glass water closet. The bedroom opens for access to a cantilevered heated private plunge pool with an infinity edge. The flooring is made of Turkish ivory patika travertine natural stone with accents of pebbles and porcelain planks from Italy. Some suites also have an oversized balcony with two comfortable lounge chairs, ottoman, side table and soaking tub. Some have an oversized day bed. Your own personal butler service is included.

Sandals LaSource is in the heart of exclusive Pink Gin Beach and offers 225 rooms and suites, 10 restaurants, 3 freshwater pools and 2 river pools, just minutes from the airport.

They shared some of their photos with us below, click on any photo to learn more:

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

The view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

The view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

The view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Outdoor verandah of suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite

Verandah of Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

The view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Beach area at Sandals LaSource

Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource from the water

Sandals LaSource Grenada from the water

Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada Beach

Night view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

Night View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Beach at Sandals LaSource

Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada

The view from suite 3403, a 4th floor One Bedroom Oceanview Skypool Butler Suite with Veranda

View from Skypool Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada Beach

View of Sandals LaSource Grenada

View of Sandals LaSource Grenada

Beach at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada Beach

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Butler setup for honeymooning couple at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Butler bath setup at Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

Sandals LaSource Grenada

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