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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.

Did You Know? The Hotel of South Beach

July 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Hotel of South Beach was designed by innovative fashion designer Todd Oldham. The rooftop pool and sundeck features Oldham's signature style and casual elegance. Canvas-covered, overstuffed sofas and chairs are solid white, accented with handmade orange and pink woven ribbon pillows. Sheer white fabric, stirred by the ocean breezes, hangs from the rooftop's main wall. The flooring consists of planks of wood, painted vibrant red, orange and white. The circular Spire Bar surrounds the original Art Deco era Tiffany spire. Guests can partake of the free yoga classes held every Saturday morning that are held by the pool.

The Hotel of South Beach

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Offers Estate Homes for Rent

July 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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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Miraval Resort and Spa Makes Plans for Expansion

July 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Miraval Resort & SpaRevolution Places, the owners of the Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, has entered into a joint ownership agreement with private equity firm KSL Capital Partners.

The new partnership will drive the expansion of the Miraval spa and wellness brand into new markets, with plans to launch in other US locations, in Europe, and in other destinations around the world.

Nestled at the base of the stunning Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa's 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert creates an inspiring backdrop that is warm and welcoming year-round with luxurious accommodations and a world renowned spa.

Miraval

Steve Case, chairman of Revolution, said: "For many years, we have been working to grow Miraval, to bring it to new locations and new people. Partnering with KSL allows us to accelerate these efforts, build on our success in Tucson, and take Miraval to new locations around the country and the world."

Miraval's focus on sustainable living, casita-style guest accommodations, and the spectacular new Life in Balance Spa are consistently recognized by SpaFinder, Travel+Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler year after year.

Miraval began in 1996 with a powerfully simple vision: life is more meaningful and enjoyable when physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components are in balance. Guests came to Miraval individually or with family and friends to relax, refresh, and learn to live and feel better. There were no strict regimens. Instead, choice was the guiding principle, with a wide range of programs and experiences designed to create overall well-being and help guests become more aware of themselves and their surroundings – live in the moment through the means that works best for them. In 2004, Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, became the majority owner of Miraval. Through his own memorable experience at the resort, he saw the opportunity to grow Miraval into a global lifestyle brand.
 

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Cool Pools: Il Lugano Suite Hotel

July 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Il Lugano Suite Hotel offers an ideal waterfront location, just 2 blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and 6 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale. There's also a heated waterfront swimming pool perfect for a post-beach day.

Il Lugano Suite Hotel 

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Dinner and a Movie at Crosby Street Hotel

July 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Crosby Street Hotel's state-of-the-art screening room has 99 seats,advanced sound and projection technology, and the latest digital capabilities including 3D. On Sunday evenings the hotel hosts a Film Club, which is open to hotel guests and members of the public. Film buffs can make an evening of it by having dinner or drinks at the The Crosby Bar before the 8pm screening. A 3-course dinner and a movie is $55. A cocktail, bar plate, and movie is $35. Upcoming screenings include Chef, starring Jon Favreau, and Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp.

Crosby Street Hotel

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New to Five Star Alliance: Wyoming Inn

July 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wyoming Inn provides visitors with a central location near many Jackson Hole activities. The lobby reflects the beauty of the natural world through a stone fireplace, moose antler chandelier, rich leather furnishings and wildlife art by award-winning wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen. Each of the 68 accommodations offer pillow-top beds, custom hand-made furniture, Keurig coffee stations, and warm Western elegance.

Wyoming Inn 

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Your Questions Answered: What Does iprefer Member Mean The Resort at Longboat Key Club?

July 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Resort at Longboat Key Club
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we're here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What Does iprefer Member Mean at The Resort at Longboat Key Club?

ANSWER: The Resort at Longboat Key Club is set like a jewel on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Sarasota. Playing together along the white sand beach. Relaxing by the beautiful Gulf-side pool. Unwinding on the two championship golf courses, in the new Island House Spa, or at the supervised Kids Klub. Dining in four superb restaurants and lounges. Or watching a Gulf Coast sunset from the private balcony of a luxurious suite.

The hotel's Iprefer Member Only Offer is the most flexible hotel points program, letting you choose when and how to redeem your points. Unlike other loyalty programs, you enjoy real benefits at all membership levels., iPrefer is completely free, and you'll begin earning points with your first stay (one point earned for every US$1 spent). The more you earn, the better it gets.

The Resort at Longboart Key Club


We Recommend:
Sarasota One-Bedroom Suites- At 850 square feet, The Resort at Longboat Key Club's spacious One-Bedroom Suites are ideal for guests seeking a stylish beachside retreat with all the comforts of home. The suite's spacious master bedroom boasts a king-size bed and dressing area, along with access to a furnished private balcony overlooking the beach or golf course. An expansive living/dining room also offers access to the balcony along with a comfortable queen-size sleeper sofa and rich, dark wood furnishings including a four-person dining table and elegant writing desk. Take advantage of the suite's kitchen and enjoy a relaxing breakfast on the outdoor dining table or simply luxuriate in a plush bathrobe and have a a gourmet meal delivered. With an in-room washer/dryer, custom bedding and flat screen televisions, the resort's One-Bedroom Suites reflect Sarasota's relaxed coastal lifestyle at its finest.

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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.


Discover Paradise Point Resort and Spa

July 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Paradise Point Resort and Spa
For a private vacation spot right in the middle of San Diego, try Paradise Point Resort & Spa. The family-friendly resort offers bungalow-style rooms that are right on the sandy beach or nestled among tropical gardens and lagoons. Guests of all ages will enjoy relaxing on the 44-acre island. Despite its secluded atmosphere, Paradise Point is next door to SeaWorld and within minutes of other top San Diego top attractions like Mission Beach, Old Town, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and the Gaslamp Quarter.

 Some of the Many Amenities and Activities Include:

Paradise Point Resort and Spa

-Bungalow-Style Rooms located on the sand or tucked amongst tropical gardens and lagoons. The 462 Balinese influenced bungalow-style rooms includes 73 hotel suites. Each open and airy ground-floor guestroom offers garden, lagoon, or bay views, with a refreshing, tropically elegant color scheme of coral, turquoise, chartreuse, and gold.

-Five Swimming Pools. The  family-geared Main Pool is right next to the lobby and the Tropics Cantina serves food and beverages poolside. The main pool is also home to poolside activities such as games, crafts, and face-painting on Saturday afternoons. Dive-in Movies take place on Saturday nights. The Lagoon Pool features two fire pits and is popular with evening swimmers. The Adult Lagoon pool is for those over the age of 18. The Meadow Pool offers a fountain of fun. The Waterfall Pool's swimming area is accented by cascading waterfalls.

-Full-Service Marina & Spa. Guests can enjoy water taxi service to SeaWorld, where guests can skip lines and parking fees by entering the park through a VIP gate. Park costume characters provide a special dockside welcome just for Paradise Point guests on Sundays in July and August. In addition, various aquatic activities such as sailing, jet skiing, motor boating, and kayaking are on offer. Lessons in these activities and at the Paradise Surf Academy are readily available to guests. New in 2014 is private "door-to-dock" water taxi service with pick-up from the sand outside the bungalows.

Paradise Point


Special Paradise Point Resort & Spa Events Include:

-Beach bonfires with views of the Mission Bay fireworks show occur nightly. 

-Sunday Fun Day Concerts means that San Diego's best rock cover bands take the bayside stage at the legendary Barefoot Bar & Grill.

-Market Night on Fridays brings the shopping to resort guests. Browse a collection of items crafted by San Diego artisans, including locally made food, coffee, tea, jewelry, skincare, and art.

-Guests ages 4-12 can explore, play, and learn through creative activities in the two-story Island Adventure Club bungalow and around the resort's tropical grounds. 


Learn more about all the family-fun activities at Paradise Point Resort and Spa.  

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Rural Society Opens at Loews Madison Hotel

July 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loews Madison Hotel
Mr Garces comes to Washington! Iron Chef Jose Garces has just opened Rural Society, an Argentine steakhouse, at the Loews Madison Hotel. Rural Society is the chef's first restaurant in the Nation's Capital. Chef Garces, in addition to being an Iron Chef, is a James Beard Award-winner. 

Rural Society takes its name from the historic La Sociedad Rural Argentina and La Exposicion Rural, an annual event that combines a livestock show, gaucho exhibition, and a social gathering. 

In tribute to this celebratory time, the open flames of a parrilla (Argentine grill) welcome guests into the new Rural Society restaurant. All meats, fish, and some vegetables are grilled here in the center of the restaurant, on the grill fueled by charcoal as well as traditional Argentine hardwood (quebracho).


Rural Society is also celebrating the Italian culture so embedded in Argentina. Guests can savor handmade pastas along with fugazzas (thick-crust Argentine pizza). In addition to presenting apéritifs and digestifs, Rural Society’s bar showcases South American and Argentine wines. A Chef's Tasting Menu and wine pairings are also available. 

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Dining al Fresco: Auberge du Soleil

July 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil's guests can enjoy a side of Napa Valley views with their breakfast. 

Auberge du Soleil

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