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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.

W Mommie Dearest Drag Mamas Take Over Mother's Day at W New York Downtown

By: K. Clare Johnson

W New York Downtown
If you can't be with your mom on Mother's Day, W New York Downtown may have the answer. The hip hotel has teamed up with some Drag Mamas to offer W Mommie Dearest events. 

These surrogate mamas are offering their services on Sunday May 10. Here are some of the events planned:

- Mama Needs a Drink. Head to the hotel's Living Room Bar & Terrace and order up a "Mama's Martini Madness." The special drink consists of vodka, orange and pineapple juice, Chambord, topped with some bubbly and garnished with a kiss from Mama.

- Mommie's Turn Down. These mother figures will tuck you in. If you ask nicely, maybe you'll even get a bedtime story.

- Mama Knows Best. Take advantage of your drag mom's wisdom. If you are wrestling with a question about love, relationships, or really, anything, the Drag Mom will offer her best advice for solving the problem. W New York Downtown

- Breakfast with Mama. It's usually your mom that gets Mother's Day breakfast in bed. Not this time. Drag Mama's will serve you up eggs with a side of sass.

- Facetime with Mother. Your tech-savvy mom will appreciate the video chat from you...but she probably won't expect your Drag Mother to be there too. 

Services are subject to availability so book quickly. 

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Dining al Fresco: Lumeria Maui

By: Five Star Alliance

Lumeria Maui’s dining experience  is a loving journey from Farm to Table. The Chef uses the freshest and finest quality seasonal ingredients, harvested from the garden and from other local farms.

Dine on the inner courtyard lanai, overlooking the tropical and edible gardens, or enjoy a sunset view of the West Maui Mountains on the covered back terrace. For special occasions, the sunken garden terrace is available for dining under the stars.

Lumeria Maui

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Cool Pools: Hotel Wailea Maui

By: Five Star Alliance

At Hotel Wailea Maui, guests can stretch out in a spacious poolside cabana, sip cocktails, and soak up the sun.

Hotel Wailea Maui

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Suite for Five at The Lodge at Torrey Pines?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Lodge at Torrey Pines
You have questions, we have answers! Explore our 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: Can You Recommend a Suite for Five at The Lodge at Torrey Pines?

Answer: Overlooking the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course with distant views of the Pacific Ocean, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a AAA Five Diamond La Jolla hotel located just 15 miles north of downtown San Diego. The Lodge, site of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open Championships, pays homage to the Craftsman era and showcases 169 rooms and suites that reflect San Diego's stress-free lifestyle while providing all the comfort and amenities you need. The resort is designed to blend in with the adjacent Torrey Pines State Reserve, which features golden sandstone formations and rare Torrey pine trees. A member of the California Green Lodging Program, The Lodge is home to The Spa at Torrey Pines and A.R. Valentien, a signature farm-to-table restaurant.

For Your Needs, We Recommend

The Blacker Suite is a luxury suite, which provides the option of a second room that overlooks the 18th green of the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and offers a sweeping view of the California coastline. The generously sized suite is well over 2,000 square feet, with spacious accommodations that include central Presidential Parlor, private balconies, one and a half baths, full kitchen and two fireplaces. This suite has one bedroom with a King sized bed and an optional second bedroom with two Queen sized beds, bathroom and fireplace. Each bed is appointed with Egyptian cotton linens and quilted duvets. The Stickley-style fine wood furnishings embody the Craftsman era and are accentuated with rich fabrics and fine leathers. The bathrooms are luxurious granite and marble decor with Craftsman accents and hardwood. The bathrooms have walk-in showers and oversized tubs. In addition to the sense of historic elegance, this suite offers many of the high-tech details needed by the corporate business traveler such as large working areas, Wi-Fi, data hook-up, lap-top safes and state of the art telecommunications, Bose wave stereo systems, to name a few.

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Dining al Fresco: Bacara

By: Five Star Alliance

Enjoy vista views of the sea, sky, and the Channel Islands just offshore while fine dining al fresco and embracing an innovative, artful design of low-storied buildings terraced to the sea and connected by lush, meandering garden paths complete with flower-filled courtyards, restful fountains and red-tiled roofs. Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara is the perfect place for an outdoor dining experience and to enjoy the leisurely pace and warm embrace of California lifestyle.

Bacara Resort and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: The Westin Hilton Head

By: Five Star Alliance

The Westin Hilton Head has introduced an View 32, an exciting and brand new outdoor, panoramic ocean view restaurant and bar. Diners will find everything from a signature View 32 drink menu to the freshest menu items – from appetizers and salads, to entrees and small plate sliders. The perfect place to chill with a frozen drink at 32 degrees or simply take in the views of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean on the 32nd parallel.

The Westin Hilton Head View 32 Bar

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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe introduces The Huntsman Bar

By: Five Star Alliance

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is located on 21 acres of landscaped grounds including flowering gardens, lush lawns and winding pathways between cottages of beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites.

The luxury resort has debuted The Huntsman, a sophisticated but casual bar, offering a fine selection of small batch whiskeys, scotches and bourbons from around the country and the world. The bar is named after the famed Santa Fe Hunt which was founded in 1969. 

The spirits list is divided into Straight Rye, Bourbon, White Whiskey, Straight Bourbon, Wheat Whiskey, Single Malt Whiskey, Dead Guy Whiskey, Triple Smoke, Quinoa Whiskey, Single Pot Still, and Double-Barrelled styles, just to name a few. The menu includes delicacies such as Babbling Deviled Eggs, Purple Haze-Stuffed Medjool Dates, Huntsman Kobe Beef Burger, and Bacon-Wrapped Maine Diver Scallops 

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Your Questions Answered: What Suite Should We Pick at Windsor Court Hotel?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Windsor Court HotelYou have questions, we have answers! Explore our 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: We are traveling to New Orleans and want a suite at Windsor Court Hotel that has river views.  What do you recommend?

Answer: Try a Premium Suite. They feature:

Classic English/French Vogue decor
New furnishings and amenities
800 square feet of living and working space
King size or two queen beds in the bedroom
Separate, large living room with couch, work desk and chairs, and French doors for privacy from the bedroom
Butler's pantry
Many suites with private balconies
Large dressing and vanity area
Genuine Italian marble bath
Complimentary high-speed internet, wired and wireless
iHome docking stations
Customizable voicemail
Coffee and coffee maker
Two bedroom suite configurations available

For those river views, book a suite on the Club Level. They are located on the top four floors of the hotel, with panoramic views of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. Club Level accommodations also offer exclusive access to the private Club lounge, and the services of a dedicated concierge. 

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Dining al Fresco: Belmond El Encanto

By: Five Star Alliance

At Belmond El Encanto, guests can dine in the elegant dining room, or delight in a romantic dinner under the stars on the terrace. The innovative menu offers contemporary California-coastal cuisine, complemented with gracious service and a side of stunning Santa Barbara views.

Belmond El Encanto

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Get a taste of a Tequila Feast at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa
Are you ready to try a completely Mexican experience? Reserve your place at Garza Blanca’s Tequila Feast while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Each Thursday evening guests can revel in a 100% Mexican night at Blanca Blue Restaurant.

Garza Blanca's Tequila Feast will offer guests a selection of tequila to accompany a delicious gourmet Mexican buffet. a Mariachi music show provides musical accompanimentto the evening. 

Book a stay at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa  >>