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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.

Image of the Day: Rayavadee

July 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Rayavadee boasts 98 enchanting two-story pavilions and 4 luxurious private villas spread over 26 acres of coconut groves and tropical gardens and bordered by three beaches. The award-winning architecture blends with its natural surroundings to create a unique atmosphere reminiscent of an idyllic southern Thai village. In the Hydro-Pool Pavilions, the sensitive, low-key design and luxury of Rayavadee's accommodation is heightened by the addition of a 4.5 x 2.5 metre freshwater hydro-pool situated in a spectacular enclosed tropical garden with sun lounges and a terrace for barbecues. 

Rayavadee

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Cool Pools: The St. Regis Lhasa Resort

July 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort has a pool suitable for those who like to swim with the riches. The hotel's Gold Energy Pool maintains a constant water temperature of 28-32℃, and has views of the lake and the Himalaya Palace. Guests may enjoy a reviving foot massage and specially created food and drinks poolside on comfortable cabana-style seating.Dressing rooms and locker facilities are available at the pool. Running and diving are not allowed, as the pool is a relaxation pool recommended for wading and relaxation only.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort 

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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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New to Five Star Alliance: D-Hotel Maris

July 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Set high up on the hillside in the stunning reservation of the Datca Peninsula, D-Hotel Maris has spectacular and breath-taking views of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, small islands, five natural private beaches, luscious pine forests, and volcanic mountain ranges.

D-Hotel Maris

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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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Late Night Spa Sessions at Four Seasons Washington DC

July 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance


Located in the heart of the hip and historic Georgetown neighbourhood, Four Seasons Washington DC offers unparalleled access to DC's inspiring monuments and historic sites as well as the eclectic charm of upscale shops, restaurants and galleries.
 
Now the luxury hotel has upped the romance quotient by offering late night spa treatments. The spa is nationally recognized as one of the top 100 spa hotels in the US by Conde Nast's 2012 reader poll. 


The Night Spa package includes:

-Two monogrammed bathrobes waiting in personalized lockers
-A bouquet of flowers: choice of 12 long-stem red roses (or the colour of your choice), a tall tropical mixed arrangement, a low lush mixed arrangement of seasonal blooms, or an arrangement of all tulips (in season)
-Two 80-minute massages
-Exclusive use of the Hotel's pool level between 10:30 pm and 1:30 am
-A personalized Michael Mina dining experience (incudes one bottle of house champagne or wine)Four Seasons Washington DC
 

The cost for this nocturnal pampering starts at $1,800 per couple. Add a one-night stay in a luxurious Premier Room for $500 or upgrade to a suite for an additional $300.

The Night Spa must be booked at least 72 hours in advance. Prepayment and menu selection is required 24 hours prior to the experience and cancellations must be received at least 72 hours in advance.

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Did You Know? Banyan Tree Liajing

July 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Liajing
The spa suites at Banyan Tree Liajing are two-story residences inspired by traditional Chinese courtyard style. 

The accommodations consist of an extensive living and dining area, with an attached pantry. The bedroom above offers a balcony, allowing for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Below the stairway, the spa treatment room is ideal for a pampering spa experience after a day of exploration and trekking. Enjoy an intimate dining experience under the stars in a private courtyard.Banyan Tree Liajing

Regarded as the Venice of the Orient with its dizzying array of water canals, quaint bridges and cobble-stoned streets, Lijiang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Romantic and Family-Friendly Resort in The Maldives?

July 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives


We at Five Star Alliance work hard 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 romantic resort in the Maldives can accommodate a family of three?


ANSWER:
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives


Experience the charm of a Maldivian island village surrounded by crystal waters at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. Just a half-hour speedboat ride from Male, discover an enchanting garden island where everything is close at hand. Find your perfect wave with the Surf School, sail to the mesmerizing Island Spa or embark on thrilling shark snorkel safaris and dolphin cruises. Explore the Maldives further by visiting the island of Landaa Giraavaru in the unspoiled Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, home to exotic marine life and remarkable diving opportunities. An island spa offers soothing Asian secrets. Sunrise, sunshine and sunset paint the endless sky

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Families can be accommodated in a two-bedroom suite or in adjacent bungalows. (Due to their unique location and nature, Water Bungalows are not recommended for children under eight years of age.) Daybeds and cribs are available in some accommodations upon request.

Get Away, Get More Package-Use your USD 100 Resort credit to sample world-class cuisine in the restaurants, indulge in a soothing spa treatment, and more. This package includes daily breakfast for two, USD 100 Resort credit per stay, and luxurious villa accommodations.

Summer Family Escapes-Experience the Maldives family vacation of a lifetime. From May 11 to September 30, 2014, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is offering a package created especially for families. This package includes 50% off a second guest room, daily buffet breakfast for two adults per room, Shark Snorkel Safari, and luxurious accommodations.

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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.


Special Dining Packages at Auberge du Soleil

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil
Opened in 1981, Auberge du Soleil is Napa Valley's first fine-dining establishment. gained recognition as one of the leading and best restaurants in Northern California. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars. Auberge has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees. Accompanying the fine cuisine is the inn, which opened in 1985.   
The luxury Napa resort  is currently featuring two dining packages for guests who want to stay and eat. 

Culinary Escapes Package:

Submit to the talents of Chef Robert Curry and his staff as you enjoy a specially prepared dinner and fine dining experience in the newly-designed restaurant.

Auberge du Soleil

This hotel package includes:
-One-night stay in a Garden Room
-In-room wine amenity
-Daily breakfast for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant
-Four-course dinner for Two with sparkling wine greeting
(additional alcoholic beverages not included)
-All taxes and gratuities (included in Restaurant and spa only)
-Available any night of the week (holidays excluded)

 

Taste of Napa Package

Auberge du Soleil invites resort guests to a feast of the senses with a quintessential Napa Valley experience. The Rutherford property offers wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, famous breathtaking views, pure relaxation in the Auberge Spa, and early morning balloon flights to view the rest of the valley.

This hotel package includes:
-Three-night stay in a Garden Room (upgraded guest rooms and rates also available)
-Dinner for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant. Guests are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of a four-course seasonal menu (excludes all additional beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Lunch for two at any of the three culinary venues: The Restaurant at Auberge, The Bistro & Bar or La Plage (excludes all beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Daily breakfast for two in the Restaurant (excludes beverages and gratuity)
-Enjoy each of these Napa Valley activities for two:
-Early morning balloon flight (weather permitting)
Six-hour winery tour with a private car and driver (excludes tasting fees)
60-minute Auberge Massage for two in the Auberge Spa
All taxes and gratuities (included in our Restaurant and spa only)

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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New to Five Star Alliance: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

June 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Elegantly enveloped within the Santa Rosa Mountain range, Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage is one of the most esteemed luxury resorts in Palm Springs, CA, an elegant retreat where both palm trees and snow-capped mountain views provide a delightful visual choice. From a mountaintop overlooking world-famous Palm Springs and the picturesque Coachella Valley, the hotel's desert surroundings are reflected in a decor that reveals natural elements of stone, wood and fire. From the 244 guest accommodations that feature private balconies and patios to spa treatments that awaken the senses with indigenous herbs and plants to dining that serves local California fare at its freshest, let us open your eyes to an oasis that will touch both your soul and adventurous spirit.

Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

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