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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.

Enjoy a Writer's Weekend and Maple Bourbon Dinner at The Omni Homestead

By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead Nestled amidst the splendor of Virginia's Allegheny Mountain lies The Omni Homestead Resort, one of Virginia's premier mountain resorts.  Minutes from the front steps of The Omni Homestead lies the neighboring county of Highland, best known as Virginia's "Little Switzerland." Highland County represents one of the last unspoiled rural communities in the Alleghenies. When spring temperatures arrive in mid-March, residents celebrate the "opening of the trees" at the Highland County Maple Festival, dedicated to the maple syrup farming process. For two weekends local farmers open their homes to visitors as "sugar camps" where they reveal the processes of tree tapping, sap collection, and syrup making. This year the festival will be held March 14-15 and 21-22.

Inspired by the Maple Festival, the resort's culinary team has created an intimate dining event featuring maple-inspired dishes paired with bourbon cocktails. There were also be lectures courtesy of distiller Buffalo Trace. The dinner, held on March 21, also coincides with the resort's inagural Writer's Weekend, where events will include writer presentations as well as a book sale and signing. Sample dishes include maple sugar dusted Diver Scallop, crispy maple brussels sprouts, New York Strip Steak au poivre with a bourbon peppercorn sauce, and maple bourbon ice cream.

Learn more about the Highland County Maple Festival >>

Book a sweet stay at The Omni Homestead >>

Happy 150th Birthday to Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains!

By: Five Star Alliance

Happy Birthday to Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains! The historical ski resort had its first winter season in 1814-15. 

Today, St. Moritz is one of the world's most famous holiday resorts. Chic, elegant and exclusive with a cosmopolitan ambiance, it is located 1,856 metres above sea level in the middle of the Upper Engadin lake landscape. But in September 1864 Swiss hotelier Johannes Badrutt was wondering how to fill his rooms during the winter. He made a bet with four English guests that if they came back at Christmas and didn't like it, he'd pay their travel costs.  

The guests liked their winter stay, and the area fast became a favorite playground for the rich and famous.

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Launches Epic Bucket List Experiences

By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
Let The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel add epic memories to your bucket list!

Perched atop a seaside bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of sandy beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel continues to redefine guest experiences by creating distinctive, unforgettable and epic memories. The resort is kicking off 2015 by each week highlighting an Epic Bucket List experience guests would want on their Bucket List. These experiences are for guests to enjoy while visiting the oceanfront resort and Southern California. From sipping champagne at sunset or meeting world renowned marine life artist Wyland to snorkeling with a Garibaldi or going behind the scenes at Pageant of the Masters, an epic experience will be added to the Bucket List each week via the resort'social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. Guests are invited to follow the Bucket List through #RCMemories #BucketList and are invited to share their Bucket List ideas.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes overnight accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite featuring cascading views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and California Riviera. Guests will experience personalized surprise and delights designed by expert memory makers – the ladies and gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

The Epic Bucket List Experience includes:
Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
o Three night’s accommodations in The Ritz-Carlton Suite
o Dinner for two catered by a personal butler on the patio of the suite
o A private butler, creating personalized experiences such as
o Private star gazing lessons and a magnum of Moët & Chandon
o Surf Lessons with a Pro
o Shopping Extravaganza
o Reserved seating on 180blu, the resort's bluff-top lounge
o A couples massage in The Ritz-Carlton Spa
o Personal paparazzi to capture the epic memories
o Round the clock transfers from the airport and around town

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Wonders of Wyland Reception at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Wonders of Wyland Reception

The Wonders of Wyland Reception will be held Friday, March 6, 2015. The evening will include film highlights from Wyland’s thirty-year campaign to create 100 life size marine life murals in more than 12 countries around the world. Spanning the sides of skyscrapers, sports arenas, and structures, these landmark public murals have captured the imagination of millions and helped inspire a new generation to become better stewards for our environment. The evening presentation will share the story of Wyland’s epic campaign, from its humble beginnings to the final, all-encompassing project for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Through original video footage and photographs, guests will get an up-close look at the murals and one man's dream to change the landscape of art - and to create a gentle reminder to communities around the world that everyone, everywhere can make a difference. The Wonders of Wyland Reception will also feature Wyland painting twelve original sumi brush paintings to be auctioned off that evening. Sumi brush paintings are done in traditional Chinese brush-style with black ink on paper. The reception is $125 per person, with $25 of the ticket price going to support the Wyland Foundation. Reservations are required for the reception.

Whales, Wonders, and Wyland event at Ritz Carlton Laguna NiguelWhales, Wonders, and Wyland

The Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight experience is offered nightly through April 30, 2015 and includes overnight accommodations, two tickets for a whale watching excursion with Dana Wharf, a special Wyland gift while on the whale watching cruise, an in-room Wyland amenity, a personal note from Wyland and resort fee. The experience starts at $620 per night.

Guests who attend the Wonders of Wyland reception and book the Whales, Wonders, and Wyland overnight package that evening will also receive a Wyland coffee table book.

Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel sits on a 150-foot bluff with panoramic white-water views of the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. The resort is a re-imagined surfside retreat that awakens guests’ senses with its unique ocean-front setting and remarkable service heritage. As the premiere destination for travelers who desire a playful approach to Southern California luxury, the resort has been the recipient of many awards over the years.

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Save Now Celebrate Later at Belmond Charleston Place

By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Charleston Place
Belmond Charleston Place
, located in the heart of America’s #1 travel destination, offers luxurious rooms and suites, four-diamond dining, a full-service spa, and legendary Southern hospitality. Until January 15th, Belmond Charleston Place is offering its absolute lowest rate of the year. Book now, celebrate later with 40% off the second night in the newly renovated rooms.

Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand 17th century residence from the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier to lush personal suites. The staff of Belmond Charleston Place is dedicated to entertaining its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality, and has become the choice of celebrities, princes and politicians.

Summer, holidays or when you just need a break, this offer is valid for travel throughout 2015. Resolve to save more, travel more and procrastinate less this year.

But, you need to book before January 15!

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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Special Five Star Alliance Rate at Ka'ana Boutique Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Ka'ana Boutique Resort
Conveniently located near all major touring attractions in the Cayo District of Belize, Ka'ana Boutique Luxury Resort is Belize's first Small Luxury Hotel of the World and the only choice for discerning travelers. Since its opening in 2007, Ka'ana is now widely regarded locally and internationally as the premier resort in Western Belize offering a level of personalized service and amenities never before realized in this region. With nearby cultural, historical and eco-adventure attractions, guests can utilize Ka'ana as an ultra-luxurious and exclusive out-post.Ka'ana Boutique Resort

Adventure seekers will be enticed by the numerous touring options created by a team of tour specialists, in what was once the center of the Mayan Empire, while a team of culinary artisans immerses you in authentic Belizean gourmet cuisine. Enjoy the best of Belize - its people, its food, and its attractions at a world class resort that pays respectful homage to this truly spectacular destination. 

Five Star Alliance fans can now enjoy a special offer. Simply book the Belize2015 Advance Booking Offer and enjoy:

-10% off Room Rates
-Welcome Bottle of Sparkling Wine
-Privately guided tour of the Maya City of Xunantunich

Booking Window: Now to January 31st, 2014
Travel Window: January 3rd-April 30th, 2015 

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The Magic Treehouse Comes Alive for Christmas at The Plaza New York

By: Five Star Alliance

The Plaza New York
New York City's iconic hotel, The Plaza, is embarking on a holiday new journey with Random House Children’s Books and author Mary Pope Osborne, creator of the Magic Tree House series. This literary partnership provides boys and girls the opportunity to set off from the historic hotel to explore the Big Apple as inspired by the books.  The Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza is pairs the hotel with the popular fiction books and the corresponding Magic Tree HouseFact Tracker—the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles—and supplemented with New York activities that bring each story to life. 

From December 1 - December 31, 2014, the focus is on the book A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time and Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens and corresponding Fact Tracker.

Each experience includes luxurious accommodations in a guest room or suite, a Plaza-specific passport for collecting stamps throughout each trip, a special Magic Tree House pin to designate explorers, and a New York City welcome amenity.

This offer is available subject to availability.

Rates from $2015 USD per night, based on double occupancy.

This NYC Magic Tree House package rate is based upon availability and exclusive of tax & gratuity. This offer is not applicable to group bookings of ten or more and cannot be combined with any other special offer. 

Spend New Year's Eve in Miami

By: Five Star Alliance

Hilton Bentley

Sun, surf, neon, and celebration are the name of the game when you spend New Year's Eve in Miami.
It's not too late for you to join the revelry!  We found availability at the following Miami hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Sofitel Miami has a Superior Two Double Bedded room for $229 per night.

* InterContinental at Doral Miami has a Club Floor room for $359 per night.

* Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a King room for $799 per night. 

* The Redbury South Beach has a Redbury King room for $579 per night.

For a beachy splurge, Hilton Bentley has a King Studio for $1728 per night and Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a Club Level Executive Suite for $2899 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.

Spend New Year's Eve in the Nation's Capital

By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
If you've ever dreamed of spending New Year's Eve in Washington, now's your chance!

We found availability at the following DC-area hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City has a King room for $159 per night.

* Le Meridien Arlington has a Classic King room for $149 per night.

* The Fairfax at Embassy Row at has a Superior King room for $179 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Washington DC has a Queen room for $189 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Alexandra has a Deluxe Queen room for $195 per night.

* Dupont Circle Hotel has a Superior King room for $195 per night.

* Park Hyatt Washington has a Deluxe King room for $199 per night. 

* Loews Madison Hotel has a Deluxe Queen room for $206 per night.

* W Washington DC has a Wonderful Queen room for $235 per night.

* The St Regis Washington DC has a Superior King room for $266 per night.

Or, if you are feeling like a splurge, Four Seasons Washington has a One Bedroom Courtyard King Suite for $2045 per night. Breakfast is included.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.

Spend New Year's Eve in New York City

By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York

It's not too late to join the throngs watching the ball drop in Times Square!
We found availability at the following New York hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Hotel Americano has Queen City View rooms starting at $325 per night. 

* Andaz Wall Street has Andaz King rooms starting at $345 per night. 

* W New York Downtown has King Wonderful rooms starting at $422 per night.

* The Tribeca Grand Hotel has King Superior City View rooms starting at $479 per night.

Smyth-A Thompson Hotel has King Superior rooms starting at $500 per night.

* W New York has Queen Wonderful rooms starting at $514 per night.

* ONE UN New York has Deluxe Queen rooms starting at $543 per night.

The NoMad Hotel has Classic King Bed Interior Rooms starting at $545 per night.

* Andaz 5th Avenue has Andaz Loft King rooms starting at $565 per night. 

* The James New York has King Studio rooms starting at $584 per night. 

There's even some rooms still available at Westin New York Times Square, which would put you right in the heart of the action. It has King rooms starting at $716 per night for a stay from 12/31/14-1/2/14. Stay an additional night, and the rate drops to $543 per night. Make a weekend of it and check out on the 4th, and you can book the room starting at $457 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.  

Last Minute Christmas Rates: Farmhouse Inn

By: Five Star Alliance

Farmhouse Inn

If you just can't face another holiday full of eggnog and family drama, you are in luck. Five Star Alliance has found some great last-minute deals at hotels around the world. Keep in mind that these rates have limited availability, so book early! You'll also want to carefully read the rate details to avoid disappointment.

Farmhouse Inn has an America's Winter Offer. Stay four nights and get:

-Fourth night free in Deluxe or Luxury or Suite Rooms

-Complimentary 3-course breakfast

-Free Parking

-Free WiFi

Book a romantic getaway at Farmhouse Inn and enjoy all the warmth and hospitality of a family owned bed and breakfast inn coupled with the services and amenities of a Preferred Boutique Hotel. The inn is located in Forestville, California (just 1 1/2 hours north of San Francisco) – the hub of the Russian River Valley, literally minutes from hundreds of wineries and world-class restaurants. Surrounded by the towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, the Sonoma Coast and the Santa Rosa airport, the internationally-acclaimed Farmhouse Inn, Michelin starred Restaurant and Spa offers something for everyone.  

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