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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.

Book a Valentine's Day Getaway

January 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Capella PedregalValentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year.  We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment.

Capella Pedregal (pictured left) has dubbed February "Month of Romance," and is offering a range of activities created especially for couples throughout the month. et a date for Wednesday nights in February to enjoy Movies Under the Stars. Keep warm by a bonfire and snack on S'Mores while enjoying a romantic film. Travelers can also partake in culinary experiences at Capella. Romance-themed cocktails including the signature "Chamomile Damiana Margarita" will be served daily at Don Manuel's Bar in February. A special romantic five-course dinner will also be offered throughout the month of February. Nightly rates start at $1150.
Palazzini G
Palazzina G (pictured right) in Venice is offering a "Sexy Valentine" experience. It includes accommodation for two people in one of the rooms or suites (min 2 nights), an exclusive surprise sexy box in room upon arrival, a candlelit dinner for two at the PG's Restaurant (with a special 4-course aphrodisiac menu, wines included), continental breakfast a la carte served at any time of the day, and late check-out (subject to availability). Nightly rates for this promotion start at EUR 272.

Sedona Rouge Resort and Spa is offering a "Girlfriends Getaway" that's sure to suit all the single ladies. Indulge yourself with treatments at The Spa at Sedona Rouge, relax at the poolside, enjoy a wonderful meal at Reds Restaurant or explore the numerous shops at nearby Tlaquepaque village. This package includes
two night's accommodations in a Deluxe Sedona guest room, $200 spa credit to be used at The Spa at Sedona Rouge, and a $100 dining credit to be used at Reds Restaurant. Prices are based on double occupancy. Nightly rates start at $351.

Banyan Tree Lang Co is offering a "Romance in Lang Co" promotion with a minimum stay of 3 consecutive nights. Guests booking this package will receive accomdation in a One-Bedroom Beach Villa, daily breakfast, welcome drink and fruit platter upon arrival, an Intimate Moments set up in villa, return transfers from Da Nang International Airport,  an in-villa BBQ (excluding beverages), a 60-min body massage for 2, daily shuttle service to Hoi An, daily scheduled resort activities for both adults and children, 10% off addtional spa treatments at Banyan Tree Spa Lang Co (except beauty treatments), and complimentary late check-out until 1600 hours (subject to availability). Nightly rates start at $797.

The Reach A Waldorf Astoria Resort has a "Romance Package" just for lovebirds. Guests get a King Room, sparking wine upon arrival, and a buffet breakfast. Nightly rates start at $464. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra 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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Welcome Back Loews Regency Hotel!

January 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loews Regency HotelWelcome back to the Big Apple Loews Regency Hotel!

The luxury Park Avenue hotel, which re-opens tomorrow, has been reimagined with a contemporary new look. New York City’s most talented design minds, including Rottet Studio, Meyer Davis Studio Inc, and Jonathan Nehmer + Associates were selected by Jonathan Tisch for the redesign of the hotel. Blending modern design with clean and classic style, the expansive 24-foot high ceiling provides a grand entrance to the lobby that invites and energizes guests, bringing New York’s unmistakable Midtown vibe to life. The lobby, designed by Rottet Studio, offers a grand marble entrance with bespoke finishes and an urban sophisticated neutral palette. The Lobby Lounge area with rich velvet sofas, complete with power and hardline internet outlets, sits under a breathtaking art installation by Brooklyn-based artist Nina Helms called "Brise de printemps" (spring breeze).


The revitalization of the hotel includes:

-The Regency Bar & Grill. The hotel's signature restaurant will maintain the high-powered clientele of the famed "Power Breakfast" and offer innovative cuisine from restaurant partners Sant Ambroeus 

Loews Regency Hotel

-Sant Ambroeus at The Regency, a Milanese-style coffee bar with separate entrance on 61st Street

-A redesigned lobby to create an inviting and energizing sense of atmosphere

-328 all-new apartment-styled guestrooms and 58 suites with luxurious amenities

-State-of-the-art technology to accommodate corporate travelers and leisure guests

-A new 10,000-square-foot Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa

-Modernized fitness center with advanced equipment

Located within walking distance to Central Park, iconic attractions and some of the city’s finest dining and shopping options, the hotel is perfect for exploring New York City. 

Book a stay right now, and you can take advantage of Loews Regency Hotel's Stay 3+ Nights and Save up to 30% offer. 
The Third Night's A Charm offer is valid any day of the week (based on availability). 

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Terrific Travel Offers from Five Star Alliance

January 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Here's the latest offers from Five Star Alliance's terrific luxury hotels. As always, rates are subject to availability, and additional terms and conditions may apply. Book early to avoid disappointment. 

W Washington

 

-The W Washington DC is across the street from the White House, in the heart of the nation's capital. Make your stay even more special when you book the With Play package. You'll get one King bedded room daily parking, and 2 cocktails. The package is available from $249/night.
 
 

CuisinArt Resort-CuisinArt Resort And Spa in Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla, is offering up to 30% off when you book Junior Suite Beachfront King or two -bedded rooms. Juniot Suite Rooms are 920 square feet and offer unspoiled sea views. The large bedroom has a sitting area, writing desk, marble bathroom, walk-in closet, and private balcony or patio. Features include a flat screen TV and a Nespresso coffee machine. All rooms are equipped with 24-hour air purifying circulation system, Bose® Wave® Music System, TVs On Demand selection of international cable networks, and Internet connectivity.
 

Revere Hotel Boston Common
-Revere Hotel Boston Common is situated on the cusp of Back Bay and the South End of Boston, and provides unfettered access to the sights and sounds of America’s most storied city. Inspired by Boston’s revolutionary spirit, Revere Hotel Boston Common breathes new life into the space formally inhabited by The Radisson Boston. Triple AAA and CAA members will want to take advantage of the Qualifying Member rate, which starts at $ 185 per night for a 353 square foot Spacious King room with a balcony.  

 

Sundance Resort

-Sundance Resort in Utah is offering a Table for Two package that's perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions. The peace and quiet found here contrasts sharply with the bustle found at most Utah ski resorts.The package includes lodging in a private mountain cottage, a three-course dinner per person at your choice of the Foundry Grill or Tree Room, and daily breakfast for two in the award-winning Foundry Grill. You may even catch a glimpse of resort owner Robert Redford. Rates start at $469 per night. 
 

 

 

 

 

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Last-Minute New Year's Luxury Hotel Offers

December 20, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Christmas is almost here, and between all the shopping and decorating and cooking, who has time to think of New Year's Eve plans? Well, we do! We scoured our site and found these great nightly rates for last-minute New Year's Eve stays in some of our most popular cities.

As always, rates are subject to availability and there may be restrictions. Please read the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment. 

ONE UN New YorkNew York-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

-The Carlton New York, located on Madison Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets, has nightly rates from $329.

-The New York Palace, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of 50th Street and Madison Avenue, has nightly rates from $389. 

-ONE UN New York (pictured above), located within walking distance of United Nations Headquarters, Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Fifth Avenue Shopping, and the Chrysler Building, has nightly rates from $395.10.
 

London-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

-The Metropolitan London, located on Park Lane, where it meets into the landmark Hyde Park Corner, has nightly rates from GBP 261.

-St. Ermin's Hotel London, located one block from Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, has nightly rates from GBP 265.

-Rosewood London, located where the city meets Covent Garden and the West End on High Holborn, has nightly rates from GBP 295.
 

Las Vegas-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

Palms Casino Resort

-Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, which overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip, has nightly rates from $188.10

-Palms Casino Resort (pictured above), located near the Las Vegas Strip, has nightly rates from $199. 

-Palms Place Hotel, located one mile from the Las Vegas Strip, has nightly rates from $209. 

Beijing-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

-InterContinental Beijing Beichen, located next to the Olympic Central Park National Convention Center, has nightly rates from CNY 750.

-The Peninsula Beijing, located near Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, has nightly rates from CNY 900.

-China World Hotel Beijing, which anchors the China World Trade Centre, has nightly rates from CNY 900. 

Happy New Year! 

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Stay Warm this Holiday Season with Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

October 25, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
During the holiday season, The Ritz Carlton Laguna, Niguel is transformed into a holiday wonderland with sparkling lights, sweet treats, and special events. In celebration of the season of giving, the resort is collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for the Orange County Rescue Mission and toys and books for Miracles for Kids.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel premiered as the first luxury beach resort along coastal Orange County. Today, the Dana Point resort boasts a newly re-imagined vibe, services and spaces, yet still occupies its perch atop 150 foot bluff featuring cascading views of the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful seaside city of Dana Point is located in Orange County, Southern California, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego.

 

 

Festive Holiday Events at the luxury hotel include:

-Surfing Santa Competition:Saturday, November 23; 7:30 a.m.
A fun surf competition where men, women and children dress like Santa or other holiday inspired characters and surf Salt Creek to benefit Surfers Healing.

-Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Sunday, November 24; 4 p.m.
Holiday music performed by The Jeeps and a special appearance from Santa Claus. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to Miracles for Kids.

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

-Holiday Surf Board Auction: November 23 through December 31, 2013.
The Sixth Annual Surf Board auction benefits Surfers Healing. More than three dozen surf boards donated from well-known surfers and local artists that have painted the boards, will be on display with bidding closing at noon on December 31. Bid online at www.biddingforgood.com/surfershealing.

-Gingerbread Spectacular: On display November 23 through December 31.
This year's display is dedicated to all of the Community Footprints partners the resort supports throughout the year. Each year the luxury resort's pastry team creates a sweet decadent edible spectacular that is on display throughout the holiday season.

-Holiday Tea: Monday through Thursday, November 18 through December 19. Seating from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in Raya.
$55 per person.
Enjoy a more contemporary version of tea served oceanside from Raya. 

-Yappy Howl-iday Celebration: Saturday, December 7; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located on the Dana Lawn This festive gathering of canines and their companions provides Fido with the opportunity to be photographed with the "Big Dog" himself – Santa Paws. Guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats, or dog toys to be donated to the Friends of Orange County's Homeless Pets.

-Holiday Storytelling: Friday and Saturday, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 5 p.m.
Complimentary in the Eco-Adventure Center. Guests are asked to bring a new children’s book to be donated to Miracles for Kids. 

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Special Five Star Alliance Rate: Pestana Palace

October 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Pestana Palace


Located in Lisbon city but only a short drive from the Estoril Coast and its beaches, Pestana Palace is a XIX century palace, now fully restored to its former glory and classified as a National Monument. The luxury hotel looks over an inner private park lush with many subtropical trees and plants and enjoys panoramic views over the Tagus River.

 

Now for a short time, you can take advantage of Special Five Star Alliance Rates at Pestana Palace. 

 

The Five Star Alliance Rate Includes:


-Superior City View Room, which is 24 square meters or a Deluxe City View Room, which is 26 square meters. Rooms have either King or Twin beds

-The Breakfast Inclusive rate includes Buffet Breakfast at the restaurant. 

-WiFi

-Free use of the health club and outdoor pool

-Welcome cocktail consiting of the area's famous port wine and pastry Pasties de Nata.

 


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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Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

August 3, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The James


The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

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Peninsula Hong Kong Academy

August 2, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The Peninsula Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong
has rolled out a handful of experiential academy programs that fulfill the different types of experiences travelers may be searching for when visiting Hong Kong.“Traditions Well Served” are one of the several programs the Peninsula Hong Kong has on offer to their hotel guests. This particular course seeks to teach foreigners about the disappearing art of Hong Kong craftsmanship that was seem predominately during Hong Kong’s golden era of manufacturing through education and building awareness. Hotel guests and program attendees are able to meet current practitioners of these almost forgotten trades, and listen to their stories of their creative processes, in addition to being able to get a first-hand view of each craft, and finally being able to participate in making them as well. These trades include bamboo and flower display making, paper tearing artists, shadow puppet masters, lion dancers, even a lesson in how to make traditional female dress buttons.

 

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Celebrate Miami Spa Month with Acqualina Resort and Spa

July 31, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Acqualina  Spa and Resort on the Beach
Be sure to book a spa appointment with Miami Beach’s five star beachfront retreat Acqualina Resort and Spa. For the past six years the Miami’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has organized a Miami Spa Month where they contact all of the premiere spas in the area and invite them to participate in a two-month long event offering customers the best deals on special spa packages. The special packages available at their award winning spa, ESPA at Acqualina Resort and Spa, are available to guests and non-hotel guests at the special discounted rate of $99. Or just go visit Acqualina’s ESPA to see their extensive and impressive facilities of 11 multi-functional treatment rooms, Roman waterfall, Finnish saunas, mist rooms, or experiential shower rooms all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Receive a unique European spa experience and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated at Acqualina Resort & Spa’s ESPA.

 

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Pre-Packaged Florence Experiences At Your Fingertips!

July 23, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Hotel Il Salviatino
If you are planning on visiting Florence, Italy and tired of surfing the Internet on places to go and things to do in order to maximize your experience in the area, look no further than Il Salviatino! With the property being just as beautiful as the views it provides, also takes the guess work out of planning your trip with their pre-packaged experiences that cater to different types of guests. Their Dine Around package is ideal for foodies on the hunt for a Tuscan gastronomical experience. The package comes complete with hand-picked restaurants to help tourists discover the best of Florence through the best Italian fare.

For those looking for a romantic way to propose, look no further than the Perfect Proposal package Il Salviatino provides. It even comes up with a backup plan option, providing guests with an all-night open-bar if their proposal is rejected.

Hotel Il Salviatino

Not ready to get engaged? Il Salviatino has a Romantic Getaway package for you, complete with romantic activities for you and your loved one to participate in while enjoying Florence and each other. If you are looking to vacation in the more relaxed side of things, try the Relax and Enjoy Florence package, ideal for spa enthusiasts.

 

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