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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.

It's Business Time: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Best Business Hotel Dubai

April 24, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? Dubai.

In a city filled with tower hotels, stretching upward as if to be the first to reach the heavens, one stands out from the rest as a place for the businessman who finds himself in the world's aspiring international mecca of finance. The Jumeirah Emirates Towers spear the sky in the center of the city's bustling business district and serves an architectural marker for the city's great success. Two towers, side-by-side, serve as a dual home for offices and residences, everything the traveling businessman needs, connected by a central shopping podium.

The rooms and services of the hotel are also tailored specifically with the international businessman in mind. Even the standard rooms of the Jumeirah Emirates come with an IT workstation, including 24-hour tech support. An entire floor is reserved specially for female travelers who are looking for a more private, comfortable atmosphere, and rooms there come standard with a cosmetics fridge, in-room yoga mat, and a line of Chopard products. Fine dining is available on-site, and due to the great variety of options in its 15 restaurants, lounges, and bars, you'll never have to travel far for an exquisite meal. Next time you're heading to Dubai to close a business deal, look to The Jumeirah Emirates Towers as the premiere place to stay.


Conde Nast Platinum Circle 2012: Chewton Glen

April 17, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

We've been spotlighting a list of Conde Nast's award-winning Gold List Hotels for 2012, and each one is amazing in its own right. In a clear case of never enough of a good thing, Conde Nast has yet an additional level to their awards, the meta-prestigious Platinum Circle Hotels, distinguished for being consistent Gold List winners for the last five years. Perhaps it could have been more aptly named the Conde Nast Award for Continued Excellence in the Having of Conde Nast Awards, but that's probably just my jealousy talking. It takes a certain level of cachet to be able to recognize someone for being recognized by you, and the Conde Nast Awards carry that weight. Regardless, the Platinum Circle hotels are undoubtedly some of the best of the best and have the mark of consistency that other hotels can only aspire to.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The less-than-appetizingly named Chewton Glen is today's entry in our continuing exploration of the Conde Nast Platinum Circle.  Just 20 minutes from the English Channel, Chewton Glen is the epitome of classic English style. And the pinnacle of this epitome is the expansive croquet lawn that fronts the beautiful 18th century manor house. With only 59 rooms, the service at Chewton Glen is exceptionally personal and comes with the British flair for understatement that, like a nice crumpet, no afternoon tea is complete without. The 100,000 acre national forest on the edge of which the hotel sits offers miles of hiking trails and a 9-hole par three golf course and indoor/outdoor tennis courts mean you can also stay on the grounds to break a sweat. Its spa has been named the best in England, and its hydrotherapy pool is perfect for a refreshing soak. If you want all the gentlemanly sensibilities of a five-star London hotel but want to stay out of the city, Chewton Glen is the hotel for you. 


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel

April 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel in Kouklia, Cyprus is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for leisure facilities. This luxury hotel is set on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean, just 15 minutes from the Paphos Airport. The birthplace of Aphrodite, the mosaics at Paphos, and the Troodos Mountains are just a few of the attractions located within reach of the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel. This luxury hotel has received recognition for its leisure facilities and the list of activities to partake in seems to be never-ending! Enjoy the Retreat Spa, an 18-hole golf course, a tennis academy, 3 kids clubs, a teen’s club, a horseback riding club, and indoor and outdoor pools. The beauty of this luxury hotel would leave any goddess speechless, making the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel a truly exceptional hotel option worth exploring on your next visit to Cyprus!


Phenomenal Rates and Amenities Available at the Peninsula Chicago!

April 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Peninsula Chicago is the Windy City’s most luxurious and sophisticated hotel. Located in the heart of the ‘Magnificent Mile,’ on the doorstep of Chicago’s business and shopping district, The Peninsula Chicago offers guests the absolute best amenities and services. Its 339 guestrooms and suites are among the largest in the city and are beautifully furnished with a state-of-the-art electronic system that allows guests to control all room features with the touch of a button. This luxury hotel is extremely accommodating of families with both Junior Suites and Deluxe Suites having a sofa bed as well as the option to interconnect the Grand Deluxe Room with a king size bed to a Grand Deluxe room with 2 double beds, a Deluxe Suite with a Deluxe Room, and an Executive Suite with a Deluxe Room. All of these amenities and characteristics of the hotel make it an excellent option when traveling to Chicago, but the following features and details set The Peninsula Chicago apart from other properties, making it one of the absolute best and most exceptional hotels in the area!

- A 14,000 square foot, two level spa and fitness center located on the top two floors of the hotel offering incredible skyline views of the city.

- Complimentary yoga and Pilates classes offered three times a day.

- A chocolate bar every Friday and Saturday night serving chocolate martinis and delectable treats while a soft jazz trio band plays in the background.

- A half Olympic-sized indoor pool.

- A business center that’s open 24 hours a day.

These are just a few of the ways The Peninsula Chicago goes above and beyond to offer its guests an exceptional stay, and you’ll simply have to make your reservations at this hotel to experience the true meaning of luxury for yourself!


It's Business Time: Taj Palace Best Business Hotel New Delhi

April 12, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? New Delhi.

There's one hotel in New Delhi that has historic pedigree to play host to the most influential businessmen and foreign dignitaries, and that's the Taj Palace Hotel. On six acres of the Diplomatic Enclave, which is itself just a stone's throw from the business district, you're right in the center of the action, whether it's financial or political. Thirteen meeting rooms across the property can accommodate up to 1,000 people, so you'll never be lacking for space in the hotel itself, and a short 10 minute drive to the airport eliminates any hassle that comes with travel. Go right from your flight to your room with no fuss at all. Stay connected with state-of-the-art electronics and all the business facilities you need. Four restaurants on site provide Mediterranean, Indian, and Chinese cuisine, and there's a nearby private club for a golf or tennis break, as well as a nine hole putting course at the hotel.  The Taj Palace Hotel is just what our more entrepreneurial travelers are looking for in New Delhi.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The Peninsula Hong Kong

April 11, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Peninsula Hong Kong in Kowloon, Hong Kong is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for location. This luxury hotel has been regarded as one of the finest hotels in the world. Built during the 1920s, the Peninsula Hong Kong continues to set the standard worldwide and combines the best of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of timeless elegance. It’s perfectly situated on the central tip of Kowloon Peninsula, in the heart of Kowloon’s business, shopping, and entertainment areas. The Peninsula Hong Kong enables guests to travel to the central district on Hong Kong Island is less than 10 minutes, and certain rooms offer breathtaking, panoramic views of the city skyline and the Harbour.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Banyan Tree Lijiang

April 9, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Banyan Tree Lijiang in Lijiang, China is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for leisure facilities. It is a luxury property that embodies soul, peace, and ethnic harmony. It is a sacred sanctuary that has protected the unique cultures of minorities since ancient times. The old town of Lijang is regarded as the Venice of the Orient because of its numerous beautiful bridges and canals that lace through the cobbled streets. Banyan Tree Lijang’s luxurious villas reflect the culture and history through its design and furnishings. This Himalayan retreat offers 55 villas with phenomenal views, and the hotel provides visitors with ample opportunities to visit Old Town, Tiger Leaping Gorge, and the top of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.


Hotels with an Edge: Burj Al Arab in Dubai

April 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In today’s competitive world, everyone needs a way to stand out from the crowd. Luxury hotels certainly are no different and are always looking for ways to outshine their competitors and attract more visitors. We understand that our travelers look for the best of the best, and we would like to introduce you to our blog series, Hotels with an Edge. We’ll be highlighting and featuring a few hotels we feel truly stand out and offer their guests more than is expected. Be sure to check in with us to explore various hotels that deserve recognition for their supreme levels of luxury.

Today’s featured hotel is the Burj Al Arab located in Dubai. This luxury hotel has received a significant amount of recognition and has quickly become one of the most famous luxury hotels and one of the most photographed structures in the world. Its unique architectural design has caught the eyes of travelers, making it easily distinguished from all other hotel properties. It is designed to resemble a wafting sail; this all-suite luxury hotel soars 321 meters and dominates the Dubai skyline. It is illuminated at night by choreographed lighting representing water and fire, and it has a private beachfront, opportunities to embark on a desert safari, and some rooms offering phenomenal views of the Arabian Sea.

Explore this luxury hotel and make your reservations here! Be sure to keep up with our blog series for a little inspiration on where to stay next!


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Ellerman House Cape Town

March 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Ellerman House Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for ambiance and design. This luxury hotel is one of the world’s most exclusive and private retreats. Its perfect position sweeping over the lively city of Cape Town and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean has earned it the status of a historical landmark. This boutique hotel only has 9 rooms and 2 suites, all beautifully decorated with eloquence and style. What makes this hotel stand out from the rest is its phenomenal wine cellar of 17,000 bottles of South African wine as well as its world famous art collection. Add this hotel to your bucket list and be sure to check it out when visiting Cape Town!


The Best Romantic Getaway Hotels: Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie in Rome, Italy

March 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Certain hotels have a beautiful romance to them, an elegant charm that sweeps you off your feet and leaves you feeling like you’re floating on a cloud. Whether you’re planning an anniversary, a birthday, or simply hoping to have a romantic weekend with your significant other, we certainly have the perfect hotel in your city of choice. Check in with us often as we will be featuring our favorite hotels for a romantic getaway all over the world!

Our first feature is the Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie. This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Rome on the fashionable Via del Babuino, next to the Piazza del Popolo and near the Spanish Steps. This 122 bedroom property is a favorite amongst the Hollywood A list and it has gained fame for its beautiful terrace gardens. These so called “Secret Gardens” are hidden behind the building and offer guests the perfect place to enjoy each other’s company in tranquility, away from the bustle of Rome. Enjoy al fresco dining at ‘Le Jardin de Russie’ restaurant and take advantage of the hotel’s health club and spa with a hydro pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish steam bath, and much more. Make your reservations at this romantic gem in Rome and get ready for a phenomenal time with your loved one!