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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.

What Wine Goes Best with your Favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

March 13, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

You read the title correctly. Today we’re not exploring what wine compliments Alaskan Salmon or risotto; we’re bringing you recommendations of which wine goes best with various Girl Scout Cookies. Kris Margerum, the wine director at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley has gone through the vast 17,000 bottle wine cellar to suggest the absolute best wine-cookie pairings. Check out the pairings below and enjoy the adult, edgy rendition of Girl Scout Cookies.

Savannah Smiles go best with a 2010 Dr. Loosen ‘Bernaksteler Lay’ Riesling-Kabinett. As stated by Kris Margerum and reported on HotelChatter, ““The lemon notes and powder sugar create an amazing match with this off-dry, high- acid white wine.”

Trefoils-Old Fashioned Shortbread go best with the 2007 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine. "The creamy richness of the shortbread is balanced by the fresh lively notes of the Sparkling Wine." 

Dosidos-Peanut Butter Cremes go best with a 2009 Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Zweigelt. "The light bodied and fruity Zweigelt paired with the Do-Si-Dos brings home the flavors of peanut butter & jelly."

Samoas go best with a Graham’s 20-Year Tawny Port. "The coconut is an ideal blend with the oak-aged port, while the Noval Vintage Ruby Reserve Port is rich enough to match the chocolate and mint flavors of the popular Thin Mints." 

Tagalongs-Peanut Butter Patties go best with Rare Wine Company’s “Imperial-Old Reserve” Malmsey Maderia, “Nothing goes better with sweet Maderias than chocolate and nuts.”

We certainly encourage you to explore the room types, rates, and photos of the Auberge du Soleil here! Make your reservations today and get ready for an incredible time in phenomenal wine country, cookies and all!

This article originally appeared in HotelChatter.


The Traveler's Compendium: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

March 9, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Bucket lists.  We've probably all got one, and I can't get over my slightly morbid fascination of the idea of making the list of the things you'd like to live framed around dying.  Maybe it's that the finitude of life creates a sweet sense of urgency that makes experience all the more poignant.  But I'm not here to philosophize; I leave that to the well-bearded among us.  I'm here to tell you about the second edition of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die with the much more uplifting subtitle: A Traveler's Life List.

A coffeetable book if there ever was one, 1,000 Places lays out some of the most unique and gorgeous places the world has to offer. And one of the things about the luxury hotel industry is that we've done a pretty good job of making sure that most of these places have the accommodations for you to experience them.  Heading to the Amalfi Coast? Why not stay at the Palazzo Sasso, which has a breathtaking view of the ocean stretching out from its feet, 350 meters below.  Or perhaps you're interested in Paris.  The Plaza Athenee or Hotel de Crillon have you covered.  It's really quite incredible when you step back to think how easy it is to experience the unique gems this blue-green sphere has to offer.  So pick up your copy of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and pick out your next vacation destination.  We have certainly have some suggestions for you.


Incredible Spring Break Options for Adults

March 9, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

March and April mark the months during which colleges across the U.S. have their spring breaks, but who says you can’t have an incredible spring break now that you’re an adult in the working world? We certainly think that everyone deserves an incredible vacation, and we’ve put together a list of our top 3 luxury hotels perfect for a spring break escape.

JW Marriot Cancun Resort

This luxury hotel is located on the eastern most tip of the Yucatan in Cancun, Mexico. It is one of the most beautiful hotel options in the area, offering 448 exquisitely decorated guest rooms featuring private balconies with stunning views of the clear blue water and sandy beach. The JW Marriot Cancun Resort has an incredible 35,000 square foot, Mayan inspired spa which is rated one of the top spas in Mexico. Take advantage of the snorkeling, shopping, fine dining, and adventure that await you at this incredible resort.

Hilton Bentley

For those hoping to stay on the mainland of the United States, the Hilton Bentley is the perfect option. Located in Miami Beach, Florida, this luxury hotel is an all-suite, world famous beachfront paradise. It’s ideally located a few steps from fine dining options, high end shopping, and the area’s renowned nightlife scene. Its studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and penthouse suites all have been beautifully designed and feature Italian marble floors, stainless steel kitchens and kitchenettes, and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and Miami Beach.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk

For those searching for a luau and lei-filled spring break, we encourage you to check out the Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is located just steps from the white sand beaches, lively entertainment, exclusive boutiques, and phenomenal restaurants. It soars 38 stories high and features 462 incredible guest rooms and suites offering breathtaking views of the Pacific.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Alvear Palace Hotel

March 7, 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 Alvear Palace Hotel is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel is located in the heart of the bustling district of Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The décor of its 197 rooms and suites have a beautifully empirical style featuring Louis XV and Louis XVI with opulent art and antiques admirably displayed. The service of this luxury hotel is to be recognized; the Alvear Palace Hotel goes above and beyond professionalism and refinement, offering services such as personal shopping, flower deliveries, and everything in between.

Check rates, availability, photos and more at the Alvear Palace Hotel here!


It's Business Time: Park Hyatt Best Business Hotel Tokyo

March 6, 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? Tokyo.

Guests may be familiar with the criticallly-acclaimed Park Hyatt Tokyo from its estranged cinematic guests from the film Lost in Translation.  Designed as a modern private residence, the 178 rooms and suites are the most spacious in the city.  Its 24-hour business center gives you unparalleled access to everything you might need, and it is located next to the city's major transportation hub.  The Shinjuku station provides rail and subway access to anywhere in the city. Extensive meeting and business facilities provide spacious room for anything from business meetings to conferences.  And you can wine and dine your clients at the New York Grill, number one for the past five years in Tokyo's Zagat Survey.  The Park Hyatt Tokyo is everything a business traveler looks for, packaged up nicely in one convenient location.  And who knows? You might even have an incredibly dysfunctional but endearing relationship with an American transplant while you're there.


Hotels with an Edge: Raffles Hotel Singapore

March 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In today’s competitive world, everyone needs a way to stand out from the crowd. Luxury hotels certainly are not any 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.

Our fourth featured hotel is one that is exclusively comprised of suites, the Raffles Hotel Singapore. This luxurious property is one of Singapore’s most elegant landmarks, and its colonial style architecture radiates a timeless grace. The suites in the hotel are certainly this hotel’s distinguishing factors, specifically the Grand Hotel Suite which has 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a parlour, a private verandah and butler service. It is also the only hotel in Singapore with a movie theatre on site, a pool open 24 hours a day, and the only Singapore hotel marked as a National Monument.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Raffles Hotel Singapore 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: Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

March 1, 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 Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel is located right at the historical Pariser Platz, a short stroll from the beautiful boutique shops and right in the vicinity of the financial district. Its atmosphere is inspired by history and modernity, and a number of the rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the Bradenburg Gate. This luxury hotel burned down in 1945, was rebuilt in 1997 and remodeled in 2007. This hotel’s service certainly sets it apart, and their concierge team is more than willing to set up and organize whatever sort of adventure you want. Their staff is flawlessly prepared and extremely helpful and accommodating to any and all questions or concerns.

Check rates, availability, photos and more at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin here!


The World’s Best Hotels

March 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Big shout out and thank you to all our loyal blog readers! We certainly love bringing you the latest and greatest luxury travel news, and we appreciate hearing from you via phone, email, or our Facebook and Twitter pages. We realize that every traveler begins his/her journey in the research phase; deciding on where to go, and we certainly get a number of inquiries about the best hotels in certain areas, the most romantic hotels, the best hotels for families, the best all-inclusive resorts, and onward. To help you pick the absolute best hotel that fits your needs and criteria, we would like to draw your attention to our ‘World’s Best Hotels’ tab. Here you’ll be directed to lists and lists of phenomenal hotels and resorts in various categories. From the best ski resorts to the best spa resorts, we certainly have you covered. Be sure to check out the various lists for a little inspiration on where to travel next! You want the best, and we certainly want to give it to you!

Photo of the Meridian Club in Turks and Caicos, a luxury hotel on our Best Honeymoon Resorts List


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Amankora, Paro

February 29, 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 Amankora, Paro in the Kingdom of Bhutan is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for location. This luxury hotel occupies the high mountain valleys between China and India. Bhutan has maintained its traditional Buddhist way of life for centuries, and these traditions continue today. The word ‘Amankora’ combines the word ‘aman’ for peace with ‘journey,’ marking a unique entry into a secluded area whose incredible Himalayan landscapes have intrigued travelers all over the world. This luxury hotel is located about 2,520 meters above sea level, and the suites feature natural earth walls, sloping roofs, and wood paneled interiors. The views of the snow-capped Jhomolhari are simply breathtaking, and the serene and beautiful location of this hotel will surely bring you back in touch with yourself, allowing you to leave with a feeling of complete balance.


Hotels with an Incredible View! Istanbul, Turkey

February 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that an incredible view is of utmost importance to luxury travelers. After a day of exploring a new city, there’s nothing more enjoyable then returning to your luxurious accommodations and taking in the miraculous view before calling it a day. For others, there simply is no time to enjoy everything a city has to offer, and the only exploration one has time for is to take in the view from the hotel. We’d like to introduce you to our blog series, which will be featuring incredible hotels with incredible views! Whatever your travel reasons or however much time you have to enjoy your trip, we hope you leave thinking wow what a view!

Our third feature is the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. It’s located on the European bank of the Bosphorus, which flows through Istanbul’s phenomenal history. This luxury hotel is a converted Ottoman Palace surrounded by indigo water and mountaintops. Its 145 guest rooms and 25 suites blend Ottoman design with contemporary furnishings and nearly a quarter of the rooms offer incredible views across the legendary Strait to the hills of Asia. Rooms located on the first and second floor offer straight views of the water and the Maiden’s Tower in Old Town. The hotel’s pool overlooks the Bosphorus, and the outdoor terrace of the hotel’s restaurant Aqua allows you to dine right on the water’s edge.

Be sure to keep up with our blog series to discover various luxury hotels all over the world with the best views!