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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.

The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #14 The Umstead Hotel and Spa

December 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #14 spot is the Umstead Hotel and Spa which is conveniently located in Cary, North Carolina for those who want to get away or stay near the heart of it all. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- With its surrounding 12 acres of wooded land, gardens, and lake, The Umstead Hotel is a destination in itself with the cultural, corporate and recreational opportunities of the Triangle area moments away

- 24 hour business center available for guest use

- 10,000 square-feet of elegant meeting and event space featuring natural light and original artwork

- Signature Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Herons, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch

- Dogs are allowed with an additional cleaning fee

- Seasonal outdoor pool

- The Umstead Spa, a 14,000 square-foot spa featuring ten treatment rooms, men’s and ladies relaxation lounges including sauna, steam and whirlpool and a coed relaxation lounge and meditation garden

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Umstead Hotel and Spa here >>

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #15 Las Vegas, NV, United States

December 18, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels! 

Strip At Night

The Venetian Las VegasAs of today, Five Star Alliance features 33 luxury hotels in Las Vegas, NV including all of the best hotels on the Strip, going as far East as the resorts at Lake Las Vegas, West into Summerlin, and South heading towards Los Angeles near the Southern Highlands - plus Red Mountain, the best jumping off point for Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks.

What makes our guests love Las Vegas?

- Resort hotels as large as The Venetian & The Palazzo (pictured - featuring a combined 8,108 rooms and suites - making it the largest hotel in the world) and smaller hotels like the SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand (with just 51 lofts located on the top two floors of the hotel building).

- Hotels and resorts with large casinos (the MGM Grand has a whopping 170,000 square feet of casino floor), as well as Las Vegas hotels without any casino at all like The Trump International and Vdara Hotel & Resort.

- Rates as low as $180 USD a night and as high $5500 USD to ring in New Years 2013 in Las Vegas.

Red Mountain Resort- 15 Luxury Hotels directly on the Las Vegas Strip as well as more self contained destination hotels and resorts as far away as Lake Las Vegas and Ivins, Utah (pictured).

Did You Know?

-In 2011, more than 368 million people visited Las Vegas.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #15 Copacabana Palace

December 17, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 Rio De Janeiro's Copacabana Palace is #15 on our list. Here are a few fun facts about the hotel:

-Opened in 1923, Copacabana Palace was inspired by two other hotels: Negresco in Nice and the Carlton in Cannes.

-Famous guests have included Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, The Rolling Stones and Nelson Mandela. 

-In addition to spa services, The Copacabana Palace Spa also offers a spa menu developed by Francesco Carli, the internationally renowned Chef of Pergula Restaurant.

-Featuring two of Rio’s top restaurants –Hotel Cipriani Restaurant and Pergula Restaurant– the Copa is Rio’s top destination for gastronomy and style.

-The Copacabana Palace faces the world-famous Copacabana Beach, yet is only minutes away from the business centre, and the Ipanema and Leblon districts of Rio de Janeiro.

The Copacabana Palace offers two different categories of rooms. Choose between the charming Superior City View or magnificent Deluxe Beach View. 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #16 The Armani Hotel Milano

December 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #18 spot is the Armani Hotel Milano which is situated in the prestigious Manzoni 31 building in Milano, Italy, anchoring the world-famous fashion district known as the Quadrilatero della Moda (the “quadrilateral of fashion”). Here are a few fun facts and features about this luxury hotel:

- The new Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel to be launched within the Armani Hotels & Resorts project

- Giorgio Armani has created a world of harmony and privacy, with uncompromising attention to the requirements of guests

- Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic traditions of Italy to provide you with classic and authentic culinary delights

- Armani Hotel Milano’s fitness centre features a Kinesis Wall as well as a wide range of cardiovascular equipment and modular resistance machines

- Indoor relaxation pool

- It’s only a few minutes away from the luxury shopping streets of Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, the famous La Scala theatre and the spectacular Piazza del Duomo

Explore photos, availability, and rates at this stunning hotel here >> 


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #18 The Westin Resort and Spa Playa Conchal

December 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #18 spot is the Westin Resort and Spa Playa Conchal which s located in Cabo Velas, in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. Here are a few fun facts and features about this luxury hotel:

- The exotic 4-kilometer Playa Conchal beach owes its name to its unique sand, comprising millions of finely crushed seashells

- Awarded the Blue Flag eco-label for its cleanliness

- Aquatic activities enjoyed here include fishing, snorkeling, marine life observation, deep-sea fishing, and scuba diving

- Local weather and water temperatures are enjoyable throughout the year, with sunlight lasting more than half the day in winter and spring months

- Offers both all-inclusive and room-only rates

Explore photos, availability, and rates at this stunning hotel here >>


Top 30 Hotels of 2012 Honorable Mention: Marina Bay Sands Singapore

December 14, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 

 Here are a few fun facts about Marina Bay Sands Singapore:

-The 2561 rooms include 230 suites that soar 57 stories above the ground and offer breathtaking views.

-The Sands SkyPark Observation Deck offers not only spectacular views, but the world-famous 150-meter infinity pool, which is the largest outdoor pool at that height.

-The casino has 2300 of the newest and most popular electronic gaming machines in the world.

-Celebrity chefs practically call this place home. The property features restaurants by culinary luminaries Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali, and Tetsuya Wakuda.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #19 Amanyara

December 14, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in at #19 on our list is Amanyara, located in the Turks and Caicos. Here are a few fun facts about the property:

-Amanyara (peaceful place) is located on the coast of Northwest Point adjacent to Malcolm’s Beach on the island of Providenciales.

-The multimedia Screening Room features 30 wide leather seats and is fully equipped with a DVD and VHS player, Cable TV, high speed internet and video/data projection capabilities.

-Regular complimentary morning yoga classes are held at the Spa's outdoor yoga sala.

-Pavilions are situated on the edge of tranquil ponds with timber sun decks extending over the water.  Private three, four or five-bedroom Villas are situated either along the oceanfront, overlooking a tranquil pond or nestled in island vegetation. Some showcase internal reflecting ponds.

 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #20 St Regis Grand Rome

December 12, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #20 spot is the St Regis Grand Rome which is located in the heart of Rome, within walking distance of many historic sites including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Via Veneto. Here are a few fun facts and features about this luxury hotel:

- 24-hour butler service ensures all needs are met quickly and effectively

- Each of the 138 guest rooms and 23 suites feature a unique identity and are exquisitely appointed in a combination of Empire, Regency and Louis XV styles

- Luxurious bath amenities and extraordinarily comfortable beds assure complete relaxation

- The hotel’s restaurant has been twice nominated as the best in Europe by Zagat

- Inspired by the traditional Asian spa concept where body, soul, and mind meet, kamiSpa, the first oriental urban spa in Europe, is now exclusively available on the fifth floor of the Hotel

- Private wine cellar attracting guests and locals alike

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #21 Babuino 181

December 11, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 

Rome's Babuino 181 is #21 on our list of Top Hotels in 2012. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

-A boutique hotel that is a three story renovated Palazzo, and is located in Rome’s high-end fashion avenue, Via del Babuino.
 
-Guests can enjoy breakfast or drinks on the beautiful rooftop terrace, or recharge with an espresso or tea in the private lounge.
 
-Located a stone’s throw from the famous Spanish Steps.
 
-Babuino 181's luxury suites have king size beds with Frette sheets, a pillow menu, silk duvets, marble bathrooms, and all the amenities and comforts you would expect from a luxury hotel.
 
 
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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #22 Half Moon

December 10, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #22 spot is Half Moon which is located within the Rose Hall vicinity in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Here are a few fun facts and features about this luxury hotel:

- Stretches across 400 lushly landscaped acres

- Features 33 stately four- to seven-bedroom villas, each with its own personal staff and pool

- 152 luxurious suites and 46 breathtaking rooms

- A championship, 72-par Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course, 18-hole putting green and 13-lit tennis courts

- Opportunities to take advantage of a full range of water sports and visit an exclusive natural Dolphin Lagoon

- Six gourmet restaurants and over half a dozen informal snack bars

- A world class spa and shopping village

- Children's activity centre, Hype Zone Teen Center, babysitting available

- 51 Swimming pools, including Olympic-size lap pool & swim-up pool bar.

- Offers both all-inclusive and room-only rates.

 

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