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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.

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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Top 30 of 2012 Honorable Mention: Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

December 10, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

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 the stunning eco-resort Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa:

- The resort comprises 40 free-standing suites for up to 90 guests and a main homestead with a full range of luxury facilities, including the stand-alone Timeless Spa.

- The resort, which borders the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in Australia, has been designed to co-exist with its environment in a manner that is sympathetic to the very special natural, cultural, and scenic values of the valley.

- Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is an exclusive conservation-based resort that offers a myriad of activities; including mountain biking, ecological tourism, hiking, and horseback riding.

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Posted in: Sydney, 'Best Of' Lists

Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #23 Principe Di Savoia

December 9, 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!

Gliding on to our list at #23 is the always elegant Principe Di Savoia. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

 -The 301 among spacious guest rooms and suites are decorated to blend the warm and elegant atmosphere of 19th-century Lombard interior design with the unobtrusive integration of modern technology.

 -Located on the top floor of the hotel, with a roof terrace overlooking the city, Club 10 Fitness and Beauty Centre is the most exclusive health club in Milan.

-Hotel Principe di Savoia's central location in the heart of Milan means the hotel is perfectly placed for visitors to discover all its intriguingly different aspects.

-The Acanto Restaurant serves classic Italian cuisine and its veranda overlooks the hotel’s tranquil Italian garden with a delightful 18th century fountain.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #24 Viceroy Bali

December 8, 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 #24 spot is the Viceroy Bali which is located only 5 minutes outside of the heartland of Bali. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- 25 luxurious villas in the highlands of Ubud.

- All the villas are luxurious with private pools and spectacular views over Petanu River gorge and tropical forests.

- The decor of each villa is sumptuous, all have marble floors, luxurious furnishings, top quality beds with fine thread count linen, spacious marble bathroom with separate shower, bath, twin vanities, all have air conditioning, ceiling fans, 42' LCD satellite television, DVD player, espresso coffee machine and more.

- CasCades is a fine dining restaurant overlooking the spectacular vista of the Valley with its award winning French Cuisine and extensive wine cellar.

- Balanced on the hill slope overlooking the spectacular Petanu River Gorge with its unrivalled views, The Lembah Spa offers treatments developed by Swiss professionals to combine the best of the West, with Balinese natural treatments.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #25 Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

December 6, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

 

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!

Shangri-La Hotel Sydney has one of the most famous views in all of hotel-land, that of the Sydney Opera House.  Here are a few more
fun facts about the hotel that is #25 on our list:

-CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. CHI treatments are inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies. The spa boasts the most luxurious private spa suites in Sydney.

-One of the few Sydney hotels that boasts amazing views of both the famed Opera House and the renowned Harbour Bridge. 

-The floor-to-ceiling windows at Altitude Restaurant allows diner to enjoy oustanding Sydney Harbour views along with top-rated contemporary Australian cuisine.

- Located in Sydney's historic Rocks district, the historic site of Sydney's first European settlement, which is well known for exciting nightlife, terrific shopping, and great restaurants.

-All 563 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suiteshave harbour views and are the largest in their class in the city.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #26 One and Only Ocean Club

December 6, 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 #26 spot is the One and Only Ocean Club which is located 185 miles southeast of Miami on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Features residential-style villas ideal for families.

- Opportunities to take advantage of diving, snorkeling, sailing, skiing, windsurfing, and just relaxing along the shoreline of a pristine beach.

- The Mandara Spa features eight Balinese-style private treatment villas with open-air gardens.

- Complimentary one-hour yoga classes are offered daily on the beach deck.

- Six Har-Tru tennis courts, complimentary bicycles, and an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course.

- All accommodations feature a private balcony or terrace, central air conditioning, indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, DVD and CD players, satellite television, Internet access, service bars, marble appointed bathrooms with double sinks, and safes.

- Beachfront suites with parlors and doors that open to the water are the most recommended room types.

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Top 30 Hotels in 2012 Honorable Mention: Hotel de Paris

December 6, 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! 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!

Despite the name Hotel De Paris can't be found in the City of Lights. Situated in the very heart of Monte-Carlo on the famous Place du Casino, the Hotel de Paris has been making guests happy since 1864. The hotel was ranked amongst the 10 best hotels in France and Monaco in 2012 by Conde Nast readers for the 25th Conde Nast Annual Readers Choice Awards.  There are 182 rooms, 80 suites, three restaurants, and it offers direct access to Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo's hamman. ts wine cellars are among the finest in the world, a prestigious home to almost 600,000 bottles and a treasure trove in itself.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #27 The Mansion on Forsyth Park

December 5, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance



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!

The Mansion on Forsyth Park is #27 on our list. This gracious Savannah hotel is located in the city's historic district. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

-The Mansion on Forsyth Park is home to 400 works of artwork and a masterpiece all its own—the Grand Bohemian Gallery.

-In addition to sumptuous food in gorgeous surroundings, the hotel's 700 Drayton Restaurant offers a cooking school.

-The full-service Poseidon Spa features manicures, pedicures, massages and a fitness center. The Poseidon Spa also includes one wet and three dry treatment rooms.

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The hotel is a restored Victorian Romanesque mansion.

-The 126 lavish guestrooms and suites offer the classical refinement of a historic mansion, as well as conveniences for the 21st century traveler.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #28 Burj Al Arab

December 4, 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 #28 spot is Burj Al Arab which is located on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach strip. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Considered to be Dubai’s most recognizable landmark and stands 280 meters offshore on a man-made island, linked to the mainland by a slender, gently curving causeway.

- One of the most photographed structures in the world.

- Consistently voted the world’s most luxurious hotel.

- Designed to resemble a billowing sail, Burj Al Arab is an all-suite luxury hotel.

- Features a discreet check in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers.

- Has a private beachfront and two indoor pools, one mixed and one for women only.

- Each room has private fax, printer and copier perfect for business travelers.

- Features special suites that are handicap accessible.

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