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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.

Remastered Queen Mary 2 Sets Sail From NYC


By: Rachael Weir

Sparkling in the summer sun, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is docked in the New York Harbor. Following a $132 million investment, the luxurious ship is boarding its first group of passengers, and embarking from NYC to Southampton on July 6, 2016. Completely transformed inside and out, the revitalized Queen Mary 2 features new public spaces, including the Carinthia Lounge, The Verandah specialty restaurant, and the refreshed Kings Court buffet area. Staterooms have been redesigned, and there are 10 additional dog kennels with Liverpool lamp posts and New York City fire hydrants so dogs can feel right at home. 

Queen Mary 2 departs from NYC on July 6, 2016

Images courtesy of Ruthanne Terrero.

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Posted in: New York, NY, Cruises

Rooms with a view at Villa Dubrovnik


By: Five Star Alliance

Originally built in 1961, Villa Dubrovnik is a boutique hotel prominently positioned on the cliffs above Dubrovnik's prestigious St. Jacob precinct with stunning views over the Adriatic Sea, The Island of Lokrum, and the Old City walls. Featuring 56 rooms, seven of them unique suites, guests can enjoy the year round indoor/outdoor swimming pool, nearby private beach, extensive spa, fine dining at Pjerin and Giardino, and the rooftop lounge - Prosciutto & Wine Bar. Venetian Vaporetto speedboats offer daily transfers between the Villa and Old City.

Read more below about our favorite accommodations available at Villa Dubrovnik.

Villa Dubrovnik

Villa Kolin is a standalone building within the resort offering 2 separate residences with private services, entrances, and facilities. The residence spreads through 3 floors and offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a grand living room - for a total of 132 m2 space. The 12 m2 teak wood private terrace features a jacuzzi bath. Each bedroom has a private bathroom, plus the bathroom on the living room floor. The bathrooms are equipped with walk-in showers or bathtubs, double basins and floor heating. The 2 Kolin Residences can can be reserved individually or as one unit.

Villa Kolin at Villa Dubrovnik

Superior Rooms are the smallest offerings at 30 square meters. They offer a King Bed or 2 Twins, an en suite glass wall bathroom with full shading option, and a sea view off the teak wood terrace balcony overlooking the Adriatic sea, Lokrum island and the majority of them the view to the Old City.

Superior Room Terrace Villa Dubrovnik

The Deluxe Rooms are similar to the Superior Room and offer all the same features and amenities, but are 35 square meters in size.

Deluxe Room Bathroom Villa Dubrovnik

Executive Rooms offer a King Bed or 2 Twins, an en suite glass wall bathroom with full shading option, a private jacuzzi on the teak wood terrace balcony, and are 37 square meters in size.

Villa Dubrovnik Executive Room

Learn more about Villa Dubrovnik and book your reservation here >>

Villa Dubrovnik


Serenity at Azur Lodge


By: Rachael Weir

If you're seeking a lakeside retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet yearn for contemporary design and modern comforts, the Azur Lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand is an ideal spot. Perched on a hilltop amongst native trees, with panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains, the property offers nine villas and a lodge with three fireplaces, cocktails, and refreshments.

Villa at Azur Lodge

Designed by local architect John Blair, the contemporary villas feature interior design by Singapore based LTW, providing an overall modern, yet relaxed feel. Offering complete privacy, all villas have private patios with scenic views, and gas fireplaces. There are plush beds with German-milled Egyptian cotton sheets by Ploh, as well as goose down pillows and duvets. Sleek bathrooms feature spa tubs with large windows to soak in the scenery, New Zealand-made Linden Leaves amenities, and rain forest showers.

Spa Tub with a View at Azur Lodge

To top off the outstanding views, Azur Lodge offers a variety of activities. Some of our favorite experiences include:

- Morning yoga on your own private patio (mats are supplied by the hotel)
- In-villa massage treatments
- Horseback riding through The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit filming locations
- Flightseeing to Milford Sound and landing on a glacier

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Horseback Riding at Azur Lodge

 

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Five Star Benefits at the Hotel del Coronado


By: Rachael Weir

Experience a five star stay with Five Star Alliance Rates at the Hotel del Coronado. Featuring an oceanfront setting on California's famed Coronado Island, the iconic property is located less than 15 minutes from downtown San Diego.

The Five Star Alliance Rate offers a unique amenity of a commemorative book (one per room reservation) celebrating the history of the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Set along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the luxurious Hotel del Coronado has been welcoming celebrities, dignitaries and guests since 1888. The National Historic Landmark provides an upscale oceanfront resort setting with elegant restaurants, spa, beachfront pool, and boutiques. Guests can choose to stay within the historic Victorian Building with its signature red-shingled roof, or within the residential-style Beach Village.

One of San Diego's premier properties, all guests of the hotel enjoy:

  • Beachfront location
  • Keurig coffeemakers
  • Signature personal care and bath products
  • Access to the "My Hotel Del" app with exclusive features and benefits

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Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary commemorative book celebrating the iconic history of the Hotel del Coronado.

Hotel del Coronado at sunset.


1.5 Acre Playground at The Hall South Beach


By: Five Star Alliance

A classic 1940's Art Deco retreat freshly transformed into a wildly bohemian South Beach boutique hotel, The Hall (formerly the Haddon Hall Hotel) is one block from Ocean Drive and across the street from the beach. Vintage and tropical design celebrates the Deco heritage of the building while incorporating a playful and casual beach vibe. 

What we love:

- Hang like a Hemingway at the cocktail lounge, Holiday's

- Surrounded by palm trees, chic cabanas and the South Beach sunshine, the Olympic-sized pool takes on a life of its own.

- Don't miss Campton Yard, the backyard garden under a banyan tree where you can wear board shorts and bikinis and hone your mad ping pong skills while getting social with the locals before heading out for a night on the town.

- Take the edge off with Spike Mendelsohn's surf shack inspired cuisine at Sunny's.

Learn more about The Hall South Beach >>

The Hall South Beach Entry

The Hall South Beach

The Hall South Beach

The Hall South Beach Pool

The Hall South Beach


Palladio Suite at the Cipriani Venice


By: Five Star Alliance

At the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, named after the founder of Harry's Bar and inventor of the Bellini - Giuseppe Cipriani, there are two signature suites. The Palladio Suite, designed by Andrea Palladio, is the one that George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin stayed in right after getting married in 2014. On Guidecca island, the 970 square foot, 90 square meter suite is located on the southern tip of the property and provides 180 degree views. There is a concealed, private terrace with private plunge pool, private launch for 5 minute boat transfer to St. Mark's, 2 marble bathrooms, dining room, and mural-like watercolors covering the walls.

Rates start at €8,470 (£6,500) per night and include breakfast.

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Palladio Signature Suite Bedroom

Palladio Suite Terrace

Palladio Suite Living Room

 


All-Inclusive Summer Luxury at Hyatt Ziva Cancun


By: Five Star Alliance

A playful family escape, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a beachfront resort on Mexico's Yucatan Coast. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Natalie Maneval.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun, which opened late last year, has a distinct Mexican vibe that grabs you right in the lobby, thanks to the dramatic ocean views that set the mood immediately. 

Here, the Presidential Suite has 4,381 square feet of space across two floors. Each room at Ziva Cancun includes a balcony, but the Presidential Suite boasts two, along with a marble bathroom with a separate hot tub and rain shower. This top suite is also considered Hyatt Club Level, meaning it comes with special perks like personalized Beach Butler and concierge services, top-shelf liquors, a discount on spa and salon services and more.

Honeymooners may want to opt for the Hyatt Ziva Sky Swim-Up Ocean Front Master King. This romantic, 70-square-foot hideaway is perched in the Turquoize (adults-only) tower, and includes an oversized balcony, a private hot tub and a seating area. There is also a floor-to-ceiling corner rainfall shower. Guests of this suite will receive private check-in and exclusive access to the rooftop, adults-only pool.

Tip: This guestroom is also ideal for those seeking some rejuvenation, as it has direct access to the spa. Looking for a prime ocean view? We hear that the same Turquoize tower also has Corner suites with fabulous vistas included.

For guests who book the Ocean Front Master King because of the spa access, we suggest ordering the Zen signature massage. This treatment combines Swedish, Thai, Deep Tissue, Reflexology and Shiatsu techniques. After this experience, guests can relax in the spa's indoor pool, which has direct views of the Caribbean Sea. There is also a chance to take a dip in the hot tub, sauna, steam room and cold plunge.

Foodies take note: The hotel has a choice of nine restaurants. La Bastille, which serves French cuisine in an adults-only atmosphere, works for a romantic dinner. (Those seeking a private experience should ask for beach-side dining on the Ziva Pier.) While dining at Chevy's, kids will be excited about sipping milkshakes in a '57 Chevy convertible, complete with all-American fare.

Note: There may be a wide range of adults-only experiences at Ziva, but the hotel also has a number of child-friendly offerings, like a Kidz waterpark, a game room with teen activities, paddle boarding and more, to make them feel like little VIPs.

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Hyatt Ziva Cancun pool


The First W Sound Suite at the W Retreat Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

The very first W Sound Suite from W Hotels is available at the W Retreat & Spa Bali, in the vibrant Seminyak neighborhood. W Hotels plans to unveil additional sound studios in the W Hollywood, W Barcelona, and W Seattle, but for now, check out what the W Bali can exclusively offer:

Designed by New York-based Josh Held Design, the W Sound Suite is a private, soudproof recording studio and writing room available to both professional musicians and hotel guests. A private vocal booth overlooks the hotel's tropical garden.

W Sound Suite is the idea of Chicago-based producer DJ White Shadow, W's North American music director. The DJ affixed the large soundproof studio with sound equipment and helped determine its layout. The studio has locally sourced wooden furniture, hand-carved wooden blocks and handwoven rugs. Other touches include an oversized print of a 1980s boombox by artist Lyle Owerko and a photography print spanning the entire room. 

Coca-Cola also contributed to the development of the studio, which has subtle touches of red, a chandelier made from melted Coke bottles and oversized wall text featuring lyrics from the 1970s "I'd like to teach the world to sing..." advertisement.

Make your reservation for the W Retreat & Spa Bali - Seminyak >>

3 photos below of the W Studio Suite:

W Studio Suite at W Retreat Bali

W Studio Suite at W Bali Seminyak

W Studio Suite seating area at W Bali Seminyak

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Waterfront Redesign at the Boston Harbor Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Located on Boston's waterfront, near the Financial District, Seaport District, and North End, the Boston Harbor Hotel has just completed a renovation of it's 230 guestrooms and suites. Being Boston's only five-star waterfront property, the hotel's location is now carried throughout the rooms with a coastal redesign. The redesign of the rooms followed the recent renovation of the hotel's wine-centric restaurant, Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, as well as the Rowes Wharf Health Club & Spa.

Presidential Suite at Boston Harbor Hotel

Among the renovated guestrooms is the 1,400 square foot Presidential Suite. The 16th floor suite has new furnishings (including a 56-inch curved flat screen television and dining area for 8), bespoke amenities (a fully-stocked wet bar), and views of Boston's waterfront. Harbor-inspired art highlights the location of the Boston Harbor Hotel within the city. Similarly, it has spaces for entertaining and relaxation, especially with a private balcony overlooking the harbor.

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Presidential Suite at Boston Harbor Hotel

Presidential Suite at Boston Harbor Hotel

 


3 Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Experiences


By: Five Star Alliance

Perched between the mountains and the lake, The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is a luxurious retreat. Originally built as a private estate in the 1850s, the historic hotel has been popular with royalty and celebrities from around the world for more than 100 years. Featuring a prime setting in Bellagio, the resort has an indoor and outdoor pool, fine dining, full-service spa, lavish gardens, and ornate interiors.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Here are three of our favorite experiences at the property:

  1. Spa Serbelloni: open from April to October, the spa is located within a historic villa. Adjacent to the indoor pool, guests can enjoy a variety of treatments designed to create harmony between the mind and body, including the Beauty Day program which includes a remineralizing body treatment, massage, facial, and light lunch. Plus, there are integrative options that combine Pilates and Fitness Center sessions with spa treatments.  
  2. The Mistral Restaurant offers the ultimate dining with a view experience. Featuring cuisine by Michelin Star Chef Etorre Bocchia, the restaurant has a terrace with stunning views of Lake Como, plus live music.
  3. Taxi Boat excursions are the perfect way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the area. The hotel offers a variety of options including transfers from the property's private dock to Villa D'Este and Centro Lago, or guests can choose rides around the lake for a specific amount of time.

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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Docks