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.

An Amazing Aerial Activity at the Viceroy Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

25 luxurious private pool villas make up the ultra luxurious Viceroy Bali, only a five minute drive from central Ubud. With unparalleled views of the dramatic tropical Petanu Valley views and surrounded by rice fields, hotel guests wanting to avoid the 45-minute drive from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport to Ubud can instead opt for a direct helicopter transfer to the hotel. In addition, guests can tour Bali and the neighboring islands by air in the helicopter.

2 of our favorite tours are:

Kintamani Volcano Sky Tour - A bus transfer from the hotel to a private Helipad at Taro Elephant Safari park, then the 25 minute aerial tour of the Kintamani Volcano and Caldera lake, renowned as Bali's most famous landmark.

Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida Costal Sky Tour - Approximately 60 minutes long, these islands feature stunning white cliffs and deserted white beaches. Also discover Crystal bay, famous for its shimmering swathes of sand and aquamarine waters.

Viceroy Bali Helicopter Pad

Aerial View of Viceroy Bali


Exploring New Orleans from the Le Meridien Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

After a $29 million renovation in 2015, the all new Le Meridien New Orleans mixes contemporary culture with its European heritage, creating a culturally refined and meaningful atmosphere in downtown New Orleans. Just steps from the French Quarter but in a quieter location, close to Harrah's Casino and the Warehouse District, enjoy complimentary admission to the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), and the Ogden. 

Right now the Le Meridien New Orleans is offering the "Bike the Big Easy" package, which includes 2 Buzz Nola Bike rental gift certificates for 1/2 day rental, plus breakfast for 2 guests in LMNO, located on the ground floor. 

After a day exploring New Orleans on your bike, and wandering through the museums, the rooftop pool is one of our favorites. Located on the 4th floor, lounge chairs are complimentary but the private poolside cabanas (equipped with a TV, couch and lounge chair) require a reservation. 

Learn more and check for rates and availability at the Le Meridien Hotel in New Orleans >>

Le Meridien New Orleans Rooftop Pool

 


Magical Experiences at the NoMad Hotel NYC


By: Five Star Alliance

The Magician is a collaboration between the NoMad Hotel, in the heart of the cutting edge and historic NoMad neighborhood, and theory11 starring famed illusionist Dan White. The intimate performance showcases in the Johnston Room features the art of magic, illusion, and deception. Around the world, Dan White has been preforming magic on stage and screen for over 20 years. From the notes, "Most recently, Dan was featured on the Discovery Channel special The Supernaturalist and White Magic on the Travel Channel. In 2014, Dan served as a creative consultant to Kanye West, collaborating on iconic, magic visuals for the YEEZUS tour. Prior to that, Dan consulted on-site in Las Vegas with legendary illusionist David Copperfield."

Tickets are available throughout 2016, shows are currently at 7 and 10:30 pm. You can have dinner or bar reservations prior to the show at both the NoMad Bar (on 28th street) and the Elephant Bar, which are first-come, first-served. As a hotel guest, you can also visit The Library, which is reserved for guests of The NoMad Hotel in the evening. 

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The Magician at the NoMad Hotel NYC

 


Palais Sheherazade is a World's Best Spa Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Palais Sheherazade and Spa, in the heart of the heights of Fez Medina, is a XIXth Century Palace composed of two Riads. In April 2015, the Palais opened an exceptional 700 m2 Spa by Anne Sémonin. 

The Anne Sémonin Spa Fez features a covered aquatonic pool with chromothreapy, massage station, cascade and hydromassing seats. The exterior pool is surrounded by a luxurious XIXth century Andalousian garden with century old palms, orange threes, jasmin flowers and a stunning giant vegetable wall. The 10 spa treatment rooms offer the following: Balneotherapy with chromotherapy; Experience shower with chromotherapy; Affusion shower; Jacuzzi with chromotherapy; Traditional moroccan Hammam with chromotherapy, steam generator and starry sky; Massage room; Private VIP Spa Suite with jacuzzi, massage tables et traditional moroccan hammam; and Esthetic and body wrap cabin. There is also a hairdressing salon and fitness center.

Is it any surprise that the Palais Sheherazade & Spa is one of the World's Best Spa Hotels for 2016?

Spa at the Palais Sheherazade Hotel in Fez

Palais Sheherazade Spa

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Free Wine at D-Hotel Maris


By: Five Star Alliance

High up on the hillside of the magnificent reserve of the Datca Peninsula, lies D-Hotel Maris, an exclusive resort with spectacular and breathtaking views of nearby small islands, luscious pine forests, volcanic mountain ranges, crystal clear waters, and five natural private beaches. This intersection point of Aegean and Mediterranean Seas is in the middle of the cradle of the civilizations. Famous for having the third highest concentration level of oxygen in the world, the Datca Peninsula is said to have natural healing properties that date back to the 12th Century BC and was once a sacred place of pilgrimage to the legendary Aphrodite of Knidos.

The resort has 193 luxurious and elegantly appointed rooms, suites and an exclusive villa, all with exceptional mountain or sea views and most Deluxe rooms feature a bathtub on the balcony. 

D-Hotel Maris Beach

D-Hotel Maris is one of the World's Best Beach Resorts for 2016. Why? Each one of the five stunning natural sanded beaches offers their own concept. Bay Beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag rating. The Bay is the largest beach, it features DJ performances in the afternoon and offers an a la carte snack menu and dinner buffet. The Breeze Beach is located next to the Aegean restaurant. The Silence Beach is for those wishing a quieter area to relax. The Executive Beach features six stylish cabanas especially dedicated for Executive Club Lounge guests. The Coliseum Beach at the tip of the peninsula benefits from both the calmer sea and windier side. Two of the five beaches are open to children over the age of 12 and the rest are adult only.  

Guests who book their room reservation through Five Star Alliance at this resort hotel in Turkey receive a welcome bottle of wine in their room upon arrival.

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Note Bene: D-Hotel Maris welcomes children 8 years and older.

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Renovations Continue at the Adare Manor Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort is set on a magnificent 840 acre estate in the heart of the picturesque village of Adare, Co. Limerick featuring sweeping parklands, formal French gardens, magnificent mature trees and the River Maigue, one of Ireland's finest trout rivers. As of January 2016, the hotel closed their doors for approximately 18 months to undergo an extensive refurbishment and development project. As you can see from these photos posted today on Twitter by Adare Manor, the Manor House is slowly being encapsulated in a white wrap as the exterior conservation work continues.

Adare Manor Renovations 2016 Adare Manor Renovations 2016

Adare Manor offered the following details about the planned renovation:

This major refurbishment will enhance all areas of the resort including upgrading and restoring internal finishes, furniture and woodwork, and repairing the external stonework and windows. New designs by acclaimed architects Reardon Smith and interior designers Richmond will enhance all guest bedrooms and public areas. These renovations will honour the building's architectural heritage as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece and embody the hotel's signature style, whilst incorporating the latest in contemporary luxury and technological innovations.

Subject to planning permission, the construction of an additional bedroom wing will add extra bedrooms bringing the total room count to 104 bedrooms, while the addition of a splendid new ballroom will have the capacity of 350 people catering for events and international conferences; both will be clad in limestone, complimenting the architectural detail of the original Manor House. The enhancements in the Manor House will also include a new state of the art spa, pool and relaxation area, boardroom and cinema.

Plans are also in place for a complete transformation of the golf clubhouse with local architects, Michael Healy and Partners. While on the golf course, world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio will assist with improvements to make the course one of the finest Parkland courses in Europe.

The 800 acres of Adare Manor's beautiful parkland, walled gardens and walking trails will be enhanced and improved. It is planned to provide an activity centre which will add an extensive range of pursuits available to guests during their stay, including falconry, archery and a children’s activity zone.


Princess Lilian Suite at Grand Hotel Stockholm


By: Five Star Alliance

The Grand Hotel in Stockholm, formerly the Grand Hotel Intercontinental Stockholm, opened for the first time in 1874 and has a long and fascinating history. The rooms and interiors are unique, as is the hotel's location in the centre of Stockholm. The luxury hotel just took the wraps off a big refresh of its most impressive suite: the Princess Lilian Suite, which is situated on the top floor of the property. 

First inaugurated in 2006, the 330 square meter suite now has a completely new interior with a lounge area, two bedrooms, a private movie theater (!), a kitchen and two terraces - perfect for looking out over the waterfront or the Royal Palace. The project also added new exercise equipment to the suite's spa section (pictured). 

Bathroom Spa area of the Princess Lilian Suite, on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Stockholm with exercise equipment.

Interior designer Sanna Nathanson, who has headed up previous room renovation projects at the Grand Hotel Stockholm, spearheaded the project. All of the suite's floors have been replaced with parquet flooring, except for the bedrooms, which got new, hand-woven wall-to-wall carpeting. The new color scheme aims for a light, subdued look, with tones of grey-blue, cream and gold. Several pieces of new furniture were specially designed for the suite, with a large portrait of Princess Lilian by the artist Fabian Edstam serving as a focal point. 

All of the hotel's other rooms and suites in the Burmanska Palace have likewise received renovations, with a Scandinavian design in three color palettes: Royal, Sand and Blood (think marble, white- and black-stained wood, velvet-meets-silk curtains, and leather, wool, and linen elements, with brass details). Fine-art photography serves as accents. 

Learn more about the hotel and then check rates and availability at the Grand Hotel Stockholm >>

Bedroom of the Princess Lilian Suite, on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Stockholm

Living Room of the Princess Lilian Suite, on the top floor of the Grand Hotel Stockholm.


Five Star Benefits at the Armani Hotel Milano


By: Five Star Alliance

Armani Hotel Milano ExteriorEnjoy a five star stay with the Five Star Alliance Rate at the Armani Hotel Milano in the heart of Quadrilatero della Moda, Milan's world famous fashion district. The Armani style and philosophy defines every detail of the 95 guestrooms and suites, where even the smallest is 45 square meters. 

The Five Star Alliance Rate offers the unique amenity of one cocktail per person (per room reservation) at the panoramic Armani/Bamboo Bar. Overlooking the skylines and terraces of the city, the Armani/Bamboo Bar has a double volume ceiling, louvered window wall and is the perfect place for a business lunch, informal get together, afternoon tea, pre-dinner apertivo, or Sunday brunch. Five Star Alliance guests can enjoy the complimentary cocktail while the rate is available from now until the end of the year. 

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Bamboo Bar at Armani Hotel Milano

The Lounge at the Armani Hotel Milano

 

 

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Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives From The Air


By: Five Star Alliance

A string of pearl-like island atolls, the Maldives are a natural phenomenon that was once part of the mountainous landscape below the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Jumeirah Vittaveli is a short 20-minute ride on board a luxurious motorized catamaran from Male and the International Airport. 

The amazing aerial image below is courtesy of Mohamed Irshad Iray on his Instagram account /the_iray/.

From up in the air, it is easy to appreciate the 89 villas and suites - each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples.

Aerial view of Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

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The Melville Suite at Grand Hotel de la Minerve, Rome


By: Five Star Alliance

A magnificent mansion built in 1620 for the Fonseca family, The Grand Hotel de la Minerve offers 135 guest rooms and suites in the Rome historical city centre, the hotel overlooks the Pantheon and is just minutes from Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

Sitting Room of the Melville Suite

The Melville Suite at the Grand Hotel de la Minerve:

"In the square there is an obelisk that rises above an elephant…", that's how the famous writer of Moby Dick, Herman Melville describes in his diaries the amazing view of Bernini's masterpiece from this suite. 

Overlooking the Minerva Square, this 75 sqm suite is composed by a large living room with a sitting area, a bedroom with a four poster king size bed and a marble bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub and shower. The coffered ceiling and the accurate design lend the Suite Melville its noble, elegant lines and the warmth of a comfortable, welcoming aristocratic "home". 

Max occupancy is 2 adults and 1 child, with a crib available upon request.

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Bathroom of Melville Suite