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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.

12 Days of Hotels: 8 Best Luxury Family-Friendly Hotels

December 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today we’re featuring the 8 Best Luxury Hotels for a Family Vacation!

1. Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

The complimentary Fiesta Kids Club hosts children from four to 12 years old, providing daytime supervision, activities, and meals to keep the little ones happy while you relax.

2. Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Keep your children entertained and experience leisure facilities that are, quite simply, second to none with the Sinbad's Kids Club.

3. Don CeSar

Camp CeSar allows the hotel's youngest guests to enjoy the resort's seven-and-a-half miles of beaches.

4. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Imagine a family golf vacation experience surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and Kamp Kiawah for the kids to enjoy.

5. Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Whether yours is just beginning, all grown-up or at any stage in-between, the hotel is a wonderful base for your family.

6. Loews Regency Hotel

Enjoy New York with your family and the kids can enjoy special gifts, toys, food and activities with the Regency Hotel.

7. The Westin Excelsior Venice

A variety of child-friendly amenities allows younger guests to experience The Westin Excelsior's trademark service. In-room amenities include activities, games and the bedtime story line.

8. The Westin Resort and Spa Playa Conchal

This all-inclusive resort also offers the Kid's Club as a fun-filled friendly environment in addition to Family Concierge Suites.


12 Days of Hotels: 9 Best Resorts on Private Islands

December 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 9 Best Resorts on Private Islands!

1. Peter Island Resort

At Peter Island there are more staff members than guests, with only 52 rooms and 1,200 acres of lush, mountainous terrain and 5 private beaches.

2. Cocoa Island Maldives

At Cocoa Island, indulge in nature's bequest, from dust-white sand between idle toes, to a warm blue sea that turns blush-pink with the falling light.

3. Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos has established itself as the northern Caribbean's pre-eminent private island, wrapped in sweeps of sand and peaceful seas featuring the region's best spa and haute cuisine.

4. Waterford Castle

One of the leading luxury hotels in Ireland which boasts superb 4 star hotel facilities, you can enjoy the 18 hole Championship Golf Course in Waterford, or choose to stay in one of the Castle Gardens holiday homes.

5. San Clemente Palace

An exclusive 5-star Luxury Hotel, with a unique location in Venice; the ideal destination for week-ends and holidays for partners and families, to celebrate weddings and private occasions, or to organize Meetings and International Events.

6. Amanpulo

Surrounded by turquoise waters and a coral reef three hundred meters from the shore, the resort provides a variety of watersports - especially diving!

7. The Wakaya Club and Spa

This serene retreat in Fiji offers gracious living, sophisticated, international cuisine and unparalleled leisure opportunities - including some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling, available just minutes away from your accommodations - in one of the most secluded and pristine corners of the South Pacific.

8. Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca.

9. Naladhu Resort

The perfect moment begins with the perfect setting. A private tropical island. Powder-white sands. The beauty of the Maldives. Naladhu. Free-flowing spaces. A symphony of rolling waves and rustling palms. The feel of warm, turquoise-blue lagoon waters and exotic Indian spice rubs.


12 Days of Hotels: 11 Best Business Hotels

December 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 11 of the World’s Best Business Hotels!

1. Park Hyatt Tokyo

With extensive meeting and banquet facilities, the hotel can accommodate every type of event from small business meetings to large social gatherings. For the business traveller in Tokyo, the hotel also has a full-service Business Centre, open 24 hours daily.

2. Jumeirah Emirates Tower

Voted the Best Business Hotel in the Middle East and the Best Business Hotel in Dubai in 2007 by the Business Traveller Awards.

3. The Hay-Adams

While working on your laptop (the hotel offers complimentary high-speed Internet access), enjoy unobstructed views of the White House, Lafayette Park, and St. John's Church.

4. Taj Palace Hotel

Standing apart in service, its facilities and of course, in its distinguished patronage, this hotel has played host to Heads of State, corporate moguls and high profile businessmen from across the world.

5. The Peninsula Hong Kong

Along with some of the most advanced office equipment, the professional staff offers a wide range of secretarial services to meet all your business needs.

6. Conrad Hotel Chicago

State-of-the-art technology in the heart of the financial district of Chicago, and within walking distance of The Loop, The Merchandise Mart and Lake Michigan.

7. Claridges

Guests can now connect to the virtual world more easily than ever situated on the corner of Brook Street and Davies Street and is within easy reach of Hyde Park, Park Lane, Bond Street and Oxford Street.

8. Jumeirah Essex House

Ideally located in the heart of New York City, offers an unbeatable location that has lured dignitaries, celebrities and world leaders for years.

9. The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel

The hotel has established itself as the scene for high-powered meetings and high society soirees.

10. Raffles the Plaza

Situated at the crossroads of Singapore's business district, The Plaza is synonymous with sophistication, elegance, and luxury. Don't miss the executive club amenities.

11. The Leela Kempinski

This 5-star deluxe hotel combines state-of-the-art technology with tasteful decor to create a haven for the guests, welcoming both business and leisure travelers.


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.

Check out all the best luxury hotels and resorts in Las Vegas >>


Where to Find the Best Luxury Hotel News

November 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: Do you have a mailing list for news on your resorts? If so, could you please add me to this list but do not pass my details on to anyone else?

Answer: We do have a bi-weekly newsletter that goes out featuring the luxury hotels on our site. To sign up for our free newsletter, simply visit this website and enter your details. We will never sell or distribute your information including your email address to anyone else.

Photo of the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

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Hollywood Honeymoons

November 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Our celebrity friends we love to hate tend to have extravagant and luxurious experiences. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or family vacation, these travelers tend to embrace the go big or go home attitude and stay in the best of the best accommodations around the world. Check out where a few of our favorite A-list Hollywood stars spent their romantic honeymoons!

Jay-Z and Beyonce honeymooned at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. This couple stayed in one of seven private homes equipped with a secluded patio and private pool to steer clear of paparazzi and fans.

Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and husband Josh Duhamel escaped to the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah after their wedding and stayed in an incredible 2,500 square foot Grand Water Villa. The couple remained pretty active and took advantage of opportunities to snorkel, water ski, scuba dive, and kayak.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively had a quick 1-night stay at the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia after their secret wedding near Charleston, South Carolina.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban stayed at the St. Regis Bora Bora back in 2006 for their honeymoon, and the details of what the couple did remained confidential, but we imagine they did a little bit of sun bathing, swimming, and a few other activites that took advantage of everything Bora Bora had to offer.

Planning your honeymoon? Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter!

Image of the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah


Fun Fact Friday! New Rosewood Hotel Coming to Thailand

September 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

 Rosewood Hotels has recently announced that it plans to open a luxury property in Phuket in 2014! We’ve come to expect nothing short of greatness from Rosewood, and we look forward to tracking this new hotel’s developments!

Other Rosewood properties include the Carlyle in New York City, the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Rosewood Tucker's Point in Bermuda, and more!

Photo of Rosewood Tucker's Point


World’s Best Hotels

September 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Whether you’re looking for the best honeymoon resorts, top spa resorts, or best ski resorts, Five Star Alliance has recommendations for these categories and more to help you pick the perfect luxury hotel for your business or leisure trip. When asked ‘what is the nicest hotel in the world’ we unfortunately do not have an answer since there are multiple hotels in various cities and categories that are perfect for various activities. Give us a shout via Facebook or Twitter with a few details regarding where you’re going and what you’d like to do, and we’ll certainly get back to you with what would be the best and nicest hotel in the world for you!

In the meantime, be sure to explore our list of the World’s Best Hotels as a starting point in planning your perfect trip!

Photo of Peter Island Resort in British Virgin Islands, one of the Best Honeymoon Resorts


Indulge in National Cheeseburger Day

September 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We love having another reason to eat a cheeseburger aside from it being delicious, and today being National Cheeseburger Day marks the perfect occasion to order some juicy goodness with a side of fries. Be sure to check out these hotels that are serving up the best burgers in town!

Conrad New York’s restaurant Atrio is serving up half-price cheeseburgers topped with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and roasted onion mayonnaise.

Hotel Zaza in Dallas, Texas has a complimentary slider bar in the lobby from 5-7pm for guests, and La Posada de Santa Fe is serving a Kobe beef burger with green chili strips, cheddar cheese, and Apple wood smoked bacon.

How will you be celebrating National Cheeseburger Day? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!


Turkey and Tunisia Getting a Luxury Hotel Makeover

September 13, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

While we’re not sure of what next week will hold let alone next year, these hotel chains are looking much farther into the future and planning their next big hotel openings for 2013, 2014, 2015, and beyond! Assuming the world doesn’t end come December, we’ll certainly keep up with the developments and look forward to even more luxury hotel options in cities around the world.

After the success of its property in Dresden, Swisshotels is planning to open two new hotels in Bodrum, Turkey, one on the beach and the other in the city. The beach resort will offer 66 guest rooms along with villas and residences, and the 56-room city resort will be in the hills and feature stunning views of the city. Both hotels are expected to open in 2013 and 2014.

Ritz Carlton is opening a 129-suite resort in Tunis, Tunisia in 2014, so if you never had a reason to visit Africa, you do now. We’re imagining taking a stroll along the resort beach and exploring the ancient ruins in Carthage.

 If your plans have you traveling a bit sooner, be sure to explore the luxury hotels we have located all over the world, and check in with us often to read about the progress of these up and coming hotels!

Photo of the Swissotel Dresden