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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.

Fun Fact Friday! New Rosewood Hotel Coming to Thailand


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


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


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


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


Lady Gaga Gifts a Stay at the Dorchester


By: Oksana Balytsky

We all know Lady Gaga for her exorbitant meat dresses and funky fresh pop music, but she also has a charitable side. According to ABC, Lady Gaga met a British couple who were having their wedding reception at the Dorchester in London. After a conversation, the lovely couple must have made quite an impression for Lady Gaga gifted them a stay in a deluxe room as a wedding gift. Unfortunately, her offer was declined possibly because the couple already had honeymoon plans, but it’s certainly the thought that counts! Be sure to explore the Dorchester here, which is a celebrity hotspot with Rihanna and Jay-Z also rumored to have stayed there. Would you turn down a free hotel stay from Lady Gaga or anyone else for that matter? If not, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to automatically be entered to win a free luxury hotel stay!


Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Tie the Knot Near Charleston


By: Oksana Balytsky

Rumor has it that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got hitched this past weekend at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. This plantation has been open to the public since 1956, and it’s one of America’s oldest working, living plantations. The reception took place in a charming white tent, and Florence Wench, of Florence and the Machine, performed three songs live. Reynolds, previously married to Scarlet Johansen for 2 years, went back on the market when the couple divorced in 2010. We wish them the very best in their marriage and look forward to viewing a few wedding photos! If you’d like to visit this charming plantation for yourself for a wedding or simply a tour, make a reservation at a luxury hotel in Charleston which is just outside the plantation.

Photo of Charleston Place


Expolore a First Class Suite with Emirates A380 (including a shower!)


By: Courtney W. May

Youtube user Volterrific was able to experience the Emirates Airlines A380 First Class Suites on a flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.

Included in his experience? An onboard marble shower spa plus his suite offered a sliding door to his seat/suite, a fully flat bed with a mattress, a personal mini-bar, adjustable ambient lighting, and its own vanity table, mirror, wardrobe.

Watch the video below to see his experience:


Your Questions Answered: Understanding a Hotel’s Cancellation Policy


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: We would like to stay at the Chateau De La Chevre d'Or in France, but before we make our reservation we’d like to know its cancellation policy. It states ‘CXL by 7 days prior to arrival – fee 1 night CXL incurs 61 Eur fee-until 7 days.

Answer: The cancellation policies can sometimes be a little bit difficult to decipher. This hotel’s cancellation policy means that if you cancel your reservation more than 7 days prior to arrival, you will be charged a 61 Euro cancellation fee. If you cancel your reservation within 7 days prior to arrival, you will be charged 1 night's rate plus tax as penalty. To clarify, regardless of how far in advance you cancel your reservation, you would always be charged a 61 Euro fee for cancelling, and for cancelations within 7 days of your arrival date, you would be charged 1 night’s rate plus tax as a penalty.


New Hotel Openings: Andaz Napa


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

Andaz, a property brand owned by Hyatt, is coming to Napa Valley, California on September 7th, 2012! Formerly an AVIA hotel, the Andaz Napa has undergone a transformation with a few incredible updates worth exploring. Instead of a traditional front desk, the Andaz Napa features a lounge area where guests can check in via iPad, tabletop computer, or on their way to the room. What a great way to embrace the developments of technology and make the check in process effortless for guests! While checking in, a host greets guests with a welcome glass of wine to immerse visitors into wine country. The restaurant will feature “Napa to table” fare, all locally sourced along with an extensive Napa Valley wine list. The rooms feature hardwood floors and contemporary furnishings, and keeping true to the Andaz standard, the Andaz Napa will offer free Wi-Fi, minibar snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks. No plans to visit Napa Valley in the coming future? Then check out a few of the other Andaz hotels below:

Andaz 5th Avenue in New York City

Adaz Liverpool Street London

Andaz Shanghai

Andaz San Diego (pictured above)

Andaz Wall Street in New York City

 

 


Be In the Know, Now: New Armani and Bulgari Hotels


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

Back in April 2010, the first Armani Hotel made its debut in Dubai, and then another one popped up in Milan. We hear the next city to get an Armani upgrade is Paris and that we should expect at least eight more hotels from this designer/hotelier. (Photo of the Armani Hotel Milano)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another hotel brand to watch is Bulgari, with a luxury hotel in Milan and another one that had its grand opening in London just in time for the Olympics. We certainly admire the elegant and contemporary design of the Bulgari hotels, and we recommend folks who appreciate a sleek design and a modern feel to check them out. (Photo of the Bulgari Hotel and Residences)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore these hip and trendy hotel options, and let us know what you think!