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.

New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Four Seasons St. Petersburg


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.

The Four Seasons St. Petersburg is expected to open mid 2012! This brand new Four Seasons hotel is located within a 19th-century royal palace whose entry is guarded by 2 marble lions. This beautiful hotel is located just 2 blocks from the Hermitage Museum and near the Nevsky Prospekt. It features 177 luxurious guestrooms, including 26 suites, offering phenomenal views of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Alexandrovsky Garden, and the landmark Admiralty. The Four Seasons St. Petersburg also has 2 restaurants and a glass-topped spa, so you’ll have everything you need conveniently accessible. Can’t quite wait until opening day? Then be sure to check out the other luxury hotels in St. Petersburg!

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons


Sip, Spit, and Swirl Freely at the Ritz Carlton Santiago


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Ritz Carlton Santiago, a luxurious property perfectly located in the heart of Chile’s capital has its very own wine-tasting room! This 205-room hotel is within walking distance from beautiful boutique shops and restaurants, and it offers a Mediterranean Restaurant and Wine Bar featuring Chile’s most delectable foods and wines. The health club at the Ritz Carlton Santiago features incredible views of the Andes Mountains and city center, and the rooms are decorated in earth tones and gold in a classic décor style. Enjoy the prominent entertainment and adventure that await by taking advantage of the city as well as the outdoor activities such as skiing, surfing, or hiking the Andes Mountains made available. We certainly realize that a priority of visiting Chile is sampling and enjoying the famous wine produced in the area, and the Ritz Carlton Santiago makes it phenomenally easy and enjoyable in its very own wine tasting room. So swish, sip, and swirl all you like in this semi-private tasting room and enjoy the tastes of Chile at the Ritz Carlton Santiago!


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Mandarin Oriental Barcelona


By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for ambience and design. This luxury hotel offers some of the most exclusive accommodations in Barcelona with only 98 rooms and suites. Its modern designs incorporate subtle reflections of their oriental heritage, and it is a staple hotel in the Mandarin Oriental collection. Views are either of their interior garden or the Passeig de Gracia, a stylish boulevard. A number of guest rooms have a balcony or terrace allowing guests to take in the sweeping beauty of Barcelona. The charm behind this hotel is certainly in its design, for it has the feel of a small, personal boutique hotel, but provides the amenities and service expected from an established, large hotel.

Be sure to explore the photos and room options at the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona!


Incredible Packages and Rates in Phoenix


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Royal Palms Hotel and Spa is a beautiful resort located at the base of Camelback Mountain, and it currently has a few amazing packages and deals going on too good to pass up! With 117 beautiful guestrooms and casitas, this hotel is the perfect romantic hideaway with palm trees, lush gardens, and the perfect location just minutes from the shopping, galleries, and golf attractions in Phoenix. Check out the incredible rates and packages they’re offering for an exciting escape from the norm.

Valencia Casita

These room types are located in the resort’s Valencia gardens, and they feature views of the Camelback Mountain and/or the orange groves. These rooms have a patio, four poster king bed, and many have a fireplace.

Designer Casita

These room types have an intimate courtyard setting, grand master bedroom, walk-in shower, and a soaking tub. Each is individually designed with custom furnishings and many have a fireplace.

Montavista Terrace

These room types overlook the courtyard and some offer breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain from the patio or balcony. The master bedroom offers a large deep soaking tub and an elegant walk-in shower.

Royal Romance Package

This is the perfect package for a couple searching for a little romance regardless of the occasion. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or simply a weekend escape, treat yourselves to an elegant and beautiful weekend away. This package includes 1 night of luxurious accommodations, dinner for two at T. Cook’s restaurant ($100 credit, tax and gratuity not included), rose petal turndown set up in your guestroom, a special Tuscan welcome amenity, and resort fee.

Royal Experience Package

This package includes 2 nights of luxurious accommodations, dinner for two in T. Cook’s restaurant ($100 credit, tax and gratuity not included), 2 Alvadora Spa treatments, and resort fee.


Hotels with an Edge: Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower Panama


By: Oksana Balytsky

Trump OceanIn today’s competitive world, everyone needs a way to stand out from the crowd. Luxury hotels certainly are not any different and are always looking for ways to outshine their competitors and attract more visitors. We understand that our travelers look for the best of the best, and we would like to introduce you to our blog series, Hotels with an Edge. We’ll be highlighting and featuring a few hotels we feel truly stand out and offer their guests more than is expected. Be sure to check in with us to explore various hotels that deserve recognition for their supreme levels of luxury.

Our third featured hotel is the tallest and largest building in Latin America, the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower Panama. This luxurious property rises seventy stories above Panama Bay along Punta Pacifica’s beautiful peninsula. The hotel’s sleek design evokes an elegant sail and it simply redefines luxury. It’s centrally located near shops, nightlife, and the financial district making this a wonderful option in Panama City. The 13th floor deck features 2 incredible pools with waterfront dining options and a 3-story sky lobby nearby. Every aspect of the hotel has been designed to showcase spectacular ocean views, and each of its 369 rooms and suites are elegantly furnished in a modern and tasteful style.

Missed our previous features, the current tallest hotel in the world and the soon-to-be tallest hotel in the world? Be sure to check them out and keep up with our blog series for a little inspiration on where to stay next!


Hotels with an Edge: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai


By: Oksana Balytsky

In today’s competitive world, everyone needs a way to stand out from the crowd. Luxury hotels certainly are not any different and are always looking for ways to outshine their competitors and attract more visitors. We understand that our travelers look for the best of the best, and we would like to introduce you to our blog series, Hotels with an Edge. We’ll be highlighting and featuring a few hotels we feel truly stand out and offer their guests more than is expected. Be sure to check in with us to explore various hotels that deserve recognition for their supreme levels of luxury.

Our second featured hotel is the soon-to-be tallest hotel in the world, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is to relinquish its tallest hotel crown and take the seat behind this new property in Dubai. The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai has announced that its two towers will stand 1,164 feet tall, and it will offer 1,608 rooms. Unlike other exceptionally tall hotels, this property will be dedicated to hotel operations only. It will offer 9 restaurants, 5 lounges, a 16,000 square foot spa, 24 meeting rooms, private event space, and more.  This hotel is scheduled to open in two phases starting in October, and it will have 804 rooms ready for guests. If you can’t wait until then, check out the other luxurious properties we have in Dubai!

Missed our first feature, the current tallest hotel in the world? Check it out here! Be sure to keep up with our blog series for a little inspiration on where to stay next!

A look into the presidential suite; photo courtesy of HotelChatter


Trump Comes to DC, but Maybe Not Like He Imagined


By: Christopher Roney

The news broke at the Washington Post yesterday that ex-presidential hopeful Donald Trump has turned the long-reaching tendrils of his well-coiffed hair towards the Old Post Office in Washington, DC, by buying it up as a hotel property. While he may be moving in next door to his dream house like an overzealous ex-boyfriend, this is undeniably good news for the hotel industry and for DC as well. The Old Post Office, while home to a few government offices, is also well-known for being a just a little bit abandoned and run down. And since it's on prime real estate in the middle of the city, hearing that Trump and investors are willing to put down a cold $200 million to renovate and revitalize the building should put a spring in the step of anyone looking to stay near 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. or even just walk by on the way to work.

The hotel will likely open its doors to more than 250 rooms for guests in 2016. Importantly, the Vice-Trump, daughter Ivanka, who headed the acquisition, said that the reconstruction is committed to preserving the historic facade of the original 1890s post office. Making way for the hotel will be National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which probably holds some kind of metaphorical significance, but maybe they'll get swankier offices elsewhere. The hotel itself should be an interesting take on an unorthodox space. The pavilion in the interior makes for a central space that itself has a lot of aesthetic possibility but also limits the floor design. I'm intrigued to see what Mr. Trump's team will do with the place. In the meantime, there are plenty of other Washington hotels within a stone's throw of the White House. [Editor's note: Do not throw that stone.]

Photo via Old Post Office DC Pavilion


Hotels with an Edge: The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong


By: Oksana Balytsky

In today’s competitive world, everyone needs a way to stand out from the crowd. Luxury hotels certainly are not any different and are always looking for ways to outshine their competitors and attract more visitors. We understand that our travelers look for the best of the best, and we would like to introduce you to our newest blog series, Hotels with an Edge. We’ll be highlighting and featuring a few hotels we feel truly stand out and offer their guests more than is expected. Be sure to check in with us to explore various hotels that deserve recognition for their supreme levels of luxury.

Our first featured hotel is the tallest hotel in the world, the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong. This luxury hotel dominates the sky at 490 meters, 1575 feet high, and it’s located on the top floors of the International Commerce Centre. Take in unrivaled views of the Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island from the 102nd to the 118th floor. The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong has 321 luxurious rooms, all offering a spectacular view of the city and harbor. This hotel also has 6 restaurants starting on the 102nd floor including a lobby lounge, tea lounge, and alfresco rooftop bar.

Make your reservations at this breathtaking hotel today, and be sure to keep up with our blog series for a little inspiration on where to stay next!


New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Trump Toronto


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.

The Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto is set to open tomorrow, January 31st, 2012! This brand new Trump hotel towers over downtown Toronto’s financial district, and it delivers a superior level of contemporary convenience. From two floors of meeting and event facilities to two levels devoted to its luxury spa and wellness facility, the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto certainly exceeds the luxury standard. Staying true to the Trump reputation for excellence, this hotel has been designed to provide you with incredible city and Lake Ontario views, and each of the 261 rooms and suites has been modernly designed in a cosmopolitan style. Be sure to make your reservations today to experience the newest luxury hotel in Toronto!


B(eyond) Africa: Red Carnation from London to Cape Town


By: Christopher Roney

The Red Carnation Hotel collection is widely regarded as one of the best international collections of independent and boutique hotels.  From the currently hotly-contested 41 Hotel to the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town, expect to see big things from these hotels this year.  The Twelve Apostles is opening up their newly redesigned spa alongside a series of deluxe beauty products fashioned from African plant extracts such as avocado butter and Ximenia kernel oil.  Look forward to being treated with crystal-infused body oils or a fynbos sugar scrub or other highlights of the B|Africa series at any of Red Carnation's African locations, from the Twelve Apostles to Bushman's Kloof or Durban's The Oyster Box.  The Oyster Box was itself named the Best Luxury Wellness Spa South Africa at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2011.  Capped by an iconic lighthouse and heaping helpings of colonial charm, the Oyster Box is one of South Africa's very best luxury hotels.  

As for the Twelve Apostles, you can enjoy its 55 rooms and 14 suites in any of four secluded wings, connected by open walkways and featuring gorgeous mountain and sea views.  Rooms especially for the business traveler help pull you away from the astounding vistas by offering special lighting in a generous work space and, as it almost goes without saying these days, high speed internet access.  Regardless of what brings you to Cape Town, Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is certainly a great place to stay.  And you keep on the lookout for more from Red Carnation Hotels; I know I'm excited to see what they come up with next.