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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.

The Best Luxury Hotel Pools Now Open in Las Vegas

April 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With the summer rolling in and temperatures on the rise, the luxury hotels in Las Vegas are combating the heat by opening their pools for their guests! Check out the list of the best luxury hotels in Vegas to find the perfect pool to swim, lounge, and tan!

Wynn Las Vegas and Encore

These two sister properties have 6 pools total, so you have your choice between a variety of options and styles. There are two semi-secluded European pools which allow topless sunbathing and feature black jack tables or bars, and the Encore Beach Club is a lively scene with Djs and lily pads for lounging.

Vdara Hotel and Spa

This is a four star hotel and it is a casino-free and smoke-free property, which can offer a pleasant break from the craziness of Las Vegas. This hotel has a 40,000 square foot pool deck for guests only, and it is lined with chaise lounges and daybeds available for rent.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

There are 2 lap pools and a Jacuzzi on the 8th floor of the hotel perfect for families as well as a plunge pool and a hot tub set up in a quiet zone for adults. Only guests can access the pool on weekends, but anyone can reserve a cabana Monday through Thursday, which come with drinks, fruit, soft robes, and a flat screen TV.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

This hotel’s three pools are considered to be the center of the hip and trendy. Its Marquee Dayclub has 3 story bungalows with private infinity edge plunge pools. The Bamboo Pool is a quiet, more relaxing scene, and the Boulevard Pool is the largest one which has activities such as ping pong and foosball available for its guests.

The Venetian and The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino

These sister properties have the perfect pool options for partiers and loungers alike. Tao Beach and Azure are the pools for the party crowd, and the rest of the pool options offer a calm and relaxing atmosphere, featuring a children’s pool.

 


Mad Men Party to be Held at Hotel Monteleone

March 15, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

For all of you Mad Men lovers crossing off days until the fifth season premiere (10 days and counting), we certainly have an exciting opportunity to transport you back to the swinging sixties. Hotel Monteleone, a luxurious hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans is hosting a Mad Men party at its Carousel Bar and Lounge. The event will feature a fashion show with clothes from Banana Republic, Haute Dames, and Retro Active Vintage. Complimentary 60s cocktails will be served and provided by Republic, and as an incredibly special treat, Bryan Batt, a former Mad Men star will serve as host and costume contest judge.

Interested? Read on for party details as well as a bit more information about the Hotel Monteleone. The party will take place March 20th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Carousel Bar and Lounge. It is free and open to the public, and prizes will be awarded for the best 60s era attire.

The Hotel Monteleone has recently undergone a $70,000 restoration, transforming it back to its original stature as New Orleans Grand Hotel. Its 600 luxurious guestrooms are modernly equipped without losing the traditional and welcoming feel. Its award winning restaurant, Carousel Bar and Lounge has recently celebrated a renovation as well, and it now features expansive windows along Royal Street, updated furniture, and a second crescent-shaped bar.

So whip out your 1960s dresses, polish your dancing shoes, and make your reservations for the Hotel Monteleone today to take part in all the fun!


The World’s Best Hotels

March 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Big shout out and thank you to all our loyal blog readers! We certainly love bringing you the latest and greatest luxury travel news, and we appreciate hearing from you via phone, email, or our Facebook and Twitter pages. We realize that every traveler begins his/her journey in the research phase; deciding on where to go, and we certainly get a number of inquiries about the best hotels in certain areas, the most romantic hotels, the best hotels for families, the best all-inclusive resorts, and onward. To help you pick the absolute best hotel that fits your needs and criteria, we would like to draw your attention to our ‘World’s Best Hotels’ tab. Here you’ll be directed to lists and lists of phenomenal hotels and resorts in various categories. From the best ski resorts to the best spa resorts, we certainly have you covered. Be sure to check out the various lists for a little inspiration on where to travel next! You want the best, and we certainly want to give it to you!

Photo of the Meridian Club in Turks and Caicos, a luxury hotel on our Best Honeymoon Resorts List


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

February 14, 2012
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 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 Availability for Mardi Gras

February 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Mardi Gras is on February 21st this year, which is only a few short weeks away! From an incredible parade to mounds of beads and excitement, Mardi Gras is definitely an event worth attending at least once in your life. Check out the following luxury 5 star hotels that currently have availability during Mardi Gras to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun!

Windsor Court Hotel

This hotel is located in the heart of New Orleans, on the edge of the French Quarter near the banks of Mississippi. It recently underwent a $22 million restoration, redefining 5 star luxury, and now offers 316 newly designed guestrooms and suites.

W New Orleans French Quarter

This hotel is next to Jackson square and boutique shops, and it’s a short walk from the Riverwalk and Harrah’s casino. It was remodeled in 2000 and has 98 rooms and 2 suites.

Loews New Orleans Hotel

Located just 3 blocks from the French Quarter, across from Harrah’s casino, the Arts district, and Riverwalk, this luxury hotel has 285 rooms and 12 suites.

W New Orleans

This hotel is located in the heart of the French Quarter surrounded by the bustling Bourbon Street, boutique shops, and live entertainment. It was remodeled in 2000 and has 98 rooms and 2 suites.

JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans

This luxury hotel is located on Canal Street and it has 487 rooms and 7 suites.

Ritz Carlton New Orleans

Located on Canal Street a short walk from the French Quarter, this hotel allows guest to experience the most uniquely European city in the United States.

The Roosevelt New Orleans

This hotel is located in the central business district one block from the French Quarter. It was remodeled in 2009 and it offers 504 rooms and 135 suites.


Luxury Hotels near the Las Vegas Convention Center

January 24, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

This blog series is for all of the business travelers who are looking for a luxury hotel that is located near the Convention Center of specific cities. We understand that you have places to be, people to meet, and conferences to attend, so we try to make your travels as stress-free and convenient as possible without forgoing luxury.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is our center of focus for this blog post. The following are 5 star hotels located less than two miles from the Convention Center. We’ve listed them in order of proximity, and they are all a speedy cab ride away!

Encore Wynn las Vegas – located 1.1 miles from the Convention Center.

Wynn Las Vegas – located 1.1 miles from the Convention Center.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Las Vegas – located 1.3 miles from the Convention Center.

Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino – located 1.4 miles from the Convention Center.

Venetian – located 1.7 miles from the Convention Center.

Caesars Palace – located 1.9 miles from the Convention Center.

Traveling somewhere else? Keep up with our blog series and check out the luxury hotels located near the Convention Center in the following cities: Boston, Montreal, Washington D.C., and San Diego.


Claude Monet Exhibit Opening at Bellagio las Vegas

January 4, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

Known for exhibitions that showcase exceptional art in an unrivaled setting, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) presents “Claude Monet: Impressions of Light” opening Feb. 18, 2012.

Organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), this landmark exhibition will feature works that illustrate the height of Claude Monet’s engagement with color and light. BGFA will showcase 20 pieces by Monet, the founder of French Impressionist painting, accompanied by eight additional canvases by the master’s predecessors and contemporaries. All of these works are drawn from the MFA, which holds one of the largest collections of paintings by Claude Monet outside of Paris.

“Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s mission has always been to present exhibitions that engage and excite lovers of all genres of art, from classical to modern to contemporary,” said BGFA Director Tarissa Tiberti. “Exhibiting Monet and the French Impressionists provides historical background to some of the more contemporary shows we have presented over the last three years.”

Spanning four decades of Monet’s career and featuring many of the artist’s most celebrated and recognized paintings, “Claude Monet: Impressions of Light” will also highlight paintings by other masters of the genre including Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Camille Pissarro and Eugene Louis Boudin. It was from Monet’s collaboration with these painters, along with his solitary explorations of the French countryside, that his own signature style eventually emerged.

After exploring Monet's incredible masterpieces, check into the Bellagio and take in the beauty of the Lake Bellagio, the pristine pools, and the stunning courtyards. 

This article information originally appeared on our sister website, Travel Agent Central.


Party Down, Vegas-style: Celebrity New Year's Appearances in Vegas

December 16, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

If you're interested in doing a little stargazing this New Year's Eve, Vegas.com has compiled a list of the top ten star-studded New Year’s Eve festivities, in order to help visitors plan their celebrations for the end of 2011.  Check out the highlights of the star-studded parties below, and make sure to check out the nearby five-star accommodations in Las Vegas to find a place to come back to once you're done partying in the New Year with some of the world's famous.

1. LAX Nightclub will feature hip-hop artist B.o.B.

2. Stevie Wonder will perform at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

3. The Bank will begin their celebrations with Grammy-winning artist, Bruno Mars.

4. The Second Annual Old School New Year’s Eve Party will be held at the Las Vegas Hilton. It begins at 9:30 p.m., in the ballroom, and will include music, dancing and a champagne toast.

5. LMFAO will perform at the ARIA nightlife venue, Haze Nightclub.

6. Visitors can attend the New Year’s Eve Bridge Bash at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

7. Fergie will host the grand opening of 10AK Las Vegas, Mirage’s newest nightclub. The celebration starts at 9 p.m. and will feature the music of DJ Jesse Marco.

8. Chris Brown will be the entertainment at PURE Nightclub, inside Caesars Palace. Guests will also be able to go to the outdoor area to see the fireworks display over the Strip at midnight.

9. Holly Madison, PEEPSHOW starlet, will be the host at the Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort. Everything begins at 10 p.m.

10. Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick will both be hosts at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris on New Year’s Eve.

Thanks to Nicole Lowary from our sister publication, Travel Agent Central. Visit www.vegas.com/newyears/


Winter Wonderland in Las Vegas

December 13, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

This winter, the Venetian and the Palazzo will transform into the most beautiful winter wonderland Las Vegas has ever seen. Be sure to experience the special amenities and activities available from November 21st through January 8th. Glide, twist, and turn on the largest ice rink on the Strip, which is surrounded by magical lights, beautifully lit trees, and cheerful music. Enjoy seasonal treats including eggnog cupcakes, creamy hot chocolate, and delicious hot cider. And as the sun sets, enjoy the Nightly Holiday Spectacular light show which will surely dazzle you beyond expectation.

The Venetian allows you to experience the romance of Italy without leaving the heart of Las Vegas. This all-suite resort and casino provides guests access to 19 exceptional restaurants and 80 international boutiques. Rejuvenate at the Canyon Ranch Spa Club and enjoy its fitness center, full-service salon, and rock climbing wall.

The Palazzo is a 50-floor luxury tower next to the Venetian with approximately 2050 luxury suites. Each suite is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. From marble-appointed baths to luxurious Egyptian linens, the Palazzo surely provides an incredible, luxurious experience.

Escape, explore, and embrace the excitement that awaits you in Las Vegas.


Hail Caesars! The New Octavius Tower at Caesars Palace Las Vegas

December 13, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Earlier this fall, Caesars Palace began accepting reservations for its newest Las Vegas property, the luxurious Octavius Tower set to open on January 2, 2012. The tower features 668 rooms, 60 suites and 6 luxury villas. The resort's sixth tower will offer a unique luxurious resort experience with a private entrance, separate hotel lobby and direct access to the Garden of the Gods pool oasis and gardens. 

Octavius Tower at Caesars Las Vegas

From the press release: Guest rooms start at 550 square-feet, and offer a modern, luxurious decor incorporating earthy shades of browns, grays, taupes and beiges, offset with pops of green and splashes of deep red. Designed by Michael Medeiros of KNA Design, the rooms feature marble floors and stylish patterned carpets that complement dark wood furnishings and brushed chrome fixtures. King-sized beds with sleek headboards, plush pillow top mattresses and luxurious Anichini linens provide ultimate comfort, while living areas create an inviting ambiance with plush velvet sofas, contemporary chairs and chic stone tables. Dark wood desks with granite overlays offer an ample workspace with custom cabinetry containing a premium mini bar. Accommodations include framed 42-inch flat panel, high-definition television screens, convenient media hubs with multiple outlets for easy connectivity, and bedside docking stations with iPod capabilities.

"The Octavius Tower is going to be a unique, luxurious experience," said D'Anna Malbrough, senior manager of partner marketing, Caesars Entertainment. "It has its own private entrance, a separate lobby, and will have the most direct access to the Garden of the Gods pool oasis. The rooms are all 550 square feet with all upgraded amenities. It is our sixth hotel tower, so we’re going to hit just under 4,000 rooms."

This marks the first step in Caesars' efforts to modernize its presence on the Las Vegas Strip. "Compared to the Augustus Tower, Octavius is a more boutique experience," said Malbrough. "You can be in a massive hotel but not feel like it."

High-tech amenities will also appeal to younger, more tech-savvy travelers.  

"With the iPad and iPod Touch, you'll be able to do things like order room service or even check out of your room," said Malbrough. "We're also opening the first Nobu hotel next year, which is a very exciting project that will complement and enhance the Octavius Tower."

Also In Time for the Holidays:

The Venetian Las Vegas and Cantor Gaming have opened the new race and sports book at The Venetian after the completion of a three-month multimillion dollar refurbishment project. It is equipped with the world's largest high-definition 4mm black video screens dedicated to multiple sports games and races.

A New Year's Eve gala will celebrate the grand opening of Hyde Bellagio, a new luxury lounge and nightclub at Bellagio. This spectacular 10,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor venue is the first nightlife venture in Las Vegas by the award-winning SBE Entertainment Group.

This article was originally written for our sister publication: Travel Agent Central