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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

December 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Set on its own private island in Venice, Isola delle Rose, just a 15-minute ride across the Lagoon to St. Mark's Square by boat shuttle service, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury retreat for romantic breaks and family escapes. Opening in March 2015, the Resort features 266 contemporary-styled rooms and suites designed by the architect Matteo Thun. Five distinct accommodation experiences will be at guests' disposal, located in secluded corners of the Island: the Hotel, La Residenza, La Maisonette, L'Uliveto, and La Villa.

JW Venice Resort and Spa 

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Dining in the Dark at Alila Diwa Goa

December 24, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Alila Diwa GoaAlila Diwa Goa is offering a "Dining in the Dark" pop-up sensory dining event. On the last Thursday of every month, Spice Studio, the signature Indian restaurant at the resort, guests will explore their palates using taste, smell, sound, and touch. Guests will relish their choice of a vegetarian or non-vegetarian "thali" in pitch darkness. 

You will hear nothing but the soft clinking of cutlery and the silent whispers of patrons who are trying to guess what they are eating as you see the silhouette of your server in the distance. There are no rules in this delicious guessing game apart from savoring the flavorful delicacies in the dark. The Chefs at Spice Studio have given innovative twists to the dishes on the menu to let your imagination run wild and will also be changing the menu at every sitting to retain the element of surprise. Guests are provided with a copy of the menu at the end of the meal. 

Alila Diwa Goa first launched this concept during the International Earth Hour 2014 and rave guest reviews have brought it back as an Alila Dining Experience now happening on the last Thursday of every month till March 2015.

Book your nightly dinner at Alila Diwa Goa >>


Image of the Day: Waldorf Hilton London

December 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Waldorf Hilton London
A symbol of English heritage, the Waldorf Hilton London is steeped in Edwardian tradition. Built in 1908, this Grade II listed hotel offers a central location with proximity to the attractions and delights of London.  Located in the vibrant West End district, there are plenty of attractions around this London hotel, including Theatreland, Covent Garden, Soho, Leicester Square, and Trafalgar Square. Visit Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, or one of the many museums and galleries this capital city has to offer.

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Did You Know? InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel

December 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

With floodlit views of the Opera House, the superbly renovated InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel is at the heart of Parisian society. Opened in 1862, it defines historical grandeur, from Cafe. de la Paix to La Verriere Restaurant, set in an 800 square meter winter garden. Elegantly appointed, the hotel's boutique-style suites overlook stunning landmarks. Located in the 9th arrondissement, close to the Louvre Museum, shopping, theatre, and banking districts, this luxury Paris hotel is an icon in the City of Light.

InterContinental Paris le Grand Hotel

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Did You Know? Grand Hotel Et De Milan

December 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Et De Milan had its entire fourth floor destroyed in 1943, following a terrible bombing (which also hit La Scala). Subsequently, the Military Staff of the 5th American Brigade took charge of the hotel. The “Milan” became a place for holiday rewards for ally soldiers. At some point, the hotel even had its own Military Chief. Parties, balls and concerts were held in the luxurious and exclusive restaurant. On June 24th 1946, the hotel finally found peace. Work was started by architect Giovanni Muzio (main representative of the Modern Movement) immediately after the war to restore the oldest and most prestigious Milan hotel to its former glory.

Grand Hotel et de Milan

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Image of the Day: Four Seasons Hampshire

December 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hampshire is an intimate Georgian country manor just an hour from London. Here, the authenticity of an archetypal English manor house is combined with exemplary sporting facilities that fan out over 500 acres of parkland, home to wild deer, grouse, pheasants, foxes and badgers.

Four Seasons Hampshire

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Image of the Day: Hotel Mela New York

December 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Mela New York  is relaxed, at-home sophistication and excitement in the heart of Times Square.

Hotel Mela New York 

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Cool Pools: Excellence Riviera Cancun

December 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Excellence Riviera Cancun is an all-inclusive resort that features 6 swimming pools (2 heated in winter and one with handicap access) and 5 outdoor Jacuzzis.

Excellence Riviera Cancun 

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Did You Know? The Montague on the Gardens

December 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Montague on the Gardens is named for the dissolute Ralph, Duke of Montagu, who came by this land in a very devious manner. The Duchess of Albemarle was a unscrupulous woman who enjoyedthe fruits of her late husband's scheme to discover buried treasure. The Duchess swore that unless the Prince of Tartary himself were to come to her door and beg her to be his wife by throwing himself at her feet, she would never remarry. Hearing of this, the unscrupulous Duke of Montagu dressed up as the Prince, and thus acquired both her hand and her fortune. He appropriated his wife’s money to construct for himself a vast mansion, Montagu House, in Great Russell Street. The land of Montague Street formed part of its ten-acre garden, thus confirming that the Montague on the Garden is well-named. Six years after it was finished, Montagu House burned down in just five hours. His Grace promptly had it rebuilt and lived on here until his death in 1709. 

The Montague on the Gardens

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Tahitian Resort That Offers Overwater Bungalows?

December 20, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Tahiti
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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Tahitian Resort That Offers Overwater Bungalows? 

ANSWER: Le Meridien Tahiti, situated on the beachfront in the Punaauia region, offers 138 lagoon view bedrooms and suites with stunning views of the ocean, and 12 over-water bungalows designed with an emphasis on natural materials and refreshing local colors. The resort features two restaurants providing a wide selection of gourmet Polynesian and international cuisine. It is also equipped with meeting rooms, facilities for business traveler,s and a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Le Meridien Tahiti
Overwater Bungalow -Suspended over the crystal clear lagoon of Tahiti, the overwater bungalow offers the ultimate experience in Polynesia: luxurious yet traditional Tahitian accommodation and breathtaking views on a rich coral garden, colourful fishes and marine life. Unique on the island, these thatched roof bungalows feature local woven palm walls, romantic canopy bed, lovely timber floor, large terrace, Polynesian style bathroom and open views to the reef. Access to the lagoon by the end of pontoon.
The 56m² (600 sqft) bungalows offer flat screen TV, video on demand and music channels, Le Meridien signature bed, i-pod dock, inviting sofa, mini bar, separate bathtub & shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, in-room safety box, walk-in closet, snorkelling gear, and a private terrace for romantic sunset cocktails.

Book a stay at Le Meridien Tahiti >>

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.