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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.

South Beach Food and Wine Festival-Where to Stay

February 12, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities.  This year, it's being held from February 21-24. In 2012, more than 60,000 guests attended nearly 50 events featuring more than 150 celebrated chefs and over 250 wineries, spirits producers, and non-alcoholic beverage suppliers. Events include star-studded receptions, seminars, tastings, dinners, brunches, and concerts.

So where should you stay? Fontainebleu Miami Beach is presenting Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best Sponsored by Bank of America, where proprietors and wine-makers from each winery are invited to pour their top varietals and to speak to attendees about their individual processes. As of this writing, nightly room rates start at $489.

Fans of Guy Fieri won't want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Food Network star team up with reggae legend Ziggy Marley for a closing party concert at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.  The party starts at 6:30 Sunday February 24, and the luxury hotel has rooms available starting at $529 per night.  Marley will be presenting  Ziggy Marley Organics™, a organic line of the World’s First flavored coconut oils and roasted flavored hempseeds.

Don't miss Paula Deen!  She'll be at the VIP opening reception at the Delano Hotel. Paula and her sons, Jamie & Bobby, will be hosting Moët Hennessy's The Q. More than 40 of the top BBQ chefs from across the country will grill up chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butts from Omaha Steaks with smoky side dishes.
Oceanview rooms are still available for the festival, starting at $939 per night.

Other rates available in Miami for the festival include $255 per night at Riviera Suite South Beach,  $383 per night at Epic Hotel Miami, and for a true splurge $2159 for a Marvelous Suite at W Hotel Miami.

Eat, drink, be merry, and sleep in luxury!

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A London Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

For folks spending Valentine’s Day in London, we have a variety of suggestions for you depending on your lovers’ interests and needs, so check out our recommendations to plan the perfectly romantic evening!

For outdoor fun, take your special someone to Broadgate Ice Rink with two-for-one ticket sales on February 14th.

For a romantic dinner, take him/her to The Gilbert Scott which has an absolutely stunning dining room with ornate ceilings and sparkling chandeliers. The Valentine’s Day menu starts from $125 per person and is available after 8:00PM.

For a romantic and luxurious night away, explore our 104 hotels in various parts of London. With this many options, you’re bound to find the perfect hotel for the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience!

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Deals and Steals at the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel

February 7, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

Today’s feature is the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. This 5-star hotel is located in the heart of San Antonio's Cultural Arts District, across from the magnificently restored Majestic Theatre and within walking distance to the Convention Center and Rivercenter Mall. Check out the following deals and packages that are simply too good to pass up!

The Rio Package

Includes Breakfast Buffet for all registered guests and children 12 Years of age and under In Las Canarias Monday through Saturday and Ostra On Sundays. One ticket per adult per stay to the Rio San Antonio River Cruise. Tickets distributed at check In. Complimentary valet parking for one car. Terms And Conditions: Extra persons do not receive package benefits.

Romance Remembered Package

Includes daily breakfast in bed for two. Chandon Brut romantic turndown with robes, music and lighting. Concierge precall to assist with special romantic requests. Late checkout.

Amor Del Rio Package

Includes full American breakfast for each registered guest in Las Canarias Monday Through Saturday, Ostra on Sundays or through room service seven days a week. Bottle of sparkling wine and 4 chocolate truffles delivered to room. Turndown Service.

These packages and specials are based on double occupancy, subject to availability, and exclusive of tax.

Be sure to make your travel plans today to take advantage of the incredible packages and deals that await you in San Antonio!

 

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Romantic Getaway Ideas for Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it can certainly put a little bit of stress on those lucky gentlemen out there with special someone’s. Instead of the traditional dinner and flowers, consider whisking your significant other away for a luxurious romantic getaway!

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has an Ultimate Romance package which includes two nights in a suite, private car service from LAX, and breakfast for two. The $7,000 package also includes a four-course dinner at Livello, a 50 minute helicopter tour of Los Angeles, and some alone time on a Santa Monica mountaintop overlooking Malibu!

Explore photos, availability, and rates at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills here >>


Calling All Beer Lovers to the Four Seasons Philadelphia

January 30, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

There’s nothing better than a cold beer after a stressful day at work, and adding travel on top of work can only lead to needing the finest beer and certainly more than one!

The Four Seasons Philadelphia certainly caught our eye as a beer lovers hot spot! It recently teamed up with Dock Street Brewing Co, a local brewery for a limited celebration of all four seasons. Witty, right? The Swann Lounge has a beautiful fire place that’s perfect for setting a relaxing environment where folks can unwind with a few beers. The four seasons beers have not yet been announced, but the line will begin with a spring brew. The Four Seasons Philadelphia will host a special event to launch its summer beer, which will perfectly coincide with the hotel’s 30th anniversary and go during beer week, June 3rd – 7th.

Be sure to explore the Four Seasons Philadelphia here >>

 

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AKARYN Koh Samui Delivers Pizza

January 30, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

If you are craving pizza in Koh Samui, you are in luck! These aren’t your average jumbo slices, either. AKARYN Samui Resort and Spa has unveiled a new menu of over 80 gourmet pizzas, cooked in the island's only hand-made, wood-fired, beachfront pizza oven and featuring the cream of genuine Italian cheeses and cold cuts.  The oven was hand-built built by Chef (and Venice native) Andrea Brunello. The pizza choices pay homage to all the major regions in Italy,with toppings ranging from San Daniele Parma Ham to Schiacciata Calabra Salami to Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese. Other choices include classic pizzas, truffle pizzas, novelty shaped pizzas and Thai-infused specialties like Tom Yum Pizza.

The pizza-making started last week, and 400 pies have already been sold. The pizza has proved so popular that the resort is delivering to select luxury villas in the neighbourhood of Hanuman Bay. The luxury resort is also launching Samui’s first Pizza Academy, where guests (and residents) can learn how to make real pizzas. AKARYN Pizza takes its place in the resort's Gourmet Village, where other culinary options include the Asian tapas experience Ochos, The Legend, dedicated to rediscovering the culinary secrets of Old Siam, The Edge, where fresh seafood is served with international flair, and The Wet Bar, the island's most chilled submerged bar.
 

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New Hotel Openings: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

January 29, 2013
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 St. Regis Abu Dhabi had originally set its opening date for today, January 29, 2013 but it looks like they’re pushing back the opening to April 15th. That’s quite a delay, and we certainly hope that the 283 guest rooms including 40 grand suites are nothing short of spectacular!

Explore the St. Regis Abu Dhabi here >>


Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type at Hotel Negresco for 3 Adults

January 15, 2013
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 are looking to stay at the Hotel Negresco. We’ll be traveling in a group of 3 adults, and we’d like a room with a balcony. What room type would you recommend?

Answer: The Deluxe rooms have a maximum occupancy of 2 people. The Junior Suite Sea View Double can accommodate 3 adults, and there will be an additional 95 Euro per night extra per charge. There is also a city tax of 1.50 Euros per person, per night, and there are no rooms available that have a balcony. To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to add 'Traveling with daughter who is an adult and request extra bed to be added to the room' to the Special Request field so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

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New Luxury Hotels Opening: Waldorf Astoria Berlin

January 3, 2013
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 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

After much anticipation, the Waldorf Astoria Berlin opened its doors at the end of 2012! This luxury hotel allows visitors to admire incredible panoramic views of the Berlin skyline from every guest room and suite. Its central Berlin City West location is perfect for folks wishing to take advantage of the luxury shopping district of Kurfürstendamm, and the hotel’s ballroom as well as five conference rooms are ideal for hosting conferences, social events, and celebrations. The Waldorf Astoria Berlin’s Guerlain Spa features a wide range of treatments and an indoor pool, and the fine dining options on site serve up timeless classic dishes with a modern twist that’ll have you eating bratwurst and schnitzel 3 times a day!

Be sure to check out the Waldorf Astoria Berlin here!


12 Days of Hotels: The 4 Most Romantic Hotels

January 2, 2013
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 4 of the World’s Most Romantic Hotels!

1. La Casa Que Canta

This luxury hotel in Mexico appeared in the film When A Man Loves A Woman. We think the title is very appropriate!

2. Villa d’Este

Lovers are welcomed to a celebrated standard of Old World allure and charm at the Villa d'Este, situated next to scenic Lake Como in Italy.

3. Le Sirenuse

A consistant award winner with breath taking views of Positano, Italy, an unforgettable atmosphere to reconnect together.

4. Amanjena

Take a step back in time at this 16th Century villa, with a delightful combination of Italian pageantry and modern conveniences in Morocco.