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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.

Did You Know? The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens

May 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

  

The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens is located at Callaway Gardens, a man-made landscape in a unique natural setting. was The 6,500 acres at this destination draws over 750,000 visitors annually.

Lodge and spa at callaway

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Hotel de Crillon Renovations Revealed

May 14, 2013
By: Guest Writer

 

Hotel de Crillon

 

The legendary Parisian Hotel de Crillon recently closed in order to go a major renovation that's expected to last two years. Our sister publication, The Luxury Travel Advisor, got some inside information on what future guests might expect.

 Here's what writer Jena Tessa Fox found out about the renovations: 

Architect Richard Martinet, along with Artistic Director Aline d'Amman and three Parisian decorators – Cyril Vergniol, Chahan Minassian and Tristan Auer – are working to bring the historic hotel into the 21st century. And although both management and designers have revealed little in the way of details, a recent press release offered a hint: "The 7th floor … will be imagined as a 'quarter within the hotel' where fashion designers and brands can collaborate with the Crillon to decorate the suites." The hotel's management contract, the story continues, may take a page from the Kempinski model - an established brand that manages a number of historic hotels. And the Crillon will need a special kind of care to balance contemporary tastes with classic style: It is 250 years old, and several rooms are listed as national historic monuments. But the "Louis XV" decor, while never lacking for gilding, can seem a tad dated, and when the French Ministry of Tourism was handing out "palace" status to hotels in 2011, the Crillon was absent from the list. It is worth noting that Mohamed Al-Fayed's Paris Ritz also lost out and has also recently closed for a 27-month refurbishment. The renovated hotel will open its doors again in 2015.

 

We look forward to seeing the stunning results! 


Did You Know? Hotel St. Francis

May 9, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Hotel St. Francis is named for the patron saint of Santa Fe. The historic hotel embodies the authentic spirit of old Santa Fe, with handcrafted wood furniture by local artisans inspired by the Palace of the Governors, and a palette of natural colors reflecting the days of Santa Fe's early Franciscan missionaries.

 

Hotel St Francis

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Be Nautical at The Inn at Perry Cabin

May 1, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

 

Ahoy, mateys!

inn at perry cabin

The Inn at Perry Cabin is located on the Maryland Eastern shore, alongside the Chesapeake Bay. The location alone makes it an ideal vacation spot for sailing enthusiasts to set a course to this nautical friendly destination. The Inn at Perry Cabin caters to its location and sailing enthusiasts with an array of exciting excursions, tours and activities that are available on stand by. Guests can anchor aweigh on one of the many vessels for a sailing tour along the Chesapeake Bay, or spend a day running a trotline and dipping crabs while munching and sipping away on The Inn at Perry Cabin delicacies. At the end of your crabbing trip, the employees at The Inn at Perry Cabin will steam their guests' catch and deliver them fresh to eat for dinner that same night! The Inn at Perry Cabin provides two different sailing courses through the Chesapeake Bay's Offshore Sailing School, located on their property. The Inn provides a novice Learn to Sail course to get the basics of sailing down, and a five day Bareboat Cruising course for the more experienced sailing Enthusiast. Or guests can stay ashore and learn traditional boat building by becoming an apprentice for a day. Sail away towards The Inn at Perry Cabin, to indulge your sailing dreams!

 

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Spotlight on Baglioni Hotel Group

April 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

The Baglioni Group’s Core Values are hospitality, luxury and style made in Italy, unique experiences, personalised services, locations of great historic value and prestige.  Here are just a few of their terrific hotels that truly embody their mission. 

 

Carlton Hotel Baglioni

The Carlton Hotel Baglioni is a luxury 5 star hotel perfect for both leisure and business trips. It is situated in the heart of Milan, at the crossroads of culture, fashion and design, in a highly prestigious position: it directly overlooks Via della Spiga, the most celebrated shopping street in the city. Via Montenapoleone, the cathedral and the famous La Scala theatre are situated a short distance away.

 

 

Luna Hotel BaglioniLuna Hotel Baglioni

Housed in a beautiful and aristocratic building, the luxurious Luna Hotel Baglioni provides its guests with a warm, intimate atmosphere and impeccable service. Luna Hotel Baglioni has that unique hospitality that welcomes back generations of guests year after year. The stamp of glamour and sophistication is evident in the frescoes, antique furniture and imposing crystal chandeliers which adorn the foyer and the public rooms.

 

 

Relais Santa CroceRelais Santa Croce

A perfect balance between the luxury of a bygone era and modern comforts. In the historic centre of Florence, an eighteenth century residence hosts the exclusive, refined Relais Santa Croce hotel. Surrounded by its sumptuous furnishings and frescoed ceilings, you will be assisted by highly professional staff and delighted by the evocative nature of this truly extraordinary location in which luxury and refinement are the predominant features. It is the ideal destination for those seeking the intimacy of a private residence in Florence.

 

 

Regina Hotel Baglionihttp://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/rome/regina-hotel-baglioni

The Regina Hotel Baglioni is situated right on the renowned Via Veneto, next to the Spanish Steps, closeto Rome's key attractions and its elegant shopping area. The Hotel offers a refined combination of luxury with an Italian touch in perfect harmony with a modern concept of cosmopolitan hospitality. The guest rooms and suites feature a sleek art deco style and classic stylish interior of timeless elegance. Guests and Romans enjoy authentic Mediterranean cuisine or can savour a cocktail at Brunello Lounge & Restaurant.

 

Baglioni Hotel London

 

Baglioni Hotel London

The chic and very stylish Baglioni Hotel London is a modern classic housed in a traditional London building. The location may be English, but the hotel is certainly Italian in spirit. The Baglioni Group's commitment to its Italian heritage strives to combine luxury, individuality and culture in each of it's properties.

 

 

 

From the Baglioni Group, Coming soon to Five Star Alliance:
Cala del Porto, in Punta Ala Tuscany. Cala del Porto is situated overlooking the marina of Punta Ala. From the terraces of the hotel you can see glimpses of the Maremma landscape and look across the beautiful bay of Punta Ala towards the island of Elba in the distance. In this elegant and stylish hotel you will find welcoming staff and warm, Italian hospitality making you immediately feel at home. The aim of the hotel is to make your dreams come true and leave you with unforgettable memories of a wonderful, relaxing holiday.

 

These are just a few of the spectacular Baglioni Hotels. View the entire collection at Baglioni Hotel Group >>

 

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Peek into The May Fair Hotel's Ebony Suite

April 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The May Fair Hotel London hosts many celebrity studded social events such as the Olivier Awards, and it is the official hotel for London’s Fashion Week. They've just announced their announced their newest suite: The Ebony Suite. Ebony's futuristic facilities and generous proportions are sure to be a hit with celebrities and non-celebrities alike. 

The one-bedroom suite features stylish dark wood, a 67 square metre lounge area, sleek kitchenette, glass dining table, 52" flat screen TV, and separate guest bathroom. Spanning an impressive 110 square metres, and with access to an adjoining King Standard Bedroom, the luxury living area spills out onto a 34 square metre terrace, complete with patio furniture and panoramic views. 

The suite can also be booked as a two-bedroom suite. When booked as a two-bedroom suite, guests can also make use of the suite's separate entrance, which doubles up as a private lobby - perfect for receiving visitors. 

The May Fair Hotel London definitely invested some technological time into the Ebony Suite bathroom. The centerpiece of the spacious shower room is an oversized temperature color-changing bathtub, elegantly positioned on a raised platform in the master bedroom and, for extra privacy, partially enclosed by Japanese-inspired paneling. 

The technologically driven bathroom is complete with a multi-lingual shower that speaks a total of 8 different languages, and a Washlet, the world’s most advanced lavatory with integrated bidet, temperature and massage functions, operated via a wall-mounted remote control panel. 

The Ebony Suite joins The May Fair's  large and diverse luxury suite collection. Lavish without being showy, dramatic without compromising on comfort and with service that's attentive yet low-key, the May Fair redefines modern luxury with playful panache. 

 

 
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Rooftop Pleasures at Divani Caravel Hotel Athens

April 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

 

Soak up the sun while soaking up an unforgettable view at  The Divani Caravel Hotel Athens' rooftop, located in the heart of Athens, Greece. With an unbeatable panoramic view where guests can see Greece’s most prized sites like the ancient Acropolis and Lucabettus Hill, going to the rooftop at the Divani Caravel hotel is definitely a treat! Home to many swoon-worthy amenities that would make hotel guests never want to leave, the rooftop at the Divani Caravel hotel is like a fully-equipped luxurious relaxation oasis.


A one-stop relaxation shop, the rooftop houses an indoor/outdoor pool, relaxing saunas and steam baths, and a full-service pool bar. If you are looking for a relaxation experience that is tailor-made to fit every aspect of your personal taste, take a trip to the Peak Health Club and SPA. The spa is located on the rooftop of the Divani Caravel. will definitely raise the bar on your previous perception of relaxation. The spa rooms are specifically designed around the psychology of relaxation using specific colors, music and aromatherapy to calm the senses.

 

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Image of the Day: Sumahan on the Water

February 9, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Sumahan on the Water, a newly restored nineteenth century Ottoman distillery opened its doors as a hotel in May 2005.

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Get Your Golden Easter Egg at The Homestead

January 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

It's not even Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean it's too soon to start planning for Easter!  The Homestead, one of the country's leading historic resorts and a National Historic Landmark, has been providing luxuriously appointed resort accommodations to Presidents, Princes, and sports enthusiasts alike since its founding in 1766. Easter weekend is a big deal at The Homestead, with activities such as crafts, magic shows, caricatures, balloon animals, photos with the Easter Bunny, and even Saturday afternoon tea with the Easter Bunny.

On Sunday, The Homestead hosts the largest Easter Egg hunt in Virginia, with over 4,000 eggs hidden! One lucky child will find the Golden Egg, and will receive a complimentary one-night stay including breakfast and dinner for a family of four. 

Adults can enjoy such activities as a golf clinic, Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland Ice Skating & Swimming, and a Ballroom dance clinic.
 

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Last Minute Inauguration Deals!

January 18, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

If you haven't booked your  room for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, you are in luck!  As of this writing, there's still some availability at these Washington DC-area luxury hotels.  For a stay for two adults from Sunday January 20-Tuesday January 22, we found a range of great options. Keep in mind that the vast majority of these rates are either pre-paid, non-refundable and/or non-cancellable, so read the rate details carefully before booking. But book quickly, as these rates are sure to go fast.  All rates are in US dollars.

Here's what we found:

 The Jefferson-Want to splurge? The Jefferson, one of our favorite small luxury hotels,  is offering a 2013 Inaguaration pre-paid package starting at $1435 per night. You'll get a King bed, walk-in shower, and other room amenities. Located at the corner of 16th and M Streets NW, the hotel is just four blocks from The White House.

The Mayflower

 -The Mayflower, one of the largest luxury hotels in the District, is offering a AAA rate to qualifying members. For $299 per night, a deluxe room can be yours. It is also located near The White House.

-The fun Donovan House, located on Thomas Circle, has non-refundable Inaguration rates available from $425 a night for a k. The rate includes a King-bedded room and the complimentary Wine Hour held every evening.

-Hotel Palomar Washington DC, located in the vibrant Dupont Circle area, it also offers a King-bedded room and the complimentary Wine Hour, but with nightly rates starting at $573.75.

-The elegant Fairfax at Embassy Row has King-bedded room starting at $329 per night. The hotel is nestled among the stately mansions of Massachusetts Avenue, right near Dupont Circle.

-Park Hyatt Washington has King-bedded rooms with free wireless internet starting at $699 per night. While there, you can enjoy a meal at the highly-rated Blue Duck Tavern.

-Located in Washington's fashionable West End, Fairmont Washington DC offers a King-bedded 400 square foot uxury room starting at $599 per night. Internet access is also included in the rate.

-The recently renovated Dupont Circle Hotel fittingly overlooks the actual Dupont Circle. Their Best Unrestricted Daily Rate has King-bedded rooms from $399 per night.

-The Omni Shoreham Washington DC is a renovated Art Deco/Renaissance hybrid building set on a hill overlooking Rock Creek Park. It's Best Available Rate for a Deluxe Room with 1 King Bed is $579 per night.

-The Hotel George Washington DC is just one block from Union Station and near a lot of the Inaugural festivities. Nightly room rates for a Queen Deluxe Room include the Wine Hour and start at $634.

These are just some of the great rates we found. Check out Five Star Alliance for more rates and Inaugural hotel options.

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