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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.

Image of the Day: Puripunn A Baby Grand Boutique

April 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Puripunn a Baby Grand Boutique is situated in Wat Gate, one of Chiang Mai’s older districts with a diverse mix of cultures and religions, making it a fascinating place to enjoy a city break in the beautiful northern capital. Puripunn roughly translates to "the land of sharing."

Puripunn A Baby Grand Boutique 

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Image of the Day: Uma Paro Bhutan

April 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Uma Paro Bhutan is a 29-room hotel offering five-star comfort and singular style in the wildly beautiful Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. To the south lies India, with Tibet to the north. The topography is dramatically varied, featuring pine-clad valleys, terraced hills and towering, snow-tipped ranges with impenetrable heights. Monasteries cling to cliffsides and rivers snake through valleys.  

Uma Paro Bhutan

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Takes Off

April 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has gotten into the airline game. You can now travel the globe aboard the custom-designed Four Seasons Jet. Those interested in taking the Four Seasons experience airborne will want to sign up for the February 2015 once-in-a-lifetime journey. 

The trip includes nine destinations—from fire dancers in Bora Bora to architectural wonders in India and Australia. Travelers will also receive a Salsa Deluxe Hybrid Cabin Multiwheel from luxury luggage brand RIMOWA. 

The itenirary is as follows: 

-Arrive in LA  to meet the journey's dedicated support team and fellow travellers during a welcome dinner at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel). 
Four Seasons Hualalai Kona


 -Travel aboard the jet to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu (pictured right). Experience the Big Island’s dramatic landscapes and genuine aloha spirit through your choice of activities, including a helicopter tour of the Kohala Coast, a visit to a coffee plantation, or aquatic adventures such as paddleboarding or outrigger canoeing. 

-Next stop is Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora (pictured left)The crystal blue waters that frame this island paradise teem with exotic sea life—best investigated on a snorkelling tour led by the resort's marine biologist. Celebrate with a special dinner on the beach, enhanced by traditional Polynesian entertainment.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora-Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is next up on the journey. Witness the beauty of Sydney Harbour from the seat of a seaplane and, later, aboard a sunset dinner cruise. On solid ground, go backstage at the Sydney Opera House and tour the historic Rocks district.

-Head to Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. Lush landscapes and a refreshingly spiritual perspective await on this beautiful island, where travelers can explore the creative village of Ubud, go whitewater rafting on the Ayung River, or get a taste of Indonesian cuisine during a cooking class.

-In Thailand, elect to stay within the tranquil and artistic city Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai or upgrade to the luxurious Tented Camp at Chiang Rai to experience two nights of jungle adventure. Both destinations offer unforgettable elephant encounters.

-India is next.  Hop off the jet in Agra and experience one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders, the Taj Mahal, before continuing on to Mumbai. Tour Gandhi’s former residence and watch as thousands of dabbawallas execute the city’s traditional lunch delivery system. Guests will stay at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai.Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

-Check into Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (pictured right). Shop this transcontinental city’s expansive Grand Bazaar and tour the opulent Topkapi Palace before unwinding at a Turkish bath. At sunset, take a cocktail cruise down the Bosphorus, which flows between the European and Asian sides of Turkey.

Four Seasons London Park Lane-The jet makes its final stop in London where you’ll toast to this extraordinary journey over a celebratory dinner and bid farewell to your fellow travellers at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane (pictured left). After breakfast the next morning, transfer to the airport to connect with your flight home.

This around-the-world trip will not come cheap. It costs $119,000 per person based on double occupancy.

 

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Did You Know? Four Seasons Gresham Palace

April 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Gresham Palace's wrought iron peacock gates came from the prestigious Gyula Jungfer workshop.

Four Seasons Gresham Palace

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A Night at the Opera with Four Seasons Hotel Prague

April 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel Prague


Opera lovers are in for a real treat, courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Prague. The hotel has arranged for select guests to enjoy a private performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the famed Estates Theatre. The famous opera had its premiere at the theatre in 1787.

The Theatre of the Estates is one of the most beautiful historic theatre buildings in Europe. The theatre was officially opened in 1783 with a first performance of the tragedy Emilia Galotti by Lessing.

After the spine-tingling performance, a chauffeur will bring the guests back to the hotel in a vintage Rolls Royce. The music lovers will then toast Mozart from the hotel's rooftop terrace Then these lucky guests sup on a gourmet meal on the rooftop terrace. The music continues through dinner via a live orchestra consisting of members of the Estates Theatre Orchestra. 

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

The luxury hotel in Old Town Prague has a  contemporary main building consisting of three historic edifices – classical, renaissance and 18th-century baroque buildings. The 161 Old Town luxury hotel guest rooms, including 20 suites, are among Prague’s largest. The one-of-a-kind building concept creates a variety of guest room layouts, even within the same category. 

The experience is available from May 15 until September 15 in 2015 and is priced for up to six persons at EUR 60,000. It includes the luxurious accommodation in the Presidential Suite for two nights, private performance of Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre, transfer from the theatre to the Hotel in vintage Rolls Royce and private dinner on the Hotel's rooftop terrace. Six months' advance reservation is required and some blackout dates apply. 

Sadly, the Marx Brothers are not included. 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a London Hotel for a Family of Three?

April 21, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Rubens at the palace
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 a family of 3 and looking to stay is London. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Rubens At The Palace is the majestic luxury hotel that gives you the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it recalls the magnificence and splendour of a bygone age; on the other, it gives you the latest in modern comforts and technology. The impeccable service and old-world courtesy come from an era when respect and eagerness to please were paramount. When The Rubens was built in 1911, it was popular with debutantes, a class of aristocratic, party-loving young ladies. After almost a century of fine living, the building has lost none of its aristocratic grandeur. The chandeliers gleam as brightly; the decor is as rich; and the staff are as helpful, discreet, and attentive. The Rubens has superb facilities throughout – an impressive lounge, an elegant bar, and stylish restaurants. Whatever you want, Rubens can arrange it for you. The concierge team know every London sight and every West-End show, as well as the hidden corners that visitors often miss. They even have a pet concierge who will make sure pets enjoy their stay as much as you do.The Rubens can turn a stay into a real family holiday in which everyone – adults and children – feels like royalty.
Rubens at the Palace

For Your Needs:

The Rubens at the Palace has numerous interconnecting room combinations that are suitable for families. 


-King/Twin Room - King Room: one available accommodating up to 4 guests

-King/Twin Room - Twin Room: one available accommodating up to 4 guests

-Double Room - Twin Room: two available accommodating up to 4 guests

-Double Room - Double Room: one available accommodating up to 4 guests

-Executive King/Twin & Sofa Room - King/Twin Room: four available accommodating up to 5 guests

-Master Suite & Sofa - Executive King/Twin & Sofa Room: one available accommodating up to 6 guests

The hotel also has special beds and bedding for the smaller ones, including cots for babies. 

Nightly spring rates at Rubens at the Palace start at GBP 203 >>

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.

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Waldorf Astoria Beijing

April 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Waldorf Astoria Beijing boasts an ideal location near extensive shopping options and culturally significant Siheyuan - traditional courtyard residences. The Waldorf Astoria Beijing's convenient accessibility to major banks, governmental buildings and commercial offices makes it ideal for business travelers. Leisure guests will appreciate the hotel's proximity to exciting nightlife and dining options and a wealth of iconic attractions, including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

April 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located in the heart of Kansas City's best upscale shopping at Country Club Plaza and just minutes from the entertainment of the Power & Light District, Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza is a sophisticated new destination for business and leisure travel.

Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza 

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Charleston Place Caters to the History Buff

April 20, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Charleston Place
Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, Charleston Place makes every guest feel part of this great Southern city. A gathering point for local society, this luxury hotel blends gentility and old-world charm with a leading-edge spa and innovative cuisine.

Charleston Place is the perfect hotel from which to explore the city. From historic houses and plantation tours, to Federal forts and museums, Charleston is steeped in a rich, colorful and sometimes controversial history. The hotel has set up itineraries for travelers interested in exploring Charleston's historic past.

Charleston Place

DAY 1
-Start the day with a delicious gourmet breakfast in the hotel's garden-style Palmetto Cafe before meeting your small group for a walking tour of the city. Be sure to make an advance reservation, because these tours sell out almost every day!

-After the tour, enjoy afternoon tea at Thoroughbred Club while you discuss all the new things you have discovered on the tour.  

-After tea, join one of the many antebellum historic house tours. The hotel recommends the Nathanial Russell, Aiken-Rhett, or Edmondston-Alston homes.

-End the day with a fabulous dinner in the highly acclaimed Charleston Grill.


DAY 2
-Start off with a boat ride to Fort Sumter—the famous Federal port in Charleston Harbor where the American Civil War began.

Charleston Place-Take a hotel prepared pinic lunch to a plantation. Middleton Place is ideal for seeing what farmstead life was really like through the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, with reenactments, plus tours of the preserved manor houses and slave quarters. Enjoy lunch under an oak tree overlooking the river.

-In the evening, stroll around the cobblestone streets of the historic district, passing
many art galleries, museums and restaurants. Be sure to see the famous "Rainbow Row"—a row of painted historic houses.


DAY 3
-Explore personal interests. Try a Gullah Tour, which offers a unique insight into the native language and culture of the slaves in South Carolina and Georgia. There's also historical carriage tours, a stop aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, or a visit to the Slave Museum.

Charleston Place-Indulge in a pampering treatment in the hotel spa and unwind over lunch at the hotel.

-Stroll to the famous Battery sea-wall defense, passing many hidden gardens, and enjoy the sunset from a swing on Waterfront Park.

Sounds like a pretty wonderful way to spend a long weekend. 
 

Nightly spring rates at Charleston Place start at $298 >> 

 

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Beijing

April 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

In the heart of the iconic 798 Art District, Grace Beijing combines the buzz of the Chinese capital with the highest standards of an award-winning boutique hotel group. The thoughtful touches of style and attention to detail that define Grace hotels across the world have found a perfect home in this district renowned for its art, architecture, fashion and creativity.

Grace Beijing

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