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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.

Fun Fact Friday! Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards are Out!


By: Oksana Balytsky

The picks for the world’s best hotels by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards are out, and the Chicago Waldorf Astoria receives the highest score for all American hotels, earning it the Best Hotel in the United States title!

Check out rates, availability, and photos here >>


Jamaica Inn Marks the Perfect Spot to Get-A-Way!


By: Oksana Balytsky

Built in 1950, this intimate property has a few unique attributes and access to one of the best beaches on the north coast of Jamaica! What differentiates the Jamaica Inn from other luxury hotels is its charm, hospitality, and lively personality. Teddy, the bartender at the beach bar, has been whipping up cocktails and interacting with guests for the last 54 years! The Jamaica Inn also offers Wi-Fi but the rooms have no televisions, radios, or clocks so guests can fully relax, unwind, and unplug from their hectic daily lives. (There is, however, a TV room and a television in the main bar just in case there’s a game or event going on that can’t be missed.) To maintain its pristine conditions, the Jamaica Inn closes down once a year for 6 weeks to ensure all the rooms are meeting the highest standards of quality and luxury. This hotel attracts a variety of vacationers ranging from folks celebrating an anniversary, going on their honeymoon, traveling solo for a calm getaway, or a family going on vacation. The Jamaica Inn features beautiful rooms, suites, and 2 bedroom cottages perfect for travelers of all types (minimum age requirement is 10 for the summer and 12 for the winter). A few other key features include a Cliffside spa which uses all natural and organic ingredients, and a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean and featuring nightly live music and sensational cuisine.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Jamaica Inn here >>


Shangri-La Fijian Voted Best Family Resort


By: Oksana Balytsky

Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa is rated as one of the best family resorts in Fiji, so you can take the kids and have a vacation that’s perfect for the whole family.

For the sixth consecutive year, this luxury hotel was voted #1 for Best Ten Resorts for Families 2012 in Fiji. The criteria for earning the number one spot included activities and facilities for children, childcare and babysitting services, staff hospitality, standard of accommodation, location, accessibility, safety, fun for the entire family, value for money, and overall experience.

Explore the Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Spa photos, availability, and rates here >>


Up the Romance with a Late Night Spa Session


By: Oksana Balytsky

Four Seasons Washington DC is taking the romance of a couples massage to a new level with its late night spa extravaganza. If you’re looking for new ways to spice up your relationship, this may be the perfect mix of intimacy and adventure you’ve been missing.

Starting at 10:00pm, you will receive a spot of welcome tea and your incredibly fuzzy monogrammed robes. After you're changed and comfortable, head down to the pool. The pool area will be decorated with curtains, candles, and have two massage tables awaiting you and your significant other. Choose between 2 brand new, 80-minute massages, and lose yourself in ultimate relaxation. After your massage, waiters will come down with your order from the Michael Mina upstairs kitchen and serve up delicacies such as champagne, lobster, and foie gras cherries. After they leave it’s just you, your partner, a pool, and a Jacuzzi until 1:30am.

Rates start from $1400. Intrigued? Make your reservations at the Four Seasons Washington DC and arrange your intimate spa experience for what’s sure to be a night to remember!


Your Questions Answered: Availability and Rates at Abama Golf and Spa Resort


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 need two rooms, and we'd like to stay at the Abama Golf and Spa Resort from January 30th - February 6th in an Ocean View room. What is available and at what rates?

Answer: The Abama Golf and Spa Resort – Guia de Isora, Spain has availability from January 30th - February 6th, and its Deluxe Rooms with an Ocean View are currently 335 Euros per night. 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. To make a second room reservation simply repeat the process. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type in Bora Bora for Family of 3


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: I would like to see if you have any glass bottom over the water bungalows that sleep two adults and one child available for December 25th – 27th, 2012 at the Hotel Bora Bora.

Answer: The Hotel Bora Bora does not have availability for your dates of travel, but the Four Seasons Resort has the following room type available which has a maximum occupancy of 3 people, so this would be a good option for your family. It is for an overwater bungalow but it does not specify whether it would have a glass bottom. You could certainly request this, but it would not be guaranteed. To make a reservation for this room type, please visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating ‘traveling with 10 year old child and would like a bungalow with a glass bottom’ so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Bed And Breakfast - Beach View Overwater Bungalow King Bed With Queen Sofabed Maximum Occ 3

The rate is currently 1,250.77 USD per night plus tax and fees. (rates are subject to change prior to making a reservation)

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Would You Care for Some Elephant Poo with Your Cup of Joe?


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Tired of the mundane macchiatos at your local Starbucks? Got some cash burning a hole in your pocket?  
Anantara Resorts
has what you need to feel caffeinated and lighter in wallet. The luxury hotel group has
introduced Black Ivory Coffee (affectionately dubbed Elephant Poo Coffee for reasons that will become clear
in a moment) to its resorts in the Maldives and in Thailand's Golden Triangle. While picking coffee beans out of
animal poop isn't new (civets, those hipsters of the animal world, have been pooping out coffee beans since
before it was cool), coffee beans via elephant dung is.

How is this rare and precious coffee made? The process begins with selecting choice Thai Arabica beans that
have been picked from an altitude of 1,500 meters. Said beans are fed to the rescued street elephants that live
at Anantara's Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF). Enzymes found in the elephant's digestive
system break down the protein in the coffee bean. Since protein is one of the main factors responsible for bitterness
in coffee, the resulting bean has almost no bitterness.

Beans expelled by the elephant are handpicked out of the dung by mahouts (elephant trainer and carer) and their
spouses. After some time drying in the sun, the coffee is refined at the GTAEF. The roasted beans sell for around
$1,100 a kilogram with eight percent of all sales are donated to the GTAEF to help with veterinary care for rescued
street elephants. Approximately 10,000 beans are needed to produce one kilogramme of roasted coffee.

When it is served to guests at Anantara's Golden Triangle, the coffee is hand-ground and brewed tableside using
technology developed in 1840's Austria. Now all this coffee needs is a fun nickname. Dumbochino? Elephalatte?
Pachyspresso? We'll keep working on it.


Image of the Day: Fairmont Orchid Hawaii


By: Five Star Alliance

 

This peaceful moment is brought to you by Fairmont Orchid Hawaii.