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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.

12 Days of Hotels: 6 Best Irish Castle Hotels

December 31, 2012
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 we’re featuring the 6 Best Irish Castle Hotels!

1. Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort

The Manor House offers 62 elegantly decorated bedrooms, Fine Dining Oak Room Restaurant offering the finest produce from Ireland, Cocktail Bar, Late Night Tack Room Bar where many a sing song can be heard nightly orchestrated by our Resident Pianist and Singer.

2. Dromoland Castle Hotel

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland.

3. Waterford Castle

One of the most acclaimed castle hotels in Ireland, Waterford Castle has welcomed and charmed the most discerning travellers for decades. The castle is a legendary luxurious retreat of world class standing, offering superb castle accommodation.

4. Solis Lough Eske Castle

Here, at the water's edge of Lough Eske, near the fabled Blue Stack Mountains, you escape into a luxurious world of relaxed elegance and attentive service.

5. Ashford Castle

Originally built as a crenellated castle in the 13th century and rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, today Ashford Castle is one of the finest and most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland.

6. The Lodge at Doonbeg

With every small detail carefully considered, the standard of accommodation at Doonbeg is unprecedented, offering a distinct departure from generic hotel offerings and raising a new benchmark for the discerning guest.


The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #1 Paris

December 31, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

As of this writing, Five Star Alliance has 72 luxury hotels and resorts in Paris, France. Paris is the city of lights, and arguably the most romantic city in the world. 

What makes our guests love Paris?

-Art! Millions of visitors flock to the Musee de Louvre to see the famed Mona Lisa and other priceless works. Fans of modern art will love Centre Pompidou.

-Romance! A stroll on the Seine, taking in the view from the Eiffel Tower, or wandering the Left Bank are legendary romantic activities.

-Shopping! Paris is renowned for its fashion scene.

-Food! World class cuisine abounds, from the priciest and tasties bistros to delicious breads and pastries sold on every street corner.

-History. Visit Versaille, Montmartre, Moulin Rouge, and the famed Pere Lachaise cemetary. 

 

Where to stay?

-April in Paris is a truly magical time.  As of this writing, nightly rates are available from EUR 161 at Trianon Palace Versailles to  EUR 288 at Hotel Du Louvre to EUR 470 W Hotel Paris Opera (pictured above). 

-Fall is also lovely in Paris.  As of this writing, nightly rates for a mid-September stay range from EUR 290 at L'Hotel to EUR 805 at Hotel Plaza Athenee to EUR 1150 at Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris (pictured).

 

Did you know?

-The area of Montparnasse is Paris got its name from Greek mythology's Mount Parnassas. Parnassus is where the muses lived and it was associated with poetry, music, and learning. Literature students who recited their poetry in the streets adopted the name "Le Mont Parnasse," and it stuck. 

  

 

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12 Days of Hotels: 7 Best Honeymoon Resorts

December 30, 2012
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 we’re featuring the 7 best and most romantic honeymoon resorts!

1. Burj Al Arab

This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer for the newlywed couple trying to escape from the world.

2. Hotel de Crillon

Even if you and your spouse did not fall in love in Paris, you will fall in love with Paris while gandering at the Tour Eiffel from your room at the Hotel de Crillon.

3. Hayman Island Resort

With the largest swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere, the resort is surrounded by idyllic coral fringed beaches in tropical elegance.

4. Peter Island Resort

The resort's self-contained luxury villas are unmatched in creating an idyllic pasture for you, your spouse, and wedded bliss.

5. Villa San Michele

Only a few minutes from the center of Florence, Villa San Michele is a sanctuary of peace and unsurpassed beauty designed to indulge newlyweds.

6. The Tides Riviera Maya

This adults-only resort features exclusive villas, stunning spa, and seven-miles of white-sand beach.

7. Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

You are in the middle of nowhere at Ponta dos Ganchos and it delivers the dream: idyllic landscapes of emerald sea and forest.

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #2 New York

December 30, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 

As of this writing, there are 98 luxury hotels on Five Star Alliance.  New York City, aka The City That Never Sleeps, is the most populous city in the United States. The city is comprised of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.  There are an estimated 50 million visitors to New York City every year. 

What makes our guests love New York? 

-The overwhelming amount of things to do and see!  Wall Street, The Statue of Liberty, world-class dining and shopping, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Musuem Mile, and Central Park are just a few of the hundreds of things to do and see in the city.

-The wide range of places to stay.  Accommodations range from classic luxury properties like The Waldorf-Astoria to historic properties like Castle on the Hudson to funky modern spots like Gansevoort Park Avenue (pictured above.)

 -The city is fun for all ages. Times Square is a family-friendly destination, sporting events and touring shows abound at Madison Square Garden, and the subway and bus system is extensive, efficient, and economical. 

 

 

Where to stay?

-New York is popular all year round in terms of tourism, but the holiday season is particularly in demand. Springtime in New York is also a terrific time to visit.

-Nightly rates for a mid-April getaway in New York range from $225 at The Alex Hotel to $425 at The Gramercy Park Hotel  (pictured) to $625 at The Surrey New York

 
 

Did you know?

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There are seven state parks with the confines of New York City.

 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #2 Charleston Place

December 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #2 spot is Charleston Place which is located in the heart of the historic district on renowned King Street. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Evokes the feeling of a grand 17th century residence from the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier

- A total of 22,000 square feet of meeting space within the hotel, including the Grand Ballroom (14,000+ square feet), ten more function rooms, six hospitality suites, the Grand Hall, and several other outdoor courtyards

- The spa features a stunning horizon edged swimming pool

- The hotel's spa was voted the "Best City Hotel Spa in North America" by Travel & Leisure Magazine

- Hotel can provide beach accessories and picnics to ensure a pleasant stress free day

- Golfers can select from more than 21 courses

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Le Saint-Sulpice

December 30, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Here are a few fun facts about Le Saint-Suplice:

-At this all-suite boutique hotel you can choose between a spacious loft-style or a one-bedroom suite or an Executive Suite. French style windows open on the courtyard or the historic streets of Vieux-Montreal. All suites feature a luxurious bathroom, an additional sofa-bed, and an equipped bar-type kitchen.

-The hotel's Sinclair restaurant features contemporary French cuisine by chef Stelio Perombelon. Chef offers modern flavours with a selection of market quality fresh ingredients, which pay tribute to local and international produce.

-As a mid-size boutique hotel, Le Saint-Sulpice excels at treating guests to all the small attentions that make all the difference.

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Tower Club at lebua

December 29, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz


In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels.

Here are a few fun facts about Tower Club at lebua:

-The Tower Club at lebua is an all-suite luxury hotel located in the extravagant city of Bangkok, and consists of 358 rooms that are designed to impress guests to the fullest.

-The hotel is strategically placed at the cross roads of Silom and C roads, so there is easy access to business and shopping districts in the busy city.

 

-Try the world's highest al fresco restaurant at the hotel itself, which is located on the 63rd floor of The Dome at State Tower. Sirocco will leave you mesmerized!

 

-This hotel offers a spa facility on site as well as a fitness center and outdoor pool for their guests to enjoy after a long day of exploring the amazing city and culture.

 

 

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12 Days of Hotels: 8 Best Luxury Family-Friendly Hotels

December 29, 2012
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 we’re featuring the 8 Best Luxury Hotels for a Family Vacation!

1. Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

The complimentary Fiesta Kids Club hosts children from four to 12 years old, providing daytime supervision, activities, and meals to keep the little ones happy while you relax.

2. Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Keep your children entertained and experience leisure facilities that are, quite simply, second to none with the Sinbad's Kids Club.

3. Don CeSar

Camp CeSar allows the hotel's youngest guests to enjoy the resort's seven-and-a-half miles of beaches.

4. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Imagine a family golf vacation experience surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and Kamp Kiawah for the kids to enjoy.

5. Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Whether yours is just beginning, all grown-up or at any stage in-between, the hotel is a wonderful base for your family.

6. Loews Regency Hotel

Enjoy New York with your family and the kids can enjoy special gifts, toys, food and activities with the Regency Hotel.

7. The Westin Excelsior Venice

A variety of child-friendly amenities allows younger guests to experience The Westin Excelsior's trademark service. In-room amenities include activities, games and the bedtime story line.

8. The Westin Resort and Spa Playa Conchal

This all-inclusive resort also offers the Kid's Club as a fun-filled friendly environment in addition to Family Concierge Suites.


The Top 30 Hotels of 2012: #3 Villa d'Este

December 29, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 

 #3 on our list is Lake Como's legendary Villa d'Este.  Here are a few fun facts about the hotel:

-Hailed as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and Forbes Traveler, this famous resort destination has been widely praised for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, gala celebrations, impeccable décor and extraordinary hospitality.

-Set on the shores of Lake Como, the Hotel is located in one of the most important crossroads between Italy and Northern Europe and is only 60 minutes from Milan.

-Villa d'Este was built in 1568 as the summer residence of Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. The property comprises 25 acres of gardens and was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1873.

-The design of the lower part of the gardens is from the Renaissance period. The two most outstanding landmarks are the 500 year old plane tree and the 16th century Mosaic with its Nympheum. Apart from the topiary hedges and the bushes of bamboo, azaleas, camellias, oleanders, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, there are roses and jasmine bushes. The trees range from chestnut, magnolia, oleafragrans, wisteria, palm, cypress, pine, ilex, privet, mediar and many others.

-Dining on the Veranda in the evening requires a jacket and tie. If the weather doesn't cooperate, automated windows can turn an al fresco feast in a glassed-in affair.
-The 152 rooms at Villa d'Este are all decorated with antique furnishings and art works, which gives them a unique look.

 

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #3 Dubai

December 29, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!
 

As of this writing, Five Star Alliance has 64 luxury resorts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. One of the seven Arab emirates, Dubai is one of the richest places in the world. 

What makes our guests love Dubai?

-Seemingly endless clean beaches, amazing accommodations, gourmet dining, and tons of nightlife make Dubai desirable.

-Unusual spectator sports like Camel racing. Sports are big in Dubai, visitors can enjoy world-class tennis, horse racing, rally car racing, power boatting, rugby and sailing.

-Shopping is big business in Dubai. The very popular Dubai Shopping Festival takes place from January to February.

-October to April is the peak tourist season in Dubai.  Temperatures tend to be from the upper 70s to the low 90s during this time period.

Where to Stay?

-For a Valentine's Day getaway, Dusit Thani Dubai has nightly rates from 676AED. Nightly rates from 1360AED are available at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. For a real splurge, try Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah  (pictured) with nightly rates starting at 1920AED.

 

Did you know?

-In 1991 there was 1 high rise in Dubai.  Now there are more than 400. 

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