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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: 7 Best Honeymoon Resorts


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve


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! 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 Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve:

-Bushmans Kloof has been consistently lauded for its outstanding dedication to the preservation of the 7500 hectare reserve. It is a sanctuary for many species of endangered flora and fauna.

-The organic garden provides the kitchens with fresh, robust produce.

-The award-winning state-of-the-art spa offers unique facilities such as the Crystal Steam Room and Riverside Gazebo.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention The Table Bay at The Waterfront


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 The Table Bay at The Waterfront

-The Table Bay at The Waterfront is found between Robben Island and Table Mountain right off the beautiful Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town.

-This hotel features 311 rooms (18 are superior suites) all with spectacular views of both Table Mountain and the harbour or the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island.

 

-Enjoy the spa facility, fine dining, fitness center, and their outdoor pool on site or discover adventure off site like biking, boating, gambling, fishing-ocean, golfing, sailing, jet skiing, shopping, water skiing, windsurfing. The concierge will be of assistance to make these exciting new plans for you.

 

-At this hotel you get a combination of everything from going down to the beach for a relaxing day or the mountains for some adventure, and you can also enjoy the city for some shopping or culture (all are just a short drive away).

 

 

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