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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.

The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #4 Miami


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!

 

Five Star Alliance features 54 luxury hotels in Miami. 

What Makes Our Guests Love Miami?


-Miami is one of the nightlife centers of the United States. Nightclubs, a vibrant music scene, great restaurants and more than 15 miles of beaches are just part of the draw of Miami. The annual average temperature is 76F and there are more than 250 sunny days per year. 

-The only Everglades eco-system in the world.

-Miami is the largest cruise ship port in the world.

-Miami Beach is known as the “Wreck Diving Capital of the Americas’ due the sheer number of wrecks. There are over 50 diveable wreck sites. 

-12 million visitors every year.

-Sports fans can catch a game featuring the hometown talents of the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins,  or Miami Heat. 

Where to Stay?

-Plan your Valentine's Day getaway to the warmth of the Florida sunshine. Intercontinental Doral at Miami has nightly rates starting at $208. Betsy Hotel (pictured below) has nightly rates from $465. The James Royal Palm has nightly rates starting at $552. 

Did you know?
-Miami Beach's Art Deco District contains the world's largest collection of Art Deco Architecture. 800+ buildings.

 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #4 Auberge Du Soleil


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 #4 spot is the Auberge Du Soleil which is located just off the Silverado Trail, outside of Rutherford, overlooking Napa Valley. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- All accommodations at Auberge du Soleil feature Mediterranean-inspired decor with original contemporary art

- Auberge du Soleil began as a restaurant created by visionary restaurateur Claude Rouas

- Maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees

- Auberge Spa occupies a 7,000 square feet stucco building, overlooking the Napa Valley

- Napa winery tours can be arranged in advance

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12 Days of Hotels: 9 Best Resorts on Private Islands


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’s feature is 9 Best Resorts on Private Islands!

1. Peter Island Resort

At Peter Island there are more staff members than guests, with only 52 rooms and 1,200 acres of lush, mountainous terrain and 5 private beaches.

2. Cocoa Island Maldives

At Cocoa Island, indulge in nature's bequest, from dust-white sand between idle toes, to a warm blue sea that turns blush-pink with the falling light.

3. Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos has established itself as the northern Caribbean's pre-eminent private island, wrapped in sweeps of sand and peaceful seas featuring the region's best spa and haute cuisine.

4. Waterford Castle

One of the leading luxury hotels in Ireland which boasts superb 4 star hotel facilities, you can enjoy the 18 hole Championship Golf Course in Waterford, or choose to stay in one of the Castle Gardens holiday homes.

5. San Clemente Palace

An exclusive 5-star Luxury Hotel, with a unique location in Venice; the ideal destination for week-ends and holidays for partners and families, to celebrate weddings and private occasions, or to organize Meetings and International Events.

6. Amanpulo

Surrounded by turquoise waters and a coral reef three hundred meters from the shore, the resort provides a variety of watersports - especially diving!

7. The Wakaya Club and Spa

This serene retreat in Fiji offers gracious living, sophisticated, international cuisine and unparalleled leisure opportunities - including some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling, available just minutes away from your accommodations - in one of the most secluded and pristine corners of the South Pacific.

8. Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca.

9. Naladhu Resort

The perfect moment begins with the perfect setting. A private tropical island. Powder-white sands. The beauty of the Maldives. Naladhu. Free-flowing spaces. A symphony of rolling waves and rustling palms. The feel of warm, turquoise-blue lagoon waters and exotic Indian spice rubs.


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #5 One and Only Palmilla


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!

 #5 on our list is One and Only Palmilla. Here are few fun facts about this hotel:

-The resort was built in 1956 as a 15-room luxury hideaway by Don Abelardo Rodriguez, son of the President of Mexico.

-Hollywood celebrities like John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, the former United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower are among the past guests; all attracted by the privacy of the resort as well as the region’s deep-sea fishing.

-All 172 guestrooms offer a patio or balcony, allowing optimum privacy and unobstructed ocean front or beach front views.

-Market Restaurant by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten features Euro-Asian cuisine with Mexican ingredients along with the country’s most complete wine list.

-The One&Only Spa at Palmilla offers an expansive programme of ancient healing techniques combined with cutting-edge therapies.

-After opening in 1992, One&Only Palmilla Los Cabos golf resort was Jack Nicklaus’ first signature course built in Latin America comprising a 27-hole layout with three nines, Arroyo, Mountain and Ocean.

-The One&Only Palmilla Yacht is available for snorkeling, sunset cruises, and other adventures on the Sea of Cortez. 

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #5 London


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 some of our most popular destinations!

Five Star Alliance features a whopping 103 luxury hotels in London.  An estimated 15 million international visitors come to England's capital city every year.

What Makes Our Guests Love London?
-The British Museum is one of the most popular destinations in London, attracting an estimated 6 million visitors each year. The recent royal nuptials (and subsequent royal pregnancy) have sparked a renewed interest in all things royal. If the current Windsor's don't do it for you, you can visit the Tower of London, where Henry VIII executed two of his wives.

-Fashion. Theatre. History. London is a world-class city for sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment.

-London's extensive public transportation system makes getting around the city a breeze.  Take the tube, or hop on one of the famous doubledecker buses.

Where to Stay?

-The best time to visit London is the spring, when the weather is mild. The end of September is also lovely in the city. As of this writing, nightly rates for mid-May run from GBP294 at Dukes Hotel to GBP355 at One Aldwych (pictured above) to GBP 555 at Rocco Forte's Brown Hotel. September nightly rates as of this writing include GBP265 at Baglioni Hotel London to GBP382 at W London Leicester Square to GBP495 at 45 Park Lane

Did you know?

The shortest war against England was with Zanzibar in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

 

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Hotel La Mamounia


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 a few fun facts about Hotel La Mamounia:

-Following a three-year, $176 million makeover, the hotel has been reborn, more beautiful, more sumptuous, and more magical than ever before.

-The gardens at La Mamounia were an 18th Century wedding gift to Morocco's Prince Moulay Mamoun from his father, King Mohammed Ben Abdellah.

-The 27,000-square-foot spa houses an underground network of pools, hammans, and treatment rooms.

 

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12 Days of Hotels: Top 12 Presidential Inauguration Luxury 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 focusing on a variety of categories. To start us off, we’ll be featuring 12 Presidential Inauguration Luxury Hotels!

1. Fairmont Washington DC

Located in Washington's fashionable West End, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. surrounds you with comfort and luxury.

2. Ritz Carlton Washington DC

This distinctive luxury hotel is located the heart of the District and features convenient access to business districts, theaters, world-class shopping and stunning historical landmarks.

3. The Willard Intercontinental

The Willard is where Abraham Lincoln and his family resided prior to his Inauguration, where Julia Ward Howe wrote the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic', where President Grant coined the term lobbyist, and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. finished his 'I Have a Dream Speech'.

4. Park Hyatt Washington

This hotel is ideally situated on the edge of stylish Georgetown, and conveniently located near Embassy Row, the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museums and National Monuments.

5. The Jefferson Washington DC

Located at the corner of 16th and M Streets, Northwest and four blocks from The White House

6. Sofitel Lafayette Square

Housed in a completely refurbished and updated historic landmark building, and it features 237 guestrooms including 17 suites, all tastefully designed by the renowned French designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon.

7. W Washington DC

Next door to the White House, the oldest hotel in town has been reinvented into W Washington D.C., revitalizing historic traditions into contemporary sophistication.

8. Mandarin Oriental Washington

Ranked by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the top 100 hotels in the world, Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC creates memorable experiences for any traveler to the most powerful city in the world.

9. The Fairfax at Embassy Row

The luxuriously quiet 259 classically appointed rooms and suites within this exquisite hotel in Washington, D.C. offer sweeping views of Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, or the Washington Monument.

10. The Madison Washington DC

Just four blocks from the White House and walking distance to Embassy Row, National Mall, Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian and more, the Madison is the quintessence of political power mingled with genuine hospitality.

11. The St Regis Washington DC

Built in 1926, two blocks from The White House and the Corcoran Gallery, the gracefully reimagined The St. Regis Washington, D.C. presents itself as the most prestigious hotel for royalty, presidents and prime ministers in the nation's capital.

12. The Hay-Adams Hotel

The Hay-Adams, a luxury boutique hotel, is as close as you can get to staying at the White House without a personal invitation from the President.


The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #7 Bora Bora


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 today, Five Star Alliance features 10 luxury hotels in Bora Bora. Bora Bora is a tropical island in French Polynesia, located in the middle of the Pacific ocean halfway between Australia and the USA. Bora Bora is known as "The Romantic Island." It's a a small island set in a turquoise lagoon that is surrounded by a string of motus (small islands).

What Makes Our Guests Love Bora Bora?

-Exclusivity. There are more hotel rooms in a typical Las Vegas hotel than on all 118 islands of French Polynesia. If you really want to get away from it all, Bora Bora is the answer.

-There are no poisonous snakes or insects in French Polynesia.

-Look at the pictures.  Pristine white sand beaches, clear blue lagoons, tropical vegetation over dramatic volcanic peaks and glamorous resorts. Need we say more?

Places to Stay?

-What could be more romantic than Valentine's Day in Bora Bora? As of this writing, nightly rates range from $523 at Intercontinental Le Moana Bora Bora to $744 at Le Meridien Bora Bora to $1071 at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

Did You Know?

-The recent Vince Vaughn film "Couples Retreat" was filmed at St. Regis Resort Bora Bora (pictured). 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #8 Don CeSar Beach Resort


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 #8 spot is the Don CeSar Beach Resort which is a beach front resort that’s located on the island of St. Pete Beach in Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Features 277 newly renovated guestrooms including 2 penthouses and 40 suites

- Seven-and-a-half miles of beaches

- Two beachside pools

- Kids program with counselors overseeing the activities, allowing parents to rejuvenate at the Pink Palace

- After the sun goes down, romantic lighting sets the ambiance for the new whirlpool accented with a mosaic of tiffany glass, and surrounded by a lush garden and overlooking the Gulf shores

- Famous for their ocean front sunset couples massages in tiki huts on the beach

- 6,349-yard (5,777 m) golf course features narrow, palm-lined fairways, tightly manicured greens and Gulf breezes

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #8 Rome


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 today, Five Star Alliance features 37 luxury hotels, in Rome, Italy.  Often known as The Eternal City thanks to its 3,000 years of rich history, Rome is also Europe’s greenest city. Traditionally, Rome was built on seven hills: Palatine, Aventine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline and Caelian.

What Makes Our Guests Love Rome?

-The Trevi Fountain and other landmarks such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and The Pantheon are just a few of the ancient treasures to be explored. There's also the Vatican museum, which is the largest museum complex in the world of over 1000 museums and galleries.

-The food. A city that has an entire museum devoted to pasta takes its food seriously. Italian food is regional, so the dishes you find in Rome may be a delicious new discovery.

-Rome is easy to get to, thanks to the plethora of flights in and out of the city daily.  There's also world-class shopping, entertainment, and did we mention the food?

Where to Stay?

-As of this writing,  there is select availability for New Year's Eve in Rome. Ripa Hotel is offering nightly rates starting at EUR157,  Boscolo Aleph Hotel has nightly rates starting at EUR267,  and for those wanting to splurge, Hotel Villa Spalletti Trivelli (pictured) has nightly rates from  EUR1375.

-Plan now for your springtime in Rome. Nightly rates for late March-Early April range from EUR192 at Hotel Lord Byron to Grand Hotel de la Minerve at EUR289 to EUR361 at St Regis Grand Rome (pictured below).

Did You Know?

-Vatican City, which is located inside the city limits of Rome, is its own sovereign state, and is the smallest state in the world.

-The abbreviation SPQR can be found on many Roman statues, buildings, and military standards. It stands for “senatus populusque romanus.” meaning “The senate and people of Rome

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