The Luxury Hotel Insider
The 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.
We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.
The Palace Hotel Tokyo is set to have its grand opening next month on May 17th, 2012! This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Tokyo and it aims to provide the absolute best of Japan. Its history dates back to the 1947 opening of Hotel Teito, which then became the Palace Hotel in 1961. The Palace Hotel ceased operations in 2009 in preparation for its restoration as the contemporary Palace Hotel Tokyo, and it is now a beautifully renovated luxury hotel equipped with the most modern facilities and amenities. There are 290 guest rooms and suites, each at least 45 square meters in size and all beautifully decorated with comfort and luxury in mind. Guests staying in the Club rooms or suites have access to the private club lounge, and the hotel has a new renowned spa facility, fine dining options on site, and a phenomenal event space that can accommodate up to 1,500 people. Be one of the first to experience this newly redesigned luxury hotel in Tokyo and make your reservations for any time after May 17th, 2012!
There's a very interesting split in the travel industry between business and leisure travelers. And if you're one of the business types, you know well that you're on the road constantly and the things that matter to you, travel convenience, efficiency, and connectivity, are almost the opposite of what a leisure traveler might want. If the word 'secluded' ever appeared in a hotel description, you'd cross it off the list immediately. So I'm here to use some adjectives you might appreciate hearing in describing some of the world's best business hotels. Today? Tokyo.
Guests may be familiar with the criticallly-acclaimed Park Hyatt Tokyo from its estranged cinematic guests from the film Lost in Translation. Designed as a modern private residence, the 178 rooms and suites are the most spacious in the city. Its 24-hour business center gives you unparalleled access to everything you might need, and it is located next to the city's major transportation hub. The Shinjuku station provides rail and subway access to anywhere in the city. Extensive meeting and business facilities provide spacious room for anything from business meetings to conferences. And you can wine and dine your clients at the New York Grill, number one for the past five years in Tokyo's Zagat Survey. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is everything a business traveler looks for, packaged up nicely in one convenient location. And who knows? You might even have an incredibly dysfunctional but endearing relationship with an American transplant while you're there.
When you travel to Tokyo, you're not hurting for fantastic cuisine. The Japanese capital is actually home to the most Michelin three-starred restaurants in the world! To spoil guests with this bounty of locally grown, organic vegetables, the Park Hyatt Tokyo has teamed up with the Japanese Organic Association to host an organic holiday market on December 17-18, 2011. Vendors will be selling locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as organic cosmetic and handcrafted artisanal products in the hotel. You'll also find lots of environmentally friendly gifts for Christmas. Don't miss a cocktail in the hotel's famous bar/lounge; after all, the Park Hyatt Tokyo was the setting for Sofia Coppola's smash hit film, "Lost in Translation." And if you're lucky enough to spend the night, hit up the 20-meter, glass-enclosed indoor pool-- floating above the city on the 47th floor. Needless to say, the views to Mount Fuji are stupendous.
There's a certain stature that comes with age. So when I learned that the oldest hotel in the world is approaching its 1300 birthday, I knew it was worth looking into. Not only is the Hoshi Ryokan in Japan the oldest hotel and spa, it is also the world’s longest continuously operating business. Spanning 46 generations of family ownership and 1291 years of operation, this hotel and spa has been since nearly the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.
Anything this historic has to have an origin story, and the Hoshi Ryokan does not disappoint (some details embellished): In the year of 718, when the world was young, a great Buddhist monk, Taicho Daishi, set out on a journey of enlightenment. His travels took him to the top of sacred Mt. Hakusan, an ancient peak that bears the spirit of the god of the mountain. The deity came to him in a dream and offered up his secret: Only a few kilometers away, the village of Awazu houses a subterranean hot spring blessed by The Physician of Souls himself. Yakushi Nyorai, also known as the Nyorai of Emerald Radiance, is the Buddha who offers the gifts of physical and mental wellness to those in need. Daishi returned from the mountainside with his secret and unearthed the wellspring, where the sickened villages of Awazu bathed in its healing waters and were cured. Ever since, his disciple Hoshi’s family has run a spa at that very location, where people from around the world come to bathe in the holy waters.
I invite you to step a little bit outside of your comfort zone and experience the traditional lodgings of the world’s oldest hotel and spa.
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