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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.

Your Questions Answered: Luxury Hotels in Toronto with Indoor Pools

October 25, 2012
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 are moving to Toronto, the first few days we will stay in a hotel, since we are traveling with children I would like to stay in the nicest hotel with full service in Toronto. Which hotel has the nicest indoor pool? Which hotel is the newest hotel at the moment?

Answer: The Soho Metropolitan has a heated indoor pool in the fitness facility, and the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville has a heated 35-meter swimming pool. The Four Seasons Toronto opened this year so it's the newest property and it also had an indoor heated pool. To make a reservation for 2 rooms at any of these hotels, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select a hotel, select a specific room type, and fill in the booking form. To make a reservation for the second room simply repeat the process. Be sure to fill in the Special Request field requesting to have the two rooms be near one another.

Image of the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville


Kim Kardashian Celebrates Her Birthday in Italy in Style

October 23, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Boyfriend Kanye West whisked reality TV star Kim Kardashian to Italy for a romantic 32nd birthday extravaganza. The couple stayed at the Hotel Cipriani which is located at the tip of the Giudecca Island, a quick boat ride from St. Marks Square. A few key features of the hotel we hope the couple took advantage of include a heated Olympic-sized outdoor pool, red clay tennis courts, and the romantic Casanova Spa where guests can enjoy services ranging from massages to facials.

Explore the Hotel Cipriani here!


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

October 19, 2012
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!

October 18, 2012
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 >>


Up the Romance with a Late Night Spa Session

October 16, 2012
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

October 16, 2012
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.


Palazzo Sasso Gets a Makeover for the New Year!

October 10, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Beginning in January 2013, the Palazzo Sasso will be renamed to its founding family’s name: Palazzo Avino. Situated on a cliff top 1,000 feet above sea level, this stunning luxury hotel overlooks the Amalfi coastline and has 43 exclusive rooms and suites. Originally built in the 12th century, the Palazzo Sasso has been transformed into an architectural masterpiece, and it’s the only hotel in Ravello that has a beach club. A few other key features include a twenty meter heated rooftop pool, ample opportunities to go wine tasting, and a state-of-the-art wellness spa.

Make your reservations at this luxury hotel today to experience the Palazzo Sasso, and be sure to come back in the New Year to take in the newly improved Palazzo Avino!


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

October 8, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for ambience and design. This luxury hotel is a private-island resort surrounded by sparkling water and white sand beaches. Featuring 1,000 acres with organic gardens and a mile stretch of beach, Parrot Cay has 72 suites and villas of which 23 feature private pools and butler service. This luxury hotel is a hotspot for romantic getaways because of its stunning spa facility which offers one of the world’s most extensive treatment lists, a private beach, cathedral-high ceilings, intimate four-poster beds, and opportunities to partake in adventures such as snorkeling, hiking, and boating.

Explore what the Parrot Cay has to offer here!


Fun Fact Friday! Four Seasons Toronto Opens Today!

October 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Four Seasons Toronto opens to the public today at 3:00pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony! Located in Toronto’s Yorkeville center, this 259-room property sports incredibly luxurious accommodations and the largest spa in the city!

Be amongst the first to experience this property by making reservations here >>


Your Questions Answered: Best Option in Turks and Caicos for Family of 4

October 5, 2012
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 are planning a trip to Turks and Caicos from December 21st – 26th. It will be a family vacation with 2 adults and 2 kids ages 11 and 14. We would like to stay at the Gasevoort. What room type would you recommend for the 4 of us?

Answer: For your December 21st - 26th trip, the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos does not have room types that would be able to accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids ages 11 and 14. The Seven Stars Resort, however, does have a 2 bedroom Ocean View Suite that would be an ideal fit for your family. This room type features Clear ocean air room, water view, 2 king beds, full kitchen, living and dining area, wrap around terrace. 2050 sqft. The rate is $1733 per night plus 21% tax for a total of $10,484.65 for the 5 nights. This rate includes daily breakfast, non-motorized water sports, Wi-Fi, and daily turn down service. The hotel only has one 2 bedroom ocean view suite available for your dates. 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. Please be sure to add 'traveling with 2 kids ages 11 and 14' to the Special Requests field so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.