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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: Best Luxury Hotels in Vienna for Family of 4

July 26, 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 will be in Vienna from August 6th – 13th, 2012. It will be 1 adult and 3 kids ages 6, 9, 11. Can you please provide us with what room options would be able to accommodate us?

Answer: Unfortunately, the majority of the luxury hotels in Vienna have a maximum occupancy of 3 people. However, the Hotel Bristol Vienna has a 1 bedroom suite that is 830 square feet and features views of the Opera House that can interconnect with a Classic room with a king size bed. The 1 bedroom suite is currently $1,024 per night and the Classic room is $336.52 per night inclusive of taxes. The Hotel Sacher Wien has a 2 bedroom suite option that would be able to accommodate all 4 of you, and it currently has a rate of 2,400 Euros per night, inclusive of taxes and hotel fees. To make a reservation for either of these hotels, simply click on the hotel name links, enter your dates of travel, select your room type, and fill in the booking form. To make a reservation for 2 interconnecting rooms, simply complete one reservation after the other, and fill in the special request stating that you will be traveling with children and would like your rooms to interconnect. This request cannot be guaranteed but the hotels do their best to accommodate these kinds of requests.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Photo of the Hotel Sacher Wien


Hotels with a History: The Driskill Hotel

July 25, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Certain hotels have a story behind them, a culture that seeps through the walls and a personality that emanates from every room. Every city has an appreciated and valued history worth exploring, and certain hotels have become a part of that rich and interesting past. For this reason, we’d like to introduce you to our blog series, Hotels with a History where we’ll be featuring unique hotels that have a little more to them than a comfortable bed and superb amenities.

Cattle baron Jesse Driskill built his hotel in 1886 to serve as the “Frontier Palace of the South” in the capital city of Texas. The Driskill Hotel was opened during a time when the United States longed for architecture that represented the American dream, and Jesse Driskill’s strong attention to detail created an icon that served and continues to serve Texas proud, openly welcoming guests from all over the world. It has remained a landmark of Texas hospitality and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America, offering guests an elite level of luxury. This historic hotel is located in downtown Austin and provides easy access to the convention center, opera, symphony, fine dining, shopping, and the 6th street music scene. Make your reservations at this baron’s luxury hotel and feel the pride and history that emanates from its walls for yourself.


Updates are Underway at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

July 25, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Mansion on Peachtree is now the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, and this luxurious new Mandarin property has a number of updates and improvements up its sleeve. The spa at Mandarin Oriental has updated its treatment menu and it now includes an Oriental Essence massage, a Peaches and Cream treatment, and a Red Clay Scalp massage. The hotel also plans to infuse an Asian touch by offering a foot ritual treatment as well as offering its spa guests various nibbles of Asian-style foods. The rooms and suites offer guests the most spacious luxury accommodations in the city, and the higher floors have incredible views over Atlanta’s tree-lined streets. Enjoy the perfect mix of Southern hospitality and oriental charm by making your reservations at this new Mandarin Oriental property in Atlanta!


Your Questions Answered: Anantara Seminyak Spa Treatments and Transportation

July 23, 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 would like to know the rate of the Anantara Suite Luxuriously Furnished Ocean View which includes breakfast from August 13th – 16th, 2012. We would also like to know airport pickup service prices and what sorts of treatments are offered at the spa.

Answer: The Anantara Seminyak Resort and Spa in Bali, Indonesia has an ocean view suite with breakfast included available for your dates of travel at a rate of $630 per night plus $529.20 in taxes. For transportation, the hotel offers limousine service in VIP Van between Ngurah Rai International Airport and Anantara Seminyak Resort is at a rate of USD 45+ per car per way, for a maximum of four persons with luggage. The hotel has a few signature spa treatments, and the details are listed below:

Rooftop Signature Massage (90 minutes)

Relinquish your senses to our exquisite signature massage treatment, and experience therapeutic relaxation for mind and body. Using our signature Vanilla Magic oil derived from the seeds of vanilla pods found deep in the jungles west of Bali and prepared fresh before your treatment, our therapists incorporate long, soothing strokes to stretch and relax your muscle fibres together with acupressure to allow your body to let go of accumulated stress. Pure bliss, dedicated to new beginnings.

Anantara Retreat (150 minutes)

Surrender your body and mind to a top to toe escape that will leave your body deeply relaxed and your spirit balanced. Begin with a head to toe Body Scrub, selecting from a range of exfoliating and conditioning ingredients to nourish and prepare the skin’s surface. Then, enjoy a thoroughly relaxing Anantara Signature massage using luxurious Vanilla Magic oil. Complete your journey with an aromatic bathing experience or a therapeutic session of foot reflexology. aspx

To make a reservation for this room option, simply click on the hotel name link, enter your dates of travel, select the room option, and fill in the booking form. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Gotham City Getaways

July 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With the much anticipated premiere of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, we certainly want to go beyond just seeing the films. For all of the Batman aficionados who hope to experience some of the scenes first hand, we bring you the numerous faces of Gotham City.

The Dark Knight had scenes shot in Chicago, Hong Kong, and London. The opening robbery of ‘Gotham National Bank’ by the Joker takes place at the Old Chicago Post Office, the offices of Harvey Dent and the boardroom of Wayne Enterprises are in the IBM Building in Chicago, and the restaurant where Bruce Wayne crashes Rachel’s and Harvey’s date is the Criterion Restaurant in London. The theater where Harvey attempts to take Rachel to see the ballet is the Chicago Theater on 175 North State St, and the meeting with the crooked financial tycoon is held in Hong Kong’s IFC2, the tallest building in the city. The views over the Chicago River from Bruce Wayne’s penthouse are actually taken from the 39th floor of the 71 Hotel, which is also where the bedroom of Wayne’s penthouse was filmed.

Want more? Check out the other pieces of Gotham City here!

Hoping to view all of these movie destinations in person? Make your reservations for London, Chicago, and Hong Kong here!

Photo of the 71 Hotel exterior


Your Questions Answered: Room Options for 5 at the Palace Luzern

July 18, 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 looking to book a 3 night accommodation, checking in September 6th and checking out September 9th. There are 5 of us, 3 adults and 2 kids ages 3 and 8. We are looking to stay at the Palace Luzern in Switzerland.

Answer: The Palace Luzern has the following room types and options available for your dates of travel. The hotel has a maximum occupancy of 3 people per room, so you would have to have 2 adults and 1 child stay in one room, and then have 1 adult and 1 child stay in the other room. The hotel unfortunately does not have any room options that can accommodate 3 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 2 children in one room. The hotel does have interconnecting room options, so we would suggest making 2 reservations for the following room type and requesting that they be interconnecting. (This request cannot be guaranteed and is based on availability, but the hotel would do its best to honor this request.) One More Night 3 For 2 Amex Exclusive - Double Room With City View 25sqm - For 2 adults and 1 child, the nightly breakdown would be 377 Swiss Francs plus 6.09 Swiss Francs per day in taxes for an approximate total of 1,151.70 Swiss Francs, which is approximately $1175.81. (This rate includes the extra person charge) The second room, with 1 adult and 1 child would be 327 Swiss Francs and 4.60 Swiss Francs per day in taxes for an approximate total of 994.80 Swiss Francs which is about $1015.62. (Please be advised that the One More Night 3 for 2 deal is already factored into the price, and to receive this discounted rate you must pay with an American Express card.) Rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

To make a reservation for these room types, simply click on the hotel name link, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating that you will have a child staying in one room and request an extra rollaway bed to be added as well as request having your two rooms be interconnecting. Once you have completed the first reservation, simply repeat the process to make the second reservation and fill in the Special Request field requesting 2 twin beds and to have that room interconnect with your previous reservation.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Your Perfect Wedding Proposal Awaits at the Cap Maison Resort and Spa

July 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

You’re ready to get down on one knee, but you’re a little nervous, a little unsure of how to make the experience perfect, and basically need a little help upping the romance. The Cap Maison Resort and Spa in St. Lucia takes the stress out of planning the momentous occasion with the help of its Proposal Concierge. The Proposal Concierge (also known as your new best friend), is the ultimate partner in discretion, elegance and creativity who works quietly to handle all details and ensure that every answer is the only answer – YES! A few creative proposal ideas include sailing aboard a private yacht, kneeling under a full moon and returning to a beautifully decorated suite filled with tropical flowers, or enjoying the sunset on a cocktail deck perched above the waves where the ring gets zipped down the Champagne Zip Line. Make your reservations today and take advantage of the Proposal Concierge’s services to ensure an elegant, memorable, and perfect proposal.


Photo Roundup: The Bahamas

July 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Each week we’ll be rounding up a few of our favorite luxury hotel photos. This week’s photo roundup features the Bahamas. Check them out and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One and Only Ocean Club is a playground of world-class golf, tennis, spa indulgences, and the beautiful ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bimini Bay Resort and Marina features 217 luxury suites including one/two/three bedroom suites, one/three bedroom treeouses, and three/four bedroom oceanfront/bayfront villas!                        


Top Summertime Hotels for a Family Vacation

July 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With school out for the summer, now is the perfect time to take that much-needed family vacation to reconnect with your kids and have some fun all together. While certain luxury hotels are not kid-friendly, it’s a misconception that traveling with kids means you have to give up luxury. Check out our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring a few of our favorite kid friendly luxury hotels perfect for a family getaway!

Today’s feature is the Four Seasons Chicago. Conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile near the shopping and dining areas, the Four Seasons Chicago is like a residential palace with eagle-eye views of the Windy City. According to familyvacationcritic.com, the Four Seasons Chicago goes above and beyond to make families feel welcome. Upon arrival, kids will find a stuffed animal, cow-shaped cookies, chocolate milk, a bucket of popcorn, books, and games in their room. The bathroom has a footstool to help kids reach the sink along with bubble bath soap, toys, and even plush kid-sized terry robes. These little touches and extra amenities will certainly make your kids feel welcome and right at home. The Four Seasons Chicago also has its very own ice cream man who can come to your room between 4 and 6pm with a cart of delicious ice cream with fun toppings. Looking for a few activities outside the hotel perfect for the whole family? The Four Seasons Chicago offers the following complimentary off site activities:

 

Cultural Center with mini-concerts

Grant Park

Lincoln Park Zoo

Museums (on selected free days)

Navy Pier

Oak Street Beach

Millennium Park


Hotel Castello di Casole Now Open!

July 13, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We are thrilled to announce that the Hotel Castello di Casole in Siena, Italy is now open and accepting reservations! This luxurious, 5-star property in Tuscany is the centerpiece of a stunning and historic 4,200-acre estate. Commanding the highest point on the property, this restored castle dates back to the 10th century. While it underwent extensive renovations, the Hotel Castello di Casole has preserved its original and historic culture. This boutique hotel offers impeccable suites, world-class service and amenities, and breathtaking Tuscan countryside views. Take advantage of the fine and casual dining opportunities available on site, the luxurious spa, pool, and fitness center, and the various adventures made available to guests varying by the seasons. Make your reservations today and experience this incredible and romantic Italian property for yourself!