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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.

12 Days of Hotels: 11 Best Business Hotels

December 26, 2012
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 11 of the World’s Best Business Hotels!

1. Park Hyatt Tokyo

With extensive meeting and banquet facilities, the hotel can accommodate every type of event from small business meetings to large social gatherings. For the business traveller in Tokyo, the hotel also has a full-service Business Centre, open 24 hours daily.

2. Jumeirah Emirates Tower

Voted the Best Business Hotel in the Middle East and the Best Business Hotel in Dubai in 2007 by the Business Traveller Awards.

3. The Hay-Adams

While working on your laptop (the hotel offers complimentary high-speed Internet access), enjoy unobstructed views of the White House, Lafayette Park, and St. John's Church.

4. Taj Palace Hotel

Standing apart in service, its facilities and of course, in its distinguished patronage, this hotel has played host to Heads of State, corporate moguls and high profile businessmen from across the world.

5. The Peninsula Hong Kong

Along with some of the most advanced office equipment, the professional staff offers a wide range of secretarial services to meet all your business needs.

6. Conrad Hotel Chicago

State-of-the-art technology in the heart of the financial district of Chicago, and within walking distance of The Loop, The Merchandise Mart and Lake Michigan.

7. Claridges

Guests can now connect to the virtual world more easily than ever situated on the corner of Brook Street and Davies Street and is within easy reach of Hyde Park, Park Lane, Bond Street and Oxford Street.

8. Jumeirah Essex House

Ideally located in the heart of New York City, offers an unbeatable location that has lured dignitaries, celebrities and world leaders for years.

9. The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel

The hotel has established itself as the scene for high-powered meetings and high society soirees.

10. Raffles the Plaza

Situated at the crossroads of Singapore's business district, The Plaza is synonymous with sophistication, elegance, and luxury. Don't miss the executive club amenities.

11. The Leela Kempinski

This 5-star deluxe hotel combines state-of-the-art technology with tasteful decor to create a haven for the guests, welcoming both business and leisure travelers.


12 Days of Hotels: Top 12 Presidential Inauguration Luxury Hotels

December 25, 2012
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 30 Hotels in 2012: #12 Le Palais de la Mediterranee

December 20, 2012
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 #12 spot is the Le Palais de la Mediterranee which is situated in the most prestigious location in Nice - the Promenade des Anglais, Le Palais de la Mediterranee is perfectly placed for visitors wishing to explore the many charms of the city known as the gateway to the French Riviera. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Overlooking the Baie des Anges and the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, the hotel is only a short distance from the famed Cote d'Azur and the cool majesty of the French Alps

- The third floor is the heart of the hotel with a beautifully conceived indoor/outdoor pool, gastronomic restaurant, fitness rooms, cosy lounge and a sun terrace with stunning views

- Mediterranean cuisine is at its finest in Philippe Thomas's signature restaurant Le Padouk

- A spectacular heated pool surrounded by parasols and loungers overlooking the Baie des Anges

- A multifunctional casino and concert hall hosting various concerts

- All of the rooms that have balconies and are facing the sea

- Room 901 has a particularly wonderful view and a full size terrace

- Executive rooms come with a choice of sea view or city view, from a private terrace

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Le Palais de la Mediterranee here >>

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #14 Marrakech, Morocco

December 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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!

As of today, Five Star Alliance features 17 hotels in Marrakech!

What makes our guests love this Moroccan city?

- Hotels like Jnane Tamsna embrace elements of the traditional Moroccan style and color, allowing guest to immerse themselves in the culture.

- L Mansion Marrakech features only 10 suites and a 4 bedroom villa, providing an intimate feeling and features beautiful fountains and lush rose and bougainvillea coppices.

- Luxury hotels located in 5 acre parks such as the Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel allow visitors to escape and unwind in a peaceful and beautiful setting.

- Phenomenal food in various luxury hotel restaurants featuring lamb, couscous, dates, coconut fudge cakes, and much more.

- Luxury villas offer private pools and dedicated outdoor areas at the Palais Namaskar. This luxury hotel is also designed to resemble a palace making all visitors feel like royalty.

Check out all the best luxury hotels and resorts in Marrakech >>


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #20 St Regis Grand Rome

December 12, 2012
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 #20 spot is the St Regis Grand Rome which is located in the heart of Rome, within walking distance of many historic sites including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Via Veneto. Here are a few fun facts and features about this luxury hotel:

- 24-hour butler service ensures all needs are met quickly and effectively

- Each of the 138 guest rooms and 23 suites feature a unique identity and are exquisitely appointed in a combination of Empire, Regency and Louis XV styles

- Luxurious bath amenities and extraordinarily comfortable beds assure complete relaxation

- The hotel’s restaurant has been twice nominated as the best in Europe by Zagat

- Inspired by the traditional Asian spa concept where body, soul, and mind meet, kamiSpa, the first oriental urban spa in Europe, is now exclusively available on the fifth floor of the Hotel

- Private wine cellar attracting guests and locals alike

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the St Regis Grand Rome here >>

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #22 Half Moon

December 10, 2012
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 #22 spot is Half Moon which is located within the Rose Hall vicinity in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Here are a few fun facts and features about this luxury hotel:

- Stretches across 400 lushly landscaped acres

- Features 33 stately four- to seven-bedroom villas, each with its own personal staff and pool

- 152 luxurious suites and 46 breathtaking rooms

- A championship, 72-par Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course, 18-hole putting green and 13-lit tennis courts

- Opportunities to take advantage of a full range of water sports and visit an exclusive natural Dolphin Lagoon

- Six gourmet restaurants and over half a dozen informal snack bars

- A world class spa and shopping village

- Children's activity centre, Hype Zone Teen Center, babysitting available

- 51 Swimming pools, including Olympic-size lap pool & swim-up pool bar.

- Offers both all-inclusive and room-only rates.

 

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Half Moon here >>


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #24 Viceroy Bali

December 8, 2012
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 #24 spot is the Viceroy Bali which is located only 5 minutes outside of the heartland of Bali. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- 25 luxurious villas in the highlands of Ubud.

- All the villas are luxurious with private pools and spectacular views over Petanu River gorge and tropical forests.

- The decor of each villa is sumptuous, all have marble floors, luxurious furnishings, top quality beds with fine thread count linen, spacious marble bathroom with separate shower, bath, twin vanities, all have air conditioning, ceiling fans, 42' LCD satellite television, DVD player, espresso coffee machine and more.

- CasCades is a fine dining restaurant overlooking the spectacular vista of the Valley with its award winning French Cuisine and extensive wine cellar.

- Balanced on the hill slope overlooking the spectacular Petanu River Gorge with its unrivalled views, The Lembah Spa offers treatments developed by Swiss professionals to combine the best of the West, with Balinese natural treatments.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Viceroy Bali here >>

Be sure to enter our Romantic Getaway sweepstakes to be entered to win a roundtrip flight for 2 as well as a 5 night stay at this property! Visit our Facebook page to enter!

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Fun Fact Friday! Four Seasons Costa Rica Challenges Visitors to Disconnect from Technology

December 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Four Seasons Costa Rica is double dog daring its guests to truly disconnect from their iPhones and embrace a relaxing vacation without technology constantly going off. The “Disconnect to Reconnect” challenge is asking guests to turn in their iPhones which will  be kept in a safe for 24 hours or more. Upon completion of the challenge, the Four Seasons gives you back you’re phone along with a new custom phone cover.

Are you up for the challenge? Make your reservation at the Four Seasons Costa Rica here >>


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #26 One and Only Ocean Club

December 6, 2012
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 #26 spot is the One and Only Ocean Club which is located 185 miles southeast of Miami on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Features residential-style villas ideal for families.

- Opportunities to take advantage of diving, snorkeling, sailing, skiing, windsurfing, and just relaxing along the shoreline of a pristine beach.

- The Mandara Spa features eight Balinese-style private treatment villas with open-air gardens.

- Complimentary one-hour yoga classes are offered daily on the beach deck.

- Six Har-Tru tennis courts, complimentary bicycles, and an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course.

- All accommodations feature a private balcony or terrace, central air conditioning, indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, DVD and CD players, satellite television, Internet access, service bars, marble appointed bathrooms with double sinks, and safes.

- Beachfront suites with parlors and doors that open to the water are the most recommended room types.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the One and Only Ocean Club here >>


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #28 Burj Al Arab

December 4, 2012
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 #28 spot is Burj Al Arab which is located on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach strip. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Considered to be Dubai’s most recognizable landmark and stands 280 meters offshore on a man-made island, linked to the mainland by a slender, gently curving causeway.

- One of the most photographed structures in the world.

- Consistently voted the world’s most luxurious hotel.

- Designed to resemble a billowing sail, Burj Al Arab is an all-suite luxury hotel.

- Features a discreet check in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers.

- Has a private beachfront and two indoor pools, one mixed and one for women only.

- Each room has private fax, printer and copier perfect for business travelers.

- Features special suites that are handicap accessible.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Burj Al Arab here >>