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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.

Have a Better Time than the President this Inauguration at the Georgetown Four Seasons


By: Oksana Balytsky

Inauguration is only two and a half weeks away which means hotels are filling up fast. For folks looking for an exceptional luxury hotel in the heart of it all, we encourage you to explore the 39 luxury hotels in the Washington DC area! If, however, you’re looking for something above and beyond luxurious and have $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, then be sure to explore the Royal Suite in the Georgetown Four Seasons.

The Royal Suite has served as a home away from home for celebrities such as Oprah, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and others. It’s going rate for Inauguration night is $20,000, and this gets you a stunning bedroom, dining room, kitchen, small gym, small office, large terrace, bulletproof windows, and an expansive living room featuring ample seating areas and televisions. With a suite like this, we can only imagine the occupants will skip the parade and watch the excitement of the Inauguration with their closest friends and family on one of the many televisions.

Photo courtesy of the Georgetown Four Seasons


12 Days of Hotels: 5 Best Hotels & Resorts for Destination Weddings


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 we’re featuring the 5 best hotels to tie the knot!

1. The Oberoi Udaivilas

Udaivilas is a luxury resort located on Udaipur's legendary Lake Pichola overlooking its beautiful island palaces and the Udaipur city palace. It is accessible by land and boat.

2.One and Only Palmilla

Considered The "Jewel Of Baja" And Located On Once the tropical hideaway for the likes of Hemingway and Harlow, the serenely private and sensually elegant One&Only Palmilla features expansive ocean-facing accommodation, each with veranda, sunbeds, and indulgent amenities.

3.Hayman Island Resort

Surrounded by idyllic coral fringed beaches and lapping the waters of the Coral Sea, on the south-western side of the island, Hayman offers 244 guest rooms, suites, penthouses and a beach villa.

4.Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

The luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa lies where earth, sea and sky meet, poised above Atlantic rollers and flanked by the majestic Table Mountain and The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range in glorious Cape Town, South Africa.

5.The Point

The Point Resort is a unique, private Adirondack estate where you are free to enjoy your special time in splendid circumstances. It's a vibrant and exclusive house party, an elegant hideaway, the essence of rustic splendor, luxury and whimsy amid Adirondack Mountain wilderness.


12 Days of Hotels: 7 Best Honeymoon Resorts


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 we’re featuring the 7 best and most romantic honeymoon resorts!

1.Burj Al Arab

This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer for the newlywed couple trying to escape from the world.

2.Hotel de Crillon

Even if you and your spouse did not fall in love in Paris, you will fall in love with Paris while gandering at the Tour Eiffel from your room at the Hotel de Crillon.

3.Hayman Island Resort

With the largest swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere, the resort is surrounded by idyllic coral fringed beaches in tropical elegance.

4.Peter Island Resort

The resort's self-contained luxury villas are unmatched in creating an idyllic pasture for you, your spouse, and wedded bliss.

5.Villa San Michele

Only a few minutes from the center of Florence, Villa San Michele is a sanctuary of peace and unsurpassed beauty designed to indulge newlyweds.

6.The Tides Riviera Maya

This adults-only resort features exclusive villas, stunning spa, and seven-miles of white-sand beach.

7.Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

You are in the middle of nowhere at Ponta dos Ganchos and it delivers the dream: idyllic landscapes of emerald sea and forest.

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12 Days of Hotels: 8 Best Luxury Family-Friendly 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 featuring a variety of categories. Today we’re featuring the 8 Best Luxury Hotels for a Family Vacation!

1.Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

The complimentary Fiesta Kids Club hosts children from four to 12 years old, providing daytime supervision, activities, and meals to keep the little ones happy while you relax.

2.Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Keep your children entertained and experience leisure facilities that are, quite simply, second to none with the Sinbad's Kids Club.

3.Don CeSar

Camp CeSar allows the hotel's youngest guests to enjoy the resort's seven-and-a-half miles of beaches.

4.The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Imagine a family golf vacation experience surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and Kamp Kiawah for the kids to enjoy.

5.Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Whether yours is just beginning, all grown-up or at any stage in-between, the hotel is a wonderful base for your family.

6. Loews Regency Hotel

Enjoy New York with your family and the kids can enjoy special gifts, toys, food and activities with the Regency Hotel.

7.The Westin Excelsior Venice

A variety of child-friendly amenities allows younger guests to experience The Westin Excelsior's trademark service. In-room amenities include activities, games and the bedtime story line.

8. The Westin Resort and Spa Playa Conchal

This all-inclusive resort also offers the Kid's Club as a fun-filled friendly environment in addition to Family Concierge Suites.


12 Days of Hotels: 11 Best Business 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 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


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.

Fairmont Washington

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.

Ritz Carlton Washington DC

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'.

Willard Intercontinental

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.

Park Hyatt DC

5. The Jefferson Washington DC

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

Jefferson DC

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.

Sofitel Lafayette

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.

W DC

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.

Mandarin Oriental DC

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.

Fairfax Embassy Row

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.

Madison DC

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.

St Regis DC

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.

Hay Adams Hotel


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #12 Le Palais de la Mediterranee


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


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


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


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 >>