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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.

Cool New Addition: SLS Hotel South Beach

June 23, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

SLS Hotel South Beach might be Miami's hippest new hotel, featuring 8,000+ square feet of pool,
beach and indoor/outdoor space.

Design icon Philippe Starck and visionary photographer and music video director Matthew Rolston
have made sure your stay is as hip as it is luxurious.


Jose Andres Brings Spanish Flair to Miami with SLS

June 14, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

I love José Andrés. If you could have a crush on a food philosophy, I would write Andres's Minibar awkwardly endearing notes to slip into her locker when no one's looking and buy a beat up car just to drive around with her. Fortunately, my anthropomorphizing is a little far-fetched, so I'm not actually in danger of running away to Vegas to marry a sea foam margarita and Erizos de mar con pipirrana. That said, there is a distinct possbility I'll be hopping on a flight shortly just to sample the newest of Jose Andres's establishments all the way down in Miami. Jose Andres is bringing his signature experimental style to the newly opening SLS South Beach, mirroring its Beverly Hills location. 

Jose Andres is well known for his style that pushes the boundaries of what we typically consider food. Playing with taste and texture, he radically subverts your expectations while still respecting the traditions of the dishes he's preparing. While he has a distinctive Spanish flair, he experiments consistently with new cultures, and you'll see the menu at the new SLS hotel divided into different regions. Andres tries his hand at foods from both Miami and Singapore alongside the expected Spanish cuisine. If you're picking a hotel based on its food, SLS is definitely going to delight you on your next South Beach stay. If you find yourself on the west coast instead, the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills will give you the same Jose Andres experience, and you can never forget his Washington, DC, staples, Jaleo and Minibar.


James Royal Palm To Open Fall 2012

June 1, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

When the James Royal Palm introduces itself at cocktail parties, I imagine it sidles up coolly, shaken martini in hand. "Palm, James Palm," it says, and then promptly films a movie set in its own hotel. The James Royal Palm could very well be the set for the most British of secret agents, though he will have to wait until the fall of this year to park his Aston Martin when the hotel opens to much fanfare. Miami beach is the perfect setting for the kind of adventure in high society that Bond inevitably finds himself in although, despite having Royal in the name, there's no casino at the James Royal Palm. You will find everything else there, from two swimming pools with a poolside bar to a full-service spa and gym. The James Royal Palm reimagines the original Royal Palm Hotel, paying tribute by preserving some of the original architecture, including the lobby compass rose and green glass front desk. Lil' James, who is releasing his debut rap album this year (not really), provides great children's amenities for the younger folks in your party. Reservations are currently available starting in the fall at the James' own website, and keep an eye for them on Five Star Alliance soon.

Photo via WSJ/Rottet Studio


Hotels with a History: The Betsy Hotel

May 30, 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.

Opened in South Beach in 1942, the Betsy Rose Hotel stood out from the traditional style of architecture with its Florida Georgian façade in an Art Deco dominated neighborhood. This luxury hotel underwent an extensive renovation in 2009 while maintaining its original design and timeless style. This boutique hotel has 63 private, beachside rooms and suites equipped with the latest technology. The Betsy Hotel offers its guests ample opportunities to relax on the white sandy beaches, play a round of golf, partake in water sports, and much more!  The Betsy Hotel has also gone green and is committed to making eco-friendly decisions without sacrificing luxury, ensuring that its guests get the most out of their stay while keeping the environment in mind. Be sure to check out this historic and beautiful luxury hotel for your next trip down to South Beach!


Your Luxury Summer Travel Guide: Incredible Hotel Pools All Over the World

May 24, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Swimming, fishing, hiking, sun bathing, and kayaking are just a few of the various activities to partake in during the incoming summer months. We’ve combine luxury hotels with exciting activities to give you the ultimate summer luxury travel guide perfect for folks looking for an adventure, a weekend away, or just an opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful weather! Check in with us often for a few ideas on where the summer should take you!

Memorial Day Weekend starts tomorrow, and with that comes the opening and beginning of pool season! Certain luxury hotels have absolutely stunning pools perfect for catching some rays and relaxation, and a few of our favorites include the Setai in Miami Beach, the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and the Marina Bay Sands Singapore. The Setai is an intimate oceanfront resort in the heart of South Beach, Florida, and it has not 1, not 2, but 3 beautiful pools each set at a different temperature to accommodate the wide range of guests’ needs. The Bellagio in Las Vegas has 5 beautiful pools with massages available along the poolside, a pool bar, and beautiful statues and flowers surrounding the area. The Marina Bay Sands Singapore infinity pool is located in the Sands SkyPark, and it offers simply stunning views of the city that’s absolutely unparalleled. Be sure to check out these incredible pool options for a phenomenal and relaxing holiday!

Need more? Check out our top luxury hotel pool album on Facebook and board on Pinterest for even more ideas on where to make a splash next!

Image of the Setai


Upping the Tempo: Tempo Miami Rechristened Casa Moderna

April 9, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

In the spirit of the holiday, the Tempo Miami has rechristened itself as the Casa Moderna Miami. The new hotel is celebrating the name change in style, and there's not been a better time to stay in one of its 56 rooms and suites on gorgeous Biscayne Bay. Enjoy the view from its 14th-floor sky pool deck or lounge in its 8,000 sq ft spa.  The boutique resort is perfect for someone who wants to get out to the beaches of Miami without the bustle of the larger hotels.  

Casa Moderna is making a concerted effort to upgrade its dining experience as well. For the month of April, you can even text 'fresh' to 84700 in order to receive a coupon for a free Tea Forte cocktail at their delicious restaurant, Amuse. They are celebrating the addition of the new Executive Chef, Kenneth Williams, to their team, and I'm looking forward to the great things he'll be up to.  He was wonderful at the Fisher Island Club and Gotham Steak.  It will be great to see if the rebranding efforts will run deeper than the new website and new name to the essence of the hotel. At the very least, the new leadership for Amuse should provide an interesting change of pace.  Learn more about the Casa Moderna here.


Hostile Takeover, Literally: Lehman Bros Busts into Setai with Armed Guards

April 2, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

It's not often that the hotel industry gets good drama.  In a move that I imagine happening a little something like this, the Setai was invaded by armed enforcers, who physically removed managing hotel group, General Hotel Management, from the premises.  The enforcers were controlled by the Setai owners, affiliates of Lehman Brothers Holdings, who were clearly unsatisfied with the way their property was being managed.  GHM President Hans R. Jenni claimed they were completely blind-sided by this maneuver, even noting that they had posted the second highest profits of any year immediately prior to their displacement.  This in answer to the allegations that the management group was overspending.  The staff is reported to be filing an injunction against Lehman Brothers, but in the past such moves have been met with little success.

Executives from all sides are claiming that this should have no effect on your stay at the hotel, but we can bet that at the very least, you'll be hearing some good gossip from the staff.  It's not every day that an armed posse of off-duty cops and private security storms into your place of work to eject your boss from the building.  My favorite part of this story is that the folks doing the accusations of money mismanagement are most well-known for their 2008 Chapter 11 bankruptcy that catalyzed a national recession.  So at least we know they're in good hands.  Head on over to the Setai in Miami Beach to see for yourself.

 Read more about the two sides at HotelChatter.


Incredible Spring Break Options for Adults

March 9, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

March and April mark the months during which colleges across the U.S. have their spring breaks, but who says you can’t have an incredible spring break now that you’re an adult in the working world? We certainly think that everyone deserves an incredible vacation, and we’ve put together a list of our top 3 luxury hotels perfect for a spring break escape.

JW Marriot Cancun Resort

This luxury hotel is located on the eastern most tip of the Yucatan in Cancun, Mexico. It is one of the most beautiful hotel options in the area, offering 448 exquisitely decorated guest rooms featuring private balconies with stunning views of the clear blue water and sandy beach. The JW Marriot Cancun Resort has an incredible 35,000 square foot, Mayan inspired spa which is rated one of the top spas in Mexico. Take advantage of the snorkeling, shopping, fine dining, and adventure that await you at this incredible resort.

Hilton Bentley

For those hoping to stay on the mainland of the United States, the Hilton Bentley is the perfect option. Located in Miami Beach, Florida, this luxury hotel is an all-suite, world famous beachfront paradise. It’s ideally located a few steps from fine dining options, high end shopping, and the area’s renowned nightlife scene. Its studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and penthouse suites all have been beautifully designed and feature Italian marble floors, stainless steel kitchens and kitchenettes, and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and Miami Beach.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk

For those searching for a luau and lei-filled spring break, we encourage you to check out the Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. It is located just steps from the white sand beaches, lively entertainment, exclusive boutiques, and phenomenal restaurants. It soars 38 stories high and features 462 incredible guest rooms and suites offering breathtaking views of the Pacific.


Change in Management: Trump Takes Over the Marriott Doral Golf Resort

February 27, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The big boss and his bold hair are coming to Doral Miami. The deal on the Marriott Doral Golf Resort and Spa has been signed, sealed, and delivered, and that means that Mr. Trump will be overseeing an extensive summertime renovation to herald the change in management.  The property's facelift will ensure that it equals and then surpasses the luxury of the currently 4-star resort, and we can't wait to see what he'll do with the place.  Large-scale investment is just what a property like the Doral Golf Resort needs, and that means we'll be following closely as the restoration begins in June.  The hotel will remain open during its low season, but the updated property should be fully ready as things start to pick up in the fall.

With the renovation and refurbishment, the property should see rates rising as high as the increased expectations.  Expect to seem increase to be commensurate with rates you'll see at other Trump properties.  Be sure to keep on the lookout for updated rates and availability for the Doral Golf Resort and Spa.


Sagamore Works Out: They're Sexy, And They Know It

February 21, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

In celebration of Miami being crowned the country's Vainest City, the Sagamore is offering a special We're Sexy and We Know It package, so you to can join in on some well-deserved self-aggrandizement.  The Living Social poll, which used highly rigorous scientific methods and also math, reports that Miami citizens consider themselves to be the most attractive people.  Now it could be that in strange confluence of events, all the hot people in the US have decided to get together and hang out and have incredibly good-looking parties and super sexy bake sales, but it's more likely, and Living Social agrees, that Miami is just a land of high opinions.

Since we could all use a little self-esteem boost now and then, the Sagamore's offer is the perfect way to get in on the action.  Why else would we go to one of the best 5-star beachfront properties if not to feel like we're a star? And with this kind of deal, you can't go wrong.  With this package, you'll get

 - Hair-styling and a scalp massage for two at the Muse Beauty Suite

 - Two "Sexy on the Beach" cocktails

 - 10% discount on your accommodations

 - 1:00pm late checkout for an extra chance to relax

Book at the Sagamore today to show the world just how sexy you are.