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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.

The Gray Hotel Opens In Chicago


By: Five Star Alliance

There's a new adaptive reuse hotel in Chicago. Kimpton's latest property, The Gray, is located along La Salle Street, 5 blocks from Millenium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. Guest rooms offer sophisticated styling in a color palette of mostly gray and white. Baleo, the rooftop bar is a South American-inspired retreat on the 15th floor of the hotel, serving Argentinian and Peruvian street food. Steadfast is a chef-driven, ultra-seasonal restaurant with a zinc bar, stately dark wood chairs, plush banquets, and gold accents. For cocktails, Vol. 39 offers an opulent setting with gilded silver carts with caviar and charcuterie, and leather-bound legal books left behind from the previous tenants of the office building before it was transformed into the new hotel. Read more about the new property (below the photo) from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan

Guest room at The Gray

Revamped New York Life Insurance Building opens as The Gray

Kimpton opened its latest property, The Gray, in Chicago’s former New York Life Insurance Building that was originally designed by William Le Baron Jenney, and is located on Monroe Street.

Involved in the historic revamp was Los Angeles-based studio Beleco, which worked with Kimpton’s global senior vice president of design and creative director Ave Bradley for the decor and interiors. Meanwhile, Gensler led the overall design duties for the building’s renovation.

Each of the 293 guestrooms now have blue accent colors inspired by the city’s flag; locally sourced artwork; and custom materials such as bathroom wall art reading “Relax, It’s Just Garlic”, a nod to Chicago’s namesake native garlic chicagoua plant. Continue reading below the photo.

Bathroom in Kimpton The Gray Hotel

For events, the property has almost 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

For dining, The Gray has two onsite dining options. Located on the hotel’s 15th floor, South American venue Boleo has a restaurant, bar, and 4,000-square-foot rooftop under an open-air, retractable glass roof. Meanwhile, the ground-floor eatery Steadfast has a woodfire rotisserie, shaved ice crudo bar and charcuterie room.

The lobby also has a bar, Vol. 39, which has a vintage encyclopedia collection discovered inside the property during renovations.
Petrosino’s Parlor salon is located on the second floor.

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The New Guest House at Graceland


By: Rachael Weir

There's a new King in Memphis, well a new King of Hotels that is.


The Guest House at Graceland is set to open October 27, 2016. Inspired by Elvis' iconic home, the 450-room hotel will reflect Elvis' personal style and the Graceland estate. Created to feel like an extension of Elvis' home, Priscilla Presley oversaw the interior designs for much of the property, including the hotel's 20 themed specialty suites, such as the Taking Care of Business Suites. Continue reading below the photos.

Exterior of Guest House at Graceland

Guest Room at the Guest House at Graceland
The luxury hotel will have spacious and contemporary accommodations with upscale amenities and Elvis-inspired details. There will be two full-service restaurants, large outdoor pool, a 464-seat theater for live music performances and movie premieres, as well as expansive meeting spaces. Read more below.

Lobby of the Guest House at Graceland

Theater at the Guest House at Graceland
If spending the night at the Guesthouse at Graceland isn’t enough, the new Elvis: Past, Present & Future is set to open across the street from Graceland in the Spring of 2017. The 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex is five times the size of the current visitor center, and will feature a variety of exhibits including the Automobile Museum, Performance Soundstage with live music performances and movie screenings, discovery exhibits, restaurants and more.


Time to start planning your trip to Memphis…

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Opening November 2016 - The Reef by CuisinArt Anguilla


By: Five Star Alliance

It was recently announced that the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla, the most northerly of the Eastern Caribbean's Leeward Islands, will be getting a sister property - The Reef by CuisinArt

About The Reef by CuisinArt - Located on Merrywing Bay on the Caribbean coast of Anguilla, The Reef by CuisinArt is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which selects only independently-minded properties with one thing in common: excellence. The Reef is a contemporary beachfront oasis of luxury that will feature stunning accommodations, world-class dining, cutting-edge technology and a plethora of activities including unique watersports, tennis with hardcourt play and preferred rates and tee times at CuisinArt Golf Club. Guests will also have access to the award-winning Venus Spa and additional culinary outlets offered at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa.

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The Reef by CuisinArt Anguilla

NEW YORK, NY – July 13, 2016 – Enviably situated on Merrywing Bay on the tranquil island of Anguilla, The Reef by CuisinArt will debut in November 2016, revealing a beachfront contemporary oasis featuring 80 suites, directly on the Caribbean Sea.

The Reef by CuisinArt will feature a dramatic lobby entry and stunning bar, a fitness center with Technogym Excite Line, Unity Displays and aqua cycling bikes, a library and a boutique, complimentary watersports, and hardcourt play on the two tennis courts. The culinary teams have combined their global talents to create menus that will offer locally-sourced items and ingredients from the Hydroponic Farm for the hotel's restaurant outlets. The Yacht Club, which will feature brilliant nautical appointments and open to the spectacular pool, will serve breakfast and lunch, as well as a menu of inspired seafood selections for dinner. Breezes, a dazzling beachfront restaurant and bar, will draw those craving a relaxed Caribbean experience, and the calming sounds of the sea are the perfect accompaniment to a menu of unique beverage and food options.

The Reef by CuisinArt Anguilla Seaview Junior Suite

“The Reef represents Anguilla’s newest luxury destination and the newest hotel addition to the CuisinArt family,” said Stephane Zaharia, Vice President and General Manager of both The Reef and CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. “The property, replete with exciting ensuite amenities and distinctive features, will truly epitomize a chic beachside resort with an urban flair.” 

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Reef’s 80 accommodations will include 25 Golfview Junior Suites and 25 Seaview Junior Suites in the main building. Four additional beachfront buildings will house 30 accommodations ranging from Beachfront Junior Suites, to Corner Beachfront Junior Suites, Superior Beachfront Junior Suites and Deluxe Beachfront Junior Suites, two of which will contain dramatic outdoor Jacuzzis. Accommodation amenities will include a TV system with state-of-the-art technology, bedside “smart” control panels, Tivoli Bluetooth enabled audio systems, and more. Bathroom amenities will include products by Rusk and L’Occitane, as well as double sinks, a separate shower, and a freestanding Alissa oval bath.

As part of The Reef experience, guests will enjoy access to all amenities of CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, including preferred rates and tee-times at the 18-hole Greg Norman Signature design championship course, full access to the award-winning Venus Spa, as well as signing privileges at all facilities and dining venues. Complimentary transportation will be provided throughout the estate. 

The Reef by CuisinArt Anguilla Lobby

The Reef by CuisinArt Anguilla Lobby

The Reef by CuisinArt Anguilla Yacht Club


Meet Thompson Playa del Carmen


By: Five Star Alliance

New to Five Star Alliance! Thompson Playa del Carmen brings not one, but two properties to this popular Mexican vacation spot.
This is the only Playa del Carmen hotel with locations on Quinta Avenida and the beach. Choose from a more classic luxury style
at the downtown location, or enjoy the intimate bohemian vibe at the Beach House. 

Thompson Playa del Carmen

Take advantage of opening offers including the Opening Deal Getaway featuring 20% off the best available rates. 


New Hotel: Perth's The Treasury


By: Five Star Alliance

COMO The Treasury is a new hotel in an old property. Housed in Perth's 140-year ­old State Buildings, which forms part of the Cathedral Square development, there are 48 elegant guest rooms and suites featuring original high ceilings, cornicing, and balconies. Facilities include two restaurants, a bar, lounge and library, which together provide a social hub for the city. Holistic therapies are available at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, as well as a gym and 20 meter indoor pool.

The Treasury

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New to Five Star Alliance: Asia Gardens and Thai Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Asia Gardens Hotel and Thai Spa embodies serenity, peace, and quiet. Its lush tropical gardens with more than 3,000 species brought from Asia, 8 spectacular swimming pools, 4 of which are heated, the choice of 8 restaurants, and a Thai Spa where one can lose all sense of time and regain vital energy, are just a few of the reasons.

Barcelo Asia Gardens Hotel and Spa

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New to Five Star Alliance: Palazzo Versace Dubai


By: Five Star Alliance

Palazzo Versace Dubai features a striking entrance, high ceilings, landscaped gardens, and a range of well-crafted Italian furnishings.  The hotel is truly symbolic of the Versace lifestyle. Every single piece of furniture and fabric that adorns the hotel's 215 hotel rooms and suites, and 169 residences, is designed and tailor-made by the House of Versace exclusively for the Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai.

Palazzo Versace Dubai

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New to Five Star Alliance: Faena Hotel Miami Beach


By: Five Star Alliance

Faena Hotel Miami Beach ExteriorLocated on the site of the historic Saxony Hotel, designed by the legendary Art Deco architect Roy F. France in 1948, the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach harks back to the golden age of Miami Beach, when Frank, Sammy and Dean ruled the roost and the city was the epitome of modern resort glamour.

Beautifully reimagined by Alan Faena, working in collaboration Faena Hotel Miami Beachwith filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and four-time Academy award winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin, the hotel is a dazzling modern take on a landmark gem.The landmark hotel's guestrooms and suites boast signature butler service and a bespoke blend of late-Deco flair and contemporary amenities.

The luxuriously appointed premier rooms with breathtaking ocean and city views redefine indoor/outdoor living and are caught between nature and the sublime. Locally grown ingredients are masterfully prepared to create extraordinary epicurean experiences inspired by South America’s rich culinary traditions.Tierra Santa Spa is Miami's first South American-inspired spa. The oceanfront oasis is built on ancient healing techniques and indigenous ingredients designed to elevate the spirit and restore vitality. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Bourbon Orleans Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel is located in New Orleans' exciting French Quarter. The guest rooms and suites overlook the stunning French Quarter courtyard, featuring a large heated saltwater pool, or the picturesque French Quarter surroundings. From the private balconies, many of which overlook Bourbon Street, guests enjoy picturesque French Quarter views. Guest rooms are thoughtfully appointed with plush pillow-top beds, 42" flat screen televisions, and spacious bathrooms with granite countertops and walk-in showers. Newly renovated French Quarter suites all feature two floors with a queen bed and spacious living area downstairs, complete with a wet bar, WiFi, 42" flat screen televisions, MP3 docking stations, in-room safes, as well as bottled water and in-room coffee and tea. All Loft Suites are approximately 500 square feet. All guest rooms are non-smoking.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Lizard Island Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Lizard Island Resort is the northern-most resort located directly on the Great Barrier Reef, with 24 powdery-white beaches and 40 luxurious suites.

Lizard Island Resort

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