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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: Palazzo Righini

By: K. Clare Johnson

Palazzo Righini, in the heart of Piedmont, is an antique aristocratic home that delight the visitor with a
unique and memorable experience.

Guests are offered an experience that stimulates the five senses and takes them back in time through
the specialties of the chef, to be enjoyed in prized rooms, the treasures contained in the wine vaults, the
fragrant seductions of the Wellness Center, the soft silks, the comforts of the rooms created out of the
first floor of the antique palazzo.

Cool New Addition: SLS Hotel South Beach

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.

The Brand New Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach opening in 2014

By: Five Star Alliance

InterContinental Dubai Festival CityFour Seasons has announced its first property in the United Arab Emirates within Dubai Festival City. Located at the northern end of Jumeirah Beach Road, away from the city’s other resorts clustered in the Palm Jumeirah area, the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach has broken ground on a 11-acre (4.45 hectare) natural waterfront site. Expected to open by mid 2014 the Four Seasons in Dubai features the following:

- At least 3 restaurants and poolside dining

- World class Spa

- Indoor and outdoor pools

- Tennis Courts

- Private Beach Club with exclusive access to 270 metres (886 feet) of beach fronting the Arabian Gulf

- Ultra-exclusive residential apartments

- 140,000sqm of floor area across a 33 storey hotel tower and garden suites, a 41 storey residential tower and garden villas, recreation facilities, and a range of food and beverage options

- With 237 rooms, including 49 suites, the Resort will target an almost equal mix of leisure and business guests

- A distinct leaning towards a residential style product while offering business guests the famous Four Seasons personalized support and service

- Function spaces with beachfront access including a 600 square metre ballroom and five meeting rooms.

- Design and achitecture by WATG, with interior design by San Fransisco based BAMO

Dubai Festival City currently features 4 hotels, the 316 room Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, 3 InterContinental hotels and residences, as well as the future 330 room W Dubai Festival City.

Pictured is the InterContinental Dubai Festival City.

Cool New Addition: Hotel Castello di Casole

By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Castello di Casole is 4,200-acre five-star resort and private residence club in Tuscany, Italy, 45 minutes from Florence.

Situated among rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and a game preserve, this all-suite boutique hotel opens July 1, 2012.


Opening in 2016: The Luxury All-Inclusive Pen Resort Hotel Curacao

By: Five Star Alliance

Avila Beach HotelThere is a new luxury hotel development in the works in Curacao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. Set to open in 2016, the future Pen Resort Hotel will be developed on 23,000 square meters of oceanfront property in a unique beachfront location not far from the capital Willemstad near the four star Avila Beach Hotel.

The Pen Resort Hotel will be a luxury all-inclusive resort:

- 5 restaurants and 3 bars

- Contemporary Dutch Caribbean architecture

- 313 rooms featuring the amenities of a AAA 4 Diamond rated resort hotel

- A full service spa and gym, plus many other activities and amenties for adults and children

- 30 minutes away from Curaçao’s International Airport but steps away from the capital

- The resort will include a restoration of Curaçao’s 19th century landmark Cerro Bonito Mansion which will be used as a casino and restaurant

- The resort will restore the historical Kas di Pueblo into suites that are complimented by butler service and where meeting and banquet facilities will be located

Pictured is the Avila Beach Hotel >>

Cool New Addition: Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina

By: K. Clare Johnson

Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina is one of the latest addition to Five Star Alliance.

The villa once belonged to the Roman Empress, mother of the Emperor Nero.

A 5-minute walk from the Vatican, the hotel has impressive pools and gardens, a complete YHI Wellness area, a
select range of fine dining options and a Business and Convention Center with 3 meeting rooms.

Cool New Addition: Las Alamandas

By: K. Clare Johnson

Quiet. Secluded. Peaceful.  All these words describe one of the latest hotels to join our collection, Las Alamandas.

This Mexican hideaway is cheerfully quiet. We're guessing the loudest thing here is the sound of the surf.

Now Open: Palacio Nazarenas

By: K. Clare Johnson

On June 15, Orient-Express threw open the doors of Palacio Nazarenas.


Palacio Nazarenas is an all-suite boutique hotel located in a former monastery. It boasts Cuzco's first outdoor
infinity pool, Hypnoze spa, and the gourmet restaurant Senzo.

Located in Cuzco, Peru, Palacio Nazarenas' 55 rooms use state-of-the art oxygenation and have private butlers.

Cool New Addition: Dunton Hot Springs

By: K. Clare Johnson

We've recently added Dunton Hot Springs to Five Star Alliance.  This Colorado resort is one of the coolest spots we've ever seen. 

It's as if summer camp grew up and got luxurious.

Lux* Life Comes to Five Star Alliance

By: K. Clare Johnson

At Five Star Alliance, we are constantly adding new luxury hotels to our site. We are delighted to have recently added Lux* Belle Mare and Lux* Maldives to our collection. LUX* Island Resorts is a collection of premium hotels in the Indian Ocean offering guests the opportunity to celebrate island life and enjoy light living.

Lux* Belle Mare is located in quaint seaside village of Belle Mare on the east coast of Mauritius. This luxury beach hotel on the Indian Ocean features traditionally thatched huts, sparkling white sand beaches, and the Lux* Me spa.  Take a dip in one of the island’s largest swimming pools  and finish out your day with supper at Indouchine, where you can watch the moon shimmer over the ocean.  Sounds like paradise to us!

Lux* Maldives is the only settlement on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu in South Ari Atoll, and offers real insight into unspoiled island living. Snorkel or whale shark spot in the lagoon, or take a break from the beach at one of two pools or at the spa. Whether suspended over the water or scattered along the beach, every room, suite and villa is designed to make the most of its surroundings.

The hard part is deciding whether to head to Mauritius or the Maldives. We have a feeling you'll be happy no matter which Lux* property you stay at.