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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.

Phillipe Starck Takes the Stairs to Bali


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

 

Philippe Starck, the French designer responsible for dreaming up the interiors of The Royalton Hotel, the Felix restaurant at The Peninsula Hong Kong, the Delano Hotel,  and the Mondrian Hotel, has undertaken a new project.  This time, Starck is headed to Seminyak, Bali, to envision The Stairs Villa Hotel. The hotel is set to break ground in 2013 in the Petitenget neighborhood and will be accessible by a monolithic 65-foot wide stairway. The Stairs is the first Starck fully-designed villa hotel in Indonesia. It will feature a private village of 12 limited-edition villas, with signature floor-to-roof glass facades by internationally-acclaimed artist JonOne; and public areas with a cafe patisserie, restaurant, bar lounge, boutique, mezzanine bibliotheque, signature spa, and workout facilities.

 

 


 

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Sofitel So Singapore Gets a Lagerfield Label


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Sofitel So Singapore is getting a designer label.  The brand has commissioned legendary designer Karl Lagerfield to design the emblem of the upcoming Sofitel So Singapore. This isn't the first time the luxury brand has paired up with a designer.  The partnership is part of Sofitel's Art de Vivre,  which pairs the talent of leading designers and architects to create distinctive international hotels infused with French elegance, allure, and refinement. Previous pairings have included Kenzo Takada provided design direction for the Sofitel So Mauritius, and Christian Lacroix adding his touch to the Sofitel So Bangkok. We bet it will turn out just as gorgeous as Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, pictured at left.

 

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New Hotel Openings: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi had originally set its opening date for today, January 29, 2013 but it looks like they’re pushing back the opening to April 15th. That’s quite a delay, and we certainly hope that the 283 guest rooms including 40 grand suites are nothing short of spectacular!

Explore the St. Regis Abu Dhabi here >>


Image of the Day: Niyama Maldives


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

 

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Niyama Maldives >>

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Image of the Day: Banyan Tree Lang Co


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Banyan Tree Lang Co is a stunning all-pool villa resort located in Vietnam’s new playground for the sophisticated vacationer.

 

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Banyan Tree Lang Co>>

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Posted in: Hue, Asia, Hot Spots, New Hotels

Meet Palazzo Avino!


By: K. Clare Johnson

Meet Palazzo Avino! Formerly known as Palazzo Sasso, this stunning five-star deluxe hotel on Italy's famed Amalfi Coast has been rated as one of the world’s finest hotels and boasts two-star Michelin dining.

Here are few details about this amazing property:

-Built in what was once a 12th century private villa for an Italian noble family and opened as a hotel in 1997.

 

-All rooms and suites are decorated with hand made Vietri tiles, antique carpets, furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries and brass accessories and appliques.

 

-A 20 meter outdoor heated swimming pool is situated in the gardens of Palazzo Avino with an amazing view of the sea and the mountains.

 

-Dining at Palazzo Avino is truly a unique experience. You can enjoy a candle light dinner served in the two Michelin starred Rossellinis restaurant or a delicious casual meal at Terrazza Belvedere.

-Horses are available for treks on most of the scenic mountain routes.

 

-The gymnasium is located in the gardens under white gazebos and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. A variety of technogym equipment is available.

 

-The surroundings of the seven village fragments' of Ravello amount to a wild, scenic garden affording leisurely walks or more challenging treks up into the mountains.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Palazzo Avino>>

 

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New Luxury Hotels Opening: Waldorf Astoria Berlin


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

After much anticipation, the Waldorf Astoria Berlin opened its doors at the end of 2012! This luxury hotel allows visitors to admire incredible panoramic views of the Berlin skyline from every guest room and suite. Its central Berlin City West location is perfect for folks wishing to take advantage of the luxury shopping district of Kurfürstendamm, and the hotel’s ballroom as well as five conference rooms are ideal for hosting conferences, social events, and celebrations. The Waldorf Astoria Berlin’s Guerlain Spa features a wide range of treatments and an indoor pool, and the fine dining options on site serve up timeless classic dishes with a modern twist that’ll have you eating bratwurst and schnitzel 3 times a day!

Be sure to check out the Waldorf Astoria Berlin here!


Image of the Day: Art Series The Olsen


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Don't we all wish we were here, enjoying the Melbourne sunset? 

 

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Trump Hotel Plans Progress for the Old Post Office Pavilion in DC


By: Oksana Balytsky

Plans are progressing for the new Trump Hotel to pop up at the Old Office Pavilion in the heart of downtown Washington DC. We’re excited at the idea of having a new luxury hotel in our nation’s capital, but until the t’s are crossed and the i’s dotted, we remain optimistically skeptical. The Old Post Office is a historic landmark, and the Trumps have been through various meetings with officials from many agencies governing the building. The most recent rendezvous  with Ivanka Trump and her team revealed the most up-to-date details of the property including the location of the restaurant, parking, and luxury suites. The concern of how these additions will affect the historic structure of the building remains, so it’s likely that not all of the proposals will get approved. The lease is expected to be signed by the Trumps this winter, so construction on the hotel could begin in 2014 and the new hotel could open as early as 2016.

Got travel plans in the foreseeable future? Be sure to explore the other luxury hotels in Washington DC as well as Trump Hotels around the world.

Image of Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto

 

 

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New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: W Bangkok


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The W Bangkok is opening next week on December 7th, 2012! This luxury hotel’s structure mixes the old with the new and will have 407 rooms spread out in the 31-story glass tower and 100 year old heritage building that was the former Russian Embassy. Located in the city’s prestigious Embassy Row, this luxury hotel will be the hottest hotel in Bangkok offering ample opportunities to take advantage of shopping, fine dining, and nightlife. Be sure to check out this luxury hotel and other W properties around the world for a truly luxurious and sensational experience!