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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.

Hapuna Matata: A Beach Hotel with the Best Beaches

April 3, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel: It means no worries for the rest of your days.  At least while you're there. Which probably means that if you stay there, you'll end up extending your vacation indefinitely until you forget to return home, abandoning life as you know it to sit on a Hawaiian beach, relaxing to the soft sounds of waves lapping at your ankles as the wind ruffles your thematically appropriate tropical shirt.  That sounds pretty good actually.  Maybe we should all take a little more vacation. I know when I do, my next one will be to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

On the Kohala Coast, the Hapuna Beach Hotel shares 1,839 acres of beachfront property with the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, another gorgeous five-star property.  With that much space, you're practically lost in the wilderness. The rooms and property itself are wonderful, modern and understated, allowing the natural beauty of the surroundings to shine through and carry the experience of the true escape.  The Hapuna Beach Hotel is the perfect Hawaiian getaway.


Packages and Specials at the Carlyle in New York City

April 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel has quickly become one of our favorite luxury hotels in the Big Apple. It was built in 1930 and has 187 elegant rooms and 64 timeless suites. It is brilliantly positioned on Madison Avenue, and it is a true New York landmark. The Carlyle is a family friendly hotel and it goes above and beyond to ensure that even the smallest travelers feel like royalty. Each room description includes a floor number range and most rooms have a description of the view, so book with confidence knowing that there will be no surprises and you will get exactly what you wanted! Be sure to check out the following packages and specials and choose the one that fits your needs best!

Special Promotional Rate

The Rosewood Spa is now open, and the Carlyle has a few special promotional rates to celebrate. Room types include a quiet courtyard location on floors 4 through 18, a Manhattan cityscape view on floors 23 through 33, and a 2 bedroom suite with 1 king and 2 twin beds featuring skyline views.

Suite Special

Traveling with kids or with your entourage of a few friends? Then this special promotion is certainly for you. Enjoy 15% off the Tower 2 Bedroom Suite which is 1800 square feet with 1 king and 2 twin beds and features a skyline view towards the East River.

Rosewood Escapes Bed Breakfast Package

This package features a variety of room types including a quiet courtyard location on floors 4 through 18 and a Manhattan cityscape view on floors 23 through 33. This package includes buffet breakfast daily for 2 in the restaurant.

Welcome Amenity Package

This is for the ladies and gentleman hoping to get a relaxing treatment at the now open spa at the Carlyle. This package includes a $50 spa credit which can be applied to a facial, massage, or the many other treatment options available. This spa credit excludes Blissful Basics, Yves Durif Services, and all retain merchandise.

Want to stay at the Carlyle for free? Then be sure to sign up for our newsletter by April 15th, 2012 to automatically be entered to win 2 free nights at this phenomenal hotel!


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.


Art Gallery Opens at the Hotel Palomar San Diego

April 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

According to our friends at HotelChatter, the Hotel Palomar San Diego is the first Kimpton hotel to have a dedicated art gallery space! This luxury downtown hotel provides guests with the ultimate urban retreat within easy reach of San Diego’s phenomenal attractions. The Hotel Palomar San Diego is a luxurious and sophisticated boutique hotel surrounded by award-winning theatres, a lively nightlife, and within walking distance from the Gaslamp Quarter. This is certainly the hotel where Art in Motion is alive in every regard, and with the new Art Gallery addition, the Hotel Palomar San Diego is the place to be to experience art, culture, and luxury, all without needing to leave the hotel property! A small section of the lobby has been converted into Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits which will feature art work of local artists. The art display will rotate roughly once a month and the profits will be donated to a children’s charity that supports the arts. Be sure to explore this incredible hotel and its newly opened art gallery on your next trip to the beautiful San Diego!


Everybody in the Club: Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa

March 29, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa is a special kind of retreat.  Boasting one of the largest hotel fitness clubs in the US, the Houstonian Club has over 30 certified personal trainers and its 125,000 square feet of space features a rock-climbing wall, three resort pools, a boxing ring, eight tennis courts, and a full gymnasium court.  If you want your hotel to come with a sports complex, then the Houstonian is right for you.  Not only that, the Houstonian's spa, Trellis, offers more than 100 different treatment options and an indoor float pool alongside all of the traditional spa options.

Despite its premium facilities and total self-sufficiency, the Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa manages to hide itself from the greater Houston metropolis.  Houston has a wonderful 18-acre forest in its heart, and it is within this oasis of serenity that the Houstonian lies. You get all the convenience of the city with the atmosphere of the countryside.  Its 288 rooms are adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows which provide unparalleled views of the surroundings.  It's serene, subtle, and full of the options that every sort of luxury travel is looking for, from business to leisure.  The Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa is a unique expansion of the standard hotel facilities, and it helps it stand out from the crowd.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Fairmont Banff Springs

March 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Fairmont Banff Springs is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for location. This luxury hotel is a unique blend of opulence and seclusion, a symbol of the Rocky Mountain beauty for over a century. It is styled after a Scottish castle, and it offers breath-taking views, an incredible golf course, unrivaled skiing, and a phenomenal European-style spa. Its location in the wilderness provides guests with an incredible escape to a beautiful land full of luxury and wonder.

Check rates, availability, photos and more at the Fairmont Banff Springs here!


Marriott to Take Over Los Angeles in 2014

March 28, 2012
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 Los Angeles area has over 50 luxury hotels, and it’s about to get a few more come summer of 2014. There will be a new Ritz Carlton property as well as a JW Marriott opening in this Hollywood town. The hotels will be located across from the Staples Center, Grammy Museum, and Nokia Theater. Both luxury hotels will certainly add a new and exciting touch to Los Angeles. If you’re like us and simply can’t wait until 2014 to experience a Ritz Carlton or JW Marriott hotel, then be sure to visit our website and explore the various Marriotts we have to offer in cities all over the world!

Photo of Ritz Carlton Philadelphia


Go in My Stead: The Umstead Hotel and Spa

March 27, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Spas are a funny thing. It's actually amazing to think that we live in a world full of all the modern luxuries, and yet we have to pay to escape to a simpler, more relaxed experience.  The spa is just that, too, quintessentially an escape, retreating inward to recharge the mind and the body during a moment's respite from the bustle of modern life. But, the fact remains, many of us are in desparate need of that retreat, and if you're looking to get away from everything, there's no better destination than the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC. 

The hotel itself is gorgeous, was built in 2007, and features 228 oversized luxury guest rooms with all the modern amenities: flat screen TVs, Rivolta Italian linens, and many with balconies overlooking the natural flora.  World-class dining and a great respect for the local culture accent the property, with local artists featuring prominently and the down-home hospitality a guarantee.  

The real crowning jewel of the hotel is the spa.  The two-story building adjacent to the property offers ten treatment rooms where you can find the perfect personalized relaxation technique to wash the stress out of your body.  A meditation courtyard, whirlpools, and a steam room offer alternative ways to rejuvenate and recharge and the naturally lit interior spaces soothe the eyes as much as they do your soul.  The Umstead Hotel & Spa really is a wonderful place ot slough off your East Coast woes and embrace the healing powers of a day all to yourself.


Crosby Street Hotel Terrace to Open for Spring

March 27, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With temperatures rising, travelers are looking for more ways to spend time outside, and the Crosby Street Hotel in New York City has a beautiful outdoor terrace that’s perfect for soaking in the sun. The outdoor terrace is opening this Sunday, and it is the perfect spot to sip a drink and find a little relaxation in the hectic New York City. The terrace has its own private entrance on Lafayette Street, and it has a brick-walled patio with beautiful garden views.

The Crosby Street Hotel is situated on a quaint, cobbled street in the heart of the SoHo neighborhood. It has 86 stylish bedrooms and suites with high ceilings and full length windows. This luxury hotel also serves English afternoon tea in the Crosby Bar all day, and it has its own state-of-the-art cinema perfect for movie screenings! Be sure to check out the terrace as well as the Crosby Street Hotel this weekend for a fun, hip, and all around good time!


New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Conrad New York

March 26, 2012
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 Conrad New York opened just last week on March 19th, 2012. This new luxury hotel is located in the heart of lower Manhattan’s lively Battery Park, surrounded by historic landmarks and exciting attractions. The Conrad New York provides modern spaces in the lobby atrium, oversized suites, and a seasonal rooftop bar. Explore this contemporary, 463-suite hotel that’s adjacent to the Hudson River and near the Tribeca and SoHo neighborhoods. Don’t miss a single beat and take advantage of this swanky new hotel property in New York City!