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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.

The Top 20 Hotels in 2011: #16 Auberge du Soleil

December 16, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests.

In the #16 spot we have the Auberge du Soleil, a lovely terraced boutique hotel in the heart of the Napa wine-country.

Quick facts about the Auberge du Soleil:

- The sophisticated hillside hotel takes advantage of its roots as a fine-dining establishment, and in the eyes of many, the Auberge remains a restaurant first and a hotel second, so high is the quality of its cuisine.

- The mediterranean decor, inspired by the European influences in California's wine-growing, sets apart the Inn of the Sun as the uniquely American experience: A cultural fusion of the best the occidental has to offer.  

- Limited to residents of the hotel, the Inn's 7,000 sq. ft. spa is guaranteed to provide a quiet and relaxed atmosphere for innovative and local body and facial treatments.

- The hotel is the perfect jumping off point for tours of Napa Valley's finest wineries.

- Private terraces offer an unparalleled view of the surrounding fields of grapes.  

- The hotel is entirely newly renovated and has even launched its own custom-made bath amenities including the softest plush robes and slippers you've ever felt.

View photos, learn more about the hotel, and check availability at the Auberge du Soleil >>

Be sure to keep up with our countdown! In case you missed it, here are our previously featured hotels:

#20 – The St. Regis Resort Aspen

#19 – The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

#18 – The Peninsula Chicago

#17 - The Tower Club at Lebua


The Top 20 Hotels in 2011: #18 The Peninsula Chicago

December 14, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests.

In the #18 Spot we have The Peninsula Chicago, located on the Magnificent Mile, the heart and soul of Chicago.

Quick Facts about the The Peninsula Chicago:

-  Offers 339 rooms and suites that are decorated in a classical yet contemporary style which can be controlled using state-of-the-art interfaces located within the room.

- The Peninsula Spa was rated one of the top ten urban spas in the country, and houses an indoor pool and spa center that spans the top floors of the hotel, offering a breathtaking view of the city

- The Magnificent Mile is the shopping center of Chicago, with such amazing stores as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany and Co, and numerous other luxury brands.

- Three distinctive restaurants and a bar serve a variety of fine cuisine, including a chocolatier who concocts 25-40 different kinds of confectionary treats a night.

-The hotel offers children's packages that cater to the age of the child and the American Girl store next door.

- With a grand ballroom and six additional meeting spaces totaling over 14,000 sq. ft. of space, The Peninsula is a top-notch space for meetings and galas.

- The Peninsula has received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award and Mobil Five Star awards as well as the Forbes 5-star Award for nearly every year since its opening in 2001.

View photos, read more, and check availability at The Peninsula Chicago >>


Luxury Hotels near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

December 14, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

This blog series is for all of the business travelers who are looking for a luxury hotel that is located near the Convention Center of specific cities. We understand that you have places to be, people to meet, and conferences to attend, so we try to make your travels as stress-free and convenient as possible without forgoing luxury.

The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts is our center of focus for this blog post. Unfortunately, there are no 5-star hotels located a few minutes’ walk from the Convention Center, but we found a number of hotels located less than 2 miles away, making them a good stroll or a few minute cab ride away! We’ve listed them in order of proximity, starting with the hotels located 0.8 miles away to 1.3 miles away, ranging from a 15 minute to a 27 minute walk to the Convention Center.

InterContinental Boston

The Langham Boston

                                                                      Boston Harbor Hotel

                                                                      Ritz Carlton Boston Common

                                                                      Nine Zero Hotel

                                                                      Ames Boston Hotel

                                                                      Fifteen Beacon


Winter Wonderland in Las Vegas

December 13, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

This winter, the Venetian and the Palazzo will transform into the most beautiful winter wonderland Las Vegas has ever seen. Be sure to experience the special amenities and activities available from November 21st through January 8th. Glide, twist, and turn on the largest ice rink on the Strip, which is surrounded by magical lights, beautifully lit trees, and cheerful music. Enjoy seasonal treats including eggnog cupcakes, creamy hot chocolate, and delicious hot cider. And as the sun sets, enjoy the Nightly Holiday Spectacular light show which will surely dazzle you beyond expectation.

The Venetian allows you to experience the romance of Italy without leaving the heart of Las Vegas. This all-suite resort and casino provides guests access to 19 exceptional restaurants and 80 international boutiques. Rejuvenate at the Canyon Ranch Spa Club and enjoy its fitness center, full-service salon, and rock climbing wall.

The Palazzo is a 50-floor luxury tower next to the Venetian with approximately 2050 luxury suites. Each suite is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. From marble-appointed baths to luxurious Egyptian linens, the Palazzo surely provides an incredible, luxurious experience.

Escape, explore, and embrace the excitement that awaits you in Las Vegas.


Nothing Cheap About It: Cheap Sally's Top Amazing Hotel and Spa Destinations

December 12, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

It's not every day that an infographic so awesome comes around.  Over at Cheap Sally, an online discount site, their travel experts have aggregated a list of some of the wildest hotel and vacation sites in the US, and it features some of our favorite US properties.  For the whole list, check out the infographic below, but I'd like to highlight some of our favorites.

Long at the top of our list of the Best Luxury All-Inclusive Resorts in the world, The Point at Saranac Lake, NY, is so exclusive, you aren't told where exactly on the pristine Adirondack lake it is until you've confirmed your reservation.  Complete with a 3-star Michelin chef and only 11 rooms on the property, you are guaranteed to experience a personalized, secluded stay in one of the world's most elite properties.

In terms of crazy spa treatments, it's hard to top the over 250-gallon Evian bath only available in the penthouse suite of the Hotel Victor on Miami Beach.  This spa treatment costs only slightly less than the suite itself and features a bath of pure Evian water sprinkled with rose petals.

But if you're like me and you like your baths with a little more kick to them, then the Kenwood Inn and Spa vinotherapy treatment is just what you're looking for:  Bathe in wine and grape seed extract to soak your skin in the antioxidant polyphenol which powerfully slows the aging of skin.  You'll come out looking and feeling younger than even a couple glasses of the same wine would make you feel.

There's a just a few of the wonderful and crazy hotels and spas located around the US, and you can some more great examples below.  Make sure to check out Five Star Alliance to book these great destinations or if you're looking for a deal or digital coupon for any of over 11,000 retailers, Cheap Sally is your girl.  

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Infographic courtesy of Cheap Sally


Inn at Perry Cabin Offers Jazz Nights

December 12, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Inn at Perry Cabin is a quiet hideaway in Maryland, and this waterfront estate is located on the edge of the Victorian town of St. Michaels. Just an hour and a half drive outside Washington DC, this charming Inn provides guests with incredible opportunities to take part in garden tours, boating, sailing, fishing, and crabbing excursions.

This quiet, luxury resort is also celebrating the season by offering weekends filled with wonderful food and live jazz by the Eric Felten Trio. Be sure to make your reservations for any of the following dates to enjoy the legendary food and fun. The winter jazz weekend series will be on Saturdays, and the band will perform at Sherwood’s Landing, the hotel’s incredible restaurant, from 7:00 – 11:00pm.

January 14th and 28th, February 18th and 25th, and March 10th and 31st


Icing Age: The Rancho Las Palmas Gingerbread House

December 9, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Winter is here (or summer for our Southern friends) and that means the Holiday season is starting to get into full swing. For some in the culinary arts, this is the perfect chance to show off their skills, and the team at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa in California have taken the challenge to heart. Their premiere pastry chef’s creation is anything but half-baked. Weighing it at over 200lbs, the grandfather of all gingerbread houses couldn’t compete in a boxing match below heavyweight. You’d likely die from a sugar overdose if you tried to bring it down to size, but at least if it came to life and made a break for it, it’d be no problem to catch.

Taking more than 100 hours to make over 15 days of work, the saccharine landscape pays homage to Ice Age, an animated film significantly faster paced than its geological counterpart. The scene features 100 rocks, 40 flowers, and 35 trees, serving as a backdrop for the 15 movie characters that define the action. All of this was baked and formed using a diverse color palette of sugary mixes.

To see the gingerbread house to end all gingerbread houses, all you have to do is book a room at the Rancho Las Palmas before Christmas, and the confectionary creation will be on display for all to see in the hotel lobby. Sweet!

Photo and Story via Rancho Las Palmas Facebook


Very Bad Santa Is Very Good: Hotel Monteleone for Christmas

December 8, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for another article from yours truly! Don’t know who I am? That’s okay, sometimes I wake up in a fit of existential angst and ask myself the same the question. But regardless, I have some great news that I’m sure you’ll be excited to hear: The Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans has a suite of featured events for the hotel seasons, including the grand reopening of its cocktail bar. And with signature drinks such as the Joyous Noel or Papa’s Nightcap, they’ll warm your heart and your belly. I’m not even going to tell you what happens during the Very Bad Santa Crawl, but needless to say, if you’re even thinking of staying there on December 10th, it’s a must-see. If you’d rather be a good Santa, they’re offering a children’s holiday tea time. And Christmas day things really cut loose, gourmet-style. And by that, I mean a family feast prepared by their signature chefs. If you’re looking to get away to more cajun climes for the holidays, I can’t think of a better place than the Hotel Monteleone.


Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, is Perfect Family Winter Destination

December 8, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Traveling with a family can be quite difficult, and I’m not just talking about restless babies or the endless games of “Are We There Yet?” It can also be an effort in itself to find a hotel that is kid-friendly in its room design. Most luxury hotels have adopted the two-adults-per-room model, so it’s refreshing to find a property that keeps families in mind when laying out its rooms. The Resort at Squaw Creek features Queen Rooms as a standard, and they include not one but two queen beds, so your kid(s) can cozy up together, and you won’t have to split up the family while enjoying the premiere mountain resort in California. This site of the 1960 Winter Olympics has everything you need to enjoy some skicapades with or without kids in tow. The Resort at Squaw Creek is one to keep in mind for the winter season.


Luxury Hotels near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

December 7, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

This blog series is for all of the business travelers who are looking for a luxury hotel that is located near the Convention Center of specific cities. We understand that you have places to be, people to meet, and conferences to attend, so we try to make your travels as stress-free and convenient as possible without forgoing luxury. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC is our center of focus for this blog post. The following are 5 star hotels located less than a twenty minute walk away from the Convention Center. We’ve listed them in order of proximity, starting with the hotels located a nine minute walk away to hotels a seventeen minute walk away from the Convention Center.

Hotel Monaco Washington DC

Sofitel Lafayette Square

The St Regis Washington DC

The Madison Washington DC

The Jefferson Washington DC

TheWillard InterContinental