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 New Ambassador Oceanfront Suite in Bal Harbour


By: Five Star Alliance

On Florida's Gold Coast, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Miami Beach is located on the edge of the Atlantic just 15 minutes north of South Beach. 

Clean whites lead to endless blues in the recently debuted 2,900 square foot Ambassador Oceanfront Suite. The four bedroom and four bathroom sanctuary is an ideal space for families to unwind. The spacious suite features two King bedded master bedrooms each with an ensuite private five-fixture marble bathroom, walk-in closet, and spacious balconies. Two interior bedrooms boast queen beds perfect for children. The main living room is ideal for lounging and opens to a kitchenette and glass dining table for eight. Dine al fresco on one of four 210 sf balconies with direct ocean views. A second living room boasts a pull out sofa bed, allowing up to 10 guests to comfortably make the Ambassador Suite home.

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St regis bal harbour Ambassador Suite layout

St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Ambassador Suite


Rooms with a view at Villa Dubrovnik


By: Five Star Alliance

Originally built in 1961, Villa Dubrovnik is a boutique hotel prominently positioned on the cliffs above Dubrovnik's prestigious St. Jacob precinct with stunning views over the Adriatic Sea, The Island of Lokrum, and the Old City walls. Featuring 56 rooms, seven of them unique suites, guests can enjoy the year round indoor/outdoor swimming pool, nearby private beach, extensive spa, fine dining at Pjerin and Giardino, and the rooftop lounge - Prosciutto & Wine Bar. Venetian Vaporetto speedboats offer daily transfers between the Villa and Old City.

Read more below about our favorite accommodations available at Villa Dubrovnik.

Villa Dubrovnik

Villa Kolin is a standalone building within the resort offering 2 separate residences with private services, entrances, and facilities. The residence spreads through 3 floors and offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a grand living room - for a total of 132 m2 space. The 12 m2 teak wood private terrace features a jacuzzi bath. Each bedroom has a private bathroom, plus the bathroom on the living room floor. The bathrooms are equipped with walk-in showers or bathtubs, double basins and floor heating. The 2 Kolin Residences can can be reserved individually or as one unit.

Villa Kolin at Villa Dubrovnik

Superior Rooms are the smallest offerings at 30 square meters. They offer a King Bed or 2 Twins, an en suite glass wall bathroom with full shading option, and a sea view off the teak wood terrace balcony overlooking the Adriatic sea, Lokrum island and the majority of them the view to the Old City.

Superior Room Terrace Villa Dubrovnik

The Deluxe Rooms are similar to the Superior Room and offer all the same features and amenities, but are 35 square meters in size.

Deluxe Room Bathroom Villa Dubrovnik

Executive Rooms offer a King Bed or 2 Twins, an en suite glass wall bathroom with full shading option, a private jacuzzi on the teak wood terrace balcony, and are 37 square meters in size.

Villa Dubrovnik Executive Room

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Villa Dubrovnik


Five Star Benefits at the Hotel del Coronado


By: Rachael Weir

Experience a five star stay with Five Star Alliance Rates at the Hotel del Coronado. Featuring an oceanfront setting on California's famed Coronado Island, the iconic property is located less than 15 minutes from downtown San Diego.

The Five Star Alliance Rate offers a unique amenity of a commemorative book (one per room reservation) celebrating the history of the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Set along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the luxurious Hotel del Coronado has been welcoming celebrities, dignitaries and guests since 1888. The National Historic Landmark provides an upscale oceanfront resort setting with elegant restaurants, spa, beachfront pool, and boutiques. Guests can choose to stay within the historic Victorian Building with its signature red-shingled roof, or within the residential-style Beach Village.

One of San Diego's premier properties, all guests of the hotel enjoy:

  • Beachfront location
  • Keurig coffeemakers
  • Signature personal care and bath products
  • Access to the "My Hotel Del" app with exclusive features and benefits

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Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary commemorative book celebrating the iconic history of the Hotel del Coronado.

Hotel del Coronado at sunset.


1.5 Acre Playground at The Hall South Beach


By: Five Star Alliance

A classic 1940's Art Deco retreat freshly transformed into a wildly bohemian South Beach boutique hotel, The Hall (formerly the Haddon Hall Hotel) is one block from Ocean Drive and across the street from the beach. Vintage and tropical design celebrates the Deco heritage of the building while incorporating a playful and casual beach vibe. 

What we love:

- Hang like a Hemingway at the cocktail lounge, Holiday's

- Surrounded by palm trees, chic cabanas and the South Beach sunshine, the Olympic-sized pool takes on a life of its own.

- Don't miss Campton Yard, the backyard garden under a banyan tree where you can wear board shorts and bikinis and hone your mad ping pong skills while getting social with the locals before heading out for a night on the town.

- Take the edge off with Spike Mendelsohn's surf shack inspired cuisine at Sunny's.

Learn more about The Hall South Beach >>

The Hall South Beach Entry

The Hall South Beach

The Hall South Beach

The Hall South Beach Pool

The Hall South Beach


All-Inclusive Summer Luxury at Hyatt Ziva Cancun


By: Five Star Alliance

A playful family escape, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is a beachfront resort on Mexico's Yucatan Coast. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Natalie Maneval.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun, which opened late last year, has a distinct Mexican vibe that grabs you right in the lobby, thanks to the dramatic ocean views that set the mood immediately. 

Here, the Presidential Suite has 4,381 square feet of space across two floors. Each room at Ziva Cancun includes a balcony, but the Presidential Suite boasts two, along with a marble bathroom with a separate hot tub and rain shower. This top suite is also considered Hyatt Club Level, meaning it comes with special perks like personalized Beach Butler and concierge services, top-shelf liquors, a discount on spa and salon services and more.

Honeymooners may want to opt for the Hyatt Ziva Sky Swim-Up Ocean Front Master King. This romantic, 70-square-foot hideaway is perched in the Turquoize (adults-only) tower, and includes an oversized balcony, a private hot tub and a seating area. There is also a floor-to-ceiling corner rainfall shower. Guests of this suite will receive private check-in and exclusive access to the rooftop, adults-only pool.

Tip: This guestroom is also ideal for those seeking some rejuvenation, as it has direct access to the spa. Looking for a prime ocean view? We hear that the same Turquoize tower also has Corner suites with fabulous vistas included.

For guests who book the Ocean Front Master King because of the spa access, we suggest ordering the Zen signature massage. This treatment combines Swedish, Thai, Deep Tissue, Reflexology and Shiatsu techniques. After this experience, guests can relax in the spa's indoor pool, which has direct views of the Caribbean Sea. There is also a chance to take a dip in the hot tub, sauna, steam room and cold plunge.

Foodies take note: The hotel has a choice of nine restaurants. La Bastille, which serves French cuisine in an adults-only atmosphere, works for a romantic dinner. (Those seeking a private experience should ask for beach-side dining on the Ziva Pier.) While dining at Chevy's, kids will be excited about sipping milkshakes in a '57 Chevy convertible, complete with all-American fare.

Note: There may be a wide range of adults-only experiences at Ziva, but the hotel also has a number of child-friendly offerings, like a Kidz waterpark, a game room with teen activities, paddle boarding and more, to make them feel like little VIPs.

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Hyatt Ziva Cancun pool


Waterfront Redesign at the Boston Harbor Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Located on Boston's waterfront, near the Financial District, Seaport District, and North End, the Boston Harbor Hotel has just completed a renovation of it's 230 guestrooms and suites. Being Boston's only five-star waterfront property, the hotel's location is now carried throughout the rooms with a coastal redesign. The redesign of the rooms followed the recent renovation of the hotel's wine-centric restaurant, Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, as well as the Rowes Wharf Health Club & Spa.

Presidential Suite at Boston Harbor Hotel

Among the renovated guestrooms is the 1,400 square foot Presidential Suite. The 16th floor suite has new furnishings (including a 56-inch curved flat screen television and dining area for 8), bespoke amenities (a fully-stocked wet bar), and views of Boston's waterfront. Harbor-inspired art highlights the location of the Boston Harbor Hotel within the city. Similarly, it has spaces for entertaining and relaxation, especially with a private balcony overlooking the harbor.

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Presidential Suite at Boston Harbor Hotel

Presidential Suite at Boston Harbor Hotel

 


Villa Cortez at One&Only Palmilla


By: Five Star Alliance

One&Only Palmilla, located along a soft sandy beach of the Baja coast in Los Cabos, has 172 rooms - each offers Sea of Cortez views. The luxury resort also features a 4 bedroom, 10,500 square foot luxury villa named Villa Cortez, with prices ranging from $10,000 a night upwards.  

What do you get for a five figure price tag?

- Enough space for 8 adults and 2 children (4 bedrooms, remember?)
- Office
- Gym
- Spa area
- A theater with 19.5 foot screen and seating for 12
- 12 Villa specific staff
- Pool
- Patio (including veranda with whirlpool, fire pits, shower, day beds, loungers, and more)
- Palapa (a traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches)
Interior living space: 789m2 / 8,500ft2
- Exterior living space: 186m2 / 2,000ft2

Check rates and availability for Villa Cortez at One&Only Palmilla >>

Pictured: Lounging by the fire on the long beachfront veranda which features an infinity-edge pool, whirlpool, fire pits, shower, day beds, and lounge. Image courtesy of One&Only Palmilla on Instagram at /oneandonlypalmilla/.

Villa Cortez Firepit - Palmilla


Upgraded Amenities at the River Inn Memphis


By: Five Star Alliance

A boutique luxury hotel, the River Inn Memphis, is located just steps from the Mighty Mississippi in Downtown Memphis' Harbor Town community. With only 28 rooms, the intimate Inn is accented by gas-lit lanterns, decorative wrought iron, blooming window boxes and a panoramic view from the Terrace on the roof top. 

All guest rooms feature a Queen or King 4 poster bed and most rooms feature a Mississippi River view. But best of all, no matter what room you book or which rate package, as of this writing, all guests receive the following:

- Free Parking
- Complimentary glass of Champagne or Wine at check-in
- Library-style sitting area on each floor with early morning coffee
- Complimentary gourmet breakfast at Paulette's
- Port wine and chocolate truffles at turn-down
- Free High-speed wireless Internet service
- Complimentary guest computers
- Use of Fitness Room
- Gratuities for Room Attendant and Breakfast Server

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The River Inn Memphis

 


3 Things We Love at the W French Quarter in New Orleans


By: Five Star Alliance

Located in the heart of New Orleans' most historic district, at the W New Orleans French Quarter, 2 blocks from Bourbon Street, guests are within walking distance from some of the city's best live jazz venues, top restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, and the iconic Jackson Square. There are lots of reasons we love this enchanting hotel with Southern hospitality, but here are three:

1. The lush courtyard, with complimentary wireless internet and bubbling fountain that leads to a heated outdoor pool surrounded by green trees and an intricate iron gate designed to transport you to the French Riviera. 

W New Orleans French Quarter Courtyard

2. The four Studio Suites are in their own standalone building. From inside where there is a seating area and separate master bedrom, go out the front French doors to a private patio or balcony, or head out the back where a second balcony or a private courtyard with a Jacuzzi awaits. 

Studio Suite at W New Orleans French Quarter

3. SoBou, featuring Louisiana Street Food Inspired Small Plates, has a Beer Garden with beer taps in the tables and self-serve wine machines. 

SoBou Beer Garden W French Quarter

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Exploring New Orleans from the Le Meridien Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

After a $29 million renovation in 2015, the all new Le Meridien New Orleans mixes contemporary culture with its European heritage, creating a culturally refined and meaningful atmosphere in downtown New Orleans. Just steps from the French Quarter but in a quieter location, close to Harrah's Casino and the Warehouse District, enjoy complimentary admission to the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), and the Ogden. 

Right now the Le Meridien New Orleans is offering the "Bike the Big Easy" package, which includes 2 Buzz Nola Bike rental gift certificates for 1/2 day rental, plus breakfast for 2 guests in LMNO, located on the ground floor. 

After a day exploring New Orleans on your bike, and wandering through the museums, the rooftop pool is one of our favorites. Located on the 4th floor, lounge chairs are complimentary but the private poolside cabanas (equipped with a TV, couch and lounge chair) require a reservation. 

Learn more and check for rates and availability at the Le Meridien Hotel in New Orleans >>

Le Meridien New Orleans Rooftop Pool