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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.

New Hotel Openings: Andaz Napa

August 23, 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.

Andaz, a property brand owned by Hyatt, is coming to Napa Valley, California on September 7th, 2012! Formerly an AVIA hotel, the Andaz Napa has undergone a transformation with a few incredible updates worth exploring. Instead of a traditional front desk, the Andaz Napa features a lounge area where guests can check in via iPad, tabletop computer, or on their way to the room. What a great way to embrace the developments of technology and make the check in process effortless for guests! While checking in, a host greets guests with a welcome glass of wine to immerse visitors into wine country. The restaurant will feature “Napa to table” fare, all locally sourced along with an extensive Napa Valley wine list. The rooms feature hardwood floors and contemporary furnishings, and keeping true to the Andaz standard, the Andaz Napa will offer free Wi-Fi, minibar snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks. No plans to visit Napa Valley in the coming future? Then check out a few of the other Andaz hotels below:

Andaz 5th Avenue in New York City

Adaz Liverpool Street London

Andaz Shanghai

Andaz San Diego (pictured above)

Andaz Wall Street in New York City

 

 


Best Rooftop Hotspots: The Betsy Hotel

August 21, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has gone through its collection of 520 luxury hotels in over 70 countries and put together a list of its top hotels with the best rooftops. Ranging from a rooftop restaurant to a rooftop pool with stunning city views, be sure to check out our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring these happening hotels with rooftops worth exploring.

The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida tops the list with its rooftop solarium and wellness garden which offers incredible views of the ocean and allows guests to take in the soothing environment. The sole surviving example of Florida Georgian architecture on Ocean Drive, the Betsy Hotel is a distinguished historic landmark featuring 61 intimate rooms that are private beachside havens. Be sure to explore the spa facility which is located in the rooftop solarium and features three cabanas providing a personalized treatment experience. Make your reservations at the Betsy Hotel here! Be sure to check in with us again to discover the other luxury hotels with happening rooftops that made the list!


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Chewton Glen

August 20, 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.

Chewton Glen is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel, spa, and country club is located between the ancient New Forest and the sea in Hampshire, United Kingdom. It features an award-winning restaurant, world-class leisure activities, and modern conference facilities. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a corporate event, Chewton Glen has the ambiance and atmosphere to suit both business and leisure trips. Take advantage of the indoor spa and hydrotherapy pool, 2 indoor and 2 outdoor tennis courts, and a nine-hole par 3 golf course onsite. Aside from incredible facilities, Chewton Glen goes above and beyond to provide all visitors with impeccable and personalized service for an unforgettable stay. Explore hotel photos, availability, and rates here!


Fun Fact Friday! Enjoy Gin and Tonic Afternoon Tea

August 17, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Did you know that Le Meridien Piccadilly in London now offers a Gin and Tonic Afternoon Tea? Enjoy this fun twist on afternoon tea at the Terrace Bar & Grill for about $50 per person and choose from 6 fruit or herb-infused gins along with finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and a variety of pastries. Make your reservations for this fantastic hotel here!


L’Auberge de Sedona Just Got Steamier

August 17, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

L’Auberge de Sedona underwent an extensive, $25 million renovation period that was completed last year, and the new look and feel of this luxury hotel is certainly worth checking out. L’Auberge de Sedona is sporting a newly designed lobby and has completely redesigned Lodge rooms and Creekside and Garden Cottages. Several brand new Spa Cottages and Vista Cottages and Suites have been added, and probably it’s most exciting addition is its private outdoor showers! In case you were looking for a hotel that knows how to kick up the romance, L’Auberge de Sedona definitely just got a little bit steamier. The cottages now have an enclosed, outdoor cedar shower open to the sky, perfect for viewing the sunrise or the night sky. The cottages also feature fireplaces, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs, and private balconies or patios. A few other noteworthy renovations include a redesign of their award winning spa, a Veranda Bar, and a new saltwater pool with a deck overlooking the Sedona Red Rock formations. Be sure to explore L’Auberge de Sedona for an intimate getaway with your significant other!


The Trump International Beach Resort is the Perfect Vacation Spot

August 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Trump International Beach Resort is a 32-story, 390-room romantic hotspot and happening family vacation zone. It’s rare that a luxury hotel can embody both categories and provide the perfect vacation for all, but the Trump International Beach Resort is one of those rare and fortunate finds. Pristinely located on the Atlantic Ocean in Sunny Isles Beach, this luxury hotel has four fine dining restaurants and lounges, a full service fitness center, and a Just Us Kids program to offer. Your kids can partake in morning and afternoon activities such as beach and pool games, and arts and craft projects lead by specially trained counselors. One of the best features at the Trump International Beach Resort is that its brand new Bella Beach restaurant and bar is located right on the sandy beach and has a dining area, bar, and luxurious daybeds and lounge chairs. Relax on the sand with the best ocean views by only taking a few steps from the hotel. Return from a day at the beach and lounge by the six million dollar pool complex complete with waterfalls, hot tubs, and lush tropical foliage, and then retire to your oversized room ranging from 550 to 1,773 square feet. Make your reservations at this phenomenal luxury hotel and start packing for the perfect vacation!


Your Questions Answered: Best Room at Stowe Mountain Lodge for a Family

August 15, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: I’m traveling with my family and we’d like to stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge. Can their studio room options accommodate 2 adults and 1 child the age of 4?

Answer: All of the studio units have a king bed and a queen sleeper sofa, so they would be able to accommodate up to four people. The studios also have a fire place, kitchenette, and an outdoor terrace or balcony. To make a reservation, you can either do so online or over the phone, whichever you prefer. To make the reservation online, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating 'traveling with 4 year old child' so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Celebrate National Chicken Month at the Four Seasons Chicago

August 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

National Chicken Month is almost upon us, and the Four Seasons Chicago is celebrating this joyous occasion with an All-You-Can-Eat extravaganza! Executive Chef Kevin Hickey is bringing back the popular all-you-can-eat fried chicken lunch and dinner menu to Allium Restaurant each Thursday in September. Formerly at the Four Seasons Atlanta, Kevin Hickey certainly brings the southern flavor and hospitality to the Windy City. The menu features a wedge salad with candied pecans, Tomme de Nena cheese, a basket of all-you-can-eat buttermilk fried chicken, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and gravy and biscuits, all served family style. The dessert is Pastry Chef Scott Gerken’s peach pie with blueberry ice cream. (Can you say YUM?) Enjoy this incredible menu for $38 per person for either lunch or dinner each Thursday in September at Allium. Make your reservations at the Four Seasons Chicago and take part in this food eating frenzy!


Four Seasons George V Paris Adds a New Penthouse

August 13, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Paris, the city of baguettes, fancy cheese, and berets is an extremely popular destination among travelers, and with 72 luxury hotels in the area, each hotel needs to stay on top of its game to stand out from the competition. The Four Seasons George V Paris has recently undergone an overall renovation of its rooms and also added a new, luxurious penthouse to its collection of swanky suites. Located on the 8th floor of the hotel, the new, beautiful penthouse has walls decorated with silk, sycamore, and majilite, stunning light-colored floors made from calcareous rock made from mineral springs, and extravagant furniture. Enjoy incredible views of Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower from the intimate upper balcony or one of six terraces.

Our favorite aspect is the marble bathroom which features an incredible infinity bath, but every detail of this penthouse leaves us absolutely stunned. Can’t quite swing the swanky penthouse? Be sure to check out all the other room options available at this beautiful property, and prepare to fall in love with the Four Seasons George V in the City of Love.


Check Out the Newly Improved Halekulani

August 8, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Halekulani has been hosting visitors to Waikiki Beach for nearly 100 years, but even the most hip and trendy luxury hotels need a face lift every now and then. This beautiful Hawaiian hotel has earned its reputation for its gracious hospitality, impeccable service, and incredible cuisine, and with its updates, the Halekulani is now that much more stunning and reputable. For the past year, the Halekulani has been sprucing all of its rooms and suites as well as enhancing guest experiences, services, and amenities. The hotel has also added a new French Bar, L’Aperitif at La Mer, and a new Afternoon Tea experience. Each guestroom has been improved with new furnishings, accessories, amenities, new lighting design, bedding, and enhanced in-room technology. We simply love the new look and feel of the Halekulani and admire how a stunning property can undergo a major improvement period without losing its historic and charming feel. Explore the new look of the Halekulani for yourself and let us know what you think!