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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.

Your Questions Answered: Special Packages and Deals in Mauritius

September 5, 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: We’re looking for a special rate in Mauritius with full board. Please let us know what specials and packages are available for travel in January.

Answer: The St. Regis Mauritius Resort has a 'Deluxe Ocean View Non-smoking Spacious Private Terrace: Butler Service: Luxurious One King Bed: Opening Offer Free Upgrade To Full Board, Spa Credit, Early Check in, Late Check out, and a Bottle Of Champagne' room option available. This option includes an upgrade to full board and a 100 Euro spa credit. To view rates and to make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be advised that this package is subject to availability.


Never Count Sheep Again at the Hazelton Hotel

September 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Toronto’s International Film Festival is upon us, and with that comes an influx of movie stars and luxury hotels pulling out all the stops for its guests. The Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto received quite a bit of hype since it’s the new kid on the block that opened last January, but the Hazelton Hotel took it to a completely new level with its $99,900 bed installation. The Vividus (yes, the bed has a name), is made with Arctic Circle forest-sourced pine, hand-laid springs, and a “carefully balanced blend of hand-teased horsehair, cotton, wool and flax.” Want to experience the most comfortable bed in the world for yourself? Make your reservations at the Hazelton Hotel here!


Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at the Langham Hong Kong

August 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Prepare yourselves for the massive Food & Wine Festival to be hosted by the Langham Hong Kong this year from September 13th - 23rd, 2012. The festival will feature award winning wineries, world-class chefs, and renowned industry aficionados. Foodies will be able to learn some new techniques through master classes taught by Michelin starred international chefs. If you’re more of an eater and drinker than a cooker, then sample from the buffet of dishes or attend a rum appreciation class.

Explore the menu and schedule here and be sure to reserve your spot to sample various foods. To explore the Langham Hong Kong and stay amidst the action, make your reservations here >>


Your Questions Answered: Romantic Hotel Recommendation in Sydney, Australia

August 29, 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: We’re looking for a luxury 2 night romantic stay in a hotel overlooking Sydney Harbor & the Opera House, a day spa, and a large spa bath in the suite. The dates are September 21st – 23rd, 2012. What can you recommend?

Answer: The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is a great luxury hotel option that has availability for your dates of travel. It is located in the heart of Circular Quay, overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour. Ideal for business or pleasure, the hotel is moments away from the world famous Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and historic Rocks district and a vibrant array of galleries, restaurants and theatres.

This hotel has rooms starting from 249 AUD, approximately 259 USD per night (advance purchase, non-refundable rate). This hotel has rooms that have views overlooking the city, overlooking the Opera House, and a partial view of the Harbour Bridge. For a romantic weekend, I would suggest booking the 'Couples Getaway' package which is in a Spa Suite that has a bathtub with spray jets and a whirlpool that fits 2. The nightly rate breakdown of this room option is below. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Nightly Rate Breakdown

2012-09-21 AUD 529.00

2012-09-22 AUD 599.00

To make a reservation for this room option, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the 'Couples Getaway' room type, and fill in the booking form.


Lindsay Lohan Parties a Little Too Hard for the Chateau Marmont

August 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

After a 47 day stay in the Chateau Marmont in California, Lindsay Lohan racked up a $46,350.04 hotel bill that went unpaid. The hotel made several attempts to resolve this matter, but their efforts were unsuccessful, resulting in a stern letter addressed to Lindsay from the hotel’s General Manager and a banning from the entire property until her outstanding debt is paid. Lindsay was asked to remove her belongings by 12:00PM on August 1st, 2012. So what, you may ask, does a movie star buy to drop nearly $50,000 on a month and a half stay in a luxurious hotel? Why cigarettes and alcohol, of course! During her stay, minibar charges equaled $3,145.07, and her cigarette’s bill was $686 at a whopping $14 a pack. We certainly hope the Chateau Marmont receives its outstanding payment, but we’re doubtful that they'll be quick to forget and allow Miss Lohan to stay again.


Your Questions Answered: Understanding a Hotel’s Cancellation Policy

August 28, 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: We would like to stay at the Chateau De La Chevre d'Or in France, but before we make our reservation we’d like to know its cancellation policy. It states ‘CXL by 7 days prior to arrival – fee 1 night CXL incurs 61 Eur fee-until 7 days.

Answer: The cancellation policies can sometimes be a little bit difficult to decipher. This hotel’s cancellation policy means that if you cancel your reservation more than 7 days prior to arrival, you will be charged a 61 Euro cancellation fee. If you cancel your reservation within 7 days prior to arrival, you will be charged 1 night's rate plus tax as penalty. To clarify, regardless of how far in advance you cancel your reservation, you would always be charged a 61 Euro fee for cancelling, and for cancelations within 7 days of your arrival date, you would be charged 1 night’s rate plus tax as a penalty.


Grab a Beer Float at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort

August 27, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado is taking a new spin on the dessert-drink favorite and serving up Root Beer Floats, minus the Root Beer, plus beer! These Beer Floats are concocted from rare or seasonal beers and an ice cream or sorbet flavor perfectly paired for an ideal flavor. Here are a few Beer Floats on tap this season:

New Belgium 1554 Black Ale 13 paired with rocky mountain road ice cream, raspberry-champagne sorbet

Samuel Adams American Kriek 24 paired with black cherry-nutella swirl ice cream, dark chocolate ice cream & vanilla bean ice cream

New Belgium Lips of Faith-Tart Lychee 24 paired with lemon-thyme sorbet and vanilla bean ice cream, apple cinnamon sorbet, raspberry-champagne sorbet

Explore photos, rates, and availability at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort here >>


Five Star Alliance Favorites: The Post Ranch Inn

August 24, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We sift through newsletters, promotions, updates, rants, raves, and reviews to find the absolute best luxury hotels in various categories. Our team of luxury travel experts certainly knows a thing or two about what’s considered to be an exceptional hotel, so we’ve put our top picks together to create a list of Five Star Alliance Favorites!

Courtney, our General Manager here at Five Star Alliance, has voted the Post Ranch Inn in Monterey, California as her dream hotel. The photos below speak for themselves, but if you’re more of a facts person, here’s a little information about this incredible property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Nestled on the cliffs of Big Sur, California, the Post Ranch Inn provides the ultimate romantic getaway.

- This hotel only has 30 rooms, and each features either an ocean or mountain view.

- Each room has a king-size bed, wood-burning fireplace, indoor spa tub, private deck, stereo, and a digital music system with forty-five channels.

- Guests can enjoy the complimentary wet bar and mini-bar with snacks, juices, and a half bottle of red and white wine.

- There are no televisions or alarm clocks in the guestrooms which allows guests to fully disconnect, relax, and rejuvinate.

- This is an adult-only hotel, and the minimum age for guests is 18.

- Known for its architecture, the Post Ranch Inn features some rooms that are nestled in the mountain side while others are built on stilts among trees!

- There is one lap pool, a heated basking pool overlooking the ocean, and an award winning spa facility.

Explore more photos, availability, and rates at the Post Ranch Inn here. >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fun Fact Friday! Fashion Week Is Almost Here

August 24, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

New York City’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be September 6th – 13th, 2012, and it will feature the hotttest Spring 2013 collections. Make your reservations at any of our 97 luxury hotels to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun. For more information on Fashion Week, visit http://www.mbfashionweek.com/home

(Photo of the Surrey)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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