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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 Magic Treehouse Comes Alive for Christmas at The Plaza New York

December 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Plaza New York
New York City's iconic hotel, The Plaza, is embarking on a holiday new journey with Random House Children’s Books and author Mary Pope Osborne, creator of the Magic Tree House series. This literary partnership provides boys and girls the opportunity to set off from the historic hotel to explore the Big Apple as inspired by the books.  The Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza is pairs the hotel with the popular fiction books and the corresponding Magic Tree HouseFact Tracker—the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles—and supplemented with New York activities that bring each story to life. 

From December 1 - December 31, 2014, the focus is on the book A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time and Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens and corresponding Fact Tracker.

Each experience includes luxurious accommodations in a guest room or suite, a Plaza-specific passport for collecting stamps throughout each trip, a special Magic Tree House pin to designate explorers, and a New York City welcome amenity.

Availability:
This offer is available subject to availability.

Rates:
Rates from $2015 USD per night, based on double occupancy.

This NYC Magic Tree House package rate is based upon availability and exclusive of tax & gratuity. This offer is not applicable to group bookings of ten or more and cannot be combined with any other special offer. 


Spend New Year's Eve in Miami

December 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hilton Bentley

Sun, surf, neon, and celebration are the name of the game when you spend New Year's Eve in Miami.
It's not too late for you to join the revelry!  We found availability at the following Miami hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Sofitel Miami has a Superior Two Double Bedded room for $229 per night.

* InterContinental at Doral Miami has a Club Floor room for $359 per night.

* Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a King room for $799 per night. 

* The Redbury South Beach has a Redbury King room for $579 per night.

For a beachy splurge, Hilton Bentley has a King Studio for $1728 per night and Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a Club Level Executive Suite for $2899 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


Spend New Year's Eve in the Nation's Capital

December 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC
If you've ever dreamed of spending New Year's Eve in Washington, now's your chance!

We found availability at the following DC-area hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City has a King room for $159 per night.

* Le Meridien Arlington has a Classic King room for $149 per night.

* The Fairfax at Embassy Row at has a Superior King room for $179 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Washington DC has a Queen room for $189 per night.

* Hotel Monaco Alexandra has a Deluxe Queen room for $195 per night.

* Dupont Circle Hotel has a Superior King room for $195 per night.

* Park Hyatt Washington has a Deluxe King room for $199 per night. 

* Loews Madison Hotel has a Deluxe Queen room for $206 per night.

* W Washington DC has a Wonderful Queen room for $235 per night.

* The St Regis Washington DC has a Superior King room for $266 per night.

Or, if you are feeling like a splurge, Four Seasons Washington has a One Bedroom Courtyard King Suite for $2045 per night. Breakfast is included.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


Spend New Year's Eve in New York City

December 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy New York

It's not too late to join the throngs watching the ball drop in Times Square!
We found availability at the following New York hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Hotel Americano has Queen City View rooms starting at $325 per night. 

* Andaz Wall Street has Andaz King rooms starting at $345 per night. 

* W New York Downtown has King Wonderful rooms starting at $422 per night.

* The Tribeca Grand Hotel has King Superior City View rooms starting at $479 per night.

Smyth-A Thompson Hotel has King Superior rooms starting at $500 per night.

* W New York has Queen Wonderful rooms starting at $514 per night.

* ONE UN New York has Deluxe Queen rooms starting at $543 per night.

The NoMad Hotel has Classic King Bed Interior Rooms starting at $545 per night.

* Andaz 5th Avenue has Andaz Loft King rooms starting at $565 per night. 

* The James New York has King Studio rooms starting at $584 per night. 

There's even some rooms still available at Westin New York Times Square, which would put you right in the heart of the action. It has King rooms starting at $716 per night for a stay from 12/31/14-1/2/14. Stay an additional night, and the rate drops to $543 per night. Make a weekend of it and check out on the 4th, and you can book the room starting at $457 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.  


Last Minute Christmas Rates: Farmhouse Inn

December 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Farmhouse Inn


If you just can't face another holiday full of eggnog and family drama, you are in luck. Five Star Alliance has found some great last-minute deals at hotels around the world. Keep in mind that these rates have limited availability, so book early! You'll also want to carefully read the rate details to avoid disappointment.

Farmhouse Inn has an America's Winter Offer. Stay four nights and get:

-Fourth night free in Deluxe or Luxury or Suite Rooms

-Complimentary 3-course breakfast

-Free Parking

-Free WiFi

Book a romantic getaway at Farmhouse Inn and enjoy all the warmth and hospitality of a family owned bed and breakfast inn coupled with the services and amenities of a Preferred Boutique Hotel. The inn is located in Forestville, California (just 1 1/2 hours north of San Francisco) – the hub of the Russian River Valley, literally minutes from hundreds of wineries and world-class restaurants. Surrounded by the towns of Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, the Sonoma Coast and the Santa Rosa airport, the internationally-acclaimed Farmhouse Inn, Michelin starred Restaurant and Spa offers something for everyone.  

Book your stay at Farmhouse Inn >>


Incredible 20% Early Bird Special at Viceroy Bali

December 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy BaliIf a vacation in Bali is on your bucket list, now is the time to book. For a limited time, Viceroy Bali is offering a spectactular deal. Simply book the special Five Star Alliance rate 60 days in advance, and you'll receive 20% off your stay and a $100 spa credit.

Viceroy Bali is situated only five minutes leisurely drive from the cultural heartland of Bali, Ubud which is famous for its artistic community, traditional dance ceremonies, temples and rural vistas. The hotel and villas enjoy unparalleled views of the dramatic river gorge, and the forested slopes and terraced paddy fields beyond.

At Viceroy Bali all the villas are luxurious with private pools and spectacular views over Petanu River gorge and tropical forests. All villas have luxurious European fittings combined with Balinese architectural features. The decor of each villa is sumptuous, all have marble floors, luxurious furnishings, top quality beds with fine thread count linen, spacious marble bathroom with separate shower, bath, twin vanities, all have air conditioning, ceiling fans, 42' LCD satellite television, DVD player, espresso coffee machine and more.

Balanced on the hill slope overlooking the spectacular Petanu River Gorge with its unrivalled views, The Lembah Spa offers treatments developed by Swiss professionals to combine the best of the West, with Balinese natural treatments. In addition to a variety of massage and body treatments, the Lembah Spa also offers beauty treatments, facials, creme hair baths, manicure, pedicure and reflexology. For our very special Viceroy guests, the Lembah Spa also offers complimentary use of the steam room the sixty-eight jet therapeutic American Jacuzzi and associated facilities.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.  Please read the rate terms carefully to avoid disappointment.

Book a stay at Viceroy Bali >>


Hotel Mazarin Offers a Host of Complimentary Amenities

November 19, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Mazarin

Hotel Mazarin takes its name from the famous European diplomat and Catholic Pontiff, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, a 17th century Italian-born statesman, gambler, aide-de camp to French royalty, Machiavellian scholar, chief financial minister to Queen Anne, and a longtime Regent of France on behalf of Louis the XIV. A Renaissance man and collector of fine wines and wealth, he designed the Mazarin Diamond, one of the first forms of the brilliant cut.

At the historic luxury hotel, the guestrooms are thoughtfully appointed to cater to the modern traveler while preserving New Orleans' signature charm. Hotel guests will enjoy a private courtyard setting with a Renaissance-inspired fountain, a 24-hour fitness center, and a business center.

Guests need only to step outside and enjoy the jazz resonating in the streets and galleries and shops just a half block away on Royal Street. The lively nightlife and music New Orleans is known for is on Bourbon Street, also just a half block away. Enjoy a nightcap at the only French Quarter wine bar, Patrick's Bar Vin or at the hotel's Prohibition-era inspired bar 21st Amendment at La Louisiane. 

Guests enjoy the following amenities included in the room rate:

Wireless Internet access
Daily deluxe breakfast
Welcome cocktail at our 21st Amendment at La Louisiane
In-room bottled artesian water and coffee
Daily newspaper
Local calls

Additional amenities include:

Fitness center
Concierge service
Business center
Patrick’s Bar Vin Wine Bar
21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane
Valet parking (additional fee)
Special pricing is available to guests of the Hotel Mazarin for New Orleans airport transportation service

Book your stay at Hotel Mazarin >>


Belmond Charleston Place: A Unique Balance Between Historic Charm and Modern Luxury

November 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Charleston PlaceTake a step back in time, exploring centuries-old gardens and antebellum architecture while staying in the heart of one of the most romantic and vibrant cities in the world.

There are few cities in the world that have been able to preserve its past like Charleston. History abounds on every street corner with beautifully maintained architecture from houses to churches to historic sites like Fort Sumter, the famous open-air market and the gardens and plantations, which are some of the country's oldest.

While the past is still very much alive in Charleston, the city has become a vibrant, cosmopolitan destination, tempting travelers around the world to experience its rich culture, boutique shopping and arguably one of the best culinary scenes in the country. Condé Nast Traveler has ranked Charleston the Number 1 City in the US for 4 years in a row and no hotel in Charleston better represents the city's unique balance between historic charm and modern luxury than Belmond Charleston Place.Belmond Charleston Place

One of the grandest properties in the Belmond collection, Belmond Charleston Place is consistently ranked among the best hotels by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. The hotel evokes the feeling of a grand, 17th century residence, from lush personal suites to the Italian marble lobby with a signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier. More than 200 rooms at Belmond Charleston Place have recently undergone a complete revitalization, resulting in modern, luxurious accommodations with slick in-room technology. The rooms feature new furniture, distinctive pieces of artwork and Carrera marble bathrooms.

The staff of Belmond Charleston Place is dedicated to indulging its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s full-service European-style spa, horizon-edge swimming pool with retractable glass roof, upscale shops and the Charleston Grill, the on-site restaurant that’s been consistently recognized with an AAA Four Diamond Award, Mobil Four Star Award and "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator. Executive Chef Michelle Weaver presents a menu that is a unique balance of Southern, French and Contemporary cuisines highlighted by favorites like the Charleston Grill Crab Cake or Okeechobee Catfish & Fried Shrimp. The sight of local fine art and sounds of live, world-class jazz featured nightly at Charleston Grill accompany the unparalleled culinary experience.
Belmond Charleston Place
Surrounded by historic homes and buildings, strolling distance to the city's delightful shops, galleries and restaurants, and close to pristine beaches, Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for guests to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other.


Imagine being able to explore all Charleston has to offer you this season with an exceptional discount. Belmond Charleston Place's Upgrade Your Stay Offer includes a 20% discount on luxurious Club Level or Suite accommodations for a limited time. 

Book your stay at Belmond Charleston Place >>


Book a Stay at Hogwarts

October 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! You can now book a room at Hogwarts, the mythical wizarding academy attended by the boy wizard and his pals. Sort of. Since Hogwarts is, well, fictional, you can't really check-in. But, the Georgian House in London has transformed some guest rooms into Wizard's Chambers. The rooms are part of the hotel's Harry Potter Tour Package. The first part of the package is the Muggle Walking Tour, which showcases landmark sights used in the making of the film. Then, check into the Wizard's Chambers. They have a gothic feel, very true to the spirit of Hogwarts, with 4 poster beds, potion bottles and cauldrons, and unexpected wizardly details. A full English breakfast is included. 

After breakfast, take a walk to Victoria Station and climb aboard the Harry Potter Tour bus. The bus takes you to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour– The Making of Harry Potter. This tour gives you the lowdown on how the films were made, and you get to see many of the sets and props that feature in the movies. This tour has 5 stars and rave reviews, and is a must for any Harry Potter fan.

Harry Potter Package Details and Prices

For two people, 1 night in the Wizard Chambers, with breakfast and Muggle tour: £249.00. (£60 for an additional child and £72 for an additional adult)

For two people, 1 night in the Wizard Chambers, with breakfast, Muggle Tour tickets and Studio Tour tickets including the branded bus transport from Victoria £363, (£112 for an extra child and £129 for an extra adult)

Wizard Chambers prices, not including tours:
For two people, with breakfast, £209 ( for each additional guest sharing the room, an extra £20)

Happy Wizarding!


Get Your Fourth Night Free at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach

October 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
 is offering guests a free night. Book four consecutive nights at Acqualina and receive the fourth night free plus the following daily benefits:

• Daily Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
• Daily $40 Body or Facial Spa Treatment Credit for up to two adults at Acqualina Spa By ESPA
• Daily access to our award-winning Children's Program, AcquaMarine, for Children Ages 5 to 12
• Welcome Fruit Amenity
The Fourth Night Free Offer is available now through December 19, 2014 with rates starting from $550 per night for a Deluxe Intracoastal Room.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach epitomizes the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa combined with the beautiful oceanfront location on Florida's Riviera. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this Miami Beach luxury resort features 188 residences, 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites and world-class luxury hotel amenities, including three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools and an innovative marine biology-based children's program.

Book a stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach >>