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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.

Robots Take Over Starwood Hotels!

August 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Check into Aloft Hotels, and you may just run into some robotic customer service. Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward brand of Starwood Hotels, has introduced the hotel brand's first Botlr (robotic butler) at Aloft Cupertino. The addition is a logical next step for Aloft, which is known for its industry-first smart check-in program, Cool Concierge program, and piloting Apple TV in-room services.

A.L.O the Botlr will be on call to assist his Aloft human counterparts in delivering amenities to guests. Guests simply call down to the front desk, and the three-foot tall robot, who is on call 24/7, will fulfill every request. Staff load up A.L.O with the desired items (such as a toothbrush, an extra blanket, etc.) and then enter the correct guest room. A.L.O uses WiFi to get around, and call navigate hallways and call the elevator. Best of all, cash tips aren't accepted by A.L.O. Instead, the robot accepts tweets as tips. #cool

If A.L.O is successful, additional Botlrs will be implemented in Aloft's nearly 100 properties.


Park Hyatt New York Opens

August 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Park Hyatt New York

Park Hyatt New York, the flagship hotel of the globally recognized Park Hyatt brand, makes its grand debut today. Guests will appreciate the hotel's prime location across from Carnegie Hall and within walking distance to Central Park. The property will allow the best local New York artists, chefs, interior and fashion designers, musicians, and collectors to showcase their specialties providing the ultimate guest experience. New Yorkers and worldwide travelers alike will enjoy an exquisite bar, gourmet culinary offerings, a phenomenal spa, fitness center, and indoor swimming pool.

Park Hyatt New York will feature 210 luxurious guestrooms, including 92 premier suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and nestled within the first 25 floors of the iconic, 90-story One57 skyscraper, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc. At 475 square feet, the standard rooms at Park Hyatt New York will be among the largest in New York City and the majority of deluxe rooms will span 530 square feet. 

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Hotel Plaza Athenee Re-Opens

July 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Plaza Athenee
Since opening in 1913, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has been the choice of celebrities wishing to experience the energy and elegance of this unique city. The hotel is located on the prestigious avenue Montaigne, home of Parisian haute couture with exclusive labels such as Dior, Chanel and Valentino. Near the Eiffel Tower and River Seine, in the heart of the Triangle d’Or area, the hotel also enjoys incredible views over Paris.

Now, fter a lengthy renovation,  the luxury hotel finally re-opens on August 1, 2014. To mark the occasion, the luxury Parisian hotel has a special offer. Be one of the first guests and you can cut the ribbon to your room or suite.  

Be the First Package Includes:

-A souvenir photo of the ribbon-cutting event.

-Two Black Rose Royal cocktails at the newly redecorated bar. 

-Two American Breakfasts

-A chocolate souvenir

Rates for this special event start at €875 per night. This offer is valid for stays between August 1 and 31, 2014 and is subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply. Rates are per room or suite, per night, based on double occupancy. Taxes and service are included. The cancellation policy is 48 hours before arrival. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Additional restrictions may apply.

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Miraval Resort and Spa Makes Plans for Expansion

July 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Miraval Resort & SpaRevolution Places, the owners of the Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, has entered into a joint ownership agreement with private equity firm KSL Capital Partners.

The new partnership will drive the expansion of the Miraval spa and wellness brand into new markets, with plans to launch in other US locations, in Europe, and in other destinations around the world.

Nestled at the base of the stunning Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa's 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert creates an inspiring backdrop that is warm and welcoming year-round with luxurious accommodations and a world renowned spa.

Miraval

Steve Case, chairman of Revolution, said: "For many years, we have been working to grow Miraval, to bring it to new locations and new people. Partnering with KSL allows us to accelerate these efforts, build on our success in Tucson, and take Miraval to new locations around the country and the world."

Miraval's focus on sustainable living, casita-style guest accommodations, and the spectacular new Life in Balance Spa are consistently recognized by SpaFinder, Travel+Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler year after year.

Miraval began in 1996 with a powerfully simple vision: life is more meaningful and enjoyable when physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components are in balance. Guests came to Miraval individually or with family and friends to relax, refresh, and learn to live and feel better. There were no strict regimens. Instead, choice was the guiding principle, with a wide range of programs and experiences designed to create overall well-being and help guests become more aware of themselves and their surroundings – live in the moment through the means that works best for them. In 2004, Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, became the majority owner of Miraval. Through his own memorable experience at the resort, he saw the opportunity to grow Miraval into a global lifestyle brand.
 

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The Beverly Hills Hotel Unveils Newly Restored Cabana Cafe and Private Cabanas

June 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Beverly Hills Hotel, long known as "The Pink Palace," is famous for legendary service, guests, and pool.  Steeped in Hollywood history and legendary mystique, the beloved pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel has always been home to starlets and movie icons, as well as the setting for numerous classic films.

The Beverly Hills Hotel Pool


The whole pool area has undergone an update, courtesy of renowned hotel and restaurant designer, Adam Tihany. The redesign has included the Cabana Cafe, private cabanas, and the addition of a new Pool Terrace, now allowing for private parties at the hotel's famed pool. The legendary luxury of the pool area has gone an update, but the historic integrity of it has been maintained.

Guests enjoy the complimentary "pop up refreshments" throughout the day:

· Mini Soft Serve Cones
· Frozen Peanut Butter Cups
· Otter Pops
· Mojito Pops
· Mini Lava Flows
· Kiwi-Strawberry Lemonade Cooler
· Li HingMui Pineapple
· Refreshing Evian mist

The Beverly Hills Hotel Pool Loungers
 

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Takes Off

April 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has gotten into the airline game. You can now travel the globe aboard the custom-designed Four Seasons Jet. Those interested in taking the Four Seasons experience airborne will want to sign up for the February 2015 once-in-a-lifetime journey. 

The trip includes nine destinations—from fire dancers in Bora Bora to architectural wonders in India and Australia. Travelers will also receive a Salsa Deluxe Hybrid Cabin Multiwheel from luxury luggage brand RIMOWA. 

The itenirary is as follows: 

-Arrive in LA  to meet the journey's dedicated support team and fellow travellers during a welcome dinner at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel). 
Four Seasons Hualalai Kona


 -Travel aboard the jet to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu (pictured right). Experience the Big Island’s dramatic landscapes and genuine aloha spirit through your choice of activities, including a helicopter tour of the Kohala Coast, a visit to a coffee plantation, or aquatic adventures such as paddleboarding or outrigger canoeing. 

-Next stop is Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora (pictured left)The crystal blue waters that frame this island paradise teem with exotic sea life—best investigated on a snorkelling tour led by the resort's marine biologist. Celebrate with a special dinner on the beach, enhanced by traditional Polynesian entertainment.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora-Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is next up on the journey. Witness the beauty of Sydney Harbour from the seat of a seaplane and, later, aboard a sunset dinner cruise. On solid ground, go backstage at the Sydney Opera House and tour the historic Rocks district.

-Head to Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. Lush landscapes and a refreshingly spiritual perspective await on this beautiful island, where travelers can explore the creative village of Ubud, go whitewater rafting on the Ayung River, or get a taste of Indonesian cuisine during a cooking class.

-In Thailand, elect to stay within the tranquil and artistic city Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai or upgrade to the luxurious Tented Camp at Chiang Rai to experience two nights of jungle adventure. Both destinations offer unforgettable elephant encounters.

-India is next.  Hop off the jet in Agra and experience one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders, the Taj Mahal, before continuing on to Mumbai. Tour Gandhi’s former residence and watch as thousands of dabbawallas execute the city’s traditional lunch delivery system. Guests will stay at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai.Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

-Check into Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (pictured right). Shop this transcontinental city’s expansive Grand Bazaar and tour the opulent Topkapi Palace before unwinding at a Turkish bath. At sunset, take a cocktail cruise down the Bosphorus, which flows between the European and Asian sides of Turkey.

Four Seasons London Park Lane-The jet makes its final stop in London where you’ll toast to this extraordinary journey over a celebratory dinner and bid farewell to your fellow travellers at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane (pictured left). After breakfast the next morning, transfer to the airport to connect with your flight home.

This around-the-world trip will not come cheap. It costs $119,000 per person based on double occupancy.

 

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Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa Introduces 187 Pounds of Adorable

March 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa
has introduced 187 Pounds of Adorable. Born on March 3rd at the world famous Elephant Camp at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort outside Chiang Rai, the 85 kilogram baby elephant, nicknamed Nong Sam, stands 84 centimeters tall at the shoulder and measures 129 centimeters from forehead to tail. The bouncing baby boy was born at to forty-five year old Boon Jan, and is her fifth son. He was nicknamed by his mahout (elephant carer), as is tradition, meaning "three" in Thai and alluding to his birth date on the third day of the third month. Being a Garieng elephant, Nong Sam will choose his own formal name at the age of three in a special ceremony involving bits of paper wrapped around sugarcane. Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa  

National Thai Elephant Day takes place every year on March 13th. The aim of the day is to draw attention to the elephant which is the national animal of Thailand and plays an important part in culture, religion and tradition. A weeklong celebration at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort kicked off with more than 60 children and novice monks from local orphanages and schools invited to the resort to learn about the importance of elephant conservation and affording them a rare opportunity to meet the elephants up close and personal. 

Surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern Thailand's rugged hill country, Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa is a luxury nature retreat set amidst 160 acres of lush tropical jungles overlooking the winding Mekong River and the border with Burma and Laos. The Elephant Camp offers guests such unforgettable experiences as mahout training courses, elephant trekking ,and other conservation activities. 

 

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Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger Have Designs on Hotels

March 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Raleigh South Beach
Legendary Fashion Designers Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger have joined colleagues Armani, Versace, and Missoni (among others) in the hotel business. Lagerfield has  just inked a deal to design a 270-room signature hotel in Macau. Lagerfield will be going for a 19th Century design aesthetic with a modern twist. Karl Lagerfeld isn't brand-new to the hotel-design business. He recently spruced up Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo's new pool. China is currently is quite popular with designers and designers. Bulgar is opening a new hotel in Shanghai in 2015, and Versace plans to open Palazzo Versace Macau, in 2017.

American sportswear designer Tommy Hilfiger isn't just designing The Raleigh, he has purchased it. The art deco hotel is a South Beach icon, and Hilfiger has plans to add a destination spa, fine dining outlets, and possibly a private club to the hotel. The hotel will most likely undergo interior redecoration to reflect the Hilfiger style.

Other fashionable luxury hotel spots include the Oscar de la Renta-decorated villas at Tortuga Bay, a Dior suite at The St Regis New York, a Diane Von Fursternberg suite at Claridge's, and Ralph Lauren's Round Hill Hotel and Villa's accommodations. 

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The Gleneagles Hotel Re-Launches the Leisure Club

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Gleneagles Hotel
The Gleneagles Hotel
 
has officially relaunched The Club, which is the hotel's leisure complex. The re-launch, which took 12 months and cost  £5 million, coincides with the hotel's 90th anniversary and arrives just in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being held at the hotel.

The Club's reception area now has a viewing gallery overlooking the pool hall, and a waiting area with comfortable seating. There are dry and wet stairs so that swimmers and gym users can stay seperate. The changing facilities have been enlarged with more lockers, vanity tables, and added space for adult and toddler changing cubicles. There is a playroom  for junior members between 2 and 10 years old.The Gleneagles Hotel Leisure Pool

The former lap pool has now been transformed into a soothing adults-only zone. There is a whirlpool tub, sauna and steam room, and heated loungers. The leisure pool now features a waterfall, bubble jet crossing, and bubble pool. Undergoing a complete transformation, the old outdoor pool is now an Alpine Onsen. The outdoor pool now combines the look and feel of a hot mountain pool with the tranquillity of a highland landscape. 

The Gleneagles Hotel

The hotel has previously unveiled a series of developments including the £3 million overhaul of the Dormy Clubhouse in 2011, the installation of The Blue Bar - a new outdoor whisky and cigar bar - in the same year, and a £1 million investment in its PGA Centenary Course in 2012. In 2013, the resort invested £1million in refurbishing 36 of its 232 rooms, as part of a rolling revamp.

The Gleneagles Hotel was built in 1924 and is situated in 850 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside, just one hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel is a haven of luxury British heritage that offers a five star hotel experience. With 232 elegant rooms, including 26 suites, the hotel provides some of the finest accommodation in Scotland.

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Welcome Back Loews Regency Hotel!

January 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loews Regency HotelWelcome back to the Big Apple Loews Regency Hotel!

The luxury Park Avenue hotel, which re-opens tomorrow, has been reimagined with a contemporary new look. New York City’s most talented design minds, including Rottet Studio, Meyer Davis Studio Inc, and Jonathan Nehmer + Associates were selected by Jonathan Tisch for the redesign of the hotel. Blending modern design with clean and classic style, the expansive 24-foot high ceiling provides a grand entrance to the lobby that invites and energizes guests, bringing New York’s unmistakable Midtown vibe to life. The lobby, designed by Rottet Studio, offers a grand marble entrance with bespoke finishes and an urban sophisticated neutral palette. The Lobby Lounge area with rich velvet sofas, complete with power and hardline internet outlets, sits under a breathtaking art installation by Brooklyn-based artist Nina Helms called "Brise de printemps" (spring breeze).


The revitalization of the hotel includes:

-The Regency Bar & Grill. The hotel's signature restaurant will maintain the high-powered clientele of the famed "Power Breakfast" and offer innovative cuisine from restaurant partners Sant Ambroeus 

Loews Regency Hotel

-Sant Ambroeus at The Regency, a Milanese-style coffee bar with separate entrance on 61st Street

-A redesigned lobby to create an inviting and energizing sense of atmosphere

-328 all-new apartment-styled guestrooms and 58 suites with luxurious amenities

-State-of-the-art technology to accommodate corporate travelers and leisure guests

-A new 10,000-square-foot Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa

-Modernized fitness center with advanced equipment

Located within walking distance to Central Park, iconic attractions and some of the city’s finest dining and shopping options, the hotel is perfect for exploring New York City. 

Book a stay right now, and you can take advantage of Loews Regency Hotel's Stay 3+ Nights and Save up to 30% offer. 
The Third Night's A Charm offer is valid any day of the week (based on availability). 

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