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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.

Langham Place To Debut Roche Bobois Suites

August 23, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Set in the heart of Manhattan, at the crossroads of art, fashion, and design, the Langham Place Hotel, Fifth Avenue offers 157 luxurious guest rooms and 57-ultra luxurious suites. In September, the hotel will unveil new suites designed by French design firm and retailer, Roche Bobois. Read more about the designer suites in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.

Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue has partnered with Roche Bobois, a French design firm and retailer, to introduce the new Roche Bobois Suites. The new suites are slated to debut this September, coinciding with both New York Fashion Week and the United Nations General Assembly.

The Roche Bobois suites (#2503 and #2603), have two full bathrooms, an additional half-bath and a combined living and dining area, as well as a full-service kitchen, washer and dryer and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the New York skyline and Empire State Building.

Inspired by the brand’s collaborations with fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Missoni, the new suites also incorporate elements from Roche Bobois' most recent collaboration with Christian Lacroix.

Design elements of the new Roche Bobois Suites at Langham Place, New York include:
- Living room furniture, such as a Presence Sofa, a Profile tufted leather ottoman and an Epoq sofa from the Nouveaux Classique collection
- Aqua dining table, which can seat up to 10 guests
- Courchevel King Size beds in each bedroom
- Artwork using materials from Maison Christian Lacroix
- Mounted TV units by Chicane and Logos in each bedroom - Drapery by men’s fashion designer Paul Smith
- Accent pillows and throws throughout the suites by Maison Lacroix

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Langham Place, New York Exterior View

Fendi Suites: A Shopper's Dream Come True

August 19, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

When visiting Rome, you can spend the night above Fendi's flagship boutique, in the Fendi Private Suites. Featuring seven elegant suites, all accommodations meld chic and creative design with Italian elegance and innovation, plus Fendi-infused touches. Set within the former palace of the Boncompagni Ludovisi Princely family, guests can dine at Zuma, situated on the rooftop, then shop at the store below (or vice versa). Read more about the Fendi Suites from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Sharri Whiting De Masi.

What can we say about the Fendi Private Suites, other than to emphasize that couture is couture and style is style. Living over a store has never been so sumptuous. Enter through the silvery elevator doors and come out to find Fendi’s innovative design translated into sleek leather sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and signature room dividers made from woven metallic wire sandwiched between glass. Palazzo Fendi, at Via della Fontanella di Borghese 48, is right at the end of Via Condotti, Rome’s famous shopping street. Continue reading below.

Lounge at the Fendi Luxury Suites

The largest of the seven suites, all of which are located on the third floor, is the Corner Suite No. 7. Six windows flood the 650-square-foot suite with light. Wine-velvet chairs and a colorful Fendi fur-wall mosaic provide contrast to the neutral velvets and taupe leather used throughout the suite. Levanto marble lines the walls of the bathrooms in the suites, with distinctive chocolate and cream swirls. There is a deep tub and a double shower. Note: There are bathtubs in five of the seven suites, along with separate showers.

Suites 4 and 5 have adjacent doors and, though separate, can be taken together for a group stay. Suite 4 is about 550 square feet, with two tall windows overlooking Via Tomacelli. The wide-screen TV swivels to face the bedroom or the living room and there is a walk-in wardrobe.

We also visited Palazzo Suite 2, which is 550 square feet and overlooks a small piazza. There are two large windows to bring in the Roman light. This suite can connect with Palazzo Suite 1, which looks out toward the skyline above the Spanish Steps.

We loved Fendi’s use of iPads in the suites to display clever apps for navigating Rome and providing hotel info to guests, who are also offered private tours of Fendi’s amazing new flagship store. Karl Lagerfeld photos of Rome decorate the walls in every suite, providing inspiration for the visit downstairs to see his couture collection for the design house.

The hip Zuma Ristorante shares the Palazzo Fendi, offering hotel guests breakfast, as well as contemporary Japanese cuisine at lunch and dinner. The rooftop terrace at Zuma is a favorite spot for sunset cocktails.

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Fendi Suites in Rome


Reviving Historic Charm in Charleston

April 25, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

 A King Bed Club Room at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, SCLocated in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city's landmark luxury hotel.

Now, having recently completed a $30 million, three-year renovation project, that distinction has never been more fitting. The hotel's 434 guest rooms and suites now embrace the historic beauty of Charleston as well as the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless.

The redesigned Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including an expanded marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service while overlooking the historic Charleston skyline.

Belmond Charleston PlaceThe new Belmond Boardroom is a sophisticated space for your next corporate retreat while the newly renovated Fitness Center has doubled in size and includes all new cardio and weight machines, making it easier to stick to your workout while traveling.

Don't worry, the hotel still has the heated, saltwater pool on the roof top of the fourth floor. In addition to the stunning retractable glass roof,  there are striking 'porthole' windows which overlook downtown Charleston. Lush plants surround the pool and jacuzzi providing a private paradise. 

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for you to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. They offer newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond restaurants, a full-service spa and rooftop pool, sophisticated shopping and unbeatable Southern hospitality.

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P.S. Check out the "Five Star Alliance Rate" which includes continental breakfast, sparkling wine, luxury accommodations, wireless internet access, and daily newspaper.

Shop Bulgari in Bali

September 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Bulgari Bali
One place you may not expect to find Bulgari is Bali. But the luxury retailer has a gorgeous property in the tropical paradise.  Based in Rome, since 1884 Bulgari has been creating renowned fine jewelry. Today it is a global and diversified luxury brand with a product and services portfolio of jewels, watches, accessories, fragrances, hotels and resorts featuring exceptional quality, an innovative style and impeccable service.

The Bulgari Boutique, located at Bulgari Resort Bali, is the only Bulgari shop in Bali, with its jewels and accessories, whilst the Art & Craft Store is a treasure that awaits guests in an inspiring place where the art of shopping meets a unique collection of Balinese fabrics. Among the richness of the island's traditions, The Resort features the understated and elegant collections from BIASA whose sophisticated 'resort wear' showcases hand woven and stitched material with hand crafted details by local artisans.

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Discover with You Package at Ritz Carlton Buckhead

August 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Buckhead
Surround yourself with an irresistible combination of Southern hospitality and smart sophistication at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, one of the most ideally located Buckhead luxury hotels offering effortless access to the city's finest shopping, dining, and entertainment establishments. 

The Discover with You Package Includes:
- Overnight Deluxe accommodations
-Daily American Breakfast for two each morning in The CafeRitz Carlton Buckhead- $50 USD hotel credit per night
- Two Adult tickets to one of Atlanta's popular attractions that include: Atlanta History Center that includes admission to: Smith Family Farm, the Gardens and the Swan House, GA Aquarium, World of Coke, or High Museum. (once per stay)

Rates for the Discover with You start at $294 per night >>


Offer is valid through December 31, 2014. Daily breakfast is available in select hotel restaurants and not valid for in-room dining. Destination Experience is per stay and varies by hotel. Credit is applied per night, has no cash value, and is not valid on room rate, alcohol, or third party services.


Shop Til' You Drop: WestHouse Hotel New York Partners with NET-A-PORTER

August 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

WestHouse Hotel New YorkIn partnership with stylish e-commerce site NET-A-PORTER, the world’s premier online luxury fashion retailer, WestHouse Hotel debuts the first online shopping experience in a U.S. hotel that brings exclusive shopping options to guests. On the elegant touch-screen tablets featured in each guestroom which connect seamlessly to hotel services, Residents can browse NET-A-PORTER’s unparalleled selection of the season’s chicest fashions without leaving their beds. WestHouse provides guests with an easy way to keep tabs on cutting-edge fashion from labels such as Ksubi, R13, Erdem, as well as highly coveted styles by Stella McCartney, Marni, Helmut Lang and Alexander McQueen, among others.

The superb service and customer care from NET-A-PORTER, includes:
• A dedicated phone line in each of WestHouse’s 172 rooms and suites connecting to NET-A-PORTER’s Customer Care team, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
• A dedicated phone line providing direct access from WestHouse’s 16 suites to NET-A-PORTER’s Personal Shoppers from 9AM to 5PM each weekday, and to Customer Care after hours and on weekends
• Seamless direct connect to NET-A-PORTER ‘s website via in-room tablets that feature a highly visible “just tap” NET-A-PORTER icon on the home screen
• Complimentary same-day delivery directly to the WestHouse in NET-A-PORTER’s beautiful signature black boxes
Highlighting the new partnership will be a specialty Suite Shopping Package whereby guests who book a stay of three or more nights in one of WestHouse’s suites will receive a $500 NET-A-PORTER gift card to spend on their site.

Family Adventures at Tower Club at lebua

July 26, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Tower Club at lebua
The Tower Club at lebua is a five-star luxury hotel and it epitomizes luxury accommodation in Bangkok. From the views, to the suites, the hospitality and service, and the acclaimed restaurants and bars, Tower Club is everything you've heard about lebua – turned up, for a heightened five-star hotel experience.

The luxury hotel welcomes children, and has a host of ideas for how families can best enjoy their stay in the city.

Family-Friendly Activities in Bangkok

-Safari World. A drive-in zoological park divided into two parts. The first part is Safari Park, an open zoo with wild animals like zebras, deer, giraffes, tigers, lions, bears, elephants and others. The second part is the Marine Park with marine animals and shows of trained dolphins, birds, seals, and apes.

-Dream World. This large amusement park is an European style fantasy land where the world's favorite fairy tales come to life.

Tower Club at lebua

-Siam Park City & Amusement. Located in Minburi District, Siam Park City includes a water park featuring a man-made sea, an amusement park, and a theme park. 

-Siam Ocean World. Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium exhibits over 30,000 native and exotic marine life.

-Nakhon Pathom Province. Approximately an hour's drive away from Bangkok, Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo is a popular sightseeing destination for both adults and children alike.

-Dusit Zoo at Khao Din Park. Located in Bangkok's Dusit District next to the Parliament House and Dusit Palace, it is the oldest zoo of Thailand, built by King Chulalongkorn as his private garden.

After city adventures, families can cool off in the luxury hotel's open-air swimming pool.

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Sneak Peek: The World's Best Hotels and Resorts 2014

November 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

We've done it again! And we are giving you a sneak peek! Our team of luxury hotel experts is proud to present our most current collection of the World's Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Who better to select the best luxury hotels in the world than the travel agency with the most comprehensive collection of 100% luxury hotels? This year we've hand-picked the best luxury hotels worldwide grouped into 15 different categories and based on great feedback from our loyal customers. Need a ski break? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury ski resorts. Beach more your style? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury beach hotels and resorts. It's safe to say that no matter your destination, hotel style, amenities, activities, or interests, we’ve got one of the world’s best luxury hotel and resort that will fulfill your every desire.


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Live it Up with Trump's Great Gatsby Package

April 3, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

One of the greatest novels of all time has inspired of the most expensive luxury packages of all time. New York's Trump International Hotel Tower has announced the Trump Great Gatsby Package. Recommended for couples, the over-the-top experience includes:

-A three-night stay in a luxurious Central Park-view suite.

-Chauffeured car service for the duration of the stay.

-Dinner for two at the hotel’s Three-Michelin-Star restaurant, Jean-Georges

-Breakfast daily at Nougatine at Jean Georges

- A magnum of Veuve Cliquot Champagne served in-room

-Ladies will receive an Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Art Deco shagreen and onyx cuff, accompanied by a personal note from Ivanka Trump.

-Gentleman will receive a custom-tailored suit and shirt from Bergdorf Goodman, plus vintage Art Deco cufflinks.

The package comes with a Gatsby-appropriate price:  $14,999. The package is available for travel March 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013.

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Image of the Day: Hotel Monaco San Francisco

February 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


The Hotel Monaco is located just footsteps from the Union Square, Moscone Convention Center, the downtown Financial District, and the Theatre District.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Hotel Monaco San Francisco >>

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