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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.

The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Amanjena

December 23, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Here are a few fun facts about Amanjena:

-Amanjena's 18 rose-toned Pavilions, six Pavilions Bassin, eight Pavilions Piscine, six two-story Maisons and the two-bedroom Al-Hamra Maison all radiate from the ancient bassin (irrigation pool) which lies at the heart of the property.

-Amanjena (peaceful paradise) is the first Aman resort on the African continent and is located just outside the ancient city of Marrakech.

-The Restaurant is open for dinner and specialises in authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine.

 

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: #10 Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

December 22, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!


#10 on our list is Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos.  Here are a few fun facts about the hotel:

-Set on its own private island and features 1,000 unspoilt acres and mile-long beach.

-Villas and houses have their own private pools, and many have direct beach access as well as the 24-hour services of COMO’s acclaimed butlers.

-COMO Shambhala menus are available. The menus use organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals . Salads, steamed and grilled foods alll play a prominent role. Unprocessed honey replaces other sweeteners, and when fat is needed, olive oil stands in for butter.

-Wellness facilities include a sweeping yoga room aired by natural breezes, nine treatment rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, a Pilates studio, double massage rooms and Japanese baths—all in low-lying pavilions overlooking the North Caicos Channel and the surrounding wetlands.

-Parrot Cay offers unforgettable activities, including waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, deep-sea fishing and sunset cruising.

 

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #10 Bangkok

December 22, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels! 

As of today, Five Star Alliance features 36 luxury hotels in Bangkok, Thailand. The populous capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is a bustling city with vibrant street life, historic temples and palaces, and an emerging fashion scene. Tourists will have a hard time choosing from among the vast amount of things to do. Sample regional cuisine or take a canal trips through Bangkok, "The Venice of the East." Or pay a visit to Siam Ocean World and swim with the sharks. The latest looks are available in the fashion center of Siam Square and bespoke tailoring is widely available in the city. Sports fans can take in a Muay Thai (Thai Kickboxing) match or play some indoor soccer.

What makes our guests love Bangkok?

-Travel + Leisure has named Bangkok the World's Best City so many times (including this year), it's now in the magazine's Hall of Fame.

The great diversity of places to stay. From riverfront opulence of the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel to the post-Colonial 12-suite retreat of The Eugenia to the 338 rooms nestled in an 8-acre tropical park at Swissotel Nai Lert Park. There's also the dramatic city views found at the all-suites Tower Club at lebua and uniquely designed Peninsula Bangkok (pictured), located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. 

-Bangkok is one of the world's top tourist destination cities and is ranked third after London and Paris in MasterCard's Global Destination Cities Index.

Where to stay?

-As of this writing, several luxury properties have availability for New Year's Eve.  Nightly rates range from $208.71 at The Dusit Thani to $716 at The St. Regis Bangkok. One of our partner properties, Tower Club at lebua, has a special Bed and Breakfast rate for $774 per night.

-Think ahead and plan for Valentine's Day. As of this writing, nightly rates start at $176 at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok (pictured below) to $235.40 at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and $462.60 at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

Did you know?

-Wat Kalayanamit temple is home to Thailand's largest indoor sitting Buddha,which is a soaring 49 feet high!

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #11 Inn of the Anasazi

December 21, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 
#11 on our list of top hotels is Inn of the Anasazi.  Here are a few fun facts about this property:
 

-The Forbes four-star, 58-room boutique hotel is an elegant expression of Southwestern style with massive hand-carved doors, sculptured stairways and sandstone walls that whisper of prehistoric Pueblo living.

-The Library houses a generous collection of books on Southwestern art, history & culture.

-Private dining is offered in the award-winning Anasazi Wine Cellar. Located on the lower level of the hotel, the intimate venue is an unforgettable setting for hosting up to 12 guests.

-Golf, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, white-water rafting, hiking and day trips to nearby Taos or Bandelier National park are just a few of the many activities to choose from in or nearby Santa Fe.

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

December 21, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Here are a few fun facts about Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul:

-Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, once the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans, has been restored to its former glory and is the only luxury hotel on the European shores of the Bosphorus.


-The architectural grandeur of the palace  is blended with the modern comfort of a deluxe hotel

-Resort ambience in the center of the city with 315 rooms.

-Within walking distance of the Hotel is the harbor side district of Ortakoy, a fascinating area full of seafood restaurants, specialty antique, ceramic and jewelry shops. 

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #11 Male, Republic of Maldives

December 21, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

The Maldives is made up of approximately 1200 coral islands, grouped in a double chain of twenty-six major atolls.  It is nirvana for many scuba divers, who come for the amazing diversity of sea life.  Overwater bungalows are the  most common type of accommodations found here, along with thatch-roofed villas and ocean pavilions.  Five Star Alliance offers 29 luxury properties in or near the capital city of  Male.

 

What Makes Our Guests Love Male?

-Male is host to Hanifaru Huraa, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve renowned as a feeding ground for manta rays and whale sharks.

-Night reef fishing trip (offered by a lot of resorts) give visitors the opportunity to catch their own dinners.

-The warm seas of Maldives have high visibility throughout the year, with water clear enough to see the passing fish as far as fifty meters away.

-There's still availability for New Year's Eve in Male! Nightly rates range from $272USD at Traders Hotel Male Maldives to $1570USD at Dusit Thani Maldives (pictured right) to $2205USD at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives

-Plan ahead for a spectacular Valentine's Day, where nightly rates range from $675USD at Vivanti by Taj Coral Reef to  $875.50 at LUX Maldives to $1575USD at One&Only Maldives at Reethi Rah (pictured below).

 

 

Did You Know?

Maldives holds the record for being the flattest country in the world and for being the smallest Muslim country in the world.

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Posted in: Male, Asia, 'Best Of' Lists

The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #12 Le Palais de la Mediterranee

December 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #12 spot is the Le Palais de la Mediterranee which is situated in the most prestigious location in Nice - the Promenade des Anglais, Le Palais de la Mediterranee is perfectly placed for visitors wishing to explore the many charms of the city known as the gateway to the French Riviera. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Overlooking the Baie des Anges and the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, the hotel is only a short distance from the famed Cote d'Azur and the cool majesty of the French Alps

- The third floor is the heart of the hotel with a beautifully conceived indoor/outdoor pool, gastronomic restaurant, fitness rooms, cosy lounge and a sun terrace with stunning views

- Mediterranean cuisine is at its finest in Philippe Thomas's signature restaurant Le Padouk

- A spectacular heated pool surrounded by parasols and loungers overlooking the Baie des Anges

- A multifunctional casino and concert hall hosting various concerts

- All of the rooms that have balconies and are facing the sea

- Room 901 has a particularly wonderful view and a full size terrace

- Executive rooms come with a choice of sea view or city view, from a private terrace

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations ins 2012: #13 Napa

December 20, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

                                                    

As of today, Five Star Alliance features 15 luxury hotels in Napa, California. Napa, or Napa Valley  is the term used for an area of Northern California known for its regional wine industry. Cities in the Napa Valley include Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, and Napa.

Why do our guests love Napa?

- Napa Valley is home to more than four hundred wineries, including well-known producer Mondavi. Grape varieties grown include Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.  

-The famous hot springs found in Calistoga are known for their relaxing and restorative properties. There's also the Old Faithful geyser, which erupts every 40 minutes. Solage Calistoga (pictured below) has a 20,000 square foot spa and is offering nightly rates as of this writing that start at $350.

-Visitors enjoy the creative ways to taste the grapes, like the Napa Valley Wine Train. Ride and quaff in restored 1917 Pullman train cars.

-The accommodations in Napa range from LEED Platinum-Certified Bardessono to the sophisticated urban boutique style of Andaz Napa to the foodie paradise that is Auberge Du Soleil.

Where to Stay?

-The peak time for wine tasting in Napa Vallye is May through October.  As of this writing, a mid-May stay at Carneros Inn (pictured at top) starts at $466 per night.  Yountville's Vintage Inn has nightly rates starting at $370. Plan a bit further ahead for a mid-August stay and nightly rates start at $299 at the Westin Verasa Napa, or splurge at Calistoga Ranch, where a deluxe lodge with private fireplace and outdoor shower is $850 a night.

Did you know?

-About 5 million people visit Napa Valley each year. 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #13 The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

December 19, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 New York's The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, is #13 on our list! Here are a few facts about the luxury hotel:
 
 

-Located on Madison Avenue in Manhattan's Upper East Side overlooking Central Park, which makes it central to New York activities such as strolling Museum Mile.

-This timeless classic has been around since 1930. Its 187 elegant rooms are fit for royalty,and 64 out of the 187 rooms are their brilliant sui

-The Carlyle owes its refined interior style to an inimitable roster of designers, including past greats Dorothy Draper and Mark Hampton to present-day stars Thierry Despont and Alexandra Champalimaud.

-The Carlyle is the exclusive U.S. source for Rubinacci neckties. Both the classic seven-fold tie and the signature Carlyle tie are available for purchase at the concierge desk.

-In-house boutiques at this Manhattan luxury hotel include the Kenneth Rendell Gallery, H.M. Luther antiques, Helly Nahmad art gallery, Blain|Di Donna art gallery, florist L'Olivier and Yves Delorme linens, as well as designer boutiques Vera Wang, Stubbs & Wootton and Perrin Paris 1893.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention The Peninsula Hong Kong

December 19, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 

 

Here are a few fun facts about The Peninsula Hong Kong:

- The hotel has an ultra-modern gym with personal trainers available for assistance, and an indoor pool with sun terrace and pool bar, together with sauna.

-The Peninsula Spa has been described as Heaven on Earth and features grand harbor views from several of the rooms.

-Guests can enjoy high tea in the lobby, or take in the glamour at Felix, the Phillipe Starck-designed restaurant that has views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.

-Located in the Tower from floors 17 to 27, Grand Deluxe Kowloon View Rooms provide an abundance of natural daylight and expansive views of the bustling Kowloon cityscape and mountains beyond, as well as a glittering neon vista by night.

 

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