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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.

New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Palacio Nazarenas in Cuzco, Peru

June 29, 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.

The Palacio Nazarenas is Peru’s newest luxury hotel, opening its doors in June 2012. Located in a peaceful plaza between the city’s central square, Plaza de Armas, and the lively neighborhood of San Blas, this former palace and convent has undergone extensive renovations to become one of the city’s most exclusive luxury hotels. With a boutique style, the Palacio Nazarenas offers only 55 suites each equipped with its own private bar. The hotel has a luxurious spa, the city’s first outdoor pool, and an incredible fine dining restaurant serving authentic Peruvian cuisine. Be sure to make your reservations at this stunning property to be one of the first to experience Cuzco in true luxury!


Five Star Alliance Photo Submission Contest!

June 27, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We love having a relationship with our luxury travelers, hearing about your adventures, and seeing your vacation photos, so we invite you to submit your favorite vacation photo to us by August 1st, 2012 to be entered to win a free iPod shuffle! Your photo can be of your favorite hotel, a beautiful sunset, a shot of you drinking out of a coconut on the beach, etc. We certainly encourage creativity and would love to see what sort of vacation destinations you enjoy. We’ll post your photo in an album on our Facebook page, and our team of luxury travelers will choose a winner based on location, quality, style, and creativity, so hook up that digital camera and submit your favorite vacation photo to us today here!

Terms and conditions: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. You are providing information to Five Star Alliance, not Facebook. Liking or commenting on a photo on Facebook will not increase your chances of winning, but we certainly love and encourage participation! A photo must be attached to your entry to be eligible to win. The photo must be your own and free from third party copyright restrictions. Only one photo submission per person. Five Star Alliance reserves the right to delete any photos it deems inappropriate without notification. By participating in this competition, you authorize Five Star Alliance to announce your first name and use your image on our Facebook page. We will not share or sell contact details or use full names. The winner will be contacted on August 3rd, 2012 via email from an @fivestaralliance.com email address and will have seven (7) business days to respond or the prize will be forfeit.


A Tall Order: Dine with a Giraffe in Nairobi

June 6, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

I've been to some crazy dinner parties, but I don't think I've ever had anything quite so incredible as a giraffe in attendance before. At Giraffe Manor in Nairobi boasts its very own herd of Rothschild giraffes, and they're liable to stop by your dinner party just to say hello. You might be munching on a breakfast scone when the world's tallest land mammal decides to pop its head to join your tea party. Ever the gentleman, it is much too polite to ever ask that you pour it a glass. Giraffes aren't the only animal to call the Manor its home. You can spot over 180 different species of bird and may even befriend the appropriately hilariously named dik dik.  

With all the attention focused on the hotel's resident animals, don't worry that those of us with two legs and exorbitant texting plans have been forgotten. The hotel's six guest rooms are styled after an original 1930s manor house, and meals are served either indoors in striking wood-panelled dining room or outdoors on the patio. Be sure to check out both the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Karen Blixen Museum while you're there. The latter is the former home, from 1917 to 1931, of the author of Out of Africa. Nairobi's Giraffe Manor may be a little bit off the beaten path, but nowhere else can you stay as close to some of the most incredible animals found in the Serengeti.

 Photo via Tamimi


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Villa San Michele

June 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Villa San Michele is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel was a 15th century monastery which was converted into one of Europe’s most charming luxury hotels. Its located only a few minutes from the center of Florence, and it is surrounded by its own gardens and woodlands of the Fiesole hills. The Villa San Michele goes above and beyond to ensure that its guests are comfortable and have everything they need for a lavish and enjoyable stay.

Check rates, availability, photos and more at the Villa San Michele here!


Kids Rock at the Sunset Marquis

June 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas is a private, Mediterranean-style, all-suite luxury hotel located in West Hollywood. It provides guests with luxurious accommodations and an opportunity to escape the craziness of LA and enjoy its five acres of lush gardens, ponds, waterfalls, brick paths, and tropical foliage. Accommodations range from 100 junior and 1 bedroom suites to 52 detached, private villas with private patios. Along with its bar, restaurant, spa, 2 pool areas, and private cabanas, the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas also goes above and beyond for its young travelers. Upon arrival, kids receive a black or pink backpack with a nametag attached. Inside it there’s a ‘Kids Rock’ pink or black t-shirt, crayons, a Sunset Marquis passport for coloring, a Hollywood themed mad lib, and a scavenger hunt on the property. Whether you’re a rock star looking for an escape or a family looking for an adventurous vacation, the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas certainly has something to offer you!


Impawsibly Luxurious: The Resort at Paws Up

May 31, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

If there was ever a hotel name that invited a pun, it's the Resort at Paws Up, and I'd like to pay proper tribute to that. Maybe your life has gotten a little hectic recently; things are moving a little too quickly, and it feels like everything is getting away from you. What you need is to take a step back and abandon the rat race; take a pause from your normal life. Or maybe you have a bunch of friends, and you're looking for a getaway to the Montana wilderness. Well, the Resort at Paws Up has room for your whole paws-e. Really, the pawsibilities are endless. Whew. That was exhausting. And I've even avoided making any pet jokes...

Now that we've gotten that out of our systems, we can move on to the business of describing exactly what makes the Resort at Paws Up unique besides the name. A lot of resort promise a wilderness experience, but you're really just two miles out of town and their wild forest is a five acre manicured lawn. Well, Montana is literally derived from the Spanish word for mountainous country, and the state animal is the grizzly bear. The wilderness in Montana doesn't mess around, and neither does Paws Up. The property has a number of different cabins avaiable from the meadow to the mountainside, and there's even an outdoor tent city if you want to really rough it. All this makes it sound like I'm describing something very different from the classic luxury resort, but don't let me fool you. The Resort at Paws Up constantly has luxury in mind; it just recognizes that even those who enjoy their five star dining and top-notch spa facility have come for the outdoors as much as the high thread count. In fact, I would argue that there's nothing lost on the luxury experience, but the surroundings are more real, highlighting the local freshness of cuisine homemade from local flora and fauna, like their unbelievable huckleberry toast. If you want your luxury to come with wilderness, or your wilderness to come with luxury, look no further than the Resort at Paws Up, where you'll get the best of both worlds.  


Hotels with a History: The Betsy Hotel

May 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Certain hotels have a story behind them, a culture that seeps through the walls and a personality that emanates from every room. Every city has an appreciated and valued history worth exploring, and certain hotels have become a part of that rich and interesting past. For this reason, we’d like to introduce you to our blog series, Hotels with a History where we’ll be featuring unique hotels that have a little more to them than a comfortable bed and superb amenities.

Opened in South Beach in 1942, the Betsy Rose Hotel stood out from the traditional style of architecture with its Florida Georgian façade in an Art Deco dominated neighborhood. This luxury hotel underwent an extensive renovation in 2009 while maintaining its original design and timeless style. This boutique hotel has 63 private, beachside rooms and suites equipped with the latest technology. The Betsy Hotel offers its guests ample opportunities to relax on the white sandy beaches, play a round of golf, partake in water sports, and much more!  The Betsy Hotel has also gone green and is committed to making eco-friendly decisions without sacrificing luxury, ensuring that its guests get the most out of their stay while keeping the environment in mind. Be sure to check out this historic and beautiful luxury hotel for your next trip down to South Beach!


Stay Like Royalty at the Copacabana Palace

May 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Copacabana Palace opened in 1923 in front of the world famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This traditional hotel was designed by the French architect Joseph Gire, and it is considered to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Rio. Its long established reputation for exceptional service has attracted celebrities, politicians, royalty, business travelers, and vacationers. A few of the hotel’s highlights that keep visitors occupied and entertained include 14 meeting rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, a semi-Olympic sized pool for all guests, a private pool for guests on the 5th and 6th floors, a 3 floor spa, and a rooftop tennis court. The 5th floor is more geared towards business travelers while the 6th floor penthouses are more for folks looking to indulge in lavish comforts. Be sure to check out this incredible hotel option for your next trip down to Brazil!


New Dubai Hotel Announced to be Under the Sea

May 11, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Sebastian certainly sang it best, and we’re taking it from him that ‘under the sea, darling it’s better down where it’s wetter.’ It has been announced that an underwater hotel is to be built off the coast of Dubai. This extremely unique hotel concept has not yet been confirmed, but we’re crossing our fingers that it’ll get built. Designed by Deep Ocean Technology, the ‘Water Discus Hotel’ would have 2 discs comprising the main part of the hotel, and it would be connected by 3 vertical shafts and another shaft that would hold the elevator and stairs. One disc would rise above the water while the other would be fully submerged. The disc above water would have the lobby, restaurant, spa, and pools, and the disc below water would have 21 luxurious rooms and a bar. We’ll certainly keep you updated on any development on this new hotel concept, but in the meantime, be sure to check out the various 5 star properties located in Dubai!

Photo courtesy of HotelChatter


A World Food Marathon at the Andaz Liverpool Street London

April 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Andaz Liverpool Street London is getting hyped and ready for the 2012 Olympics with a World Food Marathon! We can’t think of a better way to welcome fans from all over the world than with international dishes to give folks a taste of something new or a dish to make them feel welcome and right at home. From July 2nd to the 27th, each of Andaz’s restaurants will create a different international dish, drawing inspiration from the staff members’ native countries. The 26 phenomenal dishes will lead up to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, and each staff member worked with the chef to ensure that the recipe was correctly recreated. A few dishes to look forward to include a spicy pork from Korea, golabki from Poland, and Mango Pavlova from Australia. If you plan to be in town for the Olympics, definitely add a visit to the Andaz Liverpool Street London hotel to the list of things to do for a unique and exciting culinary experience!