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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.

Not Your Average Vacation in Madrid, Spain


By: Oksana Balytsky

Visiting the Prado Museum, strolling through Retiro Park, and enjoying a few tapas at an outdoor café are all wonderful activities every visitor to Madrid should experience, but once you’ve checked these must-sees off your list, how should you spend your time? Check out our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring a few fun places to explore and things to do during your visit to various cities around the world that you wouldn’t come across in every tour book.

Experience a new side of Spain by visiting the Alcala de Henares, one of the first designated university cities. Its located about 20 miles outside Madrid, and it’s the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the author or the world renowned book, ‘Don Quixote.’ The center of the city remains relatively medieval with beautiful, winding cobblestone streets and preserved, historic buildings. The city has a Moorish, Jewish, and Christian quarter, earning it its reputation of “the city of three cultures.” Make your reservations at any of our luxury hotels in Madrid and take a day trip to Alcala de Henares to fight windmills and rescue damsels in distress!

Photo of the Mirasierra Suites Hotel


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Intercontinental Thalasso Spa Bora Bora


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 Intercontinental Thalasso Spa Bora Bora in French Polynesia is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel is located on Motu Piti Au or ‘Two Hearts’ in Tahitian, and it offers revolutionary solutions in both comfort and environmental protection. Its 80 over-water bungalows are decorated in a bright color palette and have floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious terraces, and private platforms for sunbathing. A few of the InterContinental’s phenomenal facilities available to its guests include a beautiful infinity pool, a fitness center, and a stunning spa. The service at the hotel and the spa is truly exceptional with the staff going above and beyond to ensure that your experience is relaxing and rejuvenating. This luxury hotel’s most unique trait is that its spa features glass-floor treatment rooms so guests can view the marine life while enjoying their spa appointments! Make your reservations at this phenomenal luxury hotel here!


Gotham City Getaways


By: Oksana Balytsky

With the much anticipated premiere of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, we certainly want to go beyond just seeing the films. For all of the Batman aficionados who hope to experience some of the scenes first hand, we bring you the numerous faces of Gotham City.

The Dark Knight had scenes shot in Chicago, Hong Kong, and London. The opening robbery of ‘Gotham National Bank’ by the Joker takes place at the Old Chicago Post Office, the offices of Harvey Dent and the boardroom of Wayne Enterprises are in the IBM Building in Chicago, and the restaurant where Bruce Wayne crashes Rachel’s and Harvey’s date is the Criterion Restaurant in London. The theater where Harvey attempts to take Rachel to see the ballet is the Chicago Theater on 175 North State St, and the meeting with the crooked financial tycoon is held in Hong Kong’s IFC2, the tallest building in the city. The views over the Chicago River from Bruce Wayne’s penthouse are actually taken from the 39th floor of the 71 Hotel, which is also where the bedroom of Wayne’s penthouse was filmed.

Want more? Check out the other pieces of Gotham City here!

Hoping to view all of these movie destinations in person? Make your reservations for London, Chicago, and Hong Kong here!

Photo of the 71 Hotel exterior


The Reefs Earns the #1 Resort Award!


By: Oksana Balytsky

Congratulations to The Reefs for being named the #1 Resort in the Caribbean, Bermuda and The Bahamas in the 2012 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards! This stunning 5 star property is located in Southampton, Bermuda on a private beach along limestone cliffs, and it serves as the perfect romantic getaway escape or setting for a family vacation. Wake up to breathtaking ocean vistas from any room, enjoy gourmet dining options on site, take a dip in the outdoor pool, and lounge and relax on the pink sandy beach. Grab a seat atop the limestone cliff before entering the Relaxation Room at La Serena Spa and enjoy incredible views of the secluded beach and the Atlantic Ocean.  For the adventurer in you, be sure to check out the two tennis courts, outdoor pool, and the water sport opportunities in order to have both a relaxing and exciting vacation. Make your reservations and see for yourself why The Reefs is considered to be the #1 luxury hotel in Bermuda!


Photo Roundup: The Bahamas


By: Oksana Balytsky

Each week we’ll be rounding up a few of our favorite luxury hotel photos. This week’s photo roundup features the Bahamas. Check them out and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One and Only Ocean Club is a playground of world-class golf, tennis, spa indulgences, and the beautiful ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bimini Bay Resort and Marina features 217 luxury suites including one/two/three bedroom suites, one/three bedroom treeouses, and three/four bedroom oceanfront/bayfront villas!                        


QE2 to Become Dubai’s First Floating Luxury Hotel


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Queen Elizabeth 2, an ocean liner previously operating as a cruise ship is in development to become Dubai’s first floating hotel. Although the design of the hotel will differ from its original plan, we certainly have high hopes that it will be nothing short of fabulous. The cruiser made its last trip from New York City to Dubai in 2008, and it has been docked in Port Rashid harbor since. The Telegraph reports that the original plan was to have the QE2 feature 1,000 lavish and luxurious rooms, but now the plan is to have 300 rooms which will maintain many of its original features. We certainly can’t wait to see this floating luxury hotel’s development as it progresses. If you get seasick or like a little more room for exploration, then check out the 61 luxury hotels that are fully grounded and stationary in Dubai!


Inn at Harbour Town is a Hotspot for Eco-Tours


By: Oksana Balytsky

Ecotourism has been growing in popularity with more and more luxury travelers searching for hotels that support conservation efforts and encourage socially responsible travel. Taking advantage of natural activities is a positive way to relax, unwind, and recharge your batteries while remaining active. Prepare for an exciting adventure and get ready for countless beautiful photo opportunities and a few fun facts learned along the way!

The Inn at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina is a charming and intimate European style hotel that has 605 acres of forest preserve for exploration. Hop on a hard-bottom inflatable boat for a guided tour through Calibogue Sound. Get ready to see shore birds, sea turtles, and bottom nose dolphins, and be sure to hop off at an island beach to find beautiful shells. If you’re hoping for something a little slower paced, check out the Alligator Wine and Cheese tour. Sail away on a sunset cruise on the freshwater lakes and discover native plants and animals while sipping on complimentary wine and nibbling on complimentary cheese. Whether you’re looking for exploration, relaxation, or a little bit of both, the Inn at Harbour Town has abundant ecotourism opportunities for a range of interests.


Deals and Steals at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa in Australia


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that you, our loyal travelers, are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you, so be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa is perfectly located on the Gold Coast of Australia which is known for its stunning skyline, world famous beaches, and its beautiful sub-tropical climate. This stunning luxury hotel features 329 rooms and it’s situated on a riverfront site just minutes from the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Advance Purchase Rate

This deal is for people who have their plans set in stone and who are willing to prepay in exchange for a discounted rate. This deal is available for ocean view rooms with 1 king or 2 double beds, and the reservations are non-cancellable and non-changeable.

Escape! Honeymoon Package

This package includes hot breakfast for two adults daily, dinner for two adults daily at Citirique, 1 bottle of champagne upon arrival at French Champagne, self-parking, 100 AUD Lattouf Hair Spa coupon, and late checkout.

Elandra Retreat Club

This package includes Club level access which includes continental breakfast, midday snack, afternoon tea, hors d’ouevres, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. This package also includes complimentary valet parking and turn down service.

These packages and specials are based on double occupancy, subject to availability, and exclusive of tax. Be sure to make your travel plans today to take advantage of these unbeatable deals!


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


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!


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.