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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.

Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The Mena House Oberoi

March 13, 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 Mena House Oberoi in Cairo, Egypt is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for location. This luxury hotel is phenomenally located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza. It is surrounded by 40 acres of beautiful gardens, and it is only 700 meters from the Pyramid of Cheops. This hotel was built in 1869 and has been drawing visitors in to experience the traditional and modern aspects of Cairo. The Mena House Oberoi is furnished with original art and antiques resembling a royal residence set among palms and jasmine. Be sure to check out the Mena House Oberoi and visit this luxurious oasis set in the most phenomenal spot!


Always on the Sunny Side: Sunriver Resort Oregon

March 12, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

I don't get to the Pacific Northwest as much as I should like.  The quiet beauty of the temperate forests and mountain climes is as underappreciated as it is unbelievable.  And the Sunriver Resort happens to be placed smack dab in the middle of all of this awesome (in the literal sense of the word) natural architecture.  Sun sits right in the name of this resort, and for good reason.  When dusk hits, and the light begins to diffuse across the countryside, you'll swear you've been transport to another world. The mute oranges and pinks drape themselves over the rolling hills and distant mountains like a blanket ushering in the nighttime.  

You can enjoy the resplendent natural beauty of the outdoors by undertaking any of a number of activities made special by the backdrop alone.  Three championship golf courses, tennis, fly-fishing, biking: It's all available to you, and that's not even to mention the outdoor pools and rafting down the Deschutes River.  If, for you, the idea of luxury is being able to melt back into the landscape where we all came from while not sacrificing the wonders of the modern world, then Sunriver Resort is the place you should be taking a vacation.  And if you're looking for some chillier activities for the winter months, Sunriver Resort was ranked one of the Top 50 Ski Resorts in America by Conde Nast Traveler, so it's natural wonders are equally breathtaking in all weather. I might just find myself getting up on their own and taking me there soon.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Alvear Palace Hotel

March 7, 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 Alvear Palace Hotel is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel is located in the heart of the bustling district of Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The décor of its 197 rooms and suites have a beautifully empirical style featuring Louis XV and Louis XVI with opulent art and antiques admirably displayed. The service of this luxury hotel is to be recognized; the Alvear Palace Hotel goes above and beyond professionalism and refinement, offering services such as personal shopping, flower deliveries, and everything in between.

Check rates, availability, photos and more at the Alvear Palace Hotel here!


Special Five Star Alliance Rates at the Viceroy Bali

March 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Aside from providing luxury travelers with an easy way to compare and make hotel reservations, we at Five Star Alliance love offering our clients a little something extra to show our appreciation and commitment to excellence. Check in with our blog series to check out our featured hotels that are offering special packages, rates, or extra amenities for Five Star Alliance clients!

Today’s feature is the Viceroy Bali, located 5 minutes from Ubud, the heart of Bali, famous for its artistic community, traditional dance ceremonies, and rural vistas. This luxury hotel is currently offering special Five Star Alliance rates that are $25 off the Best Available Rates through the end of 2012! All of the villas at Viceroy Bali feature a private pool with spectacular views over the Petanu River gorge and the tropical forest, and all of the villas have a European flair with Balinese furnishings. The incredible French Restaurant, Cascades has an extensive wine cellar and cocktail bar along with breathtaking and unrivaled views of the surrounding area. Don’t pass up these incredible rates and make your reservations today!


Visiting London? Check Out the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

March 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is located on a quiet street in the heart of Mayfair. It is one of the few luxury hotels in London that has greenery and open spaces on all sides, allowing visitors access to the best of both worlds; nature and the city. Hyde Park, Green Park, and St. James Park are all located nearby, and the hotel is just a short stroll from to the West End theatres, Bond Street, Knightsbridge, and Buckingham Palace. Aside from an incredible location, this luxury hotel has a few other distinguishing factors that make it one of the best hotels in London. It has a putting green on its terrace as well as a glass-walled rooftop spa offering 360 degree views of the treetops and the city. The Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is also a wonderful choice for families, and it certainly goes out of its way to welcome young travelers. The concierge is extremely accommodating and always available to assist with making reservations for a family dinner, a babysitter, and more.

Need more details about the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane? Be sure to explore room types, availability, and photos here!


A Boutique Critique: Ka'ana Boutique Resort

March 2, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

I have a special place in my heart for tiny boutique hotels. It may be a little smaller than some of the other chambers, and there aren't enough spots for everybody, but that just makes the few who do make their way into my good graces all the more special. I can give each and every one the loving care and attention they deserve. And thus began my new segment on boutique hotels that I just adore.

Belize is one of those countries that doesn't necessarily get a lot of attention, and as far as I can tell, there's no good reason for that.  Shame on you, hypothetical ignorers of Belize. Let me be the first to say that its relative anonymity is in part what makes it such an attractive destination.  So on second thought, keep it up, guys.  I'd rather we keep this our own little secret.  So much of our vacationing attention is spent on beachfront properties with idyllic beaches and crystalline waters that we forget the charms of inland destinations.  Central America is home to some of the lushest rainforests in the world, and Belize is no exception.

Standing just on the edge of this tropical paradise is the Ka'ana Boutique Resort, with an infinity pool nestled within the foliage to give the perfect escape.  Guided mountain biking tours are offered at every level of difficulty, and the nearby caves and waterfalls are perfect destinations for ecological exploration.  And if you'd rather experience it all in a more equestrian manner, the Ka'ana offers that as well.  Return after a day of adventure to your very own Casitas, a standalone cottage that you can call your very own.  In my mind, the Ka'ana Boutique Resort is the perfect rainforest destination.  It's the property is intimate, the surroundings breathtaking, and it even has the largest wine cellar in western Belize.


It's Not Pint-Sized: Ashford Castle

March 1, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Before it became one of the most renowned castle hotels in Europe, the Ashford Castle was the home to the Guinness family, to which all of the beer drinkers among us owe a serious debt of gratitude.  I think I need not explain more, for we all know Guinness's enchanting charm.  Built originally in the 13th century, the estate holds over 350 acres of private land and has played host to the rich and famous, including President Reagan and Pierce Brosnan, who married there.  You could end up feeling just as cool as the agent himself while staying in rooms that combine a preserved 13th century style with all of the modern amenities of top-notch hotels.  Resident Chef Stefan Matz offers four unique dining experiences on the property that make innovative use of traditional Irish fare; you'll be stepping into a world where meat and potatoes are anything but meat-and-potatoes.  A dedicated spa featuring the products and philosophy of Yan Ka, meant to help the skin regain its vital balance and energy.  

Alongside the property lies the second-largest Irish lake, the Lough Corrib, whose idyllic shores offer unparalleled views as well as a number of outdoor activities.  Miles of hiking trails are available through the countryside, and a 9-hole golf course, designed by legend Eddie Hackett, features prominently.  Fishing and hunting are available on the grounds, with Lough Corrib offering some of the best in Ireland during May, June, and July.  Not only that, you can enjoy a jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room alongside your beauty treatments, and then refresh in the crisp lake air on any one of three daily lake tours.  The Ashford Castle is truly one of the jewels of Ireland.


The World’s Best Hotels

March 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Big shout out and thank you to all our loyal blog readers! We certainly love bringing you the latest and greatest luxury travel news, and we appreciate hearing from you via phone, email, or our Facebook and Twitter pages. We realize that every traveler begins his/her journey in the research phase; deciding on where to go, and we certainly get a number of inquiries about the best hotels in certain areas, the most romantic hotels, the best hotels for families, the best all-inclusive resorts, and onward. To help you pick the absolute best hotel that fits your needs and criteria, we would like to draw your attention to our ‘World’s Best Hotels’ tab. Here you’ll be directed to lists and lists of phenomenal hotels and resorts in various categories. From the best ski resorts to the best spa resorts, we certainly have you covered. Be sure to check out the various lists for a little inspiration on where to travel next! You want the best, and we certainly want to give it to you!

Photo of the Meridian Club in Turks and Caicos, a luxury hotel on our Best Honeymoon Resorts List


Sip, Spit, and Swirl Freely at the Ritz Carlton Santiago

February 21, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Ritz Carlton Santiago, a luxurious property perfectly located in the heart of Chile’s capital has its very own wine-tasting room! This 205-room hotel is within walking distance from beautiful boutique shops and restaurants, and it offers a Mediterranean Restaurant and Wine Bar featuring Chile’s most delectable foods and wines. The health club at the Ritz Carlton Santiago features incredible views of the Andes Mountains and city center, and the rooms are decorated in earth tones and gold in a classic décor style. Enjoy the prominent entertainment and adventure that await by taking advantage of the city as well as the outdoor activities such as skiing, surfing, or hiking the Andes Mountains made available. We certainly realize that a priority of visiting Chile is sampling and enjoying the famous wine produced in the area, and the Ritz Carlton Santiago makes it phenomenally easy and enjoyable in its very own wine tasting room. So swish, sip, and swirl all you like in this semi-private tasting room and enjoy the tastes of Chile at the Ritz Carlton Santiago!


Where Sports Illustrated Models Stayed in Australia

February 15, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The 2012 Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue was shot in the land down under, and we were certainly curious to find out which luxury hotel the models and their team of beauty experts chose as their home away from home. Before heading to the Great Barrier Reef and Palm Cove, the group made a stop in the beautiful capital, Sydney.

According to HotelChatter, the models checked into the Shangri-La Sydney and later into the Shangri-La Hotel the Marina Cairns. The Shangri-La Sydney is ideally located between the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, offering some of the most spectacular views of the harbor. The Shangri-La Hotel the Marina Cairns is centrally located in Cairns, just a 3 minute walk to the Pier shopping center, restaurants, and bars. It has 255 spacious guest rooms and suites, offering breathtaking views of the Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay, rainforest gardens, or the beautiful hotel pool.

Check out these hotels and other luxury properties in Australia to find your perfect fit!