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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.

12 Days of Hotels: 6 Best Irish Castle Hotels

December 31, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today we’re featuring the 6 Best Irish Castle Hotels!

1. Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort

The Manor House offers 62 elegantly decorated bedrooms, Fine Dining Oak Room Restaurant offering the finest produce from Ireland, Cocktail Bar, Late Night Tack Room Bar where many a sing song can be heard nightly orchestrated by our Resident Pianist and Singer.

2. Dromoland Castle Hotel

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland.

3. Waterford Castle

One of the most acclaimed castle hotels in Ireland, Waterford Castle has welcomed and charmed the most discerning travellers for decades. The castle is a legendary luxurious retreat of world class standing, offering superb castle accommodation.

4. Solis Lough Eske Castle

Here, at the water's edge of Lough Eske, near the fabled Blue Stack Mountains, you escape into a luxurious world of relaxed elegance and attentive service.

5. Ashford Castle

Originally built as a crenellated castle in the 13th century and rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, today Ashford Castle is one of the finest and most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland.

6. The Lodge at Doonbeg

With every small detail carefully considered, the standard of accommodation at Doonbeg is unprecedented, offering a distinct departure from generic hotel offerings and raising a new benchmark for the discerning guest.


12 Days of Hotels: 7 Best Honeymoon Resorts

December 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today we’re featuring the 7 best and most romantic honeymoon resorts!

1. Burj Al Arab

This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer for the newlywed couple trying to escape from the world.

2. Hotel de Crillon

Even if you and your spouse did not fall in love in Paris, you will fall in love with Paris while gandering at the Tour Eiffel from your room at the Hotel de Crillon.

3. Hayman Island Resort

With the largest swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere, the resort is surrounded by idyllic coral fringed beaches in tropical elegance.

4. Peter Island Resort

The resort's self-contained luxury villas are unmatched in creating an idyllic pasture for you, your spouse, and wedded bliss.

5. Villa San Michele

Only a few minutes from the center of Florence, Villa San Michele is a sanctuary of peace and unsurpassed beauty designed to indulge newlyweds.

6. The Tides Riviera Maya

This adults-only resort features exclusive villas, stunning spa, and seven-miles of white-sand beach.

7. Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

You are in the middle of nowhere at Ponta dos Ganchos and it delivers the dream: idyllic landscapes of emerald sea and forest.

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12 Days of Hotels: 8 Best Luxury Family-Friendly Hotels

December 29, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today we’re featuring the 8 Best Luxury Hotels for a Family Vacation!

1. Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach

The complimentary Fiesta Kids Club hosts children from four to 12 years old, providing daytime supervision, activities, and meals to keep the little ones happy while you relax.

2. Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Keep your children entertained and experience leisure facilities that are, quite simply, second to none with the Sinbad's Kids Club.

3. Don CeSar

Camp CeSar allows the hotel's youngest guests to enjoy the resort's seven-and-a-half miles of beaches.

4. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Imagine a family golf vacation experience surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and Kamp Kiawah for the kids to enjoy.

5. Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Whether yours is just beginning, all grown-up or at any stage in-between, the hotel is a wonderful base for your family.

6. Loews Regency Hotel

Enjoy New York with your family and the kids can enjoy special gifts, toys, food and activities with the Regency Hotel.

7. The Westin Excelsior Venice

A variety of child-friendly amenities allows younger guests to experience The Westin Excelsior's trademark service. In-room amenities include activities, games and the bedtime story line.

8. The Westin Resort and Spa Playa Conchal

This all-inclusive resort also offers the Kid's Club as a fun-filled friendly environment in addition to Family Concierge Suites.


12 Days of Hotels: 9 Best Resorts on Private Islands

December 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 9 Best Resorts on Private Islands!

1. Peter Island Resort

At Peter Island there are more staff members than guests, with only 52 rooms and 1,200 acres of lush, mountainous terrain and 5 private beaches.

2. Cocoa Island Maldives

At Cocoa Island, indulge in nature's bequest, from dust-white sand between idle toes, to a warm blue sea that turns blush-pink with the falling light.

3. Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos has established itself as the northern Caribbean's pre-eminent private island, wrapped in sweeps of sand and peaceful seas featuring the region's best spa and haute cuisine.

4. Waterford Castle

One of the leading luxury hotels in Ireland which boasts superb 4 star hotel facilities, you can enjoy the 18 hole Championship Golf Course in Waterford, or choose to stay in one of the Castle Gardens holiday homes.

5. San Clemente Palace

An exclusive 5-star Luxury Hotel, with a unique location in Venice; the ideal destination for week-ends and holidays for partners and families, to celebrate weddings and private occasions, or to organize Meetings and International Events.

6. Amanpulo

Surrounded by turquoise waters and a coral reef three hundred meters from the shore, the resort provides a variety of watersports - especially diving!

7. The Wakaya Club and Spa

This serene retreat in Fiji offers gracious living, sophisticated, international cuisine and unparalleled leisure opportunities - including some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling, available just minutes away from your accommodations - in one of the most secluded and pristine corners of the South Pacific.

8. Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca.

9. Naladhu Resort

The perfect moment begins with the perfect setting. A private tropical island. Powder-white sands. The beauty of the Maldives. Naladhu. Free-flowing spaces. A symphony of rolling waves and rustling palms. The feel of warm, turquoise-blue lagoon waters and exotic Indian spice rubs.


12 Days of Hotels: 11 Best Business Hotels

December 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 11 of the World’s Best Business Hotels!

1. Park Hyatt Tokyo

With extensive meeting and banquet facilities, the hotel can accommodate every type of event from small business meetings to large social gatherings. For the business traveller in Tokyo, the hotel also has a full-service Business Centre, open 24 hours daily.

2. Jumeirah Emirates Tower

Voted the Best Business Hotel in the Middle East and the Best Business Hotel in Dubai in 2007 by the Business Traveller Awards.

3. The Hay-Adams

While working on your laptop (the hotel offers complimentary high-speed Internet access), enjoy unobstructed views of the White House, Lafayette Park, and St. John's Church.

4. Taj Palace Hotel

Standing apart in service, its facilities and of course, in its distinguished patronage, this hotel has played host to Heads of State, corporate moguls and high profile businessmen from across the world.

5. The Peninsula Hong Kong

Along with some of the most advanced office equipment, the professional staff offers a wide range of secretarial services to meet all your business needs.

6. Conrad Hotel Chicago

State-of-the-art technology in the heart of the financial district of Chicago, and within walking distance of The Loop, The Merchandise Mart and Lake Michigan.

7. Claridges

Guests can now connect to the virtual world more easily than ever situated on the corner of Brook Street and Davies Street and is within easy reach of Hyde Park, Park Lane, Bond Street and Oxford Street.

8. Jumeirah Essex House

Ideally located in the heart of New York City, offers an unbeatable location that has lured dignitaries, celebrities and world leaders for years.

9. The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel

The hotel has established itself as the scene for high-powered meetings and high society soirees.

10. Raffles the Plaza

Situated at the crossroads of Singapore's business district, The Plaza is synonymous with sophistication, elegance, and luxury. Don't miss the executive club amenities.

11. The Leela Kempinski

This 5-star deluxe hotel combines state-of-the-art technology with tasteful decor to create a haven for the guests, welcoming both business and leisure travelers.


The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #15 Las Vegas, NV, United States

December 18, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

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! 

Strip At Night

The Venetian Las VegasAs of today, Five Star Alliance features 33 luxury hotels in Las Vegas, NV including all of the best hotels on the Strip, going as far East as the resorts at Lake Las Vegas, West into Summerlin, and South heading towards Los Angeles near the Southern Highlands - plus Red Mountain, the best jumping off point for Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks.

What makes our guests love Las Vegas?

- Resort hotels as large as The Venetian & The Palazzo (pictured - featuring a combined 8,108 rooms and suites - making it the largest hotel in the world) and smaller hotels like the SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand (with just 51 lofts located on the top two floors of the hotel building).

- Hotels and resorts with large casinos (the MGM Grand has a whopping 170,000 square feet of casino floor), as well as Las Vegas hotels without any casino at all like The Trump International and Vdara Hotel & Resort.

- Rates as low as $180 USD a night and as high $5500 USD to ring in New Years 2013 in Las Vegas.

Red Mountain Resort- 15 Luxury Hotels directly on the Las Vegas Strip as well as more self contained destination hotels and resorts as far away as Lake Las Vegas and Ivins, Utah (pictured).

Did You Know?

-In 2011, more than 368 million people visited Las Vegas.

Check out all the best luxury hotels and resorts in Las Vegas >>


Where to Find the Best Luxury Hotel News

November 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: Do you have a mailing list for news on your resorts? If so, could you please add me to this list but do not pass my details on to anyone else?

Answer: We do have a bi-weekly newsletter that goes out featuring the luxury hotels on our site. To sign up for our free newsletter, simply visit this website and enter your details. We will never sell or distribute your information including your email address to anyone else.

Photo of the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

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Hollywood Honeymoons

November 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Our celebrity friends we love to hate tend to have extravagant and luxurious experiences. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or family vacation, these travelers tend to embrace the go big or go home attitude and stay in the best of the best accommodations around the world. Check out where a few of our favorite A-list Hollywood stars spent their romantic honeymoons!

Jay-Z and Beyonce honeymooned at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. This couple stayed in one of seven private homes equipped with a secluded patio and private pool to steer clear of paparazzi and fans.

Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and husband Josh Duhamel escaped to the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah after their wedding and stayed in an incredible 2,500 square foot Grand Water Villa. The couple remained pretty active and took advantage of opportunities to snorkel, water ski, scuba dive, and kayak.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively had a quick 1-night stay at the Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia after their secret wedding near Charleston, South Carolina.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban stayed at the St. Regis Bora Bora back in 2006 for their honeymoon, and the details of what the couple did remained confidential, but we imagine they did a little bit of sun bathing, swimming, and a few other activites that took advantage of everything Bora Bora had to offer.

Planning your honeymoon? Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter!

Image of the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah


Fun Fact Friday! New Rosewood Hotel Coming to Thailand

September 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

 Rosewood Hotels has recently announced that it plans to open a luxury property in Phuket in 2014! We’ve come to expect nothing short of greatness from Rosewood, and we look forward to tracking this new hotel’s developments!

Other Rosewood properties include the Carlyle in New York City, the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Rosewood Tucker's Point in Bermuda, and more!

Photo of Rosewood Tucker's Point


World’s Best Hotels

September 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Whether you’re looking for the best honeymoon resorts, top spa resorts, or best ski resorts, Five Star Alliance has recommendations for these categories and more to help you pick the perfect luxury hotel for your business or leisure trip. When asked ‘what is the nicest hotel in the world’ we unfortunately do not have an answer since there are multiple hotels in various cities and categories that are perfect for various activities. Give us a shout via Facebook or Twitter with a few details regarding where you’re going and what you’d like to do, and we’ll certainly get back to you with what would be the best and nicest hotel in the world for you!

In the meantime, be sure to explore our list of the World’s Best Hotels as a starting point in planning your perfect trip!

Photo of Peter Island Resort in British Virgin Islands, one of the Best Honeymoon Resorts