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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.

Image of the Day: Barcelo Huatulco Beach

December 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Huatulco Beach is on the bay of Tangolunda, one of the largest among the 9 bays of Huatulco. The resort is situated right on the beach front. Guests can enjoy the sea, the swimming pool or go for a stroll on the beach, as they are all just a few steps from the rooms.

Barcelo Huatulco Beach 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Chiva-Som Resort

December 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Chiva Som

Chiva-Som is a "Haven of Life" on the Gulf of Thailand. Chiva-Som is about learning to live, enjoy and appreciate every moment, and in so doing, creating a personal path to health and wellness. On arrival you are offered a Health and Wellness consultation. This is designed around your goals and objectives, your current state of health and ability to achieve those goals. Your advisor will help you achieve the most out of your stay by devising a personal programme of treatments and services. These will include diet, exercise, activity, rest and relaxation, physical ailments, emotional issues and your inner self. The focus of the programmes is on balancing and rejuvenating the Mind, Body and Spirit. The staff of expert health professionals includes consulting doctors, naturopaths, fitness instructors, spa therapists, nutritionists and alternative health practitioners.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Pangulasian Island Resort

December 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Pangulasian Island Resort is El Nido Resorts' luxury island hideaway in Bacuit Bay, El Nido. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical forest. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting edge green design. Resort facilities include a boutique, library, restaurant and bar at the Clubhouse, an infinity pool with beach bar, gym, spa, hiking trail with view deck, Scuba Shack and marine sports center. Located just minutes away are vibrant coral reefs and El Nido Resorts' Beach Clubs.

Pangulasian Island Resort

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Your Questions Answered: What Miami Hotel is Best for Rest and Recovery?

December 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Mutiny Hotel
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: My Mother and I are traveling to Miami, I will be recovering from surgery can you recommend a hotel that has a kitchen and offers quiet for my recovery?

ANSWER: The Mutiny Hotel 


The Mutiny Hotel is located approximately 17 miles from Miami International Airport on Sailboat Bay in Coconut Grove, approximately nine miles from South Beach. Local attractions include the Streets of Mayfair, Parrot Jungle and Gardens, Miami Seaquarium, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Key Biscayne, Fairchild Tropical Garden, and downtown Miami which are all within five miles of the hotel.
Hotel amenities include on-site car rental, wireless Internet, concierge, fax/photocopy services, laundry/valet services, outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, fitness center, sauna, and steam room. Atchana's East/West Kitchen is a sophisticated hideaway located on the ground level of The Mutiny Hotel and serves an array of fresh, authentic Asian dishes, along with American Classics such as New York Strip Steak and Snapper Filets. Patrons can dine in the intimate wood-paneled 45-seat indoor dining room or outdoors, next to the poolside waterfall. In addition to full bar service,. Full service dining is also available at The Pirates Bar & Grill serving contemporary American and International cuisine. Private parties available in the restaurant or poolside. 
The Mutiny Hotel
Guest suites are decorated in a British Colonial motif and feature fully equipped kitchens, two TVs, VCRs, A/C, desks, dial-up Internet access, dual-line telephones, voicemail, hairdryers, bathroom telephones, coffeemakers with premium coffees, and bathrobes. The minimum age for check-in is 21 and that all accommodations at The Mutiny Hotel are now non-smoking. Guest suites are an average of 750 sq ft, overlooking Biscayne Bay, and have fully equipped kitchen, sleeper couch in Living area, many with private balcony for some quiet space.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

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Your Questions Answered: What South Beach Hotel Provides a Beach and Pool and is in Walking Distance to Nightlife?

December 11, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Dream South Beach
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: What South Beach hotel provides beach, walking distance to nightlife and fine dining, and a pool?

ANSWER: Dream South Beach Dream South Beac

Imaginative and whimsical, Dream South Beach is an intriguing hotel proving unexpected delights are still possible in a place where the extraordinary is commonplace. The illusion begins with the transformation of two iconic Art Deco South Beach Miami hotels - the Tudor Hotel and Palmer House - into a sophisticated, boutique realm of just 108 rooms and suites. Step inside and find a quiet, cool, and delightfully hypnotic hideaway from the South Florida sun. Relax in late 70's inspired accommodations or lounge by the rooftop pool and lounge. Whatever your choice, Dream South Beach is a delightfully hypnotic hideaway. Even in a town celebrated for its playful, decadent atmosphere, these accommodations stand apart. Creative architectural elements, crafted by internationally renowned designer Michael Czysz, blend the familiar with the unexpected, mingling the glamour with surreal fantasy and luxury. Delight your senses in exquisitely appointed rooms and suites. 

The hotel is surrounded by stylish boutiques, the hottest clubs and is just 50 yards from pristine white sand beaches. Right next door is another fashionable address, Villa by Barton G., once known as the famed Versace Mansion Casa Casuarina. Though Dream offers an array of leisurely pursuits, from rooftop pool oasis to spa treatments and an exhilarating nightlife scene, the surrounding area abounds with must-see attractions and South Beach events. From the white sand beaches of Miami to rows of chic shops, bars and nightclubs, every interest is catered to here.

We recommend: A King Bed Junior Suite with couch.  This suite type averages 350 sq ft,  and offers a 42in LCD TV, stocked private bar, and mood lighting.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Image of the Day: Hotel Vistabella

December 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Vistabella is a romantic luxury hotel between two beaches in Roses at the Costa Brava of Girona in Catalonia, Spain. This peaceful location with sea views is ideal for a short break or holidays. "In Roses the best sunsets of the whole country can be seen…," wrote Josep Pla, a famous writer. These sunsets together with the spectacular views of the Gulf of Roses afford a unique environment.

Hotel Vistabell

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New to Five Star Alliance: Maalifushi

December 1, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Maalifushi by COMO is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to open in the pristine Thaa Atoll in the archipelago's southwest. Maalifushi by COMO stands apart with its understated style, encapsulating the spirit of the Indian Ocean and the barefoot chic of a COMO private island resort. The luxuries are all here, with a COMO Shambhala spa, world-class yoga facilities and exceptional cuisine along with the Maldives' vibrant marine life. This is the first boutique hotel in the Maldives by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi, whose sensitive approach to nature and respect for cultural authenticity is reflected in Maalifushi by COMO’s uncomplicated, succinct design.

Maalifushi

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New to Five Star Alliance: NIZUC Resort and Spa Cancun

November 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

NIZUC Resort and Spa Cancun is positioned in the secluded enclave of Punta Nizuc, the newest luxury destination in the Mexican Caribbean situated on the most desirable land of the Mayan region. Set within a paradise of protected mangroves and lush, local foliage, and facing the white sands of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef -- the second largest coral reef in the world -- NIZUC is home to two exclusive beaches and is surrounded by the region's natural wonders, archaeological sites and attractions.

NIZUC Resort and Spa 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Cheval Blanc Randheli

November 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Cheval Blanc Randheli represents a contemporary vision of the Maldives. Architect Jean-Michel Gathy has conceived of uniquely designed spaces skillfully combining local traditions with the finest materials to create a stunning modern and graphical structure that is in complete harmony with its pristine and natural surrounding. In a decor combining Maldivian inspirations and contemporary lines, the villas offer a unique residential experience. 

Cheval Blanc Randheli

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New to Five Star Alliance: Qualia Resort

November 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Qualia Resort

Qualia Resort (pronounced kwah-lee-ah), the word means a collection of deeper sensory experiences. qualia the resort is a private world of sensory perfection on Hamilton Island, and the Oatley family’s world-class, boutique luxury resort. Each resort precinct has a personality all of its own, offering our guests the very best in service and amenities. The resulting design combines a unique sense of space, openness and harmony. Set amongst native Eucalypts, each pavilion has been handcrafted from the finest imported and local timber and stone. To complement the natural surrounds, Dennis Nona’s artworks adorn the walls and Freedman Rembel has furnished the interiors with fabrics and patterns inspired by nature.

qualia offers you the indulgent choice of 60 individual pavilions that have been perfectly nestled into the natural environment to complement the unique surroundings. All pavilions boast stunning postcard views either of the Whitsundays or the spectacular tropical bushland. Prior to qualia, Waddell was chef de partie at the 2 hatted Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne. Preceding his move to Australia, Waddell worked in his home town in Glasgow, Scotland with renowned chef, Paul Tamburrini. He held the position of sous chef at The Bistro, at One Devonshire Gardens hotel and the Georgian room in Cameron House, Loch Lomond. Both hotels were awarded the prestigious 3 AA Rosette rating. The peerless setting for dinner at the Long Pavilion is a horizon edged with encircling islands, backlit by the setting sun’s rays. Wines by the glass or bottle are served at qualia’s exclusive guest-only Long Pavilion and Pebble Beach wine bars, along with single-malt scotch, port and dessert wines.

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