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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: Patios de Cafayete

July 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Patios de Cafayate Hotel and Spa embraces its spectacular views of the Calchaqui Valley vineyards.
Patios de Cafayate Hotel and Spa

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Image of the Day: Punta Islita Hotel

June 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Punta Islita is a eco-resort located along the sunny Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. Nicoya is one of the five regions in the world where healthy longevity is most common.

Punta Islita

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Did You Know? Copacabana Palace

June 24, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Copacabana Palace was featured in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio. The film was the first one to feature the legendary dance partners Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. 

Copacabana Palace

 

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Focus on Ponta dos Ganchos

March 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Located on the Emerald Coast in the southern province of Santa Catarina, the privately-owned peninsula resort Ponta dos Ganchos is accessible via helipad, boat, or car. It is the epitome of a private island oasis. Enjoy the panoramic sea views while comfortably laying on a hammock, sipping on a selection from the line of Ponta Dos Ganchos coffee. This resort only allows guests that are 18 and over, to ensure complete adults-only serenity. Known for their impeccable attention to detail and customized service, Ponta dos Ganchos is as relaxed and easy-going despite the posh feel of the resort. The employees of this resort seem to have one goal: Making it all about their guests. This is seen in their meals as they do not have set meal times, giving their guests the luxury to not be bound to a schedule set by the resort but their own. Their restaurant has different options that change on a daily basis to keep things fresh. Daily meal ideas are decided upon what is available at the market or caught at sea that day.  This is the perfect oasis for those couples that want a hideaway vacation, complete with equal parts of exclusiveness and luxury!

 

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Image of the Day: Cavas Wine Lodge

February 26, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Nestled in a 35 acre vineyard, Cavas Wine Lodge is strategically located between the best known wineries and the magnificent Andes Mountain range. 

 

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Conde Nast Traveler Reveals Results of Readers' Poll

February 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Conde Nast Traveler has announced the winners of its 2013 Readers Poll and there are a whopping 270 Spas that were voted the best. The magazine revealed that the results were based on 46,352 vistis to hotel, resort, and cruise ship spas. 

Topping the US Top 100 Resort Spa list was Mohonk Mountain House, with Vail Cascade Resort & Spa coming in a close second. Osthoff Resort in Wisconsin was third, Sundara Inn & Spa was fourth, and Resort at Squaw Creek was fifth.

The Atlantic and Caribbean Top 25 Spa list had The Regent Palm on top (pictured right), with Nisbet Plantation Beach Club second. Rounding out the top five in this category are Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Jumby Bay, and Seven Stars Resort.

The list of Top 25 Spas, Mexico and Central America included Capella Ixtapa at #1, Maroma Resort and Spa is #2, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort and Spa is #3, Rosewood Mayakoba is #4, and Esperanza (pictured left) is #5.
 

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #15 Copacabana Palace

December 17, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts 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!

 Rio De Janeiro's Copacabana Palace is #15 on our list. Here are a few fun facts about the hotel:

-Opened in 1923, Copacabana Palace was inspired by two other hotels: Negresco in Nice and the Carlton in Cannes.

-Famous guests have included Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, The Rolling Stones and Nelson Mandela. 

-In addition to spa services, The Copacabana Palace Spa also offers a spa menu developed by Francesco Carli, the internationally renowned Chef of Pergula Restaurant.

-Featuring two of Rio’s top restaurants –Hotel Cipriani Restaurant and Pergula Restaurant– the Copa is Rio’s top destination for gastronomy and style.

-The Copacabana Palace faces the world-famous Copacabana Beach, yet is only minutes away from the business centre, and the Ipanema and Leblon districts of Rio de Janeiro.

The Copacabana Palace offers two different categories of rooms. Choose between the charming Superior City View or magnificent Deluxe Beach View. 

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Top 10 Beach Resorts in the World

April 13, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Halekulani, HawaiiWe admit it. We're suckers for a good Top 10 List. (And who isn't?) So when the Toronto Sun recently published their list of the "World's Top Beachfront Hotels," we ate it up. They single out the following:

 

But where's Peter Island? And those swanky resorts in the Maldives? Or the celeb-mobbed hot spots on St. Barths?


Immerse Yourself in Music with Modo Hotels, a New Brand in Brazil & the U.S.

January 31, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Modo HotelsThere's a new "high-style, lower-price" hotel brand on the block, reports the Los Angeles Times, and it's pretty sweet. Called "Modo Hotels," the global lifestyle chain will be all about the music. Not just memorabilia, but a full immersion in music; think turn tables and music downloads for guests. To quote the Los Angeles Times:

With a mix of high-energy public spaces, moderate room rates ($90 to $150 per night) and tech-heavy room design, the full-service, 150-room Modo hotels may seem like a mash-up of Hard Rock Hotels and Starwood Hotels’ affordable Aloft brand. The chain will feature Bauhaus-inspired décor. Hotels will include a restaurant, large lounge area, gym, courtyard and the centerpiece: a music center where guests may spin vinyl albums, CDs or download MP3s. On the Modo website, you can already download selections from the collection of independent musicians who will be featured in the hotels.

Modo Hotels will first open in major Brazilian metropolises-- like Sao Paulo, Campinas, Curitiba, Vitoria and Manaus-- and gateway cities in the U.S. such as L.A., NYC, Kansas City, and Miami.


2011 Grand Award Winners from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

December 31, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmangiriHats off to the 2011 Andrew Harper Grand Award Winners! Since 1979, the prestigious publication has tracked the best in luxury hotels, and now the newest list is out. What's the criteria for choosing the award winners? From the official website: "Mr. Harper chooses his favorite properties visited over the past calendar year to comprise this list. All possess exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place." And without further ado, the top award, the "Hideaway of the Year," is Il Salviatino in Florence, Italy. Other award winners include: Amangiri, The Hazelton Hotel, and Lake Placid Lodge in North America; Tambo del Inka and Titilaka in South America; The Peninsula House and Tucker's Point in the Caribbean; Banjaar Tola (India) and Sumahan on the Water (Istanbul) in Asia & Mideast; Villa Bordoni and Hotel Le Fontanelle (Italy), Lydmar Hotel (Stockholm), Tenbosch House (Brussels), Amberley Castle and Lime Wood (England) in Europe.