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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.

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. 

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Copacabana Palace >>

 

 

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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.


GQ Magazine’s Pick of the Best Family-Free Holiday Vacation Spots

December 22, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The White Barn Inn, MaineAlready stressed out by the holidays? Knee deep in family feuds? Why not bail on Christmas next year? GQ Magazine recently published a round-up of "the 6 best places to spend a footloose, family-free Christmas." Get a dose of the Old World-- without flying across the pond-- by vacationing in old Montreal. Catch a wave in the surfer's paradise of Hawaii's Sunset Beach. Explore Portland, Maine on a spontaneous weekend, or a little farther from home, Cartagena, Colombia, described by GQ as a "newly rediscovered South American gem Havana without the hassle—a spot where you can wash down pristine seafood with a fresh mojito and shake off the winter in style." For the full list, click here.


Last Day to Book Starwood’s Global Holiday Sale

November 15, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President Wilson, GenevaThe big two-week global sale from Starwood Hotels & Resorts is coming to an end. Act fast to score savings of up to 30% on best available rates this holiday season across all nine Starwood brands: Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element. The offer is valid for stays between November 4, 2010 and January 17, 2011 at more than 750 hotels and resorts worldwide; valid at participating hotels over weekends and at participating resorts all days of the week.

Pictured: The world-renowned Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, part of the Luxury Collection.


Suite Escape: Book 2 Nights at St. Regis Hotels and Get the 2nd Night for $4

October 28, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Bahia Beach ResortSt. Regis Hotels & Resorts have just unveiled a special offer worth booking ASAP. To celebrate their expanding portfolio-- and the November debut of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico*-- the brand has rolled out the "Suite Luxury, Legacy Rates" offer. Book a suite for at least two consecutive nights at participating St. Regis hotels around the globe, and you'll get the second night's stay for only $4, the price of a suite at the brand's flagship, The St. Regis New York, when it originally opened in 1904.

*The new resort in Puerto Rico marks the brand's first foray into the Caribbean market. The resort will be home to the Caribbean's first and only Certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary.


Last-Minute Weekend Escape to Costa Rica at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort

September 29, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

JW Marriott Guanacaste ResortBack to the grind after a perfect summer filled with weekend beach getaways... Maybe you're lusting for an exotic tropical escape to recharge the batteries- close to home, that won't break the bank. How about Costa Rica in the off-season? JW Marriott Guanacaste-- situated on Mansita beach near Tamarindo and home to a world-class spa and golf course-- has some last-minute weekend deals in October. Take in the sunset over the Pacific while sipping a cool cocktail by the pool, then tuck into a delicious dinner at one of four restaurants. Retire to your spacious bedroom, equipped with a furnished private balcony or terrace, to luxuriate in style. Nightly rates are available from $195 for a two-night stay on October 15-17 and October 22-24, 2010. Limited availability so act fast!

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Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil: A Romantic Candle-lit Dinner on a Private Island

September 24, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ponta dos Ganchos, BrazilAnother reason to love the sexy beach resort on Brazil's southern coast near Florianopolis: an exclusive dinner experience available nightly for one lucky couple. Tuck into sophisticated Brazilian specialties over candlelight, surrounded by the lush vegetation of the inhabited private island just offshore from the resort's main beach. The shore is lit with torches, and the only soundtrack is the lapping of waves against the sand. A private butler attends to your every whim. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Related Article:

Best of Brazil: Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, Emerald Coast


The World’s Best Up and Coming Hotels

August 5, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The James ChicagoIn its August 2010 issue, Travel + Leisure highlights "20 to Watch: 2010's Best Up-and-Coming Hotels," many of which can be found in the Five Star Alliance collection. Predicting "the next hottest hotels around the globe," Travel + Leisure scoured the globe "to pick out this year's new and refurbished, expanding, or otherwise evolving hotels." What the magazine's editors found: domestic hotels are raising the bar, with fantastic luxury hotels in the United States and Canada. So without further ado, here's the list:

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Algodon Mansion, Buenos Aires

Amangiri, Utah

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Four Seasons Beirut

The James Chicago

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, Antigua

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

The Peninsula Chicago

The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel

Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan, Paris

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay, Krabi, Thailand

Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, London

Trident, Bandra Kurla, Mumbai, India

Veranda Resort, Turks & Caicos

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia

Destination Spa: The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu , Malibu, California