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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.

Belmond Charleston Place: A Unique Balance Between Historic Charm and Modern Luxury

November 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Charleston PlaceTake a step back in time, exploring centuries-old gardens and antebellum architecture while staying in the heart of one of the most romantic and vibrant cities in the world.

There are few cities in the world that have been able to preserve its past like Charleston. History abounds on every street corner with beautifully maintained architecture from houses to churches to historic sites like Fort Sumter, the famous open-air market and the gardens and plantations, which are some of the country's oldest.

While the past is still very much alive in Charleston, the city has become a vibrant, cosmopolitan destination, tempting travelers around the world to experience its rich culture, boutique shopping and arguably one of the best culinary scenes in the country. Condé Nast Traveler has ranked Charleston the Number 1 City in the US for 4 years in a row and no hotel in Charleston better represents the city's unique balance between historic charm and modern luxury than Belmond Charleston Place.Belmond Charleston Place

One of the grandest properties in the Belmond collection, Belmond Charleston Place is consistently ranked among the best hotels by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. The hotel evokes the feeling of a grand, 17th century residence, from lush personal suites to the Italian marble lobby with a signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier. More than 200 rooms at Belmond Charleston Place have recently undergone a complete revitalization, resulting in modern, luxurious accommodations with slick in-room technology. The rooms feature new furniture, distinctive pieces of artwork and Carrera marble bathrooms.

The staff of Belmond Charleston Place is dedicated to indulging its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s full-service European-style spa, horizon-edge swimming pool with retractable glass roof, upscale shops and the Charleston Grill, the on-site restaurant that’s been consistently recognized with an AAA Four Diamond Award, Mobil Four Star Award and "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator. Executive Chef Michelle Weaver presents a menu that is a unique balance of Southern, French and Contemporary cuisines highlighted by favorites like the Charleston Grill Crab Cake or Okeechobee Catfish & Fried Shrimp. The sight of local fine art and sounds of live, world-class jazz featured nightly at Charleston Grill accompany the unparalleled culinary experience.
Belmond Charleston Place
Surrounded by historic homes and buildings, strolling distance to the city's delightful shops, galleries and restaurants, and close to pristine beaches, Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for guests to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other.


Imagine being able to explore all Charleston has to offer you this season with an exceptional discount. Belmond Charleston Place's Upgrade Your Stay Offer includes a 20% discount on luxurious Club Level or Suite accommodations for a limited time. 

Book your stay at Belmond Charleston Place >>


Dining al Fresco: The Trafalgar

November 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Given the name of this hotel, we are pretty sure you know what square The Trafalgar overlooks.

The Trafalgar 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-and Surfer-Friendly Tahitian Resort?

November 2, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
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 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: We are a family looking to stay is Tahiti. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family and is near one of the surf spots and surf schools?


ANSWER: InterContinental Resort Tahiti 

The InterContinental Resort Tahiti is the premier international resort of Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia, which is situated between California and Australia in the South Pacific. The resort has a total of 263 units, comprising of 170 fully renovated lagoon and garden view rooms, an extension of 60 panoramic view rooms with a Presidential Suite, and 32 over the water bungalows located in 32 acres of gardens. The Polynesian style resort with its own private sand beach and lagoon, offers views of unforgettable sunsets over the Volcanic peaks of sister island Moorea, just 12 miles across the sea of moons.

TOPDIVE Tahiti Diving center, located at the very heart of the hotel, offers numerous exciting and unique activities, from PADI 5-Star SCUBA diving,to discovering the lagoon by kayak, to whale watching, all in a safe environment that will make your stay both thrilling and fun.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

The Overwater Bungalows located at the Lotus end of the resort, with sweeping views of the lagoon, reef and ocean beyond. The bungalows have a private sundeck and platform - ideal for sun bathing or watching the magnificent sunset. Intercontinental resort tahiti

All rooms and bungalows have the following amenities : a terrace or a private balcony, a bathroom with bath tub and shower, an individually controlled air conditioning system, a flat screen Cable TV, a direct dial international phone, an Internet connexion (wireless in public areas), a private safe, a refrigerator restocked on request, some 110V/220V outlets,tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, etc.

The resort makes available to its clients a laundry and dry cleaning service (express or regular), some self-service laundry facilities located throughout the hotel and some transit rooms with individual shower for early arrivals and late departures.
Moreover, children younger than 15 can share their parents room without supplement (within the limits of the room capacity).

Book your family vacation at InterContinental Resort Tahiti >>

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.
 


Dining al Fresco: Gray d'Albion Hotel

November 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

At Gray d'Albion Hotelguests can dine against the backdrop of the resort's private beach.

Gray d'Albion Hotel

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Image of the Day: Palihouse Santa Monica

October 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Palihouse Santa Monica is a boutique beach lodge offering 37 generously appointed classic rooms as well as stunning studios, one and two-bedroom guest suites featuring fully equipped kitchens. In continuous operation since 1927, Palihouse Santa Monica (formerly The Embassy Hotel Apartments) is an outstanding example of Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival Architecture. The hotel dates back to a time when Santa Monica was the last Los Angeles rail stop and travelers from all over the world came for seaside vacations all year round.

Palihouse Santa Monica

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs

October 30, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fairmont Banff Springs
Legend has it that a bride fell down the marble staircase at Fairmont Banff Springs and died on her wedding day. She's also rumored to have caught fire on the way down, due to the torches that lit the staircase.  The bride has been sighted dancing in the Cascade Ballroom, and cold air on the staircase is said to be her doing. 

Tip: If an elderly Scottish man offers to help with your bags, he's a ghost. Sam the Bellman was a longtime employee who has apparently made good on his threat to come back and haunt the place. The random opening and closing of the elevator doors is also attributed to Sam.

Book a spooky stay at Fairmont Banff Springs >>

 


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: The Heathman Hotel

October 29, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Heathman Hotel
Long before 50 Shades of Gray made it popular, The Heathman Hotel had a reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in America. Rooms whose numbers end in 03 are rumored to be the most haunted in the hotel. The origin of this is a guest who committed suicide by jumping out of the window of room 1003. 703 is also considered haunted, but those not comfortable with the spirit world should avoid all 03 rooms. 

Guests have reported clean towels used when no one is in the room, glasses of water mysteriously emptying, and chairs moving around. Cold spots, sounds that can't be explained, and faces that appear in the dark have also been reported. Most chillingly, some guests have reported feeling a ghostly presence in bed with them. 

Shudder. Talk about double occupancy. 

Book your own ghostly stay at The Heathman Hotel >>


Book a Stay at Hogwarts

October 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! You can now book a room at Hogwarts, the mythical wizarding academy attended by the boy wizard and his pals. Sort of. Since Hogwarts is, well, fictional, you can't really check-in. But, the Georgian House in London has transformed some guest rooms into Wizard's Chambers. The rooms are part of the hotel's Harry Potter Tour Package. The first part of the package is the Muggle Walking Tour, which showcases landmark sights used in the making of the film. Then, check into the Wizard's Chambers. They have a gothic feel, very true to the spirit of Hogwarts, with 4 poster beds, potion bottles and cauldrons, and unexpected wizardly details. A full English breakfast is included. 

After breakfast, take a walk to Victoria Station and climb aboard the Harry Potter Tour bus. The bus takes you to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour– The Making of Harry Potter. This tour gives you the lowdown on how the films were made, and you get to see many of the sets and props that feature in the movies. This tour has 5 stars and rave reviews, and is a must for any Harry Potter fan.

Harry Potter Package Details and Prices

For two people, 1 night in the Wizard Chambers, with breakfast and Muggle tour: £249.00. (£60 for an additional child and £72 for an additional adult)

For two people, 1 night in the Wizard Chambers, with breakfast, Muggle Tour tickets and Studio Tour tickets including the branded bus transport from Victoria £363, (£112 for an extra child and £129 for an extra adult)

Wizard Chambers prices, not including tours:
For two people, with breakfast, £209 ( for each additional guest sharing the room, an extra £20)

Happy Wizarding!


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel del Coronado

October 28, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel del Coronado
According to legend, a former guest by the name of Kate Morgan took her life at the Hotel del Coronado in 1892 and has haunted the place ever since. Morgan had been at the hotel for five days waiting for a man who never arrived. She was found dead of a gunshot wound on an exterior staircase that led to the beach. 

Today, Morgan's spirit seems to have remained at The Del, where she tends to occupy her former guestroom. But her beautiful vision – and ghostly pranks – can be experienced throughout the rambling resort and grounds.

Morgan is fond of playing pranks at the hotel's gift shop. The glassware that flies off shelves and the pictures that fall off walls are attributed to her mischevious ways. Because memorabilia related to Marilyn Monroe's 1958 hotel filming of Some Like It Hot seems to be the most prone to tumbling, some speculate that The Del's resident ghost doesn't like sharing the spotlight with Hollywood’s biggest star.

Catch up with the ghostly Kate at Hotel del Coronado >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Campo Bahia

October 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Campo Bahia

The resort Campo Bahia is situated at the seaside of the federal state Bahia, to the north of Porto Seguro. The 14.740 square meter area Campo Bahia has been built in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to include it into the surrounding landscape of the Santo Andre and Santa Cruz Cabralia region. Campo Bahia has 14 houses with a total of 68 suites for a personal and exclusive stay. Each house has two stories with a living space, a kitchen area and a terrace on the first floor and extraordinary but cozy bedrooms on the first floor. The houses are surrounded by an open central sector with a spread out lounge and dining area, an open kitchen and a 700 square meter pool area. Close to the resort, guests can enjoy several outside sport facilities as well as an indoor fitness center.

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