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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa

March 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Meet Casa Madrona Hotel and SpaThe story of this historic boutique hotel dates back to 1885, when William Barrett, Secretary-Treasurer for the San Francisco Gas and Electric Company and his wife Clara built a lavish "casa" on a hillside overlooking Sausalito. The location provided a wide-angle view of San Francisco Bay Area, teeming with powerful freight ships, elegant yachts and side-wheeler ferryboats. In 1980 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a treasured landmark. In November 2003, the historic hotel saw the addition of Poggio, an increase in the number of hotel rooms from 34 to 63, and the addition of a spectacular, 3,000-square-foot spa, a boardroom, a private dining room, and three new function rooms.

Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa 

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Did You Know? Balbirnie House

March 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Balbirnie House
Balbirnie House
dates back to 1777, having been commissioned by The Balfour family who were a very influential agricultural and coal mining family at the time.

The house was originally designed by the architect John Nisbet in 1777 and was then extended by Robert Crichton in 1815, and is now listed as Grade A of architectural and historical importance, most probably built as one of the largest and earliest Grecian style houses in Scotland.

The park surrounding Balbirnie extends to 416 acres of undulating scenery, and is landscaped in the style of Capability Brown, including many specimen trees and a collection of magnificent rhododendrons which is unrivalled in the East of Scotland. Views from the house extend over flowering garden lawns and trimmed yew hedges to woodland walks around the park. The first tee off for Balbirnie Park’s 18 hole golf course is a short amble from the hotel.

Also within the park is The Balbirnie Craft Centre, housed in the original old stable block just a few minutes walk away. Crafts sold include hand made jewelry, pottery, glassworks, and leather goods.

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Did You Know? Kurumba Hotel Maldives

February 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kurumba Hotel Maldives
Kurumba Hotel Maldives
was the first hotel to open in the Maldives. It opened in 1972, and is named after the Dhivehi word for coconut, Kurumba. From its humble origins accommodating only 60 guests a month, Kurumba has since graduated to 14,000. From a handful of founding friends running a resort, it now has a staff of 450. In 2003, Kurumba underwent a complete transformation yet again, to meet the demands of the 21st century. The result was a world-class resort with 180 rooms, including the Royal Residence, Presidential Suites, Pool Villas, Family Villas and beach and garden superior rooms.

 

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Image of the Day: Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts and Spa

February 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts and Spa, located in the fragile Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve in one of the best intact examples of temperate rainforest left on earth, was founded in 1997 by The Genovese Family Trust. The resorts have grown into a golden triangle of adventure which begins and ends in the tiny village of Tofino on the western-most edge of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Clayoquot Wilderness Resorts and Spa promises discriminating travelers two world-renowned ultra-luxurious eco-resorts, otherworldly coastal cuisine, super natural adventure, and some of the most breathtakingly beautiful wilderness frontier left on the planet.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

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Image of the Day: Amanfayun

February 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Amanfayun

In the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, Amanfayun is a place to explore – a place of stone pathways leading to shaded courtyards, quaint restaurants and peaceful abodes. Situated on 14 hectares to the west of West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Hangzhou, the resort is comprised of 47 dwellings surrounded by tea fields, natural forests and lush groves of bamboo. Just a 20-minute drive from the city centre, Amanfayun is the ideal location from which to explore the region’s ancient Buddhist temples, botanical gardens, vast wetland areas, countless pagodas and Hangzhou’s famous silk and shopping streets. The resort features the original village layout, with a 600-metre main thoroughfare, the Fayun Pathway.

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Accommodation Choices at Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok

February 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok
In the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Chatrium Residence Sathon provides guests with an oasis of calm. Here, guests can enjoy the picturesque oasis of calm with an oversized free-form swimming pool set amongst lush greenery. Coupled with warm and welcoming hospitality, Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok is truly a home away from home, a personal retreat for your soul. Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok is strategically situated within Bangkok's central business district of Sathon Road. The hotel offers easy access to expressways and airports at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang International Airports.

At Chatrium Residence Sathon, you will find a wide range of accommodation, suites, and rooms to suit your needs. Enjoy panoramic views of the cityscape or rest your eyes on a haven of manicured gardens surrounding the pool from one of the 560 premium choice Deluxe Studio or One-, Two-, and Three-Bedroom Suites.
 

For Accommodations, Choose From: 

Deluxe StudioChatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok
When you’re here for a solo retreat or an intimate trip with a loved one, the 45 square meter Deluxe Studio would be a remarkably perfect choice for both short and long stays. 
Services and amenities include:
-Luxurious bathroom, with bathtub and handheld height-adjustable shower head
-Small kitchenette with microwave oven and refrigerator
-Separate dining area
-Work desk
-32-inch LCD TV with local and satellite TV reception and DVD Hi-Fi stereo system
-Hi-speed Wi-Fi internet

Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok Suite
Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite
(pictured left)
Sometimes a little more space can help turn your retreat into a remarkably satisfying one.
And for times like these, there is the 70 square meter Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite.
Services and amenities include:
-Luxurious bathroom, with bathtub and handheld height-adjustable shower head
-Kitchenette with microwave oven and refrigerator
-Separate dining area
-Work desk
-Private balcony
-40-inch LCD TV with local and satellite TV reception in living room with DVD Hi-Fi stereo -system
32-inch LCD TV with local and satellite TV reception in bedroom
-Hi-speed Wi-Fi internet
-Daily housekeeping services (applicable for daily stays)
 

Grand Deluxe Two-Bedroom Suite (pictured right)Chatrium Residences Sathon Bangkok
At 140 square meters, the Grand Deluxe Two-Bedroom Suite is a comfortable sanctuary for a small family or friends travelling together.
Services and amenities include:
-Luxurious bathrooms, with a separate shower and bath
-Kitchenette with conventional oven, microwave oven and refrigerator
-Separate dining area
-Work desk
-Private balcony
-40-inch LCD TV with local and satellite TV reception in living room with DVD Hi-Fi stereo system
-32-inch LCD TV with local and satellite TV reception in bedrooms with DVD player in master bedroom
-Hi-speed Wi-Fi internet
-Daily housekeeping services (applicable for daily stays)
 
 

Chatrium Residences BangkokGrand Deluxe Three-Bedroom Suite (pictured left)
For larger families or simply those who enjoy a little more space and magnificent city views, the Grand Deluxe Three-Bedroom Suite with a spacious living room and separate kitchen fits the bill perfectly at 140 square meters
Services and amenities include:
-Luxurious bathrooms, with a separate shower and bath
-Kitchenette with conventional oven, microwave oven and large refrigerator
-Large dining table and chairs
-Work desk
-Private balcony
-40-inch LCD TV with local and satellite TV reception in living room with DVD Hi-Fi stereo system
-32-inch LCD TV with local and satellite TV reception in bedrooms with DVD player in master bedroom
-Hi-speed Wi-Fi internet
-Daily housekeeping services (applicable for daily stays)
 

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Vote Your Way to the World’s Best Sweepstakes

February 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vote Your Way to the World's Best

Announcing the Vote Your Way to the World’s Best Sweepstakes! Choose your favorite World’s Best luxury hotel or resort from the participating properties, and you may win a stay! Vote and win. What could be simpler than that?

Prizes include:

-Two business class round trip flights courtesy of Qatar Airways and 4 Night Stay in an Armani Deluxe Room at the Armani Hotel Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

-A four-night stay at Hotel Le Toiny on St. Bart’s

-A four-night stay at Armani Hotel Milano in Italy

-A four-night All-Inclusive stay at Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun

-A four-night stay in an Ocean View Room at the Acqualina Resort in Miami Beach

-A four-night stay in Ocean View Room at Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

-A four-night stay in a Deluxe Room at Grace Cafayate in Cafayate Provincia de Salta, Argentina

-A four-night stay in a Deluxe Junior Suite at Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia

-A four-night stay at Titilaka Lodge in Lake Titicaca, Peru

You can only vote once, so choose wisely! 

Enter Now!

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Image of the Day: Fairmont Southampton

February 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Perched on Bermuda’s stunning south shore with miles of pink sand beaches, the luxurious Fairmont Southampton sits on nearly 100 acres, dotted with lush bougainvillea and towering coconut palms.

Fairmont Southampton 
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Your Questions Answered: Can Your Recommend a Miami Beachfront Hotel That's Close to Nightlife?

February 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Beach 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: We are looking for a Miami Florida South Beach property that beachfront, within walking distance to the night life and dining, and has a pool. What resort offers the best accommodations for our trip?



ANSWER: Grand Beach Hotel 

The Grand Beach Hotel is on the doorstep of South Beach with its night life and restaurants, while still offering just enough privacy and relaxation. The hotel offers ocean front location, two beach front pools and hot tubs, tranquility pool, Chez Gaston restaurant, three lounges and bars, 24-hour fitness center, nearly 20,000 square feet of event and meeting space, business center, comfortable library, massage and spa services, beach chair and umbrella rental for all guests. This is a pet-friendly hotel.

The Grand Beach Hotel features 430 luxurious and oversized guest room suites at their  Miami Beach ocean front hotel. Suites start on the 7th floor guaranteeing unobstructed views of the ocean or Biscayne Bay and Miami’s skyline. Oceanfront suites have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and white beach. Suites also include one-bedroom suites and two bedroom Corner Suites, which offer even more spacious accommodations. The Grand Beach Hotel in Miami also offers a large number of connecting rooms for Miami family vacations.
Grand Beach Hotel
Most suites offer two luxurious marble bathrooms and a King bed plus sleeper sofa or two double beds plus sleeper sofa. Suites have two 42-inch flat-screen TV with premium television channels, balcony with water views, WiFi, interconnecting suites, iPod cradle plug-in, ample luggage storage, and panoramic floor.

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: Alvear Palace Hotel

February 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Alvear Palace Hotel has a Wellness Area that is created specifically to provide an intimate atmosphere. It features steam baths, saunas, pressure showers, a ludic pool, and relaxation rooms. The Vitality Pool, pictured below, has combination of air and water designed to provide the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.

Alvear Palace Hotel
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