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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 Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Azerbaijan


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Four Seasons Hotel Baku is opening mid-2012, and they are currently accepting reservations for arrivals from June 15th, 2012! Located in Azerbaijan’s capital on the Caspian Sea, the Four Seasons presents a beautiful luxury hotel on the waterfront promenade, just steps from the Old City. Its 142 classic yet modern guest rooms and 29 luxurious suites almost all open to a balcony with stunning views of the city or of the Caspian Sea. Explore the city of Baku, swim in the glass-roofed atrium, or relax in the penthouse spa. Be sure to visit this up-and-coming area and be one of the first to experience everything the Four Seasons Hotel Baku has to offer!


New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Palace Hotel Tokyo


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Palace Hotel Tokyo is set to have its grand opening next month on May 17th, 2012! This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Tokyo and it aims to provide the absolute best of Japan. Its history dates back to the 1947 opening of Hotel Teito, which then became the Palace Hotel in 1961. The Palace Hotel ceased operations in 2009 in preparation for its restoration as the contemporary Palace Hotel Tokyo, and it is now a beautifully renovated luxury hotel equipped with the most modern facilities and amenities. There are 290 guest rooms and suites, each at least 45 square meters in size and all beautifully decorated with comfort and luxury in mind. Guests staying in the Club rooms or suites have access to the private club lounge, and the hotel has a new renowned spa facility, fine dining options on site, and a phenomenal event space that can accommodate up to 1,500 people. Be one of the first to experience this newly redesigned luxury hotel in Tokyo and make your reservations for any time after May 17th, 2012!


Upping the Tempo: Tempo Miami Rechristened Casa Moderna


By: Christopher Roney

In the spirit of the holiday, the Tempo Miami has rechristened itself as the Casa Moderna Miami. The new hotel is celebrating the name change in style, and there's not been a better time to stay in one of its 56 rooms and suites on gorgeous Biscayne Bay. Enjoy the view from its 14th-floor sky pool deck or lounge in its 8,000 sq ft spa.  The boutique resort is perfect for someone who wants to get out to the beaches of Miami without the bustle of the larger hotels.  

Casa Moderna is making a concerted effort to upgrade its dining experience as well. For the month of April, you can even text 'fresh' to 84700 in order to receive a coupon for a free Tea Forte cocktail at their delicious restaurant, Amuse. They are celebrating the addition of the new Executive Chef, Kenneth Williams, to their team, and I'm looking forward to the great things he'll be up to.  He was wonderful at the Fisher Island Club and Gotham Steak.  It will be great to see if the rebranding efforts will run deeper than the new website and new name to the essence of the hotel. At the very least, the new leadership for Amuse should provide an interesting change of pace.  Learn more about the Casa Moderna here.


Marriott to Take Over Los Angeles in 2014


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Los Angeles area has over 50 luxury hotels, and it’s about to get a few more come summer of 2014. There will be a new Ritz Carlton property as well as a JW Marriott opening in this Hollywood town. The hotels will be located across from the Staples Center, Grammy Museum, and Nokia Theater. Both luxury hotels will certainly add a new and exciting touch to Los Angeles. If you’re like us and simply can’t wait until 2014 to experience a Ritz Carlton or JW Marriott hotel, then be sure to visit our website and explore the various Marriotts we have to offer in cities all over the world!

Photo of Ritz Carlton Philadelphia


New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Conrad New York


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Conrad New York opened just last week on March 19th, 2012. This new luxury hotel is located in the heart of lower Manhattan’s lively Battery Park, surrounded by historic landmarks and exciting attractions. The Conrad New York provides modern spaces in the lobby atrium, oversized suites, and a seasonal rooftop bar. Explore this contemporary, 463-suite hotel that’s adjacent to the Hudson River and near the Tribeca and SoHo neighborhoods. Don’t miss a single beat and take advantage of this swanky new hotel property in New York City!


New Luxury Hotels Opening in 2012: Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening in 2012 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

The Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv has just opened in Ukraine’s capital, just in time for the Euro Cup 2012! This brand new luxury hotel is the first Fairmont in Eastern Europe, and it will mark the 4th luxury hotel in the beautiful city of Kiev. It features 248 luxurious guest rooms including Royal and Presidential suites, each beautifully decorated and equipped with magnificent amenities. Many rooms offer stunning views of the Dnipro River, and it’s located in the heart of the city center, within walking distance from the Golden Gate and the St. Sophia Cathedral. Be sure to make your reservations for this beautiful new property and experience one of the most vibrant and phenomenal cities in all of Europe!


In League with the Peloponnese: New Aman Resort on the Aegean


By: Christopher Roney

Peloponnesia is only known for a couple of things:  A long, bloody war against Athens and super awesome beaches.  We'll be focusing a little bit more on the latter in this article because Amanresorts is opening a new boutique hotel on the Aegean Sea.  I can promise you that the only thing spartan about the 38 rooms here will be their location.  Its spa will offer the epitome of personalized service for the few guests this small property makes room for, and you'll be free to tour the historical sites of Ancient Greece or simply relax and take in the views of the pristine Mediterranean landscape.  Amanresorts already has a couple properties on the Mediterranean, but you'll find the bulk of their beautiful boutiques further east in Asia, such as the Aman New Delhi, or Aman at Summer Palace Beijing. Specializing in the personal experience, where staff practically outnumbers the guests, Amanresorts are usually great places to relax and escape.  We're looking forward to the Amanzoe this summer.  In the interim, make sure to check out our other resort on the Peloponnesian peninsula.

 


Service with a Paddle: The Banyan Tree Kerala


By: Christopher Roney

As our friends at Luxury Travel Advisor report, something big is afoot at the upcoming Banyan Tree Kerala.  Set to open on the 1st of December this year, the hotel is redefining what to expect of a secluded resort.  In a scene that I imagine belonging more in the Lord of the Rings than anywhere in real life, arrival to the Banyan Tree Kerala will be heralded by your approach. An approach in a boat, sailed through the tranquil waters and right into the hotel lobby, thus giving them the best boat-to-lobby distance ration (BTL) of any hotel in the world.  We all have to be great at something, right?  Seriously, it's such a novel concept for a resort brand that prides itself on its exclusivity, and I'm a huge fan of non-traditional lobbies.  And what could be more non-traditional than the potent lobby-harbor combination?  As their PR Rep told me, "I heard you like boats, so I put a boat in your lobby, so you can check-in while you boat."*

This is certainly a hotel property to be on the lookout for.  Banyan Tree always seems to deliver on their particular brand of luxury, and they're clearly looking to innovate on their already successful concept.  While you're waiting for the Banyan Tree Kerala to open, check out our other Banyan Tree resorts.

*Not Intended To Be a Factual Statement 


Mandarin Oriental coming to Atlanta, Georgia


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Mansion on Peachtree a Rosewood Hotel is soon to be rebranded as a Mandarin Oriental. This luxury hotel is centrally located at the intersection of Peachtree and Stratford Road in Buckhead, towering high in the Atlanta skyline. The location provides easy access to phenomenal restaurants, shopping, and city attractions. The hotel and residences will be in the slender 42-story property crafted from classically inspired limestone and cast stone for dramatic effect, and the spa facility will feature 14 treatment rooms that will offer Mandarin Oriental’s signature products and therapies. The development plan includes 25 luxury homes that will occupy floors 25 – 42. Make your reservations at the Mansion on Peachtree a Rosewood Hotel soon, and then be sure to explore the new Mandarin Oriental property once it’s up and running!


A Boutique Critique: JK Place Firenze is No Joke


By: Christopher Roney

I have a special place in my heart for tiny boutique hotels.  It may be a little smaller than some of the other chambers, and there aren't enough spots for everybody, but that just makes the few who do make their way into my good graces all the more special.  I can give each and every one the loving care and attention they deserve. And thus began my new segment on boutique hotels that I just adore.

Starting off this series is a relatively new kid on the block, at least as far as Five Star Alliance is concerned.  The JK Place Firenze has just joined our collection, and we're more than excited to bring them on board, we're...more excited?  Weighing in at just a 20-room property, it's almost more a home than a hotel, and that, in my opinion, is what the boutique hotel is all about.  Some go the flashier, avante garde route, but the JK Place Firenze has firmly defined itself as the kind of property that immediately sets you at ease as you walk through its front doors.  The neo-classical decor is reminiscent of the collection one might build up in a home with a lot of history.  Intentionally ecclectic and always tasteful, the antique collectibles and 50s and 60s furniture lend an air of panache to the intimate setting.  

The hotel plays home to the J K Lounge, which offers some wonderful dining, and you'll be well within reach of the all the finest establishments in Florence.  It's the perfect outpost to explore the city from, a home away from home.  So be sure to check out the JK Place Firenze for the kind of personal attention that only a boutique hotel can offer.