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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 New Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France

February 27, 2013
By: Ruthanne Terrero

Hotel St. Barth Isle de France

Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the new Hotel St. Barth Isle de France. Read more here:

We’re just back from St. Barth where we spent a lovely afternoon at Hotel St. Barth Isle de France. The resort, which is a member of the Oetker Collection (think Le Bristol Paris, Hôtel du Cap Eden-Roc and the Palais Namaskar in Marrakech, Morocco), is a true jetset venue. Since it’s a mere five-minute drive from the airport, you can don your flip-flops and be sipping Sauvignon Blanc on Flamand Beach in no time as you’re still shaking off your cold weather blues.

When you arrive, you’ll get the vibe that everything at Hotel St. Barth Isle de France is pure white against a blue, blue sea. And it is white and fresh, thanks in large part to a recent renovation to its garden bungalows and public areas. We were able to get a good walk-through to one of the just-turned-two Flamands Villas (No. 43). There are two of these enormous three-bedroom suites which measure 4,300 square feet in size. Smart Move: Each of the bedrooms is of equal size, with a private bath, so there’s no stress about divvying up the sleeping quarters if you’re sharing with other couples or on a girlfriend getaway. More good things: Bathrooms have double sinks and roomy tubs. Both suites as well have full, real working kitchens near their respective living rooms, which open up to a terrace, complete with a plunge infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean and they have direct access to the beach. Other lush touches? Each has an exercise room and a home cinema. Life is good.

If a Flamands Villa isn’t large enough for your special party, consider adding on a suite next door, which measures 1,300 square feet.

What we loved: Lunch at the alfresco La Case de l’Isle overlooking the sea is a must, even if you’re just in town for the day off a luxury cruise. The menu is simple and French and the crowd that gathers is cosmopolitan and international and usually quite tan and fashionable. We started off with the refreshing soupe glacée de petits pois, bruschetta de prosciutto et poivrons grilles, which is an iced pea soup served with a prosciutto ham, and grilled peppers bruschetta. For a unique dish to share with your dining companion, consider the “Wok de gambas et poulet marine,” which is a shrimp and marinated chicken wok dish served with Thai noodles. (P.S.: A continental breakfast is included in the room rate.)

The spa here has four treatment rooms and uses Natura Bissé and Intraceuticals skincare products. There’s also a Spa Pavilion set in the resort’s tropical gardens.

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The Debut of the St. Regis Mauritius Resort

February 21, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

Five Star Alliance's sister publication,Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the new St. Regis in Mauritius. Read more here:

Africa has rolled out the red carpet for St. Regis with the debut of the St. Regis Mauritius Resort, making this the 30th St. Regis hotel in the world.

We hear the resort, which sits on the southwestern tip of Mauritius, has both natural beach and Le Morne Brabant Mountain views. There are 172 guest rooms and suites, ranging from 700 to 2,300 square feet, all with terraces and Indian Ocean views.

A-listers and glitterati alike will flip over the St. Regis Villa, which has its own private entrance, four bedrooms with private pools and gardens, entertainment and dining areas, an infinity pool, a bar and a private spa treatment room.

Signature restaurant Simply India serves up fine dining experiences overseen by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar. Six other distinct dining experiences range from Le Manoir Dining Room, serving French and Mauritian cuisine, to Floating Market, a modern Asian dining experience, and The Boathouse Bar & Grill for casual oceanfront dining. The 1904 Bar serves rum cocktails and vintage whiskeys.

A 22,730-square-foot Iridium Spa beckons travelers to take part in the full-service salon, relaxation lounge, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms. Nice Touch: The 12 treatment rooms have ocean views.

 

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Image of the Day: Cafe Royal Hotel

February 12, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

True to its original glamorous spirit, Cafe Royal has reopened as a luxury hotel in the heart of London, with elegant Mayfair to the west and creative Soho to the east. Paying homage to the history of the building, grand historic areas have been sensitively restored, while serene new rooms and suites are created in a refined style.

Cafe Royal Hotel

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Posted in: London, Europe, New Hotels

Phillipe Starck Takes the Stairs to Bali

February 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

 

Philippe Starck, the French designer responsible for dreaming up the interiors of The Royalton Hotel, the Felix restaurant at The Peninsula Hong Kong, the Delano Hotel,  and the Mondrian Hotel, has undertaken a new project.  This time, Starck is headed to Seminyak, Bali, to envision The Stairs Villa Hotel. The hotel is set to break ground in 2013 in the Petitenget neighborhood and will be accessible by a monolithic 65-foot wide stairway. The Stairs is the first Starck fully-designed villa hotel in Indonesia. It will feature a private village of 12 limited-edition villas, with signature floor-to-roof glass facades by internationally-acclaimed artist JonOne; and public areas with a cafe patisserie, restaurant, bar lounge, boutique, mezzanine bibliotheque, signature spa, and workout facilities.

 

 


 

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Sofitel So Singapore Gets a Lagerfield Label

February 1, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Sofitel So Singapore is getting a designer label.  The brand has commissioned legendary designer Karl Lagerfield to design the emblem of the upcoming Sofitel So Singapore. This isn't the first time the luxury brand has paired up with a designer.  The partnership is part of Sofitel's Art de Vivre,  which pairs the talent of leading designers and architects to create distinctive international hotels infused with French elegance, allure, and refinement. Previous pairings have included Kenzo Takada provided design direction for the Sofitel So Mauritius, and Christian Lacroix adding his touch to the Sofitel So Bangkok. We bet it will turn out just as gorgeous as Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, pictured at left.

 

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New Hotel Openings: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

January 29, 2013
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 St. Regis Abu Dhabi had originally set its opening date for today, January 29, 2013 but it looks like they’re pushing back the opening to April 15th. That’s quite a delay, and we certainly hope that the 283 guest rooms including 40 grand suites are nothing short of spectacular!

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Image of the Day: Niyama Maldives

January 24, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

 

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Image of the Day: Banyan Tree Lang Co

January 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Banyan Tree Lang Co is a stunning all-pool villa resort located in Vietnam’s new playground for the sophisticated vacationer.

 

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Posted in: Hue, Asia, Hot Spots, New Hotels

Meet Palazzo Avino!

January 14, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Meet Palazzo Avino! Formerly known as Palazzo Sasso, this stunning five-star deluxe hotel on Italy's famed Amalfi Coast has been rated as one of the world’s finest hotels and boasts two-star Michelin dining.

Here are few details about this amazing property:

-Built in what was once a 12th century private villa for an Italian noble family and opened as a hotel in 1997.

 

-All rooms and suites are decorated with hand made Vietri tiles, antique carpets, furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries and brass accessories and appliques.

 

-A 20 meter outdoor heated swimming pool is situated in the gardens of Palazzo Avino with an amazing view of the sea and the mountains.

 

-Dining at Palazzo Avino is truly a unique experience. You can enjoy a candle light dinner served in the two Michelin starred Rossellinis restaurant or a delicious casual meal at Terrazza Belvedere.

-Horses are available for treks on most of the scenic mountain routes.

 

-The gymnasium is located in the gardens under white gazebos and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. A variety of technogym equipment is available.

 

-The surroundings of the seven village fragments' of Ravello amount to a wild, scenic garden affording leisurely walks or more challenging treks up into the mountains.

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New Luxury Hotels Opening: Waldorf Astoria Berlin

January 3, 2013
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 to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

After much anticipation, the Waldorf Astoria Berlin opened its doors at the end of 2012! This luxury hotel allows visitors to admire incredible panoramic views of the Berlin skyline from every guest room and suite. Its central Berlin City West location is perfect for folks wishing to take advantage of the luxury shopping district of Kurfürstendamm, and the hotel’s ballroom as well as five conference rooms are ideal for hosting conferences, social events, and celebrations. The Waldorf Astoria Berlin’s Guerlain Spa features a wide range of treatments and an indoor pool, and the fine dining options on site serve up timeless classic dishes with a modern twist that’ll have you eating bratwurst and schnitzel 3 times a day!

Be sure to check out the Waldorf Astoria Berlin here!