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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.

Private Homes Perfect for a Group Get-Together at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain!


By: Oksana Balytsky

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Arizona is a luxury hideaway overlooking the beautiful views of Paradise Valley. Voted on Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘World’s Best Places to Stay,’ this luxury resort is perfect for trips of all kinds and for folks of all ages. A few key amenities include an indoor infinity edge pool, an outdoor infinity pool, 5 tennis courts, a luxurious spa, and opportunities to partake in horseback riding, hot air ballooning, and much more.

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain offers seven Private Homes that are perfect for a get together with friends or a family vacation. Today’s feature is the Casa Montana which is a warm private home embellished with Spanish-inspired décor. This 3,500 square foot home offers four large bedrooms, six full bathrooms, three wood-burning fire places, and a billiard room with a spacious bar and pool table. The Casa Montana also features a private pool, whirlpool spa, and a gorgeous patio. The room types include a Master Bedroom with an adjacent private study, a king size bedroom, and 2 bedrooms with double beds, each featuring its own private bathroom and walk-in closet.

 

Check availability and rates at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain here >>

 


Your Questions Answered: Best Hotels in Florence


By: Oksana Balytsky

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: Can you recommend one of your properties in Florence? One adult, check in November 2 and spend three or four nights. Looking for fantastic view, and prefer walking access to top sites. I've never been to Italy before.

Answer: We have 32 luxury properties in Florence, and we would suggest visiting this website and entering your dates of travel to view the hotels that have availability as well as their photos, prices, and location descriptions.

A few that we would recommend would be the Hotel Bernini Palace which is located in a historical 15th century palazzo in the heart of Florence and has rates starting from 209 Euros per night. Another hotel we'd recommend is Villa San Michele which is a 15th-century Franciscan monastery has now been transformed into one of Europe's most charming and picturesque hotels, only a few minutes from the centre of Florence. Rates start from 368 Euros per night. Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Image of the Villa San Michele


World’s Best Hotels


By: Oksana Balytsky

Whether you’re looking for the best honeymoon resorts, top spa resorts, or best ski resorts, Five Star Alliance has recommendations for these categories and more to help you pick the perfect luxury hotel for your business or leisure trip. When asked ‘what is the nicest hotel in the world’ we unfortunately do not have an answer since there are multiple hotels in various cities and categories that are perfect for various activities. Give us a shout via Facebook or Twitter with a few details regarding where you’re going and what you’d like to do, and we’ll certainly get back to you with what would be the best and nicest hotel in the world for you!

In the meantime, be sure to explore our list of the World’s Best Hotels as a starting point in planning your perfect trip!

Photo of Peter Island Resort in British Virgin Islands, one of the Best Honeymoon Resorts


Expect an Incredible Experience at The Jefferson


By: Oksana Balytsky

An intimate, personalized, and luxurious experience is what guests have come to expect from The Jefferson Washington DC. This 99-room luxury boutique hotel distinctly captures European and Washingtonian style and elegantly portrays historic details and Jeffersonian influences. Located in downtown Washington DC a short walk from the White House, the museums, monuments, and the embassies, The Jefferson provides easy access to the cultural, historic, and entertaining sectors of our nation’s capital, perfect for leisure and business travelers alike.

The rooms are stunningly tasteful, the food in the hotel’s restaurant, Plume, is exceptional, and the service is unparalleled. With staff outnumbering guests 1.5 to 1, guests quickly feel right at home and accommodated as if staying with close friends.

A few key highlights of the hotel include an award-winning restaurant and a cocktail bar and lounge on site, an intimate spa which opens daily at 9:00am, and a beautiful Book Room filled with leather-bound volumes on Thomas Jefferson’s favorite volumes as well as a section of signed editions of contemporary authors who have been guests at The Jefferson.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at The Jefferson here >>


Hotel Danieli Tops Our List of Best Canal Hotels in Venice


By: Oksana Balytsky

Overlooking Riva degli Shiavoni, a short walk from Piazza San Marco and St. Mark's Basilica, the Hotel Danieli perfectly captures the beauty and romance of Venice. The hotel consists of three unique interconnecting palaces whose refined interiors create a pleasant ambiance that offers visitors the best in modern comfort and luxury. The main building, the Dandolo Palace, is a gothic landmark featuring pink marble, stained glass, gold leaf decorated ceilings, and stunning chandeliers. The restaurant Terrazza Danieli is on the top floor of the Danielino building and offers breath-taking views of the lagoon and panoramic views of Venice. With a water bus stop located right in front of the hotel, a side entrance for water taxis, and a central location in Venice within walking distance of major attractions, the Hotel Danieli is considered to be one of the top luxury canal hotels in the city!

Explore Hotel Danieli photos, descriptions, availability, and nightly rate breakdowns here >>


Five Star Alliance Favorites: Gran Hotel la Florida


By: Oksana Balytsky

We sift through newsletters, promotions, updates, rants, raves, and reviews to find the absolute best luxury hotels in various categories. Our team of luxury travel experts certainly knows a thing or two about what’s considered to be an exceptional hotel, so we’ve put our top picks together to create a list of Five Star Alliance Favorites!

Lucy, our Director of Digital Operations here at Five Star Alliance, has voted the Gran Hotel la Florida in Barcelona as one of her favorite spots in Spain. This hotel is perfectly situated 300 meters above the city, offering spectacular views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. Our insider sources tell us that Bruce Springsteen (Lucy’s favorite singer) stays here when he’s in Barcelona, which may very well be reason enough to find this hotel as a charming gem in the bustling city in Spain. A few key highlights of the Gran Hotel la Florida include:

- Children service's including baby sitting and special activities upon request.

- Heated indoor /outdoor Swimming-pool. -

- ZenZone SPA including Sauna, Steam Bath, Pressure Showers, Ice Fountain, Jacuzzi, Hydrotherapy and treatment cabins.

- Wine & Cava cellar tours and tastings. 

Explore more photos, availability, and rates at the Gran Hotel la Florida here. >>


Your Questions Answered: Romantic Hotel Recommendation in Sydney, Australia


By: Oksana Balytsky

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’re looking for a luxury 2 night romantic stay in a hotel overlooking Sydney Harbor & the Opera House, a day spa, and a large spa bath in the suite. The dates are September 21st – 23rd, 2012. What can you recommend?

Answer: The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is a great luxury hotel option that has availability for your dates of travel. It is located in the heart of Circular Quay, overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour. Ideal for business or pleasure, the hotel is moments away from the world famous Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and historic Rocks district and a vibrant array of galleries, restaurants and theatres.

This hotel has rooms starting from 249 AUD, approximately 259 USD per night (advance purchase, non-refundable rate). This hotel has rooms that have views overlooking the city, overlooking the Opera House, and a partial view of the Harbour Bridge. For a romantic weekend, I would suggest booking the 'Couples Getaway' package which is in a Spa Suite that has a bathtub with spray jets and a whirlpool that fits 2. The nightly rate breakdown of this room option is below. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Nightly Rate Breakdown

2012-09-21 AUD 529.00

2012-09-22 AUD 599.00

To make a reservation for this room option, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the 'Couples Getaway' room type, and fill in the booking form.


Five Star Alliance Favorites: The Post Ranch Inn


By: Oksana Balytsky

We sift through newsletters, promotions, updates, rants, raves, and reviews to find the absolute best luxury hotels in various categories. Our team of luxury travel experts certainly knows a thing or two about what’s considered to be an exceptional hotel, so we’ve put our top picks together to create a list of Five Star Alliance Favorites!

Courtney, our General Manager here at Five Star Alliance, has voted the Post Ranch Inn in Monterey, California as her dream hotel. The photos below speak for themselves, but if you’re more of a facts person, here’s a little information about this incredible property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Nestled on the cliffs of Big Sur, California, the Post Ranch Inn provides the ultimate romantic getaway.

- This hotel only has 30 rooms, and each features either an ocean or mountain view.

- Each room has a king-size bed, wood-burning fireplace, indoor spa tub, private deck, stereo, and a digital music system with forty-five channels.

- Guests can enjoy the complimentary wet bar and mini-bar with snacks, juices, and a half bottle of red and white wine.

- There are no televisions or alarm clocks in the guestrooms which allows guests to fully disconnect, relax, and rejuvinate.

- This is an adult-only hotel, and the minimum age for guests is 18.

- Known for its architecture, the Post Ranch Inn features some rooms that are nestled in the mountain side while others are built on stilts among trees!

- There is one lap pool, a heated basking pool overlooking the ocean, and an award winning spa facility.

Explore more photos, availability, and rates at the Post Ranch Inn here. >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Your Questions Answered: Luxury Hotel Recommendations in Ireland


By: Oksana Balytsky

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: I’m traveling to Ireland in October with my great aunt and I’d like a few recommendations on where to stay. We’re not set on any specific location and just looking for an incredible hotel. What can you recommend?

Answer: A few incredible hotels in Ireland that have availability for October 16th - 25th are below: To explore the full list of hotels as well as their rates and photos, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel:

The Westin Dublin has rooms with one queen bed starting from 217.89 Euros per room, per night, so you could get two of these rooms. This hotel is located on its own city block in downtown Dublin opposite Trinity College, only steps away from the Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar, as well as the famous shops of Grafton Street.

For a more traditional experience, Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland is an excellent choice. It has a breakfast inclusive room options with 2 twin beds starting from 225 Euros per night, or breakfast inclusive rooms with 1 king bed for 225 Euros per night as well, if you'd prefer to get two separate rooms. Originally built as a crenellated castle in the 13th century and rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, today Ashford Castle is one of the finest and most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. Located in the picturesque village of Cong, Ashford Castle is 1/2 hour northeast of Galway City on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake.

Mount Juliet Hotel Kilkenny in County Kilkenny, Ireland has rooms with 1 queen bed available starting from 119 Euros per room, per night. Mount Juliet is Ireland's leading country estate and one of the most luxurious Hotels in Kilkenny. This one is approximately a 2 hour drive from Dublin.

Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

Photo of Ashford Castle


Not Your Average Vacation in Madrid, Spain


By: Oksana Balytsky

Visiting the Prado Museum, strolling through Retiro Park, and enjoying a few tapas at an outdoor café are all wonderful activities every visitor to Madrid should experience, but once you’ve checked these must-sees off your list, how should you spend your time? Check out our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring a few fun places to explore and things to do during your visit to various cities around the world that you wouldn’t come across in every tour book.

Experience a new side of Spain by visiting the Alcala de Henares, one of the first designated university cities. Its located about 20 miles outside Madrid, and it’s the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the author or the world renowned book, ‘Don Quixote.’ The center of the city remains relatively medieval with beautiful, winding cobblestone streets and preserved, historic buildings. The city has a Moorish, Jewish, and Christian quarter, earning it its reputation of “the city of three cultures.” Make your reservations at any of our luxury hotels in Madrid and take a day trip to Alcala de Henares to fight windmills and rescue damsels in distress!

Photo of the Mirasierra Suites Hotel