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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.

Five Star Eats - Roman Style

August 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Regina Hotel Baglioni
The Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome, houses the award winning Brunello Lounge & Restaurant. The restaurant is headed by award winning Chef to the stars: Luciano Sarzi Sartori. Sartori has cooked for celebrity A-listers such as Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Veronica Lario and Silvio Berlusconi- just to name a few.  The top Chef sees food as an art of not only the palate but of all of the senses,, so he plates his food the way he makes them, like beautiful works of gastronomical art.

There's a large variety in offerings at Brunello Lounge & Restaurant, from earth and sea menus to traditional Italian dishes, which ensures delicious fare for every dining guest. The Regina Hotel Baglioni restaurant has direct access to the renowned Via Veneto, one of the most famous and expensive streets in Rome. So after you dine, there' a perfect place for a stroll, helping to walk off the delicious eats consumed at Brunello.

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Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

August 3, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The James


The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

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Peninsula Hong Kong Academy

August 2, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The Peninsula Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong
has rolled out a handful of experiential academy programs that fulfill the different types of experiences travelers may be searching for when visiting Hong Kong.“Traditions Well Served” are one of the several programs the Peninsula Hong Kong has on offer to their hotel guests. This particular course seeks to teach foreigners about the disappearing art of Hong Kong craftsmanship that was seem predominately during Hong Kong’s golden era of manufacturing through education and building awareness. Hotel guests and program attendees are able to meet current practitioners of these almost forgotten trades, and listen to their stories of their creative processes, in addition to being able to get a first-hand view of each craft, and finally being able to participate in making them as well. These trades include bamboo and flower display making, paper tearing artists, shadow puppet masters, lion dancers, even a lesson in how to make traditional female dress buttons.

 

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New York City Living The NoMAd Hotel Way

August 1, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

NoMad Hotel, New York City
The NoMad Hotel takes its name from the up and coming NoMad (north of Madison Square Park) district of Manhattan. The NoMad Hotel is housed in a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building that has been fully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia. The 168 rooms are residential in feel and decorated in his classic, timeless style. Ideally situated between the East and West sides of the City, the hotel is convenient to most areas, including SoHo, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District.

The NoMad Hotel roots itself deep within the French culture from the design of the hotel to the food to the awards that it wins. Guests will want to carve out some time to sample the cuisine by the property’s critically acclaimed and award winning head chef, Daniel Humm.  Humm serves hotel guests dishes that celebrate the originality of New York while keeping true to his French culinary roots. The restaurant is comprised of a series of rooms surrounding a glass-enclosed atrium and features a refined yet approachable menu with a wine program that celebrates the great winegrowing regions of the world and innovative, classically-focused cocktails.Guests can sip on classically-focused cocktails. 

A vacation within a vacation, The Nomad Hotel’s ability to allow guests to enjoy one concrete jungle to the next makes this property ideal for any city seeking travel appetite.

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Celebrate Miami Spa Month with Acqualina Resort and Spa

July 31, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Acqualina  Spa and Resort on the Beach
Be sure to book a spa appointment with Miami Beach’s five star beachfront retreat Acqualina Resort and Spa. For the past six years the Miami’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has organized a Miami Spa Month where they contact all of the premiere spas in the area and invite them to participate in a two-month long event offering customers the best deals on special spa packages. The special packages available at their award winning spa, ESPA at Acqualina Resort and Spa, are available to guests and non-hotel guests at the special discounted rate of $99. Or just go visit Acqualina’s ESPA to see their extensive and impressive facilities of 11 multi-functional treatment rooms, Roman waterfall, Finnish saunas, mist rooms, or experiential shower rooms all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Receive a unique European spa experience and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated at Acqualina Resort & Spa’s ESPA.

 

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Get Well at Miramonte's: THE WELL Spa

July 26, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Miramonte Resort and Spa
What better way to get away from it all than to run away to the deserts of Palm Springs to the ultimate spa destination, Miramonte Resort and Spa? This luxury Palm Springs resort is home to THE WELL® Spa at Miramonte Resort. This destination spa has received multiple awards for its spa services. In 2010, 2011 AND 2012, THE WELL has been named "Best Spa" by polls of readers of Desert Magazine as well as "Top 100 Resort Spas" by vote in Conde Nast Traveler.

The 12,000 square foot WELL Spa offers a full range of health and wellness services. Spa treatments incorporate techniques inspired by Tuscan living including therapeutic muds, wine extracts, pure essential oils, and refreshing waters. Featuring exclusive products from Germaine de Capuccini, THE WELL will indulge you in treatments that will balance your mind, body and inner spirit.

The WELL Spa features amenities such as separate steam rooms for both men and women, river bench water therapy, and a plethora of indoor and outdoor treatments to choose from. There are jet soaking tubs, five outdoor treatment spaces (including the Watsu pool) and a quiet meditation room. There's also a beverage bar featuring light fare that complements the rejuvenation experience. Guests can also have fun while they relax with the Pittura Fiesta Painting Party.  That means getting dirty by using bright-colored muds and clays on your body, face and hair. It's like being a kid all over again! 

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A Romantic Getaway in Venice

June 6, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

 

Luna Hotel Baglioni
If you are looking to plan a romantic getaway this summer, what better place to experience romance than in the charming water city of Venice? Luna Hotel Baglioni have sparkling views of the St. Mark’s Basin, Canal Grande, and the San Giorgio Maggiore Basilica. Some rooms even have distant views of The Lido.  What kind of room should you stay in? Here's what you have to choose from:

 


Superior Rooms
Luna Hotel Baglioni features 28 Superior Rooms, traditionally decorated with period-style furniture and fine draperies. Silk fabrics cover the walls whilst hand blown Venetian chandeliers and stuccos adorn the ceilings. The Superior Double Room has an elegant entrance, an Italian marble bathroom and a pleasant and comfortable bedroom. Superior double rooms are equipped with wireless and internet high speed cable connection, ensuring the most modern services to all Guests.

 

Deluxe Rooms
Luna Hotel Baglioni offers 39 Deluxe double rooms, beautifully appointed with silk wall coverings, precious objects d’art and Venetian chandeliers. They feature an elegant entrance, a refined Italian marble bathroom and a pleasant and comfortable bedroom with a small ambience for relax and a desk with internet connection. The bathroom is lavishly decorated with precious details and it is equipped with luxury bathroom products.

Guests are immersed in elegance from the silk, antique décor and access to the property’s very own private gondolier! The Luna Baglioni experience, will make you feel like you and your lover are living the life of characters in a classic romance novel.

 

 

 

Luna Hotel Baglioni
Suites
The Suites of the Luna Hotel Baglioni, where guests can enjoy a classic style and refined luxury, are characterized by the most modern comfort combined with sophisticated elegance. A large entry welcomes guests in an ambience enriched with precious furniture, with peculiar attention to details: antiques, damasked fabrics, brocades and crystal chandeliers make the room and the parlor the most refined and sophisticated environment. The room also features a convenient wardrobe. The bathroom, spacious and comfortable, is made of fine Italian marble and has double washbasins, makeup mirror, telephone and all the necessary facilities Some have a terrace with a breathtaking view of the Lagoon and San Marco Basin, where during the warmer months romantic candlelight dinners are served. The Suites exist in the Classic, Lagoon View and Grand Lagoon View formats.
 

 

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3 Star Michelin Dining at Shangri-La Hotel Beijing

October 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Enjoy luxurious accommodations and exquisite cuisine while staying at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing. S.T.A.Y. is a three Michelin-starred French gourmet restaurant that opened in September 2011. S.T.A.Y. stands for ‘Simple Table Alléno Yannick,’ and the incredible dishes are created by Chef Yannick Alléno. The aim of the chef is to provide a complete dining experience through the reinterpretation of traditional French cuisine in an interactive manner. Enjoy the option to eat at the communal table which can seat up to 10 people, assist in the creation of your own dessert, and take in the tantalizing flavors.

Make your reservations at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing and be sure to dine at S.T.A.Y. during your stay!


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Four Seasons Resort Vail

October 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Four Seasons Resort in Vail, Colorado is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for leisure facilities. This luxury hotel is situated high in the Colorado Rockies at the gateway to Vail Village, perfectly located within walking distance to shops, restaurants, and most importantly, the slopes! Guests are allocated a ski concierge upon arrival and are served delicious treats including hot chocolate and muffins at the bottom of the runs. There’s something truly magical to swimming in a heated pool while it snows, and guests get to experience this fantastic contradiction and much more at the stunning Four Seasons Resort Vail!


Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type in Montreal for 4 Adults

July 26, 2012
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 traveling to Montreal from August 31st – September 3rd, 2012. We have 4 adults in our group and we’d like to stay in a suite that can accommodate all 4 of us. What can you recommend?

Answer: The Place d’Armes Hotel has a Penthouse Suite with a separate bedroom with 1 king bed, living room with a full size sofabed, and a fireplace. This room can accommodate 4 adults with a $20 extra person charge per night for each person after double occupancy, so $40 per night for 2 extra people. To make a reservation at this hotel, click on the hotel name link, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Be sure to fill in the special request field stating that there will be 4 people staying in that room so that the hotel can prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.