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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.

Tour de France for Wimps

August 17, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cycling in France

Brought to you by Breakaway Adventures, a South Carolina-based tour company specializing in walking and cycling tours in Europe. Discover the delights of the French countryside along the same route as the Tour de France race participants, but at a much more human pace. (Try 86 miles over the course of a nine-day cycling holiday, instead of 115 miles a day.) Enjoy vineyards, cherry orchards, Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance squares, and charming villages. Cycle through country lanes, stop for wine-tasting every day, dine at Michelin-recognized restaurants, and stay in exceptional accommodations. The trip begins in Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region of northeastern France, continues to Germany, and then returns to France. The tour costs $1759-$1855 per person, until September 23.

Via Associated Press


Destination London: The Baglioni Hotel

August 17, 2006
By: Guest Writer

Baglioni Hotel

By Alex Rose

The Baglioni is a very stylish, intimate, and sophisticated hotel that balances both luxe elegance and discreet personal service. And it's absolutely first-rate where it matters-- in accommodations and service. The hotel resides in a Victorian building in the heart of Kensington, with sweeping views of Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens and Palace, and Hyde Park (which is close enough for a leisurely stroll), while some of west London's best-known shops and boutiques are only few moments away. The rooms are spacious, with welcoming hues, and for those amorous couples looking for an intimate weekend, the bedrooms are very comfortable and made for play. One nice touch is the lit candles in the bedroom and bathroom every night, compliments of the hotel. The bathrooms are decadently ornate with marble floors, elegant fixtures, and rich colors throughout. There are many complimentary "perks" available to guests such as high-speed internet (WiFi available in the lobby), flat-screen interactive plasma televisions, an expresso machine in each room, a large selection of on-demand music and movies available, and a personal butler for each floor. Unique services such as a baby-sitter and personal shopper are available to guests for a fee. Honorable mentions go to the spa for a full-range of health-and-beauty treatments, the Brunello restaurant for excellent Italian cuisine, and the swank private hotel bar, Boutique 60. Enjoy your stay!


Fairmont Announces Plans for New Resort in Monterey Bay, California

August 16, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Monterey Beach

The fabled California coastline is about to get another lux addition. Fairmont just announced a new luxury mixed-use development in Seaside on the Monterey Bay, scheduled for completion during 2009. At this premium coastal location, the new hotel will feature 330 rooms and suites, half of which will be spread out in charming bungalows among tall groves of trees. The hotel will also have 24,000 square feet of meeting space, a 14,000 square-foot Willow Stream spa, dining outlets, an outdoor pool and the existing 36-hole championship Bayonet and Black Horse golf course facility that Fairmont will manage. Along with the hotel, residential condos are also planned for the 440-acre site.

Photo via Hello Monterey


A Family Fling in New Orleans at Le Pavillon Hotel

August 16, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Pavillon

This New Orleans gem is straight out of the Gilded Age. Situated in the heart of the city, adjacent to the French Quarter, Le Pavillon is a grand historic hotel dating from 1907. A member of Historic Hotels of America, Le Pavillon is the recipient of the AAA four-diamond award, and was named to the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2006. Each of the hotel's guestrooms is individually decorated, featuring special antiques, such as the hand-carved wooden fireplace mantle in Suite 730 (circa 1600's), Full Tester Bed in Room 316 (what the New Orleans aristocracy slept on in the mid 19th century), and Marble Bathtub, Palace Suite 730 (once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte). The hotel's rooftop—with heated swimming pool, fitness center, hot tub, sun deck and private cabanas—offers spectacular views of the city. In the evenings, Le Pavillon treats its guests to a long-standing tradition: freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches alongside ice cold milk and piping hot chocolate served in the magnificent lobby at 10 pm. This is the perfect hotel for a family getaway, and with so many things for kids to enjoy in the Big Easy, Le Pavillon has put together an excellent Family Fling Package. Starting at $499 per night, the package includes two nights accommodations for four in a two-bedded guestroom, daily breakfast, complimentary parking, passes for admission to the nationally heralded Audubon Zoo, and a copy of 101 Things for Kids to do in New Orleans.

Via National Geographic Traveler A List


Live in the Sky and Drink at the Highest Bar in Thailand

August 16, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

lebua at State Tower, Bangkok, Thailand Sky Bar - lebua at State Tower Between August 1st and October 31, 2007 - lebua at State Tower in Bangkok is offering the "Sky Night @ Sky Bar" package for two. Benefits include: * Daily full breakfast * Complimentary local calls * Early check in 1200 hrs (subject to availability) * Late check out 1800 hrs (subject to availability) * Complimentary minibar softdrinks only * Complimentary high speed internet access * Complimentary usage of Fitness center facilities and swimming pool * Welcome fruits and flowers * Daily newspaper * One Sky Bar drink for two persons at Sky Bar (once per stay) And all it takes is a minimum 2 consecutive night stay between now and the end of October next year - 2007. Nightly rates for 2006 start at around US $105 (subject to 10% service charge and applicable government tax) for a one-bedroom suite.


Mapping London

August 16, 2006
By: Guest Writer

Going to London? Check out the Google maps at UKSeries.com, which allows you to quickly and conveniently pinpoint your luxury hotel and the museums, restaurants, department stores (aka Harrods), and tourist attractions you may want to visit. For further info, check out A Luxury Travel Blog.


Strawberries and Cream Pedicure, Footjito, and Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel, London

August 16, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Browns Hotel

A recent Washington Post article has nothing but praise for Brown's Hotel in London, the city's oldest hotel which has recently undergone a $36 million, 18-month renovation:

Unlike some other opulent places, there is nothing big or brash about Brown's. There are no grand ballrooms fit for conventions or large weddings. Instead, the furniture and lighting fixtures are low-key, so the library, bar and restaurant lend themselves to intimate conversation. It's a place where ladies have afternoon tea in the English Tea Room and gentlemen meet for a drink at the bar -- although today's clientele is more likely to be venture capitalists from around the corner than nobility getting a fitting on nearby Saville Row.

This charming historic hotel, designed with the utmost style and sophistication, has long boasted a reputation of elegance. The Afternoon Tea, served daily from 3 to 6 pm. in the library where Rudyard Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book," is a London institution. The seasonal pedicures in the Spa are a must. After the success of the Strawberries and Cream Pedicure at the Spa this summer, the autumn will see the launch of the Footjito treatment, based on the famous Cuban cocktail (available September 1-November 30). Following the treatment, guests are offered a complimentary mojito in the Donovan Bar or mint tea in the English Tea Room.


Congratulations to the Winner of the Hay-Adams Giveaway!

August 15, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hay Adams Hotel

A big congratulations to Darlene, from Cincinnati, Ohio, who was selected at random as the winner of our Giveaway Contest! The prize is a luxurious, two-night stay in a Junior Suite at the Hay-Adams hotel in Washington, DC, inclusive of daily breakfast. The Junior Suites at the Hay-Adams are the height of luxury, with touches of their original history– intricately carved decorative ceilings, ornamental fireplaces, and balconies– while also showcasing modern amenities and state-of-the-art technology. The decor is sumptuous, and guests are spoiled with luxurious Frette linens, goose down duvets and pillows, plush bathrobes, and exclusive Etro toiletries in the marble bathrooms. Enjoy your DC visit, Darlene!


A French Feast at the Hotel Bel-Air’s Provencal Style Dinner

August 15, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Bel-Air

You are invited to another divine culinary event at the esteemed Los Angeles hot spot. The award-winning Hotel Bel-Air has orchestrated another fun-filled evening of fine food and wine. On Thursday, August 24, 2006 join Fred Brander-- of the acclaimed Brander Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley—for a light, summery, Provencal-style meal on the front lawn at the Hotel Bel-Air. The Bouillabaise Dinner features a menu with exquisite French delights, from the hors d'Oeuvres of oysters, paired with outstanding Brander Sauvignon Blanc, to the California style "Grand Bouillabaisse" (a delicious twist on the Classic Marseille dish), paired with Brander Chateau Neuf du Pink. Other highlights include seared diver scallop rosini, heirloom tomato carpacio, black figs and Sonoma goat cheese, and Provencal Nougat glace with petit fours for dessert. Reception at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7 pm. $125.


Spotlight On: The Park Hyatt Tokyo

August 15, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt Tokyo

Tokyo's most exalted hotel, the setting for the acclaimed film Lost in Translation, is an elegant, peaceful refuge in the heart of the vibrant city. The Park Hyatt Tokyo offers spectacular views of Tokyo and the Kanto Plain all the way to Mount Fuji, from the top 14 floors of the 52-storey Shinjuku Park Tower. The 178 rooms and suites are the most spacious guest rooms in Tokyo, providing a serene retreat and an efficient private office with the latest amenities and high-tech communications. There's a slew of excellent restaurants (like the Zagat #1 rated New York Grill), superb business facilities, and the luxurious Club on the Park, with spa and a state-of-the-art gym with panoramic views of the city. But the best part of the hotel is the glass-encased pool in the sky, the 20-meter indoor pool that seems to float over Tokyo, on the 47th floor of the Park Hyatt.