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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.

Oscar Checks In


By: K. Clare Johnson


So maybe you didn't get nominated for an Oscar this year.  We didn't either. Again! Fret not. You can still celebrate like the star that you are by booking one of these Academy Award-themed hotel deals!
 

-Hotel Monaco Washington DC is, appropriately enough, offering up a Four Score Lincoln package, in honor of the Spielberg flick's 12 Academy Award nominations.  The deal includes accommodations in the historic building that was once D.C.’s General Post Office and offices for the Postmaster General during the Civil War, admsission and tour for two at President Lincoln's Cottage, two tickets to Madame Tussauds to see the President's Gallery, which includes wax figures of all 44 U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Admission to Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln met his untimely demise. The package is available through April 30, 2013. Rates start at $279 per night and are subject to availability.

-Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is showing its local pride by offering a Silver Linings Playbook-inspired package. The deal includes 15% off the regular room rate, a VIP tour of Lincoln Financial Field, and breakfast at the Broad Street Diner. This LEED registered luxury hotel is in the heart of Center City Philadelphia and is known for its superior eco-friendly hotel design, personalized service, and genuinely warm hospitality.
 

-Donovan House, also in Washington DC, is offering a Secret Agent package, perfect for Argo fans. Fittingly, the hotel is named for  Wild Bill Donovan, the legendary general whose covert operations gave birth to the CIA. The package includes deluxe accommodations; welcome amenity of a notepad and invisible ink; two tickets to the International Spy Museum and a $25 credit for adjacent restaurant Zentan for Bond martinis. Rates are start at $165. 
 

-Life of Pi fans will want to check in to Oberoi Vanyavilas.  The luxury hotel will take guests on a tiger safari in the nearby Ranthambhore National Park. With any luck, you'll get a peek at one of Richard Parker's relatives but won't have to share a small boat with him. The Unforgettable Holiday also offers a night under the the stars sleeping in a luxury tent, daily breakfast, and one dinner.  Rates start at $777 per person for a two-night stay.
 

-Les Miserables devotees may want to check into W London Leicester Square, which is a two-minute walk from the original stage production that spawned the Oscar-nominated movie. Nightly rates for a wonderful room start at $486.  Or, plan a summer trip  Montreuil-Sur-Mer in France, Fantine's hometown, where the movie's popularity has meant a rapid rise in hotel bookings.

Happy booking!

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Top 10 Most Romantic Luxury Hotel Ideas


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Couples massages. Champagne and strawberries. Rose petals scattered on the bed and tub. A hammock made for two. These are just a few of the romantic gestures you will find at almost all luxury hotels. But we wanted to find some of the more creative choices available for lovers.  These suggestions might be too late for this year's Valentine's Day, but there's always next year!

1. Floating love seat at Four Seasons Bora Bora. Guests will enjoy weightlessness on an inflatable love seat, which is anchored to their bungalow or delivered to their villa for the day.

2-Stargazing at Post Ranch Inn. The night sky in Big Sur is just one of the romantic activities available at the ranch.

3-Bryant Park Hotel offers a sex toy menu. Options from swanky adult toy store The Pleasure Chest are available for couples or singles.

4-Mondrian Hotel has a minibar that offers, in addition to upscale snacks, intimate accessories for the discerning couple.

5-Beverly Wilshire has a Rolls Royce Phantom guests can employ to squire that somebody special around town.

6-Conrad Maldives will transform its underwater restaurant into a one-night only underwater suite. Gives sleeps with the fishes such a positive spin.

7-Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego has a 33-foot gondola equipped with two professional massage beds. After leaving the resort’s private marina, guests enjoy a 40-minute massage.

8- Six Senses Hideaway at Zighy Bay will allow you to make a dramatic entrance. Strap yourself to a professional paraglider and soar to the resort’s front steps from a nearby cliff.

9-The Surrey New York has an in-room mixologist is on call 24 hours a day, arriving within minutes with a fully stocked cocktail cart.

10-The Lodge at Doonbeg offers an on-site geneaologist, so your Irish lad or lass can trace their roots and visit their ancestral villages.

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Newly Unveiled Renovated Guest Rooms at The Tuscany NYC


By: Meagan Drillinger

The Tuscany NYCFive Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the newly unveiled guest rooms and suites at The Tuscany Hotel in New York City. Read more here: 

Boutique luxury lovers will flip over the newest addition to New York's hotel scene. Located along 39th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues and steps away from Grand Central Terminal, guests of The Tuscany NYC-A St Giles Luxury Collection Hotel are perfectly situated to explore all that New York City has to offer. The hotel recently reopened in November 2012 following a multimillion-dollar renovation.

The unveiling on December 18, 2012 showed off the first phase of the revitalization (think fully renovated guest rooms and suites). The second phase will wrap up in early 2013 with the debut of the 17th-floor Penthouse Suite, with wraparound terrace and views of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings. The Penthouse Suite will also come with its own private kitchen and living room/den area (complete with working fireplace).

The Tuscany embodies both Old and New World, with custom oak and leather wall panel systems and hardwood floors complemented with artistic wall murals made by artists and designers (think Sarah Morris and Paul Smith).

All bathrooms have glass tile walls and Duravit vanities. Nice Touch: In-room bath amenities are Molton Brown.

View rates, details and more photos for The Tuscany Hotel New York City >>

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Conde Nast Traveler Reveals Results of Readers' Poll


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Conde Nast Traveler has announced the winners of its 2013 Readers Poll and there are a whopping 270 Spas that were voted the best. The magazine revealed that the results were based on 46,352 vistis to hotel, resort, and cruise ship spas. 

Topping the US Top 100 Resort Spa list was Mohonk Mountain House, with Vail Cascade Resort & Spa coming in a close second. Osthoff Resort in Wisconsin was third, Sundara Inn & Spa was fourth, and Resort at Squaw Creek was fifth.

The Atlantic and Caribbean Top 25 Spa list had The Regent Palm on top (pictured right), with Nisbet Plantation Beach Club second. Rounding out the top five in this category are Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Jumby Bay, and Seven Stars Resort.

The list of Top 25 Spas, Mexico and Central America included Capella Ixtapa at #1, Maroma Resort and Spa is #2, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort and Spa is #3, Rosewood Mayakoba is #4, and Esperanza (pictured left) is #5.
 

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

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Fun Fact Friday! Fairmont’s President’s Club Members Ride in Style


By: Oksana Balytsky

Fairmont is now offering complimentary shuttle service to its President’s Club members in a BMW 750i Sedan, so arrive to the airport, your meeting, or your dinner date in style!

Explore Fairmont hotels all over the world here >>


Valentine's Day Deals


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Haven't booked your Valentine's Day Getaway yet?  Of course, you'll want to enter our Valen-Find Sweepstakes!  Answer today’s daily question  for your chance to win a $100 Visa Gift card! Each time you play, we will enter  you to win our Grand Prize, a romantic vacation package of 3 complimentary room nights and a 6-course tasting menu dinner and wine pairing for two at the luxury five-star Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

Once you've done that, here are a few deals and packages that caught our eye:

-Take your romance to new heights, literally, at Tower Club at lebua. The award-winng hotel has put together a variety of enticing packages, including The Height of Romance,", which starts at $1499 per couple and includes an eight-course meal at the world's highest al-fresco restaurant, a 60-minute lebua Signature Massage for two, complimentary continental breakfast, and Champagne and chocolate.


-Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa is a family and luxury vacation destination on 2,000 wooded acres in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Their "Valentine's Sweetheart Package" includes One-Night Luxurious Accommodations, Champagne and Strawberries Welcome Amenity, Breakfast In Bed, $150 Resort Amenity Spending Credit, Service Charges, and Daily Resort Fee.

 

-The Langham London (pictured right) has lots of great ideas from romance. Sip on a Magic Rose cocktail (Laurent-Perrier Rose Champage poured over a raspberry, lychee and rose sorbet)

 

-For the more risque, Petit Ermitage is celebrating "The Month of Love" with two special packages: Menage a Trois and Masters Bait. Menage a Trois includes Champagane, double-headed lollypop, an erotic movie, and a game of Twister. Oh, and the third person is complimentary. Don't have a willing third partner?  The hotel will supply an inflatable consort.  Masters Bait also includes the aforementioned, but also adds an Intimacy Kit, breakfast in the Private Rooftop Club, and the services of a personal butler, aka the "Liasion of Happiness."

 

 

 

For more great ideas, check out our list of the World's Most Romantic Luxury Hotels!

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Romantic Meals in New England


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

 


The people have spoken! OpenTable has named The Most Romantic Restaurants in Boston/New England, as voted by almost 1 million diners.

 

Congratulations go out to The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, ME and to Natalie's in Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI. 

If you hurry, maybe you can still grab a table for Valentine's Day. As of this writing, both restaurants have availability for February 14th.

 

 

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12 Days of Hotels: The 1 Best Beach Resort


By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is the 1 Best Beach Resorts!

1. Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru

Maldives has some of the best beaches in the entire world, and this luxury hotel is surrounded by dazzling white talc sand and the bluest of waters teeming with an astonishing abundance of soft corals and fish sparkling in brilliant colors.


12 Days of Hotels: The 2 Best Gold Resorts


By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 2 of the World’s Best Golf Resorts!

1. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Tee off at 2 18-hole champion Tom Fazio designed golf courses.

2. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Play the Five championship courses including the world-famous Ocean Course.


12 Days of Hotels: The 3 Best Spa Resorts


By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 3 of the World’s Best Spa Resorts!

1. Canyon Ranch Lenox

Relax in the 100,000-square-foot spa complex where you will find everything you need for a vacation that's as active or leisurely as you like.

2. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Sanctuary Spa offers a comprehensive menu of treatments, with a discreet and professional staff - including two outdoor Gazebos for treatments, allowing you the chance to enjoy the natural beauty of this stunning part of the world

3. Parrot Cay

The Shambhala Spa provides one of the world's most extensive treatment lists on the pre-eminent private island, wrapped in sweeps of sand and peaceful seas.