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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.

Get Picked Up in Buenos Aires by The Claridge Hotel

October 10, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Claridge Buenos AiresTravel the 21 miles from Ezeiza International Airport in comfort and style. Book now through December 31, 2008 at the Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires and you can take advantage of a special rate that includes pick-up service in a private car. The special also includes an American buffet breakfast, free access to the outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna, and gym, complimentary internet access in the business center, cellular phone with free incoming calls, and a complimentary daily newspaper.

Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires is centrally located in the midst of the business, banking, and entertainment districts. The 1946 traditional boutique hotel was remodeled in 2004 and has 152 rooms and 6 suites. Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires is a traditional alternatives for tourist and business travelers who look for a five star hotel in Buenos Aires that make them feel as comfortable as in their own home.


The Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Lifestyle Resort, Argentina: The World’s First Equestrian Estate and Resort

September 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Lifestyle Resort, ArgentinaCould this be the first ever polo-dedicated luxury resort? The Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, the upscale hotel chain behind the world's only 7-star resort (the Burj al Arab), has plans to manage Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Lifestyle Resort in Lobos, Argentina-- just an hour from Buenos Aires. This will be the first South American property for Jumeirah, and a key addition to its portfolio. Paying homage to the equestrian lifestyle, the five-star lifestyle resort will offer access to eight polo fields (including two championship fields), a Talise spa, fitness center, 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and privately-owned villas. The 252-room hotel will be situated on 1,200 acres next to a pristine lake and bird sanctuary. Slated for completion by 2010.

Image Via Audi Polo Awards


The Augustine, Prague, from the Rocco Forte Collection: The World’s Monastery Hotels

September 17, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

PragueAfter all the talk about converting old jails into luxury hotels, this trend seems rather ho-hum. From the drop-dead gorgeous Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco, Peru to the new Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, there are a whole bunch of monastery-hotels cropping up in phenomenal locations worldwide. Here's what Forbes Traveler says about Villa San Michele:

But it's doubtful there could be a view more serene than that of Florence from the Villa San Michele, a former century monastery that clings to a lush hillside in Fiesole. The monastery portion was built in the 16th century, the façade was designed by Michelangelo and the entire property is run with smooth, contemporary efficiency by General Manager Luca Finardi, an affable Florentine if ever there was one. "The Michelangelo Suite, the monastery's former library, was where Napoleon once stayed," Finardi says.

Perhaps most exciting of these hotel openings is The Augustine, slated to open in January 2009. Housed in five historic buildings around the St. Thomas Monastery in Prague, the new hotel promises abundant style and sophistication- like all the Rocco Forte Collection hotels.


Around the World in 80 Ways: The Epic $1 Million Journey from Leading Hotels of the World

September 16, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One Aldwych, LondonWe recently spread the word about the incredible deal-- $19.28 room rates!-- offered by Leading Hotels of the World to celebrate its 80th anniversary. And now it's time to highlight another celebratory package from LHW-though this one is a tad more extravagant. Leading Hotels of the World has created an epic voyage, "Around The World in 80 Ways," to pay homage to both the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards, and their own 80th birthday. The price tag for this amazing, glamorous journey? One million dollars.

Traveling in a private jet all the way, you and a companion will see everything in the world worth seeing and do everything in the world worth doing. Best of all, 10 percent of the USD 1 million price will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation for the global fight against AIDS. So, with that in mind, we invite you to open your hearts and wallets and get ready to set off on the adventure of a lifetime.


$19.28 Room Rates with Leading Hotels of the World

September 9, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hotel Hong KongCelebrate the birth year of Leading Hotels of the World, 1928, with an unbelievable promotion. At 8 am EST on October 1, 2008, LHW will "release a limited number of the world's most-coveted hotel rooms at the unprecedented rate of USD 19.28 per night. For 80 minutes only, registered consumers will be able to secure the celebratory USD 19.28 rate." Participating member hotels include the iconic Langham Hong Kong (pictured), the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires, the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona, the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC, the Gran Hotel La Florida in Barcelona, and the Villa La Massa in Florence. Pre-register online today!


Experience Peru’s Lake Titicaca with the New Titilaka Hotel- Brought to You by Inkaterra

August 27, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Inkaterra Titilaka Hotel, PeruUPDATE: Insiders tell us that this pretty new hotel is now being managed by the Andean Experience.

Titilaka is the latest luxury lodge from Peruvian hotel group Inkaterra- the eco-friendly group behind the fabulous, carbon-neutral properties La Casona Inkaterra, situated in Cusco, and the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, nestled in the cloud forest in the heart of Machu Picchu's Historical Sanctuary. Perched on a private peninsula in a stunning location (the Andean altiplanos astride Peru and Bolivia), the Titilaka Hotel offers all-inclusive excursions by car, horseback, or by foot:

Visit the living cultures of the Quechuas and Aymaras, set off to Taquile, Amantani and the floating man-made reed islands of Uros; visit the splendid colonial churches of Juli, Pomata and Lampa; or bird watching from the hilltops of Perka and Inkanatavi.

Overlooking the lake, believed by the Inca to be the sacred origin of the universe, the hotel's suites have ultra-modern facilities like heated floors, i-Pods, portable oxygen tanks, plasma screen TVs, mini-bars, and separate soaking tubs and showers in the bathrooms. Coming soon: a spa, heated pool and sauna with views of the lake.


Most Expensive Hotel Rooms: Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, and Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York

August 12, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President WilsonForget "Staycations." The uber-rich continue to globe-trot on private jets and bunk down in swanky pads-- like the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson, the world's most expensive at a whopping $52,000 a night. Elite Traveler recently released their list of the "101 Top Hotel/Resort Suites of the Year" in the July/August 2008 issue. Runners-up for priciest suite include the $50,000/night Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Attica, Greece, and the $21,000/night Imperial Suite at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. In the U.S., the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York has a price tag of $30,000 per night, making it the most expensive suite built in the U.S. Next up? The Chairman Suite at the Palazzo in Vegas ($20,000/night) followed by the Empire Suite at the Carlyle in New York and the Grand Suite at the Grand Wailea Resort (both at $15,000/night). For the full breakdown, click here.


Sun, Sand, and a Third Night Free: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort, Costa Rica

August 1, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Los Suenos MarriottDreaming of a Costa Rica getaway? Explore the magnificent tropical rainforests and surf the Pacific waves at one of the world's best resorts: The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort. Nestled between the ocean and a 1,100 acre rainforest, the resort offers the best kind of Costa Rica beach vacation- where you can sit back and relax by the palm-fringed free-form pool, or (for the adrenaline-junkies) glide between the trees high in the forest on a canopy tour. Imagine playing a round of golf on the 18-hole championship La Iguana Golf Course with a gallery of friendly monkeys and brightly colored macaws! Pamper yourself with a massage in an ocean-side gazebo, and choose between 6 restaurants and lounges for memorable meals in unforgettable settings. There's even a casino on-site. The accommodations feature world-class amenities: designer duvets and luxurious bedding, private balconies overlooking the ocean, high-speed Internet and work desk, and more. Extend your vacation in Costa Rica with Marriott and get a third night free until October 31, 2008.


Summer Sale at Leading Hotels of the World: Save 25 Percent at Worldwide Locations

July 17, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Liberty HotelGet big savings this summer with The Leading Hotels of the World. Member hotels in some of the hottest destinations worldwide-- including Chicago, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Quebec, Washington D.C., Panama, Boston, San Diego and Houston-- have slashed prices up to 25 percent off through September 1, 2008. So you can check into luxury on the fashionable East Side of Manhattan near Central Park at the Hotel Plaza Athenee New York, stay as close to the White House as possible (short of being invited by the President) at the Hay-Adams in Washington DC, discover the thrills of vibrant Panama City while staying at The Bristol, do time at the luxurious new Liberty Hotel in Boston (the former Charles Street Jail), relish the fabulous and sexy Habita Hotel in Mexico City, or stay at Chicago's hip, designer book hotel, The James-- all for a fraction of the price. Just choose the "Summer Sale" rate when booking rooms.


Luxury for Less in Patagonia at Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Argentina

June 10, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Llao LlaoIt's hard to beat this setting: crystal lakes and the snow-capped Andean mountains in Patagonia, Argentina. Llao Llao is one of the most spectacular resorts in South America, and this luxurious mountain lodge offers the ultimate romantic venue in Nahuel Huapi National Park. You'll gasp at the sight of the panoramic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the new Deluxe Studio Moreno. And as if the views aren't dazzling enough, you'll be wowed by the facilities on offer: a heated swimming pool, a superb 18-hole golf course, a state-of-the-art spa, and indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Right now you can find rates for as low as $230 per night with a bunch of added extras thrown in. Book the Special Promotion and you'll get accommodations in a standard room, a bottle of champagne and cake upon arrival, breakfast daily, a romantic dinner for two at Los Cesares Restaurant, and roundtrip airport transfers. Valid until July 4, 2008, and between July 26-December 26, 2008. Three-night minimum stay required.