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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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Experience 5 Top Brazilian Chefs with Ponta dos Ganchos


By: Madelyn Giblin

Ponta dos GanchosThis year's Ciclo de Chefs brings five top Brazilian chefs to Ponta Dos Ganchos to give guests a taste of some of Brazil's finest cuisine. The annual event brings top chefs from around the world to guest-chef at Ponta Dos Ganchos for visitors to experience new flavors and tastes. This year's event features Carla Pernambuco on July 4th-6th (awarded Best Contemporary Cuisine in 2006); Danio Braga from July 25th -27th (whose restaurant has been awarded 3 stars in the Quatro Rodas Guide since 1982); Roberta Sudbrack on August 1st-3rd (the Brazilian Chef of the Year in 2007); Sergio Arno from August 8th-10th (elected Best Italian Cuisine Chef in Latin America); and Roland Villard from August 15th -17th (the 2008 Chef of the Year in Brazil). This year's event is sure to delight the palate!

 

 

Ponta dos Ganchos is located 40 km north of Florianopolis and South-east of Sao Paulo, situated on a small point nestled between two charming fishing villages and surrounded on 3 sides by the sea of the Emerald Coast.


The Best Brunch in Buenos Aires: Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt Buenos AiresMost Argentines know the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt, situated in the city's swank Recoleta district, as one of the best, most fashionable hotels in Buenos Aires. After its opening, it was immediately featured on the Travel + Leisure 2006 It List. To quote: "Walking up the sweeping stone staircase of Palacio Duhau is like walking into a private mansion." The garden was designed by the gentleman who planned B.A.'s botanical gardens; the rooms outfitted with all the latest luxuries; the indoor pool equipped with "750 colored bulbs to simulate the changing of light from dawn to dusk." Vinoteca may have some 3,500 bottles of wine to choose from (accompanied by your choice of 40 different cheeses), but perhaps the best kept secret at the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt is the prix fixe brunch served at Gioia Restaurant on Sunday. Take a seat on the terrace and soak up the spectacular views of the Palace and the garden. Insiders claim it'll be the best $53 you’ve ever spent.

Photo Via Flickr/Longhorndave


Fourth Night Free at Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Copacabana PalaceHead down to Rio for a relaxing break at one of the most glamorous hotels in the world. Setting of the famous film 'Flying down to Rio' where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together for the first time, Copacabana Palace offers the ultimate in sophisticated luxury-- just steps from the white sands of the most famous beach in the world. This is the hide-out of the rich and famous. Make the Copacabana Palace your home as you explore the delights of the fascinating city: sun yourself on Copacabana or Ipanema beach and visit Corcovado or Sugar Loaf Mountain and marvel at the beauty of Rio nestled in the series of bays below you. With the "Stay Another Night" package, you get the fourth night for free when you stay three consecutive nights. Rates start at $487, and you also get complimentary access to the fitness center, tennis court, and sauna.