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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.

Bread and Butter Special with Hotel Rey Juan Carlos, Barcelona


By: Madelyn Giblin

Hotel Rey Juan CarlosThe Hotel Rey Juan Carlos, located in spectacular Barcelona, has state-of-the-art outdoor lounging areas, two swimming pools, exquisite gardens, as well as a Wellness Center and Spa. From June 30th through July 6th Hotel Rey Juan Carlos is offering a "Bread and Butter" special. For only EUR 178.50 per night guests can stay in one of the hotel's posh double rooms, and receive breakfast in the hotel's Polo Restaurant, a 30 minute massage at the wellness center, "strawberries extravaganza" and bottles of water and chocolate. Barcelona is an exciting city full of rich culture, and what better way to enjoy all of that than with the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos.


Game, Set and Match: Wimbledon 2008 at The Milestone Hotel, London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Milestone HotelStay three nights in London during The Wimbledon Tennis Championships at The Milestone, recently ranked no. 1 in the world for service by Travel+ Leisure (reader's survey, June 2008). More than just a premier tennis tournament, Wimbledon is a quintessential English event and The Milestone has put together a package, valid from June 22- July 6, 2008, so that you can savor this London summertime experience. When you arrive, you'll be welcomed with a bowl of delicious strawberries and cream, just to get you in the Wimbledon mood. The Milestone will also present you with a complimentary drink, plus the official Wimbledon 2008 DVD and souvenir book. Then, on the evening of your choice, unwind with a post-match bottle of champagne and canapés for two – served in the Conservatory. The package also includes full English breakfast.


Chelsea Football Club Soccer School at Forte Village Resort, Sardinia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Forte Village ResortNow there's another reason to check out the dream holiday destination of Sardinia. The award-winning Forte Village Resort-- comprised of 7 refined hotels (including Hotel Castello and Villa del Parco), 35 suites, 21 restaurants, a world-renowned thalasso spa, and numerous recreational activities-- is offering the Forte Village Football Academy with the Chelsea Football Club this summer. From May – September 2008, coaches from the English Premier League side will be taking up residence at Forte Village's Football Academy to provide expertise to boys and girls aged 4-13. What better motivation for young people than a master-class from the club responsible for developing John Terry from a teenager into the Chelsea and England team captain? Chelsea and Forte Village have developed a fantastic program for the participants, culminating in a mini-tournament where parents can come cheer them on (if they can pull themselves away from the luxurious, seaside facilities of Forte Village Resort!) We can't think of a better vacation experience for kids and their families.


Reconnect and Indulge at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz Carlton MoscowRussian black caviar, blinis, and chilled vodka, oh my. The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow has been making waves since its opening last year. Hailed as one of the best new business hotels in the world by Fortune, the Ritz-Carlton has the best location in the city, perched on the edge of Red Square. The opulence on display here is evidence of some serious "Moscow Moola." The technology butler and vodka sommelier may be cool, but the food is what has tongues wagging. At Jeroboam, you can feast on cuisine from Michelin three-star chef Heinz Winkler. And the rooftop lounge and sushi bar are easily the hottest ticket in town, overlooking Red Square and the Kremlin. From now through the end of the year, book the Reconnect package at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow and you'll enjoy one night accommodation, personal concierge service, buffet breakfast for two, Russian black caviar with blinis and chilled vodka served in-room upon arrival, roundtrip airport limo service, and pre-registration at check-in. Starting from 948 C.U.


US Dollar Rate Guarantee for The Hotel Montalembert, Paris


By: Madelyn Giblin

Hotel MontalembertCentrally located in the very heart of the city, on the left bank, close to the Saint Germain area and walking distance from the Orsay and Louvre Museums,The Hotel Montalembert is the ideal place to stay for travelers in Paris. Only a short walk away from the Louvre and Orsay Museums, the Hotel offers plenty of activities in the surrounding area. This summer, US travelers can enjoy a fixed US dollar rate on all rooms booked for July and August. Stays at the Hotel Montalembert include breakfast; offer is valid for a minimum two night stay.


June Special and Euro Soccer Championship at Park Hotel Weggis, Switzerland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hotel WeggisSwitzerland's Park Hotel Weggis is easily one of the poshest properties in Europe. Nestled at the foot of the Swiss Alps on the shores of Lake Lucerne, Park Hotel Weggis boasts ultra-luxurious rooms (think designer furniture and the most sophisticated technology), an incredible spa, and gourmet restaurant that pleases the most discerning of palates. This enchanting resort is also known to have a soft spot for soccer/football. (This is Ronaldinho's European digs of choice, among other superstar players.) To coincide with the Euro 2008 soccer championships, the Park Hotel Weggis is offering 10 percent off during the month of June. You can catch the matches via big-screen in the hotel's beachfront lounge. The package includes two nights accommodations, daily breakfast, two three-course dinners, and a body peeling in the Sparkling Wellness Center. From $708.

Via Travel and Leisure Hot Deals


Announcing VIN-ORVM, the New Wine Corner from Westin Excelsior Rome


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Excelsior RomeThere's a new wine tasting venue in the Eternal City. The award-winning Westin Excelsior Rome, situated in the celebrated Via Veneto district, has introduced a new spot dedicated to fine wines paired with a selection of Italian cheeses and gastronomic specialties. VIN-ORVM was designed by Michael Stelea HDC architecture studio and thereby recalls the hotel's ORVM BAR. The 60-square-meter space is distinguished by oversized pots with orange branches and parquet and walls designed with warm wood accents. An enormous wrought-iron gate separates the tasting room from the cellar, boasting over 150 different labels of red and white wines. This is the ideal spot for an exclusive wine tasting, and the VIN-ORVM is open as well to external guests, with parties of a minimum of ten people for lunch or for dinner.


Capella Castlemrtyr’s Dream Car Getaway


By: Madelyn Giblin

Experience Cork, Ireland in the fast lane, and book Capella Castlemartyr's Dream Car Getaway. A two night stay in one of the exquisite Capella Rooms includes the breakfast buffet, a bottle of Roedere Christal Champagne in the room upon arrival and a picnic basket for two prepared by Executive Chef Roger Olson. But guests also receive an Aston Martin DB 9, Bentley GT, Bentley Flying Spur or Porshe 911 C4 for the duration of their stay to drive around Cork. The car is available for take over upon arrival at the airport, and you can speed off into the sunset in a plush ride-- to the elegant resort located in close proximity to a 1000 year old Irish castle. This heavenly getaway at Capella Castlemartyr is available for Euro 1,950 during high season, and Euro 1,500 during low season.


What’s New in London: The Connaught’s Massive Makeover and New Star Chef, Helene Darroze


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Helene DarrozeWe can barely contain our excitement about the appointment of Hélène Darroze, one of France's most distinguished chefs, as the Executive Chef at The Connaught. For the last 18 months, The Connaught has benefitted from a finely-tuned, GBP 60 million renovation and now Phase 1 is complete-- after skilled artisans have labored to restore original features and added a whole bunch of contemporary art and technology. The hotel's priceless London location and coveted legacy have lured connoisseurs of luxury for over a century, and now The Connaught can continue to offer this grand hotel experience to its clients. The hotel's long love affair with gastronomy will continue with Hélène Darroze at the helm in the hotel's kitchen. Trained by Alain Ducasse, awarded with two Michelin stars, Darroze is considered one of the top-ranking female chefs in the world. Slated to open in the third week of June, "Hélène Darroze at the Connaught" will wow diners with Darroze's innovative dishes, inspired by authentic regional and seasonal flavours, with roots in her native Landes region of South West France. To quote the Guardian: "At the Connaught, she follows in the footsteps of Angela Hartnett, Gordon Ramsay's protégée who won a Michelin star there before the tenancy expired last September."

Image Via The Independent


Summer in Vienna: US Dollar Rates at the Grand Hotel Wien


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Hotel WienThe only thing more magnificent than the legendary Grand Hotel Wien is its location on the Ringstrasse, just a stone's throw from the Opera and St. Stephen's Cathedral. At the turn of the century, the Grand Hotel Wien opened its doors in all its Belle-Epoque splendor and the hotel's been at the epicenter of Viennese social life ever since. The Grand Hotel Wien embodies all the plush decadence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the rooms are styled for those with the very highest standards of taste. Now you can enjoy a little taste of the good life with guaranteed dollar rates at the Grand Hotel Wien. A big thank you to the hotel for using a fixed conversion rate of 1.4894 which works in the favor of Americans traveling abroad. Prices start at $380 per night in a Superior Room (double occupancy) including tax and service.