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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.

Holiday Sale in Amsterdam: Stay Longer and Save at Hotel Pulitzer


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel PulitzerEscape to the picturesque canals of Amsterdam for an unforgettable holiday vacation. Check into the Hotel Pulitzer, a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, and you'll be charmed by the hotel's authentic historic ambiance complemented by fabulous contemporary facilities: state-of-the-art gym, all the latest technology, and guest rooms oozing with luxurious touches. You can explore the city with boat trips and bicycle rentals directly from the hotel. Make a reservation before December 23, 2008 and take advantage of the "Stay Longer, Save More" promotion where you get 20 percent off a three-night stay and 30 percent off a stay of four nights or more-- until February 9, 2009.


Rome Cavalieri: The First Hotel in Europe to Join the Exclusive Waldorf=Astoria Collection


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rome CavalieriThe newest hotel to join the prestigious Waldorf=Astoria Collection is the sumptuous Rome Cavalieri, a Hilton Hotel in a former life. After a long renovation, the New York Times hailed it "one of the city's most decadent and most expensive hotels" and "a hotel of superlatives" as "its dining room, La Pergola, is Rome's only Michelin three-star restaurant, and the gilded lobby is filled with stunning art, including a Tiepolo triptych valued at $8 million." Perched on a hilltop in a lush 15-acre private park overlooking the Eternal City, the Rome Cavalieri has a grand spa, clay tennis courts, and even a Roman gladiator school. But we've heard conflicting reports on the service: frosty or flawless?

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What’s Hot in the Hague: Hotel Des Indes, Starwood Luxury Collection


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Des Indes, The HagueHot off the press. The Starwood Luxury Collection just announced a new addition: the Hotel Des Indes, the landmark property in The Hague, The Netherlands (formerly a Le Meridien hotel), recently renovated by acclaimed architect Jacques Garcia, the mastermind behind the Hotel Costes in Paris, the Hotel Victor in South Beach, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Spice Market. Overlooking the city's main square, the 92-room hotel has played host to royalty and celebs since its debut in 1881. There's plenty of Old World grandeur on display in this landmark property, now updated with discrete modern technology and exceptional contemporary amenities: the 315-square-meter Health Club (with personal trainers on call), indoor swimming pool, and spa featuring Payot products.


“Parc & Premium” at Switzerland’s Park Hotel Weggis


By: K. Clare Johnson

Gastronomes and oenophiles rejoice! Switzerland's Park Hotel Weggis has announced its "Parc & Premium" special sure to delight sophisticated taste buds. park Hotel Weggis Upon arrival, sip on Krug Grand Cuvee champagne accompanied by an assortment of amuse-bouche. Then, check in for the first of four nights in the luxury Adara Deluxe Junior Suite or Adara Suite. During your stay, you can choose from spa treatments including the Lomi Lomi or the Obsidian Gemstone massage, St. Barth Softness papaya-coco oil body peeling, or the Aroma Essential body pack on the aqua soft bed. Then enjoy a five-course dinner in the Michelin-starred Annex accompanied by specially chosen wines. There's also a Mount Rigi Royal Tour with a local Swiss lunch and a tasting of fruit spirits from the Fassbind distillery and a romantic six-course candlelight dinner in the cosy vaulted cellars of the Vinothek. Other perks include a trip by luxury car to the Swiss shopping city of Zurich, daily breakfast buffet, and a caviar aperitif at the Sunset Caviar Bar.

Cost ranges from EUR 2993-4555.


Art in Florence, Italy at the Villa Olmi Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa Olmi ResortThe best way to experience the art mecca of Firenze is with a private guide (forget standing in line to see the David!) Villa Olmi Resort, the Renaissance villa situated on six hectares of perfectly manicured gardens outside the city, is itself an artist's dream come true. The property features original murals and beautiful artwork, and with their "Morning of Art" package, art lovers can visit the Academie of Fine Arts (and ogle David) with a professional guide. The package also includes accommodation for three nights (in either a Classic Room or Junior Suite), buffet breakfast daily, a bottle of Tuscan wine upon arrival, a three-hour walking tour of Florence with a private guide, two tix to the Academie, and a wine tasting with cured hams and cheese in the hotel's cantina.


A Magical Christmas in Paris at the Hotel de Crillon


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de CrillonDuring the yuletide season, the Parisian Palace gets all dressed up in her showy best. The mythical Hotel de Crillon glows with thousands of sparkling lights, and glittering crystals adorn the famous chandeliers in the lobby. In the very heart of the hotel, the patio is transformed into a forest of pine trees and the aroma of hot chocolate fills the air... Christmas at the Hotel de Crillon is-- in a single word-- magical. Book the "Magical Christmas" offer and you'll enjoy breakfast in-room or at the restaurant, an in-room Christmas surprise, an exclusive Chaumet Gift on Christmas, a Crillon bear offered to the youngest guest on Christmas, daily newspaper, and high-speed Internet access. Rates start from EUR 610 in a Superior Room. Offer available from December 6-December 26, 2008.


James Bond Package at The Milestone Hotel, London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Milestone HotelRanked No. 1 in the world for service (Travel and Leisure 2008) and voted the best hotel in Britain (Conde Nast Traveler Readers Survey 2008), The Milestone is tops in London. 24-hour butler service means no request is too small, no detail overlooked. Each of the guest rooms is individually designed with custom-made fabrics and antique furnishings. And the facilities are just as exceptional. You'll enjoy a heated resistance pool, a gym, a sauna, and a chauffeur-driven Bentley to whisk you to the city sights. Sup in Cheneston's restaurant, unwind in the Stables bar, sip cocktails in the Conservatory, or take tea by the fire in the Lounge. Currently, the hotel is offering the James Bond Package, priced from GBP 694 for two people for two nights, which includes a martini upon arrival, a one-way, chauffeur-driven transfer to the Imperial War Museum and entrance to the James Bond "For Your Eyes Only" exhibition, entrance to "The Connoisseur Casino" on one evening with GBP 50 spending money, and English breakfast daily.


The World’s 50 Best New Hotels from Forbes Traveler: St. Regis Bali, Chicago’s Trump International Hotel, and More


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Trump ChicagoThe results are in. Forbes Traveler put together a board of 400 experts to name the world's up and coming hotspots and best new hotels. On the list? The Four Seasons chain managed to make a splash with the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, and the Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche offers the best of the south of France. St. Regis also scored two spots on the list with the St. Regis Singapore and St. Regis Bali. The Fasano Hotel in Rio also garners praise. And closer to home, Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower is getting lots of rave reviews, "slated to become one of Chicago's most desirable addresses."


Jumeirah Sets its Sights on Glasgow


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jumeirah Glasgow

Glasgow has got its groove on, and now Scotland's largest city will have digs to match the town's vibrant cultural scene. (Happening Glasgow recently gained "Unesco City of Music" status.) Luxury hotel chain Jumeirah has plans for a gorgeous hotel, its fifth signed in Europe, to open in Glasgow in 2011. We're anticipating the award-winning service for which Jumeirah is known around the world. And more. The infinity pool looks pretty tempting in the artist renderings, and plans for a signature Talise spa, gym, and rooftop bar are music to our ears. Situated in the city's International Financial Services District, the 160-room Jumeirah Glasgow Hotel will cater to a business clientele- boasting extensive business and conference amenities (and 85 luxurious Jumeirah Living serviced apartments for those planning an extended stay).


The Reviews Are In: Don’t Miss Helene Darroze at the Connaught, London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Helene Darroze at The ConnaughtYou marked our words; Hélène Darroze's dazzling new restaurant at The Connaught has been making waves in London. The celebrated hotel emerged from a spectacular renovation with a bang: the restaurant debut from one of the best female chefs in the world. Here's a rave review from Fodor's:

London's crème de la crème flock to Hélène Darroze at the Connaught for exemplary regional French haute cuisine, served in a quintessentially Edwardian wood-paneled hotel dining room. Taking inspiration from Les Landes region in southwest France, Darroze sallies forth with a procession of magical dishes. Caviar d'Acquitaine wows with oyster tartare in a stylish martini glass, topped with black caviar jelly and white haricot bean velouté. Spit-roasted and flambéed grouse is served delightfully pink, with duck foie gras, and mini Brussels sprouts. To finish, enjoy Madagascar chocolate ganache with raspberry sorbet and galangal crème brûlée.