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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.

“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.


Savor Sofitel: “I Love Chocolate” Getaway with Three Course Dinner, Third Night Free, and Chocolate Surprises


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel ParisChocoholics, rejoice. Sofitel Hotels has cooked up a divine dream come true: The "I love Chocolate" offer. When you check into your spacious guest room, appointed with luxurious amenities, you'll find a chocolate surprise. Savor a lavish afternoon tea "au chocolat" with French hot chocolate and gourmet treats. Then it gets even better. You'll be treated to a spectacular three-course dinner crafted by the chef to showcase the flavors of chocolate. The icing on the cake? You'll get a third night free! This three-night stay is available from November 1, 2008 until January 31, 2009 in participating Sofitel hotels worldwide including the Sofitel Los Angeles (priced from $274), Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg (starting from EUR 245), and the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, long cherished by visiting A-listers for its traditional elegance.


French Culinary Week at Hotel Bel-Air: Yannick Alleno of Le Meurice Comes to LA


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Champagne glassesGrâce à HotelChatter, we are daydreaming about Chef Yannick Alléno's luscious specialties, because the Michelin three-starred chef is coming to Los Angeles! It seems we've had French food on our minds a bit much recently, but doesn't this sound good?

Crispy hen egg yolks with "Golden oscetra" caviar to Jelly of acidulated green apple with vervain; Duck Foie gras poached with Chambertin wine to Chicken from "Bresse" with white truffle served four ways (including Chicken leg quenelles in strong consommé); and Preserved wild salmon from "Adour" served pink with melted cabbage with orange peels and cleared stock flavored with juniper berries to Melted chocolate and lemon cake acidulated with gold leaf.

The superstar chef from Le Meurice, one of Paris' grandest hotels, will be at the Hotel Bel-Air on November 10th, 11th, and 12th where he will present a "multi-course gastronomic tour through time the dishes of Paris through the ages." The Hotel Bel-Air is now part of the esteemed Dorchester Collection, joining exceptional properties like Le Meurice. Dinner is priced at $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Suggested wine pairings will be additional.


Jumeirah Group Keeps Growing, and Growing, and Growing…


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj Al ArabSome hotel companies may be feeling the pinch of a down economy, but not Jumeirah. The Dubai-based hotel group, famous for its seven-star Burj Al Arab (pictured), has just announced they have 19 hotels under development. They're bringing their signature brand of hospitality to Asia and South America, and expect to have 60 properties, or about 25,000 rooms, either in operation or under development by 2012. Our friends at the Luxury Insider highlight the five new hotels and resorts-- Jumeirah Bali Resort in Indonesia, Jumeirah Maldives Resort in the South Malé Atoll, Jumeirah Al Salam Resort in Bahrain, Jumeirah Al Salam Yiti Resort in Oman, and Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel in Kuwait-- all scheduled to open within the next three years.