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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.

Great Price with Free Amenities Included at Hotel Claris, Barcelona


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Claris, BarcelonaA stay at one of the prettiest boutique hotels in Barcelona, complete with a rooftop swimming pool and a museum-quality art collection, can be yours starting from just EUR 219. Hotel Claris has a fantastic location on Paseo de Gracia smack dab in the middle of the city. The two-night "Enjoy Barcelona" package includes all sorts of free add-ons-- like daily buffet breakfast, a bottle of Spanish red wine, use of a Mercedes Smart car for 1/2 day to enjoy Barcelona at your own pace, daily newspaper, parking, late-check out, and tickets to the Barcelona Egyptian Museum with the possibility of a guided tour with an Egyptologist. And that's not all. Lucky guests will also enjoy a themed guided tour in the city center accompanied by a team of professionals passionate about Barcelona. Choose either the Modernist Tour (admire the master works of the modernist architects like Antoni Gaudí at the Eixample), Picasso Tour (follow in the footsteps of Picasso), Gothic Tour (discover the city's history as you stroll through one of the best preserved medieval districts in the world) or Gourmet Tour (enjoy a flavor-filled journey through the old town and discover Barcelona's gastronomic culture).


Your Own Private Boat on the Seine: Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Plaza Athenee, private boatLeave it to the Hotel Plaza Athénée, that prestigious bastion of luxury on the Avenue Montaigne, Carrie Bradshaw's favorite haunt, to come up with this exclusive Parisian experience. Discover the thrilling sights of Paris while aboard your own private motorboat with Champagne and hand-made Macaroons. Glide under the romantic bridges of the Seine, watch the Louvre and Eiffel Tower slide by, while sipping flutes of Champagne served by your Hostess. The package also includes delightfully-appointed accommodations at the Plaza Athénée, full American breakfast for two people, flowers on arrival, and a personalized welcome. Starting from EUR 1,525 in a Junior Suite based on a two-night minimum stay. Available until August 15, 2008.


Living La Dolce Vita: The Nijinsky Suite, Hotel de Russie, Rome


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Russie, RomeSituated between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, Hotel de Russie is a stylish retreat in the very heart of Rome. Celebs flock to de Russie for its picturesque terraced gardens-- a true rarity in a bustling city-- and fine health club with hydropool, Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and Turkish steam bath. Don't miss the martinis served with caviar at the elegant Stravinskij Bar. For a truly unforgettable stay, book the Nijinsky Suite, the most exclusive Presidential Suite in the Eternal City. Sprawling over the sixth and top floor of the hotel, the Suite boasts a large terrace overlooking the butterfly garden and the rooftops of Rome. Lounge in the comfortable sitting area, surrounded by flowers. Too much sun? Adjust the electric movable canopy. Inside the Suite, you'll find a king bedroom, spacious dressing room, marble and mosaic bathroom with tub and separate shower, steam bath, living area with plasma TV, kitchen, and dining room with separate bar area.

Until April 30, 2008, take advantage of the "Living La Dolce Vita" offer-- a 2-night stay in the unparalleled Nijinsky Suite which also includes the following:

• Daily Buffet Breakfast

• Oysters and Louis Roederer Champagne in room upon arrival

• Transfer from and to the Airport by private sedan

• Early morning private tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums

• 2 hour ride around the glamorous shopping district of Rome with the De Russie Mobile (electric car)

• Romantic Dinner for two at Le Jardin de Russie Restaurant (beverage not included)

• 50 minute "Colour Massage" for two in the exclusive "Double Room" of the De Russie Wellness Zone

Priced at EUR 6,900.


Spring Break in Paris at Hotel La Tremoille


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La TremoilleNothing beats Paris in the springtime. La Trémoille offers a quiet, indulgent sanctuary in the heart of the Golden Triangle, tucked in a quiet street between Montaigne Avenue, George V, and the Champs-Elysées. Talk about a killer location in the City of Light! Behind the Hausmann-style façade you'll find 93 comfortable, contemporary guest rooms and the hip Le Louis² restaurant and bar. This Paris gem has slashed their spring rates with a special offer. You can book a Standard Room for EUR 335 (as opposed to EUR 531), a Superior Room for EUR 390 (instead of EUR 616), a Deluxe Room for EUR 430 (instead of EUR 676), Junior Suite for EUR 465 (usually EUR 736), and a Suite for EUR 710. Continental breakfast is included for two people, and the offer is valid until May 11, 2008. Note: If you book with Five Star Alliance, you'll also get a box of scrumptious Laduree macaroons in-room upon arrival.


Celebrate the 10th Anniversary with 1998 Rates at Gran Hotel Son Net, Mallorca


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gran Hotel Son NetMallorca's exquisite 5-star Gran Hotel Son Net is commemorating its 10th anniversary with a special offer: Guests can book rooms at the original 1998 rates during the month of October 2008, the 10th month of the 10th year. You can even score special rates-- guaranteed dollar prices-- at the newly opened Grand Suite Villas. All guests will also receive a complimentary bottle of Mallorcan wine during their October stay. But hurry, the hotel is bound to fill up fast! Situated in the rugged Tramuntana mountains just 15 minutes from Palma, this 31-room boutique hotel is housed in a farmhouse dating from the 17th century surrounded by olive groves and orange trees. Dine poolside or at the gourmet Oleum Restaurant, lounge in a private cabana by the beautiful pool, or indulge in a beauty treatment at the Zen Zone center. Rates starting from $300.


The Cheval Blanc at Les Trois Rois Welcomes Chef Peter Knogl


By: Madelyn Giblin

Beginning in April 2007, the Cheval Blanc at Les Trois Rois will benefit from the talents of their new chef Peter Knogl. Awarded a Michelin star for his work at the Las Dunas Beach Hotel and Spa, as well as several other awards for his cuisine at various other restaurants, Peter Knogl comes well recommended and with plenty of experience in gourmet cuisine. Open five days a week, the Cheval Blanc offers an impressive wine list, and offers a wide range of haute French cuisine. The wine list offers approximately 700 different positions, including rare vintages, and was recently awarded 17 points in the Gault Millau. Enjoy exceptional wine, and fine French cuisine and a romantic atmosphere along the Rhine at Les Trois Rois.


Special Low Rates and Guaranteed Dollar Deals in Nice, France at Hotel La Perouse


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel La PerouseWe've just uncovered some unbelievably low rates at La Perouse, the elegant hotel situated just a stroll from Old Nice. At the end of April, bask on the sunny French Riviera while relishing room rates at just EUR 132 per night. At La Perouse, there is also the possibility of booking a summer stay (high season in the south of France) for a guaranteed dollar rate starting from $340 per night in a Standard Room. Though the rate is fully pre-paid and non-refundable, this is a great deal at this beautiful hotel when rooms on the French Riviera are hard to come by. Dine on tasty Provençal cuisine on the terrace under the lemon trees. Here's a sampler to tempt the taste buds: Escallops of duck foie gras pan fried with a honey sauce, Large pan fried Mediterranean prawns in a Provençal vinaigrette, Lamb chops grilled and served with pesto and polenta, Delicate tart of pears cooked in thyme served warm with caramel ice cream. Brimming with Provençal charm, La Perouse boasts magnificent views of the glittering Baie des Anges. There are pretty flowered terraces with sea views, gardens, and an outdoor pool. Plus, we love us some free Wifi. Book with Five Star Alliance and you'll get complimentary in-room continental breakfast.


Parc & Mid Week Package at Park Hotel Weggis


By: Christina Vasquez

Park Hotel Weggis If you plan on traveling to Lucerne, or are lucky enough to live in the area, be sure to take a midweek spa getaway at the Park Hotel Weggis. Check in Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and inquire about the hotels "Parc & Mid Week Package" which includes two nights' accommodations as well as additional amenities that will invigorate and refresh you through an otherwise hectic work week. The package includes daily Sparkling Breakfast Buffet, one three course dinner at the Restaurant The Grape, one four course dinner at the Restaurant Sparks, one ninety minute Holistic Treatment, and one ninety minute KANEBO Harmonising & Care Facial Treatment. Two hour individual use of the hotel's SPA cottages is also included in this package so that you can enjoy your Holistic Treatment or KANEBO Harmonising & Care Facial Treatment in privacy. Top off your midweek getaway at Park Hotel Weggis with a leisurely afternoon stroll through Sparkling Open Eyes Path and enjoy wonderful views of Japanese Zen gardens with an impressive mountain and lake backdrop.


Eos Airlines Launches Flights Between London and Dubai


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eos AirlinesFans of the luxury airline will be pleased about this one. Starting July 6, 2008, Eos will start daily service between London Stansted and Dubai's international airport. So now lucky passengers can enjoy the Eos Class experience when heading to the world's most outlandish, over-the-top destination. We've talked up the Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world, but now Dubai's also getting one of the biggest malls in the world-- a gargantuan, 12-million-square-foot development complete with an indoor aquarium and an Olympic sized ice skating rink. Tickets to Dubai onboard Eos will be available starting in April.


Fourth Night Free in the South of France: Chateau Eza, Cote d’Azur


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Chateau EzaFrom now until the end of April 2008, Chateau Eza-- the magical hideaway on the French Côte d'Azur which was the former residence of the Swedish Royal Family-- is offering a fourth night free when you pay for three consecutive nights. Spring is the perfect time to visit the South of France, not yet overrun by summer crowds. Perched on a rock cliff in the 1,000-year-old village of Eze, the award-winning hotel offers 10 guest rooms which can be reached by stone passageways over ancient stone steps. Outfitted with all the contemporary comforts, the rooms feature fireplaces and private balconies with sweeping views over the Mediterranean. The Michelin-starred restaurant is just as romantic. Experience what Town and Country Travel described as "glamorous, but cozy... straight out of a Matisse painting." With this special offer, you'll also get a half-bottle of Champagne, one tapas per person at the bar or terrace, and a basket of fresh fruit daily in the room. Starting from $280 per night.