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.

Former Nuclear Bunker in Switzerland Becomes World’s First Zero-Star Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

A night in this windowless gem will set you back $9. A subterranean bunker has been converted into a hotel in the Swiss region of St. Gallen. Recently fifteen guests were guinea pigs guests in this underground pad, where they were treated to "real hotel duvets." No word yet on the bathroom amenities, as we're told the "shared bathroom has been converted into a fountain with swimming flowers." Nice perk: Images from the outside world are broadcast via live cam onto a large screen. (Bye, bye claustrophobia.)


Austria’s Hotel Jagdhof Spa Announces the Glacier opening!


By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel JagdhofPull out your parkas, the glacier is open! Hotel Jagdhof Spa has announced special package deals to accompany the opening of the Stubai Glacier. Enjoy 4 or 7 nights in your reserved room, the Jagdhof Gourmet Service, One 60-minute Tyrolean Massage, a 3 or 6 day glacier ski pass, and complimentary shuttle bus to the Stubai Glacier. You'll also get access to Hotel Jagdhof's award-winning spa, which boasts 17 treatment rooms. Prices start at 4 days from Euro 737 and 7 days from Euro 1,107. Happy Skiing!


Unwrap London, Christmas, and Chocolate at the Jumeirah Lowndes


By: K. Clare Johnson

Half MoonBuying a gift for the Chocoholic traveler in your life just got easier. Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel and Rococo Chocolates has unwrapped their special "The Art of Chocolate" package for Christmas 2008. Starting from GBP 345 per room per night, guests will get overnight accommodation at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Belgravia, Rococo Chocolates gift on arrival, a master class at Rococo's Chocolate School for two people, a Chocolate Martini Cocktail at the Mimosa Bar, a two-course weekend brunch at Mimosa Restaurant, and access to The Peak Health Club & Spa.

The workshop at London's Rococo Chocolate School is made up of hands-on making, a tutored tasting, and a presentation on chocolate "from tree to bar." Hot chocolate is served throughout and a glass of champagne and goodie bag provide a sweet ending to a delectable day.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel will receive a Welcome Card from the General Manager, a Temple Spa Gift worth GBP 35, and possible room upgrade on check-in if available.


What’s Hot: Mama Shelter, Phillipe Starck’s New Hotel in Paris- The Price is Right!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mama ShelterA cutting edge new hotel has opened in Paris, the first to be wholly designed by Phillipe Starck (from the ground up), in the untouristed 20th arrondissement. With a name suggestive of a cocoon, Mama Shelter provides trendy comfort at fashionable rates-- starting at just EUR 79 per night. As praised by the International Herald Tribune, the contemporary hotel was built by "Roland Castro, architect of low-cost housing projects, under the aegis of Serge Trigano, whose father was a co-founder of Club Med." The site used to be a garage, and the hotel's ceilings and floors reflect its gentrified surroundings, covered in stylish graffiti. Rumor has it that the 172 guest rooms are booked through October. This could become the most talked-about Parisian hotel opening of the year.


Champagne Weekend in London at One Aldwych


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One Aldwych, London"One Aldwych is all about living it up in one of the world's great cities," says Gourmet Magazine. Home to a private screening room and the buzzing Lobby Bar, One Aldwych could be the most exciting hotel in London. The on-site amenities are hip, fun, and utterly luxurious: bespoke furniture and original works of art in each of the 105 contemporary guest rooms, clean bio active bath products by REN, all the latest technology (like mini TVs and mist-free mirrors in each bathroom and bedside fiber optic reading lights), and a swimming pool with underwater music. Above all, One Aldwych has a superb location smack dab in the middle of London in Covent Garden, between the City and the West End. Celebrate something special and book a Champagne Weekend from GDP 310 for two per night. You'll enjoy a bottle of Champagne on arrival, fresh fruit and flowers delivered daily, access to the gym, sauna, and steam rooms, and full English breakfast included. Available until December 30, 2008.


Grand Hotel Bellevue Gstaad Indulges Body and Mind in 2009


By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Bellevue GstaadMake your 2009 resolution to take advantage of Grand Hotel Bellevue 's spectacular Body and Mind Promotion. You'll get 6 nights in a designer double room at the Swiss luxury hotel, breakfast buffet, five dinners in Brasserie Coelho, 1 gourmet dinner at the 1 Michelin-starred Retaurant Prado, free unlimited admission to the Bellevue Spa, 1 Seraglio skin care treatment, 1 guided walking tour with a personal trainer, 1 Decleor detox treatment, and daily grup workout sessions. Grand Hotel Bellevue Gstaad's Body and Mind Promotional rates start from CHF 1998 per person (incl. resort taxes, service and VAT).


Free Fourth Night at Ritz-Carlton Hotels (Pay with American Express)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Fort LauderdaleWe just got wind of a cool offer available at luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotels worldwide. You'll get a fourth night on the house when you book and pay with any American Express Card. Head to Fort Lauderdale for some fun in the sun and check out the ultra-luxury beach resort, the one-year-old Ritz-Carlton (formerly the St. Regis). Indulge in a leisurely spa treatment at the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Check into the Ritz-Carlton Moscow at the edge of the famed Red Square and enjoy the largest, poshest rooms in the city. Ogle the views from one of the most dramatic skyscrapers at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. This special offer is available until December 19, 2008.


Fly Out to Sea on Italy’s Lake Como with The Carlton Baglioni Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

Milan's Carlton Baglioni Hotel is offering an unusual package from now through the end of the year. Carlton Baglioni Hotel The hotel will drive you to Lake Como (about 40 km), where you can visit the tiny lakeside town that George Clooney has made famous. Once there, you'll enjoy an exciting trip by seaplane or by helicopter to discover the secrets of the beautiful islands near Como. After your aerial adventure, you'll be given lunch in an Italian restaurant with a panoramic view of the lake. The rest of the package includes:

* 2 nights accommodation in Deluxe Room or Junior Suite

* Welcome drink for 2 people, bottle of Champagne, and fruit basket in the room upon arrival

* 3 course dinner at il Baretto al Baglioni (wine excluded)

* Intensive Body Therapy the ultimate body sublimation from head to toe with Guerlain's specialty mask and skincare concentrate massage. Coupled with an invigorating Vichy shower body polish, this therapy promises to leave your skin feeling toned, soft, and replenished.


Get a Resort Credit at the Swankiest Hotel in Budapest (Four Seasons Gresham Palace)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Gresham PalaceWord on the street is that Budapest (as cosmopolitan a metropolis as it is) was blown away by the debut of the Four Seasons Gresham Palace. Easily the poshest hotel on the block, this palatial property is a masterfully-restored Art Nouveau landmark offering panoramic vistas across the mighty Danube to the hills of Buda. You will not be disappointed with accommodations that have been likened to the finest in the world (the original architectural details are a nice touch). As to be expected in a city renowned for its thermal hot springs and spa heritage, the Four Seasons spa is not-to-be-missed. Situated on the top floor of the hotel, the spa features Vichy showers, sauna, steam rooms, and treatment rooms where you can luxuriate with a therapeutic massage. With the "Experience More" Package, available until December 1, 2008, you can indulge a little more with a EUR 65 spending credit to be applied towards food or spa charges. Room rates start at EUR 340.


Dine With or Without at the Luxury Parisian Hotel Le Meurice


By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Le Meurice chef-in-residence Yannick Alleno has recently been awarded a third Michelin star for his work at the hotel's Restaurant Le Meurice. But when he's not winning awards, he's devising a innovative new menu at Le Meurice's Le Dali restaurant. Name The clever and entertaining menu at Le Dali reflects the whimsically absurd artist it is named after. Dishes are divided into into two categories: Indulgence or Abstinence (Or for those who speak French, Sans and 100 percent). Chew on Chasteness, (Sea bass with balsamic vinegar and pan-fried vegetables) or Coolness (Tomato gazpacho with mustard ice cream). Taste Taboo (Oscetra Royal Caviar), or dine on Delicacy (Strawberry tart with pistachios from Sicily.)

Hunger (Chocolat and caramel dome) never tasted so good.