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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.

Celebrate 07/07/07 in Style with Red Carnation Hotels

June 1, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa Numerically perfect, and truly rare, dates like July 7th (07/07/07) only occur 12 times a century. So best to live it up and celebrate-- especially when the digit is the lucky number seven. Red Carnation Hotels has put together two fun packages at Summer Lodge in Dorset and The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town. Take a Date with Destiny and enjoy a slew of "7" themed amenities: from a seven-course dinner to a seven minute helicopter ride to the beach... Get the deets after the jump.

At the award-winning Twelve Apostles, perched above the ocean at the foot of the dramatic Twelve Apostles mountain range, the "Three Lucky Sevens break" offers seven (you guessed it!) special amenities:

*7 scratch cards (so you can win back the price of your stay!)

*A tasting of 7 wines selected by Sommelier Luvo Ntezo

*A 7 course dinner in the Azure restaurant

*7 pm Movie screening of Casino Royale in the hotel's own cinema

*7 minute heli-flip to the V&A Waterfront

*7 hours free car hire

*75 minute Moya Crystal massage at the fabulous Sanctuary Spa, consistently ranked as one of the world's best

*Plus 70 minutes in the hydrotherapy pools, aroma sauna and floatation tank at the Sanctuary Spa

*Breakfast daily from 7 am

Before you check into your guest room (the number of which will end in a "7"), you'll be greeted with 007's favourite drink-- vodka martini, shaken not stirred. The price? A magical R7777 for two people sharing for two nights. You must arrive on Saturday, July 7th.

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, the charming boutique hotel in Evershot in Dorset, is likewise offering a weekly stay dedicated-- not to the "seven deadly sins" but to "septual healing." Book a visit for at least three nights including Saturday, July 7th, and you'll enjoy:

*A bouquet of 7 roses upon arrival

*7-item full English breakfast daily

*7-course dinner prepared by inspirational chef Steven Titman

*A tasting session of 7 wines selected by sommelier Eric Zwiebel, recently ranked fourth in World's Top Sommeliers category

*70 minutes of spa treatment

*DVD of your choice: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Se7en, or The Seven Samurai

*Seven Lucky 7 scratch cards per couple

*A room with a number seven in it, subject to availability

*A map outlining a comfortable 7 mile walk through the beautiful countryside

The price? GBP 777 per person for three nights.


Take the Kids to London: A Family Affair at Brown’s Hotel

May 31, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Brown's Hotel, London Book a Deluxe Room at the elegant Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel and receive another Deluxe Room for your kids absolutely free. Prices start from GBP 480 for two children and two adults per night in interconnecting rooms. The rate also includes Continental breakfast for two. Situated in the heart of London's Mayfair, Brown's is minutes from must-see attractions, museums, galleries, theaters, and Bond Street shopping. Composed of 11 Georgian town houses, the charming historic hotel features fine dining at The Grill, the renowned English Tea Room, three spa treatment rooms, a dedicated five-star kid's program, and a fully-equipped gym. Book the "It's a Family Affair" Package, and all junior guests will receive a complimentary gift. Available for stays on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights and Bank Holiday Mondays.


Hot Tables in Paris: Lavinia Restaurant and Wine Bar

May 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lavinia, Paris Billed as the largest wine and spirits store in Europe, Lavinia opened in a premier Paris location to much positive press in 2002. (There are other branches in Madrid and Barcelona.) The place is visually stunning-- 16,100 square feet and three sleek floors of wine paradise. It's no wonder the oenophiles flock here to the restaurant. At the wine bar, you can choose from over 6,000 different wines-- served at the right temperature and the same price as the shop itself-- paired with delicious dishes to bring out the nuances of the chosen glass. And it's not just the French vintages; Lavinia boasts a selection from wine regions all over the world. Plus, the sommeliers are gracious, knowledgeable and attentive. 3-5, blvd de la Madeleine; Closed Sunday.

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The World’s Best New Hotels 2007

May 29, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bauer Il Palladio, Venice ...brought to you by the good folks at Travel and Leisure, who just published their "It List" of hot new hotel properties. Of the 25 chosen elite, the luxurious newbies include Trailblazers like Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, a sparkling mass of twisting metal in the midst of the Rioja's celebrated vineyards, Beachcombers like Vietnam's gorgeous Nam Hai hotel, New Urbanists like the dazzling Mandarin Oriental in Prague, and Healers, like the swanky Bauer Il Palladio Hotel & Spa in Venice and our favorite Four Seasons Westlake Village, created in partnership with the California WellBeing Institute.


Next Stop: Iceland and Reykjavik’s CenterHotel Thingholt

May 29, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

CenterHotel Thingholt Jet to Iceland to enjoy light-filled June days (try 20 hours of daylight!), Reykjavik's hot party scene, and exquisite natural landscapes: glaciers, hot springs, geysers, and volcanoes. The place to stay is CenterHotel Thingholt, one of the best hotels in the capital. Newly opened in December 2006, the boutique hotel is a model for contemporary Icelandic design. Inspired by the country's extraordinary natural bounty, the Icelandic architect Gulla Jónsdóttir incorporated materials like salmon fish skin tiles, leather flooring, and lava-like black stone in a minimalist Nordic style. There's even a waterfall in the lobby. Chic guest rooms offer toiletries crafted with the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal springs. Housed in a renovated printing factory, the hotel demonstrates a strong focus on quality modern design. Located next to Laugavegur, Reykjavik's main shopping street, in the trendy Oceanside 101 neighborhood, the hotel is close to everything the vibrant city center has to offer.

P.S. TripAdvisor's Traveler Reviews are stellar.


Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens: Discover Mythical Greece

May 25, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens Visiting the Greek Isles this summer? Stop through Europe's oldest capital to contemplate the Parthenon's majesty and a plethora of Classical monuments dating from the 5th century BC. A trip to Athens isn't complete without a stay at the Grande Bretagne, the grande dame of Athens luxury hotels, standing proud at Constitution Square for more than 130 years. A member of Starwood's prestigious Luxury Collection, the Grande Bretagne has hosted scores of dignitaries, business tycoons, and stars, who enjoy pure luxury in service and living. Take a dip in the rooftop pool, relax in the stunning new GB Spa, watch the sun set behind the Acropolis from the GB Rooftop Garden Bar-Restaurant (pictured at right). Recently renovated, the magnificent restaurant serves savory Mediterranean cuisine from Chef Emilio Bracciale. The views are absolutely breathtaking.


Suite Dreams: La Residenza Napoleone III in Rome

May 24, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Residenza Imagine: a hotel that consists of one luxurious private apartment, the three-room suite where Emperor Napoleon III lived in Rome in the 19th century. Stunning, opulent, impossibly romantic, the Residenza is situated in a 16th century palazzo just off Via Condotti. Ascend the marble staircase and step straight into the Old World; the dining room, bedroom, and drawing room are appointed with antique furnishings and rare Gobelin tapestries. Check out the bed (pictured). A magnificent oil painting serves as the headboard. (Plasma TV screens are likewise hidden by canvases. And the exquisite marble bathroom is hidden by another Old Master.) A private butler attends to all your needs, and the owner, Princess Letizia Ruspoli, is an excellent hostess/concierge.


Book Now: Hotel du Petit Moulin, Paris

May 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel du Petit Moulin The ultimate design hotel in Paris was designed by Christian Lacroix, who describes this colorful gem as "like couture, where the harmony is created from a puzzle of inspirations." Housed in a former 17th century bakery in the Marais quartier (rumored to be the oldest boulangerie in the city), the Hotel du Petit Moulin has 17 rooms which each boast a different theme-- from Baroque to sci-fi. Lacroix utilized lush fabrics-- velvet, taffeta, linen, leather-- in exuberant, dreamlike design. (The Website is as fantastic and whimsical as the hotel.) Guest rooms are outfitted with flat screen TVs, wifi access, large soaking tubs, and Anne Sémonin bath amenities. Book room 204 and enjoy a wall of Lacroix fashion sketches. Breakfast served, though there is no on-site restaurant.


Luxury Cruises: “The World” Cruise Liner Gets a Banyan Tree Spa

May 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The World The World, the impressive private yacht owned (or rented) by folks from over 40 different countries, is a floating residential community that circumnavigates the globe, checking out diverse ports of call for 2-5 days at a time. Managed by ResidenSea in Miami, The World is outfitted with state-of-the-art facilities including a full-sized tennis court, jogging track, gym, five restaurants, move theater and library, and beautiful spa. Banyan Tree Spa has recently announced a collaboration with The World and will soon launch its Sanctuary of the Senses onboard the cruise ship. Banyan Tree's signature Asian-inspired treatments will be available at sea for the first time. Located on Deck 5 in "The Village," The World Spa by Banyan Tree features four single treatment rooms and a Beauty Garden that incorporates a Hair Salon and Manicure Station.


Grand Prix 2007 in Monte Carlo, Monaco at the Hotel Hermitage

May 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo is buzzing with the Grand Prix 2007, which will take place Thursday, May 24- Sunday, May 27, 2007. The place to stay is the Hotel Hermitage, the belle époque landmark just a short walking distance from the most prestigious shopping in Monaco and the glamorous casino. When you check in to the hotel, you will receive a Carte d'Or which allows complimentary admission to the Casino and the incredible Beach Club, with an additional 50 percent discount at the Monte Carlo Country Club. The hotel's award-winning restaurant offers gorgeous views over Monte Carlo Harbor and the winter garden is exquisite, with a dome designed by Gustave Eiffel. Guests enjoy direct access to Monte Carlo Spa by Les Thermes Marins, one of the most stunning spas in Europe which spans 66,000 square feet of fitness facilities, saunas, hammams, and a heated indoor pool.

Looking for a place to watch the most famous motor racing event? There are a few places available at Hotel Hermitage's sister hotel, the Mirabeau. Enjoy the Grand Prix 2007 from the private terrace of the Hotel Mirabeau where you can indulge in an extravagant buffet lunch (appetizers, main course, and a selection of desserts and beverages). Prices, which include grandstand seat and lunch, are as follows: May 24 Practice Day Package is EUR 90 per person, May 26 Qualifier Tests Package is EUR 200 per person, and Sunday, May 27 Grand Prix Package is EUR 500 per person.