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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.

Galerie des Gobelins at the Hotel Plaza Athenee: Hot Spots in Paris


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Galerie des Gobelins, Hotel Plaza Athenee ParisIt's not just the bar that's the place to be in Paris. The Hotel Plaza Athenee, the 188-room embodiment of Parisian luxury set between Avenue des Champs Elysées and the Eiffel Tower, is also home to La Galerie Des Gobelins, a newly-designed lounge area that's the talk of the town in Paris. The hotel recently unveiled a tremendous re-imagining by interior designer Pascale Benhamou, and the Galerie now features velvet sofas, a mosaic carpet, amber lighting from chandeliers, and made-to-measure furniture (like beaten-metal lampshades by Societé Lyonnaise Bronzes d'art Francais and pedestal tables of French-polished walnut by Taillardat). This chic, Parisian venue is the perfect spot to lounge after a day of shopping in the Golden Triangle. There's a "fashion parade of a menu" so you can enjoy epicurean delights like "Start the show" (nibbles), the "Spring & Tea Collection" (afternoon tea) and the "Hottest Fashions" (main courses). Desserts are crafted by Christophe Michalak, the world-famous Pastry Chef.


Around the World in 80 Ways: The Epic $1 Million Journey from Leading Hotels of the World


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One Aldwych, LondonWe recently spread the word about the incredible deal-- $19.28 room rates!-- offered by Leading Hotels of the World to celebrate its 80th anniversary. And now it's time to highlight another celebratory package from LHW-though this one is a tad more extravagant. Leading Hotels of the World has created an epic voyage, "Around The World in 80 Ways," to pay homage to both the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards, and their own 80th birthday. The price tag for this amazing, glamorous journey? One million dollars.

Traveling in a private jet all the way, you and a companion will see everything in the world worth seeing and do everything in the world worth doing. Best of all, 10 percent of the USD 1 million price will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation for the global fight against AIDS. So, with that in mind, we invite you to open your hearts and wallets and get ready to set off on the adventure of a lifetime.


Buzz: Montenegro as the “Monaco of the Balkans”


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sveti Stefan island, MontenegroWe've reported on Montenegro, the jewel of the Adriatic, as an up-and-coming destination and future coastal "it" spot. Indeed, Amanresorts is restoring the resort island of Sveti Stefan as a glamorous vacation spot for A-listers. Now Luxist has the skinny on schemes to make Montenegro the next Monaco:

A group of billionaire investors including Oleg Deripaska (Russia's richest man) and LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault are backing a scheme to turn Tivat, a derelict port and ex-Yugoslav naval base in the former communist country of Montenegro, into the next playground for the megarich.

Porto Montenegro, aka "Monaco of the Balkans," will be home to a "marina for the oversized yachts of the rich and famous." Four Seasons is even planning to open a luxury property there. Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has his sights set on a nearby beach for his own luxury resort.


Milan’s Hotel Principe di Savoia Offers An Autumn Truffle Hunting Getaway


By: Madelyn Giblin

Principe di SavoiaWhat's better than having the opportunity to search for the world's most desired and prized foods? Embarking on this culinary adventure at one of the Italy's finest luxury hotels. Hotel Principe di Savoia is now offering a "Truffle Hunting Getaway" in Alba, Italy, a world-renowned spot for white truffles. Known to sell for over $700 for a single ounce, white truffles are an extravagant culinary delight. The package offers a limo-transported trip to Alba where guests can embark on a white truffle hunt with specially trained dogs and an English-speaking truffle enthusiast to guide them. In addition guests receive a truffle cooking class from Chef Fabrizio Cadei and dinner at the Acanto Restaurant. Guests can also relax after a long day of truffle hunting with a Reflex Zone Massage at Club 10. At $5285 per person, guests receive four nights accommodation in a newly refurbished Principe di Savoia Deluxe Mosaic Room. Offer valid from October 1 through November 15th, 2008.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at Principe di Savoia will receive an Aperitif for 2 people in the hotel bar.


The Apartments at Hotel “41″: Your Very Own Street Address in London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel 41, Apartments in LondonLondon's "41", the fashionable boutique property from Red Carnation Hotels overlooking the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, has introduced two fabulous apartments so that guests can enjoy their very own exclusive space in the heart of the bustling Victoria shopping district. Outfitted with all the latest modern conveniences and appointed with the finest furnishings, these two apartments allow guests the privilege of staying in their very own London apartment. Choose either a one- or two-bedroom apartment, both situated in a residential townhouse and serviced by the five-star hotel "41" nearby. Of course the hotel's amenities are yours for the duration of your stay. Each boasts a gas fireplace, opulent marble bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, and spacious roof terrace for al fresco dining. You'll enjoy all the latest technology- from plasma screen TVs to complimentary Wifi. Plus, there's a fully-stocked bar, top-of-the-line Penhaligon's toiletries and daily maid service. The one-bedroom apartment is GBP 2000 per week; the two-bedroom apartment is GBP 2750. Rates are exclusive of taxes and gratuities.


$19.28 Room Rates with Leading Hotels of the World


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hotel Hong KongCelebrate the birth year of Leading Hotels of the World, 1928, with an unbelievable promotion. At 8 am EST on October 1, 2008, LHW will "release a limited number of the world's most-coveted hotel rooms at the unprecedented rate of USD 19.28 per night. For 80 minutes only, registered consumers will be able to secure the celebratory USD 19.28 rate." Participating member hotels include the iconic Langham Hong Kong (pictured), the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires, the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona, the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC, the Gran Hotel La Florida in Barcelona, and the Villa La Massa in Florence. Pre-register online today!


Specials with the Hotel de Crillon: See the Picasso Exhibit Everyone’s Talking About in Paris


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de CrillonThere's been quite the buzz about the upcoming Picasso exhibition at the Grand Palais Museum in Paris. Opening on October 8, 2008 and running until February 2, 2009, the prestigious exhibition will showcase an exceptional collection of works from each era of Picasso's career-- loaned from the Louvre, Orsay and Paris Picasso Museums-- to illustrate the influence of great masters like Manet, Delacroix, Renoir, and Titian on Picasso. Stay at the world-famous palace hotel on the Place de la Concorde and luxuriate in the very heart of Paris, while getting fast track tickets to the Picasso exhibit. The Hotel de Crillon has designed a special Picasso Offer so that guests can discover the legendary artist at what promises to be the blockbuster exhibition of the year. The Picasso Offer includes Continental or American Breakfast, brochure of the Picasso Exhibition, 2 fast track tickets to the exhibit, daily international newspaper, access to the fitness center, and free high speed (and wireless) internet. Priced from EUR 647 for two people in a Superior Room. Available from October 8, 2008 to February 2, 2009.


Solis Cambrian Hotel: Alpine Paradise in Abelboden, Switzerland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Solis Cambrian HotelFor an inspiring taste of the Alps this autumn or winter, book the Solis Cambrian Hotel located right on the main street in charming Abelboden, Switzerland. (The name of the mountain village means "noble ground" and is the home of Alpine skiing and the FIS Ski World Cup.) As viewed from the central lobby with its open fireplace, the surrounding setting is absolutely magnificent. Tucked away in one of the world's most beautiful places, Solis Cambrian has a slew of recreational activities at its doorstep: mountain sports, outdoor adventures, and Swiss spa-ing, of course, at the luxurious Spa Solis featuring multiple treatments rooms, traditional Swedish and steam saunas, Dr. Kneipp foot treatment, and 100 percent natural products from Sodashi. (Pssst. We hear the outdoor hot tub boasts incomparable mountain views.) Every guest room in this modern design hotel has views from a balcony, and all the contemporary luxuries like plasma TVs and DVDs, wifi, plush robes, and fully stocked mini-bars. You can take advantage of a number of packages that offer good value and lots of added extras: Gourmet Hiking, priced at CHF 560,00 for 2 people, includes breakfast, 4-course dinner, and an opulent picnic basket while the Solis Wellness package, priced at CHF 1060,00 for 2 people, includes breakfast, 4-course dinner, 1 Sodashi Soul to Sole Body Treatment (90 minutes) per person, 1 Sodashi Aromatherapy Facial or Sodashi for Men (60 minutes) per person, and more.


Delight in the Amalfi Coast’s Autumn at Hotel Raito


By: Madelyn Giblin

Hotel RaitoPlan a romantic fall getaway to Italy's Amalfi Coast, or just treat yourself and enjoy the autumnal delights that Ravello has to offer, and book the Hotel Raito's "Autumn Break" package. The package includes 2 nights in a simply stunning double room, free entrance into the hotel Spa with access to the sauna, heated indoor pool, steam bath, and relaxation area, as well as a ten percent discount on all spa treatments. Guests also recieve a full buffet breakfast and welcome dinner from the daily menu. Don't miss out on the romance and charm of Amalfi Autumn. Offer valid September 28th through October 31st.

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Hotel and Spa des Pecheurs: Paradise on Earth Near Corsica and Sardinia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel and Spa des Pecheurs, CorsicaThis exclusive hideaway could easily be one of the most beautiful on all the Mediterranean Sea. Between Corsica and Sardinia in the sparkling emerald sea, lies a stunning archipelago called Lavezzi. Of this string of islands, the small Cavallo Island, extending just one mile, is the most beautiful. On this island, there is just one hotel- surrounded by all the summer homes of the international jetset. Completely serene, scented with myrtle and juniper, surrounded by breathtaking seascapes and beaches, the island of Cavallo allows only bicycles and electric cars. In this paradise, the Hotel and Spa des Pêcheurs has 50 rooms overlooking the white sandy beach and reef just offshore.

Hotel and Spa des Pecheurs, CorsicaThe reviews on TripAdvisor sum it up nicely: "LOCATION!" "Secluded paradise!" This is the best kept secret on the Med. The hotel was built in an environmentally responsible way- built with local rock and showcasing marvelous terraces, sundecks, gardens, and a beautiful pool. Enjoy the freshest Italian and French cuisine at the restaurant, and don't miss a massage at the spa or in the comfort of your own room.