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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.

Kempinski Hotel Bristol: Celebrate 111 Years with EUR 111 Room Rates in Berlin


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kempinski Hotel BristolJump on this offer-- while it lasts! Berlin's glamorous Kempinski Hotel Bristol, the first five-star hotel to be rebuilt after the war and a symbol of the city itself, is celebrating a big birthday for the Kempinski Hotel Group. The Kempinski Bristol is the grande dame of the hotel group, the very reason for its name, and so it's marking the hotel company's major milestone with a fantastic offer. Enjoy accommodations in an elegant standard room and use of the Kempinski spa with pool, sauna, steam bath and fitness room-- for just EUR 111 per night! (The generous buffet breakfast can be purchased for EUR 25.) Valid until August 28, 2008, based on availability. Situated in the center of it all on Berlin's popular Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard, the Kempinski Hotel Bristol has hosted a slew of high-ranking guests over its distinguished history.

Via Halogen Guides Travel


Castello del Nero August Breeze Offer


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Castello del NeroHaven't you ever wanted to stay in a 12th century castle? Castello del Nero, is a fully restored castle with modern luxuries is located in Tuscany between Florence and Sienna. With many unique features such as a beautiful frescoed chapel and garden, Castello del Nero has 50 rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the estate olive groves and vineyards that are inhabited by peasant, deer and wild boar. The August Breeze package offers a minimum 2 night stay with complimentary buffet breakfast, sweet in room and mineral water, welcome 4 course dinner for 2 (excluding beverages), courtesy shuttle to and from the center of Florence, use of the gym, tennis and outdoor swimming pool (summer months) and daily newspaper. With this as a base you can explore the vineyards or take a cooking class or visit the many fine museums and art galleries of Florence.


Canary Islands Getaway: Reconnect Package at Abama, A Ritz-Carlton Resort, in Tenerife


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Abama, Ritz-Carlton Resort, TenerifeSpain's Canary Islands may be crowded with tourists looking for a sunny holiday, but the Abama Golf and Spa Resort, operated by Ritz-Carlton, offers a little piece of paradise among all the bland tourist traps. The resort is vast and equipped with just about every convenience imaginable. Situated on a 160 hectare finca in a remote part of the island of Tenerife, the 478-room resort has it all: "Out of Africa"-inspired spa, 10 dining options, Dave Thomas-designed golf course, fitness center, Sánchez-Casal Tennis Academy, 8 swimming pools, and private beach accessed by a funicular from the hotel's cliff-top perch. The island of Tenerife itself is breathtakingly beautiful. Just 300 km from the African coast, just a bit north of the Tropic of Cancer, the "Island of Eternal Spring" boasts volcanic landscapes and lush vegetation surrounded by the blue Atlantic. And the views from the Moorish-style Abama Resort (and its exclusive beach) are mind-blowing. Book the Reconnect Package and you'll enjoy daily buffet breakfast, one spa experience per person, one tasting menu per person in the restaurant La Pampa Verona, and late check-out at 3 pm with your accommodations. Valid until October 31, 2008, the package starts at EUR 380 per night.


Summer Specials in Rome at the Hotel Hassler


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel HasslerThe Hotel Hassler has pampered guests with the highest standards of service and an elegant ambience for over a century. Situated at the very top of the Spanish Steps (the view from this unbeatable location is pictured at right), the Hassler was voted No.1 hotel in Rome among Travel + Leisure's list of 500 best luxury hotels in the world. The staff will satisfy your every whim, and can even set up half-day tours with personal shopping consultants. Experience the Eternal City at its summertime best and take advantage of the specials offered by this magical hotel. Stroll along Rome's picturesque cobblestone streets, browse through boutiques with the best names in Italian fashion, discover the incredible art and history of the ancient Caput Mundi (Capital of the World), and revel in the city's fabulous nighttime entertainment: outdoor music concerts, dance and theater. From July 27 – September 10, 2008, you can get great value with the "Vacanze Romane" offer which starts from EUR 340 and includes breakfast. Book the "Magic Roma" package for two consecutive nights and you'll get even better rates—starting at EUR 320 with breakfast included.


Glamour and Made-to-Order Shoes, Served Sex N the City Style, at Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Plaza AtheneeYes, this is the glamorous Parisian hotel where Mr. Big chased down Carrie Bradshaw in the last TV episode of Sex and the City. And now that the movie has opened on the big screen (delighting mostly-female audiences across the nation), the Hotel Plaza Athénée has created a New Sex and the City Offer, allowing you the chance to make like Carrie and experience the best shoe-shopping in Paris. Check into this bastion of style on the chic avenue Montaigne, celebrated as much for its luxurious accommodations as for the three-starred cuisine of superstar chef Alain Ducasse, and you'll enjoy a Cosmopolitan Cocktail (Carrie's favorite) at Le Bar. You'll also receive a chocolate shoe made by the hotel's World Champion Pastry Chef Christophe Michalak, and Carrie's "Must have" shopping booklet, listing the leading footwear names found on avenue Montaigne. Thanks to a VIP contact in each boutique, you will be graciously welcomed at each stop. Based on a two-night minimum stay, including breakfast, the offer starts at EUR 810 in a Deluxe Room.

But the best thing about this offer is that it is highly personalized. You will have the opportunity to have a made-to-measure pair of shoes created by *YOU* with the help of a designer. The shoes are hand-made in four weeks and delivered to your home address. (Additional fee is EUR 1000)


Dispatch from France: The Fabulous Spa at Hotel du Palais, Biarritz


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel du Palais, BiarritzIt's not just the surfers making waves down here in the south of France. The spa at this Atlantic-facing imperial palace hotel, beloved by Empress Eugénie (wife of Napoleon III), has been racking up the awards since its opening in mid-2006. Offering treatments from Guerlain Paris, the 31,215-square-foot Imperial Spa was awarded Best European Spa 2008 by both the Prix Villégiature and Condé Nast Johansens. The spa complex sprawls over 5 floors, filled with natural light. There is a 15-meter indoor pool with counter-current swimming, swan neck taps, and a Jacuzzi. On the same floor: two separate hammams and sauna. From the solarium, you can enjoy herbal tea or Champagne (this is France, after all!) while staring out at the Atlantic. In addition to the treatment rooms and beauty salon, there is also a fully-equipped fitness studio with advanced Pilates machines and personal trainers galore.


Excursion to Lake Como with Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lake ComoEmbark on an adventure to discover George Clooney's favorite haunts around the majestic Lake Como. The Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan's most glamorous hotel (which even has image consultants on staff to help you reinvent your style), has put together a stellar package for this summer- so you can combine the urban delights of fashionable Milan with the tranquility and beauty of Lake Como. While staying at the elegant Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan's oldest five-star hotel, you can enjoy a day outing to Como: you'll be transported by private car to historic Como, where you'll have a guided tour and lunch in a beautiful restaurant with panoramic views of the lake. Upon request, the hotel can also arrange a private motor boat rental to tour the lake and see the celebrated villas. Also included in the package: luxurious accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, complimentary limo service to the Milan city center, and entrance to the hotel's Club 10 Fitness and Beauty Center. Valid until September 30, 2008, the package rate starts from EUR 685 for a Double Deluxe Room. Two-night minimum stay required.


Discover the French Wine Regions with a Wine-Tasting at the Hotel Meurice, Paris


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel MeuriceSee France through rosé-colored glasses at the Hotel Meurice, the legendary hotel across from the Tuileries Gardens. Enjoy an incomparable wine-tasting experience, priced at EUR 90 per person, where Head Sommelier, Nicolas Rebut, takes you on a journey through the famous wine-growing regions of France. Starting at 7 pm in Bar 228, each delicious wine is accompanied by a canapé created by award-winning chef Yannick Alléno. (The next event will take place Thursday, October 2, 2008.) Showcasing deep leather armchairs and dark woodwork, the cozy Bar 228 has become quite the rendez-vous of Parisians. While you're there, be sure to sample the Starcky cocktail, named for the star designer who reinterpreted the space in December 2007 with an evening sky mural and three restored Lavalley paintings hanging on the walls.


What’s Hot: Edible Cocktails at the World’s Best Hotel Bars


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beverly Hills HotelEdible cocktails are all the rage. The barman at the Plaza Athenee in Paris makes a mean ice-cream cocktail. And Bar Nineteen 12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel serves solid gourmet shots like the blueberry martini, pear martini, and B-52 (made with Kahlúa, Baileys and Grand Marnier.) Let's not forget the three different types of sorbet cocktails: pomegranate mojito, grapefruit margarita, and lavender pear martini-- best eaten with a spoon. Now the brand new Regent Bal Harbour has introduced cocktails for dessert. Executive Chef Gerdy Rodriguez of 1Bleu has created some delightful concoctions like the Pina Colada of dark rum gelée, pineapple granite and coconut foam, and the Cosmopolitan of vodka gelée, orange sorbet, cranberry cloud and lime zest. Mmmm.

Image of Bar Nineteen 12 at the Beverly Hills Hotel Via LA Times


Children on Stage in London - The Montague’s Unique for the Kids


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Montague on the GardensThe Montague on the Gardens - is an ultra family friendly townhouse hotel which sure knows how to set the stage. Their latest offering is Children on Stage with a 2.5 hour Les Miz Kids Club experience at the Queen Theatre. Here the kids get to enter the world of theatre with a backstage tour, drama workshop and opportunity to meet Les Miserable's Cast Members. Parents can drop off the kids and then enjoy shopping or a leisurely lunch prior to collecting the kids in time to witness the dramatic and moving matinée performance of Les Miserable's. The Children on Stage package is valid from July 25-28 and includes the Les Miz Kids Club experience and tickets to the matinée for the parents (July 26th), welcome pot of tea on arrival, 2 nights family accommodations (either a triple room or 2 adjoining rooms), tour of The Montague on the Gardens kitchen (where the kids can prepare lunch for Mon and Dad), special menu for the kids, child size fluffy robes and slippers, welcome pack with games, and special turn down treat each evening (only if everyone is good!). The Montague on the Gardens prides itself in offering a blend of up to the minute city vibrancy with old Bloomsbury charm. You are sure to enjoy quiet privacy, warm understated elegance, discreet services just a step away from the British Museum, West End Theatre, and shopping in SOHO or Covent Garden at The Montague on the Gardens.