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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.

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.


Dinner and Breakfast Included with Swanky Digs: Discovery Package at the Beau Rivage Palace, Lausanne


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beau Rivage PalaceEscape to the shores of Lake Geneva and bed down at one of the most beautiful palace hotels in the world, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World: the Beau Rivage Palace. At this Lausanne landmark, you can enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on board a steamboat with breathtaking views over the lake's shores and the Alps, dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant, and experience one of the most luxurious spas in the world: the Cinq Mondes Spa. Choose the "Discovery Package" at the Beau Rivage Palace and you'll get full buffet breakfast in Salon Grammont (or Continental breakfast in the comfort of your room), a tasting of Swiss wines, dinner at the gourmet restaurant La Rotonde, and free use of the spa and tennis courts. Starting at CHF 580 a night (garden-view accommodations), this package represents savings of 25 percent.


20 Percent Off with Starwood’s Italian Summer Vacation: Hotel Gritti Palace, Hotel Danieli, and More!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Gritti PalaceSavor la dolce vita in Italy this summer at some of the most opulent hotels in Europe. Lucky you: Starwood Hotels has decided to put its Italian properties on sale this summer, including brands like the Luxury Collection, St. Regis and Westin. So you can soak up the sun, sip some limoncello, dig into some pasta, and get 20 percent off the best available rates at 19 different hotels. This includes the likes of the Hotel Gritti Palace, situated directly on Venice's Grand Canal with incomparable views. At this 16th century palace, you'll be spoiled like a Doge and relax in splendor surrounded by gold-trimmed ceilings, marble tiles, and the finest Venetian antiques. You can also get this rate at the Hotel Danieli in Venice, equally as opulent and just steps from St. Mark's Square, the Villa Cipriani in Asolo and the Grand Hotel Florence, an 18th century palace facing a Renaissance square overlooking the River Arno. To get this 20 percent off promotion, you must book the Italian Summer Vacation and prepay by July 31, 2008.


Go Green in St. Moritz with Badrutt’s Palace


By: Betsy LeTourneau

St. Moritz is renown for its clean air, clean lakes and pleasant climate and now Badrutt's Palace is making its green contribution to protecting the environment and natural beauty of St. Moritz with the new "Go Green in St. Moritz" package that offers over a 20 percent savings for the opportunity to see, stay and save green. A recent green initiative of Badrutt's Palace is the installation of an innovative heating system utilizing a heat pump that drawls water from Lake St. Moritz and reduces CO2 emissions by 1,000 tons! As part of the 3 night package for 2, tickets to discover the Clean Energy Tour around St. Moritz on your own and a guided tour of the Badrutt's Palace heating system are included. Other amenities with this package are complimentary tickets for all mountain railways and cable cars in St. Moritz, as well as public transportation within the village, hiking Map of the Region, Horse-drawn carriage trip to Poseg Glacier with return transfer to Pontresina, one organic Palace picnic basket per person, extensive buffet breakfast. free use of mini bar, movie channels, internet and free newspaper, daily set dinners with regional specialties in Palace Restaurant and upgrade to next room category upon availability. Recommended Trips in and around Badrutt's Palace include a bike tour from Lake St. Moritz to Lake Staz, on through the woods to Pontresina and back via Celerina; or for the experienced hiker, a day trip of the glacier hike from Diavolezza to Morteratsch which is available every Thursday. So for true luxury and the time to rest and relax amid the purity of nature in the Swiss Alps- GO GREEN in ST. MORITZ at Badrutt's Palace.


Villa Principe Leopoldo and Residence: Discover One of Europe’s Last Paradises at Lake Lugano, Switzerland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa Principe LeopoldoThe magnificent setting on the Collina d'Oro (Golden Hill) overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Lugano has inspired many visitors, including the Nobel laureate author Hermann Hesse who lived here in Montagnola for 45 years and called it "one of Europe's last paradises." This sunny corner of Switzerland, encircled by softly rounded mountains, offers a magic backdrop for the best kind of European getaway-- and it's not far from Zurich and Milan. The place to stay is the Villa Principe Leopoldo, named in homage to Prince Leopold Von Hohenzollern, for whom the villa was built in 1926. Guests here feel like they are staying in a princely private residence high above the sparkling white city of Lugano; the luxurious suites and sumptuous drawing room are adorned with magnificent art and the service embodies the finest traditional Swiss hospitality. There is a wealth of activities and excursions available in the area- from hiking and boating, to shopping in the lakeside resort of Lugano. A member of the Relais and Chateaux Collection, the Villa Principe Leopoldo is a privileged place made for the joy of living.

Psst. If you book with Five Star Alliance, you'l receive a one-day free pass for boat cruises on the lake of Lugano to discover the region.


The Garden Restaurant at Castello del Nero


By: Madelyn Giblin

Castello del NeroThe Garden Restaurant is now open at Castello del Nero in Tuscany, Italy. Featuring a stunning terrace for outdoor breakfast, lunch, and dinner, guests can enjoy views of the surrounding countryside in the heart of Tuscany outside Florence. Indoor dining features the newly reopened "La Torre" Restaurant with traditional Tuscan fireplace, and welcoming décor featuring local culinary specialties. Beginning next week the dining options will feature a twice-weekly Summer BBQ to offer guests a chance to try market fresh grilled meat and grilled fish, in addition to inviting appetizers and desserts. Guests know they can enjoy the splendor of the Tuscan countryside while still having easy access to nearby Florence. In addition Castello del Nero offers its signature ESPA Spa with 10 treatment rooms, vitality pool, relaxation areas, and special gender specific heat treatments.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at Castello del Nero will receive an in-room welcome with a bottle of water and sweet delight.


Hotel Gritti Palace Summer in the City Promotion


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Gritti PalaceOverlooking the Grand Canal with understated Venetian Romance 16th Century Style is the Hotel Gritti Palace. Renown for discreet attentive service, elegant luxury and named 2006 Travel & Leisure Top 500 Hotels and 2008 Gold List by Conde Nast, the Hotel Gritti Palace announces their Summer in the City Promotion. Book by August 29th with stays between July 1st to August 31st, stay 2 nights and get 3rd free or book 3 nights and get the fourth free. Both options will also garner double StarPoints. Hotel Gritti PalaceThe Hotel Gritti Palace features 91 uniquely decorated luxuriously appointed rooms and suites with precious fabrics, antique furniture and murano glass light fixtures. All rooms blend the old world, elegant feel with today's modern amenities for lavish comfort. Choose the breathtaking views of the Grand Canal or enjoy overlooking the activities of Santa Maria del Giglio Square. With the Hotel Gritti Palace as an elegant base, you can then enjoy a short walk to shopping or take the private motor launch to Venice Lido for use of the use of the private beach facilities, swimming pool, tennis or golf.


The Cupcake Craze Comes to London: Afternoon Tea at Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s Chinoiserie


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The ChinoiserieNow you can have your cake and eat it too at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, one of the capital's most exclusive hotels, perfectly placed in the fashion district of Sloane Street. The Chinoiserie, with its luxurious feel of the Orient, is a favorite London venue for Afternoon Tea and has recently become inspired by New York's iconic Magonia Bakery to introduce a confectionary collection of cupcakes dressed to impress. These gorgeous creations-- featuring fresh strawberries and blueberries covered with lashings of brightly coloured piped butter cream, retro marshmallow swirls, rice paper flowers and silver chocolate dragees-- are a fine summer addition to the Jumeirah Carlton Tower's famous Afternoon Tea. So you can step off London's bustling streets and relax with a fashionable treat and a pot of tea. Along with finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, you can indulge (with unashamed pleasure) in a little slice of heaven. Choose from Coconut and Blueberry, Chocolate and Mint, Chocolate-Banana and Marshmallow, and Strawberry and Cream.


London’s Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel - “Shop and The City” Package


By: Madelyn Giblin

Londons Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel Shop and The City PackageSoothe the shopaholic in you with the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel's new "Shop and The City" Package. With your luxury accommodation guests receive a £50 Harvey Nichols voucher, personal shopper service and guide to the best boutiques in Knightsbridge, and a full English breakfast. Finally, soothe your weary feet after a day of glamor with a complimentary Pevonia foot care pack. Just in time for the Harvey Nichols Summer Sale, guests are sure to delight at this exclusive offer, available for Friday through Sunday stays from now until December 31, 2008. Room rates start at £276 per night.