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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.

Lovin’ Lucerne at Park Hotel Weggis

September 4, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hotel Weggis At the foot of Mount Rigi and the beautiful Swiss Alps, the turrets of Park Hotel Weggis rise magically from the shores of Lake Lucerne. The enchanting setting of the lakeside resort town of Weggis is paradise for vacationers who discover the delights of the Park Hotel, the pinnacle of Swiss luxury. The sophisticated rooms showcase fabrics from the Designers Guild, lighting designed by Philippe Starck, widescreen TVs with Bose sound systems, and designer furniture. (Free-standing tubs in the Adara suites are a nice touch, too). Overall, there's a meticulous attention to detail that will have you swooning. The Restaurant Annex, awarded 15 GaultMillau points, serves market-fresh seasonal cuisine paired with marvelous wines from an impressive cellar. The newly enhanced spa boasts wellness facilities for cosmetic treatments, fitness, massages, and other therapeutic treatments. Also on-site at Sparkling Wellness & Cosmetics: six spa cottages, an outdoor pool set in black natural stone, relaxation lounge and Tibetan room.


Special Fall Getaways in Paris at Relais Christine

August 31, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Relais Christine For those seeking a special hideaway in the French capital, look no further than Relais Christine, a secluded luxury boutique in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres within a stone's throw of the Louvre and Notre-Dame. Tucked in the end of a narrow street, this delightful haven is housed in a former 13th-century abbey. Through the gates of Relais Christine, discover a cobbled, flower-filled courtyard and 51 lovely guest rooms decorated with authentic Louis XIII décor and fine antiques. Some rooms have private terraces overlooking the garden. Breakfast is served in the vaulted room that was once the abbey's kitchen. There's an honesty bar where you can help yourself at any time. And spa treatments are available on the lower level. Special Fall rates at Relais Christine start at just EUR 340 in a Standard room, which includes breakfast, one ticket to the Louvre, free access to the fitness center, and free parking. Valid from September 1- November 30, 2007.


Martini Cool in London at The Dorchester

August 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Dorchester, London The Dorchester is one of the most desirable places in the world to stay. For 75 years, this gracious London establishment has welcomed celebrities, world leaders, and society with style and hospitality. Looking across the soft green lawns of Hyde Park-- the city's largest royal park-- The Dorchester boasts a premier London address in the heart of exclusive Mayfair. Here, guests enjoy spacious rooms with great charm, fabulous dining, an indulgent spa, and exceptional service. From now until December 31, 2007, take advantage of the Martini Cool package at The Dorchester, and receive special rates for two with full breakfast, plus two complimentary cocktails, created specially by the Bar Manager, along with a a beautiful set of Dorchester Collection cocktail mixing cards with the Martini creations from all five hotels. Starting from GBP 385 per night.


Discover Champagne Country in Style with Chateau Les Crayeres

August 29, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Chateau Les Crayeres For the ultimate epicurean experience, take a respite at a beautiful chateau situated just five minutes from the center of Reims and the epic Notre Dame Cathedral. Surrounded by sprawling gardens and hundred years old trees, Chateau Les Crayeres is the embodiment of French elegance and superior gastronomy. This is a luxurious gourmet retreat in the heart of Champagne country. The hotel has organized some excellent packages which combine incredible tasting dinners with organized tours of some of the most celebrated vineyards in the area. For example, the "Discover Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin" package includes a VIP welcome in your beautifully appointed room, a spectacular dinner at the chateau proposed by Chef Didier Elena, a tour at the Veuve Clicquot Champagne house and its Gallo-Roman cellar, and a visit to the surrounding vineyards. Priced from EUR 2300 for two people for a two-night stay.


Sublime Sicily at San Domenico Palace

August 27, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Domenico Palace A former 15th century monastery, the storied San Domenico Palace is now the most luxurious hotel in Sicily-- with sweeping views of snow-capped Mt. Etna and the Ionian Sea that were described by Goethe in 1767. Perched on the hills of Taormina, the palace has long attracted patrons like Wagner and Guy de Maupassant who found inspiration in the fragrant gardens of jasmine, bougainvillea, lemons and oranges. Guest rooms are distinguished by splendid historical details: vaulted ceilings, cloisters, courtyards. Lounge by the outdoor swimming pool, while soaking in the views of an ancient Greek theater and the smoldering volcano in the distance. Hit the 24-hour fitness center, followed by a relaxing massage. Delightful dinner options include Les Bougainvillèes for traditional palace cuisine, Principe Cerami for gourmet dining (seasonal), the Pool Restaurant "Giardino dei Limoni" for seafood and Sicilian specialties (lunch only, seasonal), and the Lounge Oratorio dei Frati for light meals and cocktails with live entertainment.


What’s Hot: The New Hotel of Marseille- Le Pharo

August 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The New Hotel of Marseille- Le Pharo The old port city of Marseilles, thriving since the Greeks from Asia Minor established a settlement in 600 B.C., has a chic, new hotel which landed a spot on Conde Nast Traveler's 2007 Hot List. The New Hotel of Marseille- Le Pharo is close to the Vieux Port and just five minutes walk from the city center. A high design hotel, Le Pharo is splashed with color and bold graphics. In the "Victor Kitchen Garden," guests are delighted to discover the aromatic herbs, tomatoes, chilies and peppers which supply the hotel's kitchen, overseen by Jérôme Polio, a disciple of Alain Ducasse. Filled with contemporary art, the hotel is sleek and highly refined. There are 100 rooms, "Le Victor Café" restaurant with a summer terrace, a bar, and a wood-decked swimming pool with solarium. The lobby is a mix of genres, built inside the 19th century Institut Pasteur, and linked to the ultra-modern main building by a long glass corridor.


Buzzworthy: Melenos Lindos, Rhodes, Greece

August 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Melenos Lindos The newly opened Melenos Lindos has already been listed on Travel and Leisure's 2007 "It List." Inspired by 17th century Lindos architecture, this Aegean clifftop hotel is set among picturesque gardens overlooking the sparkling bay. The historical backdrop of small winding streets and the magnificent Lindian Acropolis is just as magical as this lovely gem of a hotel. Described as "a village within a village," the 12 white stucco guest rooms are connected by terraces decorated with pebble mosaics. An abundance of artifacts from Turkey and Greece are found throughout the hotel. There are sea-view terraces from the beautifully furnished suites, an open-air restaurant serving the freshest Mediterranean cuisine, and all the latest luxury amenities.


Ca’ Sagredo: The Newest Five Star Hotel in Venice, Italy

August 20, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ca Sagredo Say hello to the newest luxury hotel on the block, your own private palazzo in the heart of Venice. Smack dab on the Grand Canal, Ca' Sagredo has a spectacular location just a short walk from the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square. Dating back to the 15th century, classified as a National Monument, the building has retained its magnificent frescoed wall and gracious architecture. Indeed, the hotel is more like a museum, housing precious artwork from the most important Venetian painters of the 17th and 18th century: Giambattista Tiepolo, Pietro Sebastiano Ricci, Pietro Longhi, among others. The restaurant is no less luxurious. Overlooking the Grand Canal from a grand panoramic terrace, L'Alcova serves the finest Mediterranean cuisine in a trendy atmosphere.


What’s Hot: Hotel Riva, Hvar, Croatia

August 17, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Riva There's been a lot of buzz about the breathtakingly beautiful island of Hvar, magnet for beautiful people, dotted with lavender patches and sun-kissed (rocky) beaches. Hvar receives more days of sunshine than any other place in the country, and the visitors flock to this scenic hot spot. Hvar Town is chock full of fine restaurants, trendy bars, and winding Medieval alleys-- a picturesque and popular hideaway. The place to stay is the Hotel Riva, the island's chicest boutique hotel and the only Croatian hotel that's a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Located on the seaside promenade, the hotel attracts a memorable crowd of pretty people to its BB club, the island's hottest bar. The views from the stylish, contemporary rooms are simply stunning.


Paris Chic at the Sofitel Trocadero Dokhan’s

August 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Trocadero Dokhan's Charming, tasteful, elegant, the Sofitel Trocadero is more akin to a stately private home than hotel. And yet, the Sofitel Trocadero is as sumptuous and grand as any luxury hotel in Paris. A temple to luxury in neoclassical style, the Haussmann-style building houses 41 rooms and 4 suites, each room uniquely (and impeccably) styled with period antiques and plush fabrics. And in a city known for its compact hotel rooms, the bathrooms here are perfectly spacious. Located between the Trocadero and the Arc de Triomphe, the hotel is home to the only champagne bar in Paris to also offer light meals.