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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.

Hands on Cooking in Rome at The Fortyseven

March 20, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

This November take the kids (they have to be over 12), spouse, or friends to the boutique Hotel Fortyseven in Rome and learn to cook! With their hands-on classes, Fortyseven will help create an unforgettable holiday that combines Italian food & wine with tips to take home with you. The promotion includes: 3 nights stay in the Double Deluxe room, Italian cooking course for 3 hours per day with a "surprise" at the end of the course, lunch (3 free courses) following the lesson with a wine presentation, coffee break during the lesson and aperitif with the chef, Kitchen "Apron", and daily buffet breakfast. Rates for the Cooking Class package at Fortyseven begin at 750 Euros for two and will be well worth the future dinners you will be able to make.


Easter in London: A Thumper of an Offer at The Berkeley and Claridge’s

March 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Maybourne Hotel Group How's this sound for Easter? Hop into The Berkeley and Claridge's between April 6- April 10, 2007 for as little as GBP 199 a night, including scrumptious, handmade Easter Eggs for the whole family. This is a sensational rate at two of the Maybourne Group's super-luxury London hotels. (The Connaught is currently under renovation.) Situated in fashionable Belgravia, The Berkeley is a true London establishment, home to the Michelin star rated Petrus restaurant, uber-cool Blue Bar, and the Caramel Room, where the celebrated afternoon tea (Pret-a-Portea) is a creative indulgence for fashionistas. The art deco jewel Claridge's is located in the heart of Mayfair, adored for its superlative service. It's no wonder Nota Bene calls it "London's most glamorous and celebrated hotel."


Announcing The Charles Hotel, Munich

March 15, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Charles Hotel, Munich Say hello to the latest Rocco Forte masterpiece: The Charles Hotel, perfectly located in the heart of Munich, close to the historic square of Konigsplatz. Opening in Summer 2007, the city's latest five-star hotel was custom built, with the interior designed by Olga Polizzi. The luxury hotel will feature 160 guest rooms, including 28 suites, with views of the surrounding Lenbach Garden, the city's oldest botanical garden. (The Presidential Suite is stunning, and measures 200 square meters.) The split-level restaurant has its own bar and terrace area for summer dining. The spa and health club includes a fully-equipped gym, 15-meter swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, and six treatment rooms. And business travelers, rest assured, this place promises to be the perfect setting for conferences and meetings. (It's decked out with seven conference rooms, a two-level ballroom, and two large dining rooms.)


Spring Fling at Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

March 14, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beau Rivage Palace Spring is in the air on Lake Geneva. The stunning Beau-Rivage Palace, one of the most beautiful palace hotels in the world, is celebrating the arrival of spring with two special packages. Overlooking Lake Geneva, this iconic landmark boasts the cutting-edge Cinq Mondes Spa, rated by Forbes as one of the most luxurious spas in the world. Escape to Switzerland and frolic in the spring temperatures. With the Spring Promotion, available from April 1-June 30, 2007, guests enjoy a fantastic daily room rate of CHF 450 (double occupancy) which includes breakfast. Or head across the pond for a pampered Easter break, where the kids will go gaga over the elaborate Easter egg hunt. From April 6-April 10, 2007, rates are as low as CHF 395 per night including breakfast.


The Octagon Bar at The Clarence, Dublin: World’s Hottest Hotel Bars

March 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Clarence Hotel The Octagon Bar has been a favorite Dublin watering hole throughout the hotel's 15 year history. After all, this joint belongs to Bono and The Edge of U2. (They purchased the hotel in 1992 and restored it into the city's premier boutique hotel. The Clarence is now on Conde Nast's Gold List. It's got the U2 stamp all over it.) The hotel's chic bar, which features an octagon-shaped dome, is adored by both locals and visitors. The award-winning cocktails are flavorful and fun, and run the gamut from Bubbly to Clarence Cocktails. (Highly-recommended: the apple strudel martini.) Of course there are plenty of tasty nibbles to accompany the libations.


Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany: Off the Beaten Path in Italy

March 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Castello di Vicarello As featured in Vogue magazine, the twelfth century Castello di Vicarello is a hidden gem nestled within olive groves, lavender fields, and vineyards in Maremma, the heart of Tuscany. Travel like royalty and discover this magical retreat. For the ultimate in privacy, there are only five suites, distinguished by thick stone walls and wood beams, and furnished with antiques and art from the owner's extensive travels. The property features two infinity edge pools, orchards cultivated since Roman times, and beautiful gardens from where vegetables are picked for exquisite meals. (Most of the food is grown on the grounds, following strict organic guidelines.) At Castello di Vicarello, enjoy traditional Tuscan fare with only the best and freshest ingredients.


Villa San Michele School of Cookery, Florence

March 7, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa San Michele Cookery School The exquisite Villa San Michele, the picturesque Florentine estate managed by Orient Express Hotels, is renowned for its gourmet Cookery School. Located just a few minutes from Florence in the Fiesole Hills, the 15th century Franciscan monastery-turned-luxury hotel boasts a facade attributed to Michelangelo. In this peaceful oasis, enroll in a course at the cooking school where internationally celebrated chefs hold "Great Masters" classes along with the Classic Courses such as: exciting recipes for singles, the cuisine of the great noble houses of Florence and Tuscany, and the essentials of pasta, the star of Italian cuisine. Enjoy the perfect holiday in Italy and appreciate the country's gastronomic culture: take a day trip to Chianti for wine tastings, visit Florence, and cook alongside the talented chefs in the hands-on Cookery School classes.


Destination: St. Petersburg Russia and the Grand Hotel Europe

March 7, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Hotel Europe Plan ahead for the perfect summer escape to Russia's cultural capital: the magnificent city of St. Petersburg. During the last 10 days of June, darkness never falls and the lively White Nights festival inspires a celebration of ballet, dance, art, and rich history. Where to stay? The Grand Hotel Europe, perfectly situated in the heart of St. Pete's, has completed a dramatic renovation including a complete refurbishment of 200 rooms and suites, upgrade of the hotel's main entrance, and a redesign for the Caviar Bar restaurant. French designer Michel Jouannet also transformed the Grand Hotel Europe's sister establishments, the Hotel Cipriani in Venice and the Copacabana Palace in Rio. Choose a room on the historic first floor, and enjoy the services of your own personal butler.

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Villa Olmi Resort: The Best Hotels in Florence, Italy

March 5, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa OlmiThe gorgeous Villa Olmi Resort, one of the region's most exclusive properties, is also one of Italy's best kept secrets. Newly-opened in 2006, the Renaissance Villa is situated on an enchanting six hectare estate just outside Florence. Surrounded by beautifully manicured Italian gardens and a lovely heated pool, the Villa embraces its historical setting. The careful restoration enhanced the original architectural details (like the 18th century frescoes that adorn each room) while equipping all guest rooms with the technology and comforts of a contemporary five star hotel: plasma screen TVs, DVD players, wireless Internet, marble bathrooms with jacuzzis. The hotel's furnishings--antiques, Murano glass chandeliers--are refined and elegant. This spring, enjoy some excellent packages at Villa Olmi, like the Morning of Art package, which includes three nights accommodation, bottle of Tuscan wine on arrival, three hours walking tour in the city with private guide, two tickets for the Accademia Museum, wine-tasting with cheese and cured hams in the private cave, and complimentary buffet breakfast. Starting from EUR 330 nightly.


Weekend Break at The Berkeley, London

March 2, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Berkeley Hotel What's not to love about this gracious London establishment? Situated in the fashionable area of Belgravia, just minutes from Hyde Park and the shops of Sloane Street, The Berkeley is home to the Michelin star-rated Petrus restaurant and trendy drinking spot, The Blue Bar. Indulge in the celebrated afternoon tea at the Caramel Room, with its fashionista motif; Pret-a-Portea adds a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English Afternoon tea, with cakes and pastries inspired by every fashion season's catwalk designs. Relax and be pampered in the rooftop spa, or chill out in your richly-appointed guest room. Lose yourself in luxury at The Berkeley, where weekend breaks are available for as low as GBP 179 per night (Wow). Valid until April 29, 2007.