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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.

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.


Relais Bernard Loiseau, Burgundy: The Best Restaurants in France

February 28, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bernard LoiseauIn the heart of Burgundy, surrounded by some of the world's finest vineyards, discover a culinary sensation. In a land celebrated for its gastronomy, this could be one of the best restaurants in the entire pays. Indeed, the Relais Bernard Loiseau has built a reputation as one of France's finest gourmet restaurants. Begin your meal by perusing the menu over drinks in one of the property's fireside seating areas. Be sure to try one of Bernard Loiseau's legendary creations: frog's legs with garlic puree and parsley juice, Pikeperch grilled skin-side down with sautéed shallots and red wine sauce, and steamed fattened free-range Bresse chicken "Alexandre Dumaine" with truffled rice. Executive Chef Patrick Bertron follows in the footsteps of his life-long mentor with his new menu offerings. (He hails from Brittany, so there's lots of tasty shellfish on offer.) There are prix-fixe menus, if you so choose, starting with the two-course "Délice" at EUR 120. The restaurant boasts one of Burgundy's most extensive wine cellars with 45,000 bottles.

And the best part of all? You can sleep off your food coma at one of the exquisite 32 guest rooms and suites! After all, this restaurant/hotel is part of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux luxury properties, and the rooms-- decked out with Burgundy stones and red-clay tiles, period woodworks, and antique furnishings-- won't disappoint. Other premium services include library, billiards room, spa, and swimming pool... all surrounded by beautiful wooded grounds and landscaped gardens.


Silverjet: The First Carbon Neutral Airline

February 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Silverjet That's right. The low-fare luxury airline, which offers exclusive, premium class service between London and Newark, is environmentally friendly. The UK-based carrier builds carbon offsetting into the price of every ticket. This mandatory carbon offset contribution is invested by the airline's climate consultancy partner, The CarbonNeutral Company, to ensure that every tonne of CO2 associated with your flight is matched by one tonne saved through climate friendly projects around the world. Examples of projects supported by Silverjet to neutralize its carbon impact are:

Jamaican energy efficient project- subsidises the cost of energy efficient lightbulbs to encourage use. Benefits to the island include less dependence on depleted oil reserves and less power cuts, which in turn promotes the prime industry- tourism. New Zealand wind farm- one of the few gold standard carbon offset projects worldwide, this provides an alternative to non-sustainable power sources. US methane- methane is 23 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas, and it leaks from many disused mines. This project captures methane and 'flares' it which converts methane into CO2.

Wow. Now if only the other airlines would follow Silverjet's example.

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Creative Cocktails at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland

February 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Badrutt's Palace Long hailed as a landmark in St. Moritz, Badrutt's Palace Hotel embodies the grandeur of the Swiss Alps. Situated amidst breathtaking scenery, the hotel has been a celeb-hounded hotspot since its opening in 1896. Dine at the hotel's new Nobu restaurant, the trendiest place in town and innovative addition to the storied hotel. After a lip-smacking good meal (legendary dishes like Tiradito, Black Cod with miso and New Style Sashimi are musts), head to the Renaissance Bar, the coziest bar in St. Moritz. Here, Mario, the well-known barkeeper, fixes both classic and creative cocktails. Sip the best Bellini in St. Moritz, or opt for the U2, the signature drink inspired by Mario's celebrity clientele. The shaken creation includes peach juice, cranberry juice, vodka, apricot brandy, a tumbler, and a straw.


Michelin Guide 2007: Restaurants in France

February 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Meurice, Paris The winners have been announced. After much speculation, Michelin has come out with its latest crop of three-star restaurants in France, with a whopping five new restaurants added to the prestigious list. The total number of three-star restaurants is 26. To quote the New York Times:

The new three-star establishments include three in Paris — Le Meurice in the Hôtel Meurice, Le Pré Catelan in the Bois de Boulogne, and Astrance, a tiny, 25-seat Right Bank restaurant — along with Lameloise in Burgundy and Pic in Valence, south of Lyon. Lameloise and Pic each regained third stars that were taken away several years ago; Pic's chef, Anne-Sophie Pic, is now one of only a handful of women ever to be in charge of a three-star kitchen.

But perhaps the most interesting announcement of all: the startling demotion of many top-tier restaurants to two stars, including Taillevent in Paris (bestowed three stars since 1973) and Le Cinq in the Four Seasons George V.

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A New Personal Favorite

February 22, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

The Grand Regina Alpin Well&Fit Hotel is located at the foot of the famous Eiger and Jungfrau mountains, and is renowned as the winter and summer resort of Grindelwald.

Grand Regina Alpin Hotel

Highlights include - Whirlpool, Sauna, Steam Baths, Beauty Salon, Fitness Center, Massages, solarium with light therapies and oxygen bar, heated indoor and outdoor pools - and that's only in the Alpin Well&Fit Club. Hiking, mountaineering, tennis courts, golf driving range, all winter sports, and an 18-hole golf course are nearby.

But the reason it's a new favorite of mine? It treats each and every guest like royalty - no matter what and no matter which staff member you deal with. Just don't forget to request a "Eiger north face" view room - all of the rooms have mountain views, but the Eiger is definitly the best one - if you can get it.

Check out further details and photos for the Grand Regina >>


Spring Offers at Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Club, Ireland

February 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Waterford CastleDream of staying in a castle? Ireland's majestic Waterford Castle is located on its very own 310-acre island in the middle of the beautiful River Suir. With only 19 premium guest rooms, the castle provides the ultimate in luxurious privacy. Dine at the award-winning restaurant, play golf on the island's 18-hole golf course, and check out the world-famous Waterford Crystal factory nearby. Get pampered like royalty at this stunning estate, only three hours drive from Dublin in southeast Ireland. Take advantage of a special re-opening offer of EUR 70 per person, including Full Irish Breakfast daily. Valid Sunday to Thursday until March 31, 2007. ( Waterford Castle is closed annually for the month of January, and has now re-opened to welcome the Spring!)


Weekends in London at The Dorchester

February 20, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The DorchesterIndulge with a luxurious weekend at The Dorchester and enjoy full English breakfast and a bottle of champagne with your special Weekend Rate. The price, including Value Added Tax at 17.5 percent, starts at GBP 255 in a Superior Double. From your spacious room, gaze out at Hyde Park and the hotel's landscaped terraces. The Dorchester's got a superb location in the heart of London's Mayfair on Park Lane, close to exclusive London shopping in Knightsbridge. The dining is fine, the spa is blissfully indulgent, and the bathrooms--well-- they offer the deepest baths in the entire capital.

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Opera in Venice with the Hotel Cipriani

February 19, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel CiprianiIn the most romantic city on earth, the Hotel Cipriani offers the most luxurious accommodations in a secluded haven of elegance and calm. Located at the tip of Giudecca Island, the Cipriani is just a short, spectacular boat ride from St. Mark's Square. The 15th century buildings of the Palazzi, linked to the hotel through an ancient courtyard and flowered passageway, boast magnificent views overlooking the lagoon and Piazza San Marco. The gorgeous swimming pool, the only one of its kind in central Venice, likewise enjoys incredible views over the lagoon. The hotel's spa, named Casanova for the legendary lover who used to hold clandestine trysts in the gardens of the Hotel Cipriani, spills out onto private terraces with fountains.

In this magical setting, take advantage of a special three-day opera package which features a performance at the Fenice Theatre in Venice. The package is available starting with the premiere of Rachmaninov's Francesca di Rimini and Aleko on March 16, 2007. The Great La Fenice Opera Theatre Package includes three night's luxurious accommodation in a junior suite with full American breakfast, Italian Spumante and flowers in-room, two seats in a centrally located box at La Fenice (to be shared with another couple), one gourmet three-course dinner for two (either at the Cip's Club or in a Venetian restaurant near the Theatre La Fenice), and complimentary transportation to and from the airport. The package is priced at EUR 1,450 per night, from March 16-April 19, 2007, and October 21, 2007-January 6, 2008. (From April 20-October 20, 2007, the package is EUR 2,160 per night.)

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Luxury Flying with Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER

February 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Singapore AirlinesIn an era of premium air travel for the uber-rich, the likes of which has never been seen before, Singapore Airlines proves itself a trendsetter with the launch of its new fleet of Boeing 777-300ER's. As described by ABC News, the "Orient Express of the skies" makes the 20-hour flights seem short:

For a mere $10,000, first class airline passengers can now rest their champagne glasses on mahogany tables as they hunker down in Givenchy sleep suits in 30-inch leather seats that turn into cozy beds.

This is luxury flying at its finest, with the world's widest First and Business Class seats, enhanced personal space, awesome entertainment systems, and tempting cuisine. In addition, Singapore Airlines is scheduled to launch its new 555-seat Airbus 380 in October, which will boast a bar on each deck.