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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: W Amsterdam


By: Five Star Alliance

Mixing historical Dutch architectural elements with cutting-edge design across two buildings next to Dam Square, W Amsterdam is at the epicenter of this energetic and forward-thinking city. Let the elevator lift you up to the rooftop for a check-in experience unlike any other. Relax in one of the 238 guest rooms and suites features vibrant decor, state-of-the-art technology, and visionary amenities. Recharge with the W signature bed and a peek-a-boo shower. Indulge in a snack from the W MixBar. Amplify downtime with in-room entertainment. Connect with High Speed Internet Access. Finally, recharge with Bliss® bath amenities and retreat to a signature W bed, where a W pillow menu enhances sleep. For the ultimate experience, check out one of the WOW or E-WOW Suites.

W Amsterdam

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Best Bathrooms: Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

At Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, all of the little details have been carefully considered - with signature spaciousness, bright spacious bathrooms, exquisite furnishings with all the modern additions, high ceilings and elegant furnishings.

Adare Manor

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Cool Pools: Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva


By: Five Star Alliance

Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva offers a swimming pool with panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the Vevey region. 

Le Mirador Kempinski Lake Geneva

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Best Bar in the World is at Langham London


By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham London
London Luxury Hotel's bars have stepped up their game. The proof is in the latest rankings from Drinks International’s annual competition, The World's 50 Best Bars, which were released last week. Artesian (pictured left) at The Langham London has captured the top spot for the fourth year running. The chic and glamorous bar specializes in stirring and shaking up classic cocktails and creating innovative cocktails. American Bar at The Savoy London took 5th place, and the hotel's Beaufort Bar was 27th. The London luxury hotel The Connaught's bar took 9th. Rounding out the Londonhotel bars represented on the list is Dandelyan, found at Mondrian London.

Other luxury hotels that had winners on the list are NYC's The Nomad Hotel, whose Elephant Bar was 24th. Lobster Bar at Island Shangri-La Hong Kong came in 18th, and The Regent Singapore's Manhattan Bar was 25th. 

Cheers to all the winners!


Cool Pools: Le Meridien Limassol Spa and Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Whether in pursuit of business or pleasure or a little bit of both, guests can enjoy swimming all
year round in two of the largest outdoor freshwater and seawater pools at Le Meridien Limassol Spa and Resort.

Le Meidien Limassol

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Dining al Fresco: Mandarin Oriental Milan


By: Five Star Alliance

Boasting exquisite fine Italian dining alongside delicious dishes and bespoke cocktails Mandarin Oriental Milan caters to both hotel guests and the city's discerning style crowd.

Mandarin Oriental Milan

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Room Options at La Tremoille


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel de La Tremoille welcomes guests to the heart of the Golden Triangle, one of the most prestigious Parisian districts between the famous avenues Montaigne, George V, and Champs-Elysées. Behind an elegant Haussmann façade, the atmosphere of the establishment combines historical references and contemporary services. Throughout the hotel from the reception area to the suites via the restaurant and lounge bar, a harmony of styles and eras is respected.

The 5-star Hotel de la Tremoille offers 80 cosy & spacious rooms : Deluxe Double, Superior Double and Standard Double rooms. Some rooms connect, offering the possibility of a large suite of up to 3 rooms covering 120 square meters. Each room has its own individual style, combining elegant decoration with precious materials and modern service. 

La Tremoille Double Standard Room
Double Standard Room
Average size 31 square meters
Large Queen bed 
View of the street or courtyard
Air conditioning – Sound-proofing
Molton Brown products in the bathroom
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe

 

 

 
 
La Tremoille Double Superior Room
Double Superior room
Average size 36 square meters
Large Queen bed or 2 Twin beds
Possibility of accommodating three people with an extra bed
View of the street or courtyard
Air conditioning 
Molton Brown products in the bathroom
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe deposit box
Heated trouser press

 

 

 

Double Deluxe RoomLa Tremoille Double Deluxe Room
Average size 40 square meters
Large Queen bed or 2 Twin beds
Possibility of accommodating three people with an extra bed 
View of the street –possibility of a balcony
Air conditioning – Sound-proofing
Bathroom with separate shower unit (Molton Brown welcome products)
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe deposit box
Heated trouser press

 

 

The Hotel de La Trémoille has 13 luxury suites, each composed of one or two bedrooms and a sitting room, to make your stay in Paris unforgettable. The decor of each suite features design furniture, period molding, high ceilings, and top-of-the-range amenities.

 

La Tremoille Junior SuiteJunior Suite
Average surface area 42 square meters
Large Queen bed or two twin beds
Can accommodate up to 3 people with extra bed
View over the street only – possibility of a balcony
Air-conditioning – Sound-proofing
Bathroom with separate shower unit (Molton Brown welcome products)
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe deposit box
Heated trouser press

 

 

 

One Bedroom SuiteLa Tremoille Jazz Suite
Average surface area 62 square meters
Large Queen bed or two Twin beds
Can accommodate up to 4 people (with extra bed)
Upper floors only, view over the street only
Separate sitting room with armchairs and sofa bed
Air-conditioning – Sound-proofing
Bathroom with separate shower unit (Molton Brown welcome products)
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe deposit box
Heated trouser press

 

Two Bedroom Suites are also available and they feature:

Total surface area 104 square meters
2 large bedrooms with bathrooms (with separate shower)
Large independent sitting room between the two bedrooms with armchairs and sofa bed
Upper floors, view over the street only
Balcony
Air-conditioning – Sound-proofing
Molton Brown welcome products in the bathroom
Minibar
Wi-Fi internet connection
Direct telephone line with messaging service
Flat-screen television, radio, video-on-demand
Safe deposit box
Heated trouser press

Book your stay at La Tremoille >>


Get to Know Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo


By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
The unique setting of the Excelsior Palace Hotel, facing the bay of Rapallo to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, inspire a return to the elegance of the early 1900's. Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo is devoted to its guests' relaxation, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, gym, and an indoor pool with a sea view.

This aura of relaxation extends to the guest rooms. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. Attractive and comfortable, the Classic Double Rooms are ideal for those who desire comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Superior Rooms may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some also offer a balcony. The Exclusive Rooms all feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view and some can be connected with Superior Rooms.  A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Starting from the Junior Suites and on up to the top-floor Presidential Suite, they are furnished with antique furniture and offer an open bar and a terrace.

Excelsior Place Hotel RapalloThe Excelsior Palace Hotel has two restaurants, able to satisfy the most demanding palates. The Lord Byron restaurant, open year round, is a blend of refinement, tradition, and creative culinary skill. The Eden Roc Lounge & Restaurant, the hotel's summer restaurant, offers light, refined dishes and aperitifs.

The Yachting Bar is an elegant setting for the pleasure of a cocktail and the cheerful cordiality of an after-dinner drink. In summer guests can enjoy the sea air and the glow of a romantic sunset from the terrace. Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Open year round, the Beauty Spa Health & Fitness Club offers a range of services. In addition to the treatment rooms, there is an indoor heated pool and a gym with Technogym machines. During the summer massages and spinning classes are available on the terraces of the Beach Club.

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

The Beach Club features two outdoor infinity pools, equipped with 6 whirlpool loungers. There are also two Jacuzzi's and a gazebo for massages. Guests can also use of the roomy cabanas.  The Sporting Bar offers snacks pool-side. On request and with for an additional fee, small size pets accepted at the Beach Club in reserved and equipped area.

The hotel also has a jetty so that guests can travel by boat to Portofino, S. Fruttuoso, and the Cinque Terre. 
 

Book a stay at Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo >>


Dining al Fresco: Le Chatelain Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Le Chatelain HotelBrussels boasts thousands of places to eat, many of which are consistently voted as the best in the Europe. Le Chatelain Hotel's aptly named La Maison du Chatelain offers elegance, refined taste, and a touch of exclusiveness.

During the warmer days, the beautiful garden terrace inspired by the Florentine inner courtyards, invites you to relax and dream away whilst enjoying your tea with pastry, an afternoon drink, and even a full meal from the La Maison du Chatelain Restaurant. 

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St Regis Gets Bloody (Mary)


By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis New YorkA staple of brunch menus everywhere, you can thank the St Regis New York for perfecting the Bloody Mary. In 1934, Fernand Petiot, the bartender at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, perfected the recipe for a vodka-and-tomato juice cocktail he dubbed the Bloody Mary. Deemed too racy a name for the hotel’s clientele, it was rechristened the Red Snapper, a name that didn't last long. 

Today, the Bloody Mary remains the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand, with each hotel crafting its own interpretation of the libation. Here's three of our favorites:

The St. Regis Beijing-Great Wall Bloody Mary

Taking its cue from the inclusion of beer in ancient worship rituals, this cocktail substitutes Chinese pilsner for vodka.

INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 oz / 75 ml Tsingtao® beer
3 1/2 oz / 100 ml Bloody Mary mix
3 oyster shooters, for garnish
1 lemon wedge, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Pour the beer into an 8 oz / .2 l white wineglass filled with ice. Then pour the Bloody Mary mix on top. Garnish with the oyster shooters and lemon wedge.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort-Bora Mary
The discovery of a watermelon plantation on a nearby coral reef islet led to the creation of a delightfully refreshing cocktail.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml premium vodka
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 oz / 30 ml lime juice
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml watermelon juice (or strawberry juice)
Watermelon cube (or whole strawberry), for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Blend all ingredients with ice until frothy. Pour into a 6 oz / 150 ml champagne flute. Strawberry may replace watermelon in this recipe. Garnish with a cube of watermelon to size or strawberry, if using.

The St. Regis Houston-Harry's Texas Bloody Mary
Cajun seasoning, tequila, vodka, and jalapeño give this bold cocktail a decidedly Texas kick.

INGREDIENTS
1 oz / 30 ml premium vodka
6 oz / 30 ml tequila
5 oz / 150 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 lemon wedge / 5 ml fresh lemon juice
1 lime wedge / 5 ml fresh lime juice
4 slices jalapeño
1/2 tsp / 2 g sugar
2 olives
1 thin tomato slice, for garnish
1 celery spear, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Combine all of the ingredients over ice and shake. Pour into an 8 oz / .2 l highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a thin slice of tomato on the celery spear.

If none of those suit your fancy, you can find all the St. Regis Bloody Mary Recipes here