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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.

Special Valentine's Day Offers in and Around London

February 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in the United States. These offers are for stays of varying lengths ranging from February 12-28. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully for restrictions and to avoid disappointment!

Deals in London


Andaz Liverpool
Andaz Liverpool Street London
(pictured left) 
Love Goes Around
Guests will be greeted with in-room champagane and flowers upon arrival. The package also includes £25 to use on any of the hotel's restaurants and bars, and a breakfast for two the next morning. Complimentary inclusions available at every Andaz hotel includes internet access, local phone calls, and the minibar with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Rates for this package start at GBP 309 per night >>


Blakes Hotel 
For Your Eyes Only Valentines Package
This package includes Continental breakfast for two, a candle-lit bubble bath with rose petals, a bottle of Canard Duchen Champage, and chocolate covered strawberries. 

Rates start at GBP 630 GBP per night >>

Cafe Royal Hotel

Cafe Royal Hotel (pictured right)
Weekend Indulgence Package
Stay in the beating heart of the West End in a spacious and luxurious guestroom perfectly positioned for sightseeing and shopping or complete calm and rest. Stay Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night and get 20% off the best available rate,  three-course Menu du Jour dinner in the Ten Room, glass of chilled Champagne in the Grill Room, Regent Street VIP membership card, traditional English breakfast in the Ten Room, Personal Butler service on request, Butler’s Pantry with Nespresso coffee machine, 24 hour in-room dining, Bang & Olufsen entertainment system, eedia hub, and WiFi.

Rates start at GBP 480 per night >>

The May Fair Hotel
Bed And Breakfast Package
Book a London short break and stay at this 5* May Fair hotel with a full English breakfast when you wake in the morning. Explore all that London has to offer for less.

Rates start at GBP 435 per night >>


Deals in London's Surrounding Area

Chewton GlenChewton Glen (pictured left)
Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Package
Chewton Glen is a privately owned Luxury Country House Hotel & Spa located in England on the edge of the historic New Forest National Park and within walking distance of the sea and easy reach of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Southampton. This package offers King Beddded room with garden views, dinner, and breakfast.

Rates start at GBP 857 per night >>


Gidleigh Park 
Gourmet Getaway
Gidleigh Park is the quintessential Country House Hotel, nestled in a wooded valley within the natural beauty of the wilds of Dartmoor. It has a stylish decor, two Michelin star chef and an acclaimed wine list.
Stay in a Deluxe Room looking into the woodland. Combine the rugged beauty of Dartmoor and the gastronomic delights of 2 Michelin Star Chef Michael Caines. Based on a two-night stay, you get dinner in a luxury picnic hamper each day. 

Rates start at GBP 703 per night >>

Wine Lovers Stay
Stay in a Deluxe Rooms looking Into The Woodland. Enjoy an a la carte And eight course tasting dinner with fine wines at the 2 Michelin Starred restaurant. You also get a private wine cellar tour.

Rates start at GBP 845 per night >>


Cliveden House  (pictured right)Cliveden House
Romance Package
Cliveden is set amid 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parklands. Standing upon chalk cliffs that give the estate its name, the house commands panoramic views over the beautiful Berkshire countryside and an idyllic bend in the river Thames. This package includes a Deluxe Twin or King room with an en-suite sitting area and a bathroom. Guests will receive a chilled body of champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries, a dozen red roses, rose petals and candles in the room, and a Continental breakfast. 

Gourmet Package
The Gourmet Package includes a delicious tasting menu for two in the restaurant, a Continental breakfast, and a Deluxe Twin or King room with a sitting area and bathroom.  Tasting Menu In The Restaurant -Continental Breakfast

Rates start at GBP 833 per night >>

 

Tylney Hall
Valentine’s Romantic Break
If you really want to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day there is no better place to go than Tylney Hall. Enjoy luxurious accommodation, a gourmet meal created by Executive Chef Stephen Hine and why not take a romantic stroll around the historical grounds, for a truly romantic break. The package includes luxurious accommodation with full English breakfast, Valentine’s chocolates in your room on arrival, Pre-dinner champagne and canape reception, candlelit five-course dinner in the award-winning Oak Room Restaurant,  a rose for each couple at dinner, early check in at 1pm and late check out at 12 noon (subject to availability), and use of the hotel's leisure facilities throughout your stay.

Rates start at GBP 260 per night >> 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Image of the Day: The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort

February 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Enjoying the sea breeze at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort. Located in the romantic setting of a Caribbean coconut plantation, nestled between a lush national forest and the sparkling sea, the resort combines elegant tropical luxury and the iconic St. Regis Butler Service.

St Regis Bahia Beach Resort 

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Special Valentine's Day Offers in the USA

January 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in the United States. These offers are for stays of varying lengths ranging from February 12-28. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully for restrictions and to avoid disappointment!

PUBLIC ChicagoSofitel Lafayette Square
Magnifique Romance
Spend your Valentine's Day in the Nation's Capitol! Guests enjoy luxurious comfort in elegantly styled accommodations, a perfect setting for romance. A bottle of champagne on ice awaits your arrival, as does a romantic gift of chocolate covered strawberries or flowers. A Magnifique Breakfast is served in your room each morning and there's a late check out of 4pm.

Rates start at $235 per night >>

PUBLIC Chicago (pictured left)
Special Rates from $130, plus a complimentary upgrade when available
PUBLIC Chicago is a complete transformation of the Gold Coast's famed Ambassador East Hotel and its historic Pump Room restaurant. PUBLIC Chicago's 285 spacious and oversized guest rooms and suites are individually furnished with integrity, taste, and superb functionality. It is located in downtown Chicago location, within walking distance to the shopping and restaurants on the Magnificent Mile and Michigan Avenue, the nightlife on Rush Street, Lincoln Park and the beaches of Lake Michigan.

Rates start at $130 per night >>

Hotel Andaz West Hollywood
Love Goes Around Package
Want to bring the romance to Los Angeles but just don't have the time to plan? Let Andaz take care of it. Cuddle with the one you love while enjoying Champagne and macaroons upon arrival per stay. Spend your precious time getting closer to each other with signature scented massage oil. The next morning, you'll arise refreshed and relaxed, ready for a sumptuous daily buffet breakfast for two at RH restaurant or in the privacy of your guest room.

Rates start at $315 per night >>

Miramonte Resort and Spa
Putt and Pamper
Perfect for the pair who has different interests, or for the individual who wants it all! Golf play is held at Indian Wells Golf Resort in the "golf capital of the world" - Palm Springs. Putt & Pamper includes one night in an Estate, Luxury or Dolce Suite accommodation, unlimited golf for one player at Indian Wells Golf Resort, unlimited use of the practice facilities on day of play, one 60-minute spa treatment at The Well Spa, and full day access to The Well Spa on day of treatment.

Inn and Spa at Loretto

Rates start at $524 per night >>

Inn and Spa at Loretto (pictured right)
Buenos Dias Bed and Breakfast Package
Begin with a leisurely Santa Fe breakfast in Luminaria, The Inn and Spa at Loretto's signature restaurant, before exploring the art galleries, shops, and museums. Enjoy dining next to a glowing kiva fireplace or on the seasonal outdoor patio overlooking the famed Loretto Chapel. The package includes accommodations for one night,  $40 breakfast credit at Luminaria Restaurant and Patio, and night-time valet parking.

Rates start at $171 per night >>

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Rejuvenate You Package
Celebrate a new you with the replenishing Rejuvenate You hotel package. Enjoy two soothing signature spa treatments, adelectable lunch for two, overnight accommodations, complimentary ocean-front Pilates and Yoga classes, and the resort fee.  

Rates start at $675 per night >>

Sofitel Miami
Romance Package
Discover a tropical paradise tastefully decorated in Art Deco style overlooking a peaceful blue lagoon. This package includes a Superior Room with a King-size Bed and a view of the Miami skyline, a bottle of sparkling wine, a gift of chocolate or flowers upon arrival, in-room breakfast, and a 4pm check-out. 

Rates start at $315 per night >>

Enjoy your stay! 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Special Valentine's Day Offers in Asia

January 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in Asia. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment!

Grand Hyatt TokyoGrand Hyatt Tokyo (pictured left)
Romance Package
Take the time to reconnect. Enjoy time for just the two of you during your stay at Grand Hyatt Tokyo. You only need each other. The offer includes Club King or Grand Deluxe Twin, Grand King, Grand Twin, or Grand Deluxe King. Breakfast, Bottle of Red Wine, and 1pm Late Checkout. 

Rates start at $564 per night >>

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Romance Package
Take the time to reconnect. Enjoy time for just the two of you during your stay at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. You'll enjoy daily breakfast, a bottle of sparkling wine, a box of heart-shaped chocolates, a dinner at Erawan Tea Roo, and a 4pm late checkout. 

Rates start at $335 per night >> 


J.W. Marriott Hong Kong

Sweet Deals for Two
Whether it is a weekend escape, anniversary, honeymoon or birthday celebration, the Sweet Deal for Two offers a classic choice to pamper your special someone in style. Celebrate over a bottle of Moet & Chandon, nine-piece chocolate box and daily breakfast for two persons. 1 King or 2 Double-bedded room with Harbor View. 

Rates start at $657 per night >>
 

Park Hyatt Tokyo
Winter at the Park
Park Hyatt Tokyo with its modernist interiors, panoramic views and museum quality artworks, offers a perfect place to respite from the winter for some rest and relaxation. This special offer is available through the end of February. You get accommodation in a Park Deluxe Room, in a Park View Room or in a Park Suite, 10,000 yen Food & Beverage credit per room per night available for use at New York Grill, Girandole, Kozue and Room Service, and a late check-out up until 1pm.Shangri-La Villingili

Rates start at $593 per night >>

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives (pictured right)
Villingili Escape
For stays of 3 nights or less. Guests receive buffet breakfast, and complimentary daily dinner, and wireless internet. Accomodations are a 133 square meter Pool Villa with one King bed, an ocean view, and a private pool.   

Rates start at $1260 per night >>

Enjoy your stay!

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Did You Know? Wedmore Place

January 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wedmore Place
Wedmore Place
 is a historid farm that was settled in 1615. It was first called Archers Hope. In 1781, it was on the military maps of the French armies of Lafayette. It was identified due to its participation in the Revolutionary war against the British crown. At the time, the farm was owned by Maitre Bland, a reverend active American independence movement.

The 300 acre farm was acquired in 1983 as a virtually abandoned parcel by Patrick and Peggy Duffeler. They changed the name to Wedmore Place, a place conceptualized to feature art, history and culture in its stylistic design, its themes and decoration.

The first renovation project on the farm besides the reconstruction of a dwelling that was found out to have dated from 1736, was the start of the first planting of grapes in 1985 and the establishment of a winery.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly London Hotel?

January 29, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Milestone Hotel and Apartments
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What are some family friendly hotels in London for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?


ANSWER:
The Milestone Hotel And Apartments offers historic Victorian grandeur overlooking Kensington Palace in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Exceptional personal service has established the hotel as a firm favourite with returning guests, with a range of dining options that cater for every culinary desire and a bar that provides the perfect rendezvous for friends or colleagues while in London. This intimate five-star hotel offers award-winning country house style, warmth and elegance in the heart of London, perfectly placed for Knightsbridge and The Royal Albert Hall and with easy access to the West End.Milestone Hotel and Apartments 
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Two-Bedroom Apartments
Each of the fully serviced, six two-bedroom apartments adjoin the hotel meaning guests can take advantage of all hotel services at any time. Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are just yards from the entrance and provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with the best shopping and entertainment also close at hand. It is the  perfect luxury family accommodation from which to explore everything London has to offer.

Apartment Two is a comfortable split level apartment that offers great family accommodation. The 80 square meter apartment boasts a lounge with walls in red and cream stripes with a 37” Flat Screen TV, open plan kitchen & dining area, and two day beds suitable for children or teenagers. Both bedrooms have a 26” TV and both offer access to the deck area which can seat up to six in an enclosed courtyard. One is decorated with a red and cream floral print scheme, the other features red and gold checks. The fully equipped kitchen includes a dishwasher, microwave, oven, and electric stove. Other amenities include a gas fire, wnsuite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath/shower, King and Queen-sized beds, double wardrobes, broadband wireless Internet, second bathroom with deep bath and shower, individually controlled central air-conditioning, walk-in storage cupboard, daily maid service, security system, Penhaligon's toiletries, washing machine and dryer, 24-hour butler service, a welcome drink and essentials hamper. It is suitable for two adults and up to four children or three adults and up to two children.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

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Image of the Day: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

January 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has the the world class shopping of Knightsbridge on its doorstep and leafy Hyde Park at its rear.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 

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Romance is on the Menu at Miramonte Resort and Spa

January 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Miramonte Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley in prestigious Indian Wells, is an oasis in the desert offering luxurious accommodations in a romantic setting. This Mediterranean village-inspired resort is an upscale yet intimate property, making it a perfect escape for couples wanting to getaway, reconnect, and celebrate.

There are 215 guest rooms of discerning architecture woven into the exquisite landscaping complete with Italian fountains, fine-crafted stonework, and tranquil piazzas. For the ultimate luxury experience the resort offers 11 exquisitely appointed Villas –with candlelit entryways and private terraces looking out to the immaculate lush grounds of the property. Fragrant citrus and rose gardens adorn the public areas, as well as a notable and lavish herb garden.

Surrounded with balmy palm trees, breathtaking mountain backdrops, and romantic sunsets, couples will find a quaint setting at The Vineyard lounge patio to enjoy a glass of wine and sultry live music. Following with a stroll along the winding pathways, framed with beautiful draping bougainvillea, will make for an unforgettable evening enjoyed under the starlit desert sky.
Miramonte Resort and Spa Outdoor Pool
Couples can also have quality time together to reflect and reconnect at THE WELL Spa, while enjoying a couple’s massage or doing something a little different with the Pittura Festa treatment, a couples painting party using therapeutic muds and followed by a massage for the couple. Recognized as a top 100 North American Resort Spa in Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, THE WELL Spa treatments and amenities deliver relaxation and rejuvenation to both the body and spirit.

Miramonte Resort & Spa features a Romance in the Desert Couple's Dinner and Spa Getaway package that includes two 60-minute spa treatments, dinner for two at The Grove, a special welcome amenity, and a late check-out of 2 pm. 

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Image of the Day: Sandpearl Resort

January 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Sandpearl Resort can enjoy an al fresco evening while still being curled up by the fire. The luxury resort has a stunning location along a 700-foot expanse of the sugary white sands of the pristine Gulf of Mexico beachfront.

Sandpearl Resort

Winter Rates at Sandpearl Resort start at $327 per night >> 

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Your Questions Answered: What New York Luxury Hotel Offers a Whirlpool Tub and Balcony?

January 26, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Gansevoort Park AvenueWe at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What hotel in New York offers a Jacuzzi tub and balcony?

ANSWER: Gansevoort Park Avenue 

Enter Gansevoort Park Avenue and leave the busy streets of midtown Manhattan behind. Downtown cool meets uptown classic in this beautifully designed new building with chic modern interiors and a three-story atrium lobby featuring herringbone granite floors, over-sized aubergine chandeliers, and a fireplace. Spruce up at Cutler Salon. Treat yourself at Exhale Spa. Relax by the rooftop pool. Savor the views at Gotham’s second Plunge Bar and Lounge. Sample a champagne cocktail in the elegant bar adjacent to the lobby. Share a table and Italian-inspired fare at the 10,000 sq ft Ristorante Asellina.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

DUPLEX PENTHOUSE - This is an indulgent 3 bedroom, 2000 sq ft Presidential Suite that boasts all the premium amenities that you could desire. The bi-level, unique layout features a stunning fireplace, hardwood floors throughout, a lofty terrace with exquisite city views, and an audio-visual system fit for the ultimate in entertainment. Spacious dining and living areas feature floor to ceiling windows flanked by custom black chandeliers. Your own private spa experience awaits in the grand, 6 fixture bathroom which includes a steam shower, Starck freestanding soaking whirlpool tub, products by Cutler Salon, and separate vanity dressing room. It's the ultimate destination for a truly unforgettable stay.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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