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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.

Claridge's Says So Long to Gordon Ramsay

March 15, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

 

Come June, London luxury hotel Claridge's will say so long to Gordon Ramsay's iconic restaurant after a long-term relationship. According to the Financial News, the hotel has said "the time has come...for a new dining direction for Claridge's." The restaurant was part of the first wave of celebrity chef-helmed restaurants,  and was a big hit when it opened in 2001.  Recent days have seen a decline, with the restaurant losing its Michelin Star in 2010. 

 

But don't worry about Gordon. The explosive host of Hell's Kitchen still has 26 restaurants world-wide.

 

See details, rates, and more photos of Claridge's >>

Posted in: London, Food and Wine, Europe

Valen-Find Grand Prize Winner Announced!

February 27, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Well, someone is getting a pretty great post-Valentine's Day gift!  We are delighted to announce that the grand prize winner of our Valen-Finds Day Sweepstakes is:

 

 

Rebecca R. of Calgary, Alberta!

 

Congratulations to Rebecca. Rebecca and her guest will enjoy 3 nights at Charleston Place, which is located in the heart of the city, just steps from Market Street's museums and south of Broad's secret gardens. Their stay will be on the exclusive private Club-level. Located on the top two floors of the hotel, and offering the city's best views, guests enjoy complimentary cuisine throughout the day including continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and after dinner cordials and desserts. They will also enjoy a 6-course tasting menu with wine pairings at the Forbes Four Star Charleston Grill.  

Congratulations Rebecca!

 

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Image of the Day: Cavas Wine Lodge

February 26, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Nestled in a 35 acre vineyard, Cavas Wine Lodge is strategically located between the best known wineries and the magnificent Andes Mountain range. 

 

View rates, details and more photos for Cavas Wine Lodge >>

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Image of the Day: Hotel Lutetia

February 23, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Some rooms at Hotel Lutetia have stunning views of Le Bon Marche and the Eiffel Tower.

 

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Image of the Day: Hotel Il Salviatino

February 22, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

When you stay at Hotel Il Salviatino, all of Florence is at your feet.

View photos, details, and rates at Hotel Il Salviatino >>

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Cooking at Canyon Ranch

February 19, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Set on 750 feet of pristine beach, Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach is a spectacular all-suite oceanfront luxury hotel which offers limitless views, beachfront dining,  and quick access to the vibrant nightlife of nearby Miami and South Beach. Now you can add cooking classes to the list of reasons to visit.

Chef Giovanni Arias and Canyon Ranch nutritionist Larisa Alonso team up every other Tuesday at 3pm for
inspiring healthy-cooking demonstrations, each with a different theme. Larisa answers all your questions about healthy eating while you sharpen your technique and add to your repertoire of easy, great-tasting dishes. You’ll watch Chef prepare a delicious three-course late lunch for you to enjoy.

Classes are open to the public but space is limited. Room rates currently start at $860 per night for a suite stay from March 4-6.

The schedule of topics is below:

March 5 – Vegetarian Powerhouses: Tofu & Fish Dishes to Savor
March 19 – Breads: The Joy of Kneading
April 2 – Sensational Sushi at Home
April 30 – Farm to Table: Making the Most of Great Ingredients

 

Bon Appetit!

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South Beach Food and Wine Festival-Where to Stay

February 12, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities.  This year, it's being held from February 21-24. In 2012, more than 60,000 guests attended nearly 50 events featuring more than 150 celebrated chefs and over 250 wineries, spirits producers, and non-alcoholic beverage suppliers. Events include star-studded receptions, seminars, tastings, dinners, brunches, and concerts.

So where should you stay? Fontainebleu Miami Beach is presenting Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best Sponsored by Bank of America, where proprietors and wine-makers from each winery are invited to pour their top varietals and to speak to attendees about their individual processes. As of this writing, nightly room rates start at $489.

Fans of Guy Fieri won't want to miss the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Food Network star team up with reggae legend Ziggy Marley for a closing party concert at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.  The party starts at 6:30 Sunday February 24, and the luxury hotel has rooms available starting at $529 per night.  Marley will be presenting  Ziggy Marley Organics™, a organic line of the World’s First flavored coconut oils and roasted flavored hempseeds.

Don't miss Paula Deen!  She'll be at the VIP opening reception at the Delano Hotel. Paula and her sons, Jamie & Bobby, will be hosting Moët Hennessy's The Q. More than 40 of the top BBQ chefs from across the country will grill up chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butts from Omaha Steaks with smoky side dishes.
Oceanview rooms are still available for the festival, starting at $939 per night.

Other rates available in Miami for the festival include $255 per night at Riviera Suite South Beach,  $383 per night at Epic Hotel Miami, and for a true splurge $2159 for a Marvelous Suite at W Hotel Miami.

Eat, drink, be merry, and sleep in luxury!

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A London Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

For folks spending Valentine’s Day in London, we have a variety of suggestions for you depending on your lovers’ interests and needs, so check out our recommendations to plan the perfectly romantic evening!

For outdoor fun, take your special someone to Broadgate Ice Rink with two-for-one ticket sales on February 14th.

For a romantic dinner, take him/her to The Gilbert Scott which has an absolutely stunning dining room with ornate ceilings and sparkling chandeliers. The Valentine’s Day menu starts from $125 per person and is available after 8:00PM.

For a romantic and luxurious night away, explore our 104 hotels in various parts of London. With this many options, you’re bound to find the perfect hotel for the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience!

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Deals and Steals at the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel

February 7, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

Today’s feature is the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. This 5-star hotel is located in the heart of San Antonio's Cultural Arts District, across from the magnificently restored Majestic Theatre and within walking distance to the Convention Center and Rivercenter Mall. Check out the following deals and packages that are simply too good to pass up!

The Rio Package

Includes Breakfast Buffet for all registered guests and children 12 Years of age and under In Las Canarias Monday through Saturday and Ostra On Sundays. One ticket per adult per stay to the Rio San Antonio River Cruise. Tickets distributed at check In. Complimentary valet parking for one car. Terms And Conditions: Extra persons do not receive package benefits.

Romance Remembered Package

Includes daily breakfast in bed for two. Chandon Brut romantic turndown with robes, music and lighting. Concierge precall to assist with special romantic requests. Late checkout.

Amor Del Rio Package

Includes full American breakfast for each registered guest in Las Canarias Monday Through Saturday, Ostra on Sundays or through room service seven days a week. Bottle of sparkling wine and 4 chocolate truffles delivered to room. Turndown Service.

These packages and specials are based on double occupancy, subject to availability, and exclusive of tax.

Be sure to make your travel plans today to take advantage of the incredible packages and deals that await you in San Antonio!

 

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Romantic Getaway Ideas for Valentine’s Day

February 4, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it can certainly put a little bit of stress on those lucky gentlemen out there with special someone’s. Instead of the traditional dinner and flowers, consider whisking your significant other away for a luxurious romantic getaway!

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has an Ultimate Romance package which includes two nights in a suite, private car service from LAX, and breakfast for two. The $7,000 package also includes a four-course dinner at Livello, a 50 minute helicopter tour of Los Angeles, and some alone time on a Santa Monica mountaintop overlooking Malibu!

Explore photos, availability, and rates at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills here >>