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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.

$96 Per Night: 96-Hour Sale at RockResorts Hotels

August 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Arrabelle at Vail SquareWhether you're looking to tear it up on the slopes in Colorado, lounge by the beach on St. Lucia, go snorkeling in Jamaica, or savor some Southwestern flavor in Santa Fe, RockResorts is giving you the chance. Score lavish accommodations at affordable prices with a 96-hour sale with rooms starting from just $96 a night. Available for travel seven days a week through April 8, 2012, this offer must be booked by Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at Midnight MDT. Check out some of these fab destinations: The Osprey at Beaver Creek, The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Keystone Lodge and Spa, The Lodge at Vail, The Arrabelle at Vail Square, The Landings St. Lucia in the West Indies, Half Moon in Jamaica, Snake River Lodge & Spa in Wyoming, Tempo in Miami, and La Posada de Santa Fe.


A Jewel-Inspired Afternoon Tea at The Langham London

August 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Langham LondonThe Langham London is legendary as the birthplace of Afternoon Tea, that quintessentially British institution. The luxury hotel opened in 1865 and began serving this "afternoon snack" favored by Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, as a way to ward off hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. The Langham continues to serve up this indulgent ritual in Palm Court, garnering multiple accolades in the process. Recently The Langham announced an exclusive new tea, created in collaboration with the renowned jewelry designer, Stephen Webster. Inspired by Webster's latest collection (called "Murder She Wrote"), Executive Pastry Chef Cherish Finden has designed some glittering pastries that are almost too beautiful to eat: the Crystal Clear Diamond, a Guinness macaroon with blackcurrant jelly; the Poison Apple, a red peppercorn and dark chocolate shortbread; and a roasted green pistachio Chantilly with airy meringue sponge inspired by Stephen Webster's Armadillo ring. The Stephen Webster Bijoux Afternoon Tea is priced at £49 per person (approx. US $79), inclusive of VAT, and is available from September 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012 in the Palm Court.


A To-Die-For Breakfast in San Diego at Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

August 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Colonial Hotel La JollaBreakfast fans, it doesn't get much better than this. Fresh, homemade pastries and breakfast breads, salmon smoked right in the restaurant kitchen, authentic New England maple syrup, fresh-made smoothies and juice drinks... NINE-TEN, celebrating its 10th year as one of San Diego's first (and finest) farm-to-table restaurants, has a killer breakfast and brunch spread. And when you book the "San Diego Bed and Breakfast" package at the Grand Colonial Hotel La Jolla, you'll get breakfast for two included with your room. (Rates from $229 based on availability.)

So you're not the breakfast type? Sleep in (and savor those ocean views) because you can get an extra night on the house. The Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla is letting you stay three nights but pay for only two with a special package.

Located only a short distance away from beautiful Torrey Pines State Park, The Grande Colonial also has its share of picture-perfect California coast nearby, with Blacks Beach, Windansea Beach, and La Jolla Cove all within close range of the hotel.


Climb a 14er with a Little Help from Aspen's Hotel Jerome

August 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel JeromeAdrenaline junkies, take note. Aspen's historic Hotel Jerome has teamed up with Aspen Expeditions to give you an experience of a lifetime. Always dreamed of reaching the summit of a 14er? Now you can with the hotel's "Stay, Play & Climb" package, a three-day experience that combines luxury accommodations with a climbing adventure on a technical 14,000' peak. Starting at $715 per person, the package includes three nights of lodging at Hotel Jerome, one privately guided climb of a 14,000' peak outside Aspen, CO, and a Marmot Driclime jacket per person. Blackout dates may apply. Offer valid for new reservations only.

Another special offer for adrenaline hounds: The "Blazing Adventure" package includes free adventure excursions, plus a daily $50 breakfast credit, when you reserve a stay through October 2, 2011. Book a stay of one to four nights for two people and get a free rafting, hiking, biking, four-wheel-drive or other outing per person. As The Washington Post points out, the best rates are for four-night stays at $333 per night double, down from $459. And the tours are valued at $99 each. Add $66 per night in fees and taxes.


August in Paris: Restaurant Credit at Hotel de Crillon

July 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Crillon, ParisTake a bucolic break on the patio at Hotel de Crillon this summer. The grand palace hotel on the Place de la Concorde (the best spot to watch the Tour de France finish every year) has opened a grass-covered patio where you can enjoy delicious food by Chef Christopher Hache. Not only that, when you stay at the Hotel de Crillon in August, you'll get a 50 euro hotel credit to use for your restaurant and bar expenses each day. Summer is a grand time to take a jaunt to the City of Light; you can hit the artificial beach set up on the River Seine for "Paris Plages"-- complete with oversized beach lounges, ice cream shops, and a giant sand castle by Disney.
 


Friday Photos: The Venice Biennale and the Hotel Danieli

July 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Danieli, Venice

In honor of the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, running until November 27, 2011, we're traveling to Venice, Italy today... daydreaming of this lavish luxury landmark. Perennially ranked one of the best hotels in the world, the Hotel Danieli is a real showstopper. Three ancient palaces were turned into a luxury hotel outfitted with hand-made Murano glass chandeliers, hand-carved marble columns, and original antiques. The best part of all could be its location, just steps away from the Piazza San Marco and the best Venetian attractions.

Hotel Danieli, Venice

Not to be missed: a meal at Restaurant Terrazza Danieli on the top floor of the Danieli Excelsior Palace. This romantic spot affords some of the most exclusive views in Venice, the same viewpoint from which Venetian nobles used to watch the arrival of merchant ships from the Far East.

Hotel Danieli, Venice


Sponsored Article: A Real Luxury Experience in Rome in Hotel Hassler's Renovated Penthouse Suite

July 6, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Hassler RomaPerched atop the Spanish Steps in Rome, the Hotel Hassler has long been a favorite destination for visiting dignitaries and A-list celebrities for its glorious views over the Eternal City. The Hassler Roma is indeed one of the best hotels in all of Europe. From the third-floor spa, you can marvel at the historic sites across the city, while also reveling in the luxurious touches found inside the hotel itself: original paintings by Titian and Tintoretto Schools, bathrooms finished in precious Italian marble and 23-carat gold plated faucets, walls covered in frescoes.

As if that's not enough, guests looking for an incredibly luxurious hotel experience (think Roman holiday-style honeymoon!) can now check into the hotel's Presidential Suite Penthouse, entirely renovated and reopened in May 2011. Located on the 7th floor of the hotel, the Penthouse offers breathtaking views from its private 160-square-meter terrace. The new interiors reflect a modern style embued with Classical accents. The sitting room features a large plasma-screen TV and a lovely alcove looking out to the terrace. The dining room has mirrored walls and a floor-to-ceiling window.

A sliding door separates the dining area from the bedroom. The room is done up in soft white, beige, and grey hues, accented with red decor, and the floors are made of beige-toned Botticino marble, which also lines the walls of the master and guest bathrooms. Not forgetting the walk-in closet and master bathroom with a Jacuzzi and Amorvero bath products!

A fireplace with a large TV placed above it in the gazebo dining-area provides an ideal space for relaxing and al-fresco dining.

The starting price of the Penthouse Suite is 3,800 euros per night. Enjoy a real experience of elegance, style, at the highest level of service and hospitality.


A Journey Through Cambodia with Raffles Hotels

July 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Raffles Hotel Royal, Phnom PenhIs a trip to the Kingdom of Cambodia on your bucket list? Do it right with a five-day itinerary offered by Raffles Hotels. Indulge in the fabled luxury of two of Asia's finest historic hotels, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap and Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, while experiencing the country's natural attractions and historic sites, like the magnificent UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Along the way, personal butlers will arrange sightseeing and recreational activities (like Khmer cooking lessons, shopping for local crafts, "honey hunting" eco-tours). The inclusions at each hotel are generous. Check 'em out below:

* Complimentary roundtrip airport transfers by luxury limousine

* Daily buffet breakfast for two in the colonial themed restaurants

* Unlimited internet access and round-the-clock Raffles Butler Service

* One High Tea for two

* Two buffet lunches for two at Café Monivong, Phnom Penh, One buffet lunch for two at Café d’Angkor, Siem Reap

* One four course a la carte fine dining dinner for two [excluding beverages] at Restaurant Le Royal, and at Restaurant Le Grand * One 90 minutes Spa treatment (choice of massage or beauty) per person at Raffles Amrita Spa

* An afternoon tour. Choose from: the Royal Palace, National Museum and Russian Market or S21 and Killing Fields memorial in Phnom Penh; and in Siem Reap: additional Temple visits, Tonle Sap Lake (the largest in Southeast Asia), Honey Hunting, a Jeep tour through the country, or an Elephant Safari

Additionally at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, you'll enjoy a tour of Angkor Thom, a sunrise experience at Angkor Wat, and a culinary class with lunch. Rates for the 5-day journey through Cambodia, excluding taxes and service charges, begin from US$6,300 for two guests.


Grand Opening Special Rate at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver

June 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rosewood Hotel Georgia in VancouverCome celebrate the reopening of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia! After a lavish restoration, the Vancouver hotel is welcoming guests to experience "a return to the golden age of hotel travel." The Hotel Georgia made a splash when it first opened in the Roaring '20s, bringing all kinds of luxuries to the young city. Since that day, a star-studded roster of guests- including Elvis Presley, Nat "King" Cole, Katharine Hepburn- have made the Hotel Georgia their Vancouver home. Now- with Rosewood managing the property- it's home to Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, a nightclub and Hawksworth Restaurant. In honor of its 1927 debut, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is offering a grand opening rate of $192.70 for a Superior Room as well as 50% off other select rooms and suites for a limited time. Advance purchase and two-night minimum stay required. Offer is non-refundable and not applicable to groups.


July 4th in Phoenix: $150 Resort Credit at Royal Palms Resort

June 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Royal Palms Resort, PhoenixNo plans for July 4th? Make it a memorable staycation with an indulgent overnight stay at Royal Palms Resort and Spa, nestled in the shadow of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix. The resort is celebrating Independence Day weekend with a special treat for guests: a $150 resort credit when you stay two nights or more. Valid June 26-July 10, 2011; room rates from $199 per night. Easily one of the finest resorts in Arizona, Royal Palms has 119 rooms with private balconies and plush beds. Beat the heat with some downtime in the swank Alvadora Spa, or sip some cocktails by the pool. The resort has a noble history; it was originally constructed in 1929 as a summer retreat for Cunard Steamship executive Delos Cooke.