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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.

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.


Destination Deauville: Where to Stay in Normandy's Chic Seaside Town

June 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Royal Barriere, Deauville, FranceJust two hours by train outside of Paris, Deauville is a sublime seaside destination. Since its creation as a resort in the 19th century, Deauville has lured the chic and the fashionable for weekend jaunts on the beach boardwalk. After all, this is the spot where Coco Chanel first opened a boutique in 1913, and fashion designers like Yves Saint Laurent used to come to unwind. (Deauville hits the spotlight each September for the annual American Film Festival, and was the recent host of the G8 Summit, when the world's leaders gathered in Normandy for a few days of meetings in May.) For a town of just 4,000 year-round inhabitants, there's not much Deauville doesn't offer. Horse races at the Hippodrome, gambling at the casino, sun-bathing on the beach, shopping the cornucopia of couture boutiques, sailing the high seas, relaxing at the thalassotherapy spas, and teeing off on the scenic golf courses...

*The* place to stay in town is the Royal Barrière, home to Deauville's only Michelin-starred resto. Smack dab on the seafront, the five-star hotel is a favorite of Hollywood stars and Parisian society. (The walls are lined with autographed photos of A-listers.) Sister hotel, the Normandy Barrière, a masterpiece of Tudor architecture, is another splendid option. Indeed, the Lucien Barrière Hotels Group has been a central part of the Deauville scene since the early 20th century, and is a frequent sponsor of cinema, music and equestrian events.


A Spectacular July 4th at The Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia

June 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Homestead Resort, VirginiaNestled in Allegheny Mountains, The Homestead is a treasured Virginia resort destination, where generations of families vacation in mountain splendor and partake in an endless array of indoor and outdoor activities-- from canoeing and horseback riding to archery and golf. A National Historic Landmark, The Homestead first welcomed its first guests a decade before the American Revolution, and princes and presidents alike have flocked to the resort to "take the waters" at the healing hot springs.

This 4th of July, make it a family affair with a vacation at The Homestead. With festivities like an All-American cookout, "A Concert Under the Stars" and a spectacular fireworks display, the resort's July 4th is guaranteed to be a holiday to remember. The Homestead is currently offering a "3rd Night Free" with unlimited resort activities, priced from $345 per night. Must book by June 17, for travel through August 31, 2011.


3rd Night Free at The Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

June 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Peace Hotel, ShanghaiHere's your chance to get luxury for less at the newly renovated hotel everyone's talking about. Closed for three years for a top-to-bottom restoration by Fairmont Hotels, the historic Peace Hotel opened its doors in summer 2010 to glowing reviews. Back in the day (1929), the hotel was known as the "Number One Mansion in the Far East." And now it's been hailed "the highest-profile hotel in China." And with a sky-lit swimming pool, Willow Stream Spa, the famous Jazz Bar, and 8th floor terrace with knock-out views, we can see why. Special offer: Fairmont has unrolled a "3rd Night Free" offer at its hotels across China, including this glam Shanghai landmark, the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Valid on stays to August 31, 2011. Starting from 2,100 CNY per night, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room. Based on availability, and some black-out dates may apply.


Barack Obama in Ireland: Ashford Castle Creates Special Presidential Package

May 23, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ashford CastleIreland's hit the headlines recently as Queen Elizabeth paid an official state visit to the Emerald Isle (the first one in a century by a British monarch) and President Barack Obama arrived today in Ireland to kick off a six-day trip to Europe. In their honor, Ashford Castle-- the impressive estate in County Mayo that was once the home of the Guinness family-- has created two unique packages complete with helicopter rides, a stay in the Presidential suite, and falconry lessons. Celebrating its 800th anniversary this year, Ashford Castle has hosted numerous world leaders and political figures. The Royal Package, priced at €1025 per person includes:

* First-class train from Dublin to Claremorris

* Limousine transfer from Claremorris to Ashford Castle

* Two nights' accommodation in the Royal Suite

* Clay shooting and falconry lessons for two

* Historical walk on the grounds with local historian Mick Maye

* Dinner on both nights at George V Dining Room

The Presidential Package, priced at €2175 per person, includes:

* Helicopter transfer from anywhere in Ireland to the Ashford Castle helipad

* Two nights' accommodation in the Presidential Suite

* Private dinner in room 224, replicating the scene and the menu of President Ronald Reagan's visit * Dinnertime entertainment by resident harpist Annette Griffin

* Guided walk with local historian Mick Maye along the same route taken by President Ronald Reagan


Act Fast: Summer Sale at San Diego's Hotel del Coronado

May 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel del Coronado, San DiegoThere's a lot to love at the Hotel del Coronado. Perched on the sand, The Del is a San Diego icon and a National Historic Landmark. The beachfront resort has a sumptuous spa, fab coastal cuisine, two sparkling pools, an abundance of recreational activities... not to mention an enviable climate (and lots of year-round sunshine). Hot rates: The hotel is currently running a 3-Day Summer Sale with reduced room rates of just $229 per night. The rate is good for stays through December. Hurry, grab this while you can! The deal must booked by Friday. Note: The Los Angeles Times points out that the rate applies to the older, Victorian-style rooms that have one queen bed and no ocean view. With this summer sale, you also get a reduced parking rate of $10 instead of $25 per night, and 25% off the price of a second room. Subject to availability.


Learn How to Speak French in Paris: Special Package at the Pavillon de la Reine

May 16, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Pavillon de la Reine, ParisLooking for digs in the Marais for your next Paris jaunt? The Pavillon de la Reine is the only luxury hotel of its kind in this trendy neighborhood, tucked away off the Place des Vosges. With a recent makeover by interior designer Didier Benderli, a protégé of Jacques Garcia, the intimate hotel combines a contemporary style with beautiful historic touches. (It's a firm favorite of rock stars and fashion designers. Celeb sightings guaranteed.) The hotel recently unveiled a Saturday nail salon in its library, and now they're offering a special summer package for guests looking to brush up on their French during their Parisian sojourn. The "Learn How to Speak French" package includes breakfast, 20 minutes of French instruction daily, and a French-English dictionary, with rates starting at 350 euros per night.