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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.

Did You Know? Alexander House Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The oldest part of the building that is now Alexander House Hotel dates back to the 17th Century, with a stone dating back to 1608 in the boundary wall.

The house is famed for its grandeur and connections to luminary poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, the Oxley family who had connections with the city of London and the former Governor of the Bank of England who purchased the estate in 1909. In 1984 the mansion was meticulously restored and re-named Alexander House.

In 2002 Utopia Leisure purchased Alexander House and an 18-month redecoration process transformed Alexander House into the elegant, stylish, luxury hotel it is today.

Alexander House Hotel 

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Did You Know? The Olde Bell


By: Five Star Alliance

The Olde Bell is a modern coaching inn, set in historic timber framed buildings. The historic buildings of The Olde Bell, function like a village, the main Inn building for the overnight guests and locals, and the auxiliary buildings for private gatherings.The kitchen uses locally grown, seasonal produce served with a generosity of spirit in both flavour and portions. With parts of the inn dating back to 1135 and with nooks, crannies and crooked floors The Olde Bell offers traditional hospitality in an environment which is human, warm and social.

The Olde Bell

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Did You Know? Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

pennyhill park hotel and the spa 
The earliest reference to Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa in Bagshot, Surrey, is found in the Tithe Land Registry of 1609. It was known as Pennyhill field and thought to have been common land used as a beacon-warning site aiding a national system, warning the arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

James Hodges, a civil engineer, who had been born in Queensborough in Kent in 1814, began to build the first house on the site in 1849 and was completed in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition.

James Hodges died in 1879 and the next occupant of Pennyhill was Louis Schott, a banker born in Frankfurt but with British Nationalisation. He added the Orangery in 1881 – the site of the current 45,000 sqft Spa. Louis died in 1901 and the house was then occupied until 1922 by his nephew, Louis Floershim, also born in Frankfurt and a naturalised British subject. He extended the house in 1903 in neo-Tudor style using Bath stone. For a period during the 1st World War the house reputedly served as a rest house for officers.

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Did You Know? Cliveden House


By: Five Star Alliance

Cliveden House was first built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham. A notorious rake, schemer and wit, he created Cliveden as a hunting lodge where he could entertain his friends and mistress.

Since then it has twice been destroyed by fire, only to emerge, phoenix-like, more stunning than before. The house has played host to virtually every British monarch since George I and has been home to three Dukes, an Earl and Frederick Prince of Wales, who created a happy family home here until his death in 1751.

Clivden House

Queen Victoria, a frequent guest was not amused when the house was bought by William Waldorf Astor, America's richest citizen. When in 1906 he gave it to his son and daughter-in-law Nancy Astor, Cliveden became the hub of a hectic social whirl, where notable guests included everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, and President Roosevelt to George Bernard Shaw.

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Image of the Day: Buckland Manor


By: Five Star Alliance

Buckland Manor is one of the finest manor houses in the Cotswolds, with a heritage dating back to the 13th Century. The Manor is located in a breathtaking setting next to the church with ten acres of gardens rolling into the surrounding countryside and based in the tiny village of Buckland.

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Image of the Day: Four Seasons Hampshire


By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hampshire is an intimate Georgian country manor just an hour from London. Here, the authenticity of an archetypal English manor house is combined with exemplary sporting facilities that fan out over 500 acres of parkland, home to wild deer, grouse, pheasants, foxes and badgers.

Four Seasons Hampshire

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Horses Check-In at Coworth Park


By: Five Star Alliance

Coworth Park
Humans aren't the only ones who can check-in at Coworth Park. The country house hotel on the borders of Windsor Great Park has just announced has enhanced its riding offerings with The Ultimate Horse Check-In, a prestigious check-in service designed for its equestrian guests. Coworth Park is frequently home to some of the world's most prized thoroughbreds who deserve the finest stable-to-stable amenities. It is the only hotel in the UK to offer polo run by Guards Polo Club and is the residence of choice for jockeys and owners from around the world visiting Ascot Racecourse.

Coworth Park's five-strong equestrian services team are all British Horse Society qualified, and facilities include an all-weather canter track and state of the art equestrian accommodation with rubber matting, social stalls, a covered barn and bathing bays. Equestrian at Coworth Park is home to immaculately bred, trained and presented horses for one-on-one or group lessons in basic riding, dressage, jumping, and pony camps for both children and adults.

The Coworth Park Ultimate Horse Check-in Includes:

• Assigned stable with a keepsake welcome card and personalized check-in. The equine's dietary and bedding preferences are taken into consideration.Coworth Park

• Horses get a welcome polo ball from nearby Guards Polo Club, which manages the estate's polo grounds. 

• Arrival amenities such as a Himalayan Rock Salt Lick, home-grown carrots, and horse treats made by the hotel's pastry chef. 

• Equine manicure consisting of a hoof oil moisturising treatment.
 
• Luxury post ride bubble bath in Coworth Park's hot and cold bay with natural equine aromatherapy wash.

• Relaxing aromatherapy oil muscle massage and rubdown by expert stable hands.  
   
After all that pampering, good luck getting your horse to check-out!

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Special Valentine's Day Offers in and Around London


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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New to Five Star Alliance: The Olde Bell


By: Five Star Alliance

The Olde Bell is part of a family of modern coaching inns, set in historic timber framed buildings providing eating, drinking, gatherings and lodgings. Only 45 minutes from central London, with great access to Henley on Thames, Maidenhead and Marlow, with 50 bedrooms, a celebrated restaurant and 7 private rooms seating up to 150 people for weddings, parties and meetings.

The Olde Bell

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Polo Lessons at Coworth Park


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Coworth Park

 

Summer means polo season! Our sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor, has the inside scoop on all the polo perks at Coworth Park. 

Writer Jena Tesse Fox reports that:

Players and fans alike can head up to the Berkshire property to learn and train with Hine and play with members of the world's most famous polo club.

This season, Coworth Park is offering a range of polo lessons and polo days from beginners to more advanced players. An hour-long private lesson can be booked from $203, with a course of five lessons from $952, while group lessons (three people or more) cost from $190. Upon request, the property can arrange for bespoke polo experiences for individual clients and instructional chukkas (polo games) are available for the more serious player. For younger players, Coworth Park offers smaller mallets for children, allowing everyone of all ages to enjoy this noble sport. Preferential rates are offered for guests of Coworth Park and Guards Polo Club members. Guests must be over ten years of age.

 

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