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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.

Image of the Day: Coworth Park


By: Five Star Alliance

Take a peek at this lovely and serene sitting area found at Coworth Park.

 


The Grove Is an In-Spa-Ration To Us All


By: Christopher Roney

There's always a lot of hullaballoo around hotels in London. It's a major destination, and everyone wants to be in the middle of the action. The Grove, however, takes exactly the opposite tactic, catering to those of us who want to get away from the rush of the hectic city, and instead relax and enjoy the countryside. The 18th century house is such an idyllic backdrop for relaxation that I keep imagining I'll run into someone who claims to be named Ernest and has a ward of eligible age. While I doubt that a vacation to the country should result in an unexpected engagement, you can be sure that you'll come back from your own Bunburying feeling quite refreshed. 

If there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with a rejuvenating retreat, it's top-notch spa facilities. The Grove is a country estate in nearby Hertfordshire, and its spa facilities are second-to-none. 12 specially designed treatments rooms and a VIP double room are more than enough to serve up all of the latest in the various greek and latinate treatments: aromatherapy, thalassotherapy, phytotherapy, and hydrotherapy. If there's a prefix for it, they have a spa treatment of it. There is plenty of fine dining available on site, and you'll never be wanting for activities at the former home of the Earls of Clarendon. Sporty types will find ample tennis courts and an golf course that hosted the 2006 World Cup. So next time you need a break, pack up your hatboxes and sensational diary and head to The Grove in Hertfordshire.

 


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Coworth Park


By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Coworth Park is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for leisure facilities. This luxury hotel is set in 240 acres of tranquil Berkshire Parkland in the United Kingdom, and Coworth Park is a restored Georgian Manor-House and estate with only 70 rooms and suites. The charm of the estate has been enhanced through a contemporary decorative flair which includes English smoked oak flooring and exquisite craftsmanship. This luxury hotel has earned recognition for its leisure facilities, and it’s certainly the perfect spot for guests to take pleasure in England’s greatest traditions including afternoon tea at the conservatory, croquet on the lawn, a round of golf, or even a picnic in the woods.

Check rates, availability, photos and more at the Coworth Park here!


Conde Nast Platinum Circle 2012: Chewton Glen


By: Christopher Roney

We've been spotlighting a list of Conde Nast's award-winning Gold List Hotels for 2012, and each one is amazing in its own right. In a clear case of never enough of a good thing, Conde Nast has yet an additional level to their awards, the meta-prestigious Platinum Circle Hotels, distinguished for being consistent Gold List winners for the last five years. Perhaps it could have been more aptly named the Conde Nast Award for Continued Excellence in the Having of Conde Nast Awards, but that's probably just my jealousy talking. It takes a certain level of cachet to be able to recognize someone for being recognized by you, and the Conde Nast Awards carry that weight. Regardless, the Platinum Circle hotels are undoubtedly some of the best of the best and have the mark of consistency that other hotels can only aspire to.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The less-than-appetizingly named Chewton Glen is today's entry in our continuing exploration of the Conde Nast Platinum Circle.  Just 20 minutes from the English Channel, Chewton Glen is the epitome of classic English style. And the pinnacle of this epitome is the expansive croquet lawn that fronts the beautiful 18th century manor house. With only 59 rooms, the service at Chewton Glen is exceptionally personal and comes with the British flair for understatement that, like a nice crumpet, no afternoon tea is complete without. The 100,000 acre national forest on the edge of which the hotel sits offers miles of hiking trails and a 9-hole par three golf course and indoor/outdoor tennis courts mean you can also stay on the grounds to break a sweat. Its spa has been named the best in England, and its hydrotherapy pool is perfect for a refreshing soak. If you want all the gentlemanly sensibilities of a five-star London hotel but want to stay out of the city, Chewton Glen is the hotel for you. 


Legoland Lands in March: The World’s Most Cubic Hotel


By: Christopher Roney

Now this is a hotel that understands the building blocks to success: Take a universally loved children’s toy, add just the right amount of kitsch, and make it a family-themed resort, and all of a sudden, you’ve got the perfect destination. According to HotelChatter, the Legoland in the UK is opening in March with an attendant Windsor Resort hotel. And this hotel is taking the theme of the park seriously. Making use of 1,600 different lego models assembled by their team of expert builders, more than 80 million blocks will be used in the hotel design (don’t worry none of them are structurally vital). Not only that, the rooms are themed around the traditional lego settings, including everyone’s favorite, pirates.

You might not think of Lego has a traditional luxury brand, and they certainly aren't making an attempt at super luxury; roughly 250 euros gets you a family room, park tickets for two days, free breakfast, and an early-bird pass in the low season; but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better kids-oriented destination. And if you hail from the other side of the pond, you need not worry. The California Legoland will be rolling out a similar Lego-themed hotel in 2013.

Photo via Legoland


Book Your London Hotel for the Olympics & Queen's Jubilee


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Athenauem Hotel and Apartments, London2012 will be a big year for Britain, says Travel Agent Magazine. London is prepping for a series of blockbuster events, starting with the Queen's Jubilee in June, honoring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne (can we say gigantic flotilla on the Thames?) If you're eager to get in on the action, and also partake in Olympic fever, it's best to book your hotel room ASAP. The USA Today reports that "hotels are expected to fill about 92% of their rooms, which will mean many sold-out nights"-- according to a new forecast from Pricewaterhouse Coopers. "And that's despite a number of new hotels that have opened, including Dorchester Collection's tony 45 Park Lane in Mayfair and Starwood's trendy W in the heart of Leicester Square."

Looking for a hotel in London or the surrounding area? Five Star Alliance has a number of recommendations- whether you want a family-friendly boutique hotel or an opulent palace on the Thames. There are also a slew of four-star hotels available.

Pictured: The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments.


An English Town and Country Getaway at The Dorchester and Coworth Park


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Dorchester, LondonOn your next voyage to England, why not combine the best of the town and country? Stay in style with The Dorchester Collection at both Coworth Park, the new country house hotel in Ascot, and London's legendary icon, The Dorchester. The luxury hotel group has just launched a package that combines the best of both worlds. While reveling in the country life at Coworth Park, play croquet on the lawn; bask in eco-luxury at the Spa at Coworth Park (where herbs for the treatments grow on the Living Roof!); set off on horseback from the Equestrian Center to explore the 240 acres of Berkshire parkland. You could paint the town red in London, or sequester yourself inside The Dorchester's basion of luxury- supping on Michelin-starred cuisine and relaxing in the glamorous Art Deco-style spa.

The "Town & Country" experience includes one night bed and breakfast at both The Dorchester and Coworth Park, as well as the transfer in between and the opportunity to take advantage of the Concierge at each hotel to recommend a customized itinerary. Rates start from £890 (approximately $1,400 USD) exclusive of VAT for a superior room based on double occupancy and for two consecutive nights including full English breakfast. Offer is valid July 24 until September 4, 2011.


Polo Fields and Spa Treatments by Dr. Alkaitis: Coworth Park Debuts Today in the UK


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Coworth ParkWe've been waiting with bated breath and now the moment's arrived: Coworth Park opened its doors today on the border of Windsor Great Park in the English countryside. Just 45 minutes from central London, the 70-room estate is the first luxury country house hotel from the Dorchester Collection. We can barely contain our excitement about the luxe offerings: three restaurants overseen by Michelin-starred Chef John Campbell; a contemporary design that enhances the Georgian charm of the original Coworth Park's manor house; an equestrian center; sunken gardens and polo fields; a carbon neutral spa that's the first in the world to offer treatments by Dr. Alkaitis, renowned for his 100% organic, paraben free ingredients. This is the year to celebrate the yuletide season in Merry Ole England!


Hot Hotel Openings of the Year: Coworth Park from the Dorchester Collection


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Coworth Park, EnglandHow's this for a teaser? Sure got us excited for the launch of The Dorchester Collection's luxurious country retreat. "You'll know your 'peg out' from your 'double tap.' You'll be comfortable dining under (and alongside) the stars. You'll know which single malt to sip, which New World white to quaff. You'll be ready to leave the past behind and make your mark on the future. You'll be ready for a country house hotel quite unlike any other. Welcome to Coworth Park."

 

 

Coworth Park-- "the country house hotel that rewrites the rules"-- will be opening this summer in the English countryside, just 40 minutes from central London. The setting? 237 acres of parkland bordering Great Windsor Park-- near Ascot and the golf clubs at Wentworth and Sunningdale. What's in store? A carbon-neutral spa, for starters. One of the first of its kind in the UK, the eco-spa was built unobtrusively into the landscape with a roof covered in herbs, later plucked for use in spa treatments. Outdoor pursuits run the gamut from archery to tennis. There's even an equestrian center and pro polo fields.

 

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Buzz: New Luxury Hotels from the Dorchester Collection in England


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Surrey farmlandWe can hardly wait for two new hotel openings from the Dorchester Collection in England next year. Slated for the summer, Coworth Park will be a country house hotel and equestrian center on 200 acres of Surrey parkland near Ascot-- just 40 minutes from central London. Polo fields, archery, pitch-and-put golf, an eco-luxury spa... But most exciting of all: Coworth Park will be one of the most environmentally-friendly properties in the UK, utilizing zero-carbon technologies. Rainwater and surface water will be recycled, and a kitchen garden will provide organic veggies for the table. The goal is to embrace all the latest, cutting-edge technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least 50 percent. The other addition to the Dorchester portfolio will be in London. Long vacant, 45 Park Lane will be getting a makeover from its er- unseemly former life as the London Playboy Club. The construction project requires major modifications incorporating eco-friendly technology.