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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.

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.


The U.K.'s Largest Spa is Now Open at The Corinthia London

August 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

ESPA Life at Corinthia, LondonThe Corinthia Hotel's launch in London has not been a quiet affair. Over-the-top in every way imaginable, the opulent new hotel opened a spa in July that's been the talk of the town. The latest spa by industry leader Sue Harmsworth MBE, the ESPA Life at Corinthia is the largest spa in the U.K.- measuring over 37,000 square feet and covering four levels. It's also the worldwide flagship for ESPA, and the first location to offer the brand’s new ESPA Life concept, an integrated wellness approach that incorporates complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into a luxury spa environment. There's an entire floor devoted to thermal and wet areas including an indoor pool, black mosaic steam rooms, and an amphitheater sauna. Treatments include new age-defying facials and a ‘Rush Hour Beauty’ menu.


A Ritzy New Manicure at The Ritz London

July 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz London ManicureFor a real treat on your next trip to London, head to The Ritz Salon-- located on the seventh floor of the legendary hotel on Piccadilly-- for a signature Ritz Manicure. Created by Jeff Pink, the inventor of the French Manicure and founder of the famous Orly Professional Nail Care range, the Ritz manicure was created exclusively for the hotel. The deeply moisturizing treatment starts with a hand soak, followed by an olive grain exfoliation and massage with Orly products-- rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential oils. Next up: a skin-softening wrap, which seals in oils and revives the skin and cuticles. The finishing touch: Manicurist Anna Gardiner, who has tended to the nails of the glitterati, applies two flashes of signature Ritz gold lacquer, positioned to complement the natural nail. The Ritz Manicure is priced at GBP 75 and The Ritz gold lacquer costs GBP 11.95.


Suite on London: Third Night Free at The Egerton House

July 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Egerton House Hotel, LondonThe Queen's on her annual visit to Scotland, so why not take a jaunt to London to soak up the grandeur of Buckingham Palace? The most famous palace in the world opened its doors to the public this past weekend, so the State Rooms are yours for the ogling. Book a stay at the Egerton House Hotel, situated in the heart of fashionable Knightsbridge, and you'll swear you're staying at the mansion of a friend (albeit a wealthy one). The hotel gets rave reviews for its hospitality, beginning the moment you walk through the door and are greeted with a glass of Champagne or steaming pot of tea. Rooms are personalized with thoughtful touches: fresh fruit, your favorite music, and welcome notes. Take advantage of a special offer at the Egerton House Hotel and get three nights for the price of two when staying in one of the luxurious suites. Don't want to splash out for a suite? You can also get an exceptional value with the regular room categories. The hotel also has a "One More Night" offer-- where every fifth night is complimentary. (Note: Blackout dates may apply.)


A Summer Cinema for Kids at London's Rubens at the Palace

July 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rubens at the Palace, LondonTraveling with the kids to London? You won't want to miss this. The Rubens at the Palace-- a comfortable four-star hotel located opposite Buckingham Palace-- is converting one of its conference suites to a Summer Kiddies Cinema this August. There will be two free screenings of family favorite films every day. So turn off the lights, grab some popcorn, and get ready for Shrek, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and more! Each young guest will get complimentary juice and popcorn, and either a bag of sweets or a popsicle for the movie. For meals, the Cavalry Bar offers a Princes and Princesses menu with classics like macaroni and cheese, ham and cheese toasties, and mini fish and chips.

During your stay, the hotel's Director of Fun and Adventure will ensure that your kid gets a fun guided tour of the hotel, and a visit to the pastry kitchen where children can ice and decorate their very own cupcake. To prep for a long day of sightseeing, the Director of Fun and Adventure provides each young guest with a personal rucksack and packed lunch.

Families staying at the Rubens at the Palace can also take advantage of the ‘Kids Go Free’ offer, which allows children under 12 years of age to share the room with their parents for free. Family rooms are available from £287 including VAT, per room per night.


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

July 15, 2011
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.


Get Photographed by an Official Royal Photographer at London's Milestone Hotel

July 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Milestone Hotel and Apartments, LondonEver since Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot, interest in the Royals has been at record highs. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now taking North America by storm in their first public engagement as a married couple. (They've become "the toast of Canada and California.") Looking to take a jaunt to London this year to revel in the glory of the British capital? The Milestone Hotel-- the award-winning boutique property overlooking Kensington Gardens-- has put together a buzzworthy special package that will thrill royal watchers. Imagine having your photograph taken by an official royal photographer whose commissions have included Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Princes William and Harry, the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret and the late Queen Mother. Ian Pelham-Turner has also photographed all the big names in Hollywood, and now it's your turn! You'll spend 2-3 hours having a series of photographs taken, both in the hotel and in the grounds of nearby Kensington Palace:

Not only will you receive a full set of wonderful images but Ian will share with you his many stories – taking the first photographs of Prince William as a baby, how the Queen almost knighted him in Hyde Park, how the Queen Mother held the Royal train for Ian and how Princess Diana helped him at the Royal Ballet...

Priced from £430 per night and subject to availability, the "Royal Photographic Experience" package includes:

* Two nights accommodation in a luxurious room or suite

* A 2 hour photo-session in the hotel and grounds of Kensington Palace

* The opportunity to enjoy Ian’s many stories about the personalities he has worked with

* A full unlimited set of images of the photographs

* A scroll certificate authenticating that the images have been taken by a royal photographer

* Tutorial on how to use your own camera on holiday


Look out, London: Bulgari Hotel Set for Spring 2012

June 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bulgari Hotel MilanAfter the successful opening of the Bulgari Hotel Milan and Bulgari Resort in Bali, the brand is readying for the Spring 2012 debut of the Bulgari London- just in time for the Olympic Games. The British capital has seen a slew of fabulous hotel openings recently- from the dramatically renovated Savoy and the happening W Hotel Leicester Square to the Corinthia and the ultra-high-tech Eccleston Square Hotel. So the Bulgari London-- a posh pad with 85 rooms and suites equipped with ample Bulgari bath amenities-- will be in good company. HotelChatter reports that the hotel "will be located in the uber-posh Knightsbridge nabe" on the site of the old Knightsbridge Palace Hotel, and that the hotel's penthouse will have a nightly price tag that "only Russian billionaires can afford." What else is in store? Seven Bulgari suites, a destination restaurant and bar, a large ballroom, a private cinema and a 2,000 square meter Spa and fitness center with 25 meter indoor pool.

Pictured: The Bulgari Hotel in Milan.


Choose Your Own In-Room Aroma at the New Montcalm London City at The Brewery

June 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Montcalm London City at The BreweryThere's been lots of buzz about the luxury hotel that recently opened in a historic brewery in London. Dating back to 1750 when Samuel Whitbread first started making beer at his Whitbread & Co brewery, the Grade II listed building has morphed into The Montcalm London City at The Brewery. The hotel-- located in Barbican in London City-- unveiled its beautiful renovation with a soft opening of 100 guest rooms on May 23. (The official launch party will take place in September 2011, when all 235 guest rooms, along with the wellness center and gastro pub, are open.) The style is sleek and contemporary, with nods to the building's heritage. There's also a contemporary restaurant called the Chiswell Street Dining Room, "run by ETM, the team behind The Botanist and The Cadogan Arms." The collection of luxury suites sound downright swanky. They come with complimentary Internet and butler services, and sport marble bathrooms with Gessi rain showers and soaking tubs. Best part of all? You get to choose your own in-room fragrance. Think lavender, grapefruit, or fresh grass.


Table Talk: Exclusive Champagne Pol Roger Dinner at The Ritz London

May 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Ritz Hotel LondonWhat did the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drink in toasting their new marriage? Why Champagne Pol Roger, of course. A favorite of Sir Winston Churchill, Champagne Pol Roger was founded in 1849 and awarded a Royal Warrant in 2004. These fine Champagnes are the bubbly of choice to mark special occasions for the British Royal Family and the aristocracy. Buzz: The Ritz in London has teamed up with Champagne Pol Roger to offer guests an exclusive dining experience where a sumptuous five course menu prepared by Executive Chef John Williams will be paired with the best Champagnes, including the famous Tête de Cuvée: Sir Winston Churchill.

The Pol Roger Dinner (£225 per person) will be held on Wednesday, June 8th in the magnificent 18th century surroundings of William Kent House, commencing with a Champagne and canapé reception in the Marie Antoinette Suite and followed by dinner in The Music Room. Mr James Simpson, M.A. (Cantab), M.W, Sales Director and Marketing Director for Pol Roger, will be on hand to advise how best to appreciate the differing styles of the Champagnes which, combined with the culinary expertise of the Chef’s menu, promises a unique and memorable dining experience.

For reservations, contact Natalie Jones in The Ritz Events Department at +44 (0)20 7300 2233 or at njones@theritzlondon.com. Make a night of it by booking one of the hotel’s opulent Louis XVI inspired guestrooms or suites- guaranteed to be a memorable experience.