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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.

Summer Retreat in Hong Kong at The Upper House

June 3, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Upper HouseAmong Hong Kong hotels-- some of the most glorious on the planet-- The Upper House stands out for its sleek, contemporary design, secret garden and grassy lawn on level 6, and top-notch technology. Did we mention the panoramic views over the city skyline and Victoria Harbour? Bed down at The Upper House as a "Summer Retreat," starting from HK$3,400 (US$437), and you'll get luxurious accommodations, daily breakfast for two at Café Gray Deluxe, a one-way arrival transfer in a hybrid Lexus, access to the fully-equipped gym, complimentary wifi and local calls, plus a fully-stocked in-room bar that's free. Summer is a great time to visit Hong Kong with the Dragon Boat Carnival, International Film Festival, and sales on high-end fashion.


Summer in Paris: Free Museum Pass with a Stay at The Ritz

June 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz ParisWhat could be better than a summer in Paris? Sipping aperitifs at sidewalk cafes, shopping in the Marais, checking out the excellent new exhibits at the city's world famous museums... Best of all: The Ritz Paris is spoiling guests with a special treat when they book a two-night stay. You'll get a complimentary "museums pass" to visit as many museums as you like. And for the fashionistas: The Ritz Paris is collaborating with Galeries Lafayette (the landmark department store) to offer you a 10% discount on all your purchases, plus VIP services (like a bellboy who'll carry all your shopping bags back to the hotel). You'll also enjoy High Tea with scones and tasty treats for the ultimate pick-me-up after a day of sightseeing or shopping. Rates for the "Summer in Paris" offer start from 660 euros per night for two in a Superior Double room with Continental breakfast, the two-day "museums pass," Galeries Lafayette privilege card, and High Tea. Available July 15- September 15, 2011. News: The luxury hotel on the Place Vendôme recently opened its Terrasse Bar for the season, a wonderful spot for al fresco cocktails and conversation.


3rd Night Free at The Fairmont Beijing

May 20, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont BeijingEager to explore China this summer? The Fairmont Beijing-- located in the capital's central business district-- is promoting a "Free Night" offer so guests can have an extra day to discover the city. Guest rooms and suites are filled with light from floor-to-ceiling-windows and showcase contemporary Chinese artwork. (Fairmont Gold- a hotel within a hotel- offers an exclusive experience on the hotel's skybridge.) The Fairmont Beijing is home to the three-level Willow Stream Spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, Lunar 8 restaurant (serving up crispy Peking duck), The CUT steakhouse, and Champagne bar. Book two nights and get your third night for free! Valid on stays until August 31, 2011. Starting from 1,900 CNY per night on weekdays, and 1,700 CNY per night on weekends, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room.


Hawaii Escapes: Girlfriend Getaway at the Grand Wailea Resort

May 20, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Wailea Resort, MauiAn oceanfront pool with waterfalls and slides facing one of the best beaches in America... You may recognize the dreamy setting from "Just Go With It"- the comedy that Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston starred in earlier this year. Located on the island of Maui, the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has won all kinds of accolades for its pool. And now we just got word that the resort has launched its first ever Girlfriend Getaway package with savings of more than 30% for travel now through December 15, 2011. Based on a double occupancy room, the package requires a four night minimum stay and starts from $1,090 per person. If three girlfriends jet to Maui, it's approx. $890 per person and $789 per person for four gals- so the more, the merrier! (And the more savings.) Grand Wailea’s Girlfriend Getaway includes the following:

* 50-minute pampering at Spa Grande; pampering begins at the Termé Hydrotherapy Circuit, followed by one 50-minute signature massage or facial per person.

* Four-course dinner at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a with exclusive wine-pairing for one night of guests’ choice for all persons registered.

* 20% off select Grand Wailea retail shops.

* “Sparkle Like the Stars” experience at Grand Jewels, Wailea’s jewelers to the elite; try-on a million dollars worth of diamonds and rare gemstones.

* Daily, one-hour pass to Spa Grande’s Termé Hydrotherapy Circuit.


A Glam Girlfriend Getaway to The Reefs, Bermuda

May 6, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Reefs, Bermuda

Still don't have a gift for mom for Mother's Day on Sunday? Give her the gift of travel (and tag along on the trip)! The Reefs in Bermuda has a luxury spa getaway that's perfect for quality girls time. Soak up the sun on the pink sand beach, sip cocktails by the infinity pool, and explore the colorful coral reefs with complimentary snorkel gear and glass-bottom kayaks. Each of the 62 guest rooms and 19 Club Suites at The Reefs offers stunning ocean views. The all-inclusive "Glam Girlfriend Getaway" package has some fabulous inclusions:

* 20% savings on four nights accommodations in a two-bedroom Club Suite for four women

* $300 credit per person to use at La Serena Spa, Bermuda's exclusive Elemis spa

* Full breakfast, afternoon tea and three-course gourmet dinner each day

* $100 drink credit for the group to toast the time together

* One-day bus/ferry pass for each person to explore Bermuda and shop in downtown Hamilton

* Roundtrip airport transfers for the group

This luxurious package is priced at $7,545 for four women, including all taxes and gratuities. Available through October 31, 2011.


High Heel Appeal: Foot Massages and More at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

April 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Hotel Washington DCAbout to keel over after a long day on your feet? The Four Seasons Washington DC has got the cure. Situated on Pennsylvania Avenue in Georgetown, the luxury hotel is inviting ladies to "kick off their Loubies" (to quote JustLuxe) and unwind with a 25-minute foot massage followed by some down-time in the lounge at Bourbon Steak with a glass of bubbly and a "Manolo" cookie. The "High Heel Appeal" package is priced at $75 and is available Monday- Friday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. through June 20. We say this package has Mother's Day written all over it. Though gaggles of girlfriends will get a kick out of it, too.


A Good Value at Qamardeen Hotel in Downtown Dubai

April 4, 2011
By: Guest Writer

Qamardeen Hotel, DubaiLooking for luxury in Dubai without breaking the bank? Qamardeen Hotel-- located in downtown Dubai just a five-minute walk from Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building)-- promises "a really excellent value for money compared to Dubai's vast number of five-star hotels." This four-star deluxe hotel offers contemporary style and Arabic architecture smack in the thick of things. On the hotel's doorstep is the Dubai Mall with 1,200 boutiques, and Souk al Bahar, a retail destination resembling a traditional Arabian souk with winding corridors and high archways overlooking Burj Khalifa. Qamardeen Hotel gets high marks for its warm staff, outdoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art Fitness Center, and well-equipped guest rooms. Take your choice of 13 Executive Suites, 123 Queen Rooms and 48 Twin Rooms filled with natural light, each with a flat screen TV, complimentary high speed internet access, free coffee and tea-making facilities and bottled water. You'll also find a spacious desk area, an open-plan bathroom, and a well-stocked mini bar.


Get the Inside Scoop on Paris with “Eye Prefer Paris” Walking Tours

March 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Spring Flowers in ParisIf you saw the wonderful article on Paris in The New York Times Travel section this past weekend, you might be pining for a trip to the City of Light. And you couldn't have picked a better time. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and there's not a cloud in the sky. In fact, the temps have been in the 70s and it feels almost balmy. Take a stroll through the city's glorious gardens and you'll find the air fragrant with flowers, the sidewalk cafes packed with people-watchers. For some insider tips on Paris, book a private tour with Eye Prefer Paris. A transplanted New Yorker, Richard Nahem delights visitors on tours through his Marais neighborhood and other prime spots around town. Each three-hour walking tour is individually tailored, so if you're interested in jewelry and fashion, Richard can point out secret addresses and cutting-edge boutiques; if you're a die-hard foodie, he's got the skinny on local food shops, markets, and restaurants. Price for the private tour is 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 euros for each individual person. Check it out! www.eyepreferparistours.com Photo of "Spring Flowers in Paris" courtesy of Eye Prefer Paris


Spring in South Carolina at Charleston Place

March 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Charleston PlaceTake a long weekend in Charleston, and it's guaranteed that you'll return home with a spring in your step. A good dose of history, lots of art, flower-filled gardens, and all kinds of good grub (from elegant fare to Southern comfort food that's finger lickin' good). Not to mention the comfortable climate. Charleston Place-- the Orient-Express hotel that's famed for its true Southern hospitality-- is celebrating the arrival of spring with a fabulous package where you get to choose from a memorable variety of experiences, one for each day of your stay. Available from April 1- June 4, 2011 and priced from $370 per night, the "Spring Selections" package includes luxury accommodations, complimentary Internet access and daily newspaper, plus your choice of one of the following (per night):

* $100 Food & Beverage Gift Card for use in the Charleston Grill, Palmetto Cafe, Thoroughbred Club or In Room Dining

* $100 Spa Gift Card for use in The Spa at Charleston Place

* Schooner Pride two hour Sunset Sail for two, including two drinks per person

* Carriage ride for two from Palmetto Carriage Works


Easter Break in Italy: Special Festivities with Baglioni Hotels

March 23, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Regina Hotel BaglioniNeed a change of scene? Craving a little Spring sunshine? Book yourself a trip to Europe for Easter break and you'll find yourself stopping to sniff the flowers (and sip the wine, and taste the chocolate bunnies) while recharging your batteries. Nothing says Easter like Italy... And the Baglioni Hotels Collection is doing it right with festive meals and fine chocolates for all guests. Whether you're looking to travel to Venice, Rome, Florence or Milan, Baglioni's got you covered. Here's the scoop:

Luna Hotel Baglioni, located just a few steps from St. Mark's Square in Venice, is celebrating Easter by giving guests a Chocolate Easter Egg and a choice of Easter lunch or dinner at the award-winning Canova Restaurant.

Relais Santa Croce, a stylish 18th century residence in Florence, is offering a special Easter weekend focused on food: a chocolate tasting at “Arte del Cioccolato” by specialist Tuscan chocolate maker, Roberto Catinari and dinner at the Guelfi & Ghibellini restaurant with a sweet surprise.

Luna Hotel BaglioniRegina Hotel Baglioni in Rome will be serving Easter Monday brunch in its beautiful Belvedere Room. Located on the top floor of the hotel, this glass walled room lets you enjoy breathtaking views across the Eternal City.

Carlton Hotel Baglioni, situated in the heart of Milan, is offering an Easter break full of shopping opportunities and indulgent spa treatments: private Deluxe Car transfer to/from the Fidenza Village (Parma), a special body exfoliating treatment with Mimosa essence at Spiga 8 Spa and an elegant dinner on the Baglioni Terrace.