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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.

Loews Hotels Offering all Fashionistas the Recessionista Respite Package

July 7, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Loews Regency HotelTimes are tough, but just because you may be tightening your belt doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to enjoy luxury at a reasonable price. Loews Hotels are currently offering "Recessionista Respite" packages at participating locations, designed with the trendsetting fashion plate in mind. Book now through September 5th, and you can choose from some of the following options. At Loews Denver Hotel the Recessionista Package will include Villa Suite accommodations for one night, two $25 American Express gift checks to be used at the nearby Cherry Creek Shopping Center, home to over 400 shop-til-you-drop stores, personal bag concierge to deliver your bags to your room, complimentary valet parking, and post shopping cocktails at the hotel's T-Bar. Pricing starts at just $279 per night.

If shopping in the Big Apple is what you want, the Loews Regency Hotel's Recessionista Package will include 15% off "shopping day pass" at Bloomingdale's complete with a personal shopper, a gift with purchase, complimentary beauty makeover, cocktails for two at the hotel's Library Bar, and 20% off services at the hotel's Nico Salon. Prices start at just $180 per person.

Loews invites you to indulge but not over extend, and with these great offers, there is no guilt in shopping-til-you-drop!


Design Dream: Capella Singapore Features Objets d’Art from Lamont Design

June 26, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Capella Sentosa Singapore

Since the Capella Singapore opened in March, guests have been dazzled by the largest guest rooms in Singapore. (Not to mention the one- and two-bedroom garden villas with private pools overlooking the South China Sea.) These interior spaces feature handcrafted objects, artwork and furniture from Lamont Design, a Bangkok-based company that worked with Norman Foster's architectural design to achieve Capella's vision for the new hotel. Centered around two historic "Tanah Merah" houses (dating from the colonial era), the ultra-luxury hotel was built to take advantage of its hilltop setting with tiered pools and marvelous courtyard gardens. Seascape vistas aren't the only thing guests appreciate inside the resort; Lamont's sophisticated objects in bronze, earthenware and Peking glass display a rich history of craftsmanship and create the mood. You can browse Lamont's contemporary collections and rare objects-- showcased at the Capella Singapore and Miami's Setai Hotel-- in five stores in Thailand, including a boutique at The Sukhothai. And from now until August 31, 2009, you can check out the Capella Singapore's lush tropical haven with a special introductory offer where you get a third night free.


Take a Luxury Break at The Cove Atlantis

June 19, 2009
By: Alison Victor

The Cove AtlantisSwimming with the Dolphins? Water slides? Gourmet Dining and Casinos? Sound like a checklist you put together in your dreams? Well all of this and much more is part of the experience awaiting guests at the super luxurious The Cove Atlantis.

Since its opening in early 2007, The Cove Atlantis on Paradise Island has been the ultimate destination for anyone wanting a vacation they will always remember. Now through the end of October,The Cove Atlantis is offering an amazing package called the Super SunBreak. If you are looking for a two night "break," rates start at an amazing $199 USD per adult, with children 11 and under staying, and playing, for free. If you are looking to "break" away from everyday life for a little bit longer, the Super SunBreak promotion will allow you to stay seven nights, with rates starting at only $669 USD. With such amazing rates, there is no reason that a vacation at the Cove can't be a dream come true!


Ferrari Tours, Hot-Air Balloon Rides, and Shopping in Florence with the Villa Olmi

June 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa Olmi, FlorenceHeading to Florence this summer? A stay at Villa Olmi, the celebrated Renaissance villa nestled on six hectares of perfectly manicured gardens, is not just any hotel experience. The five-star property is an old country estate that captures the meaning of the "good life"-- with an exquisite restaurant, a wine cellar with ancient vintages, park and swimming pool, and warm hospitality. Expect stellar service. The hotel can arrange myriad activities for their guests. Think hot air balloon rides over Tuscany and cooking classes to teach the secrets of the region's rich cuisine. Some of our favorite activities? The tour by Ferrari in the Chianti area, wine tasting in the private Wine Cellar with the Villa's Sommelier, and shopping trips to Florence. Special offer: Five Star Alliance guests staying at Villa Olmi will receive a welcome drink and bottle of wine in the room upon arrival. Guests staying a minimum of three nights will also receive a candle light dinner for two in the restaurant "Il Cavaliere" (beverage not included).


Bespoke Tailoring in London: Custom-Made Suits with The Milestone Hotel

May 28, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Milestone, LondonThe exceptional London hotel racks up the awards for its service (butlers are on hand to take care of every little detail). Here's yet another example of The Milestone's doting attention-to-detail: The five-star favorite will hook you up with Kate Starkey Couture on your next trip to London, so that you can get world-famous London tailoring while staying at the hotel. Specializing in the perfectly-fitting solution to women's wardrobes, Kate Starkey Couture creates personalized classics for busy working women who don't have time to shop. Kate and her team will visit you at The Milestone to design your very own unique shirt, suit or overcoat from a full selection of divine silks and Swiss Cottons for the bespoke shirts, and stunning collection of wools, cashmere and silk for the suits. Available until December 31, 2008 and priced from GBP 1694, the Kate Starkey Couture Package includes:

  * Two nights accommodation in a King Room or Suite

* Welcome glass of Champagne upon arrival

* Full English breakfast in-room or restaurant

* For the ladies – an approximate two-hour consultation at the hotel in the comfort of your own room with Kate Starkey Couture for one Custom-Made Suit and two Bespoke Ladies Shirts. You will also receive a complimentary extra trouser or skirt of choice. (Delivery will be approximately 6 weeks).

* Two complimentary tickets to the latest exhibition at the V&A


Experience Capella: Breidenbacher Hof is the Place to Stay in Dusseldorf

May 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Breidenbacher HofLong a city icon, the Breidenbacher Hof was the crown jewel of Düsseldorf for nearly two hundred years, playing host to royalty like Russian Czar Alexander II and Prince August of Prussia. Now Capella Hotels has breathed new life into this historic property, opening its doors in May 2008 as part of a new breed of luxury hotels, where check-in/check-out times are nonexistent, Internet access is free, facilities are downright luxurious, the Capella Living Room offers complimentary beverages and snacks, and Personal Assistant service is guaranteed for every guest. It's little wonder Capella is making waves as the luxury hotel model for the future. With a focus on the highest standards of service, the opulent 95-room hotel offers bespoke guest experiences, so it's possible to arrange for a personal shopper to hit the fashionable shops along Düsseldorf's grand boulevard, where shops will remain open after-hours for your amusement. During your stay, don't miss a La Mer Luxury Body Treatment at the Schnitzler Beauty Lounge at Breidenbacher Hof.


Discover London for Less at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel

May 5, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel Situated in the exclusive village of Belgravia in Knightsbridge, one of London's most prestigious shopping districts, is the ultra luxurious Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. Known for its elegant surroundings and personalized service, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is perfect for anyone visiting this bustling city: families and business travelers alike. Book now through July, and you can stay in their luxuriously appointed deluxe room, with complimentary Internet and continental breakfast daily for around 250 GBP.

Special offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel will receive a Welcome Card from the General Manager, a Temple Spa Gift worth 35 British pounds and possible room upgrade on check-in if available.


A Little Piece of Italian Dolce Vita in London at the Baglioni Hotel

April 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Baglioni Hotel LondonCross the charms of an English residence with all the style of an Italian masterpiece and what do you get? The Baglioni Hotel in London would be a good bet: a 67-room luxury hotel directly across from Kensington Gardens in the heart of poshest London. Rooms ooze Italian style, and guests enjoy the use of a Maserati Quattroporte courtesy car, but the service-- personal butlers devoted to each floor of the hotel-- is utterly British. Another nice perk? Personal shopping service to make the most of nearby Harrods and Harvey Nicols as well as the famous shopping havens of Chelsea, Portobello Road Market, High Street Kensington, Oxford Street and Bond Street. Facilities include a spa, fitness center, and the Brunello Lounge & Restaurant, overlooking Kensington Gardens, where a multi-course tasting menu is highly recommended.


Celebrate April at the Westin Paris

April 14, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Westin ParisThere's still a few weeks left for celebrating April in Paris. One of the newest luxury hotel additions to the City of Lights is The Westin Paris. The hotel's stunning location overlooks the magnificent Tuileries Gardens and the Eiffel Tower-- just a few steps away from the Louvre Museum, Place de la Concorde, the renowned Place Vendome and the elegant shopping of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. You can even relax in a signature Heavenly Bed. The Westin Paris also offers Westin's Best Rate Guarantee, so you can be sure you are getting the best rate on your room. Bon Voyage!


Stay 4 Nights for the Price of 3 at Regent Bal Harbour

March 31, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Regent Bal HarbourExclusive, stylish, and luxurious are three words that come to mind when you think of Bal Harbour, Florida. Just a short distance from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Bal Harbour is the fashion capital of South Florida. This mecca of upscale boutiques includes everything from Valentino to Armani. There is no better place to stay while there than The Regent Bal Harbour. After a long day of upscale shopping and people watching on palm tree-lined streets, you can easily walk to The Regent Bal Harbour or have the hotel pick you up in their private luxury car. Book now and you can enjoy four nights for the price of three, which will give you even more reason to shop til you drop.