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


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


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


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.


Your Chance to Go Green: The Westin Dublin


By: Alison Victor

The Westin DublinMarch marks the annual celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and what better way to capture the spirit of the Irish then to plan a trip to Ireland? You won't find a more luxurious place to stay then The Westin Dublin, located in the heart of the city. The Westin Dublin, formerly the Allied Irish Bank, was recently renovated into a luxurious five star hotel. It sits across from the beautiful Trinity College, and is within walking distance to the Temple Bar District and Grafton Street. Each room and suite of The Westin Dublin comes equipped with a Heavenly Bed, which the hotel refers to as "10 layers of heaven." The bed has a custom-designed pillow mattress, plush down comforter, and 5 king and queen sized pillows. While staying at The Westin Dublin, don't forget to take advantage of the wonderful 24 hour concierge service. Use it to book an in-room spa treatment, or to plan a tour of the Guinness Factory, where you can enjoy a pint and breathtaking view of the city.


Destination Istanbul: Conquer the Grand Bazaar with the Ceylan InterContinental’s Private Guide


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ceylan InterContinental Hotel IstanbulStraddling two continents, where the East meets West, Istanbul is one of the world's most exciting and cosmopolitan cities. When you book a stay at the Ceylan InterContinental, you'll enjoy not only top-notch facilities (health and fitness center, spa with Turkish hammam), but also insider experiences crafted by the knowledgeable concierge staff. Accommodations are downright lavish-- with stunning views over the Bosphorous-- and are appropriate for both business and leisure travelers.

Ceylan InterContinental Hotel IstanbulThe hotel's concierge can arrange a "Sights of Istanbul" tour, taking in the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, one of the city's most incredible landmarks. Lined with over 20,000 handmade ceramic blue tiles, Istanbul's Blue Mosque boasts 200 stained glass windows. You can also "Conquer the Grand Bazaar"-- the world's oldest and largest covered shopping area-- with a personal guide at your side to lead you through the maze of shops. A private driver will take you there in comfort.


Explore Insider’s Tuscany with the Exclusive Villa La Massa in Florence


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa La Massa

Leave it to the Villa La Massa-- the darling of celebrities, and sister property to the celebrated Villa d'Este on Lake Como-- to provide guests with exclusive access to the cultural riches of Tuscany, the living expression of the Italian Renaissance. Florence is one of the world's most coveted destinations (for good eats, the best shopping, and Michelangelo's David, need we say more?), and Villa La Masa arguably has the town's best accommodations. Just a stone's throw from Florence, nestled in the Tuscan countryside along the famed Arno River, Villa La Massa dates from the 16th century: a marvel of ancient frescoes, gorgeous art, and the most luxurious furnishings. It's a given that the Villa La Massa can hook you up with guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia di Belle Arti, or shopping excursions to pick up the best handicrafts and fashion. But what's more: Villa La Massa can arrange private tours of the countryside so that guests can discover Tuscany's secrets, delighting in authentic cuisine and gaining access to Florentine Palaces. Tip: The hotel opens for the season on March 26, 2009.


Four Seasons Hotel New York Fashion Offerings


By: Mackenzie Allison

Four Seasons Hotel New York Fashion Offerings Although NYC's fashion week has come to a close, Four Seasons Hotel New York, in partnership with Four Seasons magazine, is launching Couture & Cocktails-- six post-fashion week showcase events featuring three top-designer labels. Every Thursday from February 19 to March 26, fashionistas can view collections by Michael Kors, Anne Fontaine or MaxMara in the Hotel's TY Lounge. Foodies take Note: Delectable items and cocktails reflective of each designer's homeland will be on the menu (think Jet Setter cocktail, Truffle Mac 'n Cheese, Champagne, canapés, Bellinis and tiramisu). Upon departure, guests will receive a special promotional offer at the designer's retail locations. [Map]


The Plaza’s Shop-’til-u-Drop Package


By: Dave Eisen

The Plazas ShoptiluDrop PackageThe Plaza Hotel in New York was the fictional setting for Kay Thompson's Eloise character; now the hotel is reaching back into fiction with its "Shopaholic Weekend in New York" package, based on Sophie Kinsella's book, "Confessions of a Shopaholic," which has now been released as a film starring Isla Fisher. Here's the low-down: With the package, guests receive one night in a Plaza room or suite; a private consultation at the jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane's boutique; complimentary skincare consultation and brow shaping at Plaza Beauty; dinner for two at the Oak Room; and drinks for two at the Rose Club. Luckily, the package will last longer than the film is in theatres, through the end of 2009. Rates begin at $795 per night. [Map]


Get More From Your Stay in London: Special Amenities at Hotel “41″


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

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London luxury hotels are now cheaper than a Travelodge? Around the world, five-star hotels are slashing their rates and offering creative packages to entice guests. London's fashionable properties are no exception. One of our favorites, the boutique hotel "41" that's part of Red Carnation's esteemed hotel collection, overlooking the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, lets guests live London life to the full with value-added extras. When you stay for two nights or more, you'll get one of the following for free: champagne and flowers in your room, a Harrods shopping spree, a spin on the London Eye, a three-day travel card, a three-course meal, or a romantic turndown. The "Get More From Your Stay" package also includes daily breakfast.


Team of Four Hook Up On Barbados Bridal Bonanza


By: Dave Eisen

Team of Four Hook Up On Barbados Bridal BonanzaIf you are planning a wedding or honeymoon, you'll want to make a beeline for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York on February 19. The Barbados Tourism Authority is partnering with the venerable department store, Modern Bride and Valerie Wilson Travel on the Barbados Bridal Suite, an invitation-only, one-stop event for brides, which will be set up at the Fifth Avenue store on the 19th. Brides-to-be can plan their dream honeymoon or destination wedding on Barbados and will have the expertise of Valerie Wilson travel to guide them. A highlight of the event will be a series of prize drawings, which includes a four-night trip to the Crane Resort in Barbados, a bridal gown from designer Melissa Sweet and a headpiece by Tia Mazza Veils. [Map]