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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.

Receive the Royal Treatment at The Raj Palace

June 24, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The Raj Palace

A stay at The Raj Palace Hotel will leave you doused in luxurious elegance. This royal Indian palace turned hotel held the title of “World’s Leading Heritage Hotel” by the World Travel Awards consecutively from 2007 to 2011, so guests should not expect anything less than the royal treatment when visiting this opulent palace. The Raj Palace Hotel is home to one of the most luxurious hotel suites in the world, with their presidential suite priced at a jaw-dropping $45,000 USD a night. The room used to belong to a former Maharaja, and is one of the biggest suites in Asia. However, with high costs come high expectations which the Raj Palace Hotel fully delivers on. This four floor palatial suite comes complete with gold and ivory absolutely everywhere. If the design elements alone do not speak to its royal past, then maybe the historical artifacts inside a private museum located inside the suite would. Guests are pampered with top notch five star service and privacy, as a private roof terrace and swimming pool with breathtaking views of the city of Jaipur.

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Peek Inside the Penthouse Suite at Mandarin Oriental Paris

June 21, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Mandarin Oriental ParisMandarin Oriental Paris has a terrific location and the bespoke service the hotel group is known for.  Recently they've unveiled The Penthouse Suite, which is akin to having your own private apartment with maid service in the City of Lights. Located on the highest floor of the hotel, the three-bedroom split-level suite offers use of our breathtaking Royale Mandarin, Premier Atelier and Crystal suites. It sleeps up to 8 people, and is 407/sqm/4381sqf.

Among the amenities are twice daily housekeeping with complimentary water on turndown, a private elevator, a selection of bespoke artwork, a staircase fashioned from guilloche metal, and private gym. Most spectacularly, the suite has two terraces offering breathtaking views of the city’s rooftops, the Garnier Opéra and the Eiffel Tower.

In addition to the suite’s three large bedrooms, there is a lavish bathroom with gold cabochons scattered across the floor, a steam room and oversized bath.  Guests can choose from a plush robe or a silk kimono while soaking in the round tub and watching the in-bathroom TV.  There’s also a spacious living room, dining room, kitchen, bar andMandarin Oriental Paris two additional bathrooms.

For your listening pleasure there's a Bang & Olufsen televisions and audio system. Those guests surgically attached to their electronic devices will be glad to know fast, high quality bandwidth, both wired and wireless, allows for up to four devices. 

Still feeling a little tense despite all this luxury? Guests may exclusively enjoy a complimentary, ensuite Jiao Ting massage for two.

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Long Term Rentals in Las Vegas - Vdara Hotel & Spa

June 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Vdara Hotel SpaLocated within Las Vegas' CityCenter, the all-suite, non-gaming, smoke-free and eco-friendly Vdara Hotel & Spa features long-term leasing or rental options within all of their room types. 

With a minimum 30 day stay, rates begin at $3,250 - that's only $109 per night. What's included? Weekly housekeeping service, daily fitness center access, access to pool, in-room and wireless internet, valet parking, as well as washer and dryer available in Vdara Suites and above. 

Other onsite amenities include: Market Café Vdara, Pool Café, Bar Vdara, In-Suite Dining, Spa & Salon Vdara, Pool & Lounge Vdara, and Cabana & Daybed Rentals Available at the pool. Vdara is located within CityCenter which offers easy access to ARIA, Bellagio and Crystals. Additionally, there are many dining options available within walking distance at ARIA and Crystals.

All room types and rates:

  • Deluxe Suites starting at $3,250 monthly
  • Vdara Suites starting at $5,000 monthly
  • Panoramic Suites starting at $6,250 monthly
  • Penthouses starting at $7,500 monthly

But don't worry poker players, you'll still have easy access to ARIA & Bellagio Poker Rooms and you'll only be 1.5 miles from Tournament Headquarters. 

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The Grosvenor House Hotel in London Unveils Dedicated Nursery Suite

May 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

With over 100 luxury hotels in London, properties really have to work hard to stand out. We think that Grosvenor House has come up with a creative, thoughtful and practical solution for travelers with young children in mind. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote about Grosvenor House's unveiling of their dedicated nursery suite for guests.

"Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel in London, and nursery designers Dragons of Walton Street have opened the 'Suite Dreams' nursery at the hotel. Designed and tailored with a royal baby in mind (and it just so happens that one is due in July), one of Grosvenor House's Premium Park View Suites has been transformed into a quintessentially British nursery – making it the first nursery offering of its kind from a central London luxury hotel.

Grosvenor House Suite Dreams Nursery SuiteInspired by the suite's views of Hyde Park and the hotel’s history, Dragons of Walton Street (which has a historic association with the Royal family) has created and installed a selection of bespoke, hand crafted and painted furniture ideal for families with small kids. The master bedroom has a sculpted scroll top cotbed, complete with a coronet and sheer voiles draped either side. Combining the practical with luxury, the bedroom also has a chaise longue with two arms making nursing easier for new mothers.

Between the bedroom and the bathroom, guests will find a practical baby changing area themed with Beatrix Potter characters, including Peter Rabbit.

The living area has a more playful London theme, with child-size furnishings and toys, including a hand-painted play table and rush-seated chairs, hand-painted for Grosvenor House. But we hear the pièce de resistance is a dolls house cupboard hand painted to represent Grosvenor House's signature architecture (the intricate artwork for this piece alone took five days to paint!). The Suite Dreams nursery also includes a Balmoral Silver Cross Pram, the original coach-built pram that, like Dragons' furniture, is handmade and hand painted in the UK. (We hear it has been the pram of choice for royalty and celebrities around the world for decades.)

Guests will be able to select from three packages that include the suite: Clarence (one night), Windsor (two nights) and Buckingham (three nights). Guests who choose the premium Buckingham package will get a full baby concierge service including: pick up from the airport, an evening of childcare, dinner for two in JW Steakhouse, spa treatments for both parents, a private consultation with one of the Dragons of Walton Street's head designers, a private tour of Buckingham Palace (date dependent) as well as a personal shopping trip at Harrods.

The 'Suite Dreams' package will be available to pre-book from May 2013 and will be officially open to the public from June."

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The Cove Eleuthera Reemerges After $30 Million Renovation

May 1, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

Eleuthera remains an undiscovered paradise. Lying 45 miles east of Nassau, the island is 110 miles long and nearly a mile wide. 

 The central location of The Cove Eleuthera allows resort guests the freedom to explore the island's magnificent shoreline and peaceful pink sand beaches. Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote about the Cove's renovation.

The Cove Eluthera"The Bahamas is celebrating the rebirth of an island icon. Last month, The Cove reemerged after a $30 million renovation to become The Cove, Eleuthera, a 40-acre luxury resort of cottages and villas.

The new construction included two three-bedroom residential villas, each with private pool and staff. A two-story Sanctuary including 20 suites was also part of the new debut, along with eight Bush cottages and Bar Tony, a bar built into a point reaching 600 feet into the Caribbean Sea. All rooms and suites have iPod docking stations, 500 thread-count linens, 50-inch flat-screen TVs and more.

Significant improvements were put into the Library interior and open-air fine dining restaurant Freedom. A new 110-foot infinity pool overlooking the sea was also developed.

The resort debuted with total fanfare as guests feasted on Bahamian delicacies and were treated to performances from singer Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans.

Getting There: The Cove, Eleuthera, wants guests to arrive in true VIP style. The resort’s own private plane offers daily nonstop flights to and from Fort Lauderdale, FL, on its own Hawker 800XP. Daily flights are also offered from Fort Lauderdale and Miami to the Nassau and Eleuthera airports. A water taxi takes guests from North Eleuthera Airport and a Range Rover escorts guests to the hotel."

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The Kamehameha Suite at Maui's Honua Kai Resort & Spa

April 30, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the Kamehameha Suite at Honua Kai Resort & Spa, a luxury resort which sits on 38 acres of Maui shoreline. 

Honua Kai Resort’s Kamehameha Suite"High rollers in Hawaii will want to make some room in their schedules to check out this swank accommodation. The six-room suite includes three bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and dining room. Three and a half bathrooms round out the space. Top Digs: The Oceanfront Suite is on the sixth floor and offers views of the West Maui Mountains, islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i and the Pacific Ocean.

We love the transition from indoor to outdoor space. Guests can lounge on one of the three sunbeds, whale watch on a chaise lounge, take in the sunset from the center seating area or share dinner under the stars. Note: There is 2,650 square feet of indoor space and 3,200 square feet of outdoor area.

Inside, guests will find a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel Viking appliances, including a refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and microwave; Bosch washer and dryer; wireless Internet; flat-screen TV; a king-size bed in every room and one queen-size sofa bed in the living room.

It will only set you back a nightly rate of $2,999."

Read More at Luxury Travel Advisor>>


Water, Water, Everywhere And Lots to Drink at Divani Appolon

April 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

In a Greek beach town not far from Athens,  you can find the epitome of luxury at the Divani Apollon Palace and Spa. This wonderful hotel is covered with a plethora of pool options and they also have a private beach. Guests can bask in the sun on the sun deck or the different water locations while soaking in the picturesque Aegean Sea. Luxury being provided in every imaginable step of the way makes it hard for anyone ever wanting to leave. Guests have praised the Divani Apollon Palace’s attention to every minute detail, which is evident as guests talk about how incredibly soft the beach towels are, to even comparing the grass on the property to walking on pillows. At night, the scene is just as beautiful, as guests are welcome to enjoy the beautiful Saronic Gulf sunset while sipping on cocktails or enjoying an unforgettable dining experience on the beach.

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A London Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

For folks spending Valentine’s Day in London, we have a variety of suggestions for you depending on your lovers’ interests and needs, so check out our recommendations to plan the perfectly romantic evening!

For outdoor fun, take your special someone to Broadgate Ice Rink with two-for-one ticket sales on February 14th.

For a romantic dinner, take him/her to The Gilbert Scott which has an absolutely stunning dining room with ornate ceilings and sparkling chandeliers. The Valentine’s Day menu starts from $125 per person and is available after 8:00PM.

For a romantic and luxurious night away, explore our 104 hotels in various parts of London. With this many options, you’re bound to find the perfect hotel for the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience!

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Fun Fact Friday! Fairmont’s President’s Club Members Ride in Style

February 8, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

Fairmont is now offering complimentary shuttle service to its President’s Club members in a BMW 750i Sedan, so arrive to the airport, your meeting, or your dinner date in style!

Explore Fairmont hotels all over the world here >>


Deals and Steals at the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel

February 7, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

Today’s feature is the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. This 5-star hotel is located in the heart of San Antonio's Cultural Arts District, across from the magnificently restored Majestic Theatre and within walking distance to the Convention Center and Rivercenter Mall. Check out the following deals and packages that are simply too good to pass up!

The Rio Package

Includes Breakfast Buffet for all registered guests and children 12 Years of age and under In Las Canarias Monday through Saturday and Ostra On Sundays. One ticket per adult per stay to the Rio San Antonio River Cruise. Tickets distributed at check In. Complimentary valet parking for one car. Terms And Conditions: Extra persons do not receive package benefits.

Romance Remembered Package

Includes daily breakfast in bed for two. Chandon Brut romantic turndown with robes, music and lighting. Concierge precall to assist with special romantic requests. Late checkout.

Amor Del Rio Package

Includes full American breakfast for each registered guest in Las Canarias Monday Through Saturday, Ostra on Sundays or through room service seven days a week. Bottle of sparkling wine and 4 chocolate truffles delivered to room. Turndown Service.

These packages and specials are based on double occupancy, subject to availability, and exclusive of tax.

Be sure to make your travel plans today to take advantage of the incredible packages and deals that await you in San Antonio!

 

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