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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.

Spring Shopping in Milan: Discounts with the Swank Principe di Savoia

March 18, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Principe di Savoia, MilanSpring fever? Why not jet to Milan to get a new look with the new season? Stay in style at the Principe di Savoia, the five-star favorite situated on the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of the Italian fashion capital. Witness to a recent glam make-over by acclaimed architect Thierry Despont, the hotel is home to some of the best digs in the city, including the Imperial Suite and nine new Principe suites, each appointed with hand-painted frescoes, Murano glass vases, Lasa marble baths, and traditional Italian furniture. Take advantage of the "Spring Package," available from March 22- April 11, 2010, and you'll receive the exclusive Principe Shopping Card, which allows you 10% off the most important designer boutiques in the famous Fashion District, a stone's throw from the hotel. Starting from €295 in a Classic Premium Room, the "Spring Package"also includes buffet breakfast, a voucher for two cocktails at the new Principe Bar, one scrub treatment at the Club 10 Spa, and daily complimentary Limo Shuttle service. Two-night stay required.


Designers and Their Hotels: Diane von Furstenberg Remakes Claridge’s, London

March 15, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Diane von Furstenberg, Claridge'sOver the last few years, we've witnessed a growing trend in the hotel world: top designers are being enlisted to add some glam to hotels' interior design. From Missoni to Armani to Vera Wang, luxury hotels around the world are being transformed with star power. The latest announcement: Diane von Furstenberg is designing a series of rooms and suites for Claridge's, the famed Art Deco hotel in Mayfair that's home to Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's. (This is the same luxury lodging that showcased a dazzling Christmas Tree by John Galliano this past winter.) To be unveiled in June, the rooms will feature "bold prints, bright colors, and originally-crafted pieces of Diane von Furstenberg furniture." Here's the designer quoted in Vogue Magazine UK:

"One of my fondest memories was when I was in London as a young, independent businesswoman and stayed at Claridge's," von Furstenberg said today. "I knew I had made it. To me, Claridge's is the most glamourous hotel in the world; I regard it as my home away from home. I am honoured to become part of the hotel's legacy and rich design history."

Image Via Luxist


A Suite Promotion Paired with Capital Glamor at the St. Regis Washington DC

March 12, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St Regis Washington DCA location on K Street with the White House at its doorstep, personalized butler service, delectable dining experiences at Adour (Alain Ducasse's restaurant)... Now we've found yet another reason to love St. Regis Washington D.C. A new promotional offer gives you a slew of exceptional amenities when you stay in a suite (the epitome of glamor and sophistication in the nation's capital). Here's what's included with the "Capital Glamour Suite Experience":

* $50 Food and Beverage Credit

* Complimentary High Speed Internet

* Overnight Valet Parking, for one vehicle

* Complimentary In-Room Movie, per night

* Late Check-Out

* Plus - 25% off a suite purchase for a future date within 90 days from departure

In addition, you can request up to 2 rooms at 50% off the best available rate for any room type during the length of stay of the suite based upon availability.

Rates starting from $495 on select weekends and $875 on weekdays for Caroline Astor Suites. Valid through December 31, 2010.


Hats off to Baur Au Lac, Awarded “Best in Europe” After Major Makeover

February 15, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Baur Au LacThroughout 2009 we kept tabs on the $50 million renovation project of Baur Au Lac, a favorite hideaway for jetsetters on the shores of Switzerland's Lake Zurich. And last fall the fruits of their labor were unveiled: beautiful new restaurants, creatively imagined by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, and spacious new accommodations done up with custom furnishings, inspired lighting, and top-of-the line technology (including Bose Sound Systems and iPod docking stations). 32 of the hotel's guest rooms were reconfigured into 22 larger suites and deluxe double rooms-- thus enhancing the space available for each guest. The renovation was such a smashing success that Baur au Lac scooped up the "Best in Europe" Commitment to Quality Award at the 2009 convention for Leading Hotels of the World "in recognition of providing the highest levels of excellence in accommodation, facilities and services."


Suites in New York City from $279 at The London NYC

February 9, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The London NYCA New York luxury hotel that's affordable? A suite in Manhattan without breaking the bank? Impossible. Prove the naysayers wrong by snagging a London Suite at the fashionable London NYC starting from $279. Boasting interiors by designer David Collins, this urban hideaway in Midtown offers luxury value with a side of glamor. You'll dig the vista views of Central Park and the city skyline from your 500-square-foot suite. Encompassing both a bedroom and parlor space, the London Suites have custom furniture, a personal bar, a swiveling table created especially for Gordon Ramsay's in-room dining experience, plush bedding by Fili D'Oro, and a complete bath environment exclusively made by Waterworks. Think double rain showerheads, hand-cut mosaic tiles, and personal apothecary products. Not to mention oodles of tech-savvy features, including complimentary high-speed Internet access. Book The London NYC on your next trip to the Big Apple.


Over-the-Top Wedding Proposal in Chicago at the Trump International Hotel & Tower

February 3, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Trump International Hotel and Tower, ChicagoValentine's Day is just around the corner and you may be inspired to pop the question. The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago has dreamed up the most extraordinary, "once-in-a-lifetime" wedding proposal so you can wow her with an unforgettable engagement. The hotel pulls out all the stops with everything you need to make the moment right, including a diamond ring from Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry and a coordinated proposal from the 89th floor of Trump Tower. As if that weren't enough, you'll also be treated to an in-suite private chef dinner and a full day of spa treatments for two. The "Once-in-a-Lifetime" package also includes one night in a Grand Deluxe Lake View Suite, limousine transport to and from the hotel, a welcome bottle of Champagne, two dozen red roses, a romantic turndown at night, and in-room American breakfast for two. Price tag? $20,100.


Suite Upgrades at Rosewood Hotels like The Carlyle in New York

January 21, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The CarlyleNo joke. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts-- the upscale hotel chain celebrated for its five-star destinations-- has announced the "Suite Deal" offer, allowing guests to experience one-of-a-kind suites for exceptional value. Also included: daily food and beverage credits. The offer is available through April 30, 2010. Here's the skinny on the participating hotels and their prices:

The Carlyle (pictured at right)-- the Manhattan legend and preferred lodgings of visiting world leaders since 1930. Grab a suite for $895 per night, including a $100 credit at Sense, A Rosewood Spa, and a daily $50 food and beverage credit.

Mansion on Turtle CreekRosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (pictured)-- a Dallas icon that's the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel in Texas. Executive Suite for $495 nightly, including a daily $75 hotel credit. Same goes for the Rosewood Crescent Court (also in Dallas).

Atlanta's Mansion on Peachtree-- landed spots on Condé Nast Traveler's 2009 Hot List & 2009 50 Hot Spas just after its debut in the affluent Buckhead neighborhood. A suite stay starts at $495 nightly, Friday and Saturday, or $595 nightly, Sunday through Thursdays, including a $75 hotel credit.

Rosewood Sand Hill-- a veritable resort on 16 acres in Menlo Park, California. A Rosewood Junior Suite can be yours for $550, plus a $75 credit.


Limited Time Special Offer: Suite Deal at the St. Regis Singapore

January 20, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis SingaporeCalling all luxury hotel aficionados. We just got wind of a value-added offer at the St. Regis Singapore, inviting guests to reside in luxury in a beautifully appointed suite at arguably the best address in town. Called the "Suite Collection at The St. Regis," this signature offer includes a slew of amenities and experiences. Here's what you get if you book:

* One night accommodation in a St. Regis Suite * Return luxury airport transfers including airport transfers with private welcome from the aerobridge in the airport and through the JetQuay Premier Terminal, or from a local Singapore address * Daily breakfast served in the St. Regis Suite, Brasserie Les Saveurs or LaBrezza * Daily Afternoon Tea served in the St. Regis Suite, Brasserie Les Saveurs or Drawing Room from 3 – 5pm * Daily 1-hour customized Remède Spa massage treatment, advanced booking required to ensure availability * Daily cocktails and canapés served in Brasserie Les Saveurs from 6 – 8pm * Free-flowing non-alcoholic beverages from mini-bar or butler service * Complimentary high speed internet access in suite * Complimentary unlimited pay movies * 25 percent discount of the daily best available rate for a connecting room
Rates start from SGD750 for a Lady Astor Suite. Valid until March 31, 2010.


The World’s Biggest and Most Expensive Hotel Suites: Soneva Kiri by Six Senses

December 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sonevi Kiri by Six Senses

One of the world's plushest suites can be found on the remote Thai island of Koh Kood, a tropical haven in the Gulf of Siam. To get there, guests of the luxurious Soneva Kiri by Six Senses are personally met at Bangkok's airport and transferred to the resort's own plane for the one-hour flight to the island's white sandy beaches. As recently profiled by the Sydney Morning Herald, the resort's "Private Beach Reserve" could be the largest suite available at any residential resort. We're talking 1,001 square meters of villa space, 209 square meters of pool, plus a tree house for the kids. Other cool perks: the gym, separate spa area, and water slide. Best part of all? You don't have to feel guilty about the $8,000/night splurge, since the resort "grows its own organic produce, uses solar power, and also involves the local communities, who helped build it."


Bali High: Win a Five-Star Stay at the St. Regis Resort Bali

October 27, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Resort BaliCalling all luxury hotel fans. Five Star Alliance is currently running a giveaway contest where one lucky winner will score a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite at the St. Regis Resort in Bali. Overlooking the beach and Bali's best golf course (Bali Golf & Country Club), the resort is the crème de la crème of island resorts. The 123 suites and villas boast handcrafted Balinese art, spacious balconies and large marble bathrooms. Simply sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win.