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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.

Your Own Private House (with Butler) in the Maldives at Naladhu Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Naladhu, MaldivesDreaming of ditching all earthly cares and jetting to a private island paradise? We can't think of a better place to recharge your batteries than the palm-fringed islands of the Maldives, where turquoise seas and white sands propose a dreamy setting for some romantic R&R. Set on the island of Velighandu Huraa in the South Male Atoll, Naladhu Resort is the place to be, offering only 19 private houses for the ultimate exclusivity. You'll barely have to share the perfect stretches of sand right outside your front door! Complete with infinity-edge pool, hardwood floors, goose-down pillows, and all the latest tech gadgets, your private house is beautifully designed with free-flowing inside and outside spaces. (You'll dig the steam room and garden rain shower.) Best of all? Your very own House Master, who is butler, concierge, guide, and personal assistant all in one, and can cater to your every whim. Eager to go for a cruise on the resort's yacht? Your House Master can make the arrangements for a sunset sail on The Horizon, an elegant timber vessel with plush daybeds.


What’s Hot in Buenos Aires: Algodon Mansion, a New Wine Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Algodon Mansion, Buenos AiresThere's a new luxury boutique hotel on the scene in B.A. that's "perfect for wine aficionados." And we can see why. The folks behind the new Algodon Mansion are the Algodon Wine Estates & Champions Club, the 2,050-acre vineyard estate in the heart of Malbec wine country, aka "the Napa Valley of Argentina." There's a lot to love here at 1647 Montevideo Street in the elegant Recoleta quarter: personal butlers on call any hour of the day (or night), a Cognac Bar with hand-crafted cigars, a complimentary massage for each and every guest, a rooftop pool that's "an oasis in the sky." Did we mention the 95° Spa featuring Vine Therapy, a relaxation technique using organic products procured from the vineyards of Algodon Wine Estates? Housed in a French-style mansion dating from 1912, the Algodon Mansion offers 10 opulent suites with in-room wine bars.


Easter Break in Bali from $398 with Brunch at the Anantara Seminyak Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Anantara Seminyak BaliPlan your getaway to one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Perched on Bali's most sought-after stretch of shore, the Anantara Seminyak Resort offers two infinity-edge swimming pools overlooking the Indian Ocean, gourmet restaurants, and an unparalleled spa experience at the Anantara Spa. Did we mention the rooftop terrace bar for ogling the famous Seminyak sunsets? Claim this little piece of paradise as your own and book a stay for Easter. Soak up the island's rich cultural spirit and idyllic setting, and get treated to sumptuous breakfasts, including a celebratory Easter brunch. The three-night "Ultimate Easter Weekend" includes three nights in a suite, daily breakfast and Easter brunch, a speical Easter turndown service, and complimentary return airport transfers by limousine van. From $398 in an Anantara Suite.


Las Vegas Luxury: The Priciest, Most Over-the-Top Suites in the World?


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palms Las Vegas fantasy suites

From the Absolut Vodka suite at Caesars Palace to the 20-television suite at The Venetian and the themed fantasy suites at The Palms (basketball, anyone?), Las Vegas offers some of the most over-the-top accommodations in the world... with a price tag to match. Decked out with the finest and craziest amenities, these fantastical suites are certainly attention-grabbing. A recent article in the Associated Press features a round-up of these ultra-luxe digs. Of course there are some affordable ones, too. Try $600 for a 1-bedroom at the MGM Grand, where a 24-hour butler can pack and unpack your suitcase.

Hotel: The Palms.

Rates: $40,000 per night.

Square footage: 10,000.

The lowdown: The most expensive suite on the Strip has its own glass elevator to the second floor, an infinity pool with the Playboy logo on the bottom, of course, that cantilevers off the balcony and, naturally, a rotating bed with mirrors on the ceiling. There's also a massage room, screening room, private gym, an eight-person hot tub and a sauna.

Hotel: Caesars Palace.

Rates: $3,500 per night.

Square footage: 1,800.

The lowdown: Became known as the "Rain Man" suite after the 1988 movie with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman was filmed there. Anyone who's seen the movie or several others filmed at Caesar's will undoubtedly recognize the piano and spectacular view of The Strip from the upper level. The suites were designed to encourage social gatherings, with a couch that seats 12, two master suites and two other connecting bedrooms available. There are 10 TVs in the four-bedroom configuration, including in-mirror screens in each bathroom. Touch screen panels to control all electronics, along with climate and drapes.

Hotel: Bellagio.

Rates: $6,000 per night.

Square footage: 4,000.

The lowdown: With an entryway that crosses a reflecting pool and a 14-foot ceiling, the Chairman Suite exudes elegance. The suite has two master bedrooms, a solarium and whirlpool tubs with views of the city. Each suite has five TVs, two 50-inch plasmas, and remotes control all the electronics, drapes and lighting. It also comes with complimentary limo service from the airport.


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


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


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."

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


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


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


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


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.