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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.

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.


Friday Photos: Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua in Rotorua, New Zealand

October 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

As the temperatures cool in the northern hemisphere, we're starting to daydream about heading to warmer climes. Specifically, those far-flung islands comprising New Zealand in the southwest Pacific, where October means the beginning of spring. A traveler's dream, The Land of the Long White Cloud (so dubbed by the indigenous Maori) is enticing in more ways than one. Rotorua is the spiritual home to the Maori, known for its geothermal wonders, crystal springs, and scenic lakes.

Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

Where to stay in Rotorua? Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua offers the ultimate in luxury. Nestled on a secluded peninsula surrounded by all this natural beauty, Lake Okareka Lodge features just three suites, including an executive suite with a lounge, spa bath, private office, and walk-in closet. Thus the lodge is booked to only one family, couple, or group at a time (needless to say, these guests are pampered with every conceivable luxury). Also on site: a private jetty and boathouse, a personal chef who prepares elegant five-course dinners, private beaches and a helipad.


Luxury for Less: Suites Dreams at The Langham Hotel, London

October 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Langham Hotel, LondonCheck in to The Langham, London and check out the stunning renovation (GBP 80 million) that's been turning heads in the city. Take tea in The Palm Court (pictured), where the tradition of afternoon tea was born 140 years ago, and try not to drool over the dazzling redesign. Don't miss a cocktail at Artesian bar and a meal at The Landau, both converted by celebrity designer David Collins and his team. For a limited time, you can wake up to pure indulgence-- for less-- with the Suite Dreams package. You'll get keys to some sublime digs and enjoy a 40 percent discount. Along with your accommodations in a Grand Junior Suite, you'll get an array of complimentary extras:

*Elegant à la carte English breakfast served in The Landau restaurant per morning

*A glass of Champagne per person, served in The Palm Court

*A car transfer from London Heathrow Airport to The Langham, London

Suite Dreams is priced from GBP 423 per night and is valid until December 31, 2009.


This Just In: Gorgeous Renovation at Milan’s Hotel Principe di Savoia

October 14, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Principe di SavoiaStarchitect Thierry Despont has wrapped up a makeover of Milan's glam Hotel Principe di Savoia-- situated on the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of the Italian fashion capital. Here's what $50 million can do in the hands of an acclaimed* architect: a new lobby deemed "impressive" by the ladies at HotelChatter, nine new Principe suites with hand-painted frescoes, a new bar and winter garden. We hear there's a custom-made Murano glass chandelier in the lobby. Interior designer Celeste Dell'Anna transformed the Imperial Suite into a sumptuous space with a spa-like bathroom.

*Despont also did work on The Dorchester in London