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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.

Suite Luxury: Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris Unveils New Eiffel Suites

January 30, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eiffel Suite at Hotel Plaza AtheneeBook your very own Haussmannesque residence in the City of Light. Utterly luxurious, fabulously decadent, you can't beat these three Eiffel Suites for top-notch accommodations in Paris. Believe it or not, these digs are even an upgrade over the suite Carrie Bradshaw checked into at the chic Hotel Plaza Athenee. The spacious suites boast elegant, custom-made furniture and Eiffel Tower views. Pictured here, the lounge in the Eiffel Suite 361 is appointed in pink, silver, and pearl.

Eiffel Suite at Hotel Plaza AtheneeIt comes with its own grand piano, fully-equipped office, and game table. In the bedroom, the marble bathroom-- decorated with beautiful mosaics-- is flooded with natural daylight. Did we mention the enormous dressing room, just waiting for all your shopping bags after hitting up all the glamorous boutiques along the avenue Montaigne?


Cultural Cravings in the Caribbean: Art at Eden Rock in St. Barths

January 30, 2009
By: Mackenzie Allison

Art in St. Barths

A cultural outing should be part of any ultra-fab vacation. If you are headed to St. Barths, of course you should take advantage of this tropic paradise. However, if you are a culture-craving traveler, check out Eden Rock - St Barths, which just unveiled a seven-painting collection called "Guerrilla Villa" by New York City-based artist Delia Brown. Brown's paintings are on exhibit at The Eden Rock Gallery through March 2009. All pieces are for sale to the public. This property's cultural offerings aren't just confined to the fine arts. Musically inclined guests can now enjoy one of Eden Rock's newest digs: Villa Rockstar. The villa, with an optimal location on the beach in St. Jean, opened last month and boasts a recording studio. This ultra-luxe pad is in good company; the "Eden Rock Estates," the new six-star villa product, also includes Villa Nina, which opened in January 2008, and will soon include Glen Affric Estate, in the Highlands of Scotland.


$237,508 Price Tag for a Luxury Suite at the Super Bowl

January 28, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

No joke. The U.S. News and World Report's Luxe Life blog is reporting insane rates for Super Bowl XLIII this weekend, when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa.


Update on the Renovations at Baur au Lac, the Luxurious Palace Hotel in Zurich

January 21, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Baur au LacAs if you could improve upon perfection, Baur au Lac began a renovation last year to create 15 new suites out of 25 guest rooms. A founding member of Leading Hotels of the World, Baur au Lac has long been a magnet for the world's glitterati on the shores of Lake Zurich. But this 19th-century palace hotel doesn't rest on its laurels (it's a fixture on the Conde Nast Travel Gold List). Instead, Baur au Lac constantly refreshes and modernizes to stay ahead of the demands of a discriminating international clientele. Expected to be completed by this summer, the new suites are coming along nicely. In fact, the River Suite will take your breath away, a generous 100 square-meter space that has the air of a regal residence with elegant furnishings and contemporary comforts. We've also heard great things about Le Pavillon and the summer restaurant La Terrasse, opulently designed by Paris's celebrated interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the man behind Joël Robuchon's restaurants in Paris and New York.


Celebrity Honeymoon Watch!

January 16, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

Where in the world are Fergie and Josh? Atlantis The Palm The celebrity couple, who married in a star-studded affair earlier in the month, embarked on a honeymoon to destinations unknown. But news reports have spotted the Black-Eyed Peas gone solo singer Fergie (aka Stacey Peterson) and her new hubby actor Josh Duhamel (late of NBC's Casino) in the Maldives at One and Only Kanuhura Resort. Of course, they have also been spotted at Dubai's Atlantis the Palm. No matter where they are, one thing is for sure. They have great taste in luxury hotels.


Escape the Winter Chill with Free Rooms and Added Amenities at Peninsula Hotels

January 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula TokyoBack by popular demand... Peninsula Hotels-- with a star-studded roster of legendary hotels in Asia and the U.S.-- is running some fab wintertime promotions through March 2009. With the "Winter Escapes" package, you get to choose a free added amenity thrown in with your luxurious accommodations: an enticement like a room upgrade, spa treatment, a multi-course meal, afternoon tea, or airport transfer. You'll also enjoy complimentary Internet access and daily newspapers. Book the "Suite Life" and you get a free second night when you reserve a suite.


Check-in to Luxury with Gwyneth Paltrow!

December 22, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Okay, so it's just that you will get to lay your head in the same spots as Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow. But that's something right? The Berkeley Paltrow has posted on her much-maligned site, Goop, a list of her favorite hotels in London and Los Angeles. Among those in la-la land that made the cut for the blonde thespian? Shutters on the Beach, Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air, and London West Hollywood.

Speaking of London, good old Gwyneth has some favorites there too. Blakes Hotel London, and The Berkeley are both deemed worthy of the Iron Man star's golden slumbers. Even movie stars need a luxurious place to lay their weary heads.


Announcing the New Orchid Suite at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii

December 9, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Halekulani HotelAnd we thought the Vera Wang Suite was cool. Honolulu's Halekulani Hotel, the plush paradise on the beach at Waikiki, has recently unveiled the $7,000-per night Orchid Suite, promising an unsurpassed luxury experience for well-heeled guests. In addition to the private lawn overlooking the Pacific, enviable amenities include a private car for tooling around the island, an exclusive Sea of Life Wellness Program, and a full-service Sub-Zero Wolf kitchen with interactive cooking experiences by Halekulani Chefs, daily market deliveries and a select La Mer menu of the finest in European cuisine.


Special Holiday Deals at Le Meridien Barcelona

November 18, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

From November 2008 to March 2009, take advantage of a special deal at Le Meridien Barcelona . You'll get double accommodation in a deluxe room, buffet breakfast at the Cent Onze Restaurant, and a welcome drink. Le Meridien Barcelona Arrive during the holiday season and enjoy a Christmas Tree when booking a Prestige Suite and Christmas decoration in all the suites. The best part is that you won't have to clean up any pine needles or pack away the decorations. The suites occupy the top four floors of the hotel, and three suites boast stunning views of the cityscape. Luxurious amenities at the hotel include pillow-top mattresses with feather-down duvets, 42-inch Plasma TVs in the bedrooms and smaller LCD TVs in the bathrooms, high-speed Internet, and bathrooms with luxurious Rain Showers. From Le Meridien Barcelona, it is only a short walk to theaters and restaurants and nearby are the Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum, and the harbor. Rates for this deal are from EUR 229.


Go Green for the Inauguration: Eco-Inaugural Presidential Package at Fairmont Washington DC

November 17, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Washington DCAccommodations in Washington D.C. are filling up fast for the Presidential Inauguration in January, and fun hotel packages abound. Case in point: The Fairmont's Eco-Inaugural Package, an over-the-top experience for an eco-conscious high-roller looking to get pampered while going green. The price tag? $40,000. What's included? A four-night stay in the Lexus Hybrid Living Suite, designed by Los Angeles-based ecodesigner Kelly LaPlante with two bedrooms, a kitchen, three bathrooms, and a dining room. The Washingtonian reports on what $40,000 buys you:

Guests who book the Eco-Inaugural Package will also have use of a Lexus LS 600 hybrid during their stay, and they’ll receive organic spa treatments including massages, manicures, and makeup. Though tickets to inaugural balls are not included, female guests will receive a custom-tailored ball gown from organic designer Linda Loudermilk. Guests will also be treated to a midnight dinner for ten—organic, of course—in their suite after the balls. A pair of butlers will be on hand throughout their stay to attend to the guests’ every need. And for a bit of good karma, the hotel is making a $2,000 donation in the name of its VIP guests to the National Geographic Society.