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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.

Live the Suite Life in Toronto at the Hazelton Hotel

October 15, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

In Toronto, the magic number is 502. That's the number of the Hazelton Hotel's super-exclusive and refined luxury suite. If the words Sub-Zero, Miele, Baker, and Crestron mean something to you, than this just might your new home away from home. The suite consists of an eye-popping 4,300 square feet and has its own private elevator. Relax in front of one of the eight flat panel HDTVs, or sip cocktails around the 7-foot long linear fireplace covered in imported slab marble. In warmer weather, enjoy the 600 square foot outdoor terrace features custom irrigated planters, built-in BBQ, and stainless steel outdoor kitchen.

Hazelton Hotel's celebrity chef Mark McEwan (of Toronto's One Restaurant), will even cater a private party for you in the suite. Or, if you tire of the three-bedroom, four-bathroom suite with a wine cellar, butler's pantry, and steam shower, reserve the hotel's Silver Screening Room for a private screening of your favorite movie or private business meeting. But we have a feeling leaving the suite will be the last thing on your mind.


The Penthouse at The London NYC: 180 Degree Views from the Highest Suite in Manhattan

September 30, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The London NYCThe London NYC, touted as "an amalgam of both its namesake cities," where glamour is "livable," has created quite the stir since its opening. Folks flock to this worldly urban hideaway for a taste of Gordon Ramsay's talked-about cuisine, as The London NYC marks the American debut of the Michelin-starred British chef. The London NYC club is a luxurious fitness concept, and the hotel has partnered with Quintessentially, the exclusive concierge service, to ensure that all guests get the star treatment. For the pinnacle of luxury in Manhattan, both literally and figuratively, A-listers choose the London Penthouse, the 2,500-square-foot pad that soars over the city and offers 180 degrees of the city from bay windows on three sides, so you can gape at Central Park, the Hudson River, and sparkling Manhattan skyline. (The best perch is from the rotating daybed located in one of the bay windows.) As pointed out by our friends over at Luxist, this is also the highest suite in the city, located on the hotel's 53rd and 54th floors. The amenities-- private dining by Chef Ramsay's team, well-stocked bar, iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs-- are just as spectacular as the views. The price tag? $15,000 a night.


Kids are VIPs at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab

September 26, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Pint-sized globe-trotters are treated like full-size royalty at Sinbad's Kid's Club. Located on the 18th floor of Burj Al Arab, the Kid's Club (which is constantly supervised by an attentive staff) is for the 1-12 set. Burj Al Arab There's a cot and a crib for the littlest travelers to sleep off their jet lag, and the spacious playroom has a plethora of toys, board games, and bean bags for lolling. Plasma screen TVs show Disney Channel favorites, and PCs offer computer games. Old-school kids will enjoy a wide selection of books to bury their noses in.

When the tummies start rumbling, Burj Al Arab caters delicious and nutritious cuisine for the children. And all younger guest are granted complimentary access to the Sinbad's Kid's Club at the nearby Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which offers a wide choice of outdoor activities. Some kids have all the luck.


The Suite Life in Antigua at the St. James Club

September 25, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

St James ClubIf you want to take the whole family on a luxury vacation, consider St. James Club and Villas in Antigua. St. James Club has breathtaking ocean views, two white sand beaches, four swimming pools, four restaurants, and a kid's club. Their two-bedroom villas are an air-conditioned 1,600 square-feet, with a private outdoor sitting area, an expansive common area and a full kitchen that can stocked from the onsite deli. Decorated in warm Caribbean tones and terra-cotta tiles, the villas are a great choice for couples, families and groups who enjoy a sense of space.


Excitations Gives the Unexpected with the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC Presidential Suite Offer

September 9, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Mandarin Oriental Washington DCIts election time- time to live presidential in Washington, DC. Experience your Presidential weekend at the Mandarin Oriental for 2 in one of the "World's Greatest Suites" (Elite Traveler) where grandeur greets you with floor to ceiling windows and twin balconies offering sweeping views of Georgetown, the National Cathedral, The Tidal Basin and more. Arrive Friday for your unforgettable 2 night stay and move in to the Presidential Suite with its' magnificent master bedroom that is elegantly furnished with a four poster bed and jaw dropping luxurious bathroom complete with a soothing infinity edge tub and state of the art spa shower. Be entertained in your own sophisticated 24 foot Living Room, with its well stocked bar and Kitchen and your own Dining Room that seats 8. Unique touches abound your Presidential Suite and include an exquisite exhibition of 3 Chinese Compasses, Grand Piano, walk thru Study and 60 inch flat screen TV. The Washington DC Mandarin Oriental features award winning restaurants, indoor pool, fitness center and a rejuvenation spa. The Presidential Weekend at the Mandarin Oriental offers breakfast for 2 in your own personal Dining Room, valet parking, VIP service amenities and spa gift basket and monogrammed bathrobes to take home as reminders of your presidential stay. Explore all the monuments, museums and restaurants from this very convenient base or stay in and indulge in a Romance Bath complete with Rose Petals and candles. The Presidential Weekend at the Mandarin Oriental is available for $12,995.00. Cast your support for the unexpected by arranging your Presidential Weekend at the Mandarin Oriental. Also available through Excitations in Philadelphia at the Rittenhouse Hotel >>


Shanghai Waitan Package at Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai

August 29, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Shangri-La PudongShangri-La, the mysterious and longed for spot to escape is now yours to enjoy with the new Shangai Waitan Package at the Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai. Choose either a Deluxe Bund Room starting at RMB 2,288 per night, a Deluxe Waitan Room at RMB 2,388 per night, or a Premier Bund Room at RMB 2,888 per night. From now until December 31, 2008, The Shanghai Waitan Package includes complimentary buffet breakfast at Yi Cafe, a RMB 300 credit for treatment at Chi, The Spa, and a RMB 250 credit at the Gui Hua Lou Chinese Restuarant. Enjoy a late check out at 4 pm. A minimum 2 night stay is needed. The Deluxe Waitan Rooms are appointed in contemporary colors and features glass windows with views of the futuristic Riverside Garden and the Huangpu River. Yi Cafe is an open view kitchen with a walk thru design evoking public market with its gourmet showcases and spectacular live cooking stations.

With memorable views of the Bund and Huangpu Rivers, the Pudong Shangri-La is the city's premier luxury hotel offering award willing incomparable service, comfort and convenience and world class dining. Make your escape now to your Shangri-La with the Shanghai Waitan Package.


Most Expensive Hotel Rooms: Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, and Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York

August 12, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President WilsonForget "Staycations." The uber-rich continue to globe-trot on private jets and bunk down in swanky pads-- like the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson, the world's most expensive at a whopping $52,000 a night. Elite Traveler recently released their list of the "101 Top Hotel/Resort Suites of the Year" in the July/August 2008 issue. Runners-up for priciest suite include the $50,000/night Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Attica, Greece, and the $21,000/night Imperial Suite at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. In the U.S., the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York has a price tag of $30,000 per night, making it the most expensive suite built in the U.S. Next up? The Chairman Suite at the Palazzo in Vegas ($20,000/night) followed by the Empire Suite at the Carlyle in New York and the Grand Suite at the Grand Wailea Resort (both at $15,000/night). For the full breakdown, click here.


Summon Autumn with Deals from The Lodge at Woodloch

August 4, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

The Lodge at WoodlochJust because summer ends doesn't mean you have to abandon summer delights. The Lodge at Woodloch is celebrating the return of cool weather, and the fantastic foliage that surrounds the resort with autumn getaway discounts. During September guests who book stays of three consecutive nights or longer receive 30% off their stay, or 20% off a two night stay. If you book in October, you receive 25% off a midweek stay of three nights or more, or 15% off two midweek nights. These discounts are available under the Complete Spa Plan for guests looking to take advantage of the hotel's extensive spa facility. Starting at $575 per night, per person, guests receive three gourmet meals per day along with a spa treatment for each night of the stay, and access to the full spa facilities including hydromassage waterfalls in the Aqua Garden, 27 treatment rooms, indoor pool, and cardio and weight studios. Kick up the fun this fall with The Lodge at Woodloch.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests visiting The Lodge at Woodloch will receive a complimentary upgrade upon arrival based on availability and one complimentary personal training session per guest valued at $115.


The Ultimate in Luxury - Half Moon Jamaica

August 4, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Half Moon JamaicaCombining barefoot elegance and style that is sure to enrich your stay and welcome you back again and again is the promise of Half Moon Rose Hall, Jamaica. Now for the "Ultimate in Luxury", Half Moon is offering from now until December 14, 2008, an all exclusive package offering a range of sports activities, gourmet meals and accommodations in lush surroundings. Highlights of your stay include 18 holes of gulf (green fees daily), horseback riding, glass bottom boat rides, sailing, snorkeling, wind surfing and much, much more. Other features of your stay are the round trip transfers to and from the International Airport, a bottle of champagne on arrival, a welcome gift, weekly manager cocktail party and use of Anancy Children's Village for the 3-12 year old crowd (arrangements for the use of a Nanny can also be made). Half Moon JamaicaMeal plans offer daily breakfast at the Seagrape Terrance and restaurant options for lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails and house wines by the glass at selected restaurants and bars. Rates start at $570 per night double occupancy excluding government tax and service charge. There are a total of 6 restaurants and 7 bars offering the very casual to the elegant casual setting for your meals, 51 swimming pools, 2 miles of private beach, shopping village and 400 tropical acres to explore.

By offering luxurious accommodations at a premier caribbean resort and the convenience of paying one price for your accommodations, sports activities and meals, Half Moon Rose Hall, Jamaica truly offers the "Ultimate in Luxury".


London at Xmas - It’s a Wonderful Life at Red Carnation Hotel’s Wonderful Hotel

July 31, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Egerton House HotelChristmas in London is truly a magical time, and the 5 Star Jewels of Red Carnation Hotels (RCH)- The Milestone, The Egerton (pictured right) and "41" are the magical places to stay. This year, RCH brings "It's a Wonderful Life" Package to you to enjoy the Holidays. With a minimum 2 night stay in luxurious accommodations you will receive a deluxe tree ornament plus the DVD of the classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life", full English breakfast for 2 daily, tea for 2 with Christmas Cake one day, complementary bottles of white and red wine, Lunch or Dinner for 2 one day (with minced pies of course), mistletoe on your pillow at turndown, and if you are so lucky as to spend Christmas itself here, a stocking stuffed with seasonal goodies. A taxi to Oxford street so as to enjoy the Christmas Lights and to start your pre-Christmas or New Years shopping and gift wrapping are also included.

The Milestone"It's a Wonderful Life" is available from November 21, 2008 to January 11, 2009, and is perfect for shopping, visiting, business, or just plain relaxing. The Milestone, the 2007 Conde Nast Readers Choice and 2008 #1 for Service Travel and Leisure, overlooks Kensington Palace and is known for their excellent service. Here you will have the services of your own butler. Each of the 45 deluxe guest rooms, 12 luxurious suites and 6 long-term stay apartments are individually designed and decorated.

The Egerton, a town house residence, is located in heart of Knightsbridge and offers impeccable service with 30 individual luxurious Bedrooms. 41 Hotel London"41", recognized in 2007 as the #2 Hotel in England by Travel and Leisure Worlds Best 500 Hotels and Europe's 10th Best Hotel, is a boutique hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace Royal Mews. "41" feels like a London Club and has unforgettable luxury, 30 unique rooms and suites with striking black and white color scheme and no 2 rooms alike.

With RCH's promise 'No request is too large, no detail is too small', these 3 properties will bring "It's a Wonderful Life" to you this Christmas.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests of Five Star Alliance visiting the Milestone will receive a glass of chilled Champagne, selection of finger sandwiches, homemade fruit scones with preserves and devonshire clotted cream, and homemade tea pastries once during their stay with time and date reserved at check-in.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance for Egerton House will receive one complimentary martini or drink of their choice anytime during their stay in the drawing room.