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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.

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.


A “Mag” of a Deal at Hotel ZaZa Houston

July 30, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Zaza HoustonHotel ZaZa, the most exquisite luxurious accommodations in Houston, is offering a "Mag" of a Deal from now until August 30, 2008. Stay one night in one of their magnificent seven suites and get the second night at half price. Each of the luxurious suites have private access, breath taking views, whirlpool tubs, chandeliers and other exquisite appointments. You can choose from 1 or 2 bedroom plans. With names like Rock Star, Houston We Have A Problem (pictured), Black Label, and Tycoon, your uniquely decorated suite will embody the decadent urban resort with a mix of glamorous warmth, high style and creative comforts that the Hotel ZaZa is known. Located in the Houston Museum district, the Hotel ZaZa Magnificant Suites provides the perfect accommodations, whether it is for private events, intimate meetings or just overnight.


Pudong Shangri-La’s “Love Your Suite” Package

July 25, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Pudong Shangri-LaSuites are special with the Pudong Shangri-La's "Love Your Suite" package available from now until February 28, 2009. Enjoy a stay in one of the Hotel’s fantastic Premier suites with complimentary access to the Horizon Club lounge and its host of benefits including complimentary broadband Internet access. Guests also receive a buffet dinner for two at Yi Café, the hotel's restaurant featuring 10 show kitchens offering a wide variety of international cuisine. The package also includes a signature "Chi Balance" treatment at CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La, and use of a hotel limousine for four hours in downtown Shanghai. Rates start at RMB5,888 per night.


China World Hotel, Beijing Indulgence Package

July 23, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

China World HotelYou have a number of reasons to visit Beijing this year, starting with the Olympics, the Pandas, or this is one of the places you need to experience on your own 1,000 places to go before you die list. Now you have another reason to add to your list and it is the announcement of the new "Beijing Indulgence Package" now being offered at the China World Hotel. This enticing indulgence starts right at your arrival at the Beijing Capital Airport where you will be greeted by the hotel's airport butler at the gate, then escorted through airport immigration, assisted with your luggage collection and guided to your limousine. On arrival at the hotel, you will be met by the hotel's waiting guest relations Officer and escorted to your room for your express check-in. China World Hotel Your suite accommodations are a one bedroom Executive Suite, which boasts a spacious comfortable sitting room separate from your bedroom, satellite TV and DVD entertainment center, and an Italian Marble Bathroom stocked with the exclusive L'Occitane Designer Bath Products. You will receive your choice of a complementary bottle of imported red or white wine, daily breakfast in the hotel's 2 story Horizon Club Lounge which also will provide you with panoramic Beijing city views with its floor to ceiling windows. Complementary evening cocktails and canapes are served each evening and complementary refreshments are available throughout the day in the Lounge.

Other highlights of this "Beijing Indulgence Package" include a traditional Beijing Duck Dinner for 2 at the Summer Palace, a chauffeured hotel limousine at your disposal for eight hours each day to ensure sightseeing around Beijing in comfort, and a choice of a 45 minute Chinese reflexology session or a traditional Chinese full body massage (both are offered for maximum of 2 people). China World HotelOther features of the China World Hotel include a magnificent fitness center with a heated pool, state of the art gym equipment with spacious exercise studios and the latest cardio-fitness machines, indoor squash and tennis courts, steam room and jacuzzis and the city's only Oxygenation Room. The China World Hotel recently was recognized as one of the first three hotels in mainland China to be awarded with a Platinum Five Star rating by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and named on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List as well as being recognized by Frommer's Guide and Finance Asia, Forbes, and Travel & Leisure China as "The Top 50 Hotels in China". The hotel soars over the China World Trade Centre complex, which includes the China World Exhibition Centre and shopping mall, in the heart of Beijing's diplomatic and business district.

The "Beijing Indulgence Package" is available for RMB2,888 (plus 15% service charge) per room per night until December 31, 2008. The package is available Thursday to Sunday (inclusive) and is valid for single or double occupancy. Advance bookings for your massage and Beijing Duck Dinner are required.


Free Stuff at Peninsula Hotels with the Summer Splendour Offer

July 18, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula New York, Salon de NingWe're pretty psyched about the "Suite Life" promotion at Peninsula Hotels-- where you get a complimentary second night when you check into a swanky Peninsula suite at select locations worldwide-- but the "Summer Splendour" offer deserves a shout-out, too. From now until September 14, 2008, you can indulge yourself with a stay at a luxurious Peninsula Hotel and select one of the fantastic free benefits-- ranging from spa treatments, room upgrades, culinary choices, traditional Peninsula Afternoon Tea-- all complimentary! Here’s a sampling. At the Peninsula Hong Kong, not only can you choose a value-added benefit (one-way limo airport transfer, dinner for two in The Lobby, or a 50-minute Holistic Body Massage for two), but you also get a bunch of free stuff thrown in: daily breakfast, gift certificate valued at HK$ 300 for a spa treatment at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, daily fruit basket and newspaper, and complimentary Internet access. At the Peninsula New York, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, you can choose an upgrade to the next available room category, a bottle of champagne and canapes at The Bar at Fives, or overnight valet parking. In Tokyo, you can choose between a spa or dining credit or room upgrade. Now that's living the good life!


Suite Luxury: The Presidential Suite at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

July 11, 2008
By: Courtney W. May

Fullerton SingaporeThe Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a five-star luxury property with 400 rooms and suites in the heart of the financial and arts districts. It is just minutes from Singapore's main shopping belt, and overlooks the historic Singapore River. The most luxurious of the hotel's 28 suites is the Presidential Suite, located on the second floor.

Fullerton Presidential SuiteThe Fullerton Hotel Singapore's Presidential Suite

Size/Sq. Footage: 2142 square feet

Interior Designer: Hirsch Bedner Associates

Living Room: Colours in the suite are a soothing vanilla, while the curtains are in shades of white and beige. The upholstery used are Decorators Walk dark pillow fabric, Jack Lenor Larsen patterned sofa pillow fabric, and Old World Weavers light coloured fabric on the larger pillows. Fullerton Presidential SuiteThe floor is laid in white marble that gives the suite a clean, airy feel.

Entertainment Area: There is a private elevator at this corner, which is also furnished with a Baby Grand piano and two intricately carved solid wood chairs with inlaid mother-of-pearl.

Study: A private study adjoins the tastefully furnished bedroom, with broadband Internet access for instant connectivity.

Fullerton Hotel Singapore Presidential SuiteBathroom: The spacious bathroom, accessoried with Bulgari bathroom amenities, has minimalist, sleek fittings that were selected to complement its modern feel.

Rate: SGD$6,880++ per night, subject to service charge and taxes (currently around USD$5,000)

Fun Facts/Note Bene:

- The Presidential Suite is formerly the card room of the elite Singapore Club.

- The living room, dining room and entertainment area extend out to a spectacular air-conditioned glass-enclosed veranda – an ideal space for guests who wish to host a private dinner for up to 30 people. It is graced by majestic 20-foot high Doric columns characteristic of the building's Palladian style of architecture.

- Guests of the Presidential Suite also enjoy the services of a 24-hour personal butler.


Plan Your Summer Escape and Save with Edgewater Beach and Hotel Club

July 10, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Edgewater Beach HotelEnjoy the calm oasis of the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida with Edgewater Beach and Hotel Club. With one and two bedroom suites available, guests will surely enjoy these exquisitely decorated accommodations with access to beaches along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Room rates start at $175 per night, and guests who book a two or three night stay receive a $50 resort credit. Guests who book a four or more night stay receive a $75 resort credit. Enjoy breathtaking sunrises and the beauty of the Gulf.


Summer Staycations in Luxury at the Ballantyne Resort

July 9, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Ballantyne ResortNow that summer has arrived a luxury staycation experience at the Ballantyne Resort, Charlotte, NC to enjoy spa, golf, tennis, shopping or the exclusive exhibits of the Shain Gallery are now yours to experience. For the art collector or those who just appreciate art, the Shain Gallery offers one of the finest collections of contemporary art in Charlotte. A variety of styles and techniques featuring local, regional and nationally recognized artists are displayed here and something is sure to catch your imagination. Though the Golf Course is closed until September 15th, you can still visit the Pro Shop and participate at the Dana Rader Golf School. Ballantyne Resort Summer Staycation rates at the Ballantyne Resort are available from June 20th through September 3rd starting at $199.

Other special Summer Staycations include a Summer Gas Credit of $25 per night, available through September 20th. Stay 2 Nights and get the 3rd Free (Thursday-Monday) and a Holiday Rates of $189 per night (tax included) at the Ballantyne is offered for the 4th of July (June 30- July 13), Labor Day (September 1- 7), Thanksgiving (November 21- 30) and Christmas (December 19-31). For a Taste of Luxury, stay 3 nights in July, August, November or December and get the 4th night free. This special features a staycation in an elegant guest room, a delicious breakfast in the Gallery Restaurant, and complementary valet parking.


Design Your Stay - Only You at Pan Pacific Singapore

June 23, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Pan Pacific SingaporePan Pacific's new program allows you to truly personalize your experience during your stay. The new "Power of Preference" offers give you a late 3 pm checkout as well as an upgrade to the Next Room Category. You can choose either a complimentary Internet Connection, breakfast for 2, complimentary 1 way limousine transfer (arrival or departure) or a $60 Food and Beverage Dining Credit per nights stay. Now is truly the time to visit Pan Pacific Singapore, Asia's Leading Business Hotel for 2007 and Conde Nast Traveler World's Best Award List Member (both Top Singapore and Top Asian Lists) and design you own personal experience.


Free Breakfast and Dinner at Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

June 20, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmanyaraWhen Amanresorts opened Amanyara on a secluded beach in the Turks and Caicos islands, the legendary resort collection introduced a whole new level of contemporary luxury to Providenciales. Nestled on the tip of a 5,000-acre nature reserve, surrounded by picture-perfect beaches and the third largest coral reef system in the world, Amanyara is the crème de la crème of luxury design hotels. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and water sports galore await you at the Beach Club, and there's a superb spa and tennis as well. Until October 31, 2008, guests staying five nights or more in Amanyara's villas can enjoy complimentary breakfast and dinner served daily from the villa's private kitchen. Choose from three, four or five-bedroom villas, each replicating-- on a more intimate scale-- the Amanyara resort as a whole. All villas feature an infinity edge swimming pool, a large living and dining pavilion and an outdoor dining sala. Rates start from $3,950 for the three-bedroom villa, and include airport transfers, non-motorized water sports, use of tennis courts and equipment, mini bar (except spirits), all telephone calls as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks served in the villa.