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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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!