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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.

Thanksgiving in New York at The Mark Hotel

November 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Mark Hotel, Thanksgiving

The holidays are fast approaching... Does this illustrate your Thanksgiving predicament? We feel your pain. Forget the turkey. Head to The Mark and let Jean-Georges take care of your Thanksgiving feast. What could be better than a tastebud-tickling gourmet extravaganza by a renowned culinary talent? Catch a glimpse of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, get a head-start on your Christmas shopping in NYC, and relax in luxury at The Mark. Who needs bickering with the in-laws when The Mark makes it so easy? "Thanksgiving at The Mark" can be booked for two people in a Mark Premier one-bedroom suite (including Thanksgiving dinner for two at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges), or for four people in a Mark Two-Bedroom Suite or Mark Premier Two-Bedroom Suite with Thanksgiving dinner for four.


The World's Best Hotels: Announcing the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards 2011

November 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Bel-AirLooking to get inspired for your next getaway? The savvy editors at Fodor's have just released their first-ever list of the world's best hotels. After careful deliberation, the team of Fodor's editors and writers curated the "Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards 2011" spanning eight hotel categories. Here's a sampling of some of our favorites that made the cut.

New & Noteworthy- The Year's Best New and Reinvented Hotels: Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Mondrian Soho in NYC, Hotel Bel-Air & The Redbury in Los Angeles

Grande Dame- Legendary Hotels with Superlative History and Service: The Carlyle in NYC, Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, Hotel du Russie in Rome, The Savoy in London

Casual Chic- Effortlessly Stylish Hotels with Rustic-Modern Appeal: Cavo Tagoo in Mykonos, Bardessono in Napa, The Allison in Oregon

Design- Cutting-Edge Boutique Hotels at All Price Points: Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh, Jia in Hong Kong

Cavo Tagoo, MykonosLocal Flavor- Go-To Hotels for a Truly Authentic Experience: Fairmont Chateau Montebello in Quebec, Evason Ma'in Hot Springs and Six Senses Spa in Jordan

Clubby Atmosphere- Hip Urban Pied-à-Terres: 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, The Liberty in Boston, The Augustine in Prague

Luxurious Retreat- Top Choices for a Complete Escape: Little Palm Island Resort and Spa in the Florida Keys, Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Trusted Brand- World-Class Examples of International Hotel Chains: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, The Peninsula Bangkok


News from NYC: The Plaza Hotel Joins Historic Hotels of America

November 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Plaza Hotel, New YorkThe legendary address on Central Park is now part of Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that recognizes hotels for preserving and maintaining their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. The Plaza Hotel-- the fictional setting for Kay Thompson's Eloise character-- isn't just a NYC landmark; the storied hotel looms large in the imaginations of folks across the United States. It's the only hotel in New York City listed as a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. After a $450 million, three-year renovation completed in 2008, The Plaza Hotel continues its tradition of luxury with a Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, one-of-a-kind suites, and high-profile restaurants.


Skating in Bryant Park: Special Offer at New York's Cassa Hotel and Residences

November 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cassa Hotel and ResidencesIt's a winter wonderland out there. Sure, the blizzards blanketed the East Coast a little early, but why not take advantage of the snow and go ice skating in Bryant Park? Cassa Hotel and Residences in Midtown has partnered with Citi Pond at nearby Bryant Park to create a swell package for guests visiting NYC when it's at its best (over the holidays!). Book "Skating in the Park," starting from $329 per night, and you'll get skate rentals for two, VIP admission to the rink so you can skip the line, hot chocolate for two, and 10% off of all food and beverage when presenting your guest room card at Celsius restaurant and bar. Subject to availability.

The luxurious condo-hotel opened in 2010 to much fanfare (in-room Dean and Deluca snack bar! room service on demand! glorious design!). Needless to say, Cassa offers all the services expected at a world-class hotel- like 24 hour concierge, daily turn-down service, express dry-cleaning, babysitting, overnight shoe shine, and limo service. Spa treatments can be arranged off site.

 


Get Pampered at the Eventi Hotel After the NYC Marathon

October 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eventi Hotel in New YorkLooking for a place to crash after the NYC marathon on November 6? We know just the place. Eventi-- a luxurious Kimpton Hotel in Chelsea-- is promising to pamper all those brave runners with custom massages, soothing baths, and nourishing skin care products guaranteed to speed up the recovery process. Since it opened last year, Eventi has been getting lots of buzz for its warm service, eco-friendly spa, fitness center with city views, and complimentary morning coffee/tea bar. Here's what's included in the "NYC Marathon Package" at Eventi:

    * 50 minute Custom Massage
    * Kerstin Florian Futz Balm- soothing relief for race-tired feet.
    * Menthol, rosemary, pine, and lavender provide nourishing and protecting care for the feet.
    * $50 food and beverage credit
    * Rooms with tubs include Kerstin Florian Eucalyptus Bath to soothe tired, aching musles, feet, and joints.

Rates subject to space, availability and change, and black-out dates may apply.

Related Article: Hot Hotels in New York: Special Five Star Alliance Rates at Eventi


Neiman Marcus Dream Folly Package in the New Christmas Book Will Make Your Dreams Come True

October 25, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

If I had three wishes, I’d use up the first two on world peace and a grilled cheese sandwich. But the third one would be tough if I got them by acquiring the new Dream Folly from Neiman Marcus.  Because I’d already be spending the night in my third wish. An 18-foot-diameter yurt, a traditional tent going back to the Mongols, who clearly sacked Rome in style, is the centerpiece of a full package built to evoke an extravagant genie’s bottle. So it’s time to stop dreaming of Jeannie, and instead make your dream a reality, for this fantasy hideaway comes with a set of literally one-of-a-kind pillows by famed designer Rebecca Vizard, who creates her works of art by meticulously preserving 18th and 19th century prints on her lush, modern pillows. Not only that, the room is adorned with a handcrafted crystal chandelier and linen wall coverings. And while you’re living your fantasy, you can help the dreams of others come true, because with the purchase of Dream Folly, $5,000 of the proceeds will go The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 

The Dream Folly package, which will see this fully customizable Yurt installed on your estate grounds, is a part of Neiman Marcus’s fantasy collection in the new Christmas book. Every item is perfectly designed to help you live your very own fantasy.  Check out the full collection here.

Photo Via Neiman Marcus.


Dance the Night Away with the Gift of Dancing Fountains

October 24, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

With the winter holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your family members and friends. This year, however, we bet you want something different, something special, something extravagant, something over the top. Did we just read your mind? For the luxury seekers, the best gift givers, and the folks who always go above and beyond what is expected, the Neiman Marcus Holiday Catalogue may be just for you.

One of my personal favorite gifts offered is the Dancing Fountains from WET. WET, the company responsible for creating some of the most extravagent fountains in the world, including the Fountains of Bellagio and the Dubai Fountain is now bringing these charming creations to your home. With this fantasy gift, WET will install two underwater robotic nozzles that dance as a couple. This fountain will swirl, twirl, dip, and spin for you with the beauty of two graceful dancers. With this purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 of the proceeds to Water.org, a nonprofit organization committed to providing safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Curious what else the Neiman Marcus catalogue has to offer? Check out the Assouline Custom-Built Library, the Dream Folly, and the rest of the Holiday Catalogue.

(Photo via Neiman Marcus)


Mandarin Oriental Redesigns, Relaunches YouTube Channel; Still No Cat Videos

October 20, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

This will be a quick one because I like to let the talking pictures speak for themselves. Mandarin Oriental has relaunched its YouTube channel, and it’s gotten a full makeover and is chock full of pretty pictures and promotional interviews, like a piñata filled with the dreams of an overworked marketing executive. Go check out their new content here.


Give the Gift of Intellect from the Neiman Marcus Holiday Catalogue

October 20, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

With the winter holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your family members and friends. This year, however, we bet you want something different, something special, something extravagant, something over the top. Did we just read your mind? For the luxury seekers, the best gift givers, and the folks who always go above and beyond what is expected, the Neiman Marcus Holiday Catalogue may be just for you.

For an intellectual and mind-opening gift, consider the custom library, with its shelves filled with 250 books for $125,000. This atypical gift comes from the publishing house Assouline, and the library can be added anywhere you’d like. From a house to a boat to an airplane, the sky is the limit. This gift includes a full redesign of the space of your choice by adding custom carpets, art objects, and exquisitely framed prints. After the space redesign, 250 contemporary and vintage volumes are added to the beautiful shelves in the genre of your choice. Line the bookshelves with masterpieces from renowned writers, artists, photographers, architects, designers, and culinary and fashion virtuosos. This is a gift that keeps on giving because aside from an incredible library, Neiman Marcus will also donate $2,500 to First Book, a non-profit organization that provides children in need access to new books. For details, call 1-877-9NM-GIFT, or visit neimanmarcus.com

The Neiman Marcus Holiday Catalogue is for the thoughtful gift-givers, and while it offers truly lavish gifts, about half are under $250, so whatever your price range, the Neiman Marcus Holiday Catalogue has something to offer you.  Looking for something a little different?  Consider booking a trip for your family and friends and spending the holidays somewhere exotic, snowy, sunny, or simply somewhere relaxing

(Photo via Neiman Marcus)


New Indian-Inspired Spa Treatments at The Pierre, New York

October 13, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Pierre, A Taj Hotel in New YorkNirvana in New York? Yes please! The Pierre, A Taj Hotel on New York's Central Park, is bringing a piece of India to lucky guests who need a little R&R. The luxury hotel has introduced Jiva Spa in-room treatments, inspired by India's ancient wellness rituals. Beginning with a foot bath in flower petals and soothing oil, the head-to-toe treatments range from massages to facials and everything in between. Utilizing all-natural signature Jiva products, the therapies are designed to create a holistic path to harmony and balance, and can be personalized for each guest. Only have 30 minutes? No prob! Bihar Yoga sessions are also available. These services are arranged in the comfort of your own guest room, or in the private treatment room on the third floor next to the fitness center. (A new Jiva Spa space will open at The Pierre in 2012.) A few examples from the menu:

Vishram Relaxation Massage: A full-body massage designed to melt away stress using alternating palm and thumb strokes and fragrant signature oil blends of kewda, frankincense and brahmi with infusions of sandalwood and sesame to release tension and instill ease and tranquility; 60-minutes, $220; 90-minutes, $300

Champi Indian Head Massage: This invigorating hair treatment is believed to promote hair growth and restore the natural sheen and glossiness of the hair fiber using a signature blend of traditional ingredients (amla, brahmi, jatamansi, curry leaves and neem) to instill long-lasting, enriching benefits and relieve muscular tension from the head, neck and shoulders to create a deep sense of joy and clarity of thought; 45-minutes, $180

Indian Aroma Therapy Treatment: Aromatic oil blends from Ayurveda Pharmacopoeias have been carefully chosen for these treatments, which have powerful healing properties. All ingredients used for these treatments are native to India. Choose from the selection of specially prepared signature oil blends to meet your need of the day; priced according to desired duration, from $180 - $300 for 30 - 90 minutes. 

Anana Lepa Facial: Many Indian women use homemade recipes passed down from mother to daughter to nourish their families and their skin. Following this custom, Jiva uses fresh, all natural ingredients straight from the home. Your facial will also include a face massage that tones and nourishes the skin so that you emerge with a radiant natural glow; 60-minutes, $220.