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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.

Special Offers: Easter at the Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

March 6, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beau-Rivage Palace

Easter egg hunt, cookie baking, flower-arranging classes, treasure hunt…activities galore! Enjoy the best kind of spring family vacation at Switzerland's stunning Beau-Rivage Palace. Easily one of the most beautiful palace hotels in the world, overlooking Lake Geneva, the historic Beau-Rivage is consistently ranked as one of the world's best (Conde Nast Gold List, Travel and Leisure World's Best.) This spring, take advantage of the "Easter Break" Package with savings of 20 percent for parents, and 50 percent for the kids. Available from April 13-18, the Package features special Easter rates of CHF 375 per night for a double room and CHF 235 for the children's room. The package includes daily breakfast, taxes, an Easter Egg Hunt for the children, and complimentary access to use the Cinq Mondes Spa and the tennis courts. The children's treasure hunt challenge leads eager kids throughout different parts of the hotel, where they may run into the hotel's mascot, Bori the fox. Additional special amenities include children's bathrobes and slippers.

Beau-Rivage Palace, Official Site

Beau-Rivage Palace, Five Star Alliance


Early Spring Special Rates at Wynn Las Vegas

March 3, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wynn Las Vegas

Celebrate spring in style with some superb rates at Wynn's Las Vegas masterpiece. The only spot on the Las Vegas Strip with its own 18-hole championship golf course. Everything about this place is over-the-top opulent: grandiose casino (of course), a whopping 19 fine dining restaurants boasting celebrity chefs, loads of retail and convention space. And the rooms. The Tower Suites wing have their own VIP check-in, concierge, and hotel entry, but the resort's other rooms hardly skimp on the luxury: posh entertaining and living areas with staggering views over the Strip, wet bars, marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, and chic, comfortable bedrooms. For a limited time this spring, take advantage of the Early Spring Special Rates. Resort room from $179 a night, Parlor Suite from $459 a night, Salon Suite from $659 a night. Offer available March 19, 20, and 26-28 and April 2, 3, and 9, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17. Rate available Sunday-Thursday only.

Wynn Las Vegas, Official Site

Wynn Las Vegas, Five Star Alliance


The Athenaeum Hotel London’s Redesign

March 3, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

From Jonathan Critchard, General Manager, The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments

Mr. Critchard at The Athenaeum Hotel in London sent us the following note aimed at new or returning guests, to make sure they are aware of some changes the hotel is undergoing.

Athenaeum Hotel London

January 2006 sees the start of a stunning redesign of our ground floor, incorporating the lobby, lounge, restaurant and bar. Led by the vision of Martin Hulbert, responsible for the award winning interior design of our sister property, The Grove, the existing interiors will be entirely replaced by a new scheme. Renowned for his inspirational creativity, he will be developing a style that is both quintessentially English, but also modern in its opulence and feel.

During this period,we are temporarily relocating our entrance to the side of the hotel on Down Street. However, the show goes on!

Our reception and concierge are operating from the First Floor. Alex, Donald, Duncan, Jim, John and the rest of our team are still here to ensure you enjoy your stay and your time in London.

The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments, Official Site

The Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments, Five Star Alliance


For Gentlemen Only: A Luxury Grooming Tradition Returns

March 3, 2006
By: Guest Writer

Truefitt

By Alex Rose

A timeless and elegant tradition for gentlemen is returning. Grooming with master barbers in the style of earlier American and English traditions are returning with a modernized and upscale version of “barbershop spas.”

Next time you're in Las Vegas, make time to visit The Art of Shaving (at Mandalay Place) or Truefitt and Hill (at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace) and try something that will make you look and feel great before heading out for a night on the town and some evening adventures.

What's the difference between a traditional straight-edge shave and an off-the-shelf multi-cartridge shave? The straight-edge is used to cut with and against the grain which results in a much closer shave, and leaves your face absolutely smooth all over. In addition to the usual shave and a hair cut, men have the option of being pampered and rejuvenated with techniques found in upscale spas such as hot and cold aromatherapy towels, facial masks, luxuriant shaving creams, balms, and oils-- along with various hair care and skincare products, fragrances, shoe shines, and manicures.

You're in good company, following the likes of royalty, industry execs, and celebs like Frank Sinatra who have opted for traditional shaves.


Luxury Family Resorts 2006

March 3, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Thank you, Forbes. Their list includes Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas—with its dazzling 14-acre water park; the most elegant Badrutt's Palace in St. Moritz, Switzerland, with excellent supervised actitivies for the kiddies; and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with the impressive Fairmont Kids Club. But ClubMed in the DR? Come on, guys.


Attention Scuba Divers: The World’s Largest Man-made Reef

March 3, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

A ship is to sunk-- intentionally-- off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. As CNN reports:

If all goes according to plan, explosives will be placed throughout the largely hollowed-out shell of the USS Oriskany in May and it will plummet 210 feet to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
The ship that starred in films like "The Bridges of Toko Ri" and "The Men of the Fighting Lady," will play a new role as bait to lure serious divers and sport fishermen worldwide and help boost tourism to the hurricane-ravished local economy.


Arizona Spring Training: Scottsdale’s Hip Hotel Valley Ho

March 3, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Valley Ho Cabana Room

Heading to Scottsdale for the best kind of Spring entertainment? Take yourself out to the ballgame! Arizona Spring Training is a favorite tradition not to be missed, and with a perfect location near the ballpark, the Hotel Valley Ho is the place to stay. The original hide-away for Bogart, Bing and Marilyn has been made-over into a hip urban resort, and reopened to much fanfare in December 2005. The chic rooms feature all-glass walls opening onto private patios, flat-screen TVs, WiFi, terrazzo tile bathrooms, and feather-top beds with 300-thread-count linens. As pictured, the cabana rooms are full of whimsy and flair—overlooking the pool. Post-game, head poolside to Cafe ZuZu for some classic American comfort food. Or pamper yourself with a massage at the VH Spa, then indulge in a little personal training of your own at the fitness center overlooking the perfect circle pool.


Announcing the Tides Playa Del Carmen, Mayan Riviera, Mexico

March 3, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tides Playa del Carmen

From the same chic LA hotelier that brought you the Viceroy Santa Monica, comes a new luxury residential property in the marvelous Mayan Riviera. The sister property to the new Viceroy Riviera Maya Resort—one of five exquisite luxury hotels built within the eco-sensitive Mayakoba Resort on the beautiful beaches south of Cancun— the Tides Playa del Carmen is a luxurious residential resort. The stretch of Yucatan coastline near Playa del Carmen has long been the hideaway for an international, travel-savvy crowd of cultured travelers. Now Kor brings "one-of-a-kind chic by the shore" with its new eight-acre retreat, reminiscent of the sophisticated Tides in South Beach. Construction is scheduled to begin this year and be completed in early 2008. The resort will include 190 luxury ocean-front residences with all the upscale amenities of the most exclusive resort: pool with destination bar-lounge, private Beach Club, fine dining, 10,000 square foot spa and fitness center.


Go Green at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

March 2, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont San Francisco

Welcome to Fairmont, where new check-in desk computers are powered by the wind. For its hotels across North America, Fairmont has recently purchased Eco-Logo certified wind power for 249 computers. This translates to greenhouse gas reduction of almost 100 tonnes for the year! We applaud Fairmont for leading the pack with environmental initiatives and sustainable energy technology launched by its Green Partnership program.


Pet Pampering at Loews Hotels

March 2, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Gary Stram, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Regency, A Loews Hotel

Loews Loves Pets Program

If you were watching the NBC Today Show on Wednesday morning, March 1st, you may have seen Mike Leonard's report on Loews Hotels and pet vacations titled "Pamper your pooch with a trip fit for a king". The packages they focused on - "The Hound of Music", "Su'ruff Camp", and "Outward Hound" - aren't available at all of the Loews Hotels, but the "Loews Loves Pets" program has been in place at each and every Loews Hotel since 2000.

As part of the program at the 18 Loews Hotels, each visiting VIP (Very Important Pet) can travel in first-class comfort with gourmet room service, specialized bedding, a pet amenity, and guest services designed to make pets and their owners feel right at home.

Each pet is welcomed with a personal note from the hotel's general manager which includes a listing of pet services available at the hotel including a map of the area with dog-walking routes highlighted, and information on veterinarians, pet shops, groomers, pet attractions, pet-friendly restaurants, and other resources. In the guestroom is a special ...

... amenity that includes special pet place mats with food and water bowls, toys and treats, and a "Do Not Disturb" sign that let housekeeping know that a pet is in the room. Pet walking and pet sitting services are available through the hotels' concierge desks. The latest addition to the Loews Loves Pets program is the "Puppy Pager" service. For the duration of their stay, pet owners are asked for a cell phone number or provided with a pager that enables the hotel staff to contact them immediately in case of emergency.

Don CeSar Pet Program

Finicky felines and hungry canines can choose from their own special room service menu that was designed to provide proper nutrition to help pets deal with travel stress including jet lag and altitude adjustments. The pet room service varies at each hotel and most include items such as roasted salmon and tuna delight for cats and bow wow burgers, chicken and rice and grilled filet for dogs. All menu items and preparations for the room service menu were developed and approved by a licensed veterinarian.

The newest item on the menu is "HERO STARS," gourmet dog biscuits which benefit the American Kennel Club's "DOGNY" Canine Support and Relief Fund for Police Search and Rescue Dog Teams across the country. A tasty and healthy new addition to the Loews Loves Pets offerings, HERO STARS are available for $10 at Loews Hotels in-room mini bars. Beverages include bottled water and milk. Additionally, selections of dry and canned pet foods are available for in-room delivery.

Loews Hotels also loans its guests pet necessities such as dog and cat beds in different sizes, leashes and collars, and pet videos. Kitty litter boxes and litter, pooper-scoopers, and a selection of pet toys (such as rawhide bones, catnip, and scratch poles) are also available for purchase.

Each hotel has established special cleaning procedures for pet stays including the use of HEPA-filtered vacuums so that all traces of pet allergens are removed in preparation for the next guest. Some of the Loews Hotels charge a one-time pet fee, guests should check with the individual properties to determine their policy.

Charlotte St. Martin, executive vice president for marketing for Loews Hotels says - "Pets provide unconditional love and people love their pets unconditionally. At Loews we've found that taking care of pets is one of the best ways to build customer loyalty and give our guests—and their companions—a good night's sleep."

She's right.

Loews Hotels, Official Site

Loews Hotels, Five Star Alliance