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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.

Be Nautical at The Inn at Perry Cabin


By: Elaine Lee

 

Ahoy, mateys!

inn at perry cabin

The Inn at Perry Cabin is located on the Maryland Eastern shore, alongside the Chesapeake Bay. The location alone makes it an ideal vacation spot for sailing enthusiasts to set a course to this nautical friendly destination. The Inn at Perry Cabin caters to its location and sailing enthusiasts with an array of exciting excursions, tours and activities that are available on stand by. Guests can anchor aweigh on one of the many vessels for a sailing tour along the Chesapeake Bay, or spend a day running a trotline and dipping crabs while munching and sipping away on The Inn at Perry Cabin delicacies. At the end of your crabbing trip, the employees at The Inn at Perry Cabin will steam their guests' catch and deliver them fresh to eat for dinner that same night! The Inn at Perry Cabin provides two different sailing courses through the Chesapeake Bay's Offshore Sailing School, located on their property. The Inn provides a novice Learn to Sail course to get the basics of sailing down, and a five day Bareboat Cruising course for the more experienced sailing Enthusiast. Or guests can stay ashore and learn traditional boat building by becoming an apprentice for a day. Sail away towards The Inn at Perry Cabin, to indulge your sailing dreams!

 

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Spa Nautica at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey


By: Meagan Drillinger

 

Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about Ritz-Carlton's Marina Del Ray's new Spa Nautica:

 

We’ve discovered a new way for you to unwind in the California sun. The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey in Los Angeles has opened the full-service Spa Nautica. The spa had its soft opening on February 1, but the grand opening was at the beginning of this month. We love the spa’s nautical theme (how appropriate). There are seven treatment rooms, including separate rooms for couples’ treatments and wet treatments, as well as a full-service nail salon. During the warmer months, outdoor treatments will be available on the hotel’s pool deck. We hear Natura Bisse is the product of choice at this posh playground—great for pampering VIPs before a red carpet debut. And, true to SoCal mentality, the spa is environmentally conscious (think organic and vegan products). Each of the spa’s treatments can be enhanced with a variety of options, depending on the service, including aromatherapy, hot stone infusion, hand and foot polish, reflexology, hot oil scalp treatment, micronized algae mask, and Glyco 3 peel. In the land of Hollywood glitz and glam, figure-friendly cuisine is of the utmost importance. Spa Nautica features healthy selections of spa cuisine that can be snacked upon poolside. The hotel’s Executive Chef Umit Kaygusuz sources local, organically grown produce at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Nice Touch: Any 60-minute spa treatment booking gains guests access to the pool, Jacuzzi and eucalyptus steam rooms.

 

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Image of the Day: Hotel Il Salviatino


By: K. Clare Johnson

When you stay at Hotel Il Salviatino, all of Florence is at your feet.

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Oscar Checks In


By: K. Clare Johnson


So maybe you didn't get nominated for an Oscar this year.  We didn't either. Again! Fret not. You can still celebrate like the star that you are by booking one of these Academy Award-themed hotel deals!
 

-Hotel Monaco Washington DC is, appropriately enough, offering up a Four Score Lincoln package, in honor of the Spielberg flick's 12 Academy Award nominations.  The deal includes accommodations in the historic building that was once D.C.’s General Post Office and offices for the Postmaster General during the Civil War, admsission and tour for two at President Lincoln's Cottage, two tickets to Madame Tussauds to see the President's Gallery, which includes wax figures of all 44 U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Admission to Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln met his untimely demise. The package is available through April 30, 2013. Rates start at $279 per night and are subject to availability.

-Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is showing its local pride by offering a Silver Linings Playbook-inspired package. The deal includes 15% off the regular room rate, a VIP tour of Lincoln Financial Field, and breakfast at the Broad Street Diner. This LEED registered luxury hotel is in the heart of Center City Philadelphia and is known for its superior eco-friendly hotel design, personalized service, and genuinely warm hospitality.
 

-Donovan House, also in Washington DC, is offering a Secret Agent package, perfect for Argo fans. Fittingly, the hotel is named for  Wild Bill Donovan, the legendary general whose covert operations gave birth to the CIA. The package includes deluxe accommodations; welcome amenity of a notepad and invisible ink; two tickets to the International Spy Museum and a $25 credit for adjacent restaurant Zentan for Bond martinis. Rates are start at $165. 
 

-Life of Pi fans will want to check in to Oberoi Vanyavilas.  The luxury hotel will take guests on a tiger safari in the nearby Ranthambhore National Park. With any luck, you'll get a peek at one of Richard Parker's relatives but won't have to share a small boat with him. The Unforgettable Holiday also offers a night under the the stars sleeping in a luxury tent, daily breakfast, and one dinner.  Rates start at $777 per person for a two-night stay.
 

-Les Miserables devotees may want to check into W London Leicester Square, which is a two-minute walk from the original stage production that spawned the Oscar-nominated movie. Nightly rates for a wonderful room start at $486.  Or, plan a summer trip  Montreuil-Sur-Mer in France, Fantine's hometown, where the movie's popularity has meant a rapid rise in hotel bookings.

Happy booking!

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Dog Spa Days at The New Yorker Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The world-famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show starts tomorrow in Manhattan, and even non-show dogs are feeling the pressure to look their best. If Fido isn't quite in pageant shape, don't worry. The New Yorker hotel has come to the rescue with their Classic Dog Spa Package.  Priced at $50 per pooch, thedeal includes use of Jog A Dog™ treadmills (which are exclusive to the hotel), grooming stations, blow dryers, and indoor potty areas. Guests who book this package will also receive a special edition dog show publication, free of charge, along with complimentary dog treats.

For even more canine comforts, upgrade to the Premium Dog Spa Package, which at $75 per dog includes all of the amenities in the Classic Dog Spa Package, in addition to access to bathing areas.

Sounds like a barking good time.

 

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Take a Picture, Win a Stay at W Hotels of New Orleans!


By: K. Clare Johnson


At W Hotels of New Orleans, pictures aren't just worth a thousand words. They can also be worth a free one-night stay! The hotel group, which includes W New Orleans and W New Orleans French Quarter, has just announced a joint Instagram photo competition that starts Thursday Feb. 7. The contest, which lasts through Mardi Gras day, asks fans to share their best Mardi Gras celebratory images on Instagram. Fans should tag the hotels by using @whotelsnola along with the hashtag #wmardigras. On Wednesday, Feb. 13, W New Orleans will post the top five photos to their Facebook page. The participant whose photo gains the most likes by 12:00 p.m. (CT) on Monday, Feb. 18 will win a one-night stay at W New Orleans!  

 

With all the floats, parades, costumes, and colorful characters in New Orleans, we can't wait to see all the great photos!

 

 

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Valentine's Day Deals


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Haven't booked your Valentine's Day Getaway yet?  Of course, you'll want to enter our Valen-Find Sweepstakes!  Answer today’s daily question  for your chance to win a $100 Visa Gift card! Each time you play, we will enter  you to win our Grand Prize, a romantic vacation package of 3 complimentary room nights and a 6-course tasting menu dinner and wine pairing for two at the luxury five-star Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

Once you've done that, here are a few deals and packages that caught our eye:

-Take your romance to new heights, literally, at Tower Club at lebua. The award-winng hotel has put together a variety of enticing packages, including The Height of Romance,", which starts at $1499 per couple and includes an eight-course meal at the world's highest al-fresco restaurant, a 60-minute lebua Signature Massage for two, complimentary continental breakfast, and Champagne and chocolate.


-Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa is a family and luxury vacation destination on 2,000 wooded acres in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Their "Valentine's Sweetheart Package" includes One-Night Luxurious Accommodations, Champagne and Strawberries Welcome Amenity, Breakfast In Bed, $150 Resort Amenity Spending Credit, Service Charges, and Daily Resort Fee.

 

-The Langham London (pictured right) has lots of great ideas from romance. Sip on a Magic Rose cocktail (Laurent-Perrier Rose Champage poured over a raspberry, lychee and rose sorbet)

 

-For the more risque, Petit Ermitage is celebrating "The Month of Love" with two special packages: Menage a Trois and Masters Bait. Menage a Trois includes Champagane, double-headed lollypop, an erotic movie, and a game of Twister. Oh, and the third person is complimentary. Don't have a willing third partner?  The hotel will supply an inflatable consort.  Masters Bait also includes the aforementioned, but also adds an Intimacy Kit, breakfast in the Private Rooftop Club, and the services of a personal butler, aka the "Liasion of Happiness."

 

 

 

For more great ideas, check out our list of the World's Most Romantic Luxury Hotels!

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Last Minute Inauguration Deals!


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

If you haven't booked your  room for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, you are in luck!  As of this writing, there's still some availability at these Washington DC-area luxury hotels.  For a stay for two adults from Sunday January 20-Tuesday January 22, we found a range of great options. Keep in mind that the vast majority of these rates are either pre-paid, non-refundable and/or non-cancellable, so read the rate details carefully before booking. But book quickly, as these rates are sure to go fast.  All rates are in US dollars.

Here's what we found:

 The Jefferson-Want to splurge? The Jefferson, one of our favorite small luxury hotels,  is offering a 2013 Inaguaration pre-paid package starting at $1435 per night. You'll get a King bed, walk-in shower, and other room amenities. Located at the corner of 16th and M Streets NW, the hotel is just four blocks from The White House.

The Mayflower

 -The Mayflower, one of the largest luxury hotels in the District, is offering a AAA rate to qualifying members. For $299 per night, a deluxe room can be yours. It is also located near The White House.

-The fun Donovan House, located on Thomas Circle, has non-refundable Inaguration rates available from $425 a night for a k. The rate includes a King-bedded room and the complimentary Wine Hour held every evening.

-Hotel Palomar Washington DC, located in the vibrant Dupont Circle area, it also offers a King-bedded room and the complimentary Wine Hour, but with nightly rates starting at $573.75.

-The elegant Fairfax at Embassy Row has King-bedded room starting at $329 per night. The hotel is nestled among the stately mansions of Massachusetts Avenue, right near Dupont Circle.

-Park Hyatt Washington has King-bedded rooms with free wireless internet starting at $699 per night. While there, you can enjoy a meal at the highly-rated Blue Duck Tavern.

-Located in Washington's fashionable West End, Fairmont Washington DC offers a King-bedded 400 square foot uxury room starting at $599 per night. Internet access is also included in the rate.

-The recently renovated Dupont Circle Hotel fittingly overlooks the actual Dupont Circle. Their Best Unrestricted Daily Rate has King-bedded rooms from $399 per night.

-The Omni Shoreham Washington DC is a renovated Art Deco/Renaissance hybrid building set on a hill overlooking Rock Creek Park. It's Best Available Rate for a Deluxe Room with 1 King Bed is $579 per night.

-The Hotel George Washington DC is just one block from Union Station and near a lot of the Inaugural festivities. Nightly room rates for a Queen Deluxe Room include the Wine Hour and start at $634.

These are just some of the great rates we found. Check out Five Star Alliance for more rates and Inaugural hotel options.

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Spend New Year's Eve with Marilyn Monroe


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Don't the let the pesky little fact that the legendary sex symbol is no longer alive put a damper on your New Year's Eve. You can still say Ciao to 2012 and Buon giorno to 2013 with Marilyn Monroe at your side.  The divine Renaissance villa turned luxury hotel Il Salviatino has dreamed up a New Year with Marilyn package.  You'll enjoy a show-stopping 1950s themed New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner inspired by the very best music,
style and fashion this iconic era is famous for. You'll dine on gourmet food and then dance away 2012 to the sounds of Marilyn Monroe and The Rat Pack.


The Package includes:

Two nights in the room or suite of your choice
Full à la carte breakfast
Welcome drink
Seasonal welcome gift
The New Year’s Eve gala dinner (excluding drinks)
Special New Year’s brunch on January 1st
A farewell gift
Guaranteed late check out on your departure day

Prices start at € 1,178.10 for a Deluxe double room.

Additional terms and conditions apply, and space is limited, so book today!

 

 


Amazing FSA Rates for Il Salviatino!


By: K. Clare Johnson

What, the hand-restored 15th century villa with views of Florence and the rolling Tuscan landscape aren’t enough for you?
How about the Michelin-starred chef? The Spa at Salviatino by Vranjes?  The terrific location just 15 minutes from the
heart of Florence? Any one of these would be a terrific reason to book a stay at  Il Salviatino.  But now there’s even
more incentive.  Now through 2013,  Five Star Alliance fans can book an exclusive FSA rate at Il Salviatino.  Included in the rate:

*Welcome gift upon arrival

*Complimentary upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)

*Complimetary wi-fi

*A la carte breakfast

*Late check-out (subject to availability)

*Complimentary aperitif

To take advantage of this great offer, simply search your travel dates on Five Star Alliance, and book the "Five Star Alliance Rate."

Book early to avoid disappointment.