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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.

Your Questions Answered: Room Options for 5 at the Palace Luzern

July 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We are looking to book a 3 night accommodation, checking in September 6th and checking out September 9th. There are 5 of us, 3 adults and 2 kids ages 3 and 8. We are looking to stay at the Palace Luzern in Switzerland.

Answer: The Palace Luzern has the following room types and options available for your dates of travel. The hotel has a maximum occupancy of 3 people per room, so you would have to have 2 adults and 1 child stay in one room, and then have 1 adult and 1 child stay in the other room. The hotel unfortunately does not have any room options that can accommodate 3 adults and 2 children or 2 adults and 2 children in one room. The hotel does have interconnecting room options, so we would suggest making 2 reservations for the following room type and requesting that they be interconnecting. (This request cannot be guaranteed and is based on availability, but the hotel would do its best to honor this request.) One More Night 3 For 2 Amex Exclusive - Double Room With City View 25sqm - For 2 adults and 1 child, the nightly breakdown would be 377 Swiss Francs plus 6.09 Swiss Francs per day in taxes for an approximate total of 1,151.70 Swiss Francs, which is approximately $1175.81. (This rate includes the extra person charge) The second room, with 1 adult and 1 child would be 327 Swiss Francs and 4.60 Swiss Francs per day in taxes for an approximate total of 994.80 Swiss Francs which is about $1015.62. (Please be advised that the One More Night 3 for 2 deal is already factored into the price, and to receive this discounted rate you must pay with an American Express card.) Rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

To make a reservation for these room types, simply click on the hotel name link, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating that you will have a child staying in one room and request an extra rollaway bed to be added as well as request having your two rooms be interconnecting. Once you have completed the first reservation, simply repeat the process to make the second reservation and fill in the Special Request field requesting 2 twin beds and to have that room interconnect with your previous reservation.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


A Heli-Skiing Adventure in the Swiss Alps with Badrutt's Palace Hotel

November 30, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Badrutt's Palace HotelAdrenaline-loving ski hounds looking for adventure should head over to Europe to brave the snow-covered pistes in the Alps. (Tip for travelers: the dollar-euro exchange rate hasn't looked this good in years.) Head to St. Moritz in Switzerland, long considered the birthplace of alpine tourism, to experience the "Holy Grail" of classic downhill skiing-- with 200 miles of groomed runs in four large skiing areas. Book a stay at Badrutt's Palace Hotel-- known for its glam après-ski scene and exceptional facilities-- and you'll be living large in the lap of luxury. The hotel has organized a fabulous “Heli Adventure” package with a helicopter guide through the white peaks to let passionate skiers make their own tracks in untouched snow. In addition to the exclusive helicopter trip, this package includes a three-night stay with half board and a ski pass for the whole region, as well as a classic relaxation massage to help soothe tired muscles. The package starts at CHF 2,140 (approx $2,338 US) per person for a double room.


Private Ice Skating Rink and Winter Chalets at La Reserve Geneva

November 23, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Reserve GenevaNot content with Geneva's own splendid holiday decorations, La Réserve Genève Hotel & Spa has gone above and beyond the call of Christmas duty. The ultra-luxury hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva will be installing its very own private ice rink and Christmas market-style winter chalets on the property. Starting December 13, 2011 and running until February 26, 2012, La Réserve Genève will morph into a true winter wonderland where guests can glide across the ice (or book skating lessons!), then sip hot mulled wine or Champagne in the festive winter chalets. The chic waitstaff will supply blankets to ward off the chill in the air, and serve holiday treats like crêpes, waffles, oysters, and caviar. The best part of all? This Winter Wonderland has spectacular views of Lake Geneva and the snow-capped mountains beyond.

A two-night weekend stay at La Réserve Genève starts from $1,076 (based on two sharing a double room) and includes full use of all hotel facilities including the spa, fitness center, swimming pool, indoor tennis courts, and the Winter Wonderland.


Get Steeped: Fairmont Celebrates Tea Around the World on Nov 12

November 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Celebrates TeaFairmont has declared November 12, 2011 an official "tea day"-- celebrating all things tea-- and being tea fans ourselves, we're thrilled about the "tea-rrific" events they have planned at hotels and resorts around the world. From tastings with a tea sommelier at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria to tours of a neighboring tea estate at Kenya's historic Fairmont The Norfolk, the festive events celebrate Fairmont's historic connection to the traditional afternoon ritual. Other fun, noteworthy celebrations: get discounts for wearing fancy hats at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise; imbibe signature "Tea-quila" cocktails at The Fairmont Dallas; try Swiss-style tea at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace featuring finger sandwiches made with local Gruyère cheese; partake in a multi-cultural tea celebration at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. For the full run-down of activities, check out the official website. And if you're in need of a little Tea Etiquette, the experts at The Fairmont Empress have some top tips.

Pssst. You can also try some tea-infused cocktails from the hotel brand's top mixologists.

Image via Fairmont Hotels/ Everyone's an Original


Diamond Seminar in Switzerland at the Park Hotel Weggis

October 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hotel WeggisThe Park Hotel Weggis, the ultra-luxury hotel nestled at the edge of Lake Lucerne, is inviting guests to dive into the world of "the king of precious stones." After all, diamonds are forever! Sign up for the "Parc & Diamond" seminar on November 12-13, and you'll get expert diamond-buying tips from Carlo Mutschler, the director of the Beyer Chronometrie jewelery studio, Switzerland's oldest watch and jewelery store. You'll learn know how to distinguish between stones, assess their quality, interpret certificates of authenticity, and circumvent buying decisions you might regret later. The highlight of the seminar? A drawing for a diamond worth CHF 2000! From CHF 344 per guest including one night’s accommodation, sparkling breakfast buffet, a welcome aperitif, the two-hour diamond seminar, a diamond aperitif and a four-course dinner at the restaurant Sparks.


Rates from 101 Euros: A Winter Break in Europe with InterContinental Hotels

October 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental PragueEurope in winter is positively enchanting-- from November's JazzFest in Berlin to the twinkling lights on the Champs-Élysées in Paris and the rich hot chocolate served in Vienna's cafes. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is inviting you to book in advance and save on your winter escape for stays between November 1, 2011- February 29, 2012. Enjoy rates starting from €101 per night, including breakfast for two, at fab hotels like the InterContinental Vienna, the InterContinental Budapest, the InterContinental David Tel Aviv, the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, the InterContinental Geneva, the InterContinental Prague (pictured), Portugal's brand new InterContinental Porto-Palacio das Cardosas, and more. Not only will you score a discount, but also tons of insider tips shared by InterContinental's famously connected concierges! The "Winter Offer" is valid on new bookings only, subject to availability.