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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.

Buzz in Paris: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Opens Soon

June 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental ParisOne of the most talked-about hotel openings of the year is the Mandarin Oriental Paris, debuting on the fashionable Rue Saint-Honoré in a matter of days (June 28th). A high-profile team of architects and designers (including Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Sybille de Margerie, Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku) worked their magic on the building, which now offers an indoor garden, spa, and restaurants overseen by super chef Thierry Marx, the Michelin-starred "Bruce Willis lookalike" who champions molecular cuisine and is a judge on Top Chef. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the "J’aime Paris" opening offer is now available for stays between July 17 and August 28, with rates from $1,110 a night inclusive of a $435 credit per room and $725 credit per suite that can also be redeemed at the hotel’s spa or restaurants.


Night Snorkeling at Jalousie Plantation (Soon To Be Called The Tides Sugar Beach)

June 16, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Jalousie Plantation, Saint LuciaBack in 2008, we got giddy over the news that The Tides brand of chic, high-design hotels was planting a flag on the paradise island of Saint Lucia, "the Caribbean's "it" spot of the moment." The Jalousie Plantation is currently undergoing a $100 million makeover project and will be relaunched as The Tides, Sugar Beach in 2012. (The transformation thus far has included the construction of new luxury villas and a first-class spa.) Nestled in 192 lush acres of rainforest and white sand beaches overlooking the sea, The Jalousie Plantation is the only resort on Saint Lucia to offer night snorkeling- an incredible experience that provides an up close look at the nocturnal wonders in the National Marine Reserve beneath the Anse des Pitons.


Look out, London: Bulgari Hotel Set for Spring 2012

June 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bulgari Hotel MilanAfter the successful opening of the Bulgari Hotel Milan and Bulgari Resort in Bali, the brand is readying for the Spring 2012 debut of the Bulgari London- just in time for the Olympic Games. The British capital has seen a slew of fabulous hotel openings recently- from the dramatically renovated Savoy and the happening W Hotel Leicester Square to the Corinthia and the ultra-high-tech Eccleston Square Hotel. So the Bulgari London-- a posh pad with 85 rooms and suites equipped with ample Bulgari bath amenities-- will be in good company. HotelChatter reports that the hotel "will be located in the uber-posh Knightsbridge nabe" on the site of the old Knightsbridge Palace Hotel, and that the hotel's penthouse will have a nightly price tag that "only Russian billionaires can afford." What else is in store? Seven Bulgari suites, a destination restaurant and bar, a large ballroom, a private cinema and a 2,000 square meter Spa and fitness center with 25 meter indoor pool.

Pictured: The Bulgari Hotel in Milan.


Stays at the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo Benefit WISH.forJapan

June 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Hotel, TokyoTravelers to Tokyo can check into the Shangri-La Hotel and have the proceeds from their stay go to WISH.forJapan, the charitable program launched by Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo to support earthquake victims in the north-eastern coastal regions of Japan. The organization purchases food and other daily necessities more economically via its own distribution system, and delivers the purchases directly to victims in small shelters in the earthquake-affected areas. The special hotel package, multi-course restaurant menus, and a spa treatment at CHI are available until June 30, 2011. To quote the Shangri-La, Tokyo: "We hope that our WISH will reach the hearts of many people in Japan and abroad, as our thoughts remain with the victims and their families during this difficult time."

Related Article: Tokyo Treats: Free Breakfast and Chocolate at the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo


Amanresorts Heads to Turkey's Aegean Coast with New Amanruya Resort

June 13, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Amanruya, TurkeyFans of Amanresorts will fall in love with the luxury hotel company's latest property: a Mediterranean village-inspired resort nestled among olive groves overlooking Turkey's gorgeous Aegean coast. Come August 2011, luxury lovers (and Aman junkies) will be blissing out at Amanruya, comprised of 36 pool terrace cottages just 30 minutes from Bodrum. Each of the elegant accommodations comes with a private pool (averaging 115 square feet), outdoor shower, fireplace, and four-poster bed. The resort's name is a combination of the Sanskrit word for peace ("aman") and the Turkish word for dream. Understandable, given the dreamy setting and luxurious Aman-style facilities: a three-story library, a terrace and wine lounge, an art gallery, two spa suites, a marble swimming pool, tennis court and beach club.


Trump Makes a Splash in Panama with New Hotel

June 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower PanamaLook out Panama! When the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama opens on July 6, 2012, it will be the largest hotel in all of Latin America. And what a hotel it is! Soaring 70 storeys above the Punta Pacifica peninsula, the sail-shaped building (not unlike the Burj al Arab in Dubai) will feature 369 rooms (including 47 suites), a floor of elite boutiques and shops, multiple restaurants, a pool deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean. (Opening later in the year: a 10,000-square-foot spa, a casino and (ooh la la!) a private beach club on nearby Isla Viveros.) Plan a trip to Panama for the resort's opening season and score introductory rates starting at $279. The city's cultural calendar is packed with fun events like Fashion Week (July 14-16), Fiesta Patronal de Santiago Apostol (July 25), Festival Manito de Ocú (August 11-14) and the International Fair of Books (August 24- 28).


Hotel Buzz: Orient-Express Announces New Project, Palacio Nazarenas

June 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Orient-Express Palacio NazarenasThe Orient-Express collection of luxury resorts, trains, safaris (et al.) offer extraordinary travel experiences. Hotels like Keswick Hall, an estate in Virginia’s horse country, and the Villa San Michele, a former monastery with a façade by Michelangelo in Florence, Italy, are firmly grounded in their settings. The company already has five hotels in Peru, and now we hear they’re opening another one in Cuzco, right next door to the famous Hotel Monasterio. Hailed as “the brand’s most ambitious project to date,” Palacio Nazarenas, housed in a former palace and convent, will open on June 12 after an incredible three-year restoration project “carried out under the guidance of eight full-time archaeologists and the supervision of Peru’s National Institute of Culture (INC).” You can bet your bottom dollar that these 55 suites will be absolutely gorgeous.


Talk of the Town: Cipriani Family Open Mr. C Hotel in Los Angeles

June 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mr. C Hotel, Los AngelesThe Cipriani family-- famed restaurateurs who own Harry's Bar in Venice-- have opened a sexy new hotel in the former Tower Beverly Hills in Los Angeles' Pico-Robertson neighborhood. “Mr. C is the essence of how I envision travel and hospitality today,” says Ignazio Cipriani of the 138-room property which he opened with his brother, Maggio (both fourth-generation members of the Cipriani family). What's with the name, you ask? According to Maggio, Mr. C is "what the doorman usually calls everyone in our family when we walk in." Guest rooms are designed with private balconies, dark hardwood floors, vintage black and white film photography, and décor evoking a luxury yacht. The restaurant will serve Cipriani classics, and five residential-style bungalows come with private gardens and plunge pools. Accessed by a glass elevator, the pool terrrace on the 12th floor has astounding 360-degree views over the city. Rooms average $350 per night.


Hot Deals: A Night at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne for $10

June 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Key BiscayneThat's right. You can score a night in paradise-- the sultry shores of Key Biscayne just minutes south of happening Miami-- for just $10. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is feting 10 years as Miami's only Five Diamond resort by offering the Perfect 10 promotion. Read: some rooms, spa treatments, meals and drinks are available for just 10 bucks! To nab one of the 10 rooms available for $10 each, you must call 305-365-4582 to make a reservation on June 10 from 10 am- 2 pm. (The $10 rooms are available only on July 5-7, 10-13, 18, 25-26.) In addition to the resort's divine stretch of golden beach, the resort's Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center is one of the largest tennis facilities of any Ritz-Carlton worldwide. The spa is an oasis of luxury with 21 treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and salon. They even offer treatments for tweens and teens. There are other $10 specials to be had in July at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Think $10 Kobe beef burgers and $10 Moët & Chandon Ice Imperials in the Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge, a $10 three-course menu in the Cioppino Italian restaurant, a $10 Diamond Mojito in RUMBAR, and $10 Key Lime body treatments in the spa.


The New ELLE Spa at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach

June 6, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eden Roc Renaissance Miami BeachThe buzz in Miami: The Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel-- the beachfront resort on Collins Avenue-- is opening the ELLE spa this month, the first for the world's largest fashion magazine. Sprawling across 22,000 square feet of space, the spa has views of the ocean and gardens through floor-to-ceiling windows. The spa is designed with natural stone, woods, and water features, and the VIP Suite sounds downright swank (think a whirlpool tub with dazzling ocean views). The spa treatments-- including ‘Doctors’ Orders’ and ‘Forever 25′-- feature luxury products curated by skin and beauty experts including Tammy Fender, Yael Alkalay of Red Flower, and Essie. The best part of all: a retail boutique where clients can pick up a selection of products and beach accessories hand-picked by ELLE editors.