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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.

Peek Inside the Penthouse Suite at Mandarin Oriental Paris

June 21, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Mandarin Oriental ParisMandarin Oriental Paris has a terrific location and the bespoke service the hotel group is known for.  Recently they've unveiled The Penthouse Suite, which is akin to having your own private apartment with maid service in the City of Lights. Located on the highest floor of the hotel, the three-bedroom split-level suite offers use of our breathtaking Royale Mandarin, Premier Atelier and Crystal suites. It sleeps up to 8 people, and is 407/sqm/4381sqf.

Among the amenities are twice daily housekeeping with complimentary water on turndown, a private elevator, a selection of bespoke artwork, a staircase fashioned from guilloche metal, and private gym. Most spectacularly, the suite has two terraces offering breathtaking views of the city’s rooftops, the Garnier Opéra and the Eiffel Tower.

In addition to the suite’s three large bedrooms, there is a lavish bathroom with gold cabochons scattered across the floor, a steam room and oversized bath.  Guests can choose from a plush robe or a silk kimono while soaking in the round tub and watching the in-bathroom TV.  There’s also a spacious living room, dining room, kitchen, bar andMandarin Oriental Paris two additional bathrooms.

For your listening pleasure there's a Bang & Olufsen televisions and audio system. Those guests surgically attached to their electronic devices will be glad to know fast, high quality bandwidth, both wired and wireless, allows for up to four devices. 

Still feeling a little tense despite all this luxury? Guests may exclusively enjoy a complimentary, ensuite Jiao Ting massage for two.

View rates, details, and more photos at Mandarin Oriental Paris >>

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Healthy Treats Rule at Trump

June 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium


The Apprentice is not currently airing, so The Donald and his Trump Collection of luxury properties has had time to think about how to feed its guests in a healthy manner.

Our sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor,  says this about the Trump Wellness initiative:

Trump Hotel Collection is rolling out a trio of programs as part of its Trump Wellness initiative, starting June 17. The first program, Nourish, will enhance each hotel’s in-room dining menu with a range of options, providing guests with vegan, gluten-free and organic selections with complete nutritional values. A Healthy Kids Menu by Trump will also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for the junior set. Minibars will be revamped with healthier snacks rather than the standard minibar fare. At least one-third of all choices at each hotel will be in a health food category.

 

You'll want to read more about the other two healthy eating programs the hotel collection will be rolling out later this year.

Bon Appetit!

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The Homestead Plans for Canyon Ranch

June 5, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The HomesteadGood news for East Coast fans of Canyon Ranch. The Homestead, located in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, has just announced that they will open a Canyon Ranch SpaClub this month. 

Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Homestead will offer a variety of opportunities to explore the rewards of living a healthier, longer, more vibrant life. Signature services will include the Canyon Stone Massage and Mineral Euphoria Body Treatment, along with Target Heart-Rate Determination and Nutrition for Wellness. The luxury spa will also offer healing and restorative massages, skin care and body therapies, and a fitness area with cardio/weight room and movement therapy rooms for Pilates, yoga, cycling and other classes. Canyon Ranch is known for being the gold standard in healthy vacations, starting with their flagship property in  Canyon Ranch destination resort spa in Tucson, Arizona.

The Canyon Ranch SpaClub will provide a delightful accompaniement to the luxury resort's Hot Springs. Two major springs from the Allegheny Mountains flow onto The Homestead property, naturally heated and requiring no chemical treatment, so you can enjoy what many consider to be the best hot springs in Virginia straight from the source. Soak in the natural mineral waters of thelegendary Jefferson Pools (named after the former President) or play year-round in our two-acre outdoor pool area, Allegheny Springs.

View rates, details, and more photos of The Homestead >>


Sponsored Feature: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc

June 3, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance


It's time to start planning the summer break you deserve. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. welcomes summer by offering up to 25% off at over 60 resorts in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and French Polynesia. Whether you're dreaming of a tranquil mountain retreat, or the beaches of a luxurious oceanfront resort, Starwood has a dynamic portfolio of resorts perfect for a summer getaway.

 

The award-winning resorts that are offering discounts and packages to help travelers save and unwind this summer include:



Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina: Take in views of the marina or spend a day with the family at SeaWorld or The San Diego Zoo. Rates up to 40% off, or $129 per night.

 

 

 

 

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida: From a private beachfront cabana, sit and watch the surf and take in the spectacular views of the blue Atlantic Ocean. Rates up to 30% off, or $149 per night.

 

 

 

The Royal Hawaiian

 

 

 
The Royal Hawaiian, Oahu, Hawaii: From the comfort of your private beach chaise lounge and umbrella set, enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and world-famous Diamond Head, while soaking up the Hawaiian sun. The “Pink Lady of the Pacific,” is completely renovated and offering rates up to 20% off, or $330 per night.

 

 

The Phoenician

 

 

 
The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona: Beat the desert heat with a trip to the luxurious spa, or sit poolside with a cold drink in a private cabana. Rates up to 25% off, or $149 per night.

 

 

 

 

 

Experience the best of the season when you book by June 16 for travel through September 30, 2013. Click here to view more participating resorts and to book your summer getaway.

 

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Grosvenor House London Gets a Christie's Sneak Peek

June 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance


Guests at Grosvenor House London are in for a special treat. Legendary auction house Christie's and the luxury hotel have allied to provide guests with a special exhibition. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor reports:

From Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6, guests at Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel, and members of the public can attend a special preview of The Collection of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow, one of the world’s preeminent books collections, before it goes to auction this fall. The preview will be open daily from 10am – 5pm.

 

More of Jena Tessa Fox's article on the Grosvenor House London and Christie's Collaboration >>

 

View rates, details, and more photos of Grosvenor House London >>

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Fairmont Hotels Embrace Art

June 1, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Fairmont The Palm

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have long been known for luxurious accommodations and stellar service.  Now, as our sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor reports, the luxury hotel group has undertaken an art initiviative at its U.A.E. properties. 

Writer Jena Tessa Fox writes:

The art@fairmont, which will be rolled out this year across the UAE, will give guests an opportunity to interact with regionally-relevant artists and understand the cultural relevance of art through specially-designed lectures and workshops, local gallery tours and guest experiences.

The initiative comes in the wake of a brand survey that found 55 percent of travelers are interested in engaging with local artists one-to-one during their stay. According to the Farimont survey of travelers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt, culture factors influenced 73 percent of respondents when deciding where to travel next.

 

Discover more about Fairmont and art in the U.A.E. >>

 

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Rooftop Bars for Everyone!

June 1, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

 

Four Seasons Beirut

 

There are few summer pleasures that top rooftop dining. The fresh breeze, the blue sky. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has the scoop on the many rooftop spaces that are part of the Four Seasons collection.

 

Drinks just taste better outside, don't you agree? Now that rooftop season is officially in swing (yay!), Four Seasons has revealed some of its hottest spots to sip and savor amid the skylines.

The dec Rooftop Bar + Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) sits 12 stories above Magnificent Mile. Hand-crafted cocktails and small bites rule the menu here, while a color-changing LED waved wall puts the final notes on the outdoor experience.

Four Seasons Hotel Beirut has opened The Roof, Lebanon's highest rooftop lounge at 390 feet above the sea. Guests can enjoy tapas and drinks poolside, with wraparound views of Beirut's downtown skyline, mountains and the Med.

 

 

 

Discover more Four Seasons Rooftop Spots >>

 

 

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Savor the Sights of Florence at Hotel Continentale's Rooftop Bar

May 31, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 Hotel Continentale

The only thing better than being in Florence? Being on a rooftop in Florence.  Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has a peek at Hotel Continentale's rooftop bar, La Terazza. Jena Tessa Fox writes:

 

Perched on top of a 13th century medieval tower, Florentine architect Michele Bonan reinterpreted the glamour of the 1950s Italian film and fashion scene in his re-design of La Terazza. With the addition of an open fireplace and heated benches the Continentale’s rooftop terrace La Terrazza will be open to welcome guests all year round.

To coincide with the re-launch of La Terrazza, the Continentale has been working with some of Florence’s best mixologists to develop a new drinks menu. Featuring signature Italian cocktails such as the Negroni – a blend of gin, vermouth rosso and Campari – and new interpretations of the Vesper Martini (made famous by fictional spy James Bond), La Terrazza has something for everyone.

 

More about La Terraza >>

 

 

 

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Red Carnation Acquires the Historic Ashford Castle

May 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Ashford Castle will be soon be seeing red.  Our sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor, has reported that Red Carnation Hotels has taken over the historic property. Ashford Castle is the former estate of the Guinness family. It dates back to 1228 and is set on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake, in the picturesque village of Cong. Jena Tessa Fox reports that:

Ashford Castle

 

 

Red Carnation Hotels' Managing Director Jonathan Raggett said that the team was looking forward to working with Ashford's General Manager Niall Rochford and to growing the workforce with local talent. "We will be working with local suppliers and partners on a refurbishment program that will restore this illustrious hotel to its former glory, and build on the fine reputation that the hotel already enjoys," Raggett said.

 

 

More on the acquisition >>

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Burj Al Arab Goes for the Gold iPad

May 21, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Burj Al ArabThink a gold credit card is impressive? Not anymore. Burj Al Arab, the super-luxury hotel in Dubai, has introduced the latest status symbol for luxury travelers: The gold iPad.

 

Guest at Burj Al Arab often arrive one of the world’s largest chauffeur-driven fleets of Rolls Royce’s or by a dedicated helicopter transfer service. After check-in, the 24-karat iPad, which is worth approximately $10,000, is yours to play the world's most expensive game of Angry Birds on. Or, guests can use the virtual concierge program that comes loaded on the gadget to take advantage of the hotel's many bespoke services. The hotel introduced a similar amenity back in October 2012, with a 24-carat rose gold iPad that was designed as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness month program. 

 

Sadly, the iPad, much like a room key, has to be returned to the front desk upon check-out. Although you can purchase your own in the hotel's boutique, along with a gold iPad minii and a gold iPhone5.

View rates, details, and more about Burj Al Arab >> 

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