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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.

New Restaurants in London: Thirty-Six by Nigel Mendham at Dukes Hotel

September 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Dukes Hotel LondonThere's a new signature restaurant at Dukes London and it's guaranteed to get foodies drooling. The restaurant's name-- Thirty-Six by Nigel Mendham-- is derived from the number symbolizing good luck in Chinese astrology, the symbol of the magic square of the sun, as well as the hotel's address on Little St. James. Michelin-starred chef Nigel Mendham cooks up traditional British dishes in a "classic contemporary style" highlighting superb local produce. Here's a sampling:

Starters

Dry aged beef carpaccio, beetroot, horseradish; Rare breed pork of braised cheek with Waldorf salad; Scallops, cauliflower, smoked eel, red sorrel

Main Courses

Highland venison, butternut fondant, ossobucco; Lemon sole, langoustine tortellini, carrot puree, hazelnut crumb; Brill rib of beef with watercress and native oysters;

Desserts

Carrot cake, liquid carrot, iced cream cheese, spiced walnuts; Apples and brambles crumble, brulee, sorbet; Dark chocolate delice, crunchy pears and cardamon

All menu selections are offered prix fixe at Thirty-Six by Nigel Mendham: dinner is £49 for two courses and £60 for three courses; and lunch is £26 for two courses and £36 for three courses. The restaurant's nine-course tasting menu - which includes a Margarita right before the dessert courses - runs £95 or £150 with matching wines.


Explore London on a Bike: New Cycling Package at InterContinental London Park Lane

September 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental London at Park LaneRide around London on a bike, exploring the capital's famous parks and landmarks. The InterContinental London Park Lane has just launched a new package, available on request in September and October, giving cycling enthusiasts an exclusive opportunity to ride with bike expert Rob Penn. The "B-Spoke" experience includes a two-hour hosted bike ride with Penn, who authored the book "It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels." Guests can choose their own tour route and ride around London on "Boris bikes"- available for everyone as part of London's public bicycle lending program launched last year after the success of the Velib program in Paris. The B-Spoke package at InterContinental London Park Lane is available from £359 per room plus VAT for two people sharing, and includes one night accommodation and breakfast at the Cookbook Cafe.


New in London: Wolfgang Puck's Cut at 45 Park Lane

August 31, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

45 Park LaneWe've been waiting with bated breath for the opening of Wolfgang Puck's first restaurant in Europe: Cut at 45 Park Lane. The newest hotel from The Dorchester Collection will have the honor of housing the steakhouse, mirroring "the award-winning and hugely popular original CUT in Beverly Hills." And now-- courtesy of Daily Candy London-- we've got a few more details:

1. The chef’s favourite dish on the menu is sauteed Dover sole meuniere served with preserved lemon and parsley.

2. It’s the first time this many (sixteen) of Damien Hirst’s prints from a certain series have appeared in the same location.

3. Unlike at other branches, Cut in London will be open for breakfast (salt beef hash cakes, poached eggs with bearnaise sauce and buttermilk pancakes with whipped bourbon-maple butter) and lunch (Dorset crab and lobster Louis cocktail with spicy tomato horseradish, smaller cuts of signature steaks).

For more exciting information about the resto, check out Daily Candy's article.


Opening Soon: Dorchester Collection's 45 Park Lane in London

August 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

45 Park Lane, LondonIn just a matter of days, a new luxury hotel will be making waves in London town. The Dorchester Collection's newest property, 45 Park Lane, is just a stone's throw from the hotel flagship, overlooking Hyde Park in Mayfair. In perhaps the biggest news of all, 45 Park Lane will be home to Wolfgang Puck's first restaurant in Europe: CUT, a modern American steak house. Acclaimed architect Thierry Despont was behind the renovation. There are 45 guest rooms, all with views of Hyde Park, plus a Penthouse Suite with sweeping views of London from a wraparound terrace. Hot rates: From September 1- 11, 2011, guests can take advantage of an introductory rate of £350 (approximately $567 USD). Wifi is included.


A Jewel-Inspired Afternoon Tea at The Langham London

August 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Langham LondonThe Langham London is legendary as the birthplace of Afternoon Tea, that quintessentially British institution. The luxury hotel opened in 1865 and began serving this "afternoon snack" favored by Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, as a way to ward off hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. The Langham continues to serve up this indulgent ritual in Palm Court, garnering multiple accolades in the process. Recently The Langham announced an exclusive new tea, created in collaboration with the renowned jewelry designer, Stephen Webster. Inspired by Webster's latest collection (called "Murder She Wrote"), Executive Pastry Chef Cherish Finden has designed some glittering pastries that are almost too beautiful to eat: the Crystal Clear Diamond, a Guinness macaroon with blackcurrant jelly; the Poison Apple, a red peppercorn and dark chocolate shortbread; and a roasted green pistachio Chantilly with airy meringue sponge inspired by Stephen Webster's Armadillo ring. The Stephen Webster Bijoux Afternoon Tea is priced at £49 per person (approx. US $79), inclusive of VAT, and is available from September 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012 in the Palm Court.


The U.K.'s Largest Spa is Now Open at The Corinthia London

August 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

ESPA Life at Corinthia, LondonThe Corinthia Hotel's launch in London has not been a quiet affair. Over-the-top in every way imaginable, the opulent new hotel opened a spa in July that's been the talk of the town. The latest spa by industry leader Sue Harmsworth MBE, the ESPA Life at Corinthia is the largest spa in the U.K.- measuring over 37,000 square feet and covering four levels. It's also the worldwide flagship for ESPA, and the first location to offer the brand’s new ESPA Life concept, an integrated wellness approach that incorporates complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into a luxury spa environment. There's an entire floor devoted to thermal and wet areas including an indoor pool, black mosaic steam rooms, and an amphitheater sauna. Treatments include new age-defying facials and a ‘Rush Hour Beauty’ menu.


A Ritzy New Manicure at The Ritz London

July 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz London ManicureFor a real treat on your next trip to London, head to The Ritz Salon-- located on the seventh floor of the legendary hotel on Piccadilly-- for a signature Ritz Manicure. Created by Jeff Pink, the inventor of the French Manicure and founder of the famous Orly Professional Nail Care range, the Ritz manicure was created exclusively for the hotel. The deeply moisturizing treatment starts with a hand soak, followed by an olive grain exfoliation and massage with Orly products-- rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential oils. Next up: a skin-softening wrap, which seals in oils and revives the skin and cuticles. The finishing touch: Manicurist Anna Gardiner, who has tended to the nails of the glitterati, applies two flashes of signature Ritz gold lacquer, positioned to complement the natural nail. The Ritz Manicure is priced at GBP 75 and The Ritz gold lacquer costs GBP 11.95.


Suite on London: Third Night Free at The Egerton House

July 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Egerton House Hotel, LondonThe Queen's on her annual visit to Scotland, so why not take a jaunt to London to soak up the grandeur of Buckingham Palace? The most famous palace in the world opened its doors to the public this past weekend, so the State Rooms are yours for the ogling. Book a stay at the Egerton House Hotel, situated in the heart of fashionable Knightsbridge, and you'll swear you're staying at the mansion of a friend (albeit a wealthy one). The hotel gets rave reviews for its hospitality, beginning the moment you walk through the door and are greeted with a glass of Champagne or steaming pot of tea. Rooms are personalized with thoughtful touches: fresh fruit, your favorite music, and welcome notes. Take advantage of a special offer at the Egerton House Hotel and get three nights for the price of two when staying in one of the luxurious suites. Don't want to splash out for a suite? You can also get an exceptional value with the regular room categories. The hotel also has a "One More Night" offer-- where every fifth night is complimentary. (Note: Blackout dates may apply.)


A Summer Cinema for Kids at London's Rubens at the Palace

July 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rubens at the Palace, LondonTraveling with the kids to London? You won't want to miss this. The Rubens at the Palace-- a comfortable four-star hotel located opposite Buckingham Palace-- is converting one of its conference suites to a Summer Kiddies Cinema this August. There will be two free screenings of family favorite films every day. So turn off the lights, grab some popcorn, and get ready for Shrek, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and more! Each young guest will get complimentary juice and popcorn, and either a bag of sweets or a popsicle for the movie. For meals, the Cavalry Bar offers a Princes and Princesses menu with classics like macaroni and cheese, ham and cheese toasties, and mini fish and chips.

During your stay, the hotel's Director of Fun and Adventure will ensure that your kid gets a fun guided tour of the hotel, and a visit to the pastry kitchen where children can ice and decorate their very own cupcake. To prep for a long day of sightseeing, the Director of Fun and Adventure provides each young guest with a personal rucksack and packed lunch.

Families staying at the Rubens at the Palace can also take advantage of the ‘Kids Go Free’ offer, which allows children under 12 years of age to share the room with their parents for free. Family rooms are available from £287 including VAT, per room per night.


An English Town and Country Getaway at The Dorchester and Coworth Park

July 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Dorchester, LondonOn your next voyage to England, why not combine the best of the town and country? Stay in style with The Dorchester Collection at both Coworth Park, the new country house hotel in Ascot, and London's legendary icon, The Dorchester. The luxury hotel group has just launched a package that combines the best of both worlds. While reveling in the country life at Coworth Park, play croquet on the lawn; bask in eco-luxury at the Spa at Coworth Park (where herbs for the treatments grow on the Living Roof!); set off on horseback from the Equestrian Center to explore the 240 acres of Berkshire parkland. You could paint the town red in London, or sequester yourself inside The Dorchester's basion of luxury- supping on Michelin-starred cuisine and relaxing in the glamorous Art Deco-style spa.

The "Town & Country" experience includes one night bed and breakfast at both The Dorchester and Coworth Park, as well as the transfer in between and the opportunity to take advantage of the Concierge at each hotel to recommend a customized itinerary. Rates start from £890 (approximately $1,400 USD) exclusive of VAT for a superior room based on double occupancy and for two consecutive nights including full English breakfast. Offer is valid July 24 until September 4, 2011.