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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.

Whitney Houston's Beverly Hilton Tragedy

February 14, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Since one actor locked himself in a hotel room for over a month to research the role that would ultimately precede his untimely death, the hotel world has been no stranger to the unfortunate ends of celebrities. And now we've all been grieving for the last few days over the loss of another great, one of the iconic voices of the 90s. RIP Whitney Houston, your powerful love ballads and singing of the 1991 Superbowl national anthem helped define a decade.

Perhaps some of the most shaken up are the staff of the Beverly Hilton where Houston was found submerged in her bathtub, possibly from a Xanax overdose. Her daughter even arrived at the hotel to try to see her mother and had to be hospitalized for shock and dehydration. It's a sad day when any death occurs, especially one as unfortunate as Whitney's, and our hearts go out to family and friends as well as the workers at the otherwise lovely Beverly Hilton who were on hand to witness it.  


Extraordinary Guest Chef at the St. Regis Aspen Resort

February 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, nestled within the mountains in Aspen, Colorado is the perfect place to experience the best of every season. Visit in the winter for some of the best skiing opportunities, or visit in the summer to participate in great summer sports activities and the arts.

This luxury hotel will host Chef Duangporn Songvisavia (Bo) and Chef Dylan Jones from the renowned Herland Thai Restaurant Bo.Lan in Bangkok, Thailand. The chefs will prepare Thai infused cuisine from February 14th – 19th during Apres teas and dinner. During Apres tea, guests can choose from a menu of small plates, and for dinner, guests are treated to a unique pre-fixe menu carefully put together to ensure a well-balanced meal. The dinner menu will feature Thai salad, chili relish, a stir-fried dish, curry, and soup. Holding true to Bo.Lan’s ‘slow food’ philosophy, the foods will feature locally sourced ingredients and produce. The Apres tea menu will be served from from 3 – 6pm in the Shadow Mountain Lounge, and dinner will be served every evening 6 – 10pm in The Restaurant.

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine without needing to leave the United States! Make your reservations at the St. Regis Aspen Resort and send your taste buds on an adventure!


Valentine's Day at the Montage Deer Valley

February 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With Valentine’s Day exactly 1 week away, it’s time to buckle down and plan the perfect romantic celebration with your significant other. The Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah knows that it’s the little things that matter, and they have worked out every detail to ensure a spectacular night of romance.

Check into the Montage Deer Valley and curl up by the fire while snow gently falls outside. Enjoy the romantic piano music over a candlelit dinner and a bottle of wine. Whether you’re a new couple or have been happily married for quite some time, the incredible alpine views and winter wonderland provide a romantic evening for all.

Make reservations at Apex, the hotel’s signature restaurant for February 14th and enjoy a pre-fixe dinner with mountain views and cozy tables by firelight. The four course dinner menu is $95 per person, and wine pairing is an additional $35.

Attend the wine and chocolate pairing event in Vista Lounge led by Ray Lammers, the executive pastry chef at Montage Deer Valley. Enjoy Cacao Barry chocolate with a Lactee caramel filling, Amano Madagascar dark chocolate, and the rare Maranon Fortunado No. 4 chocolate from Peru. Savor these chocolates on their own or paired with wines that have been selected to compliment and bring out the flavor of the chocolate.

Take advantage of these romantic and exciting opportunities and make your reservations at the Montage Deer Valley today!


Romantic Packages and Escapes at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa Pasadena

February 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa Pasadena is situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in beautiful Pasadena, California. Its elegance and award-winning service have made this hotel a southern California landmark. It is the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in the area and has a spa recognized as one of North America’s Top 10. Its luxurious accommodations, incredible spa, and outdoor heated pool all make this hotel a phenomenal choice for a Valentine’s Day getaway. And with the following incredible packages available in February, it’s hard to say no to the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa Pasadena.

Linger Longer for Less

Stay longer and get rewarded for it! Stay 2 nights and get 10% of the best available rate, stay 3 nights and get 15% off the best available rate and continental breakfast for 2, stay 4 nights and receive 15% off the best available rate, continental breakfast for 2, and in-room internet, stay 5 or more nights and receive 15% off the best available rate, continental breakfast for 2, in-room internet, and an upgrade to the next room category (based upon availability at check-in).

Valid for stays through February 29th, 2012, subject to availability, and not valid for groups.

Great Getaway Package

This package includes overnight accommodations, continental breakfast for 2 in the Terrace, and valet parking.

Subject to availability and not valid for groups.

Experience the Arts Package

Enjoy the arts and culture in luxury while staying at the Langham. This package includes overnight accommodations, 2 VIP Museum passes valid at more than 18 Institutions in the Los Angeles Area ($250 value), valet parking, and complimentary shuttle services to museums in Pasadena.

Valid until March 28th, 2012, subject to availability, and not valid for groups.

Grand Romance Package

Enjoy Valentine’s Day in style with this package which includes overnight accommodations, rose petal turndown, breakfast in bed, and valet parking.

Valid in February 2012, subject to availability, and not valid for groups.


Luxury Hotels near the Las Vegas Convention Center

January 24, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

This blog series is for all of the business travelers who are looking for a luxury hotel that is located near the Convention Center of specific cities. We understand that you have places to be, people to meet, and conferences to attend, so we try to make your travels as stress-free and convenient as possible without forgoing luxury.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is our center of focus for this blog post. The following are 5 star hotels located less than two miles from the Convention Center. We’ve listed them in order of proximity, and they are all a speedy cab ride away!

Encore Wynn las Vegas – located 1.1 miles from the Convention Center.

Wynn Las Vegas – located 1.1 miles from the Convention Center.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Las Vegas – located 1.3 miles from the Convention Center.

Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino – located 1.4 miles from the Convention Center.

Venetian – located 1.7 miles from the Convention Center.

Caesars Palace – located 1.9 miles from the Convention Center.

Traveling somewhere else? Keep up with our blog series and check out the luxury hotels located near the Convention Center in the following cities: Boston, Montreal, Washington D.C., and San Diego.


Dine at the Best for the Best Prices: Restaurant Week in Las Vegas

January 17, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Restaurant week is coming to Las Vegas' top dining establishments to help usher in springtime, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the leap year. Courtesy of Adam Leposa at our sister publication, TravelAgentCentral:

The LA Times reports that Las Vegas is launching a new, spring iteration of its Restaurant Week 

from February 27 through March 4. Previously, the event had only run in the summer from August 27 to September 2.

The event offers diners the chance to experience fixed-price menus at top Vegas restaurants costing $20.12, $30.12 or $50.12. $4 to $6 of each meal goes to benefit Three Squares, a charity dedicated to providing food assistance to residents of southern Nevada.

Restaurants who have currently announced their participation include:
Aureole at Mandalay Bay - $50.12
Brand Steakhouse & Lounge at Monte Carlo - $50.12
Charlie Palmer Steakhouse at Four Season Las Vegas - $50.12
Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo - $30.12
Fix Restaurant & Bar at Bellagio - $50.12
Stack Restaurant & Bar at Mirage - $50.12
The Steak House at Circus Circus - $50.12

More restaurants are expected to join them in the coming weeks- keep visiting the event’s website at www.helpoutdineoutlv.org/restaurants/menus for further details.

Read the LA Times’ full story here.


Dining at The Canyons

January 12, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

Spending all day skiing and snowboarding down the legendary slopes of Park City Utah can work up quite an appetite. Luckily, if you stay at The Canyons, the options for dining are extensive. The collection of distinctive mountain cuisine is brought to you by the exclusive Talisker Restaurant Collection, and is under the direction of Executive Chef John Murcko, recently named "Best Chef in Utah" by Salt Lake Magazine.

Grand Summit hotel offers The Farm, Red Tail Grill and First Tracks Cafe. The Farm’s innovative menu focuses on ingredients sourced within 200 miles of Park City. Sit outside and enjoy a glass from their amazing selection of wines. Red Tail Grill offers mountain views and southwest cuisine. The rustic setting makes it a fantastic gathering point for families. If you are looking to fuel your morning run (or fuel up for your afternoon run), First Tracks Cafe is right in the lobby of the Grand Summit and offers speciality coffees and assorted pastries.

You can even dine at the top of Dream Peak. Cloud Dine, located at the top of DreamCatcher and DreamScape lifts, offers healthy salads, soups, gourmet pizzas and sandwiches with a culinary twist. Or nosh at the top of Short Cut Lift at Lookout Cabin, which is known for its Rocky Mountain Cuisine.

Waldorf Astoria Park City plays host Talisker on Main, named "Best Restaurant in Park City" by Salt Lake Magazine. This restaurant focuses on sampling many distinctive regional flavors with a constantly evolving menu inspire by the fresh produce available during the changing seasons. The Canyons, which also is made up of Silverado Lodge, also offers the additional culinary options of Red Pine Lodge, Sun Lodge, Tombstone & Dreamscape Grills, Umbrella Bar, Bruges Waffles, Alpine House, oh, and Saturday Night Western BBQ’s at the Red Pine Lodge. Finally, the newly-opened Bistro at Canyons first glatt kosher restaurant open all winter season long at any ski resort in the nation.

So strap on your skies, and get ready to give both your body and your appetite a workout.


Looking for Luxury at Coachella? Try the Hotel Zoso or Rancho Las Palmas

January 11, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Wouldn't you want to come back to this?Tickets are going on sale for the next Coachella Music Festival in Palm Springs, CA, in just a couple days, so it's time to start thinking about your hotel options.  With two subsequent weekends, April 13-15 and April 20-22, the festival is doubling your chances of seeing some of the biggest names in music, but you're also going to have to be quick to get a room if you're looking for a luxurious stay in between rocking out greats like The Black Keys and Radiohead.  Also, don't worry, Snoop Dogg should still be there to headline the last day of each weekend, despite recently running afoul of the law.  Other big names like Florence + The Machine and La Roux, along with the Arctic Monkeys will be making appearances as well, so this is not one to miss.

And where to stay when you're there?  Our luxury travel experts tell us that the two hotels with availability remaining for those weekends are Hotel Zoso and Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa.  If you're the kind of person who likes the perfect serenity of a five-star resort to rest and regenerate before charging back out into the fray, then it's well worth the $459 and $415 respectively.  You can't put a price on a good night's sleep after all day on your feet.  


Luxury Hotels near the San Diego Convention Center

January 6, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

This blog series is for all of the business travelers who are looking for a luxury hotel that is located near the Convention Center of specific cities. We understand that you have places to be, people to meet, and conferences to attend, so we try to make your travels as stress-free and convenient as possible without forgoing luxury. The San Diego Convention Center is our center of focus for this blog post. The following are 5 star hotels located less than a twenty minute walk away from the Convention Center. We’ve listed them in order of proximity, starting with the hotels located a 10 minute walk away to hotels a 16 minute walk away from the Convention Center.

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – located 0.5 miles from the Convention Center.

W San Diego – located 0.5 miles from the Convention Center.

Andaz San Diego – located 0.6 miles from the Convention Center.

U.S. Grand Hotel – located 0.6 miles from the Convention Center.

The Westgate Hotel – located 0.6 miles from the Convention Center.

Hotel Palomar San Diego – located 0.7 miles from the Convention Center.

Traveling somewhere else? Keep up with our blog series and check out the luxury hotels located near the Convention Center in the following cities: Boston, Montreal, and Washington D.C.


Claude Monet Exhibit Opening at Bellagio las Vegas

January 4, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

Known for exhibitions that showcase exceptional art in an unrivaled setting, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) presents “Claude Monet: Impressions of Light” opening Feb. 18, 2012.

Organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), this landmark exhibition will feature works that illustrate the height of Claude Monet’s engagement with color and light. BGFA will showcase 20 pieces by Monet, the founder of French Impressionist painting, accompanied by eight additional canvases by the master’s predecessors and contemporaries. All of these works are drawn from the MFA, which holds one of the largest collections of paintings by Claude Monet outside of Paris.

“Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s mission has always been to present exhibitions that engage and excite lovers of all genres of art, from classical to modern to contemporary,” said BGFA Director Tarissa Tiberti. “Exhibiting Monet and the French Impressionists provides historical background to some of the more contemporary shows we have presented over the last three years.”

Spanning four decades of Monet’s career and featuring many of the artist’s most celebrated and recognized paintings, “Claude Monet: Impressions of Light” will also highlight paintings by other masters of the genre including Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Camille Pissarro and Eugene Louis Boudin. It was from Monet’s collaboration with these painters, along with his solitary explorations of the French countryside, that his own signature style eventually emerged.

After exploring Monet's incredible masterpieces, check into the Bellagio and take in the beauty of the Lake Bellagio, the pristine pools, and the stunning courtyards. 

This article information originally appeared on our sister website, Travel Agent Central.