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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.

Five-Diamond Festivities at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

November 29, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula Beverly HillsCelebrate the holiday season at The Belvedere, Southern California's only AAA Five Diamond restaurant for 12 consecutive years. Indulge in some tasty treats in the heart of Beverly Hills at the award-winning Peninsula Hotel. Chef Sean Hardy will be serving up a splendid celebratory feast for Christmas Eve and Christmas brunch at the hotel's restaurant. You won't forget this meal. On Christmas Eve, carolers will sing merry tunes as you delight in five courses of culinary decadence (think foie gras and lingonberry with sauterne chantilly, Alaskan halibut with porcini mushrooms and baby Brussels sprouts). $125 per guest, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Christmas Day Brunch is equally as elegant with three courses and Perrier-Jouet champagne. $95 per guest, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.


Sun Valley, Idaho: The Legend Lives On

November 29, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sun ValleyThis Friday, November 30, 2007, top-to-bottom skiing opens on Bald Mountain. More ski runs and lifts will be open to allow skiers access to the first powder of the season. Baldy's sprawling slopes have enticed well-heeled vacationers since the opening of Sun Valley Resort in 1936. Who else but a railroad tycoon (Averell Harriman) to single-handedly bring the concept of the European ski resort to the U.S.? He built the world's first chairlift at Sun Valley, creating a phenomenon: the "original ski resort." Back in the day, the Sun Valley Lodge was the place to stay (Hemingway camped out in room 206), and the iconic 148-room resort continues to please guests with its old world charm and innumerable amenities. Adjoining the hotel is the glass-enclosed pool and Sun Valley's famous ice rink and Terrace. There's even a basement bowling alley.


Volar: The Place to Party in Shanghai

November 28, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Volar ShanghaiWelcome to another Philippe Starck masterpiece. Designed with graffiti-splattered walls and a giant eagle with spread wings, this bar and nightclub is Shanghai's happening hotspot. The sister to Hong Kong's Volar, the club promises "not only a sultry lounge experience but also a sexy, energy-filled space for action-craving guests." Located minutes from FuXing Park and the Xintiandi district, Volar is a two-level concept bar. Downstairs is the open-to-all area, while upstairs is the exclusive members-only section. Hipsters, fashionable trendsetters, and music-lovers descend en mass for the chic nightlife experience. DIVA Wednesdays means free Grey Goose cocktails for all the divas in the house.

Photo via SmartShanghai


Free Stuff at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Caribbean

November 28, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort NevisIt’s that time of year again. The sparse weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when the temperatures keep dropping and we find ourselves "cubicle dreamin." The locale of choice? Any old tropical paradise will do, as long as it's surrounded by crystal clear water and lots of silken sand. But here's a deal that could turn those day-dreams into reality: the deliciously luxurious Four Seasons Resort on the Caribbean island of Nevis is offering a resort credit to guests who choose to head south between now and December 14, 2007. Lucky guests will get $100 a night, which they can use at the restaurants, island golf, or award-winning spa. You'll also get a complimentary upgrade, based upon availability. Two-night minimum stay required.


Holiday Shopping in Chicago and a Free Night at the Fairmont

November 28, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont ChicagoTis the season. Jet to Chicago to shop in style along the Magnificent Mile. Don't miss Macy's on State Street, the second largest department store in the world-- connected to the Fairmont Chicago via pedway. Winter awaits you in the Windy City with a slew of fun-filled activities: sip hot chocolate while ice skating at the McCormick Ice Rink, listen to the carolers at the Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park, and hit up the Christkindlmarket at Daly Plaza, home to Chicago's sparkling Christmas tree. This marketplace is like a piece of old Europe in the middle of the city. Book the "Only One Way Winter Rate" at the Fairmont Chicago, and you'll get luxurious overnight accommodations for two for just $199 a night. Plus, if you book by December 31, 2007 (for stays between now and April 15, 2008), you'll get your second night for free!

Via Travel and Leisure


Smitten with the Newly-Renovated Tides South Beach

November 27, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tides South BeachThe newly-remodeled, impossibly glamorous Tides South Beach is open for business. The first and most significant phase of the $14 million restoration project has been completed and as of November 15, guests were dazzled by the makeover. Acclaimed interior designer Kelly Wearstler has worked her magic on this historic gem and now the "Diva of Ocean Drive" embodies a new grandeur. Check out the lobby (pictured). Stone, gold-leaf and leather accent the central lounge area, adjacent to the Martini Bar. There's been a lot of buzz about the trendy new restaurant, La Marea, where Chef Pietro Rota (from Il Sole in West Hollywood) dishes up fabulous Italian-Mediterranean seafood. The best part of all? Three signature penthouse suites with one-of-a-kind vintage elements and original artwork. The exclusive Coral Bar, offering twilight cocktails and seasonal culinary selections, is scheduled to be completed in early winter 2008. Likewise, the pool terrace with signature cabanas and a state-of-the-art fitness facility will be available in January.


Dispatch from Paris: Christian Lacroix’s Hotel Bellechasse

November 27, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel BellechasseChristian Lacroix's at it again. After creating dazzling interiors at the Petit Moulin, the fashion designer has created another high-profile boutique hotel with an exuberant style. Not far from the Musée d'Orsay in Faubourg St.-Germain, the 34-room Bellechasse reopened in July 2007 after a year of renovations. Rooms are utterly whimsical, inspired by old engravings from the surrounding museums and cultural institutions. The furnishings and fabrics are sumptuous, creating the sensory journey of "travel within travel" which was the designer's goal. Complimentary wifi Internet access and breakfast buffet (quite the spread).

PS. The rooms may be stylish, but in true Paris fashion, they are small.

Related Article:

Lacroix designed the interiors for the new TGV lines


Banish the Winter Blues with The Peninsula Hotels

November 27, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

The PeninsulaThis winter, The Peninsula Hotels invites you to a luxurious retreat with special offers to make your stay even more pleasurable. Winter Escapes helps guests to personalize their stays with a customized selection of benefits at each hotel. From 15 December 2007 through 31 March 2008 inclusive, each Peninsula hotel offers a menu of three enticing options. Guests booking rooms or suites can select one to tailor their stay to their personal taste and preferences, making a stay at any of the Peninsula hotels worldwide even more memorable. Highlights include:

As the mantle of winter descends and cooler months arrive, thoughts turn to escaping daily routines and indulging in some truly luxurious personal pampering, either by basking in the warm tropical climes of Asia or by maximizing a well-earned city break in the US at one of the Peninsula properties - an ideal way to banish those cool weather blues.


New Year’s Eve in New York at Gramercy Park Hotel

November 27, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wakiya at Gramercy Park HotelWhat could be better than celebrating the beginning of 2008 at New York's hippest hotel? Ian Schrager's Gramercy Park Hotel-- described in rapturous superlatives by guests and magazines alike-- has been turning heads since its opening in 2006. For a limited time, the hotel is offering a Special New Year's Eve Offer. Enjoy unique luxury accommodations, dinner for two at Wakiya, champagne and truffles, and guaranteed access to The Rose Bar, one of the most happening hotspots in Manhattan. All for just $975.


Four Seasons Comes to St. Louis

November 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons St. LouisThe latest from Four Seasons is set to debut in the historic gateway to the west. Now accepting reservations for March 1, 2008, Four Seasons St. Louis is banking on attracting a business traveler clientele with its extensive business services. That's not to say that leisure travelers won't also be thrilled by the amenities on offer. In true Four Seasons fashion, the new hotel is brimming with thoughtful add-ons like hypo-allergenic bedding and iPod docking stations. (You can even get a PlayStation, laptop, or printer on request.) Rising from the downtown riverscape of the business hub of the Midwest, the new hotel is just steps from the Laclede's Landing entertainment district. Check out the city's museums, galleries, and dynamic nightlife, and then escape into Four Seasons tranquility. 200 spacious guest rooms and suites offer memorable city views, overlooking the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi. They are contemporary and comfortable, with well-defined work areas with multi-line cordless telephones and high-speed wired and wireless Internet access. Dine at Cielo, the signature restaurant, and check out the magnificent views from the eighth floor. There's also a well-equipped Fitness Center (all cardio equipment have individual LCD touch-screen TVs and headphones), large outdoor pool with views of the Mississippi, and luxurious spa.