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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 from Jumeirah: Take Luxury Home with You

December 4, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj Al ArabJumeirah already has an undeniably impressive collection of properties (including the award-winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab, celebrated as the world's most luxurious hotel) and the Jumeirah group has embarked on an ambitious expansion drive to include key resorts in cities the world over (London, New York, Shanghai, Doha...) But perhaps the most exciting news of all for Jumeirah fans: It's now possible to order those sumptuous Burj Al Arab bathrobes and bedding from the Jumeirah Collection, a dedicated retail Web site. The newly-launched online store features exclusive products and innovative services. And for those who like to travel light, take advantage of the "Pre-Arrival Service" and order essential vacation items online prior to staying with Jumeirah. When you arrive, you'll find all the goodies already in your room. And get this: Before the end of the year, you'll be able to order the luxurious new Burj Al Arab Dux Bed from the Web site, at the same time it debuts in the hotel.


Hot Eats in Paris: Mini Palais in the Grand Palais

December 4, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mini PalaisThis summer, a trendy new restaurant opened its doors in a wing of the Grand Palais. And it's branded MINI-- as in, like, um, the car. Sprawling under the arcade's columns, the restaurant is all about paradox, starting with the name. During the weekends, a DJ spins trendy tracks which vibrate through the classic colonnade. "Mini palais, maxi chic," the restaurant features innovative small plates and lighter fare from star chef Gilles Choukroun (of Michelin-starred Angl'Opera Restaurant). Inside, you'll find Baccarat light fixtures and a cool, loungy vibe. AdAge explains that the MINI branding is subtle: the neon sign in the lobby, the MINI logo on the menu and on the black t-shirts worn by staff, and a couple of Union Jacks emblazoned behind the bar.

Photo Via Le Blog Gourmand


Hotel Terra: Go Green in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

December 3, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Terra, Jackson HoleLuxurious, hip, and 100 percent green. Welcome to the Hotel Terra in Jackson Hole, a LEED-certified boutique property that is the first in a worldwide collection of eco-hotels from the Terra Resort Group. Just 50 steps from the new tram in Teton Village, the Hotel Terra is brand spanking new, an architectural marvel with oodles of luxurious touches. The hotel's commitment to environmental sustainability is everywhere-- from water conservation systems to recycled "Eco Shake" roof shingles. It all starts with the bed. Plush and comfortable, the custom-designed Terra Bed has a natural mattress created specifically for the hotel, topped with 100 percent organic cotton sheets, pillow cases, and duvet covers. Decadence can be good for you! And the 72-room hotel doesn't skimp on the luxury. Amenities include a rooftop spa with outdoor hot tub (from where you can gaze at the snow-capped Tetons), breakfast café (serving healthy items with organic ingredients), an Italian restaurant with a lively bar and outdoor dining with fire pit, and complimentary wireless Internet access. So whether you are eager to check out Jackson's slopes (with an annual average of 459 inches of snow and a slew of backcountry options) or Grand Teton National Park's bountiful summertime surprises, the Hotel Terra is the place to stay.


The Great Winter Escape: Free Afternoon Tea at The Balmoral, Edinburgh

December 3, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The BalmoralThis January, steal away to Edinburgh and discover a winter wonderland at Scotland's most opulent hotel, The Balmoral. One of 11 gorgeous hotels in the Rocco Forte Collection, The Balmoral-- with its majestic clock tower-- is a landmark in the very heart of the ancient city. With views overlooking Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town, or the hotel's own charming courtyard, the 188 rooms and suites are simply saturated with style after a recent refurbishment. There's a Michelin-starred restaurant on the premises, along with the Balmoral Spa, voted 'Scotland's Top Urban Day Spa' in Condé Nast Traveller's 2007 Readers' Spa Awards. When you book a January stay, you'll enjoy a traditional afternoon tea-- for free! Guests go gaga over tea; it's quite the spread. Think scrumptious finger sandwiches (salmon, cucumber and crème fraiche, Scottish beef and red onion marmalade on malted brown bread...) and all sorts of delicate sweets. There's even traditional Balmoral shortbread, along with the assortment of homemade scones.

In fact, if you book a January stay at any of 11 Rocco Forte hotels in popular European destinations, you'll get a complimentary afternoon tea for two. Use code 'RFC Tea.'


Suite NYC Weekend Escape at Bryant Park

December 3, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Bryant Park SuiteNew York City is aglow between Thanksgiving and the New Year, and everyone knows this is the perfect time to visit Manhattan. Whether you're looking for window shopping, holiday events and performances or a place to enjoy your Christmas dinner - the Bryant Park Hotel is in the center of it all. Between now and January 15th, 2008 - enjoy special low rates at the luxurious, contemporary Bryant Park Hotel or treat yourself and your family to an ice skating weekend package with 2 VIP Tickets to "The Pond at Bryant Park". For $699.00 per night the Weekend Suite Escape Includes:

    - Accommodations in a Bryant Park Suite (pictured)

    - Complimentary champagne and chocolate

    - Full American Breakfast for 2 people, daily through in-room private dining

    - Complimentary late checkout at 2:00pm

    - 2 Complimentary drink tickets for the Cellar Bar

    - 2 VIP Tickets to “The Pond at Bryant Park” – these tickets entitle 2 guests to immediate entry to the ice skating rink, as well as complimentary skate rental


Serious Savings in Washington D.C. at The Madison, A Loews Hotel

December 3, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Madison, A Loews HotelCelebrate the season in the nation's capital. Ogle the pretty lights (the National Zoo's even got ZooLights featuring larger-than-life exhibits of their most popular animals!) and check out the glittering National Christmas Tree with the large scale model train running around it. Shop at the downtown Holiday Market on F Street, where local artisans have set up a fabulous marketplace. The place to stay is The Madison, A Loews Hotel, where elegant accommodations boast miles of spectacular views and in-room amenities recreate the comforts of home. You'll find spacious bathrooms with heated towel racks, luxurious terry towels, the "Ultimate Doeskin" robes by Chadsworth & Haig, and Bloom toiletries. There's a 24-hour fitness center, spa with massage services, sauna and steam room. Plus, The Madison is pet friendly. For a limited time, you can enjoy holiday rates starting from just $149 a night. Valid between December 19, 2007- January 4, 2008.


Enjoy the new Fairmont Gold Program

December 1, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

According to Fairmont, the new "Fairmont Gold" program will offer the following to be rolled out at selected hotels starting in 2008 -

"Representing a commitment to hospitality excellence, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' offers guests Fairmont Gold. Fairmont Gold is a hotel within a hotel dedicated to a consistent high quality of personalized service and exclusivity that is designed to meet all the needs and expectations of the discerning business executive and leisure traveler. Within the `residential' surroundings of the Fairmont Gold Lounge, the specially trained & dedicated Fairmont Gold Managers provide warm, anticipative service through attention to detail and recognition.

As a guest of Fairmont Gold, you will be welcomed to the private and exclusive Lounge on the Fairmont Gold floor, where your room details are taken care of and your arrangements for a quick and easy departure are anticipated. The Fairmont Gold Lounge, exclusive for Guests staying in Fairmont Gold bedrooms and suites, caters specifically to each of the discerning guests' needs from a leisurely breakfast, to afternoon tea or evening refreshments from the honor bar.

Fairmont Gold rooms - elegant and residential in design - offer large feather pillows, lush terry cloth bathrobes, Twice Daily Housekeeping with Evening Turndown service and a special selection of personal care items. Furthermore, a spacious work area features a desk lamp, two telephones and complimentary high speed Internet connection for your laptop. Fairmont Gold truly is a definitive expression of our commitment to excellence."

Fairmont Gold Module


Holiday Getaway at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort

November 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Posada de Santa FeHere's an idea for your Christmas wish list: a blissful overnight stay at historic Santa Fe's poshest property. La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa is the sprawling adobe-style hotel smack dab in the middle of it all in Santa Fe. (Though during a stay at such a tranquil oasis, guests would never guess at the hopping excitement surrounding the hotel: art galleries and hip restaurants within steps of the front door.) Get this: book the Christmas Package for just $375 per night and get a $100 resort credit plus a special holiday amenity and daily breakfast for two! Valid from December 21- 31, 2007 so hurry! Three night minimum stay required.


The Sky Lodge Shakes Things Up In Park City, Utah

November 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Sky Lodge, Park City, UtahThere's a new luxury hotel on the block. Now the faithful who make the pilgrimage to the Sundance Film Festival every year have another swanky option. The Sky Lodge will debut on December 26, 2007 and is set to become the hottest thing west of the Mississippi. The tagline? Soho meets the mountains. The experience here goes far beyond 400-thread-count sheets and the usual high-tech gadgetry (like multiple flat panel HDTV and Bose surround sound systems with iPod cradles). They're aiming to create over-the-top indulgence in every aspect of the resort. Located in the heart of historic Old Town at the corner of Main Street and Heber Avenue, The Sky Lodge exudes luxury in the details: fire pits in the lounge, private cedar hot tubs, trendy restaurants, tranquil Japanese-influenced spa, complimentary cocktails and nibbles served nightly in the Sky Club... The Sky Lodge's philosophy? YouCentricity.


Free Third Night in Dublin at Brownes

November 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Brownes DublinSmack bang in the middle of Dublin, Brownes is a sumptuously restored Georgian townhouse managed by Stein Hotels and Resorts. Situated on St. Stephen's Green in the heart of the historic city (an unbeatable location), the hotel offers only 11 guest rooms, tastefully furnished with comfort and character in mind. Steeped in history, oozing old school Irish elegance, the hotel is not lacking for contemporary amenities. For a limited time, enjoy three nights for the price of two at Brownes. With the "Stay Another Day" package, pay for two nights and get the third for free when you stay by December 31, 2007. Rates start at just EUR 250 per night.

Via 14Trips