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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.

Family Easter Weekend in London at Hotel ‘41′


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Family at Hotel 41, LondonWhat could be more fun than a magical weekend exploring London? '41', the elegant five-star hotel located near Buckingham Palace, is offering a special weekend package your whole family will enjoy. Celebrated for its high service levels and stunning décor, '41' is not far from Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and a special treat for the kids – the Changing of the Guard. The two-night package includes family accommodation (king size bed and pull-out sofa bed), tour of the hotel (including the kitchen, so the kids can help prepare lunch for Mum and Dad), a special children's menu, your very own bathrobes and slippers, welcome pack with games, kiddies' packed lunch every day, English breakfast daily, and a special turndown treat each evening. Priced from GBP 495 per room, per night based on two adults and two children sharing a Hospitality Suite. Two-night minimum stay required. Available March 21-23, 2008.


One Complimentary Night at Reid’s Palace, Madeira, Portugal


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Reid's Palace, MadeiraNow's your chance to extend your stay at this glamorous palace hotel perched on the cliffs of Madeira overlooking Funchal Bay. After a multi-million dollar renovation in 2006, the legendary Reid's Palace has re-emerged as the finest luxury hotel on this Portuguese Atlantic outpost, a paradise of lovely pools and stunning views. Managed by Orient-Express Hotels, Reid's Palace also boasts a lovely spa. Take advantage of the "One Complimentary Night Offer" and get a free seventh night from March 18- April 19, 2008. Starting at $4,112 (double occupancy) for the full week stay, including daily breakfast and roundtrip airport transfers. Celebrated for its wine-making tradition, the beautiful island of Madeira has a temperate, therapeutic climate, just right for a springtime visit.


Buzzworthy: Adour Alain Ducasse Restaurant Opens at St. Regis New York


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Adour Alain Ducasse at St. Regis New YorkAt last, internationally-acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse has opened his much-hyped signature restaurant at the St. Regis Hotel, New York. It's only natural that this award-winning hotel should be home to a restaurant from one of the world's most decorated chefs. Designed by New York-based architect David Rockwell, Adour Alain Ducasse features a private dining room and a unique interactive wine bar to delight both new and experienced oenophiles alike. Discover a distinctive gourmand experience in the heart of Manhattan.


Announcing the New W Hotel Marrakech


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kasbah TamadotW Hotels is on a quest to bring its swanky Living Room experience and Whatever/Whenever service to every corner of the globe. This past year saw openings in exciting worldwide destinations and now Starwood's global lifestyle brand has just announced plans for its entry into Morocco with the W Marrakech. Scheduled to open in mid 2010 just minutes from the Medina (the city's historical center), the property will include a 150-room hotel and 68 whole-ownership villa residences as part of a luxurious, mixed-use development overlooking an 18-hole championship golf course. The W Marrakech will feature all of the W's signature comforts, like WOW suites, W beds with feather-top mattresses and 350 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, destination bar, and luxury spa. W has become the fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the world, with hotels slated for North America (including Austin, Downtown Atlanta, Philly, and Scottsdale), Europe (Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul, Milan and St. Petersburg), Asia (Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao-Studio City, Shanghai and Yokohama) and in the Middle East (Amman, Doha, Dubai-Festival City and Dubai-The Palm).


Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora: Newest Gem of the South Seas


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Bora BoraNow accepting reservations for October 2008, the new Four Seasons Bora Bora promises the allure of one of the world's most magical destinations with the legendary Four Seasons touch. Situated around a picture-perfect azure lagoon, the resort is comprised of exotic over-water bungalows and beachfront villas with private pools. Here you can explore one of the world's top snorkeling spots, lounge on a powder-white sand beach, swim with a giant sea turtle, take in a sunset over the soaring island peaks, indulge in a spa treatment overlooking the rolling Pacific, and enjoy lagoon-side fire dances under a starry sky. Be one of the first to experience the unmatched luxury of the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and get a fifth night free when you pay for four nights! Starting at XPF 86,500, the package is available from October 1, 2008- March 31, 2009.


The Homestead Take Two Package in Hot Springs, VA


By: Madelyn Giblin

The HomesteadEnjoy quality time with your special someone at The Homestead with their Take Two package. From February 20th through March 31st, 2008, enjoy extravagant accommodations along with freshly prepared breakfast and dinner each night of your stay. In addition, when you purchase any activity, your companion's activity (of equal or lesser value) is free. Choose from a variety of activities such as golf, fishing, skiing, and various spa options. Rates start at $380 per night, minimum two day stay.

Don't forget, The Homestead is famous for Lawn bowling, Leadership "Ropes Course", an 8-lane bowling alley, carriage rides, a 270-Seat theater - featuring movies every evening, the historical Washington Library, and afternoon tea.


Sports Illustrated 2008 Swimsuit Issue Highlights Caneel Bay, St. John


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caneel BayWhen you check out supermodel Marisa Miller on the cover of Sports Illustrated, you'll also be ogling a gorgeous setting: the legendary beaches of Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort. Fashion photographer Raphael Mazzucco captured portraits of bathing beauties on the beach at the Caribbean getaway of choice for generations of returning clients. Where did the girls stay when not frolicking on the beach for the photo shoot? Cottage #7, the original quarters of founder Laurence Rockefeller and still the resort's most requested accommodations. Experience the beauty of Sports Illustrated's 2008 Swimsuit Issue with the "Suited for Sunshine" package from Caneel Bay, which includes accommodations for 2 in a Beachfront guest room, full breakfast & dinner daily, private Champagne & hors d'oeuvres picnic, sunset cruise, half-day sail, watercolor lessons, massage for 2, romantic dinner for 2 in the Sugar Mill Ruins, tennis lessons for 2, welcome beach bag with hat or visor and certificate for 25 percent off any swimsuit purchase at the Caneel Bay Gift Shop, and round-trip airport transfers. Package starts from $4,720, double occupancy, valid from May 1- October 31, 2008.


Mexican Siesta in San Miguel: Fifth Night Free at Casa de Sierra Nevada


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Miguel de AllendeSteeped in rich colonial history, San Miguel de Allende is world-famous for its mild climate, spectacular architecture, and artisan crafts. In the heart of this charming historic town, Casa de Sierra Nevada is a sublime hideaway of cool leafy gardens, stone arches and cobbled courtyards. Managed by Orient-Express, this luxury boutique hotel and cooking school caters to the most discriminating world traveler, with picturesque rooms and suites that embody the traditions of Old Mexico. It's a place that will stimulate all your senses-- from the natural beauty of the surrounding Sierra Madre highlands and the hotel's exquisite Talavera-tiled bathrooms, to the mariachi music in the town plaza. Sazon, the cooking school, offers the finest introduction in traditional Mexican cooking. Housed in a magnificent 18th century casa in the heart of San Miguel, Sazon attracts a large number of internationally-renowned chefs to share in the school's mission of celebrating the art, culture and taste of the Mexican table. For a limited time, you can stay at the lovely Casa de Sierra Nevada (and partake in those cooking classes!) for five nights and only pay for four. Starting at MXN $12,700; available March 24- July 3, 2008; September 2- October 2, 2008; November 30-December 19, 2008.


Raffles Grand Hotel Suite, Singapore Video


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Distinguished by their premier location in the Main Building, each of the seven Raffles Hotel Singapore's Grand Suites are elegantly appointed with tastefully selected antiques and artwork. All suites feature private parlours, dining areas and verandas.

Among these Grand Hotel Suites are the Raffles Grand Hotel premier suites which include the Sir Stamford Raffles and Sarkies Suites, each featuring two bedrooms, a private dining room that seats ten guests, a private parlour, pantry and veranda.


Signature Shopping at the Conrad Indianapolis


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad IndianapolisThis could be the perfect shopping destination in the "circle city." With its very own sky bridge connecting to the Arts Garden, Circle Centre Mall and the Indiana Convention Center, the Conrad Indianapolis, the city's first true luxury hotel, boasts a killer location at one of downtown's most prominent intersections. The hotel offers guests an array of facilities to enjoy on a shopping break-- from an intimate meal at the Capital Grille (the celebrated wine list offers over 400 wines!) and the live jazz entertainment at Vitesse Lounge, to the excellent treatments at Spa Chakra. With its Signature Shopping Break, the Conrad Indianapolis promises you the best kind of retail therapy. Treat yourself to an indulgent overnight stay for two followed by a generous continental breakfast- to provide the fuel for a busy day of shopping! Additional benefits include a US$50 gift certificate for the leading Indianapolis department store, Nordstrom. Add to this your very own personal shopper and complimentary valet parking and your shopping break will be complete. Available until November 5, 2008, the Signature Shopping break starts from just $259 per room, per night.