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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.

Tides South Beach Opens La Marea Restaurant, Miami

July 17, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Marea at Tides South Beach A refreshing addition to the South Beach dining scene, La Marea offers innovative Mediterranean cuisine overlooking the ocean. The recently redesigned Tides South Beach, the flagship property of Kor's new Tides brand, just launched this spectacular new restaurant, overseen by Executive Chef Pietro Rota, former Il Sole standout and a new culinary star to South Florida. Dishes are created with seasonal ingredients and accented with Northern Italian flavors and flare; menu samples include Littleneck Clams with Chorizo, Basil, Chilies and Garlic; Duck Confit on Warm Lentil Salad with Foie Gras Essence; and vast selections of fresh fish. The interior was designed by Kelly Wearstler, accented with theatrical hooded armchairs, antique brass touches and wall décor of faux tortoise shells. Dine al fresco on the terrace overlooking Ocean Drive and the beach, immersing yourself in the sexy energy of South Beach. This place is poised to become one of South Florida's premier dining destinations. The summer's 2007 Miami Spice Restaurant Month is the perfect chance to experience La Marea. From August 1 through September 30, prix fix three-course lunches are only $22 and three-course dinners are $35, Monday through Thursday.


Angsana Riads Collection Debuts in Marrakech, Morocco

July 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Angsana Marrakech Exotic, beautiful, emanating an indelible aura of mystique, Morocco has long captured the imaginations of travelers. But in recent years, Morocco has achieved celebrity status on the traveler's "it list", with a slew of luxury hotel openings, including Sir Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot. In this new world hot spot, Angsana Resorts and Spas-- the sister hotels to acclaimed Banyan Tree Resorts-- has announced a new property for the third quarter of 2007. In the exuberant city of Marrakech, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site virtually unchanged since medieval times, the new Angsana Riads Collection will dazzle visitors with its traditional hospitality and rich, restored architecture. The collection will include seven different traditional Moroccan houses known as riads, along with the award-winning Angsana Spa. Six of the riads are located in the preserved medina in Marrakech, within walking distance of each other. The seventh, Riad Bagdad, is located in the coastal city of Essaouira. Each riad is assigned a dedicated resident host who attends to guests' needs with a truly personalized guest program.


Hot Summer Rates from One Aldwych, London

July 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One Aldwych Enjoy summer in the city from just GBP 185! For one of the London's finest hotels, this rate is a steal. There's the happening Lobby bar, a fabulous swimming pool with underwater music, two excellent restaurants, luxurious rooms and truly professional service. And perhaps most importantly, you can't beat this London location. One Aldwych is bang in the middle of one of the world's most exciting cities, ideally suited for exploring the capital in the summer months. Stroll along the Thames and see the most famous sites, view the skyline from the London Eye, shop 'til you drop at every leading department store, hit a massive selection of galleries, exhibitions, theaters, and attractions just minutes away from the hotel. Whatever your plans, make sure you take one of One Aldwych's picnic baskets, packed with a delicious meal from the British coastline, fields, and farms. The perfect accompaniment to an outdoor concert or excursion to a park, the picnic hamper includes a selection of breads, olive oil and balsamic mixed for dipping, crudités, cheese straws, asparagus with hollandaise to dip, Quail scotch eggs with caper mayonnaise, quiche, along with a choice of rabbit or chicken and ham pie, salads, pots (like shrimp or Mackerel pâté), and desserts (think Gooseberry fool or Summer pudding with clotted cream.) Weekend rates start from GBP 185 per night in an Aldwych room, while midweek rates start from GBP 225. Available until September 9, 2007.


Say Cheese: Park Hyatt Washington DC Unveils Artisan Cheese Menu

July 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt Washington DC Park Hyatt Washington has just announced a seasonal artisanal cheese menu available nightly from 5:30 to 11 pm in the new Lounge & Bar. Decked out with "Capitol Hill" glass-enclosed booths flanking the marble and glass bar, Park Hyatt's Lounge seats 60 people, who enjoy power breakfast, served from 6:30 a.m., full lunch, and evening fare, including oysters, Wagyu burgers and signature crab cakes. Priced at $4 per ounce, the tempting, handcrafted cheeses are presented as a selection of six on a handmade circular wooden cheese board, accompanied by quince paste, raisins on the vine from the Mojave desert, honey, dried fruits, flat bread and a mini-baguette. Sample a vintage from the extensive wine list, recommended by Paula Pereira, Park Hyatt Washington's cheese expert, who is quite knowledgeable about wine and cheese pairings. For summer 2007, the fine cheeses include Bandaged Wrapped Cheddar, which was awarded the 2007 Wyke Farms Trophy and the 2007 World Cheese Award for Best Nature Cheddar in the World, and Humboldt Fog, an elegant and soft surface-ripened goat's milk cheese, from Cypress Grove in Arcata, California.


Summer in the City: Sip Something Cool at Bemelmans at The Carlyle

July 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bemelmans Bar Relax with an inspired cocktail at one of the best hotel bars around, Bemelmans at The Carlyle. Manhattan may be brimming with fashionable (and thumping) night spots, but The Carlyle has a very real glamour, augmented by its long and fashionable history. Sink into a plush chair in this timeless NY watering hole, frequented by the city's finest for over 50 years. The bar's namesake, Ludwig Bemelman, is best known as the creator of the classic Madeleine books for children, and the bar is fittingly adorned with his whimsical murals. The dapper and knowledgeable barmen will hook you up with some seriously snazzy libations.


Next Stop: FireSky Resort and Spa, Scottsdale

July 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

FireSky Resort and Spa Things are heating up in Scottsdale, and the FireSky Resort (formerly Caleo) is the place to be to cool off. Like other Kimpton Hotels, this place has an inspired, boutiquey feel, with lots of fun and whimsical amenities. When night falls, the pool is a happening hot spot, lit by torches. In fact, these elements of fire and water are infused throughout the property. FireSky is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale (near Fashion Square), and the beautiful surrounding setting of the Sonoran Desert contrasts with the lush tropical grounds: an oasis with a sandy beach pool, Mediterranean inspired lagoon, and heated outdoor pool surrounded by cabanas and secluded fire pits. Don't miss the Jurlique Spa, the first of its kind for Kimpton, based on the Australian beauty brand. Within the 3,500 square feet of bliss, pamper yourself with a botanical detox bath in one of the deep soaking tubs.


Hike by Day, Raft by Night at The Pines Lodge, Beaver Creek, Colorado

July 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pines Lodge Folks flock to The Pines Lodge for the full-service amenities and award-winning cuisine. (After all, Grouse Mountain Grill serves up the tastiest fish and fowl in the region.) Zagat swoons over the rustic elegance of the joint, while guests go gaga over the views from the resort's stance high above Beaver Creek Village. Accommodations are custom-appointed with rich pine wood, luxurious linens, and Avanyu Spa products. Summer specials abound, including the Hike by Day, Raft by Night package, the perfect combination for an unforgettable family getaway. The three night package, priced from $899, includes a guided day hike on the Royal Elk Trail, a picnic lunch, a nighttime float trip on the Colorado Vision (with special night vision glasses!), and a family fun pack amenity upon arrival. Available through September 30, 2007.


What a Hotel! Picturesque Boutique …

July 13, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Here's a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

What a Hotel!

Helpful Hints: Convent of the Sisters, Medieval City, 20 rooms ...

There were both correct and incorrect guesses for Last Week's Hotel Contest:
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The Hotel Lungarno, Florence, Italy


Allegro at Four Seasons, Prague: The Best Restaurant in the Czech Republic

July 12, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Allegro at Four Seasons Prague Dine on the banks of the celebrated Vltava River in one of the hottest spots in Prague. From the outdoor terrace at Allegro in the Four Seasons, soak in the views of the Prague Castle. Named the best restaurant in the Czech Republic for 2005 and 2006 by Zagat Europe, Allegro serves refined Italian cuisine with flair. Executive Chef Vito Mollica and his seven-member team create traditional dishes with a cutting-edge twist. Humble food items are mixed with premium products (think tripe and black truffle; poached eggs and white truffles). The unusual combinations are thrilling. An added plus: the restaurant buys local, from the excellent small producers in Bohemia, rather than relying on imports.


What’s New: Linden Spa Opens at The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Maryland

July 12, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Inn at Perry Cabin Be among the first guests to experience the spa at the premier resort on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Overlooking the Chesapeake Bay near the charming Victorian town of St. Michaels, The Inn at Perry Cabin-- managed by Orient-Express-- is a calm, luxurious refuge in a scenic setting. The new Linden Spa focuses on pampering, rejuvenation, and wellness. The full range of spa services includes signature treatments like a clay and flowers massage that moistures and balances the skin, and a bio peptide facial that draws on the healing benefits of plants and herbs. Lounge in the indoor or outdoor relaxation rooms, soak in the infinity edge pool, detox in the steam room, relax with a yoga class, or get fit with a personal trainer. Take advantage of the "Romance and Relaxation" package at The Inn at Perry Cabin which includes overnight accommodations and a $200 Spa credit ($100 per person). Starting from $470 in a Signature Room, double occupancy. Available weekdays from Sunday-Thursday only, until September 30, 2007.

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