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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.

Grand Brand New Interiors at the Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Hotel EuropeThe highly regarded Grand Hotel Europe St. Petersburg Hotel, an Orient Express Property, is pleased to announce the completion of its 3rd stage of refurbishment, that of the Mezzanine Cafe interior and the 12 unique, luxury one bedroom suites, the Belle Chambres Suites. With careful attention to detail, the new style and design showcases St. Petersburg's first atrium with a glass roof that floats over the cafe and allows natural light to illuminate the new decorative elements that bring the beauty and majestic facades of St. Petersburg's buildings inside. Not to be outshown, the newly refurbished (at $300,000 each) Belle Chambres presents Designer Monsieur Jouannet work's as a masterpiece of the synthesis of St. Petersburg classical elegance from the time of Tsar Alexander I, and the needs of modern living. These large suites are able to attain a relaxing atmosphere in luxurious surroundings with all the modern amenities carefully integrated in the original grand style without compromise.


Afternoon Tea on the River and Sundown Cocktail Cruise at The Peninsula Bangkok


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula BangkokThe stunning, 39-storey Peninsula Bangkok is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the city from every one of its guest rooms. The award-winning hotel takes advantage of its killer location by offering some scenic inspiration for guests to relax in style with a river cruise, gliding past scenes of river life on the Peninsula's signature river boat en route to the fascinating Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Guests who indulge in the Afternoon Tea cruise are escorted off the boat to visit the heritage site of Wat Arun, the 80-meter high pagoda that stands on the west bank of the river, built when Ayudhaya was the former capital of Thailand. The Peninsula Afternoon Tea on the River departs on Saturday and Sunday and is priced at Baht 1,500. The Sundown Cocktail Cruise departs daily from the hotel pier at 6 pm and includes unlimited drinks and canapés for Baht 1,000 per person.


Renovation Complete at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort!


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

La Posada de Santa FeWe are so excited about the completion of La Posada de Santa Fe Resort's renovation. The property was amazingly beautiful before, but now it will even be more so. Six million dollars went into updating all 157 guest rooms, public spaces, the RockResorts Spa, as well as the historic Staab House. A brand new restaurant was also created, Viga, while the hotel's existing AAA Four Diamond Restaurant, Fuego, received its own makeover. Renovations to the 4,500 square foot spa include a redesigned relaxation area, updates to the reception area and treatment rooms. Summer is a great time to visit Santa Fe with Indian Market, Spanish Market, Fiesta de Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Opera. La Posada de Santa Fe is a short walk to the plaza and all Santa Fe has to offer! We can’t wait to visit and see the resort looking its very best.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at La Posada receive a welcome amenity of wine and cheese for two upon arrival.


An Added Treat For Five Star Alliance Guests from Biras Creek Resort


By: Christina Vasquez

Biras CreekEnjoy a tropical oasis of secluded beach and a luxury hotel so remote and exclusive that is only reachable by boat or helicopter. Get whisked away in high style to Biras Creek, Virgin Gorda - an all suite luxury hotel and one of the Caribbean's top luxury destinations. This beach destination hotel features Grand Suites with private plunge pools, as well as large open aired Garden, Beach, and Premier Suites. As a plus, guests who book at Biras Creek through Five Star Alliance will be treated to a relaxing half-hour massage for one guest compliments of the hotel!


The World’s Tallest Skyscrapers: Move Over, Sears Tower and Empire State Building


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj DubaiWe've been following the steady growth of the Burj Dubai as its spire gets higher and higher- its final height planned to be 1,000 feet higher than Taipei 101, the world's current record holder. But tall building construction is not limited to the Burj Dubai, the $1 billion anchor of a $20 billion development in downtown Dubai. There's the Mubarak al-Kabir tower in Kuwait, the Russia Tower in Moscow, and the Incheon Tower in South Korea. As the New York Times recently pointed out, supertalls are "rising at a frenetic pace around the globe," especially in Asia and the Middle East, reflecting the "expanding economies of these regions and their desire to compete for international status and business." The list of the 20 tallest buildings in 2020 will include only 2 properties from the U.S.: the Chicago Spire and the One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) in New York.


Spice Up Summer with the Palazzo’s Stellar Summer Package in Vegas


By: Madelyn Giblin

Palazzo VentianSpice up summer in Vegas with the Palazzo's Stellar Summer Package, offering guests deals on several items near the Palazzo. Guests booking under the package receive a complimentary dessert with dinner at Carnevino, 2 for 1 glass of wine at Double Helix Bar and 10 percent off purchases at Double Helix Wine Boutique, complimentary coffee or bowl of soup with sandwich order at Espressamente illy, and complimentary fitness passport with Kinesis Enhancement purchase at Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Rooms start at $159 per night.


Room with a View: The Terrace Suites at InterContinental Hong Kong


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Hong KongIt doesn't get much better than this. The InterContinental Hong Kong recently unveiled two new specialty suites with large terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis and a series of Patio Rooms and Suites with teak decks and glass walls. You can't beat the panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island from these stellar accommodations in the waterfront InterContinental Hong Kong, located in Kowloon's prime shopping, business and entertainment district. With suites this spectacular, the InterContinental knows that this is the ideal spot to sweep that special someone off his or her feet. They've designed the "Romance with Style" experience which means a special outdoor bedroom set-up, plus a romantic dinner and Couple's I-Spa Treatment on the suite's private terrace. The hotel also offers help with planning your engagement. The "Proposals with Style – by Land, Sea or Sky" includes a Proposal Consultant to assist the groom-to-be in planning the special moment and a customized "Will You Marry Me?" banner – for a special "cruise" or "fly-by" the private terrace suite at the designated time. Truly the star treatment, says Daily Candy, with 24-hour butler service, an infinity-edge Jacuzzi, a chauffeured Bentley limo, and a bottle of Dom. Did we mention that SPOON by Alain Ducasse and Nobu restaurants are just downstairs?


Deals in Las Vegas: Your Room Rate is the Same as the Forecasted Temp at The Venetian


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The VenetianThings are heating up in Vegas. Celebrate the rising temperatures at the swanky favorite on the Vegas Strip, The Venetian, where today's forecast is today's rate! The average Las Vegas summer temperature is 103 degrees, which translates to a fabulous rate for a remodeled suite at this luxury property. You'll enjoy gondola rides on the Grand Canal, shopping sprees, top-notch live entertainment and restaurants, the Guggenheim, Canyon Ranch Spa and more. Here's how it works: Find the forecasted high temperature in Las Vegas (as reported by weather.com) for the day of your stay. That temperature is your exclusive rate for a remodeled Venetian suite on select dates now through Labor Day. Hurry, you must book by June 27, 2008!


The Luxury Yacht Program at Peter Island, British Virgin Islands


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peter IslandThe exclusive, private-island resort of Peter Island has unveiled an official yacht program designed to welcome a limited few sailing through the BVI's world-famous waters. Created for the crews of luxury vessels up to 175 feet in length, the program offers yachters all the privileges of a resort guest, plus a few extra amenities designed around their special needs. Consistently ranked as one of the world's best resorts, the 1,800-acre Peter Island boasts private beaches galore, a sophisticated spa, award-winning dining, and a whole lot more.

Here's what's included: a group dinner in one of the resort's venues, a half-day spa experience (two treatments per person), dockage, unlimited power water and ice, a 10 percent discount off oil and diesel, and unlimited use of the resort's launch to Tortola. All this plus a welcome amenity gift, Internet use via WiFi and terminals, free use of all of Peter Island's non-motorized watersports equipment, an invitation to the weekly manager's cocktail party and Club Room privileges. To ensure the highest levels of attention to details and service, this offer is under the direction of Peter Island's Villa Department. (The luxury private villa collection provides the ultimate getaway for gatherings of families and friends.)

The cost based on 12 adults: $13,650 per day (additional adults: $600 per day); for 6 adults: $8,100 per day (additional adults: $925 per day); children: $250 per day.


Town House Galleria: Private Butlers and Montblanc Suitcases in Milan


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Town House GalleriaWe've been keeping our eyes on this gem since its buzzed-about debut at the end of 2006. Touted as Europe's first "seven star" experience, the Town House Galleria has definitely earned its reputation as a discreet, ultra-luxurious hideaway. Housed in a palazzo above the flagship Prada store in the historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (the world's coolest shopping mall, pictured at right), the Town House Galleria is distinguished by hand-painted vaulted ceilings, oak floors, and stunning designer decor. The setting in the heart of Milan is magical, and the 25-suite hotel offers the highest level of service. Think dedicated butlers who can plan luxury shopping trips, make dinner reservations, prepare your wine cellar, and arrange private cocktail parties. The dedicated concierge team can even get you VIP access to view Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper (forget the six-week waiting list). To quote W magazine:

Each room has a Montblanc suitcase waiting in the closet for shoppers who can’t squeeze all their purchases into their existing luggage. The accommodations also come with a selection of rare wines in the minibars, laptops in lizard cases, cell phones with GPS, and a choice of linen, cotton or silk sheets. A Bentley ferries guests around town.