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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.

The Peninsula Paris Turns Kids into Chocolatiers


By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula ParisYoung guests at The Peninsula Paris can indulge in a delicious day with the Fun With Chocolate Peninsula Academy program an interactive culinary class conducted by the hotel's pastry team led by Pastry Chef Julien Alvarez. This class offers a sneak peek into the secrets of the creation of The Peninsula's famed chocolate recipes. Students enjoy a tour of the kitchen and can meet the pastry department staff. The Pastry chef will teach young ones the basic techniques and methods of chocolate making, demonstrate some of his expert culinary skills, and give class members a chance to hand-make their own chocolate. Each participant will also receive a Pen Kids apron, a box of chocolates and a recipe book by which to remember this special occasion. Yum!

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Dining Al Fresco: Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa offers guests an epicurean journey of pleasure.
Austrian specialties which fully rival the diverse selection of Salzburg cuisine;
freshly caught fish from the on-site castle fishery; or the choice Austrian wines
from the castle's wine cellar - all enjoyed on the legendary lake terrace.

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

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Did You Know? Sonora Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Culinary fans can indulge their passion for food and tote home a recipe or two by
enrolling in one of the cooking classes at Sonora Resort

Sonora Resort

The luxury Vancouver resort will set you up to spend an afternoon learning how
the executive chef combines flavours and techniques to create fresh, delectable cuisine.

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Image of the day: Hotel Negresco


By: Five Star Alliance

A decor filled with vibrant colors, an 18th century carousel and its wooden horses make
La Rotonde at Hotel Negresco a very unexpected place. Dedicated to families, it is a warm
and bright restaurant where it is pleasant to linger after a delicious gourmet meal. A simple
menu and yet full of creative surprises. From the first sunny days, its terrace opens onto the sea and the sun.

Hotel Negresco

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Best Bar in the World is at Langham London


By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham London
London Luxury Hotel's bars have stepped up their game. The proof is in the latest rankings from Drinks International’s annual competition, The World's 50 Best Bars, which were released last week. Artesian (pictured left) at The Langham London has captured the top spot for the fourth year running. The chic and glamorous bar specializes in stirring and shaking up classic cocktails and creating innovative cocktails. American Bar at The Savoy London took 5th place, and the hotel's Beaufort Bar was 27th. The London luxury hotel The Connaught's bar took 9th. Rounding out the Londonhotel bars represented on the list is Dandelyan, found at Mondrian London.

Other luxury hotels that had winners on the list are NYC's The Nomad Hotel, whose Elephant Bar was 24th. Lobster Bar at Island Shangri-La Hong Kong came in 18th, and The Regent Singapore's Manhattan Bar was 25th. 

Cheers to all the winners!


Dining in Style at Baccarat Hotel New York


By: Five Star Alliance

A masterpiece of modern cuisine, Baccarat Hotel’s Chevalier is poised to change the face of New York’s dining scene. Named after one of Baccarat's most beloved creative directors, Chevalier highlights the talents of Michelin-starred Executive Chef Shea Gallante and celebrated interior designer Stephen Sills. Accessed through its own street-level entrance, Chevalier will enchant hotel guests, residents, and locals with a sophisticated dining experience offering Brasserie de Luxe in a contemporary French setting. For a truly remarkable evening, take a seat at the 14-person Chef’s Table, La Cour.

Baccarat Hotel

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Dining al Fresco: Le Chatelain Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Le Chatelain HotelBrussels boasts thousands of places to eat, many of which are consistently voted as the best in the Europe. Le Chatelain Hotel's aptly named La Maison du Chatelain offers elegance, refined taste, and a touch of exclusiveness.

During the warmer days, the beautiful garden terrace inspired by the Florentine inner courtyards, invites you to relax and dream away whilst enjoying your tea with pastry, an afternoon drink, and even a full meal from the La Maison du Chatelain Restaurant. 

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St Regis Gets Bloody (Mary)


By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis New YorkA staple of brunch menus everywhere, you can thank the St Regis New York for perfecting the Bloody Mary. In 1934, Fernand Petiot, the bartender at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, perfected the recipe for a vodka-and-tomato juice cocktail he dubbed the Bloody Mary. Deemed too racy a name for the hotel’s clientele, it was rechristened the Red Snapper, a name that didn't last long. 

Today, the Bloody Mary remains the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand, with each hotel crafting its own interpretation of the libation. Here's three of our favorites:

The St. Regis Beijing-Great Wall Bloody Mary

Taking its cue from the inclusion of beer in ancient worship rituals, this cocktail substitutes Chinese pilsner for vodka.

INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 oz / 75 ml Tsingtao® beer
3 1/2 oz / 100 ml Bloody Mary mix
3 oyster shooters, for garnish
1 lemon wedge, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Pour the beer into an 8 oz / .2 l white wineglass filled with ice. Then pour the Bloody Mary mix on top. Garnish with the oyster shooters and lemon wedge.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort-Bora Mary
The discovery of a watermelon plantation on a nearby coral reef islet led to the creation of a delightfully refreshing cocktail.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml premium vodka
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 oz / 30 ml lime juice
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml watermelon juice (or strawberry juice)
Watermelon cube (or whole strawberry), for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Blend all ingredients with ice until frothy. Pour into a 6 oz / 150 ml champagne flute. Strawberry may replace watermelon in this recipe. Garnish with a cube of watermelon to size or strawberry, if using.

The St. Regis Houston-Harry's Texas Bloody Mary
Cajun seasoning, tequila, vodka, and jalapeño give this bold cocktail a decidedly Texas kick.

INGREDIENTS
1 oz / 30 ml premium vodka
6 oz / 30 ml tequila
5 oz / 150 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 lemon wedge / 5 ml fresh lemon juice
1 lime wedge / 5 ml fresh lime juice
4 slices jalapeño
1/2 tsp / 2 g sugar
2 olives
1 thin tomato slice, for garnish
1 celery spear, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Combine all of the ingredients over ice and shake. Pour into an 8 oz / .2 l highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a thin slice of tomato on the celery spear.

If none of those suit your fancy, you can find all the St. Regis Bloody Mary Recipes here

 

 


Dining al Fresco: La Casa Que Canta


By: Five Star Alliance

With an amazing view surrounded by the sea, the restaurant at La Casa Que Canta offers a unique dining experience under a starlit sky. It offers contemporary Mexican cuisine with a French touch, using fresh and organic ingredients, wild caught fish, and selected seafood.

la casa que canta

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Dining al Fresco: Sheraton Hacienda del Mar


By: Five Star Alliance

Tomatoes Restaurant at Sheraton Hacienda del Mar invites friends and families to gather for a
Mediterranean take on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brightly striped chairs, tile floors, and dramatic
arches create a casual, yet stylish, dining room. Relax and enjoy views of the Sea of Cortez with a
pina colada or margarita at the full bar, or dine al fresco on the veranda and patio.

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