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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.

Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

August 3, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The James


The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

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Experience Japan the Local Way at The Peninsula Tokyo

July 25, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The Peninsula Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo
has rolled out an exciting new array of experiential courses for guests wanting to learn first-hand about Japanese culture.  The experiential learning is done through personalized classes, tours, and activities. These new programs have been designed from a local Japanese perspective and highlight key aspects that speak to the Japanese culture, heritage, lifestyle, cuisine, arts, and more. "The Art of the Kimono program is one of the many new classes that the hotel has created. Guests of the hotel get introduced to the Japanese culture and lifestyle by learning about the complexities of putting on the formal kimono During the program guests are professionally fitted and dressed in the traditional Japanese garment. Guests can select the kimono of their choice to try on from the available selection provided by the famous Japanese kimono designer Hatsuko Endo. Guests also have the option to don a traditional Japanese hairstyle and makeup with the opportunity to commemorate the experience with professional photographs at additional cost.

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Healthy Aging Expert Oz Garcia Brings Wellness to The James Royal Palm

July 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The James Royal Palms
Oz Garcia, Ph.D., is recognized as the world's leading authority on healthy aging. Dubbed the "nutritionist to the stars" Oz is the go-to guy for A-List celebrities and Fortune 100 CEO's. His unique and customized approach to nutrition and anti-aging coupled with more than 30-years of experience has made Oz one of the most recognizable names in the industry. He has lectured all over the world and has been a pioneer in the study of nutrition and anti-aging. Oz Garcia is now bringing his expertise to The James Royal Palm. Miami's newest luxury boutique hotel has partnered with the expertto dev elop a customized, all-natural wellness program that will extend across the property’s offerings, from its spa treatments and personalized nutritional counseling sessions to healthy menu items, in-room amenities and more.The James Royal Palm

Author of the best-selling books Look and Feel Fabulous Forever, The Food Cure for Kids, The Balance, and Redesigning 50, Oz Garcia has designed a distinctive nutritional regimen that promotes a total approach to wellness by integrating healthy lifestyle choices through one-on-one counseling sessions, all-natural spa treatments, nutritious menu items and branded in-room products.

At The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa, Oz will introduce his cutting-edge IV Therapy, a vitamin-drip therapy designed to deliver vital nutrients into the body faster and more effectively than typical oral vitamins, that he will administer when he is on property. Oz IV is part of an overall spa program that blends the best eastern remedies and philosophies, such as salt-infused treatments, with modern medicinal techniques.

The James Royal Palm SpaAdditionally, Oz will host a number of "wellness weekends" throughout the year. During the two-and-a-half-day programs, guests will engage in a variety of enjoyable and challenging activities, including yoga and fitness classes, meditation, private consultations, spa treatments, themed lunches, and will also be available for one-on-one appointments, offering hotel guests and local residents the unique opportunity to craft a personalized wellness program to address each person’s specific goals.

The James Royal Palm

Recognizing the role of diet in long-term health and wellness, Oz worked closely with The James Royal Palm to create healthy and delicious menu items for its restaurants and Coffee Bar. At Florida Cookery, The James Royal Palm’s signature restaurant, healthy options will include: Florida Mahi Mahi with Mojo de Ajo and cucumber quinoa salad, and curry lime organic chicken breast with local farm greens. Additionally, guests relaxing poolside have the option of ordering golden raisin chicken roti and Oz’s Citrus Brain Enhancer Smoothie. In-room guest pantries will be stocked with Oz Brain Enhancement Sticks.

Go on vacation while still staying healthy? Sounds perfect!

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St. Regis Rome Introduces E-Butler Service

July 16, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis Grand Rome
Have you ever been in Rome and thought to yourself, "You know, the only thing that would make this vacation better is if I had a butler to attend to my every need."

You are in luck, The St. Regis Grand Rome has introduced a E-Butler service. The butler will attend to every detail of comfort. In keeping with the times, each will carry a wireless handheld device so you can e-mail your wishes straight to your personal butler from any location. Sumptuously luxurious, The St. Regis Rome was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Gold List due to its unsurpassed setting and amenities. Opulent interiors and an austere façade add to the seductive atmosphere of this landmark hotel. 

St Regis Rome

Each of the 138 guest rooms and 23 suites feature a unique identity and are exquisitely appointed in a combination of Empire, Regency and Louis XV styles. Your butler can help you find sanctuary and pampering in the elegant kamiSpa, sip on a Negroni in Le Grand Bar, or dine on perfectly prepared traditional dishes at Vivendo. 

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The Peninsula Bangkok Celebrates 15 Years with 15 Fabulous Facets

July 1, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Peninsula Bangkok
The ultra-luxurious Peninsula Bangkok is turning 15 this year!  To celebrate, they are launching a special guest package called Fifteen Facets that features 15 unique Peninsula experiences. The package is priced at THB 55,150++ per two guests for four nights’ stay and is valid from 1 May to 31 October 2013. 

The main features of the package comprise:

-Fast track welcome at Suvarnabhumi Airport
-BMW limousine roundtrip transfer
-Deluxe Room for two 
-Daily Breakfast for two at River Cafe & Terrace
-Relaxed Lunch for two at The Pool
-Private Dinner for two in the Paribatra Aviation Lounge
-One hour spa treatment for two at The Peninsula Spa
-Two alcoholic drinks and unlimited soft drinks at The River Bar for two
-Two cocktails at Thiptara Lounge for two
-The Peninsula Top Chefs’ Secrets
-The Peninsula Afternoon Tea for two
-Tuk Tuk Tour of Klongsan
-Asiatique The Riverfront Visit by Peninsula Private Boat
-The Peninsula Academy Footprint from the Past
-Late Check-out until 6:00 pm

Other 15th annivesary celebrations planned include corporate responsibility and sustainability programmes for the Thai community, special events, and the official launch of the hotel’s new look lobby.

 

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Hyatt Hotel Heiress is New Commerce Secretary

June 26, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Park Hyatt Washington


Penny Pritzker, the billionaire hotel heiress, has been confirmed as President Obama's choice to head up the Commerce Department. Pritzker's family owns the Hyatt Hotel chain, and she has been a board member of the company. Pritzker has an estimated net worth of $1.8511 billion USD and is the world's 651st wealthiest person. 

Where will she stay until she finds a permanent spot in DC (if she doesn't already own one?) May we suggest Park Hyatt Washington, (pictured left)?
 

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New Hotel: The Langham Chicago

June 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham Chicago, which opens this week,  will embrace the splendour and elegance of the original grand hotel. Its 316 rooms, from 525 sq ft, will be amongst the largest in the city and will feature magnificent views over the Chicago Lake and River. Views can also be had from the Pavilion – recreating the venue which served the world's first afternoon tea in a grand hotel in 1865.

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New Two Bedroom Beach Houses at Parrot Cay by Como

June 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Parrot Cay by Como
Parrot Cay by Como
 
 is an award-winning Turks and Caicos luxury resort set on its own private island. It is nestled on 1,000 unspoilt acres and offers guests a mile-long beach to sun and swim themselves. The 72 rooms, suites and villas at Parrot Cay by COMO range from ample king rooms to family-friendly three-bedroom villas. All rooms, suites and beach villas have soothing interiors along with COMO’s service ethic, holistic therapies, yoga, diving, and world-class cuisine.

Add to the lovely accommodations Parrot Cay by Como's new two-bedroom beach houses. The Parrot Cay houses are set on 1.5 acres, have uninterrupted ocean views, and offer access to 84 metres of private beach. The beach houses are comprised of two ensuite bedrooms (which have four-poster beds with white voile draping), a spacious living and dining area, a large outdoor deck, and a private swimming pool. Each two-bedroom beach house comes with the services of a private butler. The houses are decorated in COMO's signature aesthetic with antique pieces from Indonesia.

Parrot Cay Private Deck


The private outdoor pool is 87 square meters and has ocean views. There's also an outdoor shower area. The outdoor deck is partially covered, so it can be enjoyed no matter the weather. It's a perfect spot to practice a little yoga, and mats are available on request. Bathroom amenities include a hairdryer, bathrobes, and exclusive COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities. Guest will stay cool with their choice of air-conditioning or a colonial-style ceiling fan. Other in-room amenities include a minibar, WiFi and high speed Internet access, satellite TV and a DVD player, coffee/tea making facilities, and complimentary flip-flops.

 

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Peek Inside the Penthouse Suite at Mandarin Oriental Paris

June 21, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Mandarin Oriental ParisMandarin Oriental Paris has a terrific location and the bespoke service the hotel group is known for.  Recently they've unveiled The Penthouse Suite, which is akin to having your own private apartment with maid service in the City of Lights. Located on the highest floor of the hotel, the three-bedroom split-level suite offers use of our breathtaking Royale Mandarin, Premier Atelier and Crystal suites. It sleeps up to 8 people, and is 407/sqm/4381sqf.

Among the amenities are twice daily housekeeping with complimentary water on turndown, a private elevator, a selection of bespoke artwork, a staircase fashioned from guilloche metal, and private gym. Most spectacularly, the suite has two terraces offering breathtaking views of the city’s rooftops, the Garnier Opéra and the Eiffel Tower.

In addition to the suite’s three large bedrooms, there is a lavish bathroom with gold cabochons scattered across the floor, a steam room and oversized bath.  Guests can choose from a plush robe or a silk kimono while soaking in the round tub and watching the in-bathroom TV.  There’s also a spacious living room, dining room, kitchen, bar andMandarin Oriental Paris two additional bathrooms.

For your listening pleasure there's a Bang & Olufsen televisions and audio system. Those guests surgically attached to their electronic devices will be glad to know fast, high quality bandwidth, both wired and wireless, allows for up to four devices. 

Still feeling a little tense despite all this luxury? Guests may exclusively enjoy a complimentary, ensuite Jiao Ting massage for two.

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Healthy Treats Rule at Trump

June 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium


The Apprentice is not currently airing, so The Donald and his Trump Collection of luxury properties has had time to think about how to feed its guests in a healthy manner.

Our sister publication Luxury Travel Advisor,  says this about the Trump Wellness initiative:

Trump Hotel Collection is rolling out a trio of programs as part of its Trump Wellness initiative, starting June 17. The first program, Nourish, will enhance each hotel’s in-room dining menu with a range of options, providing guests with vegan, gluten-free and organic selections with complete nutritional values. A Healthy Kids Menu by Trump will also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for the junior set. Minibars will be revamped with healthier snacks rather than the standard minibar fare. At least one-third of all choices at each hotel will be in a health food category.

 

You'll want to read more about the other two healthy eating programs the hotel collection will be rolling out later this year.

Bon Appetit!

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