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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.

Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa

April 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Plettenberg Get ready. The 2010 World Cup promises to be one of the biggest sporting events of the century (over a billion people are expected to follow the month-long tournament). And this is the first time in history when the World Cup will be hosted by an African nation. Here's the skinny on the ten proposed stadiums for World Cup South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, Rustenburg, Pretoria, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Orkney, and Bloemfontein. Relais & Châteaux's got it covered, with some seriously swanky (and unique) properties to discover. Check in, and then check out the nearby soccer matches, glorious surroundings, and exciting experiences that await in South Africa. A sampling of properties includes the ocean-facing Plettenberg, which seems to float above the sky and sea (check out the photo), and the award-winning Singita Lebombo & Sweni hotel located within the stunning game reserve north of Joburg.


Candle Lit Winery Tour at Chateau Elan, Georgia

April 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Chateau Elan, Georgia Discover an elegant French-style chateau just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. Surrounded by 3,500 acres of rolling vineyards, Chateau Elan Winery and Resort makes for a sublime weekend getaway (spa, good eats, and wine, oh my!) The largest producer of premium wines in Georgia, the resort has been recognized by Wine Spectator for its fine vintages. Enjoy a special evening tour of the Winery with Winemaker Dan Baldwin over the weekend of April 20, 2007. The package has limited availability, and includes two nights stay, candle lit tour of the winery, followed by a wine and cheese tasting. The two-person, two-night package is priced at $299.


Suite Luxury: The Dome Suite at One Aldwych

April 16, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

One Aldwych Dome SuiteName: The Dome Suite at the contemporary One Aldwych London

Size: 74 square metres / 797 square feet

Location: Top Floor

Features: Located on the top floor, the Dome Suite has a large sitting room with a unique circular dining room for 10 guests (see below for image), guest cloakroom and large double bedroom. The Suite is available with either one or two bedrooms. The main/master bedroom has a King-size Bed with crisp white frette bed linen and duvet.

Note Bene: Named as one of the London Evening Standard's '10 Don't Miss Destinations'.

Rates: With 1 bedroom only (not two) the nightly rate begins around £1095 for single occupancy, inclusive of service but exclusive of the 17.5% VAT.

The Dome Suite One Aldwych


Dispatch from Paris: Hotel Le Bristol Gets Bigger and Better

April 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Le Bristol Here's the scoop from one of the finest luxury hotels in the City of Light, "the intimate palace" located on the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. After closing in January 2007 for work on a new extension, Hotel Le Bristol has recently debuted a lavish makeover. Guests have long adored the hotel's glass enclosed roof-top swimming pool and expansive, beautiful garden. What's new? 22 redecorated rooms (including the Penthouse and Panoramic Suites), new welcome desks for Concierge and Reception, more spacious fitness room, brand new Hammam, and a new 460 square meter kitchen for Chef Éric Fréchon to continue to dazzle diners. And it only gets better. The hotel has acquired an adjoining building which will open in November 2007 with 23 new rooms and four new suites and a restaurant and grill room accessible directly from the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré.

PS. With the new VIP Welcome for Children, Hotel Le Bristol is paradise for the kiddies. Since April 1, 2007, children receive a special welcome at Hotel Le Bristol with a personalized book at reception, and the Hippolyte bunny (named after the hotel founder) along with a selection of complimentary bunny-shaped cakes waiting in-room. A hotel scavenger hunt and special activities can also be arranged. Not to mention the take-home goodies.


Luxury Values in Bangkok: Baan Thai Wellness Retreat

April 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Baan Thai Wellness Retreat The hotel trend in Bangkok these days is going "mini," according to a recent Travel and Leisure article. Smaller boutique hotels are setting the standard for affordable luxury and authentic experiences. Smack dab in the middle of the bustling cosmopolitan city (amidst soaring skyscrapers, a maze of traffic, and Sky Trains), the Baan Thai Wellness Retreat is a tranquil oasis in the Sukhumvit area of downtown Bangkok. Sprawling across a royal estate of five two-storey Thai teak homes transported from Ayutthaya (the ancient Thai capital), the hotel is straight out of the Old World, but wrapped in contemporary luxury. Rooms are outfitted with sumptuous Thai silk, antiques, and elegant teak furniture. Choose a suite with private pool, or opt for a spa suite with outdoor massage table and private treatment room. The Spa itself is a luxurious hideaway with a full menu of spa services. Three night packages start from $770 per person (double).


Memorial Day Weekend in Richmond, Virginia at The Jefferson

April 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond Treat yourself to a luxurious getaway weekend at The Jefferson. History buffs will nerd out over this one. Richmond's swankiest hotel is offering a special weekend package to coincide with the city's commemoration of America's 400th anniversary. A replica of the colonists' 17th century vessel, Godspeed, will sail from Jamestown to Richmond to celebrate the big birthday. Take a tour of the Godspeed, spend the day at the festival area on Richmond's river front, enjoy a musical performance and even a fantastic fireworks display - all free events for Richmond Region 2007. The Jefferson's Godspeed Memorial Day Weekend package includes luxurious accommodations, full American breakfast buffet, two tickets to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts "Rule Britannia!" exhibit, and transportation to all museum and Godspeed events. Starting from $225 nightly in a Superior Room (taxes not included). Available May 24-May 27, 2007 only.


Now Open: The Resort at Singer Island, Palm Beach, Florida

April 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Resort at Singer Island At long last, the hotel we've been dreaming about since last November has opened its doors. The newest member of the Starwood Luxury Collection, The Resort at Singer Island is shaking things up in Palm Beach County. Billed as "one of the most expansive oceanfront destinations on the Eastern seaboard," the $210 million resort is a 21-storey goliath of luxury on the beach. Amenities include beach and pool butlers, 24-hour room service, workout facilities, business center, two Presidential Suites, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, a wedding gazebo, three restaurants and a coffee bar, an 8,500 square foot wellness retreat and spa, a lap pool with private cabanas and a lagoon-style family pool. To quote the press release:

The opening of this resort signals the renaissance of Singer Island, which was founded in 1920 by the scion of the sewing machine dynasty, into one of the most dynamic oceanfront destinations on Florida's prestigious Gold Coast.

To celebrate the opening, The Resort at Singer Island is offering a special $315 per night introductory rate including breakfast through May 2007.


What a Hotel! Hidden Boutique Hotel

April 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: A Hidden Hotel, Royal Mews, and Numerical Boutique

Last Weeks Answer was guessed correctly by everyone (I guess we need to make it a little more difficult):
What a Hotel!

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town


What’s Hot: J.K. Place Capri

April 12, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

J.K. Place Capri Now open. The chic island's latest gem is located directly on the sea, a rare commodity on an island adored since Roman times for its stunning Mediterranean views. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, J.K. Place Capri offers only 22 spacious guest rooms overlooking the manicured gardens and sparkling azure sea. Book the Penthouse and enjoy an enormous private terrace with panoramic views. Dine al fresco or soak up the rays at the beautiful pool. Capri's renowned shopping street, Via Camerelle, is just a short walk away.

Via Sherman's Travel Magazine


Single Women Travelers Pampered in London at Hotel 41

April 12, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel 41 In London on business? Head to Hotel '41', the city's intimate and luxurious boutique, where solo women travelers are given the royal treatment. Located just across from Buckingham Palace, the exclusive Hotel 41 has put together an innovative package where women can expect superlative personal service and guest amenities. The Woman Traveling Alone package includes:

* Enhanced levels of security

* Escort to your room and from your car if you are driving

* Foot spa and massage kit in your room

* The item of your choice from a well-being basket

* Selection of magazines and periodicals

* Thoughtful extras to add comfort during your stay including: duvet and soft towels, slippers and robe, hot water bottle, improved lighting for applying make-up, high-performance hair dryer, full length mirror

'41' offers the perfect mix of high technology and classic luxury. A personal butler will assist with unpacking/packing your belongings (though only if you so wish it-- service is thoughtful and discreet). Here, every room is beautifully appointed with handsome black and white decoration, handcrafted furniture, hand stitched mattresses, and working fireplaces. And of course your guest room easily becomes your own personal office as all rooms are wired with state-of-the-art technology.