The 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.
Looking for a last-minute holiday getaway this year? Act fast and you could score a Caribbean Christmas. The Veranda Resort and Residences-- the all-inclusive luxury resort set on the pristine white sand of world-famous Grace Bay Beach-- has limited space starting December 20, 2010. Couples can relax in the Garden and Ocean View Studios and One-Bedroom Suites, while families can enjoy the multiple-bedroom suites including one of the gorgeous Oceanfront Three-Bedroom Cottages (available for 7 nights starting Dec 20). The resort's facilities run the gamut from the fully-equipped fitness center and spa to the Kids Club. Right outside your front door: a little piece of paradise in the Turks and Caicos.
Remember 'Snowmaggedon' last winter in Washington D.C.? Numbing temperatures may feel really far away, but Thanksgiving's already right around the corner. Plan ahead for a Caribbean escape this winter to dodge the winter blues. You'll get treated to some serious savings at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. The "Travel Smart-Book Now" offer provides savings of up to 45%. But hurry, you must book before October 31, 2010 for travel between January 2-April 24, 2011. News: You can also take advantage of an all-inclusive, adults exclusive option at Renaissance Aruba, starting from just $376 per night and including unlimited standard brand beverages (including frozen drinks) and all daily meals. While you're vacationing at the resort, check out Renaissance Island (pictured), the only private island in Aruba, accessed by complimentary water taxi service.
Hit the beach in Puerto Vallarta with a "suite deal" from Casa Velas, the AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel nestled on the greens of Marina Vallarta's 18-hole golf course. Book a suite and you'll get a second one for 50% off, plus complimentary upgrades to Grand Class Suites boasting their own private plunge pools (ooh la la). What's more- you'll get unlimited golf at either the 18-hole par 72 Jack Nicklaus and the 18-hole par 72 Tom Weiskopf courses in Vista Vallarta or the 18-hole par 71 Joe Finger course in Marina Vallarta. That's not all. This "Suite Deal" also allows for hydrotherapy treatments at the top-notch Spa Casas Velas. Relax after a hard day by the pool checking out the spa facilities: whirlpool, herbal steam sauna, crystal steam room, eucalyptus inhalation, and Swiss shower. Since this hotel is all-inclusive, you get all your meals, premium beverages, and shuttle service to the Casa Velas Private Ocean Club and Velas Vallarta for free. Available until December 23, 2010; promotion rates start at $240 per person per night, based on double occupancy. Restrictions apply.
The best way to celebrate the bicentennial of Mexico's Independence? A culinary extravaganza showcasing traditional Mexican dishes! Eat your heart out at Grand Velas Riviera Maya-- the all-suites spa resort five minutes from Playa del Carmen that puts a twist (a luxurious one!) on the "all-inclusive" experience. (Buzz: Grand Velas Riviera Maya was recently named "Best Spa" by Virtuoso within the prestigious ‘Best of the Best’ Awards for 2010.) Until October 30, 2010, the ultra-luxe resort invites guests to feast in style with five- or six-course tasting menus or "routes" at each of its five gourmet signature restaurants. The chefs of each restaurant will be re-interpreting traditional Mexican ingredients and cooking methods in their own personal style, fusing menus with diverse international influences. The tasting menus are available to all resort guests at no additional charge as part of the all-inclusive rate. A few examples below:
*Route Hidalgo: The Mexican states Guanajuato, Queretaro, Mexico and Morelia inspired Chef Antonio Cortaza of Sen Lin to create an Asian-Mexican fusion menu with delicacies like lamb ribs bathed in ancho pepper curry, sweet potato ginger puree, and field roasted corn rolls with lemongrass infused white chocolate sauce.
*Route of Patriotism: Independence campaigns waged through the states of Michoacán, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Morelos, Puebla, Veracruz and Chiapas, all of which are known for both unusual and traditional mole dishes. Chef Daniel Garcia of Frida celebrates these states in his singular style with snails in green mole, pork shank and coffee cream filled donuts.
*Route Zapata: From the states of Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Aguascalientes and Zacatecas come a wide variety of seafood dishes. Chef Michel Mustiere of Piaf presents a seafood menu of Franco-Mexican fusion. Savor pacific shrimp marinated with lemon juice and serrano peppers, served on a bed of creamed cucumber and black mole soufflé with Grand Marnier.
Summer's winding down, so now it's time to start plotting a fall getaway- preferably somewhere fabulous and tropical. We've got our eyes on two heavenly Caribbean properties: the first, an all-adults, all-inclusive resort on the island of Antigua, the second, a sleek boutique hotel on the sand on the Turks and Caicos' Grace Bay, one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Hermitage Bay offers 25 sumptuous private cottage suites spread out across the hillside overlooking Antigua's West Coast. The best part of a stay at this five-star hideaway: the all-inclusive amenities including meals, beverages, and unlimited water sports. On the Turks + Caicos islands, the Gansevoort channels a "sensual island vibe" while also reflecting the urban chic associated with the flagship hotel in New York. On site: a gorgeous infinity pool, trendy beach lounge, and award-winning spa.
We've scouted out some special offers for the fall at these two Caribbean hideaways. Hermitage Bay is offering 30% savings between August 28 and September 5, and also between October 10 and October 30. Three night minimum stay required, with roundtrip airport transfers, meals with drinks and one 30-minute massage included. At the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, stay two nights in September and October and you'll get the third night free (full payment required in advance; October 8 and 9 are black-out dates).
A recent article in The Telegraph (UK) "chronicles the endless possibilities for fun days and hot nights in the expat hotspot of the UAE, Dubai." The author's conclusion? "See Dubai Before You Die." Of all the places to stay in this over-the-top tourism destination in the desert, you can't go wrong with the 128-acre Jeleb Ali Golf Resort and Spa which recently finished a five-month refurbishment:
She truly is a classy, sassy oasis in this part of the desert, just a rapid free transfer to downtown Dubai. Close enough to be near. Far enough away to be relaxed and refreshed among the peacocks (a gift from the Maktoums) and other exotic flora, fauna and wildlife. The warm and welcoming staff are ultimately friendly, yet unerringly discreet (damn it). Tiger Woods came alone a while ago (probably not for long though) as he visited his "TigerWorld" development of palaces (really!) and signature golf course not far away. And the world-class sporting facilities, including a nine-hole golf course, marina, dive centre, horse-riding complex and spa have attracted sporting clubs, including English premiership sides, to the resort for warm-weather training. It's split into two. The Jebel Ali Hotel and the Palm Tree Court and Spa.Both are faultlessly five star and rightly lay claim to the title of "Dubai's Only True Resort." The food here is fantastic, from any of the dozen or so restaurants, including the award-winning French-inspired Signatures and La Fontana where a sumptuous breakfast buffet sets the day alight. And no matter in which part you stay, you are never more than a minute or two's walk from a private beach of bleached sand and the gently lapping Gulf.
In its August 2010 issue, Travel + Leisure highlights "20 to Watch: 2010's Best Up-and-Coming Hotels," many of which can be found in the Five Star Alliance collection. Predicting "the next hottest hotels around the globe," Travel + Leisure scoured the globe "to pick out this year's new and refurbished, expanding, or otherwise evolving hotels." What the magazine's editors found: domestic hotels are raising the bar, with fantastic luxury hotels in the United States and Canada. So without further ado, here's the list:
Looking for a luxury resort experience in Dubai? You'll get great value with the "All Inclusive Value Package" at the Palm Tree Court & Spa, the five-star family beach resort nestled on the grounds of the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa. An oasis outside of Dubai City, the resort is immersed in lush gardens, boasting its own private, palm-dotted beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Within the larger resort (where you can take your pick of recreational activities- from horseback riding to seaplane flights), the Palm Tree Court & Spa offers exclusive suites featuring designer baths and dine-out balconies or private gardens. The all-inclusive package includes buffet breakfast at La Fontana, lunch and dinner at your choice of 15 restaurants and bars, unlimited soft drinks throughout the day and drinks during dinner at Jebel Ali Hotel and Palm Tree Court & Spa. Complimentary leisure activities include wind surfing, catamaran, laser, kayaking and camel rides. Valid throughout 2010 with rates starting from AED 1,250 in a Garden View Junior Suite at Palm Tree Court & Spa.
We've just learned about a special summer enticement at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, an elite collection of hotels including The Carlyle in New York and Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda. Book a "Rosewood Escape" and you'll get the best values of the summer at Rosewood's 14 properties with extra amenities thrown in for free. (Think a lavish breakfast spread and other fun perks, depending on the hotel.) Whether frolicking on the sand in the Caribbean, floating in your own private plunge pool in Mexico, or soaking up some culture on a city break, you'll relish the added value during your getaway. Not to mention the exceptional service and luxurious facilities for which Rosewood is known. "Rosewood Escapes" is available at the following properties:
The Carlyle: From $475 per night – Includes buffet breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking
King Pacific Lodge on Princess Royal Island in British Columbia: From $2144 CAD per night for 2 on 4-night package - Includes all meals, beverages and roundtrip floatplane flights from Vancouver to Lodge
There's a reason folks are falling head over heels for the all-inclusive resort experience at Paradisus Palma Real. When you check in to this Dominican Republic hot spot, you'll revel in luxury accommodations in a pristine beach setting-- with no added costs tacked to your bill. Included in your stay: recreational activities like kayaking, scuba diving, tennis, and wind-surfing; meals at your choice of five à la carte restaurants; a spectacular Kids Zone with games galore; nightly entertainement; and "life enriching activities" like wine tasting, salsa and merengue dance classes, massage lessons, painting, photography, and more. Feeling less adventurous? The pools are gorgeous; stake your claim to an exotic Bali daybed and soak up the sun.
Overlooking the palm-fringed sandy beaches, the accommodations are plush and spacious-- all oversized suites. Book The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, a boutique resort within the resort, and you can take advantage of added services and amenities in the Residential Concierge Suites and Family Concierge Suites. (The dedicated Family Concierge can coordinate all activities, handing out cell phones or walkie-talkie radios for all-day communication with the concierge.)