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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.

Buzzworthy: Langham Hotels Will Open Vineyard Resort and Spa, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

July 16, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Place Vineyard Resort and Spa, New ZealandFans of Langham Place, a sister brand of The Langham, will be thrilled about this piece of news. The luxury hotel operator, Langham Hotels International, has just signed a management agreement with Isola Estate for a five-star boutique hotel on Waiheke Island, an exclusive enclave 30 minutes off the coast of Auckland. (Just 8 minutes away by helicopter.) Opening in 2010, the Langham Place Vineyard Resort and Spa will be designed by CDA Architecture, one of the leading hotel architects in NZ, as a Tuscan-style property nestled among 26 vineyards. Talk about the ultimate wine-lover’s paradise in the South Seas! In addition to the 76 condo-style rooms and suites, the wine-based resort will have a Chuan Spa, gym, tennis courts, gastronomic restaurant, and meeting and banquet facilities to accommodate 300. The idea? To create a Martha’s Vineyard of the South Pacific.


Naladhu’s 5 Day Spa Journey in the Maldives

July 10, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Naladhu ResortI can hear it now, the rhythm of the waves rolling on the sand, the rustle of the palms, and the singing of the birds as they land in paradise. Naladhu Maldives 5 Days Spa Journey Package offers not only the sounds of Paradise at your door but the unique and intimate spa retreat that is sure to bring that complete sense of well being. Each spa day begins with a pre-spa yoga session followed by a signature spa treatment. A consultation is conducted by a certified ayurvedic doctor to prescribe a personalized ayurvedic healing. Your stay includes 5 nights in a Naladhu Ocean House, daily breakfast, round trip speed boat Male International Airport transfers, and 5 days of spa indulgence. Start your stay with the a Jetlag massage sure to get you in that relaxed state. This is not just any spa retreat.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make reservations at the Naladhu Resort with Five Star Alliance will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne, a Dolphin safari, and late check-out subject to availability.


The New Spa and Lexus LS600h Hybrid Limousines at Langham Hotel, Auckland

July 3, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hotel AucklandIndulge in a five-star fling at the Langham Auckland, New Zealand's first hotel to achieve international Green Globe certification. Situated in the heart of the vibrant city not far from the waterfront, the 410-room Langham Hotel entices with luxurious amenities like the sweet fleet of Lexus LS600h hybrid limousines. (Retail value for each vehicle? A mere $250,000.) Get this: customers can even check-in while en-route to the hotel from the airport. Coming in October 2008: the blissfully swanky Chuan Spa, comprised of six lavish treatment rooms including two VIP dual suites with private spas, fitness center, an outdoor heated pool, his and hers saunas, steam rooms and an outdoor jacuzzi.


UP, UP, and Away With The Langham Melbourne

June 30, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Langham MelbourneLocated on the banks of the Yarra River and established as one of Melbourne's and Australia's finest hotels, The Langham Melbourne is offering overnight accommodations and a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight for 2 from now till the 30th of December. This special also includes a Champagne breakfast for 2 at Melba's, the Langham's award winning interactive restaurant. Here you can interact with the chefs at one of the Dynamic Cooking Stations and partake of the Inspirational Theme Stations including Tandori Oven, Turbo Woks, Rotisserie, Seafood Ice Blocks and Floating Desserts. All with unrivalled panoramic views of the City Skyline and Yarra River. Your stay includes accommodations in a River Room with views of the Yarra River and the Melbourne Skyline, access to the Health Club and Fitness Center, Pool, Jacuzzi, Saunas, signiture-scented color therapy steam rooms and therapeutic rain showers. Rates for this special start at $940 (Sunday to Friday) or $990 (Saturday). Weather permitting, your Hot Air Balloon ride is with the most experienced and professional company in Australia, www.hotairballooning.com.au.

Late check out is offered at 2 pm to fully allow you time to enjoy the offerings of this special experience.


Announcing The Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa - All With Private Pools

June 18, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Anantara PhuketAnantara Resorts is proudly announcing the October 2008 opening of its newest property, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand. Located in Phuket's more secluded, natural northern coast, 15 minutes from the Phuket International Airport and just minutes from golf and beaches, this 83 all private pool villa property features unspoilt beauty, absolute privacy and fabulous dining. Special amenities include the magnificent Bill Bensley designed gardens and paths fusing the colorful tropical flora with age old traditional Thai architecture, a world renown Spa specializing in rich, lavish body treatments and scrubs and high concept dining where you pick the location and the chef transforms a meal to a memorable occasion. Special opening Anantara Breeze Packages are available from October to December 23rd offering the 4th night complimentary with a 3 night stay.


Newsworthy: Amanresorts Announces Relaunch of Hotel Bora Bora

May 16, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Bora BoraIt's hard to improve on perfection-- Hotel Bora Bora boasts luxurious overwater bungalows and a brilliant blue lagoon with colorful reef fish-- but Amanresorts is always ahead of the game when it comes to anticipating clients' needs and desires. A fixture on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, Hotel Bora Bora showcases French Polynesian culture in the 54 bungalows and fares, styled with rattan, bamboo, and ceilings of pandanus lashed to beams of Douglas fir. Vacation activities run the gamut from snorkeling and diving to sport fishing from the resort's catamaran which will take you sailing to the neighboring islands. Recently the resort's General Manager has announced a dramatic reconstruction and relaunch for the resort just in time for its 50th anniversary. Hotel Bora Bora will close this October 2008 for this renovation, and in the meantime, guests will be spoiled rotten in this one-of-a-kind setting overlooking the islands of Tahaa and Raiatea to the west, the island of Maupiti to the east, and the chimney peaks of Mount Otemanu and Pahia.


Langham’s Big Anniversary: Original Home of Afternoon Tea Serves Tea at 1865 Prices

May 9, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham LondonOn June 10, 2008, lucky Langham guests can sit down for a luxurious afternoon tea for exactly 1 shilling 6 pence. (That's 15 US cents, 7 English pence and just over 1 Hong Kong dollar.) Langham hotels around the world will pay homage to that lovely ritual of Afternoon Tea, that quintessentially British institution, by turning back the clocks to 1865, when the Langham London, Europe's first grand hotel, was opened by the leading royal of the day, the Prince of Wales. Legend has it that the indulgent tea ritual was created in 1840 by Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who created this afternoon snack to ward off the hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. Soon she began to share tea with her friends, and the ritual took off. Back in 1865, The Langham London served up the world's first afternoon tea in a luxury European hotel-- consisting of simple but dainty items including cakes, sweets, bread and butter and, of course, tea. Nowadays guests can still experience this stately ritual, a truly luxurious affair. Don't miss out on the celebratory 1 shilling tea on June 10, 2008 at Langham Hotels in Auckland, Boston, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne and now Pasadena.


Five-Star Fling in Auckland, New Zealand at the Langham Hotel

May 7, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham AucklandThe place to stay in New Zealand's City of Sails is The Langham Auckland. Situated in the heart of NZ's largest city, The Langham is within walking distance to the dazzling waterfront. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, The Langham epitomizes the elegant design and innovative hospitality for which the brand is famous. Guests have full access to the health club with heated rooftop pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym. All 410 guest rooms have large business desks and Internet access, while the Langham Hotel Club offers exclusive privileges: access to the comfortable Hotel Club lounge with complimentary evening drinks and canapés, the pressing of three items on arrival and a complimentary shoe shine as well as access to the business centre and butler service. And the best part of all? A luxury experience at The Langham Auckland is a great value, as the dollar is still strong against the NZ dollar. So guests can take advantage of the "Passionate about Prada" package and get overnight accommodations with a complimentary upgrade to an Executive Room, a 50ml bottle of Prada Parfum, and an indulgently late checkout of 1 pm-- all for just NZ$299 per room. Or choose the "Five-Star Fling" and get luxury accommodations, buffet breakfast for two people in the SBF Brasserie, a complimentary bottle of Méthode Champenoise, and a late checkout of 1pm-- for just NZ $239 per room. Or the equivalent of USD187!


Go Now: Huka Lodge, The Best of New Zealand

April 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Huka LodgeThe best hotel in New Zealand? According to Conde Nast Traveler's 2008 Gold List, Huka Lodge wins that honor. In fact, scores of 100 percent for Service, 97.3 percent each for Rooms, Food, Location and Design and 86.1 percent for Activities means that Huka Lodge is among the best in Asia, Australia and the Pacific nations. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, Huka Lodge is situated in Taupo in the central North Island. The crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo are fed by mountain streams and are home to some of the most sought-after Rainbow trout in the world. Just a short walk from the lodge, guests discover the spectacular cascades of Huka Falls on the banks of the Waikato River. Easily one of the top retreats in the world, Huka Lodge delights its discerning clientele with its top-notch recreational activities (petanque, anyone?), exquisite cuisine, and superlative accommodations. (For a true VIP experience, book the Owner's Cottage.) Just check out the guest book to see all the celebs who flock to this place. Plan a visit to Huka Lodge between May 1, 2008 and September 30, 2008, and you'll find the lowest rack rates of the year, starting from NZ$730 per person, per night. All rates include pre-dinner drinks, superb five-course dinners, full breakfast, use of all Lodge facilities, and Taupo airport transfers.


Art and Cooking Classes at Le Meridien Tahiti

April 22, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien TahitiNot like anyone could ever get bored of over-water bungalows and the paradise setting of Tahiti: white sandy beaches and dramatic green mountains rising from the South Pacific. But the luxurious Le Meridien Tahiti has organized art and cooking classes for those who want to do more than lounge in the sandy-bottom swimming pool or scuba dive the seas. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the resort highlights the colorful cultural heritage of these beautiful islands, the inspiration for so many artists (like Paul Gauguin). Discover art and cuisine first-hand with L'Atelier du Chef, the new cooking class program for 2008. Study the art of Tahitian cooking with the Executive Chef Sebastien Philizot during several interactive classes and learn how to make tasty dishes like crispy shrimp with fresh mint and mango salsa. Classes are offered daily, except Thursdays, for approx. $55. You can combine cooking classes with the noteworthy L'Atelier Art program. Immerse yourself in the rich art history of the islands by meeting local artists and receiving painting instruction through several courses. There are 4 and 5 day packages available.