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.
Anguilla has been in the press a lot these days. The Caribbean island in the British West Indies has remained pristine because of regulated development, and only three resorts have graced its beaches: Cap Juluca, CuisinArt, and Malliouhana. But 2009 will see the debut of two spanking new hotels: the Viceroy, which we noted last year, and the Baccarat Resort and Residences at Temenos. As described by Travel + Leisure in the September 2008 issue, this uber-luxe resort is being developed by Barry Sternlicht, the "mastermind behind Starwood's W, St. Regis, and Luxury Collection chains." There will be a Greg Norman golf course, a David Bouley restaurant, and world-class spa and fitness center. Plus, guests and residences will enjoy "signature Baccarat aesthetics" from the premier luxury brand. Like lots of crystal chandeliers in the lobby.
Come October 2008, the historic Pier House will begin a new life after a $10 million renovation of all guest rooms. The one-of-kind property in free-spirited Key West has been a choice tropical destination since its renovation into a hotel in the 1960s. No two bedrooms are alike in this vibrant hideaway, now appointed with custom-designed furniture and flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms have been redesigned to offer more space and rain showerheads. Throughout the hotel's history, local conchs, including Jimmy Buffet, have frequented the restaurant and "flagship hotel of the Key West state of mind." The resort has a killer location at the foot of Old Town, steps from Duval Street. But the private pool and lush gardens create a quiet oasis away from the crazy lively ambiance for which Key West, the southernmost point in the US, is famous.
Visitors to the world's most over-the-top destination can't go wrong by booking the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The award-winning hotel exalts the pleasures of the good life with every amenity imaginable. In fact, lucky guests will find 20 restaurants to choose from, 4 swimming pools, 7 tennis courts, golf and more. Designed as an enormous wave on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the hotel boasts uninterrupted panoramic views from all 600 guest rooms. From the private beach, you can enjoy endless watersports, including snorkeling over the purpose-built coral reef just 2 kilometers offshore. Just next door, the Wild Wadi Water Park lures with its exhilarating rides. Until September 30, 2008, you'll get a fourth night for free when you book a suite or villa for three consecutive nights. (Plus, you'll have access to your own private plunge pool when you book a villa.) As Halogen Guides points out, the rate at this luxurious property translates to only $264 per night.
Volunteer tourism, a.k.a "voluntourism," is a growing trend in travel, and more and more travelers are jumping on the bandwagon and planning to volunteer during their vacations. Forbes Traveler sums it up nicely:
There comes a point — generally when you're on your third margarita, sunburned over 60 percent of your body and the kids are screaming in the infinity pool — when you start to wonder if there is more to the whole vacation concept than lying on a beach getting toasted. A way of showing thanks for your own good fortunes, perhaps. You want a chance to contribute more to a local economy than buying overpriced trinkets that neither you nor your friends back home really need.
Ritz-Carlton has taken notice. They've created the Give Back Getaways program- to offer guests a chance to give back to the community with half-day local community experiences, working alongside Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen in a Community Footprints humanitarian or environmental project. All profits from the Give Back Getaways programs are donated to the partner organizations. An example is the Blue Iguana Recovery Program at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, led by naturalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, where guests assist with the breeding program to help a unique species on the brink of extinction.
The Regent Grand Resort and Spa has just opened on Grace Bay in the beautiful Turks & Caicos Islands. The resort is the second luxury condominium resort by the highly regarded Turks & Caicos based HAB Group, who have been developing in the Turks & Caicos and London luxury markets for over 20 years. Their first property, Villa Renaissance, has recently been awarded a Tripadvisor Top 10 Luxury Caribbean Resort, and it is thought that the Regent Grand will be even more successful. The property has 50 oceanfront suites, all with fully fitted kitchens and fantastic ocean view balconies, which ensure that guests enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets in the Caribbean.
The luxury five star Regent Grand is offering guests 25% off until December 2008 and anyone lucky enough to book in the next few weeks will receive free golf during their stay at the nearby 18 Hole championship course, Provo Golf Club. Guests will also receive a 15% discount at the Spa for reservations up to 30th September, and can have treatments either at the Spa or in room if required.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests will also receive a free welcome amenity of a bottle of wine and a fruit basket in their room upon arrival.
South Florida's hottest new hotel has been racking up the awards since it opened, named one of the 15 Hotels to Watch on Travel + Leisure's World's Best List 2008, one of the 30 Best New Hotels Around the Globe on Travel + Leisure's It List 2008, as well as one of the 40 Must-See Properties on Travel Agent's 2008 "Hot New List." Located on the northeastern end of exclusive Bal Harbour Village, bordered by Baker's Haulover Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean, the ultra-chic property has a 750-foot pristine beach only 15 minutes away from South Beach. The amenities are world-class (including the first Guerlain Spa to open in America), and the building's striking glass façade boasts breathtaking 360-degree panoramas. There's still time to grab a special summertime opening rate at The Regent Bal Harbour, available until September 30, 2008, of room rates priced at $295 on weekdays and $345 on weekends. Plus, we just got word of another spectacular special offer of free airfare credits when you book a four-night stay (or longer) through December 18. This incredible incentive is worth $2,500, adding real value to your stay, ensuring an incredibly luxurious guest experience at The Regent Bal Harbour.
Just minutes away from the center of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort is a secluded retreat surrounded by blissful beaches. This self-contained resort paradise boasts a 44,788-square-foot CHI spa with a unique design concept: a spa village with 8 private island villas, surrounded by the South China Sea, each with a lounging area, steam room, bathing facilities, and fragrant garden. Around the world, Shangri-La's CHI Spas are celebrated for embracing a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being, inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort offers exclusive therapies that incorporate local ingredients such as Borneo volcanic mud, Sabah pearls and cocoa alongside signature CHI treatments inspired by the ancient healing traditions of the Himalayan region. A two-night "Spa Indulgence" package is available until December 15, 2008, with prices starting from approximately $764, double occupancy, for a Kinabalu Seaview room.
Hurry! You have just two more days to take advantage of this deal. Book by August 20, 2008, and you'll get seven nights for the price of five at the Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda's luxurious 31-suite resort surrounded by three distinct bodies of water (the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the lagoon of North Sound-- all in brilliant shades of emerald and turquoise). Available for travel until August 31, this special is for Ocean Suites only. What a way to celebrate the end of summer: basking in the Caribbean sun and ocean breezes, feasting like kings, swimming and snorkeling from your own private beach in this tropical island paradise that's only reachable by boat or helicopter...
Just steps from the ocean and offering 15 beach front villas and ocean view residences and 15 pool suites and pool villas, Aleenta's "Luxury Villa Escape" is sure to capture your imagination for a truly great summer escape. This summer the 5 Days and 4 Nights package will include complementary private car round trip transfers to and from the Phuket International Airport, complimentary welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival, gourmet breakfast daily in your villa/residence or in the restaurant, afternoon canape each day at the Sunset Lounge from 5 to 6 pm, complimentary yoga, tai chi, or thai boxing led by a private instructor in the villa, beach or gym, 60 minute thai massage per person per stay in your room or spa and 20% of the regular rates for any additional selected treatment. With stunning views of the Andaman Sea and a reputation for luxurious style, comfort and personalized services, Aleenta "Luxury Villa Escape" is the escape you have been looking for this summer.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests making reservations for Aleenta with Five Star Alliance receive a 30 minute stress and tension relieving massage for 2 in Aleenta's KA Spa once during stay.
We've got the scoop on a unique Labor Day special that doesn't come around that often. La Samanna Resort, a chic Orient-Express property in St. Maarten, French West Indies, is consistently named one of the world's best places to stay. This gorgeous gem is usually closed for the season over Labor Day weekend, but this year, La Samanna will stay open so you can celebrate the Dog Days of Summer in style. Finish off your summer with a three-night Labor Day weekend package starting at just $995 in an Ocean View Room. You'll also get buffet breakfast daily, a welcome bottle of champagne and a car rental for the day (tax, gas and insurance not included). Upgrade to a spacious One Bedroom Suite for just $100 more per night.