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.

Reduced Rates at Nantucket’s Luxurious Wauwinet


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The WauwinetDuring economic tough times, there are deals to be had close to home. Many luxury hotels are cutting us a break so we can embark on a quest for stylish summer fun without breaking the bank. Case in point: The Wauwinet, Nantucket's most luxurious hideaway, which has slashed rates to $500 a night (vs. the usual $700+ during the summer peak season). Situated on the water nine miles from town, this Relais and Chateaux property is elegance incarnate. After a full breakfast each morning (included), you can stroll along the beach (or go for a run with the iPods provided by the hotel), bike through town, or relax with yoga or at the island's first resort spa. In the evening, the hotel hosts an aperitif with port, sherry, and cheese.


Added Extras at Cocoa Island, the Dream Getaway in the Maldives


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cocoa Island, MaldivesIntrigued by the luxury "it" spot of the moment? The paradise islands of the Maldives-- distinguished by white sandy beaches, the world's finest scuba diving, and the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean-- have definitely crossed the elite traveler's radar screens in recent years. Cocoa Island is the luxurious outpost from COMO Hotels and Resorts (of Parrot Cay fame). If you're dreaming of private beaches and turquoise lagoons, overwater bungalows, water sports, and the benefits of yoga and spa services on-site, this island resort will more than exceed your expectations. Plus, the resort has recently debuted all sorts of added extras. There are brand new features in all suites and villas. Guests can now enjoy the viewing pleasure of 42" flat screen TVs and media players, while sipping some Italian coffee from their Lavazza Espresso machine - without having to leave the privacy of their room. Wait- there's more. A new all-day lounge offers a stylish environment for guests. Internet access here is complimentary, and you can chill out with a ginger tea, satellite TV and media player.


Dispatch from France: The Fabulous Spa at Hotel du Palais, Biarritz


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel du Palais, BiarritzIt's not just the surfers making waves down here in the south of France. The spa at this Atlantic-facing imperial palace hotel, beloved by Empress Eugénie (wife of Napoleon III), has been racking up the awards since its opening in mid-2006. Offering treatments from Guerlain Paris, the 31,215-square-foot Imperial Spa was awarded Best European Spa 2008 by both the Prix Villégiature and Condé Nast Johansens. The spa complex sprawls over 5 floors, filled with natural light. There is a 15-meter indoor pool with counter-current swimming, swan neck taps, and a Jacuzzi. On the same floor: two separate hammams and sauna. From the solarium, you can enjoy herbal tea or Champagne (this is France, after all!) while staring out at the Atlantic. In addition to the treatment rooms and beauty salon, there is also a fully-equipped fitness studio with advanced Pilates machines and personal trainers galore.


Bermuda Beaches for Less: Summer Specials at Fairmont Southampton and Fairmont Hamilton Princess


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Southampton BermudaNot often do you see deals during peak season in Bermuda. But Fairmont is offering "Only One Way" Summer Rates at two gorgeous Bermuda properties with rooms starting at $299 per night, a savings of $100 a night. Plus, you can earn triple airline miles with participating partners. Escape to the lush tropical gardens, shimmering pink sand beaches, and azure blue seas of Bermuda for an unforgettable summer getaway. Perched royally on the island's highest vantage point, the luxurious Fairmont Southampton resort has it all: two golf courses, private beaches, an excellent beach club, tennis, award-winning cuisine at six restaurants, and snorkeling, jet skis and water sports galore. The Fairmont Hamilton Princess is a luxurious urban alternative- a haven of Old World splendor with fresh and saltwater pools, fitness center, spa, and genuine hospitality. From here, you can catch a complimentary ferry over to the private Fairmont Beach Club in Southampton. To get the Only One Way Summer rates, a four-night minimum stay is required at the Fairmont Southampton; and there is availability only for Thursday-Sunday stays at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.


Hotel Shangri-La, Santa Monica Reopens in October After Big Makeover


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Shangri-La, Santa MonicaAt long last, the iconic Santa Monica landmark will reopen after a dramatic, $30 million renovation. This Art Deco beauty is perched on a high bluff on Ocean Avenue with endless views of the Pacific. Within walking distance to the Santa Monica pier, shopping promenade, and expansive beaches, the Hotel Shangri-La is reopening its doors in October 2008. Dating from 1939, the exclusive hotel has been a Hollywood favorite and popular hideaway for insiders. What's in store? Sweeping ocean views from every one of the 71 rooms, state-of-the-art technology, a courtyard pool with cabanas, chic rooftop bar, and a gourmet restaurant. Introductory rates are starting from $265.


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


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.


Free Room, Food and Spa Treatments at Hotel Esencia, Playa del Carmen, Mexico


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

EsenciaTo honor the birthday of its founder (an actual Italian Duchess), the Hotel Esencia is going wild and giving guests a free night of lodging, dining, and spa treatments galore on August 24, 2008. This chic, 29-room hotel is nestled on the sugar-white beaches of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula just south of Playa del Carmen, and once served as the exclusive beach-side retreat of the Duchess D'Ferrari. The atmosphere is positively indulgent: luxurious accommodations with the finest linens and Molton Brown amenities, gorgeous pools, organic spa, exquisite Meso-american-style cuisine, and a beautifully manicured estate. Book the Duchess's Birthday Party Package and you'll get the free night's lodging, food, and spa treatments on August 24. Priced from $525 per night; four night minimum stay required. Via Washington Post


St. Regis Hotel Planned for the Rapidly Growing City of Dubai


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

DubaiThis just in: St. Regis is planning to enter the hotel craze in Dubai with a hotel and branded residences to open in 2012. As if the Middle East's hot spot needed any more uber-luxurious hotels. To quote the official press release:

Following in the tradition of the legendary The St. Regis New York, The St. Regis Dubai will feature the famed hallmarks of St. Regis hotels including the iconic St. Regis Butler Service, bespoke guest experiences and luxury accommodations tailored to global travelers. Trained in the English tradition, the butlers provide ever-present, yet unobtrusive service while anticipating guest and resident needs and customizing each stay according to his or her specific tastes and preferences.

Overlooking Dubai Creek, The St. Regis Dubai and The Residences will feature 220 guest rooms, including 44 Junior Suites, and 80 branded residences as well as three top-notch restaurants, two bars, a fitness center, swimming pool, shops and more than 4,500 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space.


Luxury and Value Together at Last at Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach CancunA Cancun property that just may have it all, white sand beaches, gorgeous pools, nine restaurants and bars, is the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach. It is also an all-suite hotel that has received a AAA Five Diamond rating and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. If you reserve any of the resorts ocean front suites, you will have a view of the ocean all the way to the famed Isla Mujeres. The hotel is also located in Cancun's nightlife and shopping areas, so guests have a range of things to do from relaxing on the sand to having fun in town. Rates are starting from 254 USD.


Naladhu’s 5 Day Spa Journey in the Maldives


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.