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.
The big two-week global sale from Starwood Hotels & Resorts is coming to an end. Act fast to score savings of up to 30% on best available rates this holiday season across all nine Starwood brands: Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element. The offer is valid for stays between November 4, 2010 and January 17, 2011 at more than 750 hotels and resorts worldwide; valid at participating hotels over weekends and at participating resorts all days of the week.
Pictured above: The view from another insanely gorgeous Caribbean property. This time, on the lush isle of St Lucia, famous for its trademark green peaks - the Gros and Petit Pitons. Making the cut of the 6 best beaches, Anse Chastanet is hailed by the NYT for the sand's "sparkling ash gray composition" and the resort's "oversize thatch umbrellas provide shade where the palm trees that bow down toward the water don't." We know, we want to book a Caribbean vacay for Christmas, too.
Get one more night at a Rosewood Hotel-- on the house. Whether you're looking for more fun in the sun, more QT with your fam, or more time for urban adventures, Rosewood gets it. Hence the new, limited time offer called "More Rosewood" available at ultra-luxe properties in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada. For example, stay two nights and receive a complimentary third night at Rosewood's U.S. properties like The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York; Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas; The Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta; or San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. Or spend four nights and get a fifth night complimentary at properties in the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada like Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort in St. John, USVI and Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos. Valid for travel from January 3 - May 27, 2011.
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts have just unveiled a special offer worth booking ASAP. To celebrate their expanding portfolio-- and the November debut of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico*-- the brand has rolled out the "Suite Luxury, Legacy Rates" offer. Book a suite for at least two consecutive nights at participating St. Regis hotels around the globe, and you'll get the second night's stay for only $4, the price of a suite at the brand's flagship, The St. Regis New York, when it originally opened in 1904.
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.
We've sung the praises of Bermuda's Elbow Beach Resort, recently revamped and repositioned by Mandarin Oriental. A $5.5 million facelift has transformed the property into a boutique resort with just 98 luxury guest rooms and suites, stocked with all the latest, cutting-edge amenities: personal espresso machines, exclusive Mandarin Oriental bedding, iPod docking stations, and more. Nestled on a private beach (with Bermuda's signature pink sand, of course), the resort offers a wide variety of leisure pursuits. One of the best ways to explore the brilliant turquoise waters surrounding the resort is onboard The Venetian, the resort's 100-foot yacht that's billed as "the only truly luxurious super yacht available for charter in Bermuda." Throw a private party on The Venetian and you'll discover the yacht's "flawless design, exemplary crew and some of the finest catering on the sea." Treatments from The Spa at Elbow Beach are also available on board.
Get ready for an awesome new pool experience at the Grace Bay Club, the first luxury all-suite resort that opened in Turks and Caicos, perched on 11 acres of blissful beach. (The resort is divided into three separate sections for travelers with different tastes, so you've got the adults-only hotel area with its own pool, the family-friendly Villas, and the uber-luxe Estate, boasting its own exclusive amenities.) The resort is getting ready to unveil the culminating feature of its $1 million renovation project: an adults-only, glass-edge infinity pool and bar experience. Now more than twice the size of the original, the redesigned pool has a 12-foot glass wall facing the turquoise Caribbean, said to create an "aquarium-type experience." While relaxing poolside, guests will be able to sip cocktails from the Infiniti Bar, the longest bar in the Caribbean, stretching across the Club to the beach. Also to be unveiled in November: the enhanced Anani Spa featuring a new treatment room with an outdoor soaking tub, Fitness Center, and Boutique.
Keen to frolic between all the tropical Caribbean isles that make up the US Virgin Islands? The Westin St. John Resort has just launched a unique new service that lets you do exactly that. Coordinated by a Boating Butler, the "Island Hopper Experience" lets adventurous guests explore the open waters with personalized boating adventures-- from St. John to St. Thomas to St. Croix and back. Book a five-night "Island Hopper Experience" and you'll receive a resort credit of $150 that can be applied at time of checkout towards boat rentals. Stays of six nights or greater receive a $200 resort credit. Choose between the following:
* For the whimsical wanderluster : Catamaran Island Spirit
"Island Spirit" is a brand new custom built sailing catamaran, the first of its kind in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the vessel can accommodate up to 70 passengers. The cabin features a large U shaped bar for beverage and food service, upholstered seating in both sun or shaded areas, and stereo throughout the vessel.
* For the family frolicker: Dinghy boat rental
Be your own captain aboard a 12 foot dinghy powered by a 15 hp Yamaha outboard. Take a picnic lunch and cruise the U.S. Virgin Islands at your own pace. Visit stunning beaches like, Honeymoon, Caneel, Hawksnest and Trunk Bay.
* For the adventurous explorer: Powerboat Rentals with Nauti Nymph
Fountain Powerboats offer simplified elegance teamed up with the highest quality and best performance. The vessel makes for one of the smoothest riding, best handling and safest boats in its class.
* For the sophisticated traveler: Luxury Excursion with Magic Moments
Magic Moments Luxury Excursions caters to guests who want to discover the heights of luxury at sea level. Offering first class service and gourmet food and drink aboard a luxury yacht, guests are pampered with breathtaking destinations in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
* For the underwater voyager: Cruz Bay Watersports Diving Experience
Scuba diving around St. John is best described as fantastic, safe, easy and fun. Divers can discover more than 25 under water sites within a 15 minute boat ride. Shallow coral gardens, shear rock faces, and fringing coal reefs have an outstanding variety of hard and soft corals, sea fans and sponges of every hue. Visibility ranges from 50-100 feet, and water temperature between 78-84 degrees.
The offer is available for stays booked now through December 30, 2010, and is subject to availability. An "Island Hopper Experience" of at least five nights includes one free night, and also a complimentary upgrade based on availability.
Weekend getaway, here we come. Ritz-Carlton may never slash their room rates to lure guests, but they certainly know how to reel in well-heeled clients with alluring enticements. The "Reconnect" package is back, perfect for a quick, rejuvenating escape with luxurious accommodations, breakfast, and up to a $100 resort/hotel credit per night that can be used for shopping, dining, or spa services. All served on a silver platter, Ritz-Carlton style. Plan an adventure to a resort like Grand Cayman (pictured), Powerscourt, Half Moon Bay or Palm Beach (dining under the stars, anyone?), or plot a city escape to a world-class urban hotel.