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.

Endless Summer in Bermuda: $400 Credit at Fairmont Hamilton Princess


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Hamilton PrincessPink sandy beaches edged by brilliant blue water... Bermuda is the ideal spot to celebrate an endless summer. Get thee to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, the landmark luxury hotel that celebrated 125 years in 2010, and you can cash in on some fantastic promotions. Stay for four nights with a friend, and the resort will give you a $400 credit- as if your friend flew for free. (Subject to availability through October 31, 2011.) Another offer we like: Get your third night free, with nightly rates from $249, through March 15, 2012. Located in the town of Hamilton, the resort offers both a saltwater and freshwater pool, daily activities, and a complimentary ferry over to the private Fairmont Beach Club in Southampton for some sun-bathing on the sand at their sister resort.


Hot Rates: Barcelona for 95 euros/night at Hotel Granados 83


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Granados 83Who says summer is over? The sun is shining in Barcelona, and Spain's jewel by the sea is enticing you for a tapas- and sangria-filled stay. Gape at Gaudí’s architecture, surf the waves, and taste some of the best food and drink in your life. Take advantage of a special rate at the four-star Hotel Granados 83, and you may decide to extend your stay. Just 95 euros a night! And this pad's got a gym, sauna, swimming pool, and terrace bar with views over the Barcelona skyline. Filled with Buddhist and Hindu art, the Hotel Granados 83 is itself a Zen-like space resembling the old lofts of New York’s Soho.


Special $159 Opening Rates at Hotel Palomar San Diego, Formerly the Sè Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Palomar San DiegoKimpton has snatched up a fine piece of real estate in San Diego- the former Sè Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. Just this week, the property reopened as the Hotel Palomar San Diego with a rooftop bar and pool deck, destination spa, and a two-story "gastro-lounge" called Saltbox Dining and Drinking. Kimpton's latest hotel joins sister property, Hotel Solamar, which is located eight blocks away. Say hello to the shiny new hotel with a special introductory offer of $159, plus a complimentary glass of Champagne for two while dining at Saltbox. Subject to availability, through December 30, 2011.

For more history on this sleek, design-led hotel, and who owned it even before it was called the Sè Hotel, check out this article.


Fall into The James Chicago with a $50 Food and Beverage Credit


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The James ChicagoJust off the Magnificent Mile, The James Chicago is one of the coolest and most comfortable spots to bed down in Chitown. And for those looking for a quick urban getaway this fall, The James has unveiled newly updated suites that now have complimentary triple-filtered water systems, a selection of eco-friendly pillow options by Keetsa, Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin i-pod docks, and bath products from Intelligent Nutrients. Stay in one of these select rooms (Studio, Loft or Apartment suites) now through December 31, 2011 and receive a $50 food & beverage credit to enjoy dishes from David Burke's Primehouse. How about the creamy caramelized onion soup with homemade bacon puff pastry, and the mac and cheese (blue cheese & cheddar with apple confit, crispy shallots)?


Hot Rates: Spend the Holidays at the Westin San Francisco for $135


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin San Francisco Market StreetThis just in. We've found unbelievably low rates for the holiday period in San Francisco. Needless to say, we don't often see prices like this at four-star hotels in the City by the Bay. We're talking $135 per night when you reserve seven days in advance at the Westin San Francisco Market Street. But we say book today to ensure availability! Valid for stays from November 20-27 and December 2, 3, 11, 15-18 and 22-29. That's not all. When you stay two nights- and if you're a Facebook friend and Twitter follower of the hotel- you'll get a free upgrade to the next room category. Located in SOMA (the South of Market district), the hotel offers spectacular views of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows in every guest room. Plus, Westin Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Bath, flat-screen TVs, and High Speed Internet Access to make you feel right at home.


Wild, Wild West: Blacktomato Offers Luxury Frontier Package


By: Christopher Roney

Tanque Verde Ranch

Think back to childhood. Picture yourself chasing after your friends, finger cocked into the shape of a pistol. “Bang, bang. I got you! You’re dead!” you’d yell, but your friends would never just fall down. They’d have a million reasons why not: “You missed me!” or “I’ve got armor!” or “I’m superman – bullets don’t hurt me!” or “Nuh uh!” You probably wrestled a bit until Mom told you to come inside and have your dinner already, it was getting cold.

Remember that? Now you get a chance to bring those childhood afternoons spent playing "Cowboys and Indians" to life. Blacktomato has created a 12-night luxury tour to showcase the modern Wild West adventure. Travel the edge of the Grand Canyon, wrangle cattle, and visit the most awe-inspiring of desert oases. It’s so authentic you might forget when you’re out in the wilds that you’re not spending your nights in a small, sweltering tent, but instead getting refreshed and rejuvenated at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels. They suggest, as we do, that you spend at least part of your stay at the Amangiri, a secluded resort so built to blend into the landscape that you’ll think it’s a mirage. Unlike most vacation packages, which offer you a set itinerary, Blacktomato recognizes that you want to take control of your own destiny, and their 12-night package is nothing more than a suggestion for things to see and do as you explore the western frontier:

  •  • Begin at Las Vegas and experience the strip in all its neon-bathed glory.
  •  • Leave the city to explore the rugged, scenic vistas of the Grand Canyon.
  •  • Continue on to the hidden desert oasis of Amangiri.
  •  • Experience the majestic red rock formations at the Enchantment Resort.
  •  • Live the life of a cowboy at the Tanque Verde Ranch.

Blacktomato will work with you to craft the perfect journey through America’s wildest of regions, and trust us; you can’t go wrong.


3rd Night for $11.04 at Puerto Rico's St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto RicoLooking for a little tropical luxury not far from the East Coast? You can't go wrong with the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. Nestled on a Caribbean coconut plantation between the lush El Yunque National Forest and the sparkling sea, the resort is just a 30 minute drive from Old San Juan. It was designed with the entire family in mind with a slew of activities to keep everyone entertained-- from pampering treatments in the indoor/outdoor Remède Spa to games at the Iguana Kids Club. Tee off at the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course, indulge in Jean-Georges’ acclaimed cuisine at Fern, lounge at the pool, or bask on the pristine Bahia Beach. Special offer: The St. Regis Beach Resort, Puerto Rico is celebrating its one year anniversary in November 2011 with a deal. Reserve two nights and enjoy your third night for only $11.04 (in honor of the resort's opening date)! Reserve and stay now through December 15, 2011. Three night minimum stay required.


We Sell Swell Suites by the Sea Swells


By: Christopher Roney

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Hawaii

This just in:  The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is offering crazy deals for the fall season. Situated on the Kohala Coast in Hawaii, the hotel is home to 1,839 acres of scenic beachfront which it shares with just one other hotel. Its name is derived from a series of underground springs that used to bubble to the surface and form Artesian fountains, providing fresh water to weary travelers. Now the Hapuna Beach is home to an 18-hole championship golf course and offers a ridiculous variety of activities: swimming, snorkeling, outrigger-canoeing, sailing, kayaking, whale watching, and deep-sea fishing. Or you could just sit on the beach all day and enjoy the view of Hawaii’s twin volcanic mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

Either way, the resort is offering some great deals, including getting your third night free. So escape the fall weather and check out this amazing island location. In no time, the headlines will be reading, “travelers tired of tourist traps try traditional, topnotch retreat.”


Champagne and Chocolate: The Madison Washington DC Offers Romantic Getaway


By: Christopher Roney

Madison Hotel Washington DC

The Madison Washington DC is offering a romantic getaway escape that's perfect for enjoying the capital's sophisticated dining and historic landmarks with that special someone. Whether you want to explore the sights of D.C. or spend an intimate evening rekindling the flame, The Madison is prepared to accommodate your every wish. Clichés exist for a reason, and the Madison realizes that they come together to make the recipe for a perfect evening. What could be more indulgent than beginning your romantic stay with a bottle of champagne and some heavenly strawberries smothered in the finest chocolate? It may be a feature of every romantic dinner scene in the last ten years, but who wouldn’t want the movie-star treatment?

And after a long night, nothing says relaxing like waking up to a fresh and delicious breakfast, right at the foot of your bed.  The Madison is prepared to make your romantic getaway as relaxing or adventurous as you like.  Don’t move an inch except to don your bathrobe and wander down to the 24-hour Spa, or put on your traveling boots and head out to explore the history of a nation.  And regardless of whether you’re stretching your legs for the first time or winding down from an exciting day, there’s no better cap to a wonderful evening than a stroll through a gorgeous twilight cityscape – complimentary, of course. 

The package includes

• Two night stay in a guest room, with complimentary upgrade to a suite based on availability 
• Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival
• Breakfast in bed each morning
• An unforgettable experience in one of the most storied, and historic, cities in America


Escape to Cabo San Lucas: 4th Night Free at Esperanza Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Esperanza, Cabo San LucasAlways wanted to plan a getaway to Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas? (Can't say we blame you; this luxury resort is a fave of Hollywood celebrities for its beautifully designed casitas and swank spa.) The property is nestled in 17 lushly landscaped acres beneath the mountains at the tip of the Baja Peninsula- and all rooms have spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez. Book the "Ultimate Escape" at Esperanza-- available until December 17, 2011-- and you'll get the 4th night free when you stay three consecutive nights. You'll also be treated to complimentary daily breakfast at El Restaurante, complimentary round trip airport transfers ($300 value), 2-$50 spa certificates, complimentary yoga classes daily, use of the fitness facility, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages in the mini bar. Subject to availability.