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.

Family Travel with Sofitel Hotels: Second Room is 50 Percent Off


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Budapest...plus kids get breakfast for free! Sofitel Hotels, the French luxury hotel brand, has just announced a "Family Moments" offer so that you can take the fam on a last-minute vacation this month. Get luxury for less in locations across North America and Europe, including New York, Philadelphia, Miami, London, Paris, Strasbourg, and Budapest (pictured at right). Your second room is 50 percent off, breakfast is free for les enfants, and you'll get a 4 p.m. late check-out wherever possible. Profitez bien!


The Buzz in So Cal: Terranea Resort Opens in L.A. County, Offers $145 Rooms


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Terranea Resort

It may not be the best time to open a luxury resort, but after 12 years of planning, the $480 million Terranea Resort has opened its doors on the oceanfront cliffs of Rancho Palos Verdes. To lure guests during this economic downturn, the resort is offering rooms for the low rate of $145 per night. With some 582 rooms, eight restaurants, three swimming pools, a spa, and 9-hole golf course, Terranea promises an unsurpassed luxury experience in a dramatic setting overlooking the Pacific. This place is so large-- sprawling over 102 acres-- that is can "host five weddings at once." 


Weekday Spa Special in New York: 50 Percent Off Second Treatment at The Peninsula


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula New YorkBring a friend* to the swanky spa at The Peninsula New York and reap the benefits! When you indulge in a spa treatment on a weekday, you'll get the second treatment for 50 percent off. Available Monday-Wednesday until September 9, the promotion is valid for all spa treatments 60 minutes or longer. The new rooftop spa by ESPA is one of the finest in the city, boasting luxurious details like 24-karat gold mosaics by Bisazza.

*Or go alone, and keep the savings for yourself...


London Weekend Break for £150 at The Athenaeum


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The AthenaeumHere's a deal that may entice you to hop over the big pond for a weekend in London. The award-winning Athenaeum Hotel-- the family-owned gem renowned for its high service standards-- is running a "Weekend Break" offer for £150 in a standard bedroom. (An executive room is priced from £185.) Here in Mayfair, you're just a hop, skip and a jump away from museums, chic shops, and the West End Theatres. Guess who lives across the road? That's right-- the Queen. The Athenaeum overlooks the Royal Parks and Buckingham Palace! If you can drag yourself away from your luxurious room, you'll find the city at your doorstep, and the hotel will even loan you a bike to whiz around town. Return to the hotel to gossip over Afternoon Tea, nibbling on dainty fairy cakes, finger sandwiches and rose-scented meringues. The honey served is courtesy of the bees in Regent's Park.


The Beverly Hills Hotel Gives New Meaning to “You Are What You Eat”


By: Alison Victor

The Beverly Hills HotelWednesdays have taken on a whole new meaning at the ultra-luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, which has a delicious new offer to help break up your week. Chef Robert Allen is giving new meaning to "you are what you eat" with the Farmer's Market Experience. Guests will work side-by-side with Chef Allen in shopping for fresh ingredients at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, as well as conceptualizing and preparing a lunchtime feast for you and friends. The actual package will include a limo ride with Chef Allen from The Beverly Hills Hotel to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, breakfast "to go" en route, ingredient shopping, and then a cooking session with Allen, as well as lunch paired with wines. The whole experience, subject to availability and only bookable on Wednesdays, runs at $250 per person, with a five person minimum. With the assistance of the renowned Chef Robert Allen, The Beverly Hills Hotel promises you nothing but a great time, making sure that you don't bite off more than you can chew!


Discover Tuscany with Villa La Massa


By: Alison Victor

Villa La Massa With many people still finalizing plans to visit the likes of Italy and Europe for summer getaways, I have come across a great reason to wait. Many of the wonderful luxury properties we represent have started to give us some great rates and packages for the coming fall. One such hotel, the luxurious Villa La Massa, located on the outskirts of Firenze, has some great deals for such a traveler.

With the Discovering Tuscany package, Villa La Massa invites guests to a three night stay in a Deluxe Room, full buffet breakfast at the restaurant, or continental breakfast in your room, two 3-course meals at The Verrocchio Restaurant or The Pool Bar, a guided tour to the Florentine Palaces, and as a delicious welcoming gift, Cantucci And Vin Santo in your room upon arrival, which happen to be the perfect compliment of sweet Italian dessert wine and biscotti. With rates starting at under 300 Euro per person, this is a great way, and great time, to plan a trip to Italy.


Loews Hotels Offering all Fashionistas the Recessionista Respite Package


By: Alison Victor

Loews Regency HotelTimes are tough, but just because you may be tightening your belt doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to enjoy luxury at a reasonable price. Loews Hotels are currently offering "Recessionista Respite" packages at participating locations, designed with the trendsetting fashion plate in mind. Book now through September 5th, and you can choose from some of the following options. At Loews Denver Hotel the Recessionista Package will include Villa Suite accommodations for one night, two $25 American Express gift checks to be used at the nearby Cherry Creek Shopping Center, home to over 400 shop-til-you-drop stores, personal bag concierge to deliver your bags to your room, complimentary valet parking, and post shopping cocktails at the hotel's T-Bar. Pricing starts at just $279 per night.

If shopping in the Big Apple is what you want, the Loews Regency Hotel's Recessionista Package will include 15% off "shopping day pass" at Bloomingdale's complete with a personal shopper, a gift with purchase, complimentary beauty makeover, cocktails for two at the hotel's Library Bar, and 20% off services at the hotel's Nico Salon. Prices start at just $180 per person.

Loews invites you to indulge but not over extend, and with these great offers, there is no guilt in shopping-til-you-drop!


Hot Deals: Take $1,234 Off Your Stay at Four Seasons Punta Mita


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Punta MitaToo good to be true? The Four Seasons Punta Mita-- a celeb favorite on Mexico's pristine coastline just 26 miles from Puerto Vallarta-- is giving away a $1,234 credit for every four nights stayed, which guests can apply to sunset dining, spa treatments, golf on the Nicklaus-designed Pacifico Golf Course, yacht charters, or even your room. This translates to about $220 a night in one of the top resorts in the world, as the Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal Blog points out. To nab this rate, book the "Experience More" package.


Take the Kids to Six Flags: Special with Westin La Cantera, San Antonio


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin La CanteraTake a well-deserved summer break without breaking the bank. Set high on a hill in Texas Hill Country, overlooking an expanse of green fairways and Live Oak groves, the Westin La Cantera is seemingly a world away, but only 15 miles from San Antonio's downtown Central Business District. Known for its championship golf courses (most notably the 18-hole championship Resort Course at La Cantera, designed by Arnold Palmer) and extensive recreational facilities, the Westin La Cantera fits the bill for a relaxing "staycation." Take the fam to the Westin La Cantera and enjoy a day at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas Theme Park, just adjacent to the resort. The resort has styled a San Antonio adventure priced from just $199 per night. The two-night stay is available through August 22, 2009 and includes 50 percent off Retail Golf rates on either of the two championship courses, and 50 percent off adult tickets to Six Flags for up to four people.


Reasons to Jet to Bangkok ASAP: Flight Deals, Store Sales, and Hotel Credit at The Peninsula


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula Bangkok

Times are tough for the tourism industry in Thailand. All the more reason to get on over to the "Land of Smiles"! Deals are yours for the taking. Try some of these courtesy of the AP:

-Free round-trip domestic tickets on Thai Airways when you fly in to Thailand from Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

-$10 domestic flights through October on discount carrier AirAsia.

-70 percent savings on glam goods and shops with the "Amazing Thailand Grand Sale"

What's more: Gorgeous luxury hotels like The Peninsula are offering nice incentives for bookings. You can nab an $100 bar and restaurant credit plus a free second night at any Peninsula hotel in the world when booking a special package with the riverside palace hailed as one of the finest hotels in the world.