LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
June 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
As the Miami Herald points out to its readers, why venture far when there are so many great deals in South Florida? Miami is brimming with fashionable new hotels, and in fact the glut of hotel rooms is causing hotels to cut rates (Read: bargains galore in South Beach). One of the most anticipated debuts is the W Hotel South Beach, now primping for a July opening. The Miami Herald is expecting "some of the best rooms on South Beach" as this condo-hotel will boast 511 units that are large and have kitchens. The setting? A prime oceanfront setting on Collins Avenue "in the playground of celebrities and on the boardwalk of the fashion jet set"-- to quote the PR writer for the W brand (universally adored for the catchy taglines). What to expect? Six cool bars, a Bliss Spa, Whatever/Whenever service, a gym, and beautifully landscaped pools. Book with Five Star Alliance and you'll get a $25 hotel credit at check-in and complimentary breakfast for two daily.
June 23, 2009
By: Alison Victor
This has been quite a year for the hotel known formerly as the Trianon Palace and Spa, a Westin Hotel. Earlier this year the hotel underwent a re-branding to the prestigious Waldorf Astoria Collection, and with it brought in many luxurious upgrades. In addition to the property being fully renovated and restored, Gordon Ramsay, the celebrated 2-Michelin-starred chef, has opened his first French dining destination, Gordon Ramsay au Trianon. Guests can expect exquisite French dishes in an intimate, stylish setting.
With the Waldorf name also comes the Versailles Guerlain Spa, a 2,800-square-meter sanctuary of beauty, relaxation, and fitness. Here, guests can enjoy custom spa therapies, a stylish cut at the Leonor Greyl hair salon, or a relaxing dip in the heated indoor pool. Lavish and contemporary, this is a step above most spas. With the reemergence of this luxury property, they are also introducing special new rates. Book now, and you can stay in the Classic Guest Room, with breakfast for two, for under 200 Euro a night. A great way to reintroduce a great hotel.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Trianon Palace will receive a complimentary bottle of Louis XIV preferred wine with a copy of his original hand-written letter.
June 22, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Take a break in South Florida at The Diplomat Golf Resort and Spa, a member of the Starwood Luxury Collection, and reap the rewards. You'll dig the extensive facilities at this Mediterranean-style resort: championship golf, a full-service spa and a tennis center with 10 clay courts. And you'll really appreciate the tempting special offers available this summer. "Sunsational Savings" means a 4th night free and a $100 Food & Beverage credit per stay; the "Golf" offer gives you a complimentary round of golf per night. Or you can take advantage of a special offer that gives you rates equivalent to your birth year for two- or three-night stays. You'll pay $199 for the first night, and then you'll pay discounted "birth year" rates for the next night, i.e. If you were born in 1948, you'll receive your 2nd and 3rd nights at $48!
A luxurious escape to Bali-- complete with VIP airport transfers and a romantic sunset dinner on the beach-- is yours for the taking. Managed by Orient-Express, the Jimbaran Puri Bali Resort is the island paradise you've always dreamed about-- now offering the "Great Affordable Escape" for just $500 a night in a beautiful Pool Villa (brand new!) with bountiful daily breakfast included.
Imagine retiring to your romantic villa beside the soft white sands of Jimbaran Bay. Each spacious villa has its own swimming pool set amidst a traditional Balinese garden courtyard. Lounge on the daybed in your living room, or indulge in spa treatments on the teakwood pool deck in your very own private garden. Bathrooms have free-form sunken marble tubs and separate rainshowers. Take a dip in the resort's contemporary infinity edge pool, terraced into the landscape. Dine on the sand at Nelayan Restaurant or enjoy a candelit dinner overlooking the lotus pond at Tunjung Cafe.
June 19, 2009
By: Alison Victor
Swimming with the Dolphins? Water slides? Gourmet Dining and Casinos? Sound like a checklist you put together in your dreams? Well all of this and much more is part of the experience awaiting guests at the super luxurious The Cove Atlantis.
Since its opening in early 2007, The Cove Atlantis on Paradise Island has been the ultimate destination for anyone wanting a vacation they will always remember. Now through the end of October,The Cove Atlantis is offering an amazing package called the Super SunBreak. If you are looking for a two night "break," rates start at an amazing $199 USD per adult, with children 11 and under staying, and playing, for free. If you are looking to "break" away from everyday life for a little bit longer, the Super SunBreak promotion will allow you to stay seven nights, with rates starting at only $669 USD. With such amazing rates, there is no reason that a vacation at the Cove can't be a dream come true!
This just in. The Rocco Forte Collection of luxurious European hotels is offering a free third night with the "European City Escapes" offer for the exciting summer season. Guests booking a two night stay between July 27 and September 4, 2009 will be offered a complimentary night's stay including breakfast. Each of the 12 stylish hotels are renowned for reflecting the city in which they are located:
The Augustine in Prague: The Collection's newest hotel, housed in a monastery
Hotel de Russie, Rome: Famous for its butterfly garden (a verdant oasis in the city) and Stravinskij Bar
Hotel Savoy: Perfectly located Florence hotel (steps from the Duomo), decorated in contemporary Italian style
The Balmoral: Landmark historic hotel in Edinburgh with many rooms featuring views of Edinburgh Castle and the hills
The Lowry Hotel: Tops in Manchester
Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg: Take a city break next to St. Isaac's Cathedral at the hotel's Caviar and Vodka bar
Hotel Amigo, Brussels: Just adjacent to Grand Place, the hotel features newly refurbished interiors by Olga Polizzi, the Rocco Forte Collection's Director of Design
Villa Kennedy: A luxurious retreat in the heart of downtown Frankfurt with gardens and a beautiful central courtyard
Hotel de Rome, Berlin: Housed in a historic bank building with mosaic floors and the bank vault now converted into a pool, the hotel features panoramic views of the city's best attractions.
Le Richemond, Geneva: Check into the largest suite in Geneva on the 7th floor
The Charles Hotel, Munich: Perfect location with all rooms boasting views over the Botanical Gardens
Get seduced in Soho, New York's sophisticated shopping mecca, on a Manhattan getaway during the 4th of July weekend. Bed down in designer digs at the Soho Grand Hotel for special holiday rates of $229 when you stay between June 28th and July 7th. Smack dab in the middle of the Soho district on West Broadway, the hotel is known for its designer decor, chic lounge, and impeccable service. (The "One-Touch" Guest Service Response means that with the touch of a button, you'll get what you need.) And the concierge team can get you the inside scoop on the latest restaurants, the greatest clubs, new art exhibitions, the Tribeca Film Festival and New York Fashion Week. Plus, personal shoppers can be arranged to check out the fashionable boutiques in the neighborhood. What else do we love about the Soho Grand? Here it's not just DVDs that are on loan, but iPods, a selection of Electra Townie bicycles, and even a pet Goldfish can be yours for the duration of your stay.
Take advantage of some summer sales on France's Mediterranean coast. Score a deal at Concorde's Villa Massalia in Marseille, a contemporary hotel designed by Didier Rogeon on the edge of Borély Park overlooking the sea. The 140-room hotel features an indoor/outdoor heated pool and the luxurious Siwa Spa. There's a golf course right next door. With the "Summer Offer" available from July 10th to September 13th, 2009, the longer you stay, the lower the rate-- including a full breakfast. As an added bonus, you'll get some additional amenities thrown in for free. Starting from EUR 125.
On business in Kuala Lumpur? You'll find a relaxing oasis in the middle of the city's bustling Jalan Bukit Bintang when you check into the Westin Kuala Lumpur. Stay in shape at the fully-equipped WestinWORKOUT Gym or by swimming laps at the outdoor pool at Splash. There's also a running concierge who can lead you on a jog every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning. (Running maps are available for the other days of the week.) After a day of meetings, head to the lobby for "unwind: a westin evening ritual" where you can sample local appetizers and drinks. The hotel offers over six innovative dining options, including Pan Asian at EEST, a Cuban bar and Latin grill at Qba, and authentic Italian at Prego. And of course rooms are outfitted with the plush, all-white signature Heavenly Bed. Book the Westin Recharge Package, starting from just RM475 per room per night ($135), and you'll wake up to complimentary breakfast and sleep in with a late checkout. Minimum two-night stay required. Valid until December 30, 2009. Or choose the Limited Free Night Offer and you'll get a third night free, starting for just RM425 per room per night ($121). Offer valid for stays between September 01, 2009 and December 30, 2009. Only available for arrival/check in on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
June 18, 2009
By: Alison Victor
Located in the heart of Paris, the ultra-luxurious Hotel de Crillon has welcomed back the summer months with the new Summer Offer promotion. For any stay of 2 nights, guests will receive Continental or American breakfast, 100 Euro dining credit per reservation and per stay, and Superior room accommodations from 537 Euros. When booking for a minimum of 4 nights, guests can look forward to one-way airport transfers, an upgrade based on availability, the 100 Euros dining credit, and Superior rooms starting at 511 Euros.
With breathtaking views over the Place de la Concorde and exceptional service, the Hotel de Crillon is the perfect place to take in the sights of the City of Light, and with this great summer promotion, there is no better time than right now.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Hotel de Crillon will receive an exclusive amenity - one complimentary "Five Star Cocktail" per person, per stay, in Crillon Bar. The voucher will be provided at the time of check-in.