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.

30 Percent Off Asia-Pacific with Leading Hotels of the World (like The Langham, Hong Kong)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hong KongYou can save up to 30 percent on the finest hotels in Asia and the Pacific! The Leading Hotels of the World has announced an enticing offer for its member hotels in the region, like the swank Langham Hong Kong (pictured at right). These stellar properties also happen to have racked up all sorts of international awards for the "World's Top Hotels." Book a stay at fine hotels including THE Blue (Sydney), The Langham Melbourne, Marina Mandarin in Singapore, Hotel Okura Tokyo, Hotel Seiyo Ginza, A Rosewood Hotel, Imperial Hotel Tokyo, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa, The Sukhothai in Bangkok, and The Datai in Malaysia. A tip for booking: The special 20 percent discount offer can be found under "Leading Offer" when making reservations.


Desert Jeep Tours, Spa Pampering, and Summer Savings at the Sedona Rouge Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sedona Rouge Hotel and SpaThe "Red Rock Country" of Sedona, Arizona is said to soothe the soul. Rocky outcroppings like Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain may inspire some soul searching, but we think a stay at the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa will really refresh your energy. Taking a cue from Andalusia (as the "Southwest United States was once part of a vast domain of little known Spanish Kings"), the 77-room hotel is elegantly designed in a Mediterranean style, a veritable "Moorish fantasy" with ancient Tunisian wrought-iron gates decorating the halls. You'll sleep like a baby in your plush bed, slumbering atop a Simmons Super plush Pillow Top mattress with a down comforter and lambs-wool throw blankets. In the destination spa, you'll relish customized treatments with organic products. Take off on a jeep adventure through the desert, or just relax in the heated swimming pool or on the hotel's Observation Terrace, designed for Red Rock viewing and star gazing. For a limited time, you can score up to 25 percent savings on your room rate. Book now and stay anytime through June 30th at the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa and you'll enjoy special Summertime pricing: 15 percent off any two-night stay, 20 percent off any three-night stay (Sunday through Thursday only), and 25 percent off your stay (Sunday through Thursday only) of four nights or more!


Escape in Style With a Special Offer From Rosewood


By: Alison Victor

Las Ventanas Al Paraiso Now that summer is upon us, Rosewood Resorts & Hotels has put together a special luxury offer for those of us wanting sun and savings. The Enhanced Rosewood Escapes Mexico Offer invites you to stay at one of their beautiful Mexican properties, such as the Rosewood Mayakoba, and Las Ventanas Al Paraiso. With this offer, you will receive a $200 resort credit, room upgrade based upon availability, daily breakfast for two, and rates starting at $395 USD per night. With airfares at an all time low, there is no better time than now to plan a luxurious escape!


Complimentary Breakfast and Afternoon Tea at Charlottesville’s Clifton Inn


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Clifton InnNestled on 100 rolling acres in the shadow of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, the Clifton Inn is a lovely boutique hotel with only 18 rooms, all individually appointed. A member of Relais & Chateaux, the Clifton Inn prides itself on its warm Southern hospitality and fine restaurant, favored by bon vivants. From the inn's spectacular setting, Jefferson's Monticello, the Downtown Mall, and countless Charlottesville attractions are all at your fingertips. Through the month of June, you can find rates starting as low as $175 per night at the Clifton Inn, including a bountiful breakfast and afternoon tea daily.


Summer Days with Jumeirah Hotels: Free Stuff in Dubai, London and New York


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj Al ArabMusic to our ears. Jumeirah's making it easier to take the fam on vacation this summer. Whether you choose "Big Apple, Big Ben, or Big Beaches," Jumeirah's got your back with big summer value. Bunk down in the award-winning hotels in three of the world's great cities, and your kids will stay for free, and you'll get a complimentary daily room credit. In addition, you'll get a bunch of complimentary goodies: Complimentary Wild Wadi Waterpark entrance (in Dubai), Internet access, movies, and buffet breakfast. Starting from $385 in New York, GBP 373 in London, and AED 1150 in Dubai. Below you'll find the deets on the hotels:

Bab Al ShamsHit the beaches on the Arabian Gulf in Dubai, while staying at one of the following luxury hotels from Jumeirah:

Jumeirah Beach Hotel-- all about beachside indulgence

Burj Al Arab-- the world's seven-star hotel

Bab Al-Shams-- a desert retreat with festive Arabian entertainment

Emirates Towers-- high technology in the heart of the city

Madinat Jumeirah-- The Arabian Resort of Dubai consists of three boutique hotels (Mina A' Salam, Al Qasr & Dar Al Masyaf), 23 waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants, 75 boutique shops in a traditional Arabian souk, 1 km of private sandy beach leading directly to the Wild Wadi Waterpark and the largest Spa in the region.

Jumeirah Carlton TowerTake tea and crumpets in London (the best time of year for a visit) and stay at either of the Jumeirah luxury hotels:

Jumeirah Carlton Tower-- situated amidst leafy parks in the heart of Knightsbridge on Sloane Street

Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel-- a chic, contemporary retreat in historic Belgravia Village

Or enjoy an afternoon picnic in Central Park in Manhattan, booking the "Summer Days" package at the exquisite Jumeirah Essex House (you'll also get a Complimentary Bloomingdales Benefit Pass).


Luxury Resorts & Hotels: The Great Summer Escape


By: Alison Victor

Carmel Valley Ranch ResortLuxury Resorts & Hotels is the name behind many unique and luxurious properties. They are dedicated to creating an overall guest experience that is memorable and exceptional. Luxury Resorts wants to give you a reason to "escape" this summer by offering a great deal. Book any number of their properties, such as the

Carmel Ranch Resort or The Peaks Resort and Golden Door Spa, by July 15th, and you will receive a certificate for a future stay at any one of their participating hotels. Good through December 20, 2009, you can decide when and where you want to go.


Third Night Free at the Solis Cambrian Hotel in Abelboden, Switzerland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Solis CambrianFrom your south-facing balcony or terrace at the Solis Cambrian Hotel, you'll take in extraordinary views of mountain peaks and the Engstligen waterfalls, the second longest falls in Switzerland. But the views are not limited to the exterior. The hotel's interiors likewise turn a lot of heads; gorgeous public spaces are designed in a contemporary style with natural stone and wood, and guest rooms are outfitted with custom-made furniture and artwork. Nestled in the charming traditional village of Abelboden, the Solis Cambrian offers a world of mountain sports and outdoor adventures at its doorstep. This summer, take advantage of an exclusive "3 for 2" offer. Stay two nights at the Solis Cambrian Hotel and Spa and enjoy a third night on the house. Plus, you'll get a complimentary breakfast buffet daily, free use of the spa, mountain bike rental, DVD library, and wireless laptop rental. Rates starting at CHF 550 for two people.


Room Category Upgrade: Book Monza’s Hotel de la Ville Near Milan’s Airport


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de la Ville, MonzaTake advantage of a special offer when jetting to Milan. Book the Hotel de la Ville with Five Star Alliance, and you'll get treated to a room category upgrade at check-in, based on availability. (How suite is that?) Not far from Milan's airport, located across from the former summer residence of the Royal House of Savoy in Monza, the Hotel de la Ville is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The rooms are all about refined elegance, appointed with precious fabrics and antiques. Run by a family of hoteliers for generations, the Hotel de la Ville showcases objects and ornaments from the family's private collection throughout the public spaces.


M Resort Spa Casino, Las Vegas: The Place to Stay in May, Guaranteed $350K Giveaway


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

M Resort Spa CasinoThe newest luxury resort in Las Vegas (costing its developers a cool $1 billion) opened its doors in March to a crowd of thousands-- a star-studded gala that caused HotelChatter to quip: "M Resort Debuts, The Crowd Parties Like It's 2005." Focused on a personal, hands-on approach to service, the M Resort Spa Casino is located on South Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway on 90 acres-- a setting that's higher in elevation than other Vegas resort-casinos, thus providing the best views of the city skyline from its 390 guest rooms and suites. The M made headlines when it became the first casino in the U.S. to offer continuous betting throughout sporting events, and it's continuing to bask in the spotlight with its incredible giveaway offer. "The Place to Stay in May" means that The M is giving away $350,000 in cash and trips, with drawings held every 15 minutes 6-9 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And on Sunday, May 31, The M will give away a Mercedes Benz. Psssst. You'll find room rates on Five Star Alliance at less than $100 per night!


Take a City Break at The Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue


By: K. Clare Johnson

Carlton Hotel on Madison AvenueThe recently renovated The Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue offers more than large guest rooms, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, and the Michelin-starred restaurant Country. For a limited time, book their "City Breaks" rate and get a superior room with one queen size bed, 42 inch flat screen TV, Free Wifi, daily breakfast and parking. Anyone who has ever tried to park in Manhattan knows what a great deal this is. Availability is limited, and certain terms and restrictions apply.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Book the Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue through Five Star Alliance and you will receive a seasonal welcome amenity upon arrival.