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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.

Spa Luxury at Barcelona’s Hotel Majestic


By: K. Clare Johnson

MajesticSpa Essential Moments has an enviable location on the top floor of Barcelona's Hotel Majestic. The just-opened, luxurious, state-of the art spa includes four treatment cabins and an innovative hydrotherapy area. Products are by the luxury cosmetics firm Natura Bisse.

Hotel MajesticAmong the many facial and body treatments available are the Diamond Sinfonia (Diamond Symphony), a two-hour treatment that employs 30 active ingredients applied during 3 consecutive massages. There's also the Diamantes del Majestic (Majestic Diamonds) that makes use of diamond dust amongst other ingredients and is ideally suited to counterbalance electromagnetic pollution. Guests can enjoy tea on the terrace before or after treatments and take in a breathtaking view of Barcelona.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests making reservations for the Hotel Majestic through Five Star Alliance will receive treatment as a VIP during their stay.


Steals in the South of France: $100 Rooms at the Hotel Martinez, Cannes


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel MartinezNope, this is not a joke. You can score a luxurious room on the French Riviera for a mere EUR 80 in February. To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the Hotel Martinez-- situated on the largest private beach on the Croisette in Cannes-- is offering up 80 of its 412 rooms at a special EUR 80 per night. Get this: Breakfast is included. Basking in Cannes' legendary sunshine (300 days per year), this chic Art Deco hotel is where all the A-listers party during the film festival. The octagonal pool is surrounded by majestic palm trees, and 7th floor rooms all offer panoramic views of the Med from private teakwood decks with sunken jacuzzis. There's also a Givenchy Spa. You can take advantage of the special anniversary price starting on January 9, 2009.


Porsche Pulls Into the Driveway at Italy’s Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa


By: K. Clare Johnson

Gentleman (and ladies), start your engines! Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa has gotten into the driver's seat with none other than luxury car manufacturer Porsche Italia. Cristallo Palace The two have signed a partnership agreement for the 2008-2009 season. Now, guests of the Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa will be able to take advantage of a most prestigious shuttle service. An elegant, sophisticated Porsche Cayenne awaits those who are checking in to Cortina's luxury five star hotel. Those booked into the King Umberto of Savoy and Vladimir Nabokov Royal Suites, or in the prestigious Presidential Suite Frank Sinatra, will be able to hire a Boxster, Cayman, 911 or Cayenne. Or, if you just have to have a Porsche 911 Turbo for your very own, purchase it from the Porsche dealerships in Rome and Milan and you'll get two nights free at the Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa. Finally, the five star luxury hotel offers all Porsche Italia customers special corporate rates, and other exclusive offers, as a free treatment per person at the hotel's Transvital Swiss Beauty Center.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests making reservations at Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa through Five Star Alliance will receive a complimentary 1 hour session with a Personal Trainer, per person, at the Fitwell Club and one after-dinner cocktail.


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Spain’s Alva Park Resort & Spa


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Alva Park Resort and SpaThere could not be a more romantic way to celebrate the New Year than dinner and dancing under the stars at Alva Park Resort and Spa. The Costa Brava luxury hotel is offering a Gala New Year's Eve 5 Course Dinner, champagne toast, music and dancing under the stars. Included in the New Year's Eve package is luxurious accommodations in a 750 sq foot Junior Suite, return VIP transfer to the Barcelona International Airport, daily a la carte breakfast, free access to the Molton Brown Spa Facilities, New Year Eve Gala Dinner for 2 and dancing under the open sky.

Your suite features Bang and Olufsen TV, CD, DVD player, radio and portable phone. Bathrooms are equipped with Molton Brown amenities, hydro massage bathtub and separate shower, flat screen TV and your lounge area features an Oriental Art Gallery with Mongolian Pottery and reproductions from the Han Dynasty statues. The Molton Brown Spa at Alva Park Resort and Spa is the first Molton Brown Spa in Continental Europe. The Spa showcases the Indian Princess Bath with warm salt water, lighting that changes color and underwater music.

Alva Park Resort and Spa is an exclusive resort in Platja de Fenals, one of the most beautiful and landscaped beaches in the heart of Costa Brava. An ideal location for visits to Barcelona, Girona, the Dali Museum, local fishing villages and ancient ruins. To celebrate New Year's Eve in style, plan now for the Alva Park Resort and Spa and you can dance your way into 2009 and then relax and revive in the Molton Brown Spa.


Buzz: New Missoni Hotels in Edinburgh and Kuwait


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Missoni

After a long, painful wait, we've finally got some more juicy details about the Missoni Hotels. A partnership between the Milan-based fashion house and the Rezidor SAS Hospitality Group, the first two Missoni Hotels will debut in 2009 in Kuwait City (situated in the Symphony Complex overlooking the Persian Gulf) and Edinburgh (located on Royal Mile at Victoria Terrace and George IV Bridge). In fact, Hotel Missoni has *just* appointed the General Managers for the two properties. We can't wait to check out the "Missoni-branded facilities" like a stylish spa, lounge bar, and cafe. Here's the official word:

Hotel Missoni represents a new standard of design hotel that combines the style of the iconic fashion and interiors label with the expertise of one of the world's leading hotel operators. Spearheaded by Hotel Missoni Creative Director, Rosita Missoni and Rezidor Executive Vice-President of Brands, Gordon McKinnon, the partnership is creating a distinctive blend of fashion, function, form and service that adds up to a new genre of genuinely luxurious hotels. The Edinburgh and Kuwait properties will become the first city-center and resort hotels within the Hotel Missoni portfolio, which will see 30 hotels open or under development within 10 years.

Image Via Business Week


News: Leading Hotels of the World Announces Award Winners


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel CiprianiLeading Hotels of the World held its annual convention in Boston recently and doled out some pretty prestigious awards. Considering that the organization represents some 450 of the world's finest hotels, these accolades should not be taken lightly. And without further ado, the winners are:

Commitment to Excellence Awards: Hotel de l'Europe, Taj Boston, Brenner's Park

Commitment to Quality Awards: The Chedi Muscat, Al Maha Desert Resort, The Datai, Rambagh Palace, Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin, Hotel Caruso, One&Only Palmilla, Tortuga Bay, Island Hotel (Newport Beach), and SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand.

Sixth Annual Juan Gaspart Award recognizing an outstanding employee of a Leading Hotel pursuing a career in the hospitality industry:  Mr. Colin Field, head bartender at Ritz Paris.

(Pictured: Hotel Cipriani & Palazzo Vendramin- which received the highest score overall during LHW's anonymous inspections.)


The Sweet Smell of London in Winter Just Got Cheaper


By: K. Clare Johnson

As if staying in a luxury five-star London hotel that is flanked by Hyde Park and Knightsbridge shops weren't enough, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is sweetening the deal.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde ParkTheir "Winter Warmer" package, priced from just GBP 249 + VAT, includes accommodation in a deluxe room for two people, a full English breakfast for two people in The Park restaurant, and a large Jo Malone Home Candle. This amazing value is valid for arrival between 15 December 2008 and 31 January 2009 inclusive, subject to availability. Luxury living never smelled so good.


Ireland’s Hayfield Manor Gifts You With a Special Holiday Offer


By: Madelyn Giblin

Have your fantasy Christmas, whether its for the hectic holiday shopping season or for the holidays themselves. Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork Ireland has a variety of special offers for this December. Don't let the stress of holiday shopping get to you! Take advantage of Hayfield Manor's Christmas Shopping Break; Hayfield Manorafter a full day of shopping come back and enjoy a fabulous dinner at Perrotts Garden Bistro and return to your luxurious room to relax. Don't worry about getting up early either, enjoy a delicious breakfast and late check out until 1:30 pm. Cork has many boutiques and high end shops for you to get everything on your list.

Hayfield Manor also has a variety of festivities planned for guests taking advantage of a three night stay over Christmas. Christmas Eve means afternoon tea by the fire with a choir getting you in the mood with festive carols. Enjoy an extravagant dinner in Orchids Restaurant, and later have mulled wine and minced pies before retiring to await Santa's arrival! You'll hardly be able to resist the amazing Irish breakfast buffet available on Christmas morning, followed by a Champagne reception and Christmas lunch. Santa will make a stop by later in the afternoon, to delight your younger guests. Gather your family for a delicious Christmas buffet for dinner. St. Stephen's Day offers a festive St. Stephen's Day Jazz Brunch, leaving you the rest of the day to explore Cork. This holiday season will sure to be one to remember, and with no stress of travel, you can sit back and enjoy the time with your loved ones at Hayfield Manor.


Make a Splendide Royal Splash in Rome


By: K. Clare Johnson

The smell of chlorine and Splendide Royal Hotel the moist, humid air are familiar to anyone who has ever set foot in an indoor pool. But the pool at Splendide Royal Hotel Rome, the five-star luxury hotel, is definitely not in the same league as the community pool at the YMCA. The oval-shaped swimming pool is invitingly tucked underneath a serene blue ceiling with a round skylight. The indoor swimming pool is 8m x 12m large, 80cm to 180cm deep and the water heated at a temperature of 28°C. There are also two saunas, and a solarium. Marco, Polo, anyone?


Winter Deals from Germany’s Hotel Bayerischer Hof


By: Madelyn Giblin

Winter doesn't have to be cold, with warm inviting specials from the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. The hotel Hotel Bayerischer Hofhas a variety of holiday activities to get you in the mood. From ball nights, to winter concerts, to exceptional seasonal decorations, your stay will surely give you some holiday cheer. Not to mention the great deals on one-of-a-kind rooms luxuriously decorated with every available amenity you can imagine. Enjoy hot fruit punch at the Blue Spa or Ice Bar, Champagne breakfast at the roof garden, and four-course meals for lunch and dinner at the hotel restaurant. Happy Holidays indeed! Minimum two night stay starts at EUR 320 per night.