The 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.
Enjoy summer in Charm City with the Intercontinental Harbor Court Baltimore's special summer offers. Get a chance to experience some of the many sights and attractions in Baltimore. With luxury rooms offering extravagant convenience staying at the Harbor Court Baltimore is a treat in itself. In addition, guests can take advantage of the Romance Package which includes sparkling wine, flowers and chocolate; or the Aquarium package which includes tickets to the Baltimore Aquarium and the exceptional dolphin show; or the Body Worlds Package which features VIP tickets to the Body Worlds 2 exhibit at the incredible Maryland Science Center; or guests can book the Valet Parking Package which offers free valet parking for one car during your stay. Indulge in all that Baltimore has to offer and enjoy the Harbor Court Baltimore this summer.
You have a number of reasons to visit Beijing this year, starting with the Olympics, the Pandas, or this is one of the places you need to experience on your own 1,000 places to go before you die list. Now you have another reason to add to your list and it is the announcement of the new "Beijing Indulgence Package" now being offered at the China World Hotel. This enticing indulgence starts right at your arrival at the Beijing Capital Airport where you will be greeted by the hotel's airport butler at the gate, then escorted through airport immigration, assisted with your luggage collection and guided to your limousine. On arrival at the hotel, you will be met by the hotel's waiting guest relations Officer and escorted to your room for your express check-in. Your suite accommodations are a one bedroom Executive Suite, which boasts a spacious comfortable sitting room separate from your bedroom, satellite TV and DVD entertainment center, and an Italian Marble Bathroom stocked with the exclusive L'Occitane Designer Bath Products. You will receive your choice of a complementary bottle of imported red or white wine, daily breakfast in the hotel's 2 story Horizon Club Lounge which also will provide you with panoramic Beijing city views with its floor to ceiling windows. Complementary evening cocktails and canapes are served each evening and complementary refreshments are available throughout the day in the Lounge.
Other highlights of this "Beijing Indulgence Package" include a traditional Beijing Duck Dinner for 2 at the Summer Palace, a chauffeured hotel limousine at your disposal for eight hours each day to ensure sightseeing around Beijing in comfort, and a choice of a 45 minute Chinese reflexology session or a traditional Chinese full body massage (both are offered for maximum of 2 people). Other features of the China World Hotel include a magnificent fitness center with a heated pool, state of the art gym equipment with spacious exercise studios and the latest cardio-fitness machines, indoor squash and tennis courts, steam room and jacuzzis and the city's only Oxygenation Room. The China World Hotel recently was recognized as one of the first three hotels in mainland China to be awarded with a Platinum Five Star rating by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and named on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List as well as being recognized by Frommer's Guide and Finance Asia, Forbes, and Travel & Leisure China as "The Top 50 Hotels in China". The hotel soars over the China World Trade Centre complex, which includes the China World Exhibition Centre and shopping mall, in the heart of Beijing's diplomatic and business district.
The "Beijing Indulgence Package" is available for RMB2,888 (plus 15% service charge) per room per night until December 31, 2008. The package is available Thursday to Sunday (inclusive) and is valid for single or double occupancy. Advance bookings for your massage and Beijing Duck Dinner are required.
The Hotel Hassler has pampered guests with the highest standards of service and an elegant ambience for over a century. Situated at the very top of the Spanish Steps (the view from this unbeatable location is pictured at right), the Hassler was voted No.1 hotel in Rome among Travel + Leisure's list of 500 best luxury hotels in the world. The staff will satisfy your every whim, and can even set up half-day tours with personal shopping consultants. Experience the Eternal City at its summertime best and take advantage of the specials offered by this magical hotel. Stroll along Rome's picturesque cobblestone streets, browse through boutiques with the best names in Italian fashion, discover the incredible art and history of the ancient Caput Mundi (Capital of the World), and revel in the city's fabulous nighttime entertainment: outdoor music concerts, dance and theater. From July 27 – September 10, 2008, you can get great value with the "Vacanze Romane" offer which starts from EUR 340 and includes breakfast. Book the "Magic Roma" package for two consecutive nights and you'll get even better rates—starting at EUR 320 with breakfast included.
Discover the ultimate in island living in Australia's Whitsunday Islands, nestled between the Queensland coast and the Great Barrier Reef. Surrounded by coral fringed beaches, Hayman Island boasts tremendous natural beauty and superb facilities. Home to the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere, the 244-room resort is an unparalleled private island destination. It's winter down under so Hayman Island has designed a neat promotional offer to help you escape the winter blues and marvel at all the wonders of the great barrier reef with exciting activities and the finest of resort living. With great value like this, it's the right time to visit Australia. With the Winter Escape package, you get 3 nights' twin share accommodation in a Retreat Room with daily buffet breakfast for two in Azure overlooking the Coral Sea-- and a fourth night free. Included are complimentary activities: paddleskiing, windsurfing and catamaran sailing, tennis, squash, golf putting/driving, croquet, gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Priced from AUD $870 per person.
Summer may be almost over, but there's no reason for the fun, and savings, to stop! From August 1st through September 1st, 2008, The Madison, in Washington D.C. is offering complimentary upgrades in their guest rooms to clients who book with Five Star Alliance. Guests who book a Deluxe Room receive a complimentary upgrade to a Luxury Room, and guests who book a Luxury Room receive a complimentary upgrade to a Grand Luxury Room. Don't miss out on a stay in one of the nation's capital's finest historic hotels with Five Star Alliance.
Yes, this is the glamorous Parisian hotel where Mr. Big chased down Carrie Bradshaw in the last TV episode of Sex and the City. And now that the movie has opened on the big screen (delighting mostly-female audiences across the nation), the Hotel Plaza Athénée has created a New Sex and the City Offer, allowing you the chance to make like Carrie and experience the best shoe-shopping in Paris. Check into this bastion of style on the chic avenue Montaigne, celebrated as much for its luxurious accommodations as for the three-starred cuisine of superstar chef Alain Ducasse, and you'll enjoy a Cosmopolitan Cocktail (Carrie's favorite) at Le Bar. You'll also receive a chocolate shoe made by the hotel's World Champion Pastry Chef Christophe Michalak, and Carrie's "Must have" shopping booklet, listing the leading footwear names found on avenue Montaigne. Thanks to a VIP contact in each boutique, you will be graciously welcomed at each stop. Based on a two-night minimum stay, including breakfast, the offer starts at EUR 810 in a Deluxe Room.
But the best thing about this offer is that it is highly personalized. You will have the opportunity to have a made-to-measure pair of shoes created by *YOU* with the help of a designer. The shoes are hand-made in four weeks and delivered to your home address. (Additional fee is EUR 1000)
During economic tough times, there are deals to be had close to home. Many luxury hotels are cutting us a break so we can embark on a quest for stylish summer fun without breaking the bank. Case in point: The Wauwinet, Nantucket's most luxurious hideaway, which has slashed rates to $500 a night (vs. the usual $700+ during the summer peak season). Situated on the water nine miles from town, this Relais and Chateaux property is elegance incarnate. After a full breakfast each morning (included), you can stroll along the beach (or go for a run with the iPods provided by the hotel), bike through town, or relax with yoga or at the island's first resort spa. In the evening, the hotel hosts an aperitif with port, sherry, and cheese.
Intrigued by the luxury "it" spot of the moment? The paradise islands of the Maldives-- distinguished by white sandy beaches, the world's finest scuba diving, and the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean-- have definitely crossed the elite traveler's radar screens in recent years. Cocoa Island is the luxurious outpost from COMO Hotels and Resorts (of Parrot Cay fame). If you're dreaming of private beaches and turquoise lagoons, overwater bungalows, water sports, and the benefits of yoga and spa services on-site, this island resort will more than exceed your expectations. Plus, the resort has recently debuted all sorts of added extras. There are brand new features in all suites and villas. Guests can now enjoy the viewing pleasure of 42" flat screen TVs and media players, while sipping some Italian coffee from their Lavazza Espresso machine - without having to leave the privacy of their room. Wait- there's more. A new all-day lounge offers a stylish environment for guests. Internet access here is complimentary, and you can chill out with a ginger tea, satellite TV and media player.
So you wanna join the club of mountaineers obsessed with climbing 14ers? (Colorado is endowed with quite a few mountain peaks exceeding 14000 feet- that's 4267 meters.) The recently renovated Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Vail, Colorado, has created some "Hike Weeks" during three sets of dates this summer, so that guests can have the opportunity to tackle the summit of a "fourteener" with a professional guide. The four-night adventure package, available August 17-21, August 24-28 or September 7-11, 2008, is packed with hikes to challenge enthusiasts to progress to a higher level of fitness and reach a new altitude every day. The culmination of the adventure? Summiting the peak. The package also allows time for rejuvenation at Allegria Spa. Priced at $1,574 per person, based on double occupancy, the package includes four nights accommodations at "the most luxurious base camp in the world," a $225 spa credit good for two spa treatments at the Allegria Spa, a welcome bag including: LEKI hiking poles, Salomon backpack, Smartwool socks, ball cap and more, an arrival and a farewell dinner, daily breakfast and lunch (with water for hikes), professional hiking guides and transportation to hiking trails, all resort fees and valet parking. Salomon boots and all weather gear available.
It's not just the surfers making waves down here in the south of France. The spa at this Atlantic-facing imperial palace hotel, beloved by Empress Eugénie (wife of Napoleon III), has been racking up the awards since its opening in mid-2006. Offering treatments from Guerlain Paris, the 31,215-square-foot Imperial Spa was awarded Best European Spa 2008 by both the Prix Villégiature and Condé Nast Johansens. The spa complex sprawls over 5 floors, filled with natural light. There is a 15-meter indoor pool with counter-current swimming, swan neck taps, and a Jacuzzi. On the same floor: two separate hammams and sauna. From the solarium, you can enjoy herbal tea or Champagne (this is France, after all!) while staring out at the Atlantic. In addition to the treatment rooms and beauty salon, there is also a fully-equipped fitness studio with advanced Pilates machines and personal trainers galore.