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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.

Deals in Las Vegas: Your Room Rate is the Same as the Forecasted Temp at The Venetian


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The VenetianThings are heating up in Vegas. Celebrate the rising temperatures at the swanky favorite on the Vegas Strip, The Venetian, where today's forecast is today's rate! The average Las Vegas summer temperature is 103 degrees, which translates to a fabulous rate for a remodeled suite at this luxury property. You'll enjoy gondola rides on the Grand Canal, shopping sprees, top-notch live entertainment and restaurants, the Guggenheim, Canyon Ranch Spa and more. Here's how it works: Find the forecasted high temperature in Las Vegas (as reported by weather.com) for the day of your stay. That temperature is your exclusive rate for a remodeled Venetian suite on select dates now through Labor Day. Hurry, you must book by June 27, 2008!


The Luxury Yacht Program at Peter Island, British Virgin Islands


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peter IslandThe exclusive, private-island resort of Peter Island has unveiled an official yacht program designed to welcome a limited few sailing through the BVI's world-famous waters. Created for the crews of luxury vessels up to 175 feet in length, the program offers yachters all the privileges of a resort guest, plus a few extra amenities designed around their special needs. Consistently ranked as one of the world's best resorts, the 1,800-acre Peter Island boasts private beaches galore, a sophisticated spa, award-winning dining, and a whole lot more.

Here's what's included: a group dinner in one of the resort's venues, a half-day spa experience (two treatments per person), dockage, unlimited power water and ice, a 10 percent discount off oil and diesel, and unlimited use of the resort's launch to Tortola. All this plus a welcome amenity gift, Internet use via WiFi and terminals, free use of all of Peter Island's non-motorized watersports equipment, an invitation to the weekly manager's cocktail party and Club Room privileges. To ensure the highest levels of attention to details and service, this offer is under the direction of Peter Island's Villa Department. (The luxury private villa collection provides the ultimate getaway for gatherings of families and friends.)

The cost based on 12 adults: $13,650 per day (additional adults: $600 per day); for 6 adults: $8,100 per day (additional adults: $925 per day); children: $250 per day.


Town House Galleria: Private Butlers and Montblanc Suitcases in Milan


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Town House GalleriaWe've been keeping our eyes on this gem since its buzzed-about debut at the end of 2006. Touted as Europe's first "seven star" experience, the Town House Galleria has definitely earned its reputation as a discreet, ultra-luxurious hideaway. Housed in a palazzo above the flagship Prada store in the historic Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (the world's coolest shopping mall, pictured at right), the Town House Galleria is distinguished by hand-painted vaulted ceilings, oak floors, and stunning designer decor. The setting in the heart of Milan is magical, and the 25-suite hotel offers the highest level of service. Think dedicated butlers who can plan luxury shopping trips, make dinner reservations, prepare your wine cellar, and arrange private cocktail parties. The dedicated concierge team can even get you VIP access to view Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper (forget the six-week waiting list). To quote W magazine:

Each room has a Montblanc suitcase waiting in the closet for shoppers who can’t squeeze all their purchases into their existing luggage. The accommodations also come with a selection of rare wines in the minibars, laptops in lizard cases, cell phones with GPS, and a choice of linen, cotton or silk sheets. A Bentley ferries guests around town.


Hot Rates and Fourth Night Free at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Scottsdale PrincessThis is almost too good to be true. The landmark Fairmont Princess, Scottsdale's luxurious AAA 5 Diamond resort, has unbelievably low rates this summer. Famous for its superspa, Willow Stream (the most spectacular spa in the area), premier tennis facilities, and championship golf courses, The Princess is as about as royal as they come. Low season summer rates start at around $179, but you can also take advantage of the "Fourth Night Free" special offer from now through the end of August. Average it out, and you'll realize what a steal you're getting at this incredible resort: $134 per night.


Announcing The Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa - All With Private Pools


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Anantara PhuketAnantara Resorts is proudly announcing the October 2008 opening of its newest property, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand. Located in Phuket's more secluded, natural northern coast, 15 minutes from the Phuket International Airport and just minutes from golf and beaches, this 83 all private pool villa property features unspoilt beauty, absolute privacy and fabulous dining. Special amenities include the magnificent Bill Bensley designed gardens and paths fusing the colorful tropical flora with age old traditional Thai architecture, a world renown Spa specializing in rich, lavish body treatments and scrubs and high concept dining where you pick the location and the chef transforms a meal to a memorable occasion. Special opening Anantara Breeze Packages are available from October to December 23rd offering the 4th night complimentary with a 3 night stay.


Deal Alert: Low Rates at the Luxurious ME Hotel Cancun


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

ME Hotel CancunWe've found extraordinary low rates on Five Star Alliance for Cancun's fabulous ME Hotel, an AAA Four Diamond Award-winner on the beach-- starting as low as $139 per night this summer. You'll enjoy excellent service and quality amenities like the in-room free pre-tuned iPods and private jacuzzis. Hit up Rande Gerber's Rose Bar, one of the hottest scenes in Cancun, or Mexico's largest infinity-edged pool and the Maxim pool bar. The restaurants offer Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine, and everything in between. There's a well-stocked fitness center and spa, to boot.


Hot Eats in Paris: Le Meurice Restaurant


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel MeuriceThe world capital of haute cuisine is home to quite a few stunning restaurants. And one of the finest is located in Hotel Meurice, the sumptuous palace hotel boasting an unbeatable location opposite the Tuileries Gardens between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre. Celebrated chef Yannick Alléno takes his inspiration from the seasonal gourmet treasures locally grown in the Parisian region. Not surprisingly, Le Meurice gastronomic restaurant holds three Michelin stars. And recently, Le Meurice was singled out by the Sunday Telegraph as one of The World's 100 Best Restaurants and one of The 20 Best French Restaurants. The restaurant also ranks 33rd in The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants. And Philippe Mille, Assistant Chef of Yannick Alléno, recently triumphed in the 6th Concours National de Cuisine Artistique and will go on to represent France at the two prestigious Bocuse d'Or contests.

PS. We're also big fans of the hotel's Le Dali restaurant, a fantastic vision by Philippe Starck.


Sinsational Sundays at Houston’s Urban Oasis - Hotel Zaza


By: Madelyn Giblin

Hotel Zaza HoustonThere's no need to rush back to the drudgery of home, with Hotel Zaza's Sinsational Sundays. Sunday is perfect for relaxing whether at the Hotel's Urban Oasis, or ZaSpa, or even with meal at either Monarch Restaurant and Lounge or Urban Oasis Spa Cafe. And now with late check-out at 5 pm on Sundays, the end of your weekend can be just as relaxing, with no stress over getting out on time and getting home. Located in the Houston Museum District, there's plenty to do outside the sensational Hotel Zaza as well. Sundays just get even more relaxing!

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Hotel Zaza Houston will receive a $25 spa credit during their stay.


What’s Hot: The Geejam Hotel, Port Antonio, Jamaica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Geejam HotelMusic producer Jon Baker created Geejam as a recording hideaway for folks like No Doubt, Common, India.Arie, Björk and Gorillaz. (Gwen Stefani gave it a shout out at the 2003 Grammy Awards.) Now it's morphed into a hotel, the ultimate insider's escape, as part of Island Outpost, the boutique hotel collection from record mogul Chris Blackwell. Nestled on six lush acres of the San San Estate, from the foothills of the Blue Mountains to the Caribbean, the property is near to the celebrated beaches at Frenchman's Cove and Blue Lagoon. As recently featured in Vanity Fair, these music veterans "have teamed up to turn the creative hideaway into a jewel box of a hotel, complete with intimate cabins, a private beach, and a treetop restaurant tucked into the Jamaican rainforest." Also included: spa, swimming pool, gym, and state-of-the-art recording studio, of course. In the hotel's guestbook, Grace Jones described her visit like this: "I came. I saw. You conquered me!"

Photo Via Hotels of the Rich and Famous


More Jefferson for Less Washingtons in Richmond, Virginia


By: Madelyn Giblin

More Jefferson for Less Washingtons in Richmond VirginiaMore Jefferson for less Washingtons! This exclusive deal in Richmond, VA from The Jefferson offers guests two nights stay in one of the Jefferson's fantastic suites, and includes sumptuous American buffet breakfast for two each morning of your stay, and complimentary valet parking during your stay. Located in the heart of downtown Richmond Virginia, The Jefferson represents the ultimate in old-world charm, luxury and personalized guest relationships. Take a trip to luxury with the Jefferson's elegant decor, and fine service. $410 for a Superior Room, $450 for a Deluxe Room.