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.

Celebrate Independence Day with Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts


By: Madelyn Giblin

Celebrate Independence Day with Pan Pacific Hotels ResortsEnjoy Independence Day in Seattle with Pan Pacific Hotel's Independence Day Package. Guests enjoy a room with a view of Lake Union, and if guests stay on July 4, the room provides an up-close look at the fireworks. The room also includes parking and sparkling wine and chocolates upon arrival. Package is valid from June 29th through July 6th, rates start at $255 per night.

In correlation with American Independence Day, Pan Pacific is also offering specials for Canada Day at their Canadian properties. Pan Pac WhistlerGuests staying at Pan Pacific Vancouver can enjoy discounted rates, at $141 CAD per night and complimentary upgrade to a Harbor View Room, along with a bottle of chilled wine, and milk and cookies for children upon arrival. Pan Pacific Whistler also offers a discounted rate on One and Two Bedroom Suites, bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates upon arrival and complimentary parking and breakfast during the stay. Rates at Pan Pacific Whistler start at $249 CAD. Offer valid June 29 through July 6.


Xian Indulgence with Shangri-La Hotel


By: Madelyn Giblin

Xian Indulgence with ShangriLa HotelExplore Xian to the fullest with Shangri-La Hotel's special Xian Indulgence package. Get discounted rates on single and double rooms, and you'll also receive a round trip airport transfer, complimentary breakfast and in-room tea and coffee facilities. The package includes a half-day guided tour of the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, a one-hour Spa treatment at the Shangri-La Spa, and optional tours to the Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda, or Muslim Street/Famen Temple/Huashan for only an additional RMB480 per person. A Deluxe City View Room is only RMB3,380 for 3 days and two nights, and Horizon Club room is RMB 3,980.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Shangri-La Xian will receive a welcome platter of fresh fruit.


Buzzworthy: Four Seasons Opens Resort on Mauritius


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons MauritiusEast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, you'll find an island paradise fringed by the green Bambou mountains and impossibly blue waters. Here on Mauritius, Four Seasons is opening a new resort with an Ernie Els golf course and over-water spa. Nestled in a wilderness preserve, this private sanctuary is the essence of romance, with 123 spacious villas and residences with seamless indoor-outdoor living, plunge pools, and inspiring views in all directions. In fact, the Lagoon Pool Villas and Presidential Suite are located on a private, 11-acre island, Ile aux Chats! But this resort won't be limited to couples seeking romance. There is an extensive children's program at the Hobbit Club, so your kids will be occupied (and having a blast) while you relax on the serene lagoon beaches or indulge with a Mauritian lomi lomi massage at the spa, hovering over the waters of the lagoon. Now confirming reservations for arrival from October 1, 2008.


Talk of the Town: Salon de Ning Debuts at The Peninsula New York


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Salon de Ning, Peninsula New YorkJust in time for the summer season, the Peninsula New York-- recipient of the AAA Five-Diamond Award for eight consecutive years-- has opened a spectacular rooftop bar and lounge. Salon de Ning offers panoramic views over 5th Avenue and the glittering skyline from Midtown Manhattan. There is an intimate interior bar with antique Chinese timber screens and eclectic art, complemented by two outdoor terraces with Chinese-style day beds. In this stunning setting, guests can sample the Asian-inspired light fare and exotic cocktails. Salon de Ning's West Terrace is also available for private events. This is the first Salon de Ning signature venue for Peninsula Hotels. Based on the fictitious tale of Madame Ning, a Shanghainese salonnière, this innovative lounge/bar concept reflects the glamour of 1930s Shanghai, the Paris of the East. Salon de Ning will open at The Peninsula Hong Kong in October 2008, and at The Peninsula Shanghai in autumn 2009.


Summer Oasis in Marrakech: Room Upgrades at Amanjena


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmanjenaMorocco has moved onto travelers' radar screens recently, and Marrakech is one of the year's hottest destinations. With its alluring souks, mystical gardens, ancient buildings, and heart-stopping views of the High Atlas Mountains, the fabled city makes for an exciting (and exotic) getaway. The place to stay is Amanjena, the ultra-luxury property from Amanresorts set in an oasis of palm and olive trees. Decorated with Berber carpets and the most sumptuous of furnishings, the 32 rose-colored pavilions have outdoor soaking tubs and private courtyards. There's a gorgeous swimming pool, tennis courts, a gym, spa, and two hammams. It doesn't get much better than this. That is-- unless you snag a deal like this one. From June 15- September 15, 2008, bookings of five nights or more in a Pavilion Bassin at Amanjena will be upgraded to a Pavilion Piscine (with private pool). The Pavilion Bassin goes for $1,000 a night, and the Pavilion Piscine for $1,600-- so this upgrade means some serious savings at Amanjena.


Experience 5 Top Brazilian Chefs with Ponta dos Ganchos


By: Madelyn Giblin

Ponta dos GanchosThis year's Ciclo de Chefs brings five top Brazilian chefs to Ponta Dos Ganchos to give guests a taste of some of Brazil's finest cuisine. The annual event brings top chefs from around the world to guest-chef at Ponta Dos Ganchos for visitors to experience new flavors and tastes. This year's event features Carla Pernambuco on July 4th-6th (awarded Best Contemporary Cuisine in 2006); Danio Braga from July 25th -27th (whose restaurant has been awarded 3 stars in the Quatro Rodas Guide since 1982); Roberta Sudbrack on August 1st-3rd (the Brazilian Chef of the Year in 2007); Sergio Arno from August 8th-10th (elected Best Italian Cuisine Chef in Latin America); and Roland Villard from August 15th -17th (the 2008 Chef of the Year in Brazil). This year's event is sure to delight the palate!

 

 

Ponta dos Ganchos is located 40 km north of Florianopolis and South-east of Sao Paulo, situated on a small point nestled between two charming fishing villages and surrounded on 3 sides by the sea of the Emerald Coast.


Best Value Luxury Hotel: The Peninsula Tokyo


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula TokyoWe've been raving about the amazing technology and perfectly-designed rooms at the Peninsula Tokyo for awhile now. Posh hotels abound in Tokyo, but the Peninsula Tokyo stands apart (even in this crowded field in the Japanese capital). This was the first outpost for the Peninsula brand in Tokyo, and the first free-standing hotel to be built here in a decade. The location couldn't be more perfect: across the street from the Imperial Palace and blocks from the Ginza. It's little wonder that this magnificent hotel was recently listed as a "Great Value/Business Hotel" in the Travel + Leisure "It List":

The incredible palace views-- the best of any Tokyo hotel-- won us over, but Peninsula didn't stop there. The rooms are among the city's largest, starting at 544 square feet, and-- appropriately-- its most high-tech. Gizmos range from the convenient (bedside consoles that control drapes, panels that display outside temperature and humidity) to the luxe (Lavazza espresso machines) to the incredibly useful. We never realized how handy a personal nail dryer could be.


The Rocco Forte Suite Experience: Exclusive, Complimentary Services at European Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Amigo, BrusselsAnnouncing a brand new Suite Experience from the Rocco Forte Collection, the preeminent luxury hotel group in Europe. When you check into a suite at a Rocco Forte hotel, you will be entitled to a slew of exclusive benefits. (As if experiencing the sumptuous suite, beautifully designed with bespoke artwork and furnishings, wasn't enough of a treat.) Now you'll also get in-room check-in, complimentary breakfast for two, complimentary packing and unpacking, and complimentary use of a mobile phone for all local calls. Plus, you can enjoy free Internet access, in-house movies and dry-cleaning upon arrival. Whether you stay in Rome at the perfectly-located Hotel de Russie, Florence at the stylish Hotel Savoy, St. Petersburg, Edinburgh (at the historic Balmoral) or the European capital of Brussels, your stay in a Rocco Forte suite will be unforgettable.


Image Consultant at the Hotel Principe Di Savoia, Milan


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Principe di SavoiaSituated on the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Milan, the Hotel Principe di Savoia is a symbol of all the glamor and luxury of this Italian fashion capital. Behind the elegant neoclassical façade, 404 beautifully-appointed guest rooms offer all the latest innovations in technology and design. Since the 1920s, the Hotel Principe di Savoia has played host to international travelers and cosmopolitan society, and this tradition continues to this day at Milan's oldest five-star hotel. Guests enjoy outstanding service standards (like complimentary transfers in a Mercedes limousine) and superlative facilities (like the rooftop Club 10 health and fitness center and a variety of gourmet dining experiences). Plus, the Hotel Principe di Savoia now offers an innovative service: a selection of Image Consultants, available on appointment, which can completely reinvent your style and image, through suggestions and advice on make-up, dresses and everything about your look. Book the Image Consultant Package 2008, available all year round with arrival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and you'll also enjoy a full buffet breakfast, bottle of sparkling wine in-room, and complimentary entrance to Club 10. Starting at EUR 923 in a Deluxe Double, the Personal Image package (3 hours) includes image consultation, color analysis, body shape analysis, new image design and personal shopping. If you choose Personal Image Deluxe, you'll also get a lifestyle analysis and sketches from a fashion designer. Rate codes: Personal Image PKGIMAGE2008; Personal Image Deluxe IMAGEDLX2008


Palm Island: All-Inclusive, Private Island Resort in the Caribbean


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Island ResortDiscover paradise near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an archipelago of 32 tropical islands in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort that offers complimentary water sports, so you can take to the high seas in a kayak or catamaran, and complimentary snorkeling equipment to discover the exotic sea life, rainbow-colored reefs and fascinating shipwrecks of some of the finest underwater sights in the world. In fact, most everything at this luxurious resort is complimentary, because it's all-inclusive. Chill out in the refreshing freshwater pool and waterfall, lounge on one of the five beaches, indulge in the superb food while enjoying live entertainment, bike around the 135 acre island, play tennis or pitch-and-putt golf. This casually-elegant resort has it all (and the awards to prove it). And with just 42 guest lodgings, Palm Island is intimate and exclusive, so you share this unspoiled island with just a few other discerning travelers.