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.

Summer in New York and 20th Anniversary Special at the Peninsula Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula Hotel New YorkIndulge yourself with a stay at the sumptuous Peninsula Hotel, the landmark building on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street in the heart of Midtown, and get all kinds of add-ons. With the "Summer Splendour" package, you can choose a value-added benefit: upgrade to next available room category, bottle of champagne and canapés at The Bar at Fives, or overnight valet parking. Plus you get a slew of free stuff included: daily Continental breakfast for two via Room Service or at Fives restaurant, welcome amenity with daily local newspaper, complimentary in-room wireless high speed Internet access, daily replenishment of complimentary in-room Water Bar, and complimentary local telephone calls. Starting from $675 per night in a Superior Room, available until September 1, 2008. The Peninsula New York is celebrating its 20th anniversary with another special package: book one night and you'll get the second night for $20, plus a welcome amenity of Champagne and flowers, Continental breakfast for two daily via Room Service or in Fives restaurant, and a one-hour carriage ride through Central Park. Friday or Saturday arrival, starting from $1300.


Grand Opening Special at Westin Princeville Ocean Resort, Kaua’i


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Princeville Buzzworthy: The Westin Princeville Resort recently opened its doors on the north shore of Hawaii's lush, secluded island of Kauai, and they're offering an introductory special offer of $299 per night for a one-bedroom villa. (As the LA Times points out, rack rates are normally $800 per night.) You must book by May 31, 2008, but you can enjoy these special rates for dates through the end of the year. With golf greens designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., shimmering pools, and boundless watersports and activities (whale watching, anyone?), the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort promises a little piece of Hawaiian paradise. Perched 200 feet above Anini Beach, the vacation ownership resort features 173 two-bedroom villas with all the luxurious amenities and services of a Westin Resort, including the signature Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath. There's also a world-class WestinWorkout fitness center, steam room and sauna.


One Hot Summer in Chicago with Hotel Sax


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Hotel SaxAs temperatures rise, so does the price of gas. Recently named to Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List, Hotel Sax Chicago, formerly the House of Blues Hotel, is celebrating this achievement with sizzling summer offers. From May 23rd until September 1st, Hotel Sax Chicago guests can take advantage of the Hotel's One Hot Summer Package - a three night stay in the heart of Chicago along with complimentary free parking during the stay and a $50 value card from BP/Amoco, so even the heat can't stop you from enjoying a fantastic weekend in the city!

Don't Miss: The world famous House of Blues just next door which swings to the rhythm of the city and beckons anyone with a taste for the infinite wonders of live music.


Spring Fling at Kiawah Island Resort from $175


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kiawah Island Golf ResortThe island resort just outside Charleston, South Carolina is home to five award-wining championship golf courses, hard and clay tennis courts, and a variety of recreational activities-- from kayaking to biking-- sure to please everyone in the family. Rated the No. 2 Golf Resort (T + L Golf Magazine) and No. 2 Tennis Resort in the U.S. (Tennis Magazine), Kiawah Island features inviting accommodations and award-winning dining surrounded by spectacular natural beauty. For a limited time, take advantage of the "Villa Beach and Breakfast Package" and spend quality family time enjoying the warm breezes on Kiawah's ten miles of pristine beach. Starting from just $175 per night in a one-bedroom West Beach Villa, the package also includes breakfast. For a family of four in a two-bedroom West Beach Villa, the price is $247 per night including breakfast. Available until June 5, 2008 with a two-night minimum stay required.


Wellbeing in Morocco at the Sofitel Palais Jamai


By: Madelyn Giblin

Sofitel Palais JamaiExperience the rich culture of Morocco, and relax with the Sofitel Palais Jamai's Wellbeing Offer. Guests will enjoy a well-balanced and varied breakfast featuring traditional Moroccan cuisine, a personal massage at the hotel's spa, free access to the fitness center, and a local fruit or vegetable cocktail. Located in the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco, Sofitel Palais Jamai was built in 1879 and is exquisitely decorated in traditional Moorish style with keen attention to detail. While enjoying the soothing accommodations and a wealth of things to do in the surrounding city, guests staying at Sofitel Palais Jamai will experience the vacation of a lifetime.


Discover Italy’s Enchanting Cinque Terre with Hotel Splendido, Portofino


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel SplendidoOverlooking the sparkling bay of Portofino, the Italian Riviera's glamorous coastal town, Hotel Splendido is an exclusive hideaway for the international jetset. The guest book is filled with VIPs (like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor) who have long sought out the superb accommodations at this 16th century monastery-turned-luxury hotel. The sea views are absolutely stunning, and the hotel can even arrange a chartered yacht or sailboat for you to discover small fishing villages along the coast and the prime beaches only accessible by sea. The Splendido Mare, the recent extension of the Hotel Splendido, is situated in the heart of Portofino overlooking the famous Piazzetta and the waterfront. (It's only a five-minute walk from the main hotel.) There you'll want to sit on the terrace at Chuflay Bar Restaurant for some excellent cocktails and people-watching.

The Hotel Splendido can arrange a wonderful excursion to the Cinque Terre, the five postcard-perfect fishing villages that hug the cliffs of Liguria. The two-day, two-night journey starts with a gourmet dinner in either the Splendido Mare's Chuflay restaurant or in the Splendido's La Terrazza restaurant. The next day, guests will be taken by chauffeur-driven car from the hotel to the railway station at Santa Margherita, where they will board the train for the Cinque Terre (tickets available from the concierge). Upon their return, scheduled for late afternoon, guests will find a car waiting to take them back to the hotel. Prices for two persons in a double room with sea view include flowers, a bottle of spumante in-room, full American-style breakfast and all the activities in the program. Until June 5, 2008 (and from September 15-November 9, 2008), the prices are EUR 1670 at Hotel Splendido and EUR 1315 at Splendido Mare. During high-season (June 6-September 14, 2008), prices start at EUR 1585 at Splendido Mare.


Newsworthy: Starwood’s Luxury Collection Offers New Travel Services


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The PhoenicianNow guests at Starwood's Luxury Collection hotels can enjoy signature travel services: Luggage Free Travel and access to news publications with NewspaperDirect. The Luxury Collection includes 65 properties in 26 countries worldwide, including San Diego's U.S. Grant, The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Mystique in Santorini, and the Grande Bretagne in Athens, and its sophisticated clientele is used to an exceptional level of service. In a new partnership with Luggage Forward, the Luxury Collection is launching Luggage Liaison, which will allow guests to travel without luggage to any of the brand's destinations, and find their belongings safely in their room upon arrival. Guests can even arrange to have bags unpacked for them. Another new perk: guests at Luxury Collection properties can now choose from a range of over 600 newspapers and magazines from 77 countries through services provide by NewspaperDirect-- delivered to their guest room throughout their stay.


Southwestern Food and Drink at Staab House Lounge at La Posada de Santa Fe


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Posada de Santa FeA magnet for foodies and artists, the picturesque town of Santa Fe, New Mexico brims with history and culture. After checking out the art galleries and lovely boutiques, head to La Posada de Santa Fe, an award-winning resort comprised of adobe-style accommodations and kiva fireplaces nestled in lush gardens. Come evening, stake a claim to a seat by the fireplace at the resort's historic Staab House, a casual and cozy eatery/lounge which serves up cocktails and Southwestern bistro fare. On weekends, you'll also enjoy live music. Travel + Leisure sings its praises:

At Santa Fe's altitude (7,000 feet!), even summer nights can be cool enough to warrant sitting by a hearth at La Posada de Santa Fe's Staab House Lounge, a warren of wood-paneled rooms with overstuffed chairs and a resident ghost, or by the outdoor fire pits in the romantic courtyard.

PS. The resort is offering a "Leap Year Package" throughout the year of 2008, so you can get a fourth night free when you pay for a three-night stay.


Boston’s Only Five Star Waterfront Hotel - The Harbor Hotel


By: Madelyn Giblin

Boston Harbor HotelNow recognized as one of only 41 properties nationwide with the Mobil Five Star rating, The Boston Harbor Hotel is offering special packages to celebrate their achievement. The "Five Stars on the Harbor" package includes a stay in a spectacular Harborview room overlooking Boston's historic waterfront, a five course wine pairing for two and the hotel’s signature Four Star Restaurant, and breakfast for two either in room or at the Intrigue Café - all for only $555 per night. Or you can celebrate Harbor Hotel's Five Stars with the "Harbor SPA-tacular" Package. Guests enjoy Harborview accommodations, two 50 minute massage treatments, and a three-course Spa luncheon for two at the Pool Lounge or the Intrigue Café. Guests also have access to the Pool and Health Facilities. Rates start at $595 per night.


Guaranteed Year-Round Dollar Rates at The Athenaeum, London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments, LondonDiscreet and glamorous, The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments on London's Piccadilly is one of the top addresses in the British capital. Many rooms have stunning views of Green Park towards Buckingham Palace! World-renowned for its professional service and sumptuous décor, the family-owned luxury hotel offers a haven of tranquility in the heart of Central London. Good news for American travelers: The Athenaeum has just introduced year-round US$ rates. Starting from just US$350 plus taxes, or US$700 plus taxes for an apartment, these $ rates offer exceptional value for money at the hotel voted "One of the 500 Top Hotels in the World 2008" by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Additional benefits include: priority check in, late check out at 2pm, Athenaeum family amenity program, and complimentary sofa bed in the apartments.