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.

Weekend Buyout of the Viceroy Santa Monica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Viceroy Santa MonicaIt doesn't get much better than this. Santa Monica's swanky Viceroy Hotel, quite the happening hotspot, is available-- in its entirety-- for a two-night, two-day buyout celebration. Designed by Kelly Wearstler, this posh adult playground is the ideal spot for "Opulence Unleashed." With this Friday and Saturday night package, you'll get the entire 162 room hotel, fully stocked mini-bars in every room, and an ongoing schedule of extravagant dining events for up to 300 guests. It all starts Friday evening, with a poolside dinner orchestrated by Whist Restaurant. Executive Chef Warren Schwartz will man the outdoor grill, while personal mixologists take care of drinks. (There's also a cigar tent.) On Saturday, your guests will indulge in an all-day pool party, with DJ and dancing, on demand massage service and a fabulous brunch with an open bar. In the evening, guests are transported to the Getty Museum for a private, catered event that includes dinner and drinks. The weekend concludes with poolside brunch on Sunday. Guests will receive a Viceroy travel package, before being transported to LAX by luxury shuttle service. All for just $500,000. Plus tax.


Tax Rebate Package at Acqualina Resort, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AcqualinaOf all the tax rebate packages offered by hotels right now, this has got to be one of the best deals. Rosewood's sumptuous Acqualina Resort, situated on the white sand between Ft Lauderdale and Miami, was one of the hottest hotel openings of 2006. Guests are lured by the ESPA oceanfront spa, acclaimed Il Mulino New York restaurant, marine-biology based kids' program, and glorious swimming pools overlooking the Atlantic. Here's the skinny on the tax rebate package: A couple can take their $1200 and splurge on a two night stay in an oceanfront room, daily continental breakfast for two, and a 60-minute spa treatment per person. Considering that the rack rate for 2008 is $1050 per night, lucky guests are getting a good value. Valid from May-September.


Mandalay Bay Welcomes Deadly Komodo Dragon to Shark Reef Aquarium


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Komodo DragonLooks like the Vegas Strip has decided to import the deadliest lizard in the world. This fearsome predator's got 60 dagger-like teeth, deadly saliva (just one bite is enough to kill its prey), and razor-sharp claws. Indigenous to the southeast islands of Indonesia, the Komodo Dragon is a threatened population, with only 5,000 creatures worldwide. Starting June 20, you can check out the Komodo Dragon at Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef Aquarium, the 90,560-square-foot aquarium that's the only one in North America devoted to predators.

Image via Reuters


Suite Deal! The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Offers 50 Percent Off


By: Madelyn Giblin

Suite Deal The Fullerton Hotel Singapore Offers 50 Percent OffThe Fullerton Hotel is offering 50 percent off selected suites for a two night stay in their spectacular hotel. Guests can choose from one of the two-story Loft Suites, Palladian Suite, or the deluxe Fullerton Suites with outdoor terrace. Guests taking advantage of this great offer may also enjoy breakfast for two at the Town Restaurant, an in-room light meal, and all the benefits of the top of the line Straits Club. The exclusive executive club offers guests daily champagne breakfast, cocktails, afternoon tea and full use of the lounge with Internet access.

Plus, guests at The Fullerton making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive a platter of fresh fruit.


Update on the Massive Makeover of The Savoy, London’s Iconic Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The SavoyThe guest list reads like a "who's who" of our time (Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II danced on the ballroom's parquet floor), but despite its incredible history, The Savoy was looking a little worn around the edges. So on December 15, 2007, The Savoy closed its doors to undergo a GBP 100 million restoration, scheduled to re-open in early 2009. Now managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, the legendary palace on the Thames is beloved for its traditional afternoon tea and cocktails served at the American Bar (The Savoy Cocktail book has long been considered the mixology "bible"). Check out the hotel's new restoration website, now up and running, which features highlights of The Savoy's new look, "then and now" commentary, the "My Stay at The Savoy" column (in which prominent Londoners reminisce about residing at the hotel), and the General Manager's diary by GM Kiaran W. MacDonald.

Image of New Year's Eve 1907 at The Savoy via Wikipedia


Best Bites in Las Vegas: Rao’s at Caesars Palace Offers Backyard BBQ, Bocce Ball


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rao's Bocce Ball CourtNothing beats a little bocce ball and barbeque in the summertime. Rao's Las Vegas is heating things up with a new "Bocce Bar & Grill Menu" at Caesars Palace. Chill out by the pool and nibble some delish grilled offerings, sip some limoncello, and play a game of bocce ball. Overlooking the 4.5 acre Garden of the Gods pool complex, Rao's is the perfect summer destination. Available daily from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm (May 8 until September 8, 2008), the menu includes grilled faves like Italian sausages and peppers, Mediterranean herb-grilled chicken wings, and Rao's famous meatballs made into hamburgers. The specialty cocktail menu is just as tempting, featuring Danny Devito's limoncello, the Strawberry Amore (Stoli strawberry and Disaronno mixed with fresh strawberries and cream), Tuscan Kool-Aid, and the Pomegranate Bellini. Of course beer buckets are available too! To help guests cool off in the heat, Italian ice is served all afternoon.

Psst. Sexy "Bocce Bellas" help guests learn the game.


Parc, Lake and Mountains with Park Hotel Weggis


By: Madelyn Giblin

Park Hotel WeggisExperience Switzerland in the finest way possible with Park Hotel Weggis' new "Parc, Lake and Mountains" package; available from April 1st until May 31st 2008. Located on the breathtaking Lake Lucerne, and only within a short traveling distance from various cities, the Park Hotel Weggis is the perfect place to vacation. The package includes a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival and four nights stay with buffet breakfast in one of the hotel's fabulous rooms. Not only are guests treated to a three course meal at the Restaurant The Grape, but they may also an enjoy a four course meal at the Restaurant Sparks, AND a five course dinner at Restaurant Annex. In addition, the accommodations include an impromptu aperitif at the Beach Bar Lounge or Sunset Caviar Bar, and a forty five minute body package at the spa designed to renew your skin and body. Guests are also offered an excursion to the majestic Mount Rigi or Lake Lucerne and have full use of the Hotel's covered outdoor pool and mountain bikes and fitness center. Rates start at € 1072.00 for a single room.


Fuse East and West at Park Hotel Kenmare in Kerry County, Ireland


By: Madelyn Giblin

Park Hotel KenmareFuse East and West with the Park Hotel Kenmare's "Essence of Chiva Som" package, available from May 2nd through 11th, 2008. The Park Hotel Kenmare will be hosting a showcase of one of the world's finest spa staffs, Chiva Som. Three of Chiva Som's top therapists and their Chef will be coming to Park Hotel Kenmare for an exclusive look at some of the world's best holistic therapies and cuisine. Guests who book under the "Essence of Chiva Som" package enjoy a two night stay in a luxury superior room, a water aerobics class at the hotel's state of the art underground pool, a Chiva Som dinner, one Chiva Som body treatment, daily serenity walk, and admission to a lecture on holistic medicine and how it affects the body. Leave Ireland feeling fully enriched and rejuvenated. Rates start at € 593.00 per person.


Ritz-Carlton and Jean-Michel Cousteau Expand the Ambassadors of the Environment Program


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton, Grand CaymanWe're big fans of the aquatic education program at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, run by Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. Emphasizing education and respect for ecosystem sustainability with "hands-on" activities, the program was recently awarded "Best Children's Program for 2007" by Virtuoso. Participants explore coral reefs by snorkeling on the ocean floor, discover the critical role of mangrove trees in the ecosystem on pontoon expeditions, and participate in the breeding programs of rare species like the Blue Iguana. Now this collaboration between Ritz-Carlton and Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society will be expanded to other select destinations around the world, including Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui and Sanya, which opened April 24th, 2008.


News: Cap Juluca Plans Renovation, Plus Summer Bargains in Anguilla


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap JulucaThe stunning Caribbean property of Cap Juluca was recently acquired by an investor syndicate led by travel industry executive Adam M. Aron (the former chairman of Vail Resorts and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. was named to Travel Weekly's "Club 33," as in the 33 most influential folks in travel and tourism worldwide), and an $80 million renovation is in the works. Nestled on two miles of pristine white sand on the little island of Anguilla, an isolated enclave just minutes by air or motor launch from St. Maarten, Cap Juluca is heralded for its unparalleled luxury. A fixture on lists of the best resorts in the world, Cap Juluca will be getting an all-new spa and resort pool, in addition to a top-to-bottom renovation of all 18 guest villas.

Book a summertime stay at this intoxicating Caribbean resort and you'll get a real bargain. While winter rates start at $825 per night, the summer means serious savings-- starting at $400 per night at Cap Juluca, plus a seventh night free with six paid nights. Available for stays from May through August, including daily breakfast, afternoon tea, bottle of rum in-room, and all water sports, tennis and croquet.