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.
Still don't have a gift for mom for Mother's Day on Sunday? Give her the gift of travel (and tag along on the trip)! The Reefs in Bermuda has a luxury spa getaway that's perfect for quality girls time. Soak up the sun on the pink sand beach, sip cocktails by the infinity pool, and explore the colorful coral reefs with complimentary snorkel gear and glass-bottom kayaks. Each of the 62 guest rooms and 19 Club Suites at The Reefs offers stunning ocean views. The all-inclusive "Glam Girlfriend Getaway" package has some fabulous inclusions:
* 20% savings on four nights accommodations in a two-bedroom Club Suite for four women
* $300 credit per person to use at La Serena Spa, Bermuda's exclusive Elemis spa
* Full breakfast, afternoon tea and three-course gourmet dinner each day
* $100 drink credit for the group to toast the time together
* One-day bus/ferry pass for each person to explore Bermuda and shop in downtown Hamilton
* Roundtrip airport transfers for the group
This luxurious package is priced at $7,545 for four women, including all taxes and gratuities. Available through October 31, 2011.
About to keel over after a long day on your feet? The Four Seasons Washington DC has got the cure. Situated on Pennsylvania Avenue in Georgetown, the luxury hotel is inviting ladies to "kick off their Loubies" (to quote JustLuxe) and unwind with a 25-minute foot massage followed by some down-time in the lounge at Bourbon Steak with a glass of bubbly and a "Manolo" cookie. The "High Heel Appeal" package is priced at $75 and is available Monday- Friday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. through June 20. We say this package has Mother's Day written all over it. Though gaggles of girlfriends will get a kick out of it, too.
Looking for luxury in Dubai without breaking the bank? Qamardeen Hotel-- located in downtown Dubai just a five-minute walk from Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building)-- promises "a really excellent value for money compared to Dubai's vast number of five-star hotels." This four-star deluxe hotel offers contemporary style and Arabic architecture smack in the thick of things. On the hotel's doorstep is the Dubai Mall with 1,200 boutiques, and Souk al Bahar, a retail destination resembling a traditional Arabian souk with winding corridors and high archways overlooking Burj Khalifa. Qamardeen Hotel gets high marks for its warm staff, outdoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art Fitness Center, and well-equipped guest rooms. Take your choice of 13 Executive Suites, 123 Queen Rooms and 48 Twin Rooms filled with natural light, each with a flat screen TV, complimentary high speed internet access, free coffee and tea-making facilities and bottled water. You'll also find a spacious desk area, an open-plan bathroom, and a well-stocked mini bar.
If you saw the wonderful article on Paris in The New York Times Travel section this past weekend, you might be pining for a trip to the City of Light. And you couldn't have picked a better time. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and there's not a cloud in the sky. In fact, the temps have been in the 70s and it feels almost balmy. Take a stroll through the city's glorious gardens and you'll find the air fragrant with flowers, the sidewalk cafes packed with people-watchers.
For some insider tips on Paris, book a private tour with Eye Prefer Paris. A transplanted New Yorker, Richard Nahem delights visitors on tours through his Marais neighborhood and other prime spots around town. Each three-hour walking tour is individually tailored, so if you're interested in jewelry and fashion, Richard can point out secret addresses and cutting-edge boutiques; if you're a die-hard foodie, he's got the skinny on local food shops, markets, and restaurants. Price for the private tour is 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 euros for each individual person. Check it out! www.eyepreferparistours.comPhoto of "Spring Flowers in Paris" courtesy of Eye Prefer Paris
Take a long weekend in Charleston, and it's guaranteed that you'll return home with a spring in your step. A good dose of history, lots of art, flower-filled gardens, and all kinds of good grub (from elegant fare to Southern comfort food that's finger lickin' good). Not to mention the comfortable climate. Charleston Place-- the Orient-Express hotel that's famed for its true Southern hospitality-- is celebrating the arrival of spring with a fabulous package where you get to choose from a memorable variety of experiences, one for each day of your stay. Available from April 1- June 4, 2011 and priced from $370 per night, the "Spring Selections" package includes luxury accommodations, complimentary Internet access and daily newspaper, plus your choice of one of the following (per night):
* $100 Food & Beverage Gift Card for use in the Charleston Grill, Palmetto Cafe, Thoroughbred Club or In Room Dining
* $100 Spa Gift Card for use in The Spa at Charleston Place
* Schooner Pride two hour Sunset Sail for two, including two drinks per person
* Carriage ride for two from Palmetto Carriage Works
Need a change of scene? Craving a little Spring sunshine? Book yourself a trip to Europe for Easter break and you'll find yourself stopping to sniff the flowers (and sip the wine, and taste the chocolate bunnies) while recharging your batteries. Nothing says Easter like Italy... And the Baglioni Hotels Collection is doing it right with festive meals and fine chocolates for all guests. Whether you're looking to travel to Venice, Rome, Florence or Milan, Baglioni's got you covered. Here's the scoop:
Luna Hotel Baglioni, located just a few steps from St. Mark's Square in Venice, is celebrating Easter by giving guests a Chocolate Easter Egg and a choice of Easter lunch or dinner at the award-winning Canova Restaurant.
Relais Santa Croce, a stylish 18th century residence in Florence, is offering a special Easter weekend focused on food: a chocolate tasting at “Arte del Cioccolato” by specialist Tuscan chocolate maker, Roberto Catinari and dinner at the Guelfi & Ghibellini restaurant with a sweet surprise.
Regina Hotel Baglioniin Rome will be serving Easter Monday brunch in its beautiful Belvedere Room. Located on the top floor of the hotel, this glass walled room lets you enjoy breathtaking views across the Eternal City.
Carlton Hotel Baglioni, situated in the heart of Milan, is offering an Easter break full of shopping opportunities and indulgent spa treatments: private Deluxe Car transfer to/from the Fidenza Village (Parma), a special body exfoliating treatment with Mimosa essence at Spiga 8 Spa and an elegant dinner on the Baglioni Terrace.
There seems to be unanimous agreement that Hotel Sax Chicago is a stylish place to stay. Here's how Conde Nast Traveler described the Sax in naming it to the Hot List 2008: "More is more at Chicago's new music industry hot spot (formerly the House of Blues hotel), extroverted both stylistically and socially. ...Sax banishes the minimalism that has given design hotels a cold name, substituting a rococo sense of style in its 353 rooms: snakeskin wingback chairs, paisley-embossed leather headboards, and painted silhouettes of phantom chandeliers." The 353-room hotel serves as hub to the happening Marina City playground, which includes the House of Blues Restaurant and Concert venue, Smith & Wollensky Steak House, 10Pin Bowling Lounge, Bin 36 Restaurant and Wine Cellar and Crimson Lounge.
It's not just would-be rock stars who fall for this fun hotel. Tech nerds appreciate the Entertainment Technology Studios packed with all the latest in gaming and music technology (like Zune mp3 players, Bose headphones, and Xbox games). And with amenity-loaded guest rooms, a fitness center, and a Technology Lounge, Sax has got its bases covered.
Hallelujah! The day has finally arrived. The second Missoni hotel-- a partnership between the Rezidor Hotel Group and the Milan-based fashion house-- has debuted in Kuwait City with glamorous interiors by Creative Director Rosita Missoni. Over 85 shades of color were used in decorating the hotel, featuring the brand's colorful signature prints combined with gold, turquoise, and beige accents inspired by the beaches and bright blue Arabian Sea just outside the front door. Artisans crafted Missoni stripes throughout the hotel and on the swimming pool's tiled floor using 10 million individual mosaic tiles. In fact, the swimming pool could be the stand-out amenity here. Billed as one of the most glamorous pools in the world, the Missoni-tiled pool has dramatic sea views from its terrace. Though the Six Senses Spa-- slated to open later this spring-- could be a close second. We're also excited about the authentic Italian cuisine serviced at Cucina. Did we mention Hotel Missoni Kuwait's all-inclusive perks like free wifi, fully stocked mini bar, and in-room movies?
Art lovers traveling to Paris won't want to miss a stay at Le Royal Monceau, the legendary palace hotel that recently got a top-to-bottom makeover by design guru Philippe Starck. The hotel itself resembles a contemporary art gallery with fantastic pieces on display in the garden and public areas, and custom-designed decor and artwork in the guest rooms. There's also an in-house cinema and a contemporary art bookstore, soon featuring screens broadcasting live feeds of international art auctions. But Le Royal Monceau goes one step further for art aficionados. The hotel also offers an Art Concierge to arrange personalized art-themed itineraries to Paris museums and galleries. And the hotel itself morphs into a gallery to showcase cutting-edge artists. Check out the hotel's Art for Breakfast blog for the skinny on the latest happenings around town, plus interviews with leading artists.
August 2010 witnessed a soft opening for Gansevoort Park Avenue, the sexy urban resort with a happening rooftop pool scene. And now we're getting word that the Gansevoort Hotel Group's newest luxury property is 100% open and all facilities are fully operational. There's a lot to love at the corner of 29th Street and Park Avenue South in Manhattan: 249 sleek rooms averaging 462 square feet; a three-story lobby; a tri-level rooftop complex with a beautiful indoor/outdoor pool (and destination nightlife venues); and the recently opened Ristorante Asellina, a 10,000 square-foot Italian trattoria, operated by The ONE Group and featuring a James Beard Award-winning chef. Notably, the hotel has partnered with leading brands in the restaurant, beauty, and fashion industries to provide guests with top-notch amenities. So you can get a lift in a Porsche Panamera, pick up Gansevoort goodies at the Lacoste boutique (all staff sport uniforms by Lacoste), get fit with a Core Fusion® yoga class at the Exhale spa, and get styled at the Cutler Salon. You'll dig the Cutler products in your guest room, too.