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.

Keep the Romance Alive at AC Miramar Barcelona


By: Alison Victor

AC Miramar BarcelonaBarcelona may be best described as romantic and timeless, a city steeped in over 2,000 years of history and culture. Second in size and population only to Madrid, Barcelona is also a popular tourist destination year round. When looking for Five Star accommodations, there is no better place to stay than the AC Miramar Barcelona. Originally built in 1929 to celebrate the city's 1929 Universal Exhibition, it went through a major renovation in 2006, re-emerging as a stylish and contemporary property, the premiere destination for the informed traveler. Set on a hillside in Barcelona's landmark Las Ramblas district, guests can take in panoramic views of the city and Mediterranean Sea from their own private balcony. Adjacent to the Montjuïc Llobera Botanical Gardens, and only ten minutes from the city center, AC Miramar Barcelona makes full use of location and luxury to give visitors the ultimate Barcelona experience.

Now through the end of December, AC Miramar Barcelona is offering Romantic Nights In Barcelona. While subject to availability, this special package includes accommodations in a superior room with breathtaking views of Barcelona, the Port, and the Mediterranean Sea, a romantic bubble bath with aromatic candles, rose petals, and bath salts, complimentary access to the spa, buffet breakfast and a romantic candle lit dinner for two served in the Forestier Restaurant, and a bottle of Cava and strawberries with chocolate in the room upon arrival. For around 350 Euro per night, AC Miramar Barcelona will provide you with romance and luxury at a reasonable rate. The lasting memories will be left up to you!


Celebrate 400 Years with “The City Different”


By: Alison Victor

Inn and Spa LorettoAnyone who has visited Santa Fe, New Mexico, knows that it is a unique city, very distinct in its architecture, cuisine, and overall aesthetic. This is in large part due to the different cultural groups that have shared the land for hundreds of years. Nicknamed "The City Different," Santa Fe is rich in Hispanic, Native American, European, and African influence, all cultures that played key roles in its development.

The year 2010 is a big one for this city, as it will commemorate 400 years since the Spanish established it as a "villa," also making it the oldest capital city in the United States. Santa Fe will be kicking off their Anniversary a little bit early, starting with a free, multicultural festival over Labor Day Weekend. This festival will kick off September 5th in Ft. Marcy Park, with exhibits, cooking expos, dance workshops, and musical performances to honor the diverse cultural heritage that has come to be Santa Fe. If experiencing this event sounds like the perfect getaway to you, Inn and Spa Loretto still has rooms available, with rates starting as low as 150 USD per person.


Music to Your Ears: The Salzburg Festival and Hotel Sacher Salzburg


By: Alison Victor

Hotel Sacher SalzburgAny fans of The Sound of Music are probably aware that the Von Trapp family are descendants of beautiful Salzburg, Vienna. Salzburg also happens to be the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With so much musical history, it seems only natural that Salzburg is also home to the Salzburg Festival, Europe's largest opera, music, and theater festival. Having started at the end of July, this prominent summer event will last through August 31st. If you are looking for the perfect luxury accommodations, there is no better place than Hotel Sacher Salzburg. Located in the very heart of the city on the shores of the River Salzach, Hotel Sacher Salzburg offers impressive views of Old Town and the Fortress Hohensalzburg. With their Leading Last Minute Travel Offer, Hotel Sacher Salzburg hits a high note with rates starting at around 175 Euro per night.


Suite Relief: The Fairmont San Francisco Renovates Penthouse for $20 Million


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont San FranciscoFrom the terrace in the Penthouse of the Fairmont San Francisco- sprawling across the entire 8th floor of the hotel's historic main building- the views are unparalleled: all of glittering San Francisco at your feet. The Penthouse was built in the roaring 20s and reflects the grandeur of the era, encompassing a billiard room that's reminiscent of the Alhambra with its beautiful Moorish tiles, an impressive art collection, a two-storey circular library with a rotunda featuring a celestial map in gold leaf on its ceiling. Over the years the suite has played host to dozens of celebs and the world's elite. The Fairmont recently announced a huge restoration project led by Champalimaud which will be complete in mid September.


Summer in the City at Hotel Hassler, Rome


By: Alison Victor

Hotel HasslerRome is often referred to as the Eternal City, the Italian capital known for its music, art, and architecture. Hotel Hassler knows that there is no better time to stroll the picturesque cobblestone streets than right now, and so they are offering a special package for guests until September 10th, subject to availability. Their Summer in the City Offer consists of 3 nights in a Deluxe Double or Grand Deluxe Double room, daily buffet breakfast at the Palm Court Garden, 2 massages at the renowned Amorvero Spa with after-treatment drinks at Amorvero Terrace, and light lunch at the Palm Court for two. With rates starting at around 225 Euro per person, per day, there is no better time, or luxurious way, to enjoy what Rome has to offer.


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Gives You the Great Estate Escape


By: Alison Victor

Sanctuary on Camelback MountainPlanning a summer getaway with a large group can prove to be very frustrating. On top of worrying about there being activities and amenities to please everyone, there is also the matter of room size and occupancy. Most rooms will accommodate three at best, and with a large group, you may or may not get connecting rooms, or even ones close together. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has come up with a great, and surprisingly affordable, offer that should prove to be a real crowd pleaser. Set among the lush foliage of Camelback Mountain, this contemporary boutique property is a peaceful, luxurious refuge away from everyday life. With Arizona's largest infinity-edge pool, an award-winning restaurant, and a fifteen treatment room spa, relaxation and comfort should never be hard to achieve.

Now through September 13th, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will be offering the Summer Estate Escape. Starting from just $750 USD per night, almost half of what they normally go for, these private, mountainside estates are the perfect option for a group gathering. With up to 5,500 square feet of luxurious space, the Estates also include four bedrooms, floor to ceiling windows, and an outdoor hot tub. A personal butler and private luxury vehicles are also available upon request, and of course, guests of these mountainside homes will still have full access to the resorts facilities and amenities. Whether it be a weekend or a month, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain invites all families and friends to give their private estates a try. With such reasonable rates and fabulous amenities, their offer should prove to be a winner across the board.


A Mouth Watering Summer Event at D’Angleterra Geneva


By: Alison Victor

D'Angleterra Geneva Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, the classically luxurious D'Angleterra Geneva is the perfect example of old world charm mixed with modern five star amenities. As summer is in full swing, D'Angleterra Geneva is eagerly preparing for its annual summer sub-continental spectacular. The Angle Windows Restaurant will be playing host to a team of chefs from the Michelin starred Tamarind Restaurant in London for a delicious three week event that will showcase some of the restaurant's most enticing dishes. Guests can look forward to being wowed with Indian dishes ranging from delicately grilled scallops to the deliciously tangy grilled salmon steaks marinated with tomato and tamarind. Another way to enjoy the award-winning cuisine is by booking the Tamarind Package. This offer will include one night's accommodation for two in an elegant room, buffet breakfast, and most importantly, a four-course Indian dinner for two prepared by the highly acclaimed team from The Tamarind in London. Though this cuisine based affair will only be available from July 27th through August 15th, plan on making culinary memories to last a lifetime.


The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island: Five Years and Counting


By: Alison Victor

Kiawah Island Golf Resort In August of 2004, The Sanctuary opened its doors along the beautiful shores of Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and a new standard in seaside luxury began. With the five year mark right around the corner, Kiawah Island Golf Resort has decided to thank loyal friends, as well as new guests, with a special offer available the entire month of August. The Special Sanctuary Anniversary Package will include garden view accommodations, room upgrade subject to availability, daily buffet breakfast for two, and nightly dinner for two. With beautiful ocean views, world-class recreational facilities, and outstanding customer service, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, along with the special anniversary rates, will give guests a reason to celebrate.


Out With the Old, In With the New: Jumby Bay’s Grand Reopening


By: Alison Victor

Jumby Bay A Rosewood ResortAfter being voted World's Best Carribean Resort by readers of Travel + Leisure in 2007, Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort closed its doors in June of last year, on a high note, to begin renovations on the luxurious 300 acre property. Eager travelers can now breathe a sigh of relief as the long anticipated reopening is scheduled to take place November 1st. With over $28 million spent to renovate and redesign the Jumby Bay Resort, guests can look forward to a number of great new changes.

The first ever spa, Sense, will welcome guests to signature treatments performed before breathtaking ocean views. Using natural ingredients, and with five treatment rooms available, this spa promises to be a wonderful addition to the tranquil surroundings. Along with Sense, guests can also look forward to two new culinary experiences, the casual and healthy Pool Grille, and the open-air, elegant Verandah Restaurant.

Perhaps the most exciting news is the complete redesign of the guest rooms. The resort has also added 28 new, luxurious suites, each complete with spectacular views. With all-inclusive rates starting at $1,150 per night, Jumby Bay is only a few months away from beginning a new chapter of refined history.


Best Hotel Bar in London, Plus Iconic Suites, at The May Fair


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The May Fair, London

Head to "London's luxury quarter" in the heart of the West End for an expertly-blended cocktail at The May Fair Bar. Just minutes from Regent Street and Green Park, the luxury hotel gets high marks for its bar, voted the "Best Hotel Bar in London" by the readers of the Guardian and London Lite. Signature drinks are concocted from fine spirits infused in-house with exotic fruits, freshly cut herbs and spices. Sip a pomegranate martini or immerse yourself in the cocktail experience with The May Fair Bar's Flights: three drinks complemented with three dishes. First opened by King George V in 1927, the five-star hotel has a glamorous past. Today it offers a spa, restaurant, London Casino, and 400 guest rooms, including 12 iconic suites. The May Fair's signature Penthouse Suite (pictured) is frequently booked for dining events, private fashion shows and after-parties. An opulent 200-square meter space, the Penthouse has a spacious balcony with sweeping views over the London skyline. Rest assured there's a butler on call to keep the terrace heated to the perfect temperature with London's capricious climes.