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.
As if you could improve upon perfection, Baur au Lac began a renovation last year to create 15 new suites out of 25 guest rooms. A founding member of Leading Hotels of the World, Baur au Lac has long been a magnet for the world's glitterati on the shores of Lake Zurich. But this 19th-century palace hotel doesn't rest on its laurels (it's a fixture on the Conde Nast Travel Gold List). Instead, Baur au Lac constantly refreshes and modernizes to stay ahead of the demands of a discriminating international clientele. Expected to be completed by this summer, the new suites are coming along nicely. In fact, the River Suite will take your breath away, a generous 100 square-meter space that has the air of a regal residence with elegant furnishings and contemporary comforts. We've also heard great things about Le Pavillon and the summer restaurant La Terrasse, opulently designed by Paris's celebrated interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the man behind Joël Robuchon's restaurants in Paris and New York.
Where in the world are Fergie and Josh? The celebrity couple, who married in a star-studded affair earlier in the month, embarked on a honeymoon to destinations unknown. But news reports have spotted the Black-Eyed Peas gone solo singer Fergie (aka Stacey Peterson) and her new hubby actor Josh Duhamel (late of NBC's Casino) in the Maldives at One and Only Kanuhura Resort. Of course, they have also been spotted at Dubai's Atlantis the Palm. No matter where they are, one thing is for sure. They have great taste in luxury hotels.
Back by popular demand... Peninsula Hotels-- with a star-studded roster of legendary hotels in Asia and the U.S.-- is running some fab wintertime promotions through March 2009. With the "Winter Escapes" package, you get to choose a free added amenity thrown in with your luxurious accommodations: an enticement like a room upgrade, spa treatment, a multi-course meal, afternoon tea, or airport transfer. You'll also enjoy complimentary Internet access and daily newspapers. Book the "Suite Life" and you get a free second night when you reserve a suite.
Okay, so it's just that you will get to lay your head in the same spots as Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow. But that's something right? Paltrow has posted on her much-maligned site, Goop, a list of her favorite hotels in London and Los Angeles. Among those in la-la land that made the cut for the blonde thespian? Shutters on the Beach, Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air, and London West Hollywood.
Speaking of London, good old Gwyneth has some favorites there too. Blakes Hotel London, and The Berkeley are both deemed worthy of the Iron Man star's golden slumbers. Even movie stars need a luxurious place to lay their weary heads.
And we thought the Vera Wang Suite was cool. Honolulu's Halekulani Hotel, the plush paradise on the beach at Waikiki, has recently unveiled the $7,000-per night Orchid Suite, promising an unsurpassed luxury experience for well-heeled guests. In addition to the private lawn overlooking the Pacific, enviable amenities include a private car for tooling around the island, an exclusive Sea of Life Wellness Program, and a full-service Sub-Zero Wolf kitchen with interactive cooking experiences by Halekulani Chefs, daily market deliveries and a select La Mer menu of the finest in European cuisine.
From November 2008 to March 2009, take advantage of a special deal at Le Meridien Barcelona . You'll get double accommodation in a deluxe room, buffet breakfast at the Cent Onze Restaurant, and a welcome drink. Arrive during the holiday season and enjoy a Christmas Tree when booking a Prestige Suite and Christmas decoration in all the suites. The best part is that you won't have to clean up any pine needles or pack away the decorations.
The suites occupy the top four floors of the hotel, and three suites boast stunning views of the cityscape. Luxurious amenities at the hotel include pillow-top mattresses with feather-down duvets, 42-inch Plasma TVs in the bedrooms and smaller LCD TVs in the bathrooms, high-speed Internet, and bathrooms with luxurious Rain Showers. From Le Meridien Barcelona, it is only a short walk to theaters and restaurants and nearby are the Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum, and the harbor. Rates for this deal are from EUR 229.
Accommodations in Washington D.C. are filling up fast for the Presidential Inauguration in January, and fun hotel packages abound. Case in point: The Fairmont's Eco-Inaugural Package, an over-the-top experience for an eco-conscious high-roller looking to get pampered while going green. The price tag? $40,000. What's included? A four-night stay in the Lexus Hybrid Living Suite, designed by Los Angeles-based ecodesigner Kelly LaPlante with two bedrooms, a kitchen, three bathrooms, and a dining room. The Washingtonian reports on what $40,000 buys you:
Guests who book the Eco-Inaugural Package will also have use of a Lexus LS 600 hybrid during their stay, and they’ll receive organic spa treatments including massages, manicures, and makeup. Though tickets to inaugural balls are not included, female guests will receive a custom-tailored ball gown from organic designer Linda Loudermilk. Guests will also be treated to a midnight dinner for ten—organic, of course—in their suite after the balls. A pair of butlers will be on hand throughout their stay to attend to the guests’ every need. And for a bit of good karma, the hotel is making a $2,000 donation in the name of its VIP guests to the National Geographic Society.
Now that the election is over, it's time for you to get presidential. Nominate yourself for three days of rarefied relaxation with the new Personal, Private, Presidential Suite Package from Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Italy. You'll get three days in the most luscious digs in Milan starting from EUR 46,000. As the top-of-the-line of the hotel's 401 guest rooms, the Presidential Suite surrounds guests with more than 5,000 square-feet of luxury down to the finest details. The three bedroom setting includes a newly refurbished Master Bedroom with Damascus straw-colored walls by Rubelli House, bespoke carpet of Aubusson design from Thailand, vast bathroom with its own Jacuzzi, and high-definition plasma "all in one" that transforms from an elegant framed mirror to television with abundant features at the click of a remote. One day of your stay is dedicated to a visit of Lake Como, with private limousine transfer from and to the Hotel Principe di Savoia , private guided tour of Lake Como with English speaking guide, and a lunch for two in the most exclusive restaurant of Como. There's also the private Pompeian-style swimming pool, private butler, private elevator, private in-suite dinner for two, and one day with a personal shopper in the fashion mecca that is Milan. And we aren't even mentioning the caviar and champagne tasting, Turkish bath, in-suite daily breakfast for two, and dinner at Acanto restaurant of Hotel Principe di Savoia with wine pairing for two. Plus, there's an exclusive parting gift for you. Now that's a new deal we can all vote yes on.
In Toronto, the magic number is 502. That's the number of the Hazelton Hotel's super-exclusive and refined luxury suite. If the words Sub-Zero, Miele, Baker, and Crestron mean something to you, than this just might your new home away from home. The suite consists of an eye-popping 4,300 square feet and has its own private elevator. Relax in front of one of the eight flat panel HDTVs, or sip cocktails around the 7-foot long linear fireplace covered in imported slab marble. In warmer weather, enjoy the 600 square foot outdoor terrace features custom irrigated planters, built-in BBQ, and stainless steel outdoor kitchen.
Hazelton Hotel's celebrity chef Mark McEwan (of Toronto's One Restaurant), will even cater a private party for you in the suite. Or, if you tire of the three-bedroom, four-bathroom suite with a wine cellar, butler's pantry, and steam shower, reserve the hotel's Silver Screening Room for a private screening of your favorite movie or private business meeting. But we have a feeling leaving the suite will be the last thing on your mind.