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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.

Retail Therapy in San Francisco: Holiday Shopping with the Four Seasons Hotel

October 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Hotel San FranciscoThe holidays are right around the corner, and the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco is getting in the mood with a holiday shopping spree and some festive cocktails. To the delight of guests, the luxury hotel in downtown San Francisco has partnered with Bloomingdale's to create a luxe holiday shopping package. Guests can indulge in some retail therapy with discounts, personal shopping services, and an après-shopping spa treatment. Bloomingdale’s flagship West Coast store is just two blocks from Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, a five-level shopping mecca of 300,000 square feet. Shop 'til you drop, then unwind with a complimentary Spiked Hot Chocolate at Seasons Bar and Lounge and a post-shopping massage at The Spa at the Sports Club/LA, located within the Hotel. (The enormous Sports Club/LA is a great place to burn off those pre-holiday calories.)

The Bloomingdale’s Luxe Holiday Package is available from November 1, 2011 through January 31, 2012 and includes:

    * Luxurious accommodations
    * $100 Bloomingdale’s gift card
    * 15 percent all-day savings certificate (see in-store certificate for details)
    * Signature Bloomingdale’s gift upon arrival at Visitor Center
    * Hotel delivery service for purchases
    * One-on-one makeup consultation and deluxe sample with Dior
    * Beauty Imaging System skin analysis and Facial Treatment Mask with SK-II
    * Appointment with a Bloomingdale's “At Your Service” personal shopper
    * Two specialty cocktails at Seasons Bar and Lounge
    * A 25-minute head, neck and shoulder massage at the Spa at Sports Club/LA

 


Celebrate Halloween in New York City

October 3, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

Halloween is fast approaching, and we hope you’re ready to embrace all the fun that comes with this superstitious holiday. Aside from watching scary movies and carving pumpkins, consider making a trip out to New York for the NYC Village Halloween Parade on October 31st. This is the largest parade in the country, and it brings more than 50,000 costumed marchers, puppeteers, and bands to the Big Apple. This parade strongly encourages public participation, so get your costume ready and book your trip to New York City today!

Consider staying at the Pierre Hotel New York for your Halloween escapade. This luxurious hotel was recently renovated, and is located on 5th Avenue overlooking Central Park. The Pierre’s incredibly central location and legendary history make it an exceptionally elegant hotel. All of the Pierre’s guestrooms and suites have been transformed to feature an inviting, residential-style décor. During your luxurious stay, don’t forget to check out the NYC Village Halloween Parade, going from 7pm-11pm on Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 23rd Street. A crazy night out for the parade isn’t in the cards for you this year? Then be sure to watch it live on WPIZ Channel from 7pm – 10pm and on NY1 from 8pm – 9:30pm on your flat panel television in the Pierre Hotel. Let us reemphasize that this parade strongly encourages public participation, and prizes will be awarded for the best costume, so start brainstorming your outfit now and book your stay at the Pierre Hotel today!


Escape for Columbus Day: DIY Projects with Erica Domesek at Waldorf Astoria Orlando

October 3, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Waldorf Astoria OrlandoWhat are you doing for Columbus Day weekend? For all the Do-It-Yourself design enthusiasts out there, we have just the thing. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is partnering with Erica Domesek*, designer DIY expert and author of P.S. – I Made This..., for an exclusive "P.S. – I made this...at Waldorf Astoria Orlando" weekend retreat from October 7-9, 2011. Guests will receive a copy of Erica’s book upon check in, and learn her contemporary, user-friendly crafting techniques with hands-on instruction to create home design pieces as personal souvenirs of their stay. Starting at the welcome cocktail reception on Friday, where guests will meet Erica, the fun-filled weekend continues with various "how-to" sessions and craft classes. The package is $199/night, based on a two-night minimum.

*Erica Domesek has had projects featured in Glamour, InStyle, Self, Lucky, The Wall Street Journal and Teen Vogue. A sensation in the DIY world, she's also appeared on the Nate Berkus show, Martha Stewart, NBC, E!, and CBS.


Golf, Tennis, and Spa: A Special Offer at Arizona's Boulders Resort

October 3, 2011
By: Guest Writer

The Boulders Resort and Golden Door SpaNestled in the Sonoran Desert just outside Scottsdale, Arizona, the Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa is surrounded by spectacular scenery: the painted desert sand, boulder formations, towering green cacti and blue sky. This unique place sets the stage for a full-service resort that has two golf courses, an award-winning spa, tennis, and more. And the adobe-inspired accommodations were recently renovated to feature wood burning fireplaces, 42-inch flat screen HD TV’s, separate tub and natural stone shower, and a private patio or balcony. The Boulders Resort is inviting you to escape on a luxury getaway, and get a total resort experience without shelling out for each activity. When you book the limited-time "One For All" package, starting from $499 per night, you'll enjoy a slew of add-ons: a round of golf per adult for each night, one 50-minute Golden Door Massage per room per night. Also included: nightly accommodations for up to two adults in a Casita, Pueblo Villa or Hacienda Resort (Resort Fee and Room Rate Tax included); valet parking; high-speed Internet access and daily newspaper; a $25 per adult Food and Beverage Credit for every paid night.


Eco-Friendly Travel to London: Organic Meals and a "Green" Butler with The Savoy Hotel

September 30, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Savoy, LondonWhen The Savoy opened its gilded gates in London last year after a staggering £220 million restoration project, London couldn't stop talking about it. (And when we dropped by for a visit earlier this year, there was an impressive line of visitors gawking at the famous bars and lobby.) A lot of ink has been spilled about the "most ambitious hotel restoration in British history"-- but did you know that it was also an eco-friendly one? (Fairmont-- who manages the hotel-- gets serious props for its green programs.) The Savoy is all about sustainable luxury, having installed the latest in green technology in the hotel, and having launched various sustainable initiatives. To show guests the green side of London, the hotel has launched "The Savoy Elements Package." Here's what it includes:

* Overnight accommodation

* Return transfers in a luxury hybrid vehicle from a London airport or station

* A “Savoy Green Butler” to assist with requests such as packing and making travel arrangements as well as advising on green initiatives within the hotel and places of interest around London

* Welcome green gift on arrival

* Choice of inspirational 3-hour walking green tour of London

* Complimentary valet car parking if arriving by hybrid vehicle

* Complimentary use of a BMW bicycle with helmet provided

* An organic, 3-course dinner in either the River Restaurant with a pre-dinner, biodynamic cocktail

* Organic breakfast with selected organic juices

* A one-day travelcard allowing free use of London's public transport network

* A donation of £10 to London charity Thames 21, on behalf of the guest

* An organic, gourmet picnic hamper and blanket can be arranged at an additional cost

* Details of outdoor activities, including heritage sites, nature walks, cycle and jogging routes, wildlife centres, conservation programmes and community projects for volunteering are available through the Concierge

Rates from £825 per night, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.


Christmas in Venice with a Special Offer at the Hilton Molino Stucky Hotel

September 30, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice HotelThere's no better time than the holidays to experience Venice. (Can we say gondola rides for the kids with Santa Claus?) Experience an authentic Venetian Christmas with a festive break at the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice-- an ancient flour mill converted into a five-star hotel. Priced from just 249 euros per room, per night, the Christmas Package includes:

- 2 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Room

- buffet breakfast

-dinner at Rialto Lobby Lounge

- free access to the Fitness & Wellness Center

- Christmas gift upon arrival

The best part of all? Children under 18 stay for free, and kids under 5 get to eat for free.


3rd Night Free at the Four Seasons Resort Carmelo in Uruguay

September 30, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort CarmeloJust a hop from both Buenos Aires and Montevideo, the Four Seasons Resort in Carmelo is a spa and golf paradise nestled in the pines on the Río de la Plata. Consistently ranked as one of Uruguay's top resorts, this country retreat has it all-- from tennis and horseback riding to a double-casade pool and vineyards. Take advantage of a special promotion, available until December 21, 2011, and you'll get a third night free during Uruguay's lovely spring season. You'll delight in your bungalow or spacious bi-level suites, getting spoiled rotten by Four Seasons staff. What's more: You can score even more savings with the "Spa Escape Promotion." Book your spa treatment and pay with any American Express Card, and you'll get a 90-minute massage for the price of 60 minutes when you mention the Spa Escape promotion at time of reservation. (Available Monday - Friday, before 5:00 pm. Upgrade valid only toward massage treatments.)


Endless Summer in Bermuda: $400 Credit at Fairmont Hamilton Princess

September 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Hamilton PrincessPink sandy beaches edged by brilliant blue water... Bermuda is the ideal spot to celebrate an endless summer. Get thee to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, the landmark luxury hotel that celebrated 125 years in 2010, and you can cash in on some fantastic promotions. Stay for four nights with a friend, and the resort will give you a $400 credit- as if your friend flew for free. (Subject to availability through October 31, 2011.) Another offer we like: Get your third night free, with nightly rates from $249, through March 15, 2012. Located in the town of Hamilton, the resort offers both a saltwater and freshwater pool, daily activities, and a complimentary ferry over to the private Fairmont Beach Club in Southampton for some sun-bathing on the sand at their sister resort.


Hot Rates: Barcelona for 95 euros/night at Hotel Granados 83

September 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Granados 83Who says summer is over? The sun is shining in Barcelona, and Spain's jewel by the sea is enticing you for a tapas- and sangria-filled stay. Gape at Gaudí’s architecture, surf the waves, and taste some of the best food and drink in your life. Take advantage of a special rate at the four-star Hotel Granados 83, and you may decide to extend your stay. Just 95 euros a night! And this pad's got a gym, sauna, swimming pool, and terrace bar with views over the Barcelona skyline. Filled with Buddhist and Hindu art, the Hotel Granados 83 is itself a Zen-like space resembling the old lofts of New York’s Soho.


Play in the 10th Annual Vallarta Golf Cup: Special Package at Velas Resorts

September 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Casa VelasGolfers gearing up for the 10th Annual Vallarta Golf Cup in Puerto Vallarta may be interested to learn about a value-added package available at Velas Vallarta and Casa Velas. Returning to the championship Vista Vallarta Golf Club on November 5, 2011, the Cup features play on the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf course and a slew of fun prizes, including a 2011 Dodge Journey. Not only that- but there will also be first and second place prizes at each hole for closest to the tee and hole-in-ones.

Book a stay with Velas Resorts and you'll score savings of up to $265 plus all kinds of complimentary inclusions. Available at both the family-friendly Velas Vallarta on the ocean, and Casa Velas, a luxury boutique hotel and ocean club situated on Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course. Here's what's included with the "Golf Club" packages: registration in the Cup, a welcome cocktail hour, snacks and drinks during the tournament and an awards dinner for golfers. The Velas Resorts’ all-inclusive rates also includes a welcome cocktail reception and dance, a la carte gourmet meals at a choice of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24 hr in-suite service, evening entertainment, activities for adults and children, taxes and gratuities, and more. Packages are valid from November 3rd-7th at $245 per golfer per night at Velas Vallarta and $260 at Casa Velas. A minimum 3-night stay is required at both hotels.