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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.

Farm-to-Table Getaway with the Four Seasons Boston

September 16, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons BostonFoodies won't want to miss this special opportunity at the Four Seasons Boston: a weekend culinary extravaganza this fall that includes apple picking, cider making, and cooking with the Executive Chef. With the Farm-to-Table getaway, a group of six has a fun-filled, food-themed weekend both on the farm and at the luxury hotel. Here's what the weekend looks like:

* Friday - Arrive and savor special welcome amenities from Chef Vosika followed by a festive dinner at Chef's favorite Boston restaurant outside of the hotel.

* Saturday - Breakfast in The Bristol Lounge before departing for a local farm to select fresh produce and go apple picking. In the afternoon, the cooking begins. Venture inside the kitchen at Four Seasons Boston, don chef's hats and aprons and use a cider press to make apple cider from scratch. Then, cook up festive fall indulgences ranging from Chef’s favorite apple cider donuts to warm apple pie. You'll also taste a range of light bites and sip homemade wines from Chef’s personal label, Sawkill Creek. Dinner is a custom menu in The Bristol Lounge incorporating the farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients selected during the day’s outing.

* Sunday - Celebratory Sunday Breakfast Buffet in The Bristol Lounge. Each participant will receive Chef's personal recipes plus a basket of homemade goods to take home.

This special weekend is offered from Friday, October 14 to Sunday October 16, 2011 by Four Seasons Hotel Boston. The cost is $7,995 per group of six and includes three guest rooms plus the itinerary described; guests must book together.


A Blast in Bermuda: Families Enjoy 50% Off 2nd Room at Rosewood Tucker's Point

September 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rosewood Tucker's PointThe off-peak season starting in September is a great time to experience the pink sand beaches of Bermuda. Just a 90-minute plane ride from East Coast cities, Bermuda has a wealth of recreational activities the whole family will enjoy. And at Rosewood Tucker's Point, Bermuda's first all-new resort in nearly four decades, you've got the island's longest private beach right at your doorstep. Take the family on a fall getaway and score 50% savings on a second room for the kids (ages 18 and under). The special is valid now through April 15, 2012. Year-round family-friendly activities make the most of the resort’s Castle Harbour setting in any season. There's the Junior Golf Program on Saturdays, introducing youngsters ages 4-6 to the game with a free half-hour session, complete with refreshments, from 1 – 1:30 p.m., while young intermediate golfers of all ages receive instruction on and off the course from 1:30 – 3 p.m. for $25 per player. There's also a Junior Tennis Program and Rose Buds Children's Program with supervised fun for the youngest guests. Not to mention the four pools, 12,000 square foot spa, children's water park, sailing excursions, and Dive & Watersports Centre, providing you with all you need to dive Bermuda's reefs and wrecks.


Endless Summer in Santa Monica: Beach Picnic and Cocktails at Hotel Shangri-La

September 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Shangri-La, Santa Monica

Mourning the end of summer? We've got just the cure. Head to southern California for some sun, surf and sand. It's always summer in Santa Monica! The Hotel Shangri-La-- the beautifully renovated Art Deco landmark perched on the bluffs above the Pacific-- has an "Endless Summer Package" that's got your name on it. Running through the end of October, the package features a picnic basket crafted by the Chef de cuisine with organic ingredients fresh from the farmer's market. Not only that, but the package also includes the perfect night cap in Suite 700. There's no better view in town for sunset cocktails! You'll also get complimentary valet parking with your accommodations in a one-bedroom suite with a gourmet kitchen and ocean views. Priced from $375 per night. Subject to availability, and valid through October 31, 2011.


A Fall Escape: Villa d'Este on Lake Como is Sublime

September 14, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Villa d'Este, Lake Como, Italy

With the bustle of autumn upon us, kids back to school and the summertime lull over, I catch myself daydreaming about getting away to a place where I am treated like royalty.  With the Fall Escape at Villa d’Este, overlooking the ethereal Lake Como just north of the historic city of Milan, that fantasy can become a reality.  Built in 1568, the Villa D’Este has been the destination spot for noble families ever since, including the Queen of England herself.  And it’s no wonder; its 25 acres of gardens and majestic view over the lake have been painted and photographed for centuries.  If you saw it hanging in a museum, you wouldn’t believe it was real. 

Maintained to preserve its original elegance, each of the Villa D’Este’s unique rooms offers a variation on classical renaissance décor befitting of its status as one of the best in the world.  So if you need a place to escape to this fall, don your purple bathrobe and look no further than the Villa D’Este, and prepare to be treated like a King (or Queen!).

The Fall Escape deal includes

  •  Breakfast at the restaurant or continental served in your room

  •  Free access to the Villa’s state-of-the-art sporting facilities.

  •   Free breakfast and bedding for children under seven years of age.

  •  A substantial discount on room price over a variety of world-class options

 


London's Halkin Turns 20 with New Suites and a Pop-up Culture Lounge

September 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Halkin, LondonThe Halkin is celebrating 20 years as a glamorous boutique hotel in London with a fun-filled calendar of events this month. Just two days ago, the art publisher ASSOULINE opened an immersive pop-up "Culture Lounge" which will run through November 30, 2011. Visitors can browse gorgeous coffee-table books in a library-style environment, and noted authors will participate in literary events. September will also see The Halkin unveil its new 20th anniversary suites - two COMO Suites and one Belgravia Suite on the second and third floor which have been renovated and now include large balconies overlooking the hotel gardens. Various anniversary packages are available with value-added extras (like milkshakes, cookies, and a Children’s Box of Delights for kids traveling with their families on vacation).


Escape to Cabo San Lucas: 4th Night Free at Esperanza Resort

September 12, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Esperanza, Cabo San LucasAlways wanted to plan a getaway to Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas? (Can't say we blame you; this luxury resort is a fave of Hollywood celebrities for its beautifully designed casitas and swank spa.) The property is nestled in 17 lushly landscaped acres beneath the mountains at the tip of the Baja Peninsula- and all rooms have spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez. Book the "Ultimate Escape" at Esperanza-- available until December 17, 2011-- and you'll get the 4th night free when you stay three consecutive nights. You'll also be treated to complimentary daily breakfast at El Restaurante, complimentary round trip airport transfers ($300 value), 2-$50 spa certificates, complimentary yoga classes daily, use of the fitness facility, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages in the mini bar. Subject to availability.


Free Stuff with Your Stay at Opus Hotel Vancouver

September 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Opus Hotel VancouverPaint the town red in Vancouver; the Opus Hotel is inviting you to treat yourself to a deluxe evening out with a bevy of free add-ons with the "Lights Out" package. We're talking $170 worth of inclusions! Kick off the good times with free martinis in your stylish OPUS Suite as you primp for an evening out with priority access to Vancouver’s most desirable restaurant, One Hundred Nights. They're open until 3am so of course you'll get late 2pm check out the next morning and breakfast for two. Priced from $279, the package includes these complimentary perks:

* Martinis for 2 | mix or drink it straight up

* OPUS Perks Card | Exclusive offers at 14 Yaletown Retailers

* 15% off Deluxe and Executive Suite room rates

* VIP access to OPUS Bar/One Hundred Nights | flash your room key

* Breakfast for two in One Hundred Nights

PS. The Opus Hotel Vancouver is part of Five Star Alliance's four-star hotel collection. For other four-star hotels, browse the Five Star Alliance site...


Last Summer Blast: 3rd Night Free at Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

September 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gansevoort Turks and CaicosTake a hip New York City hotel, transplant it to a beautiful beach setting, sprinkle a sensual island vibe, and you get the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos. "Caribbean cool meets urban chic" at this beachfront retreat on Grace Bay...where you can soak up the rays by the 7,000 square foot infinity pool, relax and take a breath at the exhale spa, and wine and dine at some of the best restaurants on the island. Special offer: The Gansevoort Turks and Caicos is currently inviting guests to have a "last summer blast." They're giving away every third night free until October 31, 2011, subject to availability. Another hot offer: Arrive on Sunday for a four-night stay, and get a free night along with your choice of a three-course dinner for two OR one signature 50-minute Provo Deep Flow massage. Available until December 23, 2011, black-out dates apply.

PS. The hotel has a neat blog. Check it out.


Forget Back-to-School: Head Back to Bermuda with a Sale at The Reefs

September 6, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Reefs, Bermuda

Suffering back-to-school blues? Head back to Bermuda for a fall break on the island's pink sand beaches. The Reefs has announced a one-week sale with 30% off all accommodations, valid for travel through December. Act fast! Beginning Tuesday, September 6 and ending Tuesday, September 13, 2011, the sale is available on all stays of four nights or more. Get this: Daily rates even include full-service breakfast, afternoon tea and nightly dinner for two! A couple can stay for as low as $287 per night, a savings of $123 per night, in a Poolside Room with private patio facing the ocean. A group of six people can save up to $697 per night off of a stay in a luxurious 3-bedroom Club Suite with 2,500 square feet of living space facing the turquoise Atlantic Ocean and including most meals.


Explore London on a Bike: New Cycling Package at InterContinental London Park Lane

September 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental London at Park LaneRide around London on a bike, exploring the capital's famous parks and landmarks. The InterContinental London Park Lane has just launched a new package, available on request in September and October, giving cycling enthusiasts an exclusive opportunity to ride with bike expert Rob Penn. The "B-Spoke" experience includes a two-hour hosted bike ride with Penn, who authored the book "It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels." Guests can choose their own tour route and ride around London on "Boris bikes"- available for everyone as part of London's public bicycle lending program launched last year after the success of the Velib program in Paris. The B-Spoke package at InterContinental London Park Lane is available from £359 per room plus VAT for two people sharing, and includes one night accommodation and breakfast at the Cookbook Cafe.