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.
Only a few steps away from the Champs-Elysees, the Faubourg Saint Honore shopping area and all major museums, the Hôtel de Crillon is the place to stay in Paris. Five Star Alliance clients making a reservation at the Hôtel de Crillon will receive a brand new, exclusive amenity. The Hotel de Crillon is now serving the "Five Star Cocktail" - and Five Star Alliance guests will get the opportunity to enjoy one per person, per stay, in the Crillon Bar. The voucher will be provided at the time of check-in.
The ultimate chill-out spot can be found not far from Bali's cultural capital of Ubud at a luxury resort like no other. Ubud Hanging Gardens, like its name suggests, clings to the steep slopes over the Ayung River gorge and offers sweeping views. Perched over the rice terraces, this gravity-defying hotel has 38 luxury villas surrounded by verdant gardens. Conceived by the landscape architect William Warren together with John Pettigrew, the gardens are spectacular; exotic trees and flowers include cocoa, coffee, durian, bamboo, flame trees and orchids. Each Balinese-style villa has its own private terrace and heated infinity plunge pool. Ubud Hanging Gardens features massages and yoga classes at the Ayung spa, excellent food-with-a-view at the restaurants, and a gorgeous pool with a unique design emphasizing the natural curves of the hillside. The real star of the show? The resort's own private funicular (pictured), built into the hillside, which carries guests from one level of the resort to another.
Until April 30, 2008, take advantage of an exciting special offer at Ubud Hanging Gardens. When you stay for 5 nights, you'll only pay for 4 of them! Book any villa or suite and stay for a minimum of five consecutive nights.
P.S. Ubud Hanging Gardens is the ideal honeymoon escape, and the resort can tailor your activities, excursions, fine dining, etc. to fit your individual needs.
Location, location, location. The InterContinental has a killer Westside address on the Avenue of the Stars just minutes from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, 20th Century Fox Studios, MGM Tower and upscale shopping at Westfield Century City-- while still only 20 minutes from the beach. Other reasons to love the InterContinental? There's an outdoor heated swimming pool with sundeck and whirlpool, health club, jogging paths, and Spa InterContinental-- an ultra-urban spa oasis featuring zen-inspired private villas with flat-screen TVs and meditation gardens. Newly renovated guest rooms boast private terraces and state-of-the-art amenities. Dining options include the indoor/outdoor Garden Café and the hotel's fine Park Grill restaurant. With the new Fashionista Package at the InterContinental Century City, LA Wardrobe Stylist Aly Scott accompanies guests on a two-and-a-half-hour shopping spree to unique boutique stores in Beverly Hills.
So maybe you missed today's big St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, but you can still get your groove on in Ireland's capital this spring. The famous shops and pubs of Grafton Street (and the Temple Bar experience) await! The place to stay is the beautiful Westin, located on its own city block in downtown Dublin. Formerly the Allied Irish Bank, the historic building-turned-luxury hotel sports an enviable address within walking distance of all major attractions. The 163 rooms and suites are equipped with every contemporary convenience, including the signature Heavenly Bed. Plus, the Westin will throw in free tix to the Guinness Storehouse, the top visitor site in Ireland, with a special package starting from EUR 259 per room, per night. Accommodation includes a full Irish Breakfast for two. Added perk: Each evening, the hotel hosts an "Unwind program," a Westin ritual to help guests rejuvenate and taste food, drink, and an ambiance unique to each destination. In Dublin, the "Unwind program" is a hosted whiskey tasting from a renowned Irish distiller.
Just in time for the summer event seasons in Santa Fe with the opera, Indian Market, and Spanish Market comes Encantado, a new Auberge Resort. It will be located about seven miles north of the plaza, quite near to the Santa Fe Opera itself. The resort will be composed of 62 casitas tucked away into the mountainside and will have fantastic views of the surrounding high desert landscape. Encantado will also feature a full service spa, as well as a restaurant and bar in their main lodge. So, when sightseeing and shopping all gets to be a little too tiring, you have the perfect retreat just moments out of town! [Opening soon]
There's no need to sacrifice your diet just because you're on a luxurious vacation getaway in Asia. The Peninsula Bangkok now offers a nutritionist-endorsed Afternoon Tea. Led by Chef Philip Sedgewick, the program combines the traditional English custom with a variety of lighter, healthier options that reflect local cuisine. Among the items featured on the menu are home-made sugar free jams, low calorie cream, whole grains, and avocados. The Peninsula Bangkok is striving to move towards healthier dining options for its guests, while at the same time giving them a taste of the local cuisine, and continuing to provide delicious mouthwatering dishes to enjoy. Naturally Peninsula, the hotels healthy dining line, has been met with great success. So for travelers looking to enjoy an extravagant vacation at no cost to your waistline, The Peninsula Bangkok is well worth a look.
For what Travel + Leisure called "some of the best cooking in the United States," head to the lovely rolling countryside in western Massachusetts-- just two and a half hours by car from New York and Boston. Nestled on 22 acres overlooking the Berkshire mountains, Wheatleigh is one of the most coveted destinations for foodies. Built in 1893, Wheatleigh is an Italianate mansion originally designed for a Spanish countess. The Dining Room at Wheatleigh was awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award for Chef Jeffrey Thompson's sophisticated cuisine served in a pretty setting lit by candles and a fireplace. From large windows overlooking the mountains and the lake, the dining rooms offer incredible views-- especially during the sunset or fall foliage season. Menus, featuring the finest ingredients, change seasonally.
Pssst. You can sleep here, too. Wheatleigh offers 19 suites and guest rooms filled with exquisite antiques and contemporary art. Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report named the hotel a Grand Award Winner for 2008.
If you want to experience the magnificence of the Himalayas while staying in style, Wildflower Hall, located in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, is the place to be. Situated at 8,350 feet in pine and cedar forest, Wildflower Hall offers a variety of activities for those who love the outdoors and those who love to be pampered. The surrounding area offers hours of entertainment in hiking, biking, horseback riding, and even a fully stocked archery court. In addition the hotel also offers a tranquil and relaxing spa, with a variety of therapies from around the globe. Rooms are furnished with exquisite decorations, and offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The hotel also offers a full list of business amenities, including meeting rooms, board rooms, and fully equipped business center to meet all of your needs. For a truly grand stay, check out Wildflower Hall's exceptional Lord Kitchener Suite, named for the former resident of the hall; it features a four poster bed and separate second bedroom.
The Summer Lodge-- the 5-star haven surrounded by the idyllic English countryside of Dorset (Thomas Hardy Country)-- was recently awarded the Andrew Harper Grand Award for its individuality and devotion to personal service. Long appreciated as a truly enchanting hotel in the picture-postcard village of Evershot, the country house hotel is distinguished for its genuine hospitality. The Summer Lodge will always go the extra mile to create an unforgettable experience for its guests. There are a number of country pursuits on offer-- everything from horseback riding to croquet-- and the spa and swimming pool with its glass ceiling are universally adored. Spring is the perfect time for a getaway to the Summer Lodge, when the flowers are bursting into color in the exquisitely-manicured gardens. There is still limited availability for the fabulous Easter Package, running from March 21-24, 2008. The package includes traditional cream tea for two, dinner for two, one Swedish massage per person, Easter Egg turndown, full English breakfast, and a bottle of Champagne.
Just in time for the Olympic Games, The Peninsula Beijing will introduce its new Peninsula Spa by ESPA this spring. (So if you were one of the lucky few who scored rooms at The Peninsula for the Summer Olympics, you're in for a treat.) Following the successful launch of spas by ESPA in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Chicago, and Tokyo, the Beijing property is the latest to join the groupwide partnership between The Peninsula Hotels and ESPA. The 1,340 square-meter spa, with its 12 state-of-the-art treatment rooms, is part of the hotel's third-floor wellness, health and fitness facility. Guests will get pampered with a deeply personalized spa experience like nowhere else in the Chinese capital. Designed by Henry Leung of Chhada Siembieda Leung Ltd. (the man behind the renovation of The Peninsula Beijing), the spa is done up in marble, aged wood, and textured granite. You'll find VIP rooms, a Relaxation room, and Thermal facilities in addition to the single treatment rooms and massage spaces.