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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.

Fall into Autumn Deals in Baltimore


By: Madelyn Giblin

Catch the beauty of fall on the Inner Harbor with new fall offerings from the InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore. With four new packages in time for the crisp autumn season, there's sure to be something to strike your fancy. Intercontinental Baltimore Beat rising gas prices with the Gas N Go package featuring a stay in one of the hotel's spectacular guest rooms, a $50 gas card and complimentary valet parking. No need to worry about touring the city, InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore has you covered! For a more romantic getaway take advantage of the Romance package featuring sparkling wine, flowers and chocolate for you and that special someone. More interested in wildlife and the outdoors? Book the Aquarium package which includes tickets to the Baltimore Aquarium and dolphin show, breakfast for two and free valet parking! And finally enjoy all that Baltimore has to offer and never have to worry about finding a parking spot, with the Valet Parking Package, offering valet parking for one car during your stay.

All Fall Getaways start at $249 per night.


Grand Opening of Sense, A Rosewood Spa at The Carlyle, New York


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The CarlyleAt last, Rosewood's award-winning Sense Spa is opening an outpost in New York City's timeless classic, The Carlyle. Since its opening in 1930, this Madison Avenue landmark has been hailed a world-class destination by pampered guests (who appreciate the discreet staff and supremely elegant facilities). Now The Carlyle celebrates the grand opening of Sense, A Rosewood Spa, situated on the hotel's third floor. Designed with sumptuous materials (luminous lacquered wall panels, deep charcoal faux leather floors, custom furniture and English chandeliers) by Mark Zeff of Zeff Designs, Sense "combines the hotel's historic glamour with the most advanced technology found in today's skincare and beauty industries." Treatments utilize products by Sisley, the premier brand in high-end skincare products, to offer guests the ultimate in luxury experiences. The spa features five treatments rooms, a relaxation room, a Duet suite, men's and women's changing rooms each with their own steam room, Yves Durif salon, and high-tech fitness center featuring the newest gym equipment from Technogym.


What’s Hot: Mama Shelter, Phillipe Starck’s New Hotel in Paris- The Price is Right!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mama ShelterA cutting edge new hotel has opened in Paris, the first to be wholly designed by Phillipe Starck (from the ground up), in the untouristed 20th arrondissement. With a name suggestive of a cocoon, Mama Shelter provides trendy comfort at fashionable rates-- starting at just EUR 79 per night. As praised by the International Herald Tribune, the contemporary hotel was built by "Roland Castro, architect of low-cost housing projects, under the aegis of Serge Trigano, whose father was a co-founder of Club Med." The site used to be a garage, and the hotel's ceilings and floors reflect its gentrified surroundings, covered in stylish graffiti. Rumor has it that the 172 guest rooms are booked through October. This could become the most talked-about Parisian hotel opening of the year.


Fashion Forward at the Conrad Chicago: Personal Shoppers and Guided Shopping Tours in the Windy City


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad ChicagoLeave it to the Conrad Chicago, the bastion of luxury on the Magnificent Mile, to help its clients discover the trendsetting fashions of the fall. Fashionistas will bliss out over this package, where you discover the hard-to-find boutiques off the Magnificent Mile and the unrivaled shopping that Chicago has to offer. On a guided tour of the fashion-forward neighborhoods of Chitown with a personal shopper, you'll find the hippest new fashions and trends. Shop til you drop, then return to the the Conrad Chicago for some restful pampering. Relax with a personalized Conradtini cocktail at the hotel's Rendez-Vous Bar and Lounge before retiring to your room with the hotel's library of chick flick DVDs. Plus, you'll get all kinds of free perks, like complimentary wired and wireless internet access, a pillow menu, and nightly turndown service. Feet tired after hiking through Bucktown and Lincoln Park? The Conrad Chicago will be happy to arrange an in-room pedicure or Bath Butler service. Rates start at $369 per night.


Dubai’s Workouts Just Got Hotter at The New Monarch Dubai


By: K. Clare Johnson

Monarch DubaiFitness has taken a quantum leap forward in Dubai. The brand spanking-new The Monarch Dubai boasts a state-of-the-art gymnasium for buffing your bod and soothing your soul. In response to guests' personal preferences, the Quantum Health Club provides an exclusive gymnasium for for ladies as well as a mixed facility. Both gyms feature a range of specialized equipment and offer expansive city views. Group classes (including ever-popular yoga and pilates) are available, as are certified leisure professionals, there to guide you through personalized workouts. After your workout, visit the separate male and female saunas and Jacuzzis and watch the Arabian sunset at the open terrace lounge pool.


Say No to Economic Woes: 50 Percent Off at Turks and Caicos Club


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Turks and Caicos ClubMood soured by the financial crisis and economic slowdown? To soften the blow to our wallets, Caribbean hotels have slashed their prices in an effort to entice travelers to their island shores. In fact, this could be the best time to splurge on a beach vacation, as we're seeing some of the best deals we've seen in years. Case in point: The drop-dead-gorgeous Turks and Caicos Club, its 21 suites unaffected by Hurricane Ike, has rates for just $247.50 per night until November 9, 2008- a 50 percent discount from the same period last year. Nestled on the picture-perfect beaches of Grace Bay on Providenciales island, the award-winning resort is housed in a Caribbean-colonial mansion. Each of the 21 suites boasts a fully-equipped kitchen with stainless steel KitchenAid appliances, large private porch facing the sea, Internet access, and cable TV. It's like your own private apartment- only you get all the great amenities and service provided by a luxury resort (like twice-daily maid service). Lucky guests can enjoy the island's best snorkeling reef just offshore. You can enjoy the complimentary use of non-motorized water-sports equipment including HobieCats, windsurfers, sea kayaks, and snorkeling equipment.


Room Rates for $1 at the Luxurious InterContinental Tampa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental TampaAfter a $20 million renovation, the InterContinental Tampa is the place to stay in the vibrant gateway city to Florida's West Coast. Just 3 miles from the airport, the InterContinental is situated in Florida's largest business district, Westshore, about 5 miles from Downtown Tampa. Guest rooms are sophisticated, appointed with elegant furnishings and tricked out with the latest technology (flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, free wireless Internet). Business travelers love the lobby airline kiosks, free airport shuttle, and helpful concierge service. There's also a fitness center and rooftop pool. Don't miss a meal at Shula's Steak House, created by Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula. To celebrate its first birthday, the InterContinental is offering an Anniversary Special for stays until December 29, 2008. When you pay for two nights at regular rates (starting as low as $139 per night), you can add a third night for just a dollar.


Early Winter Sale (2009) at the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino and SpaPlan a winter getaway to the warm beaches of Aruba and get great value at the lush and luxurious Radisson Aruba Resort. Sprawling over 14 acres, the resort is a beachside oasis of tropical gardens, lagoons and waterfalls. Temps hover around a delicious 82 degrees in the winter, and the beach-- Aruba's largest expanse of pristine white sand-- beckons with all kinds of water sports. Float in the zero-entry free form swimming pools while gazing out to sea. Dine in style at the 4-Diamond Sunset Grille, and the Casino guarantees a good time with loads of live entertainment. Talk about fun in the sun. You can also retreat to the 13,000 square foot Larimar Spa for total relaxation and pampering. Take advantage of the Early Winter Sale and you can lock in great rates from January 4- April 18, 2009 starting at just $359 per night. You'll also get a $150 Restaurant or Spa Credit (per room, per stay on stays 5 nights or longer), and your kids will eat free in Laguna at the breakfast and dinner buffets. Reservations must be made by November 9, 2008.


Champagne Weekend in London at One Aldwych


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One Aldwych, London"One Aldwych is all about living it up in one of the world's great cities," says Gourmet Magazine. Home to a private screening room and the buzzing Lobby Bar, One Aldwych could be the most exciting hotel in London. The on-site amenities are hip, fun, and utterly luxurious: bespoke furniture and original works of art in each of the 105 contemporary guest rooms, clean bio active bath products by REN, all the latest technology (like mini TVs and mist-free mirrors in each bathroom and bedside fiber optic reading lights), and a swimming pool with underwater music. Above all, One Aldwych has a superb location smack dab in the middle of London in Covent Garden, between the City and the West End. Celebrate something special and book a Champagne Weekend from GDP 310 for two per night. You'll enjoy a bottle of Champagne on arrival, fresh fruit and flowers delivered daily, access to the gym, sauna, and steam rooms, and full English breakfast included. Available until December 30, 2008.


Overwater Bungalows and Private Butlers: Luxury for Less in the Off-Season at St Regis Bora Bora


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Bora BoraThe fabled archipelago in the South Pacific is home to an exclusive resort where A-listers flock. But a recent article on MSNBC points out that you can snag the luxurious St. Regis Bora Bora for a steal.

Winter in North America means summer in French Polynesia. It can get a bit hot, with daytime temperatures in the 90s, but who cares when you're surrounded by all that blissful water? An overwater villa will run you about $895 from December to May; they soar to over $1,000 in the high season. Or book the Tahiti Tantalizer package, which starts at $1,383 per night but includes almost $500 in resort credits and your sixth night free.

Here you can lounge on the powdery sand overlooking a turquoise lagoon while staring up at the majestic Mount Otemanu in the distance. Dive into a lagoon to discover all the colorful native fish. (You can also go snorkeling off your private deck.) Get a massage at the glorious Miri Mira spa, located on its own private island. The spa treatments incorporate warmed black pearls and mother-of-pearl, wow. Relax at the swim-up bar, or go off on a shark-feeding adventure. Day-long picnics on private islands can be arranged, of course. The pleasures of paradise are infinite.