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.
Chocoholics, rejoice. Sofitel Hotels has cooked up a divine dream come true: The "I love Chocolate" offer. When you check into your spacious guest room, appointed with luxurious amenities, you'll find a chocolate surprise. Savor a lavish afternoon tea "au chocolat" with French hot chocolate and gourmet treats. Then it gets even better. You'll be treated to a spectacular three-course dinner crafted by the chef to showcase the flavors of chocolate. The icing on the cake? You'll get a third night free! This three-night stay is available from November 1, 2008 until January 31, 2009 in participating Sofitel hotels worldwide including the Sofitel Los Angeles (priced from $274), Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg (starting from EUR 245), and the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, long cherished by visiting A-listers for its traditional elegance.
At last, the Mondrian in South Beach has confirmed its December debut-- with an announcement about special introductory rates. Get 'em while they're hot. There will be a limited supply of $195 room rates (cheap for South Beach!) available until February 28, 2009. The property will join other iconic hotels in the Morgans Hotel collection: Delano, Royalton in NYC, Sanderson in London, not to mention its LA namesake. Cutting-edge design and glamorous nightlife are just par for the course for Morgans. Situated at 1100 West Avenue, Mondrian South Beach is the first hotel outside of the Netherlands designed by Marcel Wanders, one of Fast Company's 2008 "Masters of Design." The idea with this posh landmark on Biscayne Bay? "Sleeping Beauty's castle." What we're most excited about? The glamorous outdoor bar in an oasis of lush gardens, where private cabanas are created with curtains of living foliage. Talk about poolside decadence. There will also be an agua spa and Asia de Cuba restaurant.
File this under flashy freebies. Luxury hotels are courting you, dear reader. And the deals are real. When you book a stay at the newStowe Mountain Lodge, you'll get a massage on the house. Just choose the "Spa Spectacular" special.
Grâce à HotelChatter, we are daydreaming about Chef Yannick Alléno's luscious specialties, because the Michelin three-starred chef is coming to Los Angeles! It seems we've had French food on our minds a bit much recently, but doesn't this sound good?
Crispy hen egg yolks with "Golden oscetra" caviar to Jelly of acidulated green apple with vervain; Duck Foie gras poached with Chambertin wine to Chicken from "Bresse" with white truffle served four ways (including Chicken leg quenelles in strong consommé); and Preserved wild salmon from "Adour" served pink with melted cabbage with orange peels and cleared stock flavored with juniper berries to Melted chocolate and lemon cake acidulated with gold leaf.
The superstar chef from Le Meurice, one of Paris' grandest hotels, will be at the Hotel Bel-Air on November 10th, 11th, and 12th where he will present a "multi-course gastronomic tour through time the dishes of Paris through the ages." The Hotel Bel-Air is now part of the esteemed Dorchester Collection, joining exceptional properties like Le Meurice. Dinner is priced at $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Suggested wine pairings will be additional.
Here's a special offer only available to Five Star Alliance guests at Singapore's stunning Fullerton Hotel. Fittingly, it's called the "Five Star B&B package" and you'll get treated to some five-star fabulousness at this award-winning gem. Available November 1 and starting from SGD$458, the package includes luxurious accommodations in a Courtyard room, breakfast for two at Town Restaurant and late check-out at 3 pm. It's not just the elegant architecture that will have you swooning; the hotel is celebrated for its top-notch location and stellar service. Search for availability here.
Just two blocks from the French Quarter, there's a contemporary boutique hotel known for its stylish design and thoughtful touches (like complimentary wireless Internet throughout the hotel). Hailed as an "homage to jazz and Creole culture," the International House proudly observes local customs with the lobby decoration changing for a Voodoo festival or Louis Armstrong's birthday. The hotel boasts richly-designed Penthouses with landscaped terraces overlooking the French Quarter and Mississippi River. "New Orleans best bet for the sleek set" --to quote Conde Nast Traveler-- is running a great deal right now. If you stay two nights (priced from $159 a night), you can get a third night free until December 31, 2008.
Word on the street is that the SLS Hotel is opening today. Book the "Grand Opening Offer" and you'll get a $50 credit to indulge with spa treatments or dining, early check-in and late check-out at 4 pm, and triple Starpoints per stay. Rates from $389 per night through January 31, 2009, with reservations accepted for November 1 arrivals. As we reported in June, this new hotel concept is striving to create a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind hospitality experience with culinary innovations from award winning chef José Andrés at The Bazaar (a modern-day indoor "piazza"). HotelChatter loves the personalized goodies that Fido gets: dog bowls, tags, chew toys, oh my!
The first hotel in the Middle East for Six Senses is visually stunning, with service to match. And talk about innovative modes of arrival: You can even arrive by paraglider, soaring over breathtaking fjords before landing on the beach next to the resort, modeled after an indigenous village. (Never fear--you'll be accompanied by a professional.) Situated on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, sandwiched between dramatic mountains and a sandy beach, the resort has been getting rave reviews since its opening in January. As Forbes recently described in "New Chicdom:"
There's no need to leave your cushy quarters: A chef is on call to cook dinner, a masseuse can knead you chez vous, and your butler (every villa has one) can serve as your go-between with the rest of the hotel. The only bit of the outside world that may intrude is one of the charming wild goats who saunter around the property with the air of having been there first.
The Six Senses Hideaway landed a spot on Conde Nast Traveler's 2008 Hot List, which praises the "exemplary service" and the beach where "colorful coral patches shelter sea turtles and stingrays, and impressive snorkeling and dive sites are a short kayak or dhow ride away." Another reason to love this place? Six Senses is all about minimizing environmental impact.
This just in: A new loyalty partnership between Langham Hotels and Emirates Airlines means you can rack up the points with hotel stays. You'll get 600 miles per qualifying stay at any Langham Hotel worldwide. Emirates' frequent flier program- Skywards- has 3.8 million members.
There are few settings as remarkable as this. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa stands at the very edge of the world, gazing out at breeching whales and playful dolphins in the rolling Atlantic. Table Mountain looms on the coast, just minutes from Cape Town. Now is the perfect time to visit the Southern Hemisphere, and the Twelve Apostles makes it fun for both kids and parents with the "Kids Fun in the Sun" package. The hotel's motto is "No request is too large, no detail too small"-- and this applies to the kids as well. Fancy a bowl of freshly-cooked popcorn while you settle in to the private 16-seater theater? No sweat. With this package, you'll enjoy a luxurious one-bedroom suite facing the sea for four days (three nights) and full English breakfast each day for the whole family. It's easy to roam free on the surrounding beaches, or explore Cape Town with the guide prepared by the hotel. You can also enjoy tickets to the Aquarium at the Waterfront. While Mom and Dad luxuriate in the Sanctuary Spa (voted best spa resort in Africa) and check out the hydrotherapy pools and flotation tank, the kids will be entertained by a professional baby-sitter (3 hours of babysitting is included in the package). The kids will get goodie packs, free in-room movies, plus a basket of toys to play with. Mom will get a survival kit. For a family of four, the package is priced at 5,735 South African Rands ($510 per night).