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.

More Value for Your Dollar in Paris at Sofitel Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Trocadero Dokhan'sSavor the last days of summer in the City of Light when the city is empty of Parisians (still on vacay at French beaches and mountain resorts). Americans and Canadians can take advantage of a special offer at Sofitel Hotels. "More Value for Your Dollar" means a 15 percent discount for a three-night minimum stay. Check into the Sofitel Trocadero Dokhan's, reminiscent of a sumptuous private residence situated between Trocadéro and the Champs Elysées, and you'll love the original artwork and neo-classical interiors in this haute couture hotel. You'll also appreciate sipping a glass of bubbly at the French capital's only Champagne bar, housed in the hotel. The offer is also available at the Sofitel Faubourg, boasting an exceptional location near Faubourg Saint-Honore, la Place de la Concorde, and the Louvre.

*The offer is available until the end of August. You must present your passport upon check-in.


Dining in Private Suites for Ramadan at the Rosewood Corniche, Jeddah


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rosewood Corniche HotelWhen Rosewood opened their third hotel in Saudi Arabia in Jeddah on the Red Sea, we noted the 24-hour butler service and dedicated Ladies Floor created for female travelers, a first in the Kingdom. And now this ultra-luxury hotel has plans to offer private dining suites during Ramadan. Later this month, the Rosewood Corniche will launch VIP suites for breaking the fast in a lavish setting. The suites will offer private dining rooms where guests are served personalized Iftar and Sohour meals, created exclusively for the guest's Ramadan celebration. Guests are seated in the suite's own sumpthous Majlis, opulently appointed with plush cushions and beautiful Arabic lanterns. Plus, pilgrims heading to the Holy City of Mecca (just 50 minutes away) can be escorted in the hotel's collection of BMW limos.


Weekend in London: Sale at Brown’s Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Brown's Hotel, LondonGrab a room* at London's legendary Brown's Hotel, a member of the Rocco Forte Collection of luxury hotels, for just GBP 199 plus VAT, until September 7, 2008. Set in the heart of Mayfair on Albemarle Street, historic Brown's Hotel exudes sophistication and classic English style. The hotel itself is comprised of 11 Georgian townhouses just a short walk from exclusive Bond Street shopping and West End theaters. Though an intimate hotel (only 117 guest rooms), Brown's has three spa treatment rooms, a dedicated kids' program, a fully-equipped gym, fine dining at The Grill, and celebrated Afternoon Tea at the English Tea Room, a London institution.

*Classic King Room


Buzz: Chef Thomas Keller Plans Aloysius Inn Next to French Laundry


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Thomas Keller's Aloysius InnCalifornia foodies get their fix at French Laundry. The faltering economy may be taking its toll on the beloved Bay Area restaurant scene (bye bye, Rubicon), but French Laundry continues to shine. And now the illustrious chef Thomas Keller has plans to open a country inn! The SF Chronicle and Eater SF have the scoop on the hotel's debut, dubbed the Aloysius Inn--that's the chef's middle name, btw. Apparently, the construction will start in a year, and it will be across the street from French Laundry and serve restaurant patrons. There will only be 20 rooms, and 24-hour room service for those who didn’t stuff themselves to the gills at the celebrated resto.

Image Via Eater SF


Luxury Turks & Caicos Resort Offers 25% Off For Opening Season


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Regent GrandThe Regent Grand Resort and Spa has just opened on Grace Bay in the beautiful Turks & Caicos Islands. The resort is the second luxury condominium resort by the highly regarded Turks & Caicos based HAB Group, who have been developing in the Turks & Caicos and London luxury markets for over 20 years. Their first property, Villa Renaissance, has recently been awarded a Tripadvisor Top 10 Luxury Caribbean Resort, and it is thought that the Regent Grand will be even more successful. The property has 50 oceanfront suites, all with fully fitted kitchens and fantastic ocean view balconies, which ensure that guests enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets in the Caribbean.

The luxury five star Regent Grand is offering guests 25% off until December 2008 and anyone lucky enough to book in the next few weeks will receive free golf during their stay at the nearby 18 Hole championship course, Provo Golf Club. Guests will also receive a 15% discount at the Spa for reservations up to 30th September, and can have treatments either at the Spa or in room if required.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests will also receive a free welcome amenity of a bottle of wine and a fruit basket in their room upon arrival.


Complimentary Airfare Credits with a Four Night Stay at The Regent Bal Harbour


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Regent Bal HarbourSouth Florida's hottest new hotel has been racking up the awards since it opened, named one of the 15 Hotels to Watch on Travel + Leisure's World's Best List 2008, one of the 30 Best New Hotels Around the Globe on Travel + Leisure's It List 2008, as well as one of the 40 Must-See Properties on Travel Agent's 2008 "Hot New List." Located on the northeastern end of exclusive Bal Harbour Village, bordered by Baker's Haulover Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean, the ultra-chic property has a 750-foot pristine beach only 15 minutes away from South Beach. The amenities are world-class (including the first Guerlain Spa to open in America), and the building's striking glass façade boasts breathtaking 360-degree panoramas. There's still time to grab a special summertime opening rate at The Regent Bal Harbour, available until September 30, 2008, of room rates priced at $295 on weekdays and $345 on weekends. Plus, we just got word of another spectacular special offer of free airfare credits when you book a four-night stay (or longer) through December 18. This incredible incentive is worth $2,500, adding real value to your stay, ensuring an incredibly luxurious guest experience at The Regent Bal Harbour.


Culture Tour of Switzerland with the Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel Collection


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palace Hotel LuzernExplore Switzerland's most exciting and attractive destinations with the exclusive Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel Collection. Defined by a luxurious ambiance and century-old tradition of hospitality, these five-star hotels are located in four top spots in a small, but delightfully diverse, country. Indeed, you can create your own itinerary and discover the dramatic Alpine scenery and crystal-clear lakes in Zurich, Lucerne, Berne and Interlaken. The Victoria-Jungfrau Collection has created a special package for guests to discover the scenic cities and cultural treasures of the country. With the "Culture Tour," you can enjoy any combination of 5 overnights at the Eden Au Lac in Zurich (with sweeping views of Lake Zurich); the Palace Luzern (a landmark of old world elegance nestled on the shores of Lake Lucerne); and the Bellevue Palace, the pearl of luxury hotels in Berne (situated directly next to the Swiss Parliament Building). Plus, you get daily buffet breakfast, free use of the Palace Spa facilities, the ZurichCard when staying in Zurich (72 hours worth of free public transport, free and reduced-price admissions), a private escorted city walk through Berne, and a private city walk through Lucerne which includes the Rosengart Collection. Valid until December 21, 2008, the "Culture Tour" is priced at CHF 1790 per person (double occupancy) for 5 nights.


The Secluded Spa Island at Borneo’s Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort, Sunset BarJust minutes away from the center of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort is a secluded retreat surrounded by blissful beaches. This self-contained resort paradise boasts a 44,788-square-foot CHI spa with a unique design concept: a spa village with 8 private island villas, surrounded by the South China Sea, each with a lounging area, steam room, bathing facilities, and fragrant garden. Around the world, Shangri-La's CHI Spas are celebrated for embracing a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being, inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort offers exclusive therapies that incorporate local ingredients such as Borneo volcanic mud, Sabah pearls and cocoa alongside signature CHI treatments inspired by the ancient healing traditions of the Himalayan region. A two-night "Spa Indulgence" package is available until December 15, 2008, with prices starting from approximately $764, double occupancy, for a Kinabalu Seaview room.


End of Summer Sale in the Caribbean at Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Biras Creek ResortHurry! You have just two more days to take advantage of this deal. Book by August 20, 2008, and you'll get seven nights for the price of five at the Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda's luxurious 31-suite resort surrounded by three distinct bodies of water (the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the lagoon of North Sound-- all in brilliant shades of emerald and turquoise). Available for travel until August 31, this special is for Ocean Suites only. What a way to celebrate the end of summer: basking in the Caribbean sun and ocean breezes, feasting like kings, swimming and snorkeling from your own private beach in this tropical island paradise that's only reachable by boat or helicopter...


News: Grand Reopening of The Fairfax, Embassy Row, in Washington DC This Fall 2008


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Fairfax, Washington DC, Luxury CollectionBack in October, we got the scoop about the first Luxury Collection hotel to open in the nation's capital. And now, we have more news about the grand reopening of The Fairfax at Embassy Row. (It was a Westin before.) After a dramatic renovation, the historic landmark will open as The Fairfax this fall 2008. Situated near Dupont Circle, just steps from The Phillips Collection and Georgetown’s galleries and boutiques, the stately hotel has been a favorite of Washington society (and visiting celebrities) since 1927.