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.
Excuse us as we wax poetic about the turquoise sea, powdery beaches and infinity-edge plunge pools at the newest Four Seasons Resort. (It's cool and overcast today, and we've got our eye on the Indian Ocean's paradise isles: The Seychelles.) Opening on January 19, 2009, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles will unveil tree-house villas perched on a hillside overlooking the lush coastline. Lifted on stilts in the jungle, the villas boast private plunge pools, outdoor showers, and wooden verandahs where you can relax on a daybed and breathe in the air fragrant with cinnamon trees and frangipani blossoms. Yoga on a hilltop plateau, snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters, massages in an open-air pavilion... This is barefoot luxury at its finest. Pssst. You can get a fourth night free with the resort's special introductory offer.
If you want to take the whole family on a luxury vacation, consider St. James Club and Villas in Antigua. St. James Club has breathtaking ocean views, two white sand beaches, four swimming pools, four restaurants, and a kid's club. Their two-bedroom villas are an air-conditioned 1,600 square-feet, with a private outdoor sitting area, an expansive common area and a full kitchen that can stocked from the onsite deli. Decorated in warm Caribbean tones and terra-cotta tiles, the villas are a great choice for couples, families and groups who enjoy a sense of space.
Morgans is touted as the hotel that "changed all the rules," the experiment on Madison Avenue that defined a new "boutique" category of hotels, the property that launched Ian Schrager into stardom. Ian's "first child" recently unveiled a grand new makeover from its legendary original designer Andrée Putman. Check out this new video for a behind-the-scenes look at the recent renovations.
The most sophisticated five-year-old we know is celebrating its birthday by giving you a present. Barcelona's swanky Gran Hotel La Florida is offering a host of exciting perks to guests from now until December 28, 2008.
From just 370€, you and a guest can enjoy one night in a Deluxe Room, buffet breakfast for two in L'Orangerie restaurant , and a menu tasting dinner in L'Orangerie restaurant for two (beverages not included). This definitely beats cake and ice cream.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at Gran Hotel La Florida will receive a room upgrade based upon availability at check-in, late check-out at 2pm and a bottle of specially customized Gran Hotel La Florida extra virgin olive oil.
Of all the enticing hotels in progressive Amsterdam, the InterContinental Amstel stands out as the most sumptuous. A fixture in the city since 1867, the shimmering riverfront palace towers over the famous Amstel River in the very heart of the city. Its regal ambience is enhanced by a team of Clefs d'Or concierges who welcome guests in style. In fact, the staff can handle even the most over-the-top requests, and organizing a special boat canal tour is run of the mill (yup, even catered with champagne and canapés). The service is so sensational at the InterContinental Amstel, that the New York Times Travel magazine recently applauded the well-connected concierge for his/her ability "to book a private bike tour or help you skip the lines at the museums." Of course the InterContinental Amstel is the preferred choice of all the A-listers who visit the city.
"Name a swank hotel—the Ritz, Brown's, the Dorchester—and you can count on finding a lavish tea. But for my money... The Berkeley's Pret-a-Portea, a fashionista's afternoon tea, wins hands down.
In my cup is a most delicious sip of pear-caramel tea. The waiter presents a tier of tiny canapes, identifying each: crust-less sandwiches of ham, cheese and cucumber; cherry tomatoes stuffed with couscous; salmon in a snaillike curl. Finally, the waiter offers what I'm here for: a fanciful array of cakes and sweets, whose colors and shapes replicate the creations of top fashion designers for the season. Framed photos display each item's inspiration. The pink-iced, chocolate-sashed cookie-dress is a Michael Kors; the sky-blue-iced, lemon-sponge, handbag-shaped concoction, an Anya Hindmarch; in all, nine delectable works of art. And truly, the sight of my proper Englishman at the next table biting into a pastry shaped like a Manolo Blahnik stiletto is quite worth the price of the tea on its own."
Pasadena's paradise of a hotel, The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, is sharing its treasures. Take advantage of a luxurious stay from September 1 through December 28, 2008, and get $75 per night to spend on luxury amenities like a five star meal in the Dining Room or decadent Sunday brunch or spectacular treatment at the Huntington Spa. The package starts at $249 per night.
Treat yourself, or share a special weekend with a loved one, and enjoy the "Treasured Weekend."
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa will receive fresh fruit and bottled water during their stay and, subject to availability, a 4 pm late check-out.
What better way to eat, drink, and be merry than with a wine rendezvous in NoMI's striking Cellar on the Seventh? The Park Hyatt Chicago's Tony Chi-designed French restaurant is re-inventing the wine evening with its "Wine Engagement" Series. Twelve fortunate oenophiles will join Advanced Sommelier Fernando Beteta to celebrate the pleasures of wine and its synergy with exceptional cuisine. Nomi Executive chef Christophe David will prepare a progressive family-style feast of rustic artisanal fare to accompany the wines being tasted. Cost is $125 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
On Thursday October 16, 2008, the focus will be on Wines from Angelo Gaja, Piedmont, Italy. On November 13, 2008, it will be Wines from Far Niente Winery, Napa Valley and on Thursday, December 11, 2008 it will be Champagne Grand Cuvee.
Bring your dog to the award-winning Peninsula Tokyo for a little canine pampering. Just like its sister hotels in New York, Chicago, and Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Tokyo has launched a dog stay program so four-legged family members don't have to miss out on the legendary Peninsula service. As to be expected from Peninsula, the program is positively indulgent. When you arrive in your posh guest room, you won't just be ogling the high-tech gadgets. You'll find countless pet amenities: stainless steel water and ceramic food bowls with a placemat, Vittel bottled water, a Simmons dog bed with blanket and pillow, and a welcome basket that includes wet tissues, dog diapers, toys and snacks. When your pup needs a walk, The Peninsula Pageboys and Pagegirls are available to provide complimentary walking service in Hibiya Park or in the outskirts of the Imperial Palace. Your pooch can be outfitted in a Peninsula Page uniform, if you'd like! The fun for Fido doesn't stop there. The "canine cuisine" room service menu offers a range of appetizers and treats, entrees, and desserts for dogs that can be paired with a complimentary video movie or CD for their entertainment. Tasty treats include Organic Cobb Salad, Seasonal Sashimi Tartar on Rice, Kobe Big Burger and Afternoon Tea Delight, along with regular soft and hard dog food. And get this- you can even order a special dog CD which contains music that only dogs can hear. The Dog Stay Program at The Peninsula Tokyo is available for dogs weighing up to 15 kilos (33 pounds) and costs JPY 5,000 per night.