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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.

Say Aloha to Hawaii: Fourth Night Free at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand WaileaPicture the paradise isle of Maui and the ultimate Hawaiian getaway near beautiful Wailea Beach, voted one of the best beaches in America. The legendary Grand Wailea Resort and Spa is the place to stay in this idyllic spot. Situated on 40 perfectly-landscaped acres opening onto the beach, the resort has won innumerable accolades and is a fun favorite for families and honeymooners alike. Accommodations are incredibly spacious, and feature private balconies overlooking the beach, Italian marble bathrooms with oversized tubs, and all the latest technology and conveniences. At the award-winning Grand Wailea Resort, you can enjoy indulgent spa treatments, fine dining, and thrilling recreational activities: play golf, soak in the pools, bike down a volcano, snorkel with sea turtles, or simply relax in the positively sumptuous surroundings, checking out the resort's extensive art collection. You can score a 4th night free between September 1 - November 20, 2008, and November 29 - December 19, 2008! Does not include tax, gratuities, or daily $25 resort charge.


Big Treats for Little Guests at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Jumeirah Lowndes HotelLooking for a centrally London located family oriented hotel that treat the children like VIPs - consider the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Belgravia, that is just two minutes from Knightsbridge or an underground station. Children will enjoy a range of goodies suck as bathrobes, bubble bath, board games including Kerplunk and Hungry Hippos and Nintendo Wii, along with amenities of kiwi fruit, strawberry, pineapple and marshmallows with chocolate dip, jelly babies and skittles all guaranteed to keep smiles on all faces. The babies in your family will enjoy baby bathrobes, baby packs, cots and high chairs. The Jumeirah Juniors Package offers two rooms for the price of one, full English Breakfast for four people, welcome in-room chocolate dipped cookies, complimentary access to the Peak Health Club and Spa and complimentary newspaper. This package is valid for Friday to Sunday stays and available until December 31, 2008, based on four people sharing two rooms and excludes the 17.5% VAT and 5% discretionary service charge. Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel combines sophistication and true luxury and contemporary elements in its' 220 rooms and 59 suites.


Mondrian South Beach Premiering December 2008


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Mondrian South BeachLocated in the newly fashionable Biscayne Bay with spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean and Downtown Miami is the perfect setting for the new Mondrian South Beach that is set to premier this December 2008 (even though we may have heard differently in the past ...). Combining the advantages of hotel residences with the full services of a boutique hotel, the Mondrian South Beach offers a one of a kind environment. Privileges of this exclusive hotel include a 5 star restaurant, sunset bar, 2 swimming pools, gym, aqua Spa, room service, concierge service, private boat marina and more. This curvilinear building has 335 studios, 1 and 2 bedroom and penthouses designed by the world's most inventive young talent, award winning Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders. Pioneering revolutionary world class design- the Mondrian South Beach curves around the pools, gardens and bay. There is a playful use of space and outdoor living areas. Mondrian South Beach is the ideal location for meetings or just to get away. Make your plans now to enjoy this one of a kind experience in South Beach.


Sun, Sand, and a Third Night Free: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort, Costa Rica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Los Suenos MarriottDreaming of a Costa Rica getaway? Explore the magnificent tropical rainforests and surf the Pacific waves at one of the world's best resorts: The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort. Nestled between the ocean and a 1,100 acre rainforest, the resort offers the best kind of Costa Rica beach vacation- where you can sit back and relax by the palm-fringed free-form pool, or (for the adrenaline-junkies) glide between the trees high in the forest on a canopy tour. Imagine playing a round of golf on the 18-hole championship La Iguana Golf Course with a gallery of friendly monkeys and brightly colored macaws! Pamper yourself with a massage in an ocean-side gazebo, and choose between 6 restaurants and lounges for memorable meals in unforgettable settings. There's even a casino on-site. The accommodations feature world-class amenities: designer duvets and luxurious bedding, private balconies overlooking the ocean, high-speed Internet and work desk, and more. Extend your vacation in Costa Rica with Marriott and get a third night free until October 31, 2008.


Enjoy The Final Days of Summer in Barcelona with Gran Hotel La Florida


By: Madelyn Giblin

Gran Hotel La FloridaBask in the beauty of summer in Barcelona. The weather is perfect and Spain is calling, and why not go when Gran Hotel La Florida is offering discounted rates this summer! For only 195 Euros per night guests can enjoy a luxurious stay in a Deluxe Room with fabulous furnishings. Guests also receive a buffet breakfast in the restaurant, complimentary shuttle to the city center for sightseeing, and a 30EUR credit on Spa treatments. Enjoy vacation under the splendid Barcelona sun. Offer valid on stays in July, August and September.

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.


Breakfast On Us at The Bryant Park Hotel


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Bryant Park Hotel Any breakfast starting with a carafe of Mimosas and the NY Times might actually be the best way to start the day (it would certainly improve mine!). This August, The Bryant Park Hotel NYC is providing just that with your accommodations and full American breakfast for 2 in your room, along with a late check out of 2 pm. Deluxe view rooms are available starting at $399 and Bryant Park Suites are available starting at $599 either single or double occupancy for this special package. Awarded with Conde Nest 2004 Gold List, World's Best Places to Stay and citysearch.com "NY Most Romantic Hotel", The Bryant Park Hotel NYC is noted as a nexus for young hollywood, fashion culturati and cosmopolitans. Contemporary decor and signature room appointments of authentic Tiberton Rugs, travertine marble bathrooms, state of the art entertainment equipment of flat screen HD TVs, BOSE Wave Radio surround you in style. A fitness center, private dining 24 hours a day, screening room and Koi Restaurant complete the picture.


Cool Off at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas: Roman Baths and an Arctic Ice Room at QUA Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caesars PalaceEscape the Las Vegas heat with a trip to the QUA Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace. The Colosseum, the Garden of the Gods, the lavish Octavius Tower... The world-renowned resort-casino has a lot of memorable facilities. But perhaps the most incredible and over-the-top of all is the QUA Baths & Spa, where a Tea Sommelier pairs teas with your particular spa treatment and guests can partake in "Social Spaaing" while relaxing and mingling in the Signature Roman Baths: three distinct pools varying in temperature and size. Of course the individual treatments are sumptuous as well, and run the gamut from signature stone massage to facials, from exfoliating body scrubs to signature hourglass treatments. This place is mammoth, boasting 51 treatment rooms including 3 Deluxe Couple's Studios and 7 facial rooms. Daily Candy gets a kick out of the Arctic Ice Room:

"Snowflakes" gently fall from the faux star-studded sky in the Arctic Ice Room at QUA Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, a chilly escape from steamy Las Vegas. The scene: heated floor and benches, tiny fiber-optic lights, mint-infused air, a shaved-ice fountain, and more than 27,000 blue glass pebbles and mosaic tiles.


London at Xmas - It’s a Wonderful Life at Red Carnation Hotel’s Wonderful Hotel


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Egerton House HotelChristmas in London is truly a magical time, and the 5 Star Jewels of Red Carnation Hotels (RCH)- The Milestone, The Egerton (pictured right) and "41" are the magical places to stay. This year, RCH brings "It's a Wonderful Life" Package to you to enjoy the Holidays. With a minimum 2 night stay in luxurious accommodations you will receive a deluxe tree ornament plus the DVD of the classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life", full English breakfast for 2 daily, tea for 2 with Christmas Cake one day, complementary bottles of white and red wine, Lunch or Dinner for 2 one day (with minced pies of course), mistletoe on your pillow at turndown, and if you are so lucky as to spend Christmas itself here, a stocking stuffed with seasonal goodies. A taxi to Oxford street so as to enjoy the Christmas Lights and to start your pre-Christmas or New Years shopping and gift wrapping are also included.

The Milestone"It's a Wonderful Life" is available from November 21, 2008 to January 11, 2009, and is perfect for shopping, visiting, business, or just plain relaxing. The Milestone, the 2007 Conde Nast Readers Choice and 2008 #1 for Service Travel and Leisure, overlooks Kensington Palace and is known for their excellent service. Here you will have the services of your own butler. Each of the 45 deluxe guest rooms, 12 luxurious suites and 6 long-term stay apartments are individually designed and decorated.

The Egerton, a town house residence, is located in heart of Knightsbridge and offers impeccable service with 30 individual luxurious Bedrooms. 41 Hotel London"41", recognized in 2007 as the #2 Hotel in England by Travel and Leisure Worlds Best 500 Hotels and Europe's 10th Best Hotel, is a boutique hotel overlooking Buckingham Palace Royal Mews. "41" feels like a London Club and has unforgettable luxury, 30 unique rooms and suites with striking black and white color scheme and no 2 rooms alike.

With RCH's promise 'No request is too large, no detail is too small', these 3 properties will bring "It's a Wonderful Life" to you this Christmas.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests of Five Star Alliance visiting the Milestone will receive a glass of chilled Champagne, selection of finger sandwiches, homemade fruit scones with preserves and devonshire clotted cream, and homemade tea pastries once during their stay with time and date reserved at check-in.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance for Egerton House will receive one complimentary martini or drink of their choice anytime during their stay in the drawing room.


Exclusive Offer in London: Weekend Indulgence at The Connaught


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The ConnaughtEager to check out that renovation you've heard so much about? After a cool GBP 70 million make-over, The Connaught is simply dazzling. Treat yourself to a weekend at this London legend where you'll be treated like royalty (and eat even better than a king, at the restaurant overseen by award-winning French chef Hélène Darroze). You'll find Mayfair Village, also in the midst of its own renaissance, at your doorstep, and some of the world's finest fashion brands and galleries a stone's throw away (eg. Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin and the Hamilton Gallery). Inside the hotel, you can indulge your taste for fine living with tantalizing afternoon tea, drinks at the chic Coburg Bar (with a cocktail list spanning three centuries), and supremely comfortable shut-eye in the newly-refurbished guest rooms. Stay Friday, Saturday or Sunday night before December 31, 2008 and enjoy a welcome bottle of chilled Grand Marque champagne and a traditional English breakfast with the "Weekend Indulgence" package, priced at GBP 389 for a Superior King-bedded room.


Third Night Free, Plus Pampering Airport Lay-Over, at The Metropolitan Bangkok


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Metropolitan BangkokTouch down in Bangkok and take the stress out of a long lay-over. Ditch the airport lounges and instead take refuge at Bangkok's glamorous Metropolitan Hotel, where you can get recharged for your trip on a flying visit to the chic hotel and its rejuvenating spa. With this special, a limousine will drop you at the Metropolitan, where you can enjoy the facilities of the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape and an indulgent 1-hour massage. Afterwards, a delicious meal at Glow restaurant will boost your energy for the next leg of your flight, before your limousine takes you back to the airport. Priced from $125 per person. Plus, now's the time to take advantage of a limited-time special offer. Until September 30, 2008, you can get the third night free when you stay for two consecutive nights at The Metropolitan. Available from $124 per night.