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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.

Newsworthy: Starwood’s Luxury Collection Offers New Travel Services


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The PhoenicianNow guests at Starwood's Luxury Collection hotels can enjoy signature travel services: Luggage Free Travel and access to news publications with NewspaperDirect. The Luxury Collection includes 65 properties in 26 countries worldwide, including San Diego's U.S. Grant, The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Mystique in Santorini, and the Grande Bretagne in Athens, and its sophisticated clientele is used to an exceptional level of service. In a new partnership with Luggage Forward, the Luxury Collection is launching Luggage Liaison, which will allow guests to travel without luggage to any of the brand's destinations, and find their belongings safely in their room upon arrival. Guests can even arrange to have bags unpacked for them. Another new perk: guests at Luxury Collection properties can now choose from a range of over 600 newspapers and magazines from 77 countries through services provide by NewspaperDirect-- delivered to their guest room throughout their stay.


Southwestern Food and Drink at Staab House Lounge at La Posada de Santa Fe


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Posada de Santa FeA magnet for foodies and artists, the picturesque town of Santa Fe, New Mexico brims with history and culture. After checking out the art galleries and lovely boutiques, head to La Posada de Santa Fe, an award-winning resort comprised of adobe-style accommodations and kiva fireplaces nestled in lush gardens. Come evening, stake a claim to a seat by the fireplace at the resort's historic Staab House, a casual and cozy eatery/lounge which serves up cocktails and Southwestern bistro fare. On weekends, you'll also enjoy live music. Travel + Leisure sings its praises:

At Santa Fe's altitude (7,000 feet!), even summer nights can be cool enough to warrant sitting by a hearth at La Posada de Santa Fe's Staab House Lounge, a warren of wood-paneled rooms with overstuffed chairs and a resident ghost, or by the outdoor fire pits in the romantic courtyard.

PS. The resort is offering a "Leap Year Package" throughout the year of 2008, so you can get a fourth night free when you pay for a three-night stay.


Boston’s Only Five Star Waterfront Hotel - The Harbor Hotel


By: Madelyn Giblin

Boston Harbor HotelNow recognized as one of only 41 properties nationwide with the Mobil Five Star rating, The Boston Harbor Hotel is offering special packages to celebrate their achievement. The "Five Stars on the Harbor" package includes a stay in a spectacular Harborview room overlooking Boston's historic waterfront, a five course wine pairing for two and the hotel’s signature Four Star Restaurant, and breakfast for two either in room or at the Intrigue Café - all for only $555 per night. Or you can celebrate Harbor Hotel's Five Stars with the "Harbor SPA-tacular" Package. Guests enjoy Harborview accommodations, two 50 minute massage treatments, and a three-course Spa luncheon for two at the Pool Lounge or the Intrigue Café. Guests also have access to the Pool and Health Facilities. Rates start at $595 per night.


Guaranteed Year-Round Dollar Rates at The Athenaeum, London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Athenaeum Hotel and Apartments, LondonDiscreet and glamorous, The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments on London's Piccadilly is one of the top addresses in the British capital. Many rooms have stunning views of Green Park towards Buckingham Palace! World-renowned for its professional service and sumptuous décor, the family-owned luxury hotel offers a haven of tranquility in the heart of Central London. Good news for American travelers: The Athenaeum has just introduced year-round US$ rates. Starting from just US$350 plus taxes, or US$700 plus taxes for an apartment, these $ rates offer exceptional value for money at the hotel voted "One of the 500 Top Hotels in the World 2008" by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Additional benefits include: priority check in, late check out at 2pm, Athenaeum family amenity program, and complimentary sofa bed in the apartments.


Hanging with the ‘Rents: Family Special at Half Moon, Jamaica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon, JamaicaThere's a lot to love at Half Moon, the beautiful destination resort in the Caribbean. 400 exquisitely landscaped acres, a playground of exciting land and water activities, the buzzed-about Fern Tree spa (68,000 square feet of bliss), and dreamy accommodations. Delightfully romantic, Half Moon is also a paradise for kids. And with the resort's new "Hanging the 'Rents" special, teenagers and parents will find a special place to bond this summer. Who says it's not cool to vacation with your parents? The package allows teens up to 18 years to stay free when sharing a suite with two adults. Now through the end of the year (Dec. 14, 2008), parents can choose any of resort's opulent suites: a junior suite for $380, a spacious 2 bedroom suite for $1,060 or an expansive imperial suite for $1,100. Additionally, Half Moon is offering a 50 percent discount on meal plans for children aged 3 – 11 years. It's the perfect destination for a post-graduation getaway with your teens, or a family vacation with the kids before heading back to school. The myriad recreational facilities-- an exclusive Dolphin Lagoon, equestrian center, water sports activities, the recently renovated Robert Trent Jones Sr. par-72 championship golf course, Night Golf, 13 lit tennis courts, and fitness center-- means quality family time and heaps of fun.


The New Pool at Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shutters on the BeachJump in! The new pool deck and ocean terrace at Shutters on the Beach is now open. Santa Monica's elegant beachfront hideaway has one of the best pools anywhere in LA-- with spectacular ocean views and the most spacious pool deck in the city. You can watch the waves while unwinding in the Jacuzzi. Full restaurant and bar services, plus high speed wireless Internet service, means this is also a killer spot for al fresco business meetings. With two fireplaces and full service catering, the hotel's lower Pacific Deck is the perfect setting for events right at the edge of the sand. Beach concierge service is available daily offering a host of services and equipment for guests including bike rentals, yoga sessions, and beach gear. (Or skip the sand and soak up the sun by the gorgeous pool at Shutters on the Beach.) Come on in, the water's fine!


The Sukhothai Takes the Heat Out of Summer at Spa Botanica


By: Madelyn Giblin

The Sukhothai Takes the Heat Out of Summer at Spa BotanicaThis May and June enjoy unprecedented luxury at The Sukhothai Bangkok with discounts on their featured spa treatments. For THB 3,900 guests can enjoy either the Triple Harmony or Coconut Body Glow spa treatments. The Triple Harmony is a soothing body massage followed by a fresh cucumber face and body mask to rejuvenate the body's energies. Or guests can enjoy the Coconut Body Glow - a traditional Thai technique using acupressure massage with coconut fiber rubbed all over the body, and a rich mask with wild honey is applied to renew the skin. These are surely not to be missed, offering guests a way to escape from the many pressures of everyday life.


Langham’s Big Anniversary: Original Home of Afternoon Tea Serves Tea at 1865 Prices


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham LondonOn June 10, 2008, lucky Langham guests can sit down for a luxurious afternoon tea for exactly 1 shilling 6 pence. (That's 15 US cents, 7 English pence and just over 1 Hong Kong dollar.) Langham hotels around the world will pay homage to that lovely ritual of Afternoon Tea, that quintessentially British institution, by turning back the clocks to 1865, when the Langham London, Europe's first grand hotel, was opened by the leading royal of the day, the Prince of Wales. Legend has it that the indulgent tea ritual was created in 1840 by Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who created this afternoon snack to ward off the hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. Soon she began to share tea with her friends, and the ritual took off. Back in 1865, The Langham London served up the world's first afternoon tea in a luxury European hotel-- consisting of simple but dainty items including cakes, sweets, bread and butter and, of course, tea. Nowadays guests can still experience this stately ritual, a truly luxurious affair. Don't miss out on the celebratory 1 shilling tea on June 10, 2008 at Langham Hotels in Auckland, Boston, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne and now Pasadena.


Luxury Hotel Specials in Europe: Fourth Night Free at the Grand Bretagne, Athens


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand BretagneNow's your chance to snag a free night at the most prestigious hotel in Athens. Long considered the city's most exclusive place to stay, the Grand Bretagne occupies a prime block of the city center, just across from Constitution Square, the House of Parliament and the National Gardens. The hotel of choice for heads of state and celebrity royalty, the Grand Bretagne has a stunning rooftop pool, renovated Spa, and a Rooftop Garden Bar restaurant with sigh-inducing views. Travelers will be thrilled to find out that Starwood's Luxury Collection is offering a fourth night free with three paid nights for its European hotels, including the Grand Bretagne. The booking deadline is May 30, 2008, and the special applies for the months of May, October, November and December.


Disruptions in Yangon for Orient- Express


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Below is a message from Orient-Express for travelers to Myanmar after the recent tragic events:

    Tuesday 6th May 2008 - In the early hours of Saturday 3rd May 2008, the southern part of Burma was hit by tropical cyclone Nargis, which has caused extensive damage and loss of life. Orient-Express has two operations in Burma: the Road To Mandalay river cruise ship which cruises the Ayeyarwady River, and The Governors Residence, a hotel in Yangon (Rangoon). The Road To Mandalay was closed for the season so there were no guests onboard. The ship was in Yangon for a scheduled dry-docking and was caught in the cyclone and was badly damaged. The Governors Residence also sustained some damage. The hotel had few guests as it is currently the low season; all guests and staff are safe. The Governor's Residence Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar is an imposing teak mansion hotel dating from the 1920s within the elegant Embassy Quarter of Yangon and close to the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda. The airport in Yangon reopened on Monday 5th May and one of our regional Directors was on the scene immediately. He and Orient-Express staff based in the country are currently assessing the damage as well as providing what assistance they can. At present, it is unlikely that either operation will be able to reinstate normal services for at least three months. Any passengers or guests booked to travel before 1st September 2008 are advised to contact their local Orient-Express office or travel agent to rearrange their travel plans.