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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.

Art and Cooking Classes at Le Meridien Tahiti


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien TahitiNot like anyone could ever get bored of over-water bungalows and the paradise setting of Tahiti: white sandy beaches and dramatic green mountains rising from the South Pacific. But the luxurious Le Meridien Tahiti has organized art and cooking classes for those who want to do more than lounge in the sandy-bottom swimming pool or scuba dive the seas. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the resort highlights the colorful cultural heritage of these beautiful islands, the inspiration for so many artists (like Paul Gauguin). Discover art and cuisine first-hand with L'Atelier du Chef, the new cooking class program for 2008. Study the art of Tahitian cooking with the Executive Chef Sebastien Philizot during several interactive classes and learn how to make tasty dishes like crispy shrimp with fresh mint and mango salsa. Classes are offered daily, except Thursdays, for approx. $55. You can combine cooking classes with the noteworthy L'Atelier Art program. Immerse yourself in the rich art history of the islands by meeting local artists and receiving painting instruction through several courses. There are 4 and 5 day packages available.


Extraordinary “Father of the Year” Offer at Hayfield Manor


By: Madelyn Giblin

Extraordinary Father of the Year Offer at Hayfield ManorDon't settle for the ordinary this Father's Day. Treat your dad to the extraordinary "Father of the Year" at Hayfield Manor. Dad will surely appreciate the two night stay in one of Hayfield Manor's splendid rooms, exquisitely decorated, and located right outside the center of the vibrant city of Cork. The room comes with a full hearty Irish breakfast and dinner at the renowned Orchids Restaurant and professional wine consultation during the meal. The truly memorable gift comes with the thirty minute flying lesson from Atlantic Flight Center, in which Dad can learn to pilot a plane on his own. And mom will be entertained too, with a complimentary €50.00 voucher at the Hotel's spa for the treatment of her choice. Truly this is the ultimate Father's Day gift Dad will never forget. Rates start at €347.00 per person. Plus, all guests of Hayfield Manor who make reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary afternoon tea for two - once during their stay valued at 25 Euro per person.


Serious Savings on Nantucket at The Wauwinet


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

WauwinetSnag a deal at one of the finest hotels on Nantucket Island. Spring is here, the perfect time to visit this exclusive resort destination when the summertime crowds have not yet flooded the beaches. The Wauwinet is a world-class property that's home to Topper's Restaurant (the top hotel restaurant in Massachusetts, according to Zagat) and the island's first resort spa. During peak season, rooms at this award-winning hotel go for $700 and up. In May you can score a room for $290 a night with the "Too Good to be True" rates.


April is “Suite” Month at the Sunset Tower Hotel


By: Courtney W. May

Sunset Tower Hotel RoomApril is a "Suite" month at the Sunset Tower Hotel. The hotel has a special promotion for reservations in the month of April made through Five Star Alliance: all room reservations upgraded to a suite. The usual policy is an upgrade upon availability at check-in, but for the month of April any reservation booked through Five Star Alliance will be automatically upgraded to a suite at check-in. This is a guaranteed upgrade at check-in and all reservations in April will be honored with this special promotion. There are only 74 rooms and suites, so make sure you reserve now and stay in April 2008 to be guaranteed a Suite at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles, CA..


Buzz: Capella Niseko Resort, Designed by Tadao Ando, Set for Japan’s Renowned Ski Destination


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Niseko2010 won't come fast enough. Capella Hotels and Resorts is planning a top-tier resort for Niseko (boasting some of the world's finest powder- blown straight from Siberia), and it's going to knock our socks off. The famed architect Tadao Ando is going to work his magic in designing the luxury resort set on 32 acres adjacent to Annupuri-Niseko Mountain. Recipient of every major architecture award in the world (including the Prizker), Ando is renowned for his creative use of natural light and forms that follow the natural contour of the landscape. The resort will highlight the natural beauty of Niseko's incredible setting. What else would we expect from the posh, new Capella brand, led by legendary hotelier Horst Schulze (long-time president at Ritz-Carlton)? Capella is all about personalized luxury, and the resort promises an incredible wellness center and Auriga Spa, along with year-round recreational opportunities. A total of 9 Capella hotels worldwide have been announced; Schloss Velden, a Capella Hotel, in Austria, and Capella Castlemartyr, located in Cork, Ireland, were the first Capella resorts when they opened in 2007.

Image via Wayfaring


Waldorf-Astoria Luxury Hotel Will Open in Jerusalem


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

JerusalemHot off the press. The Waldorf-Astoria Collection, whose spectacular global properties include the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa on the Isle of Maui, La Quinta Resort and Club in Southern California, New York's legendary Waldorf-Astoria and the sumptuous palace hotel Qasr Al Sharq in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will introduce its first luxury hotel in Israel. Scheduled for the end of 2010, the historic Customs Building and Palace Hotel will be transformed into a 220-room property dubbed The Palace Jerusalem- The Waldorf-Astoria Collection. Plus, there will be 30 luxurious residences, three restaurants, a spa and fitness center, and extensive meeting and conference facilities. The location is superb, just a short distance from the Old City, at the intersection of King David, Agron and Mamilla Streets. After an estimated $100 million in renovations, the building will still retain its marvelous historic façade with decorative arches and stone carvings.

Photo Via National Geographic


The Ivy Hotel, San Diego: The World’s Hottest Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ivy HotelWe've been oohing and ahhing over the posh urban resort that is San Diego's Ivy Hotel, and it looks like we're not the only ones to be swooning. The Ivy was just included in Conde Nast Traveler's 12th annual "Hot List" of the World's Top New 136 Hotels. Here's the word:

...substance also accompanies the sexy style. Each of the 159 rooms is assigned an amiable and efficient butler who will run a bubble bath or fetch more champagne. The rooftop sundeck (where after-dark movies are screened) is strewn with daybeds, private cabanas and wicker "pods" for two. At Quarter Kitchen, chef Damon Gordon's offbeat repertoire includes truffled leek empanadas and caviar tacos. The Ivy's nightlife scene remains a hot ticket in the Gaslamp Quarter, with the crowd gathering to watch the city lights (and one another) at the rooftop Eden Bar, before descending into the depths of Envy for techno and bottle service rendered by servers in pleather minidresses...


Sensational Summer Rates at Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jamaica InnBook a summer getaway to the Caribbean and experience real value at the award-winning Jamaica Inn, consistently awarded prestigious accolades and considered one of the finest properties in the region. Indeed, Travel and Leisure recently ranked Jamaica Inn among the Top 3 Hotels in the Caribbean for the World's Best Hotel Values (March 2008 issue). Summer rates have officially kicked in so now's the time to snag a real deal at this elegant 47-room property situated on the premier beach in Jamaica. Choose the "Quick Fix Getaway," priced at $1,541, and you'll enjoy three nights in a Deluxe Verandah Suite inclusive of Private Roundtrip Transfers from the Montego Bay Airport, Breakfast and Dinner Daily, and one 1-Hour Massage at the KiYara Ocean Spa per person. Or book the "5 for 4 Special" and you'll get a 5th night free when you pay for 4 nights! Available in the Superior Balcony Suite, the Deluxe Verandah Suite and the Premier Verandah Suite rates only. Or choose the "Girlfriends' Retreat," priced from just $1,661 for a four night stay, and you'll luxuriate in bliss at the KiYara Ocean Spa with a 1 hour and 45 minute treatment including a Cooling Aloe Mint Body Cleanser, a KiYara Deep Stress Relief Massage, and a Hydrating Aroma Facial per person. Breakfast is also included.

All the above-mentioned packages are available from May 1-October 31, 2008. The hotel will be closed from August 31-September 28, 2008 for their annual renovations.


Room with a View of Venice at Hotel Danieli


By: Madelyn Giblin

Hotel Danieli VeniceStaying in Venice has never been this convenient! From now until the end of August, travelers in Venice looking for accommodations mid-week can take advantage of the Hotel Danieli's reduced rates Sunday through Thursdays. Book one of the Hotel's luxurious Lagoon View double rooms with rates starting at Euro 420,00 per room, per night including tax. The Hotel Danieli is one of Venice's finest, with a variety of amenites as well as spectacular, breathtaking views of the canals and the Venetian sunset. The Hotel is located close to a multitude of interesting landmarks including the Bridge of Sighs and Piazza San Marco.

Space is limited, so hurry!


The New Dim Sum Brunch at Shanghai Terrace, The Peninsula Chicago


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula Chicago terraceFoodies flock to The Peninsula Chicago's Shanghai Terrace for the best Chinese food in the city served on a fantastic open-air terrace amidst the skyscrapers. Inside, you'll enjoy the 1930s supper club atmosphere. And now, in addition to the fabulous Shanghainese and Cantonese dishes, Shanghai Terrace serves an elegant Dim Sum Brunch with over 30 selections of dim sum. At the new "Yum Cha at The Pen," diners can also sample drinks from the intriguing Asian tea menu. This brunch is offered from 12 noon to 2:30 pm on Sundays.

P.S. Shanghai Terrace recently introduced special lunch selections created with the busy executive in mind: The Health, Happiness, and Wealth bento boxes. The Health box ($24) features Soup of the Day, Mushroom Salad, Tofu, Ginger Fried Rice and Crème Brulée dessert. The Happiness bento box ($32) includes Soup of the Day, Asian Chicken Salad, Steamed Cod Fish, Singapore Noodles and Crème Brulée, while the Wealth bento box ($36) offers Soup of the Day, Shanghai Roll, Black Pepper Beef, Seafood Fried Rice and Crème Brulée.