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.
Soothe the shopaholic in you with the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel's new "Shop and The City" Package. With your luxury accommodation guests receive a £50 Harvey Nichols voucher, personal shopper service and guide to the best boutiques in Knightsbridge, and a full English breakfast. Finally, soothe your weary feet after a day of glamor with a complimentary Pevonia foot care pack. Just in time for the Harvey Nichols Summer Sale, guests are sure to delight at this exclusive offer, available for Friday through Sunday stays from now until December 31, 2008. Room rates start at £276 per night.
Enjoy a Caribbean holiday for less in the idyllic Turks and Caicos islands, a quiet paradise of sugar-sand and azure waters just a hop from Miami. Formerly known as The Palms, The Regent Palms Resort offers the height of luxury at the edge of 12-mile Grace Bay beach. Suites are generously sized with custom mahogany furniture, and from your private terrace, you'll appreciate the ocean views. By the pool, indulge in aromatherapy mists, tropical sorbet and individual iPod minis. (Service is superb and the staff includes Clefs d'Or concierges.) The 15,000 square foot spa is no less luxurious. Through October 31, 2008, take advantage of fantastic rates and a fourth night free special offer at The Regent Palms. If you arrive on a Sunday or Monday for a three-night stay, you'll get a fourth night thrown in for free, and rates start at just $325, significantly less than high season prices.
Climbing to the top is no small feat. At 61 storeys, the hotel towers over the city skyline. This year marks the tenth year that Banyan Tree Bangkok has organized the annual Vertical Marathon, to be held on September 28, 2008 from 6am-12pm. The finishing point for the race is the former helicopter landing pad on the 61st floor, now the Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar (pictured). In 2007, the winner made it to the top (that's 1,093 steps) in just six minutes and 16 seconds. The Vertical Marathon initiative is aimed at specific health care issues and needs within the local communities, and the event raises money for HIV-AIDS charities. The registration fee is 350 Thai Baht per person and includes the official Vertical Marathon t-shirt and a meal box. Winners will receive a trophy from Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, as well as complimentary accommodation and gift certificates from Banyan Tree. Visitors to Bangkok can also book the Vertical Marathon Package, available from September 27-28. Benefits include: a stay in a well-appointed suite, a cocktail drink at Moon Bar, breakfast or a lunch box, a Vertical Marathon entry ticket, and a Vertical Marathon T-Shirt. You'll also get 20 percent off at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa- to relax with a rejuvenating massage after tackling the vertical maraton!
Start your summer in style with a stay at the W French Quarter, the sleek hotel situated next to historic Jackson Square. Here you'll find all the trademark amenities that make the W Hotels so desirable-- 350-thread count linens, featherbeds, and the happening Living Room-- but you'll also find distinct New Orleans touches: fountains, the gothic cast-iron gate surrounding the illuminated outdoor pool, carriage houses turned into guest rooms, the Ralph Brennan-owned restaurant Bacco. Plus, this summer you can catch feature flicks under the stars. In partnership with the New Orleans Film Society, the hotel will be offering poolside screenings so you can sip summer cocktails and nibble on popcorn for a fabulous summer evening. The W French Quarter also lets you brunch in your bathing suit with its Bikini Brunch. You can imbibe a Bottomless Bellini, taste some brunch menu bites, and listen to tunes from members of the Thelonius Monk Institute Band. For a limited time, the hotel is offering rooms for $99 per night to kick off the summer. Available for stays through the 4th of July.
From its hilltop location, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz-- long considered the city's finest hotel-- offers vistas of Eduardo VII Park, St. George's Moorish castle, the Old Town and the Tagus River. Now operated by Four Seasons, this Lisbon landmark is seriously swanky. The rooms are plush with gorgeous furnishings, rich fabrics, and marble bathrooms with tub/shower combos. Some guest rooms even have terraces to take advantage of those killer views. There's a fitness center on the hotel's rooftop, spacious spa with indoor pool, and beloved seafood restaurant. Check into luxury this summer and discover Lisbon's rich history and exciting seaside location, while also getting a complimentary night at this exemplary establishment. The "Stay Longer" package includes luxurious accommodations, daily American buffet breakfast for two in Varanda restaurant (or in-room dining), and a complimentary night with every three or five consecutive paid nights. Translation: Stay three nights, you'll get the fourth night free; stay five nights, and get the sixth and seventh nights free. Rates start from EUR 285 per night. Available from June 26- August 31, 2008, and from November 1- December 31, 2008.
For the perfect balance of luxury, privacy and location- poised between London's fashionable Chelsea and Knightsbridge, summer at the Draycott Hotel should not be missed. From July 26th to September 7th, 2008, you can select either a Deluxe Double with views of a private garden square or a Suite with a sitting area. Whichever you choose will having you enjoying traditional Afternoon Tea, a pre-dinner champagne, hot chocolate before bed and a full english breakfast. With 35 rooms, luxuriously furnished with typical Edwardian features of high ceilings and fireplaces, 24 hour room service, and a private garden, the Draycott Hotel makes for a lovely way to enjoy summer in London.
Looking for an opulent, exotic getaway? Though Morocco is very much a travel hot spot these days, L Mansion is off-the-beaten path: 15 minutes outside Marrakech nestled at the base of the Atlas Mountains in a gorgeous park of citrus and olive trees, fragrant with rose, jasmine and orange blossoms. With only seven suites and one 2-bedroom villa, L Mansion offers the utmost in privacy and attentive service. You'll find a hotel fit for a king; the country's best craftsmen created an exquisite palace modeled after the Alhambra in Andalusia, distinguished by zellige mosaics, hand-painted wainscoting, and intricate tile work. Travelers on TripAdvisor can't stop raving about the personal welcome and genuinely warm Moroccan hospitality at L Mansion.
The press has gone gaga over Regent's first property in the U.S. Though situated not far from South Beach, the beachfront Regent Bal Harbour brings a different kind of high-end luxury to South Florida. Think: $4 million art collection and the country's first Guerlain Spa. The Regent Bal Harbour landed a spot on Travel and Leisure's "It List 2008":
This is a place for adults—which is appropriate, given that the Regent is also the first major hotel to open in the old-line Bal Harbour Village in 52 years. Here, it's all about the signifiers of luxury: Anichini bedding, plasma television screens embedded in bathroom mirrors, and a dazzling crystal chandelier. ...the hotel is a welcome alternative for those in search of Miami's more grown-up side.
Good news: the Regent's special opening rates are available until September 30, 2008 so you can check out Miami's best new digs for a fraction of the price. Normal rack rates exceed $750 per night, but the opening rates start at $375, including breakfast.
Located on the banks of the Yarra River and established as one of Melbourne's and Australia's finest hotels, The Langham Melbourne is offering overnight accommodations and a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight for 2 from now till the 30th of December. This special also includes a Champagne breakfast for 2 at Melba's, the Langham's award winning interactive restaurant. Here you can interact with the chefs at one of the Dynamic Cooking Stations and partake of the Inspirational Theme Stations including Tandori Oven, Turbo Woks, Rotisserie, Seafood Ice Blocks and Floating Desserts. All with unrivalled panoramic views of the City Skyline and Yarra River. Your stay includes accommodations in a River Room with views of the Yarra River and the Melbourne Skyline, access to the Health Club and Fitness Center, Pool, Jacuzzi, Saunas, signiture-scented color therapy steam rooms and therapeutic rain showers. Rates for this special start at $940 (Sunday to Friday) or $990 (Saturday). Weather permitting, your Hot Air Balloon ride is with the most experienced and professional company in Australia, www.hotairballooning.com.au.
Late check out is offered at 2 pm to fully allow you time to enjoy the offerings of this special experience.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more evocative spot on the Mediterranean. On a private beach on the most beautiful bay in all of Sicily, the Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace is elegant, charming... downright dreamy. Here's what we love:
*Each guest room provides sigh-inducing views of the bay. If you choose a suite, you'll get treated to your very own private pool.
*You can also get your fix of those dazzling bay views when you dine at La Terraza.
*Unlike a lot of European hotels, the fitness center at the Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace is actually a state-of-the-art facility.
*Frequent renovations over the years means the luxurious guest rooms-- outfitted with original art, wicker furniture, and wood or tile floors-- have all the latest amenities like Wifi.
*You can easily check out the lava at Mt. Etna, Europe's highest volcano. In fact, you can even play a game of golf at the 18-hole Il Picciolo course nearby on the slopes of Mt. Etna.
*Or just hang out at the resort, a self-contained oasis with surfing, sailing, water skiing and scuba diving.