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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.

Roam with Rover: Luxury Pet Services at the Conrad Chicago


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad ChicagoNow there's another reason to book a stay at the luxurious Conrad Chicago, one of the most prestigious addresses within the Magnificent Mile. The Windy City's ideal urban oasis has recently introduced a host of special pet services and amenities, so you never have to leave Fido at home. Four-legged friends can now experience a sumptuous Conrad pet bed created specially for VIPs (Very Important Pets) along with engraved food and water bowls, breed-appropriate toys and a designer leash. And that's not all. Pampered pets will love the in-room dining. The Conrad Chicago's culinary team has created a gourmet experience that includes Prime Meatballs, Howling Kobe Stew, Sole for a Cat and Nine Fish Mélange. Desserts include Bow-Wow Brownies and Canine Cookies. The Conrad Chicago "Roam with Rover" package costs from $245 and also includes the Pet Welcome Kit (clean-up bag, pet ID tag, latex gloves, and dog walking map). A portion of the stay will be donated to PAWS. [Map]


Bread and Butter Special with Hotel Rey Juan Carlos, Barcelona


By: Madelyn Giblin

Hotel Rey Juan CarlosThe Hotel Rey Juan Carlos, located in spectacular Barcelona, has state-of-the-art outdoor lounging areas, two swimming pools, exquisite gardens, as well as a Wellness Center and Spa. From June 30th through July 6th Hotel Rey Juan Carlos is offering a "Bread and Butter" special. For only EUR 178.50 per night guests can stay in one of the hotel's posh double rooms, and receive breakfast in the hotel's Polo Restaurant, a 30 minute massage at the wellness center, "strawberries extravaganza" and bottles of water and chocolate. Barcelona is an exciting city full of rich culture, and what better way to enjoy all of that than with the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos.


Game, Set and Match: Wimbledon 2008 at The Milestone Hotel, London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Milestone HotelStay three nights in London during The Wimbledon Tennis Championships at The Milestone, recently ranked no. 1 in the world for service by Travel+ Leisure (reader's survey, June 2008). More than just a premier tennis tournament, Wimbledon is a quintessential English event and The Milestone has put together a package, valid from June 22- July 6, 2008, so that you can savor this London summertime experience. When you arrive, you'll be welcomed with a bowl of delicious strawberries and cream, just to get you in the Wimbledon mood. The Milestone will also present you with a complimentary drink, plus the official Wimbledon 2008 DVD and souvenir book. Then, on the evening of your choice, unwind with a post-match bottle of champagne and canapés for two – served in the Conservatory. The package also includes full English breakfast.


Deals in Dallas: The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Rosewood Crescent Court Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Mansion on Turtle CreekStay at one of the top hotels in the U.S. for a fraction of the price. The Mansion on Turtle Creek, once the palatial home of a Texas cotton magnate and now the flagship property for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, has racked up numerous accolades for its five-star service and accommodations. With the Rosewood Escapes offer, you can score a night for just $235 on weekends. This also includes full breakfast for two and valet parking. As Travel + Leisure points out, this is a real deal considering that rack rates start at $575 per night. The Escapes rate is also available at the luxurious Rosewood Crescent Court Hotel, located less than five minutes from Dallas' downtown Central Business District, the Dallas Market Center and world-renowned Dallas Design District. Home to a spa, outdoor pool, fitness center, and Nobu Restaurant, the Crescent Court usually goes for $525 per night. Take advantage of the Escapes rate and get a room for $225 on weekends.


What’s Hot: Onguma Tented and Plains Camp, Namibia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Onguma Tented Camp, NamibiaLong before Namibia made headlines as the secret hideaway for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the country was a favorite for in-the-know travelers. The dramatic landscapes, including the red-dune Namib desert, are luring more and more folks to southern Africa, who are delighted by the incredible design hotels on offer. Case in point: the new Onguma Plains Camp, which has been getting a lot of press as one of the hottest hotels of the year. There are only 13 rooms in this fort-like hotel, all with private viewing decks over looking Etosha National Park. The rugged setting of the private 50,000 acre game reserve will take your breath away. To quote the Travel + Leisure "It List":

While the design of most southern African lodges skews toward either safari chic or super-Modernist (Singita), Onguma takes the bush lodge in a bold new direction. All carved antique doors, billowy curtains, and reflecting pools, it's as if a casbah were relocated to the continent's south. The main lodge features brushed-metal sconces, Middle Eastern lanterns, and long mirrors in distressed wooden frames. Two of each guest room's walls are made of canvas; they can be opened to reveal a mesh window that makes the plains look like an Impressionist painting. At night, the resort requires that you zip yourself snugly into your room (which can feel claustrophobic). But it's a safety precaution, since lions roam nearby.


Summer Getaway at the Conrad Indianapolis from $179


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad IndianapolisThis summer, check out the blossoming arts scene in Indianapolis, a surprising and unexpected fact, the Washington Post recently ruminated, as "the Indiana capital is trumpeted as the "Amateur Sports Capital of the World," due to a year-round calendar of college contests and Olympic trials."

"Go Colts!" signs adorned shops and buildings like campaign posters; even the Japanese restaurant Mikado, which cowers in the shadow of the RCA Dome football stadium, claims to be the home of the Super Bowl XLI champs. For the sophisticated sports fan, there are tuna rolls and Sapporo during "Monday Night Football." In addition, no race car devotee could come to Indy without a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kissing the fabled bricks is not allowed, but no one will stop you from genuflecting.

Sure, sports are a big deal in Indianapolis, but now there are more contemporary art venues than there are pro sports venues in the entire state. Come enjoy what Indianapolis has to offer this summer, and make the luxurious Conrad Indianapolis your destination of choice. The finest hotel in the city, the Conrad Indianapolis is located in the heart of downtown, just one block from Monument Circle, connected by skybridge to both the Indiana Convention Center and the RCA Dome. The summer getaway offer includes continental breakfast for two in Vitesse each morning and complimentary valet parking for one vehicle. From just $179 per night.


Chelsea Football Club Soccer School at Forte Village Resort, Sardinia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Forte Village ResortNow there's another reason to check out the dream holiday destination of Sardinia. The award-winning Forte Village Resort-- comprised of 7 refined hotels (including Hotel Castello and Villa del Parco), 35 suites, 21 restaurants, a world-renowned thalasso spa, and numerous recreational activities-- is offering the Forte Village Football Academy with the Chelsea Football Club this summer. From May – September 2008, coaches from the English Premier League side will be taking up residence at Forte Village's Football Academy to provide expertise to boys and girls aged 4-13. What better motivation for young people than a master-class from the club responsible for developing John Terry from a teenager into the Chelsea and England team captain? Chelsea and Forte Village have developed a fantastic program for the participants, culminating in a mini-tournament where parents can come cheer them on (if they can pull themselves away from the luxurious, seaside facilities of Forte Village Resort!) We can't think of a better vacation experience for kids and their families.


Free Third Night at the Four Seasons San Francisco


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons San FranciscoExtend your stay in San Francisco and get pampered by the Four Seasons, located just two blocks from Union Square. With the "Stay Longer" package, you can score a complimentary third night along with Full American breakfast for two in Seasons Restaurant (or with in-room dining). Take a jaunt to the nearby Museum of Modern Art, hit the gym at the world-class Sports Club/LA located inside the hotel itself, or simply relax in your generously sized guest room checking out the view from the floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase stunning views of San Francisco Bay and the city's downtown. This package is offered from May 30, 2008 - December 31, 2008, with a minimum three-night stay required. Starting from $430 per night. There are some black-out dates.


Reconnect and Indulge at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz Carlton MoscowRussian black caviar, blinis, and chilled vodka, oh my. The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow has been making waves since its opening last year. Hailed as one of the best new business hotels in the world by Fortune, the Ritz-Carlton has the best location in the city, perched on the edge of Red Square. The opulence on display here is evidence of some serious "Moscow Moola." The technology butler and vodka sommelier may be cool, but the food is what has tongues wagging. At Jeroboam, you can feast on cuisine from Michelin three-star chef Heinz Winkler. And the rooftop lounge and sushi bar are easily the hottest ticket in town, overlooking Red Square and the Kremlin. From now through the end of the year, book the Reconnect package at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow and you'll enjoy one night accommodation, personal concierge service, buffet breakfast for two, Russian black caviar with blinis and chilled vodka served in-room upon arrival, roundtrip airport limo service, and pre-registration at check-in. Starting from 948 C.U.


So You Wanna Be A Cowboy: Texas Chic at Lajitas, The Ultimate Hide-Out


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cowboys at LajitasUnleash your inner cowboy at the luxurious Texas ranch of Lajitas. This is the Wild West at its most chic: "With velvet comforters and cowhide rugs, it's a sybarite's fantasy of the Old West," explains Travel + Leisure. Plus, there are plush bathrobes and fancy Agave bath amenities, to boot. The rugged wilderness of West Texas, between Big Bend National Park and the Mexico border, is home to this fabulous destination resort encompassing 25,000 acres. Here at Lajitas you can take advantage of the "Wanna Be A Cowboy" package and fire guns at Greasewood Flats (the resort's very own cowboy action shooting range), go trail riding and get a gourmet picnic lunch and 'cutting horse' instruction from the equestrian staff. From $390 per night, including deluxe accommodations and daily breakfast.