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.

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.


Live Like a Star at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Santa Monica Beach HotelCruise the streets of Hollywood, shop and dine in style on Rodeo Drive, search for celebs in the Hollywood Hills, and speed down the Pacific Cruise Highway, wind in your hair, for some fun in the sun on the beaches of Malibu. LA is yours for the taking with the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, the gorgeous luxury hotel that occupies a prime spot in Santa Monica just a block from the sprawling white sandy beach. This place has it all-- from an Ocean Spa and Fitness Center to the breathtaking views from the guest rooms and lounges. Choose the "Live Like A Star" package and you'll enjoy a one-night stay in a Premium Room and also get a one-day car rental (luxury convertible, of course) with a map of stars homes and LA attractions. Priced from $405, available until May 25, 2008.


Fourth Night Free at Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Copacabana PalaceHead down to Rio for a relaxing break at one of the most glamorous hotels in the world. Setting of the famous film 'Flying down to Rio' where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together for the first time, Copacabana Palace offers the ultimate in sophisticated luxury-- just steps from the white sands of the most famous beach in the world. This is the hide-out of the rich and famous. Make the Copacabana Palace your home as you explore the delights of the fascinating city: sun yourself on Copacabana or Ipanema beach and visit Corcovado or Sugar Loaf Mountain and marvel at the beauty of Rio nestled in the series of bays below you. With the "Stay Another Night" package, you get the fourth night for free when you stay three consecutive nights. Rates start at $487, and you also get complimentary access to the fitness center, tennis court, and sauna.


Steal Away to Barcelona: Special Rates at Gran Hotel La Florida


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gran Hotel La FloridaInsiders know that the best panoramic views of Barcelona (and the Mediterranean Sea) are from Gran Hotel La Florida, the sexy urban resort located just 25 minutes outside the city. Filled with contemporary master works of art and beautiful sculptures, this spectacular hotel boasts every possible amenity. For a truly unforgettable stay, choose one of the Design Suites- like the Sky Terrace Suite, which-- as its name suggests-- features sweeping mountain and city views. Book your stay with Five Star Alliance and you can find rates as low as EUR 175 this summer. 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. Plus, you get free wireless Internet and access to the ZenZone Spa including Sauna, Steam Bath, Pressure Showers, Ice Fountain, Jacuzzi, Hydrotherapy and treatment cabins.


Savor the Start of Summer with Sunset Tower Hotel’s Memorial Weekend Special


By: Courtney W. May

Sunset Tower HotelCentrally located on the famed Sunset Strip, the Sunset Tower Hotel is only minutes away from Beverly Hills and Hollywood - guests can stroll to the Sunset Plaza with its boutiques, bookstores, and outdoor cafes. Spend Memorial Day Weekend savoring the best that Los Angeles has to offer with the Sunset Tower's Memorial Weekend Special. Stay a total of three nights between May 24 and May 27 (inclusive) and get 50% off the rate of your third night.

As a reminder, guests making reservations at the Sunset Tower Hotel through Five Star Alliance will receive a complimentary 30-minute Turkish Hammam at the hotel Spa, room upgrade based upon availability and a late 2 pm check out. In addition, a 20 percent discount on Spa and Salons services is offered to all Five Star Alliance guests during their stay. As always - please reserve your Hamman session in advance prior to arrival.