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.

What’s New in London: The Connaught’s Massive Makeover and New Star Chef, Helene Darroze


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Helene DarrozeWe can barely contain our excitement about the appointment of Hélène Darroze, one of France's most distinguished chefs, as the Executive Chef at The Connaught. For the last 18 months, The Connaught has benefitted from a finely-tuned, GBP 60 million renovation and now Phase 1 is complete-- after skilled artisans have labored to restore original features and added a whole bunch of contemporary art and technology. The hotel's priceless London location and coveted legacy have lured connoisseurs of luxury for over a century, and now The Connaught can continue to offer this grand hotel experience to its clients. The hotel's long love affair with gastronomy will continue with Hélène Darroze at the helm in the hotel's kitchen. Trained by Alain Ducasse, awarded with two Michelin stars, Darroze is considered one of the top-ranking female chefs in the world. Slated to open in the third week of June, "Hélène Darroze at the Connaught" will wow diners with Darroze's innovative dishes, inspired by authentic regional and seasonal flavours, with roots in her native Landes region of South West France. To quote the Guardian: "At the Connaught, she follows in the footsteps of Angela Hartnett, Gordon Ramsay's protégée who won a Michelin star there before the tenancy expired last September."

Image Via The Independent


Deals at the Newly-Renovated Casa Marina Resort and The Reach, Key West


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Casa Marina Resort, Key WestThe southernmost point in the U.S. recently unveiled the renovations of two iconic resorts: The Reach and Casa Marina Resort & Beach Club. After a hefty makeover, these two resorts have reopened and offer sophisticated accommodations and stellar service on this tropical island. Originally built by railroad magnate Henry Flagler in 1920, Casa Marina is a testament to Old Key West glamour with a new modern style. Your friends and family will love the vintage flair and gorgeous setting, shaded by towering palms. Couples will adore the intimate boutique style and sassy atmosphere at The Reach Resort. The highlight of the $37 million renovation at The Reach is the debut of Key West outpost of New York's Strip House Restaurant. Both hotels have plenty of luxurious amenities and contemporary conveniences. Situated on the largest natural beach on the island's southeastern edge, the resorts are just a short walk from Ernest Hemingway's house, the Southernmost Point U.S.A. and other premier Key West attractions on Duval Street in historic Old Town.

The Reach ResortBoth resorts are offering fantastic spring rates from $149 per night. Plus, when you stay at either of these elegant resorts, you can earn credits towards fantastic resort activities including dining, spa treatments, water sports and beach rental. The Summer Escape promo means a $50 resort credit with a 2-3 night stay, and $75 for 4+ nights.


Fourth of July Festivities at the Willard Hotel


By: Madelyn Giblin

Willard BathroomCelebrate this Independence Day with a sparkle with Willard InterContinental's Fireworks and Fanfare Package. July 3 through 6th the Willard Hotel offers discounted room rates along with an in room amenity upon arrival, prepared by Willard's pastry chef, gourmet picnic basket from Café du Parc, and festive Fourth of July flags and hats. The picnic basket includes delicious fresh French bread, fresh fruit, assorted cheeses and cured meats, chocolates and beverages. In addition the concierge will be available to direct guests to the very best places in the city to view the spectacular fireworks display on the National Mall. This Fourth of July will surely go off with a bang. Rooms are $589 per room, double occupancy.


Get a Suite at Half the Price with Peninsula Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula Hong KongIt's back! The "Suite Life" promotion at Peninsula Hotels has returned (and it's music to our ears). Peninsula suites offer the absolute pinnacle of luxury in seven cities around the globe-- from Tokyo to New York, from Bangkok to Chicago. You can enjoy these spacious suites, exquisitely decorated and decked out with all the latest cutting-edge technology, for half the price this summer. With the "Suite Life" package, you'll get the second night for free when you pay for the first night. This translates to about $200 for a two-night stay in Manila, $309 in Bangkok, and $423 in Hong Kong. Wow.


Bon Voyage- Happy Memorial Day Weekend from Five Star Alliance


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peter IslandWishing you a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend from all of us at Five Star Alliance. We'll be back soon with all the latest news and hottest deals on luxury hotels worldwide...


Children’s Adventure in D.C. with the Park Hyatt Washington


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt WashingtonThe beautifully-redesigned Park Hyatt is a stylish oasis between Dupont Circle and Georgetown. Globetrotting business folks love the free Internet and sumptuous bathrooms, fashionable locals flock to the Blue Duck Tavern, and even kids go gaga over the Adventure Package put together by the Park Hyatt. As the hotel explains, you can "disguise an educational endeavor with an urban adventure"- so kids are having fun and learning, too. This two-night weekend package provides a private tour guide for your child to explore any one of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC.-- from natural history to space exploration. The package includes: two-night stay and upgrade to a signature Park Deluxe room (the largest deluxe room in Washington), a bucket of homemade seasonal ice cream from Blue Duck Tavern, full American breakfast for two adults and one child daily, children's surprise backpack with sightseeing supplies, three hour children's tour guide to take your child on his/her chosen Smithsonian Museum tour, and a chauffeured SUV (4 hours) to drive the family to and from the Smithsonian Museum tour. Valid until September 9, 2008, Friday through Sunday.


Four Seasons Hotel New York: It’s Not All About “Sex and the City”


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons New YorkSick of all the "Sex and the City" hoopla? Not planning on standing in line for the movie? The Four Seasons Hotel New York is calling all the anti-Carrie Bradshaws. This stylish Manhattan hotel, the quintessential address between Park and Madison Avenues, has put together a package called "It's not all about Sex and the City." This includes one round of "anything but cosmos" in the hotel bar, a steak dinner at 57 Restaurant, a complimentary DVD library that includes anything but "Sex and the City" (think "Die Hard" and "Full Metal Jacket"), and a "Clog Your Arteries" breakfast. Available May 30 to Aug. 31, the package costs $2,000 a night for a double-bedded room (double occupancy).

Via WSJ


Summer Renovations for the Ritz-Carlton Montreal


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Ritz Carlton MontrealBeginning in June, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal will begin a large scale renovation project. This is good news for such a beloved landmark, but unfortunately it won't re-open until next summer! However, pains must be taken to keep the "Grande Dame" of Sherbrooke Street in league with the best Canadian hotels. The renovations will include overall updates to the rooms and common areas, as well as an expansion of the building to create luxury residences. When all is said and done, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal will have 130 luxury rooms and suites, 35 condo-residences, and 15 condo-suites. We can't wait to see the results!


Sticks and Stones, Summer Specials at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort NaplesThere are summer sales galore on Florida's sun-drenched coast. At the five-diamond Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, room rates can be found for just $149 per night in June. So you can experience world-class golf on two Greg Norman-designed courses, the spectacular pool and sumptuous accommodations for a song. Or choose the "Sticks and Stones" package (how clever!) and you'll get one round of golf and one hot stone massage (per room) thrown in!


The Best Brunch in Buenos Aires: Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt Buenos AiresMost Argentines know the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt, situated in the city's swank Recoleta district, as one of the best, most fashionable hotels in Buenos Aires. After its opening, it was immediately featured on the Travel + Leisure 2006 It List. To quote: "Walking up the sweeping stone staircase of Palacio Duhau is like walking into a private mansion." The garden was designed by the gentleman who planned B.A.'s botanical gardens; the rooms outfitted with all the latest luxuries; the indoor pool equipped with "750 colored bulbs to simulate the changing of light from dawn to dusk." Vinoteca may have some 3,500 bottles of wine to choose from (accompanied by your choice of 40 different cheeses), but perhaps the best kept secret at the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt is the prix fixe brunch served at Gioia Restaurant on Sunday. Take a seat on the terrace and soak up the spectacular views of the Palace and the garden. Insiders claim it'll be the best $53 you’ve ever spent.

Photo Via Flickr/Longhorndave