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.

Special Offers: Accommodations, All Meals, and a Spa Treatment at Miraval Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Miraval resortMiraval, Life in Balance is not just about relaxation; the Tucson luxury resort has developed quite the following for redefining lifestyles with balance and harmony. In fact, there's over 110 different ways to restore your life at this award-winning resort with an array of activities, programs, classes, and spa services. It's a unique resort destination, surrounded by 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Southern Arizona. Private, casita-style rooms create a restful oasis, brimming with luxurious amenities. Now's your chance to get 50 percent off Miraval's "Authentic Remedy Package," which includes accommodations, three meals a day, and 1 spa service or round of golf per person, per night, all programs, cooking demos, a morning stretch and sunset hike. All for just $399 per person, per night. Book by April 30th.


Big Promotion from Starwood: Get a Free Weekend For Every 2 Hotel Stays


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Royal HawaiianThis just in. Starwood Hotels and Resorts has announced a rewarding new promotion for new and existing members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program (SPG). When you stay two times at any of Starwood's hotels between May 1 and July 31, 2009, you can earn one free weekend night (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). There are no limits to the number of free weekend nights that can be earned, and earned nights can be combined to make a longer weekend stay. The best part? No blackout dates (!) and the nights are redeemable through the end of September. Starwood encompasses 875 hotels around the world within nine different brands (like St. Regis, Westin, The Luxury Collection, Aloft and Sheraton), including the likes of the Royal Hawaiian (pictured) and the opulent Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice. Talk about a travel stimulus program!


Show Mom How Much You Care with a Fantastic Offer from The Royal Palms Hotel and Spa


By: Christina Vasquez

Royal Palms Hotel and SpaWant to impress mom with an unforgettable gift this Mothers Day? How about treating her to a luxurious getaway to Phoenix's Royal Palms Hotel and Spa with the "Shop Til You Drop...Relax Til You Pack" Deal? Along with nightly accommodations, the package includes one day of wake-up lattes delivered to mom's room with a shopping back filled with goodies. Complimentary sedan service to and from the Royal Palms Hotel and Spa to Scottsdale Fashion Square will whisk mom and her guest off for a day of shopping. In the evening mom will enjoy a sumptuous dinner for two at T.Cook's, and the following day, her shopping pain will be melted away with an Essenza di Vita Pedicure in the relaxing Alvadora Spa.


Spring in Full Bloom at Hotel Bernini Palace, Florence


By: Alison Victor

Hotel Bernini PalaceThere is no better time to see Florence than right now, with the spring weather perfect for sightseeing. A great place to stay while there is the Hotel Bernini Palace. Opposite the Palazzo Vecchio, in the very heart of the city, Hotel Bernini Palace is surrounded by some of the greatest art and architecture in the western world. Book now through the end of May, and you can stay at Hotel Bernini Palace for around 200 Euros a night, breakfast included.


Five Star Alliance Deals: Free Third Night in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin St FrancisNow's your chance to score a free third night in the City by the Bay at the hotel praised for its panoramic views and stellar cuisine (the high-end resto that started it all for Michael Mina). Not to mention the perfect setting directly on San Francisco's Union Square! The Westin St. Francis is offering a special package with a complimentary third night's stay. This hot offer is just one of the many fab deals found on Five Star Alliance's new page of luxury travel deals.


Free Fourth Night in Hanoi at the Sofitel Metropole


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel MetropoleStep off the steamy, (slightly) chaotic city streets into an oasis of calm at the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, the city's French-Colonial style landmark and celebrated hotel-- that's played host to heads of state and playwrights since 1901. The hotel's a marvelous mix of Vietnamese and European style, reflected also in the cuisine served up in its restaurants: superb French dishes at Le Beaulieu and Hanoi specialties at Spices Garden. In such a sultry climate, the Sofitel Metropole's pool is especially inviting. Coming soon: a full-service, luxury spa. Until May 25th, you can take advantage of the "Seasonal Diversion" package and get a fourth night free when you stay for three nights. You'll also receive a box of delectable chocolates and a late check-out of 4 p.m.


Morgans Hotel Group: An Offer You Can’t Refuse


By: Alison Victor

Mondrian Hotel ScottsdaleMorgans Hotel Group has been revolutionizing the hospitality industry since the opening of its first hotel in 1984. The group is known for luxurious hotels that put emphasis on personal service, ambiance, and the overall experience. Morgans has put out a special offer that will look good to anyone feeling the effects of today's economy. If you book now through June 30th at some of their hottest properties, not only will you stay for an amazing rate, but you will also receive two complimentary cocktails at the hotel's bar, and up to a $100 USD credit, based upon availability. This includes Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles, with rates starting at $295 USD, Mondrian Hotel Scottsdale, with rates starting at $140 USD, and Clift San Francisco, with rates starting at $205 USD.


Bail-Out Packages, Hotel Discounts, and Hot Deals with Five Star Alliance


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peter IslandFans of luxury value, rejoice. In addition to our daily blog-- chock full of deals and promotional specials at the best hotels worldwide-- we've just launched a page with stellar luxury travel deals, hand-picked by our team at Five Star Alliance. How does a free night in San Francisco sound? Or complimentary gourmet eats, or airport transfers? Check it out here. 


50 Percent Off Rooms at the Newly-Renovated Banyan Tree Lijiang


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Banyan Tree LijiangThis just in. Banyan Tree Lijiang-- surrounded by extraordinary snow-capped peaks in China's southern province of Yunnan-- is celebrating its new makeover in a big way. They're doling out promotional rates of 50 percent off for online bookings made between April 8th and 11th for stays until the end of 2009. Experience the cultural and aesthetic marvels of a town named a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Lijiang is a picturesque maze of cobble-stone streets, canals, bridges, and distinctive Naxi architecture. The resort just opened 34 swanky new deluxe and spa suites on its extensive Naxi-styled resort grounds, each with views of towering Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. This is the Banyan Tree Group's flagship resort in China, offering a luxury pool villa experience that's unrivaled in the Yunnan region.


Luxury for Less on Las Ramblas at Le Meridien Barcelona


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien BarcelonaYou can splurge on a lavish getaway in a luxury suite in Barcelona without breaking the bank. Le Meridien Barcelona-- a bastion of contemporary style directly on the city's iconic boulevard, Las Ramblas-- has dreamed up a "Luxury Suite" package with all kinds of rock-star perks so you can get spoiled like an A-lister for a fraction of the price. Starting from just EUR 489 in a Mediterranean Suite, this package includes a host of free amenities. You'll get picked up in a Mercedes at the airport and transferred to the hotel, where your beautiful (and immense) suite awaits on the top floors of the hotel. Take in the views of hopping Las Ramblas from your private terrace, or relax on the plush bed with a complimentary selection of in-house movies and a welcome plate of fruit and Voss mineral water. You'll also get free internet access, minibar with soft drinks, and a Bvlgari products gift box. Buffet breakfast is included each morning