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.

Opening of The Chuan Body & Soul at The Langham, Boston


By: Madelyn Giblin

Langham BostonThe Langham, Boston is thrilled to announce the opening of its new Chuan Body and Soul Spa. Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the spa focuses on the balance of the five elements, and develops personalized treatments to recreate inner harmony for guests. Featuring two floors of modern spa treatment rooms, a Rejuvenation Bar, locker rooms, indoor pool, hot tub, saunas, and TechnoGym equipment, Chuan Body + Soul provides guests all the resources to recapture their body's harmony. Chuan also offers a range of spa products, oils, and teas to help you relax during your stay. Come enjoy one of the premier spas in America at the Langham in Boston.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at The Langham Boston will receive continental breakfast for two each morning in the Cafe Fleuri for every night booked.


Image Consultant at the Hotel Principe Di Savoia, Milan


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Principe di SavoiaSituated on the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Milan, the Hotel Principe di Savoia is a symbol of all the glamor and luxury of this Italian fashion capital. Behind the elegant neoclassical façade, 404 beautifully-appointed guest rooms offer all the latest innovations in technology and design. Since the 1920s, the Hotel Principe di Savoia has played host to international travelers and cosmopolitan society, and this tradition continues to this day at Milan's oldest five-star hotel. Guests enjoy outstanding service standards (like complimentary transfers in a Mercedes limousine) and superlative facilities (like the rooftop Club 10 health and fitness center and a variety of gourmet dining experiences). Plus, the Hotel Principe di Savoia now offers an innovative service: a selection of Image Consultants, available on appointment, which can completely reinvent your style and image, through suggestions and advice on make-up, dresses and everything about your look. Book the Image Consultant Package 2008, available all year round with arrival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and you'll also enjoy a full buffet breakfast, bottle of sparkling wine in-room, and complimentary entrance to Club 10. Starting at EUR 923 in a Deluxe Double, the Personal Image package (3 hours) includes image consultation, color analysis, body shape analysis, new image design and personal shopping. If you choose Personal Image Deluxe, you'll also get a lifestyle analysis and sketches from a fashion designer. Rate codes: Personal Image PKGIMAGE2008; Personal Image Deluxe IMAGEDLX2008


Palm Island: All-Inclusive, Private Island Resort in the Caribbean


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Island ResortDiscover paradise near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an archipelago of 32 tropical islands in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort that offers complimentary water sports, so you can take to the high seas in a kayak or catamaran, and complimentary snorkeling equipment to discover the exotic sea life, rainbow-colored reefs and fascinating shipwrecks of some of the finest underwater sights in the world. In fact, most everything at this luxurious resort is complimentary, because it's all-inclusive. Chill out in the refreshing freshwater pool and waterfall, lounge on one of the five beaches, indulge in the superb food while enjoying live entertainment, bike around the 135 acre island, play tennis or pitch-and-putt golf. This casually-elegant resort has it all (and the awards to prove it). And with just 42 guest lodgings, Palm Island is intimate and exclusive, so you share this unspoiled island with just a few other discerning travelers.


The InterContinental Century City: Helicopter Tours of Los Angeles and More


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Century CityGuests who check in to the swanky InterContinental Century City find the hotel to be nothing short of impressive. Oozing Hollywood glamour, the InterContinental has sophisticated facilities and gorgeous guest rooms. From your private balcony, you can see across Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. The Westside address is an unbeatable location- within walking distance of Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive, 20th Century Fox Studios, and MGM Tower, and within driving distance of the Getty Center, LA city center, and the beach. In fact, there's a complimentary town car to take you shopping or wherever you want in LA! And the concierge team, famous for organizing "In the Know" Insider experiences offered at InterContinental hotels worldwide, can take care of just about any request. A helicopter tour of the City of Angels is an unforgettable experience. (From the InterContinental's helipad above the 17th floor you can take in views of the Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica, and the Pacific). The concierge will gladly arrange helicopter rides in the morning, afternoon or sunset, for you to appreciate the sprawling, beautiful city from the air.


Start Your Summer Vacation at The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia


By: Madelyn Giblin

Start Your Summer Vacation at The Cloister at Sea Island GeorgiaEscape those hot summer days at the office with The Cloister Summer Getaway package. For a two night stay arriving on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, the package includes breakfast daily, and a dinner at either Big George's Raw Bar and Grill or the The Cloister River Bar, for up to a family of four. Guests also receive a $300 gift card to use during your stay. The Cloister is located on Saint Simons Island in Georgia with pristine beaches and a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy your summer vacation. Rates start at $865 per night.


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.