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.

Summer Special in the Maldives at Cocoa Island


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cocoa IslandThe picture says it all. This is the tropical paradise-- replete with overwater bungalows-- that you've been dreaming about all winter. Cocoa Island is just as dreamy as it looks: a sun-kissed resort on the white sandy shores of the Maldives islands surrounded by the warm blue sea. Laze on the beach (or on your own hidden terrace), swim in the private lagoon, or check out the watersports center for some unrivalled scuba diving. There's a gym with yoga facilities and a COMO Shambhala retreat with a full range of spa services. On sale now: the "Summer Special" at Cocoa Island where you get 7 nights for the price of 5, or 14 nights for the price of 10. And if you book by February 29, 2008, you will also receive a $200 resort credit. So go ahead and be an escapist this summer.


Hotel de Charme Les Airelles: Ski the Alps in Courchevel, France


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Charme Les AirellesBed down in five-star luxury at the most sought-after lodgings in the Alps. The exclusive ski resort of Courchevel caters to a glamorous crowd of international jet-setters who flock here for the snow and hopping après-ski scene. Escape to the recently-renovated Hotel de Charme Les Airelles, the hotel of choice for the International Olympic Committee during the 1992 Winter Games. The fabulous spa, touted as a "winter wonderland" with waterfalls, soundproof shower booths, and a unique snow cave, is out of this world. Cozy, elegant and charming, Les Airelles resembles the grand ski chalets of another era. And the setting is just as stunning, with ski runs right out the door. The Ski Valet is there to help with your equipment and boots and give you the best tips about the "3 Vallées", arguably the greatest ski area in the world. The new restaurant, "Pierre Gagnaire pour Les Airelles"-- serving cuisine from the superstar chef-- already has quite the following.


Golf Course Views in Naples, Florida at the Ritz Carlton


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

The palatial Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL offers deluxe accommodations and extensive greens. Use a Segway to scoot around or bring your furry friends - they have a Pet Program!

There are 2 Ritz-Carlton's in Naples, Florida - make sure you book the right one. The Ritz Carlton Naples Golf Resort is inland with two Greg Norman-designed golf courses, while the Ritz Carlton Naples sits on three miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches.


The Ultimate Winter Retreat at The Lodge at Woodloch


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Lodge at WoodlochWhen it opened in June 2006 in Pennsylvania's pristine lake region, The Lodge at Woodloch was heralded as the first true luxury destination spa to debut in 10 years. Acclaim and accolades quickly followed. Named one of the "Top 10 Spas in the World" (2008, TripAdvisor), one of the "Top 15 Destination Spas" (2007, Travel + Leisure), and one of the "10 Most Luxurious Spas in the U.S." by Forbes, The Lodge at Woodloch is situated just 90 miles from New York City. Of course a resort of this caliber also made an appearance on Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List. This country lodge offers a totally integrated experience — physically, mentally and spiritually. Surrounded by 75 acres of woodland gardens, docks and waterscapes, the resort showcases window walls so the outdoors never leaves you. The dining room even seems like it's perched in the trees! You'll find tennis courts, private championship golf, an art studio, gourmet restaurants and a Tapas Bar and a Chef's Kitchen, game rooms, and the spa, of course, where you can enjoy a personalized spa vacation experience like no other.

With the Winter Retreat at The Lodge at Woodloch, you can save up to $400 per reservation. Stay two or more nights Sunday through Wednesday and receive a $200 credit per reservation, single occupancy or $400 credit per reservation for two people, double occupancy. Stay two or more nights Thursday through Saturday and receive a $150 credit per reservation, single occupancy or $300 credit per reservation for two people, double occupancy. Starting from $678 per room, the package is available for the Complete Spa Plan or Intro to Spa Plan. Until April 30, 2008.


Easter for Art Lovers at the Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg, Russia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel AstoriaDestination: St. Pete's, the Venice of the North, Russia's cultural capital, where internationally-praised opera, ballet and concert performances delight visitors, and the Hermitage Museum dazzles with its art collection. After decades of oblivion, the holy day of Easter has been revived in St. Petersburg with church services and processions, colorful Easter eggs, and art festivals. Perfectly located near St. Isaacs Cathedral in the heart of the city (just a block from the Hermitage), Rocco Forte's Hotel Astoria is one of the most sought-after hotels in St. Pete's. Scrupulously designed to reflect the noble history of the city, the Hotel Astoria has a spa, 24-hour gym, and Davidov restaurant serving authentic Russian cuisine. (Be sure to request a room with views over St. Isaac's Square.) Book the "Easter Dreams for Art Lovers" package to experience the festive atmosphere of Russian Easter and the city's abundant cultural treasures. Priced from RUB 64 050 (approx. EUR 1,830), the package includes three nights accommodation, buffet breakfast, champagne, fruit and flowers in-room, private tour of the Hermitage, private tour of the Imperial Palaces, Russian Table buffet at Davidov restaurant, Russian classical massage at the Spa (30 minutes), and airport transfers. Valid from March 20- 25, 2008.


Caesar’s Palace Welcomes Cher to The Colosseum


By: Madelyn Giblin

Cher Caesars PalaceBeginning May 6th 2008, Cher will be performing live at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The 4,300 seat venue offers a spectacular show of one of the world's most successful musicians with a star-studded team putting together a heart stopping show of many of Cher's greatest hits. Cher will perform Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 7:30 this summer. Make sure to book your reservation for Caesars Palace - and check out the new Forum Tower rooms. Tickets are now available online at www.ticketmaster.com or may be purchased at The Colesseum at Caesars Palace Box office between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Ticket prices start at $95.


Luxury for Less: The Suite Life at The Peninsula Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peninsula Hong KongTime is running out to take advantage of a suite winter deal at The Peninsula Hotels! Now's the time to live large and experience the sumptuous suites for which Peninsula is renowned... at a fantastic value. When you book the Suite Life promotion at Peninsula Hotels, you pay for the first night and you get the second for free! This deal is only available until March 31, 2008, so act fast! Participating hotels include The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, and The Peninsula Bangkok. Other perks include complimentary Internet, local calls, use of the fitness center, and at some locations: continental breakfast, daily fruit basket and newspaper, and flexible check-out.


Luxurious Home Away from Home in London at the Draycott Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Draycott HotelIn London, luxury hotels abound. The Draycott, occupying three red-brick Edwardian homes just round the corner from Sloane Square, stands out for its pedigree and personality. A stay here is like traveling back in time to when Number 22-26 Cadogan Gardens was a private home. Every detail combines to convince guests that they are at home, invited to enjoy the finest standards of hospitality in a grand yet friendly setting. Steeped in Edwardian splendor with high ceilings and real working fireplaces, the 35 suites are theatrically themed and adorned with Victorian antiques. Each room contains something of its theatrical namesake- be it Sheridan, Coward, Grenfell or Ashcroft.

Here's what to expect:

*24-hour concierge service to arrange your chauffeur transfers to the airport, the perfect choices for restaurants and entertainment, a tour of historic Chelsea, etc.

*Complimentary afternoon tea and biscuits served at 4 p.m. in the drawing room, followed by champagne at 6 p.m. and hot chocolate before bed.

*Complimentary wireless Internet in all areas of the hotel

*The finest Sea Island cotton sheets in a luxuriously large bed, especially made to Draycott Hotel's own specification and designed for perfect rest.



Choose The Draycott's Theatre Galore package and you'll enjoy a bottle of champagne in-room, a pair of tickets to the show of your choice each day, and a full English breakfast. Priced at just GBP 425 per person for the two-night package.


Chocolate, Czech Style: Tasting Weekend at Chateau Mcely


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Chateau McelyJust an hour from Prague, a 17th century chateau-turned-luxury-retreat could possibly be one of the most exclusive venues in Central Europe. The Chateau Mcely's been turning heads since its opening in May 2006 after a major renconstruction. The setting is simply magical: a lush parkland surrounded by the Czech Republic's beautiful St. George Forest. The manor is touted as the first five-star "green" and eco-chic hotel in the Czech Republic. Over the weekend of February 29- March 2, 2008, Chateau Mcely welcomes guests for its Chocolate Degustation, where generous tastings are accompanied by cooking demonstrations and stories. Learn how to prepare some of the tempting and unusual chocolates-- filled with pink peppercorns, curry, pistachio, and other unusual ingredients-- from the Chateau's own domestic recipes. (Note: The chocolate tasting is included in the price of accommodation.)

P.S. For a delightful take on why to visit Prague in the off-season, check out this NYT piece.


Special Amenities at the Hay-Adams to Start the Day Off Right


By: Christina Vasquez

Hay-Adams DCGet your morning fuel for free at the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC and start your day off right before exploring the nation's capital. Reservations booked at the Hay-Adams through Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary continental breakfasts for two and a special gift upon arrival. The Hay-Adams will also extend a guaranteed 4 p.m. late check-out for reservations booked through Five Star Alliance. You can use the extra time to check out major Washington, D.C. landmarks, such as the White House, located across the street, and the National Mall just a few blocks further!