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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.

Limited Time Special Offer: Save 25% at Starwood Hotels

March 22, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

SLS Hotel at Beverly HillsYou still have a few days to take advantage of a limited time special offer at Starwood Hotels around the world. Tango the night away in Buenos Aires while staying at the Park Tower, catch an opera in Sydney, relax at the luxury spa (featuring natural hot springs water) at the St. Regis Beijing, see the City of Light while luxuriating at the Westin Paris, stroll Via Veneto while living it up at the St. Regis Grand Rome, or grab some grub at the talked-about Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills... Save up to 25% off "Best Available Rates" for stays from now until May 31, 2010, but hurry, you must book by March 30. The offer is valid for Thursday - Saturday arrivals at hundreds of participating Starwood hotels (and all days of the week at resorts with no arrival day requirement).


Exclusive Offer with Viceroy Bali: Get Free Extras the Longer You Stay

March 19, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Viceroy Bali

Cut into the hillsides of a ravine in the Lembah Valley, the Viceroy Bali is a small family-run resort offering only 11 luxury villas for the ultimate in luxury and pampering. Think private pools, marble floors, and loads of in-room technology. What's more- it's the only resort in the entire Ubud region that has a helicopter landing pad, meaning guests can take off in whirly bird to see aerial views of the nearby volcano. Despite its small size, the resort features the holistic Lembah Spa, an award-winning restaurant, and a business center. Book with Five Star Alliance-- and simply choose the "Five Star Alliance" rate-- and you'll get free breakfast for two included with your room. For additional nights, take advantage of "Exclusive Long Stay Benefits" where you get freebies thrown in. With 3 nights: return airport transfers with VIP immigration service. With 4 nights: a bottle of Champagne in room upon arrival. With 5 nights: a two-hour couples massage at the spa. With 6 nights: a romantic candlelit dinner at Cascades Restaurant. Valid until September 30, 2010.


Sydney’s Fancy New Spa… at the Shangri-La

March 10, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La SydneyJust a few weeks old, CHI, The Spa is giving Sydney residents (and visitors, of course!) something to smile about. Shangri-La's signature spa brand opened in Oz on February 16 with a big opening ceremony (which featured a "lion dance"). The first CHI in Australia, this luxurious sanctuary has six private spa suites, each described as a "spa within a spa" with ample personal space and aroma steam showers. Three of the suites even offer infinity edge spa tubs overlooking Sydney Harbour. Take your pick from 24 treatments based on authentic natural healing methods found in traditional Asian well-being practices. The "Sense of Place" experiences focus on indigenous treatments using Australian herbs and plants like lemon myrtle and eucalyptus.

In Sydney over Easter? Hop over to the Shangri-La to test out the new spa. With the "Easter Eggs-traordinary Spa Package," you'll get a CHI Vanilla Bean Body Massage for one adult and Easter eggs for the kids. Also included with your accommodations: childrens robes for the night, buffet breakfast, overnight parking, and complimentary use of kids' DVDs, the health club and Internet. Priced from AUD 413 per night and available March 26- April 14, 2010.


Spring Escapes: A Taste of Paradise at the Jimbaran Puri Bali

February 24, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jimbaran Puri BaliCabin fever? Flee the snow-threatening forecasts for sunnier climes. It's not too late to book a spring escape- even to the exotic island of Bali. Here's what awaits: a mesmerizing landscape of rice terraces, volcanoes and rainforest, rich cultural life, tasty Balinese cuisine, and some of the prettiest beaches in the world. Stay at the Jimbaran Puri Bali, an Orient-Express property, for utter relaxation, pampering, and spectacular views across the Pacific from one of Bali's best beaches. Bed down in a traditional Balinese-style cottage, designed in timber and marble, and enjoy the indoor/outdoor showers, sunken terrazzo marble bathtub, and private tropical garden. Head to the beach spa for a massage on one of three Balinese-inspired terraces. Feeling more adventurous? A private guide can escort you to see some of the beautiful temples in the surrounding region. Good news: The Jimbaran Puri Bali is currently running a special offer called "the Great Affordable Escape"...


Top 10 Lists: Family-Friendly Luxury Hotels and Resorts

February 16, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

ice skating at Hotel Plaza Athenee

From mini ice-skating rinks (pictured) to cookies & milk in the evenings, luxury hotels definitely get creative when taking care of their pint-sized guests. The world's finest hotels go to extraordinary lengths in the pampering department- whether their clients are 8 or 80 years old. A recent article in Forbes highlights some of the top family-friendly luxury hotels in the world. Who made the cut? The Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, The Athenaeum in London, the Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort in Crete, the Commune by the Great Wall outside Beijing, Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel, Caneel Bay in St. John, The Ritz-Carlton Cancun, the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Four Seasons Resort Bali, One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives, Cape Grace in Cape Town, and The Oriental in Bangkok. We'd add Le Meurice to the list (for their Parisian treasure hunt), and Loews Hotels across the U.S. for their innovative kids programs (think dive-in movies in the summer months). Any hotels you'd recommend as note-worthy? Who'd we miss?


Summer Down Under: Special Extras at The Langham Hotel Auckland

January 28, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Langham Hotel AucklandSun-seekers desperate for some rays, consider a jaunt to the southern hemisphere, where summer entices with warm weeks aplenty. Auckland, "the City of Sails," is one of New Zealand's sunniest destinations (with an average of 2060 sunshine hours per annum). Here in the country's largest city, The Langham brings five-star indulgence and the famous Langham service standards to a city center location. Fans of the hotel rave about the Langham Service Stylists (aka butlers), spacious rooms, Chuan Spa, well-equipped fitness studio, and heated swimming pool. Business travelers appreciate all the facilities catered to their needs. Book the "Wonderland-The Magic of the Rose" package for a Friday or Saturday night stay and you'll get all kinds of extras thrown in with your luxury accommodations in an Executive Room. Valid until April 16, 2010 and priced from NZ$289 per room, the package includes buffet breakfast for two, a complimentary bottle of Stoneleigh (Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2008), late check-out at 1 pm, two tickets to the Auckland Museum's 'Wonderland – The Magic of the Rose' exhibition, plus complimentary valet parking and use of the Chuan Spa facilities.


Tiger Tracks: Melbourne, Australia Hotels

December 21, 2009
By: Daniel L. Moses

Langham Hotel In a former life, I spent a week working in Melbourne, Australia. At that time, I was hardly enjoying the high life like recent tabloid fodder, Tiger Woods. But the world's most famous athlete, and a man known for his refined taste, had many more options for luxury hotels in Melbourne than when I first ventured to the South coast city.

I'm an outspoken fan of the Langham Hotel Melbourne, positioned alongside the Yarra River with breathtaking views of the Melbourne skyline. While the Langham certainly offers luxury in abundance, our favorite golfer, Tiger Woods, has been rumored to prefer the Crown Towers Hotel, a place known for luxury in its own right.

So wherever you stay, just remember you could be following in Tiger's tracks, surely one of the world's most celebrated luxury hotel connoisseurs.


Win a Stay in Bali: Last Chance for the Luxury Hotel Giveaway from Five Star Alliance

December 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis BaliThe deadline is days away. Don't miss your chance to win a five-star stay at the super swanky St. Regis Resort in Bali. What a cure for the winter blues! Sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite, including round trip airport transfers by limousine and complimentary breakfast daily. Five Star Alliance's monthly newsletter is totally free, and chock full of hot deals and luxury travel news.


Bali High: Win a Five-Star Stay at the St. Regis Resort Bali

October 27, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Resort BaliCalling all luxury hotel fans. Five Star Alliance is currently running a giveaway contest where one lucky winner will score a three-night stay in a St. Regis Suite at the St. Regis Resort in Bali. Overlooking the beach and Bali's best golf course (Bali Golf & Country Club), the resort is the crème de la crème of island resorts. The 123 suites and villas boast handcrafted Balinese art, spacious balconies and large marble bathrooms. Simply sign up for our exclusive monthly newsletter by December 15, 2009, and you'll be automatically entered to win.


Friday Photos in the Fiji Islands: Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa

October 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa

Dreaming of a South Pacific escape? Shangri-La's Fijian Resort is located on a private island called Yanuca, an 109-acre paradise of sandy beaches, swaying palms, and turquoise lagoons. Committed to protecting its pristine setting, the resort has engaged in conservation programs; its Yanuca Marine Protected Area, a co-operative project, was chosen as a model site for coral reef development by the United Nations Environmental Program. Comprehensive amenities-- including internet access, helicopter transfers, and a business center-- distinguish the luxury resort from others in Fiji. On-site facilities include the new Ratu Makutu Events Centre and the signature CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, which is the largest and most luxurious private spa in Fiji.

Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa