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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.

Gear Up for the Grand Prix at the Conrad Centennial Singapore


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad Centennial SingaporeRace fans will get a kick out of this one. The small, modern nation of Singapore is getting ready to host the inaugural Formula One night race in September 2008. The Conrad Centennial Singapore is gearing up for the excitement, encouraging guests to put your foot to the floor and accelerate into luxury with a Grand Prix break. You can enjoy Conrad 'racing' cocktails and a revitalizing pit stop (dinner for two at award-winning Golden Peony). You will also have the chance to win an exclusive McLaren Garage Tour and two tickets to F1's first ever night race in September. Priced from $320 per night and available until September 24, 2008, the Grand Prix Excitement Offer also includes a Lewis Hamilton biography along with the luxurious accommodations.


The Ultimate in Luxury - Half Moon Jamaica


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Half Moon JamaicaCombining barefoot elegance and style that is sure to enrich your stay and welcome you back again and again is the promise of Half Moon Rose Hall, Jamaica. Now for the "Ultimate in Luxury", Half Moon is offering from now until December 14, 2008, an all exclusive package offering a range of sports activities, gourmet meals and accommodations in lush surroundings. Highlights of your stay include 18 holes of gulf (green fees daily), horseback riding, glass bottom boat rides, sailing, snorkeling, wind surfing and much, much more. Other features of your stay are the round trip transfers to and from the International Airport, a bottle of champagne on arrival, a welcome gift, weekly manager cocktail party and use of Anancy Children's Village for the 3-12 year old crowd (arrangements for the use of a Nanny can also be made). Half Moon JamaicaMeal plans offer daily breakfast at the Seagrape Terrance and restaurant options for lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails and house wines by the glass at selected restaurants and bars. Rates start at $570 per night double occupancy excluding government tax and service charge. There are a total of 6 restaurants and 7 bars offering the very casual to the elegant casual setting for your meals, 51 swimming pools, 2 miles of private beach, shopping village and 400 tropical acres to explore.

By offering luxurious accommodations at a premier caribbean resort and the convenience of paying one price for your accommodations, sports activities and meals, Half Moon Rose Hall, Jamaica truly offers the "Ultimate in Luxury".


Say Aloha to Hawaii: Fourth Night Free at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand WaileaPicture the paradise isle of Maui and the ultimate Hawaiian getaway near beautiful Wailea Beach, voted one of the best beaches in America. The legendary Grand Wailea Resort and Spa is the place to stay in this idyllic spot. Situated on 40 perfectly-landscaped acres opening onto the beach, the resort has won innumerable accolades and is a fun favorite for families and honeymooners alike. Accommodations are incredibly spacious, and feature private balconies overlooking the beach, Italian marble bathrooms with oversized tubs, and all the latest technology and conveniences. At the award-winning Grand Wailea Resort, you can enjoy indulgent spa treatments, fine dining, and thrilling recreational activities: play golf, soak in the pools, bike down a volcano, snorkel with sea turtles, or simply relax in the positively sumptuous surroundings, checking out the resort's extensive art collection. You can score a 4th night free between September 1 - November 20, 2008, and November 29 - December 19, 2008! Does not include tax, gratuities, or daily $25 resort charge.


Mondrian South Beach Premiering December 2008


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Mondrian South BeachLocated in the newly fashionable Biscayne Bay with spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean and Downtown Miami is the perfect setting for the new Mondrian South Beach that is set to premier this December 2008 (even though we may have heard differently in the past ...). Combining the advantages of hotel residences with the full services of a boutique hotel, the Mondrian South Beach offers a one of a kind environment. Privileges of this exclusive hotel include a 5 star restaurant, sunset bar, 2 swimming pools, gym, aqua Spa, room service, concierge service, private boat marina and more. This curvilinear building has 335 studios, 1 and 2 bedroom and penthouses designed by the world's most inventive young talent, award winning Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders. Pioneering revolutionary world class design- the Mondrian South Beach curves around the pools, gardens and bay. There is a playful use of space and outdoor living areas. Mondrian South Beach is the ideal location for meetings or just to get away. Make your plans now to enjoy this one of a kind experience in South Beach.


Sun, Sand, and a Third Night Free: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort, Costa Rica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Los Suenos MarriottDreaming of a Costa Rica getaway? Explore the magnificent tropical rainforests and surf the Pacific waves at one of the world's best resorts: The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort. Nestled between the ocean and a 1,100 acre rainforest, the resort offers the best kind of Costa Rica beach vacation- where you can sit back and relax by the palm-fringed free-form pool, or (for the adrenaline-junkies) glide between the trees high in the forest on a canopy tour. Imagine playing a round of golf on the 18-hole championship La Iguana Golf Course with a gallery of friendly monkeys and brightly colored macaws! Pamper yourself with a massage in an ocean-side gazebo, and choose between 6 restaurants and lounges for memorable meals in unforgettable settings. There's even a casino on-site. The accommodations feature world-class amenities: designer duvets and luxurious bedding, private balconies overlooking the ocean, high-speed Internet and work desk, and more. Extend your vacation in Costa Rica with Marriott and get a third night free until October 31, 2008.


Design Your Own Italian Itinerary with Orient-Express Hotels in Venice, Florence, Portofino and Ravello


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel CarusoDiscover Italy's glorious destinations while staying at true gems of refined hospitality. With a new special offer, Orient-Express allows guests to customize their own itineraries with exclusive add-ons. When you reserve a minimum of 6 nights in at least two Orient-Express hotels in Italy, you gain access to your personal private capital of "Golden Coins"- a virtual currency by which you can "buy" value-added amenities of your choice. There is a tempting menu of choices, ranging from private limousine transfers to pampering spa and beauty treatments, from memorable experiences to very romantic options. For example: when you stay 3 nights, you get 9 golden coins with which you could treat yourself to a 50-minute Renew Rose Radiance Facial (1 credit), a 3-hour guided walking tour of "Secret Venice" (3 credits), a chilled bottle of French champagne with cold canapés served wherever you like on the hotel premises (2 credits), a romantic dinner for two served in the secluded privacy of your terrace (3 credits), and many more specially designed services!

With the "Italy, My Way" package, you can customize your stay exactly as you want- at no extra cost. And if this isn't enough, every day you also get full American breakfast, served at the hotel's restaurant or in the privacy of your room, as well as one à la carte meal (either lunch or dinner) with regional wines, served in the hotel's fine dining room. Pricing is as follows:

Villa San MicheleHotel Caruso (pictured, top right), the spectacular cliffside hideaway on the Amalfi Coast: Three nights for EUR 3,300

Hotel Splendido, Europe's legendary resort overlooking Portofino: Three nights for EUR 3,750

Villa San Michele (pictured bottom right), the picturesque Florentine estate housed in a converted 15th century Franciscan monastery in the hills outside Florence: Three nights for EUR 3,750

Hotel Cipriani, the splendid Venetian resort located at the tip of Giudecca Island a short boat ride from St. Mark's Square: Three nights for EUR 4,650


SUMMER & FALL ESCAPE RATES - ROSEWOOD LITTLE DIX BAY & CANEEL BAY


By: Madelyn Giblin

Rosewood CaribbeanThere's no better time to escape to the Caribbean than this summer and fall with Rosewood Resorts Escape Rates. The dreamy Caneel Bay Resort is offering rates from $325 for bed and breakfast through September 2nd. With spectacular window views overlooking pristine white sand beaches, Caneel Beach is perfect for forgetting your work week woes.

Rosewood's Little Dix Bay is also offering discounted rates of $425 for bed and breakfast from now until December 19th. With brand new villas just opened Little Dix Bay offers the ultimate luxury Caribbean vacation.


Ritz-Carlton Takes Over Management of St. Regis Fort Lauderdale


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Fort LauderdaleThe oceanfront paradise on Florida's Gold Coast will soon be taken over by Ritz-Carlton. Celebrating its first anniversary this year, this ultra-luxury beach resort is distinguished by its service (a private army of St. Regis butlers) and indulgent facilities. The St. Regis Fort Lauderdale boasts unobstructed views of the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway from the 192 guest rooms, decorated by the celebrated interior designers, Hirsch Bedner Associates. Come August 11, 2008, Ritz-Carlton will take over management of the property. Reminiscent of the grand ocean liners of a bygone era, designed to evoke the glamorous era of vintage yachting, the stylish resort is home to the largest oceanfront ballroom in the city and a gorgeous spa. Until the hand-over, St. Regis is offering a First Anniversary Package that includes overnight accommodations, a complimentary third night with two paid nights (adjusted at checkout), half bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, strawberries and overnight parking for one vehicle per stay. From $289 per night with a two-night minimum.


Capella Ixtapa to Open in November 2008 on Mexico’s Pacific Coast


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Capella IxtapaCapella Hotels and Resorts is bringing its brand new vision of luxury hospitality to the idyllic Pacific coast of Mexico at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, a region blessed with 300 days of sunshine and world-class scuba diving and sport fishing. Founder Horst Schulze has created a brand focused on customer choice, with unmatched amenities, architecture, and individualized service. Top-tier travelers are delighted by the brand's first resorts in Velden, Austria and Cork, Ireland, and the Ixtapa property will surely dazzle. Built into a cliffside with staggering ocean views, the resort will feature 59 ultra-luxurious suites with indoor/outdoor living rooms, terraces, and personal plunge pools. What to expect? A pampering cliffside spa with treatments inspired by the local flora, complimentary bicycles to explore the village, fitness center, private beach, freshwater and saltwater pools, and exceptional dining. Set to debut on November 15, 2008, the Capella Ixtapa will complement the other Capella properties soon to open in Mexico: Capella Pedregal in Cabo and Capella Bahia Maroma in the Riviera Maya.


Fashionable Florida: Sun and Sand for the Whole Family at Acqualina Resort, Sunny Isles


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Acqualina ResortThere's a lot to love at Acqualina, Rosewood's Mediterranean villa-style resort situated on the sand between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, including off-season rates that are friendly on the wallet. Since its opening in 2006, this dazzling resort has pampered guests with the 20,000 square-foot ESPA oceanfront spa, the acclaimed Il Mulino New York restaurant, three oceanfront swimming pools and an innovative marine biology-based AcquaMarine children's program. Parents can enjoy world-class service and the ultimate relaxation, while kids are well taken care of (services on offer include arts and crafts classes, 24-hour babysitting, dinner-and-movie nights, and more.) Steal away for some r and r close to home and you'll be treated to some discounted rates starting at $350 for 3-4 night stays. During peak seasons, room rates top $850...