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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: The Alexandra Resort Turks and Caicos

May 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

The Alexandra Turks and Caicos is the newest addition to the Five Star Alliance. The luxury resort is located directly on Grace Bay Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 

Alexandra Turks and Caicos

 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel St Barth Isle de France

May 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Hotel St Barth Isle de France is located on one of the loveliest beaches of St Barthélemy, Flamands Beach, just 5 minutes by car from the airport and the main town Gustavia.

 Hotel St Barth Isle de France

 

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Movie Star Suites at Leading Hotels

May 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Nobody can make you a star, but you can check in to a hotel that will make you feel like you are one. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has the rundown on sleeping in star spots. Here's an excerpt:

Did you miss out on Cannes this year? We hear The Leading Hotels of the World is offering travelers a chance to live the celeb life at some movie-star themed suites around the world. Here are the top picks:

An ardent fan of the town of Portofino, actress Ava Gardner often chose to spend her holidays there. In 1952, she stayed at Hotel Splendido, during the filming of The Barefoot Contessa, co-starring Humphrey Bogart and Edmond O’Brien. In homage to Ms. Gardner, sister hotel Splendido Mare dedicated a suite to her. Stretching across the entire top floor of the hotel, the Ava Gardner Suite offers a magnificent terrace with incomparable views of the harbor, promontory and Castello Brown, which are also fully visible from the bed and the sitting room. The 603-square-foot terrace is adorned with a huge, potted lemon tree and flowering Mediterranean plants. The expansive bedroom is incredibly well lit thanks to two generous windows that highlight the soft pastel tones of the walls, fabrics and furniture. A large door connects to the sun-filled sitting room, which boasts an almost wall-to-wall window. When open, this joins the sitting room and terrace, creating one magnificent space— half indoors and half outdoors. No doubt Ms. Gardner would feel blissfully at home here!

 

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Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives Lands a Private Runway

May 19, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

 

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and SpaHave a private jet? Now you have somewhere to land it the next time you visit the Maldives.  Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has the scoop on a new private jet airport terminal at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa

 

Globetrotters now have a new reason to touch down in the Maldives. We hear Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is gearing up to have its own private jet airport terminal.

Located at Gan International Airport in Addu Atoll, the terminal is for the exclusive arrival and departure of the resort’s guests, including those on commercial flights to and from Male International Airport. The terminal is five minutes by speedboat from the resort and has two lounges and a VIP room. Extra Touch: A private lounge is reserved for guests arriving by private jet and offers one-stop immigration, custom and baggage screening services.

Those looking to leap on this opportunity can take part in the Private Jet Experience, which features stays in a presidential villa and other benefits. The Private Jet Experience benefits include welcome champagne; a dedicated villa butler; dolphin cruise; daily massage at CHI, The Spa; personal mobile phone and the bespoke “Dine by Design” experience.

 

 

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Moorings Village and Spa

May 18, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Moorings Village is a picturesque South Seas-Style Resort on 18-acres, consisting of 18 cottages and homes on what was once acoconut plantation.The resort's location on Islamorada, known as "The Sportfishing Capital of the World," means two distinctly different types of fishing are readily available. Diving and snorkeling in the Keys are also popular activities.

The Moorings

 

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Did You Know? Wailea Beach Villas

May 17, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

These ultra-luxurious Penthouse suites and villas at Wailea Beach Villas are generously sized up to 3,100 square feet and feature a great room with an open floor plan comprising a living room, dining area and gourmet kitchen, complete with an embellished coffee bar. A private lanai with Viking barbecue grill is perfect for entertaining.

Wailea Beach Villas

 

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Happy 100th Birthday Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla!

May 17, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Grand Colonial Hotel La Jolla

 

Happy 100th Birthday Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla!  The oldest hotel is La Jolla is celebrating its centennial this year. As part of the year-long Centennial celebration, the hotel will offer:

• A Time Capsule Contest

• Specials and packages for overnight guests

• Centennial merchandise for sale

• Throw-back cocktail menus at NINE-TEN Restaurant

• Weekly social media contests on Facebook 

• A historic video montage, which can be seen on the hotel's YouTube Channel.

 

 

History buffs will enjoy a special booklet prepared by the hotel. The booklet highlights five chapters of the hotel's history:

Grand Colonial Hotel La Jolla

•La Jolla: A Jewel from the Start

•A Landmark for La Jolla

•Putnam’s Legacy

•Hollywood and the Hotel

•Guests or Ghosts?

The Grand Colonial may be 100, but it doesn't look its age. The hotel features a five-story main building and three adjacent private buildings, all encompassing guest rooms and suites updated with every contemporary comfort. Also offered are 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space - most with ocean views - for weddings, meetings and special events. The award-winning ZAGAT-rated NINE-TEN Restaurant is a La Jolla dining landmark - boasting nationally acclaimed chefs, "Evolving California Cuisine" and a Wine Spectator-recognized wine list.

 

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Sneak Peek: Andaz Maui at Wailea

May 9, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Andaz maui at Wailea


Andaz Maui at Wailea is the newest luxury hotel on the block. The LEED certified resort is accepting reservations starting September 15, 2013. The 15-acre resort will have 297 guest rooms and suites, including seven luxury 2-4 bedroom residential villas. 

 Guest of Andaz Maui at Wailea will appreciate a host of services, from upscale spa services to a diverse array of experiential tours that celebrate Maui’s equally diverse culture.  Andaz Maui at Wailea's  LEED-certified status means that the resort has been enhanced with eco-friendly, green-minded amenities.

 

Exclusive Maui Resort Services include:

 

                                                    

Andaz Maui at Wailea

-Private access to Mokapu Beach

-4 outdoor infinity pools and separate adult pool

-2 poolside bars and lounges

-2 acclaimed full-service restaurants

-Full-service, eco-friendly spa with apothecary retail store

-Exclusive Wailea golf privileges

-Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access

-15,000 square feet of residential-style meeting and event facilities

-Experiential tours and activity desk

-Fitness center

Just minutes from Wailea’s most acclaimed golf courses, restaurants and shops, resort guests will experience their own slice of island life.

 

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The Value of an All-Inclusive Resort

May 6, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Wes Moss recently asked the question "Is the all-inclusive vacation a good deal?" in the personal finance section of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Five Star Alliance features a number of luxury all-inclusive resorts (you can view our favorite's here) and we get asked that question a lot.

Spring break is over. Mercifully. When there’s no school for the kids, but mom and dad still have to work, it’s no vacation for anyone. All of a sudden, it’s a circus at the house. It’s enough to make you think it will be worth the money to go somewhere.

Exterior of Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort All Inclusive HotelI’ve always wondered about the financial wisdom of the all-inclusive trip. Is it really a good deal? So this year I talked to several families that went to an all-inclusive resort with their children for spring break. I found out the real numbers behind (at least one) popular family destination.

I looked specifically at Beaches, a company that offers all-inclusive packages in Turks & Caicos, which is just a quick – and direct! – two-and-a-half-hour flight from Atlanta. A passport is required, and I’m not factoring the cost of a passport into my calculations. You’d need it for this destination whether you were going all-inclusive or pay-as-you-go.

Here’s the math. Minus airfare, here’s what a day in an all-inclusive paradise will cost you, based on a family of four. I’m assuming there are two adults and two kids.

Five nights (Sunday through Thursday) will run you about $3,750. Spring for a sixth night, and you’re looking at about $4,500. Either way, the average cost, including lodging, food and all the incidentals at the all-inclusive resort cost is $750 per day.

Patio of Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-inclusiveNow, let’s break down what a typical day, per family, costs at a place where you’re paying a la carte. These costs may even be on the low side. Kids have a way of turning parents into human ATMs:

Breakfast buffet: $15 x 4 = $60
Snacks and desserts: $30
In-room waters/soda: $15
Kayaks and windsurfing: $15
Kids' camp in the morning: $60
Kids' camp in the afternoon: $60
Lunch $ 17.50 x 4 = $70
Dinner for the two grown-ups, with drinks: $100
Afternoon drinks, 5 x $10 = $50 (One for each family member, plus an extra)
Other (there's always something else!) and after-dinner drinks: $50
Nightly entertainment/shows for the whole family (fire twirlers, comedy): FREE
Gym workout (For your sanity – not for the kids) FREE
Hotel: $250 (at least) per night
Without the hotel, we're looking at approximately $510 a day in food, drinks and fun. And that doesn’t even count gratuity. That could be another 20 percent on top of $515 per day. If you pay $102 a day in tips, your per day total is $612.

If you add in a hotel room for $250 per night, we're at $862 – certainly higher than the $750 per night at the all-inclusive resort.

And at the all-inclusive place, you've also saved yourself the hassle of paying for every meal, drink, dessert, show and bottled water.

Throw in Xbox games, water slides, a lazy river, ice cream three times a day, another umbrella drink for mom and dad at the pool, souvenirs, sunscreen, aloe for the sunburn and all the other extras, and it looks like all-inclusive is the better deal.

Next spring break, go all in(clusive).

The original article by Wes Moss is posted at The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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Image of the Day: Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

May 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

 

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort overlooks the island’s famed Kuta Beach and the Bali Strait along Jalan Pantai Kuta. The Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is part of Beachwalk: A Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort, a lifestyle center complete with shopping, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and an XXI Cineplex. Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS), is only a 15-minute drive away.

 

Sheraton Bali Kuta

 

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