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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.

Buzzworthy: Fazenda da Lagoa, Una, Brazil

August 31, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fazenda da Lagoa Follow your bliss to Brazil, where a stylish eco-retreat on Bahia's Câcao Coast is making waves with its incredible setting and chic rooms. Fourteen bungalows-- outfitted with decks, gauze-netted beds, and sun terraces with open-air showers-- are surrounded by 1,500 isolated acres, overlooking an unspoiled, white sandy beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. Set within a large coconut palm plantation, Fazenda da Lagoa offers mesmerizing sea views or sunset vistas over the mangroves. There's AC, a direct dial phone, and a TV with DVD and CD player, so isolated paradise doesn't mean you have to kiss goodbye technology. Bathrooms have Casa Granado brand soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion-- all biodegradable products. Relax with a massage or spa treatment at the Wellbeing Lounge, where mineral-rich rainforest clays are used in special treatments like the Rainforest Mud Mask. Leisure activities include treks on the Maroin river and kayaking the lagoon, but you can always just lounge by the beautiful pool.


Suite Dreams in Sydney at BLUE Woolloomooloo Bay

August 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

BLUE Sydney Summer is fast approaching in sunshine-soaked Sydney. Stake your claim to some stylish digs on the Wharf at Woolloomooloo, where BLUE Sydney showcases fun and modern accommodations, including 36 stunning Loft Rooms. Managed by Taj Hotels, BLUE enjoys beautiful views of the Sydney Central Business and Shopping District, the harbour and Royal Botanical Gardens. Housed in a historic wharf building, the boutique hotel retains all the charm and authenticity while offering all the latest in luxurious comfort and cutting-edge technology. The Ultra Loft Suite boasts a spacious lounge with sofa downstairs with a deluxe bathroom and King bed upstairs. Located on the 5th floor, the two Ultra Loft Suites have unimpeded Bay and City views.


Announcing the Guerlain Spa at The Regent Bal Harbour

August 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Regent Bal Harbour Coming this winter 2007: the hotly anticipated Guerlain Spa at the sophisticated Regent Bal Harbour Hotel. With this spa opening, The Regent Bal Harbour unveils a new spa brand in the U.S.-- one which exclusively offers Guerlain therapies and products in a luxurious environment. Located near the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops in North Miami Beach, the oceanfront luxury hotel features exquisitely appointed rooms, outdoor pool with private cabanas, and two gourmet restaurants. Boasting a beautiful oceanside location, the 15-room, 10,000 square foot Guerlain Spa joins other notable destinations in Milan, Paris, and Shanghai and utilizes the complete line of Guerlain's world-renowned skincare products in its customized treatments. Upon arrival at the Guerlain Spa, guests will be asked to complete a comprehensive Spa Therapy Questionnaire, which therapists use to create a personalized beauty and wellness strategy. Plus, the questionnaire's results are transferable to any Guerlain Spa worldwide so clients can continue their well-being journey anywhere in the world.


Surf and Sand at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas

August 29, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandalay Bay Things are simply sizzling in Vegas. Now's the time to hit the beach at Mandalay Bay, with a special getaway package starting from just $109 per night in a Deluxe Room. Enjoy the only premier wave pool in Vegas with lots of pristine sand-- 11 acres of tropical poolside bliss. But that's not all. Mandalay Bay has improved upon this fantastical fun-in-the-sun Vegas experience with the $30 million Beach expansion, which includes the new air-conditioned beachside casino, just steps from the crashing waves. (Sliding glass panels provide the ultimate indoor-outdoor comfort). There's a new Beach Bar & Grill, along with the exclusive new sun villas overlooking the Beach, which feature day beds, wet bars, 50-inch flat-screen televisions, MP3 players, changing areas and private decks. The Surf N Sand package includes $300 in Mandalay Place Savings Certificates and $20 in exclusive "Sand Dollars" to use anyway you like at Mandalay Beach.

Photo Via Flickr/CourtneyMay


Fall for Four Seasons Punta Mita, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

August 28, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Punta Mita Since September 1999, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita has wowed its discriminating clientele with its unrivaled facilities and level of personal service. Not to mention the breathtaking setting at the edge of a white sand beach lapped by the blue Pacific. This is a magical place, oozing romance. It's only natural that a spot like this one should put together the ideal romantic escape for couples seeking a little r & r. The sparks will fly with the "Fall For You" package, where guests receive a $100 resort credit for each day of their stay, with which they can indulge in a slew of romantic resort activities. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the resort's private yacht, sipping champagne and feasting on gourmet aps. Choose a nighttime, after-dark spa experience, like a poolside Watsu massage with a butler served, candle-lit dinner in a private cabana; an oceanfront Thai massage and picnic of gourmet finger foods; or chocolate-themed body treatments in the spa couple's suite followed by champagne and chocolate fondue. Indulge in nightly champagne and caviar at the Tamai Pool Bar, as the sun sets over the Pacific. And don't miss Dinner on The Rock, a private dinner on a grassy outcropping overlooking the waves. Consult with the chef to create your very own personal menu served under the stars. The "Fall For You" package is available at Four Seasons Punta Mita until December 15, 2007.


The Grand Debut of The Venetian Macao Resort

August 28, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Venetian Macao Resort It's official. The Venetian Macao Resort, the sprawling, $2.8 billion, 3,000-suite mega hotel from the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, opens today at 7:18 p.m. Special introductory rates start from just HK 1,088-- about $140 per night! This is just the beginning for the Sin City of China, which will see a bumper crop of luxury hotels sprouting up in this former Portuguese enclave on the mouth of the Pearl River, including a St. Regis, a Shangri-La, a Raffles, and a Conrad. And let's not forget the Wynn, which opened last year in this booming gaming capital.


Hawaiian Holiday: Fifth Night Free at Kahala Hotel, Honolulu

August 28, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kahala Hotel and Resort Escape to a secluded beach outside Waikiki and live the legend at the Kahala Hotel and Resort, where Charles Lindberg, Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, and Princess Diana (to name a few) have vacationed in paradise. Situated just ten minutes from all the Waikiki action, the legendary resort offers five stylish restaurants, a world-class spa, fitness center, myriad leisure facilities, and a private lagoon with resident dolphins. Stay three nights and receive a complimentary breakfast buffet for two guests at Plumeria Beach House and a $200 resort credit. And if you stay for four nights, you get the fifth night for free. Available until December 19, 2007.


Announcing the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

August 24, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad Maldives The Maldives is almost bursting at the seams with swanky hotels. From the One & Only to the W Retreat and Spa, The Maldives are the islands du jour. Now Conrad has announced an exciting rebranding of the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa Rangali, which will move under the Conrad umbrella of luxury hotels starting December 18, 2007. Renowned for its attentive service and breathtaking natural beauty, the resort is an idyllic piece of paradise, situated on two islands enclosed by a coral reef and lagoon. Spa aficionados will be thrilled by the spas-- as there are two, one on each island, with different product ranges and philosophies. Experience sophisticated barefoot luxury at this romantic retreat. Dive and snorkel the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, take Pilates and yoga classes, plan an excursion island hopping on the resort's private yacht.


Mandarin Oriental is Coming to Costa Rica

August 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Guanacaste, Costa Rica The beloved luxury hotel brand is making waves with a host of new hotel openings in the next few years, and it looks like Costa Rica--the world's premier destination for eco-tourism-- is getting a luxury addition. Mandarin Oriental, Costa Rica will open in 2009 in the Guanacaste province, known for its beautiful Pacific coastline, stunning volcanoes, excellent hiking, and bird (and monkey) watching. Situated just 25 minutes from the Liberia airport, the 130-room beach resort will be the cornerstone of a gated golf and residential development called Rancho Manzanillo. Leisure activities will include an 18-hole Fred Couples Signature Championship golf course, 20,000 square foot spa, multi-level outdoor swimming pools, water sports from the resort's natural beach, and exotic wildlife viewing from the property's 200 acres of protected tropical dry forest. The best part of all? The Tree House Suites, nestled high in the canopy of Guanacaste trees.


Buzzworthy: Melenos Lindos, Rhodes, Greece

August 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Melenos Lindos The newly opened Melenos Lindos has already been listed on Travel and Leisure's 2007 "It List." Inspired by 17th century Lindos architecture, this Aegean clifftop hotel is set among picturesque gardens overlooking the sparkling bay. The historical backdrop of small winding streets and the magnificent Lindian Acropolis is just as magical as this lovely gem of a hotel. Described as "a village within a village," the 12 white stucco guest rooms are connected by terraces decorated with pebble mosaics. An abundance of artifacts from Turkey and Greece are found throughout the hotel. There are sea-view terraces from the beautifully furnished suites, an open-air restaurant serving the freshest Mediterranean cuisine, and all the latest luxury amenities.