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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.

Get Beached on St. Bart’s: Savings at Hotel Guanahani


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Guanahani Craving some tropical sun? Escape to one of the most indulgent resorts in the Caribbean, and treat yourself to some super savings in the off-season. As the dollar continues to slide to an all-time low against the euro, the chic Hotel Guanahani has guaranteed a dollar-to-euro match so lucky guests can avoid the frightful exchange rate. Nestled within coconut groves and tropical gardens, the colorful cottages at this award-winning resort offer a sophisticated hideaway in a blissful setting. There's nothing like soaking up 180 degree views of the turquoise sea (while getting pampered at the spa) to cure the post-summer blues. The three-night Blissful Guanahani package, identified by Sherman's Travel Magazine as a top luxury value deal for the fall, is a seriously smart splurge. Available until October 31, 2007, the package includes a host of add-ons: daily breakfast, two lunches and dinners per person, one-day car rental, four spa treatments for person, and even a cooking class-- all for $2,025 per person.


New Years Party in Penang: Festive Rates at Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Rasa Sayang, Penang Shangri-La is celebrating the holidays big time with festive packages at 13 city and resort hotels from Muscat to Manila. Guests can indulge in all sorts of exclusive add-ons, like daily breakfast for two, CHI massage treatments, dining credits, and late check-out. Book a room at the newly renovated Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, for example, and score rates as low as $250 per night (based on a three-night stay). The offer includes complimentary buffet breakfast at Spice Market Café and a complimentary one-way airport transfer. Nestled beside the crystal clear waters of world-famous Batu Feringgi beach, this resort is home to a beautiful, shore-side restaurant, a happening bar, and luxuriously appointed spa. After a $30 million renovation in 2006, this resort offers accommodations that are downright decadent.


The World’s Most Expensive Dessert: The Fortress Resort, Galle, Sri Lanka


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Dessert at The Fortress, Galle A mere $14,500 will buy you a tasty, fruit-infused treat served with an 80 carat aquamarine stone. As reported by the International Herald Tribune, this artistic masterpiece includes a gold leaf Italian cassata flavored with Irish cream, mango and pomegranate compote-- along with a handmade chocolate carving in the shape of a local stilt fisherman (pictured). The inspiration behind the "Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence" is the resort's logo itself; stilt fishing is a centuries old tradition along the beautiful Sri Lankan coastline. Apparently no-one's yet forked over the cash to try this concoction. If you are so tempted, head to the resort's Wine³, a modern glass cave which showcases a breathtaking array of 2,000 Old and New World wines. Your indulgent dining experience is enhanced by the use of handmade glass cutlery, created exclusively for The Fortress by Glass Studio.


Bermuda Girlfriend Getaway with Mariel Hemingway at Cambridge Beaches


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mariel Hemingway at Cambridge Beaches Only 36 guests will be allowed to attend this exclusive event at Bermuda's finest resort, Cambridge Beaches. Over the weekend of November 15-18, 2007 the resort proudly welcomes actress and author Mariel Hemingway for a very special event. Inspired by her book Healthy Living from the Inside Out, Every Woman's Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy and a Radiant Life, the weekend will be filled with enriching activities in a stunning seaside setting-- where attendees will also enjoy all the distinctive pleasures of the resort. Hemingway will share her passion for healthy living and spotlight the four cornerstones of her book: food, exercise, home and silence. Highlights include:

* a book signing and cocktail/mocktail party to begin the weekend

* an inspirational beachside yoga session

* a Hemingway-inspired lunch

* a personal Q & A on the benefits of great nutrition and how to choose "foods that boost"

* a delicious sampling of Hemingway's signature menu items throughout the weekend

* a personal conversation with Mariel about stress and the benefits of meditation

This exclusive event package includes premium deluxe accommodations, all meals prepared by the renowned Cambridge Beaches culinary team, additional yoga classes and a spa treatment at the fabulous Ocean Spa. All guests for the event will also receive Rare, a special gift from Lili Bermuda, the island's on-site perfumery. The four day/three night event is priced at $2,825 per person based on double occupancy.


Holiday by the Sea at the Dan Hotel Tel Aviv


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Dan Hotel Tel Aviv The Dan Hotel Tel Aviv, member of Leading Hotels of the World, has debuted new guest rooms with advanced technology. The ultimate in elegance and comfort, the guest rooms are what you'd expect to find at Tel Aviv's best hotel. The Dan Tel Aviv sits on the shoreline lapped by the brilliant, blue Mediterranean, within easy access to all the urban sophistication of Tel Aviv (thumping nightlife, trendy restaurants, excellent shopping.) A city hotel in a resort setting, the Dan is centrally located, right next to the main business and entertainment district, with direct access to a white sand beach. Facilities include a newly renovated spa, outdoor sea water pool, indoor freshwater pool, sun deck overlooking the beachfront, Jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness center. Recognized for its high level of personal service, the Dan Hotels chain is considered the top in Israel.

PS. Get a discount of 15 percent with a stay of seven nights or longer.


InterContinental Moorea: The Best of the South Pacific


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Moorea No honeymoon or Polynesian vacation on the horizon? No matter. Try this for a little Friday diversion. Discover the digital postcards of the gorgeous InterContinental Moorea, set on two acres of lush gardens backed by mountains on the island's north coast. Click away, and share with your buddies. French Polynesia conjures images of brilliant deep water lagoons edged by stunning white sand beaches; over-water bungalows from where you can slip into the crystal clear waters. And the InterContinental does not disappoint. You'll find a spa, plenty of water sports, tennis courts, outdoor pool, Kids Club, a turtle sanctuary, and a large Lagoonarium for snorkeling. You can even swim with dolphins at the on-site Dolphin Centre. Tempted? Splurge on a romantic getaway at the InterContinental Moorea.


The Grand Del Mar: The New Resort of Choice in So Cal


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Grand Del Mar There's a swanky new hotel on the scene in San Diego. Set to open on October 6, 2007, The Grand Del Mar is billed as a world class resort experience, surrounded by the picture-perfect coastal communities of La Jolla, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe. This much anticipated resort spa is situated in the pristine Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve-- a 4,100-acre, boulder-studded sanctuary with the area's only natural waterfall-- and has been designed to harmonize with the beautiful surrounding habitat. Inspired by the design style of 1920's architect, Addison Mizner, The Grand Del Mar combines Old World Mediterranean elegance with Venetian and Moroccan elements in a tranquil So Cal setting. Think arched doorways, rotundas, colorful tile, wood-beamed ceilings, and lots of garden fountains. The menu of recreational activities and resort amenities is pretty extraordinary; you'll find San Diego's only Tom Fazio-designed golf course, 37 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, four sparkling swimming pools (including an adults-only pool), two outdoor tennis courts, spectacular spa, state-of-the-art fitness facility, and dining for all appetites.


Romance in Mexico at Maroma Resort, Riviera Maya


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Maroma Resort This could be heaven on earth. The best place to stay in the trendy Mayan Riviera (the stretch of perfect beaches sweeping south from Cancun on the Yucatan Peninsula) is Maroma Resort. Hands down. Nestled in the secluded jungle of a 200-acre nature preserve next to sugary beaches and lapis blue sea, Maroma dazzles guests with its excellent service and lavish facilities. There's a beautiful spa, three swimming pools, two ocean-facing restaurants and al fresco bar. To the delight of Maroma guests, there are myriad inclusive amenities. Think daily breakfast (and pots of coffee delivered to your room beforehand), welcome cocktails, and snorkeling trips to the colorful coral reefs off-shore. Maroma also receives glowing reports about its cuisine, and the special dinners arranged for couples on the beach. Celebrate a special occasion with an unforgettable dinner on the sand. In selecting your dinner choices, talk with Executive Chef Guilliermo Gomez-- who prepares innovative Mexican cuisine blending flavors of the Yucatan, Maya and Creole cultures-- and choose anything your heart desires. At the appointed time, stroll to the beach and discover a manicured path of sand leading to a magical spot lit by candles.


Buzzworthy: Philippe Starck and Adrian Zecha Design Cape Yamu in Phuket


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cape Yamu, Phuket Overlooking the limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, Cape Yamu is a new luxury development slated for Thailand's popular Phuket island. This elegant private community will be composed of beautiful villas with private access to a world-class spa, restaurant, and hotel services by GHM, the hotel management company operated by Amanresort's legendary founder, Adrian Zecha. Designed by Philippe Starck of YOO by Starck and Jean-Michel Gathy, celebrated for his work with Amanresorts, the development promises stunning design and architecture in an unrivaled setting. Construction has begun for the on-site five-star hotel called The Yamu. Set to open in 2008, the boutique hotel will have 61 guest rooms and two duplex suites, one of which will be attached to a state-of-the-art recording studio. Expect an 100-meter swimming pool, gorgeous spa, and restaurant and bar destined to be a Phuket hotspot.


Make it Mexico: InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Cozumel's finest resort-- hands down-- is the InterContinental Presidente, the island's palatial crown jewel. After Hurricane Wilma devastated Cancun and the Yucatan peninsula, the resort did a major renovation in 2006 and now offers the finest accommodations in Mexico's most beautiful Caribbean destination. Just offshore, the large barrier reef of Cozumel Marine National Park lures divers and snorkelers to one of the top diving destinations in the world. Set on a half mile of natural sandy beach, the resort boasts beautiful swimming pools, a scuba certification center, outstanding restaurants, and the lavish, new Serenity Spa which features a Mayan Temazcal steam bath, hydrotherapy, Jacuzzi, outdoor showers, and fitness center. It's not just the superlative facilities that have guests coming back for more-- but the exceptional service, as the hotel's staff learn your name and indulge all your preferences.