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.

Plan Your Summer Escape and Save with Edgewater Beach and Hotel Club


By: Madelyn Giblin

Edgewater Beach HotelEnjoy the calm oasis of the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida with Edgewater Beach and Hotel Club. With one and two bedroom suites available, guests will surely enjoy these exquisitely decorated accommodations with access to beaches along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Room rates start at $175 per night, and guests who book a two or three night stay receive a $50 resort credit. Guests who book a four or more night stay receive a $75 resort credit. Enjoy breathtaking sunrises and the beauty of the Gulf.


The Luxury Hotel Boom in Ft. Lauderdale: Trump International and W Hotels Ready to Debut


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Fort LauderdaleNever mind that some airlines are stopping service to Ft. Lauderdale as a way to cut costs. The luxury hotel scene continues to boom on the sandy beaches of South Florida. Case in point: the brand new Trump International Hotel and Tower, Ft. Lauderdale, ready to open its doors in October 2008. Soaring 25 storeys above the sand, the 298-room hotel will boast breathtaking views of the Atlantic from the oversized windows. Jumping on the signature bed bandwagon (like Westin's Heavenly bed), the condo-hotel will feature the new Trump by Stearns & Foster Plush Pillowtop, the exclusive sleep system of Trump Hotel Collection. Other facilities include five-star dining, the 5,000 square foot Spa at Trump, state-of-the-art fitness center, and roof deck with a mosaic-tiled pool. A nice perk will be the signature services of Trump Attaché. Also slated for October? The W Fort Lauderdale, overlooking the sand and surf on one side, and the intercoastal waterway on the other.


Summerfest at Loews Hotels: Value-Added Credits like “Dive-In Movies,” Pool Concierge, and Free Music Download Cards for Teens


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Don Cesar Beach Resort, A Loews HotelTake your hats off to Loews. The hotel chain has come up with a slew of activities for the whole family to enjoy this summer. City hotels, like the popular Loews Regency just 2 blocks from Central Park, spoil guests with "Loews Loves Kids" extras, free music download cards for teens, and "From our Family to Yours" family value dining menus. Plus, book a 3-night minimum stay between June 1 and September 30, 2008 at Loews Best Rate at the Loews Regency and you'll receive a $100 hotel credit redeemable at The Library, 540 Park, Feinstein's or room service. The Summerfest Package is also available at these locations: Washington DC, Annapolis MD, Denver, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Montreal.

In resort locations, your family will be treated to sunset celebrations, wacky water games, Kids Camp, "Dive In" Movies and the services of a pool concierge. So whether you're going to San Diego, Santa Monica, Tucson, Las Vegas, Florida's St. Pete beach, or Miami, you're bound to enjoy the most memorable summer getaway ever!


Fourth Night Free in the Turks and Caicos at The Regent Palms


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Regent PalmsEnjoy a Caribbean holiday for less in the idyllic Turks and Caicos islands, a quiet paradise of sugar-sand and azure waters just a hop from Miami. Formerly known as The Palms, The Regent Palms Resort offers the height of luxury at the edge of 12-mile Grace Bay beach. Suites are generously sized with custom mahogany furniture, and from your private terrace, you'll appreciate the ocean views. By the pool, indulge in aromatherapy mists, tropical sorbet and individual iPod minis. (Service is superb and the staff includes Clefs d'Or concierges.) The 15,000 square foot spa is no less luxurious. Through October 31, 2008, take advantage of fantastic rates and a fourth night free special offer at The Regent Palms. If you arrive on a Sunday or Monday for a three-night stay, you'll get a fourth night thrown in for free, and rates start at just $325, significantly less than high season prices.


Special Offer at Regent Bal Harbour: Stay at One of the Word’s Best New Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Regent Bal Harbour

The press has gone gaga over Regent's first property in the U.S. Though situated not far from South Beach, the beachfront Regent Bal Harbour brings a different kind of high-end luxury to South Florida. Think: $4 million art collection and the country's first Guerlain Spa. The Regent Bal Harbour landed a spot on Travel and Leisure's "It List 2008":

This is a place for adults—which is appropriate, given that the Regent is also the first major hotel to open in the old-line Bal Harbour Village in 52 years. Here, it's all about the signifiers of luxury: Anichini bedding, plasma television screens embedded in bathroom mirrors, and a dazzling crystal chandelier. ...the hotel is a welcome alternative for those in search of Miami's more grown-up side.

Good news: the Regent's special opening rates are available until September 30, 2008 so you can check out Miami's best new digs for a fraction of the price. Normal rack rates exceed $750 per night, but the opening rates start at $375, including breakfast.


Sicily’s Finest: Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace, SicilyYou'd be hard-pressed to find a more evocative spot on the Mediterranean. On a private beach on the most beautiful bay in all of Sicily, the Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace is elegant, charming... downright dreamy. Here's what we love:

*Each guest room provides sigh-inducing views of the bay. If you choose a suite, you'll get treated to your very own private pool.

*You can also get your fix of those dazzling bay views when you dine at La Terraza.

*Unlike a lot of European hotels, the fitness center at the Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace is actually a state-of-the-art facility.

*Frequent renovations over the years means the luxurious guest rooms-- outfitted with original art, wicker furniture, and wood or tile floors-- have all the latest amenities like Wifi.

*You can easily check out the lava at Mt. Etna, Europe's highest volcano. In fact, you can even play a game of golf at the 18-hole Il Picciolo course nearby on the slopes of Mt. Etna.

*Or just hang out at the resort, a self-contained oasis with surfing, sailing, water skiing and scuba diving.


Summer Deals on Anguilla at Malliouhana and Cap Juluca Resorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap JulucaThe Caribbean isle of Anguilla is often overlooked as a beach destination, but this small, 16-mile island has 33 beaches and the poshest of upscale resorts. The annual Summer Festival runs from July 31-August 10 and promises a whole lot of fun in the sun. This is the ideal time to pamper yourself with a stay at a fancy Caribbean resort, as both Malliouhana Hotel and Spa, and the world-famous Cap Juluca resort have slashed their rates to lure summer travelers. Packed in the winter peak season, these fancy hideaways can be booked at more than half off their high season rates. Malliouhana is perched atop a bluff overlooking the azure Caribbean waters and white sand of Turtle Cove and Meads Bay. As elegant and sophisticated as properties found on the French Riviera, Malliouhana has nightly rates of just $455 per night in a beachfront room, as opposed to the $1,005 peak season rates. Cap Juluca offers unparalleled luxury on 179 secluded acres of beachfront. This summer you can get a seventh night free, with room rates starting at $495 per night (vs. $825 in the winter).


Summer Steals: Great Value (Plus Kids Stay Free) at Half Moon Resort, Jamaica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon, JamaicaWe've got the skinny on yet another Caribbean bargain. The world-renowned Half Moon resort, nestled on two crescent-shaped beaches dotted with palm trees near Montego Bay, Jamaica, is offering a five-night Summer Escape package with nightly rates starting at just $250 per night. In addition to daily breakfast for adults and round trip airport transfers, each room will receive a $150 resort credit to use towards the guests' resort experience of choice. Like swimming with dolphins, horseback riding at the Equestrian Center, or indulging with spa treatments at the sublime Fern Tree Spa. This is a great value for families as well, because kids under 12 stay free when sharing a room with their parents, and get 50 percent off any meal plan. Valid on all room categories, available until December 14, 2008.

Pssst. Teens up to 18 years old stay free at Half Moon this summer when they stay in the same suite as their 'rents.


Free Breakfast and Dinner at Amanyara, Turks and Caicos


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmanyaraWhen Amanresorts opened Amanyara on a secluded beach in the Turks and Caicos islands, the legendary resort collection introduced a whole new level of contemporary luxury to Providenciales. Nestled on the tip of a 5,000-acre nature reserve, surrounded by picture-perfect beaches and the third largest coral reef system in the world, Amanyara is the crème de la crème of luxury design hotels. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and water sports galore await you at the Beach Club, and there's a superb spa and tennis as well. Until October 31, 2008, guests staying five nights or more in Amanyara's villas can enjoy complimentary breakfast and dinner served daily from the villa's private kitchen. Choose from three, four or five-bedroom villas, each replicating-- on a more intimate scale-- the Amanyara resort as a whole. All villas feature an infinity edge swimming pool, a large living and dining pavilion and an outdoor dining sala. Rates start from $3,950 for the three-bedroom villa, and include airport transfers, non-motorized water sports, use of tennis courts and equipment, mini bar (except spirits), all telephone calls as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks served in the villa.


An Added Treat For Five Star Alliance Guests from Biras Creek Resort


By: Christina Vasquez

Biras CreekEnjoy a tropical oasis of secluded beach and a luxury hotel so remote and exclusive that is only reachable by boat or helicopter. Get whisked away in high style to Biras Creek, Virgin Gorda - an all suite luxury hotel and one of the Caribbean's top luxury destinations. This beach destination hotel features Grand Suites with private plunge pools, as well as large open aired Garden, Beach, and Premier Suites. As a plus, guests who book at Biras Creek through Five Star Alliance will be treated to a relaxing half-hour massage for one guest compliments of the hotel!