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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.

Spring Fever at Sea Island Resort, Georgia

February 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sea Island ResortGeorgia's Sea Island Resorts, renowned for its championship golf and exclusive accommodations, is welcoming the arrival of Spring with a slew of recreational activities. Beach walks for bird watching. Hands-on nature programs about raptors, reptiles and gifts from the sea. Cooking schools and wine tastings. Golf clinics to ready your game. Dance lessons and etiquette classes. Escape to Sea Island and break out of your winter shell. A visit to the magnificent 65,000- square-foot Spa at Sea will provide a rejuvenating spring glow. Enjoy the blooming azaleas and soak up the sunshine. And get ready to get doused in some serious Southern hospitality; the service at Sea Island is legendary.


What’s Hot: Gaia Hotel and Reserve, Quepos, Costa Rica

February 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gaia Hotel and ReserveCongratulations to Gaia Hotel and Reserve, Costa Rica's luxurious hideaway, for winning a prestigious award from Conde Nast Johansens. The international luxury travel guide recently named Gaia "Most Excellent Hotel" for the entire Central America and Mexico region. This fabulous, eco-friendly hotel deserves some serious props. Nestled in the gorgeous coastal forests near Manuel Antonio National Park, the hotel's beautiful suites feature wrap-around views of the lush tropical surroundings. (You can even appreciate the sensational vistas while soaking in your own Jacuzzi.) This is an exotic setting without compare. Dedicated to the preservation of the pristine nature preserve surrounding the property, Gaia offers sublime luxury and a chic ambience. Conveniences include full-service spa, al fresco dining room, three-tiered infinity-edge pool, gym, restaurant, private butler service, and 24/7 room service.


Martineau Bay Resort, Vieques, Puerto Rico: Get Your Green On Package

February 21, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Martineau Bay Resort and Spa The undiscovered island paradise of Vieques, now hailed by travel guides as among the world's best-kept vacation secrets, is home to the Martineau Bay Resort and Spa, scheduled to become a new "W" hotel this year. Situated on the north coast of Vieques, just eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, the resort overlooks two secluded beaches. The two-level pool is surrounded by a coral-stone sundeck from where guests can soak up the Atlantic views. Take advantage of the "Get Your Green On" three-day package and celebrate St. Patrick's Day on an idyllic tropical island starting from $973. The package includes three nights' luxurious accommodation, two tickets to the beachfront St. Patrick's Day celebration, and emerald cocktails (try mojitos and margaritas) with green smoothies for the kiddies.

Via National Geographic A List


Coming to America: Jumeirah Plans New Luxury Resort in Bermuda

February 20, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bermuda The Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, of Burj al Arab fame, is heading to the Bermuda Triangle. The fast-growing luxury hospitality group has a portfolio with some of the most luxurious and iconic properties in the world: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah, and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London, and the Jumeirah Essex House on Central Park South in New York. Ambitious new plans are in the works, including the first new luxury resort to be built in Bermuda in 35 years. Jumeirah Southlands Resort promises to shake things up in one of the most enduringly popular vacation destinations in the Americas. Scheduled to open in mid-2008 (pending the appropriate building permits, of course), the Jumeirah Southlands will be situated on 37 acres on Bermuda's South Shore. They're going for a contemporary, innovative style:

Seamlessly incorporated into nature by the extensive use of glass and seemingly endless vistas are a series of dramatically 21st century structures, stairways and open plazas that encompass the suites, ridge-top town houses overlooking the ocean, restaurants and other public areas.

Expansive beach and swimming pools? Check. Nightclub, bars, and restaurant? Check. Conference Center and business facilities? Of course. This resort will even have an equestrian center.


Announcing the New St. Regis Resort, Fort Lauderdale

February 19, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Fort LauderdaleLook out, South Florida; St. Regis is coming to the beach. Scheduled to open on May 1, 2007, the new St. Regis Fort Lauderdale is bringing a whole new level of luxury to Florida's Gold Coast. With signature St. Regis Butler Service and exceptional facilities, St. Regis Fort Lauderdale promises ultra-luxury for guests: whether pool-side, beach-side, at the spa, golfing, or fishing. Celebrated interior designers Hirsch Bedner Associates have created an indulgent haven of seaside elegance; the 166 guest rooms, including 8 oceanfront and 20 Intracoastal suites, were designed "to evoke the glamorous era of vintage yachting and luxe travel," and showcase sweeping views of the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway. The hotel will feature a state-of-the-art fitness facility, 8,500 sq. foot exclusive St. Regis Spa, pristine outdoor pool area, private cabana terrace, business center, and dazzling dining room.

Related Articles:

TripAdvisor, St. Regis Fort Lauderdale

Globorati, Five-Star Florida


The Marvelous Makeover of Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos Islands

February 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grace Bay Club This spring, Grace Bay Club will re-open its original landmark hotel building after a $6 million, year-long transformation. Now both families and couples can experience this luxurious all-suite resort experience in the Caribbean. The 11-acre property comprises The Hotel, a romantic adults-only enclave of 21 opulent suites which will open in the spring; The Villas, a family-friendly retreat with 38 expansive luxury suites and one-of-a-kind penthouses, and The Estate, a collection of 22 custom residences and penthouse suites set to debut in 2008. Poised on the spectacular Grace Bay Beach on Provedenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the resort features three dining venues, the Anani Spa, an imaginative kids' program, and a full array of recreational activities, including tennis and oodles of water sports. Recently named "Most Excellent Resort" in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific by Condé Nast Johansens, Grace Bay Club is consistently ranked among the world's finest resorts.


Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town: Head for the Sun in South Africa

February 14, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa It may be sleeting, hailing, snowing (et freaking cetera) in this hemisphere, but the sun is shining in Cape Town. For those in desperate need of the summer sun, take off for Cape Town to bask in some sizzling temperatures. Twelve Apostles is the place to be, perfectly situated above the sea with stunning views of the mountains. The hotel boasts equally as stupendous accommodations and facilities: heated pools perched above the Atlantic, the exquisite Azure restaurant, the seriously sublime Sanctuary Spa, and panoramic sea views that go on forever. Of course Twelve Apostles has racked up a slew of impressive awards and accolades, as befits one of the world’s best hotels. When you stay for three nights at Twelve Apostles, get the fourth for free, along with a slew of added amenities thrown in. Like welcome drinks, full South African breakfast daily, wine tasting daily in Azure restaurant, complimentary transfers, and use of the hydrotherapy pools, aroma sauna and flotation tank at the Sanctuary Spa.


Banyan Tree Maldives: Sailing in Style Aboard the Turkish Yacht Velaa

February 14, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Banyan Tree Maldives

As if a stay at the Banyan Tree in the Maldives wasn't magical enough. The resort has organized sailing expeditions aboard the Turkish gulet, a 30-meter double-mast yacht named Velaa. Elegantly appointed, the yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests in comfortable mahogany cabins for one-, two-, and three-night adventures to the best dive spots in the North and South Male Atolls of the Maldives archipelago. With five-star service onboard, gourmet cuisine, daily canapés and drinks, and luxurious cabins equipped with LCD TV screens and DVD players, this isn't exactly roughing it. Soak up the sunshine from the ship's deck, picnic on secluded beaches, explore the wonders of the deep, diving with grey reef sharks, eagle rays, barracuda, stonefish and turtles. After your unforgettable journey, return to the luxury of Banyan Tree Maldives for some more pampering.


Vahine Island, French Polynesia: Escape to Paradise

February 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Vahine IslandThe sky's grey; the weather calls for an ominous-sounding "wintry mix." Now is the time to daydream of sunnier climes, and plan a winter getaway to the tropics. Here's an idea: your own private island in French Polynesia, a little piece of paradise ranked number one on Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 25 Escapes in the World." Vahine Island, a member of Small Luxury Hotels, is a 10-acre wonderland overlooking Bora Bora, about 40 minutes by plane from Papeete International Airport. Overwater bungalows, white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, coconut groves and lush rainforests, secluded coral reefs with a rainbow of tropical fish. This is paradise on earth, chock full of hedonistic delights, and only enhanced by the marvelous French cuisine. It doesn't get much better than Vahine Island. (As if you needed further goading, check out the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor.)


The Restaurant at the Setai, South Beach

February 12, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Setai At the Restaurant at the Setai, trans-ethnic cuisine is crafted from the finest, freshest ingredients in an impressive exhibition kitchen. This is the pinnacle of haute dining in South Beach, the new "Vegas by the Ocean," so called by NYT critic Mark Bittman. The article “Is South Beach Growing Up?" identifies The Setai's restaurant as "visually stunning," with "competent, and actually warm, service":

The sheer scale of the Restaurant at the Setai-- South Beach's most opulent dining spot, and perhaps one of the most interestingly and arguably perfectly designed restaurants in the world-- is astounding. An enormous courtyard is dominated by a huge reflecting pool, and there are 20-foot ceilings, domes of 500 tightly grouped roses and an elaborate array of materials used to build the minimalist but intricate walls and floors: pressed metal, carved wood, imported antique brick, slate, stone, tile and fabric. Down the hall is a strikingly long bar, whose top is mother-of-pearl.

The price tag? A mere $120 per person with the prix fixe tasting menu.