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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.

Million Dollar Buyout of Miami’s Stylish Venue: The Tides, South Beach


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Tides South Beach What will $1 million get you? Million dollar memories with the over-the-top, $1 million hotel buy-out package at The Tides, South Beach. "The Diva of Ocean Drive" is yours for three days of all-inclusive luxury in Miami's most sought-after neighborhood. Managed by Kor Hotels, the chic boutique property draws well-heeled jetsetters from around the world who enjoy expansive Atlantic views, captivating art-deco design, and three penthouses with terraces. With The Tides's Million Dollar Buyout Package, treat your friends to these incredible amenities along with lots of activities and premium perks: $1,000 amenity in each guest room, an extravagant dinner for 90 guests at the Versace Mansion in South Beach, gift certificates for the finest upscale shopping at Bal Harbour, golf outing for the men, a poolside salsa dance party, pajama brunch, private butler service for each room, five private limos, and unlimited food and beverage service. This complete weekend rental of The Tides Hotel, South Beach is yours for $1,060,000.


Going to Galle, Sri Lanka: The Fortress Hotel and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Fortress, Galle The historic seaport of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a marvelous mélange of European and Southeast Asian architectural traditions. (The famous Galle fort, first built by the Portuguese, was then modified by the Dutch in the 17th century.) For centuries, the ancient city of Galle was at the crossroads of major worldwide trade routes, the strategic port en route from Arabia to the Orient. After the devastation caused by 2004's tsunami, the fortified city is back on its feet and is home to some of the finest luxury hotels in the region. One of these fine establishments is The Fortress Hotel, fashioned to resemble a powerful fortress rising from the sea. Perched on the beach, the new resort offers exquisite, perfumed gardens, a renowed spa with Ayurvedic treatments, free flow swimming pool, Sri Lankan tea room, wine cellar and restaurants. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Fortress features beautiful rooms with designer amenities, designed in a style which forges Dutch and Portuguese styles with Sri Lankan motifs.


Princeville Resort, Kaua’i Gets a Makeover, Morphs into St. Regis Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Princeville Resort Changes are afoot on the quiet shores of Kaua'i. The legendary Princeville Resort is looking a little weathered and is due for a major overhaul. Starwood Hotels and Resorts to the rescue. The hotel group has announced plans to give the old lady a facelift. After a $60 million renovation, the 20-year old property will emerge as a swanky new St. Regis with a spa and maybe-- as rumor has it-- a celebrity chef restaurant. (Swoon.) Perched on the cliffs overlooking Hanalei Bay, the Princeville Resort is surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and golden beaches. The resort offers just about every activity imaginable and access to the island's spectacular attractions, like Waimea Canyon and the Fern Grotto.


Free Fifth Night in Cannes, France at the Majestic Barriere


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Majestic Barriere, Cannes All eyes are on Cannes, the mythical jewel of the French Riviera, for the annual film festival (May 16-27, 2007) where the film stars strut their stuff on the red carpet and one lucky film will nab the prestigious Palme d'Or. The hotels may be booked solid during the film festival, but there is never a bad time to visit the Cote d'Azur, beloved by the Impressionist painters for its mild climate and glorious light. The beautiful Mediterranean coastline is a favorite for sun-seeking sybarites who indulge in exquisite cuisine and nightlife.

The place to stay is the Majestic Barrière, located on the Avenue La Croisette overlooking the sea. (80 percent of the rooms have views of the Med.) This legendary palace is one of the most distinguished addressed on the French Riviera, adored by celebrities for its high level of personalized service. The hotel features the Michelin two-star restaurant, La Villa des Lys, a flower-filled garden, a beautiful heated outdoor pool with solarium, private sandy beach with water sports facilities, and a health and beauty center. This summer, take advantage of the Barriere Preferred Package at the Majestic Barrière and enjoy rates from just EUR 259 per night including breakfast and free access to the beach with airbed, parasol, and beach towels included. If you stay four consecutive nights, the fifth night is free! Available until June 30, 2007.


What’s Hot: The Rania Experience, Maldives


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Rania Experience The Maldives has become the most sought-after destination on the planet. The archipelago's desert atolls (white sandy beaches and turquoise waters) boast some of the finest luxury hotels in the world. In this paradise, The Rania Experience truly stands apart-- raising the luxury experience to another level. Ranked as one the hippest new places to stay on Conde Nast Traveler's 2007 Hot List, The Rania Experience is limited to just one exclusive booking at any one time (up to 15 people). Your own private island in paradise includes use of The Rania, an 86 foot luxury yacht with indoor and outdoor lounges, Jacuzzi, and a full entertainment center with home theater. In addition, guests are pampered with yoga on demand, personal dive instructor, three private butlers, personalized gourmet meals, and unlimited spa treatments at The Rania Spa. Opened in 2006, the six-room Rania Experience is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.


Beach Bargains in Naples, Florida: Summer Savings at Edgewater Beach Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Edgewater Beach Hotel Enjoy laid-back, barefoot elegance on the beach in the off-season and score some serious savings at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the resort offers guests seven miles of powder-white sandy beach right just steps from the front door. A summer stay at the only all-suite beachfront hotel in Naples will set you back just $169 per night. Take a dip in the stunning outdoor pools, or sip a cocktail at the poolside bar. Hit the gym or play a round of golf at Naples renowned courses. Check out the lively night spots and upscale shopping in Old Naples (just minutes away). Relax on your own private balcony, indulge in an in-room massage or spa service. The Edgewater Beach Hotel may be relaxed and lighthearted, but it definitely doesn't skimp on the luxury.


Beaching it in Belize: Azul Resort, Ambergris Cay


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Azul Resort, Belize Imagine: your own luxury villa with all the amenities of a world-class resort. One of the most exclusive refuges in Belize, Azul Resort is a tranquil paradise of only two villas. Situated on 400 feet of private beach lapped by turquoise water, the pair of 3,000 square-foot, two-level structures are outfitted with rooftop hot tubs, custom kitchens with Viking appliances, Apple computers, 50-inch plasma flat-screen TVs, and Bose home theater systems. There's an infinity pool, the hip Rojo Lounge next door, and private chef service. The price tag? Starting from $1,875 per night (summer and fall rates).


Off-Season Fun in the Sun at Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon This summer, think Jamaica. Posh properties like Half Moon in Montego Bay are available for a steal. Step into a world of leisure and timeless elegance, surrounded by sandy crescent beaches, white-washed cottages, and fragrant gardens. With the Sizzling Summer Special at Half Moon, you can earn free nights and free rounds of golf if you book a stay of seven nights or more. For example, stay seven nights, get one night and one round of golf for free; stay 8-9 nights, get two nights and two rounds of golf free! (You get the picture...) Plus, rates are unbelievably low, starting from just $250 per night. Available until May 31, 2007. The Good Life Package is equally as enticing, available until December 15, 2007. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, sumptuous daily breakfast, leisurely lunch and gourmet dinner daily, premium drinks at the hotel bars, welcome gift and champagne in room, round trip airport transfers, and the best part of all: a complimentary Swedish massage for each adult. Starting from just $469 per night with a minimum three-night stay.


What a Hotel! Tropical Villas


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Here's a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

What a Hotel!

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Martin Rusteberg Reiseangebote, Lana Bian and Leigh all correctly guessed Last Week's Hotel:
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Keswick Hall at Monticello


Celebrate July 4 in Maui: Kapalua Wine and Food Festival


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz Carlton Kapalua The 26th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival promises to be a rip-roaring good time. Wine-tasting seminars with Master Sommeliers, oodles of tastings, cooking classes with celebrity chefs (you can even partake in the cooking class with esteemed chef Michael Mina himself), golf tournaments, seafood fest, and perhaps the best part of all-- the setting at the AAA five-diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui's premier resort. This culinary extravaganza will take place from June 29- July 1, so after four days of foodie bliss, why not stay on for a few more days to take in the fireworks on the 4th? Festival prices run $750 per person. The price for a four-day stay at the Ritz, including two four-day festival passes is about $3,660.