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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.

The Palm Jumeirah: Over-The-Top in Dubai


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Jumeirah And to think we used to be mesmerized by The World in Dubai. The resort-city's truly miraculous engineering feat is The Palm Jumeirah- the world's largest man-made island built in the shape of a palm tree with 17 fronds. The self-promoted "Eighth Wonder of the World" will be home to over 30 beachfront hotels by the end of 2009, including the Palm Trump International Hotel and Tower. Trump's 50-storey giant is being billed as the "luxury centerpiece building of the Palm Golden Mile, located on the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah." Looks like the trunk's where the action's at.

Image Via Luxury Launches

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Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Plettenberg Get ready. The 2010 World Cup promises to be one of the biggest sporting events of the century (over a billion people are expected to follow the month-long tournament). And this is the first time in history when the World Cup will be hosted by an African nation. Here's the skinny on the ten proposed stadiums for World Cup South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, Rustenburg, Pretoria, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Orkney, and Bloemfontein. Relais & Châteaux's got it covered, with some seriously swanky (and unique) properties to discover. Check in, and then check out the nearby soccer matches, glorious surroundings, and exciting experiences that await in South Africa. A sampling of properties includes the ocean-facing Plettenberg, which seems to float above the sky and sea (check out the photo), and the award-winning Singita Lebombo & Sweni hotel located within the stunning game reserve north of Joburg.


Now Open: The Resort at Singer Island, Palm Beach, Florida


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Resort at Singer Island At long last, the hotel we've been dreaming about since last November has opened its doors. The newest member of the Starwood Luxury Collection, The Resort at Singer Island is shaking things up in Palm Beach County. Billed as "one of the most expansive oceanfront destinations on the Eastern seaboard," the $210 million resort is a 21-storey goliath of luxury on the beach. Amenities include beach and pool butlers, 24-hour room service, workout facilities, business center, two Presidential Suites, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, a wedding gazebo, three restaurants and a coffee bar, an 8,500 square foot wellness retreat and spa, a lap pool with private cabanas and a lagoon-style family pool. To quote the press release:

The opening of this resort signals the renaissance of Singer Island, which was founded in 1920 by the scion of the sewing machine dynasty, into one of the most dynamic oceanfront destinations on Florida's prestigious Gold Coast.

To celebrate the opening, The Resort at Singer Island is offering a special $315 per night introductory rate including breakfast through May 2007.


What’s Hot: J.K. Place Capri


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

J.K. Place Capri Now open. The chic island's latest gem is located directly on the sea, a rare commodity on an island adored since Roman times for its stunning Mediterranean views. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, J.K. Place Capri offers only 22 spacious guest rooms overlooking the manicured gardens and sparkling azure sea. Book the Penthouse and enjoy an enormous private terrace with panoramic views. Dine al fresco or soak up the rays at the beautiful pool. Capri's renowned shopping street, Via Camerelle, is just a short walk away.

Via Sherman's Travel Magazine


Top Ten Luxury Eco-Resorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa From the soft sandy beaches of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula to the paved boulevards of Washington D.C., luxury hotels are turning green. Who says luxury travel can't embrace the values of responsible tourism? ForbesTraveler has highlighted the world's best luxury eco-resorts, along with a separate list of America's greenest hotels. These luxury resorts include the Fairmont Washington D.C. and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, as Fairmont has been an industry leader in transforming their hotels into eco-friendly ones.

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The Tides Inn 60th Anniversary Package


By: Courtney W. May

The Tides InnThe Tides Inn has been a Chesapeake Bay tradition for 60 Years and is located just one hour east of Richmond in Irvington, Virginia. Throughout 2007, the AAA Four Diamond resort is observing its milestone anniversary with a celebration package guests can enjoy any day of the week for the whole year. Included in the "Sensation 60th Package" are waterview accommodations and your choice of a) 60 minute spa treatment per person or b) a round of golf at the Golden Eagle including lunch at Captain B's or dinner for 2 including a $50 wine credit. There is no minimum stay required and rates range from USD $159 to $330 per person, per night. For all guests, there are appealing extras to make any visit to the Tides Inn a little more special, such as the "Touch of Romance" - a wine basket with assorted food, goblets, corkscrew and vase of flowers; or the "Learn to Sail" add on for adults, families, or adults only.

Our room recommendation would be a Premium Guest Room which features either two queen size beds or one king bed and a sitting area with either two wicker reading chairs or a pull out sleeper sofa. These rooms feature private balconies overlooking the most highly sought-after views of the Carters Creek Cove.


Spring Savings on Nantucket: Too Good To Be True at the Wauwinet


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Wauwinet Score a serious seasonal deal at one of the finest resorts in the world, the classic inn by the sea, the Nantucket legend, The Wauwinet. Travel and Leisure spills the beans:

How can you stay at one of the world's best hotels (i.e., a member of the T+L 500) when you're on a budget? By timing your visit appropriately. Case in point: the Wauwinet, a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group on Nantucket Island off Cape Cod, has rates of $500 a night during the peak summer season.

Book the "Too Good To Be True" rates for a spring stay from May 6-May 31, 2007 (Sunday through Thursday) at The Wauwinet, and enjoy this magical world-class retreat for as little as $195 a night. Take in gorgeous sunsets from the 30 miles of private beach, dine at the fabulous Topper's Restaurant, and soak up the scenic setting of the most exclusive lodgings on Nantucket. Full breakfast is included in the room rate, along with complimentary evening port sherry and cheese.


Angsana Resort and Spa Velavaru: Eco-Friendly Luxury in the Maldives


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Angsana Velavaru Maldives Newly opened in November 2006, Angsana Resort and Spa Velavaru is a seductive paradise of golden beaches, turquoise lagoons, and plush, private villas, situated on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, thousands of miles away. Here, guests delight to discover the beauty of the Dhaalu Atoll-- with untouched dive sites, reefs, and islands teeming with tropical life. From island hopping and dolphin watching to snorkeling safaris and night fishing, guests enjoy a wealth of experiences. Here on the southern shores of the Maldives-- the world's hottest destination and islands du jour-- Angsana Velavaru has unveiled a Marine Lab dedicated to marine conservation. The research facility aims to safeguard the biodiversity of the Maldivian reefs and ocean, while sharing with resort guests the importance of marine conservation. Guests are encouraged to participate in projects and the complimentary marine biology classes which are taught twice a week. Guided snorkeling safaris are conducted twice a week. The Marine Lab also focuses on protecting sea turtles, as Angsana Velavaru is a known turtle nesting site.

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Mexico Boutique Hotels: Cinco de Mayo South of the Border


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mexico Boutique Hotels Savvy travelers are thrilled to discover the Mexican version of Relais & Châteaux. Mexico Boutique Hotels is a collection of almost 50 intimate, privately owned luxury hotels in idyllic settings across Mexico: from colonial hill towns to the Caribbean islands near the Maya Riviera. Some are renovated haciendas, some are charming inns, some are chic design hotels, but one thing unites them: these alluring properties are outstanding--the best Mexico has to offer-- and boast highly personalized service. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo south of the border and take advantage of an excellent promotional offer from Mexico Boutique Hotels. Stay four nights and get the fifth night for free during the month of May. Rates vary per property.

Via Travel and Leisure Hot Deals


Buzzworthy: The New Catch Restaurant, Casa Del Mar Hotel, Santa Monica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica Introducing the beautiful new restaurant located at Santa Monica's beachfront Grande Dame, the storied Casa Del Mar Hotel. Billed as "an inspired seaside experience," Catch promises fresh, inventive cuisine in a gorgeous setting. Executive Chef Michael Reardon has devised a tantalizing menu of Land and Sea offerings like Kurobuto Pork Loin, Crispy Skate Wing, and of course signature sushi and crudo dishes. At the center of the lively scene at Catch is the mother of pearl sushi bar. Delight your palette while soaking in the sweeping views of sandy Pacific beaches and colorful sunsets. Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.

PS. Check out their fantastic Easter menu for the weekend. The $70 prix fixe menu offers appetizers like the sashimi platter, entrées like Duo of Colorado Lamb and Dungeness Crab Cakes "Benedict," and desserts like Strawberry Soup and Warm Valhrona Chocolate Cake.