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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.

Dominican Dreams: Winter Escape at Oscar de la Renta’s Tortuga Bay

January 8, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tortuga BayNeed to thaw out? Can't wait for spring break? Check into Oscar de la Renta-designed digs at Tortuga Bay, located within the world-famous Punta Canta Resort and Club, a celebrity favorite. Inspired by rich Dominican culture, the Tortuga Bay villas are crafted with authentic materials and feature balconies overlooking La Cana Golf Course or the intensely blue Caribbean waters. Expect to find the finest Frette linens, separate kitchens for each bedroom, and gorgeous coralline stone bathrooms in each villa. You'll get a golf cart to take spins around the resort (and enjoy plenty of frozen cocktails while lounging on the sandy beach). Book the Winter Dominican Escape and get a golf view Junior Suite starting from $595 plus taxes. Valid January 4 through March 22, 2010.


Spring Break in Bermuda: 4th Night Free at Cambridge Beaches

December 24, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cambridge BeachesVisions of sugar plums dancing in your head? How about pink sand beaches and the warm turquoise sea? Cambridge Beaches offers a getaway you can dream about during the long, cold winter when the light-filled, eggnog-saturated merriment has long faded from memory. Nestled on a private peninsula of 30 plush acres, the Bermuda resort features cottage-style rooms and extensive facilities: a European wellness center, tennis courts, a putting green, croquet, boat rentals, and great restaurants. Did we mention their four beaches? Cambridge Beaches is currently running a promotion where they're giving away the fourth night on the house. Book by December 31, 2009 for travel through April 15, 2009-- perfect for a spring break getaway. How's that for a last minute Christmas gift?


Charles Gibson Retires from ABC News – Luxury Hotels Ideas for Retirees

December 22, 2009
By: Daniel L. Moses

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Charles Gibson, who has been an ABC News stalwart since 1975, aired his final network primetime news show for the Disney-owned network on Friday evening. With his famous sign off, simply, that his viewers have “had a good day,” Gibson filled the anchor seat for the last time. Now, starting a much deserved retirement, the world is Charles Gibson’s oyster, and like for any new retiree, there are plenty of luxury hotel options that can fill his days and nights to come.

The first thing I think of when pondering retirement is golf. And, frankly, there are few golf resorts more ideal than the sun-drenched luxury of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. This amazing island resort near Charleston, South Carolina boasts an incredible 5 courses, all done by masters of golf architecture! A true delight for retirees or duffers of any age.

For a more physical enterprise, retirees the world over are known indulgers in skiing, and I have to believe Charles Gibson and his ilk would choose the Badrutts Palace Hotel nestled amongst the Swiss Alps in world-renowned St. Moritz. The Badrutts Palace has something for everyone in all seasons, but in the place where winter sports became a favoured pastime, the skiing speaks for itself.

Sporting activities aside, the beach is the place to sun your retired bones, and the stunning La Samanna resort in St. Maarten, French West Indies is amongst the world’s best. There are few better words to describe than paradise.

So best of luck to Charles Gibson in retirement, and may this next chapter be filled with luxury!


Caribbean News: La Samanna Debuts 8 New Villas in St. Martin (Free Night Included)

December 15, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Samanna villas, St. Martin

St. Martin's renowned La Samanna, the head-turning resort that's part of the Orient-Express collection, now offers some super swank Caribbean villa accommodations. Combine the privacy of a sumptuous rental villa with all the resort amenities that make La Samanna a favorite tropical hideaway- and what do you get? Eight new La Samanna villas where butler service and Champagne on arrival are all part of the experience. Palatial in size, the villas offer three or four bedrooms, private wraparound infinity pools, oversized terraces, and private beach cabanas. Perched high on a bluff, the villas feature panoramic views over the Baie Longue or Cupecoy Beach. The villas can be rented for as long or as short a time as you want. Check out one of the rental villas with a special offer this winter: stay for five nights and receive a complimentary night.


Buzz in the Caribbean: Scrub Island Resort, The New Private Island Paradise

December 14, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Scrub Island ResortWinter 2010 will see the opening of the much-anticipated Scrub Island Resort, the first private resort built in the British Virgin Islands in over 15 years. This 230-acre island was first discovered by Christopher Columbus and, as the property's website explains, "the name of the resort is the only name this island has ever had." The resort's lagoon-style, multi-level pool sounds grand (waterfall and swim-up bar? bring it on!), while amenities run the gamut from boat rentals to spa services. The full-service marina will have 60 deep-water slips, and guests can frolic on three pristine white sand beaches. Rates starting from $450.


Last Minute Caribbean Getaways: Discount at Peter Island

December 10, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peter IslandWe hear that Peter Island, the exclusive private island resort, is giving away a 5th night free for holiday stays. Frolic on one of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean and live it up in the lap of luxury at this award-winning resort in the British Virgin Islands. Book a stay in an oceanview room or beachfront junior suite between December 20-26, 2009 and you'll be treated to three meals a day (the full American meal plan), a nightly turn-down treat, and your 5th night free. From $952.


Beach Break in San Juan: Free Breakfast and Resort Credit at Conrad Condado Plaza

December 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad San Juan Condado PlazaLooking for a taste of the tropics close to home? Jet to Puerto Rico this winter and relax on the white sand beaches outside the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza. It's easy to escape to paradise with short flights to this vibrant island and affordable rates at the Conrad. Just minutes from historic San Juan's cobblestone streets and electric nightlife, the resort boasts three sparkling pools, two separate beachfronts (facing both the Atlantic and the Condado Lagoon) with complimentary beach chairs, and the newest gym in San Juan, outfitted with cardio equipment, free weights, and stretching mats. What's more- there's a 24-hour casino with a betting range from $2 to $2,000. Book the Winter Escape package and receive breakfast for two plus earn a $50 activity credit for a two-night stay, up to $200 activity credit on a stay of 8 or more nights. (For example, stay 4 or 5 nights, and get $100 credit, stay 6 or 7 and get $150, 8+ and get $200.) Bonus: Book by January 31, 2010 and you will receive upon check-out a complimentary one-night certificate with a future 3 paid night stay at any participating Conrad hotel.


Where the Celebrities Stay: The A-List of Luxury Hotels

December 2, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Las VentanasCurious about where celebs like J-Lo, Brad and Angelina, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and Fergie jet in the winter months? Travel + Leisure spills the beans in an article in the December 2009 issue:

If you're Jennifer Lopez (the ninth-richest woman in entertainment with a net worth of $110 million), you have a $350 million fragrance and fashion empire, and your husband just bought ownership in the Miami Dolphins, where do you spend your winter vacations? Answer: Anywhere you damn well please, of course. But for JLo, "winter getaway" has sometimes meant heading to the Mexican resort Las Ventanas, in Los Cabos.

Also on the list for winter hideaways: The Little Nell in Aspen (just as much privacy as Las Ventanas), Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos (where Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got hitched), Fairmont Chateau Whistler (where Seal proposed to Heidi Klum in an igloo on top of a glacier), Copacabana Palace in Rio (TomKat's a fan), and The Setai in Miami (the penthouse is a favorite of Madonna's).


Dream Trips: Enter the Big Prize Draw from One Aldwych and Campbell Gray Hotels

December 2, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One AldwychYou could win a dream vacay to London, the Caribbean, or Beirut when you enter the new prize drawing offered by Campbell Gray Hotels. To celebrate the launch of their new website, Campbell Gray is giving you the opportunity to win a prize worth GBP 10,000 at their hotels: five nights' accommodation for four people in a top suite with fabulous meals, bespoke excursions and money-can't-buy-experiences. Here's the list of prizes:

One Aldwych, London

The definitive contemporary luxury hotel in buzzing Covent Garden offers a 'Moët Grand Vintage Collection' Dinner in a suite, a tailor-made day out with chauffeured car, theatre tickets, dinner at Cecconi's…

Carlisle BayDukes, London

The much loved English classic set in the heart of St. James's offers a wine tasting at Berry Bros. & Rudd, dinner at Le Caprice, a Cristal Champagne dinner in the Penthouse Suite…

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

Caribbean barefoot luxury set on a secluded beach with a backdrop of lush rainforest offers a day on a racing yacht, dinner on the hotel's jetty, a private cookery class…

Le Gray, Beirut

The newly opened Le Gray with stunning views of the city, Mediterranean and mountains offers wine tasting in the Bekaa Valley, exquisite dinners and spa treatments...

Enter the drawing before December 31, 2009 for your chance to win!


Jumby Bay is Back: Get a Fifth Night Free in Paradise (Antigua)

November 19, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jumby BayOn December 1, 2009, Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort will reopen its doors after a $28 million renovation. This private island paradise is accessible only by boat: a luxury resort nestled in a lush landscape of palm trees and white sand beaches. All the guest rooms have been completely redesigned, and there are now 28 new suites (Pool Suites = big terraces and private pools) and two new restaurants. The debut of the spa is the biggest news of all. Just steps from the sand, Sense, A Rosewood Spa is designed in an open-air setting with walkways weaving through tropical gardens. The spa treatments utilize local treatments grown in Jumby Bay's own gardens or harvested on the island. Nightly rates include all meals, afternoon tea, and a water taxi service from Antigua. Special Offer: When you stay four nights, you get the 5th night on the house, available January 3- May 30, 2010.