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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 World’s Hottest New Hotels: Travel + Leisure’s New “It List 2010″

May 11, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

BardessonoIt's our favorite time of year. Travel + Leisure has released their "It List 2010" of the 45 best new hotels in the world. The mag's esteemed editors have hand-picked the year's most exciting hotel debuts, to be revealed in the June issue which hits newsstands this month. What's especially cool to see: ten of the properties have room rates of less than $300 per night. Can't wait til May 21st to see the list? We've got the skinny:

UNITED STATES

Andaz Wall Street+ Bardessono, Yountville, California

+ St. Regis Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii

+ Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana

+ Andaz Wall Street, New York, New York*

+ Crosby Street Hotel, New York, New York

+ Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah

+ Waldorf Astoria, Park City, Utah

THE CARIBBEAN , MEXICO, AND CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

+ Viceroy Anguilla, Barnes Bay, Anguilla

+ Gansevoort, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

+ W Santiago, Santiago, Chile*

+ Tcherassi Hotel & Spa, Cartagena, Colombia

+ Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués, Acapulco, Mexico

+ Hotel Boca Chica, Acapulco, Mexico*

+ Las Alcobas, Mexico City, Mexico

EUROPE

+ Lime Wood, Hampshire, England*

+ Dean Street Townhouse, London, England*

+ InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau, Paris, France

+ La Réserve Ramatuelle, Ramatuelle, France

+ Heidelberg Suites, Heidelberg, Germany

+ Il Salviatino, Fiesole, Italy

+ Maison Moschino, Milan, Italy

+ Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sciacca, Italy

+ Palazzina Grassi, Venice, Italy

+ Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, Spain

+ Hotel Consolaciόn, Teruel, Spain*

+ Argos in Cappadocia, Uchisar, Turkey*

ASIA

+ Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China

+ Upper House, Hong Kong, China

+ Peninsula Shanghai, Shanghai, China*

+ PuLi Hotel & Spa, Shanghai, China

+ Serai Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer, India

+ Raas, Jodhpur, India*

+ Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

+ Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa, Boracay, Philippines

+ Capella Singapore, Sentosa Island, Singapore

+ Langham Place Samui at Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand*

+ Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi, Thailand

AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST, AUSTRALIA

+ Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel

+ Evason Ma’In Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa, Ma’in, Jordan

+ Le Gray, Beirut, Lebanon

+ Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, Mahé, Seychelles

+ One&Only Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

+ Taj Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

+ Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

+ Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Lithgow, Australia

*Property has starting room rates of $300/night, double, or less.


Savings in the Caribbean: 65% Off Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, Jamaica

May 11, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Royal Plantation Ocho RiosYou've heard about the lush northern coast of Jamaica: where the St. Ann Mountains sweep down to the sugary beaches on the Ocho Rios Riviera. Now is the time to experience this tropical paradise first-hand. Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, the refined plantation-style resort, is running an offer of "Up to 65% Off" for travel through 2011. (You must book by May 20, 2010, for stays of three nights+). What's more- you can combine this special offer with the "First Night Free" promotion, available for stays of five nights and more. With just 77 luxurious suites, the resort offers seclusion and intimacy with world-class facilities, to boot. A day spent on the sand attended by beach butlers* may be just what the doctor ordered, but there's also championship golf, a variety of fine dining options, and the exclusive Red Lane Spa. (Get this: you can even have a treatment while floating on top of the sea.) Act now and book your vacation to take advantage of unbeatable savings.

*Guests are also privy to the services of private room butlers, trained by the prestigious Guild of Professional English Butlers to cater to your every need.


Summer Escapes: Rosewood Hotels Offer Free Breakfast and Parking

May 3, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rosewood MayakobaWe've just learned about a special summer enticement at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, an elite collection of hotels including The Carlyle in New York and Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda. Book a "Rosewood Escape" and you'll get the best values of the summer at Rosewood's 14 properties with extra amenities thrown in for free. (Think a lavish breakfast spread and other fun perks, depending on the hotel.) Whether frolicking on the sand in the Caribbean, floating in your own private plunge pool in Mexico, or soaking up some culture on a city break, you'll relish the added value during your getaway. Not to mention the exceptional service and luxurious facilities for which Rosewood is known. "Rosewood Escapes" is available at the following properties:

Jumby BayThe Carlyle: From $475 per night – Includes buffet breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking

Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas: From $265 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking

Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas: From $265 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking

The CarlyleThe Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta: From $229 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe: From $250 per night, Sun.-Thurs. - Apr. 30-Jun. 25

San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara: $700 per night for Junior Suite, Sun.-Thurs. - Includes breakfast for two daily

CordeValle in San Martin, California: From $325 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily, a wine tasting at Clos La Chance on-site winery and complimentary parking and Wi-Fi

Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, California: From $260 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking

Mansion on PeachtreeKing Pacific Lodge on Princess Royal Island in British Columbia: From $2144 CAD per night for 2 on 4-night package - Includes all meals, beverages and roundtrip floatplane flights from Vancouver to Lodge

Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos: From $550 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily

Rosewood Mayakobá on the Riviera Maya, Mexico: From $395 per night – Includes buffet breakfast for two daily

Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda: From $395 per night - Apr. 18-Aug. 31, Nov. 1-15- Includes buffet breakfast for two daily

Caneel Bay on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands: From $399 per night – Includes buffet breakfast for two daily

Jumby Bay on Antigua, West Indies: Suites from $1150 per night - Jun. 1-Oct. 31- Includes all meals, beverages/wine/cocktails by the glass and select activities for two daily


Nightlife in San Juan, Puerto Rico: The New Moon Bar at Conrad Condado Plaza

April 28, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad San Juan Condado PlazaPuerto Rico bound? You'll find white sand beaches and sizzling nightlife in San Juan. Not to mention affordable rates at the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza, starting from just $199 per night. Just minutes from historic San Juan, the luxury resort recently opened a hot new bar that's "the city's newest spot to see and be seen." So after a day lounging on one of two beaches, or by one of three sparkling pools, you can head to the hotel lobby for cocktail hour at the lounge, outfitted with crystal chandeliers, stylish contemporary décor, and a bar boasting 360 degree views of the lobby. Open daily from 3 pm, the Moon Bar offers live music, to boot. For late-night fun, check out the hotel's 24-hour casino with a bettering range from $2 to $2,000.


Last Minute Beach Break in the Bahamas: Candlelit Dinner on the Sand at Pink Sands Resort

April 20, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pink Sands Resort, BahamasYou've still got a few days to take advantage of a special offer at Pink Sands Resort on Harbour Island in The Bahamas. Sure to delight foodies, the "Epicurist's Beach Delight" celebrates a special occasion (maybe a wedding proposal?!) with a private candlelit dinner on the beach, just for two. For free. Even if you're not popping the question, you may want to jump on this offer. You'll sink your teeth into a three-course feast perfectly prepared by Executive Chef James Van Dyke, while relishing the complete privacy of the resort's famous three-mile stretch of pink sandy beach. Book the "Epicurist's Beach Delight" for a three-night stay through April 30, 2010 and you'll get a one-time free dinner, valid any night of the week. (Make sure you make a res for the dinner!) Alcoholic beverages not included. Subject to availability.


What’s Included at All-Inclusive Resorts: Salsa Dance Lessons and Wine Tasting at Paradisus Palma Real

April 19, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradisus Palma RealThere's a reason folks are falling head over heels for the all-inclusive resort experience at Paradisus Palma Real. When you check in to this Dominican Republic hot spot, you'll revel in luxury accommodations in a pristine beach setting-- with no added costs tacked to your bill. Included in your stay: recreational activities like kayaking, scuba diving, tennis, and wind-surfing; meals at your choice of five à la carte restaurants; a spectacular Kids Zone with games galore; nightly entertainement; and "life enriching activities" like wine tasting, salsa and merengue dance classes, massage lessons, painting, photography, and more. Feeling less adventurous? The pools are gorgeous; stake your claim to an exotic Bali daybed and soak up the sun.

Paradisus Palma RealOverlooking the palm-fringed sandy beaches, the accommodations are plush and spacious-- all oversized suites. Book The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, a boutique resort within the resort, and you can take advantage of added services and amenities in the Residential Concierge Suites and Family Concierge Suites. (The dedicated Family Concierge can coordinate all activities, handing out cell phones or walkie-talkie radios for all-day communication with the concierge.)


The World’s Hottest Hotels: Where to Stay Now

April 12, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmangiriConde Nast Traveler has released their annual Hot List 2010 "of the newest and most innovative hotels worldwide" and a quick browse is guaranteed to inspire wanderlust. Best of all: 42 hotels that made the cut have rooms costing under $250 a night. We were pleased to see a few of our faves make the list. In North America, for example: the Capella Pedregal, Crosby Street Hotel, The Allison, St. Regis Mexico City, Amangiri, The Jefferson, The Betsy, The Elysian, W South Beach, and Viceroy Snowmass...


The Return of the 96-Hour Sale: $96 Rates at RockResorts

April 8, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Osprey at Beaver CreekRockResorts is on sale. Book your stay before Friday, April 9, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. MDT (for travel through January 12, 2011) to take advantage of this exclusive offer: rates starting from just $96 in prime destinations in North America-- from Vail to St. Lucia. Note: 96-Hour Sale reservations must be fully pre-paid and are non-cancelable and non-refundable. Participating resorts include Aspen's Hotel Jerome, The Osprey at Beaver Creek (pictured), The Pines Lodge, The Arrabelle at Vail Square, La Posada de Santa Fe, and The Landings St. Lucia.


Special Prices at New Villas at Jalousie Plantation, St. Lucia

March 31, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. LuciaJalousie Plantation (you know, the gorgeous Caribbean resort you saw on The Bachelor) has a killer location on St. Lucia- on a bay between the twin cones of the Piton mountains. The setting? 192 lush acres of rainforest edged by white sandy beaches. We've been keeping tabs on the property as it undergoes a metamorphosis into The Tides Sugar Beach, the first Caribbean property for the The Tides brand of chic, high-design hotels by the sea. The $100 million redesign hasn't yet been completed, but in the meantime, the resort is unveiling new villas, as the resort's existing cottages have been transformed into luxurious villas. Buzz: While the (unobtrusive) construction is going on-- carefully orchestrated so as not to disturb the hotel residents-- you can snag a deal at one of the villas. And for die-hard Bachelor fans, Jalousie Plantation offers a "Wings of Love" package so you can relive the experience with your very own Bachelor/Bachelorette. (Spa treatments and long-stemmed red rose included.)


The Benefits of All-Inclusive Resorts: Check Out Paradisus Punta Cana

March 19, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradisus Punta CanaWhen scouting out options for your next tropical vacation, sometimes "all-inclusive" is the answer. With meals and activities included in your room rates, all-inclusive resorts make it easy to take your family on vacation- without worrying about hidden costs or expenses. Case in point: Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, an all-suite Caribbean playground surrounded by tropical gardens, native mangrove forests, and the clear turquoise waters of the sea. The resort offers every sport imaginable, most of them included in your room rates, along with tennis, golf, a casino, a spa, and some 7 swimming pools. Every night, choose from an array of 12 restaurants offering contemporary world cuisine (anything you're in the mood for!) and 8 bars. What's more- there's nightly entertainment, plus an array of life-enriching activities like sushi-making, wine-tasting, and photography workshops. You'll only need to pony up extra cash if you choose to play black jack at the casino or indulge in massages at the spa.