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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.

Andaz Goes Global: Expansion Plans for China, India, Turks and Caicos

June 8, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Andaz San DiegoGood news for Andaz fans. You'll soon be able to rest your pretty head in Andaz splendor at 11 different spots worldwide, as Hyatt's boutique brand just announced a global expansion plan. What's up next? Properties in Sanya Sunny Bay, China; Delhi, India; and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. For those who haven't yet experienced the hotel everyone's talking about, Andaz brings a fresh new face to the hospitality world. We haven't been alone in swooning over the personalized service and complimentary inclusions like internet, local calls, and mini-bars. (It's little wonder HotelChatter talks about "multiple 'andazms.'") Other new properties in the works include Andaz Austin, Texas; Andaz Amsterdam; and Andaz Papagayo, Costa Rica. These will join Andaz Liverpool Street, London (2007), Andaz West Hollywood (2009), Andaz Wall Street (2010) and Andaz San Diego (2010). Buzz: This summer Andaz 5th Avenue will debut in NYC.

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Sizzling Summer Special: Up to 14 Nights Free at Half Moon Resort

June 4, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaStay a week in paradise and start earning free nights. Half Moon-- the stately Caribbean oasis bordered by twin crescent-shaped beaches on Montego Bay-- has an offer that's difficult to refuse. Book a summer vacation to take advantage of Half Moon's luxe facilities on a mile-long white sand beach: play a round on the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed championship golf course, get pampered at the Fern Tree Spa, soak in one of the many pools and lagoons, go sailing or horse-back riding... While frolicking in the summer sun, you'll be racking up the free nights depending on the length of your stay. Valid for travel between June 1- October 31, 2010, the Sizzling Summer Special translates to up to 2 weeks free. (Stay 7-8 nights, get 1 night free; Stay 9 nights, get 2 nights free... Stay 14 nights, get 7 nights free; stay 28 or more nights and get 14 nights free!) This offer is subject to availability and applies to new bookings only.


Summer Bliss on St. Bart’s: 5th Night Free at Hotel Le Toiny

June 1, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Le ToinyPrivacy, exclusivity, and off-season prices are yours for the taking on St. Bart's this summer. Splurge on a vacay on this French jewel in the Caribbean and get spoiled rotten at Hotel Le Toiny, a spread of 15 pastel-colored bungalows overlooking the bay of Toiny and the dazzling Caribbean. Surrounded by tropical gardens, each of these Villa Suites has its own gated entrance and a red mailbox flag (aka "Do Not Disturb" sign). Talk about privacy! Guests are quickly seduced by the hotel's service standards. Snorkel from the beach, play a game of tennis at the nearby Flamboyants Tennis Club (free of charge), embark on a sunset cruise, even try surfing with Le Toiny's boards.

Hotel Le Toiny, St BartsTake advantage of the "Summer Bliss" package: Stay five nights and pay for only four, or stay 10 nights and only pay for eight. (Accommodations in a Junior Suite with private pool and partial ocean view, or a one-bedroom Villa Suite with private pool and ocean view.) Rates starting from 2080 euros for five nights, from June 1- August 30, 2010. Included: private round-trip airport transfers, daily Continental breakfast for two, welcome cocktails, and a departure gift. Note: All guests at Le Toiny enjoy complimentary laundry service, wifi, daily Nespresso coffee and bottled water in-room, as well as the use of surf boards, snorkeling and beach equipment.


The Six Senses Spa Experience at Oscar de la Renta’s Tortuga Bay

May 26, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tortuga Bay, Dominican RepublicTalk about Caribbean pampering. Tortuga Bay-- located within the world-famous Punta Canta Resort and Club-- has Oscar de la Renta-designed villas with heart-stopping views over the turquoise sea. Think Dominican-inspired decor, kitchens, coralline stone bathrooms, and balconies. Here's what HotelChatter had to say after a recent visit to the swank property:

There's a reason that the Oscar de la Renta-designed Tortuga Bay hotel in Punta Cana, Dominica Republic has a perfect five-star rating on TripAdvisor, and that reason is some of the most excellent hotel service that can be had anywhere. From picking you up from your flight right on the tarmac, as if you had arrived by private plane, to getting you tee times at one of the world's most exclusive golf courses, Tortuga can easily go beyond your greatest expectations.

Tortuga Bay, Dominican RepublicGuests get bicycles, kayaks, and golf carts during their stay. Plus, they enjoy the services of a personal concierge who'll take care of private check-in at your villa after you've been whisked through immigration at the airport. Another reason you'll fall in love? The Six Senses Spa, which offers the patented services of one of the world's premier spa brands. The resort has put together a "Six Senses Spa Experience" package to help you make the most of your stay. Along with accommodations in an Ocean View Junior Suite, you'll be treated to the Oriental Six Senses Package featuring a number of specialty treatments: Thai Herbal Body Glow, Traditional Thai Massage, Natural Thai Facial, Scalp Massage, and Foot Acupressure. You'll also get daily breakfast at Bamboo Restaurant and a welcome drink. The three-night package is priced from US2,465 (single occupancy).


Beach Break in Bermuda at Mandarin Oriental’s Newly-Renovated Elbow Beach

May 18, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Elbow Beach, BermudaA private beach dusted with pink sand and lapped by turquoise sea... Bermuda's Elbow Beach is calling your name. With a $5.5 million renovation, Mandarin Oriental has repositioned its Elbow Beach property as an intimate resort of just 98 luxury suites. What this means for lucky guests: an intimate hotel experience but with all the high-class facilities of a much bigger resort. Rooms have been upgraded with advanced in-room entertainment systems including 200 TV channels with HD programming, exclusive Mandarin Oriental bedding and linens, iPod docking stations, and personal espresso machines. There's a new range of dining and entertainment options, too. The beach has new loungers and a spa pavilion for outside treatments. The fitness center boasts state-of-the-art equipment and the business center is brand spanking new. The former Veranda Bar has been transformed into a recreation lounge with guest internet stations, a large screen HD TV, a well-stocked library, an antique pool table and a complimentary refreshment station. Tempted? Rates are available starting from $395 per night with the "Luxury Breaks" package-- including a $75 credit for use in the restaurants or spa. (Two-night minimum required. Valid from June 25 – September 6, 2010.)


Suite Caribbean Escapes: Special at CuisinArt Resort, Anguilla

May 12, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

CuisinArt Resort and Spa, AnguillaTwo miles of beaches and a dazzling infinity pool await on the pristine Caribbean isle of Anguilla. The CuisinArt Resort-- home to the expansive Venus Spa-- wows guests of Rendezvous Bay. Not only does CuisinArt boast tennis, sailing, and fitness classes at the gym, but it also offers the world's only resort hydroponic farm-- which produces fresh, organic veggies for the restaurant. We've just learned about an enticing special promotion valid until November 23, 2010. Stay five nights or more and enjoy sumptuous accommodations at a discounted rate, starting from $320 per night. The "Suite Escapes" rate is available across all room categories-- starting from a Luxury Room ($320) continuing up the ladder to the Penthouse 2001 ($1,840). A host of amenities is included in your room rates:

– Anquilla Airport or Ferry Greeting

– Caribbean Welcome Drink upon Arrival

– Continental Breakfast Daily

– Complimentary use of Health Club

– Scheduled Fitness Classes

– Use of Three Night-lit Tennis Courts

– Use of Non-Motorized Water Sports


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.