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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.

Sun, Sand, and a Third Night Free: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort, Costa Rica

August 1, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Los Suenos MarriottDreaming of a Costa Rica getaway? Explore the magnificent tropical rainforests and surf the Pacific waves at one of the world's best resorts: The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort. Nestled between the ocean and a 1,100 acre rainforest, the resort offers the best kind of Costa Rica beach vacation- where you can sit back and relax by the palm-fringed free-form pool, or (for the adrenaline-junkies) glide between the trees high in the forest on a canopy tour. Imagine playing a round of golf on the 18-hole championship La Iguana Golf Course with a gallery of friendly monkeys and brightly colored macaws! Pamper yourself with a massage in an ocean-side gazebo, and choose between 6 restaurants and lounges for memorable meals in unforgettable settings. There's even a casino on-site. The accommodations feature world-class amenities: designer duvets and luxurious bedding, private balconies overlooking the ocean, high-speed Internet and work desk, and more. Extend your vacation in Costa Rica with Marriott and get a third night free until October 31, 2008.


Summer Sale at Leading Hotels of the World: Save 25 Percent at Worldwide Locations

July 17, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Liberty HotelGet big savings this summer with The Leading Hotels of the World. Member hotels in some of the hottest destinations worldwide-- including Chicago, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Quebec, Washington D.C., Panama, Boston, San Diego and Houston-- have slashed prices up to 25 percent off through September 1, 2008. So you can check into luxury on the fashionable East Side of Manhattan near Central Park at the Hotel Plaza Athenee New York, stay as close to the White House as possible (short of being invited by the President) at the Hay-Adams in Washington DC, discover the thrills of vibrant Panama City while staying at The Bristol, do time at the luxurious new Liberty Hotel in Boston (the former Charles Street Jail), relish the fabulous and sexy Habita Hotel in Mexico City, or stay at Chicago's hip, designer book hotel, The James-- all for a fraction of the price. Just choose the "Summer Sale" rate when booking rooms.


Luxury for Less in Patagonia at Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, Argentina

June 10, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Llao LlaoIt's hard to beat this setting: crystal lakes and the snow-capped Andean mountains in Patagonia, Argentina. Llao Llao is one of the most spectacular resorts in South America, and this luxurious mountain lodge offers the ultimate romantic venue in Nahuel Huapi National Park. You'll gasp at the sight of the panoramic views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the new Deluxe Studio Moreno. And as if the views aren't dazzling enough, you'll be wowed by the facilities on offer: a heated swimming pool, a superb 18-hole golf course, a state-of-the-art spa, and indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Right now you can find rates for as low as $230 per night with a bunch of added extras thrown in. Book the Special Promotion and you'll get accommodations in a standard room, a bottle of champagne and cake upon arrival, breakfast daily, a romantic dinner for two at Los Cesares Restaurant, and roundtrip airport transfers. Valid until July 4, 2008, and between July 26-December 26, 2008. Three-night minimum stay required.


Experience 5 Top Brazilian Chefs with Ponta dos Ganchos

June 5, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin

Ponta dos GanchosThis year's Ciclo de Chefs brings five top Brazilian chefs to Ponta Dos Ganchos to give guests a taste of some of Brazil's finest cuisine. The annual event brings top chefs from around the world to guest-chef at Ponta Dos Ganchos for visitors to experience new flavors and tastes. This year's event features Carla Pernambuco on July 4th-6th (awarded Best Contemporary Cuisine in 2006); Danio Braga from July 25th -27th (whose restaurant has been awarded 3 stars in the Quatro Rodas Guide since 1982); Roberta Sudbrack on August 1st-3rd (the Brazilian Chef of the Year in 2007); Sergio Arno from August 8th-10th (elected Best Italian Cuisine Chef in Latin America); and Roland Villard from August 15th -17th (the 2008 Chef of the Year in Brazil). This year's event is sure to delight the palate!

Ponta dos Ganchos is located 40 km north of Florianopolis and South-east of Sao Paulo, situated on a small point nestled between two charming fishing villages and surrounded on 3 sides by the sea of the Emerald Coast.


The Best Brunch in Buenos Aires: Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt

May 22, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt Buenos AiresMost Argentines know the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt, situated in the city's swank Recoleta district, as one of the best, most fashionable hotels in Buenos Aires. After its opening, it was immediately featured on the Travel + Leisure 2006 It List. To quote: "Walking up the sweeping stone staircase of Palacio Duhau is like walking into a private mansion." The garden was designed by the gentleman who planned B.A.'s botanical gardens; the rooms outfitted with all the latest luxuries; the indoor pool equipped with "750 colored bulbs to simulate the changing of light from dawn to dusk." Vinoteca may have some 3,500 bottles of wine to choose from (accompanied by your choice of 40 different cheeses), but perhaps the best kept secret at the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt is the prix fixe brunch served at Gioia Restaurant on Sunday. Take a seat on the terrace and soak up the spectacular views of the Palace and the garden. Insiders claim it'll be the best $53 you’ve ever spent.

Photo Via Flickr/Longhorndave


Fourth Night Free at Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

May 8, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Copacabana PalaceHead down to Rio for a relaxing break at one of the most glamorous hotels in the world. Setting of the famous film 'Flying down to Rio' where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together for the first time, Copacabana Palace offers the ultimate in sophisticated luxury-- just steps from the white sands of the most famous beach in the world. This is the hide-out of the rich and famous. Make the Copacabana Palace your home as you explore the delights of the fascinating city: sun yourself on Copacabana or Ipanema beach and visit Corcovado or Sugar Loaf Mountain and marvel at the beauty of Rio nestled in the series of bays below you. With the "Stay Another Night" package, you get the fourth night for free when you stay three consecutive nights. Rates start at $487, and you also get complimentary access to the fitness center, tennis court, and sauna.


Suite Luxury: Fabulous Faena’s 3 New Lavish Suites in Buenos Aires

March 24, 2008
By: Courtney W. May

Faena Hotel + UniverseThe opulent and gorgeous Faena Hotel + Universe in Buenos Aires is just one distinctive part of the Faena Art District in BA, Argentina. With lavish restaurants and bars, authentic theater spaces, an exceptional wine cellar, world-class spa, and top-tier accommodations, the hotel has topped itself once again. At the end of 2007, 3 over-the-top, extremely lavish suites were introduced to the property – F Suite, Tower Suite, and Imperial Suite (click on the images below for the bigger pictures).

F Suite Living Room The F Suite, the most exclusive suite in Latin America, is a wholly private and impeccably appointed 1,291 square foot residence located on the 6th floor of Faena Hotel + Universe featuring two bedrooms (1 pictured), three bathrooms, living (pictured) and dining rooms, a kitchen, a library and outstanding panoramic views of the Faena Art District, embankment and city center of Buenos Aires. Additional amenities include a marble bathroom with rain forest shower and Jacuzzi and a state of the art in-room entertainment center with three 42-inch plasma screens.

Atop Faena Hotel + Universe is the Tower Suite, a triplex suite with exceptional views of Rio de la Plata and the MicaelaBastidas Park. The centerpiece of the suite is a fiber optic teardrop crystal lamp that shifts from amber to blue to green to purple, located at the foot of the stairway and specially created for the suite. Imperial Suite terrace The two bedroom, two bathroom suite also includes living and dining rooms, marble bathroom with jacuzzi and relaxation area, an outdoor terrace and flat screen home theaters in the living room and bedroom.

Imperial Suite living room.jpgWith two outdoor terraces, offering double 180-degree views that face east and west, supplying idyllic panoramic views of city and river, sunrise and sunset is the Imperial Suite. Inside, a spacious living/dining room with sliding glass windows, kitchen, cloakroom and one super king-sized bedroom and bathroom make the Imperial Suite perfect for honeymooners or any other romantic escape.  Imperial Suite bathroom The marble-floored bathroom features a Philippe-Starck designed jacuzzi and separate shower, while the living room and bedroom each boast home theaters with flat screens and surround sound.

All suites include one of Faena Hotel + Universe's famous personal Experience Managers, high-speed wireless internet connections and automatic red velvet curtains with Venetian blinds.

Faena Hotel + Universe is known for ultimate luxury and the F Suite, Tower Suite and Imperial Suite continue the tradition of welcoming guests with exceptional service and luxe comforts.


Small Luxury Hotels Announces Photo Competition: Win Cool Trips and Prizes!

March 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hostellerie Les Frenes, ProvenceSmall Luxury Hotels of the World-- the exclusive brand of more than 440 independent properties in 70 countries-- recently launched its inaugural worldwide photography competition with some incredible prizes. The idea is for travelers to share their most inspired moments and experiences "caught on film" during their trips-- whether biking through the Tuscan hills or watching the sunset over a beach in the Indian Ocean. The possibilities are limitless! Running from March 17, 2008 through July 31, 2008, the contest will take place completely online via a dedicated competition website. You can register with the site and then upload up to 10 of your favorite photos that capture a sense of place and experience. All submitted photos will be viewable in an online gallery. Four overall winning photographs will be chosen by a panel of judges including celebrity photographer Andy Earl (who shot Madonna, Prince and Pink Floyd for their album covers). And get this: anybody who registers and submits at least one photo will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a five-night stay at any of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties.

The top prize winners will all receive a brand new Nikon D80 SLR 10.2 Camera with an 18-135mm zoom lens, plus, choose one of four incredible prize getaways including two round-trip tickets on American Airlines. The available prize packages are:

* A six-night Costa Rican Adventure spent at both Hotel Punta Islita and Gaia Hotel and Reserve

* A five-night English Town and Country Experience spent at both The Capital Hotel in London and Luton Hoo Country Estate

* A four-night Mexican Escape at Esencia on the Riviera Maya

* A three night Big Apple Experience in New York City at The Iroquois New York


Alluring Argentina at the Caesar Park Buenos Aires

March 21, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caesar Park Buenos AiresAs the dollar continues to slide, the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires still offers bang for the buck for those looking to travel outside the U.S. Marvelous steak dinners can be had for a fraction of the price of a comparable meal in NYC, and luxury hotels continue to offer good value. An excellent choice is The Caesar Park Buenos Aires. Well-heeled guests are delighted by the elegant ambiance in the grand lobby: columns, marble staircase, the giant chandelier and mezzanine balcony. All works in the impressive art collection, displayed in the lobby and mezzanine, are for sale. Situated in the Recoleta district opposite from Patio Bullrich, the city's most exclusive shopping mall, The Caesar Park offers 175 tastefully-appointed guest rooms, including the top-floor Imperial Suite with amazing views over the city, the Rio de la Plata, and all the way to Montevideo, Uruguay. All rooms feature separate tubs and showers, and large entertainment systems.


Travel across Chilean Roads and Stay in Style at San Cristobal Tower, Santiago

March 19, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Cristobal Tower, SantiagoHands down the finest hotel in Santiago, San Cristobal Tower is arguably one of the best hideaways in South America. A member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, San Cristobal Tower is situated just minutes away from the Providencia business district. Guest rooms are outfitted with carved mahogany chairs, elegant drapes and gold-rimmed mirrors, and boast spectacular views of the snow-capped Andes. If you book one of the two Terrace Suites, named after the great Literature Nobel Prize winners from Chile, "Gabriela Mistral" and "Pablo Neruda," you'll enjoy the views from spacious terraces. San Cristobal Tower is offering an exclusive getaway with a car rental included so that you can create your own tour of the world-famous Chilean wineries, beaches at Viña del Mar, and Andes mountains. Priced from $289 per night (3-night minimum required), the package includes complimentary buffet breakfast, a bottle of Chilean wine in-room upon arrival, free admission to Neptuno Spa Pool and Fitness Center, late check-out at 4 p.m, and parking for your rental car!