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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.

New Luxury in Peru: Hotel Paracas and Tambo del Inca, Starwood Luxury Collection

December 18, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tambo del Inca luxury hotelTwo new hotels are upping the luxury quotient in Peru. As reported by The New York Times In Transit blog, the destination once firmly associated with backpackers is going upscale with the addition of two new properties from Starwood's Luxury Collection. The first, called Hotel Paracas, is located next to the Paracas Natural Reserve on the southern Pacific coast (chock full of marine life) and offers excursions to the Ballesta islands. Choose a Solarium Room at this spa resort and you'll be privy to jaw-dropping ocean views from two balconies. The second hotel, opening later this month, is the Tambo del Inca located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 15 km north of the city of Cusco. (Artist rendering is pictured at right.) Surrounded by the mythical landscapes of the Andes Mountains, the resort will even have its own train station for trips to the Inca hilltop city of Machu Picchu, just an hour away. The spa will feature therapeutic treatments incorporating ancestral Inca ingredients.


Where to Go Now: Hot Destinations for 2010 (Marrakech Included)

December 17, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rocco Forte Resort in Marrakech

Where are the "It Places" to travel in 2010? Conde Nast Traveler's Ondine Cohane has the answer in her recently compiled "It List" for 2010, "Travel's Comeback Year." Drum roll, please: Colombia, Sri Lanka, Vancouver, Antarctica, Burma, Cuba, Venice, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, and Marrakech. We're glad to see that Morocco didn't fade fast from the savy traveler's radar. An unprecedented number of luxury hotels will open in Morocco next year-- from Le Royal Mansour (owned by the king) to the Four Seasons to the new resort from the Rocco Forte Collection (pictured)... And you probably already ogled the pretty pictures of all the celebs attending the opening of La Mamounia over Thanksgiving....

What would you add to this list?


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).


New Year’s in Patagonia at Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

December 1, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

Looking to bid adieu to recession-racked 2009 and ring in 2010 in an extraordinary setting? Think the crystal clear lakes and snow-capped Andean peaks of Patagonia, where the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort offers romance and more at the gateway to Nahuel Huapi National Park. Ranked one of the best resorts in all of South America, Llao Llao offers inspiring panoramas from the floor-to-ceiling windows in all guest rooms. With golf, a spa, a heated indoor pool, and ample recreational activities in the beautiful surroundings, Llao Llao has it all. For New Year's Eve the resort will be hosting a special masquerade dinner in the the Bustillo and Llao Llao ballrooms. This "Phantom of the Opera" themed celebration will have an artistic show and raffles while DJs spin tunes on the dance floor all night long.


New for the Emiliano, Sao Paulo’s Most Fashionable Hotel

November 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

EmilianoSao Paulo's Emiliano offers some serious eye candy. In describing this local icon, Wallpaper* points out the design touches added during a recent renovation: "original solid wood armchairs by José Zanine Caldas and fresh custom fabrics for the Florence Knoll armchairs, as well as a captivating new centerpiece to the Emiliano Restaurant: a "living wall", featuring a range of plant species from the Brazilian rainforest." Lonely Planet describes it as "like page torn from a fashion magazine, a world of exquisite beauty, from its head-turning lobby to its designer rooms." What we're most excited about at Sao Paulo's most fashionable hotel? Two new suites which will debut during the holidays, offering the city's largest and most luxurious accommodations.


Country Club Lima Hotel: The Best Hotels in Peru

November 12, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Country Club Lima HotelLooking for a place to bunk down in Lima? Head to the hacienda-style Country Club Lima Hotel facing the golf course (hence the hotel's name) in the posh San Isidro district. Named to the Forbes Traveler 400 Best Hotels list, the Country Club Lima Hotel has surprisingly reasonable prices. With only 78 guest rooms-- all generously sized, filled with colonial artwork on loan from Museo Pedro de Osma, and equipped with contemporary technology-- the hotel has an intimate, cozy atmosphere. Customer reviews on Five Star Alliance point to the "personalized attention" and "old-world gracious service" as the winning factor for this hotel. But Forbes Traveler claims "its trump card is stunning architecture: The vintage 1927 mansion blends Spanish colonial icons like red-tile roofs and whitewashed walls with genuine antiques and artwork as well as European neoclassical touches like the stately glass-domed lobby." Honeymoon packages, including sparkling wine and a fruit basket in-room, buffet breakfast, and a late check-out, start at just $179 per night. Special offers for business travelers or families are also available.


Announcing the New Le Meridien Panama

September 29, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien PanamaRight in the beating heart of Panama City and all its vibrant nightlife, the new Le Meridien is the first hotel in Central America for the brand. Perched on the edge of the Bay of Panama overlooking the city's old and new quarters, the hotel was designed by Panamanian architect Mallol Ignacio and features a black-granite lobby that's a design dream-- "an overturned glass reflecting vibrant colors." Facilities include a Sensory Spa by Clarins, Latitudes restaurant, fitness center, outdoor pool overlooking the bay, meeting rooms, and ample event space. The 111 guestrooms, including 29 suites, channel a contemporary aesthetic.


The Claridge Hotel: European Charm in the Heart of South America

September 23, 2009
By: Daniel L. Moses

Buenos AiresBuenos Aires (simply B.A. to its close knit ex-pat community) has long been hailed as South America's answer to a European city. Winding streets, flavorful cuisine, and some of the world's finest wines surely echo the Old World's calling cards on the other side of the Atlantic. But with a favorable rate of exchange, Argentina's exciting metropolis can offer all of that European luxury at accessible prices.

The Claridge Hotel, situated only a half-hour's drive from Ezeiza International Airport and only steps away from the Plaza de Mayo, is the premier B.A. location for your next South American adventure, whether on business or simply indulging in the tango rich delights of Argentine culture. The Claridge’s simple calling card: a dedication to top notch service and hospitality. A simple recipe for success, and one that will make your next visit an exciting and memorable one.

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I W Santiago and So Will You

September 15, 2009
By: Daniel L. Moses

W SantiagoAs the North American summer comes to an end, the Chilean spring is just beginning, and there is no better way to take advantage of this steamy South American country than indulging in the trendy rhythms of the W Santiago. Yet trendiness doesn't have to come at a premium, as rooms start at just $299. Plus as a Starwood Preferred Guest, W Santiago visitors can receive upgrades or even free nights. Package deals include in-room brunch for two, a starter at the stellar NoSo restaurant, two Pisco Green cocktails, and hip matching "I W Santiago" t-shirts to wear out or bring back home as a souvenir. Framed by the picturesque snow-capped Andes on all sides, the W Santiago is truly a vision of both romance and fun in Chile's bustling capital city.

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Drinks on the House at Sofitel Buenos Aires

September 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Buenos AiresRelax with a drink at La Bibliotheque, the cozy lounge at Sofitel Buenos Aires, or tuck into some flavorful Mediterranean cuisine at Le Sud. The Sofitel Buenos Aires hotel is giving away a 50$/50€ hotel credit for guests to spend as they please. Need some drycleaning done? Aching for a massage? Go ahead and indulge. Hit the hammam or indoor pool, then retreat to your elegant guest room, designed with flair by renowned interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. (He just did the redesign of the French Riviera landmark, the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat.) Make sure to book the "Hotel Credit Offer" to get the most out of your Sofitel stay.