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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 50 Best New Hotels from Forbes Traveler: St. Regis Bali, Chicago’s Trump International Hotel, and More

November 6, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Trump ChicagoThe results are in. Forbes Traveler put together a board of 400 experts to name the world's up and coming hotspots and best new hotels. On the list? The Four Seasons chain managed to make a splash with the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, and the Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche offers the best of the south of France. St. Regis also scored two spots on the list with the St. Regis Singapore and St. Regis Bali. The Fasano Hotel in Rio also garners praise. And closer to home, Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower is getting lots of rave reviews, "slated to become one of Chicago's most desirable addresses."


Jumeirah Group Keeps Growing, and Growing, and Growing…

October 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Burj Al ArabSome hotel companies may be feeling the pinch of a down economy, but not Jumeirah. The Dubai-based hotel group, famous for its seven-star Burj Al Arab (pictured), has just announced they have 19 hotels under development. They're bringing their signature brand of hospitality to Asia and South America, and expect to have 60 properties, or about 25,000 rooms, either in operation or under development by 2012. Our friends at the Luxury Insider highlight the five new hotels and resorts-- Jumeirah Bali Resort in Indonesia, Jumeirah Maldives Resort in the South Malé Atoll, Jumeirah Al Salam Resort in Bahrain, Jumeirah Al Salam Yiti Resort in Oman, and Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel in Kuwait-- all scheduled to open within the next three years.


Mandarin Oriental’s Mexican Romance

October 23, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico has just announced a special package designed to bring out the romance in any couple. Now through December 19, 2008, couples can enjoy "Romance in Mexico." The deal includes a chauffeur-driven ride to the Mayan resort, champagne and strawberries, joint spa treatments, and a a private dinner in a luxury outdoor style Palapa overlooking the lagoon with the sights and sounds of the Mayan Jungle.

A four night stay is required, and you'll also get a full daily breakfast, room upgrade, and the one-hour Temazcal Ceremony, designed to blend the ancient Mayan ritual with beautiful natural surroundings. Rates for this getaway begin at $4,980.


Summertime with the Family in Patagonia at Llao Llao Resort

October 10, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Llao Llao Resort, PatagoniaWinter in our neck-of-the-woods translates to summertime in the southern hemisphere, so why not head south where the dollar is still strong against the Argentine peso? Patagonia beckons with some of the finest scenery in the world: crystal clear lakes and the snow-capped Andean peaks. You can gape at this awe-inspiring panorama from the floor-to-ceiling windows in one of the best resorts in South America: Llao Llao resort, perched at the gateway to a national park. The facilities are swanky (18-hole golf course, superb spa, heated infinity pool) and there are numerous outdoor recreational activities--from treks to kayaking. Book the "Summertime with the Family" package and you'll enjoy accommodations in a standard room in the Bustillo building, round-trip airport transfers, daily buffet breakfast, and free access to the health club and sauna. Priced from $315 per night from January 4-February 28, 2009, and $243 per night from March 1- June 30, 2009. Three night minimum stay required.

PS. We hear they offer tango lessons!


Get Picked Up in Buenos Aires by The Claridge Hotel

October 10, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Claridge Buenos AiresTravel the 21 miles from Ezeiza International Airport in comfort and style. Book now through December 31, 2008 at the Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires and you can take advantage of a special rate that includes pick-up service in a private car. The special also includes an American buffet breakfast, free access to the outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna, and gym, complimentary internet access in the business center, cellular phone with free incoming calls, and a complimentary daily newspaper.

Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires is centrally located in the midst of the business, banking, and entertainment districts. The 1946 traditional boutique hotel was remodeled in 2004 and has 152 rooms and 6 suites. Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires is a traditional alternatives for tourist and business travelers who look for a five star hotel in Buenos Aires that make them feel as comfortable as in their own home.


The Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Lifestyle Resort, Argentina: The World’s First Equestrian Estate and Resort

September 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Lifestyle Resort, ArgentinaCould this be the first ever polo-dedicated luxury resort? The Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, the upscale hotel chain behind the world's only 7-star resort (the Burj al Arab), has plans to manage Jumeirah Culu Culu Polo Lifestyle Resort in Lobos, Argentina-- just an hour from Buenos Aires. This will be the first South American property for Jumeirah, and a key addition to its portfolio. Paying homage to the equestrian lifestyle, the five-star lifestyle resort will offer access to eight polo fields (including two championship fields), a Talise spa, fitness center, 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and privately-owned villas. The 252-room hotel will be situated on 1,200 acres next to a pristine lake and bird sanctuary. Slated for completion by 2010.

Image Via Audi Polo Awards


The Augustine, Prague, from the Rocco Forte Collection: The World’s Monastery Hotels

September 17, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

PragueAfter all the talk about converting old jails into luxury hotels, this trend seems rather ho-hum. From the drop-dead gorgeous Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco, Peru to the new Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, there are a whole bunch of monastery-hotels cropping up in phenomenal locations worldwide. Here's what Forbes Traveler says about Villa San Michele:

But it's doubtful there could be a view more serene than that of Florence from the Villa San Michele, a former century monastery that clings to a lush hillside in Fiesole. The monastery portion was built in the 16th century, the façade was designed by Michelangelo and the entire property is run with smooth, contemporary efficiency by General Manager Luca Finardi, an affable Florentine if ever there was one. "The Michelangelo Suite, the monastery's former library, was where Napoleon once stayed," Finardi says.

Perhaps most exciting of these hotel openings is The Augustine, slated to open in January 2009. Housed in five historic buildings around the St. Thomas Monastery in Prague, the new hotel promises abundant style and sophistication- like all the Rocco Forte Collection hotels.


Around the World in 80 Ways: The Epic $1 Million Journey from Leading Hotels of the World

September 16, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One Aldwych, LondonWe recently spread the word about the incredible deal-- $19.28 room rates!-- offered by Leading Hotels of the World to celebrate its 80th anniversary. And now it's time to highlight another celebratory package from LHW-though this one is a tad more extravagant. Leading Hotels of the World has created an epic voyage, "Around The World in 80 Ways," to pay homage to both the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards, and their own 80th birthday. The price tag for this amazing, glamorous journey? One million dollars.

Traveling in a private jet all the way, you and a companion will see everything in the world worth seeing and do everything in the world worth doing. Best of all, 10 percent of the USD 1 million price will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation for the global fight against AIDS. So, with that in mind, we invite you to open your hearts and wallets and get ready to set off on the adventure of a lifetime.


$19.28 Room Rates with Leading Hotels of the World

September 9, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hotel Hong KongCelebrate the birth year of Leading Hotels of the World, 1928, with an unbelievable promotion. At 8 am EST on October 1, 2008, LHW will "release a limited number of the world's most-coveted hotel rooms at the unprecedented rate of USD 19.28 per night. For 80 minutes only, registered consumers will be able to secure the celebratory USD 19.28 rate." Participating member hotels include the iconic Langham Hong Kong (pictured), the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires, the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona, the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC, the Gran Hotel La Florida in Barcelona, and the Villa La Massa in Florence. Pre-register online today!


Experience Peru’s Lake Titicaca with the New Titilaka Hotel- Brought to You by Inkaterra

August 27, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Inkaterra Titilaka Hotel, PeruUPDATE: Insiders tell us that this pretty new hotel is now being managed by the Andean Experience.

Titilaka is the latest luxury lodge from Peruvian hotel group Inkaterra- the eco-friendly group behind the fabulous, carbon-neutral properties La Casona Inkaterra, situated in Cusco, and the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, nestled in the cloud forest in the heart of Machu Picchu's Historical Sanctuary. Perched on a private peninsula in a stunning location (the Andean altiplanos astride Peru and Bolivia), the Titilaka Hotel offers all-inclusive excursions by car, horseback, or by foot:

Visit the living cultures of the Quechuas and Aymaras, set off to Taquile, Amantani and the floating man-made reed islands of Uros; visit the splendid colonial churches of Juli, Pomata and Lampa; or bird watching from the hilltops of Perka and Inkanatavi.

Overlooking the lake, believed by the Inca to be the sacred origin of the universe, the hotel's suites have ultra-modern facilities like heated floors, i-Pods, portable oxygen tanks, plasma screen TVs, mini-bars, and separate soaking tubs and showers in the bathrooms. Coming soon: a spa, heated pool and sauna with views of the lake.