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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.

Signature Shopping at the Conrad Indianapolis


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad IndianapolisThis could be the perfect shopping destination in the "circle city." With its very own sky bridge connecting to the Arts Garden, Circle Centre Mall and the Indiana Convention Center, the Conrad Indianapolis, the city's first true luxury hotel, boasts a killer location at one of downtown's most prominent intersections. The hotel offers guests an array of facilities to enjoy on a shopping break-- from an intimate meal at the Capital Grille (the celebrated wine list offers over 400 wines!) and the live jazz entertainment at Vitesse Lounge, to the excellent treatments at Spa Chakra. With its Signature Shopping Break, the Conrad Indianapolis promises you the best kind of retail therapy. Treat yourself to an indulgent overnight stay for two followed by a generous continental breakfast- to provide the fuel for a busy day of shopping! Additional benefits include a US$50 gift certificate for the leading Indianapolis department store, Nordstrom. Add to this your very own personal shopper and complimentary valet parking and your shopping break will be complete. Available until November 5, 2008, the Signature Shopping break starts from just $259 per room, per night.


Escape to Nature with Peace and Relaxation at the COMO Shambhala Estate


By: Christina Vasquez

COMO Estate Begawan GiriA tranquil hidden gem in the Bali jungle, the COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri is a small boutique hotel featuring 40 rooms and 11 suites. Accommodations range from residences with private swimming pools, two and three bedroom standalone villas, as well as retreat villas which feature therapy rooms and swimming pools. Rooms and activities available at the COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri are designed to evoke physical and cultural activities in a healing and holistic setting.

As this spa retreat prides itself on ensuring a peaceful and relaxing stay for everyone who visits the property, a new policy has been enforced as of February 2008 for guests with children. The hotel suggests booking either retreat or private villas for families, as private pool residences are shared amongst different guests, and are not suitable for guests with children. Exceptions will be made however for guests with children to stay in the residences if they book an entire COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri residence.


Dine in Paris at the Philippe-Starck Designed Le Dali at Hotel Meurice


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Dali at Hotel MeuriceSince the legendary designer reinvented Paris's sumptuous palace hotel, diners have been flocking in droves to Le Dali for the new culinary concept. Starck injected his signature style into the restaurant's redesign. Dine on Yannick Alléno's* signature creations beneath a fabulous 1,500-square-foot painting, a giant canvas with gold and ochre hues painted by Ara Starck. And get this: her monumental project was actually picked anonymously by her father, the celebrity designer, for the restaurant's ceiling! Here, the spirit of Dali reigns supreme. You'll find a Daliesque seat with feet in the form of ladies shoes, a lamp with drawers, and a lobster on a telephone.

*Highly acclaimed by food writers worldwide, the Head Chef at Meurice has been awarded a third Michelin star. Chef Yannick Alléno creates menus with the best of Parisian products, coming from French terroirs (though he's passionate about exotic products as well).


Winter Golf Special at The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort, Killenard, Ireland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort, KillenardPlan a winter escape to the gorgeous Irish countryside and get pampered at the luxurious Heritage Golf & Spa Resort located in the picturesque village of Killenard, just an hour from Dublin. Experience the renowned 72-par Championship golf course and lavish accommodations for just EUR 190 per person (sharing) with the Winter Golfing Break. Available until April 30, 2008, this special includes one night bed & breakfast in a Deluxe guest room, a round of golf, and one evening meal in Greens or So Oriens Restaurant. Set in the beautiful rolling countryside of Co. Laois with the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop, the golf course was designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes with five lakes and a stream meandering through the greens. Don't miss the luxury spa at The Heritage, featuring 20 treatment rooms and a selection of over 70 spa treatments with the Pevonia botanical skincare line.


Summer Special in the Maldives at Cocoa Island


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cocoa IslandThe picture says it all. This is the tropical paradise-- replete with overwater bungalows-- that you've been dreaming about all winter. Cocoa Island is just as dreamy as it looks: a sun-kissed resort on the white sandy shores of the Maldives islands surrounded by the warm blue sea. Laze on the beach (or on your own hidden terrace), swim in the private lagoon, or check out the watersports center for some unrivalled scuba diving. There's a gym with yoga facilities and a COMO Shambhala retreat with a full range of spa services. On sale now: the "Summer Special" at Cocoa Island where you get 7 nights for the price of 5, or 14 nights for the price of 10. And if you book by February 29, 2008, you will also receive a $200 resort credit. So go ahead and be an escapist this summer.


Hotel de Charme Les Airelles: Ski the Alps in Courchevel, France


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Charme Les AirellesBed down in five-star luxury at the most sought-after lodgings in the Alps. The exclusive ski resort of Courchevel caters to a glamorous crowd of international jet-setters who flock here for the snow and hopping après-ski scene. Escape to the recently-renovated Hotel de Charme Les Airelles, the hotel of choice for the International Olympic Committee during the 1992 Winter Games. The fabulous spa, touted as a "winter wonderland" with waterfalls, soundproof shower booths, and a unique snow cave, is out of this world. Cozy, elegant and charming, Les Airelles resembles the grand ski chalets of another era. And the setting is just as stunning, with ski runs right out the door. The Ski Valet is there to help with your equipment and boots and give you the best tips about the "3 Vallées", arguably the greatest ski area in the world. The new restaurant, "Pierre Gagnaire pour Les Airelles"-- serving cuisine from the superstar chef-- already has quite the following.


Golf Course Views in Naples, Florida at the Ritz Carlton


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

The palatial Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL offers deluxe accommodations and extensive greens. Use a Segway to scoot around or bring your furry friends - they have a Pet Program!

There are 2 Ritz-Carlton's in Naples, Florida - make sure you book the right one. The Ritz Carlton Naples Golf Resort is inland with two Greg Norman-designed golf courses, while the Ritz Carlton Naples sits on three miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches.


The Ultimate Winter Retreat at The Lodge at Woodloch


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Lodge at WoodlochWhen it opened in June 2006 in Pennsylvania's pristine lake region, The Lodge at Woodloch was heralded as the first true luxury destination spa to debut in 10 years. Acclaim and accolades quickly followed. Named one of the "Top 10 Spas in the World" (2008, TripAdvisor), one of the "Top 15 Destination Spas" (2007, Travel + Leisure), and one of the "10 Most Luxurious Spas in the U.S." by Forbes, The Lodge at Woodloch is situated just 90 miles from New York City. Of course a resort of this caliber also made an appearance on Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List. This country lodge offers a totally integrated experience — physically, mentally and spiritually. Surrounded by 75 acres of woodland gardens, docks and waterscapes, the resort showcases window walls so the outdoors never leaves you. The dining room even seems like it's perched in the trees! You'll find tennis courts, private championship golf, an art studio, gourmet restaurants and a Tapas Bar and a Chef's Kitchen, game rooms, and the spa, of course, where you can enjoy a personalized spa vacation experience like no other.

With the Winter Retreat at The Lodge at Woodloch, you can save up to $400 per reservation. Stay two or more nights Sunday through Wednesday and receive a $200 credit per reservation, single occupancy or $400 credit per reservation for two people, double occupancy. Stay two or more nights Thursday through Saturday and receive a $150 credit per reservation, single occupancy or $300 credit per reservation for two people, double occupancy. Starting from $678 per room, the package is available for the Complete Spa Plan or Intro to Spa Plan. Until April 30, 2008.


Easter for Art Lovers at the Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg, Russia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel AstoriaDestination: St. Pete's, the Venice of the North, Russia's cultural capital, where internationally-praised opera, ballet and concert performances delight visitors, and the Hermitage Museum dazzles with its art collection. After decades of oblivion, the holy day of Easter has been revived in St. Petersburg with church services and processions, colorful Easter eggs, and art festivals. Perfectly located near St. Isaacs Cathedral in the heart of the city (just a block from the Hermitage), Rocco Forte's Hotel Astoria is one of the most sought-after hotels in St. Pete's. Scrupulously designed to reflect the noble history of the city, the Hotel Astoria has a spa, 24-hour gym, and Davidov restaurant serving authentic Russian cuisine. (Be sure to request a room with views over St. Isaac's Square.) Book the "Easter Dreams for Art Lovers" package to experience the festive atmosphere of Russian Easter and the city's abundant cultural treasures. Priced from RUB 64 050 (approx. EUR 1,830), the package includes three nights accommodation, buffet breakfast, champagne, fruit and flowers in-room, private tour of the Hermitage, private tour of the Imperial Palaces, Russian Table buffet at Davidov restaurant, Russian classical massage at the Spa (30 minutes), and airport transfers. Valid from March 20- 25, 2008.


Caesar’s Palace Welcomes Cher to The Colosseum


By: Madelyn Giblin

Cher Caesars PalaceBeginning May 6th 2008, Cher will be performing live at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The 4,300 seat venue offers a spectacular show of one of the world's most successful musicians with a star-studded team putting together a heart stopping show of many of Cher's greatest hits. Cher will perform Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 7:30 this summer. Make sure to book your reservation for Caesars Palace - and check out the new Forum Tower rooms. Tickets are now available online at www.ticketmaster.com or may be purchased at The Colesseum at Caesars Palace Box office between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Ticket prices start at $95.