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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.

Room with a View on Koh Lanta, Thailand: Rawi Warin Resort and Spa

July 31, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eco-Resort on Koh Lanta

It's Friday, which means a little beach day-dreaming is in order. Check out these pics of the Rawi Warin Eco-Resort and Spa in Thailand (formerly the Langham Place Eco-Resort). The island of Koh Lanta could be heaven on earth: soft sand lapped by the crystal clear water of the Andaman Sea. All viewed from a dramatic infinity-edge pools in your villa....

Eco-Resort on Koh Lanta


Hot New Hotels: Ritz-Carlton Charlotte Now Accepting Reservations

July 29, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton CharlotteThere's been lots of hype about this new Ritz-Carlton Hotel, billed as "the first luxury hotel in Charlotte." Part of the buzz has to do with its connections to Bank of America, but more than that-- folks are excited about its commitment to sustainable luxury, as the building was constructed in an eco-friendly way for LEED Gold certification. There's a green roof landscaped with living plants, in-room Natura Water Purification System (instead of bottled water), complimentary hybrid-vehicle transportation for guests, and ample storage space for bikes. Staff uniforms feature a fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. Located at the Bank of America Center, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will offer a penthouse wellness center/spa. Now accepting individual reservations for stays beginning October 1, 2009, with opening rates starting at $199 per night.


Buzzworthy: Free Bikes with the Park Hyatt’s Bike Valet Program

July 22, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palacio Duhau, Park HyattAs we reported last month, Park Hyatt Washington D.C. is now handing out complimentary bikes for guests to take on a spin around the city. We just learned that this "Bike Valet" program will soon be extended to other Park Hyatt properties-- from Sydney to Tokyo, from Chicago to Buenos Aires. Inspired by Lance's recent return to the Tour? Come August, you'll be able to embark on your very own "Tour de Park Hyatt." The concierges will hook you up with a hybrid bike, helmet, lock, city biking map, and bottled water.


Under African Skies: Workshops at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Retreat

July 17, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bushmans KloofWe've been known to get lyrical about Bushmans Kloof, the luxurious wilderness retreat in South Africa where you can dine in a natural sandstone amphitheater overlooking erosion-carved cliffs and ravines (pictured). Surrounded by the stunning scenery of a Natural Heritage Site, this ecological oasis offers a unique experience in the outdoors. We just got word about three new packages for the fall season that allow guests to explore the wilderness with dedicated workshops. Try your hand at photography with two leading South African photographers at the "Art of Seeing" photographic workshop, available in late August, or learn about the area's 755 indigenous plant species on field excursions with a member of the Botanical Society. Lastly, the "Stargazing Under Cederberg Skies" package gives lessons with a member of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa.


Buzz: New Luxury Hotels from the Dorchester Collection in England

July 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Surrey farmlandWe can hardly wait for two new hotel openings from the Dorchester Collection in England next year. Slated for the summer, Coworth Park will be a country house hotel and equestrian center on 200 acres of Surrey parkland near Ascot-- just 40 minutes from central London. Polo fields, archery, pitch-and-put golf, an eco-luxury spa... But most exciting of all: Coworth Park will be one of the most environmentally-friendly properties in the UK, utilizing zero-carbon technologies. Rainwater and surface water will be recycled, and a kitchen garden will provide organic veggies for the table. The goal is to embrace all the latest, cutting-edge technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least 50 percent. The other addition to the Dorchester portfolio will be in London. Long vacant, 45 Park Lane will be getting a makeover from its er- unseemly former life as the London Playboy Club. The construction project requires major modifications incorporating eco-friendly technology.


Let the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Set the Romance

July 3, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Machu Picchu Sanctuary LodgeTake a special honeymoon getaway and spend a memorable stay at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge with the Honeymoon Package. This special will allow you to indulge on your honeymoon with a full board package- which includes room accommodations as well as private dinner, and a one hour massage for two per stay. As an added gift a bottle of sparkling Peruvian wine is included to enjoy the stunning moonlight evenings of Machu Picchu's natural environment.

Package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.


Park Hyatt Invites You to See DC on Two Wheels

June 24, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Park Hyatt WashingtonWashington DC has become a very big biking city over recent years. Not only has it been a great way for residents to keep in shape, but it has also proven a great way to explore the city. With this in mind, Park Hyatt Washington is now offering guests complimentary bikes on which to get around town. By just signing up with the hotel a week in advance, guests will be provided with hybrid bikes for four hours, along with a lock, helmet, water, and map of area cycling trails. This is a great option to keep in mind when planning your next trip to the nation's capital.


New Things Abuzz at Fairmont Washington DC

June 9, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Fairmont Washington DC In direct response to the nation's honey bee shortage, and as part of an ongoing environmental program, The

Fairmont Washington DC is now home to 105,000 Italian honeybees. Located on the rooftop of this luxury city hotel now sits three honey beehives, each with one queen bee and 33,000 worker bees. The bees will enhance the Fairmont Washington DC's culinary program, helmed by executive sous chef Ian Bens and executive pastry chef Aron Weber, who will also share responsibility of chief bee keeper. Three hundred pounds of honey is projected to be harvested during the first year of this program, going to use in soups, pastries, and other culinary treats offered at the hotel's renowned Juniper restaurant. The bees came from local beekeepers Larry and David Reece in Germantown, Maryland. The Reeces have been in the "bee business" for over 150 years, and are well respected in the community.


Value and Luxury Included: The Lodge at Woodloch

June 5, 2009
By: Alison Victor

The Lodge at WoodlochWe get many requests for all-inclusive, luxury resorts. Many people feel that all-inclusive means having to compromise luxury and service. Well, this can definitely be the case, but fortunately there are some great options for those of you wanting it all. The Lodge at Woodloch is a luxury spa resort located in Pennsylvania's lake region that not only offers all-inclusive rates, but also has been rated "Top 15 Destination Spas," by the esteemed Travel + Leisure magazine. Book now through July 9th, and you can take advantage of The Lodge at Woodloch's Midweek Magic Offer. For only $299 double occupancy, and $399 single occupancy, you can stay in their Veranda Deluxe accommodations, complete with three gourmet meals, and enjoy a variety of their daily activities. It's a great way to have it all without having to sacrifice what you want.


Luxury Resorts & Hotels: The Great Summer Escape

May 26, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Carmel Valley Ranch ResortLuxury Resorts & Hotels is the name behind many unique and luxurious properties. They are dedicated to creating an overall guest experience that is memorable and exceptional. Luxury Resorts wants to give you a reason to "escape" this summer by offering a great deal. Book any number of their properties, such as the

Carmel Ranch Resort or The Peaks Resort and Golden Door Spa, by July 15th, and you will receive a certificate for a future stay at any one of their participating hotels. Good through December 20, 2009, you can decide when and where you want to go.