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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.

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.


A Special Kiwi Offer from Relais & Chateaux

May 18, 2009
By: Alison Victor

The Farm at Cape KidnappersNew Zealand is a mountainous group of islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, and a truly beautiful and unique place to visit. Now through October, Kauri Cliffs, and their sister property, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, are inviting guests to experience world-class luxury for less. Stay a combined 5 nights at either property and receive the 6th consecutive night free. Rates include accommodations in a luxurious suite, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, a full breakfast daily, and full use of Lodge facilities, excluding golf. Both award-winning properties are nestled on 6,000 lush acres of countryside, complete with world famous golf courses, luxury spas and suites, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. This special offer is subject to availability.


Fantastic Three and Five Night Package Deals from Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali

May 14, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Ubud Hanging GardensDiscover the tranquility of Bali and everything this tropical paradise has to offer with superb package deals at Ubud Hanging Gardens. Book three nights accommodations and take advantage of the "Something to Celebrate" package which includes: daily American breakfast, one way airport transfer, welcome flowers decorations & sparkling wine, one traditional three-course dinner at Beduur Restaurant, a picnic for two and 10 percent discount on individual spa treatments. Plan on staying a little longer? The Ubud Hanging Gardens is also offering the "Bali Harmony Package". For a minimum five-night stay, enjoy one way airport transfer, a one-hour Yoga class, a two-hour pure relaxation treatment for two people, a two-hour morning walk, one revitalizing Yang massage treatment for two, a guided tour of the local temples, one private picnic, and two three-course dinners for two (excl drinks) as well as 10 percent discount for any additional individual spa treatments.

Packages valid from 3rd November 2008 to 21st December 2009, package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.


Therasia Resort: A Dream Vacation Awaits You in the Aeolian Islands

May 13, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Therasia ResortRomantic? Check. Beautiful Beaches? Check. A volcano? Check. When you dream of the perfect getaway, what comes to mind? It would probably be somewhat close to the Therasia Resort. This beautiful luxury hotel is situated on the island of Vulcano, one of the seven Aeolian Islands, only a short distance from the beach and center of, yes, a vollcano. The hotel boasts breathtaking views over the 6 other islands and the stunning 'faraglioni' of Lipari.

Therasia Resort was completely restored in 2006 using local materials to pay respect to the surrounding environment. Guests can take advantage of the resort's large Infinite pool, or have a romantic meal at the resort's panoramic restaurant, complete with views of the sea. Though only a short trip from Sicily, Therasia Resort retains the Greek mythology and ancient nature that make it a luxurious retreat all its own. Book through June and you can stay, with breakfast, for around 175 USD.