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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.

Free 4th Night at the Newly Reopened Four Seasons Resort Nevis

December 30, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort NevisFour Seasons Resort Nevis is back. After sustaining considerable hurricane damage in 2008, the resort reopened on December 15 and is welcoming guests to the sun-kissed West Indies. Located on Nevis, the unspoiled sister island to St. Kitts in the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, the resort occupies the site of a former sugar and coconut plantation dating to the late 1790s.

Stretch out in Four Seasons luxury steps from the pristine sand of Pinney's Beach. Canopied by palms, the 196 guest rooms-- spread out in 12 two-storey guest buildings-- feature oversized marble bathrooms and a furnished outdoor veranda or patio accessed via wooden-shuttered sliding glass doors. Relax in the spa, housed in gingerbread-trimmed treatment cottages among tropical gardens, and try the signature Rum Tonic body treatment. The resort's offerings are impressive: from top-rated golf and tennis to abundant water sports, nature excursions, and kids' facilities. Take advantage of the "Stay Longer" offer and get a fourth night free when you pay for three consecutive nights. From $446 per night after free night(s) applied.


News: Fairmont Turnberry Isle Opens State-of-the-Art Romana Pilates Studio

December 14, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry Isle ResortIt looks like the South Florida resort famous for its golf courses, beachfront Ocean Club and Chef Michael Mina's BOURBON STEAK restaurant is morphing into a “one-stop” destination for fitness, rehabilitation and nutrition. The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort-- nestled on 300 tropical acres outside Miami-- has hired a team of experts to give guests the kind of services that professional athletes receive. The resort's blend of health and wellness offerings includes two championship Raymond Floyd-redesigned golf courses, a top-notch Tennis Center, spa treatments, a 2.9 mile jogging trail that circles the resort, plus new lifestyle cuisine featuring well-balanced, nutritious dishes. Menus feature ingredients from an on-site chef's garden. Particularly noteworthy: The resort has just launched a new Pilates program, adding one of the country's only Romana Pilates studios, featuring top-of-the-line Gratz equipment. Teaming up with the top Pilates center in the southeast (Pure Pilates), the resort aims to provide guests, club members and locals with the best Pilates instruction that South Florida has to offer.


The Renaissance Vinoy Resort, St. Petersburg Celebrates 85 Years with Prizes

December 7, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf ClubThe Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida is celebrating its 85th anniversary this month in a big way. For the entire month of December, one lucky guest per night will get a Golden Ticket to be redeemed for a choice of: dinner for two at Marchand's Bar & Grill or Fred's Steakhouse (up to $85), one complimentary 60-minute spa treatment at the Vinoy Day Spa & Salon, or one round of golf at the private 18-hole course complete with club and shoe rental. Even if you don't score gold you can still snag serious holiday savings with the $100 Resort Credit Getaway. When you stay two nights or more, you'll get a $100 resort credit and an additional $50 credit per night. While you're there, check out the giant replica of the resort made from chocolate, royal icing, marzipan and fondant. Weighing in at almost 150 pounds and standing about two ft. tall, this sweet delicacy required over three months of work and 200 man hours to complete. Located on the waterfront in St. Petersburg, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort is the only luxury resort on Florida's West Coast with the combination of a private marina, 18-hole golf course and 12-court tennis complex.


Holiday Promotions: Save 33% at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, South Florida

November 16, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry IsleHave you made your holiday vacation plans yet? The Sunshine State is calling your name. Warm up with a Florida vacation at Fairmont Turnberry Isle, the 300-acre tropical playground with two championship Raymond Floyd-redesigned golf courses, fine spa amenities, Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak restaurant, a lagoon-style pool with a waterslide and lazy river, a private Ocean Club, kids program and tennis facility. There's a full calendar of exciting festivities including programs for the littlest of elves. Enjoy memorable experiences from a complimentary fried turkey class and holiday spice Cuban coffee demonstration to theme nights, cupcake decorating, a jazz brunch, New Year’s Eve Ball with a 10-piece orchestra, and more. With Fairmont Turnberry Isle’s Holiday Savers promotion, you can save up to 33 percent on a Fairmont Room. Rates start at $399 per room, per night from December 20, 2010-January 4, 2011. Three night minimum stay and deposit required.


Last Day to Book Starwood’s Global Holiday Sale

November 15, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President Wilson, GenevaThe big two-week global sale from Starwood Hotels & Resorts is coming to an end. Act fast to score savings of up to 30% on best available rates this holiday season across all nine Starwood brands: Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element. The offer is valid for stays between November 4, 2010 and January 17, 2011 at more than 750 hotels and resorts worldwide; valid at participating hotels over weekends and at participating resorts all days of the week.

Pictured: The world-renowned Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, part of the Luxury Collection.


Exclusive Tequila Tastings at St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

November 1, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Punta Mita ResortCalling all tequila fans. Jet south of the border to discover the town of Tequila, the historic birthplace of the Mexican spirit, with the St. Regis Aficionado program. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort has recently announced its Aficionado Experience for the winter season. Tour Mundo Cuervo's La Rojena distillery and witness firsthand the tequila creation process from start to finish. After your private tour, you'll enjoy a special tasting of Jose Cuervo's most exclusive tequila, the Reserve of the Family, before returning to The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico on one of the world's most alluring beaches, for a four-course dinner at the hotel's signature restaurant, Carolina. This exclusive Aficionado experience will be available until December 21 of this year.


Hot Deal in Vegas: 2 Nights for $199 at Loews Lake Las Vegas

October 25, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Lake Las Vegas

Book by November 5th to get two nights for only $199 at Loews Lake Las Vegas! Surrounded by magnificent desert landscapes on the shores of a 320-acre lake, the resort is seemingly worlds away from the Vegas Strip. The reality: just 17 miles from all the action. Loews Lake Las Vegas has a club just for kids, an on-site golf course, the full-service Spa Moulay and great dining options. This hot deal expires soon so book now for travel by January 31, 2011. Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply.


Florida Fall Promotion at Waldorf Astoria Resorts

October 21, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Reach Resort, Key WestEscape to the beach with a Florida Fall Promotion at Waldorf Astoria Resorts. Work on your tan, cocktail in hand, and get pampered in style at any of their seven world-class properties:

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Boca Raton Resort

Boca Beach Club

Naples Grande Beach Resort

Edgewater Beach Hotel

Casa Marina Resort, Key West

The Reach Resort, Key West

Here's what's in store with the Waldorf Astoria Resort Florida Fall offer. Enjoy two or more nights and receive a resort credit* up to US$100. Plus, upon checkout, you will receive a complimentary one-night stay certificate, redeemable during a future paid stay. Valid for stays through December 22, 2010. Subject to availability.

*Resort credit is based upon nights stayed at one of the resorts, starting with a $50 credit for a consecutive two-night stay, and maxing out at a $100 credit for stays of four or more consecutive nights.


Ritz-Carlton Rolls Out the Hotel Credits

October 7, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Grand CaymanWeekend getaway, here we come. Ritz-Carlton may never slash their room rates to lure guests, but they certainly know how to reel in well-heeled clients with alluring enticements. The "Reconnect" package is back, perfect for a quick, rejuvenating escape with luxurious accommodations, breakfast, and up to a $100 resort/hotel credit per night that can be used for shopping, dining, or spa services. All served on a silver platter, Ritz-Carlton style. Plan an adventure to a resort like Grand Cayman (pictured), Powerscourt, Half Moon Bay or Palm Beach (dining under the stars, anyone?), or plot a city escape to a world-class urban hotel.


Save up to $350 at The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale

October 7, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Boulders Resort, ScottsdaleGet a dose of Arizona sunshine and take in the stunning scenery of the Sonoran Desert while vacationing at The Boulders Resort, nestled on a natural refuge within two Jay Morrish championship golf courses just outside Scottsdale. Enjoy a total resort experience with tennis, golf, and the world-famous Golden Door Spa at your fingertips (not to mention the award-winning golf). The Boulders has just released an all-inclusive, limited-time vacation package that lets you save up to $350. Starting from just $399 per night, the "One for All" package encourages guests to treat themselves to golf, tennis, spa, daily food and beverage credits, valet parking, and more-- all while being catered to with impeccable service. The details on what's included:

* Nightly accommodations for up to two adults in a Casita, Pueblo Villa or Hacienda Resort (Resort Fee and Room Rate Tax included)

* $25.00 per adult Food and Beverage Credit for every paid night

* A round of golf per adult for each night

* One 50-minute Golden Door Massage per room per night

* Access to the Golden Door Spa facilities and unlimited fitness classes

* Unlimited Tennis court time

* Valet parking, high-speed wired/wireless Internet access, daily newspaper and select service gratuities are included

Offer subject to availability and valid until September 17, 2011.