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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.

Sweet Savings for Valentine’s Day: 62% off Miami’s Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort

January 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry Isle ResortLooking for the perfect Valentine's option in Miami? How about a night of luxury at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle resort in Aventura? The 300-acre tropical retreat-- one of the "best kept secrets in South Florida"-- is offering rosy room rates on February 13 and 14 starting from just $169 per room, per night, a savings of 62%. Take advantage of the "Rosy Valentine's Offer" and enjoy deluxe accommodations in a Fairmont Room and a number of specials on dining, the spa, and pool cabanas. Get the romance on with a three-course gourmet dinner at BOURBON STEAK, Chef Michael Mina's contemporary American resto, or play cupid by reserving a "Green Tee" romance dinner at the Cascata Grille restaurant, where an an aphrodisiac Valentine’s menu will delight your sweetheart. Subject to availability. Room tax and resort fee is additional.


Perfectly Pampered in the Caribbean: 1-2-3 Spa at Half Moon Resort

January 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaNeed a dose of Caribbean sunshine? Jet south to Half Moon, aka "paradise found," where two crescent-shaped beaches mark the edge of a sprawling resort oasis. Comprised of whitewashed cottages in tropical gardens, the iconic Jamaica resort has it all: 13 tennis courts, a dolphin lagoon, an equestrian center, the award-winning Fern Tree Spa, and a Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed 18-hole championship golf course. Half Moon is now enticing guests to the Caribbean with the "1-2-3 Spa" offer which includes one Fern Tree Signature Massage per adult with your luxe accommodations. The massage starts with a ritual footbath of Jamaican Cerasee, performed to soothing Caribbean music, and utilizes the spa's Signature Essential Oil blend of allspice, ginger and orange. Here's what's in store: infused body compresses; a Jamaican Rum Body Splash; globally integrated massage and healing techniques inspired from the Mediterranean, Hawaiian Lomi- Lomi, Chinese Acupressure and Thai Stretches; and a Guided Power nap. Sound like bliss? With this offer, you also get unlimited use of the tennis courts, fitness center, volleyball court, croquet lawn, kayaks and paddle boats. Priced from $1085; three night minimum stay required.


Book Now: Fairmont Hotels Offer Spectacular Winter Rates

January 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Le Chateau MontebelloThis just in. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has launched a winter sale that translates to 20% off or one free night. Whether you're looking for the thrill of urban nightlife (Chitown's calling your name), a spa sanctuary, the challenge of championship golf in Florida, or a fairytale ski destination, Fairmont's got it covered. Hurry, you must book "Everyone's an Original Winter" rates by 12 pm EST on February 5, 2011.

The fine print: Offers are subject to availability at time of reservation at participating hotels for stays until April 30, 2011. Up to 20% discount applies to sell rate of the day. Free night must be a consecutive night stay at one hotel, minimum night stay required.


Palm Beach Getaway: Golf, Breakfast, and Resort Credit at PGA National Resort and Spa

January 12, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

PGA National Resort, Palm BeachGolfers, stay where players stay in Palm Beach and you'll be toasting to the perfect Florida golf vacay. The PGA National Resort-- home to the Honda Classic-- knows golf inside and out. So you'll be teeing off with the pros on five tournament-level courses. But that's not all. This North Palm Beach hotel also features a 40,000-square-foot European spa (positively indulgent) and the Health and Racquet Club. Book the Gold Golf package, priced from $269 per person, per night, and you'll get:

* Golf on the Palmer, Haig, Squire or Estates each day

* Complimentary club storage and practice balls

* Daily breakfast

* Luxury accommodations

* Upgrades available to The Champion for a surcharge

Plus, if you book by February 15th, you'll receive a $50 Resort Credit and a complimentary one category room upgrade. Valid until April 18, 2011, based on availability.


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.