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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.

Sun-Sational Fourth Night Free at Four Seasons Punta Mita, Puerto Vallarta


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Punta MitaNow's your chance to get a free night at one of the best hotels in the Americas. The Four Seasons Punta Mita-- a bastion of luxury just 26 miles from Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's sun-kissed west coast-- is offering a fourth night for free when you pay for three consecutive nights. Picture-perfect sandy beaches, sunset dining, Jack Nicklaus golf, a lavish spa (with outdoor treatments overlooking the Pacific)... What more could you ask for? Rates start at $590 per night until April 30, 2008, and then drop during the summer months. Sunday or Monday arrivals only.


Hawaiian Tropics: Special Offers at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Big Island


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hapuna Beach Prince HotelEscape to Hawaii's Big Island for some serious fun in the sun. The Kohala Coast boasts the most sunshine, gorgeous white sand beaches and impressive resorts on the island. Swim with sea turtles, discover incredible marine life on deep-water dives, play a round of golf on the world-renowned greens, and check out the posh digs at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The recipient of multiple accolades from top travel magazines, this oceanfront resort is nestled into the bluffs above the silky-soft sands of Hapuna Beach, and offers much better rates than some of its neighbors. The "Spring into Summer" promotion means rooms starting at just $265 per night, with a daily resort credit of $50 thrown in for good measure. Or choose the "2 for 1" promotion, and get two rooms for the price of one, starting at $500 per night in a Partial Oceanview Room. (Valid April 1, 2008 until September 30, 2008.) Frequent shuttle service is provided to the Mauna Kea, the sister resort.

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Small Luxury Hotels Announces Photo Competition: Win Cool Trips and Prizes!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hostellerie Les Frenes, ProvenceSmall Luxury Hotels of the World-- the exclusive brand of more than 440 independent properties in 70 countries-- recently launched its inaugural worldwide photography competition with some incredible prizes. The idea is for travelers to share their most inspired moments and experiences "caught on film" during their trips-- whether biking through the Tuscan hills or watching the sunset over a beach in the Indian Ocean. The possibilities are limitless! Running from March 17, 2008 through July 31, 2008, the contest will take place completely online via a dedicated competition website. You can register with the site and then upload up to 10 of your favorite photos that capture a sense of place and experience. All submitted photos will be viewable in an online gallery. Four overall winning photographs will be chosen by a panel of judges including celebrity photographer Andy Earl (who shot Madonna, Prince and Pink Floyd for their album covers). And get this: anybody who registers and submits at least one photo will be automatically entered into a prize draw for a five-night stay at any of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties.

The top prize winners will all receive a brand new Nikon D80 SLR 10.2 Camera with an 18-135mm zoom lens, plus, choose one of four incredible prize getaways including two round-trip tickets on American Airlines. The available prize packages are:

* A six-night Costa Rican Adventure spent at both Hotel Punta Islita and Gaia Hotel and Reserve

* A five-night English Town and Country Experience spent at both The Capital Hotel in London and Luton Hoo Country Estate

* A four-night Mexican Escape at Esencia on the Riviera Maya

* A three night Big Apple Experience in New York City at The Iroquois New York


Spago at Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch: Hot Eats in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Spago at Ritz-Carlton Bachelor GulchThe start of ski season (Dec. 2007) brought the opening of superstar chef Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant in the Colorado mountains at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. From its Beverly Hills roots, Spago has become a nation-wide phenomenon with locations in Vegas, Maui, and Beaver Creek. As to be expected, the Ritz-Carlton's Spago created quite the buzz. Housed in a sleek renovated space (designed by Tony Chi), the restaurant still manages to embrace the "rustic luxury" and "pioneering spirit of the American West" for which the resort is famous. You'll find "seasonal American cuisine with Asian Influences and Rocky Mountain sensibilities." Starters include spicy tuna tartare in sesame-miso tuile cones, and hand-made autumn pumpkin and mascarpone agnolotti. Scrumptious main dishes include Chinois style Colorado lamb chops, grilled Japanese Kobe New York Steak, and the pan-roasted buffalo filet. The gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is a year-round resort destination, offering the very best activities in Colorado's vast surrounding wilderness, so you can check out the restaurant in any season.


Southern Comfort: Third Night Free at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Inn at Palmetto BluffThe beautiful Low Country of South Carolina is home to a splendid Auberge Resort (sister property to Napa's Auberge du Soleil and the Esperanza in Cabo). Situated on a nature preserve along the May River near Savannah, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is known for its great golf, luxurious spa, and impeccable service. Now's your chance to score great rates at this upscale hideaway. Until the end of March, when you pay for two nights at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, you'll receive the third for free. The Lagoon-View Cottage is priced from $750 per night.

Via Washington Post


Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort: Luxury Castle Hotel in County Limerick, Ireland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Adare Manor Hotel and Golf ResortImagine: a getaway to your very own castle in Ireland. The Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, set amid 840 acres of formal gardens and rolling parkland in the picturesque village of Adare in County Limerick, is an award-winning five-star vacation destination. The setting is breathtaking, and the Adare Manor comes complete with an 18 hole championship golf course, luxurious Spa, world-class dining facilities, fishing, shopping, sightseeing and a host of other estate activities. Straight out of the Old World, this castle hotel is rich in history, an architectural masterpiece of towers, turrets and stonework ornamentation. Located just 40 minutes from Shannon International Airport, Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort offers 63 bedrooms, 11 exclusive Clubhouse bedrooms, and 25 Townhouses which comprise 2/4 ensuite bedrooms, living room, dining room, fully-equipped kitchen and utility room.

Adare Manor Hotel and Golf ResortFor a limited time, take advantage of a fabulous spring offer starting from just EUR 140 per person. The "Spring in Adare" package includes one night's luxurious accommodation plus a candle-lit dinner for two in the 18th-century Oakroom Restaurant. Available until April 29, 2008 (with black-out dates from April 21-26).


Special Weekday Rate in Sunny Santa Barbara at San Ysidro Ranch


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Ysidro RanchPlan an end-of-winter escape to the lush foothills of Santa Barbara, where the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch has been host to Hollywood types and discriminating clientele for over a century. Surrounded by incomparable natural beauty-- 17 miles of hiking trails in the Santa Ynez Mountains, the local beaches and wineries of Santa Barbara just a short drive away-- this legendary hideaway is one of the most romantic resorts on earth. It was the setting for John and Jackie Kennedy's honeymoon retreat! Luxuriate in a private cottage or suite which boast hot tubs on private outdoor patios with outdoor rain showers, hand-cut stone or Old World masonry fireplaces, radiant-heated bathroom floors, flat-screen TVs and hand-selected antique furnishings. Until April 30, 2008, the San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort, is offering a special weekday "Ranch Getaway" where you can stay in a Junior Suite or Cottage, including a full American Breakfast for two, starting at just $599 per night. Normal rates start at $895-$995 per night, so this is a real deal. Valid Sunday-Thursday through April 30, 2008. Based on category availability; blackout dates apply.

Via Travel and Leisure


Special Offer from Wynn Las Vegas and Daniel Boulud Brasserie


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Daniel Boulud at Wynn Las Vegas"If I had to choose only one restaurant in town in which to eat every night this might be the one. C'est magnifique!" -- Max Jacobson, Las Vegas Life Magazine

Stay two nights in a Resort Room at Wynn Las Vegas from just $209 per night and receive a $150 dining credit to be used towards dinner at the Michelin-starred Daniel Boulud Brasserie. Experience a dining experience like none other. Famed Chef Daniel Boulud (awarded "Best Chef, New York City" by the James Beard Foundation) offers his signature French bistro fare on Wynn's magnificent Lake of Dreams at his only Las Vegas brasserie. At this splendid waterfront setting, dinner is served nightly from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. Available now through April 30, 2008. To book, call 866-770-7410 and mention promo code WYDBDE. Dining reservations must be made in advance; call 888-352-3463 for availability.


Hot Dates at La Quinta Resort and Club, PGA West, Palm Springs


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Quinta Resort and ClubNow's your chance to enjoy unbelievable rates at the legendary California resort, featuring 90 holes of some of the country's best golf, including the Stadium Golf Course at PGA WEST. For select dates, La Quinta Resort & Club, The Waldorf=Astoria Collection, has rates starting at just $95 a night. And golf's not the only thing on offer. The Spanish-style resort has 23 tennis courts, 41 pools, 53 hot spas, and 7 restaurants. See below for a full list of hot dates:

Apr 3 - Apr 6, 2008 Starting from $275

Apr 13 - Apr 18, 2008 Starting from $195

May 15 - May 18, 2008 Starting from $185

Jun 1 - Jun 6, 2008 Starting from $125

Jun 8 - Jun 13, 2008 Starting from $115

Jul 10 - Jul 13, 2008 Starting from $105

Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2008 Starting from $95

Oct 5 - Oct 10, 2008 Starting from $175

Oct 16 - Oct 19, 2008 Starting from $205

Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2008 Starting from $190

Dec 1 - Dec 4, 2008 Starting from $165

Jan 4 - Jan 9, 2009 Starting from $155


Announcing the New W Hotel Marrakech


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kasbah TamadotW Hotels is on a quest to bring its swanky Living Room experience and Whatever/Whenever service to every corner of the globe. This past year saw openings in exciting worldwide destinations and now Starwood's global lifestyle brand has just announced plans for its entry into Morocco with the W Marrakech. Scheduled to open in mid 2010 just minutes from the Medina (the city's historical center), the property will include a 150-room hotel and 68 whole-ownership villa residences as part of a luxurious, mixed-use development overlooking an 18-hole championship golf course. The W Marrakech will feature all of the W's signature comforts, like WOW suites, W beds with feather-top mattresses and 350 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, destination bar, and luxury spa. W has become the fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the world, with hotels slated for North America (including Austin, Downtown Atlanta, Philly, and Scottsdale), Europe (Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul, Milan and St. Petersburg), Asia (Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao-Studio City, Shanghai and Yokohama) and in the Middle East (Amman, Doha, Dubai-Festival City and Dubai-The Palm).