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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.

Luxury for Less in Geneva at Jiva Hill Park Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jiva Hill Park HotelYou can't beat this rate at the fashionable Jiva Hill Park Hotel. Starting from just EUR 189 per night, the Great Rate offered through Small Luxury Hotels is a steal. (Available until December 31, 2007.) Just two kilometers from the Mont Jura ski resort, this luxurious haven is set within a 70 acre park in the foothills of the Jura Mountains, just opposite the majestic, snow-capped Mont Blanc range. There's a spa, beautiful indoor swimming pool, helipad, Eurolac water-ski nautical base on the lake, endless outdoor activities (like the Riding School and Tennis Club), and innovative cuisine. And with only 34 rooms and lodges, guests are guaranteed a peaceful, discreet hideaway with intimate, personalized service. At the Jiva Hill Park Hotel, it's the attention to detail that makes a difference: the roaring fireplace in the lounge, the unlimited Wifi Internet access, the impressive contemporary art collection found throughout the hotel.

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Wine Master Classes at Mount Juliet Conrad, Kilkenny County, Ireland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mount Juliet ConradLuxuriate in the grand surroundings of Ireland's grand sporting estate, Mount Juliet Conrad, and learn how to tell your Pétrus from your Penfolds. The country house hotel is offering a series of exclusive wine master class weekends with award-winning sommelier, Alain Bras. Recognized as one of Ireland's leading authorities on wine, Bras was Ireland's representative at the World Sommelier Championships in 2004. During these two-night escapes, Bras will guide guests through tastings of Champagnes, Ports, and fine wines. The wine master classes are priced from $543 per person and includes two nights accommodation with breakfast for each guest in The Hunter's Yard, a casual dinner including wine on the first evening, and a Champagne reception and dinner including wine on the second evening in the Lady Helen Dining Room at Mount Juliet House. Tuition and course materials are also included. The dates are November 5-6, 2007, November 26-27, 2007, January 14-15, 2008, and February 4-5, 2008. Set within 1,500 picturesque acres in Kilkenny county just an hour from Dublin, Mount Juliet Conrad offers an incredible range of activities-- in the grand tradition of the gracious living of the countryside-- including horseback riding, clay shooting, fishing, archery, tennis, and golf.


Thanksgiving Tradition at The Breakers Palm Beach


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Breakers, Palm BeachEnjoy a very special Thanksgiving, Breakers style. From November 21- 25, 2007, The Breakers Palm Beach will offer a bountiful harvest of good eats and fun-filled activities the whole family will enjoy. Think late-night laser tag, catamaran cruises and snorkeling trips, cooking demos, children's bedtime stories, and drive-in movies. After the Thanksgiving Day parade, savor a sumptuous feast in one of three locations-- the Ballroom, Flagler Steakhouse, or L'Escalier Restaurant—followed by Bingo & Bonfire on the beach. (There will be s'mores and prizes aplenty.) The revelry doesn't stop there; the weekend will be jam-packed with entertaining amusements. Standard Superior Rooms start at $399 per night.


Fairways and Feng Shui at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Nemacolin Woodlands ResortTake a break this fall with the popular Stay and Play Golf Package at everyone's favorite, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort-- and enjoy overnight accommodations and a free round of golf on the PGA-tested Mystic Rock course. Or choose the Stay and Spa Package, which includes a complimentary 50-minute Hot Stone or Swedish Massage at the indulgent Woodlands Spa. Both packages are available from $299, when you book Sunday-Thursday.


Fall Savings at The Boulders in Carefree, Arizona


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Boulders Resort Stay for four nights or longer at The Boulders Resort, and enjoy rates as low as $169 per night. (Twist my arm! Lingering longer isn't so hard when indulging in all that Five-Diamond luxury.) Nestled in the secluded Sonoran Desert amidst dramatic 12 million year old granite boulders and towering cacti, this exclusive resort showcases distinctive adobe architecture that blends with the natural surroundings. The Boulders is located just 15 minutes north of Scottsdale, but feels a lifetime away. Discover all that desert beauty (teeming with wildlife), the world-famous Golden Door Spa, and challenging golf greens which have put the resort on the map as one of the top golf resorts in America.


The Grand Del Mar: The New Resort of Choice in So Cal


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Grand Del Mar There's a swanky new hotel on the scene in San Diego. Set to open on October 6, 2007, The Grand Del Mar is billed as a world class resort experience, surrounded by the picture-perfect coastal communities of La Jolla, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe. This much anticipated resort spa is situated in the pristine Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve-- a 4,100-acre, boulder-studded sanctuary with the area's only natural waterfall-- and has been designed to harmonize with the beautiful surrounding habitat. Inspired by the design style of 1920's architect, Addison Mizner, The Grand Del Mar combines Old World Mediterranean elegance with Venetian and Moroccan elements in a tranquil So Cal setting. Think arched doorways, rotundas, colorful tile, wood-beamed ceilings, and lots of garden fountains. The menu of recreational activities and resort amenities is pretty extraordinary; you'll find San Diego's only Tom Fazio-designed golf course, 37 miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, four sparkling swimming pools (including an adults-only pool), two outdoor tennis courts, spectacular spa, state-of-the-art fitness facility, and dining for all appetites.


Fall Leaf Peeping in Vermont at The Equinox Resort and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Equinox Resort and Spa Celebrate autumn at The Equinox and enjoy spectacular fall foliage, luxurious accommodations, and a host of activities the whole family will enjoy. This resort has served as one of America's most historically significant lodgings; it predates America's independence (!) since its first opening in 1769. Situated on 2,300 acres between the Green and Taconic Mountains, this Manchester Village resort has hosted legends like Ulysses S. Grant and Teddy Roosevelt. The setting is truly captivating: colorful landscapes and pristine countryside within minutes of the quaint boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops of the village. The AAA Four-Diamond resort offers an abundance of recreational activities. Relax with the rejuvenating treatments at The Spa. Test your game on the world-class golf course. Discover the breathtaking scenery that surrounds the resort on a mountain bike, on a hike, or while fishing. There's even a British School of Falconry.


Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort: Experience the Old West in Style


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort Escape to Santa Barbara wine country and the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, where the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort welcomes you to the romance and majesty of the old west. Set on a 10,000 acre working cattle ranch, California's premier guest ranch transports you to a bygone era. Surrounded by wide open spaces and unspoiled natural beauty, Alisal has served as a hideaway for generations. Leave behind your cell phone (guest cottages are telephone and TV-free!), and hit the 50 miles of horseback riding trails which surround the ranch. Or play a round on one of the two eighteen-hole championship golf courses. There's also tennis, and lots of water sports on the 100-acre spring-fed lake (like fly fishing, canoeing and kayaking.)

And coming soon (May 2008): a spectacular new fitness center, with weight/cardio room, five massage therapy rooms, group fitness room (with yoga and Pilates classes), and locker rooms with steam saunas, and a spacious lobby with a fireplace and fresh juice bar.


Special Fall Getaways at Keswick Hall, Virginia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Keswick Hall Steal away to Virginia's hunt country to celebrate summer's end in style at Keswick Hall, the gorgeous luxury hotel managed by Orient-Express Hotels. With the "Ultimate Breaks" special you can score room rates as low as $295 a night this fall. Enjoy some of the country's finest fall foliage and leaf-peeping in the Blue Ridge foothills near Charlottesville and Jefferson's historic Monticello estate. From the horizon edge infinity pool, gaze out over the Arnold Palmer designed golf course and rolling green hills of the Piedmont.


Mandarin Oriental is Coming to Costa Rica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Guanacaste, Costa Rica The beloved luxury hotel brand is making waves with a host of new hotel openings in the next few years, and it looks like Costa Rica--the world's premier destination for eco-tourism-- is getting a luxury addition. Mandarin Oriental, Costa Rica will open in 2009 in the Guanacaste province, known for its beautiful Pacific coastline, stunning volcanoes, excellent hiking, and bird (and monkey) watching. Situated just 25 minutes from the Liberia airport, the 130-room beach resort will be the cornerstone of a gated golf and residential development called Rancho Manzanillo. Leisure activities will include an 18-hole Fred Couples Signature Championship golf course, 20,000 square foot spa, multi-level outdoor swimming pools, water sports from the resort's natural beach, and exotic wildlife viewing from the property's 200 acres of protected tropical dry forest. The best part of all? The Tree House Suites, nestled high in the canopy of Guanacaste trees.