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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.

Fairways and Feng Shui at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania

October 3, 2007
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

September 24, 2007
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

September 20, 2007
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

September 18, 2007
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

September 14, 2007
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

September 5, 2007
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

August 23, 2007
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.


Special Event Weekend at The Homestead: Southern Accents Showcase

August 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Homestead The National Historic Landmark of The Homestead, ranked among the world's top Spa and Golf resorts, is a family favorite. Nestled in Virginia's Allegheny mountains, The Homestead boasts historic hot springs and naturally heated pools, in addition to its myriad recreational activities. Enjoy the elegance and style of Southern Accents Magazine and the 2007 Southern Accents Showhouse all wrapped into two special weekends at The Homestead Resort. The Homestead Preserve and The Homestead Resort have teamed up with the magazine to offer two distinctively different weekends that both feature design seminars and tours of the Showhouse. The Showhouse is conveniently located just two miles from The Homestead Resort. The weekend rate starts at $980; September 21-23 and November 2-4, 2007.


Stay and Spa at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania

August 17, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Nemacolin Woodlands Book a spa package at the popular Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and indulge in a complimentary, 50-minute Hot Stone of Swedish Massage. The Stay and Spa package starts at just $299, available Sunday-Thursday until October 31, 2007. The world-class Woodlands Spa is just one of the fabulous facilities on-site at this Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond resort situated on 3,000 beautiful acres outside Pittsburgh.


Spotlight On: The Equestrian Center at Half Moon, Jamaica

August 15, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon, Jamaica Horse folks are welcome at Half Moon, one of only three resorts in the Caribbean with its own equestrian center. Led by passionate trainers, the center offers excellent programs for all ages and skill levels. Enjoy the signature Beach Ride, which takes riders for an exhilarating swim on horseback into the sea. Budding equestrians can partake in the Jungle Jaunt, which leads riders through paths on a scenic hillside. More proficient riders can take advantage of private lessons. Plus, there are pony rides for the kiddies. Surrounded by sandy crescent beaches, the elegant Half Moon resort features an exclusive dolphin lagoon, championship golf, first-class tennis, a variety of water sports, and delectable specialty restaurants.

PS. Fall breaks at Half Moon are a steal, with nightly rates starting at $149 per night in a Superior Room. (Double occupancy; three night minimum stay required.) Available September 6 - October 31, 2007.