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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.

Inside the Kitchen: Cooking Classes at Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Get busy inside the kitchen this summer at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, where the seasonal culinary series, Inside the Kitchen, showcases the best celeb chefs, cookbook authors, and sommeliers of the industry. Learn tempting recipes while indulging in some tasty dishes and fine wine. (Plus, the Ritz-Carlton even donates a portion of the proceeds to Meals on Wheels.) From June 1 through August 31, 2007, the AAA Five Diamond resort offers an array of themed weekends with cooking classes, dinners, and seminars.

The summer's instructors include Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake, Marcel Vigneron of Bravo's Top Chef, Jairemarie Pomo of The Hog Island Oyster Company, and Gayle Pirie and John Clark of Foreign Cinema. First up: Treasures of Asia: Far East to West on Friday, June 1 with Tim Luym of Poleng Lounge, named Rising Star Chef 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Next: High Style in Lowcountry on Saturday, June 9 with Kevin Johnson from Anson restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina, described as the "the city's best example of high class Lowcountry cooking" by Wine Spectator.

Weekend package rates at the Ritz-Carlton start at $759 per night for one night accommodation and registration for two to any class.

Via DailyCandy


Chillin’ and Grillin’ with Dad in Denver: Father’s Day at Omni Interlocken Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Omni Interlocken Spend a special Father's Day weekend at the Omni Interlocken Resort, the four-diamond retreat nestled against the Rocky Mountains outside Denver. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, an outdoor barbeque lunch for the family on Saturday, and a special gift for Dad: two Fat Tire beers, two Fat Tire glasses, and a sleeve of golf balls. (The local brewery, Fat Tire, is adored for its Belgian style brews.) All for just $199 per night, available June 17, 2007. At the Omni Interlocken, there's a wealth of activities: championship golf with striking scenery, two beautiful pools with panoramic mountain views, and a fabulous spa.

Via Frommer's


A Higher Degree of Cool at Arizona Biltmore Resort, Phoenix


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Arizona Biltmore Now's the time to book a stay at the Arizona Biltmore, the legendary "Jewel of the Desert" nestled on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Easily one of the finest resorts in the world, the Biltmore is a wonderland of sparkling swimming pools (with luxurious poolside cabanas), championship golf, award-winning dining, tennis courts, and a world-class spa. Book the "Higher Degree of Cool" package and score rates as low as $169 per night, plus a $50 daily food and beverage credit. And since Arizona Biltmore is now part of Hilton's Waldorf-Astoria Collection, you can earn double Hilton HHonors Base points with this offer. Available until September 17, 2007.

Via Travel and Leisure Hot Deals


Off-Season Fun in the Sun at Half Moon, Montego Bay, Jamaica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon This summer, think Jamaica. Posh properties like Half Moon in Montego Bay are available for a steal. Step into a world of leisure and timeless elegance, surrounded by sandy crescent beaches, white-washed cottages, and fragrant gardens. With the Sizzling Summer Special at Half Moon, you can earn free nights and free rounds of golf if you book a stay of seven nights or more. For example, stay seven nights, get one night and one round of golf for free; stay 8-9 nights, get two nights and two rounds of golf free! (You get the picture...) Plus, rates are unbelievably low, starting from just $250 per night. Available until May 31, 2007. The Good Life Package is equally as enticing, available until December 15, 2007. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, sumptuous daily breakfast, leisurely lunch and gourmet dinner daily, premium drinks at the hotel bars, welcome gift and champagne in room, round trip airport transfers, and the best part of all: a complimentary Swedish massage for each adult. Starting from just $469 per night with a minimum three-night stay.


Family Escapes at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Celebrating its 20th year in 2007, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a popular luxury destination situated on 3,000 acres outside Pittsburgh. The Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond resort features two world-class golf courses, 14 excellent restaurants and lounges, the internationally acclaimed Woodlands Spa, Equestrian Center, Kids Club, Shooting Academy, Off-Road Driving Academy, tennis, and myriad other activities. Additionally, the resort is home to the AAA Five-Diamond Falling Rock boutique hotel, inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

With a slew of family-oriented packages and special events, Nemacolin Woodlands is the ideal resort getaway for the whole family to enjoy. Kids will be thrilled with the Wet, Wild, and Woohoo Special; book a three-night stay and receive a $300 amenity credit to be used throughout the resort. Kids can splash away at The Marina at Paige's Beach, take a ride on the Fatbird Express Safari at the all-new Wildlife Academy, or get down and dirty with Xtreme activities at the Adventure Center. While the kids are happily entertained, parents can enjoy the spa, golf courses, wine-tasting, and fine dining. Celebrate Mother's Day with the special Mother's Day brunch on Sunday, May 13, and Memorial Day weekend means family events galore, including a night time mini-golf tournament, carnival games, and DJ entertainment.


Celebrate July 4 in Maui: Kapalua Wine and Food Festival


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz Carlton Kapalua The 26th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival promises to be a rip-roaring good time. Wine-tasting seminars with Master Sommeliers, oodles of tastings, cooking classes with celebrity chefs (you can even partake in the cooking class with esteemed chef Michael Mina himself), golf tournaments, seafood fest, and perhaps the best part of all-- the setting at the AAA five-diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui's premier resort. This culinary extravaganza will take place from June 29- July 1, so after four days of foodie bliss, why not stay on for a few more days to take in the fireworks on the 4th? Festival prices run $750 per person. The price for a four-day stay at the Ritz, including two four-day festival passes is about $3,660.


Autumn in New Zealand: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Millbrook Resort, New Zealand The scenery doesn't get any more spectacular than this. Surrounded by the majestic peaks, roaring rivers, and vast alpine pastures of Lord of the Rings country, the five-star Millbrook resort is only 20 minutes outside Queenstown, but a world away in the tranquil majesty of the setting. Recently named as one of the highest ranking hotels for value within New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific by Travel and Leisure magazine, Millbrook resort is a year-round recreational paradise which embodies the relaxed New Zealand country lifestyle. Enjoy the resort's renowned golf course, enjoyed by enthusiasts from around the world, relax in the world-class spa facility, dine at the award-winning restaurants, or venture out to the surrounding countryside for wine-tasting, shopping, and adrenalin adventures like jet boating and helicopter sightseeing. Book the Autumn Colors package and enjoy accommodation in a luxurious Village Inn room, full buffet breakfast, and a bottle of Central Otago wine and handmade Belgian chocolates. All for just $180 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)-- and that price is quoted in NZ dollars. Available until June 30, 2007.


California Escapes: Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Huntington Sunshine seekers, botanists, landscape lovers: pay heed. The LA Times Daily Deal Blog has highlighted an excellent getaway for visitors to SoCal. Discover the rugged beauty of the spectacular Desert Garden at Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. Celebrating its 100th birthday, the Desert Garden showcases magnificent cacti and rare specimens, some of which are no longer found in the wild. Shack up at Pasadena's landmark hotel, the splendid turn-of-the-century Ritz-Carlton Huntington, and take advantage of the Ritz-Carlton Cultural Escape Package, starting at $305. Available through December 28, 2007, the package includes accommodations for one night, breakfast for two on the Terrace, complimentary valet parking, and tickets to either the Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens or the Norton Simon Museum.


Special Offers in Hawaii: Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Lodge at Koele As if you needed an excuse to plan an escape to Hawaii. Four Seasons Lodge at Koele has announced a spectacular special: Get a fourth night free when booking three consecutive nights until December 19, 2007. Luxuriate in style at this opulent outpost surrounded by gardens and reflecting pools, ancient pines bordering expansive greens, and a magical orchid greenhouse. Hidden within the central highlands on Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele is the place to be to savor Hawaii's natural beauty. In addition to the spectacular golf courses, pool, and in-room spa services, the resort offers a slew of activities-- from archery to horseback riding. Rooms start at $295 per night.

Related Articles:

Fodor's, "Luxury for Less: 4 Nights for 3 Special on Lanai"

Vagablond, "Luau For Less: Four Seasons Lana'i Lodge at Koele"


Golfing Gals Boot Camp at Kiawah Island, South Carolina


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kiawah Island Get your game on at Kiawah, selected as the "Best Golf Resort in the US" by Travel and Leisure Golf. (The awards list isn't exactly short.) Golfers flock to Kiawah for unmatched play on the five championship courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston. The world-famous Ocean Course-- ranked third in the "Top 100 You Can Play" by Golf Magazine-- recently got a $4 million makeover. Plan a girl's getaway and enjoy some of the best golf in the world as well as the beautiful beach, fantastic spa, shopping and natural beauty that has made Kiawah such a sought-after destination. The two-night Golfing Gals Bootcamp is designed for two people and includes ocean-view accommodations, champagne and chocolate covered berries on arrival, daily breakfast, dinner at Jasmine Porch, round of golf (not the Ocean course), half day golf school, nine holes of on-course instruction (for three people), and two Kiawah visors. Kiawah's team of instructors will cater the package to suit every skill level-- from beginners to pros looking to refine their game.