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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.

World's Largest Four Seasons Resort Planned for Walt Disney World

September 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort, Disney World

Get ready, Orlando. The Magic Kingdom is getting a luxe addition. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced that it will begin construction on a $360 million luxury resort in December. Slated for 2014, this will be the largest resort for the brand on the planet- encompassing 444 guest rooms, 40 time-share units, 90 Four Seasons private residences (any buyers out there?), a rooftop resto with views of Walt Disney World, and a "lazy river" water complex. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Four Seasons snatched up the real estate in August 2008 for $51 million, including Disney's Osprey Ridge golf course, which will become part of the resort.


Friday Photos: Autumn Splendor at Keswick Hall in Virginia

September 16, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Keswick Hall

One of the best places for autumn leaf-peeping in the U.S. is-- without a doubt-- Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Just minutes from Thomas Jefferson's historic Monticello estate near Charlottesville, Keswick Hall overlooks some of the prettiest scenery on the East Coast. Come fall, the mountains are painted in firey reds and ochre yellows, and the hotel's 600-acre estate bursts into color. There are recreational activities galore-- from horseback riding to jogging the nature trails. And fall also means grape stomping in the vineyards! The resort invites guests to crush local grapes to make the hotel's Chardonnay and Petit Verdot wines. Enjoy farm-fresh meals and local wine tastings while soaking up the autumn splendor at Keswick Hall.

Keswick Hall


A Blast in Bermuda: Families Enjoy 50% Off 2nd Room at Rosewood Tucker's Point

September 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rosewood Tucker's PointThe off-peak season starting in September is a great time to experience the pink sand beaches of Bermuda. Just a 90-minute plane ride from East Coast cities, Bermuda has a wealth of recreational activities the whole family will enjoy. And at Rosewood Tucker's Point, Bermuda's first all-new resort in nearly four decades, you've got the island's longest private beach right at your doorstep. Take the family on a fall getaway and score 50% savings on a second room for the kids (ages 18 and under). The special is valid now through April 15, 2012. Year-round family-friendly activities make the most of the resort’s Castle Harbour setting in any season. There's the Junior Golf Program on Saturdays, introducing youngsters ages 4-6 to the game with a free half-hour session, complete with refreshments, from 1 – 1:30 p.m., while young intermediate golfers of all ages receive instruction on and off the course from 1:30 – 3 p.m. for $25 per player. There's also a Junior Tennis Program and Rose Buds Children's Program with supervised fun for the youngest guests. Not to mention the four pools, 12,000 square foot spa, children's water park, sailing excursions, and Dive & Watersports Centre, providing you with all you need to dive Bermuda's reefs and wrecks.


Announcing the Park Hyatt Marrakech Al Maaden

September 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt Marrakech

As if you needed further proof of Marrakech's status as a global capital of hotel cool: Park Hyatt is opening a property there in 2012. (This is the hotel brand that scored top honors with Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme- recently named by the French government as one of just eight "palace" hotels in France.) Located within the within the Al Maaden Golf Resort, the Park Hyatt Marrakech Al Maaden will have rooms with views of both the Atlas Mountains and the 18-hole golf course, created by award-winning golf course designer Kyle Phillips in the style of a classic Moroccan garden. Top digs: Each of the 45 villas will have a living room, dining room, fireplace and pool. Ooh la la!


Free Championship Golf at Miami's Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort

August 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, MiamiSavor the last days of summer with a jaunt to Miami. With a private beach club, an exclusive spa, and three sparkling pools, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort will give you a reason to smile. Pay just $159 per night and get a bunch of value-added amenities built into the price. Not only that, you'll get to enjoy free golf on both of the 18-hole championship courses through September 30, 2011. This deal is so snazzy it caught the eye of CBS News; kids under five get to eat for free, and parents can tuck into a three-course Prix Fixe dinner at award-winning BOURBON STEAK for only $35.


Hogwarts Halloween at Ireland's Ashford Castle

August 12, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ashford CastleHarry Potter's magical world of witches and wizards will come to life this Halloween at Ireland's Ashford Castle. Situated on 350 acres on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong in County Mayo, Ashford Castle dates back to 1228. The resort's activities run the gamut from falconry to golf, and Ashford Castle continually ranks as one of the best resorts in the world. For Halloween, families are welcome to the estate for a fun-filled weekend for magicians in the making. It's the ideal setting: secret rooms, hidden alcoves, and mystical woodland surroundings... Two "Hogwarts Halloween" packages are offered from October 28th through November 6th. 

October 28, 30; November 1, 3, 5

Noon - "Forbidden Forest" treasure hunt for entire family

3pm - Visit to the hiding place of Dingle, Ashford Castle's resident owl (supervised)

4pm - Afternoon "Chamber of Art" painting class (supervised)

5pm - 6:30pm: Kids' dinner in the Ardilaun Suite (supervised)

6:30pm - 9pm: Harry Potter movie evening (supervised)

From 7pm - George V Table d'Hote dinner for Mom and Dad

October 29, 31; November 2, 4, 6

Noon - "Hidden Garden" treasure hunt for entire family

3pm -"House Elves" cooking class (supervised)

4pm-5pm - Afternoon "Chamber of Witchcraft & Wizardry" (supervised)

5pm - 6pm - Kids' dinner in the Ardilaun Suite (supervised)

6:30pm - 9pm - Harry Potter movie evening (supervised)

From 7pm - George V Table d'Hote dinner for Mom and Dad

The one-night package is priced at €495 (approximately US$709) and the two-night package is priced at €950 (approximately US$1,361); both offer accommodation in a Deluxe Family Room. Both packages are based on two adults and two children under the age of 12. An additional charge of €85 (approximately US$122) per night may be applied for each additional child.


Hawaiian Holidays: 3rd Night Free at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele

August 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at KoeleIt's hard to believe that summer is nearly over, and it's almost back-to-school time for the kids. But before stocking up on backpacks and school supplies, why not pack up the family for one last summer adventure? The Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele is offering a special value for parents looking to linger longer for less in Hawai'i. Nestled within the lush central highlands of the private Hawaiian island of Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele is the ideal getaway for families. Tee off on the 18-hole putting course – a cross between miniature golf and a real putting challenge - or visit Lana'i Pine Sporting Clays and Archery Range for an afternoon of archery and clay shooting. Go horseback riding through Koele’s picturesque upcountry and learn about the island’s history.

The "Stay Longer" promotion means a complimentary third night when you book two consecutive nights at the resort. What's more, Four Seasons offers free meals for its youngest guests, welcome amenities for children, and Kids For All Seasons programming for children five to 12. There's also a Surf Shack Teen Center featuring video game stations, a pool table and lounge area for those aged 13-17 at Manele Bay. Rates for the package start at $295 and are valid on new bookings only. Three night minimum stay required; subject to availability.


Celebrate National Golf Month with Unlimited Golf at Marco Island Marriot Beach Resort

August 3, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marco Island Marriott Beach ResortDid you know that August is National Golf Month? Celebrate with a round of golf (or two) by the sea. Golf resorts like Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort-- nestled on three miles of pristine Florida beach near Naples-- are offering savings for National Golf Month for extra fun on the fairway. Book the "Unlimited Golf Escape" and you'll get 25% savings. Here's what's included: accommodations in a tropical-view guestroom, daily breakfast for two people and two rounds of golf per day at The Rookery at Marco Island golf course, including complimentary replay based on availability. You'll also get a free golf gift item and 10% off purchases at the Golf Pro Shop. The package includes bag storage, bag tags, range balls and golf cart rental. Starting at $304 per night.


Mint Juleps & Horse-Races with San Diego's Grand Del Mar Resort

July 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Grand Del Mar, San DiegoThe historic Del Mar racetrack-- where the turf meets the surf-- recently opened for its 2011 season. Looking for a little equine fun in the sun? Mint juleps included? The Grand Del Mar resort, San Diego's newest AAA Five Diamond resort, is celebrating the opening of the Del Mar horse-racing season with a fun accommodations package. The Los Angeles Times Daily Deal blog investigated the special and found it to be a good value when you add up all the extras: "two Stretch Run reserved seats at the racetrack (worth $10); a racing form and racing digest ($14); transportation to and from the track (based on availability); two mint juleps in the lobby lounge (worth $30); and valet parking ($25)." Starting from $475, available every day except Tuesdays through September 7, 2011.


Mancation in Whistler at the Pan Pacific Mountainside

July 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pan Pacific Whistler MountainsideGet the guys together for some golf and biking and revelrous good times. The Pan Pacific Mountainside-- the luxurious four-season resort located at the base of the gondolas in Whistler Village-- has put together a swell Man-cation package for male bonding in the spectacular Coast Mountain Range. Bike on some 350+ kilometers of trails, go golfing at the Whistler Golf Club, hang poolside with views of the action in the Bike Park, or just kick back over a pint at Dubh Linn Gate Pub. Available until November 23, 2011, the package is priced from $699 CDN in a Two Bedroom Suite Valley View (maximum 6 people) and includes:

* Two nights’ accommodation in a spacious suite

* One Day Valley Trail Bike rental per person from Salomon Store on Lobby level

* A $200 Credit for the Whistler Golf Club

*Dinner in Dubh Linn Gate one night -includes choice of entree and a pint from Whistler's best beer selection

* Complimentary Valet Parking for one vehicle

Subject to availability, black-out dates may apply.