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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.

Hot Deals: Family Escape to the Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix

April 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Arizona Grand Resort, PhoenixThere's a whole lot to love at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix. Situated on the doorstep of 17,000 acres of South Mountain Preserve (the largest municipal park in the world!), the resort has golf, a colossal water park (seven acres of it!), full-service spa and a 20,000 square foot athletic club (the largest resort spa and fitness center in the state!). And let's not forget the sultry temperatures afforded by Arizona's winning climate... We've just learned about a deal for families looking for some fun in the sun in Phoenix. The new BBC Travel blog is reporting that you can snag rates from $169 per night for two adults and two kids in a Resort Suite through May 9, 2011, and $139 per night from May 22- September 10, 2011. Make that a Deluxe Suite for $20 more. The "Escape Kit" includes your luxurious accommodations, full American breakfast for two at the Lobby Grill, a $50 spa credit towards any 50-minute treatment, andfour passes to the Oasis Water park. So what are you waiting for? The lazy river awaits...


Two Day Grand Slam Event with Tennis Legend Fred Stolle at Fairmont Turnberry Isle

March 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry Isle ResortHeading to Miami this weekend? Tennis fans won't want to miss the opportunity to mingle and play tennis with 18-time Grand Slam champion Fred Stolle at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle resort. The 300-acre tropical retreat is hosting Stolle, one of the greatest tennis pros of all time, and lucky guests can score some tips to improve their game. Activities include a pro-am round robin at 5 p.m. on Friday, and then a two-hour group clinic followed by an organized match-play that begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. $175 per person includes all tennis activities with Fred Stolle, unlimited court time throughout the weekend, and a wine reception on Friday evening. Spaces are limited and reservations are required in advance by calling (305) 933-6925. Turn the weekend into a getaway with the resort’s new Fred Stolle Stay & Play package, priced from $195 per person, per night.


Hotel Buzz: Waldorf Astoria Heads to Seville, Spain

March 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Waldorf Astoria SevillaHilton Worldwide is rapidly expanding its luxe Waldorf Astoria brand- now encompassing some 20 landmark destinations around the globe. The newest to join this impressive portfolio is the Waldorf Astoria Sevilla at La Boticaria, the fifth property for Waldorf Astoria in Europe, joining Rome Cavalieri, Trianon Palace Versailles and London Syon Park, which opens this month. Scheduled to open this summer, the Andalucian style-hotel was previously known as the Hacienda La Boticaria and is located just 20 minutes from both the Seville city center and the San Pablo airport. When it comes to activities, you've got some world-class options-- from the equestrian center with 16 thoroughbred Spanish horses to the driving range for golf enthusiasts close to the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla. What we're most excited about: some of the largest spa facilities in Europe! There's also a helipad on the estate for tours of the area by whirly bird. Up next for the brand: Waldorf Astoria hotels in London, Berlin and Jerusalem.

Image via El blog de Alcalá de Guadaíra


Caribbean Getaways: Stay Free, Eat Free at Half Moon, A RockResort

March 16, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon, A RockResort, JamaicaFeeling vacation-deprived? Looking forward to your next getaway? We've stumbled upon a special offer at the classic Caribbean hideaway, Half Moon in Jamaica, that's pretty tempting. Nestled on a two-mile, crescent-shaped beach on the island's northern coast, Half Moon, A RockResort, features whitewashed cottages surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and the sparkling Caribbean Sea beyond. Its world-class facilities-- the Fern Tree Spa, an 18-hole golf course, an equestrian centre, even a Dolphin Lagoon-- sprawl across 400 acres of Caribbean paradise. When you stay three nights at Half Moon this summer, you get your 4th night free, plus you get a $150 Food and Beverage credit! The "Stay Free, Eat Free" offer is available April 25- November 18, 2011. The length of stay allowed for this package is 4 to 28 nights. Subject to availability.


Choose the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation for the Masters at Augusta National

February 18, 2011
By: Daniel L. Moses

The Ritz Carlton Reynolds PlantationMy first trip to the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National was during the final round in 1998. Mark O’Meara went on to win the title that year, but I was kept rapt by Jack Nicklaus who was making a late charge up the leader board. Nicklaus was 58 at the time, and fell short in the end, finishing tied for 6th place, but oh what a feeling it was to watch the legend make a last valiant effort at glory.

The amazing thing about this golf tournament, which is as prestigious as they come, is the proximity of the fans to the players. Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, O’Meara, and everyone else, were often only a few feet away, occasionally even interacting with fans as they walked the course. A veteran of many baseball and football games, I was awestruck at the nearness of the athletes and the civility of the golf course, and it made me an immediate fan of the duffers.

When I visit Augusta, I always stay at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation, a few miles down interstate 20 in Greensboro, Georgia. The Ritz-Carlton name speaks for itself, but this particular venture is ranked the best golf resort in the United States by Zagat! The links offered are on par with the spectacular course at Augusta National, making this not only a great golf hotel, but also a great Masters hotel.

If your wife insists on tagging along, the 4-star-rated spa, the only one in Georgia, will satisfy her every whim while you’re hitting the links or visiting Augusta National. The Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation is truly a great Masters Golf Tournament hotel!


Book Today: $99 Rooms at The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

February 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Southampton BermudaYou heard that right. The Fairmont Southampton has extended their incredible 99 Hour Sale so you have until 11:59 PM EST today to take advantage of special rates starting from $99 per night. Imagine: Bermuda's turquoise sea, powdery pink sand beaches, and spectacular sunsets at your fingertips... Not to mention the resort's 18-hole par three golf course, tennis courts, 31,000-square-feet Willow Stream spa, and fine restaurants like the historic Waterlot Inn. With its temperate climate and close proximity to the East Coast, Bermuda beckons for a quick getaway. Valid for travel until May 11, 2011, the 99 Hour Sale offer at The Fairmont Southampton Bermuda includes the following:

* Luxury air-conditioned room with private balcony

* Complimentary Shuttle to Fairmont Hamilton Princess and exchange privileges for restaurants/spa

* Kids Explorers Camp (fee extra)

* Private Beach Exclusive to Hotel Guests


Miami’s Doral Golf Resort Celebrates 50th PGA Tournament with Special Deal

February 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Doral Golf Resort and Spa, MiamiGolfers and golf enthusiasts interested in getting up close and personal with the sport's greatest players during the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship should high-tail it to Miami in March. The Doral Golf Resort & Spa-- situated on 650 acres just seven miles from the Miami International Airport-- is offering some special packages for the occasion. Available March 10-13 and starting from $299 per night (single occupancy), the WGC-Cadillac Championship Room & Ticket 2011 Package includes garden view accommodations and daily grounds ticket (individually valued at $40). A second package-- the WGC-Cadillac Championship Golf Package-- has a few more inclusions: full American buffet breakfast and 18 holes of golf on the Gold or White course along with your garden view room. Tickets to the WGC-Cadillac can be purchased in advance. Nightly rates start at $389 for single occupancy and $538 for double occupancy. Two-night minimum stay required for Thursday-Saturday arrivals.


Sweet Savings for Valentine’s Day: 62% off Miami’s Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort

January 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry Isle ResortLooking for the perfect Valentine's option in Miami? How about a night of luxury at the Fairmont Turnberry Isle resort in Aventura? The 300-acre tropical retreat-- one of the "best kept secrets in South Florida"-- is offering rosy room rates on February 13 and 14 starting from just $169 per room, per night, a savings of 62%. Take advantage of the "Rosy Valentine's Offer" and enjoy deluxe accommodations in a Fairmont Room and a number of specials on dining, the spa, and pool cabanas. Get the romance on with a three-course gourmet dinner at BOURBON STEAK, Chef Michael Mina's contemporary American resto, or play cupid by reserving a "Green Tee" romance dinner at the Cascata Grille restaurant, where an an aphrodisiac Valentine’s menu will delight your sweetheart. Subject to availability. Room tax and resort fee is additional.


Perfectly Pampered in the Caribbean: 1-2-3 Spa at Half Moon Resort

January 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaNeed a dose of Caribbean sunshine? Jet south to Half Moon, aka "paradise found," where two crescent-shaped beaches mark the edge of a sprawling resort oasis. Comprised of whitewashed cottages in tropical gardens, the iconic Jamaica resort has it all: 13 tennis courts, a dolphin lagoon, an equestrian center, the award-winning Fern Tree Spa, and a Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed 18-hole championship golf course. Half Moon is now enticing guests to the Caribbean with the "1-2-3 Spa" offer which includes one Fern Tree Signature Massage per adult with your luxe accommodations. The massage starts with a ritual footbath of Jamaican Cerasee, performed to soothing Caribbean music, and utilizes the spa's Signature Essential Oil blend of allspice, ginger and orange. Here's what's in store: infused body compresses; a Jamaican Rum Body Splash; globally integrated massage and healing techniques inspired from the Mediterranean, Hawaiian Lomi- Lomi, Chinese Acupressure and Thai Stretches; and a Guided Power nap. Sound like bliss? With this offer, you also get unlimited use of the tennis courts, fitness center, volleyball court, croquet lawn, kayaks and paddle boats. Priced from $1085; three night minimum stay required.


Book Now: Fairmont Hotels Offer Spectacular Winter Rates

January 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Le Chateau MontebelloThis just in. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has launched a winter sale that translates to 20% off or one free night. Whether you're looking for the thrill of urban nightlife (Chitown's calling your name), a spa sanctuary, the challenge of championship golf in Florida, or a fairytale ski destination, Fairmont's got it covered. Hurry, you must book "Everyone's an Original Winter" rates by 12 pm EST on February 5, 2011.

The fine print: Offers are subject to availability at time of reservation at participating hotels for stays until April 30, 2011. Up to 20% discount applies to sell rate of the day. Free night must be a consecutive night stay at one hotel, minimum night stay required.