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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.

Free 4th Night at the Newly Reopened Four Seasons Resort Nevis


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort NevisFour Seasons Resort Nevis is back. After sustaining considerable hurricane damage in 2008, the resort reopened on December 15 and is welcoming guests to the sun-kissed West Indies. Located on Nevis, the unspoiled sister island to St. Kitts in the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, the resort occupies the site of a former sugar and coconut plantation dating to the late 1790s.

Stretch out in Four Seasons luxury steps from the pristine sand of Pinney's Beach. Canopied by palms, the 196 guest rooms-- spread out in 12 two-storey guest buildings-- feature oversized marble bathrooms and a furnished outdoor veranda or patio accessed via wooden-shuttered sliding glass doors. Relax in the spa, housed in gingerbread-trimmed treatment cottages among tropical gardens, and try the signature Rum Tonic body treatment. The resort's offerings are impressive: from top-rated golf and tennis to abundant water sports, nature excursions, and kids' facilities. Take advantage of the "Stay Longer" offer and get a fourth night free when you pay for three consecutive nights. From $446 per night after free night(s) applied.


Hot New Hotels: Devi Ratn in Jaipur, India


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Devi Ratn, Jaipur, India

Recently singled out by The New York Times T Magazine as a "hotel to watch," the Devi Ratn is a contemporary vision of Indian design: "The latest jewel of India takes inspiration from Jaipur’s gem industry. At the 63-suite Devi Ratn, red sandstone is made into lyrical domes and arches, and surfaces sparkle with metal inlay." Anchored in the architectural tradition of Rajasthan, a region celebrated for its vibrant color and culture, the Devi Ratn also pays homage to Rajasthan's ancient astronomical observatories. The hotel's 'Devi Spa by L'Occitane'-- featuring signature treatments from the French brand-- will catapult the Devi Ratn into a leading spa destination. Every suite has views of the Aravali mountains, and if you book a villa, you'll get access to your own private pool and jacuzzi.


Just in Time for Christmas: Hotel Montalembert, Paris Gets a Makeover


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Montalembert, ParisThis charming Left Bank hotel-- housed in a Beaux-Arts building in the heart of Saint Germain des Près-- has reopened after a months-long renovation. A member of the Majestic Hotel Group and Preferred Boutique Hotels, the Hotel Montalembert "has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation for discreet luxury"-- to quote Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific edition). The hotel first opened its doors in 1926 and still exudes an Art Deco elegance. Though rooms are small (in typical Parisian fashion), they're loaded with thoughtful amenities. The new makeover has unveiled new suites by Christian Liaigre-- featuring Bang & Olufsen Video Hifi systems, Nespresso machines, iPod docking stations, and a special "VIP" welcome for kids-- plus remodeled public areas. Book the "Rive Gauche Pack" offer and you'll get accommodations, continental breakfast daily, and a museum pass for a two days free admission to all national museums with direct access and no waiting lines. Three night minimum required.


A Caribbean Christmas: Fern Tree Spa Suites at Half Moon Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaThere's still room at the inn for Christmas. Half Moon-- the 400-acre luxury resort located in Rose Hall, Jamaica-- has a few Fern Tree Spa Suites available. (But hurry, space is limited so book now!) The first of their kind in the Caribbean, these six signature beachfront spa suites were designed to reflect the island's natural beauty with nods to Jamaica's diverse past. Outfitted with top-of-the-line custom amenities, each suite has a dedicated spa area that converts to a private spa treatment room or fitness studio, offering views of the Caribbean Sea. The suites also come with five-piece bathrooms with chromotherapy whirlpool tubs, separate showers with rain showerheads and therapeutic body jets.

The holiday season at Half Moon promises to be very merry indeed. The resort has organized a two-week program full of fun activities the whole family will enjoy: rum mixology, sand castle competition, beauty and health workshops, teen activity club, golf challenge, cook-off, craft day as well as the traditional Christmas tree lighting reception. Santa and his Jamaican helper Anancy the Spider, a beloved character from Jamaican folklore, are also scheduled to make a visit on Christmas day to hand out gifts to the resort's littlest guests.


Forget Check-Out Time! Living Full-Time at The Carlyle in New York


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Carlyle, New YorkTalk about getting seriously spoiled! For Broadway icon Elaine Stritch, now "co-starring in the Tony Award-winning revival" of "A Little Night Music," The Carlyle is her permanent home. The legendary luxury hotel on Madison Avenue in Manhattan's Upper East Side overlooking Central Park is known for its lavish amenities (like Sense, A Rosewood Spa) and top-notch service (even canine guests get spoiled with beds and bowls, pet snacks, Fiji water, and a dog walking service). As quoted in a recent profile in the New York Post, Stritch says, "I'm a hotel baby. I’ve always lived in hotels, but I'm very picky. I love living at the Carlyle. They spoil me. So I keep getting worse and worse. I get more demanding, I run the show, what I say goes. But I have a feeling that the people here like me." She goes on to describe the staff at the hotel: "All the people who service you here are so down to earth. That's what real class is.”

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The Best Views in Rome at the Hotel Hassler


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Hassler, RomeOne of our favorite hotels in the Eternal City sits atop the Spanish Steps, offering extraordinary views of Rome's skyline and St. Peter's dome at the Vatican. A recent article in the Toronto Star calls attention to the views from the hotel that's a celeb magnet. Lucky guests get bird's eye views from the third-floor spa, the gym, the seventh floor terrace, and the guest rooms at the Hotel Hassler:

The tiled rooftops spill out in the distance, and the hills behind the quirky Trastevere neighbourhood rise a few kilometres away. The church towers rise towards the heavens, and you can gaze down upon a small sidewalk café across from the hotel and watch the tourists mill about at the top of the famed Spanish Steps. There are many five-star hotels in the world. There are many fine hotels in Rome. There are none that boast the location — or the views — of the Hassler. The fact they also have a smashing garden for breakfast, a beautifully ornate room for drinks, one of the top restaurants in the city and first-rate service that caused the likes of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to rent out three floors after their wedding tells you there’s more than just a stunning vista at work.
Like we said: The best views in town coupled with impeccable service make the Hotel Hassler one of the stars of Europe, not just the Italian capital. Click here to learn about a special package, including some meals and massages, available at the Hassler until December 22, 2010.


Sponsored Article: Paradise in the Turks & Caicos at Seven Stars Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Seven Stars Resort~Spacious suites and lavish facilities right on famous Grace Bay beach are key ingredients for an unforgettable Caribbean vacation~

Imagine: chartering a boat for an excursion to the deserted cays in the Turks & Caicos islands; going deep-sea fishing on the world's third largest barrier reef; taking a helicopter tour for a bird's-eye view of the islands; discovering pristine beaches on an eco-tour aboard a touring kayak; going sailing or scuba diving; taking a dip in the island's only heated salt-water swimming pool, or lounging on a cabana so close to the ocean that you can hear the waves. Seven Stars ResortBeach attendants will supply your favorite cocktails, ice-cold towels, the smoothie shot of the day, and chilled sorbet. There's even Wifi by the pool. A stay at Seven Stars Resort-- named for the seven stars of the Pleiades, a storied constellation that's said to shine brightest over the Turks & Caicos Islands-- means you'll get a resort experience that shines above all others. Service at Seven Stars Resort is a cut above the rest.

Seven Stars ResortYou'll relish the joys of a tropical paradise and white sand beaches that will take your breath away. Flanked by the marine preserve of Princess Alexandra National Park, Seven Stars Resort embraces the natural environment of the Turks & Caicos Islands. The resort's 113 guest accommodations range in size from spacious junior suites to a spectacular five-bedroom penthouse suite overlooking the ocean. Housed in three beachfront buildings, the suites come equipped with iPod docking stations, plush terry bathrobes, L'Occitane bath amenities, marble bathroom with shower and separate soaking tub, and kitchenettes with Nespresso machines. Internet access is complimentary.

Seven Stars ResortStart the day with yoga or a work-out in the fully-equipped gym, working up an appetite for breakfast by the pool. (The resort's continental breakfast is free.) Up for golf? Play a round at the nearby Provo Golf and Country Club, an 18-hole championship course. The resort has tennis courts and a full water sports program, too. Prefer to laze around? The resort's tranquil spa has expert therapists trained to soothe mind and body. No need to leave the kids at home; there's a dedicated Children's Program and babysitting service at the resort.

The best part of all: a stay at Seven Stars Resort means luxury for less. You can take advantage of various special offers that translate to just $280 per night, including a $200 resort credit when you book four nights or more. More than you've ever imagined, for less than you've ever imagined.


President’s Choice: The Suite at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Taj Mahal Palace, MumbaiMumbai's legendary Taj Mahal Palace is back on top. After the deadly terrorist attacks two years ago, the five-star hotel has completely refurbished its heritage wing (the part of the hotel that sustained most of the damage). Now the staff is prepping the refurbished Presidential Suite for its first occupants this weekend: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The Obamas are in good company; the palatial suite has hosted a slew of A-list guests-- from Prince Charles and the King of Morocco to Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. Furnished with antiques and original paintings, the suite has Italian marble floors and a patio overlooking the harbor. Rumored cost per night: $4,000.


Suite Escape: Book 2 Nights at St. Regis Hotels and Get the 2nd Night for $4


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Bahia Beach ResortSt. Regis Hotels & Resorts have just unveiled a special offer worth booking ASAP. To celebrate their expanding portfolio-- and the November debut of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico*-- the brand has rolled out the "Suite Luxury, Legacy Rates" offer. Book a suite for at least two consecutive nights at participating St. Regis hotels around the globe, and you'll get the second night's stay for only $4, the price of a suite at the brand's flagship, The St. Regis New York, when it originally opened in 1904.

*The new resort in Puerto Rico marks the brand's first foray into the Caribbean market. The resort will be home to the Caribbean's first and only Certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary.


A 4th Night Free at Hawaii’s Luxurious Halekulani


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

HalekulaniHawaii lands a spot on Fodor's "11 Fall Value Travel Destinations"- and why not? The off-season in the Pacific archipelago means "the crowds are gone" and "you'll get the same luxuries for a fraction of the price." Case in point: a special offer at the Halekulani on Waikiki Beach, the glamorous Oahu hotel that's known for impeccable service and gracious hospitality (and houses the Vera Wang and Orchid Suites). An oasis of luxury, the Halekulani has established itself as a favorite of discriminating travelers for almost 100 years. The word "Halekulani" means "House Befitting Heaven" and it's true- this place could be paradise on earth. Until December 25, 2010 (based on availability), you can score a complimentary 4th night at the Halekulani. The special also includes a welcome amenity, nightly turndown service, complimentary admission to Oahu's finest art and culture venues, daily morning newspaper and complimentary local calls. As Fodor's points out, this brings the cost down to $319/night.