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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.

Linguists Despair: The Source of Jeremy Lin Puns Moving to W Hotel New York

February 22, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

 The locus of Linsanity, one Jeremy Lin, has finally made the move away from his brother's couch to accommodations more befitting the next big thing in the NBA. The linchpin of the Knicks offense has taken up residence in a rented 2-bedroom apartment at the W New York Downtown near the Financial District.   

So what's attracted the star to these five-star accommodations? The Sunhine Select Residences are no slouch, his suite coming with enough furniture to probably pay himself the last year of his salary.  His days of linoleum kitchen tiling are now well in his past.  He'll still be commuting to practice from the Trump Tower in White Plains, but he plans to spend much of his time at his new downtown apartment.

While his fans have been looking a little maudlin lately, knowing that the cinderella run had to have its hiccups, dropping two of the last three games to New Orleans and New Jersey, the hopes of New York still rest on his shoulders while he rests those shoulders in the W New York Downtown.   


The Golf Coast: Kiawah Island's Golf Courses Are as Nice as Their Resorts

February 21, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Springtime is on the offensive on the East Coast, and that means one thing: Time to break out the clubs.  Golfing weather is looking like it's here to stay in South Carolina, and that means the closely cropped greens and devilish sand traps are calling your ball in equal measure, like the angel and devil of so many cartoons.  It's time to break out your woods and irons for the spring season and put your other sets away.  Maybe you were playing Settlers of Catan? I don't know. This whole analogy thing is harder than a brick wall. No, no, a diamond. Wait, maybe the Ko'olau Golf Club in Oahu.  There we go; now it's topical.  Anyway, I can't think of a better place to enjoy the newly found weather than on five championship courses of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Home of the 1991 Ryder Cup and 1997 and 2003 World Cups of Golf, you're getting a top class playing experience in one of the most breathtaking regions on the eastern seaboard.  And between games, you can relax along ten miles of romantic beaches or head out in search of the other sorts of eagles, who have nested in the region for centuries.  This Conde Nast Award winner even has three pool complexes and a child program available to keep the tiny tots out from underfoot while you're swinging a large metal rod around.  The Kiawah Island Golf Resort and accompanying Sanctuary at Kiawah Island are natural, beautiful, and definitely in season, so it might be worth planning a trip this spring.


Sagamore Works Out: They're Sexy, And They Know It

February 21, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

In celebration of Miami being crowned the country's Vainest City, the Sagamore is offering a special We're Sexy and We Know It package, so you to can join in on some well-deserved self-aggrandizement.  The Living Social poll, which used highly rigorous scientific methods and also math, reports that Miami citizens consider themselves to be the most attractive people.  Now it could be that in strange confluence of events, all the hot people in the US have decided to get together and hang out and have incredibly good-looking parties and super sexy bake sales, but it's more likely, and Living Social agrees, that Miami is just a land of high opinions.

Since we could all use a little self-esteem boost now and then, the Sagamore's offer is the perfect way to get in on the action.  Why else would we go to one of the best 5-star beachfront properties if not to feel like we're a star? And with this kind of deal, you can't go wrong.  With this package, you'll get

 - Hair-styling and a scalp massage for two at the Muse Beauty Suite

 - Two "Sexy on the Beach" cocktails

 - 10% discount on your accommodations

 - 1:00pm late checkout for an extra chance to relax

Book at the Sagamore today to show the world just how sexy you are.


Incredible Packages and Rates in Phoenix

February 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Royal Palms Hotel and Spa is a beautiful resort located at the base of Camelback Mountain, and it currently has a few amazing packages and deals going on too good to pass up! With 117 beautiful guestrooms and casitas, this hotel is the perfect romantic hideaway with palm trees, lush gardens, and the perfect location just minutes from the shopping, galleries, and golf attractions in Phoenix. Check out the incredible rates and packages they’re offering for an exciting escape from the norm.

Valencia Casita

These room types are located in the resort’s Valencia gardens, and they feature views of the Camelback Mountain and/or the orange groves. These rooms have a patio, four poster king bed, and many have a fireplace.

Designer Casita

These room types have an intimate courtyard setting, grand master bedroom, walk-in shower, and a soaking tub. Each is individually designed with custom furnishings and many have a fireplace.

Montavista Terrace

These room types overlook the courtyard and some offer breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain from the patio or balcony. The master bedroom offers a large deep soaking tub and an elegant walk-in shower.

Royal Romance Package

This is the perfect package for a couple searching for a little romance regardless of the occasion. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or simply a weekend escape, treat yourselves to an elegant and beautiful weekend away. This package includes 1 night of luxurious accommodations, dinner for two at T. Cook’s restaurant ($100 credit, tax and gratuity not included), rose petal turndown set up in your guestroom, a special Tuscan welcome amenity, and resort fee.

Royal Experience Package

This package includes 2 nights of luxurious accommodations, dinner for two in T. Cook’s restaurant ($100 credit, tax and gratuity not included), 2 Alvadora Spa treatments, and resort fee.


Whitney Houston's Beverly Hilton Tragedy

February 14, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Since one actor locked himself in a hotel room for over a month to research the role that would ultimately precede his untimely death, the hotel world has been no stranger to the unfortunate ends of celebrities. And now we've all been grieving for the last few days over the loss of another great, one of the iconic voices of the 90s. RIP Whitney Houston, your powerful love ballads and singing of the 1991 Superbowl national anthem helped define a decade.

Perhaps some of the most shaken up are the staff of the Beverly Hilton where Houston was found submerged in her bathtub, possibly from a Xanax overdose. Her daughter even arrived at the hotel to try to see her mother and had to be hospitalized for shock and dehydration. It's a sad day when any death occurs, especially one as unfortunate as Whitney's, and our hearts go out to family and friends as well as the workers at the otherwise lovely Beverly Hilton who were on hand to witness it.  


Hotels Worth Seeing, after a Fashion (Show)

February 10, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Fashion Week is always a bit of an adventure for New York, when the city gets taken over by edgy designers and their entourages.  So if you're around the city this week, make sure to grab an orange mocha frappucino and head on over to any of the hundreds of shows happening around the city.  More importantly, HotelChatter has posted a wonderful list of five hotels to check out during Fashion Week, happening right now.  Among the highlights are the Andaz 5th Avenue, which will be featuring graffiti murals, and the Jazz scene at Gramercy Park, featured recently as one of our Top Valentine's Day hotels.  Head on over here to see the full article, or check out the Andaz and Gramercy Park.


Top 5 Romantic Valentine's Day Hotels: #1 The Point, Saranac Lake

February 9, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Valentine's Day is coming up, and, as such, it's time to think about where you'd like to spend the day with that special someone. Whether you're enjoying a cozy night in or an adventure on the town, a night in a luxury hotel can be the perfect gift to the both of you, a chance to escape to another world where no expense will be spared in giving you the night of a lifetime. What follows is just one in a series of our favorite romantic hotels, and, we think, a great place to take him or her this February the 14th.

#1 The Point, Saranac Lake

What's The Point, you ask? While us single folks might attribute such a question to the vague sense of ennui that a romantic holiday instills, for the couples out there, you're clearly wanting to know more about the resort on Saranac Lake that just might be the most tranquil and exclusive hotel you could take your significant figure this weekend.  I use 'hotel' in only the loosest of sense to describe The Point, since the 11-room lodge is what you would imagine renting a 5-star private cabin might be like.  This lakefront lodge in upstate New York has all the serenity of a hushed winter morning where even the birds are afraid to break the silence, and it's personal service is unrivalled anywhere.

Nightly room rates are all-inclusive, so you can enjoy everything they have to offer. Not only that, dining is supervised by 3-star Michelin chef Albert Roux, which affords you a level of attention that even the top restaurants cannot afford to give their patrons.  No children under 18 are allowed on the property and there are no phones and televisons, so you need not worry about anything getting in the way of your perfect evening.  The Point offers the kind of intentional seclusion that is so rare in this connected world, and it is the perfect opportunity to lose yourself in romance.  

The Point is especially attractive to active couples who would enjoy the hiking, fishing, and animal tracking that the Point will happily recommend.  If a few biologists would just take a brief second to get out to The Point, they'd very quickly resolve one of the most hotly contested debates in modern science: nature vs nuture.  At The Point on Saranac lake, you can nurture your relationship by going back to nature, and there's no compromise involved. For my part, The Point is where I would take my hypothetical girlfriend this Valentine's Day.

 


Trump Comes to DC, but Maybe Not Like He Imagined

February 8, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The news broke at the Washington Post yesterday that ex-presidential hopeful Donald Trump has turned the long-reaching tendrils of his well-coiffed hair towards the Old Post Office in Washington, DC, by buying it up as a hotel property. While he may be moving in next door to his dream house like an overzealous ex-boyfriend, this is undeniably good news for the hotel industry and for DC as well. The Old Post Office, while home to a few government offices, is also well-known for being a just a little bit abandoned and run down. And since it's on prime real estate in the middle of the city, hearing that Trump and investors are willing to put down a cold $200 million to renovate and revitalize the building should put a spring in the step of anyone looking to stay near 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. or even just walk by on the way to work.

The hotel will likely open its doors to more than 250 rooms for guests in 2016. Importantly, the Vice-Trump, daughter Ivanka, who headed the acquisition, said that the reconstruction is committed to preserving the historic facade of the original 1890s post office. Making way for the hotel will be National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which probably holds some kind of metaphorical significance, but maybe they'll get swankier offices elsewhere. The hotel itself should be an interesting take on an unorthodox space. The pavilion in the interior makes for a central space that itself has a lot of aesthetic possibility but also limits the floor design. I'm intrigued to see what Mr. Trump's team will do with the place. In the meantime, there are plenty of other Washington hotels within a stone's throw of the White House. [Editor's note: Do not throw that stone.]

Photo via Old Post Office DC Pavilion


Extraordinary Guest Chef at the St. Regis Aspen Resort

February 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, nestled within the mountains in Aspen, Colorado is the perfect place to experience the best of every season. Visit in the winter for some of the best skiing opportunities, or visit in the summer to participate in great summer sports activities and the arts.

This luxury hotel will host Chef Duangporn Songvisavia (Bo) and Chef Dylan Jones from the renowned Herland Thai Restaurant Bo.Lan in Bangkok, Thailand. The chefs will prepare Thai infused cuisine from February 14th – 19th during Apres teas and dinner. During Apres tea, guests can choose from a menu of small plates, and for dinner, guests are treated to a unique pre-fixe menu carefully put together to ensure a well-balanced meal. The dinner menu will feature Thai salad, chili relish, a stir-fried dish, curry, and soup. Holding true to Bo.Lan’s ‘slow food’ philosophy, the foods will feature locally sourced ingredients and produce. The Apres tea menu will be served from from 3 – 6pm in the Shadow Mountain Lounge, and dinner will be served every evening 6 – 10pm in The Restaurant.

Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine without needing to leave the United States! Make your reservations at the St. Regis Aspen Resort and send your taste buds on an adventure!


Valentine's Day at the Montage Deer Valley

February 7, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With Valentine’s Day exactly 1 week away, it’s time to buckle down and plan the perfect romantic celebration with your significant other. The Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah knows that it’s the little things that matter, and they have worked out every detail to ensure a spectacular night of romance.

Check into the Montage Deer Valley and curl up by the fire while snow gently falls outside. Enjoy the romantic piano music over a candlelit dinner and a bottle of wine. Whether you’re a new couple or have been happily married for quite some time, the incredible alpine views and winter wonderland provide a romantic evening for all.

Make reservations at Apex, the hotel’s signature restaurant for February 14th and enjoy a pre-fixe dinner with mountain views and cozy tables by firelight. The four course dinner menu is $95 per person, and wine pairing is an additional $35.

Attend the wine and chocolate pairing event in Vista Lounge led by Ray Lammers, the executive pastry chef at Montage Deer Valley. Enjoy Cacao Barry chocolate with a Lactee caramel filling, Amano Madagascar dark chocolate, and the rare Maranon Fortunado No. 4 chocolate from Peru. Savor these chocolates on their own or paired with wines that have been selected to compliment and bring out the flavor of the chocolate.

Take advantage of these romantic and exciting opportunities and make your reservations at the Montage Deer Valley today!