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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.

Destination: Charleston, South Carolina and the Market Pavilion Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Market Pavilion Hotel What's not to love about Charleston? Fabulous shops, charming historic buildings and Antebellum mansions, the lively port, fragrant gardens, lovely art galleries, and some of the country's top hotels, like the luxurious Market Pavilion Hotel. Here, guests are treated to every possible amenity: personal butlers, the most sophisticated technology, high thread count Frette linens and down pillows, plush terry cloth robes, cashmere blankets... Located in the epicenter of downtown, the AAA four-diamond hotel is just minutes from the waterfront. Each guest room is positively decadent, with double-paned windows opening to harbor breezes. Furnished in the old Charleston style, guest rooms feature mahogany foyers, heavy plaster crown molding, original paintings, Old World décor, four poster beds and marble topped bedside tables. Kick back and relax at the rooftop cascading pool, located high above the treetops with excellent views of the harbor and skyline. Nearby, the Pavilion Bar provides savory cuisine and cocktails to enjoy with the view. For an unforgettable meal, dine at Grill 225, the city's first and only USDA Prime steak house, conveniently located in the hotel. The charms of Charleston are yours for the taking at the Market Pavilion Hotel.


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.


Taste of the Nation Culinary Event Dazzles Phoenix


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Save the Date! Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, the country's finest and largest culinary event supporting the Fight to End Childhood Hunger in America, is coming to Phoenix. On Saturday, May 12, 2007, eat, drink, and make a difference at this unique event with the region's top chefs. Epicurean offerings will be presented by the Valley's finest group of culinary talent; award-winning chefs include Michael Cairns of the Arizona Biltmore, Jon Frazier of The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Charles Wiley of Cafe Zuzu (at the Hotel Valley Ho), Mel Mecinas of Acacia at The Four Seasons at Troon, and Jon Paul Hutchins of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. This evening under the stars, with fireside cooking and plenty of fabulous libations, will take place at The Phoenician. Reserve your tickets today!


Spectacular Luxury Eco-Resorts: King Pacific Lodge, British Columbia, Canada


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

King Pacific Lodge The most luxurious Canadian wilderness lodge is also the most ecologically responsible. King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort, offers guests a truly carbon-neutral vacation. In addition to offsetting the carbon emissions of all lodge operations, the resort also offers to offset the carbon emissions of guests' round-trip air travel in its plan to reduce its carbon footprint by half. This is truly revolutionary. Located on Princess Royal Island in British Columbia, King Pacific Lodge offers an unparalleled wilderness experience. Designed for absolute comfort, the floating fishing lodge is positioned to capture incredible views of the landscape. Open from May to October, this fly-in destination offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime adventure vacation that includes fishing for salmon, halibut and more, hiking, kayaking, and helicopter and wildlife viewing in the Great Bear Rain Forest, land of the endangered white Kermode or Spirit Bear. The eco-resort doesn't skimp on the luxury; seventeen oversized guest rooms feature king size beds with down duvets, window seating area with impressive views, and slate-lined bathrooms with deep soaker-tubs.


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.


The Centre for Well-Being at the Phoenician: Michelin Star Spas in Scottsdale


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Phoenician The setting is idyllic-- nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain at Scottsdale's destination resort, The Phoenician-- and the facilities are top-notch. So it's no wonder The Centre for Well-Being was recently awarded four Michelin stars. Town and Country magazine calls it "one of the most healing and nurturing spots on the planet." Indeed, The Phoenician's spa is a peaceful sanctuary and luxurious oasis surrounded by the colorful desert landscape of the Southwest. Facilities include whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, Swiss showers, Meditation Atrium and Waters Bar featuring complimentary refreshments. Massage therapy, skin and body treatments draw from European and Eastern principles, utilizing plants and minerals indigenous to the region. The range of services is truly exhaustive. But here's a hint: reserve your treatment a month in advance. This place books fast!


Wild Hog Heaven in San Diego with Loews Coronado Bay Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Coronado Bay Resort As if the recreational options at Loews Coronado Bay Resort weren't enough. (There's tennis, three outdoor swimming pools, gondola rides on the canals, sailboat and motorboat rentals, cycling, the Sea Spa, and surfing lessons-- after all, this is San Diego we're talking about.) But now the Loews Coronado Bay Resort has added yet another activity for adventure-seeking guests. National Geographic Traveler recently discovered the men's Harley Package at Loews Coronado, where guests are encouraged to hit the open road with a 24-hour Harley-Davidson motorcycle rental. Starting at $699 per person, the Wild Hogs package includes two nights accommodations, burgers at a local biker bar, a private tasting of handcrafted beers by the Coronado Brewing Company, and access to the hotel's fitness center, pools, and Silver Strand State Beach. Rental options include Dyna Street Bobs, Soft Tails, Fat Boys, and full-service Touring Bikes complete with decked out sound systems.


Over-the-Top Building Boom in Las Vegas: The Newest Batch of Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Las Vegas We've been keeping tabs on the latest Vegas growth spurt for awhile now, and it's just not slowing down. It seemed that the spotlight had shifted east to the new gambling mecca of Macau (which has surpassed Vegas in casino revenues and has opened countless Vegas-style mega-hotels). But things are only just starting to heat up in Sin City. As reported by USAToday's Hotel HotSheet, MGM Mirage just announced plans for the $700 million M Resort (MGM Mirage is only financing a paltry $160 million) to open in 2009. The outrageous building boom in Vegas has not yet reached its limit. To quote the NY Times:

Americans — and an increasing number of foreigners — can’t seem to get enough of Las Vegas. The current construction craze is driven by a 95 percent weekend occupancy rate — and rates that approach 100 percent at the city's newer properties. Last year, even the weekday rate fell just shy of 90 percent, partly because of the city’s success in positioning itself as an attractive convention destination.

Here's a taste of what's to come. The Venetian is opening a 3,200 suite tower, which will bring its room count to more than 7,000; $4.4 billion Echelon Place will open on the site of the old Stardust; the mammoth Project CityCenter will cost MGM Mirage $7 billion, the most expensive development in Vegas history.


Winvian Resort: The Ultimate Concept Hotel in Litchfield, Connecticut


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Winvian This is truly a hotel experience like no other. At Winvian, 15 architects created 18 whimsical cottages which the LA Times equates to a plush, Seuss-like playground for adults. Spend the night in a restored 1968 Sikorsky Sea King helicopter where you can "mix a drink in the plush fuselage." (And to quote the NYT: this baby's "so tricked out that Austin Powers might have piloted it.") Or go Flintstones style and choose the Stone Cottage, "a no comfort spared cave" decked out with leather curtains, boulders, slate roof, and two fireplaces. Or wake up in The Treehouse, perched 35 feet off the ground. The setting is bucolic, the quintessential New England landscape: 113 acres of meadows, forests, lakes, and farm pastures not far from the historic town of Litchfield. But an experience like this will cost you. The nightly rate ranges from $1,450 to $1,950.

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What a Hotel! Country Estate Getaway


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Here's a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

What a Hotel!

Helpful Hints: Country Estate, 600 acres, DC Getaway ...

Toni Powell and ROBERT S. RISBERG both correctly guessed Last Weeks Hotel:
What a Hotel!

Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort