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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.

Aleenta Resort and Spa, Phuket: Beachside Luxury in Thailand


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Phang Nga BayEscape the winter blahs and discover paradise just off the northern tip of Phuket Island. Nestled on a stunning stretch of white sandy beach on Thailand's Andaman coast, the Aleenta Resort is a serene hideaway that promises a seductive tropical experience. It's the ideal base to discover Phang Nga Bay National Park, a geologic wonder filled with islets, sunken caverns, and startling limestone rock formations rising from the sea (pictured). An idyllic retreat by the sea, the Aleenta Resort and Spa Phangnga opened after the incredible success of the first Aleenta hotel in Hua Hin (praised in the New York Times). The 15 suites come with infinity pools, private decks, wireless Internet, and all kinds of high-tech amenities. Here you can embark on a culinary adventure with Thai cooking classes, revitalize with pampering spa treatments in an unparalleled spa setting overlooking the sea, and sip some sunset cocktails in "The Living Room" lounge and open-air bar.


Chocolate Sushi, Chocolate Buffet: Langham Hotel Hong Kong Is The Place To Be On Valentine’s Day


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hotel Hong KongFrom the luxury hotel that brought you Chocolate Sushi as a nightly turndown amenity (nothing like some sweet sushi between the sheets), comes the most delectable, mouth-watering Valentine's Day feasts you can imagine. At the stylish Palm Court, there will be a Chocolate Bar dessert buffet with a wide selection of both savory dishes and sweet desserts. Each table will also be served a chocolate fondue; you can choose from the "chocolate menu" with selections ranging from 40.5 percent Ghana Cocoa to 75 percent Tanzania Cocoa. Priced at HK$268 per person. Or for a seriously romantic venue, choose The Bostonian, The Langham's upscale steak and seafood restaurant. The special 5-course Valentine's Day dinner includes such items as Oscietra Caviar Tian with Durham Pikelets, Foie Gras Parfait with Crushed Raspberry and Balsamic Jelly, Oyster and Brie de Meauz Champagne Soup, and choice of Butter Poached Maine Lobster or Fillet of Angus Beef with Truffled Potato Gratin. Priced at HK$1,888 for two people. Or head to the award-winning T'ang Court for a romantic, 8-course Chinese Dinner.


Bali High: Checking into the Club at InterContinental Bali Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental BaliSecluded on the powder-white sands of Jimbaran Bay on Bali's southern coast, the InterContinental Resort sprawls over 14 tropical hectares of ornamental ponds and winding lagoons. The 418-room resort showcases traditional Balinese architecture with modern lifestyle facilities, and is an alluring hideaway for both couples and families. The resort's Club InterContinental is perhaps the island's best kept secret, a real luxury value. Designed as a resort within a resort, the Club InterContinental takes guests on a journey of unprecedented luxury. With prime terrace views, spa-like bathrooms with Aveda toiletries, espresso machines and high-tech amenities, the accommodations were created to anticipate every possible need of the seasoned traveler. Club InterContinental offers guests total privacy and an array of indulging privileges: Airport Lounge with priority Immigration clearance, unobtrusive 24-hour Butler service, a private Club Pool, and exclusive access to the 24-hour Club InterContinental Lounge for breakfast, complimentary refreshments, high tea, sunset cocktails, late night supper and all-day snacks. Other entitlements include late check-out benefits and preferential seating at every restaurant throughout the resort.

InterContinental Bali ResortChoose the Club Dreams package at the InterContinental Bali and you'll get a bunch of cool extras. Upon arrival, you'll be driven to the resort in a top of the line Jaguar. Once in your room, a chilled bottle of Moet Chandon, chocolates and a soothing flower bath await you. Experience a sunset boat tour around Jimbaran Bay in a traditional outrigger. Then enjoy a romantic dinner in a private tent by the sea. Priced at just $1,100, this three-night package also includes all Club InterContinental privileges. Valid until March 31, 2008.


Leap Year Special at The Pines Lodge, Beaver Creek, from $115 per night


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rock Resorts ColoradoStay at The Pines Lodge, the award-winning ski-in/ski-out resort nestled at the base of Beaver Creek, during the 2008 Leap Year and receive one night of lodging for free! Situated between towering aspen and pine groves, The Pines Lodge is renowned for its AAA Four-Diamond dining at Grouse Mountain Grill, intimate accommodations, unmatched mountain views, and rich variety of amenities. Plus, there's a slew of outdoor activities right outside your front door! Book the Leap Year Special, available until December 22, 2008, and get an extra day soaking up all that luxury at The Pines Lodge. Rates start at just $115 per night for a three-night stay when you factor in the complimentary night.


To Dine in Sydney at the Observatory Hotel


By: Lucy LeTourneau

Observatory SydneyIf you travels take you "down under" for a visit to the beautiful city of Sydney, don't miss out on a stay at the classic Observatory Hotel, with its ideal location close to The Rocks and downtown area. Be sure to take advantage of their To Dine For Package with includes a superb seven course dining experience for two at the renowned Galileo Restaurant, a pre-dinner house cocktail the The Globe Bar, a full breakfast for two in Galileo, full use of all health club facilities and of course overnight accommodation. A variety of side trips and city experiences can also be arranged including a visit to the Sydney Observatory where you can name your own star. The Observatory's sister hotel is the gorgeous Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, less than two hours from Sydney's center.


Explore the Unexplored Wilderness at the Resort at Paws Up


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

The Resort at Paws Up offers unexplored wilderness with 37,000 acres of resort, 100 miles of trails, 7 miles of the Blackfoot River, and 1.5-million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness - all which combine to make for the ultimate wilderness adventure playground. Go horseback riding, skiing, snowmobiling, or fly-fishing in the Blackfoot River and dine on gourmet cuisine.

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Wynn 100 Point Wine Weekend to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wynn 100 Point Wine WeekendYou are invited to an extraordinary private event that unites lovers of wine, fine food and philanthropy for an unforgettable Wynn experience. On April 25- 26, 2008, Wynn Las Vegas will host this important weekend event. Guests will enjoy an exclusive Vintners Reception in the Penske/Wynn Ferrari Showroom on Friday evening, mingling with master wine-makers while sipping world-class wines (and surrounded by cool cars on display). On April 26, guests will attend the 100 Point Wine Dinner featuring full pours of legendary 100 point wines. Each vintage will be paired with a mouth-watering dish that is part of a five-course extravaganza prepared by internationally-renowned chefs. Among the items to be auctioned at the dinner are some rare wines including:

*Balthazar 2000 Chateau Haut-Brion, one of a limited edition of only five bottles ever produced.

*Balthazar 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, the first and only Balthazar of the 2000 vintage ever released and one of only five in existence. Viewed by many as "The Wine of the 2000 Vintage," and recipient of a 100-point rating from Robert Parker.

*Double Magnum 2000 Petrus direct from the chateau.

Wynn Las Vegas

Saturday will also feature a course on wine buying and investing by Sotheby's and afternoon events hosted by Wynn retail. All guests will enjoy a two-night stay in the Wynn Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas. For the second consecutive year, the Towers Suites is the only casino resort in the world to earn both the Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards and recently received Michelin's highest hotel rating of Five Red Pavilions. Guests will have access to all that the Wynn has to offer including the Tower Suites pools and cabanas, Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Wynn Golf Club, full-service spa and the spectacular casino and private high-limit gaming areas.

Ticket prices are $5,000 and include the 100 Point Wine Dinner, the private Vintners Reception in the Penske/Wynn Ferrari-Maserati Showroom, admission to all the special events, and Tower Suite accommodations.


Limited Time Special Offer: Five-Star Delight at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Sanctuary at KiawahAfter the recent announcement of the winners of the prestigious Mobil Five Star Award, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort-- a first-timer on the list-- has decided to celebrate. Only 41 hotels, resorts and inns in North America can claim this distinction, so The Sanctuary has a right to celebrate! Plus, The Sanctuary's Spa also achieved a separate, spa-specific Five Star rating, one of only three hotel spas in the country with the designation. To fête this achievement, The Sanctuary is offering an exclusive two-night "Five Star Delight" package for two that is only available for a limited time. Priced at $555 per person, per night, the package will expire on 5/5/08. Enjoy ocean-view concierge level accommodations on the 5th floor with a private concierge and access to the concierge lounge with complimentary gourmet food and drink selections. (Warning: More 5's to follow...) Plus, you'll get a round for two at Pete Dye's Ocean Course (one of the resort's 5 world-championship golf courses and rated 5 Stars by Golf Digest), an intimate 5-course tasting dinner for two at the Ocean Room (The Sanctuary's signature restaurant), and "Take 5" at the 5-Star Spa with a relaxing one-hour couples massage. Available starting 3/1/08.


Porto Zante’s De Luxe Villas on Zakinthos Island


By: Madelyn Giblin

Porto Zante GreecePorto Zante is a luxurious Villa-Hotel located on a private beach west of the Greek mainland. Private villas offer gorgeous poolside views overlooking spectacular sandy beaches and the open ocean. Located only 8 kilometers from the international airport, Porto Zante is both a remote get-away and accessible vacation scene.

Porto Zante De Luxe offers four different options for villas, accommodating anywhere from two to twelve people. Villas include bathrooms complete with Jacuzzi bathtubs and hydro jet showers. Each villa comes with living rooms and is fully air conditioned with a private parking area. Many of the villas also come with fireplaces and verandas. Enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding area, providing a relaxing environment to kick back and enjoy the many delights this culturally rich area has to offer.

Rates start at 500 Euros ...


Special Seasonal Rates and Romantic Valentine’s Day: Charleston Place, South Carolina


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Charleston PlaceWaited til the last minute again? No worries, Charleston Place, the elegant Orient-Express hotel in atmospheric Charleston, South Carolina, takes the stress out of planning a stupendous Valentine's Day with its Sweetheart Package. Imagine Antebellum architecture indicative of "Gone with the Wind," ancient hidden gardens, horse-drawn carriage rides past magnificent old plantation houses; this is the setting for one of the most romantic rendezvous spots in the United States. (And the hotel of choice for savvy Southern Belles.)

The Sweetheart Package includes a gourmet picnic set with linens and fine silver, suite accommodations for two nights, full breakfast, private horse-drawn carriage tour, Moet Chandon and Godiva chocolate turndown, a three-course dinner with wine in the Charleston Grill (approximate value of $150), a drawn bath with candles while the couple is at dinner, a dozen roses, spa amenities, and a silver picture frame and travel candle. Talk about enhancing the romance quotient! Available February 1- 29, 2008, priced at $2,738.

Note: Special Seasonal Rates are available at Charleston Place on select dates. Deluxe rooms starting at $219 per night can be found on February 10, 14, 17-18, 24, 27, March 2-3, 16-19, and 23rd. But don't delay! These rates will surely go fast.