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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.

Explore London on a Bike: New Cycling Package at InterContinental London Park Lane

September 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental London at Park LaneRide around London on a bike, exploring the capital's famous parks and landmarks. The InterContinental London Park Lane has just launched a new package, available on request in September and October, giving cycling enthusiasts an exclusive opportunity to ride with bike expert Rob Penn. The "B-Spoke" experience includes a two-hour hosted bike ride with Penn, who authored the book "It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels." Guests can choose their own tour route and ride around London on "Boris bikes"- available for everyone as part of London's public bicycle lending program launched last year after the success of the Velib program in Paris. The B-Spoke package at InterContinental London Park Lane is available from £359 per room plus VAT for two people sharing, and includes one night accommodation and breakfast at the Cookbook Cafe.


Suite Caribbean Escape: Sunset Cruises and Candlelight Dinners at La Samanna

September 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Samanna ResortExperience a slice of Caribbean paradise at La Samanna, an Orient-Express resort on the isle of St. Martin. Nestled beside the island's finest beach, La Samanna is constantly ranked among the Caribbean’s top ten hotel retreats. It's the ideal spot for al fresco massages, falling asleep in a hammock beside the turquoise sea, and indulging in world-class dining (paired with wines from the enviable cellar). La Samanna knows how to treat guests right; a unique hotel program lets guests customize their stay with special added amenities like sunset cruises, candlelight dinners, Champagne and sweets in-room, private fitness trainers, or a three-hour regatta on one of the authentic America's Cup sailing vessels. (Available at an additional cost.)

For a limited time, until December 21, 2011, La Samanna is inviting guests to experience the luxury of the one-bedroom suites at a discounted rate of 30%. Each suite offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, and many boast private balconies and exceptionally large living areas. The "Suite Dreams" package includes accommodation and daily buffet breakfast with rates from $485 per night. Minimum five night stay required. Subject to availability.


Special Offers in the Caribbean: Endless Summer in St. Lucia

August 31, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap MaisonJust because Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, doesn't mean you need to start mourning the end of summer. Several beach resorts in Saint Lucia are inviting travelers to extend the holidays with the "Endless Summer" promotion. Soak up the sunshine, fruity rum cocktail in hand, while sprawled out on some of the prettiest (and most pristine) beaches in the Caribbean. Here's a sampling of the packages:

*The Jalousie Plantation, Sugar Beach is offering reduced rates on the Luxury Villa and Superior Luxury Villa categories—a savings of close to US$100 per night. Guests will also enjoy complimentary breakfast and dinner daily for two adults (excluding drinks). Room rates start at US$499 and US$599. (Rates exclude 18% tax and service charge). Valid for travel up to September 30, 2011.

*Guests can enjoy savings up to 50% at the Discovery at Marigot Bay Hotel when they visit between October 1st and December 19, 2011.

*Anse Chastanet Summer Early Promotion. Enjoy a 4th and 7th night free. Rates, per couple, in Standard, Superior, Beachside Deluxe accommodation respectively are: US$330/$420/$525. Add breakfast and dinner for US $160 per couple daily. Add an all inclusive meal plan for US$310 per couple daily. Travel through October 15, 2011.

*Cap Maison's "Caribbean, Here I Come" offer means 30% off stays of 4 nights or more, with a Food and Beverage credit of US$200 included. Travel through December 19, 2011. Book by August 31, 2011!


Free $1000 Air Credit from L.A. to Turtle Island Resort, Fiji

August 30, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Turtle IslandEscape to a private island resort in the South Pacific for a romantic getaway. Turtle Island, a favorite haunt of celebrities, is giving away an $1,000 air credit when you book a five-night stay. What's more, they'll throw in two extra nights for free. With over 500 acres for just 14 couples at a time, Turtle Island is the ultimate honeymoon hideaway. Discover what Andrew Harper calls "as close to heaven on earth as you’re likely to get." Rates include all meals, drinks, and activities like sport fishing and scuba diving. The Washington Post researched the rates: A seven-night stay is $12,495 in a two-room beachfront cottage. Stay December 1, 2011-April 30, 2012.


$96 Per Night: 96-Hour Sale at RockResorts Hotels

August 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Arrabelle at Vail SquareWhether you're looking to tear it up on the slopes in Colorado, lounge by the beach on St. Lucia, go snorkeling in Jamaica, or savor some Southwestern flavor in Santa Fe, RockResorts is giving you the chance. Score lavish accommodations at affordable prices with a 96-hour sale with rooms starting from just $96 a night. Available for travel seven days a week through April 8, 2012, this offer must be booked by Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at Midnight MDT. Check out some of these fab destinations: The Osprey at Beaver Creek, The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Keystone Lodge and Spa, The Lodge at Vail, The Arrabelle at Vail Square, The Landings St. Lucia in the West Indies, Half Moon in Jamaica, Snake River Lodge & Spa in Wyoming, Tempo in Miami, and La Posada de Santa Fe.


VIP Access to the Venice Film Festival with the Molino Stucky Hilton

August 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Molino Stucky Hilton VeniceJet to Venice and experience the International Venice Film Festival in true Hollywood style. The Molino Stucky Hilton Venice has organized a glamorous package with VIP access to the Venice Film Festival terrace located just in front of the Palazzo del Cinema on Lido beach. You'll arrive by private water taxi just like all the A-listers. The offer includes:

*Accommodation for two nights (minimum) in a deluxe room

*Bottle of Prosecco and fruits upon arrival

*Buffet Breakfast

*Special VIP cards for the Venice Film Festival terrace and water taxi rides to/from the Venice Lido

*Two cocktails at the Red Carpet Terrace

The offer is valid from September 1-11, 2011 starting from 379 euros. Formerly a flourmill and granary, the Molino Stucky is perfectly situated on the Giudecca, the gondola shaped group of eight interconnected islands minutes away from Piazza San Marco and Venice's major attractions.


Travel to Thailand: A Combo with Phulay Bay in Krabi and Tower Club at lebua, Bangkok

August 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Phulay Bay, A Ritz Carlton ReserveGet a taste of the best of Thailand with an exciting new four night package created by Bangkok's Tower Club at lebua in partnership with Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve. You'll experience the exhilaration of Bangkok as well as the pristine beaches of Krabi. Start your adventure with a two night stay in a luxurious one-bedroom Tower Club Riverview suite at Tower Club at lebua, Bangkok, the all-suite hotel recently featured in The Hangover Part II. The swank hotel has some fantastic restos like Sirocco, the world's highest open-air restaurant. Included in the package: an innovative three course chef’s menu at the Mezzaluna, private round trip limousine airport transfers and romantic sunset Champagne at the famous Sky Bar with breathtaking views of the city of Bangkok. You'll then head over to Phulay Bay – a hidden retreat known for top-notch personalized service in an unforgettable setting. The package price is THB 56,450.


Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Grand Velas Resorts

August 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Velas, Riviera MayaGrand Velas Resorts in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Maya are going all out to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day on September 16. Think complimentary tequila aromatherapy massages, authentic Mexican meals and thrilling adventures to teach guests more about Mexico’s vibrant culture and history. What we're most excited about: the ‘Mayan Encounter’ tour that takes adrenaline hounds zip lining through the Mayan jungle and to the top of the Yucatan’s tallest pyramid. Available from September 12-18. The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit outside Puerto Vallarta is offering guests a third night free, a 25-minute ‘Viva Mexico’ massage, an authentic Mexican dinner complete with mariachi band, and 30% off a round of golf at Vista Vallarta & Marina Vallarta courses. Rates start at $320 USD per person per night in double occupancy in Master or Parlor Ocean View Suite. Children are $87 per child per night.

Sister property Grand Velas Riviera Maya is welcoming guests with the Mayan Heritage Experience which includes a free suite upgrade, the above-mentioned Mayan Encounter tour, and a taste of authentic Mayan fare prepared by local Mayan women. Back at the resort, guests can experience Mexican Independence at Frida Restaurant with a special menu that pays tribute to some of Mexico City’s Grand Velas Riviera Nayaritgastronomy from the past 40 years. Rates for the Mayan Heritage Experience start at $330 per person per night in double occupancy in the Zen Grand Suite. Children up to 12 years old stay free when sharing the suite with their parents and children 13 to 16 years receive a 50% discount in the Ambassador, Ambassador Pool & Grand Class suites.

Note that Grand Velas Resort’s all-inclusive rate includes luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, nightly entertainment and more. Minimum of three nights applies to both packages.


Post-Summer Detox at Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos

August 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Parrot CayToo many rum drinks this summer? Don't fret. Parrot Cay is gearing up for Wellness Month in September, where guests can partake in juice cleanses to rejuvenate and detoxify their bodies. Participate in daily yoga and Pilates classes, learn healthful tips at cookery demonstrations featuring COMO Shambhala Cuisine by Executive Chef Daniel Moran, and get access to some of the world’s leading experts and therapists. You’ll come back feeling better than when you left! Book the "Fabulous Five" spa package-- five friends, five days, a new you-- for some serious post-summer rejuvenation. Here's what's included: five nights’ accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner including the choice of our healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine menus. There is also one private supper for your group at the COMO Shambhala spa cottage provided. Your group of five will have full complimentary access to the schedule of daily activities at Parrot Cay, which includes private yoga sessions. Costs are from US$500 per night, based on two people sharing.


Adventure in Morocco: Fly by Helicoper to Essaouira from the Royal Mansour

August 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Royal Mansour MarrakechLeave it to the Royal Mansour, the opulent Marrakech resort owned by the King of Morocco, to organize the ultimate adventure to the oceanfront city of Essaouira. Long considered one of the best anchorages of the Moroccan coast, Essaouira is an ancient port once settled by the Carthaginians, Romans, and then Portuguese. It's a marvelous mixmash of archeological treasures-- its medina is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site-- in a beautiful setting. The Royal Mansour Marrakech, home to a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, will fly you by helicopter to Essaouira where you'll be driven to the town of Ounagha for a wine tasting at "Val d’Argan," a French-owned winery. To cap off a dazzling day, you'll be served an extravagant lobster dinner under a Bedouin tent on the beach at Sidi Kaouki.