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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.

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.


Watch the Green Flash with Cocktails at Naples' Edgewater Beach Hotel

August 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Edgewater Beach Hotel, NaplesOne of the best places to watch the sunset in Naples, Florida? At the Edgewater Beach Hotel, the all-suite oceanfront property situated on seven miles of beach along the Gulf of Mexico. They've got a glass-enclosed beachfront bar that's named for the "green flash" that is said to briefly appear when the sun dips below the water's horizon. The hotel recently introduced a summer-inspired cocktail and small plates “Flash at the Glass” beachfront happy hour. Order up the signature Edgewaterita, a refreshing libation of Partida tequila, lime and agave nectar, while nibbling on selections from a menu of $5 small plates, including Tuna Tartare with Avocado Dressing, Jumbo Porcini Tortellini with Marina Sauce or Chicken Satay with Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Tapenade. Interested in staying overnight? Get rates from $199 per night with the Best of Waldorf package, and enjoy reciprocal privileges at the Edgewater’s sister property, Naples Grande Beach Resort, with access to championship golf and tennis, the Golden Door Spa and Clam Pass Beach adjoining a 200-acre mangrove preserve and estuary.


Paris Restaurants: Shang Palace Opening at the Shangri-La Hotel

August 23, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shang Palace at Shangri-La ParisFoodies, hold on to your hats. A fabulous new haute cuisine dining experience will be available in Paris in September when Shang Palace opens its doors at the gorgeous Shangri-La Hotel. This will be the first gourmet Cantonese restaurant in the city, and foodies are chomping at the bit to get a taste of the made-to-order dim sum and the Whole Peking Duck, served in two-courses. The beautiful eatery is comprised of three private dining rooms named for the Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties. Open Thursday to Monday for lunch and dinner. For reservations or more info, call (33 1) 5367 1998 or e-mail shangpalace.slpr@shangri-la.com.


Trends in Travel: Marco Island Resort Rewards Guests for Voluntourism

August 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marco Island Beach ResortThe latest hotel to give travelers discounts to reward them for voluntourism work? Florida's Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort which recently launched Give & Get-- meaning 15% savings when guests use a portion of their hard-earned vacation time helping others. Available through September 30, 2011, the program features diverse volunteer opportunities: coastal clean-up with Friends of Rookery Bay, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering with the YMCA, or helping out at Marco Island’s first public high school.

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Now Booking: Five Star Alliance Adds Fab New Four- and Five-Star Hotels

August 22, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Heritage Place Ghiradelli SquareEach and every day, the Five Star Alliance team is adding new hotels to our online portfolio. We offer great rates at the web's most comprehensive, hand-picked collection of luxury hotels. Just a sampling of the gorgeous properties that you can now book on our site: the Fairmont Heritage Place Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco, the Buddha Bar Hotel Prague, Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives. And let's not forget our stellar four-star hotel collection, too. Whether you're looking for a honeymoon splurge or a simple, inexpensive weekend escape, we've got you covered.


Island Hop in Thailand with Anantara Resorts

August 18, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rasananda Phangan Island ResortWhy settle for one idyllic Thai island when you can experience the best of two? Embark on an indulgent and diverse getaway to the Gulf of Thailand to get a taste of the red-hot nightlife on Koh Samui and the relaxing beaches of Koh Phangan (the isle famous for its full moon parties). Anantara Resorts is whisking you away with a special offer called the "Two Island Experience." Divide your time between Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa, a hideaway near bustling Chaweng, with the dreamy seclusion of a private pool suite or villa at Rasananda Phangan Island Resort. With breakfast, sea and land transfers all included, this special package invites you to linger longer and soak up tranquil island life. Rates from THB 17,700 with three nights at each resort.


The Peninsula Bangkok's New Fleet of BMW Luxury Limos

August 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula BangkokWhether you need a lift from the airport or a spin around town, The Peninsula Bangkok can chauffeur you around the Thai capital in style. The landmark luxury hotel recently unveiled a brand new fleet of nine BMW 730Ld luxury cars to be used as hotel limousines. Finished in signature Peninsula Green, these magnificent cars offer the ultimate in air-conditioned luxury. The in-line six 3.0-litre advanced diesel engine and electronic six-speed automatic gearbox makes for a silky smooth drive. What a way to beat the heat!

The arrival of these new cars reinforces The Peninsula Hotels Group's existing relationship with the German automaker. The Peninsula Shanghai has six BMW 7 Series long wheelbase cars, while two MINI Cooper S Clubman vehicles are popular transportation options at The Peninsula in Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York and Chicago.


Free Championship Golf at Miami's Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort

August 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, MiamiSavor the last days of summer with a jaunt to Miami. With a private beach club, an exclusive spa, and three sparkling pools, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort will give you a reason to smile. Pay just $159 per night and get a bunch of value-added amenities built into the price. Not only that, you'll get to enjoy free golf on both of the 18-hole championship courses through September 30, 2011. This deal is so snazzy it caught the eye of CBS News; kids under five get to eat for free, and parents can tuck into a three-course Prix Fixe dinner at award-winning BOURBON STEAK for only $35.


Opening Soon: Dorchester Collection's 45 Park Lane in London

August 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

45 Park Lane, LondonIn just a matter of days, a new luxury hotel will be making waves in London town. The Dorchester Collection's newest property, 45 Park Lane, is just a stone's throw from the hotel flagship, overlooking Hyde Park in Mayfair. In perhaps the biggest news of all, 45 Park Lane will be home to Wolfgang Puck's first restaurant in Europe: CUT, a modern American steak house. Acclaimed architect Thierry Despont was behind the renovation. There are 45 guest rooms, all with views of Hyde Park, plus a Penthouse Suite with sweeping views of London from a wraparound terrace. Hot rates: From September 1- 11, 2011, guests can take advantage of an introductory rate of £350 (approximately $567 USD). Wifi is included.