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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.

Sponsored Article: 4th Night Free at The West Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

August 2, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

The West Bay Club, Turks and CaicosRekindle your romance on the tiny island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos, voted the "top beach destination in the world" on TripAdvisor. The West Bay Club is paradise on earth: sitting directly on the white sands of the Turks and Caicos' most famous attraction, Grace Bay Beach. Blending Caribbean charm with contemporary chic, The West Bay Club features luxurious ocean-front suites with vast living areas, full kitchens or kitchenettes and outdoor terraces to enjoy the cooling breezes. All 47 suites boast breathtaking views of the famous white sands and aquamarine waters of Turks and Caicos.

To let you linger longer in the Caribbean, The West Bay Club is offering a 4th night free all summer long and into the fall. Available for travel until December 20, 2011, this offer also includes daily European breakfast! (This offer is not valid on studios; valid for new reservations only; limited number of rooms available; not combinable with other promotions.)

The West Bay Club, Turks and CaicosRecently recognized as a 2011 Fodor’s Choice selection, the family-friendly West Bay Club is ideal for any type of island getaway-- from group events and corporate outings to weddings and honeymoons. Amenities include a beautiful pool nestled in lush gardens, a full-service restaurant, free use of the Hobie Cat and other nonmotorized water sports, a well-equipped fitness center, a manager’s reception on Wednesday evenings and a kitchen stock-up service prior to guests' arrival. Complimentary wireless Internet throughout the resort is a nice perk, too.

 


Photo Contest: Win a $1000 Four Seasons Gift Card

August 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons London at Park LaneFour Seasons Hotels & Resorts is currently running a photo contest and the prize sounds too good to be true. Simply share a picture on the Four Seasons Summer Memories Photo Contest Flickr page with the tag "FSSummerPics" by August 15 and you could win a $1000 USD Four Seasons Gift Card for use at any Four Seasons hotel worldwide. (We've got our eye on Beirut, the brand spanking new hotel on Park Lane in London (pictured), or the glam resort in Marrakech...) They're looking for the shot that "best captures that unforgettable summer moment." The full contest rules can be found here.


Trump Could Transform Washington's Old Post Office Pavilion into a Hotel

August 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Old Post Office in Washington DCThe Old Post Office has gone through some hard times. Identified as "under-utilized" by the government, the iconic building-- listed on the National Register of Historic Places-- will be redeveloped and given a second lease on life. The Washington Post reports that the General Services Administration has begun soliciting proposals, and none other than Trump has leapt to the rescue.

"Trump Hotel Collection, the luxury lodging brand that bears the name of the New York real estate magnate, has proposed transforming the historic Old Post Office Pavilion into a nearly 300-room luxury hotel complete with conference meeting space, a spa and museum."

No doubt the D.C. property would be as swank as sister properties in Chicago, New York, Vegas, Waikiki, and Panama, where the new sail-shaped Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower is the tallest skyscraper in Latin America. Possible competition for Trump for this prime piece of D.C. real estate? Park Hyatt...


The Darling: A New Five-Star Hotel for Sydney

July 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sydney Opera HouseA new luxury hotel will up the luxury quotient in Sydney when it opens this fall, debuting $15,000-a-night penthouse suites complete with their own gambling room and 24-hour butler. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the city's newest five-star hotel, slated to open in mid-October 2011, will have stunning views of the city skyline and Darling Harbour. Part of the renovation of the Star City casino complex at Pyrmont, the new Darling Hotel will have 171 rooms with lavish, custom-designed interiors. The crème de la crème: the afore-mentioned penthouse suites. Occupying the top (12th) floor of the hotel, these four suites are enormous, designed to attract the high-rollers, entertainers, and big gamblers. General Manager Drew Schlesinger told the newspaper:

"They can order food from any of the restaurants, we can get anything for anyone. If they want American bison, we'll get American bison.''

Image by Matthew Field via Wikimedia


Coming to the Americas: Ritz-Carlton Resort to Open in Puerto Rico

July 21, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Dorado Beach Resort, Puerto Rico

We just got a piece of news that's music to our ears. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced that they'll launch the first Reserve property in the Americas in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico in December 2012. The resort will be the second in the exclusive portfolio worldwide, joining Phulay Bay in Krabi, Southern Thailand. Back in the day (try 50+ years ago), Laurance S. Rockefeller opened Dorado Beach as part of RockResorts. Now, after a renovation, Dorado Beach Resort will morph into a 115-room Ritz-Carlton Reserve property. Situated on three-and-a-half miles of Caribbean coastline, the Dorado Beach Resort will have championship golf, a five-acre "botanical" spa, a fitness center, a Beach Club, and a Wind and Waves center with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment. (Guests will be able to partake in hands-on eco-adventures using Dorado Beach "as a natural classroom.")


W Hotel South Beach Turns 2, Gives Away a Luxury Stay

July 20, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Hotel South Beach'Tis the season. For contests and giveaways, that is! First we told you about Trump Chicago's babymoon contest on Facebook, and now we've got the scoop on another fun one. W Hotel South Beach is celebrating its second birthday with a Sweepstakes on Facebook. When they reach 10,000 fans, they'll give away a two-night stay-- filled with glamorous treats-- to one lucky Facebook fan. You'll get to bed down in an oceanfront Mega suite with its very own plunge pool and outdoor BBQ. As part of the "Built for Two" anniversary package, you'll enjoy: a Jetski rental for 2, 2 express services at Bliss Spa, daily breakfast for 2 at Solea, 2 cool cocktails at the Living Room Bar, and a limited edition 2 Year Anniversary gift. Must be at least 21 years of age to enter. The Sweepstakes ends on July 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm (EDT).

Want to learn more about the hotel? Here's how it's billed: "In the playground of celebrities and on the boardwalk of the fashion jet set is where you’ll find W South Beach, a beachfront oasis dreamed up by international tastemakers, framed by famed art deco and in the heart of Miami’s hottest nightlife."


Viceroy Hotels Heads to Abu Dhabi and the Maldives

July 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Yas Hotel, Abu DhabiViceroy fans will be pleased as punch to learn that the brand has taken over management of the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi (you know- the one that's located in the very middle of the Yas Marina Circuit offering unobstructed views of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix). Not only that, but Viceroy is setting its course for the Indian Ocean, with the hotly anticipated opening of the Viceroy Maldives in December 2011. Located on the idyllic crescent-shaped island of Vagaru in the Shaviyani Atoll, just one hour north of the capital Male, the Viceroy Maldives will feature 61 villas with interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg, an over-water spa, a complete range of watersport activities and five restaurants. All surrounded by the turquoise sea and sky...


The Charles Hotel in Cambridge Preps its Dazzling New Corbu Spa

July 18, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Charles Hotel, CambridgeGet ready, Boston. In just a matter of weeks, a new luxury spa will be upping the ante. The Charles Hotel-- located just outside Boston in Cambridge's Harvard Square-- is launching Corbu Spa & Salon this summer. Named after famed architect-designer Le Corbusier, the 4,000-square-foot spa will offer an all-organic treatment menu featuring ingredients handpicked from the hotel’s gardens. In this regard, the spa takes a cue from the hotel's renowned restaurants, Rialto and Henrietta's Table, both industry leaders in the farm-to-table movement. Get this: Spa Director Pamela Baldwin Adami will also be crafting salt scrubs, sugar buffers, and lotions right in her own home. The best part of all: Corbu is a “Spa with a Heart" with special packages providing donations to select charitable organizations like Partners in Heath, MSPCA, the EcoLogic Development Fund, and the Steppingstone Foundation.


More Details on the Andaz Shanghai, Opening This Summer

July 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Andaz Wall StreetEver since the story broke that Hyatt would be exporting its trendy boutique brand to Shanghai, we've been waiting with bated breath for more news. And now we've got it. The brand spanking new hotel-- expected to open this summer-- will have 307 rooms "all with vibrant views over Shanghai and impressive LED lighting where guests can customise the colour to suit their mood." Of course, this hotel will have all the complimentary inclusions that makes Andaz such a beloved brand: non-alcoholic minibar drinks and snacks, local telephone calls and wireless internet access. There will also be a spa with a juice bar, fitness center, and swimming pool, along with a healthy selection of dining options: Éclair, billed as an "all-day patisserie specialising in classic, cream-filled French pastries," the Andaz Lounge; and Hai Pai- a Franco-Shanghainese brasserie.

Pictured: The Andaz Wall Street in NYC.


Hotel Trends: Unplug with a "Digital Detox"

July 13, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lake Placid LodgeCan't stop checking your email while on vacation? You're not the only one. When it comes to detaching from their cellphones, tablets, and other digital devices, some 79% of travelers expect to stay connected on their next vacay-- according to a recent survey by American Express. To help these folks help themselves, a growing number of hotels are offering "unplugged" and "digital detox" packages- reports The Wall Street Journal. From Washington D.C. to Teton Village, Wyoming, hotels are rolling out the discounts and stress-reducing amenities like spa treatments. To quote the WSJ: "Starting this month, guests at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel can book "Zen and the Art of Detox" on some summer weekends. The Hotel Monaco Chicago offers anyone who reserves its "tranquility suite" the option to add a "Technology Break." The Lake Placid Lodge (pictured) also offers a similar package.