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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.

Check Out: the Expedition Everest at Disney World

February 23, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Expedition Everest

The craggy, mysterious Himalayas, or some faux fantasy from Disney? Looks like the real deal to me. Snowcapped peaks, colorful Tibetan prayer flags fluttering in the wind, a monastery, Everest base camp, and real, imported flora and fauna. Disney's just-completed Expedition-Everest: Mission Himalayas promises to be as educational as it is action-packed. After all, the Disney creatives partnered with Conservation International and Discovery Networks and sent a scientific, exploratory mission to the Himalayas:

The team searched for new plants and animals not yet discovered in the eastern Himalayan region from China to Nepal, one of the most botanically rich temperate regions in the world with an estimated 12,000 plant species, including 3,500 found nowhere else.

Opening this April, the newest attraction takes riders to an encounter with the scary and mythical Yeti, aka the Abominable Snowman, after "trekking" into a remote Himalayan village and "exploring" local artifacts. Who cares about the lines? I'm so there.


Editorial Advisory Board Member James McBride Promoted to Regional Vice President for Rosewood Hotels

February 23, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

From James McBridge, Managing Director of The Carlyle and Regional Vice President, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

James McBride Rosewood

James McBride has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board since the beginning, and we are proud to see that all of his hard work at The Carlyle in New York City has been rewarded with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts promoting him to Regional Vice President. Part of the new position (including staying at the Carlyle) is overseeing the operations of the Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, which Rosewood only recently started managing in October 2005.

Read the full press-release below

Rosewood Appoints James McBride as Regional Vice President

Jan. 31, 2006

DALLAS - Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the premier manager of ultra-luxury hotels and resorts throughout the world, is pleased to announce that James McBride has been promoted to Regional Vice President, effective immediately. McBride will be responsible for overseeing the operations of The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York City; Inn of the Anasazi, A Rosewood Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Little Dix Bay, A Rosewood Resort in Virgin Gorda.

McBride is a veteran hotelier who joined The Carlyle as Managing Director in 2003. During his tenure at The Carlyle, the hotel has consistently been ranked in Travel + Leisure's Greatest Hotels In The World list, while maintaining its legendary reputation as one of the best hotels in New York City, and also the United States. In addition to his successful leadership at The Carlyle, McBride played an instrumental role in the recent transition of the celebrated Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe.

McBride came to The Carlyle and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts from The Grosvenor House in London where, as General Manager, he was recruited to reposition this landmark hotel after an extensive renovation. A native of South Africa, McBride received his Diploma in Hotel Management before moving to America to further his education at Cornell University. He then joined The Ritz Carlton Group, working for the company throughout the world starting in Boston followed by San Francisco, Hawaii, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and most recently, Washington D.C.

"Mr. McBride has been an incredible asset to The Carlyle and a great asset to the Rosewood team. We are very excited about this new appointment as it supports and strengthens the Rosewood team during this important stage of our company's development," stated Robert Boulogne, COO of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

In his new role as Regional Vice President, McBride will handle regional responsibility over Little Dix Bay and Inn of the Anasazi as well as The Carlyle where he will remain as Managing Director. As Rosewood Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its portfolio and brand worldwide, McBride's tasks will include support of all aspects of hotel operations, including food and beverage, property management and sales and marketing.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, CordeValle in San Martin, California, Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico, Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, Japan, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties - Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua.

We wish him luck!

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Official Site

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Five Star Alliance


Now Open: Private Beach Bungalows at The Breakers Palm Beach

February 20, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Breakers Beachfront Cabana

Private luxurious beach bungalows are now available for daytime rental at The Breakers. Enjoy a secluded day retreat on the ocean with loads of ultra-luxurious conveniences. Situated next to the Ocean Grill across from the new Active Pool, the five cabanas are 300 square feet in size with outside patio surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. The Breakers has done it right with its new $15 million beachfront makeover. Along with the casual dining at the new Ocean Grill overlooking the Atlantic and the expansive Active Fun Pool (free-form zero entry pool on the beach, designed for families), 15 more Beach Bungalows will be available for some lucky folks come end-of-March. These cabanas will be situated next to the new luxury relaxation pool designated quiet area (more chill-out zone than people-watching hub).

The Breakers, Official Site

The Breakers, Five Star Alliance


Rocco Forte’s Villa Kennedy Opens its Doors in Frankfurt

February 16, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa Kennedy

Just in time for the World Cup Championship I've been obsessing about. Following an extensive restoration, the Villa Kennedy will be ready to dazzle (and show off that stunning neo-gothic architecture) on March 1st. Originally built in 1904, the hotel has extensive gardens and a sweet central courtyard. Located on the southside of the River Main, the Villa features luxurious rooms with state-of-the-art technology, mosaic-tiled bathrooms, pool and three-level-Spa. Book the gigantic presidential suite (300 sq meters) and enjoy a separate kitchen and turret dining room.


Ritz-Carlton Rose Island to Debut in the Bahamas

February 15, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bahamas

It's music to our ears. A 230-acre private island, Ritz-Carlton's deluxe spot in the Bahamas, is scheduled to open in 2009. Just four miles off Nassau and Paradise Island, Rose Island will be accessible by boat or helicopter. Guest rooms are planned to average 550 square feet with large balconies overlooking the beach.


Le Meridien Opens New Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand

February 15, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Looks like the good folks at Le Meridien have lost their moral compass. And under the guidance of Starwood... heavens. To quote the glowing press release (just bursting with pride):

The Le Meridien Pattaya Resort will be part of one of Pattaya's foremost upscale beachfront resort developments, which comprises unbranded condominiums and the resort. The development is strategically located in a prime position, only 150 km or 1.5 hours' drive from Bangkok and less than an hour's drive from Bangkok's new International Airport when it officially opens in 2006.
Pattaya's foremost upscale development? Perhaps because you'd be hard-pressed to find anything upscale about the place. Has anyone at Le Meridien actually checked out this truly world-class beach? The only prime position about Pattaya is its leading spot as the world's number one destination for prostitution and reckless hedonism. Rock on, dudes. (To each their own.)


Madrid’s First Hard Rock Hotel

February 14, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hard Rock Hotel Madrid

Opening in June, the next Hard Rock Hotel will debut—where else?—but Madrid. How's that for a nonsequitur. So when the lovely Prado Museum shows off its new extension later this year filled with the zillions of masterpieces that had been idly collecting dust in storerooms, you can check out the exhibits while a guest at the happening Hard Rock, located on the lively Plaza Santa Ana, surrounded by bars galore. Noteworthy features? The Tower Suite, with its terrace offering 360 degree views of the city and "chillout zone." Along with the private outdoor jacuzzi, guests get personalized concierge service (talk about rockstar treatment) and a bottle of champagne.


World’s Best Cities for a Business Trip

February 14, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Economist has created a "business-trip index" for 127 cities worldwide, ranking the best and worst destinations for business, which includes factors like crime, climate, transport and recreation along with the usual suspects (convention facilities, corporate meetings and seminars). At the top? Canadian cities like Vancouver kick some serious booty, while cities to avoid include Lagos, Nigeria (it's hard to pity the oil tycoons that are doomed to conduct business in this dirty town.)


Introducing the Four Seasons Silicon Valley

February 9, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Silicon Valley

The capital of tech gets its own snazzy Four Seasons. Rooftop pool, walls of contemporary art, floor-to-ceiling views, full-service spa and of course the signature Four Seasons doting service. Welcome to East Palo Alto, the edge of suburban sprawl and office park strip malls just minutes from the ivory towers of higher learning at Stanford. The 200 room hotel is "the centerpiece of the prestigious new University Circle complex" (or is this just a euphemism glorifying another Office Park?) But if you're on business in Palo Alto, what could be better than the classic luxury of Four Seasons with a high tech touch? Where in-room and poolside spa treatments are available after a long day of meetings. And guestrooms are spacious, full of light, and loaded with technology.

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Bye, Bye W Sydney Hotel: BLUE, Woolloomooloo Bay Debuts in Sydney

February 7, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

BLUE hotel

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces spent a mere $27.1 million for one of the hottest hotels in Sydney. On its first venture in Australia, Taj dubbed the boutique property BLUE Woolloomooloo Bay, an apt name for the luxurious marina surroundings on the Wharf at Woolloomooloo. Indeed, this is a perfect location: a hop from the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the central business and shopping districts. Distinguished among the top hotels in Sydney-- on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List it was among the "Top 3 Best Hotels for Location in Australia/South Pacific"— BLUE also has an acclaimed restaurant and bar. (The Water Bar was named one of the "Top 5 Bars in the World" by Wallpaper mag in 2004 and one of the "Top 10 Bars in the World" in 2003 by CNT.) The 100 lavish guest rooms—including 36 stunning Loft Rooms-- retain authentic characteristics from the renovated historic wharf structure, but emanate urban chic and are equipped with all the latest technology. Not to mention sensational views of Sydney Harbor.