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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.

Hotel Santa Caterina: Where Kim Kardashian Honeymooned on the Amalfi Coast

September 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Santa CaterinaWhere to go on a honeymoon when you're Kim Kardashian? Why Italy, of course. The reality TV star and her NBA beau escaped to the Amalfi Coast for some PDA-packed "alone time" after they tied the knot in Montecito, California on August 20th. They bunked down in a "Romeo and Juliet" chalet that costs $3,300 per night. The gorgeous Hotel Santa Caterina-- surrounded by olive groves and fruit orchards next to the Mediterranean sea-- must be counting their lucky stars for this PR opportunity!


Adventures on Egypt's Red Sea Coast at The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

August 31, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, EgyptWe're drooling over this swank Oberoi hotel on Egypt's secluded Red Sea coast, situated on 48 acres with a sparkling white sand beach. Reflecting the region, The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh is architecturally magnificent with domes, arches, private courtyards, and columns. Offshore, fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving await. This exclusive luxury resort is comprised of suites; the Grand and Royal Suites have private heated swimming pools. After a day of exposure to the sun and the sea, relax with a restorative massage in the Oberoi spa. Also available on site: a gorgeous pool, gym, and tennis court. For some seriously droolworthy pix, check out the photo gallery.


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.


Friday Photos: Paradise in the Greek Isles at Porto Zante

August 26, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Porto Zante

Turquoise water, crescent-shaped beaches, a perfect Mediterranean climate... Paradise found in the Greek Isles. Porto Zante Villas and Spa is located on the island of Zakynthos, the third largest of the Ionian Islands, just west of the Greek mainland. Its contemporary-style villas-- some equipped with private pools-- all face the sea, and boast dreamy amenities (like Bulgari bath products and Valentino robes). No wonder this place is frequently named one of the "best hideaways" in the Greek isles.

Porto Zante


Friday Photos: Mayan Riviera Magic at Maroma Resort and Spa

August 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Maroma Resort and Spa

 

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more postcard-perfect setting. White, sandy beaches fringed by verdant jungle... And a spectacular coral reef, just offshore in the lapis-blue Caribbean waters, teeming with colorful underwater life. Maroma Resort and Spa, a Yucatan paradise by Orient-Express, is the spot for pure escapism. Indulge with a spa treatment, based on ancient Mayan healing, at the resort's Kinan Spa. (You can even take a class on Stress & Anxiety Reduction or Insomnia Relief.) Tuck into a ceviche and tequila feast on the beach, or experience a wine tasting in the Wine Cellar. After a day snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, or sailing, unwind in your luxurious guest room, appointed with unique handpainted tiles, soft wool rugs, original art and furniture from the resort's own workshops.

Maroma Resort and Spa


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.


Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties in Las Vegas: Free Suite at the Mandarin Oriental

August 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental Las VegasVegas, baby, Vegas. When planning your bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, consider the glam Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Located at the entrance of CityCenter at the heart of The Strip, this urban retreat has it all-- from a AAA Five Diamond spa to a stellar restaurant by chef Pierre Gagnaire. It's a casino-free hotel, so after tempting Lady Luck at Las Vegas's famous casinos, you can escape to luxurious calm at the Mandarin. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas has a special treat for bachelors and bachelorettes looking to party in Las Vegas. Receive a complimentary suite when booking five or more rooms. Available through December 30, 2011, the getaway includes an array of Spa experiences, a poolside cabana with catered lunch and a celebratory bottle of Champagne at Mandarin Bar. For more information, please call +1 (702) 590 3031.


Snorkeling the Lagoon Sanctuary at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

August 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort Bora BoraThe Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora isn't just about plush, over-water bungalows. Sure, they've got those, perched on stilts over the turquoise lagoon, some even equipped with private pools. It's a spectacular snorkeling location with over 100 colorful species in the Lagoon including the octopus, eagle ray, lizardfish, Picasso trumpetfish, soldierfish, firefish, unicorn fish, spotted pufferfish, parrotfish, peacock damselfish, clownfish and butterfly fish. But more than that, the Lagoon Sanctuary is also a research facility for studying and protecting the marine eco-system. Directed by marine biologist Oliver Martin, the Lagoon Sanctuary offers activities for guests of all ages, including snorkelling, coral grafting discovery, discussions on Polynesian ecology, fish and octopus feeding and more. The Lagoon Sanctuary is maintained in partnership with the Pacific Eco-World Initiative, a non-profit organization committed to learning more about the changing marine environment and working to conserve it.


Friday Photos: Living it up on Lake Como at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

July 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como

Dreaming of Lake Como? So are we. Blame it on all those paparazzi photos of George Clooney riding around the Italian countryside with ex Elisabetta Canalis on the back of his motorcycle. With its beautiful blue water backed by green mountains, Lake Como has been a favorite playground for celebrities for centuries. One of the most splendid hideaways on the lake is the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni- with its sprawling Mediterranean gardens overlooking one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world. Talk about a picture-perfect location! The hotel itself is perched on a promontory jutting into the lake and offers a spa, lakeside swimming pool, tennis courts, gym, and boat cruises from its private dock.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como


Calling All Bachelorettes: Win a Trip to Taiwan!

July 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Hotel TaipeiCelebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2011, Taiwan's in the spotlight. Not only that, faithful Bachelorette viewers will get to check out the country's wonders on the next episode of the show. Ashley Herbert will have all kinds of romantic adventures in Taiwain- from riding scooters through the mist-covered mountains to living it up in luxury at The Regent Taipei. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau sponsored the episode scheduled to air on July 11 in order to promote "Asia's best-kept secret." And they've also joined forces with a few other sponsors for a fabulous giveaway contest: fans of the show can win a 5-day trip for two "to live out their own romantic adventures in Taiwan" including two nights in the TaiPan Elite suite at The Regent Taipei. For more details on"The Bachelorette Ultimate Getaway Sweepstakes," check out the website.

Pictured: The W Hotel in Taipei.