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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.

Hot Off the Press: Michelin Guide Announces Shining Stars in New York for 2009


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

New York foodies have eagerly awaited the release of the Michelin Guide 2009-- now out today. Curious about their picks for the Big Apple? Masa joins Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin, and Per Se as a Michelin three-star selection, and Adour, Gilt and Momofuku Ko join the category of Michelin two-star restaurants. Containing 563 restaurants, the new guide awards one star to 31 eateries, two stars to 7 eateries and three stars to a mere 4 eateries.


Snorkeling, Tennis, Beach BBQ, Oh My! All-Inclusive Caribbean Getaway at Palm Island Resort, Grenadines


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Island, GrenadinesA magical Caribbean setting? Check. Complimentary tennis, croquet, table tennis, pitch-and-putt golf, and cycling? Check. An array of free non-motorized water sports? Check. Three delicious meals a day? Plus daily afternoon tea and the weekly manager's cocktail party? Check. And that includes top-shelf beverages and beach barbeques. Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines is the best kind of all-inclusive beach getaway: a private island paradise where even the tips, taxes, and service charges are included in your price. There are only 43 guest rooms, for the ultimate exclusivity and privacy. You can completely unwind and escape your normal routine with elegant accommodations free from TVs and phones. If you can't fully disconnect, you can always access wireless Internet by the pool and in the library. For extra pampering, splurge with a massage or spa treatment.


InterContinental Hanoi Landmark: Vietnam’s Tallest Hotel to Open in 2011


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hanoi By NightInterContinental is bringing its distinctive luxury touch to more and more locations across the Asia Pacific region, with 30 new hotels scheduled to open within the next three years. One of the most anticipated debuts is the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark, which will be Vietnam's tallest hotel when it opens in 2011 in the 70-storey Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower. Like the new InterContinental Westlake Hanoi overlooking the 800-year-old Golden Lotus Pagoda on Hanoi's largest lake, the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark is bound to make waves on the luxury hotel scene with its stylish amenities and first-class service. The Westlake was named to Condé Nast Traveler's prestigious 2008 Hot List for its "sublime waterfront locale," and it seems likely that the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark will also land on the list for its resort-style pool, fitness club, and panoramic city views from the atrium lobby located on the 60th floor. The new hotel will join the ranks of the world's tallest hotels, including the InterContinental Doha West Bay in Qatar (scheduled for 2009) and the InterContinental Nanjing in China (slated for 2010).

Image of "Streets of Hanoi at Night" via Travelblog


What’s Hot: China’s Carbon-Neutral Hotel, URBN Shanghai


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

URBN ShanghaiWith all the talk of smog-clouded skies in Beijing and factories sprouting up like weeds, it's nice to see a new(ish) line of carbon-neutral, boutique hotels in China. URBN Shanghai is making waves as a model for eco-design and sustainability in the hospitality sector. Named to Conde Nast Traveler's 2008 Hot List and recently cited by Fodor's Hot List, URBN was built with recycled materials and energy-saving technology. The hotel calculates its carbon footprint (including energy consumed by staff who commute, and food and bev delivery), and then purchases credits for green energy to neutralize the footprint. Guests are encouraged to buy carbon credits to offset their flights. The hotel has 26 designer rooms outfitted with all the latest technology, housed in a renovated factory just two blocks from Shanghai's high-end Nanjing Road. This is the first of what's promised to be a chain of URBN hotels across China.

Image Via Boutique Design


Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa at Ngala Private Game Reserve


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ngala Private Game ReserveYou've heard about the incredible safaris in Kruger National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in South Africa and home to some of the most diverse wildlife in all of Africa, where herds wander freely across the savanna plains and riverbeds. This is where you can experience Big Five Game viewing, and see some elephants, buffalo, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, hippos, even feline hunters including lions and cheetahs. Stay at the safari lodges at the Ngala Private Game Reserve, the first private safari reserve to be incorporated in Kruger National Park. You can indulge in an extraordinary wildlife safari experience with world-class accommodations in the African bush. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Ngala consists of two properties: the Ngala Lodge (20 thatched chalets overlooking a waterhole) and Ngala Tented Safari Camp (six luxurious, romantic tented suites with ensuite bathrooms and outdoor showers).


Grand Hotel Bellevue Gstaad Indulges Body and Mind in 2009


By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Bellevue GstaadMake your 2009 resolution to take advantage of Grand Hotel Bellevue 's spectacular Body and Mind Promotion. You'll get 6 nights in a designer double room at the Swiss luxury hotel, breakfast buffet, five dinners in Brasserie Coelho, 1 gourmet dinner at the 1 Michelin-starred Retaurant Prado, free unlimited admission to the Bellevue Spa, 1 Seraglio skin care treatment, 1 guided walking tour with a personal trainer, 1 Decleor detox treatment, and daily grup workout sessions. Grand Hotel Bellevue Gstaad's Body and Mind Promotional rates start from CHF 1998 per person (incl. resort taxes, service and VAT).


Grape Stomping in Washington D.C. at the Willard InterContinental: Wine Festival at Café du Parc


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

GrapesReady to stomp? Head on down to the Willard InterContinental Hotel, the Washington institution that's hosted every president since 1853, for some harvest-time revelry. The hotel's Café du Parc is celebrating Vendanges, France's autumnal wine harvest festival. Today from 3-9 pm, you can enjoy lots of wine tastings (from small French producers) and authentic French dishes while listening to French country music. Since its opening in 2007, Café du Parc has been a huge hit in the nation's capital.

Via Daily Candy


The Atlantis Resort Complex Opens on Dubai’s Man-made Palm Island with Largest Aquarium in the Middle East


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Atlantis, DubaiAtlantis has opened its doors, the latest symbol of over-the-top excess in the United Arab Emirates. (Though the $35 million Grand Opening party will take place in November.) This new entertainment destination has a suite that goes for $25,000 a night and the third largest aquarium in the world, where you can partake in shark feedings. No joke. The $1.5 billion resort was built on top Dubai's palm tree-shaped island, and was inspired by the legend of the lost continent. The mega-resort doesn't just boast water thrills at Aquaventure. The dining is just as thrilling at a dozen restos run by world-class chefs (like Nobu). Here's the skinny about the accommodations from the official website:

Atlantis aquarium, Dubai

At Atlantis, the splendour of the accommodation doesn’t end with the architecture. Each of our 1,373 spacious guest rooms and 166 suites is designed with subtle oceanic and Arabic influences, overlooking spectacular views of the azure Arabian Gulf or Palm Jumeirah itself. And if guests choose to stay in The Lost Chambers Suites, they won't be overlooking the ocean, but looking into it. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a spectacular view into the Ambassador Lagoon with a cornucopia of exotic marine life gracefully gliding by.

Image of the aquarium via Sydney Morning Herald


Free Fourth Night at Ritz-Carlton Hotels (Pay with American Express)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Fort LauderdaleWe just got wind of a cool offer available at luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotels worldwide. You'll get a fourth night on the house when you book and pay with any American Express Card. Head to Fort Lauderdale for some fun in the sun and check out the ultra-luxury beach resort, the one-year-old Ritz-Carlton (formerly the St. Regis). Indulge in a leisurely spa treatment at the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Check into the Ritz-Carlton Moscow at the edge of the famed Red Square and enjoy the largest, poshest rooms in the city. Ogle the views from one of the most dramatic skyscrapers at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. This special offer is available until December 19, 2008.


Park Hyatt Washington Welcomes World Bank Guests


By: K. Clare Johnson

October in the nation's capital brings with it the annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank. In honor of that, the Park Hyatt Washington Park Hyatt Washington is offering a special rate. Stay in one of the hotels beautifully redesigned signature Park Deluxe Rooms (the largest in the city) for $899. The offer is valid October 10, 2008 through October 14, 2008 only. Park Hyatt Washington is located near Embassy Row, The World Bank, Capitol Hill, renowned art galleries, the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museums, and national monuments.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests making reservations at Park Hyatt Washington through Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary continental breakfast for two daily. Based upon availability, clients will receive the option of late 2pm check-out or room upgrade at check-in.