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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.

Wild Hog Heaven in San Diego with Loews Coronado Bay Resort

May 1, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Coronado Bay Resort As if the recreational options at Loews Coronado Bay Resort weren't enough. (There's tennis, three outdoor swimming pools, gondola rides on the canals, sailboat and motorboat rentals, cycling, the Sea Spa, and surfing lessons-- after all, this is San Diego we're talking about.) But now the Loews Coronado Bay Resort has added yet another activity for adventure-seeking guests. National Geographic Traveler recently discovered the men's Harley Package at Loews Coronado, where guests are encouraged to hit the open road with a 24-hour Harley-Davidson motorcycle rental. Starting at $699 per person, the Wild Hogs package includes two nights accommodations, burgers at a local biker bar, a private tasting of handcrafted beers by the Coronado Brewing Company, and access to the hotel's fitness center, pools, and Silver Strand State Beach. Rental options include Dyna Street Bobs, Soft Tails, Fat Boys, and full-service Touring Bikes complete with decked out sound systems.


What’s Happening in Hamburg, Germany: The New Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

May 1, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg On April 30, 2007 Fairmont welcomed a new hotel into its luxurious collection: Hamburg's stately landmark prominently situated on the Inner Alster Lake shore. Formerly the Raffles Vier Jahreszeiten, the award-winning hotel is celebrating its centennial this year. Consistently ranked as one of the best hotels in the world (named to Conde Nast Traveler's 2007 Gold List), Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten features four restaurants, two bars, the Amrita spa, fitness facility and 6,700 square feet of function space. The stunning public areas are chock full of 16th century Flemish Gobelin tapestries, baroque cupboards, Renaissance chests, chandeliers, and marble.

Take advantage of the Welcome to Hamburg package and receive a complimentary third night when staying two consecutive nights. The package also includes complimentary daily breakfast and an evening cocktail at Bar Indochine, complimentary HSIA, access to the health center and welcome amenities. Package rates start from EUR 570 in a Fairmont Room, available until December 28, 2007.

Via Travel and Leisure Hot Deals


Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro: The Jewel of South America

April 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Copacabana Palace There's no bad time to visit Rio. So what if it's autumn; you can always heat things up in Brazil! And the off-season means cheaper airfares and deals aplenty. Head to Copacabana beach to experience the unrivaled beauty of Rio's world-famous sand and surf. Here, the Copacabana Palace looms over the beach in all its splendor (and not just any part of the beach-- we're talking prime Rio real estate). The Copacabana Palace is so legendary, so famous, it's secured its own listing in the book, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. Indeed the Copacabana Palace embodies the glamour of Rio. Throughout the hotel's distinguished history, royalty, film stars, politicians, and business leaders have flocked to the sophisticated meeting place for Rio's high society. The hotel's dining establishments-- The Hotel Cipriani Restaurant and The Pergula Restaurant-- are two of the city's finest. Other facilities include semi-Olympic size swimming pool, tennis court, Fitness Centre, Beauty Salon, and Beach Service. The 6th floor Penthouse suites feature works of art, oriental carpets and French fabrics and an exclusive swimming pool.


Over-the-Top Building Boom in Las Vegas: The Newest Batch of Hotels

April 30, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Las Vegas We've been keeping tabs on the latest Vegas growth spurt for awhile now, and it's just not slowing down. It seemed that the spotlight had shifted east to the new gambling mecca of Macau (which has surpassed Vegas in casino revenues and has opened countless Vegas-style mega-hotels). But things are only just starting to heat up in Sin City. As reported by USAToday's Hotel HotSheet, MGM Mirage just announced plans for the $700 million M Resort (MGM Mirage is only financing a paltry $160 million) to open in 2009. The outrageous building boom in Vegas has not yet reached its limit. To quote the NY Times:

Americans — and an increasing number of foreigners — can’t seem to get enough of Las Vegas. The current construction craze is driven by a 95 percent weekend occupancy rate — and rates that approach 100 percent at the city's newer properties. Last year, even the weekday rate fell just shy of 90 percent, partly because of the city’s success in positioning itself as an attractive convention destination.

Here's a taste of what's to come. The Venetian is opening a 3,200 suite tower, which will bring its room count to more than 7,000; $4.4 billion Echelon Place will open on the site of the old Stardust; the mammoth Project CityCenter will cost MGM Mirage $7 billion, the most expensive development in Vegas history.


Winvian Resort: The Ultimate Concept Hotel in Litchfield, Connecticut

April 27, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Winvian This is truly a hotel experience like no other. At Winvian, 15 architects created 18 whimsical cottages which the LA Times equates to a plush, Seuss-like playground for adults. Spend the night in a restored 1968 Sikorsky Sea King helicopter where you can "mix a drink in the plush fuselage." (And to quote the NYT: this baby's "so tricked out that Austin Powers might have piloted it.") Or go Flintstones style and choose the Stone Cottage, "a no comfort spared cave" decked out with leather curtains, boulders, slate roof, and two fireplaces. Or wake up in The Treehouse, perched 35 feet off the ground. The setting is bucolic, the quintessential New England landscape: 113 acres of meadows, forests, lakes, and farm pastures not far from the historic town of Litchfield. But an experience like this will cost you. The nightly rate ranges from $1,450 to $1,950.

Photo Via HotelChatter

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Grand Opening of the Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou, China

April 27, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Suzhou gardens Just a few hours drive from Shanghai, the historic city of Suzhou is world-famous for its Classical Chinese gardens, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. These nine garden masterpieces recreate natural landscapes in miniature:

Dating from the 11th-19th century, the gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design.

Part of China's coastal economic development area, the city itself is a key tourist destination with its tile-roofed houses, canals linked by small bridges, and tranquil gardens. Here, visitors can discover 487 historical sites! Shangri-La has just opened its newest luxury hotel in the Metropolitan Tower in Suzhou. Located between the 28th and 51st floors, the hotel features 390 spacious rooms and suites, six restaurants and bars, meeting and banquet facilities, tennis courts, and a Health Club with indoor pool, steam sauna, and Jacuzzi.


What a Hotel! Country Estate Getaway

April 27, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Here's a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

What a Hotel!

Helpful Hints: Country Estate, 600 acres, DC Getaway ...

Toni Powell and ROBERT S. RISBERG both correctly guessed Last Weeks Hotel:
What a Hotel!

Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort


Off-Season Steals in Paradise: Hotel Guanahani, St. Bart’s

April 27, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Guanahani Hotel and Spa The award-winning Caribbean resort Hotel Guanahani and Spa has announced special values in the off-season of 50 percent off the winter rates. (During the winter months, exclusive St. Bart's properties like this one start at $1,000 a night.) Off-season packages are a real steal because the resort has promised a Dollars for Euros deal, whereby all rates will appear in dollars, instead of the usual pricing in euros. (The island is part of the French West Indies, after all.) Three-night stays are going for $2,025 (double) for a three night stay, and that includes daily breakfast, two lunches and two dinners, a rental car for a day, a cooking class, and four spa treatments per person in the new Clarins spa, an indulgent hideaway surrounded by palms and pools. Wow.

Via Travel and Leisure Hot Deals


Autumn in New Zealand: Millbrook Resort, Queenstown

April 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Millbrook Resort, New Zealand The scenery doesn't get any more spectacular than this. Surrounded by the majestic peaks, roaring rivers, and vast alpine pastures of Lord of the Rings country, the five-star Millbrook resort is only 20 minutes outside Queenstown, but a world away in the tranquil majesty of the setting. Recently named as one of the highest ranking hotels for value within New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific by Travel and Leisure magazine, Millbrook resort is a year-round recreational paradise which embodies the relaxed New Zealand country lifestyle. Enjoy the resort's renowned golf course, enjoyed by enthusiasts from around the world, relax in the world-class spa facility, dine at the award-winning restaurants, or venture out to the surrounding countryside for wine-tasting, shopping, and adrenalin adventures like jet boating and helicopter sightseeing. Book the Autumn Colors package and enjoy accommodation in a luxurious Village Inn room, full buffet breakfast, and a bottle of Central Otago wine and handmade Belgian chocolates. All for just $180 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)-- and that price is quoted in NZ dollars. Available until June 30, 2007.


Azul Blue, Tulum: The Allure of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

April 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Azul Blue Now is the time to head south of the border and check out the sun-splashed beaches and Mayan ruins of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. Room rates are dropping, but don't worry-- hurricane season won't kick in for a few months. South of Cancun on the gorgeous Riviera Maya, Tulum lures visitors to its serene beaches and magical Caribbean-facing ruins. Here, the new Azul Blue hotel offers luxurious privacy and stellar service (your own personal butler will attend to your every need, while pool and beach butlers provide towel service, refreshment deliveries, and cooling vaporizers for your lounging pleasure). Listed on Conde Nast Traveler's 2007 Hot List, Azul Blue features 96 oversized suites with lavish bedding, iPods and plasma screen TVs. Though you may not want to leave the comfort of the spa, there are plenty of recreational activities if you so choose-- from deep sea fishing to scuba diving.