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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.

Summer Wellness Retreats at Amanyara Resort, Turks and Caicos

May 21, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Turks and Caicos Islands The acclaimed destination resort of Amanyara will host three Wellness Weeks this summer. Get ready to invigorate the body and mind with healthy cuisine, spa treatments, activities, and plenty of relaxation. The setting couldn't be more magical: soft sandy beaches and the turquoise sea of a 5,000 acre nature reserve on the secluded western shore of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos islands, known for some of the best scuba diving in the world. Rise and shine with a "healthy start" breakfast of home-blended muesli, egg white omelets and fresh juices. Begin your day with a morning exercise session like Yoga and Pilates. Other Wellness Week activities include Meditation, Aqua Fitness (combining Pilates, Body Sculpting and Cardio Workout in the pool), Beach workouts and Personal Training in the gym. Relax by the 50-meter infinity pool overlooking the ocean, hit the gym, or play a round of tennis. Finish the day with an indulgent body treatment at the sensational spa.

The Wellness Weeks at Amanyara will take place on the following dates: June 17-22, 2007, July 29-August 3, 2007, and August 26-August 31, 2007. Rates for the five-night offer starts from $5,700 in the Pavilion/Pond Pavilion (single occupancy), or $6,450 (double occupancy). Rates include daily breakfast, one morning and two private exercise sessions, one 60-minute massage, one beauty treatment and a nutrition workshop, airport transfers, non-motorized water sports, and use of tennis courts.


Exclusive Roof Club and Garden at Gramercy Park Hotel

May 21, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Gramercy Park HotelIt's official, the new, ultra-exclusive Roof Club and Garden is open at Gramercy Park Hotel on Lexington between 22nd and 21st Streets. Located 16 stories above the city with retractable roof, the Private Roof Club and Garden is an original and unique indoor and outdoor space with custom furniture and a rare display of 20th century masterpieces from renowned artists Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.

For now, the Roof Club and Garden can only be accessed via a special, private keyed-off elevator within Gramercy Park Hotel. Gramercy Park Hotel In the future, membership will be offered with additional privileges from Gramercy Park Hotel and all of the other Ian Schrager projects. Until then, indoor and outdoor services and privileges include: access to the Roof Club from 6:30 am to 12:00 am (and until 2 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday), breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, sunset cocktails, late supper, spa services and a full service special event and meeting space.

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The New Chunnel: Europe-Africa Train under the Strait of Gibraltar

May 21, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Straight of Gibraltar The dream of connecting the two continents-- only nine miles a part at the narrowest point of the Straight of Gibraltar-- may at last become a reality. After years of terrain tests, engineers have come up with a blueprint plan for a high-speed rail tunnel connecting Europe and Africa. As reported by the Associated Press:

This tube for passengers, cars and freight would bore deep under the Strait of Gibraltar, the narrow waterway where the Atlantic flows into the Mediterranean, and run from Tangier, Morocco, to the Spanish town of Tarifa at Europe's southernmost tip, possibly extending further both ways in the future. Big-name European engineering consultants brought in a few months ago are to complete a feasibility study this year.

This would be a true engineering marvel, the deepest underwater tunnel anywhere. There are plenty of challenges. At the proposed project site, the water is about 1,000 feet deep, six times deeper than the depth of the English Channel where the Eurostar tunnel is located. In addition, there are geologic complications, as the terrain is muddy and unstable with pockets of debris from tectonic slides. If the Straight of Gibraltar Project gets the green light in 2008, the cost would be over $13 billion and take about 20 years to construct.

Photo Via USAToday.com


The Little Nell, Aspen Hosts Special Event for Food and Wine Classic

May 21, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Little Nell, Top Chefs You are invited to The Little Nell, Aspen's only five-star, five-diamond hotel, for an innovative cocktail hour and three-course lunch to save farms across the country. On Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 12:30 p.m., join Montagna's Executive Chef Ryan Hardy and BRAVO's Top Chef Ilan Hall, along with Montagna's Master Sommelier Richard Betts, for a special event at The Tavern. 50 percent of the proceeds will benefit Food & Wine's "Grow for Good" campaign, launched to raise $1 million for Farm to Table, a national initiative dedicated to supporting local farms and encouraging sustainable agriculture. Tickets are available for $125 per person, but hurry, space is limited. For reservations, call 970-920-6382.


Million Dollar Buyout of Miami’s Stylish Venue: The Tides, South Beach

May 18, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Tides South Beach What will $1 million get you? Million dollar memories with the over-the-top, $1 million hotel buy-out package at The Tides, South Beach. "The Diva of Ocean Drive" is yours for three days of all-inclusive luxury in Miami's most sought-after neighborhood. Managed by Kor Hotels, the chic boutique property draws well-heeled jetsetters from around the world who enjoy expansive Atlantic views, captivating art-deco design, and three penthouses with terraces. With The Tides's Million Dollar Buyout Package, treat your friends to these incredible amenities along with lots of activities and premium perks: $1,000 amenity in each guest room, an extravagant dinner for 90 guests at the Versace Mansion in South Beach, gift certificates for the finest upscale shopping at Bal Harbour, golf outing for the men, a poolside salsa dance party, pajama brunch, private butler service for each room, five private limos, and unlimited food and beverage service. This complete weekend rental of The Tides Hotel, South Beach is yours for $1,060,000.


What a Hotel! 15-acre Peninsula Resort & Spa …

May 18, 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: 15 acre peninsula resort and spa; Sea World; Ocean, bay, marina, or pool views ...

Leigh and Lana Bian both correctly guessed Last Week's Hotel:
What a Hotel!

Ruffles Lodge, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


White Nights in St. Petersburg, Russia at the W Hotel

May 18, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Petersburg Just in time for the 2008 White Nights Festival, Starwood has announced the opening of a new W hotel in the Russian city on the Neva built by Peter the Great. Throughout the month of June, the sun never sets and St. Petersburg celebrates in style with music, festivals, and ballet performances at the Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theater. Indulge in some caviar and ice-cold vodka and take in the city sites: the Hermitage (which rivals the Louvre), the Russian Museum, and the imperial estate of Peterhof. Scheduled to open in mid 2008, the new W hotel will be the first W in Eastern Europe. The hotel will showcase historic architecture complemented by exciting contemporary interiors (and plenty of signature W design elements, like the W Living Room). Located on Voznesensky Prospect, the hotel will feature spectacular views of the gold-domed St. Isaac's Cathedral from the guest rooms. The best part of all? A rooftop bar overlooking the historic city’s sparkling lights.


The Terrace at Conrad Chicago

May 18, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Conrad Chicago TerraceCelebrate the 2007 grand opening of the Terrace at Conrad on Friday, May 25th five stories above pedestrian life at the Conrad Hotel Chicago. As the hotel describes: "The lofty ambiance of Conrad Chicago's stylish new seasonal outdoor gather spot is perfect for unwinding with a TerraceTini or sampling the globally inspired tapas menu." In addition, terrace guests can enjoy "Movies on The Terrace," which presents movies produced in Chicago along with new releases, every Sunday and Monday evening at sunset (as we've talked about before). After May 25th, the Terrace will be open for dinner with a 1950's South Beach inspired ambiance. The outdoor area features a spectacular bar, and modern furniture such as oversized chairs, sofas, daybeds and umbrellas providing a relaxed, yet elegant setting. Be prepared for the Terrace at Conrad to become a contendor for the perfect weekday or weekend hot spot. Prepare your own "TerraceTini" in preparation for the opening with the following ingredients: 1.5 oz Malibu Passion Fruit 1 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice Splash of Lavender essence ½ of lime pressed Cassis Liqueur thinly layered


Going to Galle, Sri Lanka: The Fortress Hotel and Spa

May 18, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Fortress, Galle The historic seaport of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a marvelous mélange of European and Southeast Asian architectural traditions. (The famous Galle fort, first built by the Portuguese, was then modified by the Dutch in the 17th century.) For centuries, the ancient city of Galle was at the crossroads of major worldwide trade routes, the strategic port en route from Arabia to the Orient. After the devastation caused by 2004's tsunami, the fortified city is back on its feet and is home to some of the finest luxury hotels in the region. One of these fine establishments is The Fortress Hotel, fashioned to resemble a powerful fortress rising from the sea. Perched on the beach, the new resort offers exquisite, perfumed gardens, a renowed spa with Ayurvedic treatments, free flow swimming pool, Sri Lankan tea room, wine cellar and restaurants. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Fortress features beautiful rooms with designer amenities, designed in a style which forges Dutch and Portuguese styles with Sri Lankan motifs.


What’s Hot: Do & Co Hotel, Vienna, Austria

May 17, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Do & Co, Vienna Talk about a room with a view. Vienna's Do & Co offers a heavenly hotel experience in the very center of the action off the pedestrian-only Stephansplatz. From your floor-to-ceiling windows, gaze out at the 12th-century St. Stephen's Cathedral. Owned by Istanbul-born entrepreneur Attila Dogudan, the hotel is a magnificent contemporary structure of glass and steel. The 43 guest rooms are extravagant, with dark teak wood details and heavenly bathrooms (two-square-meter showers, with flat screen TVs). Conveniently located in the middle of it all in the imperial city, Do & Co also offers an excellent restaurant and Vienna hot spot, the Onyx Bar.