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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.

Celebrate Quebec’s 400th Birthday at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Le Chateau FrontenacThis summer Quebec City will be going off. The splendid European-style city-- a UNESCO World Heritage Site of cobblestone streets, charming facades, and walled ramparts-- is celebrating its 400th anniversary. In fact, the big bash promises to be the party of the century. Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, North America's only fortress city has been partying hard since the beginning of 2008, with events scheduled for the entire year. But July will mark the crème de la crème of celebrations-- with a fireworks competition, urban opera, and exclusive shows from Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil. This is the ideal time to visit and say bon anniversaire. The place to stay is the award-winning Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, the marvelous state heritage hotel situated high on a bluff in the very heart of Old Quebec. In fact, this castle is Old Quebec. Offering exquisite dining opportunities through renowned Executive Chef Jean Soulard, luxurious guest rooms and a distinctive European charm, the Fairmont promises a memorable stay during Quebec's 400th anniversary celebrations.


Real Luxury Value at the Shangri-La Bangkok


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La BangkokSavvy travelers check into Bangkok's Shangri-La Hotel to experience the ultimate in luxury for a fraction of the price of what you'd find in a comparable luxury hotel in other cities around the globe. This riverside hotel has lavish facilities in a serene tropical setting, the ultimate retreat in a bustling metropolis. Centrally located in the Silom district, the Shangri-La is also convenient to the Saphan Taksin station of the Skytrain. Relax at the signature spa, and dine onboard the Horizon, the hotel's private river cruise ship. Book the Dream Deals package (available until Dec. 22, 2008), and you can get enjoy rates as low as $180 per night, which is the same price as an average hotel in the U.S. these days. And this hotel is anything but average. You'll get overnight accommodation, complimentary buffet breakfast for two, and an arrival airport limousine transfer. Or book the Spa Sensation package, available until June 30, 2008, and you'll score one night accommodation in a Krungthep Deluxe Room, daily breakfast in Riverside Lounge, spa treatments (one body scrub and one signature therapy), and Riverside Lounge privileges, featuring: all-day beverages, afternoon high tea, early evening cocktails and wireless high-speed Internet. All for just $375 per night.


Sensational Spring Booking Promotion: The Tides Zihuatanejo, Mexico


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tides ZihuatanejoBook by April 30, 2008 and you'll find rates as low as $235 at The Tides Zihuatanejo, the breathtaking resort on Mexico's Pacific Coast that's a fixture on "World's Best" lists. That's a 30 percent savings off rack rates for the summer and fall. At this beachfront paradise, you'll find doting Beach Butlers, fabulous Tides amenities, a world-class spa, and an outstanding restaurant. Our favorite perk? The exclusive private lagoon dinners-- the ultimate romantic experience on your own private island.

Via Travel and Leisure


Toe-Testing the Waters at the Regent Bal Harbour


By: Madelyn Giblin

ToeTesting the Waters at the Regent Bal HarbourFor those guests who are tired of getting into the shower only to find the water is not the temperature you wanted, the brand new Regent Bal Harbour has the ultimate amenity for you. Its palatial showers, with floor to ceiling views of the Atlantic Ocean also have custom "toe testers." Each shower has a faucet groove for guests to dip their toes in to test the temperature of the water before turning on the head to enjoy a relaxing shower. Enjoy the oceanfront Regent Bal Harbour - the first luxury hotel to open in Bal Harbour Village in over 50 years.


Enter a World of Timeless Well-Being at The Harbour Hotel & Residence


By: Madelyn Giblin

Harbour Hotel DubaiThe Harbour Hotel and Residence is extending its already extensive repertoire and welcomes the opening of its new Timeless Spa. The Timeless Spa consists of six elegant treatment rooms, and offers over thirty body treatments, massages, and skin, beauty and health treatments. Timeless Spa is unique in directing its various services to deal with today's fast paced society, with treatments such as the After Sun Skin Soother, Jet Lag Recovery, Eye lifting Gel, as well as traditional Swedish and Hot Stone massages. What is truly innovative about Timeless Spa is its range of products available to guests. In collaboration with Babor AG of Germany, Timeless Spa has created three separate ranges of products all designed to rejuvenate and heal the patient without interfering with the skin's natural processes. harbour hotel dubaiProducts are preservative and coloring free, with a balance of needed nutrients and dietary value for the skin. Each treatment is specifically developed for the patient's individual skin and body needs.

Be sure to take advantage of the upcoming specials that Emirates Habour Hotel & Residences' Timeless Spa has to offer! In April, guests can enjoy a full body massage and take advantage of a complimentary pore cleansing treatment.


Special Offer in the Caribbean: September is All-Inclusive at Caneel Bay, St. John


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caneel BayAct fast. Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, recently announced a special, all-inclusive rate from September 2 - October 3, 2008. You'll get buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, plus round-trip airport transfers, poured beverages and wine with meals, afternoon tea, use of fitness center and non-motorized watersports, and all meal gratuities. Starting from just $595 per night, based on double occupancy. Discover the secluded white sand beaches and pristine tropical forests of St. John at this legendary resort, first founded by Laurance Rockefeller.


Play like the Pros at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, San Diego, Site of the 2008 U.S. Open


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Lodge at Torrey PinesThe Lodge at Torrey Pines, San Diego's only AAA Five Diamond Resort, will be in the center of the action for the 2008 U.S. Open Championship, the jewel of the United States Golf Association's (USGA) competitions. Selected as the premier hospitality site for the championship being held June 9-15, 2008, The Lodge is adjacent to the 18th fairway of the renovated South Course. (Torrey Pines South Golf Course is only the second truly public golf course to host the U.S. Open.) And the spectacular Lodge at Torrey Pines-- with all its luxury offerings-- will act as the "clubhouse" during the 2008 U.S. Open. Situated atop cliffs towering over the Pacific, Torrey Pines offers golfers sweeping views of the coastline, ravines, and groves of rare Torrey Pine trees. Added perk: The Lodge at Torrey Pines boasts guaranteed tee-times for hotel guests. Golfers looking for the perfect getaway can play like the pros at Torrey Pines with the following special golf packages:

The Signature Package: Two nights Signature accommodations at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; One round of golf on the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Cart; Complimentary club storage and cleaning; Daily full breakfast for one. Cost: $1397.

The Signature Partner Package: Two nights Signature accommodations at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; Two rounds of golf on the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Cart; Complimentary club storage and cleaning; Daily full breakfast for two. Cost: $1695.

The Palisade Package: Two nights Palisade accommodations at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; One round of golf on the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Cart; Complimentary club storage and cleaning; Daily full breakfast for one. Cost: $1779.

The Palisade Partner Package: Two nights Palisade accommodations at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; Two rounds of golf on the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Cart; Complimentary club storage and cleaning; Daily full breakfast for two. Cost: $2150.


All-Day Lounge Debuts at Cocoa Island in the Maldives


By: Courtney W. May

AllDay Lounge Debuts at Cocoa Island in the MaldivesCocoa Island in the Maldives is proud to announce that they now offer an all-day lounge - a small and cozy area at Cocoa which consists of 2 spaces above the reception desk. One room with a PC and an iMAC for internet use, and the second room with a flat screen TV, media player, and selection of books and magazines. Water is provided as well as CS ginger tea. Opening hours are as necessary, depending on the earliest arrival and the latest departure. The new lounge will be especially useful for guests that arrive early or have late flights, especially in times of high occupancy. However, guests can still continue to spend their time at the pool, beach or hydrotherapy pool, and can shower and change clothing at COMO Shambhala when they arrive early or leave late in Male at Cocoa Island.


Buzz: Hip Hotel Slated for The Unknot Tower in Philadelphia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Unknot TowerFrom the folks who brought us the deliciously swanky Setai hotel in Miami- comes a brand new hotel housed in a crazy architectural masterpiece in Philly's Center City. (To be located on 12th and Chestnut Streets.) Designed by Winka Dubbeldamm, the 27-story Unknot Tower in all its space-age coolness will be home to a branch of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant and a 145-room hotel managed by GHM Hotels. The ambitious project is slated for 2010.

Via HotelChatter


Escape to the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains, Australia at Lilianfels Blue Mountains


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lilianfels Blue MountainsLess than two hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a stunning wilderness area known for its distinctive blue haze (created by the sun's rays merging with drops of eucalyptus oil from the millions of eucalyptus trees). Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa is the place to stay while exploring the region-- the luxurious gateway to the breathtaking surroundings. Set amidst two acres of manicured gardens, the resort is a European-style country house managed by Orient Express. Lilianfels is happy to arrange a number of unique customized experiences for its guests, whether you're craving a little extra indulgence (think Gourmet Picnic for two, Moet and Chandon and Strawberries in-room) or adrenaline-pumping activity in the Blue Mountains (like private rock climbing, four wheel drive eco-tours, and abseiling). The "Blue Mountains Escape" package includes accommodations, delicious Australian breakfast for two served in the Tre Sorelle restaurant, access to the Spa and Fitness Center with its beautiful indoor pool, complimentary daily newspaper, and undercover valet parking. Rates start from AUD 389 per night.