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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.

Silverjet: The First Carbon Neutral Airline

February 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Silverjet That's right. The low-fare luxury airline, which offers exclusive, premium class service between London and Newark, is environmentally friendly. The UK-based carrier builds carbon offsetting into the price of every ticket. This mandatory carbon offset contribution is invested by the airline's climate consultancy partner, The CarbonNeutral Company, to ensure that every tonne of CO2 associated with your flight is matched by one tonne saved through climate friendly projects around the world. Examples of projects supported by Silverjet to neutralize its carbon impact are:

Jamaican energy efficient project- subsidises the cost of energy efficient lightbulbs to encourage use. Benefits to the island include less dependence on depleted oil reserves and less power cuts, which in turn promotes the prime industry- tourism. New Zealand wind farm- one of the few gold standard carbon offset projects worldwide, this provides an alternative to non-sustainable power sources. US methane- methane is 23 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas, and it leaks from many disused mines. This project captures methane and 'flares' it which converts methane into CO2.

Wow. Now if only the other airlines would follow Silverjet's example.

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Trump at Cap Cana: Golf in the Dominican Republic

February 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap CanaThe latest high-profile development in the Dominican Republic is Cap Cana, with an apparent long-term investment of $1,500 million. A gargantuan project, Cap Cana covers 46 square miles of pristine beaches and stunning Caribbean coastline. In its initial phase, the project will have three 5-star hotels, three Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, and an enormous, state-of-the-art marina. Billed as "The World's Next Great Destination" and "the most important tourism and real estate project in the Caribbean," Cap Cana will span more than 30,000 acres on the Dominican Republic's eastern tip. Trump is the latest real-estate tycoon to jump on the DR bandwagon. He recently announced a partnership agreement with Cap Cana to build a luxury resort which will include a golf course, golf villas and golf lots, estate lots, a beach club, a condo hotel, and residences with ocean views to be called Trump at Cap Cana.


Creative Cocktails at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland

February 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Badrutt's Palace Long hailed as a landmark in St. Moritz, Badrutt's Palace Hotel embodies the grandeur of the Swiss Alps. Situated amidst breathtaking scenery, the hotel has been a celeb-hounded hotspot since its opening in 1896. Dine at the hotel's new Nobu restaurant, the trendiest place in town and innovative addition to the storied hotel. After a lip-smacking good meal (legendary dishes like Tiradito, Black Cod with miso and New Style Sashimi are musts), head to the Renaissance Bar, the coziest bar in St. Moritz. Here, Mario, the well-known barkeeper, fixes both classic and creative cocktails. Sip the best Bellini in St. Moritz, or opt for the U2, the signature drink inspired by Mario's celebrity clientele. The shaken creation includes peach juice, cranberry juice, vodka, apricot brandy, a tumbler, and a straw.


Spring Fever at Sea Island Resort, Georgia

February 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sea Island ResortGeorgia's Sea Island Resorts, renowned for its championship golf and exclusive accommodations, is welcoming the arrival of Spring with a slew of recreational activities. Beach walks for bird watching. Hands-on nature programs about raptors, reptiles and gifts from the sea. Cooking schools and wine tastings. Golf clinics to ready your game. Dance lessons and etiquette classes. Escape to Sea Island and break out of your winter shell. A visit to the magnificent 65,000- square-foot Spa at Sea will provide a rejuvenating spring glow. Enjoy the blooming azaleas and soak up the sunshine. And get ready to get doused in some serious Southern hospitality; the service at Sea Island is legendary.


Get Your Groove On: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

February 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

New Orleans Jazz FestThe line-up for Jazz Fest is looking good. Who's not going to be there? Dr. John, Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Norah Jones, Brad Paisley, Jill Scott, Irma Thomas, Ludacris, Bonnie Raitt, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Lucinda Williams, Soulive, Harry Connick Jr., Steely Dan, ZZ Top, John Legend, Allen Toussaint, Counting Crows, New Edition, George Benson, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Allman Brothers Band, Better Than Ezra, Joss Stone, Stephen Marley featuring Jr. Gong, Taj Mahal... (And the list goes on, and on.) Scheduled for April 21-29 and May 4-6, 2007, New Orleans' Jazz Fest draws tens of thousands of fans annually. Celebrate the rebirth of the Big Easy and enjoy ten stages of simultaneous music programming complemented by an unparalleled Food Fair with 100 varieties of authentic Louisiana cuisine (jambalaya, anyone?) Head to New Orleans for Jazz Fest and shack up at The International House, the stylish, contemporary boutique hotel just two blocks from the French Quarter. "If New Orleans is the best place in the country to party, then International House is the best place to sleep it off," says Travel and Leisure about this hip spot.


What’s Hot: Gaia Hotel and Reserve, Quepos, Costa Rica

February 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gaia Hotel and ReserveCongratulations to Gaia Hotel and Reserve, Costa Rica's luxurious hideaway, for winning a prestigious award from Conde Nast Johansens. The international luxury travel guide recently named Gaia "Most Excellent Hotel" for the entire Central America and Mexico region. This fabulous, eco-friendly hotel deserves some serious props. Nestled in the gorgeous coastal forests near Manuel Antonio National Park, the hotel's beautiful suites feature wrap-around views of the lush tropical surroundings. (You can even appreciate the sensational vistas while soaking in your own Jacuzzi.) This is an exotic setting without compare. Dedicated to the preservation of the pristine nature preserve surrounding the property, Gaia offers sublime luxury and a chic ambience. Conveniences include full-service spa, al fresco dining room, three-tiered infinity-edge pool, gym, restaurant, private butler service, and 24/7 room service.


Michelin Guide 2007: Restaurants in France

February 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Meurice, Paris The winners have been announced. After much speculation, Michelin has come out with its latest crop of three-star restaurants in France, with a whopping five new restaurants added to the prestigious list. The total number of three-star restaurants is 26. To quote the New York Times:

The new three-star establishments include three in Paris — Le Meurice in the Hôtel Meurice, Le Pré Catelan in the Bois de Boulogne, and Astrance, a tiny, 25-seat Right Bank restaurant — along with Lameloise in Burgundy and Pic in Valence, south of Lyon. Lameloise and Pic each regained third stars that were taken away several years ago; Pic's chef, Anne-Sophie Pic, is now one of only a handful of women ever to be in charge of a three-star kitchen.

But perhaps the most interesting announcement of all: the startling demotion of many top-tier restaurants to two stars, including Taillevent in Paris (bestowed three stars since 1973) and Le Cinq in the Four Seasons George V.

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A New Personal Favorite

February 22, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

The Grand Regina Alpin Well&Fit Hotel is located at the foot of the famous Eiger and Jungfrau mountains, and is renowned as the winter and summer resort of Grindelwald.

Grand Regina Alpin Hotel

Highlights include - Whirlpool, Sauna, Steam Baths, Beauty Salon, Fitness Center, Massages, solarium with light therapies and oxygen bar, heated indoor and outdoor pools - and that's only in the Alpin Well&Fit Club. Hiking, mountaineering, tennis courts, golf driving range, all winter sports, and an 18-hole golf course are nearby.

But the reason it's a new favorite of mine? It treats each and every guest like royalty - no matter what and no matter which staff member you deal with. Just don't forget to request a "Eiger north face" view room - all of the rooms have mountain views, but the Eiger is definitly the best one - if you can get it.

Check out further details and photos for the Grand Regina >>


Spring Offers at Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Club, Ireland

February 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Waterford CastleDream of staying in a castle? Ireland's majestic Waterford Castle is located on its very own 310-acre island in the middle of the beautiful River Suir. With only 19 premium guest rooms, the castle provides the ultimate in luxurious privacy. Dine at the award-winning restaurant, play golf on the island's 18-hole golf course, and check out the world-famous Waterford Crystal factory nearby. Get pampered like royalty at this stunning estate, only three hours drive from Dublin in southeast Ireland. Take advantage of a special re-opening offer of EUR 70 per person, including Full Irish Breakfast daily. Valid Sunday to Thursday until March 31, 2007. ( Waterford Castle is closed annually for the month of January, and has now re-opened to welcome the Spring!)


Three Night Special Offer at Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, NY

February 21, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Whiteface LodgeGet a load of this fantastic offer at the Whiteface Lodge. Stay three nights at the special rate of $395 per night for two people, and receive a $300 credit towards your room rate at check-out. Now pick that jaw up from the floor, and call 1-800-903-4045 to make reservations. Available March 1-May 24, 2007, subject to availability, one bedroom suite only. Nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains in Lake Placid, the luxurious Whiteface Lodge offers the rustic sophistication of the Adirondack Great Camps with refined service and contemporary amenities. "The whole place radiates rustic good taste," says the Conde Nast Traveler Hot List. Indulge your inner epicurean at the celebrated Kanu restaurant, and enjoy Chef Brian Moyers' culinary creativity at the Exhibition Kitchen. Relax at the premier spa, the only spa on the East Coast to offer 24-hour treatments in the Spa Suites. Exciting resort activities include The Canoe Club, health and fitness center, year-round heated swimming pool, year-round ice skating rink, movie theater, family game room, ten-pin bowling alley, platform tennis, and hiking and cross-country skiing trails.