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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.

Off-Season Deals in the Caribbean at Hermitage Bay and Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

August 18, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hermitage BaySummer's winding down, so now it's time to start plotting a fall getaway- preferably somewhere fabulous and tropical. We've got our eyes on two heavenly Caribbean properties: the first, an all-adults, all-inclusive resort on the island of Antigua, the second, a sleek boutique hotel on the sand on the Turks and Caicos' Grace Bay, one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Hermitage Bay offers 25 sumptuous private cottage suites spread out across the hillside overlooking Antigua's West Coast. The best part of a stay at this five-star hideaway: the all-inclusive amenities including meals, beverages, and unlimited water sports. On the Turks + Caicos islands, the Gansevoort channels a "sensual island vibe" while also reflecting the urban chic associated with the flagship hotel in New York. On site: a gorgeous infinity pool, trendy beach lounge, and award-winning spa.

We've scouted out some special offers for the fall at these two Caribbean hideaways. Hermitage Bay is offering 30% savings between August 28 and September 5, and also between October 10 and October 30. Three night minimum stay required, with roundtrip airport transfers, meals with drinks and one 30-minute massage included. At the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, stay two nights in September and October and you'll get the third night free (full payment required in advance; October 8 and 9 are black-out dates).


“See Dubai Before You Die”: Check into the Palm Tree Court and Spa

August 11, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Tree Court and Spa, DubaiA recent article in The Telegraph (UK) "chronicles the endless possibilities for fun days and hot nights in the expat hotspot of the UAE, Dubai." The author's conclusion? "See Dubai Before You Die." Of all the places to stay in this over-the-top tourism destination in the desert, you can't go wrong with the 128-acre Jeleb Ali Golf Resort and Spa which recently finished a five-month refurbishment:

She truly is a classy, sassy oasis in this part of the desert, just a rapid free transfer to downtown Dubai. Close enough to be near. Far enough away to be relaxed and refreshed among the peacocks (a gift from the Maktoums) and other exotic flora, fauna and wildlife. The warm and welcoming staff are ultimately friendly, yet unerringly discreet (damn it). Tiger Woods came alone a while ago (probably not for long though) as he visited his "TigerWorld" development of palaces (really!) and signature golf course not far away. And the world-class sporting facilities, including a nine-hole golf course, marina, dive centre, horse-riding complex and spa have attracted sporting clubs, including English premiership sides, to the resort for warm-weather training. It's split into two. The Jebel Ali Hotel and the Palm Tree Court and Spa. Both are faultlessly five star and rightly lay claim to the title of "Dubai's Only True Resort." The food here is fantastic, from any of the dozen or so restaurants, including the award-winning French-inspired Signatures and La Fontana where a sumptuous breakfast buffet sets the day alight. And no matter in which part you stay, you are never more than a minute or two's walk from a private beach of bleached sand and the gently lapping Gulf.

Note: The all-inclusive package at the Palm Tree Court and Spa includes meals at any of the resort's 15 restaurants-- a deal The Telegraph's journalist would not doubt heartily endorse.


The World’s Best Up and Coming Hotels

August 5, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The James ChicagoIn its August 2010 issue, Travel + Leisure highlights "20 to Watch: 2010's Best Up-and-Coming Hotels," many of which can be found in the Five Star Alliance collection. Predicting "the next hottest hotels around the globe," Travel + Leisure scoured the globe "to pick out this year's new and refurbished, expanding, or otherwise evolving hotels." What the magazine's editors found: domestic hotels are raising the bar, with fantastic luxury hotels in the United States and Canada. So without further ado, here's the list:

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Algodon Mansion, Buenos Aires

Amangiri, Utah

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Four Seasons Beirut

The James Chicago

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, Antigua

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

The Peninsula Chicago

The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel

Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan, Paris

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay, Krabi, Thailand

Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, London

Trident, Bandra Kurla, Mumbai, India

Veranda Resort, Turks & Caicos

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia

Destination Spa: The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu , Malibu, California


Luxury Value in Dubai: All-Inclusive Resort Experience at the Palm Tree Court & Spa

June 10, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Tree Court and Spa, DubaiLooking for a luxury resort experience in Dubai? You'll get great value with the "All Inclusive Value Package" at the Palm Tree Court & Spa, the five-star family beach resort nestled on the grounds of the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa. An oasis outside of Dubai City, the resort is immersed in lush gardens, boasting its own private, palm-dotted beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Within the larger resort (where you can take your pick of recreational activities- from horseback riding to seaplane flights), the Palm Tree Court & Spa offers exclusive suites featuring designer baths and dine-out balconies or private gardens. The all-inclusive package includes buffet breakfast at La Fontana, lunch and dinner at your choice of 15 restaurants and bars, unlimited soft drinks throughout the day and drinks during dinner at Jebel Ali Hotel and Palm Tree Court & Spa. Complimentary leisure activities include wind surfing, catamaran, laser, kayaking and camel rides. Valid throughout 2010 with rates starting from AED 1,250 in a Garden View Junior Suite at Palm Tree Court & Spa.


Summer Escapes: Rosewood Hotels Offer Free Breakfast and Parking

May 3, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rosewood MayakobaWe've just learned about a special summer enticement at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, an elite collection of hotels including The Carlyle in New York and Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda. Book a "Rosewood Escape" and you'll get the best values of the summer at Rosewood's 14 properties with extra amenities thrown in for free. (Think a lavish breakfast spread and other fun perks, depending on the hotel.) Whether frolicking on the sand in the Caribbean, floating in your own private plunge pool in Mexico, or soaking up some culture on a city break, you'll relish the added value during your getaway. Not to mention the exceptional service and luxurious facilities for which Rosewood is known. "Rosewood Escapes" is available at the following properties:

Jumby BayThe Carlyle: From $475 per night – Includes buffet breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking

Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas: From $265 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking

Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas: From $265 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking

The CarlyleThe Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta: From $229 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe: From $250 per night, Sun.-Thurs. - Apr. 30-Jun. 25

San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara: $700 per night for Junior Suite, Sun.-Thurs. - Includes breakfast for two daily

CordeValle in San Martin, California: From $325 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily, a wine tasting at Clos La Chance on-site winery and complimentary parking and Wi-Fi

Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, California: From $260 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily and complimentary parking

Mansion on PeachtreeKing Pacific Lodge on Princess Royal Island in British Columbia: From $2144 CAD per night for 2 on 4-night package - Includes all meals, beverages and roundtrip floatplane flights from Vancouver to Lodge

Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos: From $550 per night - Includes breakfast for two daily

Rosewood Mayakobá on the Riviera Maya, Mexico: From $395 per night – Includes buffet breakfast for two daily

Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda: From $395 per night - Apr. 18-Aug. 31, Nov. 1-15- Includes buffet breakfast for two daily

Caneel Bay on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands: From $399 per night – Includes buffet breakfast for two daily

Jumby Bay on Antigua, West Indies: Suites from $1150 per night - Jun. 1-Oct. 31- Includes all meals, beverages/wine/cocktails by the glass and select activities for two daily


What’s Included at All-Inclusive Resorts: Salsa Dance Lessons and Wine Tasting at Paradisus Palma Real

April 19, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradisus Palma RealThere's a reason folks are falling head over heels for the all-inclusive resort experience at Paradisus Palma Real. When you check in to this Dominican Republic hot spot, you'll revel in luxury accommodations in a pristine beach setting-- with no added costs tacked to your bill. Included in your stay: recreational activities like kayaking, scuba diving, tennis, and wind-surfing; meals at your choice of five à la carte restaurants; a spectacular Kids Zone with games galore; nightly entertainement; and "life enriching activities" like wine tasting, salsa and merengue dance classes, massage lessons, painting, photography, and more. Feeling less adventurous? The pools are gorgeous; stake your claim to an exotic Bali daybed and soak up the sun.

Paradisus Palma RealOverlooking the palm-fringed sandy beaches, the accommodations are plush and spacious-- all oversized suites. Book The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, a boutique resort within the resort, and you can take advantage of added services and amenities in the Residential Concierge Suites and Family Concierge Suites. (The dedicated Family Concierge can coordinate all activities, handing out cell phones or walkie-talkie radios for all-day communication with the concierge.)


The Benefits of All-Inclusive Resorts: Check Out Paradisus Punta Cana

March 19, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradisus Punta CanaWhen scouting out options for your next tropical vacation, sometimes "all-inclusive" is the answer. With meals and activities included in your room rates, all-inclusive resorts make it easy to take your family on vacation- without worrying about hidden costs or expenses. Case in point: Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, an all-suite Caribbean playground surrounded by tropical gardens, native mangrove forests, and the clear turquoise waters of the sea. The resort offers every sport imaginable, most of them included in your room rates, along with tennis, golf, a casino, a spa, and some 7 swimming pools. Every night, choose from an array of 12 restaurants offering contemporary world cuisine (anything you're in the mood for!) and 8 bars. What's more- there's nightly entertainment, plus an array of life-enriching activities like sushi-making, wine-tasting, and photography workshops. You'll only need to pony up extra cash if you choose to play black jack at the casino or indulge in massages at the spa.


The Point Welcomes Families to the Adirondacks for the First Time

December 17, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Point, AdirondacksFans of the exclusive Point Resort in the Adirondacks will be thrilled to learn that the resort is opening its doors to families for the first time for a period in the spring and fall. The 11-room property is the perfect symbol of the rustic elegance of the Rockefeller Great Camps, where outdoor adventures are encouraged and civilized hospitality means serious pampering and good service. Families will be welcomed from March 26-31, 2010, and from November 21- 28, 2010, with a slew of family-friendly activities (like scavenger hunts). The Point is all-inclusive-- meaning all amenities, activities, and meals are included with your accommodations. One child under age 12 may be an additional guest in your room for no fee, though if you're bringing more than one kid, or have tweens at 13 or over, they'll need separate accommodations.

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A Serengeti Safari at the Bilila Lodge Kempinski in Tanzania

December 4, 2009
By: Daniel L. Moses

Bilila Lodge My first trip to Tanzania was a short one. I walked onto the bridge separating the massive East African country from its neighbor and my then home base, Rwanda, admired the powerful Chutes de Rusumo below, and then took a few steps on the other side just to say I'd been there before scampering back. I didn't have my passport, nor a visa, so a few steps into the green grass on the other side of the bridge was all I could get away with. Two years later, I returned to Tanzania, and did so in style. Safari-style!

Visiting the Serengeti National Park was like stepping into a movie set. Surreal, wonderful, and filled with wild game that walked within a few steps of the Landrover. A once in a lifetime experience!

There are several magnificent places to stay on your next safari, but few exceed the excellence of the Bilila Lodge Kempinski, located in the heart of Serengeti in Tanzania. Luxury oozes from the spacious rooms with views out over the African savanna. It's common to wake up and see antelope and zebra grazing in the tall grasses in front of the property. All from the comfort of your room!

One more thing: This place is beyond beautiful. Take a look for yourself, and indulge yourself with a safari and stay at the Bilila Lodge Kempinski.


Winter in the Adirondacks at The Point, Saranac Lake

November 25, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The PointPlanning a winter vacay in the Adirondacks? Do it right and stay at The Point, the exclusive, 11-room property that was a Rockefeller Adirondack Great Camp back in the day. Now, it's racked up the awards for providing guests with the ultimate civilized wilderness experience. Head off on an invigorating outdoor adventure-- perhaps cross-country skiing on snow-covered Upper Saranac Lake or on the nearby trails-- then cozy up by the fire with a good book. Or retreat to The Point's Adirondack pub for a game of pool or darts. The list of winter activities is endless: downhill skiing on Whiteface Mountain (the 3,216-foot vertical drop is the highest in the East), ice skating on the lake or on the indoor rink in Lake Placid, snowshoeing through the magical wintry landscape, even ice fishing. The chef at The Point will prepare your catch for you. Most fun of all: the snow barbecues out on the point. Wear warm clothes and get geared up for an unforgettable lunch. The best part of all? The Point is all-inclusive (meaning all meals and activities are included in your room rates).