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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.

Sale in the Caribbean: Ocean Cottage for the Price of a Garden Room at Little Dix Bay


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Little Dix BayWe just got word about a stellar Caribbean package that offers savings of 45 percent, with breakfast included. Situated on a half-mile crescent-shaped beach on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Rosewood's Little Dix Bay is a blissful resort offering elegant villas and guest rooms with recently renovated bathrooms and outdoor rain showers. Little Dix Bay has announced a new "Rosewood Escapes Extra" Package so that guests can own the beach for the price of a garden. With this four-day upgraded holiday package, you can save $1100 in an ocean cottage from September 1- November 20, 2008. When guests book a garden view room at the rate of $425 per night, they will automatically receive a triple upgrade to an ocean cottage, never more than 25 steps off the beach, with buffet breakfast included each day (normally priced at $758 per night). 17 percent tax and resort fee are additional. Founded by visionary philanthropist Laurance S. Rockefeller in 1964, Little Dix Bay has water sports, tennis courts, three excellent dining venues, Sense, A Rosewood Spa (with treatments utilizing indigenous botanicals plucked from the resort's grounds), and a great kids program at the Children's Grove. Psst. This promotion is in addition to the already discounted "Rosewood Escapes" package currently offered this summer and fall.


Luxury for Less Close to Home: Discounts at The Inn at Perry Cabin


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Inn at Perry CabinNeed a beach break? Washingtonians can take advantage of a special two-night package at The Inn at Perry Cabin, situated on the Chesapeake Bay in the charming town of St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. With this deal, your second night is 50 percent off. As recently highlighted by Forbes as a "Luxury Travel Bargain Close to Home," The Inn at Perry Cabin offers the ultimate East Coast Escape for folks in the DC area. The package also includes two tickets to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and a bottle of house wine upon arrival. After a stay in this beautiful hideaway, we promise you'll be lured back for another retreat at their stunning new spa, and some more mouth-watering meals at the hotel's acclaimed restaurant.


Check Out Mexico’s Hottest Resort: Summer Savings at Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental Riviera MayaJet south of the border and check out the hottest new resort to hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya is situated on 36 acres of beaches and tropical forests in one of the prettiest settings on earth. Since its opening, the resort has been getting rave reviews, and scored a spot on the Travel and Leisure "It List":

If ever you had any doubt about the arrival of the Riviera Maya, a once-sleepy stretch of sand 40 miles south of Cancún, then try booking a room at the new Mandarin Oriental, one of the most anticipated hotel openings this year (we had to put our name on two waiting lists to get in). Hassle aside, it’s easy to see why the property is red-hot. The winning Mandarin formula—exemplary service, forward-reaching design, a first-rate spa—has taken root in a pristine Mexican coastal environment. Acres of mangrove forest, including an on-site cenote, surround a lovely—albeit small—stretch of powdery sand. The 128 boxy white villas give beach chic new meaning, with polished stone floors, rough limestone walls, spare four-poster beds, and sculptures by prominent Mexican artists.

For a limited time, you can enjoy summer rates at the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya from just $459 per night, including breakfast. (Available until September 30, 2008). The "Seasonal Choices" rate also offers late check-out until 6 pm, and a complimentary extra bed for children under 12 sharing the room. Plus, until October 31, 2008, you can get a complimentary fourth night when reserving three consecutive nights!


Sizzling Summer Deal: Loews Don CeSar Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach, Florida


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Don CeSar ResortSnag a room at Florida's landmark luxury hotel, Don CeSar Beach Resort, for just $159 per night! Proudly poised over St. Pete Beach, the legendary Pink Palace has been luring well-heeled travelers since it opened in 1928 (including the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lou Gehrig and Al Capone). And with such fabulous facilities, it's little wonder why. The sprawling new spa is a big draw, in addition to the sugar-white beaches, award-winning dining, pools with under-water sound systems, and excellent Beach Club and kids' program. Rooms usually go for over $300 a night at this opulent property, but until September 30, 20008, you can stay in luxury for a song. Weekdays are on sale for $159 per night, and weekends can be had for just $30 more per night.


Felix at Peninsula Hong Kong: The World’s Best Restaurant Views


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Felix at The PeninsulaThe food at Hong Kong's hippest hang-out is to-die-for, but the views are even better. The sleek, contemporary space on the 28th floor of The Peninsula, the "Grande Dame of the Far East," looks out over Hong Kong's glittering skyline and the harbor. Felix was recently highlighted by Travel and Leisure as one of the World's Best Restaurant Views, a top spot for "harmonizing amazing vistas with delectable victuals":

The Big Apple is hardly alone in providing winning skyscraper meals. At Felix, on the 28th floor of Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel, guests soak in the city's striking setting from a slick dining room designed by Philippe Starck while feasting on dishes like Tasmanian salmon with parsnip gratin and seared duck breast with blood oranges and duck confit.


Gear Up for the Grand Prix at the Conrad Centennial Singapore


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad Centennial SingaporeRace fans will get a kick out of this one. The small, modern nation of Singapore is getting ready to host the inaugural Formula One night race in September 2008. The Conrad Centennial Singapore is gearing up for the excitement, encouraging guests to put your foot to the floor and accelerate into luxury with a Grand Prix break. You can enjoy Conrad 'racing' cocktails and a revitalizing pit stop (dinner for two at award-winning Golden Peony). You will also have the chance to win an exclusive McLaren Garage Tour and two tickets to F1's first ever night race in September. Priced from $320 per night and available until September 24, 2008, the Grand Prix Excitement Offer also includes a Lewis Hamilton biography along with the luxurious accommodations.


The Ultimate in Luxury - Half Moon Jamaica


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Half Moon JamaicaCombining barefoot elegance and style that is sure to enrich your stay and welcome you back again and again is the promise of Half Moon Rose Hall, Jamaica. Now for the "Ultimate in Luxury", Half Moon is offering from now until December 14, 2008, an all exclusive package offering a range of sports activities, gourmet meals and accommodations in lush surroundings. Highlights of your stay include 18 holes of gulf (green fees daily), horseback riding, glass bottom boat rides, sailing, snorkeling, wind surfing and much, much more. Other features of your stay are the round trip transfers to and from the International Airport, a bottle of champagne on arrival, a welcome gift, weekly manager cocktail party and use of Anancy Children's Village for the 3-12 year old crowd (arrangements for the use of a Nanny can also be made). Half Moon JamaicaMeal plans offer daily breakfast at the Seagrape Terrance and restaurant options for lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails and house wines by the glass at selected restaurants and bars. Rates start at $570 per night double occupancy excluding government tax and service charge. There are a total of 6 restaurants and 7 bars offering the very casual to the elegant casual setting for your meals, 51 swimming pools, 2 miles of private beach, shopping village and 400 tropical acres to explore.

By offering luxurious accommodations at a premier caribbean resort and the convenience of paying one price for your accommodations, sports activities and meals, Half Moon Rose Hall, Jamaica truly offers the "Ultimate in Luxury".


Say Aloha to Hawaii: Fourth Night Free at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand WaileaPicture the paradise isle of Maui and the ultimate Hawaiian getaway near beautiful Wailea Beach, voted one of the best beaches in America. The legendary Grand Wailea Resort and Spa is the place to stay in this idyllic spot. Situated on 40 perfectly-landscaped acres opening onto the beach, the resort has won innumerable accolades and is a fun favorite for families and honeymooners alike. Accommodations are incredibly spacious, and feature private balconies overlooking the beach, Italian marble bathrooms with oversized tubs, and all the latest technology and conveniences. At the award-winning Grand Wailea Resort, you can enjoy indulgent spa treatments, fine dining, and thrilling recreational activities: play golf, soak in the pools, bike down a volcano, snorkel with sea turtles, or simply relax in the positively sumptuous surroundings, checking out the resort's extensive art collection. You can score a 4th night free between September 1 - November 20, 2008, and November 29 - December 19, 2008! Does not include tax, gratuities, or daily $25 resort charge.


Mondrian South Beach Premiering December 2008


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Mondrian South BeachLocated in the newly fashionable Biscayne Bay with spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean and Downtown Miami is the perfect setting for the new Mondrian South Beach that is set to premier this December 2008 (even though we may have heard differently in the past ...). Combining the advantages of hotel residences with the full services of a boutique hotel, the Mondrian South Beach offers a one of a kind environment. Privileges of this exclusive hotel include a 5 star restaurant, sunset bar, 2 swimming pools, gym, aqua Spa, room service, concierge service, private boat marina and more. This curvilinear building has 335 studios, 1 and 2 bedroom and penthouses designed by the world's most inventive young talent, award winning Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders. Pioneering revolutionary world class design- the Mondrian South Beach curves around the pools, gardens and bay. There is a playful use of space and outdoor living areas. Mondrian South Beach is the ideal location for meetings or just to get away. Make your plans now to enjoy this one of a kind experience in South Beach.


Sun, Sand, and a Third Night Free: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort, Costa Rica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Los Suenos MarriottDreaming of a Costa Rica getaway? Explore the magnificent tropical rainforests and surf the Pacific waves at one of the world's best resorts: The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort. Nestled between the ocean and a 1,100 acre rainforest, the resort offers the best kind of Costa Rica beach vacation- where you can sit back and relax by the palm-fringed free-form pool, or (for the adrenaline-junkies) glide between the trees high in the forest on a canopy tour. Imagine playing a round of golf on the 18-hole championship La Iguana Golf Course with a gallery of friendly monkeys and brightly colored macaws! Pamper yourself with a massage in an ocean-side gazebo, and choose between 6 restaurants and lounges for memorable meals in unforgettable settings. There's even a casino on-site. The accommodations feature world-class amenities: designer duvets and luxurious bedding, private balconies overlooking the ocean, high-speed Internet and work desk, and more. Extend your vacation in Costa Rica with Marriott and get a third night free until October 31, 2008.