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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.

Mexico Boutique Hotels: Cinco de Mayo South of the Border

April 9, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mexico Boutique Hotels Savvy travelers are thrilled to discover the Mexican version of Relais & Châteaux. Mexico Boutique Hotels is a collection of almost 50 intimate, privately owned luxury hotels in idyllic settings across Mexico: from colonial hill towns to the Caribbean islands near the Maya Riviera. Some are renovated haciendas, some are charming inns, some are chic design hotels, but one thing unites them: these alluring properties are outstanding--the best Mexico has to offer-- and boast highly personalized service. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo south of the border and take advantage of an excellent promotional offer from Mexico Boutique Hotels. Stay four nights and get the fifth night for free during the month of May. Rates vary per property.

Via Travel and Leisure Hot Deals


Buzzworthy: The New Catch Restaurant, Casa Del Mar Hotel, Santa Monica

April 6, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica Introducing the beautiful new restaurant located at Santa Monica's beachfront Grande Dame, the storied Casa Del Mar Hotel. Billed as "an inspired seaside experience," Catch promises fresh, inventive cuisine in a gorgeous setting. Executive Chef Michael Reardon has devised a tantalizing menu of Land and Sea offerings like Kurobuto Pork Loin, Crispy Skate Wing, and of course signature sushi and crudo dishes. At the center of the lively scene at Catch is the mother of pearl sushi bar. Delight your palette while soaking in the sweeping views of sandy Pacific beaches and colorful sunsets. Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Dinner: 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.

PS. Check out their fantastic Easter menu for the weekend. The $70 prix fixe menu offers appetizers like the sashimi platter, entrées like Duo of Colorado Lamb and Dungeness Crab Cakes "Benedict," and desserts like Strawberry Soup and Warm Valhrona Chocolate Cake.


Suite Luxury: One&Only Palmilla’s Beach Front Luxury Suite

April 5, 2007
By: Courtney W. May

Name: Beach Front One-Bedroom Luxury Suite at One and Only Palmilla

One and Only Palmilla DaybedSize: 130 square meters, 1400 square feet

Features: The Beach Front Luxury suite features one King-size bed; opulent living space with entertainment area; spacious terrace; rain shower, sculpted tub, and twin vanity sinks in bathroom. Amenities include terrace daybeds (pictured), telescope for whale-watching and star-gazing, Laptop computer, portable personal media device (movies and music), and best of all 24-hour dedicated personal butler service. Services included in the one-bedroom luxury suite include a welcome tequila beverage; a robe, pillow and bed linen selection menu; fresh fruit of choice - delivered daily; choice of cocktail snacks - delivered daily; and an aromatherapy turndown menu.

Rates: Rates begin at USD $2050 per night during mid-low season, and USD $2100 during high-season.

Maximum occupancy is 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 12. Kids sharing the room stay complimentary, but the 3rd adult will cost you an additional $50 per night.

Check Rates and Availability for your dates >>


Spring Rejuvenation in Mallorca at Gran Hotel Son Net

April 4, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gran Hotel Son Net Banish the winter blues and jet to the gorgeous Mediterranean isle of Mallorca to soak up the Spanish sunshine. Spring is the best time of year to visit, when the island is abloom with flowers and the tourist hordes have not yet flocked to the beaches. Here, the 17th century hacienda-turned boutique hotel, Gran Hotel Son Net, is a stunning sanctuary surrounded by olive groves, private terraces, and swimming pools. (And it's only got 25 guest rooms-- for the ultimate in privacy!) Book the Suite Dreams package and enjoy savings of up to 20 percent off. Sample the good life with free daily breakfast, dinner (excluding drinks), Champagne and fresh fruit upon arrival, and a special turn down service with amenity. Valid until May 23, 2007.


Maya Hotel, Cancun: The Floating Pyramid

April 2, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Maya Hotel, Cancun Forget seven-star hotels or underwater resorts. Floating pyramids are "the new dimension in luxury lodging," to quote CNN. The Swedish-based Oceanic-Creations is in the business of designing floating buildings. Their first project? The $209 million Maya Hotel located south of Cancun, slated to open in 2010. This pyramid-shaped hotel will float in the crystal clear Caribbean waters with the help of a new composite material, normally used in the defense industry, which is billed as six times lighter and ten times stronger than steel.

Via Diario del Viajero


Marley Resort Opening in Nassau, Bahamas

March 29, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bob Marley Resort That's right, starting in June 2007 you can satisfy your soul at the brand new Marley Resort. The Marley family's summer home as been transformed into the Marley Resort and Spa, where the 16 themed suites (Kinky Reggae, Lively Up Yourself, Three Little Birds, Sun is Shining-- you get the picture) feature chic furnishings, tropical rain showers, and high tech amenities. To quote the proprietor Rita Marley:

We are happy to say, The Legend Lives at the Marley Resort & Spa. We invite you to come and experience this nostalgic, mystical piece of paradise we once called home. Come embrace the feeling of One Love and One Heart in only One Place.

Located on famed Cable Beach, the resort also features the luxurious Natural Mystic Spa, oceanfront dining, and nightly island music.

Related Articles:

HotelChatter, New Bob Marley Resort: Lively Up Yourself for $450

Fodor's, Marley Mecca in Nassau


Raffles Comes to St. Lucia, West Indies

March 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Lucia Hot off the press. Raffles will open a spectacular luxury resort in St. Lucia. What to expect at Raffles' latest dazzling property? Exquisite fine dining, five pools, the 10,000 square foot RafflesAmrita Spa, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the centerpiece of the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club St. Lucia, with stunning views of the Caribbean and the island's dramatic coastline. St. Lucia is a logical choice for the setting of the newest Raffles Hotel. The idyllic island-- an undeveloped tropical paradise with lush mountainous landscapes and picture-perfect beaches-- is the latest "it" spot in the Caribbean. New properties like The Discovery at Marigot Bay have been making waves in the region.

P.S. The opening date has not yet been announced.


California Dreaming: Spring Break Fun for the Family at Estancia La Jolla

March 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Estancia La Jolla Escape to the San Diego sunshine for a Spring Break the whole family will enjoy. Consistently ranked as one of the top hotels in the world, Estancia La Jolla is a California Rancho-style coastal retreat surrounded by lush gardens, only minutes from San Diego's attractions and the beaches of La Jolla. At this garden oasis by the sea, indulge in memorable meals, pool-side lounging, and excellent spa services. The world-class facilities and gracious hospitality ensure an extraordinary spring getaway. The Spring Break Getaway, priced from $795 for the family of four, is available from March 30-April 14, 2007, and includes:

*Three nights in a luxurious double queen Verandah room

*Family Picnic Lunch and Beach Bundle For Four (includes sand toys, beach blankets, and umbrella)

*Estancia Classic: 2 hour on-site kid's golf clinic hosted by a Torrey Pines Golf Course Instructor. Available for children 7 and up.

*Flick & Float movie tickets for family movie night by the pool (Each Saturday Night at 6:30pm)

*Complimentary Valet Parking


The Caves, Negril, Jamaica: The Sports Illustrated Models Hang-Out

March 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Caves, Negril Beyonce's cover shot for the Sports Illustrated 2007 Swimsuit Issue sure generated a lot of buzz. But even more buzzworthy is the Jamaican setting for the photo shoot. Where exactly were the Sports Illustrated models cooling off by the ocean? Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coral reefs, The Caves in Negril provided the beautiful sanctuary and luxurious accommodations for the magazine's 2007 issue. Ten handcrafted cottages are nestled in lush gardens at the edge of the sea. Within a grotto in the cliff overlooking the ocean, the restaurant is impossibly romantic, lit by candles and strewn with flower petals. There's even an Aveda mini-spa. The Caves is a favorite for high-profile events, but also adored by couples who value their privacy. On the island's westernmost tip, Negril entices with the best beaches in Jamaica and miles of coral reef just offshore, teeming with marine life for excellent scuba diving and snorkeling. Visitors are drawn to Negril's laid-back roots, and casual, cool attitude.


Retreat to the Carribean Spa at Peter Island

March 21, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Peter Island ResortNow that it is officially spring (yup, it's finally March 21st) hotels and resorts are releasing more information about their summer packages. Peter Island Resort is offering the "Summer Spa Retreat" beginning April 16 and running through November 16th, 2007. The 5-Night Retreat Package includes one spa treatment per day:

* Day 1 West Indian Honey and Sesame Seed Glow (80 min)

* Day 2 Frangipani and Coconut Moisturizer (80 min)

* Day 3 Sun Kissed Soother Facial (60 min)

* Day 4 Peter Island Sea Spa Pedicure (75 min)

* Day 5 Cucumber Aloe Sun Soother (50 min)

The package runs 6 days/5 nights and also includes the following amenities for two: Full American Plan (Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Refreshments, and Dinner), round trip airport transfers, unlimited ferry services to/from Tortola, and unlimited use of all Peter Island Resort complimentary activities.

The cost? Daily rates for the package start at USD $4090 for an Ocean View Room and USD $5515 for a Beach Front Junior Suite.

UPDATE: Thanks to Matt bringing it to our attention - the hotel accidently put "daily rate" instead of "total rate" regarding the cost above. This package is now much more affordable!