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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.

Azul Blue, Tulum: The Allure of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

April 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Azul Blue Now is the time to head south of the border and check out the sun-splashed beaches and Mayan ruins of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. Room rates are dropping, but don't worry-- hurricane season won't kick in for a few months. South of Cancun on the gorgeous Riviera Maya, Tulum lures visitors to its serene beaches and magical Caribbean-facing ruins. Here, the new Azul Blue hotel offers luxurious privacy and stellar service (your own personal butler will attend to your every need, while pool and beach butlers provide towel service, refreshment deliveries, and cooling vaporizers for your lounging pleasure). Listed on Conde Nast Traveler's 2007 Hot List, Azul Blue features 96 oversized suites with lavish bedding, iPods and plasma screen TVs. Though you may not want to leave the comfort of the spa, there are plenty of recreational activities if you so choose-- from deep sea fishing to scuba diving.


Spa by the Sea at The Wauwinet: First Resort Spa on Nantucket

April 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wauwinet, Spa by the Sea Treat yourself to some serious spa relaxation while listening to the sounds of the sea from the tip of the picturesque island of Nantucket. The brand new Spa by the Sea-- located at the island's most luxurious hotel-- will open in May 2007. Rejuvenating spa treatments will be available exclusively to hotel guests. Specially-trained therapists will offer treatments that reflect Nantucket's native habitat such as the signature Cranberry Crush Body Treatment, the Garden Facial, and Atlantic Seaweed Wrap. Massages will feature seasonal wildflowers and herbs-- local rose, chamomile, rosemary, lavender, rhododendron, and hydrangea-- grown in The Wauwinet's spa garden. The surroundings are magical (how about a massage on the lawn?) and the spa menu has been specially designed by David Daniels, Executive Chef of TOPPER'S restaurant, with locally grown foods highly beneficial to the skin and body.


Good and Bad News for Montage Resort, Laguna Beach, California

April 25, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Montage Resort First: the good news. The prestigious Mobil Travel guide has unveiled its fourth annual ratings of North America's top hotel and resort spas and Montage tops the list, along with the Mandarin Oriental, New York, as the only Mobil Five-Star winners. After all, this super-luxury resort has a serious wow-factor. Perched on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific in South Laguna, Montage = oceanfront opulence. Surrounded by three pools, white sand beaches and lush landscaping, the spa is as elegant as they come. Now, the bad news. On Sunday, a couple was shot dead in their resort bungalow after a confrontation with the police. Details are still emerging.

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Hayman Island Resort Celebrates Earth Day 2007

April 19, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Hayman Island ResortIn celebration of Earth Day, the Hayman Island Resort will be featured on ABC News broadcasts this weekend to report on significant environmental programs in Australia and the Reef. Located on the southwestern side of Hayman Island just beside the Great Barrier Reef, Hayman boasts an idyllic setting surrounded by coral fringed beaches and the lapping waters of the Coral Sea. The resort's website offers a dedicated page - Hayman.com.au/planetearth - to recognize the resort's involvement with ABC News and the "Planet Earth 2007: Seven Ways to Help Save the World" program.

The spotlight is on Hayman because of their direct involvement in the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef through a series of projects with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The report will also show ways in which desalination plants, such as the one operating on Hayman, may be the answer to water shortages. Tune in to ABC's 20/20, Nightline or Good Morning America on Friday and Saturday of this week to watch the Hayman Island Resort interviews Live.

PS - In recognition of Hayman's involvement with ABC News, guests can benefit with the Hayman has also introduced the "ALL INCLUSIVE HOLIDAY- Hayman Planet Earth 2007 Escape" which includes 3 nights, full breakfast, a la carte 3-course dinner, and numerous Island activities. The 3-night package is priced from AU$1485 per person, and is valid through 20 December 2007.


Golfing Gals Boot Camp at Kiawah Island, South Carolina

April 18, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kiawah Island Get your game on at Kiawah, selected as the "Best Golf Resort in the US" by Travel and Leisure Golf. (The awards list isn't exactly short.) Golfers flock to Kiawah for unmatched play on the five championship courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston. The world-famous Ocean Course-- ranked third in the "Top 100 You Can Play" by Golf Magazine-- recently got a $4 million makeover. Plan a girl's getaway and enjoy some of the best golf in the world as well as the beautiful beach, fantastic spa, shopping and natural beauty that has made Kiawah such a sought-after destination. The two-night Golfing Gals Bootcamp is designed for two people and includes ocean-view accommodations, champagne and chocolate covered berries on arrival, daily breakfast, dinner at Jasmine Porch, round of golf (not the Ocean course), half day golf school, nine holes of on-course instruction (for three people), and two Kiawah visors. Kiawah's team of instructors will cater the package to suit every skill level-- from beginners to pros looking to refine their game.


The Palm Jumeirah: Over-The-Top in Dubai

April 17, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Jumeirah And to think we used to be mesmerized by The World in Dubai. The resort-city's truly miraculous engineering feat is The Palm Jumeirah- the world's largest man-made island built in the shape of a palm tree with 17 fronds. The self-promoted "Eighth Wonder of the World" will be home to over 30 beachfront hotels by the end of 2009, including the Palm Trump International Hotel and Tower. Trump's 50-storey giant is being billed as the "luxury centerpiece building of the Palm Golden Mile, located on the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah." Looks like the trunk's where the action's at.

Image Via Luxury Launches

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Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa

April 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Plettenberg Get ready. The 2010 World Cup promises to be one of the biggest sporting events of the century (over a billion people are expected to follow the month-long tournament). And this is the first time in history when the World Cup will be hosted by an African nation. Here's the skinny on the ten proposed stadiums for World Cup South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, Rustenburg, Pretoria, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Orkney, and Bloemfontein. Relais & Châteaux's got it covered, with some seriously swanky (and unique) properties to discover. Check in, and then check out the nearby soccer matches, glorious surroundings, and exciting experiences that await in South Africa. A sampling of properties includes the ocean-facing Plettenberg, which seems to float above the sky and sea (check out the photo), and the award-winning Singita Lebombo & Sweni hotel located within the stunning game reserve north of Joburg.


Now Open: The Resort at Singer Island, Palm Beach, Florida

April 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Resort at Singer Island At long last, the hotel we've been dreaming about since last November has opened its doors. The newest member of the Starwood Luxury Collection, The Resort at Singer Island is shaking things up in Palm Beach County. Billed as "one of the most expansive oceanfront destinations on the Eastern seaboard," the $210 million resort is a 21-storey goliath of luxury on the beach. Amenities include beach and pool butlers, 24-hour room service, workout facilities, business center, two Presidential Suites, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, a wedding gazebo, three restaurants and a coffee bar, an 8,500 square foot wellness retreat and spa, a lap pool with private cabanas and a lagoon-style family pool. To quote the press release:

The opening of this resort signals the renaissance of Singer Island, which was founded in 1920 by the scion of the sewing machine dynasty, into one of the most dynamic oceanfront destinations on Florida's prestigious Gold Coast.

To celebrate the opening, The Resort at Singer Island is offering a special $315 per night introductory rate including breakfast through May 2007.


What’s Hot: J.K. Place Capri

April 12, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

J.K. Place Capri Now open. The chic island's latest gem is located directly on the sea, a rare commodity on an island adored since Roman times for its stunning Mediterranean views. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, J.K. Place Capri offers only 22 spacious guest rooms overlooking the manicured gardens and sparkling azure sea. Book the Penthouse and enjoy an enormous private terrace with panoramic views. Dine al fresco or soak up the rays at the beautiful pool. Capri's renowned shopping street, Via Camerelle, is just a short walk away.

Via Sherman's Travel Magazine


Top Ten Luxury Eco-Resorts

April 12, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa From the soft sandy beaches of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula to the paved boulevards of Washington D.C., luxury hotels are turning green. Who says luxury travel can't embrace the values of responsible tourism? ForbesTraveler has highlighted the world's best luxury eco-resorts, along with a separate list of America's greenest hotels. These luxury resorts include the Fairmont Washington D.C. and Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, as Fairmont has been an industry leader in transforming their hotels into eco-friendly ones.

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