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.

Family Fun with Starwood Hotels and Resorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ResortSo you're looking for some family bonding time, a weekend getaway, family vacation, something unique and memorable... Starwood Hotels to the rescue. The company has just announced "Love Your Family"-- a new, family-friendly program designed for both kids and adults alike. After lots of customer research, Starwood's come up with a program they feel caters to the whole family. The three signature experiences-- Fireside Storytelling (s'mores included), Stargazing, and Dive-In Movies (watch a family film from the pool)-- can now be found in 29 resort locations in the U.S. and the Caribbean under the Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection labels. Other "Love your Family" services? Connecting rooms, food and bev discounts, counselor-led kids nights, all coordinated by the resort's "Director of Fun."


Snorkel the Florida Keys, Tour the Everglades, Swim with Dolphins: Insider Experiences from the InterContinental Miami


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental MiamiReasons to love the InterContinental Miami:

*The brand new MY SPA offering indulgent and innovative treatments

*Richly-appointed accommodations with breathtaking views over Biscayne Bay and the city skyline

*State-of-the-art fitness center and heated outdoor pool

*66,000 square feet of meeting space, including 30 meeting rooms

But the best part of all? Exclusive Insider Experiences created by the InterContinental Miami's expert concierges to help you take advantage of this exciting tropical playground. These destination vacation packages include "Key West Express," "18 Holes of Golf," "Luxury Car Rental," "South Beach Snorkeling," "Tour the Everglades," and "Swim with our Dolphins."

If you choose the "Swim with Our Dolphins" package (referred to as "Insider Culture 2" when booking your res), you'll get to enjoy deluxe accommodations and a two-hour program that offers an insightful look at dolphin behavior up close. You can even slip on a wetsuit and follow trainers into the water for one-on-one interaction with a dolphin! The "South Beach Snorkeling" package (choose "Insider City 2" when booking) includes a diving excursion to Key Largo's world-renowned John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary. When you pick the "Tour the Everglades" Miami Florida Vacation Package, you'll experience an airboat ride through the largest remaining swampland in the world. See alligators, turtles, rare birds, and all other sorts of plant and animal life in the largest remaining natural subtropical wilderness in North America. Choose "Insider Culture 1" when booking.


Special Low Rates and Guaranteed Dollar Deals in Nice, France at Hotel La Perouse


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel La PerouseWe've just uncovered some unbelievably low rates at La Perouse, the elegant hotel situated just a stroll from Old Nice. At the end of April, bask on the sunny French Riviera while relishing room rates at just EUR 132 per night. At La Perouse, there is also the possibility of booking a summer stay (high season in the south of France) for a guaranteed dollar rate starting from $340 per night in a Standard Room. Though the rate is fully pre-paid and non-refundable, this is a great deal at this beautiful hotel when rooms on the French Riviera are hard to come by. Dine on tasty Provençal cuisine on the terrace under the lemon trees. Here's a sampler to tempt the taste buds: Escallops of duck foie gras pan fried with a honey sauce, Large pan fried Mediterranean prawns in a Provençal vinaigrette, Lamb chops grilled and served with pesto and polenta, Delicate tart of pears cooked in thyme served warm with caramel ice cream. Brimming with Provençal charm, La Perouse boasts magnificent views of the glittering Baie des Anges. There are pretty flowered terraces with sea views, gardens, and an outdoor pool. Plus, we love us some free Wifi. Book with Five Star Alliance and you'll get complimentary in-room continental breakfast.


Celebrate the Season with Seductive Offers at Cambridge Beaches, Bermuda


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cambridge BeachesLooking for the ultimate destination for a sophisticated spring fling? Think Bermuda-- where pink sand beaches and sparkling azure waters entice romance-seekers to the island's classic resort, Cambridge Beaches. The luxury resort offers the best of Bermuda-- from private beach dinners to snorkeling jaunts by catamaran. And now you can enjoy a fifth night free at this world-class cottage colony resort. With the "Revive in Five" package, you can stay for 5 nights and only pay for 4. Book anytime until May 12, 2008 for travel between now and May 21, 2008. Or take advantage of a special offer from the Bermuda Tourism Department and score a $300 air credit. (Travel before April 30, 2008.)


Hot Eats in South Florida: Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry Isle ResortAfter an $100 million resort transformation, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort and Club is dazzling South Florida. Conveniently located between the two major international airports of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the resort offers 392 newly-renovation oversized rooms, two brand-new golf courses, a newly-redesigned spa, a new tennis facility, and a lagoon-style pool. But the best part of all? Michael Mina, the legendary restaurateur and winner of two distinct James Beard awards, is bringing his contemporary American steakhouse to South Florida. Bourbon Steak is now accepting reservations. Discover Michael's Classics like the Maine Lobster Pot Pie, Tapioca-Crusted Yellowtail Snapper, Olive-Oil Poached Aspen Valley Rack of Lamb, and fabulous all-natural raised Angus beef (and American Kobe beef) from the wood-fired grill.


Relax, Relieve, Rejuvenate with the Aleenta Spa Detox Retreat


By: Madelyn Giblin

Relax Relieve Rejuvenate with the Aleenta Spa Detox RetreatShed all your worries and problems at the refreshing Aleenta Spa Detox Retreat. Enjoy the retreat's rejuvenating menu of organic fruits and vegetables, low fat meals and natural juices, all designed to get your body back in sync with your life, and leave you feeling refreshed and energized. The spa offers personalized treatments and relaxing activities to renew your body and your mind. Located in Hua Hin - Pranburi & Phuket - Phangnga, the award winning Aleenta Resorts and Spas are the perfect way to recapture your inner balance.


Sensational Spring Booking Promotion: The Tides Zihuatanejo, Mexico


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tides ZihuatanejoBook by April 30, 2008 and you'll find rates as low as $235 at The Tides Zihuatanejo, the breathtaking resort on Mexico's Pacific Coast that's a fixture on "World's Best" lists. That's a 30 percent savings off rack rates for the summer and fall. At this beachfront paradise, you'll find doting Beach Butlers, fabulous Tides amenities, a world-class spa, and an outstanding restaurant. Our favorite perk? The exclusive private lagoon dinners-- the ultimate romantic experience on your own private island.

Via Travel and Leisure


Toe-Testing the Waters at the Regent Bal Harbour


By: Madelyn Giblin

ToeTesting the Waters at the Regent Bal HarbourFor those guests who are tired of getting into the shower only to find the water is not the temperature you wanted, the brand new Regent Bal Harbour has the ultimate amenity for you. Its palatial showers, with floor to ceiling views of the Atlantic Ocean also have custom "toe testers." Each shower has a faucet groove for guests to dip their toes in to test the temperature of the water before turning on the head to enjoy a relaxing shower. Enjoy the oceanfront Regent Bal Harbour - the first luxury hotel to open in Bal Harbour Village in over 50 years.


Special Offer in the Caribbean: September is All-Inclusive at Caneel Bay, St. John


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caneel BayAct fast. Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, recently announced a special, all-inclusive rate from September 2 - October 3, 2008. You'll get buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, plus round-trip airport transfers, poured beverages and wine with meals, afternoon tea, use of fitness center and non-motorized watersports, and all meal gratuities. Starting from just $595 per night, based on double occupancy. Discover the secluded white sand beaches and pristine tropical forests of St. John at this legendary resort, first founded by Laurance Rockefeller.


Play like the Pros at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, San Diego, Site of the 2008 U.S. Open


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Lodge at Torrey PinesThe Lodge at Torrey Pines, San Diego's only AAA Five Diamond Resort, will be in the center of the action for the 2008 U.S. Open Championship, the jewel of the United States Golf Association's (USGA) competitions. Selected as the premier hospitality site for the championship being held June 9-15, 2008, The Lodge is adjacent to the 18th fairway of the renovated South Course. (Torrey Pines South Golf Course is only the second truly public golf course to host the U.S. Open.) And the spectacular Lodge at Torrey Pines-- with all its luxury offerings-- will act as the "clubhouse" during the 2008 U.S. Open. Situated atop cliffs towering over the Pacific, Torrey Pines offers golfers sweeping views of the coastline, ravines, and groves of rare Torrey Pine trees. Added perk: The Lodge at Torrey Pines boasts guaranteed tee-times for hotel guests. Golfers looking for the perfect getaway can play like the pros at Torrey Pines with the following special golf packages:

The Signature Package: Two nights Signature accommodations at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; One round of golf on the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Cart; Complimentary club storage and cleaning; Daily full breakfast for one. Cost: $1397.

The Signature Partner Package: Two nights Signature accommodations at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; Two rounds of golf on the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Cart; Complimentary club storage and cleaning; Daily full breakfast for two. Cost: $1695.

The Palisade Package: Two nights Palisade accommodations at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; One round of golf on the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Cart; Complimentary club storage and cleaning; Daily full breakfast for one. Cost: $1779.

The Palisade Partner Package: Two nights Palisade accommodations at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; Two rounds of golf on the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Cart; Complimentary club storage and cleaning; Daily full breakfast for two. Cost: $2150.