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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.

Family-Friendly Fall Getaway at La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, California


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Costa Resort and SpaAfter a $140 million renovation, La Costa has emerged as one of the most celebrated luxury hotels along the Southern California Coast. They've revamped the spa, smartened up the accommodations, and added a whole slew of fun-filled family activities. In fact, La Costa was named the second "Most Family Friendly Resort" in the U.S. by the Travel Channel. With in-room family amenities, the supervised kids' programs at Kidtopia, the Vibz lounge for teens, and the new Splash Landing Pools and Slides, La Costa is the ideal spot for a family getaway. (Plus, there's championship golf, memorable dining, and soothing spa services to lure Mom and Dad.) As warm days give way to cool nights, fall is the perfect season to experience this newly renovated gem. Enjoy the cozy comfort of a luxurious La Costa guest room with great fall rates, starting from just $249 a night (Plaza Room). Book Sunday -Thursday and get 25 percent off spa and golf.


Opening Exclusive Package at The Landings St. Lucia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Landings St. LuciaIt's not too late to score a room for the grand opening of The Landings St. Lucia, the latest luxury resort from RockResorts. On December 14, 2007 the oceanfront resort will open its doors on the Caribbean island du jour: the paradise of St. Lucia. You'll find sea-facing guest rooms, a dazzling 800-foot beach, a sumptuous spa, and an 80-slip marina. If you book by December 14, you'll receive a free upgrade to a plunge pool suite. Plus you'll get a framed picture of you and your suite guests. Rates start at $466.65 per night.


The Best Chinese Food in Hong Kong at Lung King Heen, Four Seasons Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Hong KongHong Kong may be the world's hottest culinary destination. We've waxed poetic about the new Nobu at the InterContinental and Pierre Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, but there's another player on the scene in this culinary capital. What other luxurious establishment has attracted a superstar chef? The Four Seasons, widely hailed as the first major hotel to open in Hong Kong in 15 years. You'll find the city's best contemporary Cantonese cuisine at Lung King Heen (View of the Dragon). Using only the freshest local ingredients, renowned chef Chan Yan Tak creates innovative dishes which combine French and Southeast Asian touches. Commanding spectacular harbour views, the environment is modern and stylish. Silver and glass accents replicate the glitter of Hong Kong's skyline at night. Dim sum here is not to be missed.


Think Pink for a Cure with Kor Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tides South BeachOnce again the good folks at Kor Hotels are recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with October's Think Pink campaign at posh properties like Viceroy Santa Monica and The Tides South Beach. When you book the special Think Pink rates, 10 percent of the revenue will be donated to The Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. Sip a luscious Pink Martini at La Marea (the hot, new destination restaurant in South Beach), and feel good knowing that 20 percent of Pink Martini sales go to Saks Fifth Avenue's Key to the Cure, benefitting the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. At other Kor Hotels, you'll find gift bags, Think Pink fleeces and throws, and pink-themed welcome drinks.


InterContinental Concierges Provide “In the Know” Travel Tips


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Hong KongMost folks think of InterContinental Hotels as the first truly international hotel brand in the world. So it's no wonder that InterContinental-- as it continues to define glamorous global travel-- goes the extra mile to provide guests with unique experiences to enrich their lives and broaden their outlook. Case in point: the "In the Know" program that provides online destination videos and Internet communication with the hotel concierges. Today's savvy, worldly guests are pickier about what they expect from hotels, and InterContinental is on hand to point the way to authentic and local destination experiences.

At the InterContinental Grand Stafford in Hong Kong, for example, you'll find maps created by the concierge with suggestions for the best shopping and dining spots in the area. (The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus service to the Star Ferry area, to boot.) And at the Athenaeum InterContinental, the best hotel in Athens, the multi-lingual concierge can do a lot more than arrange tours of the Parthenon and the Acropolis. Local insider tips include favorite neighborhoods, new exhibits, and what's new on the city scene. Even suggestions for the best Greek gifts to take home with you. Check out this video from the concierge.


Hot or Not: Adam and Eve Hotel, Turkey


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Adam and Eve Hotel Billed as the world's sexiest hotel, the trendy Adam and Eve Hotel-- located along the Belek coastline near Antalya in southern Turkey-- also boasts the world's largest swimming pool. (It's got a fancy design award to back up its claims.) Floor-to-ceiling windows provide endless views of the Mediterranean. Guest rooms boast state-of-the-art lighting systems and walls of mirrors. The sleek restaurant promises the finest cuisine from cultures around the globe. There are bars aplenty. Plus, there's a cute little promotional ditty, to boot:

a room in paradise

for every adam and eve

a heaven on earth

you'll never want to leave...

But other critics reviewers aren't so enamored-- preferring other luxury hotels (Carlisle Bay, for one) as the epitome of sexiness. So what's the verdict? Is this place hot or not?


Thanksgiving Tradition at The Breakers Palm Beach


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Breakers, Palm BeachEnjoy a very special Thanksgiving, Breakers style. From November 21- 25, 2007, The Breakers Palm Beach will offer a bountiful harvest of good eats and fun-filled activities the whole family will enjoy. Think late-night laser tag, catamaran cruises and snorkeling trips, cooking demos, children's bedtime stories, and drive-in movies. After the Thanksgiving Day parade, savor a sumptuous feast in one of three locations-- the Ballroom, Flagler Steakhouse, or L'Escalier Restaurant—followed by Bingo & Bonfire on the beach. (There will be s'mores and prizes aplenty.) The revelry doesn't stop there; the weekend will be jam-packed with entertaining amusements. Standard Superior Rooms start at $399 per night.


End of Summer Sale at the Westin Europa and Regina, Venice


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Europa and Regina How about a free night on the Grand Canal in Venice? In the sumptuous surroundings of a magnificently restored historic building just steps from Piazza San Marco? With the End of Summer Sale at the Westin Europa & Regina, your third night is free when you book a three night stay between now and December 28, 2007. Plus, you can arrive any day of the week. Housed in five buildings which date from the 17th to 19th centuries, the award-winning hotel offers the perfect combination of traditional beauty and contemporary conveniences-- like the signature Heavenly Bed and Westin WORKOUT room. (Rates start from EUR 330 per night. Book online before October 31, 2007. Promotion code is Z3R.)

PS. Get a bird's eye view of this magical city with a helicopter tour arranged by the hotel.


Crazy about Cape Town: Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa Falling temperatures in this hemisphere means sweet sunshine in South Africa, and what better time to take a jaunt to Cape Town? Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers insane luxury-- "where earth, sea, and sky meet," poised above the Atlantic, flanked by Table Mountain and the majestic Twelve Apostles range, just minutes from the glorious oceanfront city of Cape Town. Camp out in the pool gardens overlooking the ocean and soak up some rays. Hit the Sanctuary Spa and gape at the endlessly seductive sea views from the Outdoor Gazebo. (Sublime treatment packages make use of the world-class facilities: Cape Town's only Rasul Chamber, brine pool and hot and cold plunge pools, both dry and wet treatment rooms, along with sauna, vichy shower and hydrotherapy bath.) Enjoy a picnic-- packed to your liking from a selection of gourmet treats-- on Cape Town's incredible beaches. After a day exploring the area, return to the award-winning hotel to catch the sunset over the sea, cocktail in hand. After dinner, watch a classic movie in the hotel's 16-seater theater. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa continues their wildly popular promotion, Four Nights for the Price of Three, until December 18, 2007.


Buzzworthy: Luxury Eco-Boutique, Azura, Opens in Mozambique


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Azura, Mozambique Say hello to the first luxury eco-retreat in Mozambique. Built and operated in partnership with the local community, Azura is situated on an unspoiled island within a National Park-- fringed by deserted beaches, sparkling seas, and swaying palms. The 15 villas, each with their own infinity pool, are just steps from the beach. Showcasing traditional artwork beneath a local thatched jekka roof, the villas are stacked with luxurious contemporary amenities. But Azura boasts more than just creature comforts; here you can enjoy the service of your own private butler. If you can tear yourself away from your private deck and beachside Sala, you'll find a sumptuous spa, superb wining and dining (fine vintages are flown direct from the owner's Loire Valley chateau), and a vast range of activities (fishing, sailing, scuba diving, swimming with the dolphins...) Take advantage of a special introductory offer, from now until November 14, 2007, of $300 per person in a Luxury Beach Villa. The Infinity Beach Villa is $375 per person, while the Presidential Villa is yours for just $550 per person.