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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.

Last Minute Savings: 40% Off in Bermuda at The Reefs

January 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Reefs, Bermuda

Back to the grind and you're already dreaming about the next getaway. Why not take advantage of a last minute sale at The Reefs, the top Bermuda hotel in the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, and trade the snow and sleet for the island's famous pink sandy beaches? Situated on top of a cliff overlooking a secluded beach, The Reefs delivers a restful Bermuda vacay with its exclusive La Serena spa. Available for travel now through February 11, 2011, this limited availability offer features a special daily rate of $199 (regularly $345 and up) for best available ocean view rooms, including Poolside, Superior, Deluxe and Premier, and $299 (regularly $545 and up) for Junior Suites. Rates are based on double occupancy and include breakfast daily. Bermuda is just over two hours from the east coast so what are you waiting for?


Hot New Hotels for 2011: Announcing the Viceroy Maldives

December 31, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Viceroy Maldives

We're the first to admit it: we've got a big weakness for Viceroy Hotels and Resorts. From Santa Monica to Snowmass to Miami to Anguilla, Viceroy has staked its claim to some prime real estate, wowing with designer interiors (Kelly Wearstler at her best) and sumptuous facilities (glimmering private pools, dining with dramatic views). And get this. Pretty soon the world-famous L’Ermitage Beverly Hills will be reborn as Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. There's more. Come summertime, the Viceroy Maldives will debut in the Indian Ocean, the first resort beyond the Americas for the collection. Set on the crescent-shaped island of Vagaru in the Shaviyani Atoll, the Viceroy Maldives will feature 61 luxury villas perched over the white sand and crystal clear water. These villas are billed as some of the largest in the Maldives, occupying between 1,345- 3,300 square feet of indoor space. Not to mention the private outdoor living areas and plunge pools.


2011 Grand Award Winners from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

December 31, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmangiriHats off to the 2011 Andrew Harper Grand Award Winners! Since 1979, the prestigious publication has tracked the best in luxury hotels, and now the newest list is out. What's the criteria for choosing the award winners? From the official website: "Mr. Harper chooses his favorite properties visited over the past calendar year to comprise this list. All possess exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place." And without further ado, the top award, the "Hideaway of the Year," is Il Salviatino in Florence, Italy. Other award winners include: Amangiri, The Hazelton Hotel, and Lake Placid Lodge in North America; Tambo del Inka and Titilaka in South America; The Peninsula House and Tucker's Point in the Caribbean; Banjaar Tola (India) and Sumahan on the Water (Istanbul) in Asia & Mideast; Villa Bordoni and Hotel Le Fontanelle (Italy), Lydmar Hotel (Stockholm), Tenbosch House (Brussels), Amberley Castle and Lime Wood (England) in Europe.


Free 4th Night at the Newly Reopened Four Seasons Resort Nevis

December 30, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort NevisFour Seasons Resort Nevis is back. After sustaining considerable hurricane damage in 2008, the resort reopened on December 15 and is welcoming guests to the sun-kissed West Indies. Located on Nevis, the unspoiled sister island to St. Kitts in the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, the resort occupies the site of a former sugar and coconut plantation dating to the late 1790s.

Stretch out in Four Seasons luxury steps from the pristine sand of Pinney's Beach. Canopied by palms, the 196 guest rooms-- spread out in 12 two-storey guest buildings-- feature oversized marble bathrooms and a furnished outdoor veranda or patio accessed via wooden-shuttered sliding glass doors. Relax in the spa, housed in gingerbread-trimmed treatment cottages among tropical gardens, and try the signature Rum Tonic body treatment. The resort's offerings are impressive: from top-rated golf and tennis to abundant water sports, nature excursions, and kids' facilities. Take advantage of the "Stay Longer" offer and get a fourth night free when you pay for three consecutive nights. From $446 per night after free night(s) applied.


Christmas in the Turks and Caicos: Limited Space at The Veranda

December 17, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Veranda Resort, Turks and CaicosLooking for a last-minute holiday getaway this year? Act fast and you could score a Caribbean Christmas. The Veranda Resort and Residences-- the all-inclusive luxury resort set on the pristine white sand of world-famous Grace Bay Beach-- has limited space starting December 20, 2010. Couples can relax in the Garden and Ocean View Studios and One-Bedroom Suites, while families can enjoy the multiple-bedroom suites including one of the gorgeous Oceanfront Three-Bedroom Cottages (available for 7 nights starting Dec 20). The resort's facilities run the gamut from the fully-equipped fitness center and spa to the Kids Club. Right outside your front door: a little piece of paradise in the Turks and Caicos.


A Caribbean Christmas: Fern Tree Spa Suites at Half Moon Resort

December 15, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaThere's still room at the inn for Christmas. Half Moon-- the 400-acre luxury resort located in Rose Hall, Jamaica-- has a few Fern Tree Spa Suites available. (But hurry, space is limited so book now!) The first of their kind in the Caribbean, these six signature beachfront spa suites were designed to reflect the island's natural beauty with nods to Jamaica's diverse past. Outfitted with top-of-the-line custom amenities, each suite has a dedicated spa area that converts to a private spa treatment room or fitness studio, offering views of the Caribbean Sea. The suites also come with five-piece bathrooms with chromotherapy whirlpool tubs, separate showers with rain showerheads and therapeutic body jets.

The holiday season at Half Moon promises to be very merry indeed. The resort has organized a two-week program full of fun activities the whole family will enjoy: rum mixology, sand castle competition, beauty and health workshops, teen activity club, golf challenge, cook-off, craft day as well as the traditional Christmas tree lighting reception. Santa and his Jamaican helper Anancy the Spider, a beloved character from Jamaican folklore, are also scheduled to make a visit on Christmas day to hand out gifts to the resort's littlest guests.


Sponsored Article: Paradise in the Turks & Caicos at Seven Stars Resort

November 29, 2010
By: Five Star Alliance

Seven Stars Resort~Spacious suites and lavish facilities right on famous Grace Bay beach are key ingredients for an unforgettable Caribbean vacation~

Imagine: chartering a boat for an excursion to the deserted cays in the Turks & Caicos islands; going deep-sea fishing on the world's third largest barrier reef; taking a helicopter tour for a bird's-eye view of the islands; discovering pristine beaches on an eco-tour aboard a touring kayak; going sailing or scuba diving; taking a dip in the island's only heated salt-water swimming pool, or lounging on a cabana so close to the ocean that you can hear the waves. Seven Stars ResortBeach attendants will supply your favorite cocktails, ice-cold towels, the smoothie shot of the day, and chilled sorbet. There's even Wifi by the pool. A stay at Seven Stars Resort-- named for the seven stars of the Pleiades, a storied constellation that's said to shine brightest over the Turks & Caicos Islands-- means you'll get a resort experience that shines above all others. Service at Seven Stars Resort is a cut above the rest.

Seven Stars ResortYou'll relish the joys of a tropical paradise and white sand beaches that will take your breath away. Flanked by the marine preserve of Princess Alexandra National Park, Seven Stars Resort embraces the natural environment of the Turks & Caicos Islands. The resort's 113 guest accommodations range in size from spacious junior suites to a spectacular five-bedroom penthouse suite overlooking the ocean. Housed in three beachfront buildings, the suites come equipped with iPod docking stations, plush terry bathrobes, L'Occitane bath amenities, marble bathroom with shower and separate soaking tub, and kitchenettes with Nespresso machines. Internet access is complimentary.

Seven Stars ResortStart the day with yoga or a work-out in the fully-equipped gym, working up an appetite for breakfast by the pool. (The resort's continental breakfast is free.) Up for golf? Play a round at the nearby Provo Golf and Country Club, an 18-hole championship course. The resort has tennis courts and a full water sports program, too. Prefer to laze around? The resort's tranquil spa has expert therapists trained to soothe mind and body. No need to leave the kids at home; there's a dedicated Children's Program and babysitting service at the resort.

The best part of all: a stay at Seven Stars Resort means luxury for less. You can take advantage of various special offers that translate to just $280 per night, including a $200 resort credit when you book four nights or more. More than you've ever imagined, for less than you've ever imagined.


Last Day to Book Starwood’s Global Holiday Sale

November 15, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President Wilson, GenevaThe big two-week global sale from Starwood Hotels & Resorts is coming to an end. Act fast to score savings of up to 30% on best available rates this holiday season across all nine Starwood brands: Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element. The offer is valid for stays between November 4, 2010 and January 17, 2011 at more than 750 hotels and resorts worldwide; valid at participating hotels over weekends and at participating resorts all days of the week.

Pictured: The world-renowned Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, part of the Luxury Collection.


Friday Photos: Caribbean Beaches and Alluring Resorts

November 12, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Seven Stars Resort, Turks and Caicos

We admit it. Last week's Caribbean-themed travel section from The New York Times got us all worked up about the gorgeous island resorts nestled in the sand lapped by gentle, turquoise waters. And we'd bet top dollar that after reading "6 Caribbean Beaches to See Before You Die," you'll be equally as inspired. Pictured above: The view from a window at Seven Stars Resort, located in the sweeping arc of Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos, a beach celebrated in the NYT article.

Anse Chastenet

Pictured above: The view from another insanely gorgeous Caribbean property. This time, on the lush isle of St Lucia, famous for its trademark green peaks - the Gros and Petit Pitons. Making the cut of the 6 best beaches, Anse Chastanet is hailed by the NYT for the sand's "sparkling ash gray composition" and the resort's "oversize thatch umbrellas provide shade where the palm trees that bow down toward the water don't." We know, we want to book a Caribbean vacay for Christmas, too.


Special Offers: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Offers Complimentary Nights

November 10, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Carlyle, New YorkGet one more night at a Rosewood Hotel-- on the house. Whether you're looking for more fun in the sun, more QT with your fam, or more time for urban adventures, Rosewood gets it. Hence the new, limited time offer called "More Rosewood" available at ultra-luxe properties in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada. For example, stay two nights and receive a complimentary third night at Rosewood's U.S. properties like The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York; Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas; The Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta; or San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. Or spend four nights and get a fifth night complimentary at properties in the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada like Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort in St. John, USVI and Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos. Valid for travel from January 3 - May 27, 2011.