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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.

Chilean Wine with the Andes as a Backdrop: 4th Night Free at San Cristobal Tower, Santiago

February 11, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Cristobal Tower, SantiagoFew places can rival Santiago as far as urban settings are concerned. Flanked by the snow-capped Andes Mountains, the Chilean capital is certainly swoon-worthy. And book a stay at the San Cristobal Tower-- steps from La Chascona (the house where Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda penned his love poems)-- and you may just fall in love. This sparkling urban resort will spoil you with meals of Patagonian lamb and fresh fish from the Pacific, paired with local Chilean wines. One of the "Top 10 Hotels in South America," San Cristobal Tower offers stunning views over Santiago's cityscape (and the mountain peaks). Return from your urban adventures or tours of the countryside, and take a dip in the Neptuno Pool, or play a match of tennis on the lighted court. With your elegant room accommodations, you'll appreciate personalized butler service. The hotel is currently offering a 4th night free when you stay for three nights with the "Taste of Luxury" package. Blame it on Valentine's Day, but we're also smitten with the "Pleasures of Being in Love" package which includes a romantic dinner for two, a bottle of Chilean wine, a welcome drink, breakfast service, private parking, and a late check-out with your rooms. From $319.


Marriott’s Big Sale: 20-40 Percent Discount on Hotels Worldwide

January 18, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

JW Marriott CancunMarriott is starting the year off right with a "Global Rate Break" on weekends at participating hotels worldwide, including the upscale JW Marriott brand. Stay at any of the more than 2,500 participating hotels between January 22 and March 21, 2010 and save 20 percent. Book at select resort hotels in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Hawaii-- like the JW Marriott Mexico City, JW Marriott in Cancun (pictured), Marriott Los Suenos in Costa Rica, or Hawaii's JW Marriott Ihalani Resort-- and you'll get 40 percent off. Hurry, you must book by January 22.


Fourth Night Free at Four Seasons Buenos Aires

January 12, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Buenos AiresBuenos Aires bound? Check into the swanky Four Seasons Buenos Aires in the exclusive Recoleta district, and get a fourth night free when you stay for three consecutive nights throughout 2010, including a sumptuous buffet breakfast for two in Le Mistral (yes, you'll find plenty of dulce de leche there). Choose one of the seven one-of-a-kind suites in the adjacent Belle Époque mansion, and you're in for a treat: spacious rooms with frescoes, gold leaf, and stained glass. Rooms in the contemporary tower-- appointed with mahogany furnishings-- are just as fabulous. Revel in Argentine summer by taking a dip in the outdoor pool located in the hotel gardens. Also available: an exclusive health club (one of the best in town) and a spa.


Hot Spots in Buenos Aires: The Cheese Room at the Palacio Duhau, Park Hyatt Hotel

January 6, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palacio Duhau, Park Hyatt, Buenos AiresRecently highlighted by CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg in "2010 Travel Hotspots," the Cheese Room at the Palacio Duhau, Park Hyatt is an "off the brochure" experience that's not to be missed. We've recommended the brunch at the hotel's Gioia Restaurant as one of the best in B.A., and the Cheese Room-- located in Duhau Restaurant & Vinoteca-- is sensational as well. Make an appointment with the Maître Fromager to sample your choice of the 40 available cheeses accompanied by breads, dips, and fruits. All washed down with Argentine Malbecs, of course. (The cellar at Vinoteca is stocked with some 3,500 wines.)


New Luxury in Peru: Hotel Paracas and Tambo del Inca, Starwood Luxury Collection

December 18, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tambo del Inca luxury hotelTwo new hotels are upping the luxury quotient in Peru. As reported by The New York Times In Transit blog, the destination once firmly associated with backpackers is going upscale with the addition of two new properties from Starwood's Luxury Collection. The first, called Hotel Paracas, is located next to the Paracas Natural Reserve on the southern Pacific coast (chock full of marine life) and offers excursions to the Ballesta islands. Choose a Solarium Room at this spa resort and you'll be privy to jaw-dropping ocean views from two balconies. The second hotel, opening later this month, is the Tambo del Inca located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 15 km north of the city of Cusco. (Artist rendering is pictured at right.) Surrounded by the mythical landscapes of the Andes Mountains, the resort will even have its own train station for trips to the Inca hilltop city of Machu Picchu, just an hour away. The spa will feature therapeutic treatments incorporating ancestral Inca ingredients.


Where to Go Now: Hot Destinations for 2010 (Marrakech Included)

December 17, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rocco Forte Resort in Marrakech

Where are the "It Places" to travel in 2010? Conde Nast Traveler's Ondine Cohane has the answer in her recently compiled "It List" for 2010, "Travel's Comeback Year." Drum roll, please: Colombia, Sri Lanka, Vancouver, Antarctica, Burma, Cuba, Venice, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, and Marrakech. We're glad to see that Morocco didn't fade fast from the savy traveler's radar. An unprecedented number of luxury hotels will open in Morocco next year-- from Le Royal Mansour (owned by the king) to the Four Seasons to the new resort from the Rocco Forte Collection (pictured)... And you probably already ogled the pretty pictures of all the celebs attending the opening of La Mamounia over Thanksgiving....

What would you add to this list?


Where the Celebrities Stay: The A-List of Luxury Hotels

December 2, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Las VentanasCurious about where celebs like J-Lo, Brad and Angelina, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and Fergie jet in the winter months? Travel + Leisure spills the beans in an article in the December 2009 issue:

If you're Jennifer Lopez (the ninth-richest woman in entertainment with a net worth of $110 million), you have a $350 million fragrance and fashion empire, and your husband just bought ownership in the Miami Dolphins, where do you spend your winter vacations? Answer: Anywhere you damn well please, of course. But for JLo, "winter getaway" has sometimes meant heading to the Mexican resort Las Ventanas, in Los Cabos.

Also on the list for winter hideaways: The Little Nell in Aspen (just as much privacy as Las Ventanas), Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos (where Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got hitched), Fairmont Chateau Whistler (where Seal proposed to Heidi Klum in an igloo on top of a glacier), Copacabana Palace in Rio (TomKat's a fan), and The Setai in Miami (the penthouse is a favorite of Madonna's).


New Year’s in Patagonia at Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

December 1, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Llao Llao Hotel and Resort

Looking to bid adieu to recession-racked 2009 and ring in 2010 in an extraordinary setting? Think the crystal clear lakes and snow-capped Andean peaks of Patagonia, where the Llao Llao Hotel and Resort offers romance and more at the gateway to Nahuel Huapi National Park. Ranked one of the best resorts in all of South America, Llao Llao offers inspiring panoramas from the floor-to-ceiling windows in all guest rooms. With golf, a spa, a heated indoor pool, and ample recreational activities in the beautiful surroundings, Llao Llao has it all. For New Year's Eve the resort will be hosting a special masquerade dinner in the the Bustillo and Llao Llao ballrooms. This "Phantom of the Opera" themed celebration will have an artistic show and raffles while DJs spin tunes on the dance floor all night long.


New for the Emiliano, Sao Paulo’s Most Fashionable Hotel

November 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

EmilianoSao Paulo's Emiliano offers some serious eye candy. In describing this local icon, Wallpaper* points out the design touches added during a recent renovation: "original solid wood armchairs by José Zanine Caldas and fresh custom fabrics for the Florence Knoll armchairs, as well as a captivating new centerpiece to the Emiliano Restaurant: a "living wall", featuring a range of plant species from the Brazilian rainforest." Lonely Planet describes it as "like page torn from a fashion magazine, a world of exquisite beauty, from its head-turning lobby to its designer rooms." What we're most excited about at Sao Paulo's most fashionable hotel? Two new suites which will debut during the holidays, offering the city's largest and most luxurious accommodations.


Country Club Lima Hotel: The Best Hotels in Peru

November 12, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Country Club Lima HotelLooking for a place to bunk down in Lima? Head to the hacienda-style Country Club Lima Hotel facing the golf course (hence the hotel's name) in the posh San Isidro district. Named to the Forbes Traveler 400 Best Hotels list, the Country Club Lima Hotel has surprisingly reasonable prices. With only 78 guest rooms-- all generously sized, filled with colonial artwork on loan from Museo Pedro de Osma, and equipped with contemporary technology-- the hotel has an intimate, cozy atmosphere. Customer reviews on Five Star Alliance point to the "personalized attention" and "old-world gracious service" as the winning factor for this hotel. But Forbes Traveler claims "its trump card is stunning architecture: The vintage 1927 mansion blends Spanish colonial icons like red-tile roofs and whitewashed walls with genuine antiques and artwork as well as European neoclassical touches like the stately glass-domed lobby." Honeymoon packages, including sparkling wine and a fruit basket in-room, buffet breakfast, and a late check-out, start at just $179 per night. Special offers for business travelers or families are also available.