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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.

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.


Enter a World of Timeless Well-Being at The Harbour Hotel & Residence


By: Madelyn Giblin

Harbour Hotel DubaiThe Harbour Hotel and Residence is extending its already extensive repertoire and welcomes the opening of its new Timeless Spa. The Timeless Spa consists of six elegant treatment rooms, and offers over thirty body treatments, massages, and skin, beauty and health treatments. Timeless Spa is unique in directing its various services to deal with today's fast paced society, with treatments such as the After Sun Skin Soother, Jet Lag Recovery, Eye lifting Gel, as well as traditional Swedish and Hot Stone massages. What is truly innovative about Timeless Spa is its range of products available to guests. In collaboration with Babor AG of Germany, Timeless Spa has created three separate ranges of products all designed to rejuvenate and heal the patient without interfering with the skin's natural processes. harbour hotel dubaiProducts are preservative and coloring free, with a balance of needed nutrients and dietary value for the skin. Each treatment is specifically developed for the patient's individual skin and body needs.

Be sure to take advantage of the upcoming specials that Emirates Habour Hotel & Residences' Timeless Spa has to offer! In April, guests can enjoy a full body massage and take advantage of a complimentary pore cleansing treatment.


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.


All-Day Lounge Debuts at Cocoa Island in the Maldives


By: Courtney W. May

AllDay Lounge Debuts at Cocoa Island in the MaldivesCocoa Island in the Maldives is proud to announce that they now offer an all-day lounge - a small and cozy area at Cocoa which consists of 2 spaces above the reception desk. One room with a PC and an iMAC for internet use, and the second room with a flat screen TV, media player, and selection of books and magazines. Water is provided as well as CS ginger tea. Opening hours are as necessary, depending on the earliest arrival and the latest departure. The new lounge will be especially useful for guests that arrive early or have late flights, especially in times of high occupancy. However, guests can still continue to spend their time at the pool, beach or hydrotherapy pool, and can shower and change clothing at COMO Shambhala when they arrive early or leave late in Male at Cocoa Island.


Buzz: Hip Hotel Slated for The Unknot Tower in Philadelphia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Unknot TowerFrom the folks who brought us the deliciously swanky Setai hotel in Miami- comes a brand new hotel housed in a crazy architectural masterpiece in Philly's Center City. (To be located on 12th and Chestnut Streets.) Designed by Winka Dubbeldamm, the 27-story Unknot Tower in all its space-age coolness will be home to a branch of L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant and a 145-room hotel managed by GHM Hotels. The ambitious project is slated for 2010.

Via HotelChatter


Escape to the World Heritage-Listed Blue Mountains, Australia at Lilianfels Blue Mountains


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lilianfels Blue MountainsLess than two hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a stunning wilderness area known for its distinctive blue haze (created by the sun's rays merging with drops of eucalyptus oil from the millions of eucalyptus trees). Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa is the place to stay while exploring the region-- the luxurious gateway to the breathtaking surroundings. Set amidst two acres of manicured gardens, the resort is a European-style country house managed by Orient Express. Lilianfels is happy to arrange a number of unique customized experiences for its guests, whether you're craving a little extra indulgence (think Gourmet Picnic for two, Moet and Chandon and Strawberries in-room) or adrenaline-pumping activity in the Blue Mountains (like private rock climbing, four wheel drive eco-tours, and abseiling). The "Blue Mountains Escape" package includes accommodations, delicious Australian breakfast for two served in the Tre Sorelle restaurant, access to the Spa and Fitness Center with its beautiful indoor pool, complimentary daily newspaper, and undercover valet parking. Rates start from AUD 389 per night.


Ivy Enticements: New Weekly Events at San Diego’s Ivy Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Ivy HotelSan Diego's red-hot Ivy Hotel, celebrated for its fabulous restaurant and nightlife venues, recently rolled out Ivy Enticements-- special daily events which allow guests to try a new activity each day of the week to help you "keep your Ivy on." All events are free and open to the public, but advance ressies are required. What's on the agenda?

Monday: Savor the Experience-- Chef demonstration in Damon Gordon's Quarter Kitchen. Roll up your sleeves and prepare one of the exceptional dishes from the executive chef himself. 6 pm.

Tuesday: Taste the Nectar-- The award-winning sommelier invites you for an intimate wine tasting experience in the wine cellar at the Quarter Kitchen. Learn some of the secrets to successful wine and food pairing. 6 pm.

Wednesday: House of Cards-- Learn when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em at the weekly card game on Eden Rooftop led by local poker aficionado, Bill Moniz. 6 pm. Fashionably Late Wednesdays: Sip signature martinis in the Ultra Lounge while checking out fashion shows from some of the hottest local boutiques. Two Wednesdays a month enjoy rooftop movie screenings.

Thursdays: Claim Your Pole-- Enjoy the health and fitness aspects of pole dancing with lessons on Eden Rooftop taught by local dance instructors From Mind to Body. 7 pm. Spin It Around: Learn techniques from Envy Nightclub's master spinner, resident DJ Este, with DJ lessons at the Ultra Lounge. 7 pm.

Friday: Mix It Up-- Cocktail mixing demos at Envy Nightclub presented by the head bartender, Antonio Gonzales. 7 pm.

Saturdays: Relax with Yoga-- Rejuvenate the body and mind with Yoga on the Eden Rooftop at noon.

Sundays: Group Fun-- Video game night on Eden Rooftop. New Sony PlayStation games are available before they hit the stores. 6 pm.


Fourth Night Free in the South of France: Chateau Eza, Cote d’Azur


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Chateau EzaFrom now until the end of April 2008, Chateau Eza-- the magical hideaway on the French Côte d'Azur which was the former residence of the Swedish Royal Family-- is offering a fourth night free when you pay for three consecutive nights. Spring is the perfect time to visit the South of France, not yet overrun by summer crowds. Perched on a rock cliff in the 1,000-year-old village of Eze, the award-winning hotel offers 10 guest rooms which can be reached by stone passageways over ancient stone steps. Outfitted with all the contemporary comforts, the rooms feature fireplaces and private balconies with sweeping views over the Mediterranean. The Michelin-starred restaurant is just as romantic. Experience what Town and Country Travel described as "glamorous, but cozy... straight out of a Matisse painting." With this special offer, you'll also get a half-bottle of Champagne, one tapas per person at the bar or terrace, and a basket of fresh fruit daily in the room. Starting from $280 per night.


Sun-Sational Fourth Night Free at Four Seasons Punta Mita, Puerto Vallarta


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Punta MitaNow's your chance to get a free night at one of the best hotels in the Americas. The Four Seasons Punta Mita-- a bastion of luxury just 26 miles from Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's sun-kissed west coast-- is offering a fourth night for free when you pay for three consecutive nights. Picture-perfect sandy beaches, sunset dining, Jack Nicklaus golf, a lavish spa (with outdoor treatments overlooking the Pacific)... What more could you ask for? Rates start at $590 per night until April 30, 2008, and then drop during the summer months. Sunday or Monday arrivals only.