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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.

Sports Illustrated 2008 Swimsuit Issue Highlights Caneel Bay, St. John


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caneel BayWhen you check out supermodel Marisa Miller on the cover of Sports Illustrated, you'll also be ogling a gorgeous setting: the legendary beaches of Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort. Fashion photographer Raphael Mazzucco captured portraits of bathing beauties on the beach at the Caribbean getaway of choice for generations of returning clients. Where did the girls stay when not frolicking on the beach for the photo shoot? Cottage #7, the original quarters of founder Laurence Rockefeller and still the resort's most requested accommodations. Experience the beauty of Sports Illustrated's 2008 Swimsuit Issue with the "Suited for Sunshine" package from Caneel Bay, which includes accommodations for 2 in a Beachfront guest room, full breakfast & dinner daily, private Champagne & hors d'oeuvres picnic, sunset cruise, half-day sail, watercolor lessons, massage for 2, romantic dinner for 2 in the Sugar Mill Ruins, tennis lessons for 2, welcome beach bag with hat or visor and certificate for 25 percent off any swimsuit purchase at the Caneel Bay Gift Shop, and round-trip airport transfers. Package starts from $4,720, double occupancy, valid from May 1- October 31, 2008.


Mexican Siesta in San Miguel: Fifth Night Free at Casa de Sierra Nevada


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Miguel de AllendeSteeped in rich colonial history, San Miguel de Allende is world-famous for its mild climate, spectacular architecture, and artisan crafts. In the heart of this charming historic town, Casa de Sierra Nevada is a sublime hideaway of cool leafy gardens, stone arches and cobbled courtyards. Managed by Orient-Express, this luxury boutique hotel and cooking school caters to the most discriminating world traveler, with picturesque rooms and suites that embody the traditions of Old Mexico. It's a place that will stimulate all your senses-- from the natural beauty of the surrounding Sierra Madre highlands and the hotel's exquisite Talavera-tiled bathrooms, to the mariachi music in the town plaza. Sazon, the cooking school, offers the finest introduction in traditional Mexican cooking. Housed in a magnificent 18th century casa in the heart of San Miguel, Sazon attracts a large number of internationally-renowned chefs to share in the school's mission of celebrating the art, culture and taste of the Mexican table. For a limited time, you can stay at the lovely Casa de Sierra Nevada (and partake in those cooking classes!) for five nights and only pay for four. Starting at MXN $12,700; available March 24- July 3, 2008; September 2- October 2, 2008; November 30-December 19, 2008.


Raffles Grand Hotel Suite, Singapore Video


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Distinguished by their premier location in the Main Building, each of the seven Raffles Hotel Singapore's Grand Suites are elegantly appointed with tastefully selected antiques and artwork. All suites feature private parlours, dining areas and verandas.

Among these Grand Hotel Suites are the Raffles Grand Hotel premier suites which include the Sir Stamford Raffles and Sarkies Suites, each featuring two bedrooms, a private dining room that seats ten guests, a private parlour, pantry and veranda.


Signature Shopping at the Conrad Indianapolis


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad IndianapolisThis could be the perfect shopping destination in the "circle city." With its very own sky bridge connecting to the Arts Garden, Circle Centre Mall and the Indiana Convention Center, the Conrad Indianapolis, the city's first true luxury hotel, boasts a killer location at one of downtown's most prominent intersections. The hotel offers guests an array of facilities to enjoy on a shopping break-- from an intimate meal at the Capital Grille (the celebrated wine list offers over 400 wines!) and the live jazz entertainment at Vitesse Lounge, to the excellent treatments at Spa Chakra. With its Signature Shopping Break, the Conrad Indianapolis promises you the best kind of retail therapy. Treat yourself to an indulgent overnight stay for two followed by a generous continental breakfast- to provide the fuel for a busy day of shopping! Additional benefits include a US$50 gift certificate for the leading Indianapolis department store, Nordstrom. Add to this your very own personal shopper and complimentary valet parking and your shopping break will be complete. Available until November 5, 2008, the Signature Shopping break starts from just $259 per room, per night.


Escape to Nature with Peace and Relaxation at the COMO Shambhala Estate


By: Christina Vasquez

COMO Estate Begawan GiriA tranquil hidden gem in the Bali jungle, the COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri is a small boutique hotel featuring 40 rooms and 11 suites. Accommodations range from residences with private swimming pools, two and three bedroom standalone villas, as well as retreat villas which feature therapy rooms and swimming pools. Rooms and activities available at the COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri are designed to evoke physical and cultural activities in a healing and holistic setting.

As this spa retreat prides itself on ensuring a peaceful and relaxing stay for everyone who visits the property, a new policy has been enforced as of February 2008 for guests with children. The hotel suggests booking either retreat or private villas for families, as private pool residences are shared amongst different guests, and are not suitable for guests with children. Exceptions will be made however for guests with children to stay in the residences if they book an entire COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri residence.


Dine in Paris at the Philippe-Starck Designed Le Dali at Hotel Meurice


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Dali at Hotel MeuriceSince the legendary designer reinvented Paris's sumptuous palace hotel, diners have been flocking in droves to Le Dali for the new culinary concept. Starck injected his signature style into the restaurant's redesign. Dine on Yannick Alléno's* signature creations beneath a fabulous 1,500-square-foot painting, a giant canvas with gold and ochre hues painted by Ara Starck. And get this: her monumental project was actually picked anonymously by her father, the celebrity designer, for the restaurant's ceiling! Here, the spirit of Dali reigns supreme. You'll find a Daliesque seat with feet in the form of ladies shoes, a lamp with drawers, and a lobster on a telephone.

*Highly acclaimed by food writers worldwide, the Head Chef at Meurice has been awarded a third Michelin star. Chef Yannick Alléno creates menus with the best of Parisian products, coming from French terroirs (though he's passionate about exotic products as well).


Winter Golf Special at The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort, Killenard, Ireland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort, KillenardPlan a winter escape to the gorgeous Irish countryside and get pampered at the luxurious Heritage Golf & Spa Resort located in the picturesque village of Killenard, just an hour from Dublin. Experience the renowned 72-par Championship golf course and lavish accommodations for just EUR 190 per person (sharing) with the Winter Golfing Break. Available until April 30, 2008, this special includes one night bed & breakfast in a Deluxe guest room, a round of golf, and one evening meal in Greens or So Oriens Restaurant. Set in the beautiful rolling countryside of Co. Laois with the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop, the golf course was designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes with five lakes and a stream meandering through the greens. Don't miss the luxury spa at The Heritage, featuring 20 treatment rooms and a selection of over 70 spa treatments with the Pevonia botanical skincare line.


Summer Special in the Maldives at Cocoa Island


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cocoa IslandThe picture says it all. This is the tropical paradise-- replete with overwater bungalows-- that you've been dreaming about all winter. Cocoa Island is just as dreamy as it looks: a sun-kissed resort on the white sandy shores of the Maldives islands surrounded by the warm blue sea. Laze on the beach (or on your own hidden terrace), swim in the private lagoon, or check out the watersports center for some unrivalled scuba diving. There's a gym with yoga facilities and a COMO Shambhala retreat with a full range of spa services. On sale now: the "Summer Special" at Cocoa Island where you get 7 nights for the price of 5, or 14 nights for the price of 10. And if you book by February 29, 2008, you will also receive a $200 resort credit. So go ahead and be an escapist this summer.


Hotel de Charme Les Airelles: Ski the Alps in Courchevel, France


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel de Charme Les AirellesBed down in five-star luxury at the most sought-after lodgings in the Alps. The exclusive ski resort of Courchevel caters to a glamorous crowd of international jet-setters who flock here for the snow and hopping après-ski scene. Escape to the recently-renovated Hotel de Charme Les Airelles, the hotel of choice for the International Olympic Committee during the 1992 Winter Games. The fabulous spa, touted as a "winter wonderland" with waterfalls, soundproof shower booths, and a unique snow cave, is out of this world. Cozy, elegant and charming, Les Airelles resembles the grand ski chalets of another era. And the setting is just as stunning, with ski runs right out the door. The Ski Valet is there to help with your equipment and boots and give you the best tips about the "3 Vallées", arguably the greatest ski area in the world. The new restaurant, "Pierre Gagnaire pour Les Airelles"-- serving cuisine from the superstar chef-- already has quite the following.


Golf Course Views in Naples, Florida at the Ritz Carlton


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

The palatial Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL offers deluxe accommodations and extensive greens. Use a Segway to scoot around or bring your furry friends - they have a Pet Program!

There are 2 Ritz-Carlton's in Naples, Florida - make sure you book the right one. The Ritz Carlton Naples Golf Resort is inland with two Greg Norman-designed golf courses, while the Ritz Carlton Naples sits on three miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches.