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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.

A Diver’s Paradise in the Maldives at Cocoa Island


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cocoa Island, Maldives Imagine: a host of teeming marine life-- trumpet fish, white and black tip reef sharks, and turtles-- right outside your villa sundeck. Cocoa Island, the Indian Ocean outpost from COMO Hotels and Resorts (the folks behind Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos), is located in a quiet atoll where the waters are undisturbed. Diving in the Maldives is rated among the best in the world, and Cocoa Island has an on-site dive center staffed by PADI certified instructors catering to every level of experience. You can rent equipment, enroll in PADI sanctioned diving courses, and adventure out on safari dives farther afield. You can even take part in night dives. Cocoa Island's house reef stretches to over 500 meters along the southern flank of the atoll, and with a visibility of 20 to 25 meters, both divers and snorkelers are delighted by the exquisite coral and its thriving ecosystem.


Announcing The Peninsula Tokyo


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula Tokyo Come September 1st, The Peninsula Tokyo will dazzle guests with the legendary glamour and prized service of The Peninsula brand. With the Tokyo debut, The Peninsula Hotels opens its eighth hotel worldwide-- and guests are in for a treat. Rooms are among the city's largest and boast stunning views of the Tokyo skyline, Imperial Gardens and Hibiya Park. Forget multi-use high-rises or office buildings; the 24-floor hotel is the only free-standing luxury hotel to be built in Tokyo in more than a decade. Conveniently situated in the business district of Marunouchi on Harumi-dori Avenue and Naka-dori Avenue, located near the shopping capital of Ginza, The Peninsula Tokyo is a contemporary homage to Japanese heritage and culture, with traditional accents in the guest rooms, along with all the comforts and innovative technology to be expected in this tech capital. Sophisticated facilities include five unique restaurants, a modern lounge bar, two ballrooms, six elegantly designed function rooms, a wedding chapel, a Japanese ceremony room, a fitness center, The Peninsula Spa by ESPA and three luxury jewelry shops, all making their retail debut in Japan-- GRAFF, de GRISOGONO and Chantecler Tokyo.


Hotel Arts Barcelona: The Allure of a One-of-a-Kind City


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Arts Barcelona Discover the best of Barcelona on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. From museum hopping to boat trips, from Gaudi's architecture to gothic cathedrals, from reflexology massages by the pool to personal shopping tours, Hotel Arts Barcelona understands the art of enjoying summer. A member of the Ritz-Carlton family of hotels, Hotel Arts Barcelona overlooks miles of Barcelona beachfront and the grand vista of Port Olimpic. The view may be nice, but the hotel's striking contemporary architecture is really what turns heads. In addition, there is a spectacular collection of Spanish contemporary art housed in the hotel. Sit down for an al fresco meal, fanned by a mild summer breeze, at the Restaurante Marina. Sink into a soft sofa on Arola's chill-out terrace, sipping a cocktail and sharing tapas. This is what summer's all about. The hotel also boasts a stunning Spa by Six Senses on the 43rd floor, outdoor pool, open-air Jacuzzi in terraced gardens, and a fitness center with personal fitness consultations.


Mix at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay: Hot Dining in Las Vegas


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mix at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay Everything about this joint encapsulates the over-the-top vibe of Sin City. The best views in Vegas? Check. The best décor? Hands down. Truly one-of-a-kind culinary creations? You'll be begging for more. After all, Mix is the vision of Alain Ducasse, the renowned celebrity chef whose stellar restaurants have catapulted him into stardom. You'll be tempted with contemporary and classic French and American dishes with global accents, as well as signature dishes from Ducasses' restaurants in Paris and Monte Carlo. At Mix, the setting high atop THEhotel at Mandalay Bay is as much an experience as the cuisine. The cutting-edge restaurant is adorned in white and silver, distinguished by sweeping staircases, mid-century modern furniture, and an incredible 24-foot chandelier of 15,000 hand-blown glass spheres. It's no wonder Mix was named "Best Restaurant" by the Travel+Leisure Design Awards 2006. Dinner only. Reservations a must.

Photo via Flickr/davetron5000


Bargains in the Bahamas: Summer Savings at Old Bahama Bay at Ginn sur Mer


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Old Bahama Bay Summer specials abound in the warmer climes. Case in point: Old Bahama Bay Resort, newly dubbed Old Bahama Bay at Ginn sur Mer, is offering an Endless Summer Package for a song. Enjoy deluxe accommodations, welcome drink upon arrival, round-trip airport transfers, and complimentary use of sail boats, kayaks, snorkel equipment, Hobie Cats, fitness center and bicycles-- starting from just $209 per night in an Ocean View Junior Suite. Three night minimum stay required; available until October 30th, 2007. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Old Bahama Bay has an ambiance of barefoot elegance with an out-island remote feel, though it's only 56 miles from the Florida coast. A new member of the Ginn Resorts family, the full-service resort has got it all: beachfront suites with luxurious touches, a 72-slip port of entry marina, three restaurants, and a host of activities including the 4,000 sq ft heated swimming pool with infinity edge, massage services, fitness center, fishing, snorkeling and boating.


Destination Day Spa at The Carneros Inn, Napa Valley, California


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Carneros Inn Just an hour from San Francisco but worlds a part. The Carneros Inn, frequently featured in top travel magazines around the globe, is a beautiful oasis; relaxation incarnate. Designed to reflect its rural surroundings, The Carneros Inn combines local architecture-- barns, silos, ranchers' cottages-- with stylish, modern interiors. Brimming with the region's distinct charm, these rustic cottages are nestled among 27 acres of grape vines, unspoiled farmland, and apple orchards. These roomy accommodations don't skimp on the comfort; there are wood-burning fireplaces with polished concrete hearths, private patios, spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs, flat-panel TVs with DVD players, and high-speed Internet access. Enjoy a glass of California's finest wines in the private gardens, delicious dining at the Hilltop restaurant, outdoor showers under the stars, and decadent spa treatments inspired by local ingredients. Indeed, the Spa at The Carneros Inn is a destination in and of itself. Indulge in a Destination Spa Day and enjoy a full day in one of the cottages complimentary, when you purchase $300 worth of luxurious spa treatments. Please call (707) 299-4900 to make your reservations. Cottages offered from 10-6 p.m. on the day of spa services. Monday through Thursday only.


Personal Assistant Service at the Newly Remodeled Tides South Beach, Miami


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tides South Beach Bellhops? Pa-leese! The Diva of Ocean Drive, fresh from a glamorous redesign by trendsetting designer Kelly Wearstler, offers personal assistant services for guests. Upon arrival at The Tides South Beach, you are welcomed by your very own Personal Assistant who delivers advanced round-the-clock services: beachside amenity baskets with bottled water, magazines, and sunscreen, in-suite dining and catering, laundry, dry cleaning and shoe shine service as well as complete business services such as translation, transcription, desk-top publishing, postal and parcel service. Trained by Robert Watson from The Guild of Professional English Butlers, the hotel's PAs do it all. And with The Tides' Guest Recognition Policy, these personal assistants understand guests' preferences before they even arrive.


Escape to the Alps at Spa Hotel Jagdhof, Tyrol, Austria


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Spa Hotel Jagdhof Stunning accommodations surrounded by some of the most sublime scenery on earth. Welcome to the Spa Hotel Jagdhof, situated in the midst of the Tyrolean mountains, just 30 minutes from Innsbruck, against the backdrop of the Stubai Glacier. This Relais and Chateaux property is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts-- country walks through the slopes of the Alps provide glimpses of chamois, stags, and dear-- and spa lovers, alike. The hotel's renowned Vital & Beautywelt Spa is a beautiful oasis that offers 17 different treatments in an area spanning 2,000 square meters. Exceptional cuisine includes hunted game and lamb from the hotel's own farm. With the Tyrolean Spa Experience package, enjoy four nights in a cozy 'Zwölfer' apartment including extensive breakfast, a six-course à la carte dinner, complimentary use of spa, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas and steam rooms, one stimulating Tyrolean massage, one glacier massage with high-quality natural oils from the Alps and return transfers from/to Innsbruck airport. Rates starting from EUR 899 per person for four nights. Valid until September 30, 2007.


Double Hilton HHonors Points at Conrad Indianapolis


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad Indianapolis Stay at the Conrad Indianapolis, the luxury destination hotel in the heart of Indiana's capital, anytime until August 31, 2007 and you can earn double Hilton HHonors points and a continental breakfast for two at Vitesse. Since its debut last year, Conrad Indianapolis has been wowing its guests with its lavish, high-tech facilities. The 23-storey hotel tower houses the luxurious Spa Chakra, fitness facilities, two unique dining options (a brasserie-style restaurant and a lounge), and state-of-the-art meeting and event space.


Suite Dreams: The Presidential Suite at InterContinental Hong Kong


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Hong Kong, Presidential Suite There's a lot to love at the InterContinental Hong Kong: the large outdoor heated swimming pool and unique trio of infinity spa pools, the luxurious I-Spa (with its feng shui inspired ambiance), prime waterfront location in Kowloon, unparalleled dining, not to mention the spectacular views. But one of the best things about the hotel is the stunning Presidential Suite, one of the most beautiful in Asia, and the city's priciest and largest. The price tag is $10,000 a night for 7,000 square feet of pure luxury. The 2,500 square ft terrace boasts its own infinity pool overlooking the sparkling lights of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. The wrap-around terrace can easily seat 50 folks for dinner, and 24-hour room service from Alain Ducaisse's Spoon Restaurant is a perk enjoyed only by guests of the Presidential Suite. Of course this five-room facility has made the roster of Forbes' most expensive hotel rooms in the world.