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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.

The World’s Best Hotel

September 12, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beau Rivage

According to GaultMillau— the influential French guide to restaurants, hotels and wine-- that honor goes to the Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland, named "Hotel of the Year" for 2006. The iconic landmark has wowed its high-profile clientele with impeccable service since 1861. And Forbes.com recently rated the hotel's new Cinq Mondes Spa "one of the most luxurious spas in the world."

But according to Andrew Harper's Hideaway report, the best international resort for 2006 is the Four Seasons Punta Mita, the Mexican paradise getaway just 26 miles from Puerto Vallarta (gorgeous oceanfront rooms, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, heavenly spa, and all that jazz.)

What's your vote?

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Rocky Mountain Golf Getaway: Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, Colorado

September 11, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lodge at Cordillera

Conde Nast Traveler Gold list. AAA Four Diamond award, 15 consecutive years. Best in Colorado, Golf Digest. Best Romantic Getaway in North America, Mountain Living Magazine. The list of awards is staggering. Situated on a mountain top in a 6,500-acre private wilderness, with sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera is a magical mountain hideaway. After a $5 million renovation in 2004, the 56 luxurious guest rooms have new bathrooms with tumbled-stone floors and extravagant new linens, the Avanyu spa has been expanded to 20,000 square feet with new treatment rooms and amenities, and the acclaimed Mirador restaurant boasts a new private dining area, new menu, and elegant wine cellar.

Besides the excellent winter skiing at nearby Vail or Beaver Creek, The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera is known for its world-class golf. The resort features access to six championship golf courses, designed by several of the greatest names in golf (Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Tom Fazio, Dave Pelz, and Greg Norman). The facilities are excellent, and the scenery absolutely breathtaking. For a limited time, the resort is taking 30 percent off its fall golf packages, which includes two nights accommodations, a round of golf per person, one couples massage, and a dinner for two. Rates are $426 per person, September 5-30, 2006, and $386 per person, October 1-31, 2006.

Via Washington Post What's the Deal?


Thanksgiving at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

September 7, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Inn at Palmetto Bluff

What could be better than good Southern eats, coupled with that legendary Southern hospitality, at the elegant Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina's picturesque Low Country? The 2006 Andrew Harper's Hideaway Grand Award Winner is a peaceful and luxurious retreat just minutes from Savannah and Hilton Head Island. Surrounded by flowering gardens overlooking the May River, the Inn provides the ultimate pampering resort experience expected of a world-renowned Auberge Resort. It is also South Carolina's greatest golf resort.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday with the Inn at Palmetto Bluff and treat yourself to a delicious, traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the River House along with a slew of exciting family-oriented activities. Beginning Thursday, November 23 and continuing through Sunday, November 26, 2006 fun-filled adventures include: family games, the Crab Cake Social, 5K Turkey Trot, oyster roast, cider and hot chocolate around the fire pits, cooking and and wine demonstration, and a cruise on the May River for dolphin watching.


Oktoberfest and Cooking Classes at Sea Island Resorts, Georgia

September 4, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sea Island Cooking School

The German-born executive chef of The Lodge at Sea Island will be teaching a delicious array of authentic German specialties, including sauerbraten (a savory, marinated German pot roast), spätzle (handmade German noodles), and schnitzel (crispy pan-fried veal cutlets with aromatic herbs). The next session of the Sea Island Cooking School takes place on September 18 and 19, 2006, starting with the Friday evening private reception and dinner with Chef Johannes Klapdohr in The Lodge Wine Cellar. Also includes Saturday morning cooking school with lunch prepared by the participants, Sunday brunch, and your very own monogrammed chef's jacket. The "Cook Together" package starts at $850 per night, with a two night minimum stay. (If you miss the cooking school, there's always the annual Oktoberfest celebration at Sea Island on October 10, 2006.)

"Add some sizzle with schnitzel," Chef Johannes Klapdohr says. And here's a teaser for your next Fall tailgating picnic, for Southern German Potato Salad:

Ingredients:

2 lb. Potatoes

1 lg. Onion, finely diced

2 c. Chicken stock

6 tbsp. Vinegar (mild vinegar like apple, with 5 percent acidity)

1 tbsp. Mustard

1 tsp. Salt

4 tbsp. Oil

1 tbsp. Parsley, finely chopped

1 tbsp. Chives, finely cut

Pepper and Nutmeg to taste

Preparation:

Boil the potatoes in their jackets and peel while still hot.

Sweat onions with one tablespoon of oil and deglaze with chicken stock. Set aside.

Slice potatoes thinly in large bowl.

Season potatoes with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Add mustard, vinegar, parsley and chives.

Pour chicken stock over potatoes and add oil.

Mix carefully and let rest for 1 hr.

Serve warm.

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The Newly Renovated Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele, Hawaii, Accepting Reservations

August 31, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Lanai

Escape to the private Hawaiian island of Lana'i at the new Four Seasons Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, a gracious retreat situated in the island's dramatic central highlands amidst manicured gardens and Hawaii's incredible natural beauty. After an extensive renovation, the resort will reopen on November 15, 2006. Guests enjoy activities such as horseback riding, hiking and world-class golf on two courses, including the new Greg Norman-designed championship course overlooking mountains, lush greens, and cascading waterfalls in awe-inspiring landscapes. Watersports, and a full service spa, are available at the companion resort, Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, so pampered guests on Lana'i can experience the best of both worlds: highlands and ocean. Savor peaceful tranquility at the pool, surrounded by rolling hills and landscaped gardens, where Four Seasons poolside services include ice water, Evian spritzes, and chilled towels offered by pool attendants. The 901 square foot fitness center is state-of-the-art, with weight room, spa treatment room, and men's and women's lockers. Now taking ressies.


Golf Experience at Banyan Tree Bintan

August 25, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Banyan Tree Bintan

Just 55 minutes from Singapore by high-speed catamaran, the Banyan Tree Bintan is situated on a spectacular island in the Riau archipelago, its Balinese style villas overlooking the South China Sea. Private outdoor swimming pools and Jacuzzis complement the exquisitely modeled villa-accommodations. And this world-class resort also boasts two adjacent world-class 18-hole golf courses. The Banyan Tree Bintan has just unveiled its signature Double Tee Off package for golfing enthusiasts to enjoy a weekend of relaxed island golfing. Available until December 21, 2006, the package comprises one round of 18-hole golf at Laguna Bintan Golf Course and one round of 18-hole golf at Ria Bintan Golf Course, both inclusive of green and buggy fees. Guests can enjoy attractive rates, starting from $405 for the Bayfront Villa and $485 for the Villa-On-The-Rocks. Includes return land transfers from the ferry terminal, VIP Express Clearance upon arrival and departure at the Bintan Ferry Terminal, and one complimentary Golf Massage session, located at the Laguna Bintan Clubhouse and specially tailored for every golfer's pre-game conditioning and post-game therapy. Two night minimum stay required.


Exploring the English Countryside at Stapleford Park

August 24, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Stapleford Park

Originally built in 1402, Stapleford Park was recently renovated into a luxurious boutique hotel. Situated in 500 acres of woods, pastures, and beautiful gardens, and with a heritage stretching back to the 15th century, the setting is magical. A brand new member of Small Luxury Hotels, Stapleford Park is steeped in history and surrounded by the picturesque English countryside. This is a place where the hospitality and elegance of a bygone era come alive, and country pursuits—like clay pigeon shooting, fishing, archery, tennis, golf, and falconry—are enjoyed at leisure. The hotel features 55 uniquely designed guest rooms, styled and named after their creators (Crabtree and Evelyn, Mulberry, Savoir Beds…) Modern comforts abound, from the Clarins Spa to the state-of-the-art Technogym. The welcoming, attentive staff attends to every detail to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. It's easy to see why Andrew Harper lists the hotel in his Hideaway Report as "One of the Best Country House Hotels in the World."


Land Rover Golf and Drive Package at Quebec’s Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

August 21, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

Talk about good drives. Eastern Canada's leading destination resort has devised a fun package where golfers experience an off-road adventure through a nature wonderland of over 65,000 acres. Available until October 17, 2006, starting at CDN 415 a night, the package includes daily buffet breakfast, a two-hour Land Rover off-road lesson, and a round of golf for two on a course designed by legendary golf course architect Stanley Thompson. Two night minimum required. Famed for its rustic elegance, Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello is an exceptional resort housed in a stunning red cedar log chateau. The gorgeous surroundings inspire countless recreational activities, including golf, hiking, cross-country skiing, wild bear observation, and hunting and fishing expeditions in the wilderness habitat adjacent to the resort. And the luxurious facilities at the Fairmont—including the stunning indoor heated pool--are heaven on earth.


35th Birthday Party for Travel and Leisure at One and Only Palmilla, San Jose del Cabo

August 21, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One and Only Palmilla

You are invited to the big birthday bash for Travel and Leisure magazine at the exclusive One and Only Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, the luxury beachfront resort is considered the "Jewel of Baja." Situated on a secluded beach overlooking the Sea of Cortez, the One and Only Palmilla features elegantly appointed rooms in hacienda-style buildings, a gorgeous pool with swim-up bar, fitness center, tennis, and world-class golf course. The birthday weekend getaway is October 26-30, and includes a slew of exciting events: Gourmet dinner hosted by celebrity chefs Charlie Trotter and Tetsuya Wakuda (Australia's most acclaimed chef), Golf tournament on a T and L Golf World's Best Resort Course with T and L Golf's Editor in Chief, Tastings with Baja's premier boutique winemaker, Don Miller of Adobe Guadalupe, and expert tequilier Julio Bermejo, Walking tours and kayaking and snorkeling expeditions with a T and L's World's Best Outfitter Butterfield and Robinson, Daily mind-body principles with yoga master Maya Fiennes, Travel conversations with your favorite T and L editors, and Artisan shopping expedition with T and L's Style Director. The four-night celebration is priced starting at $3,250. At one of the world's best resorts, get the inside scoop on luxury travel. This weekend promises to be a fun, stylish, and memorable experience.


Fairmont Announces Plans for New Resort in Monterey Bay, California

August 16, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Monterey Beach

The fabled California coastline is about to get another lux addition. Fairmont just announced a new luxury mixed-use development in Seaside on the Monterey Bay, scheduled for completion during 2009. At this premium coastal location, the new hotel will feature 330 rooms and suites, half of which will be spread out in charming bungalows among tall groves of trees. The hotel will also have 24,000 square feet of meeting space, a 14,000 square-foot Willow Stream spa, dining outlets, an outdoor pool and the existing 36-hole championship Bayonet and Black Horse golf course facility that Fairmont will manage. Along with the hotel, residential condos are also planned for the 440-acre site.

Photo via Hello Monterey