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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.

Around the World by Private Jet with Four Seasons Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran BayLeave it to Four Seasons to put together the ultimate globe-trotting adventure: Around the World by Private Jet. Departing from Los Angeles on October 29, 2012, this 22-day adventure will hit up Four Seasons destinations in Hawaii, French Polynesia, Australia, Bali, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Egypt and the UK. Just 78 guest will be whisked away on a specially-outfitted Boeing 757 provided by TCS & Starquest Expeditions. (Jetsetters will feel right at home in the VIP seats, attended to by a Four Seasons concierge, and debriefed on destinations by onboard experts in art history, cuisine, and more.) On the ground, personalized itineraries will include local specialties, behind-the-scenes tours, and off-the-beaten path treasures. Here are a few of the highlights of this three-week trip:

Two of the world’s most active volcanoes in Hawai’i, the vibrant coral gardens of the South Pacific, Sydney’s iconic buildings and scenic gorges, the mystical allure of Ayers Rock, Bali’s Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and Yeh Pulu temples, Thai cooking classes in Chiang Mai, Agra’s Taj Mahal, Mumbai’s Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, and a private, lantern-lit dinner amid the pyramids of Gîza.

Pictured: Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay.


Meet the Farmer: Dinner at Florida's Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia IslandFoodies in Florida, get thee to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a special dinner reception with local farmers on October 7. The resort-- home to the award-winning restaurant, Salt-- is gathering the local farmers and fishermen who supply the kitchens for a culinary extravaganza in honor of the fall harvest. Starting at 6:30 pm with a reception (chock full of hors d’oeuvres and craft beer tastings), the dinner continues with an appetizer bar featuring fresh Mayport shrimp, smoked flounder, deep fried soft shell crab, local cheeses, breads and Florida honey. The main course will include Atlantic white shrimp in variations, Trigger fish, two selections of Florida beef, farm fresh vegetables and house-made pasta. Let's not forget dessert: apple cinnamon Beignets, chocolate mousse and vanilla beer float. The price is $79 per adult, plus gratuity.


3rd Night for $11.04 at Puerto Rico's St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto RicoLooking for a little tropical luxury not far from the East Coast? You can't go wrong with the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. Nestled on a Caribbean coconut plantation between the lush El Yunque National Forest and the sparkling sea, the resort is just a 30 minute drive from Old San Juan. It was designed with the entire family in mind with a slew of activities to keep everyone entertained-- from pampering treatments in the indoor/outdoor Remède Spa to games at the Iguana Kids Club. Tee off at the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course, indulge in Jean-Georges’ acclaimed cuisine at Fern, lounge at the pool, or bask on the pristine Bahia Beach. Special offer: The St. Regis Beach Resort, Puerto Rico is celebrating its one year anniversary in November 2011 with a deal. Reserve two nights and enjoy your third night for only $11.04 (in honor of the resort's opening date)! Reserve and stay now through December 15, 2011. Three night minimum stay required.


World's Largest Four Seasons Resort Planned for Walt Disney World


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort, Disney World

Get ready, Orlando. The Magic Kingdom is getting a luxe addition. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced that it will begin construction on a $360 million luxury resort in December. Slated for 2014, this will be the largest resort for the brand on the planet- encompassing 444 guest rooms, 40 time-share units, 90 Four Seasons private residences (any buyers out there?), a rooftop resto with views of Walt Disney World, and a "lazy river" water complex. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Four Seasons snatched up the real estate in August 2008 for $51 million, including Disney's Osprey Ridge golf course, which will become part of the resort.


Friday Photos: Autumn Splendor at Keswick Hall in Virginia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Keswick Hall

One of the best places for autumn leaf-peeping in the U.S. is-- without a doubt-- Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Just minutes from Thomas Jefferson's historic Monticello estate near Charlottesville, Keswick Hall overlooks some of the prettiest scenery on the East Coast. Come fall, the mountains are painted in firey reds and ochre yellows, and the hotel's 600-acre estate bursts into color. There are recreational activities galore-- from horseback riding to jogging the nature trails. And fall also means grape stomping in the vineyards! The resort invites guests to crush local grapes to make the hotel's Chardonnay and Petit Verdot wines. Enjoy farm-fresh meals and local wine tastings while soaking up the autumn splendor at Keswick Hall.

Keswick Hall


A Blast in Bermuda: Families Enjoy 50% Off 2nd Room at Rosewood Tucker's Point


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rosewood Tucker's PointThe off-peak season starting in September is a great time to experience the pink sand beaches of Bermuda. Just a 90-minute plane ride from East Coast cities, Bermuda has a wealth of recreational activities the whole family will enjoy. And at Rosewood Tucker's Point, Bermuda's first all-new resort in nearly four decades, you've got the island's longest private beach right at your doorstep. Take the family on a fall getaway and score 50% savings on a second room for the kids (ages 18 and under). The special is valid now through April 15, 2012. Year-round family-friendly activities make the most of the resort’s Castle Harbour setting in any season. There's the Junior Golf Program on Saturdays, introducing youngsters ages 4-6 to the game with a free half-hour session, complete with refreshments, from 1 – 1:30 p.m., while young intermediate golfers of all ages receive instruction on and off the course from 1:30 – 3 p.m. for $25 per player. There's also a Junior Tennis Program and Rose Buds Children's Program with supervised fun for the youngest guests. Not to mention the four pools, 12,000 square foot spa, children's water park, sailing excursions, and Dive & Watersports Centre, providing you with all you need to dive Bermuda's reefs and wrecks.


Announcing the Park Hyatt Marrakech Al Maaden


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt Marrakech

As if you needed further proof of Marrakech's status as a global capital of hotel cool: Park Hyatt is opening a property there in 2012. (This is the hotel brand that scored top honors with Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme- recently named by the French government as one of just eight "palace" hotels in France.) Located within the within the Al Maaden Golf Resort, the Park Hyatt Marrakech Al Maaden will have rooms with views of both the Atlas Mountains and the 18-hole golf course, created by award-winning golf course designer Kyle Phillips in the style of a classic Moroccan garden. Top digs: Each of the 45 villas will have a living room, dining room, fireplace and pool. Ooh la la!


Free Championship Golf at Miami's Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, MiamiSavor the last days of summer with a jaunt to Miami. With a private beach club, an exclusive spa, and three sparkling pools, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort will give you a reason to smile. Pay just $159 per night and get a bunch of value-added amenities built into the price. Not only that, you'll get to enjoy free golf on both of the 18-hole championship courses through September 30, 2011. This deal is so snazzy it caught the eye of CBS News; kids under five get to eat for free, and parents can tuck into a three-course Prix Fixe dinner at award-winning BOURBON STEAK for only $35.


Hogwarts Halloween at Ireland's Ashford Castle


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ashford CastleHarry Potter's magical world of witches and wizards will come to life this Halloween at Ireland's Ashford Castle. Situated on 350 acres on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong in County Mayo, Ashford Castle dates back to 1228. The resort's activities run the gamut from falconry to golf, and Ashford Castle continually ranks as one of the best resorts in the world. For Halloween, families are welcome to the estate for a fun-filled weekend for magicians in the making. It's the ideal setting: secret rooms, hidden alcoves, and mystical woodland surroundings... Two "Hogwarts Halloween" packages are offered from October 28th through November 6th. 

October 28, 30; November 1, 3, 5

Noon - "Forbidden Forest" treasure hunt for entire family

3pm - Visit to the hiding place of Dingle, Ashford Castle's resident owl (supervised)

4pm - Afternoon "Chamber of Art" painting class (supervised)

5pm - 6:30pm: Kids' dinner in the Ardilaun Suite (supervised)

6:30pm - 9pm: Harry Potter movie evening (supervised)

From 7pm - George V Table d'Hote dinner for Mom and Dad

October 29, 31; November 2, 4, 6

Noon - "Hidden Garden" treasure hunt for entire family

3pm -"House Elves" cooking class (supervised)

4pm-5pm - Afternoon "Chamber of Witchcraft & Wizardry" (supervised)

5pm - 6pm - Kids' dinner in the Ardilaun Suite (supervised)

6:30pm - 9pm - Harry Potter movie evening (supervised)

From 7pm - George V Table d'Hote dinner for Mom and Dad

The one-night package is priced at €495 (approximately US$709) and the two-night package is priced at €950 (approximately US$1,361); both offer accommodation in a Deluxe Family Room. Both packages are based on two adults and two children under the age of 12. An additional charge of €85 (approximately US$122) per night may be applied for each additional child.


Hawaiian Holidays: 3rd Night Free at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at KoeleIt's hard to believe that summer is nearly over, and it's almost back-to-school time for the kids. But before stocking up on backpacks and school supplies, why not pack up the family for one last summer adventure? The Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele is offering a special value for parents looking to linger longer for less in Hawai'i. Nestled within the lush central highlands of the private Hawaiian island of Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele is the ideal getaway for families. Tee off on the 18-hole putting course – a cross between miniature golf and a real putting challenge - or visit Lana'i Pine Sporting Clays and Archery Range for an afternoon of archery and clay shooting. Go horseback riding through Koele’s picturesque upcountry and learn about the island’s history.

The "Stay Longer" promotion means a complimentary third night when you book two consecutive nights at the resort. What's more, Four Seasons offers free meals for its youngest guests, welcome amenities for children, and Kids For All Seasons programming for children five to 12. There's also a Surf Shack Teen Center featuring video game stations, a pool table and lounge area for those aged 13-17 at Manele Bay. Rates for the package start at $295 and are valid on new bookings only. Three night minimum stay required; subject to availability.