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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.

Forbes.com Most Expensive Resorts

October 21, 2005
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Turtle Island, Fiji

Forbes.com released their list of the world’s most expensive resorts. Hmmmm, a mere $10,000 at Rania in the Maldives? Bring it on! But does expensive necessarily mean the best?


Conde Nast Business Travel Awards

October 20, 2005
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

CN Traveler October 2005

The die’s been cast; road warriors have picked the world’s best airlines and hotels—published in this month’s issue of CN Traveler. In the United States and the Americas, Mandarin Oriental tops the charts, while Ritz-Carlton takes Europe and Africa, and Peninsula (surprise, surprise) prevails in Asia. Singapore Airlines still reigns supreme as the best business-class service in the world.


Starwood Hotels Auction for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

October 20, 2005
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The observant folks at Luxist brought our attention to the upcoming Starwood Hotels auction: an extraordinary benefit for the Starwood employees affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Bidding will take place October 20-27. The items (all pretty sweet) include exclusive stays in luxurious Presidential suites at the best hotels worldwide, a walk on role in The Devil Wears Prada starring Meryl Streep, and an insider pass to the PGA tour and year golf passes to the world's most famous courses.


Discover Bhutan with Aman Resorts

October 19, 2005
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bhutan Amanresorts

The walls have come down. For centuries the Kingdom of Bhutan has been closed to the outside world, its cultures and customs a mystery to the West. Sandwiched between China to the north and India to the south, Bhutan straddles high mountain valleys and remote, unspoiled wilderness. The kingdom has preserved its beautiful Mahayana Buddhist way of life, uninfluenced by the outside world. Forget coffee-table books; now is your chance to see this marvel with your own eyes. By decree of the king, visitors are now allowed to step inside the mountain walls and experience Bhutan in style: Amanresorts is the first foreign company allowed to open a series of luxury properties throughout the kingdom. Amankora opened its first location in June 2004 in Bhutan's Paro Valley. Located 2,500 meters above sea level, the luxury hotel features magnificent wood-paneled interiors, traditional wood burning stoves and glorious views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. The eight-suite Amankora Punakha is the second resort property, accessed by crossing a suspension bridge over a river. It is situated in lush rice fields near one of Bhutan’s most significant fortress monasteries.

Take advantage of the tailor-made Aman Journey, a circuitous route through the country’s diverse landscapes, for guests to experience and discover the ancient traditions of the Himalayas at each of four luxurious Aman hotels. In November and December of 2005, the Amankora circuit will be further extended with the openings of Amankora Gangtey in the remote Phobjikha Valley and Amankora Thimphu, in the Thimphu Valley, the site of Bhutan's capital city. Amanresorts will book all flights, ground transportation and take care of visas on behalf of guests. Double suites from $900, with an additional $289 for the Tourism Development Fund tax.

Amankora, Official Site

Amankora, Five Star Alliance


Make Way for Mayakoba

October 14, 2005
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mayakoba

Cancun is a mess. Mangrove swamps and coral reefs were paved over for towering high-rises and wet t-shirt contests. God bless the eco-friendly developers at Mayakoba, who are creating a new kind of luxury community just south of there on the picture-perfect beaches of the Riviera Maya. We’re carefully observing this ecoproject, which is ambitious and unique, and may set the standard for responsible, sustainable development worldwide. Mayakoba is a community of five luxury hotels—including Fairmont, Viceroy, Banyan Tree, Rosewood, and La Casa Que Canta—set within sugar white beaches and lush mangrove lagoons. Among all these celebrated resorts (of which the Fairmont Mayakoba is the first to debut in December 2005), guests can experience a range of spa and culinary choices.

Fairmont Mayakoba, Official Site

Fairmont Mayakoba, Five Star Alliance


The Lonely Planet of Airport Guidebooks (Almost)

October 13, 2005
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ever been lost in the psychedelic maze at Charles de Gaulle airport? Never again, thanks to a new world airport guide, brought to our attention by the savvy folks at Gridskipper.


Itching To Plan Your Winter Getaway?

October 13, 2005
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caribbean getaway

Luxury Travel Magazine just released their list of top new resorts in the Caribbean... Check them out and get tempted.


What’s Up With Macau?

October 13, 2005
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Lisboa

When I last visited China’s old Portuguese colony in May 2004, it was sleazy, shady, and—I’ll admit—a teensy bit scarey. Granted, there are plenty of interesting historical sites in the old city—its historic heart full of narrow streets, pastel facades, and Chinese courtyards lined with the signature Portuguese tiles. The East-West cultural exchange is awesome, proudly manifest in the architecture: Chinese temples standing side by side the remnants of the first Christian churches in Asia. But the view from my window in the dated Hotel Lisboa was downright depressing; the casino strip seemed caught in a time warp of aged, cheezy opulence. The hang-out for the dregs of Hong Kong. So I’m amazed by the latest buzz-- that Steve Wynn is scheduled to open a sophisticated hotel and casino in Autumn 2006. Looks like Wynn follows another Vegas based gaming resort. Last year the owner of the Venetian in Vegas opened the US$240 million Sands Macau. Indeed, Time Asia has predicted an explosive gaming boom for Hong Kong’s lesser known neighbor. Is Macau the next luxury hotspot for the world’s highrollers?


Suite Relief: The Hotel Plaza Athenee Unveils the Largest Accomodations in Paris

October 12, 2005
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Plaza Athenee Located on the fifth floor, the Royal Suite of the Hotel Plaza Athenee boasts 450 square meters, overlooking the Eiffel Tower and Avenue Montaigne. The decadent suite is furnished like an elegant Parisian home, brimming with antiques and beautiful fabrics. Two enormous, luxurious bathrooms have their own Turkish bath, a Jacuzzi and a mini-bar full of cosmetics. The good folks at the Athenee haven’t skimped on technology; the Royal has eight plasma-screen televisions, lights adjustable by remote control, and a private office with high speed internet. A night will set you back EUR 14,000. Hotel Plaza Athenee, Official Site Hotel Plaza Athenee Booking at Five Star Alliance


Bring the Kids to Grace Bay Club

October 11, 2005
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos Possibly the most prestigious address in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Grace Bay Club is dripping with accolades: Robb Report’s Best of the Best, Forbes.com World’s Most Luxurious Beaches, Andrew Harper’s Best of the Caribbean. And the resort seems to stick like glue to Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List, where it’s been a fixture since 1997. The adults-only hotel has 21 luxurious suites, adorned with terra-cotta Spanish tiles on the edge of a stunning white-sand beach. Measuring a palatial 850-2,000 square feet, the suites have private ocean view terraces, sumptuous 220-count Egyptian cotton linens, hand-painted Mexican tiles, flat screen televisions and full kitchens. The oceanfront restaurant, Anacaona, is the island’s elegant best—serving up epicurean delights such as Turks and Caicos baby conch. The resort’s ultra-hip Lounge offers a creative martini menu on the beach. What could get better than this? Grace Bay Club just announced the opening of new family-friendly suites at the Villas. So while parents bask in the pampering at the 5,000 square foot European spa at the adults-only hotel, their kids are living it up at the eco-activity children’s program—Kids Town—not to mention their own pool and beachside Grill. Grace Bay Club, Official Site Grace Bay Club Booking at Five Star Alliance