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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.

Judy Krupp Yoga Retreat at Uma Ubud, Bali


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Yoga Retreat at Uma Ubud From September 9-15, 2007, Judy Krupp will be hosting a five-day Yoga retreat for all levels at Uma Ubud, the five-star Bali resort dedicated to spiritual well-being. Expect an holistic, cultural adventure at Uma Ubud, highlighted by Asian-inspired therapies and local, organic cuisine. With Judy's Yoga Retreat, five hours of daily practice are complemented by Uma Ubud's substantial wellness facilities and activities program. Currently based at The Yoga Room in Sydney, Judy has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, and frequently runs workshops within Australia and internationally. Prices start from $2,160 (single) or $1,760 (double). Enjoy six nights accommodation in a Terrace or Garden Room, five hours of daily instruction, private return airport transfers, daily brunch on yoga days, and welcome and farewell dinner.


Dream Escape on St. Bart’s, French West Indies, at Le Toiny


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Toiny Experience a summer vacation on the chic Caribbean island of St. Bart's, where the exclusive Le Toiny Hotel has designed a unique and romantic five-night escape package, called "Awaken in the Dream." Upon arrival in St. Bart's airport, you'll receive a VIP welcome, then the chauffeur will escort you to the exclusive hotel, where your secluded Villa Suite awaits-- with private pool and tropical garden. Pop open the bottle of champagne and canapés that have been prepared for you, and then choose a convenient time for your dinner at the Le Gaïac restaurant, where a table awaits overlooking the beautiful bay. Each morning your French continental breakfast will be served on your private terrace next to your pool. Choose a location for your day's outing in the rental car reserved for your use (automatic soft top Jeep). Enjoy wonderfully prepared lunches in the restaurant, and in-suite massages for two, along with a professional manicure for one. You'll also receive a goodbye gift of a Le Toiny tote bag, perfect for your carry-ons. Priced from EUR 3380 for two people, available until August 31, 2007.


Live at the New Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, South Beach


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz Carlton South Beach Why not make the Ritz-Carlton your permanent address? Ritz-Carlton has announced plans for the new Club and Residences, South Beach; its three oceanfront towers will be located at the former site of Miami's famed Seville Hotel on Collins Avenue. Just 89 members will have the opportunity to live at this prestigious address, and reservations are now being accepted. Inspired by the glamour of mid-century South Beach, the new building is getting an historic makeover. Of course the interiors will be equipped with all the latest in luxury amenities and technology. The Helium Report has the skinny:

The Ritz-Carlton Club provides a new option for consumers seeking maintenance-free home ownership, complemented by the amenities of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, each club residence entitles members to a one-twelfth, deeded interest priced from the $100,000s to just over $500,000. Members can take advantage of the Ritz-Carlton services with twice-daily housekeeping, personal storage, grocery shopping, private chef services, in-residence gourmet dining and a concierge team that offers pre-arrival provisioning of the Club residences.


What a Hotel! Restored Elegance


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Here's a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

What a Hotel!

Helpful Hints: Spa Caudalie, 1st arrondissement, The Style of Individuality

Lana was the only contestant in Last Week's Hotel Contest:
What a Hotel!

The The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA


Next Stop: Eagles Palace, Halkidiki, Greece


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eagles Palace Beneath the shadow of mythical Mount Athos in northern Greece, next to the deep blue sea, Eagles Palace commands a premier seaside position near the ancient town of Ouranpolis. Set in lush gardens, the five-star hotel offers luxurious rooms, suites, or self-contained bungalows with private pools. Terraces look out over the secluded private beach of golden sand and the clear water of the Sigiticos Gulf. Facilities include the indulgent spa, three dining options, swimming pools, tennis court, water sports and the diving center. The hotel has distinguished itself with its outstanding projects for sustainable development and responsible tourism and was awarded the 2007 Caring Award from Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Well-integrated into the local community, the hotel has sponsored myriad projects: guests can dine in local homes, fishing trips are organized with the region's fisherman, beach clean-up days and environmental projects inform both guests and the local community about important issues.


Score a Hotel Credit at Four Seasons Philadelphia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Philadelphia Book a summer stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Philadelphia, the finest hotel in the city, and indulge a little more with a spending credit. Available until September 3, 2007, with a minimum two-night stay required. Receive a hotel credit of $100 per night-- so you can relax with a massage or facial in the spa, enjoy tea for two in the Swann Lounge, delight in a lovely lunch at the award-winning Fountain Restaurant. The choice is yours. Just steps from the city center, Four Seasons Philadelphia offers 364 guest rooms, handsomely appointed with Federal-style furnishings to reflect the city's rich history.


Ride the Eastern and Oriental Express: Get Free Hotel Nights in Bangkok and Singapore


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eastern and Oriental Express This summer, experience a panoramic view of the mystical landscapes of Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia aboard the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express. When you travel this journey, the ultimate centerpiece of any visit to the Far East, you will receive complimentary hotel accommodations: one free night at The Oriental in Singapore and one free night at The Oriental in Bangkok. (Available until September 16, 2007). Enjoy the thrill of the rails and the splendor of the E&O: elegant compartments, the famous bar car, delicious cuisine, and impeccable service. Begin your unforgettable journey in Bangkok, traversing the lush Malay peninsula, before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to the elegant city of Singapore (you may also elect the alternate route, departing from Singapore). Along the way, pass rice paddies, traditional villages, temples, and the infamous River Kwai. Rates for the four day/three night journey start at EUR 1540 in a Pullman compartment.


L’Atelier at Le Meridien Tahiti: The New Art Space in the South Pacific


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien Tahiti Get inspired with a trip to Paul Gauguin's favorite tropical islands, where the extraordinary light and colors continue to influence the canvases of visiting artists. Le Meridien Tahiti, a paradise of over-water bungalows and a perfect white sand beach, has opened a new onsite artists space called L'Atelier to feature works from contemporary artists from the Islands and around the world. Here, creative guests are invited to share an interactive experience with the exhibitions and the artists themselves. Situated near the resort's lagoon, L'Atelier hosts lectures, art workshops with artists in residence, and cocktail openings. Le Meridien Tahiti invites you to become a "creative guest" at L'Atelier, learning (or honing) artistic techniques and creating your own works. The Reveal Your Artistic Talent Package, available until December 15, 2007, includes buffet breakfast for two, room upgrade based on availability, two hour painting course per day for four days (two guests), and shuttle for two to Papeete to visit galleries. The fifth night is free, with a minimum four night stay in a Garden View room, and rates start at 31,080 XPF per night.


What’s Hot: Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Vigilius Mountain Resort Situated in Italy's South Tyrol region, wedged between the Alps and the Dolomites just 30 miles from the Austrain border, Vigilius Mountain Resort is a contemporary design hotel only accessible by cable car. At 1,500 meters above everyday life, Vigilius is an exciting and exclusive haven. Constructed with local materials of larch wood, glass, and a grass roof, the design is minimalist and modern, but blends harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. It was named to Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List in 2004, but this "luxury playground for adults" still gets lots of buzz. There's a screening room, two excellent restaurants, cutting-edge spa, and swimming pool with stunning panoramic views. Not to mention the wealth of activities right out your back door-- from hiking, skiing, and paragliding to wine-tasting and village-hopping.


Taste of London Food and Drink Festival: Stay at The Halkin


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Nahm Restaurant, Halkin Hotel What could be better than sampling London's finest plates outside in Regent's Park? The annual Taste of London festival, now in its fourth year, entices serious foodies to flock to the gourmet extravaganza. Where else can you sample Le Gavroche, Fifteen, Nahm, Pied à Terre and Angela Hartnett at The Connaught all at the same time? From June 21-24, 2007, head to the best table in town at the capital's most prestigious food and drink festival. Gastrofeatures include F Word Live (where Gordon Ramsay and the F Word team whip up some fabulous dishes), the Times Chefs' Theater, Specialty Beer Master Class, and the Producer's Market with delectable local produce.

Where to stay? Book a room at The Halkin, whose famed Thai restaurant, Nahm, is showcasing its exceptional cuisine at the Taste of London. (How's this for bragging rights: Nahm secured the world's first Michelin star for Thai cooking.) Located in the heart of Belgravia, just steps from Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, the 41-room Halkin is all about understated glamour. The white-marble lobby is polished, its adjacent bar intimate and chic. At this ultimate insider's address, guests are treated to attentive, but discreet, personal service.

PS. The Halkin's got some of the best suites in town