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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.

Quiet Luxury on the Las Vegas Strip at the Trump International

February 16, 2011
By: Daniel L. Moses

The Trump Las VegasThe best part about the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas is that there isn’t a casino downstairs. Eschewing Vegas tradition, the gold-mirrored windows of the Trump Tower opts to let their guests gamble elsewhere, and instead of focusing on which new slot machine to install, they created a haven of luxury.

When I stayed there last year, I still gambled (and plenty), but I did so at any of the nearby resorts that had bustling, smoke-filled casinos. When I returned to the Trump, I found something that is so often missing from Las Vegas strip hotels: peace and quiet. In fact, time after time, I’d exhaust myself elsewhere just to be refreshed at the Trump International. The stunning spa, decadent pool, or my well-appointed suite became a home away from home rather than just a place that was ushering me back downstairs to spend a few extra bucks.

Las Vegas will always have its mega-hotel and casino complexes, and I will always seek them out on my thrice annual pilgrimage to Sin City. But nowadays, I enjoy the peaceful luxury of the Trump International Hotel and Tower to sleep off those slot-induced hangovers.


Furniture from the Failed Fontainebleau Las Vegas Decorates Buffalo Bill’s

January 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fontainebleau Las VegasGet a taste of Vegas glamor for a fraction of the price. The mammoth Fontainebleau resort project may never see fruition in Sin City, but its designer furniture has been put to good use: decorating the rooms at Buffalo Bill's in Primm near the Nevada-California border. Grab a room there for $29 and revel in the luxury. As the old adage goes, one man's loss is another man's gain.

Photo of The Fontainebleau Las Vegas via the Las Vegas Undressed blog


Christmas in the Turks and Caicos: Limited Space at The Veranda

December 17, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Veranda Resort, Turks and CaicosLooking for a last-minute holiday getaway this year? Act fast and you could score a Caribbean Christmas. The Veranda Resort and Residences-- the all-inclusive luxury resort set on the pristine white sand of world-famous Grace Bay Beach-- has limited space starting December 20, 2010. Couples can relax in the Garden and Ocean View Studios and One-Bedroom Suites, while families can enjoy the multiple-bedroom suites including one of the gorgeous Oceanfront Three-Bedroom Cottages (available for 7 nights starting Dec 20). The resort's facilities run the gamut from the fully-equipped fitness center and spa to the Kids Club. Right outside your front door: a little piece of paradise in the Turks and Caicos.


Plan Ahead for a Caribbean Getaway: 45% Savings at Renaissance Aruba

October 26, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Renaissance ArubaRemember 'Snowmaggedon' last winter in Washington D.C.? Numbing temperatures may feel really far away, but Thanksgiving's already right around the corner. Plan ahead for a Caribbean escape this winter to dodge the winter blues. You'll get treated to some serious savings at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino. The "Travel Smart-Book Now" offer provides savings of up to 45%. But hurry, you must book before October 31, 2010 for travel between January 2-April 24, 2011. News: You can also take advantage of an all-inclusive, adults exclusive option at Renaissance Aruba, starting from just $376 per night and including unlimited standard brand beverages (including frozen drinks) and all daily meals. While you're vacationing at the resort, check out Renaissance Island (pictured), the only private island in Aruba, accessed by complimentary water taxi service.


A Sky-High Infinity Pool and More at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

October 12, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marina Bay Sands SingaporeHow do we love the Marina Bay Sands? Let us count the ways. An infinity pool 55 storeys above the ground with 360 degree views of Singapore... The incredible Sands SkyPark, a tropical oasis floating atop the hotel and stretching longer than the Eiffel Tower on its side... The restaurants by Guy Savoy... The museum shaped like a lotus flower...This is the world's most expensive hotel, built at a cost of billions, so we expect nothing less. Book one of the 2,560 guest rooms and you'll be privy to the inside secrets of a business, leisure, and entertainment destination that's unparalleled. As globorati points out, Savoy's resto is "only the second restaurant outside Paris for the multi-starred Michelin chef," with most of the ingredients flown in from France. What else is inside? An indoor canal, "the best shopping mall in Asia," a convention centre, a casino, and an outdoor event plaza and theaters featuring Broadway hits such as "The Lion King."


Puerto Rico Fall Getaway: Discounts at the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza

October 1, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad San Juan Condado PlazaLooking for a beach break just a short flight from the East Coast? A fall getaway for a song? Think Puerto Rico, where sandy beaches and alluring cocktails await. The Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza is offering an irresistible package deal with low rates and lots of perks. The Fall Getaways Promotion is priced from $179 per night and gives lucky guests a third night free. But that's not all. You'll also get 20 percent off spa treatments at the Zen Spa, a 10 percent discount at the hotel’s in-house car rental desk, a $25 casino match bet coupon and 20 percent off at participating restaurants, including Eight Noodle Bar (with late night hours) and the poolside Aqua Bar & Grill. Unique to the Conrad: a beach in downtown San Juan! The resort has it all-- from water sports and tennis to a 24-hour casino and a sprawling pool complex including San Juan's only filtered saltwater pool. The promotion, associated with Puerto Rico Getaways, must be booked by October 31, 2010 and is available for travel now through January 15, 2011.


Luxury Hotels in Croatia: Rates from EUR 112 at the New Radisson Blu Resort Split

August 20, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Radisson Blu Resort SplitA new Radisson Blu Resort-- the second such resort in Croatia-- is upping the luxury quotient along the idyllic Adriatic coast. Situated just 15 minutes by foot from the historic city-center of Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Radisson Blu Resort Split debuted last week with tempting opening rates of just EUR 112 per night. The Rezidor Hotel Group renovated a 50-year old property formerly known as the Hotel Split and the new 240-room resort has it all: complimentary high-speed Internet access, panoramic views of the Mediterranean and the isles of Brac and Solta, delicious dining options, an exclusive Anne Sémonin Spa, a private beach with dedicated bar service, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, and casino. Book a suite and you'll get to enjoy a balcony and a Nespresso machine. Top digs? The Presidential Suite, boasting a private terrace with Jacuzzi and an outdoor sauna.


Free Meals in Las Vegas with Mandalay Bay’s Buffet Package

August 6, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandalay Bay, Las VegasJet to Sin City for a wild weekend of gambling, entertainment, and... eating. That's right. Mandalay Bay is enticing guests to not only soak up the sun on the award-winning, 11-acre Mandalay Bay Beach, but also to chow down for *free.* We've just learned about a new package at Mandalay Bay and its fancy, all-suite THEhotel which include all-day buffets for two. Here's the skinny from the Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal Blog:

Stay two nights at the hotel and you get two all-day buffets — breakfast, lunch and dinner — for two each day. Rates start at $66 per night for Mandalay Bay and $86 per night for TheHotel; prices don't include taxes or resort fees. The offer is good through Jan. 31. With this package, guests dine at the Bayside Buffet, which faces the water gardens at the hotel. Four all-day buffets usually would cost $160, a great value when it's rolled into the room price.


The World’s Best Up and Coming Hotels

August 5, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The James ChicagoIn its August 2010 issue, Travel + Leisure highlights "20 to Watch: 2010's Best Up-and-Coming Hotels," many of which can be found in the Five Star Alliance collection. Predicting "the next hottest hotels around the globe," Travel + Leisure scoured the globe "to pick out this year's new and refurbished, expanding, or otherwise evolving hotels." What the magazine's editors found: domestic hotels are raising the bar, with fantastic luxury hotels in the United States and Canada. So without further ado, here's the list:

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Algodon Mansion, Buenos Aires

Amangiri, Utah

Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

Four Seasons Beirut

The James Chicago

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, Antigua

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

The Peninsula Chicago

The Pierre New York, A Taj Hotel

Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan, Paris

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Phulay Bay, Krabi, Thailand

Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, London

Trident, Bandra Kurla, Mumbai, India

Veranda Resort, Turks & Caicos

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia

Destination Spa: The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu , Malibu, California


Coming in December: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

August 4, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas"See Las Vegas like never before. Luxury, sophistication and style have reached a new height in Las Vegas. 52 stories to be exact." Piqued your interest? The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas-- described as "the last major new casino-resort likely to open on the Las Vegas Strip"-- will debut in December with killer views over Sin City. To quote the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is not for acrophobes. From a 40th-floor open-air balcony overlooking the Strip, Cosmopolitan hotel guests are seemingly at eye-level with the Eiffel Tower replica across the street at Paris Las Vegas. And the Cosmopolitan has 10 stories of hotel rooms above the 40th floor. Each unit of the 2,995-room hotel has its own terrace, which is unheard of in Las Vegas.

The difference is also the experience. The Eiffel Tower viewing platform is fully enclosed by steel and mesh. At the Cosmopolitan, hotel guests can take in the Strip, gaze upon the Bellagio fountains, look down on the Planet Hollywood Resort swimming pool and oversee CityCenter from beyond their rooms outside on a patio-style setting. A steel-enforced railing bar keeps you about two feet from the terraces' edge. Still, at that height someone can get a little weak in the knees.

There's already a lot of talk about the gorgeous, residential-style rooms and amenities including a sprawling spa, three separate pools (including an adult pool), a nightclub by the Tao Group, and 100,000 square feet of gaming space. Did we mention the restaurant collection helmed by celebrity chefs? Check out the photo gallery featured on Five Star Alliance.