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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.

The World’s Most Expensive Cupcake at the Palazzo Resort, Las Vegas

December 29, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

world's most expensive cupcakeNot fully satiated with holiday treats? As addicted to cupcakes (thanks Magnolia Bakery!) as the rest of the nation? Check out this temptation: the Decadence D'Or, sold at Sweet Surrenders cupcake shop inside the Palazzo Resort in Sin City.  Price tag? Just $750. Luxury Insider has the skinny:

The little treasure is made from 100-year-old Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac, Palmira Single Estate Chocolate from the rare Porcelain Crillo bean, Tahita Gold Vanilla Caviar (the most labour-intensive agricultural crop on the planet) and edible gold flakes.


Tiger Tracks: Las Vegas Hotels

December 18, 2009
By: Daniel L. Moses

BellagioInterested in where Tiger Woods chooses to stay in Las Vegas? I know I am. In fact, two hotels have recently been identified as alleged spots for the world’s most famous golfer and athlete of the decade, Tiger Woods. And if the rumors are true, Tiger is a man of luxurious taste.

The Bellagio Hotel & Casino certainly offers upscale accommodations, with many plush rooms to go along with its many pools and other romantic corners. In fact, the Bellagio has long been a premier Vegas hotspot, and with those fountains bursting into the air with such force and energy, you’ll certainly savor all that the Bellagio has to offer.

Another glamor location that keeps coming up is the opulent MGM Grand. This monster of a complex actually has several outfits within it, including the luxurious boutique style offerings at the SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand. The SKYLOFTS offer private luxury for only the most discerning traveler. And with a location on the very tip of the large MGM Grand, all of your dreams will come to life.


Deals in Las Vegas: $65 Rates at the Luxurious M Resort Spa Casino

December 18, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

M Resort Spa Casino, Las VegasThe hotel building boom in Las Vegas has certainly proved to be a boon for travelers. A glut of hotels-- including the brand new ones everyone's talking about (ie. Mandarin Oriental and Vdara)-- means room rates are being slashed to fill empty rooms. Case in point: $65 room rates at the M Resort Spa Casino, the talk of the town when it opened in March. The fantastical luxury resort is now being eclipsed by the even newer kids on the block. Rooms here are downright lavish with some of the best views in Vegas. This special deal is available for week-days through December 29, 2009. You'll get a kick out of the giant Christmas tree and hand-made gingerbread display in the lobby.


Beach Break in San Juan: Free Breakfast and Resort Credit at Conrad Condado Plaza

December 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad San Juan Condado PlazaLooking for a taste of the tropics close to home? Jet to Puerto Rico this winter and relax on the white sand beaches outside the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza. It's easy to escape to paradise with short flights to this vibrant island and affordable rates at the Conrad. Just minutes from historic San Juan's cobblestone streets and electric nightlife, the resort boasts three sparkling pools, two separate beachfronts (facing both the Atlantic and the Condado Lagoon) with complimentary beach chairs, and the newest gym in San Juan, outfitted with cardio equipment, free weights, and stretching mats. What's more- there's a 24-hour casino with a betting range from $2 to $2,000. Book the Winter Escape package and receive breakfast for two plus earn a $50 activity credit for a two-night stay, up to $200 activity credit on a stay of 8 or more nights. (For example, stay 4 or 5 nights, and get $100 credit, stay 6 or 7 and get $150, 8+ and get $200.) Bonus: Book by January 31, 2010 and you will receive upon check-out a complimentary one-night certificate with a future 3 paid night stay at any participating Conrad hotel.


The Palace of the Lost City: Top Lodgings in Sun City Near Pilanesberg National Park

November 20, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Palace of the Lost CitySouth Africa on the brain? We can hardly blame you. If you're looking for a little sunshine and scenery before the World Cup kicks off, look into The Palace of the Lost City, the luxury hotel situated in the fantastical resort complex of Sun City, nestled in the rolling hills outside the Pilanesberg, South Africa's third largest game park. Built as a fairytale palace with mosaic frescoes and hand-painted ceilings depicting South Africa's wildlife and culture, the hotel and its surrounding resort have oft been described as "Africa's Kingdom of Pleasure."

The Palace of the Lost CityWith sizzling Vegas-style entertainment, pools, lush gardens, and golf course, Sun City has it all. With a mythical history, to boot. According to legend, this was the site of an ancient civilization destroyed by an earthquake, so The Palace of the Lost City is the resurrected "royal residence" of a lost African civilization. The hotel itself is isolated from the rest of the resort complex against the backdrop of tropical forest and savanna-covered hills, and gets high marks for its five-star service. At The Palace of the Lost City, every guest is a VIP.


The End of Casino Construction Projects in Las Vegas

November 10, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Aria at Project City CenterAfter an incredible building boom (the likes of which the world has never seen before), Vegas is quieting down. When the $8.5 billion CityCenter casino is completed in December, there won't be another major project on the Strip for another decade. Analysts at a Las Vegas research firm say "the build-it-and-they-will-come mentality has gone the way of pillbox hats, Benny Goodman and your grandmother's dance card."


The Return of Garth Brooks: Shows at The Wynn Las Vegas

October 19, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Garth BrooksLast week country star Garth Brooks announced that he's coming out of retirement to perform a series of shows at the Danny Gans Theater at Steve Wynn's casino resort in Las Vegas. According to the USA Today, tickets for the first show (December 11th) will go on sale on October 24h at 8 a.m. Price tag: $125. With this series of weekend shows in 2010, Brooks will no doubt draw the crowds back to Sin City. After all, the country king "passed Elvis Presley to become the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history in 2007."

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Private Jets to Las Vegas: Incredible Package Deal with the Wynn and Encore Resorts

October 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wynn Las VegasWhat down economy? In true Wynn jet-set style, the Encore and Wynn Las Vegas Resorts are wooing visitors to Sin City with a glam package deal. You'll get private jet service (roundtrip airfare from Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport or John Wayne Airport in Orange County) coupled with luxe accommodations for three nights. On the jet, a Wynn concierge will hand over your room keys and get you drunk spoil you with Champagne. When you arrive, a limo will whisk you away to the resort so you can dodge that notorious Vegas taxi line. The price tag? A cool $780 per person for double occupancy, or $260 per night. Not bad when you factor in the perks. Available through November 29, 2009. [Map]


Labor Day Escapes: Summer Relief at the M Resort in Las Vegas

August 5, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

M Resort, Las VegasHurry, you've got just a few more days to snag this deal, available for stays through September at the M Resort, the newest property on the luxury hotel scene in Las Vegas. (In fact, it's a billion dollar project, so you can bet your bottom dollar that the rooms are decked out with luxurious amenities.) Here's the deal: Book a stay for Sunday-Thursday and you'll get a room for $75. Plus, you can take advantage of a bunch of resort-wide specials: 50 percent off cabanas at the pool, daily happy hour and dinner specials, and live entertainment every night.


M Resort Spa Casino, Las Vegas: The Place to Stay in May, Guaranteed $350K Giveaway

May 21, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

M Resort Spa CasinoThe newest luxury resort in Las Vegas (costing its developers a cool $1 billion) opened its doors in March to a crowd of thousands-- a star-studded gala that caused HotelChatter to quip: "M Resort Debuts, The Crowd Parties Like It's 2005." Focused on a personal, hands-on approach to service, the M Resort Spa Casino is located on South Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway on 90 acres-- a setting that's higher in elevation than other Vegas resort-casinos, thus providing the best views of the city skyline from its 390 guest rooms and suites. The M made headlines when it became the first casino in the U.S. to offer continuous betting throughout sporting events, and it's continuing to bask in the spotlight with its incredible giveaway offer. "The Place to Stay in May" means that The M is giving away $350,000 in cash and trips, with drawings held every 15 minutes 6-9 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And on Sunday, May 31, The M will give away a Mercedes Benz. Psssst. You'll find room rates on Five Star Alliance at less than $100 per night!