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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.

Wild, Wild West: Blacktomato Offers Luxury Frontier Package

September 21, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Tanque Verde Ranch

Think back to childhood. Picture yourself chasing after your friends, finger cocked into the shape of a pistol. “Bang, bang. I got you! You’re dead!” you’d yell, but your friends would never just fall down. They’d have a million reasons why not: “You missed me!” or “I’ve got armor!” or “I’m superman – bullets don’t hurt me!” or “Nuh uh!” You probably wrestled a bit until Mom told you to come inside and have your dinner already, it was getting cold.

Remember that? Now you get a chance to bring those childhood afternoons spent playing "Cowboys and Indians" to life. Blacktomato has created a 12-night luxury tour to showcase the modern Wild West adventure. Travel the edge of the Grand Canyon, wrangle cattle, and visit the most awe-inspiring of desert oases. It’s so authentic you might forget when you’re out in the wilds that you’re not spending your nights in a small, sweltering tent, but instead getting refreshed and rejuvenated at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels. They suggest, as we do, that you spend at least part of your stay at the Amangiri, a secluded resort so built to blend into the landscape that you’ll think it’s a mirage. Unlike most vacation packages, which offer you a set itinerary, Blacktomato recognizes that you want to take control of your own destiny, and their 12-night package is nothing more than a suggestion for things to see and do as you explore the western frontier:

  •  • Begin at Las Vegas and experience the strip in all its neon-bathed glory.
  •  • Leave the city to explore the rugged, scenic vistas of the Grand Canyon.
  •  • Continue on to the hidden desert oasis of Amangiri.
  •  • Experience the majestic red rock formations at the Enchantment Resort.
  •  • Live the life of a cowboy at the Tanque Verde Ranch.

Blacktomato will work with you to craft the perfect journey through America’s wildest of regions, and trust us; you can’t go wrong.


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

September 21, 2011
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.


We Sell Swell Suites by the Sea Swells

September 20, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Hawaii

This just in:  The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is offering crazy deals for the fall season. Situated on the Kohala Coast in Hawaii, the hotel is home to 1,839 acres of scenic beachfront which it shares with just one other hotel. Its name is derived from a series of underground springs that used to bubble to the surface and form Artesian fountains, providing fresh water to weary travelers. Now the Hapuna Beach is home to an 18-hole championship golf course and offers a ridiculous variety of activities: swimming, snorkeling, outrigger-canoeing, sailing, kayaking, whale watching, and deep-sea fishing. Or you could just sit on the beach all day and enjoy the view of Hawaii’s twin volcanic mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

Either way, the resort is offering some great deals, including getting your third night free. So escape the fall weather and check out this amazing island location. In no time, the headlines will be reading, “travelers tired of tourist traps try traditional, topnotch retreat.”


Champagne and Chocolate: The Madison Washington DC Offers Romantic Getaway

September 13, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Madison Hotel Washington DC

The Madison Washington DC is offering a romantic getaway escape that's perfect for enjoying the capital's sophisticated dining and historic landmarks with that special someone. Whether you want to explore the sights of D.C. or spend an intimate evening rekindling the flame, The Madison is prepared to accommodate your every wish. Clichés exist for a reason, and the Madison realizes that they come together to make the recipe for a perfect evening. What could be more indulgent than beginning your romantic stay with a bottle of champagne and some heavenly strawberries smothered in the finest chocolate? It may be a feature of every romantic dinner scene in the last ten years, but who wouldn’t want the movie-star treatment?

And after a long night, nothing says relaxing like waking up to a fresh and delicious breakfast, right at the foot of your bed.  The Madison is prepared to make your romantic getaway as relaxing or adventurous as you like.  Don’t move an inch except to don your bathrobe and wander down to the 24-hour Spa, or put on your traveling boots and head out to explore the history of a nation.  And regardless of whether you’re stretching your legs for the first time or winding down from an exciting day, there’s no better cap to a wonderful evening than a stroll through a gorgeous twilight cityscape – complimentary, of course. 

The package includes

• Two night stay in a guest room, with complimentary upgrade to a suite based on availability 
• Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival
• Breakfast in bed each morning
• An unforgettable experience in one of the most storied, and historic, cities in America


Escape to Cabo San Lucas: 4th Night Free at Esperanza Resort

September 12, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Esperanza, Cabo San LucasAlways wanted to plan a getaway to Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas? (Can't say we blame you; this luxury resort is a fave of Hollywood celebrities for its beautifully designed casitas and swank spa.) The property is nestled in 17 lushly landscaped acres beneath the mountains at the tip of the Baja Peninsula- and all rooms have spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez. Book the "Ultimate Escape" at Esperanza-- available until December 17, 2011-- and you'll get the 4th night free when you stay three consecutive nights. You'll also be treated to complimentary daily breakfast at El Restaurante, complimentary round trip airport transfers ($300 value), 2-$50 spa certificates, complimentary yoga classes daily, use of the fitness facility, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages in the mini bar. Subject to availability.


Free Stuff with Your Stay at Opus Hotel Vancouver

September 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Opus Hotel VancouverPaint the town red in Vancouver; the Opus Hotel is inviting you to treat yourself to a deluxe evening out with a bevy of free add-ons with the "Lights Out" package. We're talking $170 worth of inclusions! Kick off the good times with free martinis in your stylish OPUS Suite as you primp for an evening out with priority access to Vancouver’s most desirable restaurant, One Hundred Nights. They're open until 3am so of course you'll get late 2pm check out the next morning and breakfast for two. Priced from $279, the package includes these complimentary perks:

* Martinis for 2 | mix or drink it straight up

* OPUS Perks Card | Exclusive offers at 14 Yaletown Retailers

* 15% off Deluxe and Executive Suite room rates

* VIP access to OPUS Bar/One Hundred Nights | flash your room key

* Breakfast for two in One Hundred Nights

PS. The Opus Hotel Vancouver is part of Five Star Alliance's four-star hotel collection. For other four-star hotels, browse the Five Star Alliance site...


Last Summer Blast: 3rd Night Free at Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

September 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gansevoort Turks and CaicosTake a hip New York City hotel, transplant it to a beautiful beach setting, sprinkle a sensual island vibe, and you get the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos. "Caribbean cool meets urban chic" at this beachfront retreat on Grace Bay...where you can soak up the rays by the 7,000 square foot infinity pool, relax and take a breath at the exhale spa, and wine and dine at some of the best restaurants on the island. Special offer: The Gansevoort Turks and Caicos is currently inviting guests to have a "last summer blast." They're giving away every third night free until October 31, 2011, subject to availability. Another hot offer: Arrive on Sunday for a four-night stay, and get a free night along with your choice of a three-course dinner for two OR one signature 50-minute Provo Deep Flow massage. Available until December 23, 2011, black-out dates apply.

PS. The hotel has a neat blog. Check it out.


Forget Back-to-School: Head Back to Bermuda with a Sale at The Reefs

September 6, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Reefs, Bermuda

Suffering back-to-school blues? Head back to Bermuda for a fall break on the island's pink sand beaches. The Reefs has announced a one-week sale with 30% off all accommodations, valid for travel through December. Act fast! Beginning Tuesday, September 6 and ending Tuesday, September 13, 2011, the sale is available on all stays of four nights or more. Get this: Daily rates even include full-service breakfast, afternoon tea and nightly dinner for two! A couple can stay for as low as $287 per night, a savings of $123 per night, in a Poolside Room with private patio facing the ocean. A group of six people can save up to $697 per night off of a stay in a luxurious 3-bedroom Club Suite with 2,500 square feet of living space facing the turquoise Atlantic Ocean and including most meals.


Global Sale on Airfares: Up to 25% Off with Qatar Airways

September 4, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Qatar AirwaysNab this deal while you can! Qatar Airways is running a Global Sales Promo - up to 25% off ALL destinations. With this 3-day sale starting September 6, 2011, you can travel to over 100 destinations and experience the world's 5-star airline, recently voted the Skytrax 2011 Airline of the Year in a survey consisting of over 18 million passengers from 100 countries. Hurry, you must book by September 8, 2011! With this exclusive sale, you can save up to 25% on Economy Class and up to 15% on Business Class fares. Reserve your tickets today and enjoy travel through March 31, 2012.

Posted in: Articles, Air Travel, Deals

Special Offers in the Caribbean: Endless Summer in St. Lucia

August 31, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap MaisonJust because Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, doesn't mean you need to start mourning the end of summer. Several beach resorts in Saint Lucia are inviting travelers to extend the holidays with the "Endless Summer" promotion. Soak up the sunshine, fruity rum cocktail in hand, while sprawled out on some of the prettiest (and most pristine) beaches in the Caribbean. Here's a sampling of the packages:

*The Jalousie Plantation, Sugar Beach is offering reduced rates on the Luxury Villa and Superior Luxury Villa categories—a savings of close to US$100 per night. Guests will also enjoy complimentary breakfast and dinner daily for two adults (excluding drinks). Room rates start at US$499 and US$599. (Rates exclude 18% tax and service charge). Valid for travel up to September 30, 2011.

*Guests can enjoy savings up to 50% at the Discovery at Marigot Bay Hotel when they visit between October 1st and December 19, 2011.

*Anse Chastanet Summer Early Promotion. Enjoy a 4th and 7th night free. Rates, per couple, in Standard, Superior, Beachside Deluxe accommodation respectively are: US$330/$420/$525. Add breakfast and dinner for US $160 per couple daily. Add an all inclusive meal plan for US$310 per couple daily. Travel through October 15, 2011.

*Cap Maison's "Caribbean, Here I Come" offer means 30% off stays of 4 nights or more, with a Food and Beverage credit of US$200 included. Travel through December 19, 2011. Book by August 31, 2011!