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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.

$96 Per Night: 96-Hour Sale at RockResorts Hotels

August 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Arrabelle at Vail SquareWhether you're looking to tear it up on the slopes in Colorado, lounge by the beach on St. Lucia, go snorkeling in Jamaica, or savor some Southwestern flavor in Santa Fe, RockResorts is giving you the chance. Score lavish accommodations at affordable prices with a 96-hour sale with rooms starting from just $96 a night. Available for travel seven days a week through April 8, 2012, this offer must be booked by Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at Midnight MDT. Check out some of these fab destinations: The Osprey at Beaver Creek, The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Keystone Lodge and Spa, The Lodge at Vail, The Arrabelle at Vail Square, The Landings St. Lucia in the West Indies, Half Moon in Jamaica, Snake River Lodge & Spa in Wyoming, Tempo in Miami, and La Posada de Santa Fe.


Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Grand Velas Resorts

August 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Velas, Riviera MayaGrand Velas Resorts in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Maya are going all out to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day on September 16. Think complimentary tequila aromatherapy massages, authentic Mexican meals and thrilling adventures to teach guests more about Mexico’s vibrant culture and history. What we're most excited about: the ‘Mayan Encounter’ tour that takes adrenaline hounds zip lining through the Mayan jungle and to the top of the Yucatan’s tallest pyramid. Available from September 12-18. The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit outside Puerto Vallarta is offering guests a third night free, a 25-minute ‘Viva Mexico’ massage, an authentic Mexican dinner complete with mariachi band, and 30% off a round of golf at Vista Vallarta & Marina Vallarta courses. Rates start at $320 USD per person per night in double occupancy in Master or Parlor Ocean View Suite. Children are $87 per child per night.

Sister property Grand Velas Riviera Maya is welcoming guests with the Mayan Heritage Experience which includes a free suite upgrade, the above-mentioned Mayan Encounter tour, and a taste of authentic Mayan fare prepared by local Mayan women. Back at the resort, guests can experience Mexican Independence at Frida Restaurant with a special menu that pays tribute to some of Mexico City’s Grand Velas Riviera Nayaritgastronomy from the past 40 years. Rates for the Mayan Heritage Experience start at $330 per person per night in double occupancy in the Zen Grand Suite. Children up to 12 years old stay free when sharing the suite with their parents and children 13 to 16 years receive a 50% discount in the Ambassador, Ambassador Pool & Grand Class suites.

Note that Grand Velas Resort’s all-inclusive rate includes luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, nightly entertainment and more. Minimum of three nights applies to both packages.


Free Championship Golf at Miami's Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort

August 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, MiamiSavor the last days of summer with a jaunt to Miami. With a private beach club, an exclusive spa, and three sparkling pools, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort will give you a reason to smile. Pay just $159 per night and get a bunch of value-added amenities built into the price. Not only that, you'll get to enjoy free golf on both of the 18-hole championship courses through September 30, 2011. This deal is so snazzy it caught the eye of CBS News; kids under five get to eat for free, and parents can tuck into a three-course Prix Fixe dinner at award-winning BOURBON STEAK for only $35.


Pick Your Perk: $79 Rates at Arizona's Wigwam Resort

August 16, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wigwam ResortNow through September 5, the historic Wigwam resort in Phoenix is sending off summer by offering its lowest rates of the season with rooms for just $79. Not only that, but you get to "Pick Your Perk" and enjoy the hotel's newest amenities for a fraction of the price (think half-price poolside cabanas and free dessert at the new farm-to-table restaurant, Litchfield's). The Arizona resort recently underwent a $7 million dollar renovation and has a new main pool complex, outdoor plaza, dining concepts and hotel lobby. Special summer guest activities including Bocce ball, swim-up blackjack, water balloon tosses, and more. The “Pick Your Perk” promotion includes a $79 room rate and the option to enjoy all of the following for stays Aug. 1 - Sept. 5, 2011:

* Half-price Cabana Rentals with 10 percent off food and beverage.

* Complimentary Wine or Dessert with an entrée purchase at Litchfield’s restaurant

* $25 Greens Fee for golf, includes a sleeve of Nike Power Distance golf balls.

* $45 Three-course Dinner for Two at Red Allen’s restaurant overlooking the Wigwam fairways.

* Half-price Tennis Clinics at the resort’s world-class championship tennis facility.


Boston Restaurant Week: Specials at the Taj Boston

August 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Taj BostonBoston restaurant week is in full swing, meaning you can score a deal at some of the city's finest restaurants. Try a two-course lunch for $15.11, three-course lunch for $20.11, and three-course dinner for $33.11. For the occasion, the Taj Boston-- the landmark hotel at Arlington and Newbury streets overlooking the Public Garden-- has introduced new menus available August 14-19 and August 21-26. Snag a table in The Café, the hotel’s charming 66-seat restaurant with perfect people-watching views of fashionable Newbury Street shops, and dig into these tasty favorites:

* Starters: Indian Spiced Fish Cake with Cucumber Salad and Mint Chutney OR Escargot and Orecchiette Pasta with Woodland Mushrooms and Lemon Garlic Butter

* Entrees: Methi Murg Chicken (a flavorful red curry) with Sweet Onion and Cashew Gravy and Fenugreek; East Coast Seafood Cioppino with Garlic Toast and Herb Aioli, OR o Grilled Smoked Pork Chop with Corn Yukon Mashed and Mustard Barbeque Sauce

* Dessert: Crème Brûlée with Fresh Berries, OR Coconut Caramel Cake with Candied Bananas and Passion Fruit Coulis


'Sandsational' Summer in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands

August 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marina Bay Sands, SingaporeYou've heard about Marina Bay Sands and it's sky-high infinity pool and plant-filled Sky Park... Now here's your chance to see it with your very own eyes, and tell all your friends back home about one of the sexiest new hotels on the planet. Located along the Marina Bay waterfront, Marina Bay Sands opened in 2010 and has already become a premier entertainment destination in Singapore. It has a lotus-inspired Museum, countless retail stores, trendy restaurants by celebrity chefs, theaters and happening night clubs, and a Las Vegas-style casino. Stay anytime til September 30, 2011 and you can take advantage of the "Sandsational Summer" package which includes:

* Two complimentary drinks from Ku De Ta—in the iconic Sands SkyPark.

* A S$50 nett destination credit per day. (Simply charge to your room and they'll waive the first S$50nett daily.)

* A 10% discount off Disney's musical "The Lion King" for all categories except Platinum

* A 23% discount off admission for two at ArtScience Museum. 

Book now to enjoy this package from $339 per night on weekdays, and $399 on weekends. Does not include daily breakfast nor the 10% service charge and 7% GST.


$89 Per Night: Limited Time Offer at Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

August 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorldSitting pretty just across from SeaWorld and adjacent to Discovery Cove, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is inviting families to come play this summer. The "Splash & Stay" package, available for a limited time, is a great deal. A family of four pays just $89 a night and kids under 12 eat free throughout their stay. The hotel launched this exclusive family package to commemorate the grand opening of its water park R Aqua Zone-- a great place to splash and play. Think shooting water jets, a water windmill, and a pint-size water slide for toddlers! Must be booked by August 31, available for stays through October 1, 2011. America's favorite playground awaits...


Win a Free Night's Stay with Langham's "Linger Longer" Campaign

August 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Huntington Hotel, PasadenaBack in May, the Langham Hospitality Group launched a special offer called "Linger Longer for Less." Available through August 31, 2011 at Langham hotels worldwide (including Pasadena, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Shanghai), the promotion translates to real savings: stay two nights and get 10% off, stay three nights and save at least 15 percent with complimentary breakfast, linger four nights and save at least 20 percent with free breakfast and internet access. If you stay five nights, you'll get even more benefits: room upgrade included!

As part of this "Linger Longer" campaign, Langham recently announced a global social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo to search for top travel tips in key Langham cities. The prize? A free night's stay. To enter the contest, simply answer the question “If I could linger longer in a city with a Langham hotel, what would I do?” and email it with a photo (optional) to linger@langhamhotels.com. The most popular answer based on the most likes, comments and shares will win a free night’s stay in the Langham of the nominated city.

For more information, head over to Langham's Facebook page.


The Cool Pool Scene at D.C.'s Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel

August 3, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington DCBeat the heat with cool drinks and a soak in the pool on the rooftop of the Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel. "No matter the temps," says Washington Flyer, "the rooftop at the Liaison Capitol Hill is one of the best spots in town." They've got the requisite cabanas, DJ, delicious bites (from Art and Soul) and shimmering pool for guaranteed fun and the sun. For early risers, rooftop yoga takes place at 7:30 am for sun salutations overlooking the nation's capital. (Reservations required.) Enjoy this cool retreat with the "Dive In, Chill Out" package, starting from $169 per night. Here's what you get:

* Access to the rooftop pool

* Breakfast for two at Art and Soul

* Complimentary Yoga on the Roof classes daily

* A "Sun Yourself" kit with sunscreen, lip balm and bottled water

* A comfortable Affinia room personalized to your preferences

Available until September 4, 2011.


Celebrate National Golf Month with Unlimited Golf at Marco Island Marriot Beach Resort

August 3, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marco Island Marriott Beach ResortDid you know that August is National Golf Month? Celebrate with a round of golf (or two) by the sea. Golf resorts like Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort-- nestled on three miles of pristine Florida beach near Naples-- are offering savings for National Golf Month for extra fun on the fairway. Book the "Unlimited Golf Escape" and you'll get 25% savings. Here's what's included: accommodations in a tropical-view guestroom, daily breakfast for two people and two rounds of golf per day at The Rookery at Marco Island golf course, including complimentary replay based on availability. You'll also get a free golf gift item and 10% off purchases at the Golf Pro Shop. The package includes bag storage, bag tags, range balls and golf cart rental. Starting at $304 per night.