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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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.