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


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


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.


Sponsored Article: 4th Night Free at The West Bay Club, Turks and Caicos


By: Five Star Alliance

The West Bay Club, Turks and CaicosRekindle your romance on the tiny island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos, voted the "top beach destination in the world" on TripAdvisor. The West Bay Club is paradise on earth: sitting directly on the white sands of the Turks and Caicos' most famous attraction, Grace Bay Beach. Blending Caribbean charm with contemporary chic, The West Bay Club features luxurious ocean-front suites with vast living areas, full kitchens or kitchenettes and outdoor terraces to enjoy the cooling breezes. All 47 suites boast breathtaking views of the famous white sands and aquamarine waters of Turks and Caicos.

To let you linger longer in the Caribbean, The West Bay Club is offering a 4th night free all summer long and into the fall. Available for travel until December 20, 2011, this offer also includes daily European breakfast! (This offer is not valid on studios; valid for new reservations only; limited number of rooms available; not combinable with other promotions.)

The West Bay Club, Turks and CaicosRecently recognized as a 2011 Fodor’s Choice selection, the family-friendly West Bay Club is ideal for any type of island getaway-- from group events and corporate outings to weddings and honeymoons. Amenities include a beautiful pool nestled in lush gardens, a full-service restaurant, free use of the Hobie Cat and other nonmotorized water sports, a well-equipped fitness center, a manager’s reception on Wednesday evenings and a kitchen stock-up service prior to guests' arrival. Complimentary wireless Internet throughout the resort is a nice perk, too.

 


Summer Sun and Shopping Spree: Macy's Gift Cards at Westin Gaslamp Quarter


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San DiegoBlue skies, 70 miles of beaches, and a year-round Mediterranean climate... San Diego makes for a sunny summer getaway. The newly renovated Westin Gaslamp Quarter is inviting guests to stay and play with a number of enticing packages. Until September 5, 2011, you can get a third night free. Or if you book the "Summer Sun and Shopping Spree" package, you'll get a $100 Macy’s gift card for each night of your stay! The Washington Post points out that regular rates start at $169, so the package rates of $199 (plus $25 per night in taxes), translates to $70 you get for retail therapy. Another hot deal: AAA members and California residents can score $99 room rates! Located next to San Diego's historic and vibrand Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel offers a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, WestinWORKOUT Gym, and 450 guest rooms with flat-screen TVs and Heavenly Beds.

 


All-Inclusive Escape to the Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Resort and Casino, ArubaLooking for a toes-in-the-sand Caribbean getaway without the surprise of hidden resort fees? The Westin Resort & Casino-- facing the sparkling blue sea off Aruba's beautiful Palm Beach-- has all-inclusive packages that are good value for money. Recently unveiled, the new "Modified All-Inclusive Package" allows more flexibility than the Classic All-Inclusive Experience- as dinners are not included so you can explore Aruba's restaurants. You get breakfast at Bon Bini Café, lunch at the Terrace restaurant, unlimited drinks at the resort’s Tambu Bar and Lobby Bar, and non-motorized water sports such as kayaks and surf boards. All for just $399 per room, per night (based on double occupancy). Children can be added to the daily plan for $35 for ages five – 12 and $55 for ages 13 – 17. The package and rates are valid through December 2011.

 


Name Your Rate Sundays at Ft. Lauderdale's Harbor Beach Marriott Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and SpaIt's not often we see a special hotel offer like this one. You can actually pay what you want with "Name Your Rate Sundays" at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, located on 16 spectacular acres of private oceanfront property in Fort Lauderdale. Guests with a three-night stay including Sunday night will be able to name their price for Sunday. (There is no minimum so anything goes!) This offer is available through December 22, 2011, including Labor Day weekend, with room rates starting from $229 per night. Get ready to soak up the rays on the largest private beach in South Florida!


Mint Juleps & Horse-Races with San Diego's Grand Del Mar Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Grand Del Mar, San DiegoThe historic Del Mar racetrack-- where the turf meets the surf-- recently opened for its 2011 season. Looking for a little equine fun in the sun? Mint juleps included? The Grand Del Mar resort, San Diego's newest AAA Five Diamond resort, is celebrating the opening of the Del Mar horse-racing season with a fun accommodations package. The Los Angeles Times Daily Deal blog investigated the special and found it to be a good value when you add up all the extras: "two Stretch Run reserved seats at the racetrack (worth $10); a racing form and racing digest ($14); transportation to and from the track (based on availability); two mint juleps in the lobby lounge (worth $30); and valet parking ($25)." Starting from $475, available every day except Tuesdays through September 7, 2011.


VIVA ELVIS at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas


By: Daniel L. Moses

Aria Resort and CasinoHave you ever concerned yourself with someone stepping on your suede shoes, blue or otherwise? Do you often act as if you were nothing but a hound dog? Whilst in the jailhouse, do you ever make sure the place truly rocks? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's high time you took to the road because Las Vegas has something just for you. The Cirque du Soleil empire has expanded to include the latest incarnation of their award-winning acrobatics and showmanship, VIVA ELVIS! Combining the music of Elvis Presley with the majesty of Cirque du Soleil has been a rollicking success, and the new luxury Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas is the only place to see it.

The good news is that you don't have to be like a fool rushing in to afford the new show, with discounts abounding. In fact, offers of up to 50% off are available for the intrepid travelers. And the best way to enjoy the show is by staying at the Aria.  ou won't get all shook up enjoying Aria's spectacular spa, nor the many incredible restaurant options, including Michael Mina's latest 4-star incarnation.

Don't be caught with a suspicious mind over Cirque's VIVA ELVIS nor the Aria Resort and Casino's fantabulous offering. Go ahead and book your next stay today. And oh yeah, that promo code when buying tickets is ARIA. Better act fast because, well, it's now or never!


Sizzling Summer Sales: 25% Off at Boston's Fifteen Beacon Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fifteen Beacon Hotel, BostonThe temperatures may be rising, but Boston's swank Fifteen Beacon Hotel is dropping rates for July bookings! With the "Summer Sizzler," you can get 25% off the Best Available Rate through July 2011. Why not cool off with an aquatic adventure to the New England Aquarium? Experience more than 70 exhibits, including a colony of penguins and a poisonous fish tank. Or indulge with ice cream on Newbury Street. Too hot to think? Leave your vacation planning to the well-connected concierge team; Fifteen Beacon is known for its stellar personal guest services and attention to detail. Need a table at a booked restaurant? Tickets to a ballgame? No sweat. They've got you covered. (No wonder they get so many repeat guests.)


Dream Big at the Wynn Las Vegas


By: Daniel L. Moses

The Wynn Las VegasWhat is that you dream about?  I dream a lot about food.  I also dream about sports, and, when I'm ready to make one of my weekend trips to Las Vegas, I dream about a dream.  Specifically, the dazzling show known as Le Reve at the Wynn Las VegasLe Reve, which is French for The Dream, is a magical production based around water.  Combining music, acrobatics, and dancing, Le Reve is one of the most incredible performances currently offered on the Vegas Strip.

Yet for you and yours, VIP tickets to Le Reve can be had for a lark.  Just use promotion code VIP PACK and you'll be paying less for oh-so-much-more.  The VIP indulgence package offers all visitors champagne bottle service, chocolate-covered strawberries, plush seating and behind-the-scenes video monitors.  Not bad if you feel like being blown away by such an incredible production.

In between shows, you might even find time to enjoy Wynn Las Vegas' incredible restaurants, shopping, spa, pools, on-site golf course, and oh yeah, one of the world's largest casinos.  I like to dress in a tux and play baccarat.  And a piece of advice, friends, always bet on the player.  Happy gaming and remember to dream big!