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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.

50% Savings in December at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

July 18, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fontainebleau Miami BeachIn the throes of a sultry summer, it might be difficult to think ahead to the dark and cold days of December. But for those who still remember the painful arctic climes, Miami may be calling your name this winter. A few lucky early birds can score half price rooms during high-season at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, the opulently restored beachfront landmark that's home to a hot nightclub and destination restaurants (like Gotham Steak). The resort is currently offering guests a 50% savings on select December dates (December 7- December 23, 2011) when they book in the month of July. Offer expires July 31, 2011 so hop to it!

Subject to availability; black-out dates may apply. Note that Fontainebleau charges a hotel fee of $17.95 per day which includes Internet, local telephone calls, daily newspaper, gym access and beach chairs.


Summer in Sicily: 20% Savings at Verdura Golf and Spa Resort

July 12, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, SicilyOne look at this piece of Mediterranean paradise, and you'll tear up your return ticket. A 60 meter infinity pool with the turquoise sea as the backdrop, olive groves and orchards full of fruit, a sprawling marble spa that's one of the largest in Europe (with four Thalasso pools surrounded by orange trees)... Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, the first resort from the Rocco Forte Collection, is one of our all-time faves. So our ears perked up when we heard about this summer special. Verdura is offering 20% savings when you stay three nights or more before August 31, 2011, including buffet breakfast, welcome cocktails, 100 euros food credit, and a leisure experience of your choice. Imagine: lounging on the beach, taking a cooking class with the chef, getting tips from the pros at the golf school... You could spend an entire day at the spa alone. Book the "Summer Holiday Offer" today! This package price starts at €545 per night, double occupancy in Deluxe room, VAT included.


Off-Season Deals in the Caribbean at the All-Inclusive ME Resort, Cancun

July 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

ME Hotel CancunAs far as luxury beach resorts go, there's not much missing at ME Cancun on the Mexican Riviera. A playground for adults, the ME Cancun has two pools with daybeds, a big spa and 24/7 fitness center, a Beach Club, five restaurants and seven bars. The best part of all? It's an all-inclusive paradise, so you get all meals and drinks (including house wines, beer, and international premium liquors) included with your room rates. It's a total luxury experience at a real value. Hot deals: The ME Hotel in Cancun has rates around $300 a night during the summer, with a $200 resort credit for the food and alcohol that aren't usually included in the all-inclusive rates (think private beach dinners and Champagne from the wine cellar).


Summer Events in Aspen: 20% Off The St. Regis Resort

July 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Resort AspenThink Aspen is just for the snow-lovin' ski bunnies? Think again. Surrounded by stunning mountainous wilderness, this choice Colorado destination is just as happening in the summer months. The Aspen Music Festival runs for eight weeks (through August 21) with concerts and Shakespeare productions. The Aspen Arts Festival takes place on July 23rd and 24th when Wagner Park morphs into an open-air art gallery with over 175 exhibitors showcasing jewelry, pottery, sculpture, glass, ceramics, paintings and prints. August means the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, an intense seven-stage race which will put cyclists in Aspen on August 24, followed by the 2nd Annual Big Aspen BBQ Block Party on August 27th and 28th. The sister event of New York City's acclaimed barbecue block party (hosted by Danny Meyer's Union Square Events), the extravaganza in Aspen will take place at the base of Aspen Mountain, where some of the country's top pit masters will be serving up mouthwatering barbecue. Hot deal: The St. Regis Resort Aspen is offering 20% off their best available rates for guests in residence during one of these spectacular summer events. Available through September 5, 2011.


Rates from $149: Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA Celebrates Renovation

July 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel MarloweThat's right. You can enjoy a fun stay in Beantown from just $149 per night at the newly-renovated Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge. The "chic spin on tradition" rates are available for weekend stays from Friday-Sunday and are available through September 5, 2011. Must book by July 8. Fresh from a makeover, this eclectic hotel is set on the Charles River across from downtown Boston, with many of the 236 rooms featuring river views. Like all Kimpton Hotels, the Hotel Marlowe offers a hosted evening wine hour, pet-friendly amenities, and free Internet access for Kimpton InTouch Guest Loyalty members.


Grand Opening Special Rate at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver

June 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rosewood Hotel Georgia in VancouverCome celebrate the reopening of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia! After a lavish restoration, the Vancouver hotel is welcoming guests to experience "a return to the golden age of hotel travel." The Hotel Georgia made a splash when it first opened in the Roaring '20s, bringing all kinds of luxuries to the young city. Since that day, a star-studded roster of guests- including Elvis Presley, Nat "King" Cole, Katharine Hepburn- have made the Hotel Georgia their Vancouver home. Now- with Rosewood managing the property- it's home to Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, a nightclub and Hawksworth Restaurant. In honor of its 1927 debut, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is offering a grand opening rate of $192.70 for a Superior Room as well as 50% off other select rooms and suites for a limited time. Advance purchase and two-night minimum stay required. Offer is non-refundable and not applicable to groups.


Hotel Deals in Paris: Summer Specials at Mon Hotel

June 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mon Hotel, ParisWe're always on the look-out for good hotel deals in Paris, one of the most visited cities on the planet. Here's one to consider on your next getaway to the City of Light: Mon Hotel, a designer boutique hotel with comfortable guest rooms and a trendy restaurant that's just a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe, has two summer specials: "Pay 2, Stay 3" which also comes with free breakfast and a 1/2 bottle of Champagne, or "Get 50% Off on Sunday night" if you stay two nights over the weekend. When looking for availability in August on Five Star Alliance, we found an Advance Booking Rate (requiring pre-payment) for just 179 euros. Time for a dose of urban cool at Mon Hotel!


Have a Blast on St. Barts with Savings at Hotel Carl Gustaf

June 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Carl Gustaf, St. BartsThe best time to hit up St. Barts could be the off-season. You've got the idyllic island to yourself, and you can score amazing deals at some of the posh island resorts. Case in point: Hotel Carl Gustaf is currently offering "value summer rates" until August 31, 2011, with a 50% discount off rack rates, starting from 345€/night inclusive of French Continental breakfast served in your suite, round trip airport transfers, access to the fitness center, and complimentary wifi. Situated above the glittering harbour of Gustavia in St. Barts, the hotel offers 14 one- or two-bedroom suites located in pretty cottages surrounded by tropical vegetation. It has a devoted following among the cognoscenti. (And honeymooners can't believe their good luck when checking in.)


Free Summer Gifts at Fairmont's Willow Stream Spa

June 21, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Sonoma Mission InnIt's official- summer is here! Today marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and official start of the season. If you can't wait for your sun-and-sand getaway in August, why not plan a mini summer spa-cation? Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is rolling out a slew of value-added summer spa specials to entice you (and a few girlfriends) to hit up a Willow Stream Spa for a little rest and relaxation. Here's what's on the menu. Book "Without a Care," a body experience to keep your summer skin in shape, and you'll receive a FREE Willow Stream Summer Freedom Tote Bag as a gift. Or "Let down your hair" with your friends (four or more) and each person in your group will get $25 off any 90 minute body experience, a Bento Box spa lunch, and the Willow Stream Summer Freedom Tote Bag. These summer spa specials are available starting July 1, 2011 (through September 5) at the following spas: Fairmont Acapulco Princess; Fairmont Banff Springs; Fairmont Empress; Fairmont Mayakoba; Fairmont Pacific Rim; Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn; Fairmont Scottsdale Princess; Fairmont Southampton; Fairmont Turnberry Isle; Fairmont Monte Carlo; Fairmont Beijing; and the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai.


Summer Sale at Arizona's Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa

June 20, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sedona Rouge HotelWhether you're looking for some adrenaline-pumping adventures in Red Rock Country or some spa rejuvenation this summer, the Sedona Rouge Hotel has got you covered. Nestled in the midst of spectacular crimson canyons in Sedona, Arizona, the luxury hotel is running a summer promotion with 30% off your room rates. Not only that-- you also get discounts on resort services, ie. 15% off any spa treatment, plus a $25 resort credit for use in REDS Restaurant or poolside dining. Hurry, you must book the "Summer Promotion" by June 28, 2011! (Available for stays through September 1, 2011.)