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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.

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!


November in Provence: 80% Savings at Hotel Crillon le Brave


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Crillon le BraveOne of the finest hotels in Provence has announced rates in November of just €150 per night, a whopping 80% savings off normal rates. The autumn is a great time to visit southern France; the crowds of summer tourists are long gone, and truffle season is in full swing (not to mention the olive harvest). The Hotel Crillon le Brave-- which gets a healthy share of repeat guests-- is comprised of seven beautifully restored stone houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Linked by bridges, cobblestone walkways, and hidden courtyards, these authentic Provençal accommodations are decked out in a refined rustic style with contemporary accents. Get luxury for less in Provence with all room categories costing a flat rate of €150 per night, including the two-bedroom suite. But hurry, act fast! This special offer is subject to availability. Note that the hotel is open Wednesday through Sunday in November, and that a two-night minimum stay is required.


Last Minute Deal at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Posada de Santa FeTake advantage of last minute summer savings at La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, a haven of Adobe-style architecture, lovely gardens, and outdoor fireplaces in the very heart of Sante Fe, New Mexico. The AAA Four Diamond hotel has announced an exceptional offer only available July 23-31 and August 7-18, 2011. Get 30% off deluxe accommodations with rates starting at $209 per night. Plus, save 20% at the RockResorts Spa and 10% at the hotel's acclaimed restaurants. Immerse yourself in the magic and mystery of the Southwest: explore the ancient pueblos of El Sanctuario de Chimayó, fly by hot-air balloon, brave the white waters of the Rio Chama or Rio Grande. Or simply explore the art galleries and shopping available in beautiful Santa Fe, then finish the day with a blissful spa treatment at La Posada de Santa Fe. Book today!


50% Savings in December at Fontainebleau Miami Beach


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


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.