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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.

Free Summer Gifts at Fairmont's Willow Stream Spa


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


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.)


4 Nights for the Price of 3 at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Cosmopolitan Las VegasOne of the most researched tourist destinations on the planet? Vegas, baby, Vegas. If a summer trip to Sin City is in the cards, consider a stay at the sexy, new Cosmopolitan Las Vegas- currently promoting a special offer where you get a night on the house. (The 4th night free offer is subject to availability, and the discount is applied as 25% off each night of stay.) Lounge in the Pool District, hit up some dynamite restaurant options (like Jaleo and China Poblano, both by Chef José Andrés), dance until dawn at Marquee Nightclub, then detox away your hangover at the Sahra Spa & Hammam. Talk about fun in the sun.


Get More NYC This Summer at Andaz Wall Street


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Andaz Wall StreetCheck into the Andaz Wall Street, the boutique, lifestyle hotel from Hyatt, and experience Lower Manhattan's renaissance in style. Since the Andaz Wall Street opened in early 2010, it's had groupies flocking for a taste of the thoughtful amenities (like free Internet, nonalcoholic mini-bar drinks, and espresso in the lobby)-- wishing for more global Andaz locations to open up stat! You'll swoon over the cutting-edge guest rooms, relaxed check-in process, and farm-to-table cuisine. Take advantage of the "Get More NYC" package this summer and you'll get a 3 pm late check-out plus two downtown Cultural passes featuring three days admission to attractions like The 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, The Museum of American Finance, and the Skyscraper Museum. Valid until September 6, 2011, subject to availability. Black-out dates may apply.


Hot Deals: A Night at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne for $10


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Key BiscayneThat's right. You can score a night in paradise-- the sultry shores of Key Biscayne just minutes south of happening Miami-- for just $10. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is feting 10 years as Miami's only Five Diamond resort by offering the Perfect 10 promotion. Read: some rooms, spa treatments, meals and drinks are available for just 10 bucks! To nab one of the 10 rooms available for $10 each, you must call 305-365-4582 to make a reservation on June 10 from 10 am- 2 pm. (The $10 rooms are available only on July 5-7, 10-13, 18, 25-26.) In addition to the resort's divine stretch of golden beach, the resort's Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center is one of the largest tennis facilities of any Ritz-Carlton worldwide. The spa is an oasis of luxury with 21 treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and salon. They even offer treatments for tweens and teens. There are other $10 specials to be had in July at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Think $10 Kobe beef burgers and $10 Moët & Chandon Ice Imperials in the Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge, a $10 three-course menu in the Cioppino Italian restaurant, a $10 Diamond Mojito in RUMBAR, and $10 Key Lime body treatments in the spa.


3rd Night Free at The Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Peace Hotel, ShanghaiHere's your chance to get luxury for less at the newly renovated hotel everyone's talking about. Closed for three years for a top-to-bottom restoration by Fairmont Hotels, the historic Peace Hotel opened its doors in summer 2010 to glowing reviews. Back in the day (1929), the hotel was known as the "Number One Mansion in the Far East." And now it's been hailed "the highest-profile hotel in China." And with a sky-lit swimming pool, Willow Stream Spa, the famous Jazz Bar, and 8th floor terrace with knock-out views, we can see why. Special offer: Fairmont has unrolled a "3rd Night Free" offer at its hotels across China, including this glam Shanghai landmark, the Fairmont Peace Hotel. Valid on stays to August 31, 2011. Starting from 2,100 CNY per night, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room. Based on availability, and some black-out dates may apply.


Hot Rates: $79 Rooms at International House, New Orleans


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

International House, New OrleansWe just got word about a fabulous deal at one of our favorite hotels in New Orleans. International House-- the sexy hotel by Sean Cummings and LM Pagano that's located two blocks from the French Quarter-- is offering "RockStar Rooms" starting at just $79 per night on select dates (June 1,2,19-23 & 27-29; July 4-14 & 21-31; August 1 - 31, 2011). Book your stay and you'll be one of the first to stay in the hotel's newest room type designed by LM Pagano. To wit: "The "apple king room" is the favorite room for the entrepreneurs flocking to New Orleans. They feature a 42 inch wall-mounted Sony LCD screen connected to an Apple TV, a custom closet by Louisiana Closets and 3 Jack & Jake's locally grown organic apples."

While staying in style at the International House, don't miss the Urban Farm Breakfast, a dazzling way to start the day. Here's what's on the menu (get ready to drool!)

* Fresh Yard Eggs - with the chef’s daily special preparation

* Protein Pen – a daily duo variety of honey baked ham, house cured pepper bacon, homemade scallion breakfast sausage, or Steen’s cure pork loin

* Starch - a daily preparation of Yukon gold potatoes, or Papa Tom’s natural stone ground grits

* Hot off the Griddle – a daily selection of French crepes, pain perdu, or hot cakes

* Bread Basket – a daily selection of toasted French baguette, Creole cream cheese biscuits, flakey croissants, or fresh Danish – unsalted butter


Take a Trip to Vancouver: $125 Gift Card with Your Hotel Stay


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Hotel VancouverTo celebrate its 125th anniversary, Vancouver is collaborating with the hotel industry and Tourism Vancouver on a special promotion so that visitors can "explore Vancouver on the city's dime." Book a two-night stay at any participating hotel* before September 30 (for travel by December 31, 2011), and you'll score a $125 gift card to be redeemed at the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre for all kinds of goodies (passes to attractions, museums, and more). The full deets can be found here.

*Hotels include the Shangri-La (ooh la la), Four Seasons, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Pacific Rim, The Loden, The Opus, Sutton Place, Wedgewood


Scuba Diving in the Caribbean: Special at Anse Chastanet Resort, St. Lucia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Anse Chastanet Resort, St. LuciaOn the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, the sandy beaches are edged by lush tropical foliage against the backdrop of the famous green peaks, the Gros and Petit Pitons. Just offshore, the crystal clear sea makes for some epic scuba diving, exploring Superman's Flight, a "drift dive on a gentle wall which drops to 1,600 feet." (The island itself, to quote St. Lucia's tourism website, is "at the tip of an underwater volcano where both beginner and experienced divers alike will enjoy the stunning variety of coral, sponge and marine life.") Scuba divers will swoon over a special package currently offered by Anse Chastanet Resort, a luxury resort with its own PADI dive facility. Book the seven-night Dive Deal package by July 15, 2011 (for travel until December 19) and you'll receive a $250-a-person credit. The package rate starts at $1,869 and includes accommodations, airport transfers, meals, welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival, non-motorized water sports and 12 beach or boat dives including tank, weights, belt, mask, snorkel and fins.

Via The Globe and Mail


Summer in the Sun: Disney Tickets with Your Room at The Waldorf-Astoria Orlando


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Waldorf Astoria OrlandoSummer vacation, here we come. Take the family to Walt Disney World and take advantage of a special promotion at the elegant Waldorf Astoria Orlando: get a free one-day Disney theme park ticket for every two-night booking! Stay four nights, and you'll get two free tickets; stay six nights and get three free tickets. (These tix usually go for $80 each, so this is a sweet deal.) Rates start from $199 a night and there's lots to enjoy on site. We're talking an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Rees Jones, a cabana-lined swimming pool, and a spa by Guerlain. Now that's a way to celebrate the 104 days of summer vacation!