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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.

3rd Night Free at The Fairmont Beijing

May 20, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont BeijingEager to explore China this summer? The Fairmont Beijing-- located in the capital's central business district-- is promoting a "Free Night" offer so guests can have an extra day to discover the city. Guest rooms and suites are filled with light from floor-to-ceiling-windows and showcase contemporary Chinese artwork. (Fairmont Gold- a hotel within a hotel- offers an exclusive experience on the hotel's skybridge.) The Fairmont Beijing is home to the three-level Willow Stream Spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, Lunar 8 restaurant (serving up crispy Peking duck), The CUT steakhouse, and Champagne bar. Book two nights and get your third night for free! Valid on stays until August 31, 2011. Starting from 1,900 CNY per night on weekdays, and 1,700 CNY per night on weekends, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room.


Hawaii Escapes: Girlfriend Getaway at the Grand Wailea Resort

May 20, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Wailea Resort, MauiAn oceanfront pool with waterfalls and slides facing one of the best beaches in America... You may recognize the dreamy setting from "Just Go With It"- the comedy that Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston starred in earlier this year. Located on the island of Maui, the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has won all kinds of accolades for its pool. And now we just got word that the resort has launched its first ever Girlfriend Getaway package with savings of more than 30% for travel now through December 15, 2011. Based on a double occupancy room, the package requires a four night minimum stay and starts from $1,090 per person. If three girlfriends jet to Maui, it's approx. $890 per person and $789 per person for four gals- so the more, the merrier! (And the more savings.) Grand Wailea’s Girlfriend Getaway includes the following:

* 50-minute pampering at Spa Grande; pampering begins at the Termé Hydrotherapy Circuit, followed by one 50-minute signature massage or facial per person.

* Four-course dinner at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a with exclusive wine-pairing for one night of guests’ choice for all persons registered.

* 20% off select Grand Wailea retail shops.

* “Sparkle Like the Stars” experience at Grand Jewels, Wailea’s jewelers to the elite; try-on a million dollars worth of diamonds and rare gemstones.

* Daily, one-hour pass to Spa Grande’s Termé Hydrotherapy Circuit.


Save 40%: Unlimited Golf Getaway at Miami's Doral Golf Resort

May 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Doral Golf Resort and Spa, MiamiKick off the summer with a golf getaway to Miami's Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort-- the recent host of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The renowned golf resort just rolled out a package that's sure to delight golfers. Starting at just $119 per person (based on double occupancy), the Championship Unlimited Golf Package includes 18 holes of golf on the Red, Gold or Jim McLean Signature course with complimentary replay. Representing a savings of 40%, the amenity-filled package includes the following:

* Accommodations in a garden-view guestroom ($149 value)

* Daily breakfast at Terrazza Restaurant and Café ($30 value)

* 18 holes of golf on the Red, Gold or Jim McLean Signature course with complimentary replay ($65 - $85 value); advance tee times up to 120 days prior to arrival

* Complimentary access to the award-winning Spa at Doral ($30 value) and 15% off any spa treatments (excluding salon)

* Unlimited driving range usage and bag storage

* 50% off Callaway Diablo irons and woods rentals including a free sleeve of Callaway golf balls

* Welcome draft beer in Champions Bar & Grill and daily specials in Champions and Mesazul, the resort’s Latin-style steakhouse.

After a day on the greens, hit the spa and relax with spa treatments specifically designed to help golfers soothe tired muscles.


Act Fast: Summer Sale at San Diego's Hotel del Coronado

May 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel del Coronado, San DiegoThere's a lot to love at the Hotel del Coronado. Perched on the sand, The Del is a San Diego icon and a National Historic Landmark. The beachfront resort has a sumptuous spa, fab coastal cuisine, two sparkling pools, an abundance of recreational activities... not to mention an enviable climate (and lots of year-round sunshine). Hot rates: The hotel is currently running a 3-Day Summer Sale with reduced room rates of just $229 per night. The rate is good for stays through December. Hurry, grab this while you can! The deal must booked by Friday. Note: The Los Angeles Times points out that the rate applies to the older, Victorian-style rooms that have one queen bed and no ocean view. With this summer sale, you also get a reduced parking rate of $10 instead of $25 per night, and 25% off the price of a second room. Subject to availability.


4th Night Free at The Setai, Miami

May 18, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Setai, MiamiFor unparalleled luxury in South Beach, The Setai's your ticket. Surrounded by tropical gardens and turquoise pools overlooking the Atlantic, the art deco landmark stands out for its impeccable service and elegant Asian touches (read: Madonna stays here). Fete a special occasion at Adrian Zecha's masterpiece and you'll get a real dose of opulence. Hot rates: The Setai is currently running a special offer where if you stay for three nights you get the fourth for free. Available until October 31, 2011.


Anniversary Afternoon Tea for 11 cents at The Langham London

May 13, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Langham LondonHere's your chance to indulge in the Afternoon Tea that was named "Top London Afternoon Tea 2010" by the Tea Guild- for just seven pence (or U.S. 11 cents). (Trust us- the sandwiches and scones are to die for.) But is there a catch? The short answer: no. The Langham London is celebrating its 146th birthday by bringing back the original price of afternoon tea, ie. the cost when the hotel opened in 1865. This special tea will be offered on June 10, 2011. To obtain a reservation in London, guests must submit their table reservation request online at: www.palm-court.co.uk/1865. Requests are being accepted until midnight on May 31, 2011. Guests names will then be chosen at random and the lucky recipients will receive their reservation notifications by e-mail on June 3, 2011.


A Film Tour of Chicago, and Behind the Scenes at the Art Institute, with The Peninsula Hotel

May 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula ChicagoJust one more reason why we love The Peninsula Chicago? They've organized a cool film tour around the city where over 50 movies have been filmed. Guests can sign up for this special offering with The Peninsula Academy and relive favorites like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Blues Brothers. Another fun option: "The Art of Hospitality" tour which goes behind the scenes at The Art Institute of Chicago, showcasing the world of the museum's curators, together with a private tour of the Institute's most notable collections. What's more- The Peninsula Chicago's celebrating a milestone anniversary in June (10 years!) and is giving guests all kinds of goodies. Treat yourself to anniversary specials at the spa (including $10 add-ons!), or indulge in a special 10th Anniversary Royal Tea or Pen Ten cocktail. The best part of all: A special offer on accommodations. When you book the "Celebrate 10 Years" promotion, you'll get your second night for just $10. Subject to availability; two-night stay required.


Summer Sale in Europe at InterContinental Hotels

May 6, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental Paris Le GrandTake a jaunt to Europe this summer and reap the rewards with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Whether shopping your way across the City of Light (with a little help from InterContinental Paris Le Grand's customizable Paris Authentic 2CV tour), experiencing the "Veranos de la Villa" festival while bedding down in Madrid, or photographing London's diverse neighborhoods (with tips from the EYE Photographic Workshop at InterContinental London Park Lane), you're guaranteed a memorable European vacation. InterContinental's "Insider" concierge teams are known for doling out all kinds of local wisdom on where to go and what to do in each destination. The "Summer Package"is available from July 14- September 11, 2011. For every five consecutive nights book at an InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in Europe, guests receive one night free, as well as a EUR 100 Food & Beverage voucher to use at that property. Participating properties also include the InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden and InterContinental Hamburg in Germany, Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel in Athens, InterContinental Bucharest, and properties in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.


Suite San Francisco: Savings at Taj Campton Place

May 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Taj Campton Place, San FranciscoHere's your chance to live the suite life in San Francisco. (Just check out the pic of the Executive Suite at Taj Campton Place.) Just off Union Square, the hotel offers a sophisticated haven (and a healthy dose of world-famous Taj hospitality) just a stone's throw from the financial district, art galleries, museums, and the city’s best known stores and restaurants. The 110-room Taj Campton Place is inviting you to stay in style this summer with the "Suite Celebration" offer. Book a suite for a night at the Best Available Rate and enjoy the next night at half price. Valid through August 31, 2011, the package is subject to availability and certain blackout dates.


Sponsored Article: Summer Special at the Hotel Plaza Athénée New York

May 5, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Plaza Athenee New YorkLocated in Manhattan's Upper East Side just one short block from Central Park, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York combines European elegance with the intimacy of a boutique hotel. Recently renovated, the luxury hotel is a welcome retreat after a day of shopping and museum hopping (MoMA and the Whitney Museum are nearby). Step off the tree-lined residential street and into the hotel's refined lobby, and you'll see why so many guests return again and again. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and each guest receives excellent personal attention upon arrival, along with twice-daily maid service, 24-hour concierge service and 24-hour room service. The hotel offers a lot of complimentary services, too, including use of the business center and fitness center, choice of morning newspapers, overnight shoe shine, and complimentary tea/coffee service daily between 5:00-6:30 a.m.

Traveling to New York City this summer? Take advantage of a special summer rate at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée New York. Stay two nights at $495 per night and receive the third night for free. Rate is for the Executive room category. (The rate is pro-rated so it turns out to be $330 each night for three nights.) This summer promotion is valid from June 15- September 5, 2011, subject to availability.