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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 Nights and Food Credits at The Diplomat Golf Resort, Florida


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Diplomat Golf Resort and SpaTake a break in South Florida at The Diplomat Golf Resort and Spa, a member of the Starwood Luxury Collection, and reap the rewards. You'll dig the extensive facilities at this Mediterranean-style resort: championship golf, a full-service spa and a tennis center with 10 clay courts. And you'll really appreciate the tempting special offers available this summer. "Sunsational Savings" means a 4th night free and a $100 Food & Beverage credit per stay; the "Golf" offer gives you a complimentary round of golf per night. Or you can take advantage of a special offer that gives you rates equivalent to your birth year for two- or three-night stays. You'll pay $199 for the first night, and then you'll pay discounted "birth year" rates for the next night, i.e. If you were born in 1948, you'll receive your 2nd and 3rd nights at $48!


Bali High: Great Affordable Escape at the Jimbaran Puri Bali


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jimbaran Puri Bali

A luxurious escape to Bali-- complete with VIP airport transfers and a romantic sunset dinner on the beach-- is yours for the taking. Managed by Orient-Express, the Jimbaran Puri Bali Resort is the island paradise you've always dreamed about-- now offering the "Great Affordable Escape" for just $500 a night in a beautiful Pool Villa (brand new!) with bountiful daily breakfast included.

Jimbaran Puri Bali

Imagine retiring to your romantic villa beside the soft white sands of Jimbaran Bay. Each spacious villa has its own swimming pool set amidst a traditional Balinese garden courtyard. Lounge on the daybed in your living room, or indulge in spa treatments on the teakwood pool deck in your very own private garden. Bathrooms have free-form sunken marble tubs and separate rainshowers. Take a dip in the resort's contemporary infinity edge pool, terraced into the landscape. Dine on the sand at Nelayan Restaurant or enjoy a candelit dinner overlooking the lotus pond at Tunjung Cafe.

Jimbaran Puri Bali


Take a Luxury Break at The Cove Atlantis


By: Alison Victor

The Cove AtlantisSwimming with the Dolphins? Water slides? Gourmet Dining and Casinos? Sound like a checklist you put together in your dreams? Well all of this and much more is part of the experience awaiting guests at the super luxurious The Cove Atlantis.

Since its opening in early 2007, The Cove Atlantis on Paradise Island has been the ultimate destination for anyone wanting a vacation they will always remember. Now through the end of October,The Cove Atlantis is offering an amazing package called the Super SunBreak. If you are looking for a two night "break," rates start at an amazing $199 USD per adult, with children 11 and under staying, and playing, for free. If you are looking to "break" away from everyday life for a little bit longer, the Super SunBreak promotion will allow you to stay seven nights, with rates starting at only $669 USD. With such amazing rates, there is no reason that a vacation at the Cove can't be a dream come true!


Complimentary Nights at the Rocco Forte Collection’s European Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Amigo, BrusselsThis just in. The Rocco Forte Collection of luxurious European hotels is offering a free third night with the "European City Escapes" offer for the exciting summer season. Guests booking a two night stay between July 27 and September 4, 2009 will be offered a complimentary night's stay including breakfast. Each of the 12 stylish hotels are renowned for reflecting the city in which they are located:

Brown's LondonThe Augustine in Prague: The Collection's newest hotel, housed in a monastery

Hotel de Russie, Rome: Famous for its butterfly garden (a verdant oasis in the city) and Stravinskij Bar

Hotel Savoy: Perfectly located Florence hotel (steps from the Duomo), decorated in contemporary Italian style

The Balmoral: Landmark historic hotel in Edinburgh with many rooms featuring views of Edinburgh Castle and the hills

Le Richemond, GenevaThe Lowry Hotel: Tops in Manchester

Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg: Take a city break next to St. Isaac's Cathedral at the hotel's Caviar and Vodka bar

Hotel Amigo, Brussels: Just adjacent to Grand Place, the hotel features newly refurbished interiors by Olga Polizzi, the Rocco Forte Collection's Director of Design

Hotel de Rome, BerlinBrown's Hotel: Indulge in the "Best Afternoon Tea" in London

Villa Kennedy: A luxurious retreat in the heart of downtown Frankfurt with gardens and a beautiful central courtyard

Hotel de Rome, Berlin: Housed in a historic bank building with mosaic floors and the bank vault now converted into a pool, the hotel features panoramic views of the city's best attractions.

Le Richemond, Geneva: Check into the largest suite in Geneva on the 7th floor

The Charles Hotel, Munich: Perfect location with all rooms boasting views over the Botanical Gardens


July 4th in New York City at the Soho Grand Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Soho Grand Hotel

Get seduced in Soho, New York's sophisticated shopping mecca, on a Manhattan getaway during the 4th of July weekend. Bed down in designer digs at the Soho Grand Hotel for special holiday rates of $229 when you stay between June 28th and July 7th. Smack dab in the middle of the Soho district on West Broadway, the hotel is known for its designer decor, chic lounge, and impeccable service. (The "One-Touch" Guest Service Response means that with the touch of a button, you'll get what you need.) And the concierge team can get you the inside scoop on the latest restaurants, the greatest clubs, new art exhibitions, the Tribeca Film Festival and New York Fashion Week. Plus, personal shoppers can be arranged to check out the fashionable boutiques in the neighborhood. What else do we love about the Soho Grand? Here it's not just DVDs that are on loan, but iPods, a selection of Electra Townie bicycles, and even a pet Goldfish can be yours for the duration of your stay.


Summer on the Med for 125 Eur at the Villa Massalia Concorde in Marseille


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa Massalia Concorde

Take advantage of some summer sales on France's Mediterranean coast. Score a deal at Concorde's Villa Massalia in Marseille, a contemporary hotel designed by Didier Rogeon on the edge of Borély Park overlooking the sea. The 140-room hotel features an indoor/outdoor heated pool and the luxurious Siwa Spa. There's a golf course right next door. With the "Summer Offer" available from July 10th to September 13th, 2009, the longer you stay, the lower the rate-- including a full breakfast. As an added bonus, you'll get some additional amenities thrown in for free. Starting from EUR 125.

Villa Massalia Concorde


Kickin Back in Kuala Lumpur at the Westin: $121 Rates and a Third Night Free


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Kuala LumpurOn business in Kuala Lumpur? You'll find a relaxing oasis in the middle of the city's bustling Jalan Bukit Bintang when you check into the Westin Kuala Lumpur. Stay in shape at the fully-equipped WestinWORKOUT Gym or by swimming laps at the outdoor pool at Splash. There's also a running concierge who can lead you on a jog every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning. (Running maps are available for the other days of the week.) After a day of meetings, head to the lobby for "unwind: a westin evening ritual" where you can sample local appetizers and drinks. The hotel offers over six innovative dining options, including Pan Asian at EEST, a Cuban bar and Latin grill at Qba, and authentic Italian at Prego. And of course rooms are outfitted with the plush, all-white signature Heavenly Bed. Book the Westin Recharge Package, starting from just RM475 per room per night ($135), and you'll wake up to complimentary breakfast and sleep in with a late checkout. Minimum two-night stay required. Valid until December 30, 2009. Or choose the Limited Free Night Offer and you'll get a third night free, starting for just RM425 per room per night ($121). Offer valid for stays between September 01, 2009 and December 30, 2009. Only available for arrival/check in on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.


Hotel de Crillon: A Summer Offer in the City of Light


By: Alison Victor

Hotel de CrillonLocated in the heart of Paris, the ultra-luxurious Hotel de Crillon has welcomed back the summer months with the new Summer Offer promotion. For any stay of 2 nights, guests will receive Continental or American breakfast, 100 Euro dining credit per reservation and per stay, and Superior room accommodations from 537 Euros. When booking for a minimum of 4 nights, guests can look forward to one-way airport transfers, an upgrade based on availability, the 100 Euros dining credit, and Superior rooms starting at 511 Euros.

With breathtaking views over the Place de la Concorde and exceptional service, the Hotel de Crillon is the perfect place to take in the sights of the City of Light, and with this great summer promotion, there is no better time than right now.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Hotel de Crillon will receive an exclusive amenity - one complimentary "Five Star Cocktail" per person, per stay, in Crillon Bar. The voucher will be provided at the time of check-in.


There’s Still Time To Book a Great Fathers Day Package with the Sivory Punta Cana


By: Christina Vasquez

Sivory Punta CanaSivory Punta Cana, the Dominican Republican's exclusive boutique luxury hotel, is offering an enticing deal for anyone wanting to treat the special man in their life this Father's Day. Running until June 30th, 2009, the Sivory Punta Cana's Fathers Day Package includes a four night's stay in a Deluxe Jr. Suite, Premium Oceanfront Jr. Suite or Ysla Bonita Suite at a discounted rate that equates to one free night. With the Father's Day Package, you will get champagne and chilled towel service upon arrival, as well as daily breakfast for two every morning. One 25-minute Relaxation Massage per person per stay, as well as complimentary cooking class and complimentary wine tasting are also included in this package rate.

Package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.


Beach Breaks in the Bahamas: Free Breakfast and Resort Credit at Bimini Bay


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bimini Bay Resort and Marina

Take a jaunt to North Bimini Island and discover paradise just 48 nautical miles off the coast of South Florida. Just a quick hop by air, or an hour-long ride by boat across the Bahamian Channel, the isle is the gateway to the Bahamas and the "Bonefishing Capital of the World." In this idyllic setting, a resort called Bimini Bay is making waves for its laid-back luxury and beach chic. Designed in Caribbean pastel colors, the 217 suites and homes feature full kitchens with granite counters, oversized couches, and shell and coral accents. Anglers aren't the only ones who'll be in hog heaven; the resort has tennis and bocce ball courts, a children's playground, infinity pool and oversized pool, and two full-service marinas. Make your booking with Five Star Alliance and you'll get breakfast for two daily and one complimentary $50 resort credit per stay.

Bimini Bay Resort and Marina