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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-Included Spa, Golf, Eats in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico at Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort

June 12, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Velas All-Suites and Spa, MexicoA side of spa with your lavish accommodations? Some wining and dining in the oceanfront restaurant (or in the comfort of your own room)? Or maybe a round of golf? Grand Velas All-Suites & Spa Resort takes "all-inclusive" to another level-- a luxurious one. You'll love the setting on Mexico's golden coast not far from Puerto Vallarta. Overlooking Banderas Bay, the AAA Five-Diamond resort has a plethora of activities to choose from-- including beach volleyball, tennis, and pool games. The award-winning spa has 20 treatment rooms where you can indulge in massage therapy, body scrubs and peelings, body wraps, facials, bath therapy, and hand and foot care. This summer you can book an unbeatable vacation package that includes accommodations in a Parlor or Master suite with an upgrade to the next available category, afternoons on the Vista Vallarta Golf course or daily rejuvenating treatments at the Spa, and meals at the gourmet restaurants. These "Lead Off" rates are available starting from $352 per person, per night.


Sipping in the Sun: Complimentary Room Upgrade and Cocktails with Loews Hotels

June 11, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Miami Beach HotelDive into summer with a first-class getaway to some sun and sand. Loews Hotels invites you to check out the sun-drenched beaches of Miami, St. Pete, or San Diego with a stay at their landmark properties. The "Sipping in the Sun" offer means a complimentary upgrade to an ocean view room, plus 2 poolside cocktails at Loews Coronado Bay-- just 42 feet above the water with tennis, glorious pools, and dive-in movies, Loews Miami Beach Hotel-- a South Beach stand-out with Emeril Lagasse cuisine, or Don CeSar Beach Resort-- the legendary "pink palace" with a sprawling Beach Club and Spa. Available until September 8, 2009.


Luxe Worldwide Hotels Has a Sweet New Offer

June 10, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Dylan Hotel New YorkLuxe Worldwide Hotels, the name behind such luxury properties as the Dylan Hotel New York, and the Flemings Mayfair in London have decided to cool things off this summer with a delicious promotion at their Philadelphia location, the Penn's View Hotel. For under $200 USD, the "P.S. Ice Cream!" promotion is a great way to satisfy your cravings for delicious foods and travel. The promotion includes a one night's stay at the hotel, 2 tickets for a tour on Philadelphia Trolley Works, complimentary breakfast, and a $20 gift card to The Franklin Fountain, a one stop shop for everything sweet in downtown Philadelphia. Here you can feast on everything from fresh baked pies and cakes, to ice cream sundaes and egg creams. This is definitely the perfect compliment to the summer heat!


Savings and Free Room Upgrade at The Grand Del Mar, San Diego

June 8, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Grand Del Mar

The Grand Del Mar has been turning heads since it opened in October 2007 in the pristine Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve outside San Diego. Designed as an old-world Mediterranean estate, the $300 million resort is a destination in and of itself-- sporting San Diego's only Tom Fazio-designed golf course, four pools, a Renaissance-inspired spa, a slew of outdoor recreational activities, and the acclaimed signature restaurant Addison, So Cal's only Five-Star and Five Diamond restaurant. Save $115 when you book the "Bed and Breakfast" package at The Grand Del Mar, which includes a complimentary room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, 20 percent off retail purchases, and free overnight valet parking for $395 per night.


Music to Your Ears: The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese’s New Offer

June 8, 2009
By: Alison Victor

SofitelSummer is a great time to visit Rome, with many events and festivals filling up the long, warm nights. The capital city of Italy has long been associated with such things as architecture and music, and Sofitel Roma has a new offer to incorporate both. Starting July 1st and ending August 31st, guests can enjoy the new Summer Night's Dream offer. This includes two nights in either a deluxe or superior room, American buffet breakfast, a glass of champagne and dry snacks served on the roof-terrace, one light dinner at La Bella Vista lounge bar, and two tickets for an unforgettable night of Opera at Terme di Caracalla with luxury transportation provided by the hotel. Rates start at 282.50 Euros for a Superior Room, and 322.50 Euro for a Deluxe Room, luxury and lasting memories included!


Third Night Free at Hotel Majestic Barcelona

June 5, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel MajesticFor a limited time this summer you can snag an excellent discount at the luxurious Majestic Hotel & Spa, a favorite celebrity haunt in the very center of Barcelona, on Paseo de Gracia, within walking distance to Gaudí's monuments and Las Ramblas. The 3x2 Special Offer means a third night free- translating to a 33% discount from the one-two day rate and 66% discount off the rack rate. The offer is available online from July 4, 2009- August 27, 2009. Behind the neoclassical facade, you'll discover an impressive top-floor spa and pool with a panoramic terrace decked out with Philippe Stark furniture.


Value and Luxury Included: The Lodge at Woodloch

June 5, 2009
By: Alison Victor

The Lodge at WoodlochWe get many requests for all-inclusive, luxury resorts. Many people feel that all-inclusive means having to compromise luxury and service. Well, this can definitely be the case, but fortunately there are some great options for those of you wanting it all. The Lodge at Woodloch is a luxury spa resort located in Pennsylvania's lake region that not only offers all-inclusive rates, but also has been rated "Top 15 Destination Spas," by the esteemed Travel + Leisure magazine. Book now through July 9th, and you can take advantage of The Lodge at Woodloch's Midweek Magic Offer. For only $299 double occupancy, and $399 single occupancy, you can stay in their Veranda Deluxe accommodations, complete with three gourmet meals, and enjoy a variety of their daily activities. It's a great way to have it all without having to sacrifice what you want.


Rock Out In Luxury at Hotel Sax Chicago

June 5, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Hotel Sax ChicagoSummer not only promises beautiful weather, but also signifies the beginning of the concert festival season, as apparent with many big shows happening around the U.S. Lollapalooza has really become the standard of the great American festival, with Perry Farrell organizing the massive music event in Grant Park, Chicago at the beginning of August. This year will be no different, with diverse headliners ranging from The Killers to Snoop Dogg. A great place to rest your head after a long day of music is the Hotel Sax Chicago. Formerly a House of Blues, Hotel Sax Chicago is the newest downtown Chicago luxury hotel. Intriguing settings mix with energizing spaces in this luxurious oasis located in the heart of the city. Come stay during Lollapalooza, taking place August 7th through the 9th, and you can book a lavish king room for around 200 USD a night.


World Expo in Shanghai: Special Privileges at the Pudong Shangri-La Hotel

June 4, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pudong Shangri-LaAll of Shanghai is bustling with preparations for the World Expo 2010. Slated to take place in Pudong, this will be the largest world's fair in history. Go and be part of the excitement by checking into the Pudong Shangri-La, the award-winning hotel situated in the thick of it all in Pudong. Boasting impeccable Shangri-La service and views of the Bund and the Huangpu River, the luxury hotel promises to provide easy access for spectators to this thrilling event. Until the end of the year, you can take advantage of a special "World Expo" package at this swanky spa hotel. Here's what you get for 2,500 per person, per night:

One night stay in a Deluxe Room

Complimentary daily buffet breakfast

RMB 500 credit for food and beverage (excluding Fook Lam Moon)

One way complimentary airport transfer by the hotel limousine

20% discount on the Business Center

Complimentary broadband Internet access


Whistler’s Summer Enticements: Dine Out with the Pan Pacific Mountainside

June 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pan Pacific Whistler MountainsideWhistler is not just heaven for skiers and snowboarders. The top ski destination in North America is also a breathtakingly beautiful place to visit in the summer months when the snow melts on the peaks revealing a veritable playground for young and old alike. Golf enthusiasts take to the links (including four championship designer courses) and adrenaline hounds get their thrills on the Mountain Bike Park (over 115 single-track trails plus guided 5000-foot descents to the valley floor). There's fishing, horseback riding, heli-adventures, zip trekking, bungee jumping, float plane tours, white water rafting, jetboating, and more. Whistler Village-- modeled after a village in the Swiss Alps-- has a plethora of award-winning restaurants. Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside has re-introduced their Dine Out Dinner Package so that you can take advantage of Whistler's world-class establishments. An excellent value at CAD $199 per night, the package includes accommodations in a luxurious suite complete with kitchen, fireplace, and balcony PLUS a CAD $100 dining credit at your choice of one of their top restaurant partners. Valid until November 19, 2009.