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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.

Therasia Resort: A Dream Vacation Awaits You in the Aeolian Islands


By: Alison Victor

Therasia ResortRomantic? Check. Beautiful Beaches? Check. A volcano? Check. When you dream of the perfect getaway, what comes to mind? It would probably be somewhat close to the Therasia Resort. This beautiful luxury hotel is situated on the island of Vulcano, one of the seven Aeolian Islands, only a short distance from the beach and center of, yes, a vollcano. The hotel boasts breathtaking views over the 6 other islands and the stunning 'faraglioni' of Lipari.

Therasia Resort was completely restored in 2006 using local materials to pay respect to the surrounding environment. Guests can take advantage of the resort's large Infinite pool, or have a romantic meal at the resort's panoramic restaurant, complete with views of the sea. Though only a short trip from Sicily, Therasia Resort retains the Greek mythology and ancient nature that make it a luxurious retreat all its own. Book through June and you can stay, with breakfast, for around 175 USD.


So You Think You Can Salsa? San Juan Water and Beach Club Gives Lessons (and Discounts)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Juan Water and Beach ClubCheck into the talked-about hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico and get into the groove with salsa lessons. The sexy hotel can hook you up with a dance teacher to improve your moves. Priced from $179 per night, the two-night package includes accommodations in a Partial Ocean View Room, a book on the history of Salsa, a disposable camera to catch the action, a 1.5-hour Salsa Lesson, and car service to and from Nuyorican Cafe (entrance fee included). Return to the hotel's happening bar, known as a trend-setter hang-out, to show off your stylish moves. The San Juan Water and Beach Club is currently running another fabulous promotion: Stay for three or four nights in an ocean-view room during the months of May and June, and you'll receive 20 to 25 percent off your entire visit. Room rates before discount start at $179.


The Tamarind Cove Hotel: An Exotic Escape


By: Alison Victor

Tamarind Cove Hotel Located on the beautiful and exotic white crescent beach of Barbados's Platinum Coast is the luxurious Tamarind Cove Hotel. A mix of Mediterranean design and Caribbean charm, Tamarind Cove Hotel is the perfect escape for couples and families alike. The hotel boasts 110 spacious guestrooms and suites, each with their own private balcony or patio, three freshwater pools, and two picturesque restaurants. Whether it be relaxing in the sun, or taking advantage of the complimentary water sports,

Tamarind Cove Hotel is the perfect way to escape. Book in June and stay in a deluxe ocean front room, with breathtaking views, for only 225 USD a night.


Luxury Redesigned at The Ring Hotel Vienna


By: Alison Victor

The Ring Hotel ViennaPeople looking for something distinguished, diverse, and luxurious need to look no further than The Ring Hotel Vienna. The newest design hotel in Vienna offers exceptional comfort and casual luxury with outstanding service. This urban city oasis has something for everyone, from the world class Ring Day Spa to the freshest in cuisine at Aroma International. Book now through the summer, and you can enjoy the "Spa Plus Dine" package, which includes spacious accommodations, a massage, 3-course dinner, cocktail, room upgrade, and spa amenity for around 400 Euro a night.


This Fall, Escape into Romance with Grosvenor House London


By: K. Clare Johnson

 Grosvenor House LondonEscape into romance this fall with Grosvenor House London. The Luxury Marriott property is offering an "Escape Romance" package of a Superior room, champagne for two, and breakfast. You and your partner in romance will enjoy the Grosvenor House London's Mayfair setting near museums, landmarks, the West End Theatre district and great shopping. Enjoy afternoon tea, and cozy up to a book in the intimate library. It's sure to be an escape to remember.


Charity Auction: Bid on Luxury Travel in New Zealand for NZ$1


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Blanket BayDon't miss this eBay auction uncovered by the good folks at Luxist. Next week you'll have the chance to bid on an extraordinary New Zealand luxury escape-- worth over NZ$30,000-- with a charity auction starting at just NZ$1. You could win the ultimate New Zealand experience, complete with private jets, top-notch hotels, chauffeur-driven cars, and private yachts-- all donated by the 19 leading tourism companies in New Zealand. Called "Give It Up to Live It Up," the auction will raise funds for the Untouched World Charitable Trust.


Discover London for Less at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel


By: Alison Victor

Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel Situated in the exclusive village of Belgravia in Knightsbridge, one of London's most prestigious shopping districts, is the ultra luxurious Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. Known for its elegant surroundings and personalized service, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is perfect for anyone visiting this bustling city: families and business travelers alike. Book now through July, and you can stay in their luxuriously appointed deluxe room, with complimentary Internet and continental breakfast daily for around 250 GBP.

Special offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel will receive a Welcome Card from the General Manager, a Temple Spa Gift worth 35 British pounds and possible room upgrade on check-in if available.


RailEurope Celebrates the Big 5-0: Get Eurail Passes for the 1959 Rate


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

EurostarRailEurope is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its popular Eurail pass with a fabulous promotion. Get a five-day, three-country Eurail ticket for just $125-- that's the 1959 rate. Starting May 12, you can snag this deal and enjoy the romance and convenience of traveling through Europe by train. Trains like the Eurostar (pictured)-- the high-speed train that links France and the UK through the Channel Tunnel-- are high-tech marvels. Buy your discounted Eurail pass online at the official site; Travel is good for six months from the date of purchase.


Mother’s Day in Arizona: Complimentary Spa Treats at Wigwam Resort outside Phoenix


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wigwam ResortTreat mom to a relaxing weekend at The Wigwam, the AAA Four-Diamond resort that's home to 54 championship holes of golf and The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. You can get a room for just $149 per night, and dive into a sumptuous Champagne Brunch in The Wigwam Ballroom on Sunday, showcasing fine delicacies prepared by Executive Chef Kurt Zuger and his team. Book any Specialty Facial at the award-winning spa, and The Red Door will treat you to a complimentary Eye Contour or Scalp Massage. Room rates valid May 8-11, 2009. Request rate code "MOTHER" at the time of reservation.


Affordable Luxury in Thailand: Free Third Night in Bangkok at The Metropolitan


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Metropolitan BangkokSo maybe you missed the $99 room rates at Bangkok's sexy Metropolitan Hotel in April (The New York Times just plugged Thailand as the place to go for affordable luxury, despite the anti-government protests)-- but that doesn't mean you can't snag a great deal at this stylish, city-center favorite. You'll find a calming oasis in the middle of bustling Bangkok, complete with a spa, award-winning cuisine, and hopping bar. From now until June 30th, 2009, when you book two consecutive nights in a Metropolitan Room, you'll receive the third night complimentary.