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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.

Bail-Out Packages, Hotel Discounts, and Hot Deals with Five Star Alliance

April 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peter IslandFans of luxury value, rejoice. In addition to our daily blog-- chock full of deals and promotional specials at the best hotels worldwide-- we've just launched a page with stellar luxury travel deals, hand-picked by our team at Five Star Alliance. How does a free night in San Francisco sound? Or complimentary gourmet eats, or airport transfers? Check it out here. 


50 Percent Off Rooms at the Newly-Renovated Banyan Tree Lijiang

April 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Banyan Tree LijiangThis just in. Banyan Tree Lijiang-- surrounded by extraordinary snow-capped peaks in China's southern province of Yunnan-- is celebrating its new makeover in a big way. They're doling out promotional rates of 50 percent off for online bookings made between April 8th and 11th for stays until the end of 2009. Experience the cultural and aesthetic marvels of a town named a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Lijiang is a picturesque maze of cobble-stone streets, canals, bridges, and distinctive Naxi architecture. The resort just opened 34 swanky new deluxe and spa suites on its extensive Naxi-styled resort grounds, each with views of towering Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. This is the Banyan Tree Group's flagship resort in China, offering a luxury pool villa experience that's unrivaled in the Yunnan region.


Luxury for Less on Las Ramblas at Le Meridien Barcelona

April 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien BarcelonaYou can splurge on a lavish getaway in a luxury suite in Barcelona without breaking the bank. Le Meridien Barcelona-- a bastion of contemporary style directly on the city's iconic boulevard, Las Ramblas-- has dreamed up a "Luxury Suite" package with all kinds of rock-star perks so you can get spoiled like an A-lister for a fraction of the price. Starting from just EUR 489 in a Mediterranean Suite, this package includes a host of free amenities. You'll get picked up in a Mercedes at the airport and transferred to the hotel, where your beautiful (and immense) suite awaits on the top floors of the hotel. Take in the views of hopping Las Ramblas from your private terrace, or relax on the plush bed with a complimentary selection of in-house movies and a welcome plate of fruit and Voss mineral water. You'll also get free internet access, minibar with soft drinks, and a Bvlgari products gift box. Buffet breakfast is included each morning


Rosewood Hotels and Resorts Welcomes Sand Hill to the Family

April 9, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Little Dix BayRosewood Hotels and Resorts, known for such ultra-luxury properties as Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, and The Carlyle in New York City, has recently opened the doors on its newest property, Rosewood Sand Hill. Situated on 16 pristine acres in Menlo Park California, Sand Hill promises to stay true to the Rosewood concepts: Exceptional architecture, flawless service, and the integration of local culture to create an enhanced guest experience. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, luxury spa and spa boutique, arcaded gardens, and a fine dining restaurant that utilizes an open artisan, wood burning kitchen. To celebrate their debut, Sand Hill will be offering up one night, deluxe accommodations for 225 to 250 USD.


Countryside Luxury at Hertelendy Kastely

April 8, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Hertelendy KastelyLooking for luxurious accommodations off the beaten path? Look no further than Hertelendy Kastely in Kutas, Hungary. This beautiful resort is located on 150 acres of lush countryside, and is great for any type of traveler. Hertelendy Kastely is essentially a 14 room castle and accompanying Hunters Lodge with 6 fully equipped apartments.

Book here now through May, and you can stay for under 200 Euro a night. This not only includes staying in one of the beautiful apartments, but also many of the hotel's activities, including tennis, a sauna with hot and cold water tub, steam bath, deck chairs and towels by the swimming pool, bicycles, garden chess, free car parking, and daily refill of the minibar with soft drinks.


InterContinental Montreal Gets a Fab Makeover, Offers $95 Room Rates

April 7, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental MontrealThe InterContinental Montreal is primed for a June re-opening after an $11.1 makeover. What's in store? Brand spanking new guest rooms, the new absinthe bar, authentic Provencal restaurant and exclusive Club Lounge. In short, all rooms and public spaces are getting a breath of fresh air. Connected to the Montréal World Trade Centre, this five-star hotel is positioned at the gateway to Old Montréal and offers a 10th floor Health Club filled with natural light from the atrium. There's also an indoor pool and sauna on-site. While the hotel puts the finishing touches on the big renovation project, they're ensuring guest comfort with minimal intrusion. As TravelZoo reports, you can grab a newly-renovated Superior Room for just $95 through May-- that's a whopping 40 percent off peak spring rates. You'll get treated to killer views of the city, complimentary Internet access, and two drinks and one tapas selection (per stay) at the Chez Plume bistro.


La Dolce Vita on the Mediterranean: Free Fourth Night at Capri Palace

April 7, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Capri PalaceSince the times of Roman emperor Tiberius (whose 12 villas-- now in ruins-- can still be found on the isle), Capri has been a playground for hedonists and fashionable sun-worshippers. Today the beautiful island continues to draw the international jetset to its luxury boutiques, nightclubs, and (rocky) beaches. Needless to say, luxury lodgings abound. But for sparkling sea views, there's no better spot than Capri Palace. From its hilltop setting in the town of Anacapri, near the island's peak, Capri Palace offers unbeatable vistas over the Bay of Naples and the island of Ischia. The hotel has its own contemporary art collection, as numerous artists use the on-site studio, and well-regarded spa. There is also a fleet of luxury boats available to take guests out to sea- whether daytime jaunts or cocktail cruises. From April 9th through the end of May, you'll get a fourth night free when you stay for three nights-- including breakfast. Make sure to book a sea-view room. Reserve a suite, and you'll enjoy your very own private heated pool and garden.


Cleveland Rocks: The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

April 7, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Ritz Carlton ClevelandThousands of rock fans descended upon Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend to pay tribute to the newest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With over 500 rock experts voting, this year saw such legends as Metallica and Bobby Womack take their spot in rock history. With a celebration that started early in the week, it culminated with the live broadcast of the Induction Ceremony on Saturday night. Opened since 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a great place to visit year round. A must for the rock enthusiast, it features exhibits and collections from artists past and present. If you are planning a visit, the Ritz Carlton Cleveland is the perfect place to stay. As Cleveland's only Four Diamond Property, this luxury hotel offers beautiful accommodations and is only a mile from the Rock and Roll Museum. Book now, and you can stay for less than 250 USD a night.


Luxury Value in Cabo: 40 Percent Savings at Marquis Los Cabos

April 6, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marquis Los Cabos

Enjoy big savings at the all-suite property Travel + Leisure calls "the best value among Cabo's high-end properties." Landing a spot on the prestigious T + L 500 World's Best Hotels, Marquis Los Cabos gets high marks for its dramatic Mexican architecture (and Southwestern Santa Fe style) next to the shimmering Sea of Cortez. All 237 suites have balconies or terraces with striking ocean views, Bulgari bath amenities, Frette bed linens and down comforters, and full hydro-massage baths. You'll get 40 percent off through the end of 2009 when you book a last-minute stay-- less than two weeks in advance of your arrival.

Marquis Los Cabos

Try your hand at deep-sea fishing-- this is one of the best spots in the world-- and chase after the Blue Marlin, the ultimate trophy fish. Scuba diving is stellar; discover six dive sites including La Punta, where the Pacific and Sea of Cortez meet, and whale sharks and manta rays congregate. Play a round on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Cabo Del Sol Ocean Course, world-famous for its challenging oceanfront holes. But perhaps the best activity of all is a day spent sailing on the resort's 80-foot Turkish schooner.


Bring a Friend: Cuisinart Resort and Spa

April 6, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Cuisinart Resort and SpaA getaway can get difficult to plan when there are more than a few people involved. Not only do you have to worry about accommodations, but also about finding a destination that will please even the most discerning traveler. Fortunately, Cuisinart Resort and Spa in Anguilla understands this, and has a luxuriously easy solution. From now until November 2009, you can take advantage of the "Friends and Family" promotion. Book a Beachfront Junior Suite at their regular rate, and save 50 percent on the second suite. The resort offers extraordinary sea views, two restaurants, an infinite pool, and tennis courts. With the promotion, you will also enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, an airport or ferry greeting, and free non-motorized sports.