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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.

Santa Monica On Sale: Free Third Night at Hotels with the “Sun, Sea, Save” Promotion


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

L.A.'s seaside enclave of Santa Monica is luring visitors with a citywide promotion. As if we needed another enticement (besides the weekend farmer's market, perfect beach, and yummy restaurants on Main Street and in nearby Venice Beach)! "Sun, Sea, Save" means you can get a third night free at 25 participating hotels when you book a two-night stay. This includes top lodging options: Loews Santa Monica (our fave) and Shutters on the Beach. What's more? Your vacation package includes two vouchers for Big Blue Bus day passes, free rides on the Santa Monica carousel, free bike rentals, and free rides on the solar-powered Ferris Wheel. Fun fact: The world-famous Santa Monica Pier is celebrating its 100th birthday this year with all kinds of festivities planned for September's Centennial Week.

Pictured above: The luxurious Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel overlooking the Pacific.


It’s a Suite Deal at Grand Colonial Hotel, La Jolla


By: Alison Victor

Grande Colonial HotelSituated on pristine beach front real estate in the heart of downtown La Jolla is the beautiful Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla. La Jolla's oldest original hotel is also on the registry of Historic Hotels of America. A classically luxurious European style hotel, the Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla has remained a seaside sanctuary for visitors to Southern California since it opened its doors in 1913. In 2008, the hotel underwent an eight million dollar restoration project that elevated the hotel's rating to Four Diamond status. Eighteen brand new suites were added during this period as well. In celebration of the renovation, Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla is offering the "It's a Suite Life" package. Guests will enjoy one of the hotel's luxuriously appointed junior suites, as well as complimentary breakfast, express check-in and check-out, and complimentary in-room food and beverage amenities. Book now through June 30th, and pay $305 per suite, per night.


The Spa is On Us: Free Treatments with Your Room at Topnotch Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Topnotch ResortMelt away your stress with a weekend getaway to the mountains of Vermont and forget your cares with complimentary spa treatments from Topnotch Resort. Surrounded by 120 scenic acres in the resort town of Stowe, Topnotch has racked up the awards for its recreational diversions and marvelous spa. (The Tennis Academy gets high marks, too.) For a limited time, Vermont's premier luxury resort is enticing guests with two 50-minute spa treatments with their accommodations. Select from Swedish, Combo, Aroma Mountain, Thai, Shiatsu or Reflexology Treatments. This includes access to the impressive spa, and gratuities, to boot. "The Spa is On Us" package starts from $306 and is available until June 18th, 2009.


Exclusive 72 Hour Sale Starts Tomorrow: The Homestead Gives Away a Free Night


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The HomesteadStarting tomorrow (Tuesday, April 21st) at 10 a.m. EST, The Homestead is launching a 72-hour sale with a limited-time special offer: guests get a free third night when booking a two-night vacay. This destination resort in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains has drawn visitors to its hot springs and gorgeous setting since the 1700s. Resort diversions run the gamut from falconry to bowling. The offer is available for travel through December 22, 2009.


Martini Mondays, Mother’s Day Brunch, Plus Pet Amenities at St. Regis Monarch Beach


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Monarch Beach

So Cal's St. Regis Monarch Beach gets high marks for its private beach club, world-class spa, and oceanfront golf course. Consistently ranked one of the top hotels in the world, St. Regis Monarch Beach reigns over the Pacific coastline halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the waves, the resort's Tuscan-inspired architecture has become a landmark in the region. After a day at Spa Gaucin or the beach club (yes, there are Beach and Surf Butlers on call), tuck into fresh char-grilled meats and seafood at the restaurant. The next day, play a round of golf just inches away from the Pacific at the Monarch Beach Golf Links, or soak in the gorgeous lagoon pool. Even your pooch gets pampered at St. Regis Monarch Beach. Think silver food and water bowls, exclusive St. Regis doggy bed, and pet amenities including "Sniffany & Co.", "Bark Jacobs," "Dog Perignon," and "Jimmy Chew" toys. You'll even take home an issue of Hollywood Dog!

St Regis Monarch Beach

From now until September 30th, 2009, you'll get 50 percent off your second night with the "Better Tomorrows" package. Here are some upcoming events to keep on the calendar: The Mother's Day Champagne Brunch on Sunday, May 10th promises to be a sumptuous affair, with complimentary Champagne and mimosas. Martini Mondays means special drink prices and free hors d'oeuvres every Monday from 6-9 pm.


Hotel Hassler Offering Up A Blockbuster Deal: Angels and Demons Package


By: Alison Victor

Hotel HasslerEach May the summer movie season arrives with the promise of the big-budget action and excitement that only Hollywood can aspire to. This year will see a new "X-Men" movie, a remake of the beloved "Star Trek," and the sequel to Dan Brown's bestselling first novel, "Angels and Demons." As a special deal, and unique way to see the Eternal City, Rome, Hotel Hassler is offering an Angels and Demons Package. This will include three nights in deluxe accommodations, daily breakfast, and the "Angels and Demons Private Tour" of Rome. Conducted by a professional "Angels and Demons" guide, you will get to explore all Rome has to offer, and more. The package will also include entrance fees for the Castel Sant'Angelo museum. This offer is based on availability, and per two people.


The Westin Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale Gets a Makeover; Offers Great Rates


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Beach Resort, Ft LauderdaleCraving some sun and sand, but feeling a bit pinched for pennies? Splurge on a Florida vacay without breaking the bank. The Westin Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale is celebrating its fancy new renovation (worth millions) with a "New Beginnings" package; they'll throw in daily breakfast for two, two beach chairs and an umbrella daily, and valet parking. Lots of free perks and you'll only be paying $199 per night for a luxurious room-- complete with Westin's signature ten layer Heavenly Bed. The resort's waterfront setting means diving, sailing, sport fishing, and watersports galore, but you won't want to miss out on a treatment at the spa or a work-out at the gym. Beachside bliss is yours for the taking.


Dining Credits and Special Rates at Le Meridien Brussels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien Brussels

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better location in Brussels: facing the Palais des Congres and the Central Station in the historic heart of the European capital. Just a short walk away from Grand-Place, the central square of the city, Le Meridien Brussels looks like a palace. You'll feel like you've found a regal sanctuary in this quiet and comfortable hideaway. Of the 224 rooms, the Junior Suites and Suites on the top floor are the top digs, boasting stunning views over the historic city. Spring into summer with Le Meridien Brussels and you'll get a real bargain. The hotel is currently running a few promotions: You can grab a weekend rate of just EUR 100, including breakfast, for three weekends (April 17-18, June 5-6, and June 25-26). The "Spring into Summer" package provides the best available rate of EUR 145 per night, plus a dining credit of up to EUR 150. Book by April 30th, for stays until August 31st, 2009.


Special Offers: Accommodations, All Meals, and a Spa Treatment at Miraval Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Miraval resortMiraval, Life in Balance is not just about relaxation; the Tucson luxury resort has developed quite the following for redefining lifestyles with balance and harmony. In fact, there's over 110 different ways to restore your life at this award-winning resort with an array of activities, programs, classes, and spa services. It's a unique resort destination, surrounded by 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Southern Arizona. Private, casita-style rooms create a restful oasis, brimming with luxurious amenities. Now's your chance to get 50 percent off Miraval's "Authentic Remedy Package," which includes accommodations, three meals a day, and 1 spa service or round of golf per person, per night, all programs, cooking demos, a morning stretch and sunset hike. All for just $399 per person, per night. Book by April 30th.


Big Promotion from Starwood: Get a Free Weekend For Every 2 Hotel Stays


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Royal HawaiianThis just in. Starwood Hotels and Resorts has announced a rewarding new promotion for new and existing members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program (SPG). When you stay two times at any of Starwood's hotels between May 1 and July 31, 2009, you can earn one free weekend night (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). There are no limits to the number of free weekend nights that can be earned, and earned nights can be combined to make a longer weekend stay. The best part? No blackout dates (!) and the nights are redeemable through the end of September. Starwood encompasses 875 hotels around the world within nine different brands (like St. Regis, Westin, The Luxury Collection, Aloft and Sheraton), including the likes of the Royal Hawaiian (pictured) and the opulent Hotel Gritti Palace in Venice. Talk about a travel stimulus program!