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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.

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


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


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.


Spa Week is Extended at the Hotel ZaZa Dallas


By: Christina Vasquez

Hotel ZaZa DallasDuring the week of April 13th - April 19th ZaSpa at the Hotel ZaZa Dallas will be celebrating Spa Week-- meaning that you can book a facial, body treatment or massage for only $50! Best of all ZaSpa will extend the $50 offer from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Thursday for an additional two weeks for those who can't make it during Spa Week but want to take advantage of the fabulous deal.


Design, Dine and Descent: Dallas in 3D at The Joule


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Joule, DallasYou've heard the buzz. A "joule" of a hotel opened in Dallas last year, and even Wikipedia notes how it has "garnered notoriety for its 10th floor pool that cantilevers eight feet over the easement below." Literally: the pool juts out over the sidewalk below, enabling passers-by to check out the swimmers. A member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, The Joule exudes fashion-forward design. And it should, since it was custom-designed by Adam D. Tihany in a contemporary style to complement the Neo-Gothic building, the former Dallas National Bank dating from the 1920s. Guest perk: From the touch of a single button on your room phone, you can be connected to your very own personal shopper at the flagship Neiman Marcus department store near by. Book the "Design, Dine, and Descent" Package and you'll be treated to stellar accommodations, world-class dining, and an unbeatable nightlife scene-- all for just $189 per night until September 13th, 2009. Here are the deets on the package:

  • Access for Two to PM Lounge
  • Two Glasses of International Sommelier Conspiracy; Charlie Palmer's private-label wine collection
  • Joule Art Collection Book
  • Complimentary Dessert for Two with dinner purchase at Charlie Palmer
  • Daily Valet Parking and
  • A Deluxe Accommodation from $189 per night

  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Starts April 24th


    By: Alison Victor

    Loews New Orleans HotelThe New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is the culmination of years of discussions and efforts by city leaders who wanted to create an event worthy of the city's legacy as the birthplace of jazz. Starting in 1970 with a little over 350 people in attendance, it has grown into an amazing celebration of over 300,000 people yearly who come to pay their respect to a city that has remained resilient in spirit and cultural significance. This year will be no less than amazing, with everyone from Earth, Wind, and Fire to the Dave Matthews Band performing. There will also be an array of food and craft vendors showcasing their local talents. If you are looking for great accommodations, Loews New Orleans Hotel still has rooms available, going for less than $250 a night.


    Dinner at Dusk: Special Promotion at Charleston Grill


    By: Mary Winston Nicklin

    Charleston Grill

    Feast on an indulgent three-course meal without blowing the bank. The refined Charleston Grill, located in the Charleston Place Hotel, has come out with a "Dinner at Dusk" special so that guests can savor three delectable courses for just $39 per person, Sunday-Thursday. Simply make a ressie to be seated before 6 p.m. The dining experience is stellar: creative cuisine, southern hospitality, and a winning ambiance created by mahogany paneling, hand-stenciled wood flooring, and musical tunes from a live jazz trio. Like many upscale eateries across the country, Charleston Grill understands that cutting costs during economic hard times doesn't mean compromising on quality. (As the French know best, prix fixe is the way to go.) You'll get real value as you dive in to Chef Bob Waggoner's exciting new menu based on the idea of four categories or "Quadrants": Lush, Pure, Cosmopolitan and Southern.


    Adopt-A-Farmer Program: Free Gift Supporting Local Farmers with Quebec’s Loews Hotel Le Concorde


    By: Mary Winston Nicklin

    Loews Hotel Le ConcordeFor a taste of Europe close to home, take a vacay across the border to Quebec City, where you can stroll the Old Town's historic cobblestone streets and dine like kings on the fine French cuisine. The place to stay is Loews Hôtel Le Concorde, famous for its revolving rooftop restaurant, L'Astral, voted "Best Hotel Restaurant" by Quebec residents. In addition to the hotel's dynamite food, you'll find a well-equipped exercise room and heated outdoor pool. When you make your reservation with Five Star Alliance, you'll receive a special amenity celebrating local ingredients and supporting a local farmer as part of the Loews Adopt-A-Farmer program.


    The Perfect Anniversary Gift: Low Room Rates at Elbow Beach Club Resort


    By: Alison Victor

    Elbow Beach Club ResortWhat better way to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the beautiful island of Bermuda then with luxury rooms at the Elbow Beach Club Resort? Starting at 195 USD per night, Elbow Beach Club Resort pays homage to the island and its history with low room rates running now through April 19th. At Elbow Beach Club Resort, located in Paget Parish, luxury and relaxation go hand in hand. You can take advantage of the many amenities offered, including water sports, tennis, and the newly opened spa. Or simply just thank Bermuda for its 400 years by taking in the breathtaking view of ocean and pink sand from one of Elbow Beach Club Resort's 235 rooms and suites.


    Sweet Tax Relief at Kimpton Hotels


    By: Mary Winston Nicklin

    Hotel Marlowe, CambridgeGotta love Kimpton Hotels for their humor and wit. Breakfast for a buck-- too gimmicky? Who cares when guests can feast on recession savings like that. "January Jumpstart" was pretty nifty, too, doling out all sorts of good-for-you amenities to folks looking to stick to their New Year's Resolutions. Now the chain-- famous for its one-of-a-kind properties each with personalities and perks all their own-- has announced a "Sweet Tax Relief" Package in honor of Tax Day on April 15th. Available throughout the month of April, Kimpton is dishing out sweet treats and paying your room tax. Check into participating hotels like 70 Park Avenue in New York, Denver's Hotel Monaco, Hotel Solamar in San Diego, Hotel Marlowe and Nine Zero in Boston, Portland's Hotel Monaco, and Hotel Palomar in San Francisco and you'll get a late check-out with your deluxe accommodations, plus a sweet grab-bag filled with candy such as PAYDAY, 100 Grand and Sugar Daddy. The hotel will pay your room tax, along with the meal tax if you dine at the hotel restaurant. The best part? Room rates start at $99.


    Barcelona’s Casa Fuster Hotel Stays In the Picture


    By: Alison Victor

    Casa Fuster HotelAs big a fan of movies as I am of travel, I always love to know what places serve as settings to great stories told through film. Recently I had the pleasure of seeing "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," which is as much a love story between the main characters as it is to the city of Barcelona. In a pivotal scene, the main character Vicky listens as her Aunt Judy pours her heart out while seated in a city cafe. The place happens to be Cafe Vienes, the famous Modernist cafe within the Casa Fuster Hotel. As Barcelona's only historic building, Casa Fuster Hotel is also the only place offering panoramic views of the city and Paseo de Gracia. Renovated in the Art Nouveau style, Casa Fuster Hotel is a great luxury destination for any traveler, and any film buff, but definitely better for both!

    If you book now for April, you can stay for under 200 Euro a night.