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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.

Get a Complimentary Night from the Regent Grand Turks and Caicos


By: Christina Vasquez

The Regent Grand Turks and CaicosWith the Easter holiday ahead and spring break season in full swing, we're receiving lots of inquiries from clients requesting that we point them in the direction of special deals in the Caribbean. Well I have great news: As of yesterday I came across a fantastic deal from The Regent Grand Turks and Caicos. Book four consecutive nights, and the hotel will give you one free night! My advice when booking this offer: Make sure you book the rate term that specifically states, "Stay 4, Pay for 3" in the rate description. The rate term must state this in order for you to receive the complimentary room night, also once the rate is confirmed you will notice that the reservation summary will indicate the total rate for all four nights, but don't fret, the hotel will adjust the last night for you upon check-out.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at The Regent Grand receive a wine and fruit basket in their room on arrival along with the best golf rates on the island.


Florida is Still Affordable at Ginn Reunion Resort


By: K. Clare Johnson

Ginn Reunion Resort and ClubGinn Reunion Resort and Club of Orlando is beating the recession. Until April 30, 2009, book and stay with the "Recession Blues" package and enjoy the luxury resort price at a great price. The luxury 3-bedroom deluxe villas start at $229 per night. Rate based on a 3-bedroom deluxe villa at either Carriage Point, Villas at Reunion Square - North or Heritage Crossing with a 2 night minimum stay / 4 night maximum length of stay. Prices are subject to availability and do not include service fees and tax. You and the whole family will enjoy the three Championship golf courses, heated multi-level water park and award-winning tennis center. Those itching for a visit to Disney World will be glad to know that the park is a mere six miles away.


Celebrate Easter with the Fam at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The HomesteadAs far as staycations go, The Homestead is tops. Located in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, the National Historic Landmark has hosted its share of presidents and princes since it opened in 1776. Sports and spa enthusiasts continue to flock to this destination resort that boasts dozens of activities-- from indoor pursuits (bowling, billiards, and movies) to outdoor adventures (mountain biking, shooting, fly-fishing). What's more- The Homestead is all about family fun-- with an award-winning KidsClub and bountiful family vacation activities. Easter promises to be a fun-filled weekend with a colorful Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn where the little ones can meet the Bunny Rabbit. Priced from $225, the "Easter Family Fun" Package includes accommodations, breakfast, an Easter welcome gift, and 20 percent off all activities. Available April 1-18, 2009.


Luck of the Irish: Deals at the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort, County Laois


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Heritage Golf and Spa ResortNestled in the quaint village of Killenard in the rolling green countryside of County Laois, the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort overlooks the championship golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes. You'd be hard-pressed to beat this setting: set against the backdrop of the Slieve Bloom Mountains just an hour from Dublin. Play a round-- you'll appreciate the landscaping with five lakes and a stream to incorporate water into the action on 10 holes-- and then hit the palatial Clubhouse for the ultimate après golf experience. There's also a tennis court, groundlit walking track, and Health Club. Retire to the spa for a massage and you won't want to leave. Featuring the Pevonia botanical skincare line, spa treatments are divine. The Heritage Spa Experience is based on the ancient ritual of bathing where the body is heated and then cooled in a series of experiences-- ancient Rome style. For the spring and summer, the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort has a plethora of promotional offers. Book the "Early Bird" and you'll get two nights accommodation, breakfast daily, and dinner one night-- just EUR 160 per person.


Luxury Values in the Caribbean: Every Other Night Free at Cap Juluca, Anguilla


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap JulucaCaribbean, here we come. Forget Panama City (Florida) for Spring Break. A luxurious spring respite is within reach at one of the Caribbean's swankiest offerings: Cap Juluca Resort on the sleepy isle of Anguilla. In this picture-perfect beach paradise, the recently-renovated resort sits on the powdery sand, a romantic vision of Moorish architecture. Rooms are now equipped with comfortable new Stearns and Foster beds and Frette linens, 40" Sony Bravia HDTVs and DVD players, Bose Wave stereos with iPod docking stations, free wireless internet as well as enhanced patio furniture, new towels and new robes. Cap Juluca is offering a 2 for 1 deal (every-other-night free) for stays through April 12. The rate for two nights is now $995 double. (Note: Room taxes are still steep at 20 percent.)

Via Washington Post


Luxury Hotel Special Offers: The Cherry on Top


By: Alison Victor

Hotel President WilsonI've been thinking about when I moved into my current apartment. Not only did they give me a great deal, but they threw in free monthly parking too. I was thrilled, yet couldn't help but feel like I was cheating someone, somehow. I still constantly look for these type of "gratuitous offerings." I'll share with you one way to feed this need:

Five Star Alliance works directly with its luxury hotels to not only give the most competitive rates, but also an incentive to book. If you've narrowed your travel down to a particular place, I would recommend taking a look at the different hotels listed to see which are giving special offers to people booking on the Five Star Alliance site. An example of one such hotel is the Hotel President Wilson, in Geneva, Switzerland. The definition of classic luxury, Hotel President Wilson will give you a complimentary gift of (Swiss) chocolates, and also, based upon availability, a possible room upgrade at check-in. What's that, you say? Yes, it feels a little bit like cheating, but just take a deep breath and smile!


Seasonal Diversion with Sofitel Hotels: Free Night, Chocolate Box, and Late Check-Out


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel FirenzeAt last, spring has arrived. Feeling frisky? Plan an escape for two (or a family outing) and celebrate the season with a generous offer from Sofitel Hotels. With sophisticated lodgings around the globe, Sofitel charms guests with distinctive French style, savoir-faire, and refinement (and good eats, of course). Available until May 25th, 2009, the Sofitel "Seasonal Diversion" provides 1 night free when you stay 4 nights, a chocolate box and a guaranteed late check-out until 4 pm. Assuage spring fever by browsing through these swanky properties:

Sofitel MelbourneSofitel Melbourne:Stylish accommodations aren't the only thing you'll find here at this well-situated Melbourne hotel. Guests and all hotel visitors are treated to a stimulating range of exhibitions at Sofitel Melbourne, as the hotel-- a huge supporter of the city's arts community-- is famous for its temporary art exhibitions.

Sofitel Venezia:Located on the canal, this Venice hotel features luxurious accommodations furnished in XVIII century Venetian style. The "Golden Key" concierge service can organize gondola trips, book tickets for Fenice Theatre, and ensure an unforgettable stay.

Sofitel RomaSofitel Firenze:You'll find all the modern conveniences within this charming 17th century building. The hotel is ideally located opposite Via Tornabuoni's shopping thoroughfare, within a stone's throw of the major sites in the historic center, and close to the railway station.

Sofitel Brussels Europe:Elegant Brussels hotel just a short walk from the European institutions. Situated on Jourdan Place, this hotel-- known for gracious hospitality--is at the doorstep of Leopold Park, near the museums of Cinquantenaire Park and the Félix Hap garden.

Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese:Overlooking the magnificent Villa Borghese gardens, the hotel has a bar on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views of Rome. Legend has it that the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese was the secret refuge of the Hollywood stars who thronged Rome during the years of the "Dolce Vita."

Sofitel Wanda Beijing:The new flagship Sofitel in Asia Pacific boasts striking design, elegant French cuisine, and the indulgent LeSpa. High-tech amenities abound.

Sofitel Royal AngkorSofitel Royal Angkor: Consistently rated as one of the best Siem Reap hotels, this is the place to stay when visiting Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage site in Cambodia. The large free form swimming pool is magnificent.

Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando:A palace turned luxury hotel complete with swimming pool and fitness center in the 16th century colonial quarter of Santo Domingo. The hotel's remarkable buildings include the original home of the town's founder, Governor Nicolas de Ovando.

Sofitel Rio de Janeiro:Sprawling resort complex with pools in front of the famous Copacabana Beach.


A Perfect Couples Getaway Package from Esperanza, an Auberge Resort


By: Christina Vasquez

Esperanza an Auberge ResortHoneymooners and lovers looking to rekindle a little romance should consider an intimate getaway to Cabo San Lucas particularly since Esperanza, an Auberge Resort is offering an enticing package perfect for two. The "Para Dos" Package offers three nights accommodations in an Ocean View Casita and includes a signature welcome amenity, complimentary round trip transfers to and from the hotel, daily breakfast at El Restaurante, one dinner for two at La Palapa Bar & Grill, a one day convertible rental with lunch to go, and two sixty minute spa treatments!

Package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.


It’s Back: Get $96 Room Rates with the 96 Hour Sale from RockResorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

RockResortsKeen on spring skiing? Head to the Rockies to hit the slopes and get your apres-ski on at one of the luxurious properties in the RockResorts' collection. The 96-hour sale means you can snag upscale lodgings for just $96-- just book by 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 22. Participating resorts include The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Aspen's Hotel Jerome, Keystone Lodge and Spa, The Lodge at Vail, and La Posada de Santa Fe.


Take a Girls Getaway to Santa Fe’s Inn and Spa at Loretto


By: Christina Vasquez

Inn and Spa at LorettoThe Inn and Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe's historic luxury boutique hotel, is offering a fabulous package ideal for girl weekends, relaxing spa getaways, and bridal shower celebrations. Enjoy some bonding with your best girlfriends and indulge in fantastic food, holistic pampering, and free in room movie by booking the Girls Getaway Package. Based on double occupancy, this package includes a $40 Breakfast dining credit at the hotel's signature restaurant Luminaria, as well as a $200 credit to use towards any spa treatment offered by the Spa at Loretto. After an afternoon of pampering, you and your gal pal can retreat to wonderful accommodations and enjoy a free on demand movie, along with chips and salsa before heading out and enjoying the eclectic Santa Fe nightlife, or stay in and make it an old fashioned pajama party! Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Inn and Spa at Loretto will receive a complimentary upgrade in room type (based on availability) plus two welcome beverages in the Living Room Bar. [Map]