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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.

Summer Renovations for the Ritz-Carlton Montreal


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Ritz Carlton MontrealBeginning in June, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal will begin a large scale renovation project. This is good news for such a beloved landmark, but unfortunately it won't re-open until next summer! However, pains must be taken to keep the "Grande Dame" of Sherbrooke Street in league with the best Canadian hotels. The renovations will include overall updates to the rooms and common areas, as well as an expansion of the building to create luxury residences. When all is said and done, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal will have 130 luxury rooms and suites, 35 condo-residences, and 15 condo-suites. We can't wait to see the results!


Sticks and Stones, Summer Specials at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort NaplesThere are summer sales galore on Florida's sun-drenched coast. At the five-diamond Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, room rates can be found for just $149 per night in June. So you can experience world-class golf on two Greg Norman-designed courses, the spectacular pool and sumptuous accommodations for a song. Or choose the "Sticks and Stones" package (how clever!) and you'll get one round of golf and one hot stone massage (per room) thrown in!


The Best Brunch in Buenos Aires: Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt Buenos AiresMost Argentines know the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt, situated in the city's swank Recoleta district, as one of the best, most fashionable hotels in Buenos Aires. After its opening, it was immediately featured on the Travel + Leisure 2006 It List. To quote: "Walking up the sweeping stone staircase of Palacio Duhau is like walking into a private mansion." The garden was designed by the gentleman who planned B.A.'s botanical gardens; the rooms outfitted with all the latest luxuries; the indoor pool equipped with "750 colored bulbs to simulate the changing of light from dawn to dusk." Vinoteca may have some 3,500 bottles of wine to choose from (accompanied by your choice of 40 different cheeses), but perhaps the best kept secret at the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt is the prix fixe brunch served at Gioia Restaurant on Sunday. Take a seat on the terrace and soak up the spectacular views of the Palace and the garden. Insiders claim it'll be the best $53 you’ve ever spent.

Photo Via Flickr/Longhorndave


Summer in Vienna: US Dollar Rates at the Grand Hotel Wien


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Hotel WienThe only thing more magnificent than the legendary Grand Hotel Wien is its location on the Ringstrasse, just a stone's throw from the Opera and St. Stephen's Cathedral. At the turn of the century, the Grand Hotel Wien opened its doors in all its Belle-Epoque splendor and the hotel's been at the epicenter of Viennese social life ever since. The Grand Hotel Wien embodies all the plush decadence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the rooms are styled for those with the very highest standards of taste. Now you can enjoy a little taste of the good life with guaranteed dollar rates at the Grand Hotel Wien. A big thank you to the hotel for using a fixed conversion rate of 1.4894 which works in the favor of Americans traveling abroad. Prices start at $380 per night in a Superior Room (double occupancy) including tax and service.


Art and the Automobile Will Meet at The Inn at Perry Cabin


By: Lucy LeTourneau

Inn at Perry Cabin Concourse d'EleganceArt and the automobile will meet at The Inn at Perry Cabin September 26-28, 2008. Enjoy a very special weekend in St. Michaels for the second annual Concours d'Elegance. The Inn is just 90 minutes by car from Washington DC and less than two hours from Baltimore and Philadelphia. This unique event features one-of-a-kind "rolling sculptures" such as Alfa-Romeo, Bugatti, Bentley, Duesenberg, Hispano Suiza, and Rolls-Royce, all built between 1900 and 1942. All proceeds for the St. Michaels Concours d'Elegance benefit The Red Cross of Delmarva. The Inn at Perry Cabin is offering special packages that include two nights accommodation, breakfast each morning and two tickets to the event on Sunday September 28th.


A Family Affair at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, South Africa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bushmans KloofWe're big fans of Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, an extraordinary property located within the Cederberg Wilderness Area in a World Heritage Site about 270 kilometers from Cape Town. The setting is stunning (where else can you dine in a natural sandstone amphitheater of giant boulders overlooking ancient cliffs and deep ravines?) and the amenities are luxurious. A world-class eco-luxury retreat that's won countless awards, the resort offers a unique wilderness experience. Bushmans Kloof has just put together a fabulous Family Affair package that's bound to please every member of your family. Activities are tailor-made for kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years. (Older siblings are welcome, too, and there are babysitting services available, as well.) Children learn all about animals, plants, birds and the Bushmen -- their rock art, hunting techniques and animal tracking. Other child-friendly activities include canoeing, swimming in rock pools, fishing, creating 'rock art', as well as camping out with experienced guides. Early children's supper is served daily, after which guides entertain the kids with night walks, game drives or movies, while parents enjoy leisurely gourmet dinners served in glorious locations around the resort. Mom and Dad will have ample free time to enjoy the five-star facilities, swimming pools, and soothing spa treatments, or they may want to take off and explore the surrounding area-- a sanctuary for many indigenous plants, animals and birds, including the endangered Cape Mountain zebra.

Bushmans KloofThe three-night / four-day Bushmans Kloof Family Affair packages are offered on the following dates:

June 29- July 2, 2008

July 4- July 7, 2008

July 10- July 13, 2008

December 7- December 10, 2008

December 11- December 14, 2008

Family Affair package prices (in South African Rands) are inclusive of three nights' luxury accommodation, all meals, evening nature drives, early morning guided rock-art excursions, lodge activities and children's activities. Adults R4800 (per person sharing); Children 6-12 years R3550; Children 3-5 years R1950; Children under 2 years of age stay free.


Announcing Aria: The Big, New Casino Hotel at CityCenter, Las Vegas


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Las VegasWe have a winner. At long last, a name has been picked for the burgeoning development in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The cornerstone casino-hotel of the $9 billion property known simply as Project CityCenter, the most expensive development in Vegas history, has been christened Aria. CityCenter, MGM Mirage and Dubai World just came up with the name for its enormous hotel located between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo. Scheduled to open in late 2009, this baby will have 4,004 guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. According to Travel Weekly, MGM Mirage said that Aria's tower "is uniquely designed to deliver corner-window views from every guest room." CityCenter will also include three non-casino hotels: the Mandarin Oriental; the Harmon Hotel, Spa & Residences; and the Vdara Condo Hotel.


Rock Resorts Gears up for The Osprey at Beaver Creek, the Closest Hotel to a Chairlift in North America


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Osprey at Beaver CreekAnnouncing the latest hotel opening from Rock Resorts, the first new one in Beaver Creek in over 10 years. The Osprey has a sweet location, described as the "closest hotel to a chairlift in North America." Scheduled to open during the winter season 2008/2009 after a $7 million transformation this summer, the Osprey was formerly called the Inn at Beaver Creek. The ski-in/ski-out hotel promises unparalleled personalized services, daily complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, ski valet, a brand-new tapas restaurant, and butler and concierge services. Book your stay for December 19, 2008. Rates vary from $245 to $925 depending on the time period.


The World’s Most Expensive Cocktail: The Merchant Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Merchant Hotel, Belfast, IrelandBelfast has been getting a makeover, thanks in part to the opening of its first truly decadent, five-star hotel: The Merchant, housed in the Italianate-style, former headquarters of the Ulster Bank. Besides the swankiest of guest rooms, this place also happens to offer the world's priciest cocktail. As described by the New York Times:

Nothing symbolizes the recent transformation of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, better than the Merchant Hotel. Besides one-upping the old Europa-- once "Europe's most bombed hotel"-- the Merchant sells the world's most expensive cocktail, a mai tai made with hand-cut Fijian ice and rare Wray & Nephew rum, for GBP 750.

Image Via The Guardian


Exclusive Upgrade Offer from Hayfield Manor


By: Madelyn Giblin

Hayfield ManorEnjoy the beautiful Irish summer with exclusive summer deals on rooms at Hayfield Manor. A stunning five star hotel in Cork, Ireland, Hayfield Manor charms guests with the beautiful surrounding countryside and multitude of activities in Cork itself. Guests who book rooms for May 23rd, 24th, and 25th are treated to a complimentary upgrade in room upon availability, and guests who book rooms during the June Bank Holiday receive a complimentary picnic basket with their room, and upgrade upon availability. Offer applies for May 31st and June 1st and 2nd.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: All guests of Hayfield Manor who make reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary afternoon tea for two - once during their stay valued at 25 Euro per person.