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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.

Park Hyatt Invites You to See DC on Two Wheels

By: Alison Victor

Park Hyatt WashingtonWashington DC has become a very big biking city over recent years. Not only has it been a great way for residents to keep in shape, but it has also proven a great way to explore the city. With this in mind, Park Hyatt Washington is now offering guests complimentary bikes on which to get around town. By just signing up with the hotel a week in advance, guests will be provided with hybrid bikes for four hours, along with a lock, helmet, water, and map of area cycling trails. This is a great option to keep in mind when planning your next trip to the nation's capital.

New Things Abuzz at Fairmont Washington DC

By: Alison Victor

Fairmont Washington DC In direct response to the nation's honey bee shortage, and as part of an ongoing environmental program, The

Fairmont Washington DC is now home to 105,000 Italian honeybees. Located on the rooftop of this luxury city hotel now sits three honey beehives, each with one queen bee and 33,000 worker bees. The bees will enhance the Fairmont Washington DC's culinary program, helmed by executive sous chef Ian Bens and executive pastry chef Aron Weber, who will also share responsibility of chief bee keeper. Three hundred pounds of honey is projected to be harvested during the first year of this program, going to use in soups, pastries, and other culinary treats offered at the hotel's renowned Juniper restaurant. The bees came from local beekeepers Larry and David Reece in Germantown, Maryland. The Reeces have been in the "bee business" for over 150 years, and are well respected in the community.

Value and Luxury Included: The Lodge at Woodloch

By: Alison Victor

The Lodge at WoodlochWe get many requests for all-inclusive, luxury resorts. Many people feel that all-inclusive means having to compromise luxury and service. Well, this can definitely be the case, but fortunately there are some great options for those of you wanting it all. The Lodge at Woodloch is a luxury spa resort located in Pennsylvania's lake region that not only offers all-inclusive rates, but also has been rated "Top 15 Destination Spas," by the esteemed Travel + Leisure magazine. Book now through July 9th, and you can take advantage of The Lodge at Woodloch's Midweek Magic Offer. For only $299 double occupancy, and $399 single occupancy, you can stay in their Veranda Deluxe accommodations, complete with three gourmet meals, and enjoy a variety of their daily activities. It's a great way to have it all without having to sacrifice what you want.

Luxury Resorts & Hotels: The Great Summer Escape

By: Alison Victor

Carmel Valley Ranch ResortLuxury Resorts & Hotels is the name behind many unique and luxurious properties. They are dedicated to creating an overall guest experience that is memorable and exceptional. Luxury Resorts wants to give you a reason to "escape" this summer by offering a great deal. Book any number of their properties, such as the

Carmel Ranch Resort or The Peaks Resort and Golden Door Spa, by July 15th, and you will receive a certificate for a future stay at any one of their participating hotels. Good through December 20, 2009, you can decide when and where you want to go.

A Special Kiwi Offer from Relais & Chateaux

By: Alison Victor

The Farm at Cape KidnappersNew Zealand is a mountainous group of islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, and a truly beautiful and unique place to visit. Now through October, Kauri Cliffs, and their sister property, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, are inviting guests to experience world-class luxury for less. Stay a combined 5 nights at either property and receive the 6th consecutive night free. Rates include accommodations in a luxurious suite, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, a full breakfast daily, and full use of Lodge facilities, excluding golf. Both award-winning properties are nestled on 6,000 lush acres of countryside, complete with world famous golf courses, luxury spas and suites, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. This special offer is subject to availability.

Fantastic Three and Five Night Package Deals from Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali

By: Christina Vasquez

Ubud Hanging GardensDiscover the tranquility of Bali and everything this tropical paradise has to offer with superb package deals at Ubud Hanging Gardens. Book three nights accommodations and take advantage of the "Something to Celebrate" package which includes: daily American breakfast, one way airport transfer, welcome flowers decorations & sparkling wine, one traditional three-course dinner at Beduur Restaurant, a picnic for two and 10 percent discount on individual spa treatments. Plan on staying a little longer? The Ubud Hanging Gardens is also offering the "Bali Harmony Package". For a minimum five-night stay, enjoy one way airport transfer, a one-hour Yoga class, a two-hour pure relaxation treatment for two people, a two-hour morning walk, one revitalizing Yang massage treatment for two, a guided tour of the local temples, one private picnic, and two three-course dinners for two (excl drinks) as well as 10 percent discount for any additional individual spa treatments.

Packages valid from 3rd November 2008 to 21st December 2009, package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.

Therasia Resort: A Dream Vacation Awaits You in the Aeolian Islands

By: Alison Victor

Therasia ResortRomantic? Check. Beautiful Beaches? Check. A volcano? Check. When you dream of the perfect getaway, what comes to mind? It would probably be somewhat close to the Therasia Resort. This beautiful luxury hotel is situated on the island of Vulcano, one of the seven Aeolian Islands, only a short distance from the beach and center of, yes, a vollcano. The hotel boasts breathtaking views over the 6 other islands and the stunning 'faraglioni' of Lipari.

Therasia Resort was completely restored in 2006 using local materials to pay respect to the surrounding environment. Guests can take advantage of the resort's large Infinite pool, or have a romantic meal at the resort's panoramic restaurant, complete with views of the sea. Though only a short trip from Sicily, Therasia Resort retains the Greek mythology and ancient nature that make it a luxurious retreat all its own. Book through June and you can stay, with breakfast, for around 175 USD.

Uxua Casa Opens in Bahia, Brazil: Buzzworthy Hotel from the Creative Director of Diesel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Uxua Casa, BrazilDiesel Creative Director Wilbert Das has opened a nine-cottage boutique hotel set in a verdant garden in Trancoso, a fishing village on Brazil's Bahia coast. Behind colorful facades, each of the cottages is uniquely decorated as Das worked in collaboration with local artisans, and requested that they use organic construction materials available locally. As recently highlighted in Vanity Fair, Das expresses fatigue with design hotels, stating the importance of embracing the locale when on vacation:

Workers made walls from mud and branches (a local Indian technique), used wooden blinds instead of windowpanes, and shingled roofs with a traditional hardwood. Now complete, the hotel is a complex of tropical gardens, a quartz-lined pool, and colorful buildings that are in sync with their historic surroundings.

Rustic, yet wholly luxurious, Uxua Casa has a spa facility and beachfront lounge with sofas. Notably, 60 percent of the property is preserved as a sea turtle sanctuary, as Uxua Casa is committed to sustainable tourism in the region. Of all the accommodations, the treehouse is the most exciting, made entirely from recycled wood. All cottages have fully-equipped kitchens, indoor/outdoor living rooms, and Wifi internet access. Some have private plunge pools, gardens, Jacuzzis, and terraces.

Eco-friendly Luxury Hotels: The Montage Beverly Hills Grabs LEED Gold Certification

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Montage Beverly HillsProof that going green does not have to sacrifice luxury, The Montage Beverly Hills has just scored LEED Gold status-- making it one of only four Gold certified hotels worldwide. The swank hotel has been turning heads since it opened in November 2008, and this new award-- recognition from the third-party benchmarking system of the hotel's eco-friendly construction-- will no doubt attract even bigger crowds.

Feast on Local, Organic Foods with Sofitel Hotels to Celebrate Earth Day

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sofitel Chicago Water TowerFor 2009 Earth Week, Sofitel's luxury hotels in North America are offering guests the chance to experience the culinary "pursuit of pleasure"-- so instead of just talking about our planet, you can "take a bite out of it!" Committed to buying foods locally from producers who are dedicated to environmentally sustainable agriculture, Sofitel crafts delicious cuisine in the French tradition. And for Earth Week-- April 19th to April 25th-- guests can partake in some fabulous culinary events at hotels in New York, Philly, D.C., Miami, Chicago (pictured), Minneapolis, Montreal, San Francisco, and L.A. Here's the skinny on the feasts:

* Sunday, April 19 – Guests can enjoy a local farmers brunch menu from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

* Wednesday, April 22 – Patrons can celebrate Earth Day by discovering a delicious 30 minute lunch made entirely from ingredients grown organically. Later the same day, guests can indulge in a 3-course dinner focused around fresh herbs and organic wine flights paired with local cheeses.

* Friday April 24 and Saturday April, 25 diners can experience Sofitel's "Art de Recevoir" by turning off the lights and joining in for a candlelit dinner in the restaurant and/or wine tasting in the bar to help raise awareness of the importance of energy conservation.

The best part of all? Sofitel is donating a percentage of the proceeds to Trees for the Future, a nonprofit dedicated to helping worldwide communities plant more trees.