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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.

The Renaissance Vinoy Resort, St. Petersburg Celebrates 85 Years with Prizes


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf ClubThe Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida is celebrating its 85th anniversary this month in a big way. For the entire month of December, one lucky guest per night will get a Golden Ticket to be redeemed for a choice of: dinner for two at Marchand's Bar & Grill or Fred's Steakhouse (up to $85), one complimentary 60-minute spa treatment at the Vinoy Day Spa & Salon, or one round of golf at the private 18-hole course complete with club and shoe rental. Even if you don't score gold you can still snag serious holiday savings with the $100 Resort Credit Getaway. When you stay two nights or more, you'll get a $100 resort credit and an additional $50 credit per night. While you're there, check out the giant replica of the resort made from chocolate, royal icing, marzipan and fondant. Weighing in at almost 150 pounds and standing about two ft. tall, this sweet delicacy required over three months of work and 200 man hours to complete. Located on the waterfront in St. Petersburg, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort is the only luxury resort on Florida's West Coast with the combination of a private marina, 18-hole golf course and 12-court tennis complex.


Holiday Promotions: Save 33% at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, South Florida


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry IsleHave you made your holiday vacation plans yet? The Sunshine State is calling your name. Warm up with a Florida vacation at Fairmont Turnberry Isle, the 300-acre tropical playground with two championship Raymond Floyd-redesigned golf courses, fine spa amenities, Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak restaurant, a lagoon-style pool with a waterslide and lazy river, a private Ocean Club, kids program and tennis facility. There's a full calendar of exciting festivities including programs for the littlest of elves. Enjoy memorable experiences from a complimentary fried turkey class and holiday spice Cuban coffee demonstration to theme nights, cupcake decorating, a jazz brunch, New Year’s Eve Ball with a 10-piece orchestra, and more. With Fairmont Turnberry Isle’s Holiday Savers promotion, you can save up to 33 percent on a Fairmont Room. Rates start at $399 per room, per night from December 20, 2010-January 4, 2011. Three night minimum stay and deposit required.


Last Day to Book Starwood’s Global Holiday Sale


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President Wilson, GenevaThe big two-week global sale from Starwood Hotels & Resorts is coming to an end. Act fast to score savings of up to 30% on best available rates this holiday season across all nine Starwood brands: Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection, Aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and Element. The offer is valid for stays between November 4, 2010 and January 17, 2011 at more than 750 hotels and resorts worldwide; valid at participating hotels over weekends and at participating resorts all days of the week.

Pictured: The world-renowned Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, part of the Luxury Collection.


Exclusive Tequila Tastings at St. Regis Punta Mita Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Punta Mita ResortCalling all tequila fans. Jet south of the border to discover the town of Tequila, the historic birthplace of the Mexican spirit, with the St. Regis Aficionado program. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort has recently announced its Aficionado Experience for the winter season. Tour Mundo Cuervo's La Rojena distillery and witness firsthand the tequila creation process from start to finish. After your private tour, you'll enjoy a special tasting of Jose Cuervo's most exclusive tequila, the Reserve of the Family, before returning to The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico on one of the world's most alluring beaches, for a four-course dinner at the hotel's signature restaurant, Carolina. This exclusive Aficionado experience will be available until December 21 of this year.


Hot Deal in Vegas: 2 Nights for $199 at Loews Lake Las Vegas


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Lake Las Vegas

Book by November 5th to get two nights for only $199 at Loews Lake Las Vegas! Surrounded by magnificent desert landscapes on the shores of a 320-acre lake, the resort is seemingly worlds away from the Vegas Strip. The reality: just 17 miles from all the action. Loews Lake Las Vegas has a club just for kids, an on-site golf course, the full-service Spa Moulay and great dining options. This hot deal expires soon so book now for travel by January 31, 2011. Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply.


Florida Fall Promotion at Waldorf Astoria Resorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Reach Resort, Key WestEscape to the beach with a Florida Fall Promotion at Waldorf Astoria Resorts. Work on your tan, cocktail in hand, and get pampered in style at any of their seven world-class properties:

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Boca Raton Resort

Boca Beach Club

Naples Grande Beach Resort

Edgewater Beach Hotel

Casa Marina Resort, Key West

The Reach Resort, Key West

Here's what's in store with the Waldorf Astoria Resort Florida Fall offer. Enjoy two or more nights and receive a resort credit* up to US$100. Plus, upon checkout, you will receive a complimentary one-night stay certificate, redeemable during a future paid stay. Valid for stays through December 22, 2010. Subject to availability.

*Resort credit is based upon nights stayed at one of the resorts, starting with a $50 credit for a consecutive two-night stay, and maxing out at a $100 credit for stays of four or more consecutive nights.


Ritz-Carlton Rolls Out the Hotel Credits


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Grand CaymanWeekend getaway, here we come. Ritz-Carlton may never slash their room rates to lure guests, but they certainly know how to reel in well-heeled clients with alluring enticements. The "Reconnect" package is back, perfect for a quick, rejuvenating escape with luxurious accommodations, breakfast, and up to a $100 resort/hotel credit per night that can be used for shopping, dining, or spa services. All served on a silver platter, Ritz-Carlton style. Plan an adventure to a resort like Grand Cayman (pictured), Powerscourt, Half Moon Bay or Palm Beach (dining under the stars, anyone?), or plot a city escape to a world-class urban hotel.


Save up to $350 at The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Boulders Resort, ScottsdaleGet a dose of Arizona sunshine and take in the stunning scenery of the Sonoran Desert while vacationing at The Boulders Resort, nestled on a natural refuge within two Jay Morrish championship golf courses just outside Scottsdale. Enjoy a total resort experience with tennis, golf, and the world-famous Golden Door Spa at your fingertips (not to mention the award-winning golf). The Boulders has just released an all-inclusive, limited-time vacation package that lets you save up to $350. Starting from just $399 per night, the "One for All" package encourages guests to treat themselves to golf, tennis, spa, daily food and beverage credits, valet parking, and more-- all while being catered to with impeccable service. The details on what's included:

* Nightly accommodations for up to two adults in a Casita, Pueblo Villa or Hacienda Resort (Resort Fee and Room Rate Tax included)

* $25.00 per adult Food and Beverage Credit for every paid night

* A round of golf per adult for each night

* One 50-minute Golden Door Massage per room per night

* Access to the Golden Door Spa facilities and unlimited fitness classes

* Unlimited Tennis court time

* Valet parking, high-speed wired/wireless Internet access, daily newspaper and select service gratuities are included

Offer subject to availability and valid until September 17, 2011.


$10 for the 3rd Night: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Unveils the 10/10/10 Promotion


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Key WestHow does a $10/room sound to you? At some swank Starwood hotels in 10 different southern U.S. and Caribbean destinations? This hot deal is yours for the taking-- as the one-of-a-kind date 10/10/10 fast approaches. Starwood Hotels & Resorts is rolling out their 10/10/10 promotion: 10 (Days to Book)/ 10 (Amazing Destinations)/ $10 (For the Third Night). Here's the deal: Just book two consecutive nights now through October 13, 2010-- for travel by December 23, 2010-- and you'll get your third night for just 10 bucks. (Subject to availability.)

Participating Caribbean Starwood Hotels and Resorts include the following properties: The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, USVI; Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort; Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino; The Westin Resort, Aruba; W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island; The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico; The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Grand Cayman.

Participating Continental U.S. Starwood Hotels & Resorts include the following properties: Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel; The Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale; The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida; The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa; The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa; W Fort Lauderdale; W South Beach; Walt Disney World Dolphin; Walt Disney World Swan; The Westin La Cantera Resort, San Antonio; Sheraton Sand Key Resort; Sheraton Suites Key West; Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort; The Ballantyne, Charlotte; The Westin Key West Resort & Marina.


Suite Deal in Puerto Vallarta at Casa Velas


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Casa Velas, Puerto VallartaHit the beach in Puerto Vallarta with a "suite deal" from Casa Velas, the AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel nestled on the greens of Marina Vallarta's 18-hole golf course. Book a suite and you'll get a second one for 50% off, plus complimentary upgrades to Grand Class Suites boasting their own private plunge pools (ooh la la). What's more- you'll get unlimited golf at either the 18-hole par 72 Jack Nicklaus and the 18-hole par 72 Tom Weiskopf courses in Vista Vallarta or the 18-hole par 71 Joe Finger course in Marina Vallarta. That's not all. This "Suite Deal" also allows for hydrotherapy treatments at the top-notch Spa Casas Velas. Relax after a hard day by the pool checking out the spa facilities: whirlpool, herbal steam sauna, crystal steam room, eucalyptus inhalation, and Swiss shower. Since this hotel is all-inclusive, you get all your meals, premium beverages, and shuttle service to the Casa Velas Private Ocean Club and Velas Vallarta for free. Available until December 23, 2010; promotion rates start at $240 per person per night, based on double occupancy. Restrictions apply.