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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.

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

October 25, 2010
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

October 21, 2010
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

October 7, 2010
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

October 7, 2010
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

October 6, 2010
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

October 4, 2010
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.


Last-Minute Weekend Escape to Costa Rica at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort

September 29, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

JW Marriott Guanacaste ResortBack to the grind after a perfect summer filled with weekend beach getaways... Maybe you're lusting for an exotic tropical escape to recharge the batteries- close to home, that won't break the bank. How about Costa Rica in the off-season? JW Marriott Guanacaste-- situated on Mansita beach near Tamarindo and home to a world-class spa and golf course-- has some last-minute weekend deals in October. Take in the sunset over the Pacific while sipping a cool cocktail by the pool, then tuck into a delicious dinner at one of four restaurants. Retire to your spacious bedroom, equipped with a furnished private balcony or terrace, to luxuriate in style. Nightly rates are available from $195 for a two-night stay on October 15-17 and October 22-24, 2010. Limited availability so act fast!

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Runaway to Paradise: Special Offer at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Los Cabos

September 24, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Las Ventanas al ParaisoLooking to splurge on a tropical getaway? Bed down where the celebs stay? If your paycheck's burning a hole in your pocket, book a stay at Las Ventanas al Paraiso and be treated to "an unforgettable experience that will always be with you." True to its name, Las Ventanas is a window to paradise, promising nothing short of the ultimate in luxury and pampering. The desert beach resort in Los Cabos offers a world-class spa, luxury tennis (with complimentary cold towels, Evian spray mists and light refreshments available courtside), Tequila lessons, culinary programs, yachting, whale-watching, and more.

Always included free with your stay: the unique in-room tequila welcome, live entertainment every night, access to the spa, the DVD library, twice-daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service, fresh fruit and bottled water replenished daily, and enhanced poolside service and amenities.

Book the "Runaway to Paradise" three-night package for two and you'll get some added amenities. Priced from $2,458, the package includes three nights accommodation, full breakfast for two daily, one welcome margarita for two, one Swedish, Deep Tissue or Sports Massage for two, unlimited use of spa and gym facilities, roundtrip airport transfers and LVP Air Meal upon departure. Offered through Dec. 18, 2010.


Enjoy Resorts with Water Parks? Try Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix!

September 17, 2010
By: Daniel L. Moses

Arizona Grand Resort, PhoenixConsistently rated among the Top Ten waterparks in the country, the WaterPark at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, Arizona offers something for everyone. With high, scream-inducing water slides, bubbly wave pools, sun-drenched beach-style cabanas, and shallow play areas for the little ones, the whole family can brace themselves for a weekend of thrills and chills.

But that’s just one feature of the Arizona Grand Resort. For when the kids are splashing and dunking, parents can find time to relax in the amazing on-site spa or play a round of golf on the adjacent course. The best part, though, is the secret that all Arizonans know, the Phoenix climate is one of the most enjoyable anywhere. Moderate temperatures and bright sun combine to make this the “vacation destination of the twenty-first century!”

So when choosing your next family vacation, book the Arizona Grand Resort, and relax and let the good times… splash!


Find Your Inner Nermal at The Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi

September 16, 2010
By: Daniel L. Moses

Yas Hotel, Abu DhabiTwenty years ago, the only time I ever heard of Abu Dhabi was while reading the Garfield comic strip. For some reason, known only to that irascible cat and Jim Davis himself, Garfield often tried to ship his erstwhile companion Nermal, aka the world’s cutest cat, to what was then perhaps a fledgling outpost in the distant conglomeration of the United Arab Emirates. Well, UAE is a fledgling outpost no more, and doggone Nermal might actually jump at the chance to be shipped to the shimmering oasis that is modern Abu Dhabi.

Nothing exemplifies that modernity more than the The Yas Hotel, uniquely located adjacent to the Persian Gulf. Well, adjacent isn’t really the right word. The Yas actually sits straddled half over the land and half over water. It’s a unique amphibious wonderland that could only be dreamed up by the visionary firm Asymptote Architecture, the lead designers of what has become a crown jewel destination. In fact, The Yas Hotel is so amazing, and with so much to offer including nearly 500 rooms, incredible dining and golfing options, and a luxurious placement next to Yas Marina, you might be forgiven for calling it the Yes hotel. As in, yes, they have that too!

So while somewhere out there in our imaginations Garfield is still trying to send Nermal to Abu Dhabi, you can get there for real. And while you’re at it, you can enjoy everything that Nermal is missing at The Yas Hotel.

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