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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.

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


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


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!


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


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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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day! One-Day Sale at Marquis Los Cabos Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marquis Los Cabos ResortIt's time to head south of the border. Score a deal at Mexico's Marquis Los Cabos Resort, smack dab on the sand on the shores of the Sea of Cortez in Los Cabos. Mark your calendars: The luxurious all-suite resort is having a one-day sale on September 16th to mark Mexican Independence Day. That's this Thursday, folks! Snag a room for $200 per night for stays through December 20, 2010. (Rooms are normally $326 and up.) There's a little something for everyone here; play a round of golf at Cabo del Sol, rejuvenate at the spa, explore Cabo landmarks like El Arco, go fishing or whale-watching in the sparkling Pacific.


Announcing the JW Marriott Marquis: Miami Hotel with NBA-Approved Basketball Court


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

JW Marriott Marquis MiamiSay hello to a new brand from Marriott. Coming in October 2010: the first JW Marriott Marquis will open in downtown Miami with an incredible indoor sports complex and entertainment center featuring the Jim McLean Indoor Golf school, a virtual bowling alley (with real bowling balls and virtual pins), top-notch fitness center, spa, and an NBA approved basketball court (wow!). Housed on the 19th and 20th floors, the entertainment center promises to be jaw-droppingly impressive. The idea? To cater to the individual preferences of each guest. Billed as the "new insignia of urban integration," the new ultra-luxe brand is targeting "accomplished individuals" who have passion and lifestyle preferences. The hotel will also have a staggering amount of meeting space. A second Marquis-branded hotel is being developed for (where else?) Dubai.


Last Summer Fling in the Caribbean: 3rd Night Free at Half Moon Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaExtend the summer with a jaunt to the Caribbean for some sun, sand, and surf before the cold days of autumn are upon us. Jamaica's Half Moon Resort-- home to a championship golf course, 13 tennis courts, the sumptuous Fern Tree Spa, and an exclusive dolphin lagoon-- has extended its Third Night Free promotion. For a limited time only (through September 30, 2010), travelers can book three nights for the price of two and enjoy accomodations at the luxurious resort located on Montego Bay in Rose Hall. This special offer is for travel from September 1 - October 31, 2010. Plus, as The Washington Post points out, "kids younger than 16 stay free in their parents' room."

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Discount at The Lodge at Torrey Pines with the San Diego 3-For-1 Pass


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Lodge at Torrey PinesTake the kids to San Diego for some fun in the sun at the world-famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, and the Wild Animal Park. Book a stay at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the luxurious La Jolla resort situated adjacent to the 18th green of the Torrey Pines Golf Course overlooking the Pacific, and you'll enjoy a 10% room discount with the "San Diego 3-For-1 Package." With the exclusive 3-for-1 pass, you'll have unlimited access for five days to the attractions mentioned above, guaranteeing great savings over the entrance price for multiple days. While in La Jolla, try a pampering treatment at the resort's spa and sit down for a meal at the award-winning A.R. Valentien restaurant, serving up contemporary California cuisine. Nice perk: Complimentary high-speed Internet access.

Based upon availability; not valid on certain holidays or weekends. Purchase of at least one 3-For-1 Unlimited Access Pass is required to confirm 10% Package Discount.


Family Vacation in Canada’s Banff National Park with Fairmont Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Chateau Lake LouiseIt's not too late to plan the ultimate summer/autumn family vacation in the heart of Canada's Rocky Mountains. Discover the alpine majesty of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can go hiking, mountain bike The Great Divide, take a Bow River float trip, and let the kids embark on a photo expedition. After a fun-filled day, unwind at a Fairmont spa and reconnect with your family over dinner. Fairmont makes it easy with a special themed package at its two Banff hotels: the Fairmont Banff Springs, styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a resort recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism. The Mountain Adventure package gives you the freedom to enjoy activities with a $100 CAD resort credit, plus kids eat for free. Available until December 20, 2010, the package starts from $339 CAD per night at the Fairmont Banff Springs and $299 CAD per night at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.


“See Dubai Before You Die”: Check into the Palm Tree Court and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Tree Court and Spa, DubaiA recent article in The Telegraph (UK) "chronicles the endless possibilities for fun days and hot nights in the expat hotspot of the UAE, Dubai." The author's conclusion? "See Dubai Before You Die." Of all the places to stay in this over-the-top tourism destination in the desert, you can't go wrong with the 128-acre Jeleb Ali Golf Resort and Spa which recently finished a five-month refurbishment:

She truly is a classy, sassy oasis in this part of the desert, just a rapid free transfer to downtown Dubai. Close enough to be near. Far enough away to be relaxed and refreshed among the peacocks (a gift from the Maktoums) and other exotic flora, fauna and wildlife. The warm and welcoming staff are ultimately friendly, yet unerringly discreet (damn it). Tiger Woods came alone a while ago (probably not for long though) as he visited his "TigerWorld" development of palaces (really!) and signature golf course not far away. And the world-class sporting facilities, including a nine-hole golf course, marina, dive centre, horse-riding complex and spa have attracted sporting clubs, including English premiership sides, to the resort for warm-weather training. It's split into two. The Jebel Ali Hotel and the Palm Tree Court and Spa. Both are faultlessly five star and rightly lay claim to the title of "Dubai's Only True Resort." The food here is fantastic, from any of the dozen or so restaurants, including the award-winning French-inspired Signatures and La Fontana where a sumptuous breakfast buffet sets the day alight. And no matter in which part you stay, you are never more than a minute or two's walk from a private beach of bleached sand and the gently lapping Gulf.

Note: The all-inclusive package at the Palm Tree Court and Spa includes meals at any of the resort's 15 restaurants-- a deal The Telegraph's journalist would not doubt heartily endorse.