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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.

Best of Boca: Inclusive Package from $199 at Waldorf Astoria’s Boca Raton Resort

July 21, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Boca Raton Resort and Club, Florida$109 nightly rates at the fabled Boca Raton Resort & Club may sound nice, but we've found another offer that's even more tempting. Part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, the village-style resort is nestled on 365 acres bordered by a half-mile private beach along Florida's Gold Coast in Palm Beach County. Until September 30, 2010, you can experience the "Best of Boca" package-- with a host of inclusions, like breakfast and unlimited golf greens fees-- for just $199 per night. This package deal means savings of up to 50%. Here's the skinny: along with your luxurious accommodations, you'll get valet parking, daily breakfast for two, late check-out, a two-hour "Fun in the Sun Catamaran Sail" on the Intracoastal Waterway, IBeach Umbrella rental for a day, plus 25% discounts on spa treatments, tennis, and Camp Boca. Resort fee included. Subject to availability.

Free Golf & Spa Specials: Rates from $117 at Fairmont Turnberry Isle, Miami

July 16, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry IsleTurnberry Isle is the place to be this summer. Not only will you find something for everyone at this 300-acre Mediterranean-style resort, but you'll also find some great deals. Like free golf for all guests (no joke), a string of spa specials at the award-winning Willow Stream Spa (a 90-minute treatment for just $99!), plus kids eat for free. Did we mention you can find rates from just $116.50 per night (through September 30, 2010)? Located midway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort is also home to a private beachfront Ocean Club right on the Atlantic, a tennis facility with four clay HydroCourts, three pools including a new lagoon-style pool featuring a waterslide and lazy river, plus Bourbon Steak restaurant, the only South Florida experience from famous restaurateur Michael Mina. (Don't miss the new Chef's Market Menu, a three-course special menu for just $49 created specially for summer.)

Sponsored Article: Experience a San Diego Resort Beyond Compare: The Grand Del Mar

June 28, 2010
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grand Del Mar, San DiegoThe Grand Del Mar is San Diego's newest AAA Five Diamond resort, where summer brings warmth and splendor. Home to the city's only Tom Fazio-designed golf course, an acclaimed day spa and Addison, Southern California's only Five-Star/Five Diamond restaurant, this premier resort simply has no peer.

The Grand Del Mar, San DiegoThis summer, you can discover the resort's enviable array of award-winning amenities, all at the best rates of the season. There's a variety of enticing specials to choose from, including The Grand Life package, which features a $100 resort credit good for spa treatments, shopping, dining and golf. Rates start at just $366 per night.

Summers at The Grand Del Mar offer something for every enthusiast: endless days by the pool, brisk hikes through pristine canyon trails, and visits to San Diego's sunny beaches, a mere five miles away — complete with beach service that includes roundtrip transportation, chair set-up, umbrellas, beach towels and bottled waters.

The Grand Del Mar, San DiegoFourth of July, in particular, offers an unprecedented collection of weekend activities: wine tastings, golfing, hiking, kayaking, surfing, family pool parties & scavenger hunts... the list is virtually endless. Or, revel in the non-stop excitement of the famous Del Mar Horse Races (July 21st – September 8th) with complimentary transportation to and from the track, followed by classic cocktails upon your return.

So pack your sense of adventure (or just a good book) and visit The Grand Del Mar, where summer memories last a lifetime.

2 for the Price of 1: Golf at Southshore with Loews Lake Las Vegas

June 24, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Lake Las Vegas ResortWithin easy reach of the glitz and glamor of the Vegas Strip but a world away on the shores of a 320-acre lake, Loews Lake Las Vegas offers a resort experience for wholly affordable prices. (Rates average $160 per night.) You can loll on the resort's white sand beach, grab a kayak (or hop in a gondola) for lake exploration, swim in one of the two signature pools, taste master sushi chef Osamu Fujita's culinary creations, or escape to the Moroccan-style Spa Moulay for some soothing body treatments. Loews Lake Las Vegas also caters to golfers with a special package at The Golf Club at SouthShore. Named by Golf Digest one of the "Top 10 New Private Golf Courses in America" when it debuted in 1996, SouthShore's 6,917-yard championship course was designed by Jack Nicklaus on the shores of Lake Las Vegas. For a limited time, two players can play for the price of one on SouthShore's Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. All rental equipment and luxurious accommodations are included with rates starting as low as $299/night. Rate is subject to availability and YouFirst Benefits apply. 2 for 1 rates available until September 6th, 2010.

The Grand Opening of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier

June 21, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The GreenbrierSaved from bankruptcy, The Greenbrier will soon return to glory, hopes new owner Jim Justice, a West Virginia coal baron. Extensive renovations are underway in an attempt to regain a fifth star for the storied resort, which lost its acclaim in recent years. Justice decided to hire interior designer Carlton Varney, who owns Dorothy Draper Inc., in a nod to the designer who originally styled the resort, leaving her trademark of signature floral patterns and bold colors. The biggest change of all for The Greenbrier? The addition of a 90,000-square-foot casino. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports on The Greenbrier's new era:

With the sounds of cranes and jackhammers behind him, Justice surveyed the work and discussed the massive renovation project. "It's going to be an entertainment area. It's not going to be a casino like you think of in Las Vegas or Atlantic City. It's even going to be better than Monte Carlo. I just sent a whole team of people there, and they came back and said we think we are going to be the best place in the world." There will be a strict dress code and no-smoking policy. The area will include eight mezzanine-level shops, the Twelve Oaks lounge and the Infusion Sushi Bar.

The Grand Opening of the Casino Club will take place on July 2, 2010. From the official website: "The Greenbrier is making history again! Be there when The Greenbrier unveils the grandest casino experience in the world. This celebration of epic fashions includes an entire evening of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a live performance by Lionel Richie."

“Hollywood & Wine” Festival plus July 4th Fireworks: $119 Rates at the Arizona Biltmore

June 18, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Arizona Biltmore ResortArizona's Grand Dame-- built as one of Phoenix's first resorts in 1929 with Frank Lloyd Wright as the consulting architect-- has hosted its share of U.S. presidents and celebs. Part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, the Arizona Biltmore continues to dazzle guests with its eight swimming pools, seven tennis courts, full-service spa, and two 18-hole PGA golf courses (adjacent to the resort at the Arizona Biltmore Country Club). This summer, the landmark resort is staging a summer-long "Hollywood & Wine" festival featuring celebrity bands and winemakers, Hollywood behind-the-scenes shows, blockbuster dive-in movies, theater productions and culinary events. While June has been all about "Hollywood Live On-Stage," with live theater performances by the Southwest Shakespeare Company and music from celebrated bassist Miles Mosley, July focuses on "Hollywood Blockbusters." There will be screenings of classic American movies and a synchronized swim show featuring the Aqualillies. On July 4th, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra Pops and fireworks will salute America. Talk about serious summer fun. The best part of all? Blockbuster rates at the Arizona Biltmore starting from just $119. [Map]

July 4 Celebration at San Diego’s New Park Hyatt Aviara Resort (Formerly Four Seasons)

June 16, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad

Come June 21, 2010, Park Hyatt Aviara will open its doors on California's sun-splashed Pacific coast, just north of San Diego in Carlsbad. Formerly a Four Seasons property, this Spanish Colonial style resort sits atop a ridge overlooking the ocean and Batiquitos Lagoon, a protected wildlife sanctuary considered one of California's most precious wetlands. Hyatt took over resort management after a scandalous clash between the hotel owners and Four Seasons, accused of mismanaging the 329-room property. Surrounded by 200 acres of rolling hills and valleys, the Park Hyatt Aviara has expansive facilities: a full-service spa, sparkling pools, a fitness center, and an Arnold Palmer designed 18-hole championship golf course. Each of the guest rooms has a private balcony or terraced balcony to take in the views. Book a stay for July 4th and you'll be treated to a grand Independence Day celebration with fireworks galore.

Family Fun and the Dog Days of Summer at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson

June 11, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Ventana Canyon ResortFor a fantastic family vacation, consider the desert dreamscape at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, nestled in Arizona's Catalina Mountains. With pampering spa treatments, two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, plenty of water activities, and some of the best hiking in the West, the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort has something for everyone. Not to mention the kids. The Loews Loves Kids Program gets props for its special themed perks: from Fisher-Price welcome gifts to "teens only" food bars. Moreover, there's no need to leave Fido at home. Loews Ventana Canyon is pet-friendly. Two packages to consider this summer: "Family Fun" means 50% off a second room, plus a complimentary 1/2 day Kid's Club credit. (Kids 12 and under eat free.) With the "Dog Days of Summer" package, available until August 31, 2010, your pampered pooch will get a special barbeque meal created by Master Chef Marc Ehrler. "Scooby BBQ Sliders" are veterinarian approved! Also included is a "Fling Thing" Frisbee from West Paw Design and dog walking tips from pet expert Wendy Diamond, author of "It's a Dog's World."

Wanted: Social Media-Savvy Guest to Check in for the Summer (and Tweet about it)

June 9, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Balsams ResortAnd we thought the job of tanning butler at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach was cool. The historic Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in New Hampshire is looking for an "Inn-Bedded Resorter," a social media-savvy guest to check in for the summer and get paid to use Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to document life at the resort. As reported by the Boston Herald, the Dixville resort is now accepting applications (deadline: June 18th at midnight). The winner gets paid $2,500 to stay as a guest for the months of July and August at the hotel famous as the spot where voters "gather at midnight to cast the first votes in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary." Meals and accommodations included. Nestled on 8,000 acres surrounded by rugged mountains, the resort has golf, tennis, kayaking, mountain biking, and more.

Pezula Resort, South Africa: The Choice of the French Team for the FIFA World Cup

June 7, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa, South AfricaA world-class spa? Check. Gourmet eats? Check. A magnificent setting on the coastline of the Western Cape? The Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa has jaw-dropping views of the Indian Ocean, the Knysna Lagoon, and the Outeniqua Mountains from its 1,000-hectare estate. The French soccer team certainly doesn't compromise when it comes to luxury digs for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The 1998 champions may be struggling a bit on the field this year, but they're still planning to enjoy the Word Cup challenge (and Pezula's renowned hospitality) while in South Africa this summer. What else will they find at this sparkling resort? A slew of on-site activities to enjoy during their down-time, like tennis, championship golf, hiking through indigenous forest, canoeing along the Noetzie River to a beautiful secluded beach, even an animal "touch farm." And the 78 suites? They're equipped with private balconies or patios, log fireplaces and sumptuous en-suite bathrooms. If les bleus are victorious, they can party at the Champagne & Whisky Bar.