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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.

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.

Hot Deal: Outdoor Adventure with a Resort Credit at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

By: Mary Winston Nicklin



Fairmont Chateau Whistler


The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has one of the most dramatic settings imaginable-- nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, a four-season playground with breathtaking scenery. From skiing at North America's no. 1 ski resort with true ski-in/ski-out convenience to championship golf on the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course, the resort has it all. You can enjoy all this, while discovering the Fairmont's high standard of luxury, and get a great deal with the "Mountain Adventure Package" which balances outdoor excursions in Whistler with indoor pampering. Priced from just $249 CAD, the package includes a $100 CAD resort credit (per day/room) for use at the restaurants and/or your choice of popular mountain activities (activities vary by season). Think tours via ATV, horseback, canoe or Hummer in the summer, or snowshoeing, sleigh rides, snowmobile and dog sled tours in the winter. You can also apply your daily credit to items signed to your guest room from:

o The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

o Mountain Adventure Centre (bike and ski rentals)

o Vida Wellness Spa

o The Wine Room for perfectly paired food & wine

o The Wildflower for casual dining

o Portobello's fresh market and bakery

o The Mallard Lounge & Terrace with slope-side outdoor fire pits

o The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Clubhouse

This offer is valid year-round, subject to availability.

$100 Resort Credit at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Waldorf Astoria OrlandoTake the fam on a summer vacay to Orlando and stay in style at the Waldorf Astoria, a unique luxury property nestled on over 482 pristine acres in Bonnet Creek and the first Waldorf Astoria to be built outside the flagship property in New York City. Surrounded on three sides by Walt Disney World Resort, the Waldorf Astoria has a prime location, plus a complimentary private shuttle service direct from the hotel to Disney Parks. In addition to Orlando's prime attractions, you'll get a kick out of the hotel's extensive amenities-- including the spa by Guerlain, the celebrated restos and bars of the original in New York City, and the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club featuring a Rees Jones-designed championship golf course. Currently the hotel has some enticing special offers; you can score a resort credit of $100 per night with a stay in a deluxe guestroom or suite with rates starting from $259 per night. Also available: a 4th night free when you stay for three consecutive nights.

Exclusive Late Summer Offer at Sicily’s Verdura Golf and Spa Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, SicilyOne of our favorite Mediterranean resorts-- the new Verdura Golf & Spa Resort-- is a bastion of luxury on the sun-splashed island of Sicily. Recently added to the Five Star Alliance hotel collection, this Rocco Forte resort has it all-- from smashing interiors to its destination spa and Kyle Phillips-designed golf courses. For a first-hand review, check out this article in Luxury Travel Advisor. We've just learned about a special offer at Verdura that coincides with the best possible time of year to visit Sicily (September and October). The exclusive Verdura Late-Summer Package is available from September 3 to October 30, 2010 and includes the following:

• 3 nights' accommodation or more

• Welcome cocktail upon arrival

• Fresh fruit on the arrival day

• Daily breakfast

• A 3-course dinner every night in one of the restaurants

• A complimentary spa treatment or one round of golf, per person per stay

• Complimentary full board for children 11 and under when sharing room with their parents

• Complimentary access to Spa with use of Sauna, Hammam, indoor pool, tennis courts and bikes.

Rates start at €1,680 for 3 nights (minimum), double occupancy.

Top Chef Checks Into The PGA National Resort & Spa

By: Daniel L. Moses

Eric Ripert, celebrity chef and judge on this season’s Top Chef – Washington, DC, currently airing on Bravo, said it best when speaking about contestant Kenny Gilbert of PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  "I love garlic, and I use it a lot."  Wait, hold on, that’s not the quote I’m looking for.  Wasn’t there one about Kenny, and how brilliant he is…? PGA National Resort & Spa

I’ll keep searching, but this might be a time where, and pardon the cliche, the food speaks for itself.  Yes, Kenny Gilbert… IS… THAT… GOOD!

And he’s proven it, week after week, on the latest season of Top Chef.

Yet if those dazzling concoctions that you see every week don’t draw you into the culinary master world of Kenny Gilbert, than perhaps his long history as an outstanding chef will.  At only 23 years of age, Gilbert became the youngest African-American chef to ever run a Ritz-Carlton hotel restaurant, and he just keeps getting better.

Now in his mid-30s (peak years for chefs), Kenny Gilbert is mesmerizing diners everyday as the Executive Chef at the PGA National Resort & Spa.  The food is so good that patrons are forgetting that the PGA National Resort & Spa. is most famous for award-winning golf on a luxurious setting.  Heck, you’ll even be forgiven if you only shoot nine holes so you can have more time for dinner.

But don’t take my word for it… What does Eric Ripert have to say about Kenny's food?  "For us, it’s the grand slam!"  Thanks, chef.  That’s more like it!