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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.

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

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

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.

Sizzling Summer Special: Up to 14 Nights Free at Half Moon Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaStay a week in paradise and start earning free nights. Half Moon-- the stately Caribbean oasis bordered by twin crescent-shaped beaches on Montego Bay-- has an offer that's difficult to refuse. Book a summer vacation to take advantage of Half Moon's luxe facilities on a mile-long white sand beach: play a round on the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed championship golf course, get pampered at the Fern Tree Spa, soak in one of the many pools and lagoons, go sailing or horse-back riding... While frolicking in the summer sun, you'll be racking up the free nights depending on the length of your stay. Valid for travel between June 1- October 31, 2010, the Sizzling Summer Special translates to up to 2 weeks free. (Stay 7-8 nights, get 1 night free; Stay 9 nights, get 2 nights free... Stay 14 nights, get 7 nights free; stay 28 or more nights and get 14 nights free!) This offer is subject to availability and applies to new bookings only.

The Six Senses Spa Experience at Oscar de la Renta’s Tortuga Bay

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tortuga Bay, Dominican RepublicTalk about Caribbean pampering. Tortuga Bay-- located within the world-famous Punta Canta Resort and Club-- has Oscar de la Renta-designed villas with heart-stopping views over the turquoise sea. Think Dominican-inspired decor, kitchens, coralline stone bathrooms, and balconies. Here's what HotelChatter had to say after a recent visit to the swank property:

There's a reason that the Oscar de la Renta-designed Tortuga Bay hotel in Punta Cana, Dominica Republic has a perfect five-star rating on TripAdvisor, and that reason is some of the most excellent hotel service that can be had anywhere. From picking you up from your flight right on the tarmac, as if you had arrived by private plane, to getting you tee times at one of the world's most exclusive golf courses, Tortuga can easily go beyond your greatest expectations.

Tortuga Bay, Dominican RepublicGuests get bicycles, kayaks, and golf carts during their stay. Plus, they enjoy the services of a personal concierge who'll take care of private check-in at your villa after you've been whisked through immigration at the airport. Another reason you'll fall in love? The Six Senses Spa, which offers the patented services of one of the world's premier spa brands. The resort has put together a "Six Senses Spa Experience" package to help you make the most of your stay. Along with accommodations in an Ocean View Junior Suite, you'll be treated to the Oriental Six Senses Package featuring a number of specialty treatments: Thai Herbal Body Glow, Traditional Thai Massage, Natural Thai Facial, Scalp Massage, and Foot Acupressure. You'll also get daily breakfast at Bamboo Restaurant and a welcome drink. The three-night package is priced from US2,465 (single occupancy).

Last Minute Deals: Memorial Day Escapes Close to Home

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Andaz West HollywoodNo plans for Memorial Day? Why not fete summer's arrival with a last-minute getaway? There are deals to be had! Lucky you; Five Star Alliance has some hot rates at luxury hotels across the country. Check out the sampling below:

Boca Raton Resort in Florida for $109

Boca Raton Resort and ClubMoana Surfrider on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii for $177

The Liberty Hotel in Boston for $192

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower for $185

Andaz West Hollywood for $220

Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix for $159

Loews Lake Las Vegas Hotel for $139

The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado for $135

W Washington DC for $226

Gourmet and Golf Special: Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua in Rotorua, New Zealand

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Lake Okareka Lodge by lebuaAs far as luxury lodges go, Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua is tops. With just three ultra-luxe suites to accommodate a family, couple, or group, the estate provides an exclusive escape surrounded by Rotorua's gorgeous scenery. Despite its small number of guest rooms, the lodge has every conceivable amenity: massage room, 24-hour butler/concierge, private chef, climate-controlled wine cellar, gym, private jetty, even a helipad. Soak up the luxury at the "World's Best Country House" (World Luxury Hotel Awards 2009) with a special package designed to combine both recreational pursuits and gourmet adventures. Sip beautiful wines while watching a private cooking demo from your personal chef. The next day, play a round of golf on a course famous for fairways flanked by steaming hot lakes and boiling mud pools. The "Gourmet and Golf" luxury package can be booked between June 1- June 30, 2010 for arrivals between June 2010 through September 30 2011. Priced from $6990 in a Garden Suite, the package includes:

Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua

* 3 nights luxury lakeside suite accommodation for two

* Breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, canapés and five course degustation dinner prepared by your personal chef

* 24 hour personal butler service

* Return transfers between Rotorua International Airport and lodge

* Use of all lodge recreational facilities

* Access to high speed wireless internet

* Personal cooking demonstration by lodge chef

* A round of golf at Rotorua Golf Club including, transfers, club hire and green fees

Tee Off in County Wicklow: 3rd Night Free at Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton PowerscourtAssuming the notorious Iceland volcano cools off, Ireland is where we want to be this summer. The gentle green hills of County Wicklow are a huge lure, just a few miles away from Dublin on the east coast. You get the best of both worlds at The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, set in the formal gardens of the historic Powerscourt estate: close enough to the city for some urban adventures, yet surrounded by stunning countryside and two championship golf courses. Now a destination resort, the Palladian-style Ritz-Carlton has it all: a 30,000-square-foot luxury spa by ESPA, a resto by Gordon Ramsay, guest rooms with panoramic views, and those gorge golf courses. And here's the best part. When you book a two-night stay, you'll get a third night for free. The "Peace of Mind" package includes deluxe accommodations, daily breakfast for two in the restaurant, Internet access and local calls, a welcome glass of Guinness, and parking. In fact, you can score up to three complimentary nights with this package: stay 3 nights, pay for 2; stay 5 nights, pay for 3; stay 7 nights, pay for 4. Starting from €280 per couple per night, valid through December 31, 2010.

Savings in the Caribbean: 65% Off Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, Jamaica

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Royal Plantation Ocho RiosYou've heard about the lush northern coast of Jamaica: where the St. Ann Mountains sweep down to the sugary beaches on the Ocho Rios Riviera. Now is the time to experience this tropical paradise first-hand. Royal Plantation Ocho Rios, the refined plantation-style resort, is running an offer of "Up to 65% Off" for travel through 2011. (You must book by May 20, 2010, for stays of three nights+). What's more- you can combine this special offer with the "First Night Free" promotion, available for stays of five nights and more. With just 77 luxurious suites, the resort offers seclusion and intimacy with world-class facilities, to boot. A day spent on the sand attended by beach butlers* may be just what the doctor ordered, but there's also championship golf, a variety of fine dining options, and the exclusive Red Lane Spa. (Get this: you can even have a treatment while floating on top of the sea.) Act now and book your vacation to take advantage of unbeatable savings.

*Guests are also privy to the services of private room butlers, trained by the prestigious Guild of Professional English Butlers to cater to your every need.

4th Night Free Plus Discounts on Activities at South Seas Island Resort, Florida

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

South Seas Island Resort, CaptivaLooking for the perfect spot for a family summer vacation? South Seas Island Resort-- located on Florida's Captiva Island-- snags all kinds of awards for being family-friendly. (Note: It was recognized on Parents Magazine list of "Top 10-rated Beach Resort for Families.") Spanning 2.5 miles of beautiful beaches, the resort village and wildlife sanctuary has facilities to appeal to young and old alike-- from the resort pool complex with H2Whoa! Waterslide to gulf-front golf. From May 1- September 30, 2010, South Seas Island Resort is inviting you to extend your summer escape with a free 4th night plus offers valued at $250* when you book a stay of at least three consecutive nights. You'll also get a Free Night Certificate for a future stay at a participating LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels property.

*Here's a list of the other discounts you'll enjoy:

Save 20% on Food and Beverage at The Pointe, Harbourside Bar and Grille, Holy Smoke Barbeque and Better Burgers and Scoops & Slices.

Save 20% on Golf

Save 20% on Beauty Products at Kay Casperson Lifestyle Spa and Boutique.

Save 20% on Tiva Kids Camp

Save 20% on Merchandise at South Seas Outfitters, Ship's Store, Captiva Provision Company, Captiva Blooms, Giggles, H2O Outfitters, Footloose and Regatta

Save 20% on Watersports at Holiday Watersports and Sailing Lessons from Offshore Sailing School.

Stay and Play in May: $100 Off Per Night at Grand Wailea Resort, Maui

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Wailea Resort, MauiJet to Maui in May and take advantage of a special offer at Grand Wailea Resort. You'll recharge your batteries in a Polynesian paradise, plus you may catch a glimpse of the humpback whales frolicking offshore, as mating season runs until May and the hotel's prime beachfront location is the ideal place to watch the whales' acrobatics. The "Play in May- Vacation Today" package gives you incredible savings of $100 off per night with no minimum length of stay. Valid on Ocean View and Deluxe Ocean View rooms only, until June 6, 2010, for new bookings only. (Advance purchase necessary.) Another nifty offer: Stay a week and you'll get the 7th night free. Talk about seventh heaven! Nestled on 40 acres of lush, tropical gardens fronting Wailea Beach, the luxury resort-- a member of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection-- offers an array of activities-- from pampering spa treatments to championship golf.