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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.

Special Weekday Rate in Sunny Santa Barbara at San Ysidro Ranch

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Ysidro RanchPlan an end-of-winter escape to the lush foothills of Santa Barbara, where the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch has been host to Hollywood types and discriminating clientele for over a century. Surrounded by incomparable natural beauty-- 17 miles of hiking trails in the Santa Ynez Mountains, the local beaches and wineries of Santa Barbara just a short drive away-- this legendary hideaway is one of the most romantic resorts on earth. It was the setting for John and Jackie Kennedy's honeymoon retreat! Luxuriate in a private cottage or suite which boast hot tubs on private outdoor patios with outdoor rain showers, hand-cut stone or Old World masonry fireplaces, radiant-heated bathroom floors, flat-screen TVs and hand-selected antique furnishings. Until April 30, 2008, the San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort, is offering a special weekday "Ranch Getaway" where you can stay in a Junior Suite or Cottage, including a full American Breakfast for two, starting at just $599 per night. Normal rates start at $895-$995 per night, so this is a real deal. Valid Sunday-Thursday through April 30, 2008. Based on category availability; blackout dates apply.

Via Travel and Leisure

Special Offer from Wynn Las Vegas and Daniel Boulud Brasserie

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Daniel Boulud at Wynn Las Vegas"If I had to choose only one restaurant in town in which to eat every night this might be the one. C'est magnifique!" -- Max Jacobson, Las Vegas Life Magazine

Stay two nights in a Resort Room at Wynn Las Vegas from just $209 per night and receive a $150 dining credit to be used towards dinner at the Michelin-starred Daniel Boulud Brasserie. Experience a dining experience like none other. Famed Chef Daniel Boulud (awarded "Best Chef, New York City" by the James Beard Foundation) offers his signature French bistro fare on Wynn's magnificent Lake of Dreams at his only Las Vegas brasserie. At this splendid waterfront setting, dinner is served nightly from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. Available now through April 30, 2008. To book, call 866-770-7410 and mention promo code WYDBDE. Dining reservations must be made in advance; call 888-352-3463 for availability.

Hot Dates at La Quinta Resort and Club, PGA West, Palm Springs

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Quinta Resort and ClubNow's your chance to enjoy unbelievable rates at the legendary California resort, featuring 90 holes of some of the country's best golf, including the Stadium Golf Course at PGA WEST. For select dates, La Quinta Resort & Club, The Waldorf=Astoria Collection, has rates starting at just $95 a night. And golf's not the only thing on offer. The Spanish-style resort has 23 tennis courts, 41 pools, 53 hot spas, and 7 restaurants. See below for a full list of hot dates:

Apr 3 - Apr 6, 2008 Starting from $275

Apr 13 - Apr 18, 2008 Starting from $195

May 15 - May 18, 2008 Starting from $185

Jun 1 - Jun 6, 2008 Starting from $125

Jun 8 - Jun 13, 2008 Starting from $115

Jul 10 - Jul 13, 2008 Starting from $105

Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2008 Starting from $95

Oct 5 - Oct 10, 2008 Starting from $175

Oct 16 - Oct 19, 2008 Starting from $205

Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2008 Starting from $190

Dec 1 - Dec 4, 2008 Starting from $165

Jan 4 - Jan 9, 2009 Starting from $155

Announcing the New W Hotel Marrakech

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kasbah TamadotW Hotels is on a quest to bring its swanky Living Room experience and Whatever/Whenever service to every corner of the globe. This past year saw openings in exciting worldwide destinations and now Starwood's global lifestyle brand has just announced plans for its entry into Morocco with the W Marrakech. Scheduled to open in mid 2010 just minutes from the Medina (the city's historical center), the property will include a 150-room hotel and 68 whole-ownership villa residences as part of a luxurious, mixed-use development overlooking an 18-hole championship golf course. The W Marrakech will feature all of the W's signature comforts, like WOW suites, W beds with feather-top mattresses and 350 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, destination bar, and luxury spa. W has become the fastest growing luxury hotel brand in the world, with hotels slated for North America (including Austin, Downtown Atlanta, Philly, and Scottsdale), Europe (Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul, Milan and St. Petersburg), Asia (Bangkok, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao-Studio City, Shanghai and Yokohama) and in the Middle East (Amman, Doha, Dubai-Festival City and Dubai-The Palm).

Winter Golf Special at The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort, Killenard, Ireland

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Heritage Golf and Spa Resort, KillenardPlan a winter escape to the gorgeous Irish countryside and get pampered at the luxurious Heritage Golf & Spa Resort located in the picturesque village of Killenard, just an hour from Dublin. Experience the renowned 72-par Championship golf course and lavish accommodations for just EUR 190 per person (sharing) with the Winter Golfing Break. Available until April 30, 2008, this special includes one night bed & breakfast in a Deluxe guest room, a round of golf, and one evening meal in Greens or So Oriens Restaurant. Set in the beautiful rolling countryside of Co. Laois with the Slieve Bloom Mountains as a backdrop, the golf course was designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes with five lakes and a stream meandering through the greens. Don't miss the luxury spa at The Heritage, featuring 20 treatment rooms and a selection of over 70 spa treatments with the Pevonia botanical skincare line.

Golf Course Views in Naples, Florida at the Ritz Carlton

By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

The palatial Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL offers deluxe accommodations and extensive greens. Use a Segway to scoot around or bring your furry friends - they have a Pet Program!

There are 2 Ritz-Carlton's in Naples, Florida - make sure you book the right one. The Ritz Carlton Naples Golf Resort is inland with two Greg Norman-designed golf courses, while the Ritz Carlton Naples sits on three miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches.

Wynn 100 Point Wine Weekend to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wynn 100 Point Wine WeekendYou are invited to an extraordinary private event that unites lovers of wine, fine food and philanthropy for an unforgettable Wynn experience. On April 25- 26, 2008, Wynn Las Vegas will host this important weekend event. Guests will enjoy an exclusive Vintners Reception in the Penske/Wynn Ferrari Showroom on Friday evening, mingling with master wine-makers while sipping world-class wines (and surrounded by cool cars on display). On April 26, guests will attend the 100 Point Wine Dinner featuring full pours of legendary 100 point wines. Each vintage will be paired with a mouth-watering dish that is part of a five-course extravaganza prepared by internationally-renowned chefs. Among the items to be auctioned at the dinner are some rare wines including:

*Balthazar 2000 Chateau Haut-Brion, one of a limited edition of only five bottles ever produced.

*Balthazar 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, the first and only Balthazar of the 2000 vintage ever released and one of only five in existence. Viewed by many as "The Wine of the 2000 Vintage," and recipient of a 100-point rating from Robert Parker.

*Double Magnum 2000 Petrus direct from the chateau.

Wynn Las Vegas

Saturday will also feature a course on wine buying and investing by Sotheby's and afternoon events hosted by Wynn retail. All guests will enjoy a two-night stay in the Wynn Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas. For the second consecutive year, the Towers Suites is the only casino resort in the world to earn both the Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards and recently received Michelin's highest hotel rating of Five Red Pavilions. Guests will have access to all that the Wynn has to offer including the Tower Suites pools and cabanas, Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Wynn Golf Club, full-service spa and the spectacular casino and private high-limit gaming areas.

Ticket prices are $5,000 and include the 100 Point Wine Dinner, the private Vintners Reception in the Penske/Wynn Ferrari-Maserati Showroom, admission to all the special events, and Tower Suite accommodations.

Limited Time Special Offer: Five-Star Delight at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Sanctuary at KiawahAfter the recent announcement of the winners of the prestigious Mobil Five Star Award, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort-- a first-timer on the list-- has decided to celebrate. Only 41 hotels, resorts and inns in North America can claim this distinction, so The Sanctuary has a right to celebrate! Plus, The Sanctuary's Spa also achieved a separate, spa-specific Five Star rating, one of only three hotel spas in the country with the designation. To fête this achievement, The Sanctuary is offering an exclusive two-night "Five Star Delight" package for two that is only available for a limited time. Priced at $555 per person, per night, the package will expire on 5/5/08. Enjoy ocean-view concierge level accommodations on the 5th floor with a private concierge and access to the concierge lounge with complimentary gourmet food and drink selections. (Warning: More 5's to follow...) Plus, you'll get a round for two at Pete Dye's Ocean Course (one of the resort's 5 world-championship golf courses and rated 5 Stars by Golf Digest), an intimate 5-course tasting dinner for two at the Ocean Room (The Sanctuary's signature restaurant), and "Take 5" at the 5-Star Spa with a relaxing one-hour couples massage. Available starting 3/1/08.

Loews Lake Las Vegas Serves Up Replacements for High-Mercury Bluefin Tuna

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Lake Las VegasIn light of the recent findings of high mercury levels in sushi-grade tuna, this news from Loews Hotel Lake Las Vegas is most welcome. Since its opening at the end of 2006, this desert oasis has been wowing its clients. (Just 17 miles from the Vegas Strip, the 25-acre resort has it all: shimmering pools, championship golf courses, a superb Moroccan-style spa, water sports on the lake.) And now Master Sushi Chef Osama "Fuji" Fujita, the only sushi chef in the U.S. to earn the Japanese Chefs Association's recognition of achievement in 2006-2007, has rolled out a handful of safe seafood suggestions for tuna lovers at the hotel's Marssa restaurant. Chef Fuji's Bluefin "Altunatives" include Hawaii's Bigeye Tuna, Yellowtail and Albacore. Other tips for tuna lovers: consider other lower-mercury choices such as shrimp, salmon, sea-eel, sea urchin, squid and scallops; opt for veggie selections; avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, which have the highest mercury levels.

Photo Via Courtney May

Winter Warm-Up at Keswick Hall: Third Night Free in Charlottesville, Virginia

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Keswick HallHibernate in style at Keswick Hall, the magnificent estate managed by Orient Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises. Enjoy a winter sojourn in a destination that Thomas Jefferson called "Eden," just minutes from Jefferson's historic Monticello in the heart of the Virginia Piedmont. Explore the antique shops and delightful boutiques of Charlottesville, and go wine tasting in the surrounding vineyards. Return for an epic meal at the award-winning Fossett's Restaurant, where floor-to-ceiling windows showcase a magnificent vista. Curl up with a good book in front of one of the many fireplaces. When you book the "Winter Sojourn" package, you pay for two nights and get the third night for free. Rates starting from $295 per night in a Signature Room.