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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.

Desert Adventures Await in Dubai

April 9, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Desert Palm DubaiSky diving, 4x4 desert safaris, hot air balloon adventures, aerial desert tours, camel and horse racing, a kid friendly water park, and excursions to an indoor ski resort await at the Desert Palm Dubai. Guests who stay at this ultra-luxurious "Arabian avant-garde" desert hotel have the opportunity to embark on thrilling adventures, and for those who prefer something that won't get the heart pumping too loud, there toned-down activities as well, like polo matches, horse riding, cooking tutorials, wine tasting, and rare bird watching at the Desert Palm Dubai.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance:Five Star Alliance guests with a confirmed stay of 3 or more nights at Desert Palm Dubai will receive one 30 minute "Jet Lag" massage for 2.


Luxury for Less on Las Ramblas at Le Meridien Barcelona

April 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Meridien BarcelonaYou can splurge on a lavish getaway in a luxury suite in Barcelona without breaking the bank. Le Meridien Barcelona-- a bastion of contemporary style directly on the city's iconic boulevard, Las Ramblas-- has dreamed up a "Luxury Suite" package with all kinds of rock-star perks so you can get spoiled like an A-lister for a fraction of the price. Starting from just EUR 489 in a Mediterranean Suite, this package includes a host of free amenities. You'll get picked up in a Mercedes at the airport and transferred to the hotel, where your beautiful (and immense) suite awaits on the top floors of the hotel. Take in the views of hopping Las Ramblas from your private terrace, or relax on the plush bed with a complimentary selection of in-house movies and a welcome plate of fruit and Voss mineral water. You'll also get free internet access, minibar with soft drinks, and a Bvlgari products gift box. Buffet breakfast is included each morning


Rosewood Hotels and Resorts Welcomes Sand Hill to the Family

April 9, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Little Dix BayRosewood Hotels and Resorts, known for such ultra-luxury properties as Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, and The Carlyle in New York City, has recently opened the doors on its newest property, Rosewood Sand Hill. Situated on 16 pristine acres in Menlo Park California, Sand Hill promises to stay true to the Rosewood concepts: Exceptional architecture, flawless service, and the integration of local culture to create an enhanced guest experience. Amenities include a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, luxury spa and spa boutique, arcaded gardens, and a fine dining restaurant that utilizes an open artisan, wood burning kitchen. To celebrate their debut, Sand Hill will be offering up one night, deluxe accommodations for 225 to 250 USD.


Countryside Luxury at Hertelendy Kastely

April 8, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Hertelendy KastelyLooking for luxurious accommodations off the beaten path? Look no further than Hertelendy Kastely in Kutas, Hungary. This beautiful resort is located on 150 acres of lush countryside, and is great for any type of traveler. Hertelendy Kastely is essentially a 14 room castle and accompanying Hunters Lodge with 6 fully equipped apartments.

Book here now through May, and you can stay for under 200 Euro a night. This not only includes staying in one of the beautiful apartments, but also many of the hotel's activities, including tennis, a sauna with hot and cold water tub, steam bath, deck chairs and towels by the swimming pool, bicycles, garden chess, free car parking, and daily refill of the minibar with soft drinks.


Cleveland Rocks: The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

April 7, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Ritz Carlton ClevelandThousands of rock fans descended upon Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend to pay tribute to the newest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With over 500 rock experts voting, this year saw such legends as Metallica and Bobby Womack take their spot in rock history. With a celebration that started early in the week, it culminated with the live broadcast of the Induction Ceremony on Saturday night. Opened since 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a great place to visit year round. A must for the rock enthusiast, it features exhibits and collections from artists past and present. If you are planning a visit, the Ritz Carlton Cleveland is the perfect place to stay. As Cleveland's only Four Diamond Property, this luxury hotel offers beautiful accommodations and is only a mile from the Rock and Roll Museum. Book now, and you can stay for less than 250 USD a night.


Bring a Friend: Cuisinart Resort and Spa

April 6, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Cuisinart Resort and SpaA getaway can get difficult to plan when there are more than a few people involved. Not only do you have to worry about accommodations, but also about finding a destination that will please even the most discerning traveler. Fortunately, Cuisinart Resort and Spa in Anguilla understands this, and has a luxuriously easy solution. From now until November 2009, you can take advantage of the "Friends and Family" promotion. Book a Beachfront Junior Suite at their regular rate, and save 50 percent on the second suite. The resort offers extraordinary sea views, two restaurants, an infinite pool, and tennis courts. With the promotion, you will also enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, an airport or ferry greeting, and free non-motorized sports.


Children 12 and Under Recieve a Complimentary Stay at the Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel

April 3, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Dar Ayniwen Villa HotelDar Ayniwen Villa Hotel-- a luxury establishment located on five garden acres of tranquil beauty-- is considered the perfect combination luxury hotel with the comfort of a family home. Tucked away in heart of a Marrakech palm grove, this former house turned exclusive luxury hotel features eight magnificent suites in a charming and intimate setting. Great for small families, all eight suites at the Dar Ayniwen Villa Hotel comfortably accommodate two adults and one child. Best of all, children under the age of 12 stay for free using existing bedding.


The Perfect Anniversary Gift: Low Room Rates at Elbow Beach Club Resort

April 2, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Elbow Beach Club ResortWhat better way to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the beautiful island of Bermuda then with luxury rooms at the Elbow Beach Club Resort? Starting at 195 USD per night, Elbow Beach Club Resort pays homage to the island and its history with low room rates running now through April 19th. At Elbow Beach Club Resort, located in Paget Parish, luxury and relaxation go hand in hand. You can take advantage of the many amenities offered, including water sports, tennis, and the newly opened spa. Or simply just thank Bermuda for its 400 years by taking in the breathtaking view of ocean and pink sand from one of Elbow Beach Club Resort's 235 rooms and suites.


Look No Further: All-Inclusive Properties in North America

April 1, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Blackberry FarmNorth American all-inclusive luxury hotels are hard to come by, but there are a select few located throughout the continental United States. These resorts are great for those looking to get away to five-star accommodations and indulge in gourmet meals while enjoying services and activities without ever having to leave the comfort of their hotel. The following North American all-inclusive luxury hotel properties are vacation destinations in their own right, and are a fantastic alternative to traveling to Caribbean destinations for all inclusive hotels:

With eleven rooms, The Point in Saranac Lake, NY, is the most exclusive and smallest of all. Rates booked at this luxury retreat include use of sports equipment and facilities, as well as three meals, afternoon tea, unlimited wine, liquor, and liqueurs from help-yourself bars which are open 24 hours a day.

Blackberry Farm is a boutique property in Walland TN, famous for its impressive food and wine. Rates at this hotel include nightly accommodations, pantry snacks and three meals per day of their celebrated Foothills Cuisine.

The Lodge and Spa at Woodloch in Hawley Pa, Canyon Ranch Lenox , and Canyon Ranch Health Resort Tucson, are all-inclusive spa destinations that promote holistic well being. Set in serene locations, these properties offer accommodations along with daily gourmet meals, group fitness classes, access to resort facilities, and even resort credit towards spa services.


Stay 4 Nights for the Price of 3 at Regent Bal Harbour

March 31, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Regent Bal HarbourExclusive, stylish, and luxurious are three words that come to mind when you think of Bal Harbour, Florida. Just a short distance from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Bal Harbour is the fashion capital of South Florida. This mecca of upscale boutiques includes everything from Valentino to Armani. There is no better place to stay while there than The Regent Bal Harbour. After a long day of upscale shopping and people watching on palm tree-lined streets, you can easily walk to The Regent Bal Harbour or have the hotel pick you up in their private luxury car. Book now and you can enjoy four nights for the price of three, which will give you even more reason to shop til you drop.