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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.

The Hotel Boom in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gaslamp Quarter The hottest ticket in California right now is San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, where new hotels are opening a mile a minute. The long-awaited Ivy Hotel, about which we first reported last December, is finally ready to make its debut in August. Guests can expect 24-hour butler service, a fitness center, rooftop pool, and Cadillac Escalade courtesy cars. Fun, whimsical dishes will be the mainstay at The Quarter Kitchen, the hotel's on-site restaurant. Think caviar tacos and lobster pot pie. Hot on the heels of this sexy hotel's opening, the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is scheduled to open in the fall. Book one of the rock star suites-- rumor has it that the Black Eyed Peas even designed one-- and enjoy LCD televisions, CD/DVD with iPod connections, and a martini bar.

It's no wonder this historic hood is attracting the eye of hoteliers. Experiencing a renaissance of sorts, the place is packed with boutiques, bistros, beautiful galleries, excellent restaurants, and happening nightlife spots. And of course as we sing the area's praises, we can't forget the signature old-fashioned gaslamps lining the sidewalks of the West's trendiest neighborhood.

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Fourth Free Night in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at Casa Velas


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Casa Velas Follow your bliss to the soft sands and roaring surf of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where Casa Velas provides a peaceful, secluded oasis. Tucked away on the beautiful Marina Vallarta golf course, Casa Velas is an adults-only boutique hotel. Relax in your private plunge pool or hit the sand at the beach club. Retreat to the spa for an indulgent massage overlooking the ocean. In the evening, enjoy live music and a fabulous meal at the gourmet restaurant, Emiliano. This is the ultimate romantic hideaway. With the One More Night promotion, stay for three nights and get the fourth for free! And since this hotel is all-inclusive, you get all your meals, premium beverages, and round-trip airport transfers for free. Rates are for a Master Suite, and start at $540 per couple per night. (Rate is pro-rated to reflect savings for the four-night stay.) Available until December 20, 2007.


Mii Amo at Enchantment Resort: Spas in Sedona, Arizona


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mii Amo Spa at Enchantment Resort Escape to Red Rock country for some serious relaxation (and inspiration). Surrounded by the majesty of towering rock formations and the pristine desert landscape, the Enchantment Resort is situated within an unbelievable setting. And at 4,600 feet, the resort experiences cooler, pleasant temperatures-- an oasis away from the hottest Arizona summers. For thousands of years, Native Americans considered this an area of sacred healing. It's no wonder that the resort’s Mii Amo spa, inspired by the magic of the setting and named after the Native American word for "Journey," was voted Number 1 Destination Spa in America by Travel and Leisure readers. The stunning adobe architecture seems to blend into the red rock cliffs of Boynton Canyon. Mii Amo offers a full menu of spa services like the High Desert Facial, Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment, Milk and Honey Bath, Sedona Clay Wrap, and massage. Other progressive spa services include Tarot card readings and Astrology.


Cocktails on the Terrace at Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, New York


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

View from Ritz Carlton Battery Park Rooftop bars abound in Manhattan; outdoor boozing is a favorite urban pastime when the mercury rises (and that blanket of humidity shrouds our favorite city). For the best views in New York, head downtown to the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park to cool off on the Rise Bar & Terrace, located on the 14th floor. After all, this high-energy hot spot was chosen by Zagat as the Best Rooftop Bar in NYC. Sample a cocktail and the tasty small plates while gazing out at the Statue of Libery and New York Harbor. This extraordinary location means that the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park is the only luxury waterfront hotel in the city.

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Stay One or Two Nights Free at Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Loews Lake Las Vegas ResortBilled as the only true "family-friendly resort in the area", the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort is offering families the opportunity to visit the new luxury hotel on the lake for some fun in the sun. With a club just for kids, two championship golf courses, a pampering poolside concierge, exhilarating water sports on a magnificent desert lake, full-service spa and exquisite dining, the entire family will never want the summer to send. Visit the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort between May 23rd and September 4th this year to take advantage of the free nights offer. Stay 2 nights and get the 3rd for free, or stay 3 nights and get the 4th and 5th nights for free. The offer is subject to availability and based on consecutive nights stay so check availability for the dates you are interested and book now.


San Diego’s Hottest New Spa: Hotel del Coronado


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel del Coronado Relax and renew at the Del's new, state-of-the-art spa, just steps from the best family beach in America. When the legendary Hotel del Coronado opened in 1888, the seaside resort was considered a premier vacation and health destination, where the sea air soothed with restorative therapeutic effects. The hotel has a rich and colorful history-- its guests have included Marilyn Monroe and Charles Lindbergh-- and a century later, the hotel has become a living legend, visited by celebs, dignitaries, and countless U.S. presidents. The San Diego spa resort continues to dazzle visitors with its unparalleled oceanfront location and new spa-- which includes 21 treatments rooms, hydrotherapy, relaxation areas for men and women, steam rooms, and an expansive private terrace overlooking the magnificent Windsor Lawn and the Pacific Ocean. Unwind with a summertime Del Spa Package, with rates starting at $350 per night, and get a $175 spa credit per stay. Two-night minimum stay required.


Live at the New Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, South Beach


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz Carlton South Beach Why not make the Ritz-Carlton your permanent address? Ritz-Carlton has announced plans for the new Club and Residences, South Beach; its three oceanfront towers will be located at the former site of Miami's famed Seville Hotel on Collins Avenue. Just 89 members will have the opportunity to live at this prestigious address, and reservations are now being accepted. Inspired by the glamour of mid-century South Beach, the new building is getting an historic makeover. Of course the interiors will be equipped with all the latest in luxury amenities and technology. The Helium Report has the skinny:

The Ritz-Carlton Club provides a new option for consumers seeking maintenance-free home ownership, complemented by the amenities of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, each club residence entitles members to a one-twelfth, deeded interest priced from the $100,000s to just over $500,000. Members can take advantage of the Ritz-Carlton services with twice-daily housekeeping, personal storage, grocery shopping, private chef services, in-residence gourmet dining and a concierge team that offers pre-arrival provisioning of the Club residences.


Score a Hotel Credit at Four Seasons Philadelphia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Philadelphia Book a summer stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Philadelphia, the finest hotel in the city, and indulge a little more with a spending credit. Available until September 3, 2007, with a minimum two-night stay required. Receive a hotel credit of $100 per night-- so you can relax with a massage or facial in the spa, enjoy tea for two in the Swann Lounge, delight in a lovely lunch at the award-winning Fountain Restaurant. The choice is yours. Just steps from the city center, Four Seasons Philadelphia offers 364 guest rooms, handsomely appointed with Federal-style furnishings to reflect the city's rich history.


Beauty and the Beach at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Walk into the dramatic lobby-- a sparkling 5-storey glass atrium lined with 45-foot palm trees-- and take in the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The best family-friendly hotel in L.A., Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel offers elegance and comfort just a block from the beach. The 342 guest rooms are appointed with warm, inviting furnishings, sunken bathtubs, 300 thread-count linens, Bloom toiletries, the "Ultimate Doeskin" robe by Chadsworth & Haig, flat-screen TV, and CD player. Book a custom-designed luxury suite and you'll have a hard time tearing yourself away from the ocean views. Facilities are nothing short of fabulous. Hit the Fitness Center for a personalized consultation or Yoga class, dine poolside or on the outdoor patio next to the fire pit, indulge in a spa treatment. And families are thrilled to find out that they don't have to leave Fido behind on a trip to Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Pets are treated as pampered guests at Loews.


Cool Summer in the City at Park Hyatt Washington D.C


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt Washington DC The newly-redesigned Park Hyatt, located between Dupont Circle and Georgetown, is a sight for sore eyes. Beautifully rendered by designer Tony Chi, the stylish five-star hotel has the largest deluxe guest rooms in the nation's capital. In addition to the hotel's excellent modern amenities (spa-like bathrooms, Frette linens...), free broadband Internet is a real perk. Stop by the Tea Cellar for rare and vintage selections, and don't miss a meal at the Blue Duck Tavern, where America's great and simple foods are prepared in an open kitchen with a wood burning oven.

Refresh and cool down during your visit to DC this summer with the Cool Summer in the City Package at the Park Hyatt, which offers a complimentary upgrade to a Park Deluxe Room, a bucket of hand cranked seasonal ice cream from Blue Duck Tavern's pastry pantry, full American breakfast for two each morning, and the complimentary use of an Audi A8 L sedan for sightseeing or shopping within Washington. Package rates start from $399 per night, available until September 5, 2007.