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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.

What’s Hot: The Bowery Hotel, New York

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Bowery Hotel Opulent and très cool, The Bowery Hotel is the latest luxury hotel on the block, located between the East Village and NoHo in Manhattan. The décor is positively fabulous (check out the photo). As described by NYT Travel:

The latest venture from Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, who created the Maritime Hotel and numerous boîtes, the hotel evokes the Gilded Age of red waistcoats, hand-set bricks and wood-paneled elevators. And the views from the upper floors are positively grand. So what if you might have to step over a few vestigial bums to get there?

HotelChatter's been tracking this baby for months. For the inside scoop, including behind-the-scenes photos snapped before the opening, check out the articles here. Opening rates are a good deal-- at $375 per night.

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Get Your Game On With Omni Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Omni Hotel San Francisco How's this for the perfect mancation? This summer, Omni Hotels nationwide will be offering the Get Your Game On package for the ultimate guys get-together. Deluxe guest accommodations are enhanced by the complimentary Sensation Bar, with a sports focused DVD, a rock n' roll CD, the Art of Shaving travel kit and a local micro-brewed beer with gourmet chips. And of course the concierge will take care of all requests: poker cards, chips, and dice, bar with private bartender/mixologist, limo ride to local hot spots, tickets to local sporting venues, and reservations for tee-times at golf courses.

Don't worry, girls. The Get Your Glam On package is all of the above and more; the complimentary Sensation Bar is stocked with fun stuff like a "chick-flick" DVD, wine and chocolates, lip glosses, masques, and a Girlfriends' Tarot Card Kit. The concierge at your Omni Hotel will further personalize your package with spa ressies, shopping recs, in-room make-up team... you name it.

Hike and Bike Yosemite National Park, California with Backroads

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Backroads Yosemite Tour Who says an active vacation must deny the creature comforts? Backroads, the California tour experts, organize upscale adventures in exciting destinations worldwide. Unique itineraries include New Zealand, Croatia, Belize, the vineyards of California, the chateaux country of France, and the scenic mountains of Italy's Dolomite region. This summer, head to Yosemite and California's dramatic Sienna Nevada range. Hike and bike through dense forests and flowering meadows and enjoy the natural wonders of one the nation's most stunning national parks. It's no wonder Ansel Adams went gaga snapping photos here. Choose the "Premiere Inns" Family Adventure with Backroads and stay in superior accommodations while getting a taste of the Wild West in Cali's Gold Country. Backroads chooses inns which are among the world's best; the tour operator works closely with distinguished alliances like Relais & Chateaux and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and guests are spoiled with award-winning facilities. This summer's 6 day/5 night tours start at $2,998.

Via Sherman's Travel Magazine

Easter Delights at Four Seasons Chicago

By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Four Seasons ChicagoThe Easter Bunny, along with his assistant, Chickie, will be celebrating springtime in style at the Four Seasons Chicago this year. Hotel and brunch guests will be able to join them for a very festive Easter Candy Hunt at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 8th. The fun will then continue with an Easter Egg Roll in the hotel's State Room. All of these activities will definitely put everyone in the mood for the amazing brunch Executive Chef Kevin Hickey has planned. Over 100 delicious items, such as Leg of Spring Lamb with Mint Pesto, Tomato Crusted Filet of Halibut, and White Chocolate Lavender Creme Brulee, will be prepared and spread over six different stations. Seating will begin at 11:00 am and reservations are 95 USD per adult and 25 USD per child, plus tax and gratuity.

Of course, a good night's sleep is always required in order to be at peak performance for the Easter Candy Hunt. Families may wish to take advantage of the Four Season Chicago's special Easter weekend packages starting at 305 USD per night, with the purchase of Easter Brunch. Each child staying overnight on April 7th will also receive an Easter basket filled with adorable treats. Good thing the Easter Bunny and Chickie will be close at hand!

Announcing the Wine Merchant at Sutton Place Vancouver

By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Sutton Place VancouverConstruction has begun at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, but not the kind that will drive guests away with closed guest rooms and amenities. The "Sutton Place Wine Merchant" is at the corner of Smithe and Burrard Street in Vancouver and will be an exclusive, retail wine boutique. Scheduled to open in July of this year, the "Wine Merchant" is on the ground level of La Grande Residence tower of the Hotel and will feature imported and domestic wines - many exclusive to Sutton Place. For the winos oenophiles out there-

Regular wine tastings will take place, along with seminars and information sessions on wine making and the wine industry. Membership on a mailing list will keep customers informed of new products, special events and activities at the boutique. The Sutton Place Wine Merchant will be open seven days a week in order to serve the community and guests of the Hotel.

Easter Savings at The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Homestead It's not too late to plan a fun-filled Easter weekend the whole family will enjoy. The Homestead is offering bargain rates and a slew of themed activities-- Easter brunch, egg dyeing for the kids, traditional Easter Egg Hunt with more than 4,000 eggs filled with toys and candy, and of course, a visit with the Easter Bunny-- for the coming weekend. Rates begin at just $249 for the weekend of April 6-8, 2007. Nestled in Virginia's beautiful Allegheny mountains, The Homestead is a National Historic Landmark which is ranked among the world's top Spa and Golf resorts. Since 1766, the historic hot springs have enticed guests to the naturally-heated pools at The Homestead, where one can also indulge in world-class facilities and an endless array of recreational activities.

Maya Hotel, Cancun: The Floating Pyramid

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Maya Hotel, Cancun Forget seven-star hotels or underwater resorts. Floating pyramids are "the new dimension in luxury lodging," to quote CNN. The Swedish-based Oceanic-Creations is in the business of designing floating buildings. Their first project? The $209 million Maya Hotel located south of Cancun, slated to open in 2010. This pyramid-shaped hotel will float in the crystal clear Caribbean waters with the help of a new composite material, normally used in the defense industry, which is billed as six times lighter and ten times stronger than steel.

Via Diario del Viajero

Summertime in San Francisco at Campton Place

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Campton Place Baseball, yummy SF eats, and stylish summer digs. Forget the notorious fog, what could be better than a summertime jaunt to the City by the Bay? Head to the award-winning Campton Place, San Francisco's celebrated luxury boutique hotel. You can't beat the location on the edge of Union Square in the heart of the city's downtown. Here, superb accommodations are matched by the exquisite European feasts at the restaurant. This summer, take advantage of the City of Giants package and enjoy a game at Giants Stadium (where you can gaze out over the bay while watching Barry Bonds nail another home run). The package includes one night accommodation in a Campton Suite, full American breakfast for two, welcome amenity, two tickets to a Giants game, and a gift card to the Giants souvenir shop for $100. Total price is $750, a savings of 20 percent. Available from April 1- August 31, 2007.

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Spring Skiing at Deer Valley, Utah

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Stein Eriksen Lodge At Deer Valley, 300 inches of snow annually and only 6,500 tickets sold each day means a noncrowded paradise for skiers. Add to that the excellent attention to service and cuisine, which have really distinguished the resort above and beyond the other greats. Outside Traveler magazine rated Deer Valley the Best Luxury Mountain 2007:

A swarm of uniformed employees (one for every four ski-resort guests) greet your car in the heated driveways and carry your skis to the slopes; the on-mountain cafeterias are appointed with silver service, marble cash-register stands, and brass-trimmed carving stations...

Where to stay? America's most celebrated ski-in, ski-out resort: The Stein Eriksen Lodge. There's a reason this place is AAA five-diamond and Mobil four-star rated. The legendary lodge is the ultimate year-round luxury destination, with a gorgeous outdoor pool and fitness facility, head-to-toe pampering at the spa, and ski attendants who provide warmed up boots and a hot drink upon your return from the slopes. And starting April 1, 2007, the resort's "Value Season" kicks in, which means rooms for a steal starting at $400.

Luxury for Less at the Spa at The Biltmore, Coral Gables

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Biltmore, Coral Gables Ahh, The Biltmore: the sprawling national historic landmark which showers guests in a good dose of nostalgic elegance right outside Miami. Step into the lobby and you'll catch my drift. Marble columns, massive arches, painted ceiling, colorful Oriental rugs, and of course, High Tea. Guest rooms are likewise luxurious (spruced up after the hotel's big renovation). Grandiose and majestic, The Biltmore is world-famous for its facilities: enormous health club, on-site golf course, and the largest hotel swimming pool in the continental U.S. As recently featured in Luxury Spa Finder magazine, The Biltmore is also the spot to find a spa experience that's "high luxe at half off:"

For $750 (taxes included) the Biltmore Spa Splendor package seems too good to be true: a junior suite for two nights and a $250 spa credit.

Located on the seventh floor, the Spa is an oasis of water cascades, flowing rivers, fountains, and bamboo floors. Treatments run the gamut-- from massages to rejuvenating body treatments, deep cleansing facials to Terme Spa baths.