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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.

Hidden Gems in San Diego: The Britt Scripps Inn

August 11, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Britt Scripps Inn

Located in the heart of San Diego, just steps from Balboa Park, the beaches, and the Gaslamp District, the Britt Scripps Inn is one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the country. The authentically restored Inn oozes romance, Victorian splendor, and contemporary luxury. Each of the nine elaborately appointed guest rooms has been lovingly restored to reflect the craftsmanship and grandeur of the turn-of-the-century. The Queen Ann style inn is bedecked with a wealth of period antiques, rugs, hand-carved oak staircase, wrap-around porch, and a two-storey original stained-glass window wall. The rooms were created with comfort in mind, and don't skimp on the modern technology, including flat screen LCD TVs, high speed Internet access, heated towel racks, and the very finest in linens-- 1,000 thread count sheets. Complimentary full American breakfast is served each morning and the end of day sees a complimentary artisan cheese and wine gathering in the parlor.


The Best Spa in America: Canyon Ranch Spa, Tucson, Arizona

August 11, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Canyon Ranch

Named best spa by Conde Nast Traveler a good ten times, Canyon Ranch is a destination spa and health resort that offers the ultimate place for pampering and well-being. Surrounded by the beauty of the Southwest desert, Canyon Ranch sits on stunning grounds, where guests take in the dazzling Arizona sunsets from the porch of their Southwestern-style accommodations. With an endless array of fitness and health classes, guests are inspired with a new vitality and fresh perspective at Canyon Ranch. Every day at the Ranch, guests can choose from this extraordinary range of classes geared for all fitness levels and interests, such as: Aerobic Conditioning and Strength Training, Biking, Body Composition Test, Customized Exercise Videos, Fitness Walks, Hiking, Jogging, Personal Training, Pools and Aqua Classes, Raquet courts, Tennis lessons, and much more. More than 40 indoor and outdoor fitness classes and activities are scheduled each day. Of course there's also Golf, the excellent Spa, and numerous pools to relax and unwind. The gourmet cuisine is delicious, and adheres to the highest nutritional standards (all meals are included with your stay). Canyon Ranch is dedicated to total health and well-being, creating the most valuable kind of vacation for guests to achieve a passion for healthy living.

Related Articles:

AP, "Canyon Ranch spa a desert Eden"


Fine Dining in Las Vegas: Prime Steakhouse at The Bellagio

August 10, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Bellagio

Where to find the best steakhouse in the Wild West? Vegas, baby, Vegas, where The Bellagio features Prime Steakhouse (among all of its many award-winning restaurants). Superstar Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees a superb staff at this gorgeous lakeside establishment, packed with Baccarat chandeliers and plush furnishings. Resembling a 1930's style speakeasy, the restaurant evokes a bygone era. Enjoy a sumptuous meal accompanied by heavenly drink (the wine cellar is brimming with California reds and first growth Bordeaux), followed by a hand-crafted cigar. As always, Zagat says it best: "if the Rat Pack were still around, they'd congregate here" for "marvelous" meat, "martini-centric drinks", "theatrical decor" and "fantastic" fountain views."


Free Third Night at the Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington DC

August 9, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hay Adams

We are all waiting with bated breath to learn the name of the winner of our fantastic Giveaway (a two-night stay in a lavish Junior Suite at the Hay-Adams.) Check back here on August 15th to see who won the contest! In the meantime, if you are jonesing for an unforgettable stay at the Hay-Adams, and are eager to check out all the sites in the nation's capital, don't pass up this stellar Summer Offer. Relax and rejuvenate for two nights in your opulent guestroom at this historic hotel, and receive your third night complimentary! Package rates for rooms are from $399 to $639 per night, based on availability and include daily breakfast for two and valet parking. Valid August 1-September 5, 2006.


Fourth Free Night in Red Rock Country: Enchantment Resort in Sedona

August 8, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Enchantment Resort

The majestic red canyons and rock formations of Sedona lure millions of visitors a year seeking desert solitude and inspiration. Framed by the towering outcroppings of Red Rock Country, the Enchantment Resort combines luxury with the rugged grandeur of the surrounding landscape. And because of the resort's high elevation (4,600 feet), even the hottest of Arizona weather is do-able. Situated on 70 pristine acres, the resort offers adobe casita-style accommodations packed with luxurious amenities. Mii amo, the resort's spa, offers a full menu of heavenly spa services (High Desert Facial, Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment, Milk and Honey Bath, Sedona Clay Wrap, massage) in an unbelievable setting. From now until mid-September, take advantage of a special summer special: book three nights and you'll get a fourth for free!


Free Fourth Night at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina

August 8, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Just outside the charming historical city of Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a secluded haven of unspoiled beaches, championship golf (five courses! including the world-famous Ocean Course), and nature trails through lush semi-tropical wetlands where alligators, egrets and other natural residents seek refuge. This oceanside resort is likewise paradise for the guests who flock here-- to experience the luxurious accommodations and abundant recreational facilities which provide fun for the whole family to enjoy. Ranked as a top travel destination in North America by Conde Nast Traveler, Kiawah Island offers a slew of lavish accommodations from the fine rooms at The Sanctuary to condos, from private oceanfront homes with private docks to the well-appointed villas with breezy balconies overlooking the sea. And for a limited time, when you reserve a three night stay in the villas, receive an additional night for free! Or stay two nights in a villa, and receive a 50 percent discount on your third night. Both offers includes breakfast for two each day. Valid through December 30, 2006; reserve by September 15, 2006.


Special August Rates at Wynn Las Vegas

August 7, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wynn Las Vegas

The over-the-top-luxury at Wynn Las Vegas is never too hot to handle. (The only place on the Strip with its own 18-hole championship golf course also boasts vibrant rooms, decadent facilities, 19 fine dining establishments with celebrity chefs, and amazing spa.) The hottest spot under the sun has some very enticing August rates, starting at $179 per night in a Resort Room (Sun-Thursday only; make that $259 on Friday and Saturday). If you should book a suite, for a mere $459 a night, you get private check-in, special in-room amenities, preferred reservation status, and private dining.


Summer Escapes: Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa, California

August 7, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Estancia

Named one of 2006's "Hottest New Hotels in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler, Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa is a luxurious California Rancho-style coastal retreat. Surrounded by lush gardens, the resort is just minutes from the beaches of La Jolla and Del Mar, and the attractions of San Diego. Indulge yourself with exquisite cuisine, lounge by the pool, or try your game at the nearby Torry Pines Golf Course. Decompress in the spa with the unique menu of spa services including Garden Stone Massage, Citrus Medley Body Scrub or Garden Vegetable Wrap. (The resort has excellent Day Spa Experiences.) At Mustangs and Burros Bar, enjoy a signature margarita and listen to the rumba flamenco flavor of Los Reyes Del Ritmo live every Friday and Saturday night. On Sunday mornings, experience the all-new Brunch at Adobe Restaurant, featuring freshly prepared breakfast specials, meats, cheeses and a vast array of desserts. The gracious hospitality at Estancia ensures an extraordinary summer getaway.


Luxury Hotel Doggie Digs

August 4, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

by Courtney W. May I'm a sucker for DailyCandy - well, most of the time, but with 4 or 5 daily newsletters from them in my inbox each day they are playing the percentages. But this time they really caught my attention, yet again. The July 22, 2006 DailyCandy Travel issue was entitled "Travel: Where Sleeping Dogs Lie" and led off with - "Vacation beckons, but you can’t stand the thought of leaving your best friend behind. Good thing hotels have gone to the dogs". You can find the article here at DailyCandy.com, but I have listed the highlights below: - The Woof for Wellness package at San Francisco's hip Hotel Palomar includes a deluxe room, a bucket of Spa Dog botanicals, a leopard-print doggie bed, and a donation to the SPCA. - The Madison Hotel, in Washington, D.C. (now managed by Loews Hotels), stocks the minibar with gourmet dog treats. - Sofitel Chicago Water Tower makes arrangements for a day at the doggie spa and an in-room fashion show of the latest canine couture. - Starwood Hotels (which includes W Hotels, Sheraton, Le Meridien, and Westin) love pets so much their dog beds mirror the hotels' designs. DailyCandy's favorite touches: Room service at the Westin features German Shepherd Pie, Shih-Tzu Sushi, and Scooby Stew; a licensed pet massage therapist does in-room rubdowns at the five W hotels in NYC. - But no one spoils dogs like Loews (see The Madison above). Coronado Bay Resort offers dog-centric surfing lessons followed by a surf 'n' turf dinner. Outward Hound at Loews Denver Hotel includes a two-hour guided hike with a personal trainer, fresh-baked treats, limo service, and digital pix. (Doggie daycare, group playtime, supervised swims, and Reiki also available.) And Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville has a package for hounds to hit the studio for a professional recording session. Accompanied by a voice coach, they’ll howl along with a musician or bark to a karaoke beat. The price of fame: $1,599 a night. Check Out DailyCandy Here.


Monday Night Chef’s Table at Cafe ZuZu, Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale

August 4, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cafe ZuZu

For those in the know, the Hotel Valley Ho is the place to be in Arizona's vibrant city of Scottsdale. The original hide-away for Bogart, Bing and Marilyn has been made-over into a hip urban resort, and reopened to much fanfare in December 2005. (The classic mid-century design of the exterior belies the chic contemporary feel of the guest rooms, which feature all-glass walls opening onto private patios, flat-screen TVs, WiFi, terrazzo tile bathrooms, and feather-top beds with 300-thread-count linens.) The hotel's Cafe ZuZu is known for its contemporary American comfort food, handcrafted cocktails, and cool setting with soda fountain, classic counter, and courtyard dining.

Starting in September, the restaurant will launch its Monday Night Chef's Table, where each Monday is transformed into a gourmet extravaganza, featuring one supplier, regional American Cuisine, one particular ingredient, and a vineyard or a grape varietal. The diner, from 6:30-8 pm ($42 per person) will consist of three courses paired with appropriate beverages. Examples include the Tomato Fest on September 4 (the menu includes stewed tomatoes and dumplings, pan roasted wild striped bass with Abe Lincoln tomatoes and bacon, and warm cherry tomato and mango crumble for dessert), Alaskan Halibut on September 11, Sweet Corn on September 18, and Pinot Please on September 25.