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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.

Boston Restaurant Week: Specials at the Taj Boston

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Taj BostonBoston restaurant week is in full swing, meaning you can score a deal at some of the city's finest restaurants. Try a two-course lunch for $15.11, three-course lunch for $20.11, and three-course dinner for $33.11. For the occasion, the Taj Boston-- the landmark hotel at Arlington and Newbury streets overlooking the Public Garden-- has introduced new menus available August 14-19 and August 21-26. Snag a table in The Café, the hotel’s charming 66-seat restaurant with perfect people-watching views of fashionable Newbury Street shops, and dig into these tasty favorites:

* Starters: Indian Spiced Fish Cake with Cucumber Salad and Mint Chutney OR Escargot and Orecchiette Pasta with Woodland Mushrooms and Lemon Garlic Butter

* Entrees: Methi Murg Chicken (a flavorful red curry) with Sweet Onion and Cashew Gravy and Fenugreek; East Coast Seafood Cioppino with Garlic Toast and Herb Aioli, OR o Grilled Smoked Pork Chop with Corn Yukon Mashed and Mustard Barbeque Sauce

* Dessert: Crème Brûlée with Fresh Berries, OR Coconut Caramel Cake with Candied Bananas and Passion Fruit Coulis

Sizzling Summer Sales: 25% Off at Boston's Fifteen Beacon Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fifteen Beacon Hotel, BostonThe temperatures may be rising, but Boston's swank Fifteen Beacon Hotel is dropping rates for July bookings! With the "Summer Sizzler," you can get 25% off the Best Available Rate through July 2011. Why not cool off with an aquatic adventure to the New England Aquarium? Experience more than 70 exhibits, including a colony of penguins and a poisonous fish tank. Or indulge with ice cream on Newbury Street. Too hot to think? Leave your vacation planning to the well-connected concierge team; Fifteen Beacon is known for its stellar personal guest services and attention to detail. Need a table at a booked restaurant? Tickets to a ballgame? No sweat. They've got you covered. (No wonder they get so many repeat guests.)

The Charles Hotel in Cambridge Preps its Dazzling New Corbu Spa

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Charles Hotel, CambridgeGet ready, Boston. In just a matter of weeks, a new luxury spa will be upping the ante. The Charles Hotel-- located just outside Boston in Cambridge's Harvard Square-- is launching Corbu Spa & Salon this summer. Named after famed architect-designer Le Corbusier, the 4,000-square-foot spa will offer an all-organic treatment menu featuring ingredients handpicked from the hotel’s gardens. In this regard, the spa takes a cue from the hotel's renowned restaurants, Rialto and Henrietta's Table, both industry leaders in the farm-to-table movement. Get this: Spa Director Pamela Baldwin Adami will also be crafting salt scrubs, sugar buffers, and lotions right in her own home. The best part of all: Corbu is a “Spa with a Heart" with special packages providing donations to select charitable organizations like Partners in Heath, MSPCA, the EcoLogic Development Fund, and the Steppingstone Foundation.

Rates from $149: Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA Celebrates Renovation

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel MarloweThat's right. You can enjoy a fun stay in Beantown from just $149 per night at the newly-renovated Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge. The "chic spin on tradition" rates are available for weekend stays from Friday-Sunday and are available through September 5, 2011. Must book by July 8. Fresh from a makeover, this eclectic hotel is set on the Charles River across from downtown Boston, with many of the 236 rooms featuring river views. Like all Kimpton Hotels, the Hotel Marlowe offers a hosted evening wine hour, pet-friendly amenities, and free Internet access for Kimpton InTouch Guest Loyalty members.

Hold Your Wedding at the Taj Boston and Get a Free 6-Night Honeymoon

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, MaldivesNo joke. Taj Boston is giving you your honeymoon. Simply hold your fairytale wedding at the landmark hotel on Arlington and Newbury streets and receive a complimentary 6-night Taj Fantasy Honeymoon at your choice of romantic Taj destinations worldwide. The catch? You must spend at least $25,000 (not hard these days, when the average wedding in the U.S. costs over $28,000). Enjoy unrivaled wedding facilities overlooking Boston's Public Garden and then jet to paradise. We'd choose the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa in the Maldives (pictured)- with over-water bungalows, private plunge pools, sunset dining on a turquoise lagoon, and royal couples’ treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa.

Beehives at InterContinental Boston Produce Honey for Cocktails and the Spa

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental BostonHow cool is this? The InterContinental Boston-- the only hotel in Beantown to have its own apiary-- harvests honey from beehives located on its roof deck. Expected to grow to 120,000+ bees in late summer/early fall 2011, the colony pollinates the flowers in gardens surrounding the hotel (like the Rose Kennedy Greenway). The hotel even has its own Urban Bee Keeper! This July and September The InterContinental will be harvesting the honey to be used in body treatments at the spa and tasty new cocktails: L’Orange Miel, a drink made with Pierre Ferrand 1er Cru Cognac, Grand Marnier, fresh clementines and honey syrup, served at the Miel “Brasserie Provençale”; the Honey Ginger Caipirinha at RumBa, the hotel’s popular rum and champagne bar; and Lights Out Over Boston, a cocktail made with Milagro Silver Blanco Tequila, fresh lemons and honey syrup, served at Sushi-Teq, which specializes in sushi and more than 100 tequilas.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, the Miel Brasserie ("miel" means "honey" in French) will be offering a three-course "Honey Harvest Dinner" ($75 per person with wine pairings) featuring honey-infused menu items.

Next stay you stay at The InterContinental Boston, be sure to check out the "Bee TV" in the brasserie, which streams live images of the bees buzzing around their hives.

Catch a Red Sox Game with Boston's Fifteen Beacon Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fifteen Beacon Hotel, BostonTake me out to the ballgame! XV Beacon Hotel makes it easy for baseball fans to get to Fenway for a Red Sox game. The landmark hotel-- perched at the crest of Beacon Hill in historic Boston-- has put together a package that includes two tickets to the game, transportation to Fenway in the hotel's courtesy Lexus house car, and Red Sox memorabilia along with swank accommodations (think four-poster canopied beds, cashmere throws, custom Frette linens, and private bars with premium spirits and wines). The Red Sox package price varies based on seat preference and number of tickets. Blackout dates apply and certain games may not be available.

Gourmet Burgers for National Burger Month at Four Seasons Boston

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

BurgerDid you know it's National Burger Month? Sure, restaurant chains are promoting the heck out of this food holiday with all kinds of gimmicky specials, but fine-dining restos are also cashing in on it. And you know what: We're all ears. (Who doesn't love a good burger?) From Daniel Boulud's New York delicacies to the foie gras-topped burgers in Paris, good gourmet burgers are all the rage these days. In fact, the Four Seasons Hotel Boston is throwing a month-long celebration with glorious burgers with all kinds of creative fixins. The full menu can be found on their Facebook page, and we've included a sampling below:

Sunday, May 1 – The Costa Burger Pepper jack cheese, spicy corn relish, lettuce tomato. *Created by radio & TV personality Billy Costa

Mon, May 2 – The Four-Cheese Burger American, Provolone, Swiss and Cheddar

Tues, May 3 – The "Daisy” Burger Melted goat cheese, mushroom, lettuce, and fennel slaw atop a brioche bun. *Created and named by Kristen Fenton,

Wed, May 4 – The Boursin Burger Sun dried tomatoes, Boursin, Basil leaves

Thurs, May 5 – The Bacon-Lovers Burger Apple wood Smoked Bacon, Portobello Mushrooms

Fri, May 6 – The Ham & Cheese Burger Shaved Virginia Ham, Swiss Cheese, Chipotle Aioli

Sat, May 7 – The Sweet Pepper Burger Caramelized Onions, American Cheese, Sweet Peppers

Sun, May 8 – The “Sunday Funday K$” Burger Bacon and sliced avocado with a cream cheese buffalo ranch sauce atop a buttered brioche bun. *Created and named by Kristen Oliver

Mon, May 9 – The "Iberia” Burger Jamón serrano and Manchego cheese atop a garlic and tomato infused brioche bun. Created and named by Andrew Rimas, Improper Bostonian

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July 4th in Boston: Free Third Night at Mandarin Oriental Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental Boston

Looking for a fun Fourth of July party? Boston is definitely one of the best places in the country to celebrate Independence Day. The city puts on quite a show on the banks of the Charles River, where folks flock to see the Boston Pops perform their annual Fireworks Spectacular. Bed down in luxury at one of the top addresses in Back Bay, just steps from the festivities, and get an extra night on the house. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel-- boasting amenity-stocked rooms that are the most spacious average room size in Boston-- is offering an "Extra Day Away" so guests can enjoy an extended July 4th celebration. Book a stay between June 23- July 5, 2011 and get one night of complimentary accommodation in conjunction with two or more consecutive paid nights of stay. (Minimum three-night required.) While you're there, make sure to check out the spa, if only to experience the sprawling wet areas. We're talking Quartz crystal steam rooms, vitality pools, experience showers, ice fountains and relaxation lounges... It's the only Forbes Five-Star awarded Spa in the entire state of Massachusetts!

3rd Night Free at the Taj Boston through May 15

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Taj BostonSpring fever? Time to treat yourself to a long weekend break. The Taj Boston is rolling out the red carpet for those needing a little pick-me-up after a brutally long winter. The landmark hotel at Arlington and Newbury streets is doling out a third night free when you book two nights- with rates starting at $249 per night, valid through May 15, 2011, subject to availability. Spring in Boston means Sunday Champagne Brunch on The Roof, the return of the Swan Boats to the Public Garden, and the Red Sox to Fenway... There's no better time to enjoy the city.

Pssst. Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8... The hotel's famous brunch, served in the glassed-in aerie on the roof, is not-to-be-missed. Think chilled seafood, freshly-made sushi, artisan cheeses, a carving station, and more. Plus, moms will get special treats, too.