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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.

Get Ready, South Beach: Thompson Ocean Drive to Open in 2012

September 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Victor, South BeachSay goodnight to the Hotel Victor. Located next to the Versace mansion on Ocean Drive in South Beach, the sexy designer hotel once embodied South Beach's pleasure-seeking vibe. Back in 2004, the press fell hard for the concept after the Victor had a major overhaul by French designer Jacques Garcia; the Hotel Victor debuted mini-bars stuffed full of “South Beach life-style essentials” (like chilled eye masks), the personal "vibe manager" to arrange your stay in Miami, and cool, signature treatments like the Jet Lag V at the Spa V. Oh, and let's not forget the illuminated jellyfish tank in the bar. Now we hear that Thompson Hotels has acquired the Hotel Victor will be re-branding it as the Thompson Ocean Drive after a multi-million dollar renovation of the public spaces and guest rooms. Anticipated date of completion: early 2012.

This Weekend: Four Seasons Hotel Miami Hosts Last Pool Party of the Year

September 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Hotel MiamiThe place to be in Miami this weekend? The Four Seasons Hotel for a happening pool party-- the last one of the summer season! What's so special about this bash? For one thing: the Leblon caipirinha cart, a very grown up version of the ice-cream cart, which will dispense made-to-order drinks chaise-side for just $7. But this isn't one last hurrah. This party marks the start of "Miami Season"- i.e. mucho revelry and merrymaking non-stop from October through March. The pool part will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 11:00 am to sundown. A special party menu will feature ceviche and light snacks priced from $10- $20. Expect high energy music and lots of signature amenities (think Evian spritzes, cool towels and butler-passed frozen treats).

Entrance is available with a $25 pool pass and members of The Sports Club/LA enter free. Cabana packages are available and include use of a cabana by four people, mineral water, fruit platter and one cocktail per person for $150. Reservations are recommended as space is limited.

Free Championship Golf at Miami's Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort

August 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, MiamiSavor the last days of summer with a jaunt to Miami. With a private beach club, an exclusive spa, and three sparkling pools, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort will give you a reason to smile. Pay just $159 per night and get a bunch of value-added amenities built into the price. Not only that, you'll get to enjoy free golf on both of the 18-hole championship courses through September 30, 2011. This deal is so snazzy it caught the eye of CBS News; kids under five get to eat for free, and parents can tuck into a three-course Prix Fixe dinner at award-winning BOURBON STEAK for only $35.

W Hotel South Beach Turns 2, Gives Away a Luxury Stay

July 20, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Hotel South Beach'Tis the season. For contests and giveaways, that is! First we told you about Trump Chicago's babymoon contest on Facebook, and now we've got the scoop on another fun one. W Hotel South Beach is celebrating its second birthday with a Sweepstakes on Facebook. When they reach 10,000 fans, they'll give away a two-night stay-- filled with glamorous treats-- to one lucky Facebook fan. You'll get to bed down in an oceanfront Mega suite with its very own plunge pool and outdoor BBQ. As part of the "Built for Two" anniversary package, you'll enjoy: a Jetski rental for 2, 2 express services at Bliss Spa, daily breakfast for 2 at Solea, 2 cool cocktails at the Living Room Bar, and a limited edition 2 Year Anniversary gift. Must be at least 21 years of age to enter. The Sweepstakes ends on July 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm (EDT).

Want to learn more about the hotel? Here's how it's billed: "In the playground of celebrities and on the boardwalk of the fashion jet set is where you’ll find W South Beach, a beachfront oasis dreamed up by international tastemakers, framed by famed art deco and in the heart of Miami’s hottest nightlife."

50% Savings in December at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

July 18, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fontainebleau Miami BeachIn the throes of a sultry summer, it might be difficult to think ahead to the dark and cold days of December. But for those who still remember the painful arctic climes, Miami may be calling your name this winter. A few lucky early birds can score half price rooms during high-season at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, the opulently restored beachfront landmark that's home to a hot nightclub and destination restaurants (like Gotham Steak). The resort is currently offering guests a 50% savings on select December dates (December 7- December 23, 2011) when they book in the month of July. Offer expires July 31, 2011 so hop to it!

Subject to availability; black-out dates may apply. Note that Fontainebleau charges a hotel fee of $17.95 per day which includes Internet, local telephone calls, daily newspaper, gym access and beach chairs.

Green Hotels: Mandarin Oriental Miami Volunteers in the Everglades

July 6, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental MiamiIts sister hotel may be hogging the spotlight in Paris (talk about a wow-worthy debut!), but the Mandarin Oriental Miami has also been making headlines. Recently the staff of the five-star spa took a volunteer trip to Everglades National Park to work in the "Hole-in-the-Donut" Restoration area-- a 6,600-acre portion of the park that's been overrun by exotic, invasive plants. Previously farmland, the area was planted with Brazilian Pepper in order to aerate the soil around tomato plants and green beans. Alas, the Brazilian Pepper samba-ed its way across the land, quickly taking over the habitat and disrupting the natural ecosystem. The Mandarin Oriental Miami to the rescue. The spa staff-- clad in long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect against sun, insects, and poison ivy-- pulled up the weeds and replanted the landscape with native trees. Next time you hit up the spa, book the Thai Herbal Compress Ritual, and the Mandarin will donate a native tree to the Everglades.

60% Savings this Summer at Hotel Victor, South Beach

June 29, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Victor, MiamiConsidering a Florida vacation this summer? Hotel Victor-- the swank designer hotel located next to the former Versace mansion in South Beach-- is giving travelers big discounts and free extras. Hop down to Miami to live it up on Ocean Drive and enjoy 60% savings at the historic hotel overlooking the beach. On top of the discounted rate (35% off the winter rate), you'll get every third night free. And if you arrive on a Sunday or Monday, you'll get a host of fun add-ons: a free upgrade to a Balcony Ocean View Suite, $30 daily Spa V credit per person and $25 discount at BICE Ristorante. Designed by Parisian decorator Jacques Garcia, Hotel Victor features 88 rooms with plush beds and open-plan baths with marble soaking tubs and rain showers. The infinity pool and terrace recently got a nice makeover, and the European-style Spa V was recently named one of Miami’s Top 10 Spas by AOL’s City Best.

More enticements for Sunday/Monday arrivals: A discounted resort fee, beach chairs and towel service for two, free WiFi, access to the hotel's fitness center and steam room, and a late checkout (2pm) are also included. Nightly rates start at $229 per night.

Hot Deals: A Night at Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne for $10

June 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Key BiscayneThat's right. You can score a night in paradise-- the sultry shores of Key Biscayne just minutes south of happening Miami-- for just $10. The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is feting 10 years as Miami's only Five Diamond resort by offering the Perfect 10 promotion. Read: some rooms, spa treatments, meals and drinks are available for just 10 bucks! To nab one of the 10 rooms available for $10 each, you must call 305-365-4582 to make a reservation on June 10 from 10 am- 2 pm. (The $10 rooms are available only on July 5-7, 10-13, 18, 25-26.) In addition to the resort's divine stretch of golden beach, the resort's Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center is one of the largest tennis facilities of any Ritz-Carlton worldwide. The spa is an oasis of luxury with 21 treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and salon. They even offer treatments for tweens and teens. There are other $10 specials to be had in July at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Think $10 Kobe beef burgers and $10 Moët & Chandon Ice Imperials in the Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge, a $10 three-course menu in the Cioppino Italian restaurant, a $10 Diamond Mojito in RUMBAR, and $10 Key Lime body treatments in the spa.

The New ELLE Spa at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach

June 6, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eden Roc Renaissance Miami BeachThe buzz in Miami: The Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel-- the beachfront resort on Collins Avenue-- is opening the ELLE spa this month, the first for the world's largest fashion magazine. Sprawling across 22,000 square feet of space, the spa has views of the ocean and gardens through floor-to-ceiling windows. The spa is designed with natural stone, woods, and water features, and the VIP Suite sounds downright swank (think a whirlpool tub with dazzling ocean views). The spa treatments-- including ‘Doctors’ Orders’ and ‘Forever 25′-- feature luxury products curated by skin and beauty experts including Tammy Fender, Yael Alkalay of Red Flower, and Essie. The best part of all: a retail boutique where clients can pick up a selection of products and beach accessories hand-picked by ELLE editors.


Save 40%: Unlimited Golf Getaway at Miami's Doral Golf Resort

May 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Doral Golf Resort and Spa, MiamiKick off the summer with a golf getaway to Miami's Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort-- the recent host of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The renowned golf resort just rolled out a package that's sure to delight golfers. Starting at just $119 per person (based on double occupancy), the Championship Unlimited Golf Package includes 18 holes of golf on the Red, Gold or Jim McLean Signature course with complimentary replay. Representing a savings of 40%, the amenity-filled package includes the following:

* Accommodations in a garden-view guestroom ($149 value)

* Daily breakfast at Terrazza Restaurant and Café ($30 value)

* 18 holes of golf on the Red, Gold or Jim McLean Signature course with complimentary replay ($65 - $85 value); advance tee times up to 120 days prior to arrival

* Complimentary access to the award-winning Spa at Doral ($30 value) and 15% off any spa treatments (excluding salon)

* Unlimited driving range usage and bag storage

* 50% off Callaway Diablo irons and woods rentals including a free sleeve of Callaway golf balls

* Welcome draft beer in Champions Bar & Grill and daily specials in Champions and Mesazul, the resort’s Latin-style steakhouse.

After a day on the greens, hit the spa and relax with spa treatments specifically designed to help golfers soothe tired muscles.