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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.

Wild, Wild West: Blacktomato Offers Luxury Frontier Package

By: Christopher Roney

Tanque Verde Ranch

Think back to childhood. Picture yourself chasing after your friends, finger cocked into the shape of a pistol. “Bang, bang. I got you! You’re dead!” you’d yell, but your friends would never just fall down. They’d have a million reasons why not: “You missed me!” or “I’ve got armor!” or “I’m superman – bullets don’t hurt me!” or “Nuh uh!” You probably wrestled a bit until Mom told you to come inside and have your dinner already, it was getting cold.

Remember that? Now you get a chance to bring those childhood afternoons spent playing "Cowboys and Indians" to life. Blacktomato has created a 12-night luxury tour to showcase the modern Wild West adventure. Travel the edge of the Grand Canyon, wrangle cattle, and visit the most awe-inspiring of desert oases. It’s so authentic you might forget when you’re out in the wilds that you’re not spending your nights in a small, sweltering tent, but instead getting refreshed and rejuvenated at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels. They suggest, as we do, that you spend at least part of your stay at the Amangiri, a secluded resort so built to blend into the landscape that you’ll think it’s a mirage. Unlike most vacation packages, which offer you a set itinerary, Blacktomato recognizes that you want to take control of your own destiny, and their 12-night package is nothing more than a suggestion for things to see and do as you explore the western frontier:

  •  • Begin at Las Vegas and experience the strip in all its neon-bathed glory.
  •  • Leave the city to explore the rugged, scenic vistas of the Grand Canyon.
  •  • Continue on to the hidden desert oasis of Amangiri.
  •  • Experience the majestic red rock formations at the Enchantment Resort.
  •  • Live the life of a cowboy at the Tanque Verde Ranch.

Blacktomato will work with you to craft the perfect journey through America’s wildest of regions, and trust us; you can’t go wrong.

The Emperor's New Groove: Caesars Palace Opens New Tower

By: Christopher Roney

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

As TravelAgentCentral reports, Caesars Palace is beginning to take reservations for its new 668-room tower, and its accommodations are certainly befitting an imperial residence.  The Octavius Tower, named after the given name of the Emperor Caesar Augustus, keeps with the Roman theme with elegant, austere marble floors made warm and inviting by extensive traditionally patterned carpets.

As with any good Roman palace, the rooms feature flat-screen tvs and plush velvet sofas.  In lieu of the more period-accurate public baths, however, private bathrooms feature whirlpool bathtubs and glass-enclosed showers.  

For a public space, the Tower expansion offers the appropriately understated Garden of the Gods, a pool and garden area perfect for lounging around as you munch on a bit of ambrosia.

So next time you’re looking to go to Vegas, go check out the new addition to Caesars Palace (laurel wreath not included).

Say Hello to Chef Michel Richard's 24-Hour Restaurant at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caesars PalaceDiners in Sin City will soon be able to chow down on chef Michel Richard's celebrated cuisine 24 hours a day. Based in Washington D.C., the renowned French chef will be opening Central Las Vegas inside the Caesars Palace hotel. The Vegas outpost of his famous D.C. brasserie will have an outdoor patio and a cigar bar. And in the biggest news of all, Richard is planning to keep Central Las Vegas open 24 hours a day, seven days a week-- in what The USA Today says is a "first among the Strip's many celebrity chef restaurants." After all, no-one sleeps in Las Vegas; folks "eat and they play!"

Richard is also behind D.C.'s famous Citronelle restaurant. Here's how Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate describes him: "A great chef, who is cooking at a level that far exceeds any Michelin three-star chef in France."

Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties in Las Vegas: Free Suite at the Mandarin Oriental

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandarin Oriental Las VegasVegas, baby, Vegas. When planning your bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, consider the glam Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Located at the entrance of CityCenter at the heart of The Strip, this urban retreat has it all-- from a AAA Five Diamond spa to a stellar restaurant by chef Pierre Gagnaire. It's a casino-free hotel, so after tempting Lady Luck at Las Vegas's famous casinos, you can escape to luxurious calm at the Mandarin. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas has a special treat for bachelors and bachelorettes looking to party in Las Vegas. Receive a complimentary suite when booking five or more rooms. Available through December 30, 2011, the getaway includes an array of Spa experiences, a poolside cabana with catered lunch and a celebratory bottle of Champagne at Mandarin Bar. For more information, please call +1 (702) 590 3031.

VIVA ELVIS at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

By: Daniel L. Moses

Aria Resort and CasinoHave you ever concerned yourself with someone stepping on your suede shoes, blue or otherwise? Do you often act as if you were nothing but a hound dog? Whilst in the jailhouse, do you ever make sure the place truly rocks? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's high time you took to the road because Las Vegas has something just for you. The Cirque du Soleil empire has expanded to include the latest incarnation of their award-winning acrobatics and showmanship, VIVA ELVIS! Combining the music of Elvis Presley with the majesty of Cirque du Soleil has been a rollicking success, and the new luxury Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas is the only place to see it.

The good news is that you don't have to be like a fool rushing in to afford the new show, with discounts abounding. In fact, offers of up to 50% off are available for the intrepid travelers. And the best way to enjoy the show is by staying at the Aria.  ou won't get all shook up enjoying Aria's spectacular spa, nor the many incredible restaurant options, including Michael Mina's latest 4-star incarnation.

Don't be caught with a suspicious mind over Cirque's VIVA ELVIS nor the Aria Resort and Casino's fantabulous offering. Go ahead and book your next stay today. And oh yeah, that promo code when buying tickets is ARIA. Better act fast because, well, it's now or never!

Dream Big at the Wynn Las Vegas

By: Daniel L. Moses

The Wynn Las VegasWhat is that you dream about?  I dream a lot about food.  I also dream about sports, and, when I'm ready to make one of my weekend trips to Las Vegas, I dream about a dream.  Specifically, the dazzling show known as Le Reve at the Wynn Las VegasLe Reve, which is French for The Dream, is a magical production based around water.  Combining music, acrobatics, and dancing, Le Reve is one of the most incredible performances currently offered on the Vegas Strip.

Yet for you and yours, VIP tickets to Le Reve can be had for a lark.  Just use promotion code VIP PACK and you'll be paying less for oh-so-much-more.  The VIP indulgence package offers all visitors champagne bottle service, chocolate-covered strawberries, plush seating and behind-the-scenes video monitors.  Not bad if you feel like being blown away by such an incredible production.

In between shows, you might even find time to enjoy Wynn Las Vegas' incredible restaurants, shopping, spa, pools, on-site golf course, and oh yeah, one of the world's largest casinos.  I like to dress in a tux and play baccarat.  And a piece of advice, friends, always bet on the player.  Happy gaming and remember to dream big!

4 Nights for the Price of 3 at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Cosmopolitan Las VegasOne of the most researched tourist destinations on the planet? Vegas, baby, Vegas. If a summer trip to Sin City is in the cards, consider a stay at the sexy, new Cosmopolitan Las Vegas- currently promoting a special offer where you get a night on the house. (The 4th night free offer is subject to availability, and the discount is applied as 25% off each night of stay.) Lounge in the Pool District, hit up some dynamite restaurant options (like Jaleo and China Poblano, both by Chef José Andrés), dance until dawn at Marquee Nightclub, then detox away your hangover at the Sahra Spa & Hammam. Talk about fun in the sun.

Ellen Degeneres Crashes a Bachelorette Party at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Palazzo Las VegasNeed a good laugh? Check this out. Ellen Degeneres rolled into Vegas where she crashed a bachelorette party (well, it should be plural "parties" since there were four bachelorettes involved). The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas welcomed "The Ellen Degeneres Show" to celebrate their new alliance with the InterContinental Hotels Group. These AAA Five Diamond resorts are the first-ever InterContinental Alliance Resorts, and guests can now earn (or burn) IHG’s Priority Club points while staying in luxury on The Strip. To see DeGeneres as "Celebrity Concierge" at The Venetian and The Palazzo-- treating the four lucky bachelorettes to VIP drinks and dancing (and a whole lotta merrymaking)-- check out the video.

Pictured: The Palazzo Las Vegas in all its glory.

A Deal in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay (Plus Tickets to The Lion King!)

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Mandalay Bay, Las VegasTwo nights at Mandalay Bay plus tix to the "Lion King" for just $222? Say no more. We're booking flights stat. The savvy sleuths at The Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deals blog have uncovered a fabulous deal that celebrates the Disney show's second anniversary. This package includes two nights accommodation plus two tickets to the show at the Mandalay Bay Theater, available until June 30. While you're in town, be sure to frolic in the hotel's wave pool, lay out on the sandy beach, or take your chances inside the air-conditioned beachside casino.