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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.

Spies Among Us: Spy and Stay Package at The Madison, A Loews Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The MadisonEveryone's talking about the superb "Spy and Stay Package" at The Madison, A Loews Hotel, in Washington DC. The New York Daily News recently highlighted it as a deal of the week: operatives are given a secret agent name and a safe house to stay (in undisclosed rooms) and can explore the world of espionage at the International Spy Museum, featuring the largest permanent collection of international spy-related artifacts on public display. The package includes luxurious overnight accommodations at The Madison (located in the heart of the capital just a few blocks from the White House and National Mall monuments), two VIP Special Access tickets to the museum, breakfast to energize the operatives, and two movie passes to Regal Cinemas to see the newest spy movie, "Get Smart." Priced from $270.07; available through December 30, 2008.


Luxury and Value Together at Last at Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach CancunA Cancun property that just may have it all, white sand beaches, gorgeous pools, nine restaurants and bars, is the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach. It is also an all-suite hotel that has received a AAA Five Diamond rating and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. If you reserve any of the resorts ocean front suites, you will have a view of the ocean all the way to the famed Isla Mujeres. The hotel is also located in Cancun's nightlife and shopping areas, so guests have a range of things to do from relaxing on the sand to having fun in town. Rates are starting from 254 USD.


Naladhu’s 5 Day Spa Journey in the Maldives


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Naladhu ResortI can hear it now, the rhythm of the waves rolling on the sand, the rustle of the palms, and the singing of the birds as they land in paradise. Naladhu Maldives 5 Days Spa Journey Package offers not only the sounds of Paradise at your door but the unique and intimate spa retreat that is sure to bring that complete sense of well being. Each spa day begins with a pre-spa yoga session followed by a signature spa treatment. A consultation is conducted by a certified ayurvedic doctor to prescribe a personalized ayurvedic healing. Your stay includes 5 nights in a Naladhu Ocean House, daily breakfast, round trip speed boat Male International Airport transfers, and 5 days of spa indulgence. Start your stay with the a Jetlag massage sure to get you in that relaxed state. This is not just any spa retreat.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make reservations at the Naladhu Resort with Five Star Alliance will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne, a Dolphin safari, and late check-out subject to availability.


Group Hikes in the Green Mountains and Organic Eats at Topnotch Resort, Vermont


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Topnotch Resort and SpaThe Green Mountains of Vermont are not just a favorite destination for skiiers. The summer recreational pursuits are unlimited at Topnotch Resort and Spa, a premier destination retreat in New England. Try your hand at fly-fishing, hit the trails on a mountain bike, go canoeing, or enjoy guided English and Western trail rides from the Topnotch Equestrian Center. For the second season, the popular Group Hiking program returns to Topnotch, with moderately paced, fitness-focused and small-group hikes into the Green Mountains departing each Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day. Of course guests at the AAA-Four Diamond resort may be content to just stay on-site. After all, the Tennis Center at Topnotch was recognized as the No. 1 tennis resort in the Northeast in 2006 by Tennis Magazine. And the 35,000 square-foot Spa has been acclaimed as one of the Top 10 Resort Spas in America. Other facilities include an indoor pool with a cascading massage waterfall, two new outdoor pools, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Plus, summer guests will swoon over the new menu at Norma's, the resort's signature restaurant, featuring local organic provisions served up in the action-packed open kitchen. Summer rates start at $385 per night (double occupancy).

PS. Pets are welcome at TopNotch.


Plan Your Summer Escape and Save with Edgewater Beach and Hotel Club


By: Madelyn Giblin

Edgewater Beach HotelEnjoy the calm oasis of the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida with Edgewater Beach and Hotel Club. With one and two bedroom suites available, guests will surely enjoy these exquisitely decorated accommodations with access to beaches along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Room rates start at $175 per night, and guests who book a two or three night stay receive a $50 resort credit. Guests who book a four or more night stay receive a $75 resort credit. Enjoy breathtaking sunrises and the beauty of the Gulf.


Dinner and Breakfast Included with Swanky Digs: Discovery Package at the Beau Rivage Palace, Lausanne


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beau Rivage PalaceEscape to the shores of Lake Geneva and bed down at one of the most beautiful palace hotels in the world, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World: the Beau Rivage Palace. At this Lausanne landmark, you can enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on board a steamboat with breathtaking views over the lake's shores and the Alps, dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant, and experience one of the most luxurious spas in the world: the Cinq Mondes Spa. Choose the "Discovery Package" at the Beau Rivage Palace and you'll get full buffet breakfast in Salon Grammont (or Continental breakfast in the comfort of your room), a tasting of Swiss wines, dinner at the gourmet restaurant La Rotonde, and free use of the spa and tennis courts. Starting at CHF 580 a night (garden-view accommodations), this package represents savings of 25 percent.


20 Percent Off with Starwood’s Italian Summer Vacation: Hotel Gritti Palace, Hotel Danieli, and More!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Gritti PalaceSavor la dolce vita in Italy this summer at some of the most opulent hotels in Europe. Lucky you: Starwood Hotels has decided to put its Italian properties on sale this summer, including brands like the Luxury Collection, St. Regis and Westin. So you can soak up the sun, sip some limoncello, dig into some pasta, and get 20 percent off the best available rates at 19 different hotels. This includes the likes of the Hotel Gritti Palace, situated directly on Venice's Grand Canal with incomparable views. At this 16th century palace, you'll be spoiled like a Doge and relax in splendor surrounded by gold-trimmed ceilings, marble tiles, and the finest Venetian antiques. You can also get this rate at the Hotel Danieli in Venice, equally as opulent and just steps from St. Mark's Square, the Villa Cipriani in Asolo and the Grand Hotel Florence, an 18th century palace facing a Renaissance square overlooking the River Arno. To get this 20 percent off promotion, you must book the Italian Summer Vacation and prepay by July 31, 2008.


Summer Staycations in Luxury at the Ballantyne Resort


By: Madelyn Giblin

Ballantyne ResortNow that summer has arrived a luxury staycation experience at the Ballantyne Resort, Charlotte, NC to enjoy spa, golf, tennis, shopping or the exclusive exhibits of the Shain Gallery are now yours to experience. For the art collector or those who just appreciate art, the Shain Gallery offers one of the finest collections of contemporary art in Charlotte. A variety of styles and techniques featuring local, regional and nationally recognized artists are displayed here and something is sure to catch your imagination. Though the Golf Course is closed until September 15th, you can still visit the Pro Shop and participate at the Dana Rader Golf School. Ballantyne Resort Summer Staycation rates at the Ballantyne Resort are available from June 20th through September 3rd starting at $199.

Other special Summer Staycations include a Summer Gas Credit of $25 per night, available through September 20th. Stay 2 Nights and get the 3rd Free (Thursday-Monday) and a Holiday Rates of $189 per night (tax included) at the Ballantyne is offered for the 4th of July (June 30- July 13), Labor Day (September 1- 7), Thanksgiving (November 21- 30) and Christmas (December 19-31). For a Taste of Luxury, stay 3 nights in July, August, November or December and get the 4th night free. This special features a staycation in an elegant guest room, a delicious breakfast in the Gallery Restaurant, and complementary valet parking.


Washington D.C. Monuments By Night, Fourth Night Free at the Hay-Adams Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hay-Adams HotelTake advantage of a sizzling summer offer at the Hay-Adams, the capital's leading luxury boutique hotel. Overlooking Lafayette Square and the White House, this Washington landmark is offering an escape from the heat of the summer. Until the end of August, stay four nights in Deluxe accommodations and you'll receive the fourth night for free. This "Summer Sizzling" package includes complimentary valet parking, full American breakfast for two and a complimentary upgrade to the next room category. Rates begin at $479 per night. The Hay-Adams is also offering a fabulous "Monuments By Night" package, so that you can make the most of the history that surrounds you with a two-hour evening tour of Washington's famous monuments. Relax in luxurious comfort in your private sedan and share your deluxe goodie basket while you experience the dramatic beauty of Washington at night. Your package includes accommodations, private tour, Champagne and a full American Breakfast for two. Package rates for rooms starting at $599 per night, based on availability.


Go Green in St. Moritz with Badrutt’s Palace


By: Betsy LeTourneau

St. Moritz is renown for its clean air, clean lakes and pleasant climate and now Badrutt's Palace is making its green contribution to protecting the environment and natural beauty of St. Moritz with the new "Go Green in St. Moritz" package that offers over a 20 percent savings for the opportunity to see, stay and save green. A recent green initiative of Badrutt's Palace is the installation of an innovative heating system utilizing a heat pump that drawls water from Lake St. Moritz and reduces CO2 emissions by 1,000 tons! As part of the 3 night package for 2, tickets to discover the Clean Energy Tour around St. Moritz on your own and a guided tour of the Badrutt's Palace heating system are included. Other amenities with this package are complimentary tickets for all mountain railways and cable cars in St. Moritz, as well as public transportation within the village, hiking Map of the Region, Horse-drawn carriage trip to Poseg Glacier with return transfer to Pontresina, one organic Palace picnic basket per person, extensive buffet breakfast. free use of mini bar, movie channels, internet and free newspaper, daily set dinners with regional specialties in Palace Restaurant and upgrade to next room category upon availability. Recommended Trips in and around Badrutt's Palace include a bike tour from Lake St. Moritz to Lake Staz, on through the woods to Pontresina and back via Celerina; or for the experienced hiker, a day trip of the glacier hike from Diavolezza to Morteratsch which is available every Thursday. So for true luxury and the time to rest and relax amid the purity of nature in the Swiss Alps- GO GREEN in ST. MORITZ at Badrutt's Palace.