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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.

Hotel Ritz, Madrid: See the Goya Show at the Newly-Renovated Prado Museum


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel RitzMadrid's world-famous Prado Museum completed an incredible $208 million expansion project in 2007, incorporating various nearby buildings into the Prado in the creation of a Museo del Prado Campus. The old Cloister of the Jerónimos was restored and connected to the Prado, creating new exhibition space. Check out the newly-expanded Prado Museum while staying at Madrid's legendary luxury hotel situated just across the street from the museum. Since its opening in 1910 under the personal supervision of Cesar Ritz, the sumptuously-decorated Hotel Ritz has been a favorite of kings, heads of state, and film stars. The Hotel Ritz is offering the "Cultural Experience in Madrid" package just in time for the major Goya Show. Available from now until December 23, 2008, the two-night package for two persons starts at about $1,317 in low season and $1,476 in high season and includes:

*Two nights accommodation in a classic room

*Entrance to the Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofía Museums

*One three-course dinner, excluding beverages, in the Goya Restaurant

*Daily buffet breakfast with Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) at the Goya Restaurant

*One bottle of Cava in your room

*Afternoon tea in the Lounge

*Roundtrip airport transfers in a private chauffeured car

*Complimentary Art Guide to the Prado

*Welcome amenities in room upon arrival

*Free access to the Wellness Center

Private guided visits to the Prado after hours and chauffeured tours of the city can be arranged by the hotel for additional charges.


Celebrating the St. Michaels Food & Wine Festival at the Inn at Perry Cabin


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Inn at Perry CabinThe Inn at Perry Cabin is the perfect place to enjoy the annual St. Michaels Food & Wine Festival from April 25th to 27th, 2008. The event takes place on the grounds of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, a stone's throw from the Inn. Chefs from around the world will be offering recipe demonstrations along with wine seminars, wine tastings, and a variety of food and wine related exhibits. In honor of the festival, fine restaurants in the area will be featuring special wine inspired dinners that weekend. However, if you'd like to spend a weekend in lovely St. Michaels, The Inn at Perry Cabin has created a two-night package. Everything is included from room accommodation to breakfast for two each morning, two seats at Chef Salter's Grand Tasting Dinner on Friday April 25th, a wine amenity to indulge in your own wine tasting, and two weekend passes for the event. You'll certainly be able to make the most out of all the delectable offerings!


Final Days for Real Deals in New York at Loews Regency Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Loews Regency New YorkUntil the end of March, take advantage of some excellent special offers at one of the finest hotels in Manhattan. With its exceptional service and refined Park Avenue address just two blocks from Central Park, Loews Regency is an indulgent hideaway of pampering in a city that never sleeps. The "Park Avenue Winter" rates, starting from a mere $299 per night, are available until March 31, 2008. This represents a savings of 40 percent off regular room rates. Or choose the "Power Suite" package and discover the perks of a VIP at Loews Regency starting at just $499 in an Executive Suite. (The Luxury One Bedroom is priced from $699 per night.) High-speed Internet access and local calls included. Available until March 28, 2008.


Last Chance: Free Companion Airfare on Eos Airlines to London


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eos AirlinesHurry! Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of a sweet deal with the luxury airline Eos. Experience firsthand what everyone's talking about: spacious suites with lie-flat beds (6' 6" long), personalized service, lavish meals, helicopter service from JFK to Manhattan... When you purchase a round-trip ticket between London Stansted and New York's Kennedy airport at the regular price, you'll get a free companion ticket. Book no later than March 14, 2008 to qualify for the promotion. Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days in advance of travel, and you may fly between March 18, 2008 and January 7, 2009.


Royal Malewane, South Africa: Luxury Safari Lodge of Choice for Sarkozy and Carla Bruni


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Royal MalewaneOur spies on the ground in South Africa couldn't help but notice the crew of Secret Service henchmen who recently took over the Royal Malewane, named "Best Safari Lodge" by Tatler (UK) in 2006. Located on the western edge of Kruger National Park in the heart of South Africa's "Big Five" territory, the Royal Malewane is as posh as they come. After arriving by private helicopter, Sarko and his muse stayed hidden away in their swanky Royal Villa. Though they missed out on the incredible meals served in the lodge (Persian carpets, crystal, silver, fine china and all the plush offerings of a bygone era), we hear they had a private chef on call and some of the best game trackers in South Africa for their exclusive game drives. The Royal Malewane accommodates only 20 guests, so anyone who stays there will feel as spoiled as the French royal president. Plus, the luxurious lodge is situated on its own private reserve, so don't be surprised to see elephants drinking out of your private plunge pool in the morning.

PS. There's a swanky spa, too.


A Las Vegas Wedding - Not Always What You Expect


By: Christina Vasquez

the ventianWhen many people think about Las Vegas weddings they think of a quick ceremony officiated by an Elvis impersonator, in a drive-through chapel on the old Vegas Strip. However within the walls of the fine luxury hotels on Las Vegas Blvd. are hidden gems of amazing wedding options that break the stereotypical mold of a Las Vegas wedding. For me personally my best hotel experience by far has been at The Venetian. Granted I am very partial to this property as it holds wonderful memories of the day when my husband and I were married within this charming Las Vegas hotel. Our wedding day was far from the typical Vegas wedding; it was elegant, intimate and included all the personal touches that we asked for. We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of options that the hotel offers for weddings, including a personal wedding planner, suites and ballrooms for receptions of every size, and floral and video services available on site to ensure our every expectation was met. The specialized treatment that we received from the wedding planners and hotel staff was impeccable and the romantic setting and accommodations provided to us by The Venetian made our wedding day even more memorable. You will find great wedding packages offered at many hotels such as Caesars Palace, Bellagio and the Venetian. These hotels have created customized wedding packages that range from small intimate ceremonies to grand traditional ceremonies-- and everything in between!


Southern Comfort: Third Night Free at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Inn at Palmetto BluffThe beautiful Low Country of South Carolina is home to a splendid Auberge Resort (sister property to Napa's Auberge du Soleil and the Esperanza in Cabo). Situated on a nature preserve along the May River near Savannah, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is known for its great golf, luxurious spa, and impeccable service. Now's your chance to score great rates at this upscale hideaway. Until the end of March, when you pay for two nights at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, you'll receive the third for free. The Lagoon-View Cottage is priced from $750 per night.

Via Washington Post


Special Introductory Rates at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Trump International Hotel and TowerBe one of the first to stay at Chicago's newest landmark: Trump's 92-story high-rise soaring above the Loop and North Michigan Avenue. Guests are promised "a higher level of luxury with unrivaled hospitality and detail-oriented amenities, including a personal attaché service." The 339 guest rooms at Trump International Hotel and Tower feature floor-to-ceiling windows, custom-designed furnishings, and fully-equipped kitchens. Also on-site: The Spa at Trump, Grand Ballroom and conference facilities, and the signature restaurant, Sixteen, with sweeping lake, river and city views. Travel and Leisure broke the news on the Trump International's opening. From now until March 27, 2008, you can enjoy special introductory rates starting from $425 in a one-bedroom deluxe king city view suite. Normal rack rates are $825. You must book from Sunday-Thursday nights. River view one-bedroom suites are available for $475 (rack rates are $875).


96 Hour Sale: $96 Rates with Rock Resorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rock ResortsThe big sale is back. Stay at a luxurious RockResort from just $96 per night! From snug mountain hideaways in the Rockies to a blissful beachfront retreat in the Caribbean, Rock Resorts has some dazzling destinations: The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Aspen's Hotel Jerome, Keystone Lodge and Spa, The Lodge at Vail, La Posada de Santa Fe, and The Landings St. Lucia in the West Indies. Even the swanky new Arrabelle at Vail Square is going for just $136 per night. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, book your stay before Sunday, March 16, 2008, at 11:59 p.m. MDT. This offer is available for travel Sunday through Thursday nights, April 13, 2008 through November 13, 2008. Online bookings only. All bookings must be prepaid and are nonrefundable.


Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa: The Best of Borneo


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort, Sunset BarSet on a peninsula surrounded by the waters of the South China Sea, the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort is a secluded tropical retreat just minutes from the center of Kota Kinabalu. Picture it: inviting beaches, views of sparkling coral islands, incredible natural wonders and local culture on the island of Borneo in the eastern part of Malaysia. Sabah-- the Malaysian state perched on the northern tip of the island of Borneo-- is known for its scenic beauty and natural heritage including such treasures as the Rafflesia (the largest flower in the world), Asian elephant, proboscis monkey, and of course the famous Orang Utan. Just a 2 1/2 hour flight from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La's luxury resort offers 492 recently renovated rooms and suites, seven restaurants and bars, and a wealth of recreational opportunities for families and leisure travelers. Since December 2007, the resort is also home to CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, which boasts 5 individual Island Villas, 3 Couples' Villas and an open Yoga Pavilion-- all located on Pulau Bayu, the resort's private island.

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and SpaDon't miss a spectacular evening at the Sunset Bar, before heading out for a night at Blue Note, the buzzing bar featuring nightly music and generous cocktails. A hot new line-up of well-known international DJs will appear for "Generation Y" every Saturday in March. This is quite the scene- created by DJs renowned the world over for their trendsetting talent.