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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.

W Mommie Dearest Drag Mamas Take Over Mother's Day at W New York Downtown


By: K. Clare Johnson

W New York Downtown
If you can't be with your mom on Mother's Day, W New York Downtown may have the answer. The hip hotel has teamed up with some Drag Mamas to offer W Mommie Dearest events. 

These surrogate mamas are offering their services on Sunday May 10. Here are some of the events planned:

- Mama Needs a Drink. Head to the hotel's Living Room Bar & Terrace and order up a "Mama's Martini Madness." The special drink consists of vodka, orange and pineapple juice, Chambord, topped with some bubbly and garnished with a kiss from Mama.

- Mommie's Turn Down. These mother figures will tuck you in. If you ask nicely, maybe you'll even get a bedtime story.

- Mama Knows Best. Take advantage of your drag mom's wisdom. If you are wrestling with a question about love, relationships, or really, anything, the Drag Mom will offer her best advice for solving the problem. W New York Downtown

- Breakfast with Mama. It's usually your mom that gets Mother's Day breakfast in bed. Not this time. Drag Mama's will serve you up eggs with a side of sass.

- Facetime with Mother. Your tech-savvy mom will appreciate the video chat from you...but she probably won't expect your Drag Mother to be there too. 

Services are subject to availability so book quickly. 

Spend time with your Mommie Dearest at W Hotel New York Downtown >>


Book a Valentine's Day Getaway


By: Five Star Alliance

Capella PedregalValentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year.  We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment.

Capella Pedregal (pictured left) has dubbed February "Month of Romance," and is offering a range of activities created especially for couples throughout the month. et a date for Wednesday nights in February to enjoy Movies Under the Stars. Keep warm by a bonfire and snack on S'Mores while enjoying a romantic film. Travelers can also partake in culinary experiences at Capella. Romance-themed cocktails including the signature "Chamomile Damiana Margarita" will be served daily at Don Manuel's Bar in February. A special romantic five-course dinner will also be offered throughout the month of February. Nightly rates start at $1150.
Palazzini G
Palazzina G (pictured right) in Venice is offering a "Sexy Valentine" experience. It includes accommodation for two people in one of the rooms or suites (min 2 nights), an exclusive surprise sexy box in room upon arrival, a candlelit dinner for two at the PG's Restaurant (with a special 4-course aphrodisiac menu, wines included), continental breakfast a la carte served at any time of the day, and late check-out (subject to availability). Nightly rates for this promotion start at EUR 272.

Sedona Rouge Resort and Spa is offering a "Girlfriends Getaway" that's sure to suit all the single ladies. Indulge yourself with treatments at The Spa at Sedona Rouge, relax at the poolside, enjoy a wonderful meal at Reds Restaurant or explore the numerous shops at nearby Tlaquepaque village. This package includes
two night's accommodations in a Deluxe Sedona guest room, $200 spa credit to be used at The Spa at Sedona Rouge, and a $100 dining credit to be used at Reds Restaurant. Prices are based on double occupancy. Nightly rates start at $351.

Banyan Tree Lang Co is offering a "Romance in Lang Co" promotion with a minimum stay of 3 consecutive nights. Guests booking this package will receive accomdation in a One-Bedroom Beach Villa, daily breakfast, welcome drink and fruit platter upon arrival, an Intimate Moments set up in villa, return transfers from Da Nang International Airport,  an in-villa BBQ (excluding beverages), a 60-min body massage for 2, daily shuttle service to Hoi An, daily scheduled resort activities for both adults and children, 10% off addtional spa treatments at Banyan Tree Spa Lang Co (except beauty treatments), and complimentary late check-out until 1600 hours (subject to availability). Nightly rates start at $797.

The Reach A Waldorf Astoria Resort has a "Romance Package" just for lovebirds. Guests get a King Room, sparking wine upon arrival, and a buffet breakfast. Nightly rates start at $464. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Last-Minute New Year's Luxury Hotel Offers


By: K. Clare Johnson

Christmas is almost here, and between all the shopping and decorating and cooking, who has time to think of New Year's Eve plans? Well, we do! We scoured our site and found these great nightly rates for last-minute New Year's Eve stays in some of our most popular cities.

As always, rates are subject to availability and there may be restrictions. Please read the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment. 

ONE UN New YorkNew York-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

-The Carlton New York, located on Madison Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets, has nightly rates from $329.

-The New York Palace, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of 50th Street and Madison Avenue, has nightly rates from $389. 

-ONE UN New York (pictured above), located within walking distance of United Nations Headquarters, Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Fifth Avenue Shopping, and the Chrysler Building, has nightly rates from $395.10.
 

London-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

-The Metropolitan London, located on Park Lane, where it meets into the landmark Hyde Park Corner, has nightly rates from GBP 261.

-St. Ermin's Hotel London, located one block from Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, has nightly rates from GBP 265.

-Rosewood London, located where the city meets Covent Garden and the West End on High Holborn, has nightly rates from GBP 295.
 

Las Vegas-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

Palms Casino Resort

-Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, which overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip, has nightly rates from $188.10

-Palms Casino Resort (pictured above), located near the Las Vegas Strip, has nightly rates from $199. 

-Palms Place Hotel, located one mile from the Las Vegas Strip, has nightly rates from $209. 

Beijing-For a two night stay from (December 30 2013-January 1 2014) 

-InterContinental Beijing Beichen, located next to the Olympic Central Park National Convention Center, has nightly rates from CNY 750.

-The Peninsula Beijing, located near Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, has nightly rates from CNY 900.

-China World Hotel Beijing, which anchors the China World Trade Centre, has nightly rates from CNY 900. 

Happy New Year! 

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Seasonal Offers from Five Star Alliance


By: Five Star Alliance

We always have great rates at Five Star Alliance! Here are some special holiday deals.  As of this writing, you can still take a end-of-the-year holiday break for a great rate. As always, please read the rate details carefully to avoid penalties and disappointment.

Rustic Inn Creekside
Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa
 
in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Located on seven lush acres adjacent to the National Elk Refuge and just a few blocks from Jackson's lively town square, the Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa welcomes guests with warm Western hospitality.

We Like:
-Double Queen Guestroom With Fireplace. Includes Gourmet Breakfast & Airport Shuttle.

Current nightly rates from $242.

 

Divani Apollon



Divani Apollon Palace And Spa
in Athens, Greece is the ideal place for the seeker of sophistication and beauty.This elegant and luxurious hotel is situated on the beach overlooking the Picturesque Saronic Gulf. The hotel's interior is supplemented by its extensive gardens, spacious sundecks, swimming pools and organized private beach. The inviting balconies are suitable for private breakfast or thirst-quenching cocktails along with marvelous ocean sunset views and unforgettable romantic dining.

We Like:
-Breakfast Inclusive. Superior Room 30sqm. Twin Or Double. Bed. Side Sea View With Private Balcony.

Current nightly rates from EUR 121.46


Mandarin Oriental AtlantaMandarin Oriental Atlanta's rooms and suites offer you the most spacious luxury accommodation in the city. The higher floors have excellent views over Atlanta’s tree lined streets and some have private balconies. They are furnished with a soft understated elegance that is warm and restful. Throughout your stay gracious service that blends Southern hospitality with oriental charm will create many moments of delight.

We Like:
-Best Available Rate. Superior King Room -1 King Bed -city View. Interior-45sqm482sqft.
Complimentary High Speed Internet Access for the duration of the stay.

Currently nightly rates from $245 

 

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New York City Living The NoMAd Hotel Way


By: Elaine Lee

NoMad Hotel, New York City
The NoMad Hotel takes its name from the up and coming NoMad (north of Madison Square Park) district of Manhattan. The NoMad Hotel is housed in a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building that has been fully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by French designer Jacques Garcia. The 168 rooms are residential in feel and decorated in his classic, timeless style. Ideally situated between the East and West sides of the City, the hotel is convenient to most areas, including SoHo, Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District.

The NoMad Hotel roots itself deep within the French culture from the design of the hotel to the food to the awards that it wins. Guests will want to carve out some time to sample the cuisine by the property’s critically acclaimed and award winning head chef, Daniel Humm.  Humm serves hotel guests dishes that celebrate the originality of New York while keeping true to his French culinary roots. The restaurant is comprised of a series of rooms surrounding a glass-enclosed atrium and features a refined yet approachable menu with a wine program that celebrates the great winegrowing regions of the world and innovative, classically-focused cocktails.Guests can sip on classically-focused cocktails. 

A vacation within a vacation, The Nomad Hotel’s ability to allow guests to enjoy one concrete jungle to the next makes this property ideal for any city seeking travel appetite.

View more rates, details, and photos of NoMad Hotel>> 

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Celebrate Miami Spa Month with Acqualina Resort and Spa


By: Elaine Lee

Acqualina  Spa and Resort on the Beach
Be sure to book a spa appointment with Miami Beach’s five star beachfront retreat Acqualina Resort and Spa. For the past six years the Miami’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has organized a Miami Spa Month where they contact all of the premiere spas in the area and invite them to participate in a two-month long event offering customers the best deals on special spa packages. The special packages available at their award winning spa, ESPA at Acqualina Resort and Spa, are available to guests and non-hotel guests at the special discounted rate of $99. Or just go visit Acqualina’s ESPA to see their extensive and impressive facilities of 11 multi-functional treatment rooms, Roman waterfall, Finnish saunas, mist rooms, or experiential shower rooms all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Receive a unique European spa experience and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated at Acqualina Resort & Spa’s ESPA.

 

View rates, details and more images of Acqualina Resort and Spa>>

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Five Star Alliance Deals


By: Five Star Alliance

Five Star Alliance always has great rates for your favorite luxury hotels. But sometimes a few exceptional rates catch our eye, and we share them with you. Here are some of the great deals we are currently featuring. But hurry, these rates are subject to availability and other restrictions, and they are sure to go quickly.

 

Jamaica Inn

 

Jamaica Inn  is an elegantly timeless resort located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Situated on what many consider to be the premier private beach in Jamaica, each of Jamaica Inn's 47 rooms and suites suite has a private balustraded balcony overlooking the beach and the Caribbean.Right now, you can book a 2nd Floor Ocean View room for $310USD per night, and receive a 4 For 3 Food Beverage Credit.

 

 

 

 

 

Fairmont Hamilton Princess

 
Come and experience the wonderful luxuries of Fairmont Gold at Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Bermuda. The Pink Princess is offering their Gold Package. Stay a minimum fo 3 nights in a Fairmont Gold room (Wed-Sun stays only, subject to availability) and enjoy complimentary continental deluxe breakfast, afternoon tea and relax in the evening with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and the wonderful selection of fine beverages in the Fairmont Gold lounge. Transportation to and from the airport  is also included.  Rates for this package start from $999 USD for a minimum of 3 night stay, based on double occupancy.

 

 

Peter Island

 

 

Peter Island Resort has a Sea and Self Signature Series Package. Each guest will receive one 75-minute Signature Series massage, one 45-minute Signature Series Body Scrub, one 75-minute Signature Series Wrap/Scrub, one Thalasso mud bowl, and the standard package amenities. Rates start at $900USD per night.  Rates are vailable In Ocean View Rooms And Beach Front Junior Suites.

 

 

 

 

Battle House Renaissance

 

The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa in Biloxi, MS offers a Bellingrath Gardens Package. Visit the 65 acres estate of year-round beauty. Camellia blooms in winder, the azaleas in spring, roses in the summer and chrysanthemums in autumn. Package includes deluxe guest room, two one-day tickets to visit the Bellingrath Botanical Gardens and breakfast buffet for two in our four-diamond Trellis Room. Rates start at $222USD. 

 

 

 

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Deals and Steals at the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

Today’s feature is the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. This 5-star hotel is located in the heart of San Antonio's Cultural Arts District, across from the magnificently restored Majestic Theatre and within walking distance to the Convention Center and Rivercenter Mall. Check out the following deals and packages that are simply too good to pass up!

The Rio Package

Includes Breakfast Buffet for all registered guests and children 12 Years of age and under In Las Canarias Monday through Saturday and Ostra On Sundays. One ticket per adult per stay to the Rio San Antonio River Cruise. Tickets distributed at check In. Complimentary valet parking for one car. Terms And Conditions: Extra persons do not receive package benefits.

Romance Remembered Package

Includes daily breakfast in bed for two. Chandon Brut romantic turndown with robes, music and lighting. Concierge precall to assist with special romantic requests. Late checkout.

Amor Del Rio Package

Includes full American breakfast for each registered guest in Las Canarias Monday Through Saturday, Ostra on Sundays or through room service seven days a week. Bottle of sparkling wine and 4 chocolate truffles delivered to room. Turndown Service.

These packages and specials are based on double occupancy, subject to availability, and exclusive of tax.

Be sure to make your travel plans today to take advantage of the incredible packages and deals that await you in San Antonio!

 

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New Year, New You Package at The Westin New York Grand Central


By: Oksana Balytsky

We absolutely love New York City almost as much as we love bringing you exceptional deals for high-class hotels in the Big Apple! Be sure to check out the following hotel that is currently offering a special package for $179!

The Westin New York Grand Central, located on 42nd Street at Third Avenue in midtown Manhattan, convenient for both business and leisure travel, has a New Year, New You package. For $179, you get deluxe accommodations, Organic Avenue juice in-room amenity, complimentary New Balance lending gear lending (sneakers and workout accessories), access to Westin Workout studio, free WiFi and a late 4 p.m. check out. Guest can book until March 31st, so get jump start that New Year’s resolution, and be sure to check out the Westin New York Grand Central!


Romantic Getaway Ideas for Valentine’s Day


By: Oksana Balytsky

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it can certainly put a little bit of stress on those lucky gentlemen out there with special someone’s. Instead of the traditional dinner and flowers, consider whisking your significant other away for a luxurious romantic getaway!

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has an Ultimate Romance package which includes two nights in a suite, private car service from LAX, and breakfast for two. The $7,000 package also includes a four-course dinner at Livello, a 50 minute helicopter tour of Los Angeles, and some alone time on a Santa Monica mountaintop overlooking Malibu!

Explore photos, availability, and rates at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills here >>