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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.

The Benefits of All-Inclusive Resorts: Check Out Paradisus Punta Cana

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradisus Punta CanaWhen scouting out options for your next tropical vacation, sometimes "all-inclusive" is the answer. With meals and activities included in your room rates, all-inclusive resorts make it easy to take your family on vacation- without worrying about hidden costs or expenses. Case in point: Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, an all-suite Caribbean playground surrounded by tropical gardens, native mangrove forests, and the clear turquoise waters of the sea. The resort offers every sport imaginable, most of them included in your room rates, along with tennis, golf, a casino, a spa, and some 7 swimming pools. Every night, choose from an array of 12 restaurants offering contemporary world cuisine (anything you're in the mood for!) and 8 bars. What's more- there's nightly entertainment, plus an array of life-enriching activities like sushi-making, wine-tasting, and photography workshops. You'll only need to pony up extra cash if you choose to play black jack at the casino or indulge in massages at the spa.

New in Las Vegas: Wynn Resorts to Open Nightclub and Pool Complex at Encore

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wynn Las VegasFontainebleau Las Vegas may be in dire straights (bankrupt and unfinished), but Steve Wynn thumbs his nose at the economic crisis. His Vegas resorts are still filling up their rooms and hiring more staff. The latest? Wynn Resorts announced that they'll be opening a new entertainment complex at Encore Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend, including the Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub. Aiming to take on the best of The Strip's sizzling daytime pool parties, the Encore Beach Club will feature three pools with 30 private VIP cabanas plus outdoor gaming. [Map]

Las Vegas on Sale! Deep Discounts at Sin City’s Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palazzo Resort Las VegasViva Las Vegas! This March, Vegas is going on sale. Score 40 percent off rates at luxury hotels by booking on Five Star Alliance. Book from March 1 to March 22, 2010 for travel between March 1 and June 30, 2010. Here are some sample packages and rates:

--$159 at the Wynn Las Vegas-- Pay only $272 and get a $100 resort credit when you stay 2 nights

--$179 at the Encore-- Pay only $289 and get a $100 resort credit when you stay 2 nights

--$159 at The Venetian-- Nab a 4th night free plus $150 in resort extras

--$159 at The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino-- Get two tix to the Phantom of the Opera, plus $150 in resort extras

--$117 at the M Resort

--$205 at the Mandarin Oriental-- Get a 3rd night free, plus a spa or dining credit for $150 per night booked

--$84 at Trump International-- Get a $50 resort credit, late check-out, and 2 for 1 Mystere tickets

--$129 at The Signature at MGM Grand

--$120 at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

--$149 at Bellagio

The Pyramids and More: The Conrad Hotel Wants to Show You Around Cairo

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad CairoGame to explore Cairo? The Conrad Hotel-- smack dab in the heart of town on the banks of the Nile River-- wants to show you the city's hidden treasures. If you can tear yourself away from the views from your guest room (private balconies overlook the river), a tour guide will drive you around town to check out the sights. Return to the hotel and relax with a snack at Felucca Café as you gaze out over the Nile. There's a heated pool and fully-equipped gym for those craving a work-out. And for those feeling lucky: an onsite casino. This special package-- called "Let Us Show You Around Cairo"-- includes two nights accommodation in a classic room with a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room; meet & greet at the airport with transportation back to the hotel; daily breakfast buffet; tour guide, transportation and sightseeing entrance fees; choice of one of the following sightseeing attractions: Egyptian Museum and Cairo Tower; Pyramides and Sphinx; Old Cairo and Citadel; Islamic Cairo, Khan El Khalily Bazaar and Azhar Park.

Vacation to Vegas: Luxury Hotels Continue to Slash Rates in a Big Way

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wynn Las VegasWe've been keeping you posted about all the deals to be had in Las Vegas: $99 weekend rates at Trump International Hotel and Tower, $65 rooms at the swanky M resort... And the hotel price war continues. Luxury hotels continue to slash their rates, with Steve Wynn leading the pack, of course, announcing additional discounts of 25 percent (plus a $100 spending credit) for bookings made 45 days in advance at Wynn Las Vegas and the Encore. And yes, you can use that spending credit on tickets to see the Garth Brooks show, "currently the hottest entertainment option on The Strip,"-- to quote Arthur Frommer. [Map]

The Greenbrier is Back (with Super Cheap Mid-Week Rates)

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The GreenbrierThere was a lot of grieving among fans of the stately Greenbrier when it filed for bankruptcy, but now it's back with a new owner, new infusion of capital, not to mention a new casino. Home to an underground bunker that was meant to serve as an emergency shelter for U.S. Congress during the Cold War, the West Virginia resort achieved fame over the years as a vacation destination for East Coasters with some 50 recreational activities available-- from falconry to bowling. Nightly rates usually range from $275-$389, but book a stay mid-week on Five Star Alliance and you can snag an opulent room for just $149.

The World’s Most Expensive Cupcake at the Palazzo Resort, Las Vegas

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

world's most expensive cupcakeNot fully satiated with holiday treats? As addicted to cupcakes (thanks Magnolia Bakery!) as the rest of the nation? Check out this temptation: the Decadence D'Or, sold at Sweet Surrenders cupcake shop inside the Palazzo Resort in Sin City.  Price tag? Just $750. Luxury Insider has the skinny:

The little treasure is made from 100-year-old Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac, Palmira Single Estate Chocolate from the rare Porcelain Crillo bean, Tahita Gold Vanilla Caviar (the most labour-intensive agricultural crop on the planet) and edible gold flakes.

Tiger Tracks: Las Vegas Hotels

By: Daniel L. Moses

BellagioInterested in where Tiger Woods chooses to stay in Las Vegas? I know I am. In fact, two hotels have recently been identified as alleged spots for the world’s most famous golfer and athlete of the decade, Tiger Woods. And if the rumors are true, Tiger is a man of luxurious taste.

The Bellagio Hotel & Casino certainly offers upscale accommodations, with many plush rooms to go along with its many pools and other romantic corners. In fact, the Bellagio has long been a premier Vegas hotspot, and with those fountains bursting into the air with such force and energy, you’ll certainly savor all that the Bellagio has to offer.

Another glamor location that keeps coming up is the opulent MGM Grand. This monster of a complex actually has several outfits within it, including the luxurious boutique style offerings at the SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand. The SKYLOFTS offer private luxury for only the most discerning traveler. And with a location on the very tip of the large MGM Grand, all of your dreams will come to life.

Deals in Las Vegas: $65 Rates at the Luxurious M Resort Spa Casino

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

M Resort Spa Casino, Las VegasThe hotel building boom in Las Vegas has certainly proved to be a boon for travelers. A glut of hotels-- including the brand new ones everyone's talking about (ie. Mandarin Oriental and Vdara)-- means room rates are being slashed to fill empty rooms. Case in point: $65 room rates at the M Resort Spa Casino, the talk of the town when it opened in March. The fantastical luxury resort is now being eclipsed by the even newer kids on the block. Rooms here are downright lavish with some of the best views in Vegas. This special deal is available for week-days through December 29, 2009. You'll get a kick out of the giant Christmas tree and hand-made gingerbread display in the lobby.

Beach Break in San Juan: Free Breakfast and Resort Credit at Conrad Condado Plaza

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad San Juan Condado PlazaLooking for a taste of the tropics close to home? Jet to Puerto Rico this winter and relax on the white sand beaches outside the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza. It's easy to escape to paradise with short flights to this vibrant island and affordable rates at the Conrad. Just minutes from historic San Juan's cobblestone streets and electric nightlife, the resort boasts three sparkling pools, two separate beachfronts (facing both the Atlantic and the Condado Lagoon) with complimentary beach chairs, and the newest gym in San Juan, outfitted with cardio equipment, free weights, and stretching mats. What's more- there's a 24-hour casino with a betting range from $2 to $2,000. Book the Winter Escape package and receive breakfast for two plus earn a $50 activity credit for a two-night stay, up to $200 activity credit on a stay of 8 or more nights. (For example, stay 4 or 5 nights, and get $100 credit, stay 6 or 7 and get $150, 8+ and get $200.) Bonus: Book by January 31, 2010 and you will receive upon check-out a complimentary one-night certificate with a future 3 paid night stay at any participating Conrad hotel.