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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

Exclusive, All-Inclusive: New Trends in Luxury Resorts


By: Alison Victor

With our current economic condition, there seems to be a movement towards high luxury at moderate prices. It also seems that more and more resorts are offering guests all-inclusive deals. Now, if you're like me, when you think of all-inclusive you think: Lousy food buffets, overcrowded beaches, rundown rooms. Thankfully, that has all been replaced with luxurious retreats, gourmet food, and deluxe accommodations. You are able to get the most for your money, and have a truly exceptional experience.

Paradisus Palma Real One great example is the Paradisus Palma Real on Bavaro Beach in the Dominican Republic. As one of the finest luxury all-inclusive resorts, Paradisus Palma Real offers everything from unlimited golf to tango lessons. You can relax at one of seven pools, and plan a time to scuba dive with the 24 hour concierge. The gourmet food options range from Japanese to French. Paradisus Palma Real exemplifies how you can do all-inclusive without compromising luxury, and make your dollar stretch. In fact, if you book now for May, you can stay at Paradisus Palma Real for just about $200 per day.


Perks for Business Travelers at Campton Place in San Francisco


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Campton PlaceBusiness travelers, rejoice. You'll be taken care of in San Francisco when you check into the sophisticated boutique hotel on Union Square (with lots of extra amenities). Choose the Corporate Business Travelers' Package and you'll get a welcome drink at Bistro & Bar, a daily breakfast credit of $30 at the restaurant, free Internet, one suit pressing complimentary, and house car service in the mornings for around $259 per night. Treasured for its award-winning restaurant, Campton Place boasts a rooftop fitness center and gracious service. The 110 richly-appointed guest rooms have limestone bathrooms and all the latest contemporary conveniences. Campton Place is managed by Taj Hotels.

Via Travel and Leisure


Big Discount in Santa Fe- Try 50 Percent Off!- at La Posada de Santa Fe


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Posada de Santa FeThere's a magical oasis in the heart of historic Santa Fe-- characteristic of an early adobe art colony, defined by Southwestern culture-- where lucky guests are pampered with good grub and luxurious, recently renovated accommodations (many with kiva fireplaces and shady patios). Located on six landscaped acres just two blocks from the city's historic Plaza and art galleries, La Posada de Santa Fe has a RockResorts Spa, AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Fuego restaurant, fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool. When you book ahead at this charming hotel, and pay in full at least 21 days in advance, you can score rooms for as low as $106 per night, a whopping 50 percent savings. Note: This is a non-refundable offer.


Third Night on the House at W Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Hotel IstanbulThis just in. Starwood's sexy brand of W Hotels is giving away a third night free when you book two nights. Embrace the cutting-edge and cool at W Hotels across the country and around the world (and now in Doha, to boot). You'll dig the hip Living Room Lounges-- the W Wonderland-- and Whatever/Whenever service (translation: your wish is their command). Some of our fave W properties include the W New York Union Square, the W San Francisco, and the W in Seoul.

Pictured: The Turkish delight known as W Hotel Istanbul.


Experience Pop Art in True Parisian Fashion from the Hotel Du Louvre


By: Christina Vasquez

Hotel Du LouvreBeginning March 18th and running through July 13th, the Grand Palais in Paris invites you to view a timeless collection created by world renowned avant-garde artist, Andy Warhol. Featuring impressions by the founder of the "pop art" movement, the exhibition will showcase over 250 of Andy Warhol's creations. Immerse yourself in the full artistic experience by staying at the Hotel Du Louvre, and book the Timeless Warhol Package which includes two priority tickets to "The Great World of Andy Warhol" exhibit, and also receive a Warhol special candy box in your room, as well as daily breakfast for two.

Package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.


$50 Spa Treatments and Serious Discounts During Spa Week


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Caesars Palace spaSometimes tough times call for a little breather, a break, some relaxation. (Just check out the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's new(ish) ad campaign, where the tiny, hard-working town of Cranfills Gap, Texas was treated to a vacation in Sin City.) Spa Week will allow just that- as folks can give themselves some r & r with discounted spa treatments at 700 facilities across the country. From April 13-19, you can get treatments for just $50 each, and as The Washington Post points out, "Red Door Spas by Elizabeth Arden, which has 27 participating locations, will offer the 50-minute Stress Melter Ritual for $50; usual cost is $235."

Pictured: The lavish QUA Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace in Vegas.


Tips for Luxury Travel at an Affordable Price


By: Alison Victor

Intercontinental Bangkok"I have booked a room at this rate for the Intercontinental Bangkok , but I see the same room now on your site for much cheaper. Can I get the new rate?"

Times are tough, and it's easy to see why someone would want to save money where ever possible. This question about prices is one I get often. Generally speaking, the tips I have for getting the best rate for a luxury hotel on the Five Star Alliance website really have to do with paying attention to the details. When booking a room, the biggest suggestion I have would be to check the cancellation policy. You can find some great deals right now, but always know what the specific rules are for that hotel's rate. Some rates are non-cancelable, and so once booked, you are locked in to paying that specific price. If you do find a great hotel at a good price, and you have adequate time to cancel the room before arrival, then I always suggest booking it at that price, and just checking back periodically on the Five Star Alliance website to see if there are any last minute deals or packages.


Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds from Keswick Hall at Monticello


By: Christina Vasquez

Keswick Hall at MonticelloKeswick Hall at Monticello is offering a superb luxury travel deal that truly lives up to its name. Book the "Best of Both Worlds" Package and be pampered at Keswick Hall at Monticello's luxurious spa or enjoy a round of golf at their Signature Arnold Palmer Golf Course. With the "Best of Both Worlds" Package you will enjoy the following:

•Two nights of luxurious accommodations

•Sumptuous daily continental breakfast for two

•Daily choice for each guest of either: One round of golf, cart, one hour lesson, bag tags and logo balls OR a one hour massage and choice of any body or skin rejuvenation treatment. Package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests at Keswick Hall will receive a welcome seasonal beverage on arrival, fruit in the room, and English Toffee.


Winter Wonderland of Deals Extended For NYC & Company


By: Mackenzie Allison

Loews RegencyRight now appears to be the perfect time to head to New York City. Besides world-class dining, fashion and celeb-sightings, the deals alone are enough to draw tourists to the Big Apple. NYC & Company, the City's marketing, tourism and partnership organization, has extended several of its winter deals.

NYC Restaurant Week has been extended at more than 130 locations through March 20. What to Expect: Three-course lunches are $24.07 and three-course dinners are $35. For more info, check out www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

NYC Winter Deal-O-Matic has been extended through March 31, offering close to 200 special values at the City's hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums, arts and entertainment venues and more. Visit nycgo.com/dealomatic

The Signature Collection Third Night promotion has been extended through March 31; the program offers a third night free (after paying for two consecutive nights at the prevailing rate) at 10 luxury hotels. nycgo.com/thirdnight

NYC & Company is also continuing its NYC Sunday Stays program, offering 20–30 percent off a hotel stay and added amenities on Sunday nights at more than 45 locations throughout New York City. This is an ongoing promotion. nycgo.com/sundaystays

NYC Stylin' For the first time, NYC & Company has launched a Style & Scene program, promoting 12 happening hotels together with Armory Arts Week and the Armory Show. March 4–9, the program offers hotel guests complimentary admission to the Armory Show, along with a Bloomingdale's VIP shopping envelope offering an all-day 15 percent savings pass, a free makeup consultation, a complimentary gift and more. nycgo.com/styleandscene