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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.

Don’t Skip Your Well-Deserved Tropical Vacay: Caribbean Discounts with Elite Island Resorts

October 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Verandah Resort and Spa, Antigua"We've all been cornered. The gauntlet thrown down by America's new economic realities: Change your evil, thriftless ways," notes the San Francisco Chronicle. "But making do with less doesn't have to mean cutting out a well-deserved tropical holiday!" We couldn't agree more. There are deals aplenty for a high-season sojourn in the Caribbean so you can get your sun and sand fix during the dreary arctic winter. Case in point: The 20, 10, 30 Special Offer now being promoted by Elite Island Resorts, featuring all-inclusive luxury resorts on idyllic islands like Antigua. Save 20 percent in January, 10 percent in February, and 30 percent in March when you stay seven nights and book by February 1, 2010. Choose between these award-winning resorts:

Galley Bay Resort & Spa: Antigua's romantic all-inclusive escape with a private 3/4-mile white-sand beach.

St. James's Club & Villas: Tucked away on a private 100-acre peninsula on Antigua.

The Verandah Resort & Spa: Antigua's newest all-suite resort with a full-service spa and lots of amenities.


World’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts: Paradisus Palma Real in the Dominican Republic

September 21, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradisus Palma Real

We weren't surprised to see the Paradisus Palma Real land on Away.com's list of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world. What's not to love? Perfect palm-fringed beaches, pools lined with Bali style daybeds, oversized suites, and a long list of complimentary all-inclusive amenities that could melt even the hardest of hearts. Think golf, tennis, scuba diving (for certified divers), horseback riding, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and meals at five different a la carte restaurants and two poolside buffets. Did we mention the wine-tasting and salsa classes?

P.S. Kids are welcome.

Paradisus Palma Real


Christmas in the Caribbean: 40 Percent Savings at Antigua’s All-Inclusive Resorts

August 18, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Galley Bay ResortCanceled your Christmas holiday in the Caribbean last year? Don't despair about 2009. Here's a recession-proof vacation opportunity that's bound to put a smile on your face. Elite Island Resorts is giving guests an early Christmas present by offering 40 percent off their award-winning Caribbean resorts in Antigua. Rates start as low as $189 per person, per night all-inclusive and include accommodations, all dining, all beverages, activities, taxes, and service charges. Hurry, reservations must be reserved and paid-in-full by September 1, 2009. Choose from one of three luxury resorts, each offering an all-inclusive paradise:

St. James's Club & Villas--Beach bliss for both couples and families, featuring a fun Kids Club

The Verandah Resort & Spa-- Turquoise waters and white-sand beaches make this the ultimate beachfront playground

Galley Bay Resort & Spa-- 40 acres of tropical gardens and a white sandy beach for couples seeking their own private hideaway


Rum Tastings in the Caribbean at the All-Inclusive Palm Island Resort

August 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Island ResortThe best thing about the paradise called Palm Island Resort? Everything's included. Located near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines-- an archipelago of 32 tropical cays-- the private island resort offers exclusivity and luxury in an idyllic setting of soft sand beaches lapped by crystal-clear water. The 135-acre retreat has just 42 guest lodgings, so you'll be sharing paradise with just a few other fortunate souls. Go for a stroll on one of the scenic nature trails, grab a snorkel and mask and explore the underwater reefs teeming with colorful fish, play a game of tennis, indulge in Afternoon Tea, nibble on a picnic lunch under a thatched umbrella, or take to the seas on a kayak or Hobie-style catamaran- it's all included. On Tuesdays you can partake in the complimentary Rum Tasting at the Royal Palm Bar, where you'll learn the history of rum-making in the Caribbean (and maybe how to make your own). You'll also get a few rum recipes, and learn to taste the difference between Puerto Rican, Jamaican, Barbados and West Indian Rums-- such as St. Vincent's own Sunset Rum.


Paradisus Bring the LUXE to Your Vacation

July 23, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

 Paradisus Punta CanaIndulge in the Paradisus Experience. The four luxury all-inclusive resorts, Paradisus Punta Cana (pictured), Paradisus Riviera Cancun Royal Service, Paradisus Playa Conchal, and Paradisus Punta Cana, offer what they call LUXEclusive service. The resorts, located in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic, are all-suites, and offer personalized service that caters to guests' every whim, wish, and desire. Whether it's arranging a special evening for your someone special, making sure the kids have a great vacation too (they have their own PoshMom Family Concierge), or indulging at the full-service spa, no request is too great for Paradisus.


All-Inclusive Deals in the Caribbean: $279 in Antigua at St. James Club

June 25, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St James Club Here's an offer you can't refuse: An all-inclusive Caribbean vacation on a paradise-isle with all activities and meals included for just $279 per room. Catering to both couples and families, The St. James's Club Resort & Villas is nestled on a 100-acre peninsula on the southeast coast of Antigua. You'll find a slew of island- and water-based diversions. From the two white sand beaches, you can go snorkeling, sailing, or kayaking, while the kids are entertained at the award-winning Kidz Club. Landlubbers will hardly be bored; the resort has extensive facilities including six tennis courts, a spa, and a fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the sea. When it comes to the grub, you have a choice of four restaurants with cuisine varying from casual to Continental.


All-Included Spa, Golf, Eats in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico at Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort

June 12, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Velas All-Suites and Spa, MexicoA side of spa with your lavish accommodations? Some wining and dining in the oceanfront restaurant (or in the comfort of your own room)? Or maybe a round of golf? Grand Velas All-Suites & Spa Resort takes "all-inclusive" to another level-- a luxurious one. You'll love the setting on Mexico's golden coast not far from Puerto Vallarta. Overlooking Banderas Bay, the AAA Five-Diamond resort has a plethora of activities to choose from-- including beach volleyball, tennis, and pool games. The award-winning spa has 20 treatment rooms where you can indulge in massage therapy, body scrubs and peelings, body wraps, facials, bath therapy, and hand and foot care. This summer you can book an unbeatable vacation package that includes accommodations in a Parlor or Master suite with an upgrade to the next available category, afternoons on the Vista Vallarta Golf course or daily rejuvenating treatments at the Spa, and meals at the gourmet restaurants. These "Lead Off" rates are available starting from $352 per person, per night.


Value and Luxury Included: The Lodge at Woodloch

June 5, 2009
By: Alison Victor

The Lodge at WoodlochWe get many requests for all-inclusive, luxury resorts. Many people feel that all-inclusive means having to compromise luxury and service. Well, this can definitely be the case, but fortunately there are some great options for those of you wanting it all. The Lodge at Woodloch is a luxury spa resort located in Pennsylvania's lake region that not only offers all-inclusive rates, but also has been rated "Top 15 Destination Spas," by the esteemed Travel + Leisure magazine. Book now through July 9th, and you can take advantage of The Lodge at Woodloch's Midweek Magic Offer. For only $299 double occupancy, and $399 single occupancy, you can stay in their Veranda Deluxe accommodations, complete with three gourmet meals, and enjoy a variety of their daily activities. It's a great way to have it all without having to sacrifice what you want.


Look No Further: All-Inclusive Properties in North America

April 1, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez

Blackberry FarmNorth American all-inclusive luxury hotels are hard to come by, but there are a select few located throughout the continental United States. These resorts are great for those looking to get away to five-star accommodations and indulge in gourmet meals while enjoying services and activities without ever having to leave the comfort of their hotel. The following North American all-inclusive luxury hotel properties are vacation destinations in their own right, and are a fantastic alternative to traveling to Caribbean destinations for all inclusive hotels:

With eleven rooms, The Point in Saranac Lake, NY, is the most exclusive and smallest of all. Rates booked at this luxury retreat include use of sports equipment and facilities, as well as three meals, afternoon tea, unlimited wine, liquor, and liqueurs from help-yourself bars which are open 24 hours a day.

Blackberry Farm is a boutique property in Walland TN, famous for its impressive food and wine. Rates at this hotel include nightly accommodations, pantry snacks and three meals per day of their celebrated Foothills Cuisine.

The Lodge and Spa at Woodloch in Hawley Pa, Canyon Ranch Lenox , and Canyon Ranch Health Resort Tucson, are all-inclusive spa destinations that promote holistic well being. Set in serene locations, these properties offer accommodations along with daily gourmet meals, group fitness classes, access to resort facilities, and even resort credit towards spa services.


Exclusive, All-Inclusive: New Trends in Luxury Resorts

March 19, 2009
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.