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The 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.
Ignacio Maza, an Executive Vice President at Signature Travel Network, offers the following highlights from one of his "most favorite resorts in Turks and Caicos" - The Gansevoort.
A sleek boutique property unlike any other on the island, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos marries Caribbean cool with urban chic in a way that only New York's hippest hotel mainstay can.
-- Enjoy the modern sophistication Gansevoort is renowned for at Stelle Restaurant, now a Caribbean and Asian Fusion menu. Friday nights also have a DJ so you can party late into the night!
-- For travelers celebrating an anniversary or on their honeymoon, the Ocean Front Terrace studio is always on high demand, with direct ocean views.
-- There are many complimentary activities on property such as a 24 hour fitness center, Hobie cats, kayaks, snorkeling equipment and paddle boards.
-- Guests may also select from a full list of excursions, like sailing and private boat charters to secluded islands and cays, kite boarding, parasailing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, eco tours, local art markets, casinos, world-renowned deep-sea fishing and scuba diving.
Find the Bali Beyond the Beach at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Long before Bali became known primarily for its beach parties, this Indonesian island was a quiet artists' community, and still retains a vibrant arts scene. It's a quieter side of Bali that the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay resort is hoping to channel with a new set of traditional villas and the establishment of the Ganesha Cultural Centre, a showplace for traditional art, crafts, and music.
In a setting reminiscent of a Balinese village, the resort's new two-bedroom, Jimbaran Bay, and Premier villas are built from locally sourced materials, from wood floors to thatched roofs. Each villa is also decorated with original artwork, and bedrooms abut a common living area that flows into the sundeck with a pool and outdoor dining area, the latter set on a cliff's edge.
Luxury Travel Advisor thinks the redo at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay will appeal to VIPs seeking a more authentic Bali experience — or at least a trip that doesn’t focus on partying until dawn. The destination, of course, offers plenty of opportunities to engage in Balinese culture, from visiting the Tanah Lot temple on its narrow perch above the sea to browsing the stalls in the Ubud Art Market. The Ganesha Cultural Centre, located on the resort grounds, expands the former Ganesha Gallery by adding hands-on learning programs to the static displays.
“We believe it is our responsibility, as well as our honor, to give guests the opportunity to personally meet and learn from Bali’s talented artists, who are hand-picked and invited to share their knowledge and skills,” said Uday Rao, general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali, in a written release.
For example, guests can take lessons in woodcarving, weaving, painting, and dancing, and learn the proper way to make offerings at Balinese ceremonies. The Jimbaran Bay resort also has a Balinese cooking academy, an on-site Hindu temple, and a cultural immersion program that includes tours led by a resident Balinese priest.
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The resort's private beachfront within the Ria Formosa Natural Park has lush gardens and walking trails. Accessible by a wooden bridge and protected by rolling dunes, there's a long stretch of golden sand beach, with lounge chairs provided for relaxing by the sea.
Within the Quinta do Lago estate, there are four championship golf courses: Quinta Do Lago North, Quinta do Lago Sul, Pinheiros Altos, and Laranjal. Rated amongst the top 20 golf resorts in Europe, guests have access to the courses, plus driving ranges, putting greens, chipping greens, and golf simulators. There's a Golf Academy offering individual lessons with PGA experts for novices to advanced players. In addition, the property hosts the Hotel Quinta do Lago Amateur Golf Challenge annually, and guests have easy access to twelve additional courses nearby.
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Top amenities at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort include:
- The Atabei Spa offering a range of spa treatments and services inspired by the culture and rituals of the island's Arawak people. There's also Health Retreats designed by the PIAI Instute, yoga programs, fitness center, and salon services.
- Tafelberg Tennis Oasis at the resort has four Hydrogrid clay courts, and is rated one of the finest in the Caribbean. Managed by Peter Burwash International, the facilities features open-play, clinics, tournaments, private lessons, and more. Continue reading below the photo.
- The Old Quarry Golf Course is rated as one of Golfweek's Best Courses in the Caribbean & Mexico. The Pete Dye-designed course overlooks the bay known as Spanish Water, and is set on a naturally countoured site. Continue below.
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Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa recently unveiled the results of a $6.8-million renovation, revealing a new beach-inspired color scheme, decor and furnishings.
The lobby invites guests inside with an oval-shaped great room, wood-paneled columns, and conversational groupings of curved-back sofas, lounge chairs and glass-topped tables. Furnishings are upholstered in a textured, natural shade with accent pillows in ocean blues and greens. The great room's new carpeting resembles ocean waves, while a monumental fountain on the adjacent renovated patio, refinished with mosaic tiles, serves as a focal point.
Floor-to-ceiling windows were also added in the great room and in the bar and lounge to allow for more natural light during the day. In the evening, guests can sit at the new communal high top, large enough for 14 guests, where they can wait to be seated at the resort's restaurant, 3800 Ocean. Personal electronic charging stations are available throughout the bar. In the lounge area, seats are upholstered in a pattern of deep ocean blues and tufted with nail head trim. New hardwood flooring, which has a stripe effect of light and dark woods, is meant to resemble the deck of a vintage yacht. Continue reading below the photo.
Updated amenities throughout the resort's 193 one- and two-bedroom guest suites include thicker, more textured carpeting, clean white walls, and new sofas and lounge chair fabrics. Throw pillows have a turtle pattern, inspired by Singer Island's resident sea turtle population and the resort's ongoing support of the nearby Loggerhead Marine Life Center. Guest bedrooms of two-bedroom suites also have a photo mural of driftwood rising out of the ocean.
The resort's 3,600 square feet of meeting and event space have also been refreshed with new carpeting and lighter colors, including the 1,631-square-foot Colonnade Ballroom, the Flagler Boardroom, Singer, Mizner and MacArthur meeting rooms.
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Yes, no, maybe? Guests and staff alike have reported a variety of paranormal sightings and haunted happenings, including 2:00 AM phone calls to the front desk from occupied rooms, and the appearance of a couple in formal attire that disappears without leaving through a door or window. There's also been stories of a glowing presence in the hotel, a woman named Abigail who has appeared in rooms, played with toys, and reportedly brushed a young boy's hair. The kitchen has been the location of many stories collected over the years, with the unexplained opening and closing of kitchen doors, frying pans moving around unexpectedly, and stoves turning on and off. (Rumor has it, since the restaurant was transformed into Nine-Ten a few years ago, the happenings have quieted.) Many guests who've stayed above the bakery in the North Annex have reported the sounds of loud voices, people running down the stairs, and doors swinging open and slamming shut in the bakery--all after it has closed.
Haunted? Someone lurking in the hallways or some guests that never want to leave? You can be the judge. Continue reading below.
The Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla underwent an extensive renovation in 2012, to celebrate it's 100th Anniversary in 2013. Today, the historic hotel offers 93 guest rooms and suites, many with ocean views, an outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor event spaces, and the award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant. Within walking distance to La Jolla's beaches, the property is a short drive from highly-regarded golf courses, and San Diego tourist attractions.
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Because the happiness of the young brings joy to the old, the Alchimist staff at Cheval Blanc understand the need to stage activities to delight the youngest guests of the Maison. Upon request, the luxury resort's Ambassadors ensure the comfort of all children by providing accessories, toys, and amenities especially imagined for them. Custom-designed for promoting quality time with family, excursions can be arranged to create memorable moments for both parents and children.
PLUS, all guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary continental breakfast for two daily and a 50 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure, an upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. Perk Alert!
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Available equipment includes:
For sleeping and changing - a Baudou baby cot ensures maximum security thanks to the protective barriers and surrounding cushions; a bed cover and embroidered white sheets of seahorses and stars in the taupe and pink colors of the Maison, exclusively designed by Baudou; and a changing table with its own basket for diapers and everyday baby care products.
For on the go - a stroller with a Bugaboo Chameleon parasol whose wheels are ideal for walking comfortably on sandy beaches or the
For meals - a rattan highchair with an upholstered seat and plastic tray that is easy to clean; a hand-sewn bib specially designed by Baudou is embroidered with seahorses and stars, courtesy of the Maison; and bowls suitable for babies.
For toys - a selection of toys for those sunny afternoons on Flamands beach.
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Little amenities for the children: In each room and villa, children will find bathrobes adapted to their size; beach towels in the colors of the Maison are available for young guests; children also have their own pair of flip flops and slippers (sizes 31 to 34); and to lull them to sleep at night, a soft stuffed toy horse in the pink and taupe colors of the Maison, awaits children in their room.
Embark on an adventurous half-day discovery of St Barts! Start the day with an energetic family breakfast in your villa or privately on the beach of the Maison. At 10 am, depart for a fun and original tour of the island, two passengers per quad, accompanied by a professional. Then head to the port of Gustavia where you board the Yellow Submarine for an adventure of discovery exploring the underwater world of St Barts. Onboard, cold soft drinks and gourmandises have been prepared for your pleasure by our Chef. Back at the Maison, enjoy a delicious seaside lunch at the Case de l'Isle Restaurant and enjoy an afternoon together relaxing on Flamands beach.
Leave the Maison at 2 pm, towards the splendid beach of Colombier where you will discover the marine life of the island in the form of an educational and fun water course created by a professional fully dedicated to you. The program for the afternoon is one of beautiful encounters with turtles, small playful sharks and colourful fishes. After a swim, settle comfortably on the most beautiful beach in St Barts
for a quick snack prepared by Chef Yann Vinsot while your guide tells you about the beauty of the island ... This activity, ideal for young guests and their parents, is immortalized through film and photos presented on a CD and delivered later to your room.
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Set directly on the Sea of Cortez, the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa, is a family-friendly resort offering 10 pools, fine dining, kids and teens clubs, plus direct access to the Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club with a Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman-designed course. The beachfront property also has 6,560-square-foot spa with indoor pools, hydrotherapy circuits, and an ancient pre-Hispanic Temazcal. In addition, the property is offering all-inclusive vacation packages, starting at $399.00* per person. Continue reading below the photo.
The JW Luxury All-Inclusive Vacation Experience Includes:
￼- Buffet breakfast at the Uá Culinary Artisans from 7 am to 11am
- Lunch at Uá Culinary Artisans or Nak Grill & Bar from 12 pm to 3 pm
- Dinner at Uá Culinary Artisans or Nak Grill & Bar from 6 pm to 10 pm or (*) Dinner at Café des Artistes with special tasting menu from 6 pm to 11.00 pm from Tuesday thru Sunday, reservation is required
- Room Service, $10.00 USD service fee per delivery applies
- Lobster and Prime Cuts will have a surcharge of $15.00 USD
- Unlimited drinks, beer, house wine by the glass, from our house standard bar and all non-alcoholic beverages from 11 am to 11 pm
- Access to the Nayaa-Kot Kids Club for children from 4 to 12 years old
- 20% discount on internet connectivity
- 15% discount on Jasha Spa treatments, reservations required
- Includes all taxes & service charges
Please note: 3-Night minimum stay required. For individual reservations only, does not apply for group bookings. You may upgrade your vacation experience to the Premium Level for only $120.00 USD per per, per day, including taxes and service fees. Every person in the room must be on the JWLAIVE for all nights of stay rates displayed are for 2 adults only per room Children under 12 years old have an additional charge of $80.00 USD per day. Children from 13 - 17 years old have an additional charge of $120.00 USD per day. Extra Person over 18 years old has an additional charge of $185.00 USD per day. Foods from the Niparaya JW Bar, any items from the Auka Deli Shop, in-room movies & in-room gourmet bar along with laundry service and any other services not specifically mentioned, are not included.
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Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily breakfast for two at the Cliff at Cap Restaurant, lunch for two once during stay, VIP status, and guests staying 4 or more nights get a $100 resort credit per room. Subject to availability, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out.
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