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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.

Paradisus Palma Real Introduces a Royal Redesign

May 5, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Paradisus Palma Real

 

Paradisus Palma Real, the luxury all-inclusive Punta Cana resort, has completed its comprehensive redesign, adding 110 Royal Service Suites, as well a new Royal Service Lounge with its own private Italian restaurant, new juice bar, pool, ECO spa, and fitness areas. The resort’s service has also been upgraded, from pre-arrival to Punta Cana and resort arrival, as well as personalized and intuitive butler service throughout.

As part of the improvements to service, once guest books their stay at Paradisus Palma Resort, a staff member will contact them to discuss preferences, dietary restrictions, and their vacation desires. The resort will then make recommendations, pre-book reservations, and help create the perfect vacation.

Paradisus signature Royal Service Suites offer unparalleled all-inclusive luxury in an adults-only atmosphere. Each of the 220 Royal Service Suites comes complete with an in-suite Jacuzzi. Modern touches include 32-inch flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, Expresso coffee machines and now customized mini-bars, bathrooms are stocked with Thierry Mugler bath amenities. The resort has also taken their service standards up a notch, now providing one modern certificated butler per every six Royal Service Suites.

The additional Royal Service ECO Spa is exclusively for Royal Service guests, featuring five massage treatment eco palapas. A water ritual area – comprised of two hot tubs, pool with hydrotherapy, cold plunge, pediluvio foot bath, showers, steam room and sauna – will be located adjacent to the new Royal Service pool.

Paradisus Palma Real

 The new Italian restaurant, Il Palazzo, will be exclusive for Royal Service Guests, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. This modern Italian experience is located within the new Royal Service lounge and offers unobstructed views of the Caribbean. The Royal Service white sand beach area will now boast a new Juice Bar. Guests will be able to order smoothies and freshly squeezed juices, including the signature passion fruit drink. The new Juice Bar is open daily, from morning to early evening. The resort’s main lagoon-style pool will now feature a designated and dedicated Royal Service area, which connects to the Royal Service Lounge.  Paradisus Palma Real’s new Fitness area, YHI Moves, will be over 2,000 sq. ft, boasting new Life Fitness equipment and a large cardio and weights area, attended by professional personal trainers, offering assistance and complimentary yoga, pilates and stretching classes. The resort’s new Red Lounge is an all-day lobby bar and after-dinner lounge, which changes ambiance to suit the mood and tempo of day and night-time entertainment.

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Image of the Day: Amanzoe

May 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Comprising a 38-suite resort and an Aman Spa, Amanzo'e is Amanresorts’ third Mediterranean retreat – the Greek complement to Montenegro’s Aman Sveti Stefan and Turkey’s Amanruya. Drawing its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for "peace" and zoe (pronounced zoi), the Greek word for "life," Amanzo'e is situated on a hilltop close to the quaint town of Porto Heli on the east coast of the Peloponnese. The luxury Porto Heli resort offers almost 360º panoramic sea views as well as a private Beach Club in a picturesque bay.

 

Amanzoe

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The Cove Eleuthera Reemerges After $30 Million Renovation

May 1, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

Eleuthera remains an undiscovered paradise. Lying 45 miles east of Nassau, the island is 110 miles long and nearly a mile wide. 

 The central location of The Cove Eleuthera allows resort guests the freedom to explore the island's magnificent shoreline and peaceful pink sand beaches. Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote about the Cove's renovation.

The Cove Eluthera"The Bahamas is celebrating the rebirth of an island icon. Last month, The Cove reemerged after a $30 million renovation to become The Cove, Eleuthera, a 40-acre luxury resort of cottages and villas.

The new construction included two three-bedroom residential villas, each with private pool and staff. A two-story Sanctuary including 20 suites was also part of the new debut, along with eight Bush cottages and Bar Tony, a bar built into a point reaching 600 feet into the Caribbean Sea. All rooms and suites have iPod docking stations, 500 thread-count linens, 50-inch flat-screen TVs and more.

Significant improvements were put into the Library interior and open-air fine dining restaurant Freedom. A new 110-foot infinity pool overlooking the sea was also developed.

The resort debuted with total fanfare as guests feasted on Bahamian delicacies and were treated to performances from singer Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans.

Getting There: The Cove, Eleuthera, wants guests to arrive in true VIP style. The resort’s own private plane offers daily nonstop flights to and from Fort Lauderdale, FL, on its own Hawker 800XP. Daily flights are also offered from Fort Lauderdale and Miami to the Nassau and Eleuthera airports. A water taxi takes guests from North Eleuthera Airport and a Range Rover escorts guests to the hotel."

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Water, Water, Everywhere And Lots to Drink at Divani Appolon

April 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

In a Greek beach town not far from Athens,  you can find the epitome of luxury at the Divani Apollon Palace and Spa. This wonderful hotel is covered with a plethora of pool options and they also have a private beach. Guests can bask in the sun on the sun deck or the different water locations while soaking in the picturesque Aegean Sea. Luxury being provided in every imaginable step of the way makes it hard for anyone ever wanting to leave. Guests have praised the Divani Apollon Palace’s attention to every minute detail, which is evident as guests talk about how incredibly soft the beach towels are, to even comparing the grass on the property to walking on pillows. At night, the scene is just as beautiful, as guests are welcome to enjoy the beautiful Saronic Gulf sunset while sipping on cocktails or enjoying an unforgettable dining experience on the beach.

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Image of the Day: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

April 11, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Nestled amongst 35 acres of tropical gardens, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is the sole destination resort on Natadola Beach - the only stretch of natural, white sand beach on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

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B Ocean Fort Lauderdale Supports Sea Turtles

April 10, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

B Ocean Fort LauderdaleBe amazed at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale’s Accommodations. Guests lucky enough to have stayed at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale know that you’ll be welcomed by a stuffed plush Sea Turtle. Why is that? Well, each of the B resorts has a destination-specific endangered species program. 

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

At B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, the program is supports sea turtle conservation organization. Guests may purchase our turtles from the room, in the gift shop or online. A percentage of the retail proceeds will go to benefit sea turtle conservation organizations. 

If you visit B Ocean Fort Lauderdale between October and March, you may just get to witness sea turtles nesting on the beach in front of the hotel.In addition to sea turtles, B Ocean also arranges eco tours of the Everglades, where you can spot manatees, dolphins, alligators, Florida panthers, and more than 350 types of birds. Upon entering any one of B Ocean Fort Lauderdale's 240 beachfront guestrooms and suites, guests will greeted by the stunning views of the sandy white beaches and colorful shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. All hotel rooms are furnished with either one King-sized or two Double Blissful Beds. In addition to the sea turtle, expect The Blissful Bed, Free WiFi, Aveda bath products, and other special amenities.

 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Spearheads an Earth Day Beach Clean Up

April 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

20 million people gathered across the country to show support and their increasing concern about the visible ruined environment, on the very first Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970. Led by Senator John McConnell along with a small team of environmentalists and scientists, concerned citizens and the like, they successfully raised awareness about the absence of green issues from the United States’ political agenda. It has grown to be recognized as an annual global event, and even has been adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Celebrated in more than 192 countries every year, numerous communities celebrate Earth Day by participating in activities focused on environmental issues.

It is becoming a norm for companies to participate in being green and responsible corporate, by adopting green initiatives within their business model. The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, has followed suit by extending the invitation of being more green, and being an eco-hero to their guests and local residents. The hotel chain has teamed up with the Southern California’s expert-naturalist organization, the Eco-Adventure Center to help with this effort. The Beach Clean Up is the Ritz-Carlton property’s annual Earth Day initiative where they invite local residents and their hotel guests to come join them and help do their part in keeping Salt Creek Beach clean. Naturalists from the resort's Eco-Adventure Center will provide trash bags and gloves for participants, and will manage the removal of the trash that is collected.   The Ritz Carlton hopes that this event helps guests and locals to extend eco-efforts in their own homes.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel beach clean-up will be held Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m.  

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Image of the Day: InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

April 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is nestled in the hills of the famous Son Tra Peninsula, and features beachfront villas with private pools and a range of more than 20 suites. 

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Image of the Day: Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives

April 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives has 110 beach and water villas in an intimate location of pure lagoons, sandbanks, and tropical surroundings.

           

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La Samanna Serves Up Wine & Rum Tastings

April 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

 


Wine is to France, as rum is to the Caribbean is a good rule of thumb when thinking of spirits and vacationing. But, where can one go to experience both? How about La Samanna, a private resort located on the Caribbean isles of the French-side of Central Saint Martin? The location and cultures on this island alone brings the best of spirit worlds together: rum and wine. If you are a guest at La Samanna,  the property offers both wine and rum tastings at their on-site restaurant: La Cave. Guided by an expert sommelier for your wine and rum tastings, guests get some education and the opportunity to sample some of the finest wines and rums France and the Caribbean has to offer.

Accompanied by a selection of fruits and cheese to pair your wine and or rum with, both activities can be done conveniently at La Samanna’s restaurant La Cave. With a majority of rum production taking place in the Caribbean, La Samanna has followed suit and delighted to announce that they have produced their own line of rum. Partnered with a renowned rum producer, the property’s rum can be tasted amongst many other of the region’s finest. The tastings have been said to be an experiential learning experience, as many guests discover how to mix different rums to create certain tastes, and/or learning about great wine and cheese and fruit pairings.

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