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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.

Weddings & Honeymoons at Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico


By: Five Star Alliance

This article about having the perfect destination wedding or honeymoon at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico was originally posted in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, and was written by Nanci McArdle.

Once a plantation, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, located in Puerto Rico, gives couples an option to celebrate their big day a quick plane-ride away. The private estate resort offers a variety of venues to exchange vows, including the Surf Room, a 4,558-square-foot luxury ballroom streaming with natural daylight provided by floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto an outside terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; Su Casa, an 8,000-square-foot private waterfront Spanish-Colonial hacienda; and several outdoor venues that highlight the lush grounds and ocean views. (Note: Su Casa, referred to as "the crown jewel of Dorado Beach," is a historic seaside home that was once owned by Clara Livingston and comes with five bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, vast outdoor space, wraparound verandas with oceanfront views and its own private pool, perfect for families and friends looking to share accommodations.)

After the last toast is given and the final dance takes place, honeymooners can retreat to the popular Tranquility Suite, which has a rooftop lounge area with a private plunge pool. Each room is designed to cater to the bride and groom's individual wishes, so they can choose which accommodation suits them best.

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Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico


Did You Know? Cambridge Beaches


By: Five Star Alliance

For nearly 100 years, Cambridge Beaches has built a reputation as Bermuda's finest vacation destination. The Latin inscription on the resort's coat of arms reads: "The First and The Best." Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is the island's first cottage colony and one of the oldest resorts on Bermuda. In fact, the property was a pioneer in cottage-style accommodations, which have been adopted by other popular resorts. The property even includes a restored cottage that is 300 years old.

 

Cambridge Beaches

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Free Nights at The Regent Grand Turks and Caicos


By: Five Star Alliance

The Regent Turks and CaicosThe Regent Grand occupies an unrivaled location, set among three aces of
lush landscaping and facing world renowned Grace Bay Beach. Luxury ocean
front suites boast ocean views, while the pool side villas overlook the
Italian inspired courtyard and mosaic pool. One, two, and three bedroom
suites are equipped with state-of-the-art fully equipped kitchens, and
living areas are furnished with high-quality sofas, LCD televisions, a
separate dining area, and private balconies or terraces. Hotel facilities
include a Concierge service, 24-hour security, flood-lit tennis court,
bikes, and Nautilus gym. The heated infinity edge swimming pool with two
adjacent Jacuzzi's and beach lounging facilities provide for relaxing
moments. The Vix Restaurant provides room, pool, and beach service. Spa
services, provided by Teona, can be arranged in the sanctuary of the spa or
in guest rooms. The Regent Grand is also the only hotel in Providenciales to
offer discounted golf at Provo Golf Club, our 18 hole championship golf
course. 

Right now, The Regent Grand has two great offers for guests who like to
golf. Guests can either book an oceanfront suite for four nights and pay for
three, or stay seven nights and pay for five. Not only are the room nights
free, but the offer also includes complimentary golf at Provo Golf Club, The
Turks and Caicos only 18-hole championship golf. A welcome drink and
breakfast are also included.

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Ambassadors of the Environment at Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman


By: Five Star Alliance

The Ritz Carlton Grand CaymanJean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment is an educational program dedicated to engaging people of all ages with their natural and cultural environment. Guests at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman can enjoy activities designed to deepen their appreciation for nature. Throughout these unique Caribbean eco-tours, the islands’ ecological resources become a natural classroom and living laboratory in which adults, families and kids learn while having fun at the same time. Each Grand Cayman Ambassadors of the Environment adventure begins upon arrival at Heritage House, a traditional island cottage showcasing Caymanian culture. The Ambassadors Naturalists can customize tours for groups of any size. There are customizable options geared towards kids, teens, adults, and the whole family. 

Available Activities Include:
-Coral reef presentations     
-Mangrove kayak adventures    
-Sunset mangrove kayaks    
-Night snorkels     
-Underwater photography snorkels   
-Shipwreck snorkel 
-Underwater videography snorkel    
-Fish frenzy snorkel
-Reef discovery snorkel
-Cayman snorkel odyssey

-Private guided telescope observations
-Seafloor submarine adventure

Book your Ambassador Adventure at Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman >>

 

 


Dining al Fresco at Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort offers al fresco dining at Water's Edge restaurant. Serving Mediterranean and Italian cuisine, Water's Edge is perfect place to cozy up with a bottle of wine and watch the ocean.

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort             


Meet Beaches Turks and Caicos


By: Five Star Alliance

Located in exotic Grace Bay in Providenciales, and made up of four distinct areas, the all-inclusive Beaches Turks & Caicos offers the seaside garden paradise of the Caribbean Village, the sophisticated style of the French Village, the monumental surroundings of the Italian Village, along with the Key West Village which features 3 & 4 bedroom Villas. 

Here, there are almost enough pools for each day of the week, and the last day should be reserved for the largest pool of all, the clear turquoise sea bordered by a 12-mile stretch of beach.

 Beaches Turks and Caicos

Through a unique partnership with Sesame Street, kids can enjoy a week of exclusive adventures with Cookie Monster, Super Grover 2.0, Zoe, Bert & Ernie, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird. Family Suites with Kid Rooms offer mahogany bunk beds with a trundle; a 27' flat screen TV with a state-of-the-art XBOX; a multi-function game table; a built-in, nautical, mahogany storage wall unit; its own closet; and a vanity unit with basin and mirror.

Kids Room at Beaches Turks and Caicos

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Cool Pools: Colony Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Make the most of your holiday to Barbados with a range of experiences right at your fingertips.
Families and groups will enjoy the spacious accommodations at Colony Club, which include
20 luxury poolside rooms with private access to the meandering, lagoon-like pool. 

Colony Club

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Have an Aquatic Adventure at Westin Puntacana Resort and Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Westin Puntacana Resort and ClubIf you are fans of aquatic adventures, you'll want to check into Westin Puntacana Resort and Club. The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is conveniently located in the Playa Blanca area of the magnificent 15,000-acre PUNTACANA Resort & Club. 

Located on 3 miles of white sand beaches along the Caribbean Sea, this luxury resort is the perfect home base for a water-filled active vacation. The 87,000-square-foot Punta Cana Aquatic Center at Puntacana Resort & Club offers a range of water sports including snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, and water skiing. 

It also offers:

Boating: The resort has boats suitable for romantic cruises for two or a family adventure.Westin Puntacana

Kiteboarding: The Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club offers kiteboarding lessons through the Kit Club Punta Cana, the first and only fully IKO certified kite school on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. Playa Blanca is an ideal location to learn how to kiteboard thanks to the flat, waist high water and steady winds. Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels in both private and group sessions. 

Scuba Diving: Whether you are a seasoned diver or this is your first step toward certification, The Westin Punta Cana Resort & Club is the perfect place to begin your next underwater adventure. The resort offers PADI certification classes as well as underwater tours of nearby sunken ships.

Deep Sea Fishing: Full and 1/2 day deep sea fishing excursions are a great way to enhance your vacation. The resort's boats range in size from 37 to 54 feet, and it is known worldwide for its big game fishing.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding: Professional instructors can get all ages and sizes up and paddling in just a few minutes. The resort also hosts Paddle Surf Eco Tours through the Puntacana Marine Reserve. 

Book a stay at Westin Puntacana Resort and Club >>


Dining al Fresco: Carlisle Bay


By: Five Star Alliance

Indigo on the Beach restaurant is the relaxed heart of Carlisle Bay. Sea breezes fill the open-sided room
and terrace. Tables are spread out over a wooden floor on which bare feet are welcome, at any time of day.
Dishes tend toward the fresh and healthy - grilled seafood, salads, home-made breads and pastas - while
children can enjoy the flexible menus designed just for them.

Carlisle Bay

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