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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.

Your Questions Answered: What Bahama Resorts are Family-Friendly?

November 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Reef Atlantis
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series "Your Questions Answered" to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What are some family friendly resorts in the Bahamas for a family of 3, consisting of 2 Adults and an 8 year old boy?

 

ANSWER: The Reef Atlantis – Nassau, Bahamas 

The Reef Atlantis is an entirely new way to experience Atlantis beachside. Located directly on Paradise Beach, guests enjoy miles of white sand and ocean in their backyard with all the wonder and excitement of Atlantis on their front doorstep. The Reef Atlantis is a non smoking, family-friendly hotel. Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique destination featuring the worlds largest open-air marine habitat, second only to Mother Nature. Explore Aquaventure, 141 acres of innovative waterscape including thrilling water slides and river rides. Additional recreational facilities include 14 lagoons, artificial coral reefs, an underwater tunnel for shark observation the Dig underground maze of corridors and viewing tanks containing marine animals, 11 swimming pools, including a lap pool and childrens pools, a Lazy River Ride, the Mayan Temples five waterslides, Turtle Beach sanctuary for native turtles, a full service casino, Mandara Spa, Sports Center complete with tennis courts, beach access, and water sports. The property also offers shops, 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges, 24-hour room service, live entertainment, babysitting, and film developing. This hotel offers a smoke-free environment.

The Reef AtlantisWe recommend the 2 Bedroom Suite Terrace-2 King Bed-living Area. The Suites of the Reef Atlantis offer all the conveniences, comforts and luxuries of home plus a few extras that vacationers won’t find anywhere else. The spacious suites (1497 square feet) offer private balconies, master bedroom with a king bed, 2 to 3 bathrooms, grand bathroom with marble vanities, oversized tub, and separate shower. There's a full chef equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room with a sitting area with a sleeper sofa. Flat screen HD TVs, and a Bose sound system are included.

Enjoy your vacation!
 

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Tiamo Resort

November 3, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Tiamo Resort is located on Andros Island, and relaxation isn't the only thing this tropical paradise offers. Immerse yourself in the beautiful natural habitat of the island with nature tours, identifying exotic wildlife and enjoying the unique flowers and vegetation. After you're done working up your appetite you can retreat to the Great Room for a refreshing cocktail from the Colonial Bar and enjoy fresh Caribbean fusion cuisine made from local organic ingredients. Overindulgence is no problem and Tiamo Resort is ready to help with a well equipped gym and full spa to keep the harmonious balance of relaxation between your mind and body.

Tiamo Resort 

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Image of the Day: Jade Mountain Resort

October 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Here's the view from from the Moon Sanctuary at Jade Mountain Resort.

Jade Mountain Resort

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Image of the Day: Nisbet Plantation

October 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Avenue of the Palms at Nisbet Plantation stretches from the Great House to the half-mile white sand beach. 

Nisbet Plantation

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Image of the Day: Elbow Beach Bermuda

August 27, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Elbow Beach Bermuda is named after the stretch of private pink sand beach on which it resides. Set amongst 50 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel is five minutes from the charming, downtown area of Hamilton, the island's capital. 

Elbow Beach Bermuda

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Image of the Day: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

July 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Golf enthusiasts will think they have died and gone to heaven once they get on  the greens at The Farm At Cape Kidnappers. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers 

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New Two Bedroom Beach Houses at Parrot Cay by Como

June 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Parrot Cay by Como
Parrot Cay by Como
 
 is an award-winning Turks and Caicos luxury resort set on its own private island. It is nestled on 1,000 unspoilt acres and offers guests a mile-long beach to sun and swim themselves. The 72 rooms, suites and villas at Parrot Cay by COMO range from ample king rooms to family-friendly three-bedroom villas. All rooms, suites and beach villas have soothing interiors along with COMO’s service ethic, holistic therapies, yoga, diving, and world-class cuisine.

Add to the lovely accommodations Parrot Cay by Como's new two-bedroom beach houses. The Parrot Cay houses are set on 1.5 acres, have uninterrupted ocean views, and offer access to 84 metres of private beach. The beach houses are comprised of two ensuite bedrooms (which have four-poster beds with white voile draping), a spacious living and dining area, a large outdoor deck, and a private swimming pool. Each two-bedroom beach house comes with the services of a private butler. The houses are decorated in COMO's signature aesthetic with antique pieces from Indonesia.

Parrot Cay Private Deck


The private outdoor pool is 87 square meters and has ocean views. There's also an outdoor shower area. The outdoor deck is partially covered, so it can be enjoyed no matter the weather. It's a perfect spot to practice a little yoga, and mats are available on request. Bathroom amenities include a hairdryer, bathrobes, and exclusive COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities. Guest will stay cool with their choice of air-conditioning or a colonial-style ceiling fan. Other in-room amenities include a minibar, WiFi and high speed Internet access, satellite TV and a DVD player, coffee/tea making facilities, and complimentary flip-flops.

 

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Did You Know? GoldenEye Hotel and Resort

June 4, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

  

GoldenEye


What's the connection between Jamaica, Island Records, James Bond, and GoldenEye Hotel and Resort

GoldenEye

 

 

James Bond is famous for his travels to exotic and luxurious locales. That's no surprise, given that the man who dreamed him up worked for British Naval Intelligence during WWII. It was during his service that Fleming was sent to Jamaica to investigate U-Boat activities in the Caribbean. Fleming fell in love with the tropical island and vowed to return as soon as he could. The name of the naval operation he was working on? GoldenEye. Fleming bought property in the village of Oracabessa Bay (which means Golden Head) and built his dream home after the war ended. There was James Bond born out of Fleming's no-doubt brain. 

 

It took Island Records founder Chris Blackwell to turn Fleming's home into a luxury hotel. Blackwell bought the property in 1976. He has since expanded the property into a 52-acre world-class property. 

 

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Alexandra Resort Turks and Caicos

May 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

The Alexandra Turks and Caicos is the newest addition to the Five Star Alliance. The luxury resort is located directly on Grace Bay Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 

Alexandra Turks and Caicos

 

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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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