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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.

Buzz: The Boating Butler and Island Hopper Experience at Westin St. John Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin St. John ResortKeen to frolic between all the tropical Caribbean isles that make up the US Virgin Islands? The Westin St. John Resort has just launched a unique new service that lets you do exactly that. Coordinated by a Boating Butler, the "Island Hopper Experience" lets adventurous guests explore the open waters with personalized boating adventures-- from St. John to St. Thomas to St. Croix and back. Book a five-night "Island Hopper Experience" and you'll receive a resort credit of $150 that can be applied at time of checkout towards boat rentals. Stays of six nights or greater receive a $200 resort credit. Choose between the following:

* For the whimsical wanderluster : Catamaran Island Spirit

"Island Spirit" is a brand new custom built sailing catamaran, the first of its kind in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the vessel can accommodate up to 70 passengers. The cabin features a large U shaped bar for beverage and food service, upholstered seating in both sun or shaded areas, and stereo throughout the vessel.

* For the family frolicker: Dinghy boat rental

Be your own captain aboard a 12 foot dinghy powered by a 15 hp Yamaha outboard. Take a picnic lunch and cruise the U.S. Virgin Islands at your own pace. Visit stunning beaches like, Honeymoon, Caneel, Hawksnest and Trunk Bay.

Westin St. John Resort* For the adventurous explorer: Powerboat Rentals with Nauti Nymph

Fountain Powerboats offer simplified elegance teamed up with the highest quality and best performance. The vessel makes for one of the smoothest riding, best handling and safest boats in its class.

* For the sophisticated traveler: Luxury Excursion with Magic Moments

Magic Moments Luxury Excursions caters to guests who want to discover the heights of luxury at sea level. Offering first class service and gourmet food and drink aboard a luxury yacht, guests are pampered with breathtaking destinations in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

* For the underwater voyager: Cruz Bay Watersports Diving Experience

Scuba diving around St. John is best described as fantastic, safe, easy and fun. Divers can discover more than 25 under water sites within a 15 minute boat ride. Shallow coral gardens, shear rock faces, and fringing coal reefs have an outstanding variety of hard and soft corals, sea fans and sponges of every hue. Visibility ranges from 50-100 feet, and water temperature between 78-84 degrees.

The offer is available for stays booked now through December 30, 2010, and is subject to availability. An "Island Hopper Experience" of at least five nights includes one free night, and also a complimentary upgrade based on availability.

Ritz-Carlton Rolls Out the Hotel Credits

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Grand CaymanWeekend getaway, here we come. Ritz-Carlton may never slash their room rates to lure guests, but they certainly know how to reel in well-heeled clients with alluring enticements. The "Reconnect" package is back, perfect for a quick, rejuvenating escape with luxurious accommodations, breakfast, and up to a $100 resort/hotel credit per night that can be used for shopping, dining, or spa services. All served on a silver platter, Ritz-Carlton style. Plan an adventure to a resort like Grand Cayman (pictured), Powerscourt, Half Moon Bay or Palm Beach (dining under the stars, anyone?), or plot a city escape to a world-class urban hotel.

$10 for the 3rd Night: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Unveils the 10/10/10 Promotion

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin Key WestHow does a $10/room sound to you? At some swank Starwood hotels in 10 different southern U.S. and Caribbean destinations? This hot deal is yours for the taking-- as the one-of-a-kind date 10/10/10 fast approaches. Starwood Hotels & Resorts is rolling out their 10/10/10 promotion: 10 (Days to Book)/ 10 (Amazing Destinations)/ $10 (For the Third Night). Here's the deal: Just book two consecutive nights now through October 13, 2010-- for travel by December 23, 2010-- and you'll get your third night for just 10 bucks. (Subject to availability.)

Participating Caribbean Starwood Hotels and Resorts include the following properties: The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, USVI; Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort; Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino; The Westin Resort, Aruba; W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island; The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico; The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Grand Cayman.

Participating Continental U.S. Starwood Hotels & Resorts include the following properties: Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel; The Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale; The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida; The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa; The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa; W Fort Lauderdale; W South Beach; Walt Disney World Dolphin; Walt Disney World Swan; The Westin La Cantera Resort, San Antonio; Sheraton Sand Key Resort; Sheraton Suites Key West; Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort; The Ballantyne, Charlotte; The Westin Key West Resort & Marina.

Puerto Rico Fall Getaway: Discounts at the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad San Juan Condado PlazaLooking for a beach break just a short flight from the East Coast? A fall getaway for a song? Think Puerto Rico, where sandy beaches and alluring cocktails await. The Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza is offering an irresistible package deal with low rates and lots of perks. The Fall Getaways Promotion is priced from $179 per night and gives lucky guests a third night free. But that's not all. You'll also get 20 percent off spa treatments at the Zen Spa, a 10 percent discount at the hotel’s in-house car rental desk, a $25 casino match bet coupon and 20 percent off at participating restaurants, including Eight Noodle Bar (with late night hours) and the poolside Aqua Bar & Grill. Unique to the Conrad: a beach in downtown San Juan! The resort has it all-- from water sports and tennis to a 24-hour casino and a sprawling pool complex including San Juan's only filtered saltwater pool. The promotion, associated with Puerto Rico Getaways, must be booked by October 31, 2010 and is available for travel now through January 15, 2011.

Laid-Back Luxury on St. Barth’s: Le Sereno Gets Five-Star Status

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Le Sereno, St. Barth'sIt comes as no surprise that Le Sereno-- the intimate beachfront hotel on the French Caribbean isle of St. Barth's-- just nabbed five-star accreditation under the French government's new hotel ratings system. Le Sereno is the first St. Barth's property to achieve this status. (Previously, the system maxed out at four stars.) Situated on the famous Grand Cul-de-Sac beach with views over the turquoise lagoon, Le Sereno has just 37 suites and three new 7,000 square foot Villas designed by Parisian designer Christian Liaigre. With full access to the hotel's amenities, these independent Villas feature their own private pools and gardens. Guests can expect impeccable service from a round-the-clock staff. At this stylish sanctuary, guests have access to a beach club with attendants and freshwater swimming pool, in-room spa treatments by La Ligne St Barth and a fitness center. Not to be missed: The Restaurant des Pecheurs which specializes in fresh seafood simply and elegantly prepared.

The Dream Within a Dream - The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Dominican Republic

By: Daniel L. Moses

The Reserve at Paradisus Palma RealHave you seen the movie ‘Inception’ yet? I have. It’s pretty good stuff. But you’re probably now wondering how it relates to luxury travel, and more specifically, this blog. Well, it doesn’t really, but I’m making a point here. In the movie, and this is no great spoiler, Leonardo DiCaprio and his ‘Inception’ co-stars exploit the world of people’s dreams for their own various profit motives. Occasionally, when they need to do something especially awesome, they use the famous “dream within a dream” move. The dream within a dream is especially useful for those who might know they’re dreaming. Anyway, but I digress. The point of all this is that there is such a place on this great planet that is the luxury hotel equivalent of a dream within a dream, a place so special that only a few are allowed to enjoy its excellence.

That place is The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. You see, Paradisus is already an immaculate resort, with some of the best beaches, dining, golf, and you name it, but The Reserve takes it one step further. With Residential Concierge Suites, Suites with a private garden, Swim-up Suites, and (perhaps the dream within a dream within a dream) Presidential Suites, The Reserve doesn’t just want you to stay in luxury. That part is covered. The Reserve wants you to feel like royalty. You, and your family of princes and princesses if you so desire, will be made to feel like the king and/or queen that you deserve.

So while you may not have seen ‘Inception’, you can still be a part of that dream within a dream at The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Hotel Discounts with Voluntourism: Give & Getaway with RockResorts

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Landings St LuciaAcross the globe, voluntourism projects are taking off. Hotels from Texas to the Maldives are giving discounts on accommodations when guests sign up for volunteering projects. Another example: the Give & Getaway program with RockResorts. They'll arrange an environmental conservation project for you-- such as light trail maintenance or working on an area community farm-- and you'll get a reduced rate on your stay plus complimentary swag like hydration packs. Give back to the environment and get rewarded for your efforts! Participating hotels in the RockResorts portfolio include:

The Arrabelle at Vail Square & The Lodge at Vail - Vail, Colorado

Guests have the option of two different dates doing trail restoration work in the Vail area.

Snake River Lodge & Spa - Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Snake River Lodge & Spa is partnering with Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation to remove miles of old buck and rail fence surrounding Grand Teton National Park.

The Landings St. Lucia – Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Spend the day harvesting locally grown fruits with St. Lucians on a working warm and end the day sampling locally caught seafood at the Anse La Ray Friday Fish Fry!

Last Summer Fling in the Caribbean: 3rd Night Free at Half Moon Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaExtend the summer with a jaunt to the Caribbean for some sun, sand, and surf before the cold days of autumn are upon us. Jamaica's Half Moon Resort-- home to a championship golf course, 13 tennis courts, the sumptuous Fern Tree Spa, and an exclusive dolphin lagoon-- has extended its Third Night Free promotion. For a limited time only (through September 30, 2010), travelers can book three nights for the price of two and enjoy accomodations at the luxurious resort located on Montego Bay in Rose Hall. This special offer is for travel from September 1 - October 31, 2010. Plus, as The Washington Post points out, "kids younger than 16 stay free in their parents' room."

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Great Luxury Value in the Caribbean with Five Star Alliance Rates at Half Moon

St. Barth’s Hotel Guanahani & Spa Gets a Makeover

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

GuanahaniNews from St. Barth's in the French West Indies: the Hotel Guanahani & Spa-- famously open year-round-- has closed its doors for a few months to undergo major renovations. Nested on a private 16-acre peninsula surrounded by the sparkling Caribbean, the luxurious resort has an unparalleled location unlike any other on the island-- boasting two private beaches: one facing the Atlantic and one facing a quiet lagoon perfect for windsurfing on Marigot Bay. Set to reopen on December 15 just in time for the winter season, Hotel Guanahani will be refurbishing its guest rooms, all housed in private bungalows. Some bathrooms will be remodeled to open onto private outdoor gardens, and the terraces/decks of more than 20 rooms will be enlarged and decked out with plush new lounge chairs. Overseen by architect David Schwarz, interior designer Luis Pons and local architect Nicolas Lossent from Lotus Architectes, the renovation will also include the addition of one new, luxury suite that resembles a villa and has exclusive access to a private beach. This Admiral Suite is named for Christopher Columbus, who received the title "Admiral" from the King of Spain after his first expedition to the Americas; he discovered the island of St Barth's during his second expedition in 1493.

Off-Season Deals in the Caribbean at Hermitage Bay and Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hermitage BaySummer's winding down, so now it's time to start plotting a fall getaway- preferably somewhere fabulous and tropical. We've got our eyes on two heavenly Caribbean properties: the first, an all-adults, all-inclusive resort on the island of Antigua, the second, a sleek boutique hotel on the sand on the Turks and Caicos' Grace Bay, one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Hermitage Bay offers 25 sumptuous private cottage suites spread out across the hillside overlooking Antigua's West Coast. The best part of a stay at this five-star hideaway: the all-inclusive amenities including meals, beverages, and unlimited water sports. On the Turks + Caicos islands, the Gansevoort channels a "sensual island vibe" while also reflecting the urban chic associated with the flagship hotel in New York. On site: a gorgeous infinity pool, trendy beach lounge, and award-winning spa.

We've scouted out some special offers for the fall at these two Caribbean hideaways. Hermitage Bay is offering 30% savings between August 28 and September 5, and also between October 10 and October 30. Three night minimum stay required, with roundtrip airport transfers, meals with drinks and one 30-minute massage included. At the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, stay two nights in September and October and you'll get the third night free (full payment required in advance; October 8 and 9 are black-out dates).