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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.

Don’t Skip Your Well-Deserved Tropical Vacay: Caribbean Discounts with Elite Island Resorts

October 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Verandah Resort and Spa, Antigua"We've all been cornered. The gauntlet thrown down by America's new economic realities: Change your evil, thriftless ways," notes the San Francisco Chronicle. "But making do with less doesn't have to mean cutting out a well-deserved tropical holiday!" We couldn't agree more. There are deals aplenty for a high-season sojourn in the Caribbean so you can get your sun and sand fix during the dreary arctic winter. Case in point: The 20, 10, 30 Special Offer now being promoted by Elite Island Resorts, featuring all-inclusive luxury resorts on idyllic islands like Antigua. Save 20 percent in January, 10 percent in February, and 30 percent in March when you stay seven nights and book by February 1, 2010. Choose between these award-winning resorts:

Galley Bay Resort & Spa: Antigua's romantic all-inclusive escape with a private 3/4-mile white-sand beach.

St. James's Club & Villas: Tucked away on a private 100-acre peninsula on Antigua.

The Verandah Resort & Spa: Antigua's newest all-suite resort with a full-service spa and lots of amenities.


Renewal on Demand at Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos

October 9, 2009
By: Daniel L. Moses

Parrot CayWhen I arrived on an easy flight of just over 3 hours from Atlanta, I didn't know quite what to expect on my first visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands. I had spent a lot time in the Bahamas and a few other locations making up the proverbial Kokomo, but nothing had even come close to what I saw in the place known simply as TCI. Amazing! I stood looking down the strand of white sand that seemed to stretch forever or out at the water that was so blue, yet so clear, mouth agape, for several minutes before I strolled down to feel the warm, salty water on bubbling over my toes. At COMO Resorts & Hotels Parrot Cay, you too can take advantage of this stunning location. And if you want to combine a perfect vacation spot with a week-long chance to refresh and renew your tired body, then COMO Resorts & Hotels Parrot Cay has an offer that is as exciting as it is affordable. From November 8-14, 2009, the grand resort is offering a six-night Pilates Retreat with famed instructor Lynda Lippin starting from only $6,026 (single occupancy). The sessions are for any experience level, and will be tailored to suit your needs. Time is short and space is filling up, so book now, and be inspired and strengthened by this unique opportunity. And when you're not renewing your body inside COMO Resorts & Hotels Parrot Cay, stroll out to the beach, breathe in the fresh salt air, and renew your soul.

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World’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts: Paradisus Palma Real in the Dominican Republic

September 21, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradisus Palma Real

We weren't surprised to see the Paradisus Palma Real land on Away.com's list of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world. What's not to love? Perfect palm-fringed beaches, pools lined with Bali style daybeds, oversized suites, and a long list of complimentary all-inclusive amenities that could melt even the hardest of hearts. Think golf, tennis, scuba diving (for certified divers), horseback riding, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, and meals at five different a la carte restaurants and two poolside buffets. Did we mention the wine-tasting and salsa classes?

P.S. Kids are welcome.

Paradisus Palma Real


Sail with the Pros: Bitter End Yacht Club’s Pro Am Regatta 2009

September 15, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bitter End Yacht ClubBitter End Yacht Club-- the famous water sports resort and nautical village on Virgin Gorda-- is not just the setting for an idyllic Caribbean escape. It's also home to the annual Bitter End Pro Am Regatta, a world-class sailing event that matches up amateur sailors with America's Cup skippers, Olympic Medalists, and Around the World Race Winners:

Picture yourself teamed with Serena Williams or Roger Federer in the doubles final at the U.S. Open. Few, if any, sporting events in the world offer the fan an opportunity to participate at such lofty levels. The Bitter End Pro Am Regatta is different from any sporting event or regatta on earth.

Bitter End Yacht ClubThe 23rd annual event will take place from October 31- November 7, 2009, and will use Lasers, Hobie Waves, ICs, and Hunter 216s. Even first time sailors are welcome. Snorkel, windsurf, and relax on the beach during your down time. There's even an excursion to Norman Island or Anegada scheduled for Wednesday, the layday, which is devoted to non-sailing. Don't miss the evenings of rum-infused merry-making: cocktail parties, wine dinners, pub gatherings, organized Q&A sessions, etc. Book the "Pro Am Admiral's Package" and you'll get showered with all kinds of good stuff: three meals a day, cocktails, sunset cruises, and an Introduction to Sailing Course.


The Hydroponic Farm and Organic Gardens at Cuisinart Resort and Spa, Anguilla

September 14, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cuisinart Resort and SpaAs if we needed another reason to love this Caribbean resort of whitewashed villas and turquoise infinity pools... Cuisinart Resort and Spa boasts the world's only hydroponic resort farm- saving water through the use of recirculation systems and drip irrigation, recycling the drainage from the greenhouse to feed the outdoor landscape plants. This soil-free growing process produces fresh, quality vegetables and edible flowers that are harvested daily and used in the resort's kitchen by Executive Chef Daniel Orr and his team. What's more-- the plants and flowers also serve as ingredients in treatments at the newly-expanded spa. Guests can tour the farm with the manager on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:00 am. See the greenhouse (built to withstand winds of up to 110 mph), lettuce ponds, and raised beds containing herbs and peppers. The organic garden is likewise brimming with colorful produce all year round-- Caribbean callaloo, black-eyed peas, peppers, pumpkins, okra, soybeans, Chinese long beans, and melons-- while fruit-bearing trees in the orchards produce avocados, guavas, tamarinds, limes, oranges, and star fruit.


The Palmyra, A Solis Resort Preps for Its Grand Opening in Montego Bay

September 4, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Palmyra, A Solis ResortSo we jumped the gun a little bit on this one. Blame it on our feverish hotel addiction-- we simply can't wait for the opening of The Palmyra, A Solis Resort on the grounds of a former Jamaican plantation in Rose Hall. The latest word on the grand opening is winter/spring 2010 with special introductory rates of $239 per night. The setting: white sandy beaches, lush gardens, and waterfalls against the backdrop of Jamaica's Blue Mountains. Super-swank accommodations coupled with extensive facilities (golf, spa, and all that jazz) promise a superlative luxury hotel experience.


Seventh Night Free at Carlisle Bay: Deals in High Season in the Caribbean

August 31, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Carlisle BayIt's not often that we see deals like this at one of the hottest hotels in the Caribbean. Oozing contemporary chic, Carlisle Bay in Antigua is the sister property to London's One Aldwych. (And soon, Le Gray in Beirut, as hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray works his magic with a new hotel debut.) Nestled in the sand and surrounded by tropical gardens and rainforest, Carlisle Bay has top-notch amenities, including its own private screening room. If you book a seven-night stay by November 30, 2009, for stays between January 3- April 1, 2010,* you'll get a night free. This is the middle of high season in the Caribbean, need we say more?

*Black-out dates: Valentine's Day week.


Get Hitched in Barbados at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion

August 27, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

With the average American wedding costing upwards of $30,000, some engaged couples are looking to downsize it. Why not fete the day with a small affair in an island paradise? The Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados has you covered. For just $1,750 (excluding accommodation), the luxury hotel will throw you an unforgettable wedding for six guests-- complete with wedding co-ordinator, marriage license, wedding arch decorated with fresh flowers in the lush tropical garden, her wedding bouquet and his boutonniere, champagne for the special toast, a two-tier wedding cake, and the clergyman to pronounce you man and wife. This "Wedding Package" is available until December 31, 2010.


Sandals Resorts Buys Four Seasons Great Exuma, Rescues the Bahamas Resort

August 26, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Great ExumaDropping tourism numbers in the Caribbean has hurt the hospitality industry* this year, even leading to the closure of the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay. But there's some good news for the luxury resort famous for its Greg Norman-designed golf course and paradise-on-earth setting. Sandals Resorts International is buying "one of the most spectacular pieces of real estate in the Caribbean," to quote CEO Adam Stewart. After injecting $12 million for a makeover, the resort will reopen in January 2010. According to the Associated Press, the enhancements will "include outdoor cabanas for spa treatments, an authentic British pub, a piano bar and a new half-acre pool that will be three times the size of the existing one."

*Now's the time to plan a trip to the Caribbean. Visitors will find steep discounts and special offers throughout the region.


Christmas in the Caribbean: 40 Percent Savings at Antigua’s All-Inclusive Resorts

August 18, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Galley Bay ResortCanceled your Christmas holiday in the Caribbean last year? Don't despair about 2009. Here's a recession-proof vacation opportunity that's bound to put a smile on your face. Elite Island Resorts is giving guests an early Christmas present by offering 40 percent off their award-winning Caribbean resorts in Antigua. Rates start as low as $189 per person, per night all-inclusive and include accommodations, all dining, all beverages, activities, taxes, and service charges. Hurry, reservations must be reserved and paid-in-full by September 1, 2009. Choose from one of three luxury resorts, each offering an all-inclusive paradise:

St. James's Club & Villas--Beach bliss for both couples and families, featuring a fun Kids Club

The Verandah Resort & Spa-- Turquoise waters and white-sand beaches make this the ultimate beachfront playground

Galley Bay Resort & Spa-- 40 acres of tropical gardens and a white sandy beach for couples seeking their own private hideaway