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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.

Last Minute Beach Break in the Bahamas: Candlelit Dinner on the Sand at Pink Sands Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pink Sands Resort, BahamasYou've still got a few days to take advantage of a special offer at Pink Sands Resort on Harbour Island in The Bahamas. Sure to delight foodies, the "Epicurist's Beach Delight" celebrates a special occasion (maybe a wedding proposal?!) with a private candlelit dinner on the beach, just for two. For free. Even if you're not popping the question, you may want to jump on this offer. You'll sink your teeth into a three-course feast perfectly prepared by Executive Chef James Van Dyke, while relishing the complete privacy of the resort's famous three-mile stretch of pink sandy beach. Book the "Epicurist's Beach Delight" for a three-night stay through April 30, 2010 and you'll get a one-time free dinner, valid any night of the week. (Make sure you make a res for the dinner!) Alcoholic beverages not included. Subject to availability.


What’s Included at All-Inclusive Resorts: Salsa Dance Lessons and Wine Tasting at Paradisus Palma Real


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradisus Palma RealThere's a reason folks are falling head over heels for the all-inclusive resort experience at Paradisus Palma Real. When you check in to this Dominican Republic hot spot, you'll revel in luxury accommodations in a pristine beach setting-- with no added costs tacked to your bill. Included in your stay: recreational activities like kayaking, scuba diving, tennis, and wind-surfing; meals at your choice of five à la carte restaurants; a spectacular Kids Zone with games galore; nightly entertainement; and "life enriching activities" like wine tasting, salsa and merengue dance classes, massage lessons, painting, photography, and more. Feeling less adventurous? The pools are gorgeous; stake your claim to an exotic Bali daybed and soak up the sun.

Paradisus Palma RealOverlooking the palm-fringed sandy beaches, the accommodations are plush and spacious-- all oversized suites. Book The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, a boutique resort within the resort, and you can take advantage of added services and amenities in the Residential Concierge Suites and Family Concierge Suites. (The dedicated Family Concierge can coordinate all activities, handing out cell phones or walkie-talkie radios for all-day communication with the concierge.)


The World’s Hottest Hotels: Where to Stay Now


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmangiriConde Nast Traveler has released their annual Hot List 2010 "of the newest and most innovative hotels worldwide" and a quick browse is guaranteed to inspire wanderlust. Best of all: 42 hotels that made the cut have rooms costing under $250 a night. We were pleased to see a few of our faves make the list. In North America, for example: the Capella Pedregal, Crosby Street Hotel, The Allison, St. Regis Mexico City, Amangiri, The Jefferson, The Betsy, The Elysian, W South Beach, and Viceroy Snowmass...


The Return of the 96-Hour Sale: $96 Rates at RockResorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Osprey at Beaver CreekRockResorts is on sale. Book your stay before Friday, April 9, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. MDT (for travel through January 12, 2011) to take advantage of this exclusive offer: rates starting from just $96 in prime destinations in North America-- from Vail to St. Lucia. Note: 96-Hour Sale reservations must be fully pre-paid and are non-cancelable and non-refundable. Participating resorts include Aspen's Hotel Jerome, The Osprey at Beaver Creek (pictured), The Pines Lodge, The Arrabelle at Vail Square, La Posada de Santa Fe, and The Landings St. Lucia.


Special Prices at New Villas at Jalousie Plantation, St. Lucia


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. LuciaJalousie Plantation (you know, the gorgeous Caribbean resort you saw on The Bachelor) has a killer location on St. Lucia- on a bay between the twin cones of the Piton mountains. The setting? 192 lush acres of rainforest edged by white sandy beaches. We've been keeping tabs on the property as it undergoes a metamorphosis into The Tides Sugar Beach, the first Caribbean property for the The Tides brand of chic, high-design hotels by the sea. The $100 million redesign hasn't yet been completed, but in the meantime, the resort is unveiling new villas, as the resort's existing cottages have been transformed into luxurious villas. Buzz: While the (unobtrusive) construction is going on-- carefully orchestrated so as not to disturb the hotel residents-- you can snag a deal at one of the villas. And for die-hard Bachelor fans, Jalousie Plantation offers a "Wings of Love" package so you can relive the experience with your very own Bachelor/Bachelorette. (Spa treatments and long-stemmed red rose included.)


The Benefits of All-Inclusive Resorts: Check Out Paradisus Punta Cana


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Paradisus Punta CanaWhen scouting out options for your next tropical vacation, sometimes "all-inclusive" is the answer. With meals and activities included in your room rates, all-inclusive resorts make it easy to take your family on vacation- without worrying about hidden costs or expenses. Case in point: Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, an all-suite Caribbean playground surrounded by tropical gardens, native mangrove forests, and the clear turquoise waters of the sea. The resort offers every sport imaginable, most of them included in your room rates, along with tennis, golf, a casino, a spa, and some 7 swimming pools. Every night, choose from an array of 12 restaurants offering contemporary world cuisine (anything you're in the mood for!) and 8 bars. What's more- there's nightly entertainment, plus an array of life-enriching activities like sushi-making, wine-tasting, and photography workshops. You'll only need to pony up extra cash if you choose to play black jack at the casino or indulge in massages at the spa.


Sea, Sun, and Sand in St. Lucia: Free Night Plus Food Credit at Cap Maison Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap Maison Resort and Spa, St. LuciaThe Caribbean island of St. Lucia has certainly emerged on travelers' radar screens recently-- the hideaway of choice for the likes of Amy Winehouse and The Bachelor. And with a dreamy landscape-- the rainforest-carpeted Piton peaks rising from the shimmering sea-- it's easy to see why. Spring break is just around the corner and St. Lucia beckons. We've found a fab deal at Cap Maison, the luxe spa resort set atop an ocean-front bluff above a secluded sandy beach. You can nab a free 5th night and a $250 food & beverage credit with the "Dig Your Toes in the Sand Package," available from April 1- December 19, 2010 in all room and villa categories. Breakfast is also included. Without the package, a 5-night stay in a garden view room would set you back $2,025; with the package it's $1,620.


Hit the St. Lucia Jazz Festival: 4th Night Free at Ladera, the Eco-Luxury Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ladera Resort, St. LuciaThe Ladera Resort is reason enough to head to St. Lucia in May. Rated among the best hotels in the Caribbean (and the world) by readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, Ladera is a dreamy hideaway perched high above the sparkling sea, its 9 villas and 23 suites each featuring an open wall so that guests have an open-air experience in the rainforest, taking in spectacular views over the Caribbean. But May also marks the 19th anniversary of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, a 10-day jazz extravaganza with a star-studded line-up from the US, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. From formal performances to open-air concerts to late-night club events, St Lucia Jazz offers a range of exciting shows. This May event has evolved into one of the most anticipated on the Caribbean's calendar. Check into Ladera-- where you'll dig the swanky, eco-chic accommodations and farm-to-table menus at Dasheene-- and you can score a fourth night free. Subject to availability, this offer is available until December 20, 2010.


From $169: San Juan Water & Beach Club, Now Run By Morgans Hotel Group


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Juan Water and Beach ClubFor chic on the beach in San Juan, check into the San Juan Water & Beach Club, a hip boutique hotel that's now run by Morgans Hotel Group. The new management has a collection of sleek, noteworthy properties around the globe- from London's Sanderson to the Delano and Mondrian in South Beach to the Clift in San Francisco. Spotted recently at the San Juan hotel: Snoop Dogg, Benicio Del Toro and Kid Rock. The hotel's rooftop bar is already a happening scene, and we hear Morgans is planning to add daybeds around the pool. Just 15 minutes from the airport, San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows in all guest rooms, capturing gorgeous views of the tropical Atlantic and San Juan's finest beach. Oceanfront suites have large telescopes for stargazing. Currently the hotel is offering a special Advanced Purchase Package from $169, where you get 15% off the best available rates when you book 14 days or more in advance of your stay. Subject to availability.


Sailing in the Caribbean at the Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Bitter End Yacht ClubAs far as Caribbean hideaways go, the Bitter End Yacht Club delivers. Just ask the writers at Men's Journal who featured the resort in an article on the "Unknown Caribbean." If you're "tired of cookie-cutter tropical vacations among all the other tourists," why not escape to Virgin Gorda, where you can rig up a boat and join an "impromptu regatta" at Bitter End? After tearing it up on the open sea, head back for a rum punch on the beach. Avid scuba divers won't want to miss the pristine reef and wreck diving, easily accessible via the onsite dive outfitters. Bitter End has a number of value-added accommodations packages available- from romantic escapes to family fun weeks...

Pssst. Adrenaline junkies will also get a kick out of night kiting. (Note: Kite-surfing in the pitch black is not for the faint of heart.)