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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.

What’s New for Conrad Hotels in 2010: Openings Across the Globe

August 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad ShanghaiCalling all connoisseurs of luxury (and hotel addicts). You'll soon be able to get a dose of Conrad luxury in Shanghai, Koh Samui (Thailand), Abu Dhabi, Dubai, the Bahamas, and Portugal's Algarve. With the addition of these six hotels, Conrad is pursuing a bold expansion strategy. The current portfolio-- comprised of properties in diverse markets across the globe-- numbers 19. While the Conrad Shanghai has a striking contemporary design (pictured) and will house an urban spa, the Conrad Koh Samui Resort and Spa will consist of villas with private plunge pools and outdoor sundecks offering panoramic vistas-- all surrounded by a lush coconut plantation. The Conrad Bimini Resort & Casino is part of an overall new seaside village on the island of North Bimini, Bahamas. The Bimini Bay Resort has restaurants, a marina, spa and a casino. Click here for the full scoop.


Rum Tastings in the Caribbean at the All-Inclusive Palm Island Resort

August 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Island ResortThe best thing about the paradise called Palm Island Resort? Everything's included. Located near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines-- an archipelago of 32 tropical cays-- the private island resort offers exclusivity and luxury in an idyllic setting of soft sand beaches lapped by crystal-clear water. The 135-acre retreat has just 42 guest lodgings, so you'll be sharing paradise with just a few other fortunate souls. Go for a stroll on one of the scenic nature trails, grab a snorkel and mask and explore the underwater reefs teeming with colorful fish, play a game of tennis, indulge in Afternoon Tea, nibble on a picnic lunch under a thatched umbrella, or take to the seas on a kayak or Hobie-style catamaran- it's all included. On Tuesdays you can partake in the complimentary Rum Tasting at the Royal Palm Bar, where you'll learn the history of rum-making in the Caribbean (and maybe how to make your own). You'll also get a few rum recipes, and learn to taste the difference between Puerto Rican, Jamaican, Barbados and West Indian Rums-- such as St. Vincent's own Sunset Rum.


Pilates at Parrot Cay Resort: 6 Night Retreat in November

August 11, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Parrot Cay

We can't think of a better spot* for an intensive five-day Pilates Retreat. Forbes calls Parrot Cay a "fantasy island"-- supremely popular with the Hollywood set. No wonder Bruce Willis chose it as the setting for his destination wedding. From November 8-14, 2009, Parrot Cay's resident Pilates teacher, Lynda Lippin will be hosting a retreat-- for both beginners and the more advanced. Lippin will be offering 16 hours of classes over a five-day period, ensuring that each student gets a private session (and lots of attention). Practicing Pilates for 20 years, Lippin has owned several award-winning Pilates studios in the U.S. Priced from $6,026 (single occupancy).

*It's possible to do an "Island Buy-Out." Just 1.5 hours from Miami, this small island in the Turks and Caicos-- 1000 unspoilt acres with a mile-long powdered beach-- can be rented out in its entirety.


Fall Deals: Jamaica’s Half Moon Resort for just $159

August 10, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon JamaicaLooking for sugary sand beaches dotted with palms? A little fun in the sun? Montego Bay's Half Moon can deliver the dream. Go for a dip in one of the (count 'em!) 51 swimming pools, play a round of golf on the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course, swim with the dolphins, play croquet or basketball, go horseback riding, unwind at the Fern Tree Spa. The elegant, colonial-style Half Moon welcomes you to paradise. You can snag discounted rates at Half Moon with the "Fall Family Time Package," starting from just $159 per night, minimum three-night stay required. Available September 1- October 31, 2009, the package includes accommodations, an invitation to the manager's cocktail party, and unlimited use of the resort's tennis courts, fitness center, paddleboats and kayaks.


Spontaneous Dominican Escape at Tortuga Bay, Oscar de la Renta’s Caribbean Gem

August 4, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tortuga BayHang out in Oscar de la Renta-designed digs in the DR. Within the Punta Canta Resort and Club, world-famous as a celebrity hang-out, Tortuga Bay is an exclusive haven with villas designed by the Dominican-born, internationally acclaimed designer. A stay here in paradise means plenty of frolicking on the white sandy beaches, dining on palate-pleasing delights, and golfing on two championship courses. But more than that, it promises top-notch service. VIP airport service will whisk you through customs, your personal concierge will welcome you to your private villa, where you'll find your own personal golf cart to whiz around the resort. The villas? Balconies overlooking the Caribbean, the finest frette linens, kitchens, and spa-like bathrooms decked out in coralline stone... As much unrestrained luxury as your little heart desires. Book the "Spontaneous Dominican Escape" for a little beachtime this summer and you can have a golf view Junior Suite for just $300 per night until September 5, 2009.


Book Now: 4 Day Sale Means 40 Percent Off Bermuda Hotels

August 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cambridge BeachesAs we recently reported, Bermuda is celebrating its 400th birthday in style with some fantastic tourism promotions. We just got the scoop on a 4 day sale happening at 18 hotels on the island paradise. For a limited time, you can get 40 percent off: "Hurry, Bermuda's pink sand, turquoise tropical water, and vibrant culture will always be here—but this special offer will end on August 5th!"


Bargains in the Bahamas: Summer Splash Package at Old Bahama Bay

July 29, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Old Bahama BayDiscover a paradise of white sand beaches just 64 miles from the Florida Coast. Snag a luxurious suite at Old Bahama Bay-- overlooking a secluded beach on Grand Bahama Island-- for just $199 per night through the end of August. (Two-night minimum stay required.) The "Summer Splash" package also includes a welcome cocktail upon arrival and complimentary use of non-motorized water sports. Sailing from Miami? You can dock your boat at the resort's 72-slip marina and enjoy the full-service facilities with on-site customs and immigration. Go scuba-diving or snorkeling in the Caribbean waters, or deep-sea fishing in the Atlantic, before unwinding by the beachside pool. Your suite awaits with an oceanfront terrace, kitchenette, and marble bathroom with deep soaking tub and Frette robes.

Book with Five Star Alliance and you'll get complimentary continental breakfast and room upgrades upon check-in, based on availability. Complimentary Airport Transfers are included in all rates.


Announcing the New W Retreat and Spa, Vieques: Alain Ducasse Comes to the Caribbean

July 24, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Retreat and Spa, ViequesNovember 19th will mark the opening of the brand spanking new W Retreat and Spa on Vieques, the unspoiled island off the coast of Puerto Rico. Following the successful launch of the W Retreat in the Maldives, the Vieques property promises to be a stunner, created by a rockstar design team. We just got word that celebrity chef Alain Ducasse is on board. Simply dripping with Michelin stars, Ducasse will oversee the W's signature restaurant called miX on the beach. This is his first venture in the Caribbean. The resto will serve up "colorful Latino Caribbean flavors with an artful French twist." There's a fitness center and Spa Chakra, and two dramatic pools look out over the white sand beaches, where a slew of watersports await.


Paradisus Bring the LUXE to Your Vacation

July 23, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson

 Paradisus Punta CanaIndulge in the Paradisus Experience. The four luxury all-inclusive resorts, Paradisus Punta Cana (pictured), Paradisus Riviera Cancun Royal Service, Paradisus Playa Conchal, and Paradisus Punta Cana, offer what they call LUXEclusive service. The resorts, located in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic, are all-suites, and offer personalized service that caters to guests' every whim, wish, and desire. Whether it's arranging a special evening for your someone special, making sure the kids have a great vacation too (they have their own PoshMom Family Concierge), or indulging at the full-service spa, no request is too great for Paradisus.


Out With the Old, In With the New: Jumby Bay’s Grand Reopening

July 21, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Jumby Bay A Rosewood ResortAfter being voted World's Best Carribean Resort by readers of Travel + Leisure in 2007, Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort closed its doors in June of last year, on a high note, to begin renovations on the luxurious 300 acre property. Eager travelers can now breathe a sigh of relief as the long anticipated reopening is scheduled to take place November 1st. With over $28 million spent to renovate and redesign the Jumby Bay Resort, guests can look forward to a number of great new changes.

The first ever spa, Sense, will welcome guests to signature treatments performed before breathtaking ocean views. Using natural ingredients, and with five treatment rooms available, this spa promises to be a wonderful addition to the tranquil surroundings. Along with Sense, guests can also look forward to two new culinary experiences, the casual and healthy Pool Grille, and the open-air, elegant Verandah Restaurant.

Perhaps the most exciting news is the complete redesign of the guest rooms. The resort has also added 28 new, luxurious suites, each complete with spectacular views. With all-inclusive rates starting at $1,150 per night, Jumby Bay is only a few months away from beginning a new chapter of refined history.