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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.

Live the Luxury in Turks and Caicos: 25% Savings at The Regent Palms


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Regent Palms, Turks and CaicosToday is Groundhog Day 2010 and it looks like Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, heading back to his hole for six more weeks of winter. Depressed by the prediction from this "famous rodent meteorologist"? Here's a more uplifting thought: The Regent Palms is currently running an offer called "Great Savings in Turks and Caicos"- giving guests 25% off, or the equivalent of a free night when you stay four nights. Treat yourself to a dose of sunshine and ditch those winter blues. Nestled on the powder fine sands of Grace Bay Beach, this luxury Caribbean resort has it all: a 25,000 square foot spa, two signature restaurants, a gorgeous infinity pool, tennis, a Fitness Center and children's club activities. Smiling again? The offer is available with a minimum four-night stay and includes: * Welcome amenity * Daily continental breakfast * Complimentary use of all non-motorized water sport equipment * Complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet


Free-Dive in the Turks and Caicos with the World Record Holder at Amanyara


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Amanyara, Turks and CaicosHow do we love Amanyara? Let us count the ways. True to Amanresorts' philosophy, the resort is defined by a sensual, contemporary design created in harmony with its setting: the tropical island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos. 40 luxurious pavilions edge the fine sandy beach. There's a drop-dead gorgeous pool that offers uninterrupted views of the sea. Plus: a serene spa, yoga, tennis. And the turquoise Atlantic with unrivaled diving opportunities. In fact, Amanyara has a special program for February; the resort has invited free-diver and world-record holder Tanya Streeter to host private lessons for guests. (Now a reporter on underwater experiences for BBC, Tanya can hold her breath for six and a half minutes.) She will join guests scuba diving and in underwater photography courses. In the evenings, she'll host screenings of her documentary Diving with Whales, about the migration of humpback whales.


Winter Warmers: 4th Night Free at the Caribbean’s Cap Juluca Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap Juluca, AnguillaYou'd be hard-pressed to find a more picture-perfect beach paradise than Anguilla in the Caribbean's British West Indies, just five miles from St. Maarten and 20 miles from St. Barth's. Along the island's palm-fringed powder beaches, Cap Juluca has secured its reputation as one of the Caribbean's swankiest resorts. Recently renovated, Cap Juluca offers unequalled privacy and serious luxury. So imagine our delight at finding out Cap Juluca is offering a fourth night free-- during high season!


Marriott’s Big Sale: 20-40 Percent Discount on Hotels Worldwide


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

JW Marriott CancunMarriott is starting the year off right with a "Global Rate Break" on weekends at participating hotels worldwide, including the upscale JW Marriott brand. Stay at any of the more than 2,500 participating hotels between January 22 and March 21, 2010 and save 20 percent. Book at select resort hotels in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Hawaii-- like the JW Marriott Mexico City, JW Marriott in Cancun (pictured), Marriott Los Suenos in Costa Rica, or Hawaii's JW Marriott Ihalani Resort-- and you'll get 40 percent off. Hurry, you must book by January 22.


Winter Warm Up: 40 Percent off the Radisson Aruba Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Radisson Aruba ResortDreaming of a little rest and relaxation in warmer climes? The Radisson Aruba should fit the bill-- from the zero-entry free form swimming pools to the white sandy beach (Aruba's largest) with oodles of water sports. Sprawling over 14 acres, the resort is a beachside oasis of tropical gardens, lagoons and waterfalls. Not to mention the average winter temps that hover around 80 degrees... Book with Five Star Alliance and take advantage of the 2010 Winter Special rates, where you can score a room for just $150 a night, representing a deep discount of over 40 percent. Plus, the resort will throw in food and beverage credits for stays of five nights or longer. Appointed with custom-designed Colonial West Indian furnishings with four poster beds and marble bathrooms, all guest rooms have spacious balconies or private patios.


Dominican Dreams: Winter Escape at Oscar de la Renta’s Tortuga Bay


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tortuga BayNeed to thaw out? Can't wait for spring break? Check into Oscar de la Renta-designed digs at Tortuga Bay, located within the world-famous Punta Canta Resort and Club, a celebrity favorite. Inspired by rich Dominican culture, the Tortuga Bay villas are crafted with authentic materials and feature balconies overlooking La Cana Golf Course or the intensely blue Caribbean waters. Expect to find the finest Frette linens, separate kitchens for each bedroom, and gorgeous coralline stone bathrooms in each villa. You'll get a golf cart to take spins around the resort (and enjoy plenty of frozen cocktails while lounging on the sandy beach). Book the Winter Dominican Escape and get a golf view Junior Suite starting from $595 plus taxes. Valid January 4 through March 22, 2010.


Spring Break in Bermuda: 4th Night Free at Cambridge Beaches


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cambridge BeachesVisions of sugar plums dancing in your head? How about pink sand beaches and the warm turquoise sea? Cambridge Beaches offers a getaway you can dream about during the long, cold winter when the light-filled, eggnog-saturated merriment has long faded from memory. Nestled on a private peninsula of 30 plush acres, the Bermuda resort features cottage-style rooms and extensive facilities: a European wellness center, tennis courts, a putting green, croquet, boat rentals, and great restaurants. Did we mention their four beaches? Cambridge Beaches is currently running a promotion where they're giving away the fourth night on the house. Book by December 31, 2009 for travel through April 15, 2009-- perfect for a spring break getaway. How's that for a last minute Christmas gift?


Charles Gibson Retires from ABC News – Luxury Hotels Ideas for Retirees


By: Daniel L. Moses

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Charles Gibson, who has been an ABC News stalwart since 1975, aired his final network primetime news show for the Disney-owned network on Friday evening. With his famous sign off, simply, that his viewers have “had a good day,” Gibson filled the anchor seat for the last time. Now, starting a much deserved retirement, the world is Charles Gibson’s oyster, and like for any new retiree, there are plenty of luxury hotel options that can fill his days and nights to come.

The first thing I think of when pondering retirement is golf. And, frankly, there are few golf resorts more ideal than the sun-drenched luxury of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. This amazing island resort near Charleston, South Carolina boasts an incredible 5 courses, all done by masters of golf architecture! A true delight for retirees or duffers of any age.

For a more physical enterprise, retirees the world over are known indulgers in skiing, and I have to believe Charles Gibson and his ilk would choose the Badrutts Palace Hotel nestled amongst the Swiss Alps in world-renowned St. Moritz. The Badrutts Palace has something for everyone in all seasons, but in the place where winter sports became a favoured pastime, the skiing speaks for itself.

Sporting activities aside, the beach is the place to sun your retired bones, and the stunning La Samanna resort in St. Maarten, French West Indies is amongst the world’s best. There are few better words to describe than paradise.

So best of luck to Charles Gibson in retirement, and may this next chapter be filled with luxury!


Caribbean News: La Samanna Debuts 8 New Villas in St. Martin (Free Night Included)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Samanna villas, St. Martin

St. Martin's renowned La Samanna, the head-turning resort that's part of the Orient-Express collection, now offers some super swank Caribbean villa accommodations. Combine the privacy of a sumptuous rental villa with all the resort amenities that make La Samanna a favorite tropical hideaway- and what do you get? Eight new La Samanna villas where butler service and Champagne on arrival are all part of the experience. Palatial in size, the villas offer three or four bedrooms, private wraparound infinity pools, oversized terraces, and private beach cabanas. Perched high on a bluff, the villas feature panoramic views over the Baie Longue or Cupecoy Beach. The villas can be rented for as long or as short a time as you want. Check out one of the rental villas with a special offer this winter: stay for five nights and receive a complimentary night.


Buzz in the Caribbean: Scrub Island Resort, The New Private Island Paradise


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Scrub Island ResortWinter 2010 will see the opening of the much-anticipated Scrub Island Resort, the first private resort built in the British Virgin Islands in over 15 years. This 230-acre island was first discovered by Christopher Columbus and, as the property's website explains, "the name of the resort is the only name this island has ever had." The resort's lagoon-style, multi-level pool sounds grand (waterfall and swim-up bar? bring it on!), while amenities run the gamut from boat rentals to spa services. The full-service marina will have 60 deep-water slips, and guests can frolic on three pristine white sand beaches. Rates starting from $450.