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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.

Compliments of Bermuda: 400th Anniversary Offer at Hotels like Cambridge Beaches


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cambridge BeachesThe Atlantic isle of Bermuda, famous for its pink sand beaches lapped by turquoise waters, is celebrating a big birthday in 2009. The Bermuda Department of Tourism is celebrating the island's 400th anniversary with a $400 credit for vacation packages at 11 resorts and a "400th Anniversary Passport" with special savings of $1,000. Book now through March 27, 2009 for travel through March 31, 2009, with a minimum two-night stay required, and get a $200 credit for a 2-night stay, $300 credit for a 3-night stay, and a $400 credit for a 4-night stay or longer. Check into Cambridge Beaches and you'll be wowed by the spectacular sunsets from the resort's perch on the westernmost edge of the island. The doting staff can even set up a private table on the beach for you to relish the fiery red sunset while tasting an array of seafood delights (like spiny lobster cheviche, poached alaskan king crab legs, and lump crab cakes). Facilities are truly world-class; accommodations come equipped with private patios and terraces overlooking beautiful gardens or the ocean.


Special Introductory Offer at Solis the Palmyra Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Solis the Palmyra

Come March 2009, a brand new luxury resort will dazzle guests in Jamaica. There's been lots of buzz about the Solis Hotels & Resorts brand-- promising superior customer service and luxury accommodations for sophisticated travelers-- and Solis the Palymyra will be the brand's premier Caribbean resort property. Indulge in the laid-back lifestyle of Jamaica while soaking up incredible ocean views throughout the resort, set on 16 unspoiled beachfront acres in Rose Hall on Jamaica's "Gold Coast." The 299 suites and villas up the ante for luxury in Jamaica with swank amenities: private butler service, full kitchen, dining area, 42 inch HDTV, large marble bathrooms with a separate bathtub and walk-in shower. Plus, there's the signature spa by ESPA, swimming pools overlooking the sea, fitness center, and children's day camp. Championship golf courses are just a stone's throw away. For a limited time, you can take advantage of a fabulous offer at this posh property: Get a two-level upgrade if you book by December 31, 2008, valid for stays through December 31, 2009. So if you book a room, you'll be upgraded to a one-bedroom suite.


Fifth Night Free with Rosewood’s “Escape a Little Longer Promotion”


By: K. Clare Johnson

Rosewood Mayakoba

Who among us couldn't use a little rest and relaxation, especially when it comes with a night free? From January 3- May 2, 2009, when you book four nights at a participating Rosewood resort in the Caribbean or Mexico, you get the fifth night free. The hardest decision you'll have to make to take advantage of this great deal? Well, should you choose from a low-key luxury escape on the seven secluded white sand beaches that border 170 lush acres at Caneel Bay St. John's? Or go for Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, a desert resort captivating its guests with expansive suites, a world-class spa, inspired cuisine and an intoxicating ambiance? And don't forget about Rosewood Mayakoba, which is surrounded by the emerald embrace of the jungle and caressed by warm Caribbean breezes, and imbued with the unique spirit of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Finally, how about all-inclusive Jumby Bay, which is located on 300 acres of paradise just 2 miles north of Antigua? This is one time when all the choices are winners!


Announcing the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

When we saw the Gansevoort South in Miami, we were quickly smitten with the "largest rooftop playground in the country." The rooms were pretty fabulous, too. So imagine our excitement when we heard that the Gansevoort brand will open a 91-room luxury property on Grace Bay Beach in the Turks & Caicos, right on the sand facing the reef-protected ocean waters. Slated for March 2009, the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos will feature the Bagatelle Bistrot and Beach Club, the Exhale Spa (with its trademark Core Fusion classes), and a 7,000-square-foot infinity pool with "lounging islands." Back in Manhattan, the flagship Gansevoort Hotel will be joined by the Gansevoort Park in Spring 2010.


Take a Month Off in Paradise at La Samanna Resort, St. Maarten


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Samanna

As the days get shorter and shorter, it's easy to fantasize about endless days spent lingering on a tropical beach, luxuriating at the hands of a massage master, and dining on meals so fresh they'd put a Parisian chef to shame. You can do just that at La Samanna, the chic Caribbean getaway on the isle of St. Maarten. Hide away in this tropical paradise for a much needed sabbatical, while all the services of an Orient-Express luxury property are at your beck and call. Live at La Samanna Resort for a month with the "Endless Escape Package" and you'll never forget these 31 days of bliss. Here's what you get for $21,680:

* Two-bedroom suite on the beach for 30 nights

* Daily buffet breakfast

* Round trip airport transfers

* A 3-course dinner each week for a maximum of four guests at The Restaurant with pre-fixed menu

* One dinner per week served on the Suite's open air terrace, prepared by our chef based on guests requirements and at guest's expense

* A Swedish massage each week for two guests

* The suite's fully equipped kitchen may be stocked to each guest's liking (for an additional charge)

* A four day car rental to explore

* Use of fitness center, tennis courts and non-motorized water sports

* One time private shopper experience, with private guide to explore the island's tax heaven opportunities

* Government tax NOT included


Tortuga Bay: Paradise, Found in the Dominican Republic


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tortuga Bay

There's a reason the press has gone wild for this Dominican Republic Resort. A-listers have been flocking to the DR's Punta Canta Resort and Club to frolic on the white sand beaches, revel in the many restos and bars, and play golf on two championship courses (one designed by Pete Dye and the other by Tom Fazio). In this gorgeous tropical oasis, Tortuga Bay is a private enclave adored by Vogue Magazine with interiors designed by Oscar de la Renta. The fifteen villas range from one- to four-bedroom suites and are elegantly appointed with authentic, local materials. You'll find Frette linens, separate kitchens for each bedroom, and corraline stone bathrooms. Plus, you get a golf cart for convenient travel throughout the resort. What's more? You'll enjoy VIP whisking service through immigration, luggage retrieval and customs and use of a VIP lounge at the Punta Cana International Airport.


The Dollar is Sunny for Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort


By: K. Clare Johnson

Recession? What recession? Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia's luxury travel spot, is doing its part to stimulate the economy. Windjammer Landing Villa Beach ResortAll new vacation bookings, now through April 28, 2009, will receive a fifty percent resort credit in Sun Dollars. Sun Dollars can be used for exciting activities and amenities at Windjammer Landing. Chose a spa treatment at Serenity Spa, a room upgrade (depending on space availability), fine wine, a Jacquot Kid's Club off-premise outing, or even high adventure activities like Zip Lining through the rainforest, horseback riding, on the beach or scuba diving! Sun Dollars credit is based on the nightly rate of accommodation and are not refundable or redeemable for cash. Sun Dollars are credited to the guests' bill upon check-in to be applied toward resort purchases.


Girlfriends’ Getaway at Old Bahama Bay


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Old Bahama BayFinally! It's your turn to plan the yearly girls' getaway. Why not impress them all with a Girlfriends' Getaway Escape to Paradise at the Old Bahama Bay by Ginn Sur Mer? With your 3 night minimum stay, choose your luxurious accommodations from either the Junior Suite or the 2 Bedroom suite. You'll get round trip airport transfers, breakfast daily (excluding arrival day), welcome cocktails, and use of the non-motorized water sport equipment, and shopping excursions. This package does not include tax or gratuity. Old Bahama Bay offers beautiful waters, extraordinary beaches, and incredible surroundings for your stay. There is the 4,000 square foot heated swimming pool and infinity edge lounging area with massage jets for relaxation. For those shopping excursions to the Grand Bahama Island, remember is is duty and tax free! If you and your friends are feeling more energetic you can arrange a "Swim with the Dolphins" excursions with Unexsco, or go golfing or fishing. Snorkeling equipment, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and scuba diving excursions are also available.


News from the Caribbean: Hotel Carl Gustaf, St. Barts Opens New Restaurant, Lounge and Royal Suite


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Carl GustafAs if this swank hotel could get any better, the Hotel Carl Gustaf is about to debut some glorious new amenities. Perched high atop a bluff overlooking the glittering harbor of Gustavia, and surrounded by tropical vegetation, the 14-room hotel is a favorite for glamorous visitors to St. Barts who frolic in their private plunge pools while gazing out to the azure sea. This month marks the opening of the newly renovated restaurant, Victoria's, under the helm of acclaimed chef Emmanuel Motte, who serves up fine French cuisine with a Caribbean flair with the freshest ingredients possible. The Carl Gustaf Lounge was also completely redesigned, and promises to be one of the best spots in the world for sunset cocktails. Listen to live music while sipping creative cocktails, Champagne, or Armagnac. Yes, eau-de-vie is available, along with exotic cigars. Another talked-up addition is the Royal Suite, 2,600 square feet of luxury with terraces, a fully equipped kitchen, and all the latest technology.


Get the Fourth Night Free at the Turks and Caicos Club


By: K. Clare Johnson

Stay at the Turks & Caicos Club and enjoy your ultimate Caribbean escape with savings on any 1- or 2-bedroom oceanfront suite or 2-bedroom poolside suite. Turks and Caicos Club Located on the white sands of Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, next to the island's finest snorkeling reef, the 21-suite Turks & Caicos Club is offering every 4th night free. Book before December 15, 2008 and travel before January 31, 2009, and you'll only pay for three nights (while you stay four) at this luxurious resort. Also included in the deal is full American breakfast daily, welcome rum punch, twice-daily maid service, afternoon sorbet, airport runs, complimentary water sports, and more. Turks & Caicos Club been named one of Travel + Leisure's 50 Most Romantic Retreats, so now is your chance to snuggle up with the one you love for less.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: All Five Star Alliance guests at the Turks and Caicos Club will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne in their room upon arrival.