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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.

Caribbean Deals: St. James’s Club and Villas Celebrates Nonstop Flights to Antigua


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. James's Club and VillasAmerican Airlines just launched direct service from Miami to the island of Antigua, making it just a little bit easier to reach this Caribbean paradise. We just got the scoop on a great deal at the exclusive St. James's Club and Villas (thanks, Sherman's Travel!), where you can stroll the sandy beaches and enjoy complimentary non-motorized water sports. There's also tennis, a spa, and a whole lot more. To celebrate American Airlines' brand new non-stop service to Antigua, the resort is slashing prices to $59/night, a phenomenal savings of over 80 percent. Good through October 26, 2008.


Experience the Coqui Water Park Package at El Conquistador Resort


By: Betsy LeTourneau

El Conquistador Water ParkFeeling the need to refresh your concept of vacation? Why not dive in or speed down thrilling water slides or relax on an expansive sundeck or swim in your choice of crystalline pools. Now that the new multi-million Conqui Water Park is open, you can partake of these and other water activities while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at the El Conquistador Resort. With your experience of The Conqui Water Park Package you will enjoy daily breakfast for 4, daily passes to the Conqui Water Park for 4 and round trip transfers to the airport. Starting at $249 per night with a 3 night minimum stay, this package is inclusive of tax and tariffs. Located on the North East tip of Puerto Rico near the EL Yanque Rain Forest, the El Conquistador Resort is only 4 miles from shopping and other attractions of Fajardo and Las Croabas. El Conquistador Resort is known for its world class gulf, spa, casino, water park, wind surfing, scuba diving and fishing. Featuring 32 onsite restaurants and lounges and the private Palomino Island, the El Conquistador Resort provides awe inspiring amenities and tranquility and as much water park adventure you may be looking for to experience with the Conqui Water Park Package.


Buzz: Jalousie Plantation, St. Lucia, Will Morph Into The Tides Sugar Beach


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. LuciaThe Tides brand of chic, high-design hotels is staking a claim to the idyllic, paradise island of St. Lucia, the Caribbean's "it" spot of the moment with myriad new hotel openings. The Tides just announced plans to take over the Jalousie Plantation, give it a big makeover, and reposition it as The Tides Sugar Beach, the first Caribbean property for the luxury hotel chain. Situated in the Valley of the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jalousie Plantation is nestled in 192 lush acres of rainforest and white sand beaches overlooking the sea. After an $100 million redesign, the resort will reopen in 2010 as the Tides Sugar Beach, joining the collection of properties set in pristine coastal settings (the Tides hotels can be found in South Beach, the Yucatan, and Zihuatanejo). From the 150 villas and guest rooms (all with private pools), guests will be able to gape at the views of the pitons (pictured). Also planned: four restaurants serving locally grown cuisine, recreational activities aplenty, a beach lounge, and comprehensive fitness center and spa with sustainable, marine-based products.


$19.28 Room Rates with Leading Hotels of the World


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hotel Hong KongCelebrate the birth year of Leading Hotels of the World, 1928, with an unbelievable promotion. At 8 am EST on October 1, 2008, LHW will "release a limited number of the world's most-coveted hotel rooms at the unprecedented rate of USD 19.28 per night. For 80 minutes only, registered consumers will be able to secure the celebratory USD 19.28 rate." Participating member hotels include the iconic Langham Hong Kong (pictured), the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires, the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa in Sedona, Arizona, the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC, the Gran Hotel La Florida in Barcelona, and the Villa La Massa in Florence. Pre-register online today!


What’s Hot: The Caribbean Island of Anguilla and the New Baccarat Hotel


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AnguillaAnguilla has been in the press a lot these days. The Caribbean island in the British West Indies has remained pristine because of regulated development, and only three resorts have graced its beaches: Cap Juluca, CuisinArt, and Malliouhana. But 2009 will see the debut of two spanking new hotels: the Viceroy, which we noted last year, and the Baccarat Resort and Residences at Temenos. As described by Travel + Leisure in the September 2008 issue, this uber-luxe resort is being developed by Barry Sternlicht, the "mastermind behind Starwood's W, St. Regis, and Luxury Collection chains." There will be a Greg Norman golf course, a David Bouley restaurant, and world-class spa and fitness center. Plus, guests and residences will enjoy "signature Baccarat aesthetics" from the premier luxury brand. Like lots of crystal chandeliers in the lobby.


Travel Trends: Voluntourism, and Give-Back Getaways with Ritz-Carlton Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand CaymanVolunteer tourism, a.k.a "voluntourism," is a growing trend in travel, and more and more travelers are jumping on the bandwagon and planning to volunteer during their vacations. Forbes Traveler sums it up nicely:

There comes a point — generally when you're on your third margarita, sunburned over 60 percent of your body and the kids are screaming in the infinity pool — when you start to wonder if there is more to the whole vacation concept than lying on a beach getting toasted. A way of showing thanks for your own good fortunes, perhaps. You want a chance to contribute more to a local economy than buying overpriced trinkets that neither you nor your friends back home really need.

Ritz-Carlton has taken notice. They've created the Give Back Getaways program- to offer guests a chance to give back to the community with half-day local community experiences, working alongside Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen in a Community Footprints humanitarian or environmental project. All profits from the Give Back Getaways programs are donated to the partner organizations. An example is the Blue Iguana Recovery Program at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, led by naturalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, where guests assist with the breeding program to help a unique species on the brink of extinction.


Luxury Turks & Caicos Resort Offers 25% Off For Opening Season


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Regent GrandThe Regent Grand Resort and Spa has just opened on Grace Bay in the beautiful Turks & Caicos Islands. The resort is the second luxury condominium resort by the highly regarded Turks & Caicos based HAB Group, who have been developing in the Turks & Caicos and London luxury markets for over 20 years. Their first property, Villa Renaissance, has recently been awarded a Tripadvisor Top 10 Luxury Caribbean Resort, and it is thought that the Regent Grand will be even more successful. The property has 50 oceanfront suites, all with fully fitted kitchens and fantastic ocean view balconies, which ensure that guests enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets in the Caribbean.

The luxury five star Regent Grand is offering guests 25% off until December 2008 and anyone lucky enough to book in the next few weeks will receive free golf during their stay at the nearby 18 Hole championship course, Provo Golf Club. Guests will also receive a 15% discount at the Spa for reservations up to 30th September, and can have treatments either at the Spa or in room if required.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests will also receive a free welcome amenity of a bottle of wine and a fruit basket in their room upon arrival.


End of Summer Sale in the Caribbean at Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Biras Creek ResortHurry! You have just two more days to take advantage of this deal. Book by August 20, 2008, and you'll get seven nights for the price of five at the Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda's luxurious 31-suite resort surrounded by three distinct bodies of water (the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the lagoon of North Sound-- all in brilliant shades of emerald and turquoise). Available for travel until August 31, this special is for Ocean Suites only. What a way to celebrate the end of summer: basking in the Caribbean sun and ocean breezes, feasting like kings, swimming and snorkeling from your own private beach in this tropical island paradise that's only reachable by boat or helicopter...


Hot Deal in the Caribbean: $995 Labor Day Weekend at La Samanna


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La SamannaWe've got the scoop on a unique Labor Day special that doesn't come around that often. La Samanna Resort, a chic Orient-Express property in St. Maarten, French West Indies, is consistently named one of the world's best places to stay. This gorgeous gem is usually closed for the season over Labor Day weekend, but this year, La Samanna will stay open so you can celebrate the Dog Days of Summer in style. Finish off your summer with a three-night Labor Day weekend package starting at just $995 in an Ocean View Room. You'll also get buffet breakfast daily, a welcome bottle of champagne and a car rental for the day (tax, gas and insurance not included). Upgrade to a spacious One Bedroom Suite for just $100 more per night.


Most Expensive Hotel Rooms: Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, and Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President WilsonForget "Staycations." The uber-rich continue to globe-trot on private jets and bunk down in swanky pads-- like the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson, the world's most expensive at a whopping $52,000 a night. Elite Traveler recently released their list of the "101 Top Hotel/Resort Suites of the Year" in the July/August 2008 issue. Runners-up for priciest suite include the $50,000/night Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Attica, Greece, and the $21,000/night Imperial Suite at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. In the U.S., the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York has a price tag of $30,000 per night, making it the most expensive suite built in the U.S. Next up? The Chairman Suite at the Palazzo in Vegas ($20,000/night) followed by the Empire Suite at the Carlyle in New York and the Grand Suite at the Grand Wailea Resort (both at $15,000/night). For the full breakdown, click here.