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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.

La Samanna Serves Up Wine & Rum Tastings

April 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

 


Wine is to France, as rum is to the Caribbean is a good rule of thumb when thinking of spirits and vacationing. But, where can one go to experience both? How about La Samanna, a private resort located on the Caribbean isles of the French-side of Central Saint Martin? The location and cultures on this island alone brings the best of spirit worlds together: rum and wine. If you are a guest at La Samanna,  the property offers both wine and rum tastings at their on-site restaurant: La Cave. Guided by an expert sommelier for your wine and rum tastings, guests get some education and the opportunity to sample some of the finest wines and rums France and the Caribbean has to offer.

Accompanied by a selection of fruits and cheese to pair your wine and or rum with, both activities can be done conveniently at La Samanna’s restaurant La Cave. With a majority of rum production taking place in the Caribbean, La Samanna has followed suit and delighted to announce that they have produced their own line of rum. Partnered with a renowned rum producer, the property’s rum can be tasted amongst many other of the region’s finest. The tastings have been said to be an experiential learning experience, as many guests discover how to mix different rums to create certain tastes, and/or learning about great wine and cheese and fruit pairings.

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The New Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France

February 27, 2013
By: Ruthanne Terrero

Hotel St. Barth Isle de France

Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the new Hotel St. Barth Isle de France. Read more here:

We’re just back from St. Barth where we spent a lovely afternoon at Hotel St. Barth Isle de France. The resort, which is a member of the Oetker Collection (think Le Bristol Paris, Hôtel du Cap Eden-Roc and the Palais Namaskar in Marrakech, Morocco), is a true jetset venue. Since it’s a mere five-minute drive from the airport, you can don your flip-flops and be sipping Sauvignon Blanc on Flamand Beach in no time as you’re still shaking off your cold weather blues.

When you arrive, you’ll get the vibe that everything at Hotel St. Barth Isle de France is pure white against a blue, blue sea. And it is white and fresh, thanks in large part to a recent renovation to its garden bungalows and public areas. We were able to get a good walk-through to one of the just-turned-two Flamands Villas (No. 43). There are two of these enormous three-bedroom suites which measure 4,300 square feet in size. Smart Move: Each of the bedrooms is of equal size, with a private bath, so there’s no stress about divvying up the sleeping quarters if you’re sharing with other couples or on a girlfriend getaway. More good things: Bathrooms have double sinks and roomy tubs. Both suites as well have full, real working kitchens near their respective living rooms, which open up to a terrace, complete with a plunge infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean and they have direct access to the beach. Other lush touches? Each has an exercise room and a home cinema. Life is good.

If a Flamands Villa isn’t large enough for your special party, consider adding on a suite next door, which measures 1,300 square feet.

What we loved: Lunch at the alfresco La Case de l’Isle overlooking the sea is a must, even if you’re just in town for the day off a luxury cruise. The menu is simple and French and the crowd that gathers is cosmopolitan and international and usually quite tan and fashionable. We started off with the refreshing soupe glacée de petits pois, bruschetta de prosciutto et poivrons grilles, which is an iced pea soup served with a prosciutto ham, and grilled peppers bruschetta. For a unique dish to share with your dining companion, consider the “Wok de gambas et poulet marine,” which is a shrimp and marinated chicken wok dish served with Thai noodles. (P.S.: A continental breakfast is included in the room rate.)

The spa here has four treatment rooms and uses Natura Bissé and Intraceuticals skincare products. There’s also a Spa Pavilion set in the resort’s tropical gardens.

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Atlantis Summer Camps for Kids

February 21, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Ahhh, summer camp.  Sleeping in cabins, eating at the mess hall, playing pranks on counselors. For those with fond memories of summer camp, you can pass on some of those memories to your kids.  Except, well, they'll be in the Bahamas and staying in a lot more luxurious surroundings!

Atlantis, the family-friend resort in Nassua, has announced the first three of its summer camps. They are:

-Junior Scuba Explorers, for ages 10-15, offers ocean adventurers the chance to earn PADI Open Water SCUBA Certification from certified instructors. Divers will get  to explore the themed exhibit lagoons and embark on underwater excursions to nearby coral reefs.

-Marine Adventure Camp, for ages 10-14,  is for kids interested in becoming Atlantis Jr. Aquarists.  Campers will spend 3 days working with marine life, from food prepping to feeding the animals to snorkeling and learning about coral reefs.

-Junior Golf Camp, for ages 6-14, will get kids swinging like the pros.  Campers will learn the fundamentals fo golf, starting with grip, posture and alignment. They'll also learn how to putt, chip, pitch, and full-swing.  

Other camps will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

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Image of the Day: CuisinArt Resort And Spa

February 18, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

CuisinArt Resort and Spa is located on the tranquil island of Anguilla, the most northerly of the Eastern Caribbean’s Leeward Islands. Situated on Rendezvous Bay along the southern shore, the Resort offers unobstructed views of St. Martin and the Sea, with beachfront access to one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches.

 

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Conde Nast Traveler Reveals Results of Readers' Poll

February 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Conde Nast Traveler has announced the winners of its 2013 Readers Poll and there are a whopping 270 Spas that were voted the best. The magazine revealed that the results were based on 46,352 vistis to hotel, resort, and cruise ship spas. 

Topping the US Top 100 Resort Spa list was Mohonk Mountain House, with Vail Cascade Resort & Spa coming in a close second. Osthoff Resort in Wisconsin was third, Sundara Inn & Spa was fourth, and Resort at Squaw Creek was fifth.

The Atlantic and Caribbean Top 25 Spa list had The Regent Palm on top (pictured right), with Nisbet Plantation Beach Club second. Rounding out the top five in this category are Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, Jumby Bay, and Seven Stars Resort.

The list of Top 25 Spas, Mexico and Central America included Capella Ixtapa at #1, Maroma Resort and Spa is #2, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort and Spa is #3, Rosewood Mayakoba is #4, and Esperanza (pictured left) is #5.
 

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

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Image of the Day: Casa de Campo

February 11, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

On Casa de Campos' exclusive Minitas Beach, guests can enjoy a sea of water sports. Choose from kayaks, Hobie cats, windsurfers, and paddleboats. Special arrangements can be made for anglers, snorklers or those guests that wish to scuba dive. Minitas also houses a massage room for private soothing sessions by the water.

 

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Image of the Day: Paradisus Punta Cana

February 10, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

At Paradisus Punta Cana, twelve restaurants offer an incredible choice of contemporary world cuisine and eight bars offer fashionable Caribbean cocktails and international premium brand drinks.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Paradisus Punta Cana >>

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: #10 Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

December 22, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!


#10 on our list is Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos.  Here are a few fun facts about the hotel:

-Set on its own private island and features 1,000 unspoilt acres and mile-long beach.

-Villas and houses have their own private pools, and many have direct beach access as well as the 24-hour services of COMO’s acclaimed butlers.

-COMO Shambhala menus are available. The menus use organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals . Salads, steamed and grilled foods alll play a prominent role. Unprocessed honey replaces other sweeteners, and when fat is needed, olive oil stands in for butter.

-Wellness facilities include a sweeping yoga room aired by natural breezes, nine treatment rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, a Pilates studio, double massage rooms and Japanese baths—all in low-lying pavilions overlooking the North Caicos Channel and the surrounding wetlands.

-Parrot Cay offers unforgettable activities, including waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, deep-sea fishing and sunset cruising.

 

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos>>

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #19 Amanyara

December 14, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in at #19 on our list is Amanyara, located in the Turks and Caicos. Here are a few fun facts about the property:

-Amanyara (peaceful place) is located on the coast of Northwest Point adjacent to Malcolm’s Beach on the island of Providenciales.

-The multimedia Screening Room features 30 wide leather seats and is fully equipped with a DVD and VHS player, Cable TV, high speed internet and video/data projection capabilities.

-Regular complimentary morning yoga classes are held at the Spa's outdoor yoga sala.

-Pavilions are situated on the edge of tranquil ponds with timber sun decks extending over the water.  Private three, four or five-bedroom Villas are situated either along the oceanfront, overlooking a tranquil pond or nestled in island vegetation. Some showcase internal reflecting ponds.

 

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Amanyara>>

 

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Top 10 Beach Resorts in the World

April 13, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Halekulani, HawaiiWe admit it. We're suckers for a good Top 10 List. (And who isn't?) So when the Toronto Sun recently published their list of the "World's Top Beachfront Hotels," we ate it up. They single out the following:

 

But where's Peter Island? And those swanky resorts in the Maldives? Or the celeb-mobbed hot spots on St. Barths?