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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.

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.

 

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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?


Summer Camp at Jamaica’s Half Moon Resort

April 13, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaThe kids can embark on action-packed adventures at Camp Half Moon, while their parents can take a breather and bask in some well-deserved down time. Why not schedule a treatment at Half Moon's award-winning Fern Tree Spa? Play a round of golf? The world's your oyster at this top-notch Caribbean resort. The kids will have more than enough to keep them happy and entertained. Under the watchful supervision of Penn State certified counselors, children can get creative at Craft Court, get wet and wild with water sports, try Performing Arts, and more. The camp is priced at $180 per week, including lunch, activities, and snacks; and runs from July 4-28 and August 1-11. Camp is also available by the day. Complement this camp experience with the Stay Free, Eat Free Special. Book a minimum stay of 4 nights and the 4th night is FREE. Plus, receive $150 food and beverage credit. What's even better: Kids 11 years and under stay free when sharing room with parents. Start planning your summer vacation today!


Dreamy Honeymoon Destinations: Scrub Island Resort Gets Top Honors

April 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Scrub Island Resort, BVIYou saw it on the TODAY Show, and now you're wondering: Where the heck is Scrub Island? The tropical island retreat has been open for a little over a year and it's garnering accolades left and right. And a quick peek at the photos helps you understand why. The first private resort built in the British Virgin Islands in over 15 years, Scrub Island is a seven-minute boat ride away from the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) on Beef Island, which itself is a 35-minute flight from San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Puerto Rico. You'll find three private beaches, an infinity edge pool, a world-class marina, and swank rooms with spectacular ocean views. The best part of all? This five-star luxury experience is affordable- with introductory rates starting from just $299/night. Pick up a copy of the May 2011 issue of Travel + Leisure magazine for more praise of this private island resort.


From $151: Resort Credits in Puerto Rico at the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza

April 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad San Juan Condado PlazaSunshine, here we come. Give yourself a spring cleaning with a trip to the beach. Just a hop from the East Coast, Puerto Rico's got enough sand and sea to soften even the hardest of hearts. (Any lingering winter blues will dissolve with the first fruity rum drink and salsa dance.) Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza is making a spring break trip easy on the wallet with a special offer that translates to 20% off your stay. In addition, you can get up to $100 in resort credit,* a 50% discount on Children's tours, and a $25 casino match bet coupon. Priced from $151 per night; minimum two-night stay required. With three pools, a casino, vibrant nightlife, and dazzling sunsets at the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza... what are you waiting for?


The New “Apprentice-Trips” Program from Fairmont Hotels

April 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Orchid HawaiiWe've just learned about the new "Apprentice-Trips" program at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a neat experience for travelers seeking out enriching and authentic adventures while on the road. Fairmont has taken this "yearning to learn" movement and created a collection of thoughtful experiences for hotel guests to learn, perfect, or acquire a new skill while on vacay. From surfing in Montreal to art immersion in Dallas, the program offers something for everyone. A smattering of these offerings are outlined below:

How to Pass a Bill in Washington D.C. (learn how to craft your agenda with a federally-registered lobbyist)

Find Your Inner Chi in Beijing (perfect the ancient art of Tai Chi)

Samuel Adams Behind the Scenes Boston Brewery Package at the Fairmont Copley Plaza

Canoes, Coffee and Culture in Hawai'i at the Fairmont Orchid

Cook with the Chef at the Fairmont Algonquin and the Fairmont Southampton

Learn about the Grizzly Bear while hiking from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise


Say Farewell to Frost, Hello to Puerto Rico at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort

March 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort and SpaCalling all sun-seekers. Ditch the frigid temps on the East Coast and get thee to the golden shores of Puerto Rico, where sandy beaches and fruity cocktails await. As if you needed more enticing, Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa-- nestled between the El Yunque National Rainforest and a mile-long stretch of Atlantic beach-- has rolled out the "Farewell to Frost" promotion until May 31, 2011. Embrace the warm weather with rates starting from $267 (single occupancy) and get sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, and peppermint lip balm upon check-in to help ease your winter-weary body back into warm weather mode. Included in your package: a complimentary buffet breakfast at Marbella restaurant.


Caribbean Getaways: Stay Free, Eat Free at Half Moon, A RockResort

March 16, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon, A RockResort, JamaicaFeeling vacation-deprived? Looking forward to your next getaway? We've stumbled upon a special offer at the classic Caribbean hideaway, Half Moon in Jamaica, that's pretty tempting. Nestled on a two-mile, crescent-shaped beach on the island's northern coast, Half Moon, A RockResort, features whitewashed cottages surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and the sparkling Caribbean Sea beyond. Its world-class facilities-- the Fern Tree Spa, an 18-hole golf course, an equestrian centre, even a Dolphin Lagoon-- sprawl across 400 acres of Caribbean paradise. When you stay three nights at Half Moon this summer, you get your 4th night free, plus you get a $150 Food and Beverage credit! The "Stay Free, Eat Free" offer is available April 25- November 18, 2011. The length of stay allowed for this package is 4 to 28 nights. Subject to availability.


Beach Breaks: 4th Night Free at Old Bahama Bay Resort

March 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Old Bahama Bay ResortJust 55 miles from the Florida coast but a world apart, Old Bahama Bay Resort offers beach vacations that are heavy on the luxury and Bahamanian charm. The 73-suite resort is all about barefoot elegance on the sand. Activities run the gamut from biking to boating to fishing. The waters off West End, Grand Bahama Island, provide some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling you'll find in the Bahamas. Pristine reefs and shipwrecks from the Spanish Galleon era are ripe for exploration. There's a 4,000 square foot infinity pool complete with a lounge area with massage jets- perfect for soaking up the ocean views. And Bonefish Folley’s Bar & Grille serves up all kinds of local specialties. Think conch fritters, Siboney conch chowder, and Grouper Piccata ‘Bahama Bay’, followed with a slice of Bahamian Rum Cake. Boating from Miami or Palm Beach? The resort offers a 72 slip, full-service marina that's an official Bahamas port of entry marina to Grand Bahama Island the The Bahamas. Hot Deals: Make a break for the beach and get a 4th night free at Old Bahama Bay, subject to availability.


Conrad Hotels Celebrates 25 Years: Get a Free Night in Chicago, Miami, Brussels and More

March 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad ChicagoConrad Hotels & Resorts-- described as "the most global contemporary luxury brand of the Hilton Family"-- has been around for a quarter century. To celebrate this milestone, Conrad is giving you a night on the house. Available for stays booked between March 1 and June 12, 2011 and completed by June 30, 2011, this offer is available at choice locations around the globe-- from Bali to Brussels, Singapore to San Juan. A minimum night stay requirement applies and varies by each individual hotel. For example, stay three nights at Conrad Chicago, a prime Windy City address, and get your fourth night for free. (Rates from $195.) Soak up the sun in Miami and get your fourth night free- with rates starting from $299. Check out the art, culture and design in the European Capital and get a third night free at Conrad Brussels- with rates starting from €199 per night. Offer is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply.