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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.

Sale in the Caribbean: Ocean Cottage for the Price of a Garden Room at Little Dix Bay


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Little Dix BayWe just got word about a stellar Caribbean package that offers savings of 45 percent, with breakfast included. Situated on a half-mile crescent-shaped beach on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, Rosewood's Little Dix Bay is a blissful resort offering elegant villas and guest rooms with recently renovated bathrooms and outdoor rain showers. Little Dix Bay has announced a new "Rosewood Escapes Extra" Package so that guests can own the beach for the price of a garden. With this four-day upgraded holiday package, you can save $1100 in an ocean cottage from September 1- November 20, 2008. When guests book a garden view room at the rate of $425 per night, they will automatically receive a triple upgrade to an ocean cottage, never more than 25 steps off the beach, with buffet breakfast included each day (normally priced at $758 per night). 17 percent tax and resort fee are additional. Founded by visionary philanthropist Laurance S. Rockefeller in 1964, Little Dix Bay has water sports, tennis courts, three excellent dining venues, Sense, A Rosewood Spa (with treatments utilizing indigenous botanicals plucked from the resort's grounds), and a great kids program at the Children's Grove. Psst. This promotion is in addition to the already discounted "Rosewood Escapes" package currently offered this summer and fall.


The Ultimate in Luxury - Half Moon Jamaica


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Half Moon JamaicaCombining barefoot elegance and style that is sure to enrich your stay and welcome you back again and again is the promise of Half Moon Rose Hall, Jamaica. Now for the "Ultimate in Luxury", Half Moon is offering from now until December 14, 2008, an all exclusive package offering a range of sports activities, gourmet meals and accommodations in lush surroundings. Highlights of your stay include 18 holes of gulf (green fees daily), horseback riding, glass bottom boat rides, sailing, snorkeling, wind surfing and much, much more. Other features of your stay are the round trip transfers to and from the International Airport, a bottle of champagne on arrival, a welcome gift, weekly manager cocktail party and use of Anancy Children's Village for the 3-12 year old crowd (arrangements for the use of a Nanny can also be made). Half Moon JamaicaMeal plans offer daily breakfast at the Seagrape Terrance and restaurant options for lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails and house wines by the glass at selected restaurants and bars. Rates start at $570 per night double occupancy excluding government tax and service charge. There are a total of 6 restaurants and 7 bars offering the very casual to the elegant casual setting for your meals, 51 swimming pools, 2 miles of private beach, shopping village and 400 tropical acres to explore.

By offering luxurious accommodations at a premier caribbean resort and the convenience of paying one price for your accommodations, sports activities and meals, Half Moon Rose Hall, Jamaica truly offers the "Ultimate in Luxury".


SUMMER & FALL ESCAPE RATES - ROSEWOOD LITTLE DIX BAY & CANEEL BAY


By: Madelyn Giblin

Rosewood CaribbeanThere's no better time to escape to the Caribbean than this summer and fall with Rosewood Resorts Escape Rates. The dreamy Caneel Bay Resort is offering rates from $325 for bed and breakfast through September 2nd. With spectacular window views overlooking pristine white sand beaches, Caneel Beach is perfect for forgetting your work week woes.

Rosewood's Little Dix Bay is also offering discounted rates of $425 for bed and breakfast from now until December 19th. With brand new villas just opened Little Dix Bay offers the ultimate luxury Caribbean vacation.


Win a Free Island Hotel Stay with HotelChatter and Michael Kinsley


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Layover Contest HotelChatterOur friends over at HotelChatter have a fun contest running through Thursday, July 31st that we suggest you mull over (your suggestion is important) and enter.

"Pick a Layover Stop for Michael Kinsley and Win a Free Island Hotel Stay"

From HotelChatter:

That's right. We said "A Free Island Hotel Stay" and all you have to do is enter a comment on HotelChatter. For realz! Ok so we're slightly getting ahead of ourselves here but this is the 411.

Not all of us can enjoy a cushy layover in an airport hotel like the Grand Hyatt Dallas Fort Worth, but Condé Nast Traveler's Michael Kinsley is determined to find the best layover cities around the world in case we do get stranded somewhere with hours of nothing to do on our hands.

Kinsley actually completed this challenge back in 1988 but since that was before the internet, before boutique hotels became lodging staples and before low-cost-carriers took off, he's decided to make the trip again in September.

This time he wants suggestions from you readers about which airports he should check out in which cities and what he should do while he's there.

So we're teaming up with the Perrin Post and Jaunted to bring you this fun contest. If your layover suggestion gets picked for Kinsley's itinerary you could win a Palm Centro Smartphone. And if Kinsley finds your tip to be his absolute favorite, you could win a killer stay at The Regent Palms Turks and Caicos.

Keep reading to learn how to win these goodies and to enter >>

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St. James’s Club and Villas, Antigua: All-Inclusive Sale in the Caribbean for $299


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. James Club, AntiguaNow's your chance to escape for a blissful Caribbean holiday with savings up to 50 percent off the usual seasonal rates. Operated by Elite Island Resorts, the all-inclusive St. James's Club sits on an 100-acre estate boasting unobstructed ocean views and two white sandy beaches on the island of Antigua, the largest of the British Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. The resort has a long-standing reputation for its exceptional service in a casual, club-like environment, with plenty of fun-filled activities and diversions. You'll enjoy complimentary non-motorized water sports such as kayaking and catamaran sailing, along with the four distinctive swimming pools, spa, tennis courts, and seaside fitness center. The resort is not just for couples; families love it too. Mom and Dad can lounge on the beach while the little ones are entertained at the award-winning Kidz Club. Elite Island Resorts is currently running a great promotion, the "$299 Island Sale"- so that you can snag a nightly rate of $299 (double) at all-inclusive properties like the St. James's Club, Palm Island, and the Verandah Resort and Spa-- including accommodations, meals, beverages, taxes and service charges. This deal is available until December 21, 2008, three-night minimum stay required.

PS. It's also possible to stay at St. James's Club on a room-only basis (not all-inclusive).


Half Moon: How the Other Half Takes a Tax Break


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Half Moon JamaicaIf you are going to have a meeting then you need to think Half Moon, Jamaica. Why? Because article 25, paragraph 7 of the US Tax Code allows for meetings, conventions and seminars to be tax deductible. This includes accommodations, meals, meeting materials, ground and air transportation associated with your meeting, convention or seminar. Half Moon makes the ideal setting for your next meeting, convention or seminar with its 400 acre estate, 2 miles of private white sand beaches, impeccable designed and furnished rooms and suites, 27,000 square foot flex indoor meeting facilities, breathtaking outdoor event venues, state of the art communication technology, full service business centre, well trained creative event planning team with warm hospitable staff to attend to all the details, unrivaled recreations with championship gulf, horseback riding, tennis, water sports, dolphin encounters and more. The luxurious villa living features rooms with en-suite bathrooms, staffed with a personal butler, cook and housekeeper and private pool. So in planning your next rewards meeting, training seminar or society convention why not take advantage of the tax breaks and provide a sought after location for your attendees?


Bermuda Beaches for Less: Summer Specials at Fairmont Southampton and Fairmont Hamilton Princess


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Southampton BermudaNot often do you see deals during peak season in Bermuda. But Fairmont is offering "Only One Way" Summer Rates at two gorgeous Bermuda properties with rooms starting at $299 per night, a savings of $100 a night. Plus, you can earn triple airline miles with participating partners. Escape to the lush tropical gardens, shimmering pink sand beaches, and azure blue seas of Bermuda for an unforgettable summer getaway. Perched royally on the island's highest vantage point, the luxurious Fairmont Southampton resort has it all: two golf courses, private beaches, an excellent beach club, tennis, award-winning cuisine at six restaurants, and snorkeling, jet skis and water sports galore. The Fairmont Hamilton Princess is a luxurious urban alternative- a haven of Old World splendor with fresh and saltwater pools, fitness center, spa, and genuine hospitality. From here, you can catch a complimentary ferry over to the private Fairmont Beach Club in Southampton. To get the Only One Way Summer rates, a four-night minimum stay is required at the Fairmont Southampton; and there is availability only for Thursday-Sunday stays at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.


Fourth Night Free in the Turks and Caicos at The Regent Palms


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Regent PalmsEnjoy a Caribbean holiday for less in the idyllic Turks and Caicos islands, a quiet paradise of sugar-sand and azure waters just a hop from Miami. Formerly known as The Palms, The Regent Palms Resort offers the height of luxury at the edge of 12-mile Grace Bay beach. Suites are generously sized with custom mahogany furniture, and from your private terrace, you'll appreciate the ocean views. By the pool, indulge in aromatherapy mists, tropical sorbet and individual iPod minis. (Service is superb and the staff includes Clefs d'Or concierges.) The 15,000 square foot spa is no less luxurious. Through October 31, 2008, take advantage of fantastic rates and a fourth night free special offer at The Regent Palms. If you arrive on a Sunday or Monday for a three-night stay, you'll get a fourth night thrown in for free, and rates start at just $325, significantly less than high season prices.


Summer Deals on Anguilla at Malliouhana and Cap Juluca Resorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap JulucaThe Caribbean isle of Anguilla is often overlooked as a beach destination, but this small, 16-mile island has 33 beaches and the poshest of upscale resorts. The annual Summer Festival runs from July 31-August 10 and promises a whole lot of fun in the sun. This is the ideal time to pamper yourself with a stay at a fancy Caribbean resort, as both Malliouhana Hotel and Spa, and the world-famous Cap Juluca resort have slashed their rates to lure summer travelers. Packed in the winter peak season, these fancy hideaways can be booked at more than half off their high season rates. Malliouhana is perched atop a bluff overlooking the azure Caribbean waters and white sand of Turtle Cove and Meads Bay. As elegant and sophisticated as properties found on the French Riviera, Malliouhana has nightly rates of just $455 per night in a beachfront room, as opposed to the $1,005 peak season rates. Cap Juluca offers unparalleled luxury on 179 secluded acres of beachfront. This summer you can get a seventh night free, with room rates starting at $495 per night (vs. $825 in the winter).


Summer Steals: Great Value (Plus Kids Stay Free) at Half Moon Resort, Jamaica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon, JamaicaWe've got the skinny on yet another Caribbean bargain. The world-renowned Half Moon resort, nestled on two crescent-shaped beaches dotted with palm trees near Montego Bay, Jamaica, is offering a five-night Summer Escape package with nightly rates starting at just $250 per night. In addition to daily breakfast for adults and round trip airport transfers, each room will receive a $150 resort credit to use towards the guests' resort experience of choice. Like swimming with dolphins, horseback riding at the Equestrian Center, or indulging with spa treatments at the sublime Fern Tree Spa. This is a great value for families as well, because kids under 12 stay free when sharing a room with their parents, and get 50 percent off any meal plan. Valid on all room categories, available until December 14, 2008.

Pssst. Teens up to 18 years old stay free at Half Moon this summer when they stay in the same suite as their 'rents.