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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.

Last Minute Deal at The Sands at Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos Islands


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Sands at Grace BayFlee the cold front and escape to The Sands at Grace Bay Beach Hotel, the all-suite luxury resort nestled on the world-famous Grace Bay Beach of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Indulge in a little piece of turquoise heaven, and get two free nights on a seven night stay until October 31st, 2008. This special offer translates to 30 percent off regular rates, with prices starting at $185. Non-motorized water sports and continental breakfast is included. The resort has pools, a beachfront restaurant, recreational activities, and nearby golf. Suites are equipped with oversized balconies and full kitchens. If you miss out on this special offer, you can still take advantage of the "Seventh Night Free" until December 20th, 2008.


Hot Deal: $150 Spa Credit at Select Ritz-Carlton Hotels


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton CancunAs the economy takes a nose-dive and folks are less likely to travel, we've been witnessing lots of unprecedented deals at luxury hotels. Case in point: The "Escape to the Spa" package with participating Ritz-Carlton hotels, where guests are enticed to stay during the month of October with a hefty spa credit. You can get an oceanfront massage at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun (pictured), experience a massage in the moonlight at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, relax in a spa sanctuary in the center of the Mile High City at the Ritz-Carlton Denver, immerse yourself in a Roman mineral bath at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, tone your physique with a haute couture body treatment at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, or luxuriate with a Voodoo Love Massage at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.


Regent Comes to Puerto Rico: Construction Begins on Regent Palmas Del Mar Puerto Rico


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Regent Bal HarbourWe're so in love with the Regent Bal Harbour (pictured at right- home to North America's first Guerlain Spa), that we can hardly wait for the proposed Puerto Rico property to open its doors. If the amenities are anywhere near as swanky as the Regent Bal Harbour (shower toe-testers, anyone? to get the bath temperature right), we're in for a treat. The Regent Palmas del Mar Puerto Rico is scheduled to open on the beach approximately 30 minutes southeast of San Juan in December 2011. The 150 rooms-- including 96 guestrooms, 52 suites, a 5,500 square foot Presidential Suite, and Presidential Beach Cottage with views of the island Vieques-- will be designed by Trish Wilson who is known for the fine interiors at The Palace of the Lost City Hotel (South Africa) and Little Dix Bay. Also in store: a signature restaurant (with a celeb chef), three pools, preferred tee times at nearby championship golf courses, and a spa with five over-water suites.


Jamaican Me Golf at Half Moon in Montego Bay


By: K. Clare Johnson

Montego Bay luxury resort Half Moon is offering a golf deal that will delight both duffers and pros. Half Moon Now through Dec.14, 2008, golfers who book a minimum three-night stay can take advantage of the Total Golf Experience package. Golfers will get their own cart and caddy to golf daily on the "Best Walking Course in the Caribbean." They'll also get unlimited golf green fees (18-holes daily), welcome gift of champagne, sleeve of Half Moon Logo Balls and Logo Hat, luxurious accommodations, 5 star dining, and airport transfers. Rates begin at $395 per person per night.

Half Moon is a luxury resort situated on crescent-shaped white sand beaches, with 398 rooms including suites, cottages and villas. In addition to luxurious accommodations, Half Moon also features a recently renovated Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole golf course, and the Half Moon Golf Academy.


Say No to Economic Woes: 50 Percent Off at Turks and Caicos Club


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Turks and Caicos ClubMood soured by the financial crisis and economic slowdown? To soften the blow to our wallets, Caribbean hotels have slashed their prices in an effort to entice travelers to their island shores. In fact, this could be the best time to splurge on a beach vacation, as we're seeing some of the best deals we've seen in years. Case in point: The drop-dead-gorgeous Turks and Caicos Club, its 21 suites unaffected by Hurricane Ike, has rates for just $247.50 per night until November 9, 2008- a 50 percent discount from the same period last year. Nestled on the picture-perfect beaches of Grace Bay on Providenciales island, the award-winning resort is housed in a Caribbean-colonial mansion. Each of the 21 suites boasts a fully-equipped kitchen with stainless steel KitchenAid appliances, large private porch facing the sea, Internet access, and cable TV. It's like your own private apartment- only you get all the great amenities and service provided by a luxury resort (like twice-daily maid service). Lucky guests can enjoy the island's best snorkeling reef just offshore. You can enjoy the complimentary use of non-motorized water-sports equipment including HobieCats, windsurfers, sea kayaks, and snorkeling equipment.


Early Winter Sale (2009) at the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino and Spa


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino and SpaPlan a winter getaway to the warm beaches of Aruba and get great value at the lush and luxurious Radisson Aruba Resort. Sprawling over 14 acres, the resort is a beachside oasis of tropical gardens, lagoons and waterfalls. Temps hover around a delicious 82 degrees in the winter, and the beach-- Aruba's largest expanse of pristine white sand-- beckons with all kinds of water sports. Float in the zero-entry free form swimming pools while gazing out to sea. Dine in style at the 4-Diamond Sunset Grille, and the Casino guarantees a good time with loads of live entertainment. Talk about fun in the sun. You can also retreat to the 13,000 square foot Larimar Spa for total relaxation and pampering. Take advantage of the Early Winter Sale and you can lock in great rates from January 4- April 18, 2009 starting at just $359 per night. You'll also get a $150 Restaurant or Spa Credit (per room, per stay on stays 5 nights or longer), and your kids will eat free in Laguna at the breakfast and dinner buffets. Reservations must be made by November 9, 2008.


Snorkeling, Tennis, Beach BBQ, Oh My! All-Inclusive Caribbean Getaway at Palm Island Resort, Grenadines


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Island, GrenadinesA magical Caribbean setting? Check. Complimentary tennis, croquet, table tennis, pitch-and-putt golf, and cycling? Check. An array of free non-motorized water sports? Check. Three delicious meals a day? Plus daily afternoon tea and the weekly manager's cocktail party? Check. And that includes top-shelf beverages and beach barbeques. Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines is the best kind of all-inclusive beach getaway: a private island paradise where even the tips, taxes, and service charges are included in your price. There are only 43 guest rooms, for the ultimate exclusivity and privacy. You can completely unwind and escape your normal routine with elegant accommodations free from TVs and phones. If you can't fully disconnect, you can always access wireless Internet by the pool and in the library. For extra pampering, splurge with a massage or spa treatment.


Thanksgiving with a Caribbean Twist: Book an Island Escape at Biras Creek Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Biras Creek ResortLeave the in-laws at home and jet to the Caribbean for Thanksgiving. Biras Creek will be serving up an indulgent Thanksgiving feast of homemade apple mash potatoes with a cranberry-orange sauce, wild mushroom salad, and two-day marinated turkey filled with a homemade stuffing featuring spices, apples, celery and raisins. Don't care for the traditional stuff? You can eat your heart out with a non-traditional meal as well, and skip the homemade pumpkin pie. At Biras Creek, you can enjoy all this with a side of Caribbean sun and sand. The 31-suite resort offers swimming, snorkeling, tennis, boating and white sandy beaches galore...


The Suite Life in Antigua at the St. James Club


By: K. Clare Johnson

St James ClubIf you want to take the whole family on a luxury vacation, consider St. James Club and Villas in Antigua. St. James Club has breathtaking ocean views, two white sand beaches, four swimming pools, four restaurants, and a kid's club. Their two-bedroom villas are an air-conditioned 1,600 square-feet, with a private outdoor sitting area, an expansive common area and a full kitchen that can stocked from the onsite deli. Decorated in warm Caribbean tones and terra-cotta tiles, the villas are a great choice for couples, families and groups who enjoy a sense of space.


Around the World in 80 Ways: The Epic $1 Million Journey from Leading Hotels of the World


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One Aldwych, LondonWe recently spread the word about the incredible deal-- $19.28 room rates!-- offered by Leading Hotels of the World to celebrate its 80th anniversary. And now it's time to highlight another celebratory package from LHW-though this one is a tad more extravagant. Leading Hotels of the World has created an epic voyage, "Around The World in 80 Ways," to pay homage to both the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards, and their own 80th birthday. The price tag for this amazing, glamorous journey? One million dollars.

Traveling in a private jet all the way, you and a companion will see everything in the world worth seeing and do everything in the world worth doing. Best of all, 10 percent of the USD 1 million price will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation for the global fight against AIDS. So, with that in mind, we invite you to open your hearts and wallets and get ready to set off on the adventure of a lifetime.