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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.

Hanging with the ‘Rents: Family Special at Half Moon, Jamaica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon, JamaicaThere's a lot to love at Half Moon, the beautiful destination resort in the Caribbean. 400 exquisitely landscaped acres, a playground of exciting land and water activities, the buzzed-about Fern Tree spa (68,000 square feet of bliss), and dreamy accommodations. Delightfully romantic, Half Moon is also a paradise for kids. And with the resort's new "Hanging the 'Rents" special, teenagers and parents will find a special place to bond this summer. Who says it's not cool to vacation with your parents? The package allows teens up to 18 years to stay free when sharing a suite with two adults. Now through the end of the year (Dec. 14, 2008), parents can choose any of resort's opulent suites: a junior suite for $380, a spacious 2 bedroom suite for $1,060 or an expansive imperial suite for $1,100. Additionally, Half Moon is offering a 50 percent discount on meal plans for children aged 3 – 11 years. It's the perfect destination for a post-graduation getaway with your teens, or a family vacation with the kids before heading back to school. The myriad recreational facilities-- an exclusive Dolphin Lagoon, equestrian center, water sports activities, the recently renovated Robert Trent Jones Sr. par-72 championship golf course, Night Golf, 13 lit tennis courts, and fitness center-- means quality family time and heaps of fun.


Summer Deals Galore: One and Only Maldives, Sanctuary on Camelback, Jamaica Inn, and more!


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

One and Only Reethi Rah, MaldivesThe falling dollar soured your mood? Don't let it deter your summer travel plans. There are deals to be had out there-- from the Maldives to Scottsdale. Thanks to the LA Times Travel and Deal Blog for pointing out this fab compilation of bargains at hotels worldwide. Looking for some sun and sand? You can get 20 percent off with the "Fall for Jamaica Inn" package at the elegant Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios. Or how about an exotic escape? Score a savings of 48 percent in the Maldives at the exclusive One&Only Reethi Rah. A weekend getaway Stateside? Get a fourth night free from the fabled Virginia resort, The Homestead, with the "Hot Springs Holiday" package. You can also get 20 percent off at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain with the "Sonoran Sanctuary" package, which includes spa treatments. A European getaway? How does 20 percent off sound- at Edinburgh's finest hotel: Rocco Forte's The Balmoral? Choose the "Scotland Summer Spa" package and get three nights in a Classic room with an automatic upgrade to an Executive room based upon availability; full Scottish breakfast; and unlimited use of the spa, including the sauna, relaxation suite, yoga and pilates classes.


Ritz-Carlton and Jean-Michel Cousteau Expand the Ambassadors of the Environment Program


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton, Grand CaymanWe're big fans of the aquatic education program at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, run by Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. Emphasizing education and respect for ecosystem sustainability with "hands-on" activities, the program was recently awarded "Best Children's Program for 2007" by Virtuoso. Participants explore coral reefs by snorkeling on the ocean floor, discover the critical role of mangrove trees in the ecosystem on pontoon expeditions, and participate in the breeding programs of rare species like the Blue Iguana. Now this collaboration between Ritz-Carlton and Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society will be expanded to other select destinations around the world, including Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui and Sanya, which opened April 24th, 2008.


News: Cap Juluca Plans Renovation, Plus Summer Bargains in Anguilla


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap JulucaThe stunning Caribbean property of Cap Juluca was recently acquired by an investor syndicate led by travel industry executive Adam M. Aron (the former chairman of Vail Resorts and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. was named to Travel Weekly's "Club 33," as in the 33 most influential folks in travel and tourism worldwide), and an $80 million renovation is in the works. Nestled on two miles of pristine white sand on the little island of Anguilla, an isolated enclave just minutes by air or motor launch from St. Maarten, Cap Juluca is heralded for its unparalleled luxury. A fixture on lists of the best resorts in the world, Cap Juluca will be getting an all-new spa and resort pool, in addition to a top-to-bottom renovation of all 18 guest villas.

Book a summertime stay at this intoxicating Caribbean resort and you'll get a real bargain. While winter rates start at $825 per night, the summer means serious savings-- starting at $400 per night at Cap Juluca, plus a seventh night free with six paid nights. Available for stays from May through August, including daily breakfast, afternoon tea, bottle of rum in-room, and all water sports, tennis and croquet.


The Somerset on Grace Bay: Sand Castle University, Extreme Croquet, and Orchid Gardens on Turks and Caicos


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Somerset on Grace BayIt doesn't get much better than this. The Somerset on Grace Bay opened at the end of 2006 and has been turning heads ever since. The resort is both a romantic island hideaway and beachfront family haven. (Where else would you find a Sand Castle University for kids to learn to build awesome sand sculptures?) A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Somerset on Grace Bay offers pure indulgence on 4.6 acres of pristine beach. There are 54 residence suites equipped with living, dining and entertaining spaces. You'll even find a fully stocked gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances and a wine storage fridge. All suites offer balconies with jaw-dropping ocean views (and the exclusive Estates boast wrap-around terraces with hot tubs). On the manicured croquet lawn, play Somerset eXtreme Croquet (the series of cut-throat challenges includes "Water Slaughter" when a player roquets an opponent's ball into the ocean). Soak in the huge infinity pool, which seems to flow into the Atlantic itself. There's a state-of-the-art underwater sound system, to boot. Recreational pursuits run the gamut from bone-fishing to snorkeling. Discover a piece of paradise in the islands of Turks and Caicos.


Caribbean Deals: Families Get 50 Percent off Second Room at Little Dix Bay


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Little Dix BayHere's an offer that's almost impossible to refuse. Rosewood Little Dix Bay, the gorgeous Caribbean resort located on Virgin Gorda in the BVI, has a stellar promotion for families. One of the Caribbean's "original" luxury resorts, this lavish spot is also carving a nice as a welcoming resort for families-- with a wide array of water sports, beginner tennis clinics, Kids' Yoga and Move n' Groove classes, and activities like eco-explorations and pirate dinner parties. To celebrate the expansion of Children's Grove, Little Dix Bay is offering 50 percent off the second room when booking an Ocean Cottage or Rosewood Junior Suite from May 1- December 19, 2008. Plus, kids aged 5-11 will receive 50 percent off their meal plans when joining their parents' plan (kids under 4 eat free). Set in the shade of a mahogany preserve, Children's Grove is the centerpiece of the resort's children's program: 2,500 square feet of interior space devoted to creative play. Kids will go gaga over the "monkey lounge," shipwreck and outside play area. When they arrive, children are greeted with a basket of sand toys, games, books and puzzles. For older kids, the resort offers a Teen Room with pool table, foosball, and lending library stocked with CDs, DVDs, books and board games.


Parrot Cay Summer Offer


By: Madelyn Giblin

There's nothing better than going on vacation and knowing you have complete privacy and are safely tucked away from the mayhem of your everyday life. Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Resort offers just that on their astonishingly beautiful private island in the Caribbean. With beautiful white sand beaches and sparkling tropical waters, summer is the perfect time to visit Parrot Cay. Featuring a main resort as well as a collection of private homes farther away, Parrot Cay Estate is ideal for families looking to spend quality time together. And from June 1 to October 31, 2008 Parrot Cay is offering a number of specials.

For guests staying in the private homes, Parrot Cay offers one complimentary dinner with a Personal Chef during your stay. Guests booking a seven night stay should take advantage of the "7 for 6" offer, in which guests only pay for a six night stay for all rooms, villas, and private homes. This offer also comes with daily breakfast, and transportation to the airport for travel. Families with young children may also benefit from the variety of children's programs offered by the resort, including sailing trips, shark tooth crafts, and trips to Iguana Island. Parrot Cay has something for the whole family to enjoy. Rates start at USD 315 for a single room.


Sensational Summer Rates at Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jamaica InnBook a summer getaway to the Caribbean and experience real value at the award-winning Jamaica Inn, consistently awarded prestigious accolades and considered one of the finest properties in the region. Indeed, Travel and Leisure recently ranked Jamaica Inn among the Top 3 Hotels in the Caribbean for the World's Best Hotel Values (March 2008 issue). Summer rates have officially kicked in so now's the time to snag a real deal at this elegant 47-room property situated on the premier beach in Jamaica. Choose the "Quick Fix Getaway," priced at $1,541, and you'll enjoy three nights in a Deluxe Verandah Suite inclusive of Private Roundtrip Transfers from the Montego Bay Airport, Breakfast and Dinner Daily, and one 1-Hour Massage at the KiYara Ocean Spa per person. Or book the "5 for 4 Special" and you'll get a 5th night free when you pay for 4 nights! Available in the Superior Balcony Suite, the Deluxe Verandah Suite and the Premier Verandah Suite rates only. Or choose the "Girlfriends' Retreat," priced from just $1,661 for a four night stay, and you'll luxuriate in bliss at the KiYara Ocean Spa with a 1 hour and 45 minute treatment including a Cooling Aloe Mint Body Cleanser, a KiYara Deep Stress Relief Massage, and a Hydrating Aroma Facial per person. Breakfast is also included.

All the above-mentioned packages are available from May 1-October 31, 2008. The hotel will be closed from August 31-September 28, 2008 for their annual renovations.


Caribbean Deals: Discover Nevis with the Four Seasons Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons NevisImagine: a guava wrap (or rum tonic body treatment) in the luxurious haven of the Four Seasons spa. Golf and tennis by the crystal-clear sea. Beaches of silky-soft sand stretching as far as the eye can see. Sunset dining at the water's edge. Four Seasons Nevis offers all that, and more; the resort has also distinguished itself as a fun and elegant Caribbean hideaway perfect for families. Starting April 19, 2008, you can score a $100/night resort credit with the "Discover Nevis" package. So the longer you stay, the more value you get at Four Seasons Nevis-- with no maximum limit! You can also combine this promotion with the "Family Plan" which allows you to get a second room at 50 percent off. Prices start at $335 per night on May 31, 2008. (The rate is $449 from April 19-May 30, 2008).


Family Fun with Starwood Hotels and Resorts


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass ResortSo you're looking for some family bonding time, a weekend getaway, family vacation, something unique and memorable... Starwood Hotels to the rescue. The company has just announced "Love Your Family"-- a new, family-friendly program designed for both kids and adults alike. After lots of customer research, Starwood's come up with a program they feel caters to the whole family. The three signature experiences-- Fireside Storytelling (s'mores included), Stargazing, and Dive-In Movies (watch a family film from the pool)-- can now be found in 29 resort locations in the U.S. and the Caribbean under the Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection labels. Other "Love your Family" services? Connecting rooms, food and bev discounts, counselor-led kids nights, all coordinated by the resort's "Director of Fun."