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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.

An Added Treat For Five Star Alliance Guests from Biras Creek Resort


By: Christina Vasquez

Biras CreekEnjoy a tropical oasis of secluded beach and a luxury hotel so remote and exclusive that is only reachable by boat or helicopter. Get whisked away in high style to Biras Creek, Virgin Gorda - an all suite luxury hotel and one of the Caribbean's top luxury destinations. This beach destination hotel features Grand Suites with private plunge pools, as well as large open aired Garden, Beach, and Premier Suites. As a plus, guests who book at Biras Creek through Five Star Alliance will be treated to a relaxing half-hour massage for one guest compliments of the hotel!


The Luxury Yacht Program at Peter Island, British Virgin Islands


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Peter IslandThe exclusive, private-island resort of Peter Island has unveiled an official yacht program designed to welcome a limited few sailing through the BVI's world-famous waters. Created for the crews of luxury vessels up to 175 feet in length, the program offers yachters all the privileges of a resort guest, plus a few extra amenities designed around their special needs. Consistently ranked as one of the world's best resorts, the 1,800-acre Peter Island boasts private beaches galore, a sophisticated spa, award-winning dining, and a whole lot more.

Here's what's included: a group dinner in one of the resort's venues, a half-day spa experience (two treatments per person), dockage, unlimited power water and ice, a 10 percent discount off oil and diesel, and unlimited use of the resort's launch to Tortola. All this plus a welcome amenity gift, Internet use via WiFi and terminals, free use of all of Peter Island's non-motorized watersports equipment, an invitation to the weekly manager's cocktail party and Club Room privileges. To ensure the highest levels of attention to details and service, this offer is under the direction of Peter Island's Villa Department. (The luxury private villa collection provides the ultimate getaway for gatherings of families and friends.)

The cost based on 12 adults: $13,650 per day (additional adults: $600 per day); for 6 adults: $8,100 per day (additional adults: $925 per day); children: $250 per day.


What’s Hot: The Geejam Hotel, Port Antonio, Jamaica


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Geejam HotelMusic producer Jon Baker created Geejam as a recording hideaway for folks like No Doubt, Common, India.Arie, Björk and Gorillaz. (Gwen Stefani gave it a shout out at the 2003 Grammy Awards.) Now it's morphed into a hotel, the ultimate insider's escape, as part of Island Outpost, the boutique hotel collection from record mogul Chris Blackwell. Nestled on six lush acres of the San San Estate, from the foothills of the Blue Mountains to the Caribbean, the property is near to the celebrated beaches at Frenchman's Cove and Blue Lagoon. As recently featured in Vanity Fair, these music veterans "have teamed up to turn the creative hideaway into a jewel box of a hotel, complete with intimate cabins, a private beach, and a treetop restaurant tucked into the Jamaican rainforest." Also included: spa, swimming pool, gym, and state-of-the-art recording studio, of course. In the hotel's guestbook, Grace Jones described her visit like this: "I came. I saw. You conquered me!"

Photo Via Hotels of the Rich and Famous


Summer Bargains in the Caribbean: Radisson Aruba, Sivory Punta Cana, Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall (Jamaica), Discovery at Marigot Bay (St. Lucia)


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Discovery at Marigot BayReconsider the Caribbean in summer. In the Sunday Travel section, the New York Times explains why the summer season, contrary to popular belief, is actually the best time to head south to the Caribbean. Temperatures are only a few degrees higher than the peak season (and soothing ocean breezes mean these paradise isles are actually cooler than the popular beach spots in the U.S.). More importantly, room rates at leading resorts can be found at 60 percent lower than the winter rates. Case in point: the Radisson Aruba Resort's Summer Fun Sale means rooms can be found for $275 per night, plus a fourth night free. The ultra-luxurious Sivory Punta Cana, located on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, drops rates to $290 per night (vs. $490 in the winter season). You can snag a room at the Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort, Rose Hall for just $199 a night. And the gorgeous Discovery at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia is going for $330 per night (including tax and breakfast).


Beach Butlers and Endless Sea Views at the Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Royal Pavilion, BarbadosOn the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea, where the shimmering pink sand meets the sea and sky, discover an enchanting luxury hotel. Described as "The Jewel in the Crown of Barbados," the Fairmont Royal Pavilion blends Old World hospitality and stunning scenery (swaying palms aplenty) with all the world-class facilities expected by sophisticated travelers. Golf, tennis, snorkeling, sailing, water skiing, and all that jazz. During the high season, this resort is a couples-oriented destination-- ideal for honeymoons and romantic escapes-- with kids welcomed from May 1 and October 31. Boasting endless views of the turquoise Caribbean, all rooms are decorated with mahogany furniture and luxurious fabrics in the tradition of a Barbadian plantation house, outfitted with all the latest technology. Personalized service is a given here. Read: Beach Butlers who'll deliver fresh towels, sunscreen, drinks and ice water, anything your little heart desires…


Palm Island: All-Inclusive, Private Island Resort in the Caribbean


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Palm Island ResortDiscover paradise near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an archipelago of 32 tropical islands in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort that offers complimentary water sports, so you can take to the high seas in a kayak or catamaran, and complimentary snorkeling equipment to discover the exotic sea life, rainbow-colored reefs and fascinating shipwrecks of some of the finest underwater sights in the world. In fact, most everything at this luxurious resort is complimentary, because it's all-inclusive. Chill out in the refreshing freshwater pool and waterfall, lounge on one of the five beaches, indulge in the superb food while enjoying live entertainment, bike around the 135 acre island, play tennis or pitch-and-putt golf. This casually-elegant resort has it all (and the awards to prove it). And with just 42 guest lodgings, Palm Island is intimate and exclusive, so you share this unspoiled island with just a few other discerning travelers.


Last Minute Offer: Complimentary Night at Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda, BVI


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Biras Creek ResortNow's the time to hop down to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands for a little r & r. Rik Blyth, General Manager of the luxurious Biras Creek Resort, tells us that "May is a great time to be in Virgin Gorda as the cruise passengers from Tortola are no longer crowding the Baths, the North Sound is usually as flat as a pond and crystal clear and it is typically one of the months with the least amount of rain." Pleasant breezes off the ocean waves and deep colorful sunsets are an added draw. Only reachable by boat or helicopter, Biras Creek is recognized as one of the top luxury destinations in the Caribbean. The 31-suite resort is set amidst three distinct bodies of water (the protected lagoon of North Sound, the open Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean) and offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, private white sand beach, watersports including sailing and snorkeling, hiking trails and cycling.

Book your island escape by May 31, 2008 and you'll benefit from some last minute travel packages. If you reserve a stay for June 1- June 30, 2008, you'll get 7 nights for the price of 6 in an Ocean suite. The same special is available for stays between August 1-31, 2008. Or choose the Family Summer Escape for travel between August 1- 31 and you'll get a 20 percent discount for five nights or more on two ocean or garden suites. These offers must be booked by May 31, 2008 and exclude other packages, and the Grand and Premier Suites. For new reservations only.

Guests booking through Five Star Alliance Guests will receive a complimentary 30 minute massage for one person during their stay.


San Juan Water and Beach Club: All-Inclusive Summer Package from $99 Per Person


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

San Juan Water and Beach ClubTravel + Leisure calls it "a find," raving about the ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The New York Times says that the San Juan Water and Beach Club is a "rare hotel, a trendy boutique that attracts a hip crowd to its lounges and restaurants." San Juan, Puerto Rico has been getting lots of press for its rich heritage and magnificent Caribbean landscape, and the Water and Beach Club is the place to stay on the beach. Many of Puerto Rico's best museums and historic sites are nearby, and the sun-drenched beach just outside the hotel is fringed by palms and empty of crowds. The hotel is also home to some of the best nightlife in a city known worldwide for its hopping scene: the rooftop bar, Wet, and San Juan hotspot, Liquid. You'll also enjoy the breathtaking sundeck, pool, and Jacuzzi on the rooftop overlooking the sea. This summer, take advantage of the "Water" all-inclusive package at the San Juan Water and Beach Club. Priced at just $99 per person, per night, the package includes Daily Full American Breakfast for 2, Daily Dinner for 2 at Tangerine Restaurant, Complimentary beach chairs and umbrella, and Free High-speed Internet access. The available dates are July 6- October 31, 2008. You must reserve by May 31, 2008. Two-night minimum stay required, valid for Sunday or Monday arrivals.


Yin and Yang Experiences in St. Lucia


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Yin and Yang Experiences in St LuciaHaving trouble deciding between Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts in St. Lucia? Now you can have the best of both worlds with the new Yin and Yang package experiences. Packages can be tailor made, but we are excited about their Lovers' Early Bird Total Romance Package. It includes four nights in a Beachside Deluxe room at Anse Chastanet and three nights in a Jade Mountain Star sanctuary, as well as round trip airport transfers, all meals, all drinks including house wine (however not bottled wine and champagne), a welcome cocktail, basket of local fruit, bottle of French champagne, and a drinks package in the in-room fridge.

Yin and Yang Experiences in St LuciaActivities which are included in the package are a tour of the volcano, Sulphur Springs and Diamond Mineral Baths, a guided tour of old French Colonial Plantation of Anse Mamin, a half day jungle biking tour in Anse Mamin Valley, a guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba diving course for beginners or two dives for certified divers, and a half day sail on the skippered resort yacht, Serenity. Or, if you choose to stay at the resort, feel free to enjoy the tennis courts and equipment, snorkeling, kayaking, mini-sailing, windsurfing, beach chairs and beach towels, and a one hour Swedish massage.

As if this wasn't enough, they'll also provide you with two resort t-shirts and an anniversary certificate of 500 USD to be used for a return visit. Rates start at 8,450 USD per couple from April 16th-May 31st and November 1st-December 19th, and 8,140 USD per couple from June 1st- October 31st.


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.