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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.

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.


Book Your Summer Vacation at Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands

February 21, 2011
By: Daniel L. Moses

Peter Island ResortThe time is now to book your summer vacation. Don’t delay, as rooms are filling up fast and prices will soon rise to meet increased demand. And if you’re like me and want only to lie on the beach this summer in total luxury, reserve a suite at the Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands. This 5 star palace will have your lounge chair and beach umbrella ready for your arrival, and will put the straw in your favorite rum cocktail as soon as you walk through the door.

Named one of the “Best Places to Stay in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler, Peter Island is limited to only 52 rooms, so you won’t have to compete for your spot in the Jacuzzi, on the beach, or in front of the steel drum band that plays the night away!

When you’re not dancing or splashing in the blue waters, you can relax at Peter Island’s 10,000 square foot spa that has its own secluded beach. The spa will cater to your every need, and make you forget all those long meetings and stressful deadlines... Peter Island Resort truly has it all!

So don’t delay, book your summer vacation today, at Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands.


Book Today: $99 Rooms at The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

February 15, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Southampton BermudaYou heard that right. The Fairmont Southampton has extended their incredible 99 Hour Sale so you have until 11:59 PM EST today to take advantage of special rates starting from $99 per night. Imagine: Bermuda's turquoise sea, powdery pink sand beaches, and spectacular sunsets at your fingertips... Not to mention the resort's 18-hole par three golf course, tennis courts, 31,000-square-feet Willow Stream spa, and fine restaurants like the historic Waterlot Inn. With its temperate climate and close proximity to the East Coast, Bermuda beckons for a quick getaway. Valid for travel until May 11, 2011, the 99 Hour Sale offer at The Fairmont Southampton Bermuda includes the following:

* Luxury air-conditioned room with private balcony

* Complimentary Shuttle to Fairmont Hamilton Princess and exchange privileges for restaurants/spa

* Kids Explorers Camp (fee extra)

* Private Beach Exclusive to Hotel Guests


Caribbean Breaks: 40% off President’s Day Escapes at Westin St. John

January 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin St. JohnThe weather forecast is positively frightful. Why not ditch the winter blues with a long-weekend escape over President's Day? Jet down to the U.S. Virgin Islands for a much needed dose of sunshine (and rum drinks). You'll be rewarded with 40% off every other night when you book the Westin St. John-- for stays February 18-27, 2011. (Reservations must be booked by February 11th.) Here's what you have to look forward to: a sandy expanse of crescent-shaped beach lapped by turquoise water; a quarter-acre pool complex with a bar, Jacuzzi and waterfall that's the largest in the USVI; a full-service fitness center; and every activity you can think of, from tennis and snorkeling to spa treatments and fishing.

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