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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.

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.

Related Article:

Buzz: The Boating Butler and Island Hopper Experience at Westin St. John Resort


Warm up in the Turks and Caicos: 25% Savings at The Sands at Grace Bay

January 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Sands at Grace Bay, Turks and CaicosYou need a break from the frigid temperatures and wintry mix. Flee the sidewalk/driveway shoveling and bask in the sunshine on one of the prettiest beaches on earth. Though only 80 minutes by air from Miami, the Turks and Caicos feel like a world away. The Sands at Grace Bay is a secluded hideaway with pristine sand, turquoise water, and spacious balconied suites. Trade the winter for a little piece of heaven, and enjoy 25% off room rates for a limited time. (Act fast to get these sweet savings; discount available for stays through February 12, 2011.) Whether you end up relaxing in the free-form swimming pool or scuba diving the pristine reefs, you'll appreciate a taste of the islands in the middle of the dreary winter.

Psst. We hear that JetBlue will offer new nonstop service from New York and Boston to Providenciales and Continental Airlines will offer non-stop service from Newark starting in February.


Perfectly Pampered in the Caribbean: 1-2-3 Spa at Half Moon Resort

January 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaNeed a dose of Caribbean sunshine? Jet south to Half Moon, aka "paradise found," where two crescent-shaped beaches mark the edge of a sprawling resort oasis. Comprised of whitewashed cottages in tropical gardens, the iconic Jamaica resort has it all: 13 tennis courts, a dolphin lagoon, an equestrian center, the award-winning Fern Tree Spa, and a Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed 18-hole championship golf course. Half Moon is now enticing guests to the Caribbean with the "1-2-3 Spa" offer which includes one Fern Tree Signature Massage per adult with your luxe accommodations. The massage starts with a ritual footbath of Jamaican Cerasee, performed to soothing Caribbean music, and utilizes the spa's Signature Essential Oil blend of allspice, ginger and orange. Here's what's in store: infused body compresses; a Jamaican Rum Body Splash; globally integrated massage and healing techniques inspired from the Mediterranean, Hawaiian Lomi- Lomi, Chinese Acupressure and Thai Stretches; and a Guided Power nap. Sound like bliss? With this offer, you also get unlimited use of the tennis courts, fitness center, volleyball court, croquet lawn, kayaks and paddle boats. Priced from $1085; three night minimum stay required.


Cap Juluca Knows How to Lure Us to the Caribbean

January 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap JulucaAn email landed in our inbox that got us really pining for the Caribbean. Not that we needed another reason to think about sunshine, or a dreamy tropical escape on an idyllic island like... Anguilla. Cap Juluca's figured us out. Read away, but be prepared to book your plane tickets stat.

Rediscover Sunshine at Cap Juluca this Winter: We're not talking about the blinding sunlight that bounces off the snow and blinds you. We're talking about the warm Caribbean sunshine that blends with island breezes to offer the perfect climate for your mid-winter escape. At Cap Juluca, everything is warm this time of year: the sun, the sea, the beach and the hospitality. Mix that with a cold drink or two and you'll find your winter blues simply melting away.

The average temperature over the next few months at Cap Juluca is around 80° F. That may be about 80° above what you're used to this time of year.

Don't let Old Man Winter get the best of you in the coming months. Come to where it's warm, welcoming and wonderfully delightful. Come to Cap Juluca.


Last Minute Savings: 40% Off in Bermuda at The Reefs

January 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Reefs, Bermuda

Back to the grind and you're already dreaming about the next getaway. Why not take advantage of a last minute sale at The Reefs, the top Bermuda hotel in the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, and trade the snow and sleet for the island's famous pink sandy beaches? Situated on top of a cliff overlooking a secluded beach, The Reefs delivers a restful Bermuda vacay with its exclusive La Serena spa. Available for travel now through February 11, 2011, this limited availability offer features a special daily rate of $199 (regularly $345 and up) for best available ocean view rooms, including Poolside, Superior, Deluxe and Premier, and $299 (regularly $545 and up) for Junior Suites. Rates are based on double occupancy and include breakfast daily. Bermuda is just over two hours from the east coast so what are you waiting for?


Hot New Hotels for 2011: Announcing the Viceroy Maldives

December 31, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Viceroy Maldives

We're the first to admit it: we've got a big weakness for Viceroy Hotels and Resorts. From Santa Monica to Snowmass to Miami to Anguilla, Viceroy has staked its claim to some prime real estate, wowing with designer interiors (Kelly Wearstler at her best) and sumptuous facilities (glimmering private pools, dining with dramatic views). And get this. Pretty soon the world-famous L’Ermitage Beverly Hills will be reborn as Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. There's more. Come summertime, the Viceroy Maldives will debut in the Indian Ocean, the first resort beyond the Americas for the collection. Set on the crescent-shaped island of Vagaru in the Shaviyani Atoll, the Viceroy Maldives will feature 61 luxury villas perched over the white sand and crystal clear water. These villas are billed as some of the largest in the Maldives, occupying between 1,345- 3,300 square feet of indoor space. Not to mention the private outdoor living areas and plunge pools.