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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.

Image of the Day: Casa de Campo


By: K. Clare Johnson

On Casa de Campos' exclusive Minitas Beach, guests can enjoy a sea of water sports. Choose from kayaks, Hobie cats, windsurfers, and paddleboats. Special arrangements can be made for anglers, snorklers or those guests that wish to scuba dive. Minitas also houses a massage room for private soothing sessions by the water.

 

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Image of the Day: Paradisus Punta Cana


By: K. Clare Johnson

At Paradisus Punta Cana, twelve restaurants offer an incredible choice of contemporary world cuisine and eight bars offer fashionable Caribbean cocktails and international premium brand drinks.

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: #10 Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos


By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!


#10 on our list is Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos.  Here are a few fun facts about the hotel:

-Set on its own private island and features 1,000 unspoilt acres and mile-long beach.

-Villas and houses have their own private pools, and many have direct beach access as well as the 24-hour services of COMO’s acclaimed butlers.

-COMO Shambhala menus are available. The menus use organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals . Salads, steamed and grilled foods alll play a prominent role. Unprocessed honey replaces other sweeteners, and when fat is needed, olive oil stands in for butter.

-Wellness facilities include a sweeping yoga room aired by natural breezes, nine treatment rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, a Pilates studio, double massage rooms and Japanese baths—all in low-lying pavilions overlooking the North Caicos Channel and the surrounding wetlands.

-Parrot Cay offers unforgettable activities, including waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, deep-sea fishing and sunset cruising.

 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #19 Amanyara


By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in at #19 on our list is Amanyara, located in the Turks and Caicos. Here are a few fun facts about the property:

-Amanyara (peaceful place) is located on the coast of Northwest Point adjacent to Malcolm’s Beach on the island of Providenciales.

-The multimedia Screening Room features 30 wide leather seats and is fully equipped with a DVD and VHS player, Cable TV, high speed internet and video/data projection capabilities.

-Regular complimentary morning yoga classes are held at the Spa's outdoor yoga sala.

-Pavilions are situated on the edge of tranquil ponds with timber sun decks extending over the water.  Private three, four or five-bedroom Villas are situated either along the oceanfront, overlooking a tranquil pond or nestled in island vegetation. Some showcase internal reflecting ponds.

 

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Top 10 Beach Resorts in the World


By: Five Star Alliance

Halekulani, HawaiiWe admit it. We're suckers for a good Top 10 List. (And who isn't?) So when the Toronto Sun recently published their list of the "World's Top Beachfront Hotels," we ate it up. They single out the following:

 

But where's Peter Island? And those swanky resorts in the Maldives? Or the celeb-mobbed hot spots on St. Barths?


Summer Camp at Jamaica’s Half Moon Resort


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaThe kids can embark on action-packed adventures at Camp Half Moon, while their parents can take a breather and bask in some well-deserved down time. Why not schedule a treatment at Half Moon's award-winning Fern Tree Spa? Play a round of golf? The world's your oyster at this top-notch Caribbean resort. The kids will have more than enough to keep them happy and entertained. Under the watchful supervision of Penn State certified counselors, children can get creative at Craft Court, get wet and wild with water sports, try Performing Arts, and more. The camp is priced at $180 per week, including lunch, activities, and snacks; and runs from July 4-28 and August 1-11. Camp is also available by the day. Complement this camp experience with the Stay Free, Eat Free Special. Book a minimum stay of 4 nights and the 4th night is FREE. Plus, receive $150 food and beverage credit. What's even better: Kids 11 years and under stay free when sharing room with parents. Start planning your summer vacation today!


Dreamy Honeymoon Destinations: Scrub Island Resort Gets Top Honors


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


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


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