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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.

Caribbean Winter Deals: A Free Night and Resort Credit with Starwood Hotels

November 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto RicoThe epic snowfall in October gave us a taste of what's in store this winter, and you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be trading in our snow boots for a pair of flipflops when the arctic cold gets to be too much to handle. Lucky for us, Starwood Caribbean Hotels & Resorts are making it easy-- with a swell "Retreat to the Heat" offer that hands out a free night, a resort credit (ranging from $75 to $250), and a room upgrade (based on availability). Take a peek at some of the participating hotels below and start dreaming about your winter getaway. (Psst. What a great Christmas gift!) The offer is available for booking now through December 15, 2011 for travel through January 31, 2012, and blackout dates do apply.

* Aruba: The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba

* Grand Cayman:The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Grand Cayman

* Puerto Rico: The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island

* St. Maarten: The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten

* U.S. Virgin Islands: The Westin St. John Resort & Villas


Flee the Snow for Anguilla: Get a Free Night at Cap Juluca

October 31, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap Juluca, AnguillaIt appears that winter has come early this year- blanketing the East Coast in snow (now turned to a chocolate mess on the Interstates). And you might not be ready for it. (We're most definitely not.) You're in luck. Now is a great time to take advantage of some deals in the Caribbean. Typically, fall is the slow season, and luxury resorts entice visitors with all kinds of special offers. Case in point: Cap Juluca on the serene isle of Anguilla, an absolute paradise and an exclusive one at that, is giving away a free night with the "More Maundays" offer. The newly-renovated resort is located on the powdery white beach on Maundays Bay, and its bedrooms are the pinnacle of luxury with new Stearns and Foster beds and Frette linens, 40” Sony Bravia HDTVs and DVD players, Bose Wave stereos with iPod docking stations, free wireless internet as well as enhanced patio furniture, new towels and new robes. Enjoy FIVE Nights for the Price of FOUR until December 22, 2011.


Way Down to Kokomo: Southampton, Bermuda

October 31, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Beach Boys sang it best, and we’ve decided to embrace their lyrics and feature every place they sang about in their hit, Kokomo. Kokomo, however doesn’t actually exist off the Florida Keys, but Aruba, Jamaica (oo I wanna take you) are all quite real, so be sure to keep up with our blog series and check out the incredible places the Beach Boys deem worthy of your stay!

Bermuda is our next featured spot, but if you missed our takes on Aruba and Jamaica, be sure to check them out. The Pompano Beach Club in Southampton, Bermuda is the perfect venue for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or an exciting trip with friends. This resort is family owned and offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to experience the intimacy of a boutique hotel and the facilities of a world class beach resort. This hotel’s wonderful shallow sandbar is the only one of its kind in Bermuda, and it attracts swimmers and water sports enthusiasts of all skills and ages. Be sure to explore the Pompano Beach Club’s extensive recreational facilities, and take advantage of everything this relaxed resort has to offer.


Friday Photos: Barefoot Elegance at Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour

October 28, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Old Bahama Bay Resort

Just 55 miles due east from Palm Beach, Florida, you'll find an all-suite beachfront resort that has an out-island remote feel, but with the convenience of an international airport within easy reach. The Old Bahama Bay Resort is all about barefoot elegance. Its 67 junior suites and 6 two-bedroom suites have balconies or terraces, free Internet, and elegant marble bathrooms with whirlpool soaking tubs. You'll find the finest fishing, snorkeling and boating activities right at your doorstep. Not to mention the 72-slip port of entry marina and brand new Dive Center. Like what you see? Consider booking a late fall or early winter getaway, and you'll get $400 instant savings with a limited time promotional offer. Book by November 21, 2011 for travel through March 4, 2012, and you'll get $400 instant savings on stays of six nights or longer, or a $250 instant savings on stays of three, four or five nights. (Black-out days: December 29 - 31, 2011 and February 16-20, 2012.)

Old Bahama Bay


Take Your Turkey to Trunk Bay: Thanksgiving at Westin St. John Resort

October 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin St. JohnAlready getting stressed out about Thanksgiving? Why not ditch the in-laws (or take them with you!) on a relaxing tropical getaway to the palm-lined shores of St. John. With a year-round temperature of 85 degrees and a wealth of recreational activities, the smallest of the US Virgin Islands makes for a tempting getaway. Plus, the Westin St. John Resort & Villas is making some Turkey Coolers for a Thanksgiving feast on St. John's Trunk Bay, one of the prettiest beaches in the world. The resort’s “Take Your Turkey to Trunk Bay” packages offer a 20 percent discount on room rates and a decadent menu to enjoy in paradise. Minimum two-night stay required, available through November 30, 2011, with room rates starting at $389, based on double occupancy. Here are the Thanksgiving feasting options, which must be ordered by November 10, 2011.

Dream Package: Starting at $75 for two, the "Dream Package" features a Turkey lunch equipped with a feast that even the pickiest taste buds can get excited about. (Think roast turkey and stuffing sandwiches and mini pumpkin pies!)

Extreme Package: Beginning at $125 for two, the “Extreme Package” offers the same extensive menu that is available in the “Dream Package,” but also includes two plush, brightly colored Westin St. John beach towels, two durable water bottles and an exploratory St. John guidebook.

Supreme Package: The “Supreme Package” starts at $525 for two and boasts the offerings of the “Extreme Package” with a side of luxury including personalized transportation to Trunk Bay, umbrella and chairs for dining on the sandy shores of Trunk Bay and a beach butler to set everything up prior to guests’ arrival.


A Free Night at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic

October 18, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Casa de Campo, Dominican RepublicCraving a little sunshine in the DR this fall? Casa de Campo-- one of the most searched for resorts on Five Star Alliance-- has a tempting special that may prompt you to book that flight stat. When you reserve a five-night stay in one of the new Elite Patio or Elite Balcony rooms by October 31, you'll get your fifth night for free. (Valid for stays through December 20, 2011, and for new bookings only, not combined with any other offers.) You'll bliss out on the 7,000 acres of rolling hills, flowering gardens, and championship golf courses overlooking the Caribbean Sea. A veritable tropical playground, Casa de Campo has it all-- from tennis to polo.

Read a recent review of the resort in Luxury Travel Advisor.


Way Down to Kokomo: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

October 14, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Beach Boys sang it best, and we’ve decided to embrace their lyrics and feature every place they sang about in their hit, Kokomo. Kokomo, however doesn’t actually exist off the Florida Keys, but Aruba, Jamaica (oo I wanna take you) are all quite real, so be sure to keep up with our blog series and check out the incredible places the Beach Boys deem worthy of your stay!

We’re swaying right along, onto our second featured destination, Jamaica. This island is not only home of Reggae, but it is also a great spot for travelers searching for a change of pace. Consider the Sandals Royal Plantation for an incredible escape. The northern Jamaican coast is an incredibly beautiful place, where the hills of the St. Ann Mountains roll down to the sparkling white-sand beaches of the Ocho Rios Riviera. Sandals Royal Plantation provides the opportunity for seclusion and privacy while also offering opportunities to get out and explore. Take advantage of the beautiful beach located a few steps away from the hotel and enjoy not lifting a finger while a butler attends to your needs. Looking for a little more action? Take advantage of the canoeing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, and windsurfing opportunities made available. Sandals Royal Plantation offers 77 luxurious suites, all with beautiful ocean views, and with a policy of only accepting children 18 years of age or older, this resort will serve as the perfect relaxing escape to paradise.

In case you missed our first feature, Aruba, we encourage you to check it out here.


Way Down to Kokomo: Palm Beach, Aruba

October 10, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Beach Boys sang it best, and we've decided to embrace their lyrics and feature every place they sang about in their hit, "Kokomo." Kokomo, however doesn't actually exist off the Florida Keys, but Aruba, Jamaica (oo I wanna take you) are all quite real, so be sure to keep up with our blog series and check out the incredible places the Beach Boys deem worthy of your stay!

The first featured locale mentioned in the song is Aruba, and we're going to take it a step further and recommend Palm Beach as a top destination. Consider checking into the Westin Resort and Casino Aruba where you'll be steps away from the magnificent ocean and soft sand beaches. Enjoy sailing, scuba diving, and deep sea fishing while staying in one of 481 spectacular rooms, of which over 200 rooms offer an ocean view. Outdoor adventures not your cup of tea? Then rejuvenate at the recently renovated spa or try your luck at the casino. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" if you were enjoying the gorgeous weather and relaxing on the beach right now? Well, there's no need to daydream about a vacation when the Westin Resort and Casino Aruba could be your reality, so book your reservation today!


Caribbean Escapes: The BodyHoliday in St. Lucia Reopens after Renovation

October 10, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia

News from the postcard-perfect Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. The BodyHoliday-- the all-inclusive resort famous for its promise "Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind"-- has opened its doors after a $20 million makeover. The renovation added a brand new infinity pool; doubled the size of the Watersports Center; and upgraded the resort's public spaces and dining venues. Not to mention the all-new, open-plan Penthouse Suite-- complete with a marble hammam and a soaking tub for two with sea views. What's more- the resort is introducing two new beauty partnerships to guests: THALGO, a high-end marine-based skincare and beauty line available at the wellness center, and REN, a bioactive skincare line available in-room.


Check Out This Exclusive, All-Inclusive Resort in Punta Cana

September 30, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

Some resorts claim to be all-inclusive but only include a few meals and your typical amenities like pool access and free shampoo. Looking for a vacation that actually has it all? Consider staying at the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic!

The Zoetry Agua is an all-suite, all-inclusive resort that offers everything you can imagine, and the price of your stay includes it all, so you don’t have to think or worry about charges or gratuities for the entirety of your stay. At Zoetry Agua, you automatically receive the Endless Privileges experience, and this package offers you limitless access to almost everything Zoetry Agua has to offer. Some of the special perks included in the Endless Privileges experience are a welcome bottle of rum, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner dining options, complimentary horse-back riding, unlimited cocktails and specialty beverages, a 20 minute spa treatment per stay, and so much more! The Zoetry Agua Punta Cana truly embraces the philosophy of offering a stress-free and relaxing environment, taking care of everything so you can have the time to fully unwind and enjoy yourself. This hotel’s definition of wellness goes beyond the usual and encompasses a full range of activities to stimulate your body and mind. Whether you’re planning your honeymoon, a romantic trip with your significant other, or even a thrilling getaway with a group of friends, the Zoetry Agua is the perfect place for all of the above. So start practicing your bachata dancing and get ready for the time of your life at the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana.