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Turks and Caicos Hotels with a Kids Club

January 14, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We’re planning a family vacation to Turks and Caicos. Please provide us with the all inclusive options as well as the hotels that have a kids club.

Answer: We have 18 luxury hotels in Turks and Caicos, and depending on your dates, some of them may offer breakfast inclusive or all inclusive rates. None of the hotels in Turks and Caicos are categorized as all-inclusive resorts. The ones that have kids clubs include:

Grace Bay Club (Kids Town Program offers a variety of half and full day excursions and a range of other activities to ensure that children of all ages enjoy their Caribbean adventure.)

Sands at Grace Bay (Only offered during high season)

The Meridian Club (Only children 12 and older)

Seven Stars Resort (Has a children's play area)

The Veranda (Using the natural environment of Turks and Caicos as a foundation, the Kids Club offers a variety of fun, stimulating and experiential activities. All this is housed in a modern facility where parents can safely leave children between ages of 3 to 12 years old.)

To view availability and rates, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel!

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Your Questions Answered: Options for Family of 5 at Half Moon Jamaica

January 10, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We’re planning a family vacation and would like to stay at the Half Moon Jamaica. We have a family of 5 in total, 2 adults and 3 kids ages 3, 9, and 11. What room types can accommodate all 5 of us?

Answer: The Half Moon Jamaica has 1 bedroom suite options that can accommodate a family of 2 adults and 2 kids, but for a family of 5 you would need to make a reservation for a 2 bedroom suite. There would be no additional charges for children under the age of 12. To view availability, rates, and to make your reservation, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating ‘traveling with 3 kids age 3, 9, and 11’ so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

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Your Questions Answered: Turks and Caicos Family Friendly Hotel

January 7, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We’re planning a family vacation in February to Turks and Caicos. There will be 2 adults and 2 kids age 9 and 12. What hotel has rooms that can accommodate all 4 of us?

Answer: The Regent Grand Turks and Caicos has the following room type available that will accommodate your family of 4: 1520sq 2beds 2baths, Separate Kitchen, Lounge Dining Area, Wi-fi, Breakfast for 1225 USD per night plus 21% tax. At the time of booking, a deposit of 3 nights plus tax will be taken. The cancellation policy states that it must be received 21 days prior to arrival for a deposit refund. To reserve this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please add 'traveling with 2 kids ages 9 and 12' in the Special Requests field so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #22 Half Moon

December 10, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 the #22 spot is Half Moon which is located within the Rose Hall vicinity in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Here are a few fun facts and features about this luxury hotel:

- Stretches across 400 lushly landscaped acres

- Features 33 stately four- to seven-bedroom villas, each with its own personal staff and pool

- 152 luxurious suites and 46 breathtaking rooms

- A championship, 72-par Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course, 18-hole putting green and 13-lit tennis courts

- Opportunities to take advantage of a full range of water sports and visit an exclusive natural Dolphin Lagoon

- Six gourmet restaurants and over half a dozen informal snack bars

- A world class spa and shopping village

- Children's activity centre, Hype Zone Teen Center, babysitting available

- 51 Swimming pools, including Olympic-size lap pool & swim-up pool bar.

- Offers both all-inclusive and room-only rates.

 

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Half Moon here >>


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #26 One and Only Ocean Club

December 6, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 the #26 spot is the One and Only Ocean Club which is located 185 miles southeast of Miami on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Features residential-style villas ideal for families.

- Opportunities to take advantage of diving, snorkeling, sailing, skiing, windsurfing, and just relaxing along the shoreline of a pristine beach.

- The Mandara Spa features eight Balinese-style private treatment villas with open-air gardens.

- Complimentary one-hour yoga classes are offered daily on the beach deck.

- Six Har-Tru tennis courts, complimentary bicycles, and an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course.

- All accommodations feature a private balcony or terrace, central air conditioning, indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, DVD and CD players, satellite television, Internet access, service bars, marble appointed bathrooms with double sinks, and safes.

- Beachfront suites with parlors and doors that open to the water are the most recommended room types.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the One and Only Ocean Club here >>


Jamaica Inn Marks the Perfect Spot to Get-A-Way!

October 18, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Built in 1950, this intimate property has a few unique attributes and access to one of the best beaches on the north coast of Jamaica! What differentiates the Jamaica Inn from other luxury hotels is its charm, hospitality, and lively personality. Teddy, the bartender at the beach bar, has been whipping up cocktails and interacting with guests for the last 54 years! The Jamaica Inn also offers Wi-Fi but the rooms have no televisions, radios, or clocks so guests can fully relax, unwind, and unplug from their hectic daily lives. (There is, however, a TV room and a television in the main bar just in case there’s a game or event going on that can’t be missed.) To maintain its pristine conditions, the Jamaica Inn closes down once a year for 6 weeks to ensure all the rooms are meeting the highest standards of quality and luxury. This hotel attracts a variety of vacationers ranging from folks celebrating an anniversary, going on their honeymoon, traveling solo for a calm getaway, or a family going on vacation. The Jamaica Inn features beautiful rooms, suites, and 2 bedroom cottages perfect for travelers of all types (minimum age requirement is 10 for the summer and 12 for the winter). A few other key features include a Cliffside spa which uses all natural and organic ingredients, and a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean and featuring nightly live music and sensational cuisine.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Jamaica Inn here >>


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

October 8, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for ambience and design. This luxury hotel is a private-island resort surrounded by sparkling water and white sand beaches. Featuring 1,000 acres with organic gardens and a mile stretch of beach, Parrot Cay has 72 suites and villas of which 23 feature private pools and butler service. This luxury hotel is a hotspot for romantic getaways because of its stunning spa facility which offers one of the world’s most extensive treatment lists, a private beach, cathedral-high ceilings, intimate four-poster beds, and opportunities to partake in adventures such as snorkeling, hiking, and boating.

Explore what the Parrot Cay has to offer here!


Your Questions Answered: Best Option in Turks and Caicos for Family of 4

October 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: We are planning a trip to Turks and Caicos from December 21st – 26th. It will be a family vacation with 2 adults and 2 kids ages 11 and 14. We would like to stay at the Gasevoort. What room type would you recommend for the 4 of us?

Answer: For your December 21st - 26th trip, the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos does not have room types that would be able to accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids ages 11 and 14. The Seven Stars Resort, however, does have a 2 bedroom Ocean View Suite that would be an ideal fit for your family. This room type features Clear ocean air room, water view, 2 king beds, full kitchen, living and dining area, wrap around terrace. 2050 sqft. The rate is $1733 per night plus 21% tax for a total of $10,484.65 for the 5 nights. This rate includes daily breakfast, non-motorized water sports, Wi-Fi, and daily turn down service. The hotel only has one 2 bedroom ocean view suite available for your dates. To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to add 'traveling with 2 kids ages 11 and 14' to the Special Requests field so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Your Questions Answered: Honeymoon Packages at Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

October 4, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

 

Question: I am getting married and in the process of planning our honeymoon. I would like to stay at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos. Are there any romance or honeymoon packages available? Also, what is the weather usually like in June?

 

Answer:  We are showing lots of availability and packages at Parrot Cay during your travel dates. We are showing a Romance Package which includes:

- accommodation

- return airport transfers by boat and hotel car on scheduled flights

- daily breakfast, lunch & dinner in choice of restaurant (3 course - no beverages)

- fruit basket replenished daily

- group Yoga and Pilates classes, non-motorised water-sports and use of hotel gymnasium

- spa cottage experience including couples massage

-choice of two of the below activities for BEACH ACCOMMODATION ONLY

*Excursion to Iguana Island & Snorkeling

*Romantic Candle Lit Lunch or Dinner At Pool Tiki Hut

*Excursion to Dand Dollar Island & Snorkeling

*1 X 60 minute private Yoga class for 2

*Private dinner in beach house or villa

*Romantic Castaway Picnic

We are also showing a Discover Como Shambhala which includes:

- accommodation

- return airport transfers by boat and hotel car on scheduled flights

- daily breakfast, lunch & dinner in choice of restaurant (3 course - no beverages)

- fruit basket replenished daily

- group Yoga and Pilates classes, non-motorised water-sports and use of hotel gymnasium

- 6 spa treatments per room (3 treatments for single occupancy).

Choice of treatments apply 

* 1hr Purify Facial

* 1hr Como Shambhala Massage

* 1hr Deep Tissue Massage

* 1hr Indian Head Massage

* 1hr Shiatsu Treatment

* 1hr Relexology Session

-10% discount off of each additional treatment

Rates, availability and reservations are available through this link:

Availability and pricing can change frequently.

Temperatures in Turks and Caicos during June generally vary between an average high during the day of 86.0 degrees F and an average low at night of 79.0 degrees F. The chance of rain, on average during that period is only 5-10% at the very highest. Please visit the following URL to check for prices and availability over your travel dates for the packages referenced above. Also, when making a reservation there will be a special request field where you can mention it's your honeymoon so that the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.


Your Questions Answered: Fitness Facilities in St. Maarten

September 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

Question: How many treadmills does the Radisson St. Martin Resort and La Samanna have? Are their fitness facilities open 24 hours a day, and what availability do these hotels have for February 11th – 16th, 2013?

Answer: The Radison has 4 treadmills and their fitness facility is open 24 hours a day, while La Samanna has 2 treadmills and their fitness facility is open from 7:00AM - 7:00PM daily. Both hotels have availability for February 11th - 16th, 2013. The Radisson St. Martin Resort has rates starting from 439 Euros per night for a Deluxe Room with 1 king bed. La Samanna has rates starting from 1391 USD per night for a one bedroom ocean view suite with a king size bed and separate living room.

Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

Photo of La Samanna