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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.

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.


2011 Grand Award Winners from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

December 31, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

AmangiriHats off to the 2011 Andrew Harper Grand Award Winners! Since 1979, the prestigious publication has tracked the best in luxury hotels, and now the newest list is out. What's the criteria for choosing the award winners? From the official website: "Mr. Harper chooses his favorite properties visited over the past calendar year to comprise this list. All possess exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place." And without further ado, the top award, the "Hideaway of the Year," is Il Salviatino in Florence, Italy. Other award winners include: Amangiri, The Hazelton Hotel, and Lake Placid Lodge in North America; Tambo del Inka and Titilaka in South America; The Peninsula House and Tucker's Point in the Caribbean; Banjaar Tola (India) and Sumahan on the Water (Istanbul) in Asia & Mideast; Villa Bordoni and Hotel Le Fontanelle (Italy), Lydmar Hotel (Stockholm), Tenbosch House (Brussels), Amberley Castle and Lime Wood (England) in Europe.


Free 4th Night at the Newly Reopened Four Seasons Resort Nevis

December 30, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Resort NevisFour Seasons Resort Nevis is back. After sustaining considerable hurricane damage in 2008, the resort reopened on December 15 and is welcoming guests to the sun-kissed West Indies. Located on Nevis, the unspoiled sister island to St. Kitts in the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, the resort occupies the site of a former sugar and coconut plantation dating to the late 1790s.

Stretch out in Four Seasons luxury steps from the pristine sand of Pinney's Beach. Canopied by palms, the 196 guest rooms-- spread out in 12 two-storey guest buildings-- feature oversized marble bathrooms and a furnished outdoor veranda or patio accessed via wooden-shuttered sliding glass doors. Relax in the spa, housed in gingerbread-trimmed treatment cottages among tropical gardens, and try the signature Rum Tonic body treatment. The resort's offerings are impressive: from top-rated golf and tennis to abundant water sports, nature excursions, and kids' facilities. Take advantage of the "Stay Longer" offer and get a fourth night free when you pay for three consecutive nights. From $446 per night after free night(s) applied.


Christmas in the Turks and Caicos: Limited Space at The Veranda

December 17, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Veranda Resort, Turks and CaicosLooking for a last-minute holiday getaway this year? Act fast and you could score a Caribbean Christmas. The Veranda Resort and Residences-- the all-inclusive luxury resort set on the pristine white sand of world-famous Grace Bay Beach-- has limited space starting December 20, 2010. Couples can relax in the Garden and Ocean View Studios and One-Bedroom Suites, while families can enjoy the multiple-bedroom suites including one of the gorgeous Oceanfront Three-Bedroom Cottages (available for 7 nights starting Dec 20). The resort's facilities run the gamut from the fully-equipped fitness center and spa to the Kids Club. Right outside your front door: a little piece of paradise in the Turks and Caicos.


A Caribbean Christmas: Fern Tree Spa Suites at Half Moon Resort

December 15, 2010
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Half Moon Resort, JamaicaThere's still room at the inn for Christmas. Half Moon-- the 400-acre luxury resort located in Rose Hall, Jamaica-- has a few Fern Tree Spa Suites available. (But hurry, space is limited so book now!) The first of their kind in the Caribbean, these six signature beachfront spa suites were designed to reflect the island's natural beauty with nods to Jamaica's diverse past. Outfitted with top-of-the-line custom amenities, each suite has a dedicated spa area that converts to a private spa treatment room or fitness studio, offering views of the Caribbean Sea. The suites also come with five-piece bathrooms with chromotherapy whirlpool tubs, separate showers with rain showerheads and therapeutic body jets.

The holiday season at Half Moon promises to be very merry indeed. The resort has organized a two-week program full of fun activities the whole family will enjoy: rum mixology, sand castle competition, beauty and health workshops, teen activity club, golf challenge, cook-off, craft day as well as the traditional Christmas tree lighting reception. Santa and his Jamaican helper Anancy the Spider, a beloved character from Jamaican folklore, are also scheduled to make a visit on Christmas day to hand out gifts to the resort's littlest guests.


Sponsored Article: Paradise in the Turks & Caicos at Seven Stars Resort

November 29, 2010
By: Five Star Alliance

Seven Stars Resort~Spacious suites and lavish facilities right on famous Grace Bay beach are key ingredients for an unforgettable Caribbean vacation~

Imagine: chartering a boat for an excursion to the deserted cays in the Turks & Caicos islands; going deep-sea fishing on the world's third largest barrier reef; taking a helicopter tour for a bird's-eye view of the islands; discovering pristine beaches on an eco-tour aboard a touring kayak; going sailing or scuba diving; taking a dip in the island's only heated salt-water swimming pool, or lounging on a cabana so close to the ocean that you can hear the waves. Seven Stars ResortBeach attendants will supply your favorite cocktails, ice-cold towels, the smoothie shot of the day, and chilled sorbet. There's even Wifi by the pool. A stay at Seven Stars Resort-- named for the seven stars of the Pleiades, a storied constellation that's said to shine brightest over the Turks & Caicos Islands-- means you'll get a resort experience that shines above all others. Service at Seven Stars Resort is a cut above the rest.

Seven Stars ResortYou'll relish the joys of a tropical paradise and white sand beaches that will take your breath away. Flanked by the marine preserve of Princess Alexandra National Park, Seven Stars Resort embraces the natural environment of the Turks & Caicos Islands. The resort's 113 guest accommodations range in size from spacious junior suites to a spectacular five-bedroom penthouse suite overlooking the ocean. Housed in three beachfront buildings, the suites come equipped with iPod docking stations, plush terry bathrobes, L'Occitane bath amenities, marble bathroom with shower and separate soaking tub, and kitchenettes with Nespresso machines. Internet access is complimentary.

Seven Stars ResortStart the day with yoga or a work-out in the fully-equipped gym, working up an appetite for breakfast by the pool. (The resort's continental breakfast is free.) Up for golf? Play a round at the nearby Provo Golf and Country Club, an 18-hole championship course. The resort has tennis courts and a full water sports program, too. Prefer to laze around? The resort's tranquil spa has expert therapists trained to soothe mind and body. No need to leave the kids at home; there's a dedicated Children's Program and babysitting service at the resort.

The best part of all: a stay at Seven Stars Resort means luxury for less. You can take advantage of various special offers that translate to just $280 per night, including a $200 resort credit when you book four nights or more. More than you've ever imagined, for less than you've ever imagined.