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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.

The Sweet Night Sky: Peter Island Is a Perfect Honeymoon Spot

February 23, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

 The honeymoon is a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, a chance to show the person ou're going to spend the rest of your life with just how much you love them and just how beautiful and amazing the coming years are going to be.  So it makes sense that you'd want to take them to a place of perfection, where the waters are blue and the sand is soft between your toes.  Peter Island Resort is just that place, and there's a reason it made our list of top Honeymoon destinations.  The resort was named one of the 20 Top Islands and Best Places to Stay in the World by Conde Nast Traveler.  Only 52 rooms means that staff outnumbers the guests, and you'll have that private, exclusive feel that a honeymoon deserves.  The sparkling Caribbean waters serves as the perfect backdrop for open-air restaurants and an elegant wine bar.  Head underwater to spy some sea turtles while snorkeling in the pristine ocean or go inland for nature hikes that are sure to delight.  Peter Island seeks to combine the privacy and comfort of your own villa with the world-class service and amenities of a resort.  And in such an idyllic location, I can't think of a better place to go for your honeymoon than The Peter Island Resort.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The Sandy Lane Hotel

February 13, 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.

The Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for rooms. This luxury hotel is located in a mahogany grove overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The Sandy Lane Hotel has 112 luxurious rooms, each with a large private verandah, plasma wide screen television, DVD/CD player, stereo, private bar, personal in-room safe, and a convenient telephone system. With 9 tennis courts, 3 golf courses, and special child programs, this luxury hotel has something for everyone. Traveling with a large group or your extended family? Consider staying in the 5-bedroom villa which is set in its own gardens and has a team of staff ready to serve your every desire.

Check rates, availability, photos and more of the Sandy Lane Hotel here!


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The One and Only Ocean Club

February 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.

The One and Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for ambience and design. This Versailles inspired luxury hotel is located just 20 miles from the Nassau International Airport and enjoys an entire mile of private beach. Its residential-style villas are perfect for families, and the service is out of this world. This luxury resort has a 3 to 1 staff-guest ratio, and its personal butler service is extended to all guests. The Mandara Spa is in the Balinese style and offers private treatment villas, baths, and gardens. All accommodations feature a private balcony or terrace, and the guest rooms are styled with a classic colonial architecture.

If that isn’t enough to send you packing, consider this: The One and Only Ocean Club was the site at which several scenes of Casino Royale were shot!


West Bay Club Turks & Caicos Offers Springtime Deals

February 7, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

While the West Bay Club sounds like the name of a clandestine group of freemasons plotting to take over the world, in actuality it's one of the very finest hotels on a set of islands already famous for its world class luxury accommodations.  And now from April 15 until June 2, the West Bay Club is offering 10% off its top-of-the-line rooms and suites.  Not only that, stay for five nights, and every fifth night will be free.  That's another 20% savings and is a deal that's well worth an exclamation point!  

"But why stay at the West Bay Club?" you might be asking.  You always do ask the incisive questions.  Well, it's located at the west end of the most famed beach in the Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay, and if you know Grace Bay, you'll know that the western end is more tranquil than its eastern counterpart.  If you want the tropical serenity of a secluded resort on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, the West Bay Club is the place for you.  And that's a hypothetical preference that I think you, as an insightful questioner, probably share.  

And the rooms.  Oh, the rooms.  They've struck me speechless, and now I find myself quite at a loss for words, which is somewhat awkward, since there's another entire paragraph to write.  What's that? I'm still writing, you say? Well, that suggests I possess all the self awareness and quietude of my middle school years. But those suites.  Wow.  Their oceanfront suites feature full kitchens, waterfront balconies, and spacious living areas, and that's not even to mention the larger two and three bedroom suites that are perfect for the whole family or one person with multiple personalities. There's never been a better time to stay at the West Bay Club in Turks & Caicos.


Round Hill Hotel and Villas Hosts a Well-Rounded Cast

January 9, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

 Round Hill Hotel and VillasThe Round Hill Hotel and Villas has been playing host a panoply of stars lately, and this holiday period was so covered with them, we'd advise the use of shades for more than just the sun.  If you were down there in your post-Christmas festivities, you would've been enjoying the company of honeymooning Paul McCartney along with his daughter Stella McCartney, Ewan McGregor and wife, and if that weren't enough, the entire Ralph Lauren crew decided to come along for the ride.  So next time you're there, don't be surprised if you can't walk five feet without having to play it cool.  

And it's no wonder.  The Round Hill has always been one of, if not the top, resorts in Jamaica and the whole of the Caribbean.  Situated on Montego Bay, the cashmere sweater of luxury hotels is both soft and inviting and not showy in the least.  The 18th century great house turned luxury resort is one of the most low-key in our collection, and that's exactly as it should be.  If you're interested in the all-inclusive programs offered by the resort, simply  make sure to mention the All-Inclusive Platinum Plan to it added into your room rates.  As you're looking to shake off the winter snow and head to warmer climes, the Round Hill Hotel and Villas is definitely one to check out.


The Top 20 Hotels in 2011: #6 Half Moon, a RockResort

December 26, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests.

In the #6 spot we have the Half Moon, a RockResort located in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Quick facts about the Half Moon:

- Stretches across 400 landscaped acres, with 33 incredible 4 to 7 bedroom villas, each with its own personal staff and pool.

- 152 luxurious suites and 46 breathtaking rooms.

- Offers a 72-par golf course, 18-hole putting green, 13 lit tennis courts, a full range of water sports, and a natural Dolphin lagoon.

- Offers both all-inclusive and room only rates.

- Over 26,000 square feet of meeting space with state of the art audio/visual equipment and internet access.

- 51 swimming pools, including an Olympic size lap pool and swim-up pool bar.

- Children activity center, Hype Zone teen center, and babysitting services available.

- Recipient of the 2009 Virtuoso Best Family Program Award. 

View photos, learn more about the hotel, and check availability at the Half Moon, a RockResort.


Luxury Hotels in Bermuda and the Caribbean with December Availability!

December 15, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

The winter holidays are just around the corner, but if you haven’t had a chance to make your travel plans just yet, then keep reading to discover which hotels still have availability in late December!

Escaping the snow and lounging on the beach sounds pretty appealing, making Bermuda and the Caribbean an extremely popular getaway during the holiday season for our luxury travelers. Many hotels are booked solid, but there are still a few left with availability in late December. Be sure to make your reservations soon; these availabilities won’t last long!

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino in Palm Beach, Aruba

The Reefs in Southampton, Bermuda

                                                                                    Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Hamilton, Bermuda

                                                                                    Fairmont Southampton in Southampton, Bermuda

                                                                                    Pompano Beach Club in Southampton, Bermuda

                                                                                    Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

                                                                                    Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic

                                                                                    Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza in San Juan, Puerto Rico

                                                                                    El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

                                                                                    Marigot Bay Hotel in Marigot, St. Lucia, West Indies


All Quiet on the Waterfront: Biras Creek Resort

December 13, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

Normally when you talk about luxury travel, alongside high-quality service, you're looking for convenience.  But occasionally another kind of luxury comes along, where exclusivity trumps ease of travel, and the feeling of remote tropical beaches is worth an extra leg of the journey.  The Biras Creek Resort is just such a hotel.  Situated on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, it is only accessible by boat or helicopter.  Even day travelers using the marina aren't allowed full access to the resort's facilities.  But if you get on the bouncer's shortlist, you'll be enjoying swimming, sailing, and snorkeling around a 140-acre peninsula surrounded by three distinct bodies of water: a protected island lagoon, the Caribbean Bay, and the vast Atlantic Ocean.  You couldn't ask for a more romantic site for a trip-for-two.  

Thirty-one suites each hold a special privacy, and the limited number of guests means you can quickly establish a rapport with the bartender, who will come to know your favorite drink, and maybe even have it ready for you when you roll up to the bar.  The Biras Creek Resort is the perfect balance of elegance and soft-spoken, informal exclusivity.  

 


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: The Carlisle Bay

December 12, 2011
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 Traveller Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveller 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.

The Carlisle Bay in St. Mary’s, Antigua and Barbuda is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best Hotels for Service. This luxury hotel is set on the south coast of Antigua, on one of the most incredible beaches on the island. The Carlisle Bay is an all-suite hotel with 88 spacious suites ranging from junior to three bedrooms. This resort also has 2 incredible restaurants, nine tennis courts, a pool, a children’s club, an incredible spa, and a screening room showing movies every evening. Aside from incredible luxury, this resort’s staff outnumbers its guests three to one, earning this hotel recognition for outstanding service.


Action Alert: Only a Few Suites Left in the Turks and Caicos Post-Christmas

December 1, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

The Turks and Caicos is one of our most popular destinations for Christmas break, and for good reason.  The sunny beaches and azure waters are the perfect scene for a tropical getaway.  Many of the hotels are sold out already, so I thought it would be a good time to let our loyal customers know that there's still some availability if you're looking for at least a full week stay the week after Christmas.  Both the Regent Grand Turks and Caicos and the Villa Renaissance still have suites available, so snap them up while you still can.