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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.


Wonder Woman may have an invisible airplane, but Tiamo Resort in The Bahamas had transparent kayaks. The crystal clear and calm Caribbean waters makes spotting starfish and other sea creatures easy.

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Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar is scheduled to open in July 2015. Conveniently located 10 minutes from the Lynden Pindling International Airport, the Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar is a luxurious resort getaway that captivates your imagination. Blending Bahamian art and architecture, dramatic design, and modern luxury, this hotel is a vacation destination that embraces the spirit of The Bahamas. Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar features contemporary rooms, lavish suites, and stunning residences with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views.

Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar

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Grand Lucayan is located on the picturesque Grand Bahama Island and features three swimming pools.

Grand Lucayan 

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A tropical oasis set against colorful Bahamian architecture, towering palms, and the stunning Bell Channel Bay, Pelican Bay at Lucaya invites you to the heart of Grand Bahama Island. Offering the most hospitable service among Lucaya hotels, Pelican Bay is a true Bahamian treasure for business and leisure guests, as well as groups and events. Pelican Bay offers a collection of Lucaya hotel rooms designed to induce happiness while you slumber. Encompassing 90 waterside hotel rooms and 96 waterside state rooms, accommodations feature a pleasing combination of Caribbean cheerfulness and European sophistication. The waterside rooms feature private balconies, coffee & nespresso machines, cable TV, and a variety of in-room luxuries designed to ensure your utmost relaxation.

Pelican Bay at Lucaya

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Old Bahama Bay
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: What's a family-friendly resort in the Bahamas for a family of 3, child age 8?


ANSWER: Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour West End

Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour is the ultimate getaway for tranquility and pampered service. Combining Bahamian charm and barefoot elegance, the resort features all beachfront suites, full-service marina, 2 restaurants, and a host of events and boating activities.

West End, Grand Bahama Island, is the ultimate getaway for families, fishing enthusiasts, and couples looking for that perfect out of the way spot for a memorable vacation. Combining Bahamian resort charm and island luxury, Old Bahama Bay is an all-suite beachfront resort with 67 junior suites and 6 spacious two bedroom suites, a 72 slip marina, and a private airport with a 6,000 ft paved runway. Old Bahama Bay is an official Bahamas Port of Entry with on-site customs and immigration services for arrival by air or sea.

Situated directly on the beach on the western-most tip of Grand Bahama Island, Old Bahama Bay is just 56 miles due east from Palm Beach, Florida. The resort has a barefoot elegance ambiance with an out-island remote feel, but with the convenience of an international airport and major destination amenities in Freeport - just 26 miles away.

With adjoining suites, calm waters and a wide range of kid activities, the resort is ideal for families of all ages. An expert wedding planner is available to assist with elaborate group weddings as well as simple and exquisite elopements.

Old Bahama Bay

The accommodations at Old Bahama Bay are unlike any other - perfect for families or just the two of you. Old Bahama Bay offers exquisitely designed suites for the most discriminating traveler. All suites have Wireless Internet service and are appointed with modern British colonial custom-made furnishings and luxury amenities including marble baths, whirlpool soaking tub, kitchenettes, and sitting areas.

 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Junior Suite Ocean View – These suites are located on either the ground floor or second floor with partial ocean views. The 550 sq. ft. Junior Suites come in a choice of king or double queen beds and the 1200 sq ft two bedroom suites sleep up to 6 guests.Some suites also provide wonderful views of the yacht basin and the famous West End sunsets. These suites have a full kitchenette, a king bed, sleeper sofa in the sitting area, and a washer/dryer.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 


Tiamo Resort
Tiamo Resort
 
combines luxury living with responsible environmental design. The 10 villas blend tastefully into their natural surroundings, taking advantage of the indigenous tropical vegetation to provide each one with a very private setting. The properties are all built from sustainable pine wood, and are elevated on stilts to benefit from natural cooling and ventilation. Roofing is made from thatch that helps to insulate buildings and keep temperatures pleasant. Any external ingredients are locally sourced and organic whenever it is possible. Tiamo is also the largest employer on the island. All of this combines to give you a luxury Caribbean experience while leaving a minimal footprint.

Andros is the largest of the Bahamian islands, located 150 miles southeast of Miami and about 40 miles Southwest of Nassau. One mile off the coast of the island lies the third largest barrier reef in the world, the Tongue of the Ocean, where the water depth goes from 30 feet to 6,000 feet.

Things to do at Tiamo Resort include:

-Bonefishing & deep sea fishing. Andros is known as the Bonefishing capital of the world. With miles and miles of pristine flats and seagrass beds, the island is perfect bonefish habitat.

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-Scuba diving. Tiamo offers fantastic diving thanks to its PADI Center. The reef runs parallel to the coast of Andros for 140 miles, and access to its edge is only a 10 minute boat ride from the resort. 

-Water Sports including water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, paddleboarding, sailing, and riding in a transparent canoe.

-Strolling down to the beach, or settling down on a soft sun lounger by the inviting pool.

-Browse the collection of volumes in the island's library.

-Shop the interesting local items on display in the shop for something special to bring home.

-Reserve the whole resort for a wedding or vow renewal.

Tiamo Resort

-Guided nature tours. The Nature Concierge will take you on a fascinating trek through the wild side of South Andros. Look out for the resident rock iguanas that call South Andros home, and see how many of the island’s 330 bird species you can identify. 

-The Great Room. Have breakfast and take in the view from the infinity pool to the azure Caribbean waters. The lodge's terrace spreads down over three levels towards the beach, with alfresco dining on the upper decks, and the lower deck is perfect for sunbathing.

-Spa treatments. Located to the rear of the resort and surrounded by tropical palms, indulge in a range of relaxation and beauty treatments. Choose from a revitalizing facial, or an all-over body massage to ease away every ounce of stress and tension. 

-Hit the gym. Tiamo's gym caters for all your fitness needs. Air-conditioned and fully equipped with cardio and multi-gym equipment, as well as free weights and chi balls, enjoy a Zen-like workout with a view as you look out across the Caribbean.

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The Reef Atlantis
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: What are some family friendly resorts in the Bahamas for a family of 3, consisting of 2 Adults and an 8 year old boy?

 

ANSWER: The Reef Atlantis – Nassau, Bahamas 

The Reef Atlantis is an entirely new way to experience Atlantis beachside. Located directly on Paradise Beach, guests enjoy miles of white sand and ocean in their backyard with all the wonder and excitement of Atlantis on their front doorstep. The Reef Atlantis is a non smoking, family-friendly hotel. Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique destination featuring the worlds largest open-air marine habitat, second only to Mother Nature. Explore Aquaventure, 141 acres of innovative waterscape including thrilling water slides and river rides. Additional recreational facilities include 14 lagoons, artificial coral reefs, an underwater tunnel for shark observation the Dig underground maze of corridors and viewing tanks containing marine animals, 11 swimming pools, including a lap pool and childrens pools, a Lazy River Ride, the Mayan Temples five waterslides, Turtle Beach sanctuary for native turtles, a full service casino, Mandara Spa, Sports Center complete with tennis courts, beach access, and water sports. The property also offers shops, 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges, 24-hour room service, live entertainment, babysitting, and film developing. This hotel offers a smoke-free environment.

The Reef AtlantisWe recommend the 2 Bedroom Suite Terrace-2 King Bed-living Area. The Suites of the Reef Atlantis offer all the conveniences, comforts and luxuries of home plus a few extras that vacationers won’t find anywhere else. The spacious suites (1497 square feet) offer private balconies, master bedroom with a king bed, 2 to 3 bathrooms, grand bathroom with marble vanities, oversized tub, and separate shower. There's a full chef equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room with a sitting area with a sleeper sofa. Flat screen HD TVs, and a Bose sound system are included.

Enjoy your vacation!
 

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Tiamo Resort is located on Andros Island, and relaxation isn't the only thing this tropical paradise offers. Immerse yourself in the beautiful natural habitat of the island with nature tours, identifying exotic wildlife and enjoying the unique flowers and vegetation. After you're done working up your appetite you can retreat to the Great Room for a refreshing cocktail from the Colonial Bar and enjoy fresh Caribbean fusion cuisine made from local organic ingredients. Overindulgence is no problem and Tiamo Resort is ready to help with a well equipped gym and full spa to keep the harmonious balance of relaxation between your mind and body.

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Eleuthera remains an undiscovered paradise. Lying 45 miles east of Nassau, the island is 110 miles long and nearly a mile wide. 

 The central location of The Cove Eleuthera allows resort guests the freedom to explore the island's magnificent shoreline and peaceful pink sand beaches. Five Star Alliance's sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote about the Cove's renovation.

The Cove Eluthera"The Bahamas is celebrating the rebirth of an island icon. Last month, The Cove reemerged after a $30 million renovation to become The Cove, Eleuthera, a 40-acre luxury resort of cottages and villas.

The new construction included two three-bedroom residential villas, each with private pool and staff. A two-story Sanctuary including 20 suites was also part of the new debut, along with eight Bush cottages and Bar Tony, a bar built into a point reaching 600 feet into the Caribbean Sea. All rooms and suites have iPod docking stations, 500 thread-count linens, 50-inch flat-screen TVs and more.

Significant improvements were put into the Library interior and open-air fine dining restaurant Freedom. A new 110-foot infinity pool overlooking the sea was also developed.

The resort debuted with total fanfare as guests feasted on Bahamian delicacies and were treated to performances from singer Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band of New Orleans.

Getting There: The Cove, Eleuthera, wants guests to arrive in true VIP style. The resort’s own private plane offers daily nonstop flights to and from Fort Lauderdale, FL, on its own Hawker 800XP. Daily flights are also offered from Fort Lauderdale and Miami to the Nassau and Eleuthera airports. A water taxi takes guests from North Eleuthera Airport and a Range Rover escorts guests to the hotel."

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Ahhh, summer camp.  Sleeping in cabins, eating at the mess hall, playing pranks on counselors. For those with fond memories of summer camp, you can pass on some of those memories to your kids.  Except, well, they'll be in the Bahamas and staying in a lot more luxurious surroundings!

Atlantis, the family-friend resort in Nassua, has announced the first three of its summer camps. They are:

-Junior Scuba Explorers, for ages 10-15, offers ocean adventurers the chance to earn PADI Open Water SCUBA Certification from certified instructors. Divers will get  to explore the themed exhibit lagoons and embark on underwater excursions to nearby coral reefs.

-Marine Adventure Camp, for ages 10-14,  is for kids interested in becoming Atlantis Jr. Aquarists.  Campers will spend 3 days working with marine life, from food prepping to feeding the animals to snorkeling and learning about coral reefs.

-Junior Golf Camp, for ages 6-14, will get kids swinging like the pros.  Campers will learn the fundamentals fo golf, starting with grip, posture and alignment. They'll also learn how to putt, chip, pitch, and full-swing.  

Other camps will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

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