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The 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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Perched above the Caribbean Sea, the overwater villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean provide an unique retreat at this all-inclusive resort designed for couples. Part of the Sandals' Love Nest Luxury Suites, the property offers two types of overwater villas: Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows and Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villas with Infinity Pools. Learn more aobut each of the villas below the photo. 

Overwater Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Providing an intimate connection between the sea and marine life, Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows have glass floor panels and lit water to showcase undersea views at any time. There are hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and custom king beds, as well as bathrooms with his and hers sinks, backlit mirrors adorned with mosaic tiles, and walk-in rain showers. Each bungalow has a private patio with an extended sundeck, outdoor shower, sun loungers, and bistro sets for two. Plus, there are outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tubs for two and over-water hammocks. Continue reading below the villa photo.

Over-the-Water Honeymoon Bungalow

The Over-The-Water Private Island Butler Villas with Infinity Pools are located just off the resort's private island. Offering the ultimate retreat, couples can connect while admiring the ocean from their private infinity pool or outdoor shower. See-through glass floors with lighting showcase the Caribbean's crystal-clear waters, and the 24-hour personal butler service provides guests with personalized service during their entire stay. Read more about the villas below the photo.

Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villa with Infinity Pool at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Guests of the over-the-water bungalows and villas receive the following inclusions: exclusive in-room dining and room service menu, direct resort access via a "Royal Duffy" luxury boat, personal airport greeting, expedited immigration, private luxury transfers in a chauffeur-driven BMW to and from the airport, welcome gift, including branded tote and towel set, Molton Brown bathroom amenities, exclusive House of Marley sound system, and the exclusive indulgence of a Private Luxury Car Transfer in a chauffeur-driven BMW to and from the airport. Learn more about the resort below the photo. 

Over-the-Water Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean

Sandals Royal Carribbean features a kaleidoscope of cultures from Britain to Bali. Guests arrive at the Georgian-style Great House where afternoon tea is served and croquet is played amidst manicured gardens and roaming peacocks. Mysteries of the Orient unfold in a secluded natural setting with an authentic Thai restaurant on the resort's private island, and chic parties provide evening entertainment. There are eight world-class restaurants within the all-inclusive resort, as well as a swimup pool bar, freshwater pool, whirlpool, spa, and a private beach.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Seeking an ideal honeymoon destination or perhaps time to reconnect as a couple? Consider the innovative Sandals Grenada.

Offering an exotic island paradise, Sandals Grenada is a luxury all-inclusive resort on Grenada's exclusive Pink Gin Beach. Known as the "Island of Spice", Grenada's environment is a natural growing haven for some of the world's most treasured spices including cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and the most sought-after spice, nutmeg. The spices give the island breezes an intoxicating aroma for guests to enjoy while exploring the resort's plunge pools, cascading waterfalls, and meandering rivers. Continue reading below the photo.

Beach at Sandals Grenada

Defying traditional design, the property's swimming pools are like the resort's living rooms. While the innovative guest rooms and suites have unique amenities such as spa-style bathrooms, infinity-edge plunge pools, and Butler Elite service. Learn more about the property below the photo.

Outdoor pool at Sandals Grenada

For honeymooners, one of the most unique accommodation options is the Rondoval suites-in-the-round. Surrounded by lush foliage for a private retreat, these circular suites are part of Sandals' Love Nest Butler Suites with soaring 20-foot conical ceilings, custom mahogany king-size beds, and direct access to a romantic private pool sanctuary from the bedroom. Living areas have dining tables, fully-stocked bars, smart TVs, and ivory patika and porcelain-planked floors with pebble and coral stone accents. While bathrooms have large soaking tubs carved from solid stone and his and hers Carrera marble vanities. On the spacious patio is a zero entry plunge pool with a waterfall, lounge chaises, and dining table. Plus, the suites include Butler Elite and 24-hour room service. Continue reading below the Rondoval Suite photo.

Rondoval Suite at Sandals Granada

Sandals Grenada is an all-inclusive adults-only luxury resort. Guests of the resort have access to unlimited gourmet dining at 10 restaurants, unlimited premium spirits and Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines, stocked bars in every room, roundtrip airport transfers, snorkeling, PADI-Certified SCUBA diving (and all equipment), professional instruction for water sports, unlimited land sports, WiFi, tennis, and day and night entertainment. Looking to get married? Guests staying three or more nights receive a complimentary wedding. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Situated in the spirited St. Lawrence Gap area, Sandals Royal Barbados is a luxury all-inclusive, all-suite property for couples. Within the romantic resort, guests will discover a number of firsts for the Sandals group of resorts including the first 4-lane bowling alley, gourmet donut shop, rooftop pool and bar, as well as two new restaurant concepts: American Tavern and Chi Asian. Continue reading below the photo.

Bowling Alley at Sandals Royal Barbados

The all-suite couples resort offers 272 suites with Sandals signature accommodations including Skypool Suites, Swim-up Suites, and Millionaire Suites. Featuring panoramic ocean views, Butler Elite service, and exclusive exchange privileges at nearby Sandals Barbados, the property's Luxury Included experience is comprised of world-class international cuisine at the resort's seven restaurants, stocked bars in every room, unlimited premium spirits, and unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks wines. Learn more about the resort below the photo of the Pool Villas. 

Pool Villas at Sandals Royal Barbados

In addition to all-inclusive food and beverages, guests of the resort also receive a variety of included water and land activities, ranging from day and night tennis to snorkeling trips, kayaks, and professional instructions for water sports. Within the Sandals Royal Barbados there is a rooftop, zero-entry glass infinity pool, which is one of the property's 31 pools. Ideal for sunbathing, the rooftop pool also has a bar and lounge area. For a unique excursion, there are glass bottom boat tours, as well as day and evening entertainment throughout thre resort. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Destination Spotlight: Punta Cana

Situated in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is one of the top destinations for travelers seeking luxury beach resorts. Offering sugar-white sands, Caribbean blue waters, and natural beauty, it's easy to see why this tropical island is one of the region's fastest growing destinations. In this edition of Destination Spotlight, we feature 5 Top Punta Cana Luxury Resorts.

Located on the eastern tip of the island, Punta Cana is a destination for travelers seeking luxury resorts with high-end amenities, multiple pools, private beaches, spas, and an array of international dining options. There is an international airport here, making it easy for visitors to fly in from around the world, and be on the beach in no time at all. 

Here are 5 Top Punta Cana Luxury Resorts:

5. Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive

Featuring a tropical setting amidst mangroves and beaches, Paradisus Punta Cana All Inclusive is a family-friendly property with a mini water park. Guests can tour the mangroves, see flamingos and turtles, or enjoy a variety of beach activities. The YHI Spa has a variety of treatments, and there are five pools to lounge, swim, or soak up the sunshine. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance will also receive one 50 minute massage for up to 2 adults per stay, full breakfast for each guest daily, and a welcome amenity. The following are subject to availability at the time of check-in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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4. Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Accommodations at Zoetry Agua Punta Cana are nestled within exclusive cane-thatch roofed suites with hardwoods and cathedral ceilings. Featuring a 200-yard stretch of pristine beachfront, guests can swim amidst the tranquil waters, relax at the spa providing indigenous-inspired treatments, dine at four restaurants or the cafe, and sip & savor cocktails at three bars and lounges. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive one 50 minute spa treatment per person, per stay, plus an in-room welcome amenity.

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3. Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive

Paradisus Palma Real All Inclusive

Set along the white sands of Bavaro Beach, Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort is an all-inclusive retreat for couples and families. The new adults-only Royal Service offers inclusive personalized butler service, two story Royal Service Lounge, exclusive Italian restaurant, and access to a private adult-only pool and beach area. For families, the Kid's Zone at The Reserve has a mini water park for children including slides, children's pool, and toddler splash pool. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will also receive one 50 minutes massage per person/ per stay (adults only), full breakfast for each guest daily, unlimited golf, and a welcome amenity. The following are subject to availability at the time of check in and departure: upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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2. Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay in Punta Cana

Located within a gated community, Tortuga Bay is an award-winning luxury resort offering accommodations designed by Oscar de la Renta. Guests are welcomed at the aiport with VIP service, and once they arrive at the resort they have a personal concierge, and a golf cart for exploring the resort. There are six world class restaurants on-site, and the property's respect for the environment is demonstrated via Responsible Luxury practices through its Ecological Foundation, including a watering preservation system on the resort's golf course. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive one spa consultation plus a 30-minute Six Senses Signature massage per adult/per stay, nightly VIP turndown service with a platter of Dominican sweets, breakfast for two daily at Bamboo Restaurant, VIP Arrival Service, roundtrip airport transfer, and a welcome fruit platter and bottled water in room upon arrival. Reservations that are five (5) or more nights will also receive a US $50 food and beverage credit for Bamboo Restaurant per room/per stay. 

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1. Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Drone view of Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Nestled in the most exclusive gated beachfront community on the island, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is a five-star Relais & Chateaux resort. Amidst 30,000 acres with a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, towering cliffs, idyllic beaches, and tropical forests, the resort offers all-suite accommodations that blend French & Italian Riviera styling with the relaxed charms of the Caribbean. There's a beach club with a private beach and infinity pool, plus oceanfront dining at La Palapa, and chef-prepared cuisine at the fine dining Mediterraneo Restaurant. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary $100 food and beverage credit, a bottle of Champagne, a fresh fruit platter welcome amenity, and full breakfast daily, included in the rate. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring a private pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Beachfront Villa Suite with Two Bedrooms at Zemi Beach House is an idyllic retreat for families or groups. Situated directly on the beach, the 1,931-square-foot suite has one bedroom with a king bed, and a separate bedroom with two twin beds. There's also a fully-equipped kitchen where guests can enjoy the comforts of home within the suite, as well as a spacious living room. While the private terrace has a pool providing the ultimate spot to lounge with panoramic sea views. Continue reading below the photo of the Beachfront Villa Suite's private pool.

Beachfront Villa Suite Private Pool at Zemi Beach House

The Zemi Beach House has a collection of eight oceanfront two- and three-bedroom suites offering contemporary Caribbean styling, private terraces with pools, and plenty of space for families or friends traveling together. Located on the shores of Shoal Bay East, the resort is set on six acres of land adjacent to Anguilla's Fountain Cavern National Park. Accommodations feature luxurious tropical island styling, personalized Caribbean minibars, premium bath amenities, and 24-hour room service. Within the resort there are two restaurants, three bars, the Zemi Thai House Spa, kids' club, tennis court, and water sports, plus a beach concierge. Learn about an exclusive Five Star Alliance Perk below the photo. 

Oceanfront bar at Zemi Beach House

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive a complimentary buffet breakfast for up to two guests daily in 20 Knots, a $100 food and beverage or spa credit, per room, per stay. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in, a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Overlooking lush gardens or a lagoon, the Luxury Pool Junior Suites at Eden Roc at Cap Cana provide an ideal setting for romantic getaways, or those seeking more privacy. Featuring airy vaulted ceilings, the 14 Luxury Pool Junior Suites have king size beds, goose down feather duvets and pillows by Hanse, and luxe bed linens by Carmignani. While living areas have sofa beds, 55-inch LCD TVs with advanced technology entertainment systems and Bose surround speakers, plus work desks with power outlets and ports. Read more about the Luxury Pool Junior suites below the photo.

Luxury Pool Junior Suite at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Luxurious bathrooms have coral stone bathtubs with marble Jacuzzis, contemporary rain showers, marble vanities, and separate lavatories with telephones. There's also Acqua di Parma bath amenities, luxe bathrobes and slippers, plus an exterior rain shower and spa area. In addition, each of the Luxury Pool Junior Suites has a private swimming pool and covered gazebo. Learn more below the photo. 

Luxury Pool Junior Suite at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the only Relais & Châteaux hotel on the island. Envisioned by Milan designer Marina Nova, the property is fashioned more like a village than a resort with 34 freestanding suites, and the aesthetics inspired by the French and Italian Rivieras. There's event space for weddings and social gatherings, the Koko Kid's Club with organized activities, and the Solaya Spa for rejuevating treatments. Discover a Five Star Alliance Perks offer below the resort photo.

Luxury Pool Junior Suite at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary $100 food and beverage credit, a bottle of Champagne, a fresh fruit platter welcome amenity, and full breakfast daily, included in the rate. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in: room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Featuring the SLS standards of style, luxury, and service, the SLS Baha Mar is a boutique hotel offering a five-star Bahamanian retreat. Set along Baha Mar Boulevard, the hotel has 299 guest rooms and suites, including the Premier Ocean View One-Bedroom Residences. These unique suites have 1,074 square feet of space, full balconies, and designer kitchenettes. Continue reading below the photo of the Premier Ocean View One-Bedroom Residence. 

Premier Ocean View One-Bedroom Residence at SLS Baha Mar

Providing stunning ocean views, the One-Bedroom Residence can sleep up to three guests. There's a spacious living room with a 55-inch flat-screen TV, and a minibar curated with SLS Signature items. The master bedroom has a signature SLS king bed, the bathroom has Ciel Reserve amenities, and the furniture throughout is Bahamanian designed. Read more below the photo of the hotel's pool.

The Pool at SLS Baha Mar

The SLS Baha Mar has a variety of dining and nightlife options including SLS signature restaurants and lounges such as Cell, Katsuya, Fi Lia, and the new Monkey Bar, Bungalow Pool, and Privilege Pool. As part of the Baha Mar resort complex, guests have access to 28 restaurants, bars, and lounges, the Caribbean’s first and only ESPA, 7 tropical pools, and the 18-hole Royal Blue Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus.

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| By: Five Star Alliance

Soaring above the 600-acre beachfront resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort offers an exclusive and private retreat with bold architectural design and sweeping vistas of St. Lucia's Pitons World Heritage Site. Designed to compliment St. Lucia's scenic beauty, the resort has bridges leading to infinity pool sanctuaries, stone-faced columns, and accommodations where the fourth wall is completely absent for a one-of-a-kind setting. For a limited time, guests can book the Take Five at Jade Mountain offer that includes the fifth night free on select dates. Read more about the offer below the Jade Mountain Sky Suite photo.

Jade Mountain Sky Suite

One of only seven Caribbean resort properties with a AAA 5 Diamond Rating, Jade Mountain Resort is currently offering a 5th night Free. Valid for stays through December 19, 2018, the Take Five at Jade Mountain offer includes a fifth night free on select dates for guests reserving a Sky Jacuzzi Suite or a Star or Moon Infinity Pool sanctuary. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Ahhh...winter. As charming as sweater season and relaxing by a warm fire can seem, at a certain point, it's time for an escape. But with all the hurricanes that happened in 2017, it can be a bit daunting to determine what Caribbean destinations are open and ready for visitors. To make it a bit easier, we've gathered five of our top Caribbean resorts picks for idyllic winter escapes so you can relax in the sunshine instead of trying to stay warm in the more than brisk winter weather.

1. Jade Mountain Resort

Jade Mountain Resort St. Lucia

Located in the Southern Caribbean on the island of St. Lucia, Jade Mountain Resort provides panoramic views of the island's Piton World Heritage Site and the Caribbean Sea. The exclusive resort-within-a-resort concept by Anse Chastenet, features bold architecture with open-concept designs linking bedrooms and living areas with infinity pools, providing viewing platforms to take in the island's natural beauty. 

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2. The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

Recognized as one of the world's most exclusive resorts, The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, formerly the One&Only Ocean Club, offers an iconic location in the Bahamas with recently refurbished accommodations, restaurants, and public spaces. Set along a 5-mile stretch of beach, the resort provides a laid-back Bahamian lifestyle amidst Versailles-inspired lawns and gardens with three swimming pools, six tennis courts, Balinese-inspired spa, kids' club, and access to the adjacent Tom Weiskopf-designed Ocean Club Golf Course.

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3. Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao

Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao

Located on the island of Curacao, about 35 miles from Aruba, Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort Curacao is set amidst 2,000 acres. Within the resort guests can play tennis, partake in a variety of watersports, lounge poolside, hike or bike amidst rock formations, caves, and caverns, or go yachting from the resort's marina. For dining, SHORE provides open-air fine dining with sea views as well as the Jun's at Shore with sushi specialties, Medi Restaurant offers international cuisine, and SPLASH Pool Bar & Grill serves casual fare. 

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4. Sandals La Source

Sandals La Source

Providing an all-inclusive setting for couples Sandals La Source provides an exotic setting on the "Spice Isle"  of Grenada, which is one of the world's only producers of Nutmeg, which is infused in many dishes and products on the island. The island is also home to the world's first underwater sculpture park, and the resort offers four unique villages with a variety of suites and villas, including some with swim-up access and butler service. 

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5. The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos

The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos

Situated along the world-famous Grace Bay Beach, The West Bay Club Turks & Caicos is a luxury boutique resort. Offering an array of amenities, guests can enjoy complimentary bicycles and watersports, lounge by the beach or pool with personalized service, relax at the Anani Spa, entertain young travelers with supervised children's programs, workout at the fitness center, or experience fine dining at Drift, an open-air restaurant on the shores of Grace Bay Beach. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 Resort Credit per room, per stay, plus a welcome fruit and water amenity.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Consisting of 34 freestanding suites, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the only Relais & Chateaux property in the Dominican Republic. Mixing Spanish colonial style with Riviera-inspired design, the property offers guests privacy and the exclusive Caleton Beach Club. Surrounded by a tropical forest, the property has towering cliffs, pristine beaches, marina, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Continue reading below the photo.

Three Bedroom Royale Villa at  Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Throughout the property there are six bars and restaurants each with a distinctive personality, including the Mediterraneo Restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine crafted with items flown-in from Europe. La Palapa offers seafood with views of the Caribbean, and the BLUE Grill + Bar provides Japanese and Peruvian fusion dishes. Read more below the photo.

La Palapa at Eden Roc at Cap Cana

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a $100 food and beverage credit, bottle of champagne, and fresh fruit platter. Also, based on availability, an early check-in and late check-out. 

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