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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER

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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.

Learn more about the Sandals Royal Caribbean


| By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is an indulgent escape for adults seeking refuge from the rigors of the outside world. Here, within the resort's sprawling grounds, couples, friends, and individuals are welcome to partake in whatever their hearts desire. Attentive service at every turn assures each guest of a harmonious, hassle-free vacation filled with gourmet cuisine, expertly poured cocktails, and enough memories to last several lifetimes.

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

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| 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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| 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 >>


| 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.


| 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.