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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

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: 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: Five Star Alliance

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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| By: Betsy LeTourneau

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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| By: K. Clare Johnson

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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| 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 #26 spot is the One and Only Ocean Club which is located 185 miles southeast of Miami on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Features residential-style villas ideal for families.

- Opportunities to take advantage of diving, snorkeling, sailing, skiing, windsurfing, and just relaxing along the shoreline of a pristine beach.

- The Mandara Spa features eight Balinese-style private treatment villas with open-air gardens.

- Complimentary one-hour yoga classes are offered daily on the beach deck.

- Six Har-Tru tennis courts, complimentary bicycles, and an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course.

- All accommodations feature a private balcony or terrace, central air conditioning, indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, DVD and CD players, satellite television, Internet access, service bars, marble appointed bathrooms with double sinks, and safes.

- Beachfront suites with parlors and doors that open to the water are the most recommended room types.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the One and Only Ocean Club here >>

| By: Oksana Balytsky

Each week we’ll be rounding up a few of our favorite luxury hotel photos. This week’s photo roundup features the Bahamas. Check them out and let us know what you think!












One and Only Ocean Club is a playground of world-class golf, tennis, spa indulgences, and the beautiful ocean.














Bimini Bay Resort and Marina features 217 luxury suites including one/two/three bedroom suites, one/three bedroom treeouses, and three/four bedroom oceanfront/bayfront villas!                        

| 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!