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A New Look to Celebrate 15 Years!

January 26, 2012 By Luxury Link

A new look, the same incredible deals on luxury vacations!

To celebrate 15 years as the leading luxury hotel website, we have given Luxury Link a new look to help you as you search for your next vacation.

The new look isn’t about just looking good.  We really wanted to make sure our customers are able to find what they’re looking for, they have access to great travel advice and hotel information, and have a better understanding of our Auction and Book Now buying process.   The new look sure is nice, though! (and works well on your iPhone and iPad)

Our mission is still the same – showcasing the same incredible values on the world’s most extraordinary luxury hotel, cruise, resort, and villa vacations. These exclusive multi-day vacations include taxes, amenities, and luxury extras, and are priced up to 65% below rates you will find anywhere else.

Some of the new features we’re the most fond of:

Unsure of where you want to travel next?
Try the new “Inspire Me” Button

Want to “experience” a property before you book?
An enhanced photo gallery brings each property to life.

Looking for recommendations from other travelers?
The new Luxury Lounge features even more ways to share travel ideas and information with peers, including a Q&A forum, traveler blogs and photo galleries.

Thank you for celebrating 15 years with us – we look forward to more great features, and more savings on your next VIP vacation!

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A New Kind of Paradise on Oahu

January 23, 2012 By Luxury Link

Oahu Luxury Travel

When you picture the island of Oahu, what do you see? Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, epic surf breaks off Waikiki? Not to mention the vibrant tropical buzz of Honolulu.

Luxury Link has brought on a brand new property located on Hawaii’s Oahu, but don’t let this location fool you. Though just 25 minutes outside of Honolulu, what you’ve come to know about Oahu is not what you will find at Ko Olina Beach Villas. This is paradise.

Gorgeous Hawaiian Beaches

Located on Oahu’s sunny West Coast, just a short drive from Honolulu and Waikiki, Ko Olina rests on one of four crystal-clear lagoons. The main resort features a large lap pool, lagoon pools and a sand-bottom pool for kids.

The Ko Olina Beach Villas is located near a trio of luxury resorts. This exquisite luxury villa affords some of the most premiere accommodations on the island. Over 1,300 square feet of living space – including a private lanai that overlooks lush mountains, sparkling waters and the peak of Diamond Head – welcome you to relax in comfort, with a range of fabulous amenities.

It’s truly a destination that has something for everyone.

Find luxury Hawaiian hotels on Luxury Link, and be sure to see the Ko Olina Beach Villas in Ko Olina, Oahu.

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Packing Tips for Your Luxury Caribbean Getaway

January 2, 2012 By Luxury Link

Caribbean travel season is upon us! It’s cold in North America, and nothing breaks the winter chill like a sun-drenched island vacation.  Our friends at Instyleswimwear.com are helping us out with some ideas on the perfect way to pack:

Caribbean Beach Getaway: What to Pack

The Caribbean is known for its hot and humid weather, gorgeous white sandy beaches and that crystal clear water.  Whether you’re planning on going to the Bahamas, Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, you better be prepared for all that awaits you.  As a frequent traveler, expert on swimsuits and a self-proclaimed fashionista, I try to get to the Caribbean as often as I can and I’ve got the 411 on what to pack for a stylish Caribbean beach getaway.

Caribbean Beach Vacation

Caribbean Beach Vacation

1. Plenty of Swimsuits

In the Caribbean, swimsuits are a way of life and it will most likely be your outfit of choice for the day.  Make sure to bring enough swimsuits for all the days that you’ll be there because who really wants to do laundry on vacation?  Make sure to pack swimsuits in your carry-on or purse, so you can start enjoying that gorgeous Caribbean beach the minute you arrive, even if your room’s not quite ready!  If your resort has a hot tub, make sure to pack some older swimsuits as well, so you don’t ruin those gorgeous new designer swimsuits!

2. Cover-Ups

In addition to your swimsuits, cover-ups are essential for a stylish Caribbean beach getaway.  When you’re not at the beach or pool, you’ll need cover-ups to walk around your resort in and to enter the dining areas.  Whether you prefer tunics, sundresses or a stylish beach caftan, make sure to bring cover-ups that complement your swimsuits and that are lightweight for surviving that hot and humid Caribbean climate.

 

3. Proper Footwear

You should pack at least one pair of flip-flops for the beach and pool.  Also, be sure to bring at least one pair of heels or wedges for those fancier resort restaurants that require reservations and dressier attire.  If you’re the adventurous type, make sure to bring water shoes and sneakers for snorkeling, hiking, ATV trips or other outdoorsy Caribbean excursions.

In the end, packing for your Caribbean getaway is just part of the fun.

Happy traveling!


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St Giles Hotel New York – The Tuscany & the Court: The Perfect Pair for a Holiday Escape

November 16, 2011 By Luxury Link

New York during the holidays should be on every traveler’s list. The holiday lights, window shopping, skating in Rockefeller Center – it brings this most festive season to life. One of our favorite hotels in the city is the St Giles Hotel New York – actually two hotels right next to each other – The Tuscany & the Court. I had the opportunity to stay at the boutique hotel and interview Bonnie Somerstein, Director of Sales and Marketing to find out what makes this property truly unique.

Bonnie Somerstein, Director of Sales and Marketing, St. Giles Hotel New York

Bonnie Somerstein, Director of Sales and Marketing, St. Giles Hotel New York

Henson: “What makes the St Giles Hotel New York perfect for a holiday getaway?”

Somerstein: “In two words unsurpassed service! There is a sense of personalization in all we do here. Guests at a larger hotel may get lost in the shuffle, but at the St Giles Hotel New York, our team is dedicated to service and personalization. Our team is always smiling and happy to help guests create the perfect getaway. The holidays can be an amazing time in the city and we help make it an unforgettable experience for our guests!”

Henson: “What sets the St Giles Hotel New York apart from other hotels?”

Somerstein: “The St Giles Hotel New York is two hotels – The Court and The Tuscany. Unlike most hotels in the city, St Giles is located in a residential neighborhood on a beautiful tree lined street. What you find here that you won’t find in other hotels is space. Our rooms range from 400 -750 sq feet- a rarity in the city.”

Henson: “What is a holiday must-see?”

Somerstein: “Our guests are within walking distance of two of the best holiday markets in the city. Travelers can find the holiday markets at Grand Central Station with more than 70 vendors, as the holiday shops in Bryant Park. Our guests love to roam around the city – see the lights and find unique treasures.”

I was very lucky to meet up with Bonnie Somerstein as her team announced the renovation of the Tuscany. The redesign will have all the accommodations you would expect from a luxury hotel, with the unique architecture of a rustic Tuscan décor infused with a modern touch. Here is a sneak peak at some of the new décor!

The Tuscany Hotel

The Tuscany Hotel

I found the St Giles Hotel New York – The Tuscany & the Court to be a perfect way to take in the beauty and energy of one of America’s greatest cities. Enjoy your stay and take advantage of the holiday festivities!

P.S. Make sure to say hello to Shane at the front desk and sample some of the afternoon desserts at the front desk!

- Alia Henson

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The Mantis Collection: Luxurious Adventure

November 11, 2011 By Luxury Link

Something on every traveler’s bucket list should be to watch a sundown over a South African game reserve. Luxury Link has the honor of partnering with the Mantis Collection to offer travelers a unique and unprecedented look at South Africa. We spoke with William McClain, to learn more about what travelers can expect as they venture through unforgettable South Africa.

William McClain, “The Mantis Collection tour on Luxury Link allows travelers to experience three key areas of South Africa – including a safari experience, bringing everything together to provide the perfect luxury adventure experience.”

As a guest you will visit three resorts, The Last Word Constantia, Grand Roche, and Sanbona. Each property is unique and allows you to taste the richness of the area.

The Outdoor Pool the Last Word Constantia

The Outdoor Pool the Last Word Constantia

 

Just 25 minutes outside of Cape Town, you will visit the intimate property The Last Word Constantia, where couples can savor the romantic atmosphere and enjoy fabulous dining and vineyards. If you desire the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, it is a short drive where you can explore historical Robin Island, go shark cave diving, and visit Table Mountain.

 

Grande Roche in the Paarl Wine Valley

Grande Roche in the Paarl Wine Valley

Next in the collection is Grand Roche, “Located the Paarl Wine Valley, this resort feature’s one of the finest restaurants in all of South Africa. I am pleased to say we have one of the best sommeliers on the planet,” says McClain.  Here guests can enjoy private terraces and sip wine in a historic and spectacular getaway.

The final days of your journey with the Mantis Collection ends at Sanbona a one of a kind property. Guests stay in a Dwyka tented lodge. Sanbona is one of the largest private game reserves in all of South Africa.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

 

Guests can see roaming rhino, cheetah, elephant and the famous white lions. On the 133,000 acres travelers will see entirely different landscapes as they experience a true safari.

Dwyka Tented Lodge

Dwyka Tented Lodge

 

McClain says the one thing you cannot miss while staying in Sanbona, “Be ready for sundowners in the afternoon your gamer will take you to a beautiful mountain lookout, unpack your favorite beverages and snacks get out of the vehicle and watch the sunset – to experience what South Africans call a sundowner.”

Are you planning to visit South Africa? Let us know.

Like Luxury Link and the Mantis Collection on Facebook to learn more about this amazing experience.

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Fall and Winter in Morocco

October 26, 2011 By Luxury Link

Morocco is a marvel of northern Africa.  The Moroccan city of Fès combines medieval traditions and modern luxury. At Riad Fes, this small hotel adds just a hint of decadence to the region. We sat down with Awa Diakhate of the Riad Fès to find out how travelers can truly enjoy this city.

Traveling in the fall and winter can be a lovely time to enjoy the mild climate of the region. There is a wealth of history and color that cannot be missed. In the heart of the city is Riad Fès, a Relais & Chateau recipient and an escape with Moroccan flare.

What makes’s this hotel unique?

Awa Diakhate, of Riad Fès: “The perfect harmony between tradition and modernity through its four different patios which include traditional, andalusian, baroque, and contemporary architecture.”

In addition, Diakhate explains that guests cannot leave without experiencing a sunrise over the majestic city. The hotel itself is a piece of history, built in the 18th century; this resort offers a blend of modern luxury with traditional Moroccan décor.

In the evening as guests relax in one of the outdoor patios – Diakhate suggests guests try the Lham Mhamar: shoulder of lamb in a smoked onion jam with caramelized onions.

Something guests should not miss while staying in Fès, is the Souks or markets, travelers can find anything from Aladdin themed slippers, hand made rugs and decadent spices.

Let the true Morocco experience begin – find a luxury hotel in Morocco.

 

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