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FSA LogoThe 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.

The Ultimate Underwater Suite at Conrad Maldives

May 13, 2011
By: Meagan Drillinger

Previously, the luxurious Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was known for offering guests the chance to dine in the world's first all-glass, undersea restaurant. But have you ever wanted to know what it's like to sleep with the fishes, but get to wake up in the morning? Now you can with the Conrad's signature under-water Ithaa Restaurant which is giving guests a chance to spend a night under water in the new "Ithaa Suite."

Conrad Maldives Underwater SuiteCelebrating its fifth anniversary, the restaurant, set approximately 16 feet below the Indian Ocean's surface, offers guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience as thousands of fish swim across the 180-degree-arched glass ceiling. Now, the hotel has worked to turn the restaurant into an exclusive suite for two - talk about a room with a view!

Note Bene: The special suite is available for only one night of a guest's stay and arrangements must be made prior to arrival. Available to only one set of guests at a time, the experience comes with a private Champagne dinner and breakfast in bed.

Other Highlights of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island: Private double island resort surrounded by white sand beaches and coral reefs; 50 luxurious water villas, 79 exotic beach villas and 21 fabulous spa water villas with private treatment rooms; Deluxe Beach Villas with private plunge pool and garden; Seaplane arrival. Learn more and make reservations: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

See "The Big 5" in Cape Town with Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

May 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape TownIt's autumn in South Africa, and the days are filled with brilliant sunshine. The off-season is a great time to visit Cape Town for whale-watching and hiking in beautiful surroundings: with Table Mountain National Park on one side and the Atlantic on the other. Indeed, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has one of the most majestic settings on earth. The award-winning hotel has devised a special seasonal package for guests to discover the handful of "must-see" attractions in Cape Town, popularly referred to as "The Big 5". Here's what's included in the Cape Town Big Five package:

* Three nights in the luxury accommodation of your choice

* Daily Azure Breakfast for two

* A complimentary drink on arrival

* Plus one choice from this list of Big 5 half day tours, each for two people: Transfer to the Victoria & Alfred waterfront, followed by a trip to Robben Island; Tickets to ride the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, with a Fynbos Picnic and all transfers; Tour of Stellenbosch Winelands to see some of the country’s most highly regarded vineyards; Tour of mountainous Cape Point with spectacular ocean views on all sides; Tour of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

Or, instead of a half day tour, you can take a spectacular helicopter flip to the Victoria & Alfred waterfront. Priced from R3133 per room per night (incl. VAT) based on two adults sharing a room. Minimum three-night stay applies. Additional nights are priced at the Best Available Rate. This offer is valid until December 19, 2011.

Free Breakfast (and a 4th Night on the House) at The West Bay Club, Turks and Caicos

May 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The West Bay Club, Providenciales, Turks and CaicosA postcard-perfect beach? Check. A free-form pool with waterfalls? Check. Suites with outdoor terraces and kitchens? Oh yeah. The West Bay Club in the Turks & Caicos Islands has it all. And with a reef teeming with sealife just offshore, you'll also find some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving around. Plus loads of watersports for those so inclined. Looking for a little sun and sand just a short flight from the East Coast? The West Bay Club is enticing guests with a special promotion: stay three nights and get the fourth for free, including daily breakfast! Not valid in studio accommodations; subject to availability.

Where to Stay in Siem Reap: Spa Gift Voucher at La Residence d'Angkor

May 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

La Residence d'Angkor, Siem Reap, CambodiaA visit to Cambodia's mystical Angkor Wat ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a once-in-a-lifetime must. Considered one of the man-made wonders of the world, the temples showcase brilliant architecture from the peak of the Khmer civilization in the early 12th century. The town of Siem Reap is the gateway to discover Angkor's main sites, surrounded by the jungle. Bed down at La Residence d'Angkor, an Orient-Express property, and relish the quiet gardens, swimming pool and spa-- the perfect place to relax at the end of a thrilling day. Situated on the banks of Siem Reap's river, the hotel has 62 spacious rooms and suites designed in a Khmer style with traditional hardwoods, bamboo and natural textiles such as silk and cotton. Book with Five Star Alliance and you'll get a $25 spa voucher and daily buffet breakfast when choosing "Five Star Alliance" rates. These rates are already discounted, and represent the same nightly price as the "Best Available" rates.

Green Hotels: Inkaterra's Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel Approved by the Rainforest Alliance

April 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, PeruPeru is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu this July. Now the country's biggest tourist attraction, the magnificent Incan ruins lure visitors from all over the world. Planning a trip to Peru? Consider a stay with Inkaterra, a Peruvian organization that's become a model of sustainable tourism with its focus on preserving Peru's geography, nature, and cultures and sharing them with the world. Hotels include Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, named by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the "World's Best Hotels" for 2010; Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, located on the Madre de Dios River in the Southern Peruvian Amazon rainforest; Inkaterra La Casona, an 11-suite boutique hotel in the historic city of Cusco, the first and only Relais & Châteaux hotel in Peru. Notably, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica recently received Rainforest Alliance's 'seal of approval' as two properties whose sustainability practices align with the company's mission of conservation.

Dreamy Honeymoon Destinations: Scrub Island Resort Gets Top Honors

April 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Scrub Island Resort, BVIYou saw it on the TODAY Show, and now you're wondering: Where the heck is Scrub Island? The tropical island retreat has been open for a little over a year and it's garnering accolades left and right. And a quick peek at the photos helps you understand why. The first private resort built in the British Virgin Islands in over 15 years, Scrub Island is a seven-minute boat ride away from the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) on Beef Island, which itself is a 35-minute flight from San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Puerto Rico. You'll find three private beaches, an infinity edge pool, a world-class marina, and swank rooms with spectacular ocean views. The best part of all? This five-star luxury experience is affordable- with introductory rates starting from just $299/night. Pick up a copy of the May 2011 issue of Travel + Leisure magazine for more praise of this private island resort.

The New “Apprentice-Trips” Program from Fairmont Hotels

April 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Orchid HawaiiWe've just learned about the new "Apprentice-Trips" program at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a neat experience for travelers seeking out enriching and authentic adventures while on the road. Fairmont has taken this "yearning to learn" movement and created a collection of thoughtful experiences for hotel guests to learn, perfect, or acquire a new skill while on vacay. From surfing in Montreal to art immersion in Dallas, the program offers something for everyone. A smattering of these offerings are outlined below:

How to Pass a Bill in Washington D.C. (learn how to craft your agenda with a federally-registered lobbyist)

Find Your Inner Chi in Beijing (perfect the ancient art of Tai Chi)

Samuel Adams Behind the Scenes Boston Brewery Package at the Fairmont Copley Plaza

Canoes, Coffee and Culture in Hawai'i at the Fairmont Orchid

Cook with the Chef at the Fairmont Algonquin and the Fairmont Southampton

Learn about the Grizzly Bear while hiking from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Dreamy Destinations: A Spa Paradise at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

March 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad Maldives Rangali IslandParadise found. Spanning two islands enclosed by a coral reef, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a dream destination surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. There's diving and snorkeling, Pilates and yoga, yachting and fishing. Arrive in style in a seaplane over the lagoon, then bliss out at the resort adored by spa junkies. Unwind in the resort's two outstanding spas (as there are two, one on each island!) then dine in the world’s first all-glass, undersea restaurant.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has recently revamped their Spa Water Villas, custom-designed for spa aficionados with a private spa treatment room for two, open-air Jacuzzi on the sun deck, huge bath tub, and mini bar stocked with organic treats. Conrad Maldives Rangali IslandAnd now they've unveiled the "Spa, Plane and Simple" package for spa lovers to relax with an indulgent experience at a great value. Here's the skinny on the package inclusions:

* Seven nights in a Spa Water Villa

* $1400 in spa credits ($200 credit per day to be used on spa treatments)

* Complimentary seaplane transfers to the resort to/from Male International Airport (valued at $420 per person)

* Daily Breakfast

Package rates start at $1100 per night (a total savings of over 20%). The offer begins in March and lasts through October 31, 2011.

Seaside Villas at the Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru

February 23, 2011
By: Daniel L. Moses

Banyan Tree MaldivesFact: The Maldives is the most beautiful place on Earth. There, it’s been said. Minted and printed. For those that believe there is another place on this planet that compares, please feel free to comment below. In my opinion, you have a hard case to prove. And when you’re lying on a hammock underneath the bright canopy of the bluest heavens, staring out across the clear turquoise waters, and breathing in the sweet scent of the trade winds wafting by, I think you’ll agree.

The Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru, on the North Male atoll, is the perfect place from which to experience the world’s most beautiful place. The Banyan Tree is pure luxury, period. Guests stay in deluxe beachfront villas propped on stilts that plunge deep into white sand. The beaches are often empty, with some visitors reporting that they didn’t see another soul all day while soaking in the sun and swimming in the warm, docile waters.

The Banyan Tree also recognizes the importance of its location, as the Maldives is a unique eco-habitat with rare species abounding. The marine biology demonstrations presented for guests is a unique offering to this exotic locale. So if you want to stay in the most beautiful place in the world, reserve a villa at the Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru. Heck, in between sips of Mai Tai, you might even learn a thing or two.

Banish Winter Woes with the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

February 14, 2011
By: Katie Tandy

St. Regis Bora Bora

Do the snow and sleet have you feeling less than spry? Infuse yourself with a dash of sunshine-induced joy with three family-centered packages steeped in the warm waters of Bora Bora à la the St. Regis Resort. Featuring 100 over-water and beach villas boasting terrace whirlpools and private swimming pools showcasing exotic wood and regional art, the French Polynesia resort has some offerings sure to soothe your winter-worn self: “Exceptional Royal Estate Offer” – Valid until May 31, this package features a value-add rack rate of $9,200.00 per Villa per night plus taxes. Also inclusive in this offer are private return airport transfers and daily breakfast for up to six guests. Offer is based on a minimum stay of three nights. Book here.

St Regis Bora Bora“A Taste of Luxury” package – Valid until December 20th, take advantage of a complimentary fourth night for a three consecutive nights stay at the resort as well as a complimentary daily breakfast for two at Te Pahu Restaurant and 20% off Spa Miri Miri. Rates begin at $955.00 per night plus taxes. Book here.

“Family Fun” package – Valid until December 20th, families who book a Bungalow at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort receive 50% off for: a second Bungalow over the same dates and daily breakfast. Kids will also be in “ice cream paradise” with the Resort’s Ice Cream Passport program where tots under 10-years old enjoy privileged access to an endless supply of homemade ice cream, milk shakes and smoothies throughout the duration of their stay (with mom's permission of course). Book here.

St Regis Bora BoraPint-size travelers will also love the Lagoonarium where they can swim with marine life and explore the depths of the sea with snorkels, kayaks and canoes. Children can also partake in some healthy competition, crafting sand castles for contests, race crabs, snoop around on a scavenger hunt or windsurf.

Be sure to check out the ultra-luxurious 13,000-square-foot Royal Estate, set apart in a secluded cove or grab some creative cuisine at the suspended Lagoon restaurant, helmed by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.