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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.

Night Snorkeling at Jalousie Plantation (Soon To Be Called The Tides Sugar Beach)

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Jalousie Plantation, Saint LuciaBack in 2008, we got giddy over the news that The Tides brand of chic, high-design hotels was planting a flag on the paradise island of Saint Lucia, "the Caribbean's "it" spot of the moment." The Jalousie Plantation is currently undergoing a $100 million makeover project and will be relaunched as The Tides, Sugar Beach in 2012. (The transformation thus far has included the construction of new luxury villas and a first-class spa.) Nestled in 192 lush acres of rainforest and white sand beaches overlooking the sea, The Jalousie Plantation is the only resort on Saint Lucia to offer night snorkeling- an incredible experience that provides an up close look at the nocturnal wonders in the National Marine Reserve beneath the Anse des Pitons.

A Colossal Resort Experience in LA at Terranea

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Terranea Resort, Los AngelesLos Angeles County has never seen the likes of Terranea. Sprawling across 102 acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the 582-room resort has it all: from an award-winning, 9-hole golf course (The Links at Terranea) and a full-service spa to three ocean-view pools and eight restaurants. The resort is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific, just across from Catalina Island, and is the site where dozens of Hollywood movies and TV shows were filmed over the years. Just south of the city but worlds away, the Mediterraean-styled estate offers easy access to the natural beauty of the California coast.

Retreat to Terranea for a well-deserved weekend getaway and take advantage of the "Bed & Breakfast" package which includes daily breakfast for two at Catalina Kitchen and the daily resort fee along with your accommodations. Priced from $330 per night. Terranea is also offering the "Stay More, Save More" package that doles out the savings for stays longer than two nights. Stay 3 nights, for example, and get 30% off. Stay 5 nights and receive 35% off. Stay 7 nights or more and get 40% off plus a $250 resort credit to use on any spa, golf or dining adventures you choose. Book and stay by June 30, 2011. Subject to availability.

Explore Arizona's Red Red Country with Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sedona Rouge Hotel and SpaThe Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa has a sublime setting amidst the dramatic rock formations in Arizona's Red Rock Country. When you bed down at the Sedona Rouge Hotel, you've got this otherworldly scenery at your doorstop; the monoliths Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain are ripe for exploration. The Sedona Rouge gets great reviews for its plush rooms and friendly service, so why not plan a summer adventure today? The hotel has put together two packages for guests to venture into the desert, guaranteed to be awestruck by the area's natural splendor. (After a day of exploration, the resort's luxury spa awaits...)

With the "Broken Arrow Adventure Package," you get to embark on an exhilarating desert tour provided by Sedona Pink Jeep Tours. You also get a $50 dining credit to be used at Reds Restaurant in addition to two nights accommodation in a Deluxe Sedona guest room. Priced from $650 from June 1- August 31, 2011; subject to availability.

The hotel also offers the "Grand Canyon Experience," including two nights accommodation and a $50 dining credit, where guests travel with Pink Jeep Tours to the Grand Canyon's South Rim, lunch at the famous El Tovar restaurant, and stop at the Cameron Trading Post on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Priced from $830 from June 1- August 31, 2011; subject to availability.

Family Scavenger Hunt in the Caribbean: Island Hopping from Westin St. John

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westin St. John Resort and VillasPlanning a family reunion? Looking for a fun getaway? The Westin St. John Resort & Villas-- nestled on 47 lush acres facing Great Cruz Bay-- has the goods. Not only does the luxury resort offer plenty of beach activities, tennis, and a spa, but it also organizes "Island Hopping Scavenger Hunts" for families to explore the U.S. and British Virgin Islands (with the help of the onsite Boating Butler). The resort partnered with Magic Moments Luxury Excursions and Nauti Nymph Powerboat Rentals, the largest and best known powerboat rental company in the U.S. Virgin Islands, to create this special experience. Learn about the Virgin Islands' geography and marine wildlife while sailing through the crystal clear sea. And let's not forget the fun of competitive comradery. The “Island Hopping Scavenger Hunt” is available for stays booked now through Dec. 31, 2011, and is subject to availability. Rates are dependent on the number of participants and dates of travel.

Vivanta by Taj: Kashmir Gets a Luxury Resort by the Taj Group

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Vivanta by Taj, Jammu and KashmirSome of the most breathtaking scenery in the world can be experienced in the volatile region of Jammu and Kashmir. Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces-- the group behind some of the finest five-star hotels in India-- has decided to take a gamble and launch a stunning new resort called Vivanta by Taj. Tourism is on the rise in the area, and Taj is hoping to generate employment and bolster the local economy, while also introducing a magnificent place to visitors. Perched atop Kralsangri Hill overlooking the famous Tulip Garden, the Dal Lake and the Royal Springs golf course, the 89-room resort features meeting facilities, the Jiva spa, and excellent recreational activities: trout fishing, water skiing, day treks into the snow-capped mountains. Vivanta by Taj is itself a new five-star brand, currently comprised of 19 hotels in India and the Indian Ocean region.

The Ultimate Underwater Suite at Conrad Maldives

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

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

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

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

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.