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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.

Top 10 Lists: Family-Friendly Luxury Hotels and Resorts

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

ice skating at Hotel Plaza Athenee

From mini ice-skating rinks (pictured) to cookies & milk in the evenings, luxury hotels definitely get creative when taking care of their pint-sized guests. The world's finest hotels go to extraordinary lengths in the pampering department- whether their clients are 8 or 80 years old. A recent article in Forbes highlights some of the top family-friendly luxury hotels in the world. Who made the cut? The Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, The Athenaeum in London, the Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort in Crete, the Commune by the Great Wall outside Beijing, Edinburgh's Balmoral Hotel, Caneel Bay in St. John, The Ritz-Carlton Cancun, the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Four Seasons Resort Bali, One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives, Cape Grace in Cape Town, and The Oriental in Bangkok. We'd add Le Meurice to the list (for their Parisian treasure hunt), and Loews Hotels across the U.S. for their innovative kids programs (think dive-in movies in the summer months). Any hotels you'd recommend as note-worthy? Who'd we miss?

Beach Break in Turks and Caicos: Winter Getaway at Seven Stars Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Seven Stars Resort, Turks and CaicosGive in to temptation and spoil yourself with a tropical getaway. Seven Stars Resort-- one of the newest properties to open on the white sands of Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos-- makes it easy with an offer (or two) that you can't refuse. Try free upgrades, free nights, and lots of savings. Need some more inspiration? Here's what's in store at Seven Stars:

Seven Stars Resort, Turks and Caicos--sensational snorkeling in the marine preserve of Princess Alexandra National Park

--sailing into the sunset aboard one of the resort's complimentary Hobie Cats

--beachside massage services (or a whole range of indulgences at the spa itself)

--distinguished accommodations with every possible modern amenity (DVD players, complimentary Internet...)

Here's the round-up of special offers available:

The Winter Special Getaway Offer gives discounts of 40 percent when you stay for a minimum of three nights. Starting at $390 per night for the Garden View Junior Suite; available til March 31, 2010.

Fantastic Savings and Upgrades for the Winter: Receive 25 percent off the normal daily rate and receive a free upgrade to the next room category.

The March is Special Offer: Stay seven nights and the last two nights are free, including complimentary Continental breakfast and airport transfers.

Spring Break in Barbados: Free Stuff at Sandy Lane Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Sandy Lane Resort, BarbadosCabin fever? Think ahead to a spring fling in Barbados. The exclusive Sandy Lane Resort is enticing visitors for some fun in the sun with a special "Spring Break" offer that includes a free night, full breakfast, Bentley luxury airport transfers, and unlimited non-motorized water sports. What's to love about this swanky hideaway on Barbados' Gold Coast? Rooms that average 900 square feet, eight restaurants and bars, two Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf courses, a sprawling spa, and oodles of activities for kids at the Treehouse Club. Book a six-night spring vacation for the whole family and get a free night with the Spring Break package. Available between March 1 and 26, 2010, the package is priced from $1400 in an Orchid Room.

First a Tourist Spaceship, Now an Underwater Plane: The Latest from Richard Branson

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Virgin Aero Submarine, Necker NymphBack in December, we reported on Virgin Galactic's tourist spaceship, a pet project of Sir Richard Branson's. Come 2011, travelers will be able to zoom through outer space for $200K. Next up for the business mogul? "A first-of-its-kind underwater plane." Virgin Limited Edition made the announcement about Branson's big purchase this week. An engineering marvel, the vessel can undertake underseas flights, moving through the water as if it were air. Here's the word from ABC News:

The "aero submarine" -- Branson's is named the Necker Nymph -- can dive to a depth of about 130 feet below the water's surface, carrying two passengers and a pilot. The three-person submersible will be delivered later this month to Branson's private Caribbean resort, Necker Island, and will be anchored to the deck of Branson's luxury catamaran, the Necker Belle. For guests who spend $88,000 to rent the high-end yacht for one week, the Necker Nymph can be hired out for an equally princely sum -- $25,000 per week.

Live the Luxury in Turks and Caicos: 25% Savings at The Regent Palms

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Regent Palms, Turks and CaicosToday is Groundhog Day 2010 and it looks like Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, heading back to his hole for six more weeks of winter. Depressed by the prediction from this "famous rodent meteorologist"? Here's a more uplifting thought: The Regent Palms is currently running an offer called "Great Savings in Turks and Caicos"- giving guests 25% off, or the equivalent of a free night when you stay four nights. Treat yourself to a dose of sunshine and ditch those winter blues. Nestled on the powder fine sands of Grace Bay Beach, this luxury Caribbean resort has it all: a 25,000 square foot spa, two signature restaurants, a gorgeous infinity pool, tennis, a Fitness Center and children's club activities. Smiling again? The offer is available with a minimum four-night stay and includes: * Welcome amenity * Daily continental breakfast * Complimentary use of all non-motorized water sport equipment * Complimentary high-speed, wireless Internet

Free-Dive in the Turks and Caicos with the World Record Holder at Amanyara

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Amanyara, Turks and CaicosHow do we love Amanyara? Let us count the ways. True to Amanresorts' philosophy, the resort is defined by a sensual, contemporary design created in harmony with its setting: the tropical island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos. 40 luxurious pavilions edge the fine sandy beach. There's a drop-dead gorgeous pool that offers uninterrupted views of the sea. Plus: a serene spa, yoga, tennis. And the turquoise Atlantic with unrivaled diving opportunities. In fact, Amanyara has a special program for February; the resort has invited free-diver and world-record holder Tanya Streeter to host private lessons for guests. (Now a reporter on underwater experiences for BBC, Tanya can hold her breath for six and a half minutes.) She will join guests scuba diving and in underwater photography courses. In the evenings, she'll host screenings of her documentary Diving with Whales, about the migration of humpback whales.

Winter Warmers: 4th Night Free at the Caribbean’s Cap Juluca Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cap Juluca, AnguillaYou'd be hard-pressed to find a more picture-perfect beach paradise than Anguilla in the Caribbean's British West Indies, just five miles from St. Maarten and 20 miles from St. Barth's. Along the island's palm-fringed powder beaches, Cap Juluca has secured its reputation as one of the Caribbean's swankiest resorts. Recently renovated, Cap Juluca offers unequalled privacy and serious luxury. So imagine our delight at finding out Cap Juluca is offering a fourth night free-- during high season!

Marriott’s Big Sale: 20-40 Percent Discount on Hotels Worldwide

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

JW Marriott CancunMarriott is starting the year off right with a "Global Rate Break" on weekends at participating hotels worldwide, including the upscale JW Marriott brand. Stay at any of the more than 2,500 participating hotels between January 22 and March 21, 2010 and save 20 percent. Book at select resort hotels in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Hawaii-- like the JW Marriott Mexico City, JW Marriott in Cancun (pictured), Marriott Los Suenos in Costa Rica, or Hawaii's JW Marriott Ihalani Resort-- and you'll get 40 percent off. Hurry, you must book by January 22.

Winter Warm Up: 40 Percent off the Radisson Aruba Resort

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Radisson Aruba ResortDreaming of a little rest and relaxation in warmer climes? The Radisson Aruba should fit the bill-- from the zero-entry free form swimming pools to the white sandy beach (Aruba's largest) with oodles of water sports. Sprawling over 14 acres, the resort is a beachside oasis of tropical gardens, lagoons and waterfalls. Not to mention the average winter temps that hover around 80 degrees... Book with Five Star Alliance and take advantage of the 2010 Winter Special rates, where you can score a room for just $150 a night, representing a deep discount of over 40 percent. Plus, the resort will throw in food and beverage credits for stays of five nights or longer. Appointed with custom-designed Colonial West Indian furnishings with four poster beds and marble bathrooms, all guest rooms have spacious balconies or private patios.

Dominican Dreams: Winter Escape at Oscar de la Renta’s Tortuga Bay

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Tortuga BayNeed to thaw out? Can't wait for spring break? Check into Oscar de la Renta-designed digs at Tortuga Bay, located within the world-famous Punta Canta Resort and Club, a celebrity favorite. Inspired by rich Dominican culture, the Tortuga Bay villas are crafted with authentic materials and feature balconies overlooking La Cana Golf Course or the intensely blue Caribbean waters. Expect to find the finest Frette linens, separate kitchens for each bedroom, and gorgeous coralline stone bathrooms in each villa. You'll get a golf cart to take spins around the resort (and enjoy plenty of frozen cocktails while lounging on the sandy beach). Book the Winter Dominican Escape and get a golf view Junior Suite starting from $595 plus taxes. Valid January 4 through March 22, 2010.