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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.

Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives From The Air


By: Five Star Alliance

A string of pearl-like island atolls, the Maldives are a natural phenomenon that was once part of the mountainous landscape below the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Jumeirah Vittaveli is a short 20-minute ride on board a luxurious motorized catamaran from Male and the International Airport. 

The amazing aerial image below is courtesy of Mohamed Irshad Iray on his Instagram account /the_iray/.

From up in the air, it is easy to appreciate the 89 villas and suites - each with their own swimming pool and direct access to the beach or lagoon. The private and spacious villas are available with one or two bedrooms making them the ideal accommodation for both families and couples.

Aerial view of Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives

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Weddings & Honeymoons at Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico


By: Five Star Alliance

This article about having the perfect destination wedding or honeymoon at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico was originally posted in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, and was written by Nanci McArdle.

Once a plantation, Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, located in Puerto Rico, gives couples an option to celebrate their big day a quick plane-ride away. The private estate resort offers a variety of venues to exchange vows, including the Surf Room, a 4,558-square-foot luxury ballroom streaming with natural daylight provided by floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto an outside terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; Su Casa, an 8,000-square-foot private waterfront Spanish-Colonial hacienda; and several outdoor venues that highlight the lush grounds and ocean views. (Note: Su Casa, referred to as "the crown jewel of Dorado Beach," is a historic seaside home that was once owned by Clara Livingston and comes with five bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, vast outdoor space, wraparound verandas with oceanfront views and its own private pool, perfect for families and friends looking to share accommodations.)

After the last toast is given and the final dance takes place, honeymooners can retreat to the popular Tranquility Suite, which has a rooftop lounge area with a private plunge pool. Each room is designed to cater to the bride and groom's individual wishes, so they can choose which accommodation suits them best.

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Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico


Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort Perfect for Weddings & Honeymoons


By: Five Star Alliance

This article about Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach, where couples can celebrate their special day with a perfect destination wedding, was originally posted by our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, and was written by Nanci McArdle.

Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach

Always a popular wedding and honeymoon destination, Hawaii offers myriad options. Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach near Kauai's southernmost point is one of the many options for couples to spend their honeymoon. Although wedding ceremonies and receptions are not currently available at Ko'a Kea, discounted accommodations are on offer for groups celebrating elsewhere on the island.

Among the most popular retreats for honeymooners is Room No. 376, an oceanfront suite closest to the water on Kauai. The 624-square-foot room has a separate living room, wooden-beamed ceiling and large soaking tub (one of just 12 on property). A patio with chaise lounges is ideal for taking in 180-degree views of Poipu Beach.

For family or friends traveling together to celebrate their loved ones' special day, the resort presents 29 sets of connecting rooms located in various areas of the property. They range from two Partial Ocean View Rooms (Nos. 269 and 271) to an Oceanfront Deluxe Room and Oceanfront Suite (Nos. 378 and 376). And good news for those traveling with their furry friends: the hotel permits dogs 25 lbs. or less. The pet fee is a non-refundable $100 per day, and a bed, food, water bowl and toys are supplied. (Note: Due to limited availability of oceanfront and suite rooms, it is advisable to book at least two months in advance. During high demand periods such as summer and winter holidays, booking three, or more, months before is recommended.)

Romantic dining can be found in the resort's upscale seafood restaurant, Red Salt, where they can enjoy the Red Coral Martini, Ko'a Kea's signature cocktail made with Stolichnaya vanilla and raspberry vodka with a splash of pomegranate juice. Tables 22 or 27, next to the windows overlooking the property and ocean, are the most romantic seats in the house. Reservations are recommended one week in advance.

Couples or groups can enjoy some down time at The Spa at Ko'a Kea, which has five treatment rooms, plus a seaside cabana. Why not live like the natives and enjoy a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage before taking a walk along the seaside path that runs in front of the hotel or directly on the sand. More vigorous oceanfront hiking is located nearby on the bluffs of Mahaulepu. Bicycle rentals are available at Outfitters Kauai, about four minutes from the hotel.

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The New Villa One at One&Only Palmilla


By: Five Star Alliance

This article was first published in our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Natalie Maneval, under the title "The Villa Experience."

One&Only Palmilla Villa One

On the tip of the Baja Peninsula, discerning travelers now have a new villa accommodation to choose from when traveling to the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos. Villa One is complete with four bedrooms and an additional Butler Suite (for that top-notch service). By day, the guests will have 14,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor space to venture through, complete with an infinity-edge pool and fire pit. Seeking a wellness experience? We suggest making an appointment with the villa's dedicated fitness trainer or spa therapist, who will, of course, provide treatments onsite.

For a taste of adventure, the Villa Team can plan custom experiences, including deep sea fishing excursions, full-day surf lessons and cruising on One&Only Palmilla's Catari Yacht. In fact, travelers that stay at least four nights in Villa One will get to choose between a complimentary private yacht cruise or art walk tour. During the cruise, guests will explore the Sea of Cortez complete with a spin to Medano Bay - the view of the coastline will amaze. Meanwhile, an Art Walk takes guests to San Jose del Cabo to check out the Gallery District from the months of November to June. Guests will peruse different galleries like La Sacristia and Galeria Corsica.

One&Only Palmilla Villa One

Back at Villa One, the culinary staff can create custom meals to fit all tastes. We suggest asking for a themed dinner like taco night or barbeque. Tip: Complimentary sunset margaritas and Mexican canapés are served daily.

This accommodation is ideal for multigenerational families - the bedrooms come in several configurations, including an 870-square-foot master suite, a second bedroom with a king size bed and a secluded sun deck, a third room with two queen size beds and private patio and a fourth guestroom with bunk beds. When it comes time for those special family moments, convene in the great room. There, the doors open 30 feet wide to reveal views of the infinity-edge pool, the gardens and the sea. The prime views continue throughout the guesthouse, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass doors.

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One&Only Palmilla Villa One


Did You Know? Cambridge Beaches


By: Five Star Alliance

For nearly 100 years, Cambridge Beaches has built a reputation as Bermuda's finest vacation destination. The Latin inscription on the resort's coat of arms reads: "The First and The Best." Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is the island's first cottage colony and one of the oldest resorts on Bermuda. In fact, the property was a pioneer in cottage-style accommodations, which have been adopted by other popular resorts. The property even includes a restored cottage that is 300 years old.

 

Cambridge Beaches

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Dining Al Fresco: Alila Seminyak Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

From savoring authentic Indonesian flavours to feasting on succulent grills or enjoying sundowners and light bites beside the pool,
Alila Seminyak serves up a delicious variety of gastronomic experiences amid a chilled-out oceanfront ambience, tantalising
your appetite and your senses.

Alila Seminyak Bali

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Image of the day: Alila Seminyak Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

Unfurling along a pristine beach on Bali's southwest coast, mere steps from the Indian Ocean,
Alila Seminyak Bali ups the ante on tropical cool. A stunning Seminyak beach resort that radiates
sophistication, vibrance and vivacity, offering an indulgence of luscious lifestyle facilities and refined spaces
for chilling out in style.

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Dining al Fresco: Fairmont Kea Lani


By: Five Star Alliance

Ko Restaurant at Fairmont Kea Lani Resort was voted 2013 Maui Restaurant of the Year. Executive Chef Tylun Pang leads the culinary masterpiece of Kō restaurant in Wailea, the only fine dining restaurant on Maui to offer cuisine inspired by Hawaii's sugarcane plantation era. Ko features island family recipes and includes farm-fresh Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese menu items.

Keiki (Children) five and under eat free at Kō through the Keiki Dining Program.

Fairmont Kea Lani

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Image of the day: Alila Villas Uluwatu


By: Five Star Alliance

Poised on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs sweeping down to the ocean,
the view from the Alila Villas Uluwatu is nothing less than picture-perfect. Re-discover the joy
of pure relaxation in unparalleled comfort and space in each of our exquisitely designed Bali
luxury villas. Surrender yourself to the enchantment of Bali's beauty and serenity in the luxury
of flawless perfection.

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Image of the day: Alila Villas Soori


By: Five Star Alliance

Alila Villas Soori is a private and luxurious retreat  to recharge amidst the beauty, warmth and rich culture of Bali.
Surrounded by UNESCO's world heritage protected rice fields, guests can experience the ultimate in personalised service,
the luxury of space and the boosting elements of the unique volcanic sand which defines this incredible coastline.

Alila Villas Soori

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