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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER

 
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.

An Amazing Aerial Activity at the Viceroy Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

25 luxurious private pool villas make up the ultra luxurious Viceroy Bali, only a five minute drive from central Ubud. With unparalleled views of the dramatic tropical Petanu Valley views and surrounded by rice fields, hotel guests wanting to avoid the 45-minute drive from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport to Ubud can instead opt for a direct helicopter transfer to the hotel. In addition, guests can tour Bali and the neighboring islands by air in the helicopter.

2 of our favorite tours are:

Kintamani Volcano Sky Tour - A bus transfer from the hotel to a private Helipad at Taro Elephant Safari park, then the 25 minute aerial tour of the Kintamani Volcano and Caldera lake, renowned as Bali's most famous landmark.

Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida Costal Sky Tour - Approximately 60 minutes long, these islands feature stunning white cliffs and deserted white beaches. Also discover Crystal bay, famous for its shimmering swathes of sand and aquamarine waters.

Viceroy Bali Helicopter Pad

Aerial View of Viceroy Bali


Deluxe Junior Suites at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

On the banks of the Vilcanota River and at the foot of Macchu Picchu, the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers travelers 60 guest rooms: 3 Sumaq Suites, 11 Junior Suites and 46 Superior category rooms.

As of May 2016, new Deluxe Junior Suites are available. Sleep deeply with hypoallergenic pillows, goose feather comforters, spring mattresses, and modern thermal heating. The rooms measure approximately 29 to 34 square meters. Services and amenities include a King Bed, 47 inch LED tv, mini-fridge, coffee maker, cradle, small living room, DVD player, radio with MP3 player.

All guest rooms at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel feature the following:

  • 100% goose-feather blankets
  • 100% cotton sheets
  • Cable television
  • National/International Direct Dialing
  • Thermal Heating
  • Electronic Safe
  • 110V/220V power
  • Bathrooms with tub and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Black-out curtains
  • Fire alarm
  • Soundproof windows
  • Minibar
  • 2 bottles of water complimentary per night
  • Turndown service

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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Image of the Day: Alila Ubud


By: Five Star Alliance

Alila Ubud is a tranquil and secluded hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali's central foothills, in the traditional Balinese hill village of Payangan. The resort is located 15-minute from Ubud, the island’s cultural heart. 

Alila Ubud

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Dining Al Fresco: African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

The perfect hideaway for a gourmet dining experience, Towers Restaurant at African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa
s divided into three sections that include a romantic private dining area. Expect an intercontinental fusion of flavors
and a carefully-planned menu that balances every taste and seduces every sense. 

African Pride Crystal Towers

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Adventures Await at Amano'i


By: Five Star Alliance

Amaoi
Set between Nui Chua National Park, Vietnam's largest natural conservation sites, and the pristine Vinh Hy Bay, Amano'i is the a tranquil retreat perfect for explorations of all kinds. 

Water lovers will want to take one of the resort's catamarans out on Vinh Hy Bay. Kayaks are also available for guests who want to explore the granite rock formations and inlets of the dramatic coastline. Instructors are available to give useful tips, as are guides.

Hikers will want to explore Nui Chua National Park, which spans 29,000 hectares. The park ecosystem's include range from dry, almost desert-like conditions to a near-rainforest climate. The park is home to thousands of plant species and hundreds of types of mammals and birds, waiting to be discovered on guided hikes or picnics.
Amano'i

Those who prefer their adventures to be more of the relaxing and restoring type, Amano'i is also home to an Aman Spa. Set on the shores of a tranquil lake dotted with floating lotus blossoms, the spa's extensive menu includes body treatments, scrubs, wraps, facials and haircare using Aman Spa’s all-natural, chemical-free products as well as traditional Vietnamese produce. Spa treatments are centerered around four signature journeys (purify, hydrate, harmonize, and Amanoi indulgence) designed to rebalance the body and mind. There are two hydrotherapy suites that are equipped with a heated stone treatment table, steam room, Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool.

If none of these adventures entice, Amano'i will design one to the exact specifications of the guest.

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Natural Adventures at Hotel Quinta Do Lago


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Quinta do LagoThe Hotel Quinta do Lago is situated in the Resort of Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, next to the Formosa Estuary (Ria Formosa) and the sea, in the very heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Hotel Quinta do Lago is the ideal place to discover nature.

Nature Activities and Adventures Include:

Horseback Riding-There are numerous stables near the hotel, from where one can enjoy the beauty of the Ria Formosa National Park on horseback.

Birdwatching-Quinta do Lago is a luxury destination for true bird watchers; here they have the opportunity to observe many different species in their natural habitat. The best location is besides the São Lourenço Lagoon, where a wooden shelter provides views over the water.Hotel Quinta do Lago

Seaside-Discover the unique beauty of the coast with its rock formations and caves. Take an exclusive cruise to relax, or have fun in the company of others on a group cruise.

Countryside-The inhabitants of Algarve's countryside maintain traditions of past centuries. Taste the traditional cuisine and enjoy the natural beauty of Algarve's best kept secret.

Beach-The Quinta do Lago beach is located a mere 300 meters from the hotel. You will find a vast array of water sports that will enliven your summer. You can also visit nearby beaches such as the Garrão beach and the Ancão or the Vale do Lobo beaches.

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Cool Pools: The Singular Patagonia


By: Five Star Alliance

The Singular Patagonia offers everything you'd expect from world-class luxury spa in Patagonia: an indoor/outdoor heated pool, a sauna, a steam room, two massage treatment rooms, a facial treatment room, and even a private suite with a multi-jet Jacuzzi. 

The Singular Patagonia

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Dining al Fresco: Fairmont Mara Safari Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Mara Safari Club Outdoor dining on the Masai Mara reserve is enhanced with the creation of a boma, a structure influenced by traditional homesteads, where guests can enjoy a cultural dinner reflecting not only African cuisine but also rich musical accompaniment. 

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

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Cool Pools: Singita Boulders Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

Each suite at Singita Boulders Lodge comes complete with a private infinity pool as well as this idyllic swimming pool located in the main lodge area.

Singita Boulders Lodge

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