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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.

Image of the Day: Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya

September 18, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya's relaxing tropical ambience is synonymous with every ingredient for a memorable holiday. Sporting opportunities abound both on land and water in Pattaya, and include 18 of the finest golf courses in Thailand, game fishing and scuba diving. Pattaya is also rich in leisure activities, cultural entertainment for all family members, and after dark nightlife.

Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya 

Fall rates at Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya start at $104 per night >>

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New to Five Star Alliance: Indigo Pearl Phuket

September 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Set against a backdrop of lush rainforest, Indigo Pearl rests on Phuket’s sheltered northern shore, a short drive from the airport. 

Indigo Pearl Phuket

Fall rates at Indigo Pearl Phuket start at $172 per night >>

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Waterhouse at South Bund

September 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Waterhouse at South Bund, located on the banks of the Shanghai's Huangpu River, offers magnificent views of the Pudong skyline, an area where the city's quaint low-rise architectural heritage is still largely intact.

The Waterhouse at South Bund

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New to Five Star Alliance: Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa

September 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Please help us welcome Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa to the Five Star Alliance collection. The Phuket luxury resort  is situated on 15 acres of pristine beachfront land facing endless white beaches and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. The grounds are a natural botanical garden exploding with the colors of exotic flowers and lush greenery and utmost care is taken to preserve the natural beauty and the environment.

Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa

Fall Rates at Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa start at $350 per night >>

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Spotlight on Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

August 28, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Bali is the most popular tourist destination in Indonosia and has been so for decades. It is known for its stunning beaches and landscape, diverse artistic culture, and world-class shopping. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort overlooks the island’s famed Kuta Beach and the Bali Strait along Jalan Pantai Kuta. The luxury resort is part of Beachwalk: A Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort, a lifestyle center complete with shopping, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and an XXI Cineplex. The resort is ideally located 15 minutes away from Denpasar International Airport. 

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort has 203 rooms and suites that reflect contemporary Balinese taste while offering state-of-the-art technology. Rooms are furnished with hand-selected furniture that reflect a sense of belonging, and private balconies have views of Kuta Beach and Bali Strait. A good night's rest is all but guaranteed with Sheraton Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed, and spacious spa-inspired guest bathrooms are beautifully appointed with freestanding bathtubs and rainforest showers. Children who are 12 or younger sleep for free in the existing bedding of a room shared with a paying adult. Rollaways, child rollaways and cribs are available for an extra fee. Sensitive guest will appreciate available hypoallergenic pillows, and all guests will appreciate the wireless High Speed Internet Access. Other modern conveniences an LED or LCD flat screen television, a multimedia system with iPod© connectivity, and an international electrical outlet. There's also a refreshment center and complimentary bottled water.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Other features at the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort include a
health and fitness program designed in conjuntion with Core® Performance so guests can maintain their routine while on vacation. The 160-square-meter fitness center provides towels, a water station, and instruction posters. Cardio equipment features individual television screens, and the strength/core area has a 42” LCD flat screen television. Furthermore, a jogging route is available in the resort.

After working out, guests can splash around in the free-form pool or the kids' pool. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available, as is food and drink service. A water park and a childcare center operate out of the adjacent Beachwalk. Guests can also indulge in a relaxing treatment at Shine Spa for Sheraton. Spanning more than 250 square meters, it comprises four treatment rooms—each with its own hot tub—and changing rooms with saunas and rain showers.

Fall rates at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort start at $154 per night >>

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Image of the Day: Rambagh Palace

August 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Rambagh Palace was built in 1835 for the queen's favorite handmaiden Kesar Badaran. It was later a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and in 1925 was converted into a palace for the Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1957 it was turned into a luxury hotel by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. 

Rambagh Palace

Fall rates at Rambagh Palace start at $261USD >>

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Your Questions Answered: Where Can a Family Stay in Ubud?

August 24, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ubud Hanging Gardens
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our blog series "Your Questions Answered" to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.


QUESTION: We are a family of 3 and looking to stay is Ubud. What offers are best for 2 adults and a 1 yr old child ?


ANSWER: Ubud Hanging Gardens 

Ubud Hanging Gardens is a haven of peace and tranquility set in the heart of the tropical paradise of Bali. Ubud Hanging Gardens offers you a tropical paradise experience never to be forgotten. Set in the steep rice terraces of Ubud with sweeping views across the Ayung River, each luxury Balinese style private villa provides the perfect location to escape, relax and unwind. There are thirty-eight luxury villas, each with a heated private infinity plunge pool overlooking the Ayung river and sensational views of the surrounding verdant gardens of this tropical resort.

We suggest the Duplex Family Pool Villa for your family.

Ideal for families—or friends travelling together—the Duplex Family Pool Villa features two luxurious bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms. The upper level includes a master bedroom, an indooor/outdoor bathroom, a large terrace, and an infinity pool. A second bedroom is located on the lower level, along with an additional bathroom and a second terrace.
With floor to ceiling windows, this villa offers its guests sweeping views across the valley. The Duplex Family Pool Villa can accommodate four adults or two adults and two children in superior luxury. The villa has a King-sized bed and two twin beds in a separate bedroom, large polished terrazzo bath with rain showerhead, additi.onal bathroom on the lower level, private terrace with heated infinity pool, panoramic views of the valley, and is 160 m2 / 1722 ft2. Other amenities include a welcome fruit basket, complimentary bottled water, bathrobes, luxury toiletries, TV and DVD player, and Wireless Internet. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, and amenities, as well as any extra person charges, are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Did You Know? Empire Hotel and Country Club

August 23, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Empire Hotel
Empire Hotel and Country Club
is located in Brunei, one of only two Sultanates in the world. Situated on the northern coast of Borneo in Southeast Asia, it is a land of architectural Islamic grandeur and lush virgin rainforest. With a monarchy stretching back 600 years and relatively new independence, gained in 1984, Brunei is an unique preserve of modernity, royalty and nature. 

 

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Get to Know The Raj Palace

August 22, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Raj Palace

Raj Palace was made for royalty. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the palatial luxury hotel has architecture that's not only stunningly beautiful, but also designed with a purpose. The Raj Palace was formerly a Maharaja’s palace built in 1727 and was named World's Best Heritage hotel in 2011 by World Travel Awards.

The Indian nobility's belief in their divine right to power manifested itself in the planning of palaces. The palace was designed following architectural guidelines described in ancient Indian texts known as the Vastushastras some of which are more than fifteen hundred years old and was meant to be a physical and spiritual microcosm of the universe. The central courtyard of a palace was said to be the building's most powerful point, and always contained a representation of a prominent deity. Views of the courtyard and deity could thus be enjoyed from each of the palace's residential quarters.

Extremely preoccupied with palace security, Maharajas would also build fortified walls and gateways around their residences. These heavily guarded structures were architectural marvels in themselves, mammoth in size and wrought with complex geometric designs that communicated the authority of the royal family. 

The secret tunnels and doorways that abounded in Indian palaces allowed Maharajas easy access to their queens' quarters and provided them with quick getaways from public reception halls. More importantly, these clandestine passageways were a precaution against assassination plots and enabled a king and his entourage to slip in and out unnoticed.

In 1995, Princess Jayendra Kumari Ji decided to restore this luxurious palace into the finest luxury Palace hotel. The Royal family renovated the arched corridors, the residential quarters and its courtyards with small amplifications, Best services were added like Handicap access etc. Museum suites were created which have the finest Royal antiques giving the property the honor of being first museum suite palace hotel of the world as the suites have their private museum. The specially designed frescoes deciphered with the finest mirror and hand painted work and rare palace furniture , Large crystal chandeliers leave you adorned with an astonishing fantasy. The elegance personified and the renowned hospitality is served in its 40 well-appointed rooms and beautiful venues with extreme intimacy and caring personal service in the reborn Raj Palace.

 

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Image of the Day: Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort

August 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort is a 5-star beach resort designed to be the first truly themed hotel in Thailand. It has direct access beach access to a stretch of 230 meters of white sand beach complete with an extensive beachfront water park.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort 

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort has Fall rates starting at $139 per night >>

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