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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.

Image of the Day: Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel

August 6, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel was invisioned by the world renowned architect Arata Isozaki and designed by KCA International, the interior designers of the luxurious Burj Al Arab.

Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel

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Image of the Day: Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok

July 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok has an oversized swimming pool that is set in a tranquil tropical garden. 

Chatrium Residences Sathon Bangkok

 

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Experience Japan the Local Way at The Peninsula Tokyo

July 25, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The Peninsula Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo
has rolled out an exciting new array of experiential courses for guests wanting to learn first-hand about Japanese culture.  The experiential learning is done through personalized classes, tours, and activities. These new programs have been designed from a local Japanese perspective and highlight key aspects that speak to the Japanese culture, heritage, lifestyle, cuisine, arts, and more. "The Art of the Kimono program is one of the many new classes that the hotel has created. Guests of the hotel get introduced to the Japanese culture and lifestyle by learning about the complexities of putting on the formal kimono During the program guests are professionally fitted and dressed in the traditional Japanese garment. Guests can select the kimono of their choice to try on from the available selection provided by the famous Japanese kimono designer Hatsuko Endo. Guests also have the option to don a traditional Japanese hairstyle and makeup with the opportunity to commemorate the experience with professional photographs at additional cost.

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Image of the Day: W Taipei

July 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

W Taipei is an artistic icon right in the heart of the exhilarating Xinyi district where the city's most exuberant nightlife, scintillating entertainment, hottest fashion and other spectacular attractions reside.

W Taipea

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Your Questions Answered: Kids and the Maldives

July 18, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

 

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 new 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: What hotels or resorts in the Maldives do you recommend for a family traveling with kids?


ANSWER: Lucky Kids! We have a great collection of hotels in the Maldives that welcome children.  Hf the ere are some of the amenities at the luxury hotels that are part of the Five Star Alliance collection.

Dusit Thani Maldives-The Dusit Thani Maldives (left) offers a children’s play area and club facility. 

-At the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah "KidsOnly" is free for all children from 2-11 years and provides world-class benefits including exciting and imaginative daily fun programs, age-appropriate activities, facilities and amenities, over twelve hours a day. Babysitters are available 24 hours a day for those under 2. 

-At the Anantara Veli Resort and Spa , the Dhoni Kids Club (for children from the ages of 3 to 12) keeps the youngest guests entertained during their holidays with an action-packed program featuring a variety of beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games that are fun, educational and culturally enriching. 

-At the LUX Maldives "PLAY" offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything kids could hope for on an island vacation. 

-Kids For All Seasons Kudamas Club is an organized program of fun activities for the little ones at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives.  

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Image of the Day: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

July 18, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok offers contemporary luxury throughout its 393 rooms and suites, with views over the Chao Phraya River or gardens; ten restaurants, many with terraces by the river; and The Oriental Spa, voted among the "Best in the World."

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

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The Peninsula Bangkok Celebrates 15 Years with 15 Fabulous Facets

July 1, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Peninsula Bangkok
The ultra-luxurious Peninsula Bangkok is turning 15 this year!  To celebrate, they are launching a special guest package called Fifteen Facets that features 15 unique Peninsula experiences. The package is priced at THB 55,150++ per two guests for four nights’ stay and is valid from 1 May to 31 October 2013. 

The main features of the package comprise:

-Fast track welcome at Suvarnabhumi Airport
-BMW limousine roundtrip transfer
-Deluxe Room for two 
-Daily Breakfast for two at River Cafe & Terrace
-Relaxed Lunch for two at The Pool
-Private Dinner for two in the Paribatra Aviation Lounge
-One hour spa treatment for two at The Peninsula Spa
-Two alcoholic drinks and unlimited soft drinks at The River Bar for two
-Two cocktails at Thiptara Lounge for two
-The Peninsula Top Chefs’ Secrets
-The Peninsula Afternoon Tea for two
-Tuk Tuk Tour of Klongsan
-Asiatique The Riverfront Visit by Peninsula Private Boat
-The Peninsula Academy Footprint from the Past
-Late Check-out until 6:00 pm

Other 15th annivesary celebrations planned include corporate responsibility and sustainability programmes for the Thai community, special events, and the official launch of the hotel’s new look lobby.

 

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Winner's Report: The Ultimate Getaway

June 28, 2013
By: Guest Writer

Viceroy BaliA few months ago, we held an Ultimate Getaway sweepstakes. The grand prize was a stay at Viceroy Bali, and included business class airfare furnished by Qatar Airlines. 

Our winner, Kim H, has written up her experiences for us. 

 My trip to Bali began in New York City on Qatar Airlines. Being able to fly Business Class with such a wonderful airline was truly a rewarding way to travel. 

Viceroy Bali

It was an absolute pleasure to travel in such comfort and luxury!


Everything in Bali was a feast for the senses. From sights to sounds to everything in between, it was overwhelming – but all in a good way! There were so many wonderful restaurants to try out in Ubud and beyond. There was a lot of Nasi Goring to be had, and plenty of watermelon juice. We sampled everything from local roadside stands to top rated warungs.


Our stay at the Viceroy Bali was the crown jewel of the trip. The staff showed such an unparalleled kindness throughout our entire visit. The Deluxe Garden Terrace villa that we were in was absolutely heaven. The room was immaculate and the pool with a bale was truly a touch of paradise. We had our morning breakfasts at Cascades Restaurant at the Viceroy which was phenomenal. What a perfect way to start out the day!

Viceroy Bali


We did get a chance to go down to the beaches in Seminyak and Kuta. I can see why Bali is a surfer’s paradise. The waves were tremendous and beautiful! When I return to Bali one day, it will be with a surf board in hand. A real highlight was a visit to the Elephant Safari Park in Ubud, where they had a six-week old baby there and you could really get up close and interact with the elephants. It was a really amazing experience!

Bali is a kind, culturally-rich island which was unlike any place that I’ve ever been to. I left feeling incredibly grateful for the chance to soak it in for one week and take away such wonderful memories.

 We're so glad she had a wonderful time on her trip!

 

You can see more of Kim's gorgeous pictures on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Facebook

 

 

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Image of the Day: The Peninsula Tokyo

June 28, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Tokyo is a gracious free-standing hotel offering 314 spacious guestrooms, including 47 suites.

Peninsula Tokyo

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Did You Know? Fuchun Resort

June 27, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fuchun Resort
Fuchun Resort
 
is named to honor a painting by artist Huang Gongwang, who lived from 1269-1354. "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" is considered to be one of his greatest works and is a national treasure. The Chinese landscape painting, which is a depiction of the scenery along the Fuchun River, was burnt into two pieces in 1650. Today, one piece is in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou, while the other piece is in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Fuchun Resort stands as a replica of this famous painting. In his honour, the Resort is named after his greatest artwork.

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