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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.

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


Here's to a day filled with the love of those near and far!

(Romantic image is of Bali's Amankila)

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Image of the Day: The Royal Begonia

February 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


Nestled on the sparkling ivory beaches of the southeastern coast of Hainan Island, The Royal Begonia overlooks the sapphire South China Sea. To the north, majestic mountains and verdant rainforests set an indelible scene for inspiring hikes.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at The Royal Begonia >>

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Phillipe Starck Takes the Stairs to Bali

February 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson



Philippe Starck, the French designer responsible for dreaming up the interiors of The Royalton Hotel, the Felix restaurant at The Peninsula Hong Kong, the Delano Hotel,  and the Mondrian Hotel, has undertaken a new project.  This time, Starck is headed to Seminyak, Bali, to envision The Stairs Villa Hotel. The hotel is set to break ground in 2013 in the Petitenget neighborhood and will be accessible by a monolithic 65-foot wide stairway. The Stairs is the first Starck fully-designed villa hotel in Indonesia. It will feature a private village of 12 limited-edition villas, with signature floor-to-roof glass facades by internationally-acclaimed artist JonOne; and public areas with a cafe patisserie, restaurant, bar lounge, boutique, mezzanine bibliotheque, signature spa, and workout facilities.




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Sofitel So Singapore Gets a Lagerfield Label

February 1, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


Sofitel So Singapore is getting a designer label.  The brand has commissioned legendary designer Karl Lagerfield to design the emblem of the upcoming Sofitel So Singapore. This isn't the first time the luxury brand has paired up with a designer.  The partnership is part of Sofitel's Art de Vivre,  which pairs the talent of leading designers and architects to create distinctive international hotels infused with French elegance, allure, and refinement. Previous pairings have included Kenzo Takada provided design direction for the Sofitel So Mauritius, and Christian Lacroix adding his touch to the Sofitel So Bangkok. We bet it will turn out just as gorgeous as Sofitel Macau at Ponte 16, pictured at left.


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AKARYN Koh Samui Delivers Pizza

January 30, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


If you are craving pizza in Koh Samui, you are in luck! These aren’t your average jumbo slices, either. AKARYN Samui Resort and Spa has unveiled a new menu of over 80 gourmet pizzas, cooked in the island's only hand-made, wood-fired, beachfront pizza oven and featuring the cream of genuine Italian cheeses and cold cuts.  The oven was hand-built built by Chef (and Venice native) Andrea Brunello. The pizza choices pay homage to all the major regions in Italy,with toppings ranging from San Daniele Parma Ham to Schiacciata Calabra Salami to Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese. Other choices include classic pizzas, truffle pizzas, novelty shaped pizzas and Thai-infused specialties like Tom Yum Pizza.

The pizza-making started last week, and 400 pies have already been sold. The pizza has proved so popular that the resort is delivering to select luxury villas in the neighbourhood of Hanuman Bay. The luxury resort is also launching Samui’s first Pizza Academy, where guests (and residents) can learn how to make real pizzas. AKARYN Pizza takes its place in the resort's Gourmet Village, where other culinary options include the Asian tapas experience Ochos, The Legend, dedicated to rediscovering the culinary secrets of Old Siam, The Edge, where fresh seafood is served with international flair, and The Wet Bar, the island's most chilled submerged bar.

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Image of the Day: Vivanta by Taj Dal View Srinagar

January 28, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Explore rates, details, photos and more at Vivanta by Taj Dal View Srinagar >>



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Image of the Day: Banyan Tree Sanya

January 27, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson


Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. – Seneca


Explore rates, details, photos and more at Banyan Tree Sanya >>


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Image of the Day: Banyan Tree Lang Co

January 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance


Banyan Tree Lang Co is a stunning all-pool villa resort located in Vietnam’s new playground for the sophisticated vacationer.


Explore rates, details, photos and more at Banyan Tree Lang Co>>

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Posted in: Hue, Asia, Hot Spots, New Hotels

The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Tower Club at lebua

December 29, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels.

Here are a few fun facts about Tower Club at lebua:

-The Tower Club at lebua is an all-suite luxury hotel located in the extravagant city of Bangkok, and consists of 358 rooms that are designed to impress guests to the fullest.

-The hotel is strategically placed at the cross roads of Silom and C roads, so there is easy access to business and shopping districts in the busy city.


-Try the world's highest al fresco restaurant at the hotel itself, which is located on the 63rd floor of The Dome at State Tower. Sirocco will leave you mesmerized!


-This hotel offers a spa facility on site as well as a fitness center and outdoor pool for their guests to enjoy after a long day of exploring the amazing city and culture.



Explore photos, availability, and rates at Tower Club at lebua>>

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The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Destinations in 2012: #11 Male, Republic of Maldives

December 21, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

The Maldives is made up of approximately 1200 coral islands, grouped in a double chain of twenty-six major atolls.  It is nirvana for many scuba divers, who come for the amazing diversity of sea life.  Overwater bungalows are the  most common type of accommodations found here, along with thatch-roofed villas and ocean pavilions.  Five Star Alliance offers 29 luxury properties in or near the capital city of  Male.


What Makes Our Guests Love Male?

-Male is host to Hanifaru Huraa, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve renowned as a feeding ground for manta rays and whale sharks.

-Night reef fishing trip (offered by a lot of resorts) give visitors the opportunity to catch their own dinners.

-The warm seas of Maldives have high visibility throughout the year, with water clear enough to see the passing fish as far as fifty meters away.

-There's still availability for New Year's Eve in Male! Nightly rates range from $272USD at Traders Hotel Male Maldives to $1570USD at Dusit Thani Maldives (pictured right) to $2205USD at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives

-Plan ahead for a spectacular Valentine's Day, where nightly rates range from $675USD at Vivanti by Taj Coral Reef to  $875.50 at LUX Maldives to $1575USD at One&Only Maldives at Reethi Rah (pictured below).



Did You Know?

Maldives holds the record for being the flattest country in the world and for being the smallest Muslim country in the world.

Check out all the best luxury hotels and resorts in Male>>

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Posted in: Male, Asia, 'Best Of' Lists