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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.

We Have a Winner!

February 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 


At long last, we can share our exciting news!  We know many of you have been anxiously awaiting the announcement as to who has won our Romantic Getaway Sweepstakes!  We've wanted to tell you, but we had to wait until all the details were finalized. Now that all we've dotted all our i's and crossed all our t's, we can finally tell you!  The lucky winner is (drumroll please!)

 

 

Kim H. of New York!

 
 
 

 

Kim and her guest will be flying business class to Bali courtesy of Qatar Airways!  They will enjoy a  5 night stay in a luxury 1 bedroom pool villa courtesy of the Viceroy Bali.

Amenties include:

-Welcome drink & cool towel upon arrival

-Daily choice of A La Carte Breakfast

-Daily restock of mini bar with free nonalcoholic drinks

-Free Wi-Fi Broadband Internet Access

-Free use of Jacuzzi & Steam bath at Lembah Spa

-Free drop off and pickup shuttle service in Ubud area

-Cardio and Resistance Gymnasium

 

Enjoy your stay Kim, and take lots of pictures! For all those who didn't win, keep checking our Facebook page. We'll have another exciting luxury hotel contest coming up soon.

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Image of the Day: Banyan Tree Hangzhou

February 24, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Banyan Tree Hangzhou is a Jiangnan-style "water-village" resort experience located inside the Xixi wetlands, China's first wetlands reserve. The Xixi National Wetland Park is home to an amazing wealth of thriving plant and animal life.

 

View rates, details and more photos for Banyan Tree Hangzhou >>

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Image of the Day: Vana Belle

February 17, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Situated on a serene bay, Vana Belle, Koh Samui is fringed by verdant surroundings and the transparent Gulf of Thailand, which guarantee endless activity.

 

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Vana Belle >>

 

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Posted in: Koh Samui, Asia, Hot Spots

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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