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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.

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.

 

 

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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.

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

The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention The Peninsula Hong Kong

December 19, 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 The Peninsula Hong Kong:

- The hotel has an ultra-modern gym with personal trainers available for assistance, and an indoor pool with sun terrace and pool bar, together with sauna.

-The Peninsula Spa has been described as Heaven on Earth and features grand harbor views from several of the rooms.

-Guests can enjoy high tea in the lobby, or take in the glamour at Felix, the Phillipe Starck-designed restaurant that has views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.

-Located in the Tower from floors 17 to 27, Grand Deluxe Kowloon View Rooms provide an abundance of natural daylight and expansive views of the bustling Kowloon cityscape and mountains beyond, as well as a glittering neon vista by night.

 

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Top 30 Hotels in 2012 Honorable Mention: Raffles Hotel Singapore

December 18, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

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 Raffles Hotel Singapore:

-Lies in the heart of the city, in close proximity to the banking and financial districts, Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre (SICEC), as well as leisure attractions including the casino at Marina Bay; the cultural sights of Arab Street and Chinatown and shopping at Raffles City shopping mall and Orchard Road shopping belt.

-Immortalized in the novels of Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling.

-Raffles Hotel Arcade offers a fine selection of elegant international brands including Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, and Armani.

-15 restaurants and bars beckon, including the Long Bar - home to the world renowned Singapore Sling; Tiffin Room, which continues the tradition of Afternoon Tea at Raffles and Bar & Billiard Room, well-known for its legend of "The Tiger under the Billiard Table."
 

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Top 30 Hotels of 2012 Honorable Mention: Marina Bay Sands Singapore

December 14, 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 Marina Bay Sands Singapore:

-The 2561 rooms include 230 suites that soar 57 stories above the ground and offer breathtaking views.

-The Sands SkyPark Observation Deck offers not only spectacular views, but the world-famous 150-meter infinity pool, which is the largest outdoor pool at that height.

-The casino has 2300 of the newest and most popular electronic gaming machines in the world.

-Celebrity chefs practically call this place home. The property features restaurants by culinary luminaries Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali, and Tetsuya Wakuda.

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Gotham City Getaways

July 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With the much anticipated premiere of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, we certainly want to go beyond just seeing the films. For all of the Batman aficionados who hope to experience some of the scenes first hand, we bring you the numerous faces of Gotham City.

The Dark Knight had scenes shot in Chicago, Hong Kong, and London. The opening robbery of ‘Gotham National Bank’ by the Joker takes place at the Old Chicago Post Office, the offices of Harvey Dent and the boardroom of Wayne Enterprises are in the IBM Building in Chicago, and the restaurant where Bruce Wayne crashes Rachel’s and Harvey’s date is the Criterion Restaurant in London. The theater where Harvey attempts to take Rachel to see the ballet is the Chicago Theater on 175 North State St, and the meeting with the crooked financial tycoon is held in Hong Kong’s IFC2, the tallest building in the city. The views over the Chicago River from Bruce Wayne’s penthouse are actually taken from the 39th floor of the 71 Hotel, which is also where the bedroom of Wayne’s penthouse was filmed.

Want more? Check out the other pieces of Gotham City here!

Hoping to view all of these movie destinations in person? Make your reservations for London, Chicago, and Hong Kong here!

Photo of the 71 Hotel exterior


One of New Delhi's Newest Hotels: The Oberoi Gurgaon

December 12, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

The Oberoi Gurgaon Guest RoomsThis year, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts welcomed a new property to its already-impressive Indian roster: The Oberoi, Gurgaon in New Delhi's stylish business suburb. On a recent trip to the subcontinent, we checked into this modern new addition — and checked up on some of the brand's iconic city and resort favorites.

Open since April The Oberoi, Gurgaon is in a booming business and entertainment enclave 15 minutes from the international airport—making it an ideal first stop in India. The hotel, which is spread out over nine acres, takes a more contemporary approach to design than some of its sister properties. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the reflection pool or maze garden, and offer conveniences that are both pampering (freestanding tubs, rain showers and silk robes) and practical (media hubs and 46-inch LED TVs). The two Premier Suites have private pools and decks, while the outdoor heated pool of the Presidential Suite (#6120) is cantilevered over the side of the building. Every guest enjoys 24-hour butler service by an employee trained under Robert Watson of The Guild of Professional English Butlers. To organize a VIP experience, like a ride in one of the hotel's private Rolls-Royce or BMW 7 Series cars, contact Les Clefs d’Or-accredited Head Concierge Stephen Fernandez.

To accommodate international flight schedules, The Oberoi, Gurgaon opened the city's first 24-hour full-service spa, with a globally influenced menu of services like herbal pouch massages, lime-and-ginger body scrubs, and milk-and-rose-petal baths. The Oberoi Gurgaon LobbyThere's also an Olympic-size outdoor pool and trainer-staffed gym onsite, and yoga sessions are offered daily. The hotel has also become a go-to dining destination, thanks to its diverse options. The vast threesixtyone restaurant (open from 6:30 a.m.-1 a.m.) has five show kitchens as well as a "live" patisserie and a bar menu of signature martinis and 200 labels of wine. (Top Tip: Contact the concierge team to organize a special Chef's Table experience.) At the fine dining restaurant Amaranta, Manager Swati Bhatnagar oversees a unique menu that highlights contemporary Indian coastal cuisine, with fresh fish arriving daily from the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. Post-meal, ask to see the wide selection of Cuban and premium liquors in the Cigar Lounge.

Pictured: First, The Oberoi Gurgaon's lobby is spacious, post-modern and airy and second, an expansive guest room.

This article was originally written for our sister publication: Luxury Travel Advisor 


Recent Hotel Openings: Le Méridien Koh Samui

December 7, 2011
By: Meagan Drillinger

Le Meridien Koh Samui Plunge Pool SuiteCalled the "Coconut Island," Koh Samui is situated in the Gulf of Thailand bordering the South China Sea. Once a haven for fishermen, it is Thailand's third-largest island. Earlier this fall, the ultra-posh Koh Samui got another dose of luxury with the opening of Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa.

The island resort sits on the exclusive Lamai Beach, with 77 suites and villas designed in the image of a traditional Asian seaside village. All rooms are quipped with 32-inch TVs, DVD players and iPod docking stations. We love the rainforest showers in the bathrooms, as well. We hear the best rooms in the house are the Ocean Front Pool Villas. These freestanding villas span 1,500 square feet and have open-air salas, sitting rooms, and a stretch of private ocean facing the infinity lap pool. In-villa dining with a private chef can also be arranged.

Le Méridien Koh Samui features three distinct epicurean experiences: Latest Recipe, all-day dining in a casual setting; Latitude 9, a colorful bar, great for coffee and pastries; and Plunge Bar, for swank barefoot relaxation.

An on-site spa, fitness center, and beachside and ocean swimming pools are also available.

This article was originally written for our sister publication: Luxury Travel Advisor


Top 10 Beach Resorts in the World

April 13, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance

Halekulani, HawaiiWe admit it. We're suckers for a good Top 10 List. (And who isn't?) So when the Toronto Sun recently published their list of the "World's Top Beachfront Hotels," we ate it up. They single out the following:

 

But where's Peter Island? And those swanky resorts in the Maldives? Or the celeb-mobbed hot spots on St. Barths?


Hope for Japan: The Peninsula Hotels Group Supports Relief Efforts with Fundraising Drive

April 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Peninsula TokyoAfter the massive earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, the world is looking to help. The Peninsula Hotels Group is proudly supporting "Hope for Japan," a fund-raising drive at each hotel in Asia and the U.S. to support the relief effort with donations going directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society. From Shanghai to Chicago, Peninsula Hotels are contributing a donation for every guest stay. The renowned hotel brand has also launched a new Japanese Afternoon Tea, and for each tea ordered, The Peninsula will donate the entire retail price ($50) to the Red Cross. Before departing the hotel, make a donation and hang an origami crane on "The Tree of 1,000 Cranes" displayed in the Lobby of each Peninsula hotel. In Japanese culture, 1,000 cranes represent hope and healing in challenging times, and so guests are invited to help this worthwhile and meaningful initiative.