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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.

Did You Know? The Scent Hotel

May 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Scent Hotel was created by owners who have an acute sense of smell, and are experienced perfumers, so curious guests can savour magnificent scents during their stay.

The Scent Hotel 

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Image of the Day: The St Regis Sanya Saylong Bay Resort

May 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The St Regis Sanya Saylong Bay Resort is located on a prime location within the Yalong Bay National Resort District. It has an 800 meter beach frontage and is linked to a retail shopping space. It also has easy accessibility to many scenic spots, all just minutes away.

The St Regis Sanya Saylong Bay Resort

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New to Five Star Alliance: Singapore Marriott Hotel

May 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Now as iconic inside as it is outside, the grand Singapore Marriott Hotel on Orchard Road has undergone a transformation. This Singapore 5 star hotel's lobby is at its resplendent best. Every guest room has been redesigned and smartly decorated with thoughtful state-of-the-art finishing, such as 46-inch Full-HD Smart TV and two signature 1956 Eames Desk Chairs. Culinary delights abound at the award-winning restaurants, including the refurbished Crossroads Cafe and Marriott Cafe, Wan Hao, Pool Grill, and the latest addition, Java+. Unwind in the Singapore hotel's luxury spa and outdoor swimming pool. At any time, visit the fitness centre, which is open 24 hours for an energizing workout at any hour. The smoke-free Singapore Marriott Hotel is linked to at least 4 major shopping malls via an underpass, including Wisma Atria and ION Orchard.

Singapore Marriott Hotel

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Image of the Day: Aman-i-Khas

May 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

A wilderness camp of 10 tents set on the edge of Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas combines aman, the Sanskrit word for peace, with khas, meaning special in Hindi and Urdu. Surrounded by the starkly beautiful Aravalli Hills, the camp provides access to the wildlife of Ranthambore National Park which measures a total of 1,334 square kilometres. Guests of Aman-i-Khas can also explore the region's ancient forts and colourful rural villages nearby.

Aman-i-Khas

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Five Star Alliance Recommends Ten Little-Known Honeymoon Locations

May 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lounging on the beach for a honeymoon is nothing to sneeze at, but the newlyweds who want something different should try staying at one of these luxury hotels in an these unusual honeymoon locations.

Five Star Alliance recommends these unusual post-nuptial spots:

Cappadocia, Turkey
Why Visit
This Anatolian region is a UNESCO world heritage site known for its cave structures. Dwellings have been hewn from the rock as far back as 4,000 B.C. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. It is 30 kilometers from Nevsehir Airport.

Where to Stay
Cappadocia Cave ResortCappadocia Cave Resort and Spa (pictured right) is built right into a mountain and offers a spectacular view over the dramatic landscape. The exclusive spa area offers all kinds of treatments, from steam baths to an experience shower with sound and light effects, to a couples massage.

Cappadocia Museum Hotel has just 30 rooms and suites. The unusual living museum concept means the cave rooms and specially restored traditional rooms are decorated with antiques and have wonderful views of Cappadocia.
 

Hue, Vietnam
Why Visit
The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles from the East Sea. Hue has various points of interest, such as the Citadel, the royal tombs of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, and Minh Mang, Thien Mu pagoda, and Dong Ba market. Other attractions include Bach Ma national park, Lang Co beach, Truc Lam Zen monastery, and Thuan An beach.

Where to Stay 
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. It offers stylish interior decoration on an area of 27 hectares of undulating land and lagoon.

Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. With 99 rooms and villas, the resort is warm and inviting. Hue airport is just 20 minutes away.
 

Cuzco, Peru
Why Visit
Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of Peru's most visited spots as it is a convenient city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu. It is located 7,000 feet above sea level and is nestled in a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range with a generally dry and temperate.

Where to Stay 
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (pictured right)is located in the Urubamba Valley on the banks of the river Vilcanota. The hotel’s property spreads over 10 hectares. Unno Spa includes a hyperbaric chamber, hydrotherapy pools, Vichy shower treatment rooms and meditation, and aromatherapy oxygen.Aranwa Sacred Valley

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco’s main square. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks using the fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

Umag, Croatia
Why Visit
With a coastline filled with stunning beaches, Umag is an established summer destination in Europe. It is known as the town of tennis because it hosts many tennis camps and the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open. Beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, and unrivalled scenery add to the city's undeniable charm. The international festival of chamber theatre Golden Lion is a popular local event.

Where to Stay
Hotel Monte Mulini is situated in a beautiful and quiet location, but close to the town of Rovinj. Maistra’s boutique hotel Monte Mulini is the perfect starting point for sightseeing in Croatia, a wine trail tour, or time in the sun and sea.

Kempinski Hotel Adriatic is surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, and offers breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea. Things to do include treatments at the 3,000 square foot duplex Spa, and a few rounds at the first professional 18-hole golf course in the region.

Doha, Qata
Why Visit
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the modern Doha skyline contrasts with the surrounding desert. Things to do in Doha include playing world-class golf, off-road desert cycling, beach trips, and fossil hunts. Popular attractions include the City Centre Doha Mall, the Corniche Promenade and the acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art. The city will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Where to Stay

The Torch DohaThe Torch Doha (pictured left) is 300 meters high and has panoramic views of the city. It is located on Al Waab Street, 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Hotel guests have private walkway access to Doha's largest shopping mall Villaggio.

Sharq Village and Spa's fourteen courtyard houses are located on one thousand meters of private coastline. Guests can tour the village streets, cool off in the two pools, recline on an outdoor majlis, or shop at the village souq. The hotel is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, B.V.

Other Recommended Locations:

-Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: A destination with year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches, and world class resorts. It’s just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

 

-Lanai, Hawaii: 9 miles from Maui, the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii is all unspoiled beaches and serenity.

-Port Antonio Jamaica: A quiet and beautiful haven with both jungle trails and impressive museums.

-Almaty Kazakhstan: The largest city in Kazakhstan has a spectacular mountain backdrop and is a winter sports haven.

-Herzliya, Israel: 10 minutes from Tel Aviv, this coastal city offers water sports, boating, and hiking.

 

 


Learn Underwater Photography at Gaya Island Resort

April 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gaya Island Resort
Gaya Island Resort
 
rests along the coast of Malohom Bay, a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon. The resort's architecture respects Sabahan elements; its 120 villas and two-bedroom suite use local materials and blend harmoniously with the natural environment . The resort is a haven for scuba divers, as the area is home to 75% of marine life species known to science. The coral reefs lie in shallow waters with little current making it an ideal location for novice divers but the diverse, and sometimes rare, marine creatures also make it an interesting dive location for experienced divers and underwater photographers.

There is a PADI 5* Dive Resort at Gaya Island Resort. Divers wanting to learn techniques for taking great underwater photos can now combine a scuba diving vacation and enhance their skills at the same time.  The special course will take interested guests to suitable dive site in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP), which include Pulau Mamutik, Pulau Sapi and Pulau Gaya.

Gaya Island Resort

 

The course includes:

-PADI Open Water Diver Manual.-5 course dives.

-PADI certification upon successful completion of the course.

-All dives are guided by qualified PADI Instructors.

-Maximum 3 students per PADI Instructor for personalized attention.

-Complimentary use of towel and diving gear. Cameras with underwater housing, dive computers and underwater torches are also available for daily rental.

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Image of the Day: Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort and Spa

April 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Contemporary yet uniquely Thai, Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort and Spa's luxurious suites and villas offer an environment of exclusive and sophisticated elegance discerning them from other Koh Phangan resorts, the ideal beach hideaway where romantic barefoot grandeur defines the tropical experience.

Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort and Spa 

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Image of the Day: Phulay Bay A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

April 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Phulay Bay a Ritz Carlton Reserve

Nestled on the shore of the Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay A Ritz-Carlton Reserve is the vision of in-demand Thai architect Lek Bunnag and features modern styling and architecture with accents of Thai culture and design to create a harmonious synergy of luxury and tradition to compliment its secluded location. Bunnag draws strongly from Thai traditions and cultural heritage to create an environment where relaxation and enjoyment are the very bedrock of the guest experience.

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Image of the Day: Puripunn A Baby Grand Boutique

April 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Puripunn a Baby Grand Boutique is situated in Wat Gate, one of Chiang Mai’s older districts with a diverse mix of cultures and religions, making it a fascinating place to enjoy a city break in the beautiful northern capital. Puripunn roughly translates to "the land of sharing."

Puripunn A Baby Grand Boutique 

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Image of the Day: Uma Paro Bhutan

April 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Uma Paro Bhutan is a 29-room hotel offering five-star comfort and singular style in the wildly beautiful Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. To the south lies India, with Tibet to the north. The topography is dramatically varied, featuring pine-clad valleys, terraced hills and towering, snow-tipped ranges with impenetrable heights. Monasteries cling to cliffsides and rivers snake through valleys.  

Uma Paro Bhutan

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