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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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: Fusion Maia Da Nang

March 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Fusion Maia Da Nang have to make the difficult choice between the infinity pool, the beach, or a bite to eat al fresco.

Fusion Maia Da Nang 

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Samabe Bali Suites and Villas Offers Unlimited Privileges to Lovebirds

March 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Samabe Bali Resort
The expansive exclusive oceanfront resort Samabe Bali Suites and Villas is located on the cliffs of Southern Nusa Dua overlooking its white sand beach and the turquoise blue ocean. The resort features 39 gorgeous Ocean View Suites (13 Suites comes with private pool) and 42 Pool Villas ranging from one to two bedrooms, each of which comes with its own private pool. 

A signature feature of Samabe Bali Suites and Villas is the luxury all-inclusive concept called Unlimited Privileges. This new concept of luxury benefits includes special welcome amenities, premium meals and beverages, a wide selection of Samabe signature activities, entertainment, meeting room facilities, and spa treatments. Also included are such signature luxury touches as a telescope in the suites, glass bathrooms overlooking the Indian Ocean, and a private beach. Unlimited Privileges also includes 24-hour butler service, daily evening cocktail hours, and 24-hour selection of gourmet and organic cuisine in all restaurants and room service. Samabe Resort and Villas Pearl Wedding Chapel

Unlimited Privileges is just one of the reasons Samabe Bali Suites and Villas is a top choice for weddings, honeymoons, and romantic retreats. Many lovebirds opt to tie the knot at the Pearl Chapel (pictured right). This contemporary majestic glass wedding chapel is blessed with a breathtaking 180-degree view of the ocean. Intimate villa weddings for the couple are available, as are weddings at Ring of Fire (pictured left). This beautiful ring-shaped, open-air venue is located by the pool and overlooks the Indian Ocean. There's even a Director of Romance and team that works to make every moment of a wedding day perfect.

Samabe Resort and Villas Ring of Fire Wedding Venue

Those who want the ultimate wedding experience should opt for the Samabe Unlimited Privileges wedding. Some of the amenities marrying couples will get as part of this package is exclusive use of Pearl Chapel for the wedding ceremony (plus a food buffet and non-alcoholic drinks), exclusive use of Royal Samabe Residence for wedding cocktail and dinner, a personal Romance Coordinator, an English-speaking celebrant or Christian priest (non-legal), Samabe signature fresh flower chapel decoration, bridal bouquet for Bride and a boutonniere for Groom, Samabe signature dry ice, Samabe welcome drink mocktails and cold towels for up to 45 guests upon arrival, a standard sound system, Samabe wedding stationery including wedding programs for up to 45 guests, fragrant aroma burner, Samabe signature fans for up to 45 guests, 10 units of One Bedroom Ocean Front Suite for 2 nights stay inclusive of the "Unlimited Privileges," 9 units of One Bedroom Ocean Front Pool Suite for 2 nights stay inclusive of the "Unlimited Privileges," complimentary 1 unit of One Bedroom Ocean Front Pool Suite for 2 nights stay inclusive of the Unlimited Privileges, and an upgrade into Royal Samabe Residence for Bride and Groom for 2 nights inclusive of the Unlimited Privileges.

At Samabe Bali Suites and Villas, Unlimited Privileges equals the ultimate in vacations and romantic celebrations.
 
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Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa Introduces 187 Pounds of Adorable

March 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa
has introduced 187 Pounds of Adorable. Born on March 3rd at the world famous Elephant Camp at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort outside Chiang Rai, the 85 kilogram baby elephant, nicknamed Nong Sam, stands 84 centimeters tall at the shoulder and measures 129 centimeters from forehead to tail. The bouncing baby boy was born at to forty-five year old Boon Jan, and is her fifth son. He was nicknamed by his mahout (elephant carer), as is tradition, meaning "three" in Thai and alluding to his birth date on the third day of the third month. Being a Garieng elephant, Nong Sam will choose his own formal name at the age of three in a special ceremony involving bits of paper wrapped around sugarcane. Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa  

National Thai Elephant Day takes place every year on March 13th. The aim of the day is to draw attention to the elephant which is the national animal of Thailand and plays an important part in culture, religion and tradition. A weeklong celebration at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort kicked off with more than 60 children and novice monks from local orphanages and schools invited to the resort to learn about the importance of elephant conservation and affording them a rare opportunity to meet the elephants up close and personal. 

Surrounded by the natural beauty of Northern Thailand's rugged hill country, Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa is a luxury nature retreat set amidst 160 acres of lush tropical jungles overlooking the winding Mekong River and the border with Burma and Laos. The Elephant Camp offers guests such unforgettable experiences as mahout training courses, elephant trekking ,and other conservation activities. 

 

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Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger Have Designs on Hotels

March 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Raleigh South Beach
Legendary Fashion Designers Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger have joined colleagues Armani, Versace, and Missoni (among others) in the hotel business. Lagerfield has  just inked a deal to design a 270-room signature hotel in Macau. Lagerfield will be going for a 19th Century design aesthetic with a modern twist. Karl Lagerfeld isn't brand-new to the hotel-design business. He recently spruced up Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo's new pool. China is currently is quite popular with designers and designers. Bulgar is opening a new hotel in Shanghai in 2015, and Versace plans to open Palazzo Versace Macau, in 2017.

American sportswear designer Tommy Hilfiger isn't just designing The Raleigh, he has purchased it. The art deco hotel is a South Beach icon, and Hilfiger has plans to add a destination spa, fine dining outlets, and possibly a private club to the hotel. The hotel will most likely undergo interior redecoration to reflect the Hilfiger style.

Other fashionable luxury hotel spots include the Oscar de la Renta-decorated villas at Tortuga Bay, a Dior suite at The St Regis New York, a Diane Von Fursternberg suite at Claridge's, and Ralph Lauren's Round Hill Hotel and Villa's accommodations. 

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Did You Know? Kurumba Hotel Maldives

February 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kurumba Hotel Maldives
Kurumba Hotel Maldives
was the first hotel to open in the Maldives. It opened in 1972, and is named after the Dhivehi word for coconut, Kurumba. From its humble origins accommodating only 60 guests a month, Kurumba has since graduated to 14,000. From a handful of founding friends running a resort, it now has a staff of 450. In 2003, Kurumba underwent a complete transformation yet again, to meet the demands of the 21st century. The result was a world-class resort with 180 rooms, including the Royal Residence, Presidential Suites, Pool Villas, Family Villas and beach and garden superior rooms.

 

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Image of the Day: Amanfayun

February 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Amanfayun

In the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, Amanfayun is a place to explore – a place of stone pathways leading to shaded courtyards, quaint restaurants and peaceful abodes. Situated on 14 hectares to the west of West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Hangzhou, the resort is comprised of 47 dwellings surrounded by tea fields, natural forests and lush groves of bamboo. Just a 20-minute drive from the city centre, Amanfayun is the ideal location from which to explore the region’s ancient Buddhist temples, botanical gardens, vast wetland areas, countless pagodas and Hangzhou’s famous silk and shopping streets. The resort features the original village layout, with a 600-metre main thoroughfare, the Fayun Pathway.

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Did You Know? Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

February 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives can enjoy a meal at Sea, while being under the actual ocean. The luxury resort's fine dining restaurant is one of teh few underwater wine cellars and restaurants in the world. Here, degustation menus are paired with premium Old and New World wines by the resident Wine Sommelier.

Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

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Image of the Day: Taj West End

February 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Taj West End is a lush, 20-acre garden in the middle of Bangalore. West End VIPs have included the vivacious and beautiful Devika Rani, the First Lady of the Indian Screen who held the film world in thrall for two decades, and her venerated Russian husband Roerich. Many members of Indian Royalty practically settled into the West End Hotel - The Jagirdar of Arni stayed at the West End for 36 years and the Raja of Chettinad was a regular in Room No.50.

Taj West End

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Bali Resort for a Family of Four?

February 18, 2014
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.

InterContinental Resort BaliQUESTION: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay in Bali. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family of 3 adults and 1 child age 1?

ANSWER: InterContinental Resort Bali  

Secluded within the boundaries of the exclusive neighbourhood of Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s southern coastline, InterContinental Bali Resort embraces 35 acres of tropical landscape. Blessed with an endless stretch of white sandy beachfront as its stunning backdrop, the resort integrates ornamental ponds, a winding lagoon and aesthetic stonework.
Suspended between heaven and earth, this 417 luxury room resort was designed to blend modern convenience with elements of traditional Balinese architecture. There is a sensitivity towards the surrounding environment, whilst respecting the rich culture of the island, its fine artistry, and Hindu heritage.
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Singaraja Room that can connect to Singaraja Room or Singaraja Duplex.

The Singaraia Rooms are located within 2 private wings of the resort, highlighted by local artworks, Javanese masks, and a contemporary blend of dark timber furnishings with creamy textiles. The rooms measure 49 square meters and feature either 1 king bed or 2 twins and have views of the resort garden, lagoons, pool or ocean. Maximum occupancy is for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. The Singaraia Duplex Suite exudes comfort with a distinct contemporary Balinese ambience. The split level suite with a mezzanine master bedroom, integrated living environment, and private terrace is the ideal retreat for families. The suite measures 79 square meters with 1 king bed, a sofa bed and offers views of the resort garden, lagoons, pool, or ocean. Maximum occupancy is 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Did You Know? Raffles Hotel Singapore

February 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore
has claimed itself to be the home of the Singapore Sling. The down to earth decor of the two-story Long Bar where the drink was said to originate was inspired by the Malayan plantations of the 1920s. The bar has the safe where Sling creator, bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, locked away his recipe books. You can also see a version of the recipe from 1936, which a curious patron jotted down on a receipt. In addition to almost every alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoction imaginable, the bar also serves traditional pub favourites that are available as a meal or snacks. In the evening, a band performs a selection of contemporary and popular hits.

The recipe for the Singapore Sling varies widely, but here's one to try, courtesy of Imbibe Magazine

1 oz. London dry gin
1 oz. Bols Cherry brandy or Cherry Heering
1 oz. Benedictine
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. soda water
1 dash Angostura bitters
Tools: barspoon
Glass: Collins

Combine all ingredients except soda water and bitters in an ice-filled glass. Top with soda water, stir briefly and dash with Angostura bitters. Note: The original Singapore Sling appears to have been ungarnished. By the mid-1920s, they were adding the peel of a lime, cut in a thick spiral. By the late ’30s, they were also omitting the Benedictine and bitters and floating Sloe Gin on top.

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