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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.

Did You Know? The Oberoi Amarvilas

April 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Oberoi Amarvilas
The Oberoi Amarvilas
is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, one of the largest states in India. The resort is located at a distance of 600 meters from the Taj Mahal and approximately 15 minutes from the city centre. The hotel has been designed to give guests breathtaking views of the Taj Mahal from each of its 102 guest rooms and suites. Built in a style inspired by Moorish and Mughal architecture, the resort is a splendid display of terraced lawns, fountains, reflection pools, and pavilions with rich interiors that take guests back to an era of Emperors and Princes.

Oberoi Amarvilas

Described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love, this Taj Mahal has become the de facto tourist emblem of India. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, whose death in childbirth in 1631 left the Emperor so heartbroken that his hair is said to have turned grey overnight. The monument is located just five minutes from The Oberoi Amarvilas. The resort can arrange transfers to and from The Oberoi Amarvilas in battery operated environment friendly buggies. The Taj Mahal is open for night viewing five nights per month, on full moon and two nights prior and two nights after. 

Spring rates at The Oberoi Amarvilas start at $298 per night >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang

April 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang offers a wide selection of plush villas and luxurious rooms that provide the highest standards of comfort and indulgence. From a distance, Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang resembles a beautiful painting of water and mountain. Built with superior construction standards and architectural styles of a world class tropical luxury resort, and housing over 84 beautiful coastal villas, Vinpearl Nha Trang is an ideal destination for luxury holidays that claim perfection and privacy.

Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang 

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Mulia

April 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

With stunning beach frontage along Nusa Dua's bay, The Mulia evokes a relaxed yet polished sensibility. From expansive and elegant suites to distinct lounge and oceanfront pools, The Mulia's luxury accommodations truly exceed expectations for style, comfort and service. Experience a relaxing retreat with lavish amenities at this amazing haven.

The Mulia

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New to Five Star Alliance: Ritz Carlton Tianjin

April 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Tianjin
Ritz Carlton Tianjin
 
is ideally located for business and recreational travel alike. Only minutes away from the scenic banks of the Haihe River, the distinctive architectural medley of the Five Avenues, and the shining towers of the city’s Central Business District, this luxury Tianjin hotel offers a perfect base from which to seek out success and inspiration. In addition to The Ritz-Carlton’s legendary personalized service, The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin features 277 spacious rooms, including 53 suites ranging from 50 to 410 square meters. Each guest room and suite offers charming downtown views, attentive personalized service, and exclusive amenities. Each room features high-quality LCD televisions and Blu-ray disc players in addition to touch-panel environmental controls; Ritz-Carlton signature linens and feather beds, and Purple Water luxury bath amenities by storied British luxury house, Asprey.

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Peninsula Shanghai Celebrates Aviation

April 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Shanghai
The Peninsula Shanghai
opened in 2009 and is The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels flagship hotel in Mainland China. Occupying a prime location with direct frontage on Shanghai's historic Bund, The Peninsula is the first new building on the Bund in the last few decades. The Peninsula Shanghai is also one of many Peninsula hotels that feature aviation history-themed lounges.  

The Rosamonde Aviation Lounge at The Peninsula Shanghai celebrates the fascinating history of aviation in China, and it has an impressive collection of antiques and memorabilia. It is named after Xianyi Rosamonde, the first aircraft designed and built in China. It is also referred to as the Dashatou Rosamonde, after the location where it was built, or as Aircraft 1. for On display at the entrance to the lounge is a life-size replica of a 1928 Leoning, Asia's first sea plane. Perched on the 14th floor of the hotel, the glass-encased Rosamonde Aviation Lounge boasts spectacular views of the glittering city skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounge sets a truly unique scene for any occasion.

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Image of the Day: The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

March 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally located in the heart of Shanghai’s entertainment hub, The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai is also adjacent to the retail utopia of Huai Hai Road, known as the Champs Elysees of the East. Shanghai’s underground rail network is nearby, and foreign consulates, must-see museums, and the key business district are all within close proximity.

The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

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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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