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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Cheval Blanc Randheli

November 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Cheval Blanc Randheli represents a contemporary vision of the Maldives. Architect Jean-Michel Gathy has conceived of uniquely designed spaces skillfully combining local traditions with the finest materials to create a stunning modern and graphical structure that is in complete harmony with its pristine and natural surrounding. In a decor combining Maldivian inspirations and contemporary lines, the villas offer a unique residential experience. 

Cheval Blanc Randheli

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Image of the Day: Anantara Resort Dhigu Maldives

November 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Resort Dhigu Maldives offers 68 beachfront villas, all situated on a private stretch of beach, with unique outdoor bathrooms and rain showers. Our 2 Beachfront Pool Villas are more spacious and come with their own private plunge pool set in a tropical garden. Anantara's 38 over-water suites, situated over the Indian Ocean, feature private sundecks and open-air infinity-edged bathtubs with a view. For the ultimate over-water Maldives luxury resort getaway, 2 exclusive Deluxe Over-Water Pool Suites enjoy a prime setting at the end of each jetty, with wrap-around sundecks featuring their own private plunge pool and spacious interiors with hints of Maldivian culture and arts.

Anantara Resort Dhigu Maldives 

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Broken Hearts, Great Vacations

November 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance, K. Clare Johnson

So maybe you've been through a pretty bad break-up or divorce. Maybe you think that going on vacation alone, whilealeenta phuket heartbroken, is the worst idea ever, and you'd rather stay home and eat ice cream in your pajamas while watching reality TV.  Well, you would be wrong. Enter "The Power of One."  Here are some getaway experiences tailored to guests travelling alone or looking to get away from it all and spend some quality time with themselves.

At Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga, the three-night "Power of One: No More Tears" package offers:

• One Taste: Singles enjoy a gourmet picnic to enjoy solo as they soak in the serenity and solitude of the resort's pristine Natai Beach, with headphones and a special playlist prepared by the resort to create the ultimate soundtrack for letting it out, getting it together, and moving on up.

• One Touch: Experience the Singleton's "I Will Survive" Spa Session, a combination of pampering, massage, relaxation and facial treatments to make you glow with inner confidence and radiant beauty, while Aleenta helps to wash that man right out of your hair.

• One Love: Gets good karma flowing and redirects tainted love towards a worthy cause: marine conservation. Dry those tears and help heal the ocean: Join the Pure Blue Foundation and spend a day doing good deeds at the nearby turtle sanctuary. And in the evening, release a hatchling into the wild in a stirring ceremony.

• One on One: A choice for single guests a choice of a yoga, meditation, or fitness session with your own personal instructor, for some special care and attention.


Aleenta Resort Hua HinAt sister resort Aleenta Resort and Spa Hua Hin, experience the "Power of One Smash the Blues Getaway." This comprises:

• Sweet Zen Sunday with breakfast in bed, private yoga class followed by a rejuvenating spa treatment (but strictly No Scrubs) 

• Wanna Be So High Monday with a paramotor trip soaring above the sparkling seas and organic farmlands of Pranburi and the resort to blow the cobwebs of your past life away. It's the ultimate adrenaline antidote for a lost love. 

• Gonna Be Bakin' Tuesday is the time to put all your love and heartache into bread and cake with baking for the broken-hearted. Rise above the pain. 
 

At upscale boutique luxury resort AKARYN Samui Resort & Spa, on secluded Hanuman Bay, singletons can experience the "Power of One Salsa Your Sadness Away," in which a private dance session with a top dance instructor or choreographer will help the broken-hearted dance their sorrows away, while making the first steps to a new confident future.


All single guests availing themselves of any of the Power of One packages would receive a special mix CD during their stay - The AHMS Collection's "Power of One" mix, a musical journey that echoes the trajectory of being dumped, from sadness and pain to denial, anger, catharsis and finally, acceptance, optimism and facing the future with a fresh confidence.
 

Even if the activities above don't interest you, spending time on the beaches of Phuket, Koh Samui, or Hua Hin sounds like a pretty solid way to mend the most broken of hearts. 
 

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Image of the Day: Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort

November 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Built high atop a sheer cliff with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Tanah Lot Temple, the 103-hectare integrated Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort is reknowned for its 18-hole world class Greg Norman golf course which has won the acclaimed honours of "Best Course in Asia" and “Best Course in Indonesia” and the resort has been named by World Travel Awards as "Asia’s Leading Golf Resort."

Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali

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Image of the Day: Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

October 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Venetian Macao Resort Hotel offers leisurely ride through, the San Luca, Marco Polo or Grand Canals, aboard their beautifully crafted Venetian gondolas. The romantic boat rides are enhanced by a singing gondolier.

Venetian Macao

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Image of the Day: Soneva Kiri

October 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Arriving at Soneva Kiri, guests immediately notice a striking bamboo structure in the shape of a manta ray jutting out from the jungle. Known as The Den, this captivating combination of art and science impresses the grown-ups but its prime purpose is as a hive of ideas and activities for younger guests. Pictured is the sleepover pod.

Soneva Kiri

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Dine at The Dome at Tower Club at lebua

October 17, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Tower club at lebuaTower Club at lebua is a five-star hotel that epitomizes Bangkok luxury. The world-class service and accommodations are are rivaled only by the top-notch dining options at the hotel. The Dome at lebua is home to Bangkok’s highest collection of bars, restaurants, and lounges.

 

Tower club at lebua

Dining and Bar options at The Dome include:

 

-Mezzaluna, which features modern innovative cuisine. Twin chefs Thomas and Mathias Sühring offer an ever-changing menu of modern European cuisine with subtle Asian flavors. A Conde Nast Traveler "Hot Tables" winner, Mezzaluna, found on the 65th floor, is the highest restaurant on the property.

 

-Sirocco, located on the 63 floor of the Dome at lebua, is the world's highest al fresco restaurant and one of Bangkok's hottest restaurants. Sirocco has breathtaking views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river, an amazing Sky Bar, and quality Mediterranean fare.

 

-Breeze specializes in Asian takes on the vast culinary influences of the region. Seating is high above the sea level and the view is a bird's eye glimpse of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River. Seating options include an open-air terrace and a spectacular glass sky-bridge that is suspended in mid-air.

 

-Skybar Suspended in the sky on the 63rd floor of The Dome at lebua, the Sky Bar is the world's highest open air bar, which has a panoramic view of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River. With such an enthralling ambience coupled with a seductive selection of the finest vintages, beverages, and cocktails in Bangkok, the rooftop bar is unanimously accepted as the coolest bar in Bangkok.

 

skybar


-distal is located on the 64th floor and offers premium and authentic malt whiskies, vodkas, and cognacs. A unique feature of distil is the Oyster Bar. Pink Diamond Oysters, Exclusive Petrossian Caviar and fresh sushi and sashimi present a delightful selection, along with the finest champagnes and wines from a walk-in wine cellar. Hand-rolled authentic Cuban Cigars are yours to enjoy together with drinks in the adjoining open-air Cigar Terrace.

 

-Ocean 52 (located on the 52nd floor) is situated several steps from Breeze and a few floors away from Sirocco, Mezzaluna, Distil, and the Skybar, and is a popular rendezvous spot for social gatherings or dinners.

Bon Appetit!

 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Bali Luxury Hotel for a Family of Three?

October 16, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Conrad Bali
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.

QUESTION: We are a family of 3 adults and 1 year old child looking for a beach property in Bali. What do you recommend?

 

ANSWER: Conrad BaliThe luxury Conrad Bali is set within 6.8 hectares of manicured, tropical gardens and lagoons complete with cascading waterfalls and pools that descend onto the hotel's wide expanse of beach and protected bay. Located on the southern coast of Bali, Conrad Bali is conveniently situated only ten kilometres (6.5 miles) from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport at Denpasar and next to Bali's Nusa Dua resort area. Designed in an attractive E-shape structure, Conrad Bali offers three hotel guest wings, an extensive Spa Centre, a retail village, and a Conference Centre.

The impressive drive up to the hotel entrance rises up three levels to the porte cochère, passing a waterfall flowing from the hotel's open lobby. Conrad Bali's three guest wings span four floors and offer 313 hotel guest rooms and suites, with 85% of rooms and suites benefiting from an ocean view. Each of the hotel rooms offers an array of hotel amenities that include individually controlled air-conditioning and ceiling fans, a remote-control television with satellite channels, telephones with a dedicated data line, voicemail, and broadband Internet access. 

Conrad Bali's range of recreation facilities includes a 33-metre swimming pool, jogging track with landscaped gardens, a wide range of water sports, floodlit tennis courts, a modern Fitness Centre, and the luxury Jiwa Spa. Conrad BaliThe Jiwa Spa offers a wide selection of aromatherapy treatments. Kura-Kura Club is the hotel's children's activity programme, offering fun-filled activities designed specially for the hotel's younger guests. Conrad Bali also offers guest boutiques and a full-service Business Centre.

Deluxe Family Room offers a relaxation where you can unwind in this spacious 90m²/968 sq. ft. The Deluxe Family Room features interconnected deluxe rooms with 1 king bed and twin beds in the second room. Stay entertained with the LCD TV and DVD player. Maximum occupancy is five persons with additional extra bed/ baby cot. There is a private terrace/ balcony, marble bathroom with separate bathtub, shower and toilet area, a choice of luxury bathroom amenities, complimentary meals for kids below 12 years old from Kids Menu when parents are dining, and complimentary access to Reflection Lounge

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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Image of the Day: The Leela Kovalam Beach Resort

October 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Leela Kovalam Beach ResortKerala’s largest beachside resort, is cradled between two sweeping beaches. Perched on a rock-face, this 5 star deluxe resort offers the most panoramic views of the famed Kovalam shoreline.

The Leela Kovalam Beach Resort

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