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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? Gayana Eco Resort

May 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Gayana Eco Resort has an on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre which passionately propagates endangered Giant Clams and restoring natural coral reefs.  Instead of extinction, under the Giant Clam Restocking Programme, these endangered shell creatures are well on their way to further reproduction. 

 

Gayana Eco Resort

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Shangri-La Hotel Beijing Launches the Beaming Faces Bloom Campaign

May 10, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Shangri-la Beijing

 

To help celebrate Children's Day on June 1, Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing has launched the "Beaming Faces Bloom" campaign. The luxury hotel invites you to submit photos of the innocent smiling faces of children aged 0-16 years (unlimited entries).

The photos collected will be put together to form a giant mosaic to be displayed in the hotel lobby, and uploaded to the hotel's and group's official website and on some press sites in celebration of the Children's Day on June 1.

Anyone submitting the photos will get a chance to win a two-night stay in a Presidential Suite in any of the Shangri-La Group's hotels.

Enter from now until May 20, 2013. To enter, forward photos along with the child's name, nationality, parent's name, and contact (phone and email) to communications.slb@shangri-la.com.

 

 

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Did You Know? Lebua Resort Jaipur

May 7, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

 

Guests at lebua Resort Jaipur can enjoy the traditional Indian sport of kite flying from their terrace.

 lebua Resort Jaipur

 

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Did You Know? Banyan Tree Club and Spa

May 6, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

When winter arrives in Seoul, the expansive outdoor swimming pool at Banyan Tree Club and Spa transforms into a fairy-tale ice rink and snow-sled field.

Banyan Tree Club and Spa 

 

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Image of the Day: Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

May 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

 

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort overlooks the island’s famed Kuta Beach and the Bali Strait along Jalan Pantai Kuta. The Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is part of Beachwalk: A Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort, a lifestyle center complete with shopping, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and an XXI Cineplex. Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS), is only a 15-minute drive away.

 

Sheraton Bali Kuta

 

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Image of the Day: Fairmont Yangcheng Lake

May 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled along the shores of the legendary Yangcheng Lake, home to the sought-after hairy crab, Fairmont Yangcheng Lake is a luxury five star Kunshan resort unlike any other.

Fairmont Yangcheng Lake

 

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The New Jing An Shangri-La in West Shanghai to Open June 2013

April 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

June 2013 will mark the opening of Jing An Shangri-La Hotel, West Shanghai designed by Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, this is Shangri-La’s third luxury hotel in Shanghai, following the well-established Pudong Shangri-La and the contemporary Kerry Hotel, both located in East Shanghai.

Jing An Shangri-La West ShanghaiShangri-La Hotels and Resorts' newest flagship hotel will open in the heart of Shanghai. The 508-room Jing An Shangri-La in West Shanghai on the top 29 floors of the 60-storey main tower will envelop guests in a world of luxury and modern glamour befitting one of the most exciting and influential international cities.

The hotel is the cornerstone of the new Jing An Kerry Centre, a 450,000- square-metre integrated complex with prime retail, office and residential space located in the fashionable Jing An District in Puxi, Shanghai. Jing An Shangri-La will present an approachable contemporary design that evokes a strong sense of place complemented by Shangri-La's inimitable heartfelt hospitality.

Every detail of the hotel has been meticulously considered, from the staff uniforms designed by top Chinese designer Han Feng, to over 80 intricate silk lanterns that appear to float magically in the Summer Palace Chinese restaurant, to the commissioning of large-scale artwork from two of the most renowned Chinese contemporary artists - Zeng Fanzhi and Zhou Chun Ya.

Jing An Shangri-La overlooks the focal point of Jing An Kerry Centre - a 3,000-square meter piazza featuring pathways, gardens, water features and al fresco dining. Guestrooms will occupy the top 29 floors of the hotel's 60-storey main tower, while restaurants, offices and retail shops will be located on the lower levels.

Jing An Shangri-La West ShanghaiThe spacious guestrooms' rich yet delicate interiors are a foil for the stunning views of Shanghai visible through nearly floor-to-ceiling windows. All guestrooms will feature bathrooms with heated marble floors as well as LCD TV and digital clock embedded in the bathroom mirrors.

The most spectacular view can be seen from the hotel's Horizon Club Lounge, which takes up the entire 55th floor and offers a 360-degree panoramic view of Shanghai. Horizon Club Lounge access will be available to guests staying in the 62-square-meter Grand Premier Room category and all suites.

Among Jing An Shangri-La's many draws is its array of restaurants and lounges. Shangri-La created a distinct environment for each venue.

The unique destination restaurant, Summer Palace, serves Southeastern Chinese cuisine with Cantonese flair. Inspired by Chinese ink paintings of poetic landscapes, a series of contemporary dining chambers each provide a different dining ambiance and menu. The colorful rooms flow from the casual Pantry Chamber serving dim sum, to the Lantern Chamber with an open kitchen specializing in clay pot cooking, to the exquisite Imperial Chamber for formal dining.

The 1515 WEST, Chophouse & Bar is where old Shanghai film making meets classic American bar and grill decor. Executive Chef Franco Brodini will bring "ranch to table" dining to Shanghai, serving beef from hand-selected cattle raised in Australia specifically for The 1515 WEST. The main dining room features an open-grill kitchen complemented by a raw bar and The 1515 WEST bar, serving signature cocktails from a team of world-class mixologists.

The hotel's two-level Cafe LIANG & mezzanine will add a new twist to the gourmet international buffet dining experience Shangri-La hotels are known to offer. The cafe will feature a "tick box" menu card for main courses, integrating a buffet and table service experience. Main courses can be served family style for sharing, and al fresco dining will be available in the piazza area. A la carte Japanese cuisine will be served on the mezzanine level.

Opposite Cafe LIANG in the piazza is a modern Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar in a striking stand-alone two-storey glass-roof building clad in bamboo.

Jing An Shangri-La West ShanghaiAlso located within the piazza is the home in which Chairman Mao Zedong spent several months in 1920. Preserved amid the Jing An Kerry Centre's gleaming modern towers, the heritage home is currently being restored with the support of Kerry Properties and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, in collaboration with the Jing An District Government.

Anticipating a need for meeting and event space in the central business district, the hotel offers an unparalleled 4,465 square meters of function space in West Shanghai. Jing An Shangri-La's Event Centre is housed in a five-storey podium block with a direct passage to the hotel tower on the third storey.

Its 1,740-square-metre pillarless Jing An Grand Ballroom is the largest in West Shanghai and boasts a 10-metre-high ceiling. The ballroom is complemented by a roof garden and a 1,039 square-metre pre-function area. In addition, the Event Centre houses a 514-square-metre junior ballroom plus six function rooms covering 659 square metres of space.

One signature event venue will be the Lifestyle Suite. Designed to provide the perfect combination of privacy and exclusivity, the self-contained Lifestyle Suite has its own bar, reception area, living room, dining room and courtyard. It can cater up to 80 guests.

Other offerings at Jing An Shangri-La include Shangri-La's signature CHI, The Spa, a state-of-the-art health club and a 25-metre heated indoor sky-dome lap pool.

The hotel is steps away from the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Jing An Temple and the famous Nanjing Road shopping street. It sits on a network of public transportation, including Metro Lines 2 and 7. It is a 45-minute drive from Pudong International Airport and a 20-minute drive from Hongqiao Airport via the adjacent elevated Yan'an Middle Ring Road.

The hotel and entire Jing An Kerry Centre development has been awarded the LEED Gold Pre-certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai is the third Shangri-La property in the city, joining the luxurious Pudong Shangri-La located in the city's financial centre opposite the Bund, and the vibrant Kerry Hotel, Pudong, a luxury lifestyle hotel located near Century Park and the Shanghai New International Expo Center.


Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Colors Your Plate

April 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

 

Food and indulgence are important parts of experiencing a great vacation, but that doesn’t mean you always have to end up with vacation weight gain. The Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort and their fitness partners Core Performance share eating tips with their guests to help avoid vacation weight gain with their "Color Your Plate" initiative. The hotel provides tips in providing facts about colors of food and how it relates to your health. This is a great resource when it comes time to choosing meals in tropical destinations such as Bali, where they have many colorful foods. The Sheraton Bali Kuta has many different dining options, all of which offer local produce and ingredients to which guests can apply these healthy tips. However, if you do find yourself indulging in bountiful Balinese cuisine guests can work out in the fitness center!

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Image of the Day: InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

April 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is nestled in the hills of the famous Son Tra Peninsula, and features beachfront villas with private pools and a range of more than 20 suites. 

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Image of the Day: Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives

April 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives has 110 beach and water villas in an intimate location of pure lagoons, sandbanks, and tropical surroundings.

           

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