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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.

Get to Know The Raj Palace

August 22, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Raj Palace

Raj Palace was made for royalty. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the palatial luxury hotel has architecture that's not only stunningly beautiful, but also designed with a purpose. The Raj Palace was formerly a Maharaja’s palace built in 1727 and was named World's Best Heritage hotel in 2011 by World Travel Awards.

The Indian nobility's belief in their divine right to power manifested itself in the planning of palaces. The palace was designed following architectural guidelines described in ancient Indian texts known as the Vastushastras some of which are more than fifteen hundred years old and was meant to be a physical and spiritual microcosm of the universe. The central courtyard of a palace was said to be the building's most powerful point, and always contained a representation of a prominent deity. Views of the courtyard and deity could thus be enjoyed from each of the palace's residential quarters.

Extremely preoccupied with palace security, Maharajas would also build fortified walls and gateways around their residences. These heavily guarded structures were architectural marvels in themselves, mammoth in size and wrought with complex geometric designs that communicated the authority of the royal family. 

The secret tunnels and doorways that abounded in Indian palaces allowed Maharajas easy access to their queens' quarters and provided them with quick getaways from public reception halls. More importantly, these clandestine passageways were a precaution against assassination plots and enabled a king and his entourage to slip in and out unnoticed.

In 1995, Princess Jayendra Kumari Ji decided to restore this luxurious palace into the finest luxury Palace hotel. The Royal family renovated the arched corridors, the residential quarters and its courtyards with small amplifications, Best services were added like Handicap access etc. Museum suites were created which have the finest Royal antiques giving the property the honor of being first museum suite palace hotel of the world as the suites have their private museum. The specially designed frescoes deciphered with the finest mirror and hand painted work and rare palace furniture , Large crystal chandeliers leave you adorned with an astonishing fantasy. The elegance personified and the renowned hospitality is served in its 40 well-appointed rooms and beautiful venues with extreme intimacy and caring personal service in the reborn Raj Palace.

 

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Image of the Day: Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort

August 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort is a 5-star beach resort designed to be the first truly themed hotel in Thailand. It has direct access beach access to a stretch of 230 meters of white sand beach complete with an extensive beachfront water park.

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort 

Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort has Fall rates starting at $139 per night >>

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Image of the Day: Regent Bali

August 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Regent Bali is located the exclusive Sanur District; where the spectacular coral reef is complemented by palm trees, white sandy beaches, and turquoise waters.

Regent Bali

Fall rates at Regent Bali start from $357 per night >>

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Image of the Day: The Stamford Singapore

August 13, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Stamford Singapore offers unsurpassed views of Singapore, 1,261 guest rooms and suites, coupled with modern amenities, superbly-designed facilities and 16 exciting dining and lifestyle choices for a multi-dimensional experience.

Stamford Singapore

Nightly rates for The Stamford Singapore start at 300SGD >>

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Image of the Day: Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel

August 6, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel was invisioned by the world renowned architect Arata Isozaki and designed by KCA International, the interior designers of the luxurious Burj Al Arab.

Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel

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Image of the Day: Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok

July 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok has an oversized swimming pool that is set in a tranquil tropical garden. 

Chatrium Residences Sathon Bangkok

 

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Experience Japan the Local Way at The Peninsula Tokyo

July 25, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The Peninsula Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo
has rolled out an exciting new array of experiential courses for guests wanting to learn first-hand about Japanese culture.  The experiential learning is done through personalized classes, tours, and activities. These new programs have been designed from a local Japanese perspective and highlight key aspects that speak to the Japanese culture, heritage, lifestyle, cuisine, arts, and more. "The Art of the Kimono program is one of the many new classes that the hotel has created. Guests of the hotel get introduced to the Japanese culture and lifestyle by learning about the complexities of putting on the formal kimono During the program guests are professionally fitted and dressed in the traditional Japanese garment. Guests can select the kimono of their choice to try on from the available selection provided by the famous Japanese kimono designer Hatsuko Endo. Guests also have the option to don a traditional Japanese hairstyle and makeup with the opportunity to commemorate the experience with professional photographs at additional cost.

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Image of the Day: W Taipei

July 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

W Taipei is an artistic icon right in the heart of the exhilarating Xinyi district where the city's most exuberant nightlife, scintillating entertainment, hottest fashion and other spectacular attractions reside.

W Taipea

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Your Questions Answered: Kids and the Maldives

July 18, 2013
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.

QUESTION: What hotels or resorts in the Maldives do you recommend for a family traveling with kids?


ANSWER: Lucky Kids! We have a great collection of hotels in the Maldives that welcome children.  Hf the ere are some of the amenities at the luxury hotels that are part of the Five Star Alliance collection.

Dusit Thani Maldives-The Dusit Thani Maldives (left) offers a children’s play area and club facility. 

-At the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah "KidsOnly" is free for all children from 2-11 years and provides world-class benefits including exciting and imaginative daily fun programs, age-appropriate activities, facilities and amenities, over twelve hours a day. Babysitters are available 24 hours a day for those under 2. 

-At the Anantara Veli Resort and Spa , the Dhoni Kids Club (for children from the ages of 3 to 12) keeps the youngest guests entertained during their holidays with an action-packed program featuring a variety of beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games that are fun, educational and culturally enriching. 

-At the LUX Maldives "PLAY" offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything kids could hope for on an island vacation. 

-Kids For All Seasons Kudamas Club is an organized program of fun activities for the little ones at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives.  

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Image of the Day: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

July 18, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok offers contemporary luxury throughout its 393 rooms and suites, with views over the Chao Phraya River or gardens; ten restaurants, many with terraces by the river; and The Oriental Spa, voted among the "Best in the World."

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

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