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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.

Deals and Steals at the Viceroy Bali

June 12, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

We at Five Star Alliance know that our travelers are in search of luxurious accommodations at the best prices available, so we go above and beyond to find the best promotional packages and specials to ensure you get the most from your hotel experience. We’re thrilled to introduce our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels that offer you more than just room-only rates. Whether you’re traveling on business or pleasure, we certainly have something for you. Be sure to check in with us often to get the inside scoop on the best deals and packages available at luxury hotels all over the world!

For a limited time only, the Viceroy Bali is offering a special Five Star Alliance Rate, good for bookings made up until July 2013. The special rate offers $50/night off the standard rate across the board, so you can enjoy the unsurpassed luxury of one of Bali's most prestigious resorts and use your savings to order a few drinks on the patio while you take in the breathtaking views of the Petanu river gorge and tropical forests. The rate is currently only available for a limited time, so make sure to strike while the iron is hot. Learn more about the Viceroy Bali and find the availability for your stay right here on Five Star Alliance.

Posted in: Asia, Indonesia, Bali, Hot Spots, Deals

No Man Is an Island, But the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Is

June 4, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Everyone loves a beach resort, and the shallow waters of the Maldives make it possible to find a truly singular experience. Because the oceans are uniquely calm, resorts like the Waldorf Astoria have built out entire bungalows just above the lapping waves. From your residence, you'll have a truly panoramic view of the surrounding waters. Among a series of already outstanding resorts, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives sets itself apart even from that distinguished crowd. I'd hate to turn this into an apotheosis of the Waldorf, but it's hard not to exalt the virtues of a resort that is its own island. The seclusion of having your own bungalow on a private island is truly unmatched.

When a resort is an island, it is doubly important that it has the luxurious facilities to accommodate your every desire. While fine dining and a top-notch spa are the unmistakable call signs of any luxury resort, the Waldorf Astoria has taken them to another level. Their world-class Modun Spa is organized around the concept of a winding journey towards self-discovery and holistic rejuvenation with the spa facilities laid out along a twisting path that leads you through a natural progression of treatment. Dine on incredibly sumptuous cuisine either at one of the many restaurants and bars or bring that very same experience to the comfort and privacy of your own villa. Children are cared for in the Kids' Club, leaving the adults free to experience the unmatched luxury. If I wanted the experience of the unmistakable Maldivian bungalow, I would be remiss if I didn't seriously consider the Waldorf Astoria Maldives as my destination of choice.


Newly Renovated Garden Wing at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

May 31, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is set in the lush tropical gardens near the renowned Orchard Road business and shopping district of Singapore, and its newly renovated garden wing is perfect for leisure and business travelers looking for a peaceful retreat. Each room features a large balcony and an interior design inspired by nature. Take advantage of the 15 acres of gardens at this consistently top ranked luxury hotel while staying in luxurious accommodations located in one of three distinctive wings. A few of the superb amenities available to guests at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore include 2 ballrooms, 23 smaller function rooms perfect for meetings, 3 fine dining restaurants on site, an exotic free-form pool, a children’s pool, and a luxurious spa offering post-flight therapy and other treatments. Whatever your travel purpose, consider staying at this idyllic luxury hotel for a truly relaxing and unforgettable experience.


Alila Villas Uluwatu Receives the China Gold Tourism Award

May 22, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

A big congratulations goes out to the Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia for receiving the ‘Most Popular Overseas Hotel’ in the 7th annual China Tourism 2012 Gold List Awards. This luxury hotel is situated on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs that sweep down to the ocean. It is the perfect place to re-discover the joy of pure relaxation in a spacious and comfortable environment with a personal butler to assist you with whatever it is you may need. Indulge all of your senses in the traditional fine dining restaurants, the clifftop pool and bar, or in the spa. Frederic Simon, CEO of Alila Hotels and Resorts says, "we are honoured to be recognized for our distinction in the hospitality industry for the first designed & built EarthCheck certified luxury resort in Bali. It is the ultimate achievement to be awarded such an accolade, especially as it is voted by our guests and travel partners." We certainly agree and feel that the Alila Villas Uluwatu deserves to be added to every luxury traveler’s bucket list!


Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2012: W Retreat and Spa Bali Seminyak

May 9, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Conde Nast Traveler, purveyor of fine hotel reviews and travel advice, has just released its 2012 edition of the Hot List, a list of hotels that are setting the hotel world aflame with fresh designs and new concepts, or maybe just a solid new look at classic luxury. 41 reporters embedded themselves anonymously in hotels across the globe to review their targets. What results is a list of 121 hotels around the world that are so on fire they should be put on your watch list, just in case they end up burning down.

The W Retreat and Spa Bali Seminyak is a hotel that invites a lot of superlatives. They seem to attract -est's like few other hotels in the business. The b-'s, the fanci-'s, the wonderful-'s, they are all attracted to the W Retreat Seminyak like tiny linguistic moths to a descriptive flame.  The 237 room hotel, of which 76 face the sea, somehow manages to be both a secluded retreat and in walking distance of every up-and-coming fine restaurant in Jalan Petitenget.  The retreat somehow manages to blend the aesthetics of traditional Balinese villages with our future booming Neon gas industry. It is colorful and well-rounded, in the sense that corners are in short supply in the designer space. If something off-beat but traditionally relaxing is your cup of tea, then you should check out the W Retreat and Spa Bali Seminyak.


Michelin Star Chef Coming to the Alila Villas Soori

May 9, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Alila Villas Soori is a beautiful hotel set beachfront in Kelating, Indonesia. It’s located along the southwest coast of Bali, on a gentle slope between rice terraces and beautiful black-sand beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean. Ths boutique has only 48 villas, and they’re perfectly positioned to enjoy panoramic ocean views and sea breezes.

On Friday, June 8th for one night only, the Alila Villas Soori will host Tom Kerridge, a renowned Michelin Star Chef coming on his first Asian tour. Tom Kerridge is the chef patron and owner at the Hand & Flowers pub in Marlow, the only two Michelin-starred pub in the entire world! As put by the Michelin editor Rebecca Burr, ‘Tom’s cooking has risen to new heights. His dishes are sophisticated yet familiar, and are a perfect match for the relaxed surroundings of his charming pub.’ Be sure to make your reservations at the Alila Villas Soori for June to experience the delectable cuisine prepared and put together by Tom Kerridge.


A Little Slice of Heaven: Shangri La's Boracay Resort and Spa

May 4, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

The Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa is nice little haven of solitude and serenity in a world where it's hard to get away from the constant activity of the urban lifestyle. Boracay is everything the city is not: quiet, calm, pristine. Its 183 guest rooms and 36 villas are just what the doctor ordered if he demanded that you take a long vacation on sandy beaches with your favorite cocktail in hand. If he did that, we're trading doctors.  The Boracay Resort comes with its very own tranquil spa village, a complex of buildings set up to relax your mind and pamper your body. Your taste buds can get in on the action as well at Rima Restaurant or Sirena for gourmet Italian and fresh seafood. Two separate beach coves ensure that there will always be a quiet place on the beach for you, even if the annoying uncle you had to bring along wants to come, too. Just send him to the other side; we won't tell your mother. The Shangri-La Boracay Resort and Spa is everything you dream of when you imagine a world of opalescent beaches and azure waters, only this time, it's real.


Aleenta Phuket Launches a Secret Dinner Series

May 4, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Aleenta Phuket Phang Nga Resort and Spa in North Phuket, Thailand is proud to present the NA THALANG Ancestral Siamese Cuisine Secret Dinner series every Monday until further notice. Prepare to experience traditional and authentic dishes from the kitchen of Chef Premchit Prateap Na Thalang prepared from secret recipes passed down through 12 generations. The menu will feature distinctive southern Siamese cuisine with Chinese and Indian elements and fresh ingredients from the forests and seas of the Andaman coast. The courses will feature juice, canapés, an aperitif served at 7:00pm, and an 8-course tasting dinner served at 7:30pm.

The Aleenta Phuket is a beautiful boutique hotel with only 40 rooms and 15 suites including pool villas, ocean view lofts, and private 2 and 3 bedroom beachfront villas located steps from the beach. This luxury hotel is only 20 minutes from the Phuket International Airport and a short distance from the Blue Canyon Golf Course and the beautiful Phang Nga Bay.

Be sure to explore this simply stunning hotel and make your dinner reservations to embark on a truly authentic and once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience!


Harbour Grand Kowloon Honored at the Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards!

May 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

TripAdvisor announced that the Harbour Grand Kowloon has been chosen as the winner in the category of the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in China in its 2012 Travelers’ Choice Awards! The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards honor the world’s best hotels as selected by millions of real travelers’ reviews and opinions, so you can trust and check in with ease knowing that you are about to stay at phenomenal hotel as chosen by fellow travelers like yourself.

The Harbour Grand Kowloon is a luxurious 5-star property situated on the harbor front promenade just a few steps from the famous Victoria Harbour in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is nestled in the neighborhood of Whampoa, which is full of charming cafes and boutiques and just minutes away from the Tsimshatsui shopping and business district. Its 554 spacious guestrooms including 86 suites are equipped with the latest technology and many of which offer stunning Harbour views. A few of the amenities available to guests include massage service, steam room and sauna, a top floor fitness center, and a glass-walled roof top swimming pool featuring 360 degree panoramic views.

Jonathan A. Wilson, the General Manager of the hotel says, “we are thrilled to once again be honoured by our travel partners TripAdvisor. To win the award for the second year running affirms that we are heading in the right direction and spurs us on to maintain our strong commitment towards service excellence. We are honoured that our guests have chosen us.”  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Be sure to make your reservations at this highly acclaimed hotel and get ready for a truly luxurious and wonderful stay!


Super Luxury Awaits at the Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

April 24, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is set on the shore of the Andaman Sea, and it is a hideaway 54 villa boutique hotel that takes luxury to a new level. The Phulay Bay offers its guests the best of all worlds, with stunning views of the towering limestone karsts, sandy beaches, and a national forest with hidden waterfalls. The Phulay Bay is all about enlivening the senses and providing guests with an enriching experience. Prepare to be stimulated by the resort’s own scent, signature drink, traditional Thai music, and stunning scenery both inside the suites and around the resort. Its phenomenal villas offer stunning ocean views, private plunge pools, walk-in closets, cathedral-like bathrooms, and sheltered outdoor baths and showers set among indigenous flora allowing guests to detach from the world. What sets this hotel apart is its exemplary customer service. From arranging a meditation class in a local monastery to elephant trekking to a remote picnic spot, the staff at the Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is willing to assist you in all of your arrangements to make your visit to Thailand simply unforgettable!