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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.

Best Bars in Bali: Sunset on Six (SOS) at Anantara Resort Seminyak

September 4, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Anantara Resort Seminyak, Bali, SOS barBali's beautiful new resort, the Anantara Resort and Spa Seminyak, is situated on 3,500 square meters of prime beachfront on Bali's gorgeous Seminyak coast, just steps from the Indian Ocean and elegant Seminyak Village. The 59-suite resort has it all: an Anantara Spa, two infinity-edge swimming pools overlooking the ocean, a destination restaurant, and rooftop terrace bar to take in the world-famous sunsets. The SOS bar (Sunset on Six) has been getting rave reviews as one of the top bars in Bali. In addition to the beautiful sunsets, the bar is appreciated for its good libations and DJs. In Bali's most fashionable beachside district, SOS is the chic place-to-be. Drink in the sunset while sipping a designer drink and listening to chill-out lounge music. Here's the skinny:

Divided into four areas, SOS caters for all manner of pleasurable leisure, day or night – whether guests prefer to soak in the sun, or chill out under a starry night. Zone One features sumptuous daybeds to delight sun-seekers, while Zone Two comprises of an elegant DJ Lounge. The Dining Bar at Zone Three is solely aimed at providing in the form of sugar and spice; delectable eats and treats to do much more than just fill an empty gap. Finally, in Zone Four, The Wine Room and Long Table is the place to select a rare vintage from a state-of-the-art wine cellar to appreciate alongside out-of-this-world cuisine.

And the color scheme? Why this hip hang-out reflects the dazzling reds and crimsons of the sunsets you can ogle from the rooftop.


Buzz: St. Regis Resorts Brings Its Butler Service to Bali

September 2, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

St. Regis Resort BaliPersonal butlers for every guest is a hallmark of the St. Regis brand, famed for refined elegance and peerless service. And now St. Regis is importing this unique tradition to the tropical island paradise of Bali, when the St. Regis Resort Bali opens this month. Overlooking the ocean and Bali's premier golf course in the exclusive enclave of Nusa Dua, the beachfront resort has 125 luxurious suites and villas. The St. Regis butlers are known to provide ever-present, unobtrusive service while anticipating guests' needs. It goes beyond preparing coffee or tea and packing/unpacking suitcases; the butlers are more like experienced personal assistants. The St. Regis Bali is the first in the island to have an international Chief Butler, Tony Sharp, and Assistant Chief Butler, Robert Johnson, winner of 'Butler of the Year' award, an international award conferred by the International Butler Association. Trained in wine by the resort's chief sommelier, the butlers are also incredibly technologically savvy, as the resort is the first in Bali to feature Internet Protocol (IP) phones in all suites and villas.


Most Expensive Hotel Rooms: Hotel President Wilson, Geneva, and Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York

August 12, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel President WilsonForget "Staycations." The uber-rich continue to globe-trot on private jets and bunk down in swanky pads-- like the Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson, the world's most expensive at a whopping $52,000 a night. Elite Traveler recently released their list of the "101 Top Hotel/Resort Suites of the Year" in the July/August 2008 issue. Runners-up for priciest suite include the $50,000/night Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Attica, Greece, and the $21,000/night Imperial Suite at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. In the U.S., the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York has a price tag of $30,000 per night, making it the most expensive suite built in the U.S. Next up? The Chairman Suite at the Palazzo in Vegas ($20,000/night) followed by the Empire Suite at the Carlyle in New York and the Grand Suite at the Grand Wailea Resort (both at $15,000/night). For the full breakdown, click here.


Buzz: The Heli-Fishing School at Blanket Bay, New Zealand

August 5, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Blanket BayThe pristine wilderness and spectacular scenery of New Zealand's South Island lures savvy visitors (and film-directors, like Peter Jackson of the Lord of the Rings trilogy). Nestled in this cinematic setting, Blanket Bay is a luxurious lodge that offers five rooms and seven suites constructed in timber and stone with bay-facing windows. (The suites have private terraces with mind-blowing views).) Of all the activities on offer, the heli-fishing school at Blanket Bay is a unique way to get outside and hook some brown and rainbow trout in untouched waters in truly empty wilderness. In four different river settings, private guides give personalized instruction for all levels of fishermen. The school has lots of casting insights for experienced anglers, to boot. Helicopter fishing trips allow you to fish stretches of water possibly not fished this season by any other anglers- inaccessible by vehicles.


Fourth Night Free at the Hayman Island Resort in Australia

July 22, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hayman IslandDiscover the ultimate in island living in Australia's Whitsunday Islands, nestled between the Queensland coast and the Great Barrier Reef. Surrounded by coral fringed beaches, Hayman Island boasts tremendous natural beauty and superb facilities. Home to the largest swimming pool in the southern hemisphere, the 244-room resort is an unparalleled private island destination. It's winter down under so Hayman Island has designed a neat promotional offer to help you escape the winter blues and marvel at all the wonders of the great barrier reef with exciting activities and the finest of resort living. With great value like this, it's the right time to visit Australia. With the Winter Escape package, you get 3 nights' twin share accommodation in a Retreat Room with daily buffet breakfast for two in Azure overlooking the Coral Sea-- and a fourth night free. Included are complimentary activities: paddleskiing, windsurfing and catamaran sailing, tennis, squash, golf putting/driving, croquet, gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Priced from AUD $870 per person.

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Buzzworthy: Langham Hotels Will Open Vineyard Resort and Spa, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

July 16, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Place Vineyard Resort and Spa, New ZealandFans of Langham Place, a sister brand of The Langham, will be thrilled about this piece of news. The luxury hotel operator, Langham Hotels International, has just signed a management agreement with Isola Estate for a five-star boutique hotel on Waiheke Island, an exclusive enclave 30 minutes off the coast of Auckland. (Just 8 minutes away by helicopter.) Opening in 2010, the Langham Place Vineyard Resort and Spa will be designed by CDA Architecture, one of the leading hotel architects in NZ, as a Tuscan-style property nestled among 26 vineyards. Talk about the ultimate wine-lover’s paradise in the South Seas! In addition to the 76 condo-style rooms and suites, the wine-based resort will have a Chuan Spa, gym, tennis courts, gastronomic restaurant, and meeting and banquet facilities to accommodate 300. The idea? To create a Martha’s Vineyard of the South Pacific.


Naladhu’s 5 Day Spa Journey in the Maldives

July 10, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Naladhu ResortI can hear it now, the rhythm of the waves rolling on the sand, the rustle of the palms, and the singing of the birds as they land in paradise. Naladhu Maldives 5 Days Spa Journey Package offers not only the sounds of Paradise at your door but the unique and intimate spa retreat that is sure to bring that complete sense of well being. Each spa day begins with a pre-spa yoga session followed by a signature spa treatment. A consultation is conducted by a certified ayurvedic doctor to prescribe a personalized ayurvedic healing. Your stay includes 5 nights in a Naladhu Ocean House, daily breakfast, round trip speed boat Male International Airport transfers, and 5 days of spa indulgence. Start your stay with the a Jetlag massage sure to get you in that relaxed state. This is not just any spa retreat.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make reservations at the Naladhu Resort with Five Star Alliance will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne, a Dolphin safari, and late check-out subject to availability.


The New Spa and Lexus LS600h Hybrid Limousines at Langham Hotel, Auckland

July 3, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Hotel AucklandIndulge in a five-star fling at the Langham Auckland, New Zealand's first hotel to achieve international Green Globe certification. Situated in the heart of the vibrant city not far from the waterfront, the 410-room Langham Hotel entices with luxurious amenities like the sweet fleet of Lexus LS600h hybrid limousines. (Retail value for each vehicle? A mere $250,000.) Get this: customers can even check-in while en-route to the hotel from the airport. Coming in October 2008: the blissfully swanky Chuan Spa, comprised of six lavish treatment rooms including two VIP dual suites with private spas, fitness center, an outdoor heated pool, his and hers saunas, steam rooms and an outdoor jacuzzi.


UP, UP, and Away With The Langham Melbourne

June 30, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Langham MelbourneLocated on the banks of the Yarra River and established as one of Melbourne's and Australia's finest hotels, The Langham Melbourne is offering overnight accommodations and a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight for 2 from now till the 30th of December. This special also includes a Champagne breakfast for 2 at Melba's, the Langham's award winning interactive restaurant. Here you can interact with the chefs at one of the Dynamic Cooking Stations and partake of the Inspirational Theme Stations including Tandori Oven, Turbo Woks, Rotisserie, Seafood Ice Blocks and Floating Desserts. All with unrivalled panoramic views of the City Skyline and Yarra River. Your stay includes accommodations in a River Room with views of the Yarra River and the Melbourne Skyline, access to the Health Club and Fitness Center, Pool, Jacuzzi, Saunas, signiture-scented color therapy steam rooms and therapeutic rain showers. Rates for this special start at $940 (Sunday to Friday) or $990 (Saturday). Weather permitting, your Hot Air Balloon ride is with the most experienced and professional company in Australia, www.hotairballooning.com.au.

Late check out is offered at 2 pm to fully allow you time to enjoy the offerings of this special experience.


Announcing The Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa - All With Private Pools

June 18, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Anantara PhuketAnantara Resorts is proudly announcing the October 2008 opening of its newest property, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa in Thailand. Located in Phuket's more secluded, natural northern coast, 15 minutes from the Phuket International Airport and just minutes from golf and beaches, this 83 all private pool villa property features unspoilt beauty, absolute privacy and fabulous dining. Special amenities include the magnificent Bill Bensley designed gardens and paths fusing the colorful tropical flora with age old traditional Thai architecture, a world renown Spa specializing in rich, lavish body treatments and scrubs and high concept dining where you pick the location and the chef transforms a meal to a memorable occasion. Special opening Anantara Breeze Packages are available from October to December 23rd offering the 4th night complimentary with a 3 night stay.