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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

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.


Special Five Star Alliance Rates at the Viceroy Bali

March 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Aside from providing luxury travelers with an easy way to compare and make hotel reservations, we at Five Star Alliance love offering our clients a little something extra to show our appreciation and commitment to excellence. Check in with our blog series to check out our featured hotels that are offering special packages, rates, or extra amenities for Five Star Alliance clients!

Today’s feature is the Viceroy Bali, located 5 minutes from Ubud, the heart of Bali, famous for its artistic community, traditional dance ceremonies, and rural vistas. This luxury hotel is currently offering special Five Star Alliance rates that are $25 off the Best Available Rates through the end of 2012! All of the villas at Viceroy Bali feature a private pool with spectacular views over the Petanu River gorge and the tropical forest, and all of the villas have a European flair with Balinese furnishings. The incredible French Restaurant, Cascades has an extensive wine cellar and cocktail bar along with breathtaking and unrivaled views of the surrounding area. Don’t pass up these incredible rates and make your reservations today!


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Alila Villas Uluwatu

February 9, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Alila Villa Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for ambience and design. This luxury hotel is located on a cliff top plateau along the southern coast of Bali. The view from this hotel is simply breathtaking, and the entire property aims to fulfill its tradition of offering an experience that is serene, sensual, and pleasantly different. With 84 spacious villas, all with private salt-water pools and ocean-view cabanas, this Alila property goes above and beyond the expected levels of luxury. The rooms have ceilings from bamboo and flat roofs that are insulated with volcanic rocks. Indulge yourself in the spectacular cliff top pool and bar, and take in the beauty that surrounds you everywhere you turn at this incredible hotel.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Alila Villas Uluwatu

January 30, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Featured prominently on the Gold List for ambiance and design, the Alila Villas Uluwatu is everything you could hope for in an secluded all-villa property.  On the very edge of sheer limestone cliffs that overlook the Balinese ocean below, the views from the outdoor pool and gardens seem to look over the edge of the world itself.  Sky and sea meet in an endless ocean of blue that is only ever disrupted by the prismatic diffusion of the sun's rays as it falls below the skyline.  And as darkness drapes itself over the edge of the cliffs, cradling Uluwatu in its embrace, simply step inside to the Sunset Cabana for a nightcap or something more substantial. Its holistic design is minimalistic but never spartan, tranquil but never vacant.  The Alila Villas Uluwatu truly deserves its place on the Conde Nast Gold List for most ambient and well-designed hotels of 2012.


Look out, Jakarta: W Hotels is Coming to Town

November 17, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Retreat and Spa BaliWhen W planted its flag in Indonesia earlier this year, the W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak (pictured) immediately became *the* place to see and be seen. (The resort manages to be both a tranquil hideaway and a happening hot spot at the same time.) Now the brand is looking to make a splash in the buzzing capital city of Jakarta, with the opening of a brand new hotel in 2015. Located in Jakarta's Central Business District, the 300-room property will import W's signature Whatever/Whenever service philosophy along with the W Living Room experience. To quote the official press release: "W Jakarta will offer escape, extravaganza and innovative design in the heart of one of the city's most vibrant districts, redefining the contemporary lifestyle and bringing a completely new and distinctive experience to the hotel market in Jakarta." The W Jakarta will be the brand's twelfth property in the Asia Pacific region, following the 2014 openings of W Beijing and W Shanghai.


Top 10 Spas All Over the World

October 28, 2011
By: Oksana Balytsky

What do you get when you combine luxury, serenity, and incredibly gifted hands? The best spa resorts, of course! Check out our list of the top 10 luxury spas all over the world, make your reservation for that much needed vacation, and step into a relaxing paradise of mineral baths, facials, saunas, mud masks, massages, and much more.

10. The Wickaninnish Inn, Canada

This peaceful spa is surrounded by forest on the Pacific Ocean, creating the perfect, natural environment with the sound of splashing waves and the smell of the ocean permeating the atmosphere. This spa offers high-quality spa products and its estheticians focus on providing a truly relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

9. Auberge de Soleil, United States

Located in the wine country of San Francisco, this spa is surrounded by private gardens and breathtaking views of Napa Valley. This spa offers the opportunity to partake in relaxing activities for romantic couples or friends of four with access to a private outdoor garden and hot spring. Embrace this spa’s philosophy of nurturing the body and mind while sinking into a peaceful state of relaxation.

 

8. Banyan Tree, Thailand

This one is considered to be one of Asia’s most spectacular spa resorts. All of this resort’s 123 villas have access to their own garden and an open air sunken bathtub, 52 of its villas have their own Jacuzzi, and 46 have their own private swimming pool. For the ultimate getaway, consider one of 13 villas with access to a private pool, Jacuzzi, private steam, and sauna room, and be sure to sign up for this hotel’s renowned ‘Intimate Moments’ partner massage.

7. The Grove, United Kingdom

The Grove is London’s cosmopolitan country estate, and it offers spa treatments that sooth and stimulate all of your senses. This spa prides itself on offering a total caring experience and ensuring that you escape, relax, and re-energize during your stay. Breathe in the tranquility, breath out the stress, and leave with a little more balance in your life.

6. Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa, United States

This spa is located in a private red rock canyon in Sedona, Arizona-- in what is considered to be one of the most sacred healing places on Earth. World class spa therapists create unique and memorable experiences and offer a variety of specially tailored services, aiming to provide a sense of harmony and health.

5. The Setai, United States

This Miami Beach luxury spa embraces ancient traditions and offers a complete experience with access to three private, sparkling swimming pools. This spa is dedicated to absolute privacy and relaxation, and its treatments will leave you feeling fresh and revitalized.

4. Four Seasons Hualalai Kona, United States

This exotic, Hawaiian themed spa integrates tropical gardens and exudes serenity. Its complimentary, pre-spa services include access to the lap pool, whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, and cold plunges. The treatment massages can be performed outside amidst beautiful nature and bamboo that naturally bring about a sense of calm.

3. Le Sirenuse, Italy

This spa embraces the ancient philosophy of individualized treatments to reach harmony from the inside out.  Be sure to take advantage of their unique treatment options and enjoy various services made especially for your needs.

2. Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay, Indonesia

Inspired by the surrounding ocean, this resort has eight magnificent treatment rooms and offers suites equipped with outdoor soaking tubs. The spa treatments utilize essences of plants, aromas of healing flowers, and herbs and spices, all blended together to create soothing and rejuvenating recipes for an enhanced experience.

1. Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands

Dramatically located on a cliff’s edge, this spa overlooks the resort and the beautiful Sir Francis Drake Channel below. The indigenous botanical resources along with therapeutic practices make for the most relaxing spa experience. The best part, however, is that this spa is willing to accommodate you in their Cliff Spa Suite, in your room, on the beach, or even under the stars!

Try as we might, we just couldn’t pick one favorite, so we encourage you to share your favorite luxury spa experiences with us on Facebook. Is your favorite spa on our list? Let us know! We love hearing from you.


Friday Photos: Bali High at Jimbaran Puri Bali by Orient-Express

August 12, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Jimbaran Puri Bali

Today we're hitting the beautiful beaches of Bali, where the Jimbaran Puri Bali, a luxury resort by Orient-Express, offers massages by the talcum-powder sand, private yoga sessions, and a waterfront restaurant where the fish are grilled straight from the sea. The horizon-edge swimming pool alone merits a visit. Fresh water cascades from three water spouts into the pool, terraced into the landscape with stone tiles. Teak lounge chairs are yours for the taking. Needless to say, the Jimbaran Puri Bali is the ideal place for romance, and the resort offers a number of wedding and honeymoon packages.

Jimbaran Puri Bali