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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.

Image of the Day: Gansevoort Turks and Caicos


By: Five Star Alliance

Gansevoort Turks and Caicos offers guests the of snorkel equipment, beach volleyball equipment, kayaks, paddle boards, and Hobie cats. Or, simply lounge on one of the beach beds.

Gansevoort Turks and Caicos 

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Shop Bulgari in Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

Bulgari Bali
One place you may not expect to find Bulgari is Bali. But the luxury retailer has a gorgeous property in the tropical paradise.  Based in Rome, since 1884 Bulgari has been creating renowned fine jewelry. Today it is a global and diversified luxury brand with a product and services portfolio of jewels, watches, accessories, fragrances, hotels and resorts featuring exceptional quality, an innovative style and impeccable service.

The Bulgari Boutique, located at Bulgari Resort Bali, is the only Bulgari shop in Bali, with its jewels and accessories, whilst the Art & Craft Store is a treasure that awaits guests in an inspiring place where the art of shopping meets a unique collection of Balinese fabrics. Among the richness of the island's traditions, The Resort features the understated and elegant collections from BIASA whose sophisticated 'resort wear' showcases hand woven and stitched material with hand crafted details by local artisans.

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Grande Colonial La Jolla's Executive Chef Named San Diego's Chef of the Year


By: Five Star Alliance

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla


Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla's
executive chef Jason Knibb was recently named San Diego's "Chef of the Year" by the California Restaurant Association. The historic luxury hotel's NINE-TEN restaurant was also awarded "Best Hotel Restaurant/Fine Dining." Both awards were presented at the 30th annual Gold Medallion Awards dinner. 

Knibb joined the staff of the Grande Colonial more than ten years ago. A self-trained chef, he discovered a love of cooking when he was a 17 year old busboy at a local restaurant. He trained under some of the country's finest chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Roy Yamaguchi, and Hans Rockenwagner. 

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

A recognized name in culinary circles across the country and universally acknowledged to be among the top chefs in Southern California for his consistently exquisite food and artistic presentations, Jason has amassed many awards and accolades for his style and cuisine. Most notably: Zagat Survey® Food Score of 26 (extraordinary to perfection); Zagat Top 10 Restaurants in San Diego; and a 2010 Rising Star Chef Winner/StarChefs. In November of 2011, he was also a contender on the Food Network’s Iron Chef, battling Bobby Flay in a seafood showdown, marking yet another significant milestone in his culinary career.

Situated in the seaside village of La Jolla, just 15 minutes from San Diego, the Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel. Commanding views of the coastline, this Centurion hotel is steps from miles of beaches and world-class shopping, dining & entertainment. Its award-winning NINE-TEN Restaurant offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. Diners enjoy the best of the harvest from local farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s evolving California cuisine.  

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Cool Pools: Punta Islita Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Punta Islita Hotel's Private Villas offer private plunge pools.

Punta Islita Hotel

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New to Five Star Alliance: Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa is a charming tropical sanctuary in a tranquil bay setting on Phuket's
stunning western coast. One of the most breathtaking luxury hotels Phuket has to offer, it opens onto a private
stretch of beautiful Layan Beach, where soft white sands are gently lapped by the turquoise waters of the Andaman
Sea are just steps away.

Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa 

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Image of the Day: Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai


By: Five Star Alliance

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai's design draws heavily from the architectural and cultural influences of the historic Lanna Kingdom.

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai :

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Bulgari Bali Introduces Mansion Accommodations


By: Five Star Alliance

Bulgari Resort Bali
The Bulgari Bali Resort has introduced a new level of luxury living. The second luxury property from Bulgari Hotels & Resorts is located in one of the most exclusive destinations in the world. It's location 150 meters up offers stunning views of the Indian ocean, and combines traditional Balinese forms with high Italian style.

The hotel's newest accommodations come in the form of Mansions. Ranging from 1,710 square meters to 4,415 square meters per unit, the Mansions that compose the new residential complex cover a 19,500 square metre area, are rich in comfort and lush amenities. Spacious, airy openings make up the units, each one containing from three to five bedrooms, a large living room, a dining room and a large kitchen.

The three bedroom Mansions feature three separate bedrooms, private pool and garden with Indian Ocean View, terrace, open – air living room pavilion, Bang & Olufsen Video & Audio, Miele kitchen appliances, and a private elevator. The five bedroom Mansions feature five separate bedrooms, private pool and garden with Indian Ocean View, terrace, open – air living room pavilion, spa pavilion, theatre room with Bang & Olufsen audio visual, Miele kitchen appliances, and private elevator.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Pikaia Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

Pikaia Lodge, which opens in October, 2014 , is designed for the environmentally conscious, eco-adventure traveler, who seeks intimate contact with the unique natural heritage of the Galapagos along with all the comforts of a highly evolved lifestyle.

Pikaia Lodge

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New to Five Star Alliance: Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos


By: Five Star Alliance

Royal Palm Hotel Galapagos is surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here. The residences complement their natural surroundings and are designed for comfort and relaxation. The Villas sit individually within the grounds while the Casitas are located on the Royal Fountain Circle, with verandas overlooking the Royal Palm estate.

Royal Palm Island Galapagos

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Cool Pools: Delano Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Delano Hotel has more than 7,000 square feet of the outdoors to enjoy, in the form of the Delano Beach Club. The centerpiece of the club is the iconic swimming pool.

Delano Hotel

Reserve your lounge chair at Delano South Beach >>