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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: Anantara Resort Dhigu Maldives

November 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Resort Dhigu Maldives offers 68 beachfront villas, all situated on a private stretch of beach, with unique outdoor bathrooms and rain showers. Our 2 Beachfront Pool Villas are more spacious and come with their own private plunge pool set in a tropical garden. Anantara's 38 over-water suites, situated over the Indian Ocean, feature private sundecks and open-air infinity-edged bathtubs with a view. For the ultimate over-water Maldives luxury resort getaway, 2 exclusive Deluxe Over-Water Pool Suites enjoy a prime setting at the end of each jetty, with wrap-around sundecks featuring their own private plunge pool and spacious interiors with hints of Maldivian culture and arts.

Anantara Resort Dhigu Maldives 

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Image of the Day: Hotel Monte Mulini

November 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Monte Mulini is in the south of Rovinj in Croatia, in a centuries-old Zlatni rt park forest, right next to the sea in Lone Bay.

Hotel Monte Mulini

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Your Questions Answered: What South Beach Resort Offers Walk-Out Beach Access and Fine Dining?

November 16, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Raleigh Hotel
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: We are looking to stay is South Beach, Fla. What resort offers the best accommodations that are walking distance to night life, fine dining, a walk right out to the beach, and has a pool?


ANSWER: The Raleigh Hotel 

The Raleigh is an art deco masterpiece. Located in Miami Beach, in the Art Deco District, it is central to shopping, restaurants, nightlife and entertainment. There are 104 rooms and suites in the elegant art deco style of the 1940s. The Raleigh boasts the largest penthouse suite in Florida. The hotel's legendary swimming pool with cascading waterfall and sprawling tropical gardens has been featured in movies as well as fashion campaigns.

The Raleigh HotelOccupying the Raleigh Hotel's iconic baroque pool deck, Restaurant Michael Schwartz offers diners a menu inspired by the rich history and singular charm of Miami Beach’s most iconic hotel property. Complete with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s hallmark seasonal ingredient-inspired Snacks, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large and Sides, as well as renowned pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith's desserts, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch including a market fresh raw bar, and dinner daily, as well as poolside and bar service, boxed beach lunches, and a selection of in-room dining items.

Those who have spent long, lazy days on the sands of South Florida's most beautiful beach will know that the glamorous combination of white sand, warm azure water, and long, sun-drenched days set Miami apart from every other city in the region, and around the world. Plush, rolled towels atop comfy chaise lounges beckon you to make yourself at home. The Raleigh offesr food service right to your chaise, prepared by master chefs.


We recommend the Art Deco Suite. It is a signature Raleigh suite with its signature charm. This suite is 580sq ft, has rain shower for two, a deep soaking tub, a full day bed in a separate living room, and a king bed in master bedroom. All rooms include In-room stereos and DVD players, mini-bars, in-room safes, linen duvets, 400 count Egyptian cotton sheets, Ciel Spa amenities, and concierge service.

 

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

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Image of the Day: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa

November 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa nestles alongside the sparkling bay of Al Jissah in a dramatic desert setting of rugged mountains and inviting beaches.

Shangri-la Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa

Current nightly rates at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa start at $220 per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: What Bahama Resorts are Family-Friendly?

November 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Reef Atlantis
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 are some family friendly resorts in the Bahamas for a family of 3, consisting of 2 Adults and an 8 year old boy?

 

ANSWER: The Reef Atlantis – Nassau, Bahamas 

The Reef Atlantis is an entirely new way to experience Atlantis beachside. Located directly on Paradise Beach, guests enjoy miles of white sand and ocean in their backyard with all the wonder and excitement of Atlantis on their front doorstep. The Reef Atlantis is a non smoking, family-friendly hotel. Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique destination featuring the worlds largest open-air marine habitat, second only to Mother Nature. Explore Aquaventure, 141 acres of innovative waterscape including thrilling water slides and river rides. Additional recreational facilities include 14 lagoons, artificial coral reefs, an underwater tunnel for shark observation the Dig underground maze of corridors and viewing tanks containing marine animals, 11 swimming pools, including a lap pool and childrens pools, a Lazy River Ride, the Mayan Temples five waterslides, Turtle Beach sanctuary for native turtles, a full service casino, Mandara Spa, Sports Center complete with tennis courts, beach access, and water sports. The property also offers shops, 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges, 24-hour room service, live entertainment, babysitting, and film developing. This hotel offers a smoke-free environment.

The Reef AtlantisWe recommend the 2 Bedroom Suite Terrace-2 King Bed-living Area. The Suites of the Reef Atlantis offer all the conveniences, comforts and luxuries of home plus a few extras that vacationers won’t find anywhere else. The spacious suites (1497 square feet) offer private balconies, master bedroom with a king bed, 2 to 3 bathrooms, grand bathroom with marble vanities, oversized tub, and separate shower. There's a full chef equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room with a sitting area with a sleeper sofa. Flat screen HD TVs, and a Bose sound system are included.

Enjoy your vacation!
 

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Broken Hearts, Great Vacations

November 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance, K. Clare Johnson

So maybe you've been through a pretty bad break-up or divorce. Maybe you think that going on vacation alone, whilealeenta phuket heartbroken, is the worst idea ever, and you'd rather stay home and eat ice cream in your pajamas while watching reality TV.  Well, you would be wrong. Enter "The Power of One."  Here are some getaway experiences tailored to guests travelling alone or looking to get away from it all and spend some quality time with themselves.

At Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga, the three-night "Power of One: No More Tears" package offers:

• One Taste: Singles enjoy a gourmet picnic to enjoy solo as they soak in the serenity and solitude of the resort's pristine Natai Beach, with headphones and a special playlist prepared by the resort to create the ultimate soundtrack for letting it out, getting it together, and moving on up.

• One Touch: Experience the Singleton's "I Will Survive" Spa Session, a combination of pampering, massage, relaxation and facial treatments to make you glow with inner confidence and radiant beauty, while Aleenta helps to wash that man right out of your hair.

• One Love: Gets good karma flowing and redirects tainted love towards a worthy cause: marine conservation. Dry those tears and help heal the ocean: Join the Pure Blue Foundation and spend a day doing good deeds at the nearby turtle sanctuary. And in the evening, release a hatchling into the wild in a stirring ceremony.

• One on One: A choice for single guests a choice of a yoga, meditation, or fitness session with your own personal instructor, for some special care and attention.


Aleenta Resort Hua HinAt sister resort Aleenta Resort and Spa Hua Hin, experience the "Power of One Smash the Blues Getaway." This comprises:

• Sweet Zen Sunday with breakfast in bed, private yoga class followed by a rejuvenating spa treatment (but strictly No Scrubs) 

• Wanna Be So High Monday with a paramotor trip soaring above the sparkling seas and organic farmlands of Pranburi and the resort to blow the cobwebs of your past life away. It's the ultimate adrenaline antidote for a lost love. 

• Gonna Be Bakin' Tuesday is the time to put all your love and heartache into bread and cake with baking for the broken-hearted. Rise above the pain. 
 

At upscale boutique luxury resort AKARYN Samui Resort & Spa, on secluded Hanuman Bay, singletons can experience the "Power of One Salsa Your Sadness Away," in which a private dance session with a top dance instructor or choreographer will help the broken-hearted dance their sorrows away, while making the first steps to a new confident future.


All single guests availing themselves of any of the Power of One packages would receive a special mix CD during their stay - The AHMS Collection's "Power of One" mix, a musical journey that echoes the trajectory of being dumped, from sadness and pain to denial, anger, catharsis and finally, acceptance, optimism and facing the future with a fresh confidence.
 

Even if the activities above don't interest you, spending time on the beaches of Phuket, Koh Samui, or Hua Hin sounds like a pretty solid way to mend the most broken of hearts. 
 

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Image of the Day: Four Seasons Punta Mita

November 9, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Punta Mita is located just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy spacious casita-style luxury hotel accommodations with beachfront or ocean views, restaurants that capture the distinctive flavors of regional Mexican cuisine, a full-service spa and outdoor activities galore.

Four Seasons Punta Mita 

Nightly ates at Four Seasons Punta Mita start at $XX per night >>

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Image of the Day: Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort

November 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Built high atop a sheer cliff with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Tanah Lot Temple, the 103-hectare integrated Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort is reknowned for its 18-hole world class Greg Norman golf course which has won the acclaimed honours of "Best Course in Asia" and “Best Course in Indonesia” and the resort has been named by World Travel Awards as "Asia’s Leading Golf Resort."

Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali

Nightly rates at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort start at $167 per night >>

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Surf the Bar at Turtle Bay Resort

November 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Turtle Bay ResortTurtle Bay Resort is renowned as the only resort destination on Oahu's Fabled North Shore. The location is a flashpoint of global surfing, and the hotel plays host to the legendary Hans Hedemann Surf Center. 

Given the hotel's close connection to surfing, the luxury beach hotel has paired up with Surfer the magazine to launch Surfer the Bar. Surfer is a partnership between Turtle Bay and Surfer magazine, the global bible of surfing culture. The drink of choice here is a 16-ounce pint of ice-cold beer, many of them local small-batch brews. The food is fresh, flavorful, sometimes spicy Hawaiian comfort food.


Surfer the bar has a stage for Hawaiian musicianship. In addition to scheduled performers, Surfer has quickly become a showcase for new talent as well as a platform for surprising, impromptu performances by celebrity musicians who like the Surfer vibe.Turtle Bay Resort Surfer the bar is also a screening room for international and local Big Wave filmmakers, documentarians and photographers who consider Surfer to be the perfect venue for sharing their craft with an appreciative audience who want to see the beauty, majesty and danger of the sea through the eyes of those who know it best.  It is a studio for live webcasting of some of surfing’s biggest pro events and up-close-and-personal musical concerts. It is also a soapbox for TalkStory, a centuries-old Hawaiian tradition roughly meaning "to converse informally and openly as good friends do."

Even if you've never caught a wave, spend enough time at Surfer the bar and you'll feel as if you are a hanging ten hero. 
 

Current Nightly Rates at Turtle Bay Resort start at $197 per night >>

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New to Five Star Alliance: Tiamo Resort

November 3, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Tiamo Resort is located on Andros Island, and relaxation isn't the only thing this tropical paradise offers. Immerse yourself in the beautiful natural habitat of the island with nature tours, identifying exotic wildlife and enjoying the unique flowers and vegetation. After you're done working up your appetite you can retreat to the Great Room for a refreshing cocktail from the Colonial Bar and enjoy fresh Caribbean fusion cuisine made from local organic ingredients. Overindulgence is no problem and Tiamo Resort is ready to help with a well equipped gym and full spa to keep the harmonious balance of relaxation between your mind and body.

Tiamo Resort 

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