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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: The Kingsbury


By: Five Star Alliance

The Kingsbury is ideally located in the heart of Colombo and offers quick access to the city's business centers, shopping complexes, restaurants, pubs, as well as boutique outlets, making it the ideal base for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is situated at the far end of the famous Galle Face Marine drive and with the newly developing Colombo Port, travelers are presented with a unobstructed view of the metropolis on one side with the hottest night spots, shopping malls and the best of Colombo’s cultural locations just minutes away, and the endless Indian Ocean on the other.

The Kingsbury 

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Happy Opening to Gansevoort Playa Imbert!


By: Five Star Alliance

Gansevoort Playa Imbert opens today! The Dominican resort features 48 suites comprised of one and two-bedroom lofts; three-bedroom apartments with private plunge pools and spacious terraces; and a collection of four-bedroom penthouses. Each penthouse offers a private rooftop Jacuzzi. Floor-to-ceiling windows seamlessly blend the outdoors with the indoors offering dramatic seascapes from every guest room, while modern interiors provide understated opulence with standard amenities like state-of-the art kitchens, walk-in showers, custom bathtubs and natural stone finishes. 

Gansevoort Playa Imbert

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Image of the Day: Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on the seafront overlooking a lagoon with crystal-clear water, Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa consists of 18 beautiful villas with 50 truly delightful, inviting suites. More than half of them have their own small private swimming pool and open-air shower. The hotel also has 2 restaurants, a lounge bar, a spa by Guerlain and a swimming pool.

Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa

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New to Five Star Alliance: Curtain Bluff


By: Five Star Alliance

Flanked by water on both sides, Curtain Bluff sits on a rocky promontory that juts into the sea between two beautiful beaches. One is calm, ideal for swimming and watersports; the other beach is washed by ocean surf. 72 rooms and suites, all with staggering seascape views, are spread out along the Surf Beach and up the bluff. There are two restaurants: the open-walled Tamarind Tree serving breakfasts and candle-lit dinners, and The Sea Grape restaurant where barefoot casual lunches and romantic dinners are enjoyed one step from the sand and a few feet from the water’s edge.

Curtain Bluff

The resort's exceptional facilities include a championship tennis center, a fully equipped watersports center (scuba, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, waterskiing, Hobie Cats and kayaks), a squash court, and fitness center. When it's time to relax, there's a tranquil spa overlooking the sea, a beach side swimming pool, a beach bar, and hammocks swaying in the shade of coconut palms.

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Spend New Year's Eve in Miami


By: Five Star Alliance

Hilton Bentley

Sun, surf, neon, and celebration are the name of the game when you spend New Year's Eve in Miami.
It's not too late for you to join the revelry!  We found availability at the following Miami hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Sofitel Miami has a Superior Two Double Bedded room for $229 per night.

* InterContinental at Doral Miami has a Club Floor room for $359 per night.

* Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a King room for $799 per night. 

* The Redbury South Beach has a Redbury King room for $579 per night.

For a beachy splurge, Hilton Bentley has a King Studio for $1728 per night and Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a Club Level Executive Suite for $2899 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


Your Questions Answered: How Do We Get to Pangalusian Island Resort?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 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.Pangulasian Island Resort

QUESTION: We are a family of 2 and looking to stay in Phillipines at Pangulasian Island Resort. How do we get there?

ANSWER: Pangulasian Island Resort is El Nido's luxury island hideaway in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical forest. Also known as the "Island of the Sun," Pangulasian has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset. Frolic in the 750-meter stretch of white sand beach and be amazed by the marine sanctuary right at its doorstep. Discover diverse flora and fauna thriving in its forest.

Discerning guests will be treated to luxurious amenities and impeccable and personalized service at Pangulasian Island. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting edge green design. Resort facilities include a boutique, library, restaurant and bar at the Clubhouse, an infinity pool with beach bar, gym, spa, hiking trail with view deck, Scuba Shack, and marine sports center. Located just minutes away are vibrant coral reefs and El Nido Resort's Beach Clubs. Pangulasian Island Resort 

To Get to Pangulasian Island Resort:
Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) offers daily flights from Manila to El Nido, Palawan. Travel time is approximately 55-minutes using a 50-seater ATR aircraft. From Lio airport in El Nido, a 25-minute boat ride follows to take guests to Pangulasian Island.
Flight reservations on ITI may be made through El Nido Resorts. Regular flights depart Manila at 7:00AM, 11:00AM, and 3:00PM daily. Return flights depart El Nido, Palawan at 9:00AM, 1:00PM, and 5:00PM daily.

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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.
 


New to Five Star Alliance: Alila Diwa Goa


By: Five Star Alliance

Alila Diwa Goa brings a refreshingly unique resort experience to Gonsua Beach in Majorda, just 20 minutes from Goa Dabolim International Airport. Set amidst the serene landscape of lush, verdant rice plantations flowing towards the Arabian Sea, relaxation reigns at this Goa resort. High pitched roofs and wide verandahs combine with the subtle shades of teak, local red laterite stone, polished Kota stone and terrazzo flooring, open-sided walls and brass lanterns, which bestow a soft magical glow at night.

Alila Diwa Goa

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Cool Pools: The Laguna Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Connecting the seven swimming pools of The Laguna Resort and Spa, the 5,000-square-metre crystal clear, swimmable lagoon pools harmonize with the resort's landscaped tropical gardens, creating a tranquil and scenic ambiance. Additional swimming pools add to the exotic environment. Among them are two sandy pools, which imitate the comfort and feel of a white sand beach; a 35-centimeter-deep children's pool; and a main pool situated near the beach. Meanwhile, two outdoor Jacuzzis are nestled among the serene tropical gardens, as are two soothing waterfall features. 

In order to protect the natural environment, the pools are filled with water from PDAM (Perusahaan Daerah Air Minum), the water supply company owned by the Government of Bali, rather than deep private wells. The resort’s regular water treatment program ensures clean moss- and bacteria-free pool water.

The Laguna Resort and Spa

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What St Lucia Resort Would You Recommend for a Family of 4, Children Ages 15 and 16?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ladera St Lucia
We at Five Star Alliance work 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 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 St Lucia resort would you recommend for a family of 4, children ages 15 and 16?

ANSWER: Ladera St. Lucia 

Ladera was once part of Rabot Estate, one of Soufriere's oldest and most famous cocoa plantations. In 1982 it was transformed into the unique resort it is today. Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings, Ladera offers a unique design in guest accommodations. The 32 suites, each with a private pool, overlooking the famous Piton Mountains, a UNESCO World heritage site, the Caribbean Sea and the Soufriere valley. Ladera is know for its distinctive eco-lodge architecture, built with Caribbean timbers and modeled on luxury tree-house living, and a relaxed, barefoot lifestyle. The suites were intentionally built without a fourth wall, yet are designed to be sheltered, safe, and completely private. The design affords spectacular sunset views and unobstructed star gazing at night. Seven luxurious Dream Suites complement the Piton Suites. With two levels of living space, the Dream Suites also feature the famously unobstructed views and are designed in Ladera's elegant tropical architecture, using polished hard woods, crisp white linens and colorful tile and stone work by local artisans. A private deck and a spiral staircase lead to a private pool.

Ladera is pleased to offer a range of sightseeing activities on and around St. Lucia that will allow you to appreciate the uniqueness of its Caribbean history and the magnificence of its tropical location. Dasheene Restaurant sets itself apart by focusing on sustainable cooking sourced from locally harvested ingredients. Chef Nigel Mitchel's kitchen is dedicated to serving up fresh native ingredients from island farmers and neighboring plantations that grow their produce primarily for the resort.Ladera St Lucia
The Ti Kai Pose Spa at Ladera features indulgent treatments inspired by Saint Lucia's volcanic history and the lush rainforest that surrounds this peaceful retreat.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend Booking:
The Suite at Paradise Ridge. This 1400 sq foot offering accommodates children ages 15 and older. The Suites are constructed of tropical hardwoods, Soufriere stone and house cut tile and furniture made onsite by our own craftsmen. All units are decorated with local artwork and feature magnificent views of the Pitons (Unesco World Heritage Site) and Caribbean Sea. Each suite includes: Open air bedroom with four-poster king bed and open-air sitting room. Other features of the room include a heated swimming pool located 1,000 feet above the Caribbean Sea, private mini bar stocked with water, soft drinks and local beer daily, local coffee and tea making facilities, extra large bathrooms and showers, Kholer Signature bath fixtures, Molton Brown bath products, butler Service, airport transfers via luxury cars,  and full breakfast.

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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.