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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Bali Luxury Hotel for a Family of Three?

October 16, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Conrad Bali
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 a family of 3 adults and 1 year old child looking for a beach property in Bali. What do you recommend?

 

ANSWER: Conrad BaliThe luxury Conrad Bali is set within 6.8 hectares of manicured, tropical gardens and lagoons complete with cascading waterfalls and pools that descend onto the hotel's wide expanse of beach and protected bay. Located on the southern coast of Bali, Conrad Bali is conveniently situated only ten kilometres (6.5 miles) from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport at Denpasar and next to Bali's Nusa Dua resort area. Designed in an attractive E-shape structure, Conrad Bali offers three hotel guest wings, an extensive Spa Centre, a retail village, and a Conference Centre.

The impressive drive up to the hotel entrance rises up three levels to the porte cochère, passing a waterfall flowing from the hotel's open lobby. Conrad Bali's three guest wings span four floors and offer 313 hotel guest rooms and suites, with 85% of rooms and suites benefiting from an ocean view. Each of the hotel rooms offers an array of hotel amenities that include individually controlled air-conditioning and ceiling fans, a remote-control television with satellite channels, telephones with a dedicated data line, voicemail, and broadband Internet access. 

Conrad Bali's range of recreation facilities includes a 33-metre swimming pool, jogging track with landscaped gardens, a wide range of water sports, floodlit tennis courts, a modern Fitness Centre, and the luxury Jiwa Spa. Conrad BaliThe Jiwa Spa offers a wide selection of aromatherapy treatments. Kura-Kura Club is the hotel's children's activity programme, offering fun-filled activities designed specially for the hotel's younger guests. Conrad Bali also offers guest boutiques and a full-service Business Centre.

Deluxe Family Room offers a relaxation where you can unwind in this spacious 90m²/968 sq. ft. The Deluxe Family Room features interconnected deluxe rooms with 1 king bed and twin beds in the second room. Stay entertained with the LCD TV and DVD player. Maximum occupancy is five persons with additional extra bed/ baby cot. There is a private terrace/ balcony, marble bathroom with separate bathtub, shower and toilet area, a choice of luxury bathroom amenities, complimentary meals for kids below 12 years old from Kids Menu when parents are dining, and complimentary access to Reflection Lounge

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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New to Five Star Alliance: Samabe Bali Resort and Villas

September 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Samabe Bali Resort and Villas is an exclusive oceanfront resort that occupies 8 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens overlooking the Indian Ocean, along with kilometer of famous white sand stretching along the coast. The resort features 39 full Ocean View Suites (13 Suites come with private pools) and 42 pool villas ranging from one to three bedrooms, each of which comes with its own luxurious private pool.

Samabe Bali Resort and Villas

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Spotlight on Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

August 28, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Bali is the most popular tourist destination in Indonosia and has been so for decades. It is known for its stunning beaches and landscape, diverse artistic culture, and world-class shopping. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort overlooks the island’s famed Kuta Beach and the Bali Strait along Jalan Pantai Kuta. The luxury resort is part of Beachwalk: A Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort, a lifestyle center complete with shopping, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and an XXI Cineplex. The resort is ideally located 15 minutes away from Denpasar International Airport. 

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort has 203 rooms and suites that reflect contemporary Balinese taste while offering state-of-the-art technology. Rooms are furnished with hand-selected furniture that reflect a sense of belonging, and private balconies have views of Kuta Beach and Bali Strait. A good night's rest is all but guaranteed with Sheraton Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed, and spacious spa-inspired guest bathrooms are beautifully appointed with freestanding bathtubs and rainforest showers. Children who are 12 or younger sleep for free in the existing bedding of a room shared with a paying adult. Rollaways, child rollaways and cribs are available for an extra fee. Sensitive guest will appreciate available hypoallergenic pillows, and all guests will appreciate the wireless High Speed Internet Access. Other modern conveniences an LED or LCD flat screen television, a multimedia system with iPod© connectivity, and an international electrical outlet. There's also a refreshment center and complimentary bottled water.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Other features at the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort include a
health and fitness program designed in conjuntion with Core® Performance so guests can maintain their routine while on vacation. The 160-square-meter fitness center provides towels, a water station, and instruction posters. Cardio equipment features individual television screens, and the strength/core area has a 42” LCD flat screen television. Furthermore, a jogging route is available in the resort.

After working out, guests can splash around in the free-form pool or the kids' pool. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available, as is food and drink service. A water park and a childcare center operate out of the adjacent Beachwalk. Guests can also indulge in a relaxing treatment at Shine Spa for Sheraton. Spanning more than 250 square meters, it comprises four treatment rooms—each with its own hot tub—and changing rooms with saunas and rain showers.

Fall rates at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort start at $154 per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: Where Can a Family Stay in Ubud?

August 24, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ubud Hanging Gardens
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.


QUESTION: We are a family of 3 and looking to stay is Ubud. What offers are best for 2 adults and a 1 yr old child ?


ANSWER: Ubud Hanging Gardens 

Ubud Hanging Gardens is a haven of peace and tranquility set in the heart of the tropical paradise of Bali. Ubud Hanging Gardens offers you a tropical paradise experience never to be forgotten. Set in the steep rice terraces of Ubud with sweeping views across the Ayung River, each luxury Balinese style private villa provides the perfect location to escape, relax and unwind. There are thirty-eight luxury villas, each with a heated private infinity plunge pool overlooking the Ayung river and sensational views of the surrounding verdant gardens of this tropical resort.

We suggest the Duplex Family Pool Villa for your family.

Ideal for families—or friends travelling together—the Duplex Family Pool Villa features two luxurious bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms. The upper level includes a master bedroom, an indooor/outdoor bathroom, a large terrace, and an infinity pool. A second bedroom is located on the lower level, along with an additional bathroom and a second terrace.
With floor to ceiling windows, this villa offers its guests sweeping views across the valley. The Duplex Family Pool Villa can accommodate four adults or two adults and two children in superior luxury. The villa has a King-sized bed and two twin beds in a separate bedroom, large polished terrazzo bath with rain showerhead, additi.onal bathroom on the lower level, private terrace with heated infinity pool, panoramic views of the valley, and is 160 m2 / 1722 ft2. Other amenities include a welcome fruit basket, complimentary bottled water, bathrobes, luxury toiletries, TV and DVD player, and Wireless Internet. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, and amenities, 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: Regent Bali

August 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Regent Bali is located the exclusive Sanur District; where the spectacular coral reef is complemented by palm trees, white sandy beaches, and turquoise waters.

Regent Bali

Fall rates at Regent Bali start from $357 per night >>

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Winner's Report: The Ultimate Getaway

June 28, 2013
By: Guest Writer

Viceroy BaliA few months ago, we held an Ultimate Getaway sweepstakes. The grand prize was a stay at Viceroy Bali, and included business class airfare furnished by Qatar Airlines. 

Our winner, Kim H, has written up her experiences for us. 

 My trip to Bali began in New York City on Qatar Airlines. Being able to fly Business Class with such a wonderful airline was truly a rewarding way to travel. 

Viceroy Bali

It was an absolute pleasure to travel in such comfort and luxury!


Everything in Bali was a feast for the senses. From sights to sounds to everything in between, it was overwhelming – but all in a good way! There were so many wonderful restaurants to try out in Ubud and beyond. There was a lot of Nasi Goring to be had, and plenty of watermelon juice. We sampled everything from local roadside stands to top rated warungs.


Our stay at the Viceroy Bali was the crown jewel of the trip. The staff showed such an unparalleled kindness throughout our entire visit. The Deluxe Garden Terrace villa that we were in was absolutely heaven. The room was immaculate and the pool with a bale was truly a touch of paradise. We had our morning breakfasts at Cascades Restaurant at the Viceroy which was phenomenal. What a perfect way to start out the day!

Viceroy Bali


We did get a chance to go down to the beaches in Seminyak and Kuta. I can see why Bali is a surfer’s paradise. The waves were tremendous and beautiful! When I return to Bali one day, it will be with a surf board in hand. A real highlight was a visit to the Elephant Safari Park in Ubud, where they had a six-week old baby there and you could really get up close and interact with the elephants. It was a really amazing experience!

Bali is a kind, culturally-rich island which was unlike any place that I’ve ever been to. I left feeling incredibly grateful for the chance to soak it in for one week and take away such wonderful memories.

 We're so glad she had a wonderful time on her trip!

 

You can see more of Kim's gorgeous pictures on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Facebook

 

 

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Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay Opens New Restaurant

June 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor has the latest news on the new beachfront restaurant at Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay:

Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay

 
 

Sundara – the new beachfront restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – has opened, offering three private dining rooms on the mezzanine level. These distinctively Balinese venues are ideal for birthday parties, anniversaries and other special occasions. They are also offered for destination wedding celebrations – from rehearsal dinners to post-wedding receptions, brunches, lunches and dinners.

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Image of the Day: Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

May 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

 

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort overlooks the island’s famed Kuta Beach and the Bali Strait along Jalan Pantai Kuta. The Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is part of Beachwalk: A Sahid Kuta Lifestyle Resort, a lifestyle center complete with shopping, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and an XXI Cineplex. Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS), is only a 15-minute drive away.

 

Sheraton Bali Kuta

 

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Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Colors Your Plate

April 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

 

Food and indulgence are important parts of experiencing a great vacation, but that doesn’t mean you always have to end up with vacation weight gain. The Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort and their fitness partners Core Performance share eating tips with their guests to help avoid vacation weight gain with their "Color Your Plate" initiative. The hotel provides tips in providing facts about colors of food and how it relates to your health. This is a great resource when it comes time to choosing meals in tropical destinations such as Bali, where they have many colorful foods. The Sheraton Bali Kuta has many different dining options, all of which offer local produce and ingredients to which guests can apply these healthy tips. However, if you do find yourself indulging in bountiful Balinese cuisine guests can work out in the fitness center!

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Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran Introduces Bamboo Chic

March 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 


Breakfast in Bali has never tasted so good! Bamboo Chic, Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran’s newest restaurant boasts its delicious take on Pan-Asian cuisine with a Balinese twist. Le Meridian Jimbaran Bali has gone through a total renovation that displays a beautiful mix of traditional Jimbaran heritage amidst global contemporary design. This mix of traditional Jimbaran culture with the styles of global contemporary can be seen within the flavors of the newly opened restaurant at Le Meridian Jimbaran Bali’s restaurant: Bamboo Chic.

Guests can enjoy their meals in their 3-story restaurant and bar, or can even dine on their roof-top terrace to enjoy a beautiful Bali sunset while eating next to the man-made salt water lagoon. Run by executive chef Paul Lewis, who keeps the Le Meridian farm-to-table food concept alive by using local fresh ingredients and fresh catch-of-the-days in the menu. Bamboo Chic provides food options for all ages, complete with a delicious buffet spread that caters to many taste preferences. The restaurant is well-known for its Pork Hock dish that has a very distinct Balinese twist. Always on the menu, but in different forms, the pork is definitely a must-try at Bamboo Chic!

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