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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.

Cool Pools: Akaryn Koh Samui


By: Five Star Alliance

A chic luxury boutique resort, Akaryn Koh Samui is an inspirational discovery.
Nestled among lush tropical gardens, guests arrive to discover private, luxury
stand-alone suites and villas , embellished with private pools.

Akaryn Koh Samui

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Cool Pools: The Library Koh Samui


By: Five Star Alliance

Unwind by The Library Koh Samui's signature red swimming pool with the lulling warm breeze of the pristine beach beyond. Selected as one of the world's most spectacular hotel pools by both Tripadvisor and CNN, The Red Pool, with its mosaic tiles of orange, yellow, and deep red, presents a dazzling spectacle of brilliant color and sophisticated style. The Red Pool is just a few steps away from the white sandy beach of Chaweng.

The Library Koh Samui

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Did You Know? The Scent Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Scent Hotel was created by owners who have an acute sense of smell, and are experienced perfumers, so curious guests can savour magnificent scents during their stay.

The Scent Hotel 

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Image of the Day: Vana Belle


By: K. Clare Johnson

Situated on a serene bay, Vana Belle, Koh Samui is fringed by verdant surroundings and the transparent Gulf of Thailand, which guarantee endless activity.

 

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Vana Belle >>

 

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Posted in: Koh Samui, Asia, Hot Spots

AKARYN Koh Samui Delivers Pizza


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

If you are craving pizza in Koh Samui, you are in luck! These aren’t your average jumbo slices, either. AKARYN Samui Resort and Spa has unveiled a new menu of over 80 gourmet pizzas, cooked in the island's only hand-made, wood-fired, beachfront pizza oven and featuring the cream of genuine Italian cheeses and cold cuts.  The oven was hand-built built by Chef (and Venice native) Andrea Brunello. The pizza choices pay homage to all the major regions in Italy,with toppings ranging from San Daniele Parma Ham to Schiacciata Calabra Salami to Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese. Other choices include classic pizzas, truffle pizzas, novelty shaped pizzas and Thai-infused specialties like Tom Yum Pizza.

The pizza-making started last week, and 400 pies have already been sold. The pizza has proved so popular that the resort is delivering to select luxury villas in the neighbourhood of Hanuman Bay. The luxury resort is also launching Samui’s first Pizza Academy, where guests (and residents) can learn how to make real pizzas. AKARYN Pizza takes its place in the resort's Gourmet Village, where other culinary options include the Asian tapas experience Ochos, The Legend, dedicated to rediscovering the culinary secrets of Old Siam, The Edge, where fresh seafood is served with international flair, and The Wet Bar, the island's most chilled submerged bar.
 

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Your Questions Answered: Rate Description for SALA Samui


By: Oksana Balytsky

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: I saw the following rates information when I am trying to reserve 3 nights for Sala Samui from 23-26 Mar 2013 for Deluxe Balcony.

Honeymoon Transfer Bf X2 Wine Dinner X2 Spa - Deluxe Balcony With Complimentary Wi-fi (wireless Internet) 47 Sqm King Or Twin Beds Balcony With Daybed Open Bath

Could you please explain what is included in this reservation? Is the nighly rate inclusive of taxes?

Answer: The rate includes the following and it is strictly available for honeymooners only:

Round Trip Private Transfers from/to Samui International Airport

Succulent SALA Seafood Splendor: A beautiful romantic candlelight Dinner for two which includes SALA Seafood Mixed Grill and a bottle of house wine.

- A Complimentary SALA Spa Package for 2 persons with complimentary Herbal Steam 30 Minutes.

- A Selection of Spa Service 60 Minutes

1. Massage Selection: Swedish / Asian Combination / Soothing Aroma / Traditional Thai

2.Body Scrub Selection: Sesame Herbal / Salt Glow / Asian Herbal

3.Facial Treatment Selection: Thai Herbal

- Free use of Gym & Fitness

- Free use of wireless/internet

To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Tax is not included and is an additional THB 4880.70, which is viewable on the booking form. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


Image of the Day: Banyan Tree Samui


By: Five Star Alliance

 

A view of the sea, courtesy of the lovely Banyan Tree Samui.

 


Image of the Day: Akaryn Koh Samui


By: Five Star Alliance

The Akaryn Koh Samui has the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of vino.


Recent Hotel Openings: Le Méridien Koh Samui


By: Meagan Drillinger

Le Meridien Koh Samui Plunge Pool SuiteCalled the "Coconut Island," Koh Samui is situated in the Gulf of Thailand bordering the South China Sea. Once a haven for fishermen, it is Thailand's third-largest island. Earlier this fall, the ultra-posh Koh Samui got another dose of luxury with the opening of Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa.

The island resort sits on the exclusive Lamai Beach, with 77 suites and villas designed in the image of a traditional Asian seaside village. All rooms are quipped with 32-inch TVs, DVD players and iPod docking stations. We love the rainforest showers in the bathrooms, as well. We hear the best rooms in the house are the Ocean Front Pool Villas. These freestanding villas span 1,500 square feet and have open-air salas, sitting rooms, and a stretch of private ocean facing the infinity lap pool. In-villa dining with a private chef can also be arranged.

Le Méridien Koh Samui features three distinct epicurean experiences: Latest Recipe, all-day dining in a casual setting; Latitude 9, a colorful bar, great for coffee and pastries; and Plunge Bar, for swank barefoot relaxation.

An on-site spa, fitness center, and beachside and ocean swimming pools are also available.

This article was originally written for our sister publication: Luxury Travel Advisor


The W Retreat Koh Samui Celebrates 1st Birthday with a Special Offer


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Retreat Koh SamuiThe W Retreat Koh Samui is turning 1. Now's the time to surrender to a tropical island escape... W's sexy resort on the Gulf of Thailand made some waves when it opened last year. (One look at the photos and you'll see why.) Situated on a pristine stretch of Koh Samui's coastline, the resort manages both to delight the local party crowd and mesmerize global jetsetters, all while keeping its cool. Secluded villas surrounded by lush foliage make for the ultimate in relaxation after sampling the island's red-hot nightlife. Book the "1st Year Celebration" at W Retreat Koh Samui and you'll reap the rewards:

* A price of THB 11,111 per Retreat/per Night in a Jungle Oasis with free breakfast for two. (That's $358.)

* Only 11 Retreats are available per day for this special offer, so act fast to book.

* 1+1 Thaimazcal Spa Experience (buy 1 get 1 free at THB 2,400)

* Reserve your stay over 11/11 and get a free Thaimazcal Spa Experience for two persons

Book by November 30, 2011 for stays from November 1- 30, 2011.