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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.

First Look at Naladhu Maldives' new Two Bedroom Pool Residence

September 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

We've got a First at Naladhu Maldives' new Two Bedroom Pool Residence. Naladhu, meaning "beautiful island," is home to an exclusive collection of nineteen Houses, each named after a Maldivian plant. The new Two Bedroom Pool Residence has been crowned Finifenma, meaning Rose, and its poetic location allows residents to experience the ultimate in get-away-from-it-all retreats at Naladhu Maldives.

An impressive wood-carved gate marks the entrance to the new residence.

Naladhu Resort

The ocean-facing residence measures 600 square meters, wrapping around an al fresco
dining terrace leading to a 95 square meter pool, edged by a sun deck with a dining pavilion
and sala at each end. 

Naladhu Resort

A butler's kitchen and well stocked pantry have been designed for seamless
entertaining in an elegant indoor dining and living room, which flows onto the
outdoor deck and pool.
 

Naladhu Resort Dining Room

Upstairs, the master suite unravels across a generous king bedroom,
lounge space and daybed balcony overlooking the azure ocean, while
floor-to-ceiling wardrobes in his and hers dressing rooms.

Master Bedroom

The adjoining bathroom has a rain shower and indulgent bathtub accompanied
by an awe-inspiring lagoon view. 

Naladhu Resort

Downstairs the twin bedroom is ideal for children and leads to a dressing
room and spacious bathroom, featuring a bathtub as well as indoor and outdoor showers.

Naladhu Resort Twin Bathroom

Stays can also be enhanced by a Wave Break Dinner.

Naladhu Resort 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Four Seasons Explorer

August 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Why limit yourself to one Four Seasons resort in the Maldives when you can avail yourself of three?  

The Four Seasons Explorer connects guests with the Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa and the Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru with seamless Four Seasons service on this live-aboard three-deck catamaran. Each cruise itinerary includes visits to numerous sites, pre-selected for their unique diving, snorkeling, surfing, or on-shore recreation potential.

Four Seasons Explorer

Along the journey, guests can dive in secluded, virgin sites – snorkel or play in turquoise waters teeming with neon-colored marine life; enjoy amazing lunch breaks or dinner celebrations on private, white-sand beaches; relax like Robinson Crusoe in the shade of a coconut palm; or indulge in an on- or off-board massage – daily, if you wish. On board, on land or in the water, Four Seasons Explorer offers a wealth of leisure activities, all supported by their signature service.

Four Seasons Explorer

Four Seasons Explorer offers three, four, or seven night cruises.

It's truly two if by land, one if by sea.

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Sustainability and Six Senses Laamu

August 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu
 
wants the earth to have as good an experience at their resort as the guests do. The luxury resort is committed to reducing its ecological and carbon footprint.

Here's a few of the green initiatives at the resort:

- All villas have been designed to take advantage of passive cooling and overhanging roofs creates shade for the windows, thus reducing the need for air-conditioning. Where air-conditioning is required, only low energy units are used.

- Freshwater production works through reverse-osmosis desalination, whereby pressurised seawater is filtered via a semi-permeable membrane – an energy-intense operation. To reduce this energy consumption, an innovative energy recovery system (ERI) uses the brine’s energy to pressurise seawater to the same pressure as the brine. This installation makes the desalination process much more efficient.

- Suppliers are asked to reduce packaging when delivering supplies.

- Printing paper is eco-labelled or recycled and the reverse side of printed paper is used for notes.

- Guests are given re-usable glass water bottles rather than disposable plastic bottles.

- A recycling corner where waste is separated into paper, plastic, metal, glass, organic waste, and toxic waste. A compactor reduces the space required to store the waste before it is sent for recycling and proper handling.

- A composting site takes food waste from the kitchen and restaurants composts it with garden waste. The composting soil generated from this activity is reused in our landscape and gardening.
 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Romantic and Family-Friendly Resort in The Maldives?

July 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives


We at Five Star Alliance work hard 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 romantic resort in the Maldives can accommodate a family of three?


ANSWER:
Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives


Experience the charm of a Maldivian island village surrounded by crystal waters at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. Just a half-hour speedboat ride from Male, discover an enchanting garden island where everything is close at hand. Find your perfect wave with the Surf School, sail to the mesmerizing Island Spa or embark on thrilling shark snorkel safaris and dolphin cruises. Explore the Maldives further by visiting the island of Landaa Giraavaru in the unspoiled Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, home to exotic marine life and remarkable diving opportunities. An island spa offers soothing Asian secrets. Sunrise, sunshine and sunset paint the endless sky

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Families can be accommodated in a two-bedroom suite or in adjacent bungalows. (Due to their unique location and nature, Water Bungalows are not recommended for children under eight years of age.) Daybeds and cribs are available in some accommodations upon request.

Get Away, Get More Package-Use your USD 100 Resort credit to sample world-class cuisine in the restaurants, indulge in a soothing spa treatment, and more. This package includes daily breakfast for two, USD 100 Resort credit per stay, and luxurious villa accommodations.

Summer Family Escapes-Experience the Maldives family vacation of a lifetime. From May 11 to September 30, 2014, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is offering a package created especially for families. This package includes 50% off a second guest room, daily buffet breakfast for two adults per room, Shark Snorkel Safari, and luxurious accommodations.

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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.


Image of the Day: Anantara Veli Resort and Spa

May 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Anantara Veli Resort and Spa can unwind on endless white sand beaches, palm-fringed islands and pristine coral reefs. Enjoy relaxing on a private private over water bungalow.

Anantara Veli Resort and Spa

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Posted in: Male

The Royals Vacation at Cheval Blanc Randheli

March 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Cheval Blanc Randheli
Prince William and Kate Middleton have whisked away to a second honeymoon. The trip, which started today, is reportedly at Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives. Much like the first go-round, Baby George will be staying at home. Located n the Noonu Atoll, Island Randheli reveals an extraordinary vegetation. In this protected environment which combines ephemeral flowers and majestic trees, nature reveals rich, opulent, lush and changes with the seasons, reserving each visit a unique vegetal decoration. Guests reach the island via a 40-minute transfer in a customized Cheval Blanc seaplane.

At Cheval Blanc Randheli, Architect Jean-Michel Gathy has conceived of uniquely designed spaces skillfully combining local traditions with the finest materials to create a stunning modern and graphical structure that is in complete harmony with its pristine and natural surroundings. It has 45 loft-style tropical villas which have a large living room, adjoining powder room, double dressing rooms and bedrooms and light-flooded bathrooms. In a decor combining Maldivian inspirations and contemporary lines, the villas offer a unique residential experience. A work of art by Vincent Beaurin well-rounded, with specific villa color punctuates the sequence of volumes and inevitably catches the eye. 

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Guests can swim in their vast private villa swimming pool, sunbathe on their private white sand beach, enjoy a live-cooked dinner in the garden, or relax on a daybed on their pontoon right over the lagoon all in the intimacy of their villa. As for the rest, the Maison's Alchemist team, genuine designers of memorable experiences, is there to fulfill every guests' wish, from a diving trip for the entire family, a yoga class followed by an exclusive Spa treatment, an unforgettable discovery expedition for the little ones, or an improvised dinner on a dhoni.

So, how much will a stay at the resort set the royal couple back? Rates for a one-bedroom villa start at a cool $2100.00 per night and a five-course meal in the resort's finest restaurant is $585, without drinks. 
 

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Posted in: Male

Did You Know? Kurumba Hotel Maldives

February 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kurumba Hotel Maldives
Kurumba Hotel Maldives
was the first hotel to open in the Maldives. It opened in 1972, and is named after the Dhivehi word for coconut, Kurumba. From its humble origins accommodating only 60 guests a month, Kurumba has since graduated to 14,000. From a handful of founding friends running a resort, it now has a staff of 450. In 2003, Kurumba underwent a complete transformation yet again, to meet the demands of the 21st century. The result was a world-class resort with 180 rooms, including the Royal Residence, Presidential Suites, Pool Villas, Family Villas and beach and garden superior rooms.

 

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Did You Know? Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

February 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives can enjoy a meal at Sea, while being under the actual ocean. The luxury resort's fine dining restaurant is one of teh few underwater wine cellars and restaurants in the world. Here, degustation menus are paired with premium Old and New World wines by the resident Wine Sommelier.

Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

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