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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: What Villa Resort in the Maldives is Perfect for Our Dive Vacation?

January 7, 2014
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.

QUESTION: We are looking to stay the Maldives. What resort offers the best villa for our dive vacation?


ANSWER: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa  

Park Hyatt Maldives
Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is situated on a pristine island 400 kilometres south of Male on the North Huvadhoo  Atoll. The  50 villas are luxuriously designed to ensure guest comfort and privacy whilst maintaining environmental sensitivity. The 36 Park Villas, some with their own private plunge pool, are less than 30 steps from an azure lagoon and provide the discerning traveler with complete privacy. The Park Water Villas all have uninterrupted views of the breathtaking Maldivian sunsets and are a private enclave for guests who yearn for tranquility.

The resort offers exclusive scuba diving, located within the atoll with the onsite PADI 5-Star dive centre. Dive packages are available for 5 or 10 dives. Tanks and regulators are provided.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

-The Ocean Villa. The Ocean villa sits above the ocean, and has panoramic 180 degree views of the Indian Ocean. The villa is constructed with native timber and stone and boasts floor to ceiling windows and has individual access to the coral-filled waters below. The villa features a king bed, minimalist style, and an earthy warm palette that highlights the understated luxury of the Park Hyatt brand.

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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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Posted in: Male

Underwater Dining at Conrad Rangali Island Maldives

December 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Conrad Rangali Maldives


Dine with the fishes at Conrad Rangali Island Maldives. The luxury Male resort is home to Ithaa, the world's first all-glass undersea restaurant.

Set five metres below the surface with 180-degrees of panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens surrounding it, Ithaa (meaning "mother of pearl" in the Maldivian language of Dihevi) serves contemporary European cuisine in a six-course set dinner menu matched by a Champagne-inspired wine pairing. Expect caviar for dinner while the four-course lunch menu offers lighter fare. Ithaa is also open for mid-morning cocktails and can be booked privately for breakfast, weddings, or other special occasions.

The real question is, would you order the fish? 
 

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Posted in: Male

New to Five Star Alliance: Maalifushi

December 1, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Maalifushi by COMO is the first luxury resort in the Maldives to open in the pristine Thaa Atoll in the archipelago's southwest. Maalifushi by COMO stands apart with its understated style, encapsulating the spirit of the Indian Ocean and the barefoot chic of a COMO private island resort. The luxuries are all here, with a COMO Shambhala spa, world-class yoga facilities and exceptional cuisine along with the Maldives' vibrant marine life. This is the first boutique hotel in the Maldives by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi, whose sensitive approach to nature and respect for cultural authenticity is reflected in Maalifushi by COMO’s uncomplicated, succinct design.

Maalifushi

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New to Five Star Alliance: Cheval Blanc Randheli

November 27, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Cheval Blanc Randheli represents a contemporary vision of the Maldives. 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 surrounding. In a decor combining Maldivian inspirations and contemporary lines, the villas offer a unique residential experience. 

Cheval Blanc Randheli

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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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Dining al Fresco: The Residence Maldives

September 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Residence Maldives offers an unforgettable dining experience in the restaurants both in terms of tempting menus and stunning panoramas of the Indian Ocean. Besides a variety of gastronomic temptations to pamper your palate, the backdrop of the sapphire ocean creates an ambience like no other.

The Residence Maldives 

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Dining al Fresco: Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives

September 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives' restaurant Baraabaru is regarded as one of the top restaurants in the Maldives and is a leader in regional cuisine.Baraabaru is regarded as one of the top restaurants in the Maldives and is a leader in regional cuisine. 

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives

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Image of the Day: Cocoa Island Maldives

September 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

A tranquil and private space at Cocoa Island Maldives.

Cocoa Island Maldives 

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Your Questions Answered: Kids and the Maldives

July 18, 2013
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 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 hotels or resorts in the Maldives do you recommend for a family traveling with kids?


ANSWER: Lucky Kids! We have a great collection of hotels in the Maldives that welcome children.  Hf the ere are some of the amenities at the luxury hotels that are part of the Five Star Alliance collection.

Dusit Thani Maldives-The Dusit Thani Maldives (left) offers a children’s play area and club facility. 

-At the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah "KidsOnly" is free for all children from 2-11 years and provides world-class benefits including exciting and imaginative daily fun programs, age-appropriate activities, facilities and amenities, over twelve hours a day. Babysitters are available 24 hours a day for those under 2. 

-At the Anantara Veli Resort and Spa , the Dhoni Kids Club (for children from the ages of 3 to 12) keeps the youngest guests entertained during their holidays with an action-packed program featuring a variety of beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games that are fun, educational and culturally enriching. 

-At the LUX Maldives "PLAY" offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything kids could hope for on an island vacation. 

-Kids For All Seasons Kudamas Club is an organized program of fun activities for the little ones at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives.  

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Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives Lands a Private Runway

May 19, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

 

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and SpaHave a private jet? Now you have somewhere to land it the next time you visit the Maldives.  Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has the scoop on a new private jet airport terminal at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa

 

Globetrotters now have a new reason to touch down in the Maldives. We hear Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is gearing up to have its own private jet airport terminal.

Located at Gan International Airport in Addu Atoll, the terminal is for the exclusive arrival and departure of the resort’s guests, including those on commercial flights to and from Male International Airport. The terminal is five minutes by speedboat from the resort and has two lounges and a VIP room. Extra Touch: A private lounge is reserved for guests arriving by private jet and offers one-stop immigration, custom and baggage screening services.

Those looking to leap on this opportunity can take part in the Private Jet Experience, which features stays in a presidential villa and other benefits. The Private Jet Experience benefits include welcome champagne; a dedicated villa butler; dolphin cruise; daily massage at CHI, The Spa; personal mobile phone and the bespoke “Dine by Design” experience.

 

 

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