August 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
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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August 17, 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 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 4 and looking to stay is London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?
ANSWER: With its timeless Regency architecture and unmatched location in the heart of London's West End, Le Méridien Piccadilly is recognised as the landmark hotel in Piccadilly Circus. The hotel proudly stands on nine floors, showcasing 266 luxurious bedrooms. The hotel is near the shopping district, theatres, parks and museums. Regarded as one of London's finest hotels, guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Oak Room Lounge, or indulge in the gourmet cuisine of the Terrace Restaurant and Bar. The hotel has an atmosphere of quiet luxury and comfort, providing quick, efficient and unobtrusive service.
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Family Room-Non-Smoking. Ideal for a family of four, these sophisticated rooms are equipped with two queen beds and include complimentary buffet breakfast for all plus free in-room WiFi internet access. Exclusive benefits for children throughout your stay include complimentary dining at Le Meridien Piccadilly and an unlimited number of items to launder; allowing you the option to travel lighter.
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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.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Amankila is an oasis of calm in the remote yet accessible regency of Karangasem, Bali’s most traditional regency. The area offers a host of activities from mountain biking and diving, to cultural excursions to temples and ancient water palaces.
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Cinnamon Grand Colombo is located in the heart of Colombo's business, shopping, and entertainment center.
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The Azure Qiantang is ideally positioned alongside the Qiantang River, The Azure Qiantang overlooks the world's largest tidal bore. This dramatic vista combines with a premier location near the West Lake, offering access to the airport and train station, to ensure an extraordinary stay in Hangzhou.
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Hotel Monteleone, the quintessential New Orleans hotel, is looking to make history in a whole different way. Fittingly, the piece will be made out of Mardi Gras beads, bottle caps, and wine corks. It will depict Life in the French Quarter. Over the next year, Wanger will be traveling with the piece to schools and community centers statewide to work with volunteers on placing more than four million Mardi Gras beads on the art work. The piece will return to the Hotel Monteleone in summer 2015.
The massive art piece titled “Life in the French Quarter” is the latest project of local bead artist Stephan Wanger’s Bead Town initiative. The inspiration behind “Life in the French Quarter” is to translate everything that makes New Orleans great into art. Wanger’s vision of the piece features a background of iconic New Orleans scenery and a second line of famous local movers and shakers from the past and present including Lena and Louis Prima, Robin Barnes, Tennessee Williams and many more. The free standing 16-panel plywood canvas measures 96 feet wide by 8 feet tall and will be made entirely out of Mardi Gras Beads along with bottle caps and wine corks. Wanger started to prep the canvas by sketching out his vision for the piece in July 2014 and he projects it will take a year to add over four million Mardi Gras beads to complete the project by August 2015.
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Milliken Creek Inn and Spa is a private getaway in the heart of Napa Valley. Each of the 12 rooms is distinctively designed in chic yet comfortable decor, with painstaking attention given to even the smallest details. Hidden away on three verdant acres, the luxury boutique hotel has a spa, special winery tour packages, and views of the Napa River.
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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is a remote island wilderness that offers a sophisticated and innovative choice of recreation, escapism, and conservation.
You might not think that ski resort would also be dedicated to fine art, but you'd be wrong. Montage Deer Valley is located in the year-round community of Park City, and guests enjoy a coveted location atop Empire Pass, unrivaled ski-in / ski-out access to America’s top ski resort, the 35,000 square foot Spa Montage and amazing year-round activities including hiking, biking, golf and fly-fishing.
But Montage Deer Valley also offers an extensive art collection, with hundreds of original pieces by local artists that hang in the resort's public spaces, guestrooms, and residences. With works by Luke Frazier, Herb Mignery, John James Audobon, and John Banovich, the sculptures, oil paintings, and prints depicting the mountains and dramatic landscape complement the refined Mountain Craftsman resort. Truly representative of the American West, the collection evokes the culture and heritage of the West past and present, with paintings that capture the beauty of the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife in the region. For guests and art lovers alike, Montage Deer Valley has compiled a guide book titled Montage Deer Valley Art Guide, which provides a comprehensive overview of the historic and original art collection and guides guest room by room through the art.
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