The Luxury Hotel Insider

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.

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.

Plan your vacation on  Four Seasons Explorer >>


Image of the Day: AMATAO Tropical Residence

August 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

At AMATAO Tropical Residence, a splendid Khmer-themed swimming pool awaits you, with private in-water seats and cozy pool bar. 

AMATAO Tropical Residence

Book your own swim lane at AMATAO Tropical Residence >>


Robots Take Over Starwood Hotels!

August 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Check into Aloft Hotels, and you may just run into some robotic customer service. Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward brand of Starwood Hotels, has introduced the hotel brand's first Botlr (robotic butler) at Aloft Cupertino. The addition is a logical next step for Aloft, which is known for its industry-first smart check-in program, Cool Concierge program, and piloting Apple TV in-room services.

A.L.O the Botlr will be on call to assist his Aloft human counterparts in delivering amenities to guests. Guests simply call down to the front desk, and the three-foot tall robot, who is on call 24/7, will fulfill every request. Staff load up A.L.O with the desired items (such as a toothbrush, an extra blanket, etc.) and then enter the correct guest room. A.L.O uses WiFi to get around, and call navigate hallways and call the elevator. Best of all, cash tips aren't accepted by A.L.O. Instead, the robot accepts tweets as tips. #cool

If A.L.O is successful, additional Botlrs will be implemented in Aloft's nearly 100 properties.


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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Image of the Day: Amankila

August 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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.

Amankila

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New to Five Star Alliance: Cinnamon Grand Colombo

August 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Cinnamon Grand Colombo is located in the heart of Colombo's business, shopping, and entertainment center.

Cinnamon Grand Colombo

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Azure Qiantang

August 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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.

The Azure Qiantang 

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Cool Pools: Anantara Sanya Resort and Spa

August 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled between sandy beaches of Dadonghai bay and the quiet mountains, Anantara Sanya Resort and Spa offers the best of both tranquil worlds.

Anantara Sanya Resort and Spa 

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