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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.

The First W Sound Suite at the W Retreat Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

The very first W Sound Suite from W Hotels is available at the W Retreat & Spa Bali, in the vibrant Seminyak neighborhood. W Hotels plans to unveil additional sound studios in the W Hollywood, W Barcelona, and W Seattle, but for now, check out what the W Bali can exclusively offer:

Designed by New York-based Josh Held Design, the W Sound Suite is a private, soudproof recording studio and writing room available to both professional musicians and hotel guests. A private vocal booth overlooks the hotel's tropical garden.

W Sound Suite is the idea of Chicago-based producer DJ White Shadow, W's North American music director. The DJ affixed the large soundproof studio with sound equipment and helped determine its layout. The studio has locally sourced wooden furniture, hand-carved wooden blocks and handwoven rugs. Other touches include an oversized print of a 1980s boombox by artist Lyle Owerko and a photography print spanning the entire room. 

Coca-Cola also contributed to the development of the studio, which has subtle touches of red, a chandelier made from melted Coke bottles and oversized wall text featuring lyrics from the 1970s "I'd like to teach the world to sing..." advertisement.

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3 photos below of the W Studio Suite:

W Studio Suite at W Retreat Bali

W Studio Suite at W Bali Seminyak

W Studio Suite seating area at W Bali Seminyak

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An Amazing Aerial Activity at the Viceroy Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

25 luxurious private pool villas make up the ultra luxurious Viceroy Bali, only a five minute drive from central Ubud. With unparalleled views of the dramatic tropical Petanu Valley views and surrounded by rice fields, hotel guests wanting to avoid the 45-minute drive from Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport to Ubud can instead opt for a direct helicopter transfer to the hotel. In addition, guests can tour Bali and the neighboring islands by air in the helicopter.

2 of our favorite tours are:

Kintamani Volcano Sky Tour - A bus transfer from the hotel to a private Helipad at Taro Elephant Safari park, then the 25 minute aerial tour of the Kintamani Volcano and Caldera lake, renowned as Bali's most famous landmark.

Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida Costal Sky Tour - Approximately 60 minutes long, these islands feature stunning white cliffs and deserted white beaches. Also discover Crystal bay, famous for its shimmering swathes of sand and aquamarine waters.

Viceroy Bali Helicopter Pad

Aerial View of Viceroy Bali


Spice Spoons at Anantara Phuket Layan


By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa
Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa
offers guests a chance to learn to cook authentic Thai cuisine. Much more than just a cooking class, Spice Spoons offers a rich and interactive immersion in Thailand’s world famous gastronomy, renowned for its artistry and unique four flavor balance of salty, sweet, spicy and pungent. For the more adventurous the journey begins early in the morning with a chef guided tour of the market to select fresh ingredients and sample a popular local snack. In the afternoon cooking class, held in the open kitchen of the Thai restaurant La Sala, guests will learn about Thai cuisine's cultural significance and health benefits, indigenous ingredients and cooking equipment, as well as convenient replacements to use at home.

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Image of the Day: Alila Ubud


By: Five Star Alliance

Alila Ubud is a tranquil and secluded hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali's central foothills, in the traditional Balinese hill village of Payangan. The resort is located 15-minute from Ubud, the island’s cultural heart. 

Alila Ubud

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Dining Al Fresco: Alila Seminyak Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

From savoring authentic Indonesian flavours to feasting on succulent grills or enjoying sundowners and light bites beside the pool,
Alila Seminyak serves up a delicious variety of gastronomic experiences amid a chilled-out oceanfront ambience, tantalising
your appetite and your senses.

Alila Seminyak Bali

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Image of the day: Alila Seminyak Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

Unfurling along a pristine beach on Bali's southwest coast, mere steps from the Indian Ocean,
Alila Seminyak Bali ups the ante on tropical cool. A stunning Seminyak beach resort that radiates
sophistication, vibrance and vivacity, offering an indulgence of luscious lifestyle facilities and refined spaces
for chilling out in style.

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Image of the day: Alila Villas Uluwatu


By: Five Star Alliance

Poised on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs sweeping down to the ocean,
the view from the Alila Villas Uluwatu is nothing less than picture-perfect. Re-discover the joy
of pure relaxation in unparalleled comfort and space in each of our exquisitely designed Bali
luxury villas. Surrender yourself to the enchantment of Bali's beauty and serenity in the luxury
of flawless perfection.

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Dining Al Fresco: Alila Ubud


By: Five Star Alliance

Alila Ubud's Culinary Team artfully prepares Balinese cuisine and healthy natural fare as well as some of the finest
international dishes available anywhere. Soaring views are a feature of the welcoming bar and a dining experience
overlooking the dramatic emerald-green pool that floats above the plunging valley.

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Image of the day: Alila Villas Soori


By: Five Star Alliance

Alila Villas Soori is a private and luxurious retreat  to recharge amidst the beauty, warmth and rich culture of Bali.
Surrounded by UNESCO's world heritage protected rice fields, guests can experience the ultimate in personalised service,
the luxury of space and the boosting elements of the unique volcanic sand which defines this incredible coastline.

Alila Villas Soori

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Unusual Activities: Moonlight Spa Remedies at Alila Ubud


By: Five Star Alliance

Moonlight Spa Remedies at Alila Ubud

Alila Ubud offers its guests the opportunity to enjoy spa treatments al fresco and under the stars. Every new and full moon (which occurs on the 1st and 15th day of the lunar month) Spa Alila at Alila Ubud offers  Moonlight Remedies. During the period of a new moon or full moon the moon’s energy is believed to be at its strongest, the massage treatments are conducted outdoors in a custom spa tent, open to nature yet completely private, harnessing good lunar energy to promote healing and spiritual growth.

The Moonlight Remedies begin with the Spa Concierge personally escorting guests from their room to the garden and into the caring hands of a Spa Alila therapist. Guests enjoy a cup of herbal tea while the therapist reveals the healing secrets of the moon. Then, in the spirit of Balinese tradition, treatment begins with a prayer that is meant to relieve stress, calm fears and reduce anxiety. The therapist's healing hands draw upon the lunar energy to relax and rejuvenate. Each session ends with the therapist harmonising. the body through methods rooted in the spiritual traditions of Reiki.

Currently, four destination-inspired massage therapies are offered by moonlight: Balinese Massage, an ancient therapy that combines gentle stretching, long therapeutic strokes and pressure techniques to alleviate stress and tension; Alila Recovery Signature Massage, which combines Balinese long soothing strokes, Swedish deep tissue massage techniques and acupressure for a complete body re-awakening; Reflexology, which improves the flow of energy around the body through pressure applied to specific points on the feet and hands; and Indian Head Massage, dating back nearly 400 years, which reduces stress and boosts vitality through the stimulation of pressure points on the head, neck, shoulders and face. 

Moonlight Remedies are exclusively available during the full moon period, for $125 per person.

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