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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.

Cool Pools: Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara

September 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

On the beach, just steps away from the sea, a free-form infinity-edge swimming pool is the centre piece of Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara. Families and couples alike gather to soak up the natural island sun, plunge into the cooling water, gaze over the clear Arabian Gulf, or sip refreshing drinks at the Pool Bar.
Desert Islands by Anantara

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Did You Know? Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

August 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located right beside the Iguassu Falls, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is surrounded by nature and the Atlantic rainforest. It is the only hotel located within Iguassu National Park.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas 

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Did You Know? The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

July 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal
Guests can sip on a camel's milk shake at The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. The luxury resort has an in-house Camel Milk Mixologist who offers up various flavored milk shakes — strawberry, mint and others — to guests.

The delicious service was launched last year to coincide with the with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Camel's milk is high in protein, so it's a ideal beverage to sip on during Souhour, the meal taken before sunrise for Muslims fasting during Ramadan.

The mixologist will even make recommendations for drink and food pairings, to satisfy guests' unique tastes. 

 

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Image of the Day: Aman-i-Khas

May 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

A wilderness camp of 10 tents set on the edge of Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park, Aman-i-Khas combines aman, the Sanskrit word for peace, with khas, meaning special in Hindi and Urdu. Surrounded by the starkly beautiful Aravalli Hills, the camp provides access to the wildlife of Ranthambore National Park which measures a total of 1,334 square kilometres. Guests of Aman-i-Khas can also explore the region's ancient forts and colourful rural villages nearby.

Aman-i-Khas

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Five Star Alliance Recommends Ten Little-Known Honeymoon Locations

May 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lounging on the beach for a honeymoon is nothing to sneeze at, but the newlyweds who want something different should try staying at one of these luxury hotels in an these unusual honeymoon locations.

Five Star Alliance recommends these unusual post-nuptial spots:

Cappadocia, Turkey
Why Visit
This Anatolian region is a UNESCO world heritage site known for its cave structures. Dwellings have been hewn from the rock as far back as 4,000 B.C. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. It is 30 kilometers from Nevsehir Airport.

Where to Stay
Cappadocia Cave ResortCappadocia Cave Resort and Spa (pictured right) is built right into a mountain and offers a spectacular view over the dramatic landscape. The exclusive spa area offers all kinds of treatments, from steam baths to an experience shower with sound and light effects, to a couples massage.

Cappadocia Museum Hotel has just 30 rooms and suites. The unusual living museum concept means the cave rooms and specially restored traditional rooms are decorated with antiques and have wonderful views of Cappadocia.
 

Hue, Vietnam
Why Visit
The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles from the East Sea. Hue has various points of interest, such as the Citadel, the royal tombs of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, and Minh Mang, Thien Mu pagoda, and Dong Ba market. Other attractions include Bach Ma national park, Lang Co beach, Truc Lam Zen monastery, and Thuan An beach.

Where to Stay 
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. It offers stylish interior decoration on an area of 27 hectares of undulating land and lagoon.

Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. With 99 rooms and villas, the resort is warm and inviting. Hue airport is just 20 minutes away.
 

Cuzco, Peru
Why Visit
Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of Peru's most visited spots as it is a convenient city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu. It is located 7,000 feet above sea level and is nestled in a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range with a generally dry and temperate.

Where to Stay 
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (pictured right)is located in the Urubamba Valley on the banks of the river Vilcanota. The hotel’s property spreads over 10 hectares. Unno Spa includes a hyperbaric chamber, hydrotherapy pools, Vichy shower treatment rooms and meditation, and aromatherapy oxygen.Aranwa Sacred Valley

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco’s main square. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks using the fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

Umag, Croatia
Why Visit
With a coastline filled with stunning beaches, Umag is an established summer destination in Europe. It is known as the town of tennis because it hosts many tennis camps and the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open. Beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, and unrivalled scenery add to the city's undeniable charm. The international festival of chamber theatre Golden Lion is a popular local event.

Where to Stay
Hotel Monte Mulini is situated in a beautiful and quiet location, but close to the town of Rovinj. Maistra’s boutique hotel Monte Mulini is the perfect starting point for sightseeing in Croatia, a wine trail tour, or time in the sun and sea.

Kempinski Hotel Adriatic is surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, and offers breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea. Things to do include treatments at the 3,000 square foot duplex Spa, and a few rounds at the first professional 18-hole golf course in the region.

Doha, Qata
Why Visit
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the modern Doha skyline contrasts with the surrounding desert. Things to do in Doha include playing world-class golf, off-road desert cycling, beach trips, and fossil hunts. Popular attractions include the City Centre Doha Mall, the Corniche Promenade and the acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art. The city will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Where to Stay

The Torch DohaThe Torch Doha (pictured left) is 300 meters high and has panoramic views of the city. It is located on Al Waab Street, 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Hotel guests have private walkway access to Doha's largest shopping mall Villaggio.

Sharq Village and Spa's fourteen courtyard houses are located on one thousand meters of private coastline. Guests can tour the village streets, cool off in the two pools, recline on an outdoor majlis, or shop at the village souq. The hotel is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, B.V.

Other Recommended Locations:

-Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: A destination with year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches, and world class resorts. It’s just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

 

-Lanai, Hawaii: 9 miles from Maui, the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii is all unspoiled beaches and serenity.

-Port Antonio Jamaica: A quiet and beautiful haven with both jungle trails and impressive museums.

-Almaty Kazakhstan: The largest city in Kazakhstan has a spectacular mountain backdrop and is a winter sports haven.

-Herzliya, Israel: 10 minutes from Tel Aviv, this coastal city offers water sports, boating, and hiking.

 

 


Dining al Fresco: Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

April 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Breakfast at Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club means magnificent views of majestic Mount Kenya. The club's 115 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, set in over 100 acres of landscaped gardens, offer a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. Originally the retreat of movie star and Club founder, William Holden, the Club's illustrious former members have included Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby.

fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

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New to Five Star Alliance: Singita Boulders Lodge

March 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Singita Boulders Lodge is set along the banks of the Sand River in Singita’s privately owned reserve within the Sabi Sand Reserve. The lodge is a celebration of the tranquillity, space, and light which flows throughout this incredibly vast area. Inspired by the geometry of the boulders on which it rests, Boulders Lodge is an inviting oasis where organic interiors integrate seamlessly with the raw African beauty outside. Singita Boulders Lodge is perfectly at home in its pristine setting and whether through walls of glass or open-air areas, the surrounding landscape and animals can be seen and enjoyed from every angle, making for a truly immersive safari experience. There are 10 one bedroom suites each with a private plunge pool and 12 two-bedroom family suites each with a private plunge pool.
Singita Boulders Lodge

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Image of the Day: Amanfayun

February 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Amanfayun

In the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, Amanfayun is a place to explore – a place of stone pathways leading to shaded courtyards, quaint restaurants and peaceful abodes. Situated on 14 hectares to the west of West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Hangzhou, the resort is comprised of 47 dwellings surrounded by tea fields, natural forests and lush groves of bamboo. Just a 20-minute drive from the city centre, Amanfayun is the ideal location from which to explore the region’s ancient Buddhist temples, botanical gardens, vast wetland areas, countless pagodas and Hangzhou’s famous silk and shopping streets. The resort features the original village layout, with a 600-metre main thoroughfare, the Fayun Pathway.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Bali Resort for a Family of Four?

February 18, 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.

InterContinental Resort BaliQUESTION: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay in Bali. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family of 3 adults and 1 child age 1?

ANSWER: InterContinental Resort Bali  

Secluded within the boundaries of the exclusive neighbourhood of Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s southern coastline, InterContinental Bali Resort embraces 35 acres of tropical landscape. Blessed with an endless stretch of white sandy beachfront as its stunning backdrop, the resort integrates ornamental ponds, a winding lagoon and aesthetic stonework.
Suspended between heaven and earth, this 417 luxury room resort was designed to blend modern convenience with elements of traditional Balinese architecture. There is a sensitivity towards the surrounding environment, whilst respecting the rich culture of the island, its fine artistry, and Hindu heritage.
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Singaraja Room that can connect to Singaraja Room or Singaraja Duplex.

The Singaraia Rooms are located within 2 private wings of the resort, highlighted by local artworks, Javanese masks, and a contemporary blend of dark timber furnishings with creamy textiles. The rooms measure 49 square meters and feature either 1 king bed or 2 twins and have views of the resort garden, lagoons, pool or ocean. Maximum occupancy is for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. The Singaraia Duplex Suite exudes comfort with a distinct contemporary Balinese ambience. The split level suite with a mezzanine master bedroom, integrated living environment, and private terrace is the ideal retreat for families. The suite measures 79 square meters with 1 king bed, a sofa bed and offers views of the resort garden, lagoons, pool, or ocean. Maximum occupancy is 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

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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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Dining al Fresco: Echoes Resort Blue Mountains

December 31, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Echoes Resort Blue Mountains has exceptional dining venues that entwine gourmet cuisine with indigenous flavor.

Echoes Resort Blue Mountains

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