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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.

Chic Villas at Baoase Resort in Curaçao


By: Five Star Alliance

If you are a first timer, or even a seasoned traveler, looking for a swanky villa within a luxury resort, we've got the best option for you in the Caribbean at the uber chic Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao. Nestled amidst tropical gardens and caressed by the azure water of the Caribbean Sea our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has the following insight:

Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao is a great fit for LGBT guests and all seasoned Caribbean travelers looking for an island where everything is accepted and celebrated. The local airport, Curaçao International, is about a 25-minute drive from the resort, which also has a helipad. Hint: Guests can opt for a VIP transfer, and a chauffeur will pick them up inside Curaçao International Airport, allow them to pass through customs and immigration more quickly, bypassing the lines, and then take them to the property in a luxury car. Note: There is a private jet center at the Curaçao International airport.

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Villa with private pool at the Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao

Even though the Ocean Front Villa is the most requested accommodation here, but we were told families cannot go wrong in booking the Private Pool Villa, the Superior Private Pool Villa and the Master Villa (the only one with butler service).

Note: The resort doesn't have a spa. However, guests can request treatments ranging from traditional massages and body scrubs to manicures and pedicures on the property's private beach. In-room group treatments are also available for wedding parties. Tip: Guests are advised to book spa treatments at least two days in advance. 

The resort’s Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant is open to locals. The most popular fare here is "The Chef’s Menu," a full seven-course menu, which changes constantly and makes use of fresh ingredients. Additional recommended dishes include tuna tartare, lionfish and ginger cheesecake. Nice Touch: All of the seating at this restaurant is beachfront. Although it is fairly easy to get a reservation at the resort, we were told guests should book two weeks in advance to be on the safe side.

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Outdoor bathroom and tub in a Superior Beachfront pool suite at the Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao

For VIPs tying the knot, the resort can do everything from buyouts to ceremonies for 10 guests and rehearsal dinners. The property can accommodate almost any over-the-top request. For instance, A-listers can hire a private jet to drop rose petals during the ceremony. Other extravagant needs that the resort has fulfilled in the past include delivering 100 flowers to a couple's room during their honeymoon, and flying in wagyu beef from Japan to meet a guests request for dinner.

Additional experiences include a bottle of champagne upon arrival; a four-course “Surprise Menu” created by the chef in a romantic gazebo set up on the beach; and private picnic on the beach.

Tip: For those VIPs looking to get some shopping done, there are some high-end jewelry shops in Punda, which is roughly a five- to 10-minute drive from the resort. The property can provide VIP transport to and from the shops.

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Beach at the Baoase Luxury Resort in Curacao


Cave Luxury in Cappadocia


By: Five Star Alliance

Located in the heart of Cappadocia on the site of an ancient monastery in Old Uchisar Village, Argos in Cappadocia has carefully restored the remains of historical dwellings, underground tunnels, and caves to offer guests an unsurpassed place to stay that has a unique perspective from which to view the region. Guest rooms and suites spread among six mansions.

Uchisar boasts panoramic views of the Cappadocia plateau and looks out over the natural fortresses of Bashisar and Ortahisar. Spread out along Pigeon Valley (Guvercinlik Vadisi), its foothills feature charming houses and sprawling mansions connected by underground tunnels, of churches, monasteries, and freshwater springs.

Highlight: Splendid Suite

Built into the caves, Splendid Suite's all include a private plunge pool in addition to a view of the garden. The sitting area located under a gigantic arch has its own garden and terrace. These accommodations are half stone and half carved into living rock, they offer separated bedroom and living areas so that, if you want, you can lounge in the pool on the bottom floor or spend your time looking at the enchanting view from the terrace of your room - where you can look out over Pigeon Valley and gaze upon Mt. Erciyes as you sip a drink.

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Splendid Suite Argos Cappadocia

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Amandayan


By: Five Star Alliance

Amandayan is set on just over a hectare above the winding lanes of Lijiang Old Town. Amandayan offers 34 Suites and the two-bedroom Amandayan Suite. Designed in the traditional architectural style of the Nakhi – the indigenous people of northwestern Yunnan – Amandayan is housed in a series of dwellings arranged around peaceful courtyards. 

Amandayan

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Origins of Alila Jabal Akhdar's Name


By: Five Star Alliance

Alila Jabal Akhdar, meaning"The Green Mountain" in Arabic, is perched 2,000 meters above sea level and overlooks a dramatic gorge, surrounded by awe-inspiring views of the Al Hajar Mountains. Inspired by ancient forts, traditional Omani construction techniques using local stones are combined with contemporary architecture to create a uniquely relaxing environment, from the pool to the spacious suites that look out to mesmerizing views of the cliff and mountains.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

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Choose Your Own Fragrance Adventure at The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch


By: Five Star Alliance

The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch


The Montcalm Hotel Marble Arch
 
offers contemporary five star boutique accommodation, designed to appease those looking for the proverbial good things that come in small packages. Ideally located within strolling distance of Oxford Street and within easy reach of London's landmarks, this chic property offers a calming and peaceful retreat for an experience to remember.The calming atmosphere is enhanced by the assortment of five senses exotic frangrances available to sweeten the air in the guest rooms. 

Fragrance Choices Include:

Romantic Touch
The Romantic Touch fragrance is created from classic floral notes of Rose combined with the pale tones of sandalwood. Fresh infusions of cardamom, the rarity of saffron and an undertone of basil complete the refreshing experience.

Refreshing Lavender
This fragrance is a blend of essences of French lavender, bergamot and sage creating a calming and balancing atmosphere. Close your eyes and you'll feel like you're in a spa. It's perfect for getting that relaxing feeling after a stressful day.

Fresh Clean
A fresh and airy fragrance, lightly scented and reminiscent of gentle breezes and open windows, this fragrance is subtle and light, creating a breezy, open atmosphere that takes you from the city to the countryside in seconds. It will definitely evoke the smell of a picnic in the country.

Pink GrapefruitThe Montcalm Hotel
The invigorating juice of ripe grapefruit and oranges are paired with fruity peach and red berry nuances, sweetened by osmanthus, violet, and muguet Pink Grapefruit to create a fresh, open and uplifting atmosphere. Absolutely perfect for feeling energized at any time of the day.

Saw Grass
The smell of fresh grass evokes open windows on a summer day. The earthy, sweet and distinct scent of saw grass smells like a warm day in the Deep South. Notes of bright green grass are sweetened with light floral and neroli, with hints of lemongrass, rose and sandalwood to create a sense of peace. Perfect for summer escapes.

Marine Fresh
Smell the waves crashing to the shore with notes of ocean spray, bergamot, dune grass and cedar. Transport yourself instantly to the beach on a summer's day. With this uplifting scent you can almost hear the seagulls and feel the sand between your toes.

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Incredible 20% Early Bird Special at Viceroy Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

Viceroy BaliIf a vacation in Bali is on your bucket list, now is the time to book. For a limited time, Viceroy Bali is offering a spectactular deal. Simply book the special Five Star Alliance rate 60 days in advance, and you'll receive 20% off your stay and a $100 spa credit.

Viceroy Bali is situated only five minutes leisurely drive from the cultural heartland of Bali, Ubud which is famous for its artistic community, traditional dance ceremonies, temples and rural vistas. The hotel and villas enjoy unparalleled views of the dramatic river gorge, and the forested slopes and terraced paddy fields beyond.

At Viceroy Bali all the villas are luxurious with private pools and spectacular views over Petanu River gorge and tropical forests. All villas have luxurious European fittings combined with Balinese architectural features. The decor of each villa is sumptuous, all have marble floors, luxurious furnishings, top quality beds with fine thread count linen, spacious marble bathroom with separate shower, bath, twin vanities, all have air conditioning, ceiling fans, 42' LCD satellite television, DVD player, espresso coffee machine and more.

Balanced on the hill slope overlooking the spectacular Petanu River Gorge with its unrivalled views, The Lembah Spa offers treatments developed by Swiss professionals to combine the best of the West, with Balinese natural treatments. In addition to a variety of massage and body treatments, the Lembah Spa also offers beauty treatments, facials, creme hair baths, manicure, pedicure and reflexology. For our very special Viceroy guests, the Lembah Spa also offers complimentary use of the steam room the sixty-eight jet therapeutic American Jacuzzi and associated facilities.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.  Please read the rate terms carefully to avoid disappointment.

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Did You Know? Ksar Char-Bagh


By: Five Star Alliance

Ksar Char-Bagh has four hectacres of garden. The Moorish palace is nestled in the palm grove of Marrakech, just ten minutes from the medina.

Ksar Cher-Bagh 

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Cool Pools: Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara


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


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


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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