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The 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.

| By: Rachael Weir

Recognized as the legendary "Grande Dame of the Far East", The Peninsula Hong Kong blends the finest luxuries and hospitality of the East and West. Since opening in 1928, the property has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries from around the globe, and guests of the hotel can re-live the glamour of a by-gone era through the property's collection of antiques and historical artifacts on display throughout the hotel. In addition, guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive special Perks. Continue reading below.

The Peninsula Hong Kong

For panoramic views of Victoria Harbor, Deluxe Harbor View Suites feature a one-of-a-kind retreat. Providing a residential experience within the Peninsula Tower, these suites have living rooms with fireplaces, L-shaped sofas, and fully-equipped audio-visual centers with Blu-Ray LED TVs. The master bedrooms have luxury beds with high-end linens, plush armchairs, and telescopes for viewing the harbor. There's also large walk-in dressing rooms, and marble bathrooms have unique corner deep soaking bathtubs. Learn about a special Perks offer for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Deluxe Harbor View Suite Living Room at The Peninsula Hong Kong

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate" receive full buffet breakfast for two daily at The Verandah and a $100 hotel credit per stay (excludes Imasa, banquet, Peninsula Academy Program, Peninsula Boutique or spa products).

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| By: Rachael Weir

Siem Reap is a luxury destination in western Cambodia, known for five-star hotels and resorts, boutiques, spas, and galleries. Situated about 3.5 miles south of Angkor, Siem Reap is an ideal destination for exploring the temples and ancient city, as well as rejuvenating at one of the area's top spas, or trying the local cuisine served in one of the city's restaurants. To fully explore this area, we recommend four to five days, and be sure to catch a sunrise over Angkor Wat to see its towers aglow in red and orange. 

Referred to as the "City of God Kings", the ancient city of Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Kingdom from 802 to 1295. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a vast complex of towers and sculptures, that was abandoned for nearly 600 years. Hindu mythology believed kings were gods, and this was the home of the kings who were considered gods. In 1861, French naturalist Henri Mouhot stumbled upon the ancient city, transforming it into a major tourist attraction.

Today, visitors to this region can explore a stone skeleton of a city amidst a lush jungle. The Angkor Wat temple complex covers about 60 square miles of land, with moats, temples, palaces, and passageways. Guests to the site may want to consider visiting with a guide for a greater understanding of the Khmer history, architecture, as well as the significance of the site to Buddhism and Hinduism. Angkor Thom was founded in the 12th century by Jayavarman VII, and remained the capital of Khmer cities until the 17th century. For a state-of-the-art experience, the Angkor National Museum is an ideal destination for guests to learn more about the Khmer civilization and legacy.

In the markets, guests can shop for traditional foods and souvenirs, and the downtown area of Siem Reap offers an increasing number of evening entertainment options along Pub Street. 

Here are 5 Top Siem Reap Luxury Hotels 

5. Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa

Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa

Providing easy access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, the Anantara Angkor Resort and Spa is an all-suite luxury resort. Accommodations mix contemporary styling with handcrafted teak furniture, local textiles, and hand carved sandstone. Suites include butler service, arrival foot rituals, pillow menus, and Anantara luxury bedding. While guests can customize their visit with bespoke experiences such as going to the nearby historic village via traditional Tuk Tuk service, lounging in the outdoor saltwater pool, private market tours, or cooking classes. 

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4. Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Featuring 104 contemporary rooms, including 13 suites with private gardens or plunge pools, Park Hyatt Siem Reap provides a modern setting in the heart of the ancient city. There are two swimming pools--a lap pool surrounded by parasols and cabanas, and a free-form pool with a lagoon design ideal for relaxation. The spa has Cambodian hand and foot rituals, there's a fully-equipped fitness center, and the Dining Room serves a selection of French Provincial and Cambodian cuisine. 

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3. Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

Set within 15 acres of landscaped French gardens, Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor is a grand historic hotel. The landmark property elegantly blends contemporary amenities with the grandeur of a bygone era. Next to the Angkor National Museum, the hotel has an original timber elevator that takes guests to their rooms, as well as a Raffles Spa, two outdoor pools, and iconic Cambodian experiences at the Apsara Terrace and Elephant Bar. 

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2. Belmond La Residence d'Angkor 

Belmond La Residence d'Angkor

Featuring traditional Khmer styling, Belmond La Residence d'Angkor has an intimate setting. Accommodations have large bathrooms with spacious free-form baths, air conditioning, satellite TVs, and minibars. The outdoor salt water pool is set amidst lush foliage, there's a library with board games, travel guides, and reference books, plus the Kong Kea Spa offers treatments infused with local traditions. 

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate or "Best Available Rate"  receive a complimentary 50 minute massage for up to two people per room once during stay.

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1. Amansara

Outdoor Pool at Amansara

Formerly the residence of a king, Amansara features modern stying with a curvilinear pool and monochrome minimalism. Following a careful restoration, the single-level retreat is a showcase of 1960s New Khmer architecture. Guests can book custom itineraries to visit ruins crowd-free, meditate in the ancient forests, or cruise through the floating villages of Tonle Sap lake. The Dining Room is a sleek space with soaring ceilings and Khmer-centered cuisine, and the resort's traditional Khmer village house offers rustic meals prepared over charcoal. 

Five Star Alliance Perk:  Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive continental breakfast for two daily in the Dining Room or through room service and a $100 USD hotel credit per room/per stay.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Mixing local culture with indoor tropical gardens, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is a lush urban retreat. Accommodations are spread throughout three distinct wings: the resort-like Garden Wing, the recently rejuvenated contemporary Tower Wing, and the prestigious Valley Wing. The property is the original property for the Shangri-La Brand, and features CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La with Asian-inspired holistic treatments, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and fully-equipped health club. Continue reading below the photo.

Blue Bar at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

One of the hotel's unique suites is the Honeymoon Suite. Situated in the Garden Wing, the Honeymoon Suite has interiors inspired by nature, a pillow menu, and a large balcony with sun loungers, outdoor Jacuzzi, and barbecue area. Read more below the photo. 

Honeymoon Suite Balcony at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

The spacious living room has large floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, dining area for romantic dinners, and a plush living room for couples to relax. Continue reading below the photo.

Honeymoon Suite Living Room at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

In the bathroom, there's a deep-soaking tub, soothing lighting, and an ideal spot for a bottle of chilled Champagne. Learn more about special Perks for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Honeymoon Suite Bathroom at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive daily full breakfast for two, a per room SGD 100.00 food and beverage credit (not valid for room service or minibar), and in-room welcome Chinese Tea and Fruit.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Perched above a turquoise lagoon, the award-winning Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite with Pool at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa features an ultra-luxe setting in Maldives. The spacious two bedroom suite has a large sundeck with a freshwater pool, salas, and hammock suspended over the water. 24-hour butler service is included, as well as daily newspapers, housekeeping, and turndown service. Read more below the photo.

Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite with Pool at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

The master bedroom has a plush bed topped in Frette linens, pillow menus, a seating area, desk with ocean views, and direct access to the sundeck. While the glassed bathroom has infinite ocean views, Molton Brown bath amenities, Ploh bathrobes, and a bath menu with bath salts upon request. Continue reading below the photo.

Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

In the living area of the Rehendi Presidential Overwater Suite there is a large flat-screen LCD TV, media center with DVD/CD/MP3 player, mulit-media port, & LAN adaptor. Read more about the resort below the photo.

Presidential Suite Living Room at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is a private island resort surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The romantic destination offers pristine beaches, and 64 sea-view villas set delicately over the lagoon. Situated on Emboodhu Finolhu island, the property provides an idyllic tropical retreat with water sports, scuba diving, fine dining at the Deep End, and crafted cuisine at 24 Degrees. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

In June 2018, the Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas unveiled a new two bedroom villa.

Nestled amidst the Bill Bensley gardens, the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is an ultra-luxe villa steps from Mai Khao's white-sand beaches with a private pool, traditional Thai sala over the lagoon, and a sundeck. Inspired by the villa's natural surroundings and fashion connoisseur Jim Thompson's silk designs from the 1950s and 60s, the exclusive sanctuary highlights multiple Thai silks throughout. Natural Thai Makha hardwood flooring provides a unique patina throughout the villa, there's Thai artwork and carvings, as well as classic Thai Pikul flower designs. In the living room, Thompson's fabrics mingle with woods and sandy hues to create a nautical feel. Read more below the living room photo.

Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson Living Room

In the master bedroom, Thompson's Heliconia Dreamin' provides a vibrant and whimsical style that extends to the swimming pool and sala. The design was inspired by the Heliconia flower that continues to flourish today at Jim Thompson's former home. Overlooking the pool and gardens, the twin bedroom showcases the Floriential print, highlighting whimsical birds and butterflies frolicking amidst peonies. Continue reading below the photo of the twin bedroom. 

Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson Twin Bedroom

“We have a passion for enhancing our pool villas so that guests can enjoy the full beauty of Anantara Mai Khao, inside and out,” explains Nikolaus Priesnitz General Manager of Anantara Mai Khao. “The Two-Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson offers a secluded retreat with luxury amenities and is ideal for families, while highlighting the gorgeous designs of a truly beloved Thai treasure.” Read more below the photo of the exterior of the villa. 

Exterior of the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson

Guests of the Two Bedroom Royal Villa by Jim Thompson are welcomed with fresh flowers and fruit juices upon arrival, as well as personalized Villa Host service, Anantara Spa products, and a complimentary set of the Bvlgari Guest Collection. The Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is located on the island's secluded northwest coast. Along the Andaman Sea, the property offers locally-inspired architecture, indigenous gardens, and excursions to Sirinath National Park's tropical mangroves, dives to coral reefs, and strolls through local villages. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

As two world leaders meet this week, it seems like all eyes are on Singapore, and we're taking a closer look at the three Singapore luxury hotels where the two leaders will be meeting and staying.

Today, President Donald Trump of the United States and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting at the Capella Singapore. Learn more about the property below the photo.

Aerial view of Capella Singapore

The historic resort is known for a colonial facade and contemporary Asian design. Located on Sentosa Island, the luxe island resort is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Singapore, and is set amidst 30 acres of land offering lush landscaping with roaming peacocks, spa, golf course, and stylish pools. The conference rooms overlook the South China sea, and the property offers four restaurants including a luxurious Chef's Table, Cassia with modern Cantonese cuisine, The Knolls with a gourmet Mediterranean menu, and Bob's Bar offering a setting reminiscent of Cuban island bars in the 1950s and 60s. 

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While in Singapore, President Donald Trump is staying at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. Providing a resort-style setting, the property is nestled amidst 15 acres of lush greenery, steps from the designer shopping malls, quaint noodle stalls, and antique shops along Orchard Road. Read more about the property below the photo.

Outdoor Pool at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Guests can meander through landscaped gardens, experience luxurious pampering treatments at CHI, The Spa, or relax poolside. While dining options include Waterfall Ristorante Italiano with authentic cuisine, NAMI featuring fine Japanese dining, and Shang Palace with traditional Cantonese cuisine. 

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Nearby, The St. Regis Singapore is hosting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Known for its timeless elegance and legendary St. Regis Butler Service, the five star hotel is located steps from the infamous Orchard Road and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Read more about the property below the photo.

Penthouse Suite at The St. Regis Singapore

The coveted location is located in the heart of the city's shopping and diplomatic districts, with bespoke amenities such as Signature Bentley Transfers, a tropical spa pool, and St. Regis Concierges. The hotel is home to one of the world's premier art collections, as well as the exclusive Remede Spa. Plus, the property offers an array of epicurian experiences including Brasserie Les Saveurs with contemporary French cuisine, Yan Ting with authentic Chinese dishes, and Shinji by Kanesaka providing a Japanese culinary experience. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Destination Spotlight: Kyoto

An ancient capital city, Kyoto provides visitors with an array of living Japanese traditions. Formerly Japan's capital and home of the emperor from 794 to 1868, the city is full of history with countless temples, shrines, monuments, and ancient architecture. Today, it is one of the country's 10 largest cities, and home to more than 1.5 million people. Once outside of the Kyoto Station area's highrises, visitors are greeted with quintessential Japanese architecture, geishas gliding through the meandering streets, and 17th century teahouses. 

Located 3.5 hours via highspeed rail from Tokyo, the city transports guests back in time to the age of empires at the Imperial Palace with moat-ringed gardens where the Imperial Family lived until 1868 when the capital city became Tokyo. Cherry blossoms line the canalside Philosopher's Path, and Gion, a UNESCO-listed neighborhood has winding cobblestone alleys with teahouses. Cypress wood carvings adorn the Nijo Castle, the temple of Daigoji is a must-see, and the rock gardens of Ryoanji provide a calm, meditative space. 

The city's traditions continue into shopping options for guests. From wooden combs, to fans and tea ceremony necessities, Shijo Dori Kawaramachi Dori, and the Kyoto Handicraft Center offer an array of specialty shops. Galleries with woodblock prints and antique shops can be found in Shinmonzen Dori, and Nishijin is Kyoto's historic textile district known for creating fabrics that are transformed into elegant kimonos. Visitors to the Textile District can see master weavers at the Watabun workshop, and visit the Orinasu-kan Museum of Hand-Weaving. 

Kyoto is also a destination with unique dining experiences where guests can dine on vegetarian cuisine, shojin ryori in the gardens of a Buddhist temple. The bars of Kita-ku specialize in noodles and tofu dishes, the red lanterns of Higashiyama-ku lead to yakitori-ya, where grilled chicken skewers are a specialty. Traditional restaurants serve lip-numbing puffer fish, and an authentic teahouse experience can be found at Hyotei, a 300-year-old venue set amidst maple-shaded gardens where diners can seasonal Japanese cuisine in artistic lacquered bowls. 

Here are 5 Top Kyoto Luxury Hotels:

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

Featuring a design concept based on five feelings: Utage (festive), Seido (serenity and movement), Miyabi (elegance), Hana (splendid), and Nagomi (harmony), The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto pays tribute to the cultural history of the city while providing a high level of service and international luxury amenities. The downtown resort is set on the banks of the Kamogawa River with expansive views of the famous Higashiyama Sanju-Roppo. There's an extensive art collection on display featuring local artists, world-class Japanese and Western dining, a luxury spa, and an indoor swimming pool. 

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2. Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Close to major Kyoto sites including Chishakuin Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, and the Kyoto National Museum, Hyatt Regency Kyoto has contemporary Japanese guestrooms and suites. There's a Japanese garden, and multiple restaurants including The Grill with French cuisine, Trattoria Sette with casual Italian, and Touzan Japanese restaurant. The on-site Spa and Fitness Center has 10 rooms with pampering treatments, and the fitness center offers personal programs. 

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3. RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

Situated near Kyoto Station, RIHGA Royal Hotel was renovated in September 2016. Offering all new facilities, the property has a luxe bar, heated indoor pool, and a fully-equipped fitness center. The restaurant on the 14th floor, Top of Kyoto is the city's only revolving restaurant, Teppan-yaki AOI offers a traditional setting, and Tachibana has French Kaiseki-style gourmet cuisine. There's a boutique in the hotel with souvenirs, and a 24-hour business center. 

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4. Suiran

Family room at Suiran

Situated in western Kyoto's scenic Ukyo-ku, Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, offers an authentic Japanese-style experience. Set along the peaceful Hozu River, the intimate property has 39 guestrooms with traditional Japanese accents, restaurant Kyo-Suiran serves authentic cuisine in Baron Shozo Kawasaki's former summerhouse, Teppanyaki Kanzan has Japanese beef and fresh seafood, and the casual Saryo Hassui has a riverside location in a historic building originally built for 19th century poets. There's also a spa with local treatments and a private open-air bath on the third floor. 

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5. The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto

Amidst gardens and nature, The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto is a historic resort overlooking downtown Kyoto. There's an indoor pool with a wall of windows providing views of the mountains, and a seasonal outdoor pool shaped like Lake Biwa. Guests can take the trail behind the resort to the Wild Bird Sanctuary, and there are three Japanese-style gardens with historical significance, waterfalls, pines, and maples. For dining, the property offers a variety of options including the Grand View restaurant with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows serving French and Western cuisine, as well as the Mayfair Tea Room. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Providing a secluded retreat in Bali's central foothills, Alila Ubud is a luxury hotel located about 15 minutes from Ubud, the island's cultural center. Set on a hillside on the edge of the Ayung River valley, the property provides guests with an immersive experience through the guidance of the Alila Leisure Concierge team for active pursuits, such as exploring rice terraces at Tegalalange, visiting the Goa Gajah Elephant Cave, or taking cooking classes. Learn more about a special perks offer for Five Star Alliance guests below the photo. 

Valley Villa at Alila Ubud

Accommodations at Alila Ubud include Superior and Deluxe Rooms, Valley and Pool Villas, plus Terrace Tree Villas, and Two Bedroom Terrace Tree Pool Villas. Furnished in contemporary Balinese style, there are private balconies with daybeds, in-room safes, minibars, and coffee & tea-making facilities. Continue reading below the Terrace Tree Villa Bathroom photo.

Terrace Tree Villa Bathroom

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily at Plantation restaurant, $50 food and beverage or spa or Alila Experience credit, per room, per stay, and a welcome fruit basket. Plus, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure: a room upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.

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| By: Rachael Weir

Set along a lagoon in the North Ari atoll, Constance Halaveli Maldives offers a romantic setting with unspoiled beaches, unforgettable diving with whale sharks, and sunrise meditations with yoga masters. Providing guests with the ultimate retreat to disconnect and reconnect, the luxury resort provides barefoot luxury with a full-service spa and three gourmet restaurants. Continue reading below the photo of the overwater Jing Restaurant. 

Jing Restaurant at Constance Halaveli Maldives

The private island resort offers a variety of villas including Family Beach Villas and the Double Storey Beach Vilas. All accommodations feature contemporary island architecture with indulgent amenities. One of the most unique villa options is the Water Villas with an over-water design and its own private plunge pool. Furnished with modern wood and marble, each of the villas is air-conditioned with separate living and sleeping rooms, 42-inch flat-screen TVs with satelittle channels and DVD players, iMac systems for streaming, minibars, and wine coolers with a selection of wines. There's also furnished over-water sun decks, and luxe bathrooms including some with separate outdoor showers. Continue reading below the photo of the Water Villa. 

Water Villa at Constance Halaveli Maldives

Guests of the resort have access to a variety of complimentary activities including tennis courts, beach volleyball, badminton, and table tennis. There's a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio machines, rowing machines, Kinesis wall, and spinning bikes. Plus, the TGI Diving Center with diving courses and experiences, canoes, windsurfing, dolphin watching cruises, fishing trips, snorkeling, and excursions to nearby villages. 

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| By: Rachael Weir

Surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters on its own secluded island, Constance Moofushi Maldives is a luxury resort and diver's paradise. Situated on the South Ari Atoll, considered one of the best diving spots in the world, the property offers an idyllic location for diving along the migration route of manta rays. There are 32 dive sites within 30-minutes of the all-inclusive resort, and guests can also explore the waters via a traditional Dhoni, or from above in a sea plane. Continue reading below the resort photo.

Outdoor dining at Constance Moofushi Maldives

Featuring Crusoe Chic Barefoot Elegance combined with the Constance Hotels highest standards, the all-inclusive property offers guests an island paradise with as little or as much seclusion as desired. The all-villa resort has 24 beach villas, 56 water villas, and 20 Senior Water Villas, each with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, sitting areas, wooden terraces, minibars, and luxury bathrooms. Read more below the photo of the Senior Water Villa.

Constance Moofushi Maldives

For the ultimate retreat, Senior Water Villas provide an exclusive over-water setting with an airy design. Featuring additional space, the Senior Water Villas have luxe bathrooms with outdoor bathtubs, dual vanities, and separate showers. There's also spacious wooden terraces with steps leading to direct water access for a leisurely swim directly from one's villa. Read more below the photo of the Senior Villa Living Room.

Senior Water Villa living area at Constance Moofushi Maldives

Within the Senior Water Villas there's also LCD TVs, mac minis with iPod, CD & DVD connections, as well as coffee facilities, and minibars. 

In addition to high-end accommodations, the Constance Moofushi Maldives offers gourmet dining at two on-site restaurants, including the MANTA Restaurant with a sand-floored dining area as well as as an over-water dining room with an international menu and wine cellar. There's also a spa for rejuvenating treatments, and a variety of activities such as snorkeling, dolphin watching and sunset cruises, as well as Maldavian-style fishing excursions. 

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