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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.

Adventures Await at Amano'i

By: Five Star Alliance

Set between Nui Chua National Park, Vietnam's largest natural conservation sites, and the pristine Vinh Hy Bay, Amano'i is the a tranquil retreat perfect for explorations of all kinds. 

Water lovers will want to take one of the resort's catamarans out on Vinh Hy Bay. Kayaks are also available for guests who want to explore the granite rock formations and inlets of the dramatic coastline. Instructors are available to give useful tips, as are guides.

Hikers will want to explore Nui Chua National Park, which spans 29,000 hectares. The park ecosystem's include range from dry, almost desert-like conditions to a near-rainforest climate. The park is home to thousands of plant species and hundreds of types of mammals and birds, waiting to be discovered on guided hikes or picnics.

Those who prefer their adventures to be more of the relaxing and restoring type, Amano'i is also home to an Aman Spa. Set on the shores of a tranquil lake dotted with floating lotus blossoms, the spa's extensive menu includes body treatments, scrubs, wraps, facials and haircare using Aman Spa’s all-natural, chemical-free products as well as traditional Vietnamese produce. Spa treatments are centerered around four signature journeys (purify, hydrate, harmonize, and Amanoi indulgence) designed to rebalance the body and mind. There are two hydrotherapy suites that are equipped with a heated stone treatment table, steam room, Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool.

If none of these adventures entice, Amano'i will design one to the exact specifications of the guest.

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Natural Adventures at Hotel Quinta Do Lago

By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Quinta do LagoThe Hotel Quinta do Lago is situated in the Resort of Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, next to the Formosa Estuary (Ria Formosa) and the sea, in the very heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Hotel Quinta do Lago is the ideal place to discover nature.

Nature Activities and Adventures Include:

Horseback Riding-There are numerous stables near the hotel, from where one can enjoy the beauty of the Ria Formosa National Park on horseback.

Birdwatching-Quinta do Lago is a luxury destination for true bird watchers; here they have the opportunity to observe many different species in their natural habitat. The best location is besides the São Lourenço Lagoon, where a wooden shelter provides views over the water.Hotel Quinta do Lago

Seaside-Discover the unique beauty of the coast with its rock formations and caves. Take an exclusive cruise to relax, or have fun in the company of others on a group cruise.

Countryside-The inhabitants of Algarve's countryside maintain traditions of past centuries. Taste the traditional cuisine and enjoy the natural beauty of Algarve's best kept secret.

Beach-The Quinta do Lago beach is located a mere 300 meters from the hotel. You will find a vast array of water sports that will enliven your summer. You can also visit nearby beaches such as the Garrão beach and the Ancão or the Vale do Lobo beaches.

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Cool Pools: The Singular Patagonia

By: Five Star Alliance

The Singular Patagonia offers everything you'd expect from world-class luxury spa in Patagonia: an indoor/outdoor heated pool, a sauna, a steam room, two massage treatment rooms, a facial treatment room, and even a private suite with a multi-jet Jacuzzi. 

The Singular Patagonia

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Dining al Fresco: Fairmont Mara Safari Club

By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Mara Safari Club Outdoor dining on the Masai Mara reserve is enhanced with the creation of a boma, a structure influenced by traditional homesteads, where guests can enjoy a cultural dinner reflecting not only African cuisine but also rich musical accompaniment. 

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

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Cool Pools: Singita Boulders Lodge

By: Five Star Alliance

Each suite at Singita Boulders Lodge comes complete with a private infinity pool as well as this idyllic swimming pool located in the main lodge area.

Singita Boulders Lodge

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Cool Pools: Pikaia Lodge

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The pool at Pikaia Lodge is on the top plateau of the crater and is centered amongst the exteriors of the main building. The infinity pool merges with the horizon with the back drop of the endless ocean and the pristine savanna – a mesmerizing sight. With its surrounding decks plastered with peruvian travertine marble and furnished with comfortable beach chairs, the pool is strategically placed to receive the sun, shadow free the entire day to maintain a pleasant water temperature. Guests can take a refreshing dip or do some laps for exercise. There is a covered terrace next to the pool where guests can enjoy meals and drinks without having to change.

At the eastern end, on the very edge of the main crater there is a covered gazebo with two sofas for napping, reading or quiet contemplation. At night the pool and decks are softly illuminated, creating a tranquil ambiance.

Pikaia Lodge

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Adventures Await at Wyoming Inn

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Wyoming Inn
In 2013, Wyoming Inn completed a multi-million dollar property-wide renovation. Beginning with exterior updates to the roof, siding, stonework, and landscaping, the renovation continued indoors where the boardroom, fitness center, restaurant, and accommodations were all redesigned. Guests can nowexpect  24 guest rooms with custom designed window seats, and 17 accommodations with private stone fireplaces. Should you want to venture outside the luxurious Jackson Hole luxury proerty, there's plenty to do both on-property and off.  In warm weather, the area is well-known for wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and dining. When the seasons change, Jackson Hole becomes one of the top ski areas in the United States. 

Throughout the year guests can easily travel to nearby outdoor attractions, including:Wyoming Inn

Snow King Ski Area (1 mile) - Snow King Ski Area and Mountain Resort offers five beginner trails and six intermediate ski and snowboarding runs. 13 Expert trails coupled with Advanced and Expert tree skiing round out the ski resort's offering. Summer activities at Snow King Mountain include Jackson's only Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift Ride, Bungee Trampoline, hiking trails for all ages and abilities, and an extensive mountain biking trail system.

National Museum of Wildlife Art (4 miles) - Situated on a cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge,  the Museum's location provides a rare opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat, as does the artwork that pays tribute to it. The building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Check out the sculpture trail, the Museum's newest outdoor art venue.

Grand Teton National Park (20 miles) - Explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River, or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.

Wyoming InnYellowstone National Park (57 miles) - This park features the world's largest collection of geysers, including Old Faithful. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

In addition, the hotel can arrange adventures such as:

Sleigh Ride on the Elk Refuge - Sleigh rides are available in the winter months through Double H Bar.

Snowmobile Yellowstone National Park - You’ll be guided by a local expert through snowy landscapes, steamy geysers,or grand canyons, spotting wildlife along the way.

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Cool Pools: Fairmont Mara Safari Club

By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Mara Safari Club offers guests a free-form swimming pool. Sun-beds and mattresses are available and towels are provided. Changing rooms, both male and female, are available adjacent the pool and there is an outdoor shower.

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

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Best Bathrooms: Southern Ocean Lodge

By: Five Star Alliance

The open bathroom at Southern Ocean Lodge commands views to the horizon, and boasts a hand sculptured granite bath, heated limestone floors and deluxe rain shower.

Southern Oceand Lodge
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