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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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.

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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New to Five Star Alliance: Fairmont Mara Safari Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Mara Safari Club lies in the north west of the Masai Mara, at the foot of the Aitong Hills. The luxury Masai Mara accommodations at Fairmont Mara Safari Club offer a traditional safari experience with the comfort and amenities of a luxury resort hotel. The well-appointed Mara Safari Club is set by the Mara River at the foot of the Aitong Hills in the Ol-Choro Oiroua Conservation Area that borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve. All the 51 luxury tents have their own private viewing deck from where hippo and crocodile are regularly seen. Each room has four-poster beds with pillow-top mattresses and fine linens, 3-piece en-suite facilities with solar-heated hot and cold running water, a refreshment center. in-room safe, and wireless telephone that allows you to set up dining on your deck or ensures no request is left unfulfilled.

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

The main lodge houses a warm reception area, retail shop, library equipped with Internet access, a beautifully decorated lounge area, and a lovely dining room. A large deck is cantilevered over the river so guests can watch the hippos play or gaze up at the stars after a day of wonder is unmatched. Dining at The Mara Safari Club is a safari in itself, made from the abundance of fresh Kenyan produce. At the Club, the pool, al fresco buffet lunches, and nightly activities of Maasai dancing, presentations, and discussion on the Mara's ecosystem and Maasai culture, all add up to create a truly unique experience.

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Image of the day: African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa is a first-class culmination of
exceptionally detailed design, a spectacular location, and a top rate management
and service team. The hotel’s intimate ambience and five star amenities epitomise a
lavish lifestyle that lets guests live the Crystal Life. From the rooftop pool’s underwater
music, the in-room ascending flat screen TVs and the distinctive boardroom wall decor
to the South African themed bar lounges, the delight is in the detail.

African Pride Crystal Towers

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Cool Pool: Arabella Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Arabella Hotel & Spa rests in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Hugged by the Rooisands Nature Reserve, the Bot River Lagoon and Kogelberg Mountains, every room leads to a private terrace or balcony overlooking pristine grounds, swimming pool, mountain views or lagoon waters. Leisure facilities include a heated indoor hydro pool, sauna, and an award-winning spa.

Arabella Hotel & Spa

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Cool Pools: Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam


By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam features a 23 x 6 metre outdoor infinity pool that overlooks the harbour of Dar es Salaam and the Indian Ocean, providing a picturesque backdrop during a casual swim or lounging by the pool next to the Anantara Spa and Health Club. Citrus, the poolside bar, offers cocktails, fresh fruit juices and smoothies, as well as a wide selection of iced teas to stay cool while you relax on lounge chairs and enjoy the fine spectacle of ships and local dhows in and out of the harbor.

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam

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New to Five Star Alliance: Essque Zalu Zanzibar


By: Five Star Alliance

Essque Zalu Zanzibar is an intimate boutique destination nestled in a natural cove on the island's north-eastern coast overlooking the Indian Ocean. Choose from 40 individual suites and 9 villas all with picturesque views over the tropical garden or the ocean. 

Essque Zalu Zanzibar

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Did you know? Amanjena


By: Five Star Alliance

Amanjena means peaceful paradise. It is the first Aman resort on the African continent and is located just outside the ancient city of Marrakech. Set within an oasis of palms and olive trees, Moorish heritage is reflected throughout the pisé-walled resort, including the Morocco luxury pavilions that radiate out from an ancient bassin, echoing the style of a sultan’s palace. Amanjena offers a variety of guided excursions on foot, bicycle or private car into the medina, the souk and squares, palaces, gardens and craft shops of ancient Marrakech.

Amanjena

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Dining al Fresco: Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam


By: Five Star Alliance

The Oriental at Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam offers an eclectic mix of Asian flavors,
from Chinese and Thai to Japanese and Vietnamese, including fresh sushi and sashimi,
dim sum and other Asian specialities.  Oenophiles will also enjoy an extensive wine list
featuring the best South African wines.

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam

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Cool Pools: W Taipei


By: Five Star Alliance

Anchored at one end by larger-than-life stainless steel water drop sculptures, the 25-meter by 6.5-meter 
outdoor heated WET® pool at W Taipei is great for taking a dip and  poolside beach. It is set against the
spectacular Xinyi district with sweeping city views which is a surreal spot for taking in the sun. The pool is
10 floors above and away from the hustle below. Slip back into real life via the locker rooms, located in the
serenity of the beautiful Tai Chi Garden.

W Taipei

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Did You Know? Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

The first member of the van Breda family came to the Cape in 1721 and over the years, the family became owners of large tracks of land. Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of The Cape, gave Michael van Breda a piece of land at Oudekraal in 1836 on which to build his own hunting lodge.

In 1929, Jack van Breda designed a handsome house – much after the style of Sir Herbert Baker – with two big white frontal gables and a thatched roof. It took two years to build. After changing hands several times, the hotel became part of Red Carnation Hotels in 2002. It was renamed The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and was completely renovated by 2007.

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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