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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.

Image of the Day: Djibouti Palace Kempinski

June 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Djibouti Palace Kempinski stands majestically at a prime beachfront location between the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Djibouti Palace Kempinski

 

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Lion's Play at The Westcliff Hotel

June 10, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Westcliff Hotel


If you long to play with a lion club but hate being mauled, The Westcliff Hotel has just the adventure for you.  The South African hotel, in conjunction with Suncross Tours, offers guests the opportunity to walk with lions and play with lion clubs. The tour can be combined with a morning of horseback riding in De Sweeded Spruit Valley nature preserve. 

On the horseback riding safari, guests are likely to spot giraffes, zebras, blue wildebeests, elands, waterbucks, warthogs,  and other exotic animals.  

Westcliff Hotel

Then there's a home-cooked lunch, before a brief talk about lions. Then guest take the lions on a nature walk (after learning how to behave around them), and after the walk is finished, guests will have to opportunity to feed and play with the adorable lion cubs.

The cubs are kept at the nature reserve for the first few years of their lives. They become very domesticated because of their constant contact with humans. After they leave the reserve the undergo a phased release into the wild. Their offspring will be totally wild and fully capable of surviving on their own.  The wildlife sanctuary only sells lions to ethical wild reserves in Southern Africa. 

To book the lion adventure, contact the hotel directly after you have made your reservations.
 

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Image of the Day: Singita Sasakwa Lodge

March 2, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Singita Sasakwa Lodge is built in the style of an Edwardian manor house. Singita Grumeti Reservers is located in Northern Tanzania and forms part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, bordering on the Serengeti National Park. 

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The Debut of the St. Regis Mauritius Resort

February 21, 2013
By: Meagan Drillinger

Five Star Alliance's sister publication,Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the new St. Regis in Mauritius. Read more here:

Africa has rolled out the red carpet for St. Regis with the debut of the St. Regis Mauritius Resort, making this the 30th St. Regis hotel in the world.

We hear the resort, which sits on the southwestern tip of Mauritius, has both natural beach and Le Morne Brabant Mountain views. There are 172 guest rooms and suites, ranging from 700 to 2,300 square feet, all with terraces and Indian Ocean views.

A-listers and glitterati alike will flip over the St. Regis Villa, which has its own private entrance, four bedrooms with private pools and gardens, entertainment and dining areas, an infinity pool, a bar and a private spa treatment room.

Signature restaurant Simply India serves up fine dining experiences overseen by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar. Six other distinct dining experiences range from Le Manoir Dining Room, serving French and Mauritian cuisine, to Floating Market, a modern Asian dining experience, and The Boathouse Bar & Grill for casual oceanfront dining. The 1904 Bar serves rum cocktails and vintage whiskeys.

A 22,730-square-foot Iridium Spa beckons travelers to take part in the full-service salon, relaxation lounge, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms. Nice Touch: The 12 treatment rooms have ocean views.

 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve

December 29, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 
Here are a few fun facts about Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve:

-Bushmans Kloof has been consistently lauded for its outstanding dedication to the preservation of the 7500 hectare reserve. It is a sanctuary for many species of endangered flora and fauna.

-The organic garden provides the kitchens with fresh, robust produce.

-The award-winning state-of-the-art spa offers unique facilities such as the Crystal Steam Room and Riverside Gazebo.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention The Table Bay at The Waterfront

December 28, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels.

 

Here are a few fun facts about The Table Bay at The Waterfront

-The Table Bay at The Waterfront is found between Robben Island and Table Mountain right off the beautiful Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town.

-This hotel features 311 rooms (18 are superior suites) all with spectacular views of both Table Mountain and the harbour or the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island.

 

-Enjoy the spa facility, fine dining, fitness center, and their outdoor pool on site or discover adventure off site like biking, boating, gambling, fishing-ocean, golfing, sailing, jet skiing, shopping, water skiing, windsurfing. The concierge will be of assistance to make these exciting new plans for you.

 

-At this hotel you get a combination of everything from going down to the beach for a relaxing day or the mountains for some adventure, and you can also enjoy the city for some shopping or culture (all are just a short drive away).

 

 

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Hotel La Mamounia

December 27, 2012
By: Shannon Sullivan

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Here a few fun facts about Hotel La Mamounia:

-Following a three-year, $176 million makeover, the hotel has been reborn, more beautiful, more sumptuous, and more magical than ever before.

-The gardens at La Mamounia were an 18th Century wedding gift to Morocco's Prince Moulay Mamoun from his father, King Mohammed Ben Abdellah.

-The 27,000-square-foot spa houses an underground network of pools, hammans, and treatment rooms.

 

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The Top 30 Luxury Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Amanjena

December 23, 2012
By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Here are a few fun facts about Amanjena:

-Amanjena's 18 rose-toned Pavilions, six Pavilions Bassin, eight Pavilions Piscine, six two-story Maisons and the two-bedroom Al-Hamra Maison all radiate from the ancient bassin (irrigation pool) which lies at the heart of the property.

-Amanjena (peaceful paradise) is the first Aman resort on the African continent and is located just outside the ancient city of Marrakech.

-The Restaurant is open for dinner and specialises in authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine.

 

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Conrad Hotels Celebrates 25 Years: Get a Free Night in Chicago, Miami, Brussels and More

March 7, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Conrad ChicagoConrad Hotels & Resorts-- described as "the most global contemporary luxury brand of the Hilton Family"-- has been around for a quarter century. To celebrate this milestone, Conrad is giving you a night on the house. Available for stays booked between March 1 and June 12, 2011 and completed by June 30, 2011, this offer is available at choice locations around the globe-- from Bali to Brussels, Singapore to San Juan. A minimum night stay requirement applies and varies by each individual hotel. For example, stay three nights at Conrad Chicago, a prime Windy City address, and get your fourth night for free. (Rates from $195.) Soak up the sun in Miami and get your fourth night free- with rates starting from $299. Check out the art, culture and design in the European Capital and get a third night free at Conrad Brussels- with rates starting from €199 per night. Offer is subject to availability and black-out dates may apply.


Uganda is the New ‘It’ Tourist Destination

February 9, 2011
By: Daniel L. Moses

The Serena Kampala“The person who has not traveled widely thinks his or her mother is the best cook.” -Ugandan Traditional Proverb

Having been to The Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda, and eaten some of the most delicious East African cuisine, I can tell you that while my Mom was an excellent cook (Hi, Mom!), she has nothing on a master chef. In Uganda, there aren’t many master chefs, in fact most of the restaurants are locally-owned establishments where Mom actually is cooking, but The Serena Hotel is a bit different. Beneath The Serena’s rose-colored towers high above downtown Kampala lies a restaurant that indulges all 5 senses, and maybe the 6th sense too. The sense of wonder!

The flagship restaurant, The Pearl of Africa, is stunning! And the views over the terraced lawn and pools are immaculate. In fact with the cascades of a 7 meter waterfall flowing into the largest pool complex in all of Uganda, The Serena Hotel in Kampala even outdoes itself. Why itself, you ask? Well The Serena was already the finest establishment around, but just last year completed renovations to make it a premier destination in not just Africa, but the entire world.

Given the abundance of activities in Uganda (and shhhh! the prices are much lower than in other parts of Africa), including incredible big game safaris, gorilla trekking, the white sand beaches of Lake Victoria, and amazing freshwater sport fishing, I can’t understand why more travelers aren’t flocking to this burgeoning tourist mecca. The reason: It’s still not quite discovered, so you can be among the first to go and enjoy everything Uganda has to offer. When you do, stay at The Serena Hotel in Kampala, and let them take care of the rest.