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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.

Room with a View: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the largest and most perfect volcanic crater on Earth. Long and low, the lodge is built from local river stone and camouflaged with indigenous vines. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, it is entirely invisible from the floor of the Crater 600 metres below.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

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Did You Know? Fancourt


By: Five Star Alliance

Fancourt is situated in the heart of the Garden Route, one of the most picturesque areas in the world. The 200km-long stretch along the Southern Coast of South Africa offers beautiful and diverse flora and fauna, coupled with a mild Mediterranean-like climate. Originally used only by hunters, the term "Big Five" refers to five of Africa's greatest wild animals – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.The Garden Route offers a variety of opportunities to view the Big Five in a malaria free environment. 

Fancourt

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Image of the Day: Views Boutique Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Views Boutique Hotel and Spa is designed to echo the hues and beauty of the beachfront it crowns.

Views Boutique Hotel and Spa

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Image of the Day: Taj Palace Marrakech


By: Five Star Alliance

The spectacular Royal Suite at the Taj Palace Marrakech.

Taj Palace Marrakech

Fall rates at the Taj Palace Marrakech start at $601 per night >>


Your Questions Answered: What are the best room types for a family of two adults and two children at Palais Namaskar, Marrakech?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Palais Namaskar
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs.  Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here.  Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more. 

QUESTION:  We are a party of 4, 2 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 9 and would like would like to stay at Palais Namaskar Marrakech , Morocco,  We would like the children to sleep in a separate room from  us.  What do you recommend?

ANSWER: To accommodate your family, we'd recommend the  One Bedroom Pool Suite connecting to a Superior Room, 2 Bedroom Pool Suite, Villa Namaskar, or the Pool Palace which will all sleep four comfortably.

The Pool Suites overlook a  garden terrace, while the separate living room offers another terrace featuring its own heated pool to encompass 180sqm of outdoor space and 108sqm interior. The bedroom has king size beds and the living room comes equipped with a  fireplace.

Villa Namaskar is 487sqm large with 1200sqm of private gardens including a pond and a large heated pool. An inviting 108sqm interior with a separate living room and fireplace adjoins a 180sqm exterior living space. 

The Pool Palace is located in front of the main swimming pool and only a few steps from Le Namaskar Restaurant. The Pool Palace can be booked with 2 or 3 bedrooms, totalizing 210sqm indoor area.

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.   

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New to Five Star Alliance: Diamonds Star of the East


By: K. Clare Johnson

Diamonds Star of the East fis a private sanctuary of 11 exclusive villas with their own plunge pools and a tastefully furnished terrace just 5 minutes from Tanzania's Nungwi beaches.

Diamonds Star of the East

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Image of the Day: Djibouti Palace Kempinski


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


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


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


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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