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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.

The Best Luxury Hotel Private Plunge Pools


By: K. Clare Johnson

The #1 request from Five Star Alliance is for private plunge pools. For those who aren't familiar with the concept, private plunge pools are small pools often found in villa-style luxury hotel accommodations. The pools are for the exclusive use for the guests staying in that particular type of accommodation.  Private plunge pools are popular due to, well, their privacy. Guests don't have to share the pool with loud sunbathers, splashing kids, or unruly teenagers. There's no fighting over lounge chairs, as you get your own. 

Which is why we've come up with list of the Best Luxury Hotels with Private Plunge Pools. We add new selections to the list constantly, so check back frequently. 

A few of our favorites include:

COMO Shambala Estate

COMO Shambala

Hermitage Bay

Constance Halaveli Maldives

Jumeirah Bordum Palace

Jumeirah Bodrum Palace
 

Le Guanahani Hotel

Le Guanahani

Posted in: Articles

Dining al Fresco: Palais Sheherazade and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

At Palais Sheherazade and Spa, guests will find not only a lush garden, rich with the intoxicating perfumes of jasmine and orange flowers, but also a kiosk and a winter restaurant, alongside a swimming pool bordered by century old palm trees. 

Palais Sheherazade and Spa

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Special Five Star Alliance Rate at The Wellesley


By: Five Star Alliance

Overlooking the Royal Hyde Park amidst the glamour of Knightsbridge, The Wellesley Hotel is London's most exclusive baby grand hotel. The Wellesley is located in a 1920s townhouse that has been restored with a modern take on the Art Deco style and with every modern convenience. Combining sophisticated luxury with captivating grandeur and uncompromising service, The Wellesley offers just 36 rooms and suites for the most elite, discerning traveler. 

Now, The Wellesley is offering a special rate exclusively for Five Star Alliance clients. Simply search for your desired dates using Five Star Alliance, then select the special "Five Star Alliance" rate. When you select this rate, you will receive a free breakfast with your stay.

The Wellesley

Book your special Five Star Alliance rate at The Wellesley Hotel >>

Posted in: London

New to Five Star Alliance: Bellevue Hotel Syrene


By: Five Star Alliance

Bellevue Hotel SyreneBorn as a patrician residence, then became a villa, the Bellevue Hotel Syrene  is open all year and offers a modern hospitality which has its roots in a tradition that seduced intellectuals, artists, and heads of State.

Rooms and suites perfectly represent the idea of comfort and wellness which are fundamental to the philosophy of Bellevue Syrene. Each room and suite is unique, furnished in an original way mixing old and new, contemporary designs and authentic period pieces, extreme white and sharp colurs. All rooms face the sea and the Gulf of Naples, one of the most romantic views imaginable.Bellevue Hotel Syrene

The hotel provides many common areas for relaxation and enjoyment. Relax by listening to music or reading a book in the reading room. Take a stroll in the winter garden, a splendid veranda with a view of the front boulevard. The Dalì Room is ideal for guests who love chess and other board games and maybe even enjoy a smoke while playing. If guests prefer to relax in the open air, charmed by the wonderful view of the Gulf of Naples and the sky of Sorrento, they can visit the Snack Corner for a drink or an appetizer to savor by the pool or the terrace La Pergola.

Book a stay at Bellevue Hotel Syrene >>


Dining al Fresco: Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa offers a menu of tempting world flavors in an idyllic beachfront setting. The day starts with an international breakfast buffet with live cooking stations, a la minute offerings, and spotaneous pass around treats. Return for a la carte lunch and dinner menus that pay tribute to some of the world's most celebrated cuisines, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and exceptional execution.

Anantara Phuket Layan

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Best Bathrooms: Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Inspired by ancient Sri Lankan design and Anantaras sense of indulgence,  Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort's luxury accommodation offers couple’s romance, space for families and friends, and specially adapted facilities for differently abled guests. Bathrooms feature rain showers, oval bathtubs, and signature Anantara amenities.

Anantara Tangalle

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Dining al Fresco: Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea will enjoy sipping a cocktail and dining at the water's edge. The hotel's terrace restaurant, Restaurant Olivero, brings Italian classic cuisine to life with an innovative modern menu. The light summer lunch menu offers an array of salads, pastas and grilled fish. By nightfall, dine under the stars as the moonlight dances on the water. Delight in the freshest seafood straight from the bay. A selection of fine Italian wines is available to complement your meal.

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

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Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat


By: Five Star Alliance

Celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful swimming pools, the Club Dauphin
pool was built in 1939 and immediately became a signature symbol of the
Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat. Perched above the rocky
Mediterranean coastline near Nice and Monaco, the hotel's Olympic-sized infinity
pool is filled with seawater and heated to a temperature of 28 degrees Celsius. 

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

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Hulu Hoop on the Rooftop at The Berkeley


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Berkeley

For all those who are yoga'd out, can't bear another step class, and who think Krav Maga is a type of sandwich, The Berkeley has an exercise plan for you. Introduced earlier this summer and running through the end of October, the hotel's health club and spa is offering London's first rooftop hula-hooping classes. 

The classes are lead by hula-hoop fitness experts HulaFit®. The exercise craze is a favorite among celebrities like Beyonce, Emma Stone, and Liv Tyler, and can burn up to 600 calories an hour. 

Classes are taught every Wednesday from 12-1pm. The £65 fee includes a pool side lunch, complimentary use of the pool, and a one of a kind souvenir Berkeley hula-hoop. HulaFit® targets core muscles for a great ab  and cardio workout while keeping things playful. Participants will learn a variety of hooping styles such as the basic Waist Hooping progressing to Turning & Pirouettes, The Limbo, The Vortex, Body Wraps and the Booty Bump. Following each class, guests get a dip in the pool and a well-deserved poolside lunch overlooking panoramic views of Hyde Park and bustling Knightsbridge.

£65 per person include pool side lunch, complimentary use of the pool and a one of a kind Berkeley hula-hoop, which can be taken home to continue the fun). The class can be booked through the hotel's spa. 

Book your stay at The Berkeley >>


Destination Hotels Has Welcome Credits That Are Worth the Trip


By: Five Star Alliance

Eden Rock Miami Beach


This summer, challenge yourself to explore more, do more, and live more by vacationing at a Destination Hotels property. Need a little R&R in the mountains a chance to glam it up for a weekend in the city?  Destination Hotels offers the perfect location for your next great summer getaway.  Additionally, for a limited time, book a stay and receive Welcome Credits based on the length of your stay.

Use your Welcome Credits towards dining, sipping bubbly cocktails poolside, pampering yourself at the spa, teeing up for a round or two, or settling in for a movie and snack in your luxurious guest room. Welcome Credits can be used almost anywhere on property. 

Book the Your Vacation, Our Destination promotion and receive:

2-night stay= $50 in Welcome Credits
3-night stay= $100 in Welcome Credits
4 night stay =  $200 in Welcome Credits
5 night stay =  $300 in Welcome Credits

Offer valid through September 24, 2015. Additional terms and conditions should apply, and there may be limited availability and/or blackout dates. Book early to avoid disappointment and read the rate policy carefully.