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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.

Where to Visit During Your Stay at NJV Plaza Athens


By: Five Star Alliance

NJV Athens Plaza


NJV Athens Plaza is considered one of the best and most luxurious hotels in Athens. Its ideal location, supreme customer service, and subtle opulence are its three distinctive characteristics. With 159 guestrooms, 23 suites, a trendy restaurant, bars, lounges, a fully equipped conference center, and high quality services, amenities, and standards, NJV Athens Plaza is the ideal choice for a short or a long-term stay. 

Guests of NJV Athens Plaza will find themselves within striking distance of numerous Athenian cultural and historical sites.

Here's just a few places to put on your itenirary:

 

The Acropolis: The Acropolis, and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilisation. The Parthenon was dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the patron goddess of the city of Athens and goddess of wisdom. It was built under the instructions of Pericles, the political leader of Athens in the 5th century BC. The Parthenon was constructed between 447 and 438 BC and its sculptural decoration was completed in 432 BC. In 1987 it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site (UNESCO, 1987). 

The Temple of Olympian Zeus: The massive temple of Zeus, the most important building in the Altis, standing in its very centre, is the largest temple in the Peloponnese, considered by many to be the perfect example of Doric architecture. 

The National Gardens: This 38 acres public park is located behind the Greek Parliament building.  The Garden is home to ancient ruins, columns, mosaics, and busts of historically important Greeks such as Dionysis. 

The National Archeological Museum of Athens: This is largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. It was founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece.

Megaron Mousikis (Athens Concert Hall): This cultural center is is just 2 metro stops from NJV Athens Plaza. Famous artists and renowned orchestras have performed in its amazing state-of-the-art halls, while numerous dance and theater performances have attracted thousands of visitors. Megaron Plus is located right next to the Athens Concert Hall and regularly hosts numerous lectures, workshops and conferences. 

Lycabettus Hill: The hill offers a panaromic view of the city and can be  reached by a funicular railway that departs from Kolonaki. 

Athens' Historical District: The picturesque paved streets, the lovely taverns with the delicious traditional cuisine dishes, the cozy bars, the galleries, the cultural centers, the museums, the old churches, and the ancient monuments bedazzle the eye of the beholder. Especially during the winter, the heart of the Athenian night life beats in Psyrri, Thiseio, Kerameikos, Gazi and Monastiraki, where visitors will find numerous big and smaller bars and clubs. 

 

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Image of the Day: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Unparalleled in design, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay rises 68 stories on a 12-acre private island, accessed by causeway, boat, or water taxi. 

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

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Cool Pools: Indura Beach and Golf Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

A focal point and central gathering spot within Indura Beach and Golf Resort; the pool is temperature controlled and
was designed to feature three uniquely appealing swim areas.

Indura Beach Golf Resort and Spa

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Image of the day: Fairmont Jakarta


By: Five Star Alliance

A Fairmont Room at Fairmont Jakarta features 49 square meters of tranquil space, showcasing a stunning view of either
the Jakarta skyline or the greenery of the Senayan National Golf Club.

Fairmont Jakarta

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Dining al Fresco: Thompson Miami Beach


By: Five Star Alliance

The pool at Thompson Miami Beach has been called "possibly the most beautiful swimming pool in the world." It was originally
built in the 1920's as a place for movie stars like Esther Williams and Jonny Weissmuller to get some R&R.

Thompson Miami Beach

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New to Five Star Alliance: Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel has 22 rooms that provide cozy and refined comfort. Each room has either a private terrace or private garden. The rooms have been decorated by the interior designer Sybille de Margerie, immersing you in the colorful and fanciful world of the Mediterranean.

Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel

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Image of the day: AlpenRoyal Grand Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Rooms at AlpenRoyal Grand Hotel have a splendid view over the Grand Park of the hotel and of the Dolomites. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Loews Chicago Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Loews Chicago Hotel has spectacular city skyline and lake views from the 400 guestrooms (including 25 suites) and meeting spaces both indoors and out. 

Loews Chicago Hotel

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Cool Pools: Halekulani


By: Five Star Alliance

A heated 46-by-82 foot fresh water pool overlooking Waikiki Beach has become one of Halekulani's most talked-about
landmarks. On the bottom of the pool is a stunning mosaic of a Cattleya orchid, comprised of 1.2 million pieces of imported
South African glass tiles.

Halekulani

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New Features and Amenities at D-Hotel Maris


By: Five Star Alliance

D-Hotel Maris

Set high up on the hillside, D-Hotel Maris offers spectacular and breath-taking views of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, small islands, five natural private beaches, luscious pine forests, and volcanic mountain ranges. For yachting lovers staying at the hotel, D-Hotel Maris has a 100 foot custom made sailing yacht and Sunseeker Portofino 48 available to guests for private charter to sail around the stunning nearby coastline. 

The resort has 200 luxurious and elegantly appointed rooms, all with exceptional mountain or sea views and most Deluxe rooms feature a bathtub on the balcony. D-Hotel Maris

In addition to the five on site restaurants and one breakfast restaurant, there are six cocktail or wine bars to choose from where guests will enjoy DJ performances and live music. The exclusive bay offers the best water sport facilities in the area with water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, sailing, an international sailing school, and certified dive center. The sporting facilities include a tennis school with 3 courts, guided kayak and mountain bike tours, beach volleyball, mini-football, basketball, and the D-Gym fitness center.

For the 2015 summer season, D-Hotel Maris had added the following services and amenities: 


- The award-winning international Japanese restaurant Zuma is joined this year by the Michelin starred Il Riccio, heralding from the famed sister hotel; the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.

- Tennis School by the world famous Wimbledon Champion Goran Ivanisevic is now available for hotel guests.

- Bodyism, the A-list fitness programme, launched the first European Clean & Lean residency at D-Hotel Maris. It runs until the end of September 2015.

- In addition to the 100 foot wooden sailing yacht, D-Hotel Maris has added a custom-made motor and a sailing yacht armada.

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