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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 Caledonian and Edinburgh Castle


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Caledonian
The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
, known locally as the "Caley", is one of Edinburgh's most significant landmarks. The historic hotel is located at the west end of Prince street, and it is perfect spot to explore nearby Edinburgh Castle.

Erected in the first century AD on an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle was Scotland’s principal royal house in the Middle Ages. Built around the castle, Edinburgh’s Old Town is a maze of medieval buildings, while splendid Georgian terraces grace the city’s New Town. 

 

Some notable facts about Edinburgh Castle:

-The castle has sheltered many Scottish monarchs. They include Queen Margaret (later St Margaret), who died there in 1093, and Mary Queen of Scots, who gave birth to James VI in the Royal Palace in 1566.

-Scotland's oldest poetry tells of a war band feasting here for a year before riding to their deaths in battle.

-The castle is Scotland's leading tourist attraction, and a key element of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

-The Great Hall’s hammerbeam roof ws where  Scotland’s great and good were expected to honour their king.
It was completed in 1511 for James IV, but he had little time to enjoy it, as he was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, fighting the forces of King Henry VIII of England.

-The Stone of Destiny, was shere Kings of Scotland were enthroned for centuries. But in 1296, the English King Edward I took the Stone from Scone near Perth and had it built into his throne. In 1996, the Stone was returned to Scotland. 

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Missoni Hotel Edinburgh Perfect for Business Travel


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Missoni Hotel Edinburgh in the UK has a few extra amenities thrown in that make travel for business a breeze. Rates at the Missoni include the following:

Complimentary healthy minibar

Two items of laundry

Premium movies

Newspaper

Local calls

Free high-speed internet access

iPod connection

In-room coffee machines

These little additions certainly go a long way, so next time you need to be in Edinburgh, consider staying at the Missoni where your coffee will be brewing, internet is at hand, and your suit is clean and pressed for the busy day ahead.

Please read the rate details carefully since added amenities change frequently.


Image of the Day: Gleneagles Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

 Edinburgh's stunning Gleneagles Hotel will have you saying "Gosford Park who?"

 

 

Posted in: Edinburgh, Hot Spots

Missoni Fashion and Décor at the Four Seasons Maui


By: Oksana Balytsky

The 22 Knots Boutique in the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea recently partnered with Missoni to offer its full line of Italian décor as well as apparel to the beautiful city of Maui. Lee Ann Sauter, the CEO and Founder of Seaside Luxe states that “the Missoni collection is one we know our customer won’t want to leave the island without.” Two Missoni-inspired Cabanas have been added to the Serenity Pool, providing favorite beach accessories, pillows, blankets, and furnishings. 22 Knots Boutique will have Missoni’s latest collection of swimsuits, skirts, shorts, and accessories perfect for fashionable travelers.

Aside from incredible fashion options at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, Missoni also has two luxurious, 5-star resorts in the United Kingdom and Kuwait. Both of these resorts embrace the Missoni Way of making the world more beautiful and comfortable. The rooms and suites at the Missoni Hotel Edinburgh have a dynamic color scheme, unique patterns, and elegantly apply signature Missoni design notes. All of the rooms and suites at the Hotel Missoni Kuwait have stunning views overlooking the Arabian Gulf Road. The Missoni properties, style, and décor embrace elegance and warmth, and we encourage you to experience what these properties have to offer!