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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.

Cool Pools: Cinnamon Grand Colombo


By: Five Star Alliance

The ground floor pool at Cinnamon Grand Colombo is possibly the largest outdoor pool in the city. Naturally heated by the warm rays of the sun, it overlooks four of the hotel's signature restaurants - Breeze Bar, Taprobane, Tao, and The Lagoon - but also provides the privacy to soak up the sun or take a refreshing dip. 

 

 

Cinnamon Grand Colombo

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Cool Pools: Serene Pavilions


By: Five Star Alliance

The swimming pool of Serene Pavilions is a focal point for the hotel, but a discreet and stunning one. Set between the Clubhouse and the gardens within the pristine and lush gardens, it is stylishly designed with clean lines and acute angles.

Serene Pavilions

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Cool Pools: 137 Pillars House


By: Five Star Alliance

137 Pillars House boasts a shimmering 25 x 5.5-meter outdoor pool. Refreshments are available by the poolside together with a choice of any menu items from the hotel's  restaurants. Homemade sorbet, cool mineral water, and cold towels are served by an attentive staff to help take the edge off the northern Thailand’s steamy hot season.

137 Pillars House

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Enjoy Lake Como Luxury at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in Italy. Set in the splendid surroundings of Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. Lake Como, part of the northern Italian Lakes District,  is Italy's deepest and most popular lake. It is surrounded by mountains and is known for it's world renowned romantic atmosphere. It is conveniently located between Milan and the border of Switzerland.

For the past 100 years or more, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake: sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. Owing to its delightful setting, Bellagio, an oasis of peace on the shores of the lake, has been a holiday destination for centuries and it was here that, in around 1850, construction work started on a luxurious holiday villa on the banks of the lake for an aristocratic family from Milan.Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni offers a plethora of amenities and activities designed to take full advantage of its spectacular location. 

Activities include:

Take a boat ride from the hotel's private dock.

Stroll in the historic gardens. 

Mountain bike on the Bellagio promontory

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

 

Enjoy a massage in the spa

Listen to live music in the lounge

Lounge on the beach

Sup on a meal prepared by a Michelin starred chef

 
Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniTake a dip in the swimming pool overlooking the lake

Play a match on the tennis courts

Work up a sweat in the gym

Take a hike in the mountains

Mingle with the hotel's famous guests

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Best Bathrooms: Southern Ocean Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

The open bathroom at Southern Ocean Lodge commands views to the horizon, and boasts a hand sculptured granite bath, heated limestone floors and deluxe rain shower.

Southern Oceand Lodge
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Cool Pools: Rawi Warin Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Extending directly from the beach up to the hillside overlooking Klong Tob Bay,
accommodations at Rawi Warin Resort and Spa's secluded Koh Lanta resort range from deluxe rooms
with magnificent sea views to immense luxury villas with private swimming pools.

Rawi Warin Resort and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: Belle Mont Farm


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Guests at Belle Mont Farm enjoy an authentic West Indies culinary experience with locally foraged ingredients. By working closely with nearby farmers and expert foragers, the resort is able to bring the best of farm-to-table dining to the Caribbean.

Belle Mont Farm

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New to Five Star Alliance: Fairmont Mara Safari Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Mara Safari Club lies in the north west of the Masai Mara, at the foot of the Aitong Hills. The luxury Masai Mara accommodations at Fairmont Mara Safari Club offer a traditional safari experience with the comfort and amenities of a luxury resort hotel. The well-appointed Mara Safari Club is set by the Mara River at the foot of the Aitong Hills in the Ol-Choro Oiroua Conservation Area that borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve. All the 51 luxury tents have their own private viewing deck from where hippo and crocodile are regularly seen. Each room has four-poster beds with pillow-top mattresses and fine linens, 3-piece en-suite facilities with solar-heated hot and cold running water, a refreshment center. in-room safe, and wireless telephone that allows you to set up dining on your deck or ensures no request is left unfulfilled.

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

The main lodge houses a warm reception area, retail shop, library equipped with Internet access, a beautifully decorated lounge area, and a lovely dining room. A large deck is cantilevered over the river so guests can watch the hippos play or gaze up at the stars after a day of wonder is unmatched. Dining at The Mara Safari Club is a safari in itself, made from the abundance of fresh Kenyan produce. At the Club, the pool, al fresco buffet lunches, and nightly activities of Maasai dancing, presentations, and discussion on the Mara's ecosystem and Maasai culture, all add up to create a truly unique experience.

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Cool Pools: Kandolhu Island


By: Five Star Alliance

Facing the sunset, the Ocean Pool Villas offer the best experience at Kandolhu Island. Each lavish water villa in Maldives is reached by its own private walkway and includes an oversized bedroom with king bed, day bed and walk-in wardrobe.

Kandolhu Island

The bathroom of these luxury pool villas in Maldives is open and airy with shower, twin vanity and a bathtub, and features a sliding door which opens up to the outdoor deck. This expansive and completely private deck includes sunloungers, sun umbrella and a plunge pool and infinite views of the Indian Ocean. The Ocean Pool Villas can accommodate maximum 3 adults.

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