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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Residenz Heinz Winkler

By: Five Star Alliance

Residenz Heinz Winkler was created from a late medieval building and has been rebuilt it into a modern yet tradition-conscious Residenz. There are 32 rooms and suites with balconies, terraces, or access to the garden. There is also a Laconium with sauna, tepidarium, and indoor pool. But is is the famous Venetian Gourmet Restaurant that is the heart and the soul of the Residenz Heinz Winkler. The elegant interior and the Italian ambiance is the perfect setting for unforgettable hours of culinary enjoyment and pleasure. In his starred cuisine Vitale Heinz Winkler creates classic menus and offers surprising creations to inspire his guests.

Residenz Heinz Winkler

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Cool Pool: The Siam Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Take a dip in The Siam Hotel's 22m x 3.5m infinity pool overlooking the Chao Phraya, River of Kings
to complement your spa, gym and wellness experiences or to simply refresh after a day out sightseeing and shopping.

The Siam Hotel

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Cool Pools: Al Bustan Rotana Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Al Bustan Rotana Dubai offers guests a chance to cool off and relax in its
temperature controlled outdoor swimming pool. For younger guests, there is a kids pool. 

Al Bustan Rotana

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Cool Pools: Le Meridien Tampa

By: Five Star Alliance

The outdoor pool at Le Meridien Tampa offers a relaxing environment to unwind after a day of traveling
or exploring the attractions, galleries and restaurants in Tampa. Relax in a lounge chair by the pool and soak
up the warm Florida sun before cooling off in the crystal clear blue pool water. The pool is located behind the
hotel on the ground level. Guests may access the pool by taking the hotel service elevator to Level One.

Le Meridien Tampa

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New to Five Star Alliance: Suiran

By: Five Star Alliance

Set along a river in the countryside, Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto is ideally poised in western Kyoto's scenic Ukyo-ku. The residential hotel occupies part of the grounds of Tenryuji Temple, a World Heritage site. Suiran features 39 luxuriously-appointed guestrooms, inspired by traditional ryokan-style accommodations, ranging from 500 to 1,000 square feet. Suiran offers two private treatment rooms equipped with a Japanese-style open-air bath as well as the option for in-room treatments. Guests can enjoy traditional Japanese-style treatments, including SEIRAN, a body massage with tea seed oil, scrub with green tea and facial treatment with jade stones and collagen mask. Suiran has preserved elements of its esteemed past, including two original structures, Enmei-kaku, which was built in 1899, and Hasshoken, constructed in 1910, which have undergone extensive restoration and now house the hotel's restaurant, Kyo Suiran, and cafe, Saryo Hassui. 


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Dining al Fresco: Weekapaug Inn

By: Five Star Alliance

A generous breakfast in The Restaurant is a treasured ritual at the Weekapaug Inn, but you don’t even have to leave your room on lazy mornings; you can also order in from their selection of continental breakfast items. 

Weekapaug Inn

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Cool Pools: The Westin Hilton Head

By: Five Star Alliance

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa offers three unique outdoor pools. The main resort pool is the largest swimming pool and is certainly one of the most popular. This fun-shaped pool has a designated lap lane for those looking to practice their form and endurance. Located next to Splash Beach Bar & Grill, enjoying a refreshing tropical drink is just steps away.... or enjoy poolside service from one of the friendly servers.

Westin Hilton Head Resort and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: Casa Colombo

By: Five Star Alliance

Casa Colombo is prepared to take you on an enchanting culinary adventure, with options ranging from the four fabulous eateries that highlight exceptional cuisines. Located on the lawn, facing the front façade of the mansion, T-Republic takes its inspiration from its airy outdoor location.


Casa Colombo

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Cool Pools: Pikaia Lodge

By: Five Star Alliance

The pool at Pikaia Lodge is on the top plateau of the crater and is centered amongst the exteriors of the main building. The infinity pool merges with the horizon with the back drop of the endless ocean and the pristine savanna – a mesmerizing sight. With its surrounding decks plastered with peruvian travertine marble and furnished with comfortable beach chairs, the pool is strategically placed to receive the sun, shadow free the entire day to maintain a pleasant water temperature. Guests can take a refreshing dip or do some laps for exercise. There is a covered terrace next to the pool where guests can enjoy meals and drinks without having to change.

At the eastern end, on the very edge of the main crater there is a covered gazebo with two sofas for napping, reading or quiet contemplation. At night the pool and decks are softly illuminated, creating a tranquil ambiance.

Pikaia Lodge

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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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