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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Le Meridien Tampa


By: Five Star Alliance

Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Meridien Tampa . The hotel's 130 exquisite guest rooms and suites blend historic feaures with inviting comforts and state-of-the-art technology to ensure memorable experiences. Wood window trim and beautiful doors evoke the rooms’ past as judges' chambers. Contemporary facilities include a business center and a 24-hour fitness centre. Bizou Brasserie serves signature French comfort food, and Longitude Bar encourages mingling. Courtrooms have been re-purposed as elegant meeting rooms.

Le Meridien Tampa 

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Explore Italy in Style at The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma


By: Five Star Alliance

The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma
Against the splendid backdrop of Rome, there is The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma. At the very heart of the city, this 5-star luxury hotel is just a short walk from the Piazza del Popolo, Via del Corso, and Piazza di Spagna. It is the ideal base for exploring the beautiful Capital while enjoying top-notch accommodations: a truly one of a kind experience.

A thoughtful restoration has turned this 19th century nobleman’s palace into an elegant and refined hotel; the noble lines - that look of aristocratic home - have been preserved, yet at the same time it is welcoming and comfortable. This is the central feature of this art hotel: being aesthetically luxurious while at the same time giving you the delightful sensation of feeling completely at home.

There are impressive pieces of artwork and designer furnishings throughout the common areas and suites: with its permanent and temporary exhibits, each room becomes a small private gallery, yours for a few days.

Now Guests can Book an Italy in Style Offer:

Book a minimum of 3 nights and receive complimentary buffet breakfast, free wifi, and 3 hours private tour to incredible Borghese Gallery and gardens. Entrance tickets for two are included, transfer excluded.

The original sculptures and paintings in the Borghese Gallery date back to Cardinal Scipione's collection, the son of Ortensia Borghese - Paolo V's sister - and of Francesco Caffarelli, though subsequent events over the next three centuries entailing both losses and acquisition have left their mark.

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel's policies.

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Did You Know? Hotel Elephant


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Elephant
 With history dating back to the early 16th century, Hotel Elephant hotel has served as a rendezvous for international poets, artists, intellectuals, and statesmen ranging from Goethe to Schiller to Bach. Goethe was known to sip wine in the basement, and there is a secret tunnel dating back to World War II. 

Works of contemporary artists such as Elvira Bach, Markus Lupertz, and Hans Peter Adamski decorate the walls of guest rooms and suites.

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Westin Hilton Head


By: Five Star Alliance

Whether it's on one of the three Port Royal championship golf courses, the award-winning tennis courts, planning the perfect wedding, or simply watching the day go by from a lounge chair by one of the pools-The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa offers endless ways to renew. With its trademark striped lighthouse, world-class golfing, top-ranked tennis facilities, and magical marinas—it's no wonder why Hilton Head Island is the ideal place to retreat and reinvigorate. Practically any water sport imaginable is available, along with great outlet and boutique shopping and award-winning restaurants—for countless ways to plan your getaway.

The Westin Hilton Head

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Cool Pools: Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum


By: Five Star Alliance

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum offers an indoor aqua therapy pool (WATSU Pool), plus specially designed treatment zones offering uniquely designed spa programs that combine various therapies and spa treatments with fitness and well-being, ensuring a memorable experience that balances the body and mind.

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay BodrumKempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum

The indoor pool's unique programs are under the aegis of Consultant Practitioner Deniz Susever. Deniz Susever began her journey in 1997, with alternative therapies, and the healing energies of Reiki. After being introduced to yoga as a guest she decided to go to Rishikesh and became a Yoga Instructor, and created Underwater Yoga. Deniz had excellent training in India for Watsu (Water-Shiatsu), Tantsu (Watsu on land),Water dance (WATA), AquaReflexo, Integrative Massage, Ai Chi and Hypno Therapy (California Hypnosis Institute of India). The last eight years she has been a Vipassana Meditator. Deniz makes recommendations for you to choose the most suitable combination of therapies, such as Water Therapies, Reiki, Klang Massage, EFT, Hypno Therapy,or Meditation to activate your self-healing process.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

At the Southernmost point of South America, located in the mythical Tierra del Fuego and washed by the waters of the Beagle Channel, stands the city of Ushuaia. A destination to visit, enjoy, and explore. With a standards-based sustainable architectural design, Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa extends along a spectacular natural balcony situated 800 feet above sea level, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces, and green areas harmoniously integrated into the environment.

Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa

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Did You Know? Trump Turnberry Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Trump Turnberry
The first official record of golf at Trump Turnberry Resort is a letter dated 30th July 1892 from William Murray, a banker in Girvan, to Thomas Smith, the Lord Ailsas factor. The letter was "a proposal to form a golf club for Girvan, Maybole and Kirkoswald on suitable links which could be got at Turnberry."

A public meeting of interest was called by Mr. Murray on Saturday 27th August 1892 to discuss the possibility of forming a Golf Club at Turnberry.

The 6th July 1901 saw the opening of the first course at Turnberry. The links course was an immediate success. Designed by the great Willie Fernie, it was the longest in the west of Scotland, with a total distance of 6248 yards.Turnberry Resort

On Saturday 30th August 1902, a formal ceremony marked Turnberry Golf Club's inaugural gathering, followed by a match between two teams headed by the Club Captain and Vice Captain.

Today, the resort is home to the iconic Ailsa, an Open Championship course four times over, Watson, Norman, and Price have all won the famous Claret Jug here at Turnberry. And, in 2009, Stewart Cink added his name to that exclusive list following his play-off triumph over Tom Watson at the 138th Open - or better known as the British Open to American duffers.

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La Savina at Mondrian South Beach is Now Open


By: Five Star Alliance

La Savina
The culinary wait is over. La Savina at Mondrian South Beach is open! The new 140-seat restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the island of Formentera, Spain. The new restaurant features an award-winning culinary team led by Morgans Corporate Executive Chef Tien Ho (Momofuku, Best New Chef Food & Wine). Eliciting the spirit of these magical islands, La Savina offers a simple mix of fresh crudos, grilled meats and fish, artisanal charcuteries and the best seasonal vegetables in South Florida, served alongside Mondrian's unmatched views of Biscayne Bay.

Morgans Hotel Group's Design Team were inspired by the style and relaxed interiors of Formentera beach homes. The indoor, outdoor restaurant boosts a garden overlooking Biscayne Bay with multiple seating options filled with oversized planters, rattan lampshades, Beachwood tabletops, and intimate lantern lighting. The interior dining room brings the Beachwood and bohemian energy inside with concrete colored walls and reclaimed wood throughout the space.

Signature crudo offerings include Hamachi with Serrano chili, crispy shallot and lime; Tuna with romesco and cilantro; Scallop with yuzu, jicama and sorrel; and Crab Salad with espelette, grapefruit and Spanish olive oil. La Savina's beverage menu features a broad selection of Mediterranean wines and cocktails. The comprehensive beer list features American microbrews from local New York breweries and European craft brews. In addition, La Savina's red and white table wine is available by the glass or carafe. 

Located just off the entrance of La Savina is Cafe Savina. Open for breakfast, lunch and cocktails, Cafe Savina is a market-driven Mediterranean-inspired cafe and wine bar. As the sun sets, Cafe Savina transforms into a tapas bar similar to those of Barcelona. 

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Top Ten Things to Do During a Stay at Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay


By: Five Star Alliance

Sydney Marriott Harbor 
The Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay is perfectly situated overlooking the gorgeous Sydney Harbour and national landmark, the Sydney Opera House. There are endless things to do in the city, but we narrowed it down to ten favorites

Top 10 Things to Do During Your Stay

1- Shop Castlereagh St. or Pitt St. Mall - just steps from the 5-star hotel on Pitt Street in Sydney

2- Visit the cobblestone streets of The Rocks & enjoy historic lanes lined with galleries, shops, and pubs

3- Take in a play, opera, or other cultural event at the Opera House

4- Explore your adventurous side with the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb  

5- Soak in the sun at world-famous Bondi Beach, or at Manly Beach or Bronte Beach

6- Learn about Australian history with a visit to the Australian Museum, the oldest museum in the country. 

7- Indulge your inner munchkin at The Wizard of Oz Funland 

8- Tee off at St. Michael's Golf Club, Northbridge Golf Club, Cammeray Golf Club, Moore Park Golf, or Bonnie Doon Golf Club

9- Get your motor running at Eastern Creek International Raceway and Motor World Museum Gallery 

10- Visit the wildlife at Taronga Zoo, the nation's leading zoological garden, featuring Australia's finest collection of native animals.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa features a total of 101 guest rooms and suites, including 30 Tokoriki Retreats with private plunge pools, 14 Beachfront Rooms which interconnect to 14 Ocean Breeze Rooms, 18 Ocean View rooms, 16 Family Suites, and 19 Island Breeze rooms.

Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa

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