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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.

Cool Pools: Willows Lodge

March 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Willows Lodge is made of timbers that are 100 years old that have come from a Portland seaport. Each lodge room comes with a fireplace, a soaking tub, and Australian lamb's wool bedding. Popular activities include the nightly wine tastings in the lobby, art walks and nature walks. The hydrotherapy pool is nestled amidst the tranquil and beautiful surroundings of a hidden courtyard adorned with Japanese maples, ferns and sedums.

Willows Lodge 

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Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger Have Designs on Hotels

March 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Raleigh South Beach
Legendary Fashion Designers Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger have joined colleagues Armani, Versace, and Missoni (among others) in the hotel business. Lagerfield has  just inked a deal to design a 270-room signature hotel in Macau. Lagerfield will be going for a 19th Century design aesthetic with a modern twist. Karl Lagerfeld isn't brand-new to the hotel-design business. He recently spruced up Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo's new pool. China is currently is quite popular with designers and designers. Bulgar is opening a new hotel in Shanghai in 2015, and Versace plans to open Palazzo Versace Macau, in 2017.

American sportswear designer Tommy Hilfiger isn't just designing The Raleigh, he has purchased it. The art deco hotel is a South Beach icon, and Hilfiger has plans to add a destination spa, fine dining outlets, and possibly a private club to the hotel. The hotel will most likely undergo interior redecoration to reflect the Hilfiger style.

Other fashionable luxury hotel spots include the Oscar de la Renta-decorated villas at Tortuga Bay, a Dior suite at The St Regis New York, a Diane Von Fursternberg suite at Claridge's, and Ralph Lauren's Round Hill Hotel and Villa's accommodations. 

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Cool Pools: Al Manshar Rotana Hotel

March 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Al Manshar Rotana Hotel's rooftop pool offers spectacular views of Kuwait City's skyline.

Al Manshar Rotana

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Did You Know? Hotel la Perouse

March 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel la PerouseI A Hotel La Perouse was given its name as a tribute to the great French navigator, Jean-Francois Galaup, Count of La Perouse (1741-1788). Louis XVI ordered La Perouse to lead a scientific mission that set sail from Brest on August 1, 1785, on two ships: the Astrolabe and the Boussole, which were filled with treasures. There were 213 men on board, including some of the era's great researchers. Their goal was to sail around the world and discover new lands and unknown civilizations.

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Cool Pools: Fregate Island Private Seychelles

March 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fregate Island Private Seychelles  has 16 Private Pool Residences for the ultimate in comfort and privacy. Beautifully crafted, these residence nestles nicely into the coastal line, naturally screened from neighbours. Private pool residences offer a luxurious terrace, large private infinity pool and jacuzzi, daybed, and dining pavilion.

Fregate Island Private Seychells

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Image of the Day: Hotel Miramar Barcelona

March 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Miramar Barcelona is an artistically restored palace on the slope of a mountain with marvellous views over Las Ramblas. This luxury hotel combines the grandeur of the 1920s with contemporary design.

Hotel Miramar Barcelona 

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Did You Know? The Merrion

March 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Merrion


One of the most recognizable features of Dublin luxury hotel The Merrion is its two landscaped period gardens. They were designed by Jim Reynolds, a noted Irish landscape artist.

The smaller of the two, known as "Lady Mornington's Garden," links The Main House to the Garden Wing. This contemporary wing completes the enclosure of the garden, so that many of the guestrooms enjoy views over the large central garden. Both gardens re-create the feel of an 18th century garden with box hedges, water features, pathways, statuary and obelisks.

In summer, the large garden becomes an extension of the drawing rooms in The Main House, with waiter service so that guests can dine al fresco.

In 2004, to celebrate the fifth successful year of operation for The Merrion, the board of directors commissioned a rose to celebrate this milestone anniversary. Working with the Amateur Rose Growers Association’s David Kenny, an Irish rose grower from Co Carlow, The Merrion Rose was planted in the extensive gardens of the hotel. A patio style rose, The Merrion Rose, growing to a height of around 75 cms, is of a deep rose pink hue with a yellow, white eye.

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The Royals Vacation at Cheval Blanc Randheli

March 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Cheval Blanc Randheli
Prince William and Kate Middleton have whisked away to a second honeymoon. The trip, which started today, is reportedly at Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives. Much like the first go-round, Baby George will be staying at home. Located n the Noonu Atoll, Island Randheli reveals an extraordinary vegetation. In this protected environment which combines ephemeral flowers and majestic trees, nature reveals rich, opulent, lush and changes with the seasons, reserving each visit a unique vegetal decoration. Guests reach the island via a 40-minute transfer in a customized Cheval Blanc seaplane.

At Cheval Blanc Randheli, Architect Jean-Michel Gathy has conceived of uniquely designed spaces skillfully combining local traditions with the finest materials to create a stunning modern and graphical structure that is in complete harmony with its pristine and natural surroundings. It has 45 loft-style tropical villas which have a large living room, adjoining powder room, double dressing rooms and bedrooms and light-flooded bathrooms. In a decor combining Maldivian inspirations and contemporary lines, the villas offer a unique residential experience. A work of art by Vincent Beaurin well-rounded, with specific villa color punctuates the sequence of volumes and inevitably catches the eye. 

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Guests can swim in their vast private villa swimming pool, sunbathe on their private white sand beach, enjoy a live-cooked dinner in the garden, or relax on a daybed on their pontoon right over the lagoon all in the intimacy of their villa. As for the rest, the Maison's Alchemist team, genuine designers of memorable experiences, is there to fulfill every guests' wish, from a diving trip for the entire family, a yoga class followed by an exclusive Spa treatment, an unforgettable discovery expedition for the little ones, or an improvised dinner on a dhoni.

So, how much will a stay at the resort set the royal couple back? Rates for a one-bedroom villa start at a cool $2100.00 per night and a five-course meal in the resort's finest restaurant is $585, without drinks. 
 

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The Gleneagles Hotel Re-Launches the Leisure Club

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Gleneagles Hotel
The Gleneagles Hotel
 
has officially relaunched The Club, which is the hotel's leisure complex. The re-launch, which took 12 months and cost  £5 million, coincides with the hotel's 90th anniversary and arrives just in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being held at the hotel.

The Club's reception area now has a viewing gallery overlooking the pool hall, and a waiting area with comfortable seating. There are dry and wet stairs so that swimmers and gym users can stay seperate. The changing facilities have been enlarged with more lockers, vanity tables, and added space for adult and toddler changing cubicles. There is a playroom  for junior members between 2 and 10 years old.The Gleneagles Hotel Leisure Pool

The former lap pool has now been transformed into a soothing adults-only zone. There is a whirlpool tub, sauna and steam room, and heated loungers. The leisure pool now features a waterfall, bubble jet crossing, and bubble pool. Undergoing a complete transformation, the old outdoor pool is now an Alpine Onsen. The outdoor pool now combines the look and feel of a hot mountain pool with the tranquillity of a highland landscape. 

The Gleneagles Hotel

The hotel has previously unveiled a series of developments including the £3 million overhaul of the Dormy Clubhouse in 2011, the installation of The Blue Bar - a new outdoor whisky and cigar bar - in the same year, and a £1 million investment in its PGA Centenary Course in 2012. In 2013, the resort invested £1million in refurbishing 36 of its 232 rooms, as part of a rolling revamp.

The Gleneagles Hotel was built in 1924 and is situated in 850 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside, just one hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel is a haven of luxury British heritage that offers a five star hotel experience. With 232 elegant rooms, including 26 suites, the hotel provides some of the finest accommodation in Scotland.

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Did You Know? Hamilton Turner Inn

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hamilton Turner InnHamilton Turner Inn was built  in 1873 for Savannah alderman Samuel Pugh Hamilton and his family. In 1883, the Hamilton mansion was the first residence in Savannah  to have electricity installed.  The entire house was fitted with electric lights by 1886, around the time Hamilton became president of the Brush Electric Light & Power Company.

Dr. Francis Turner purchased the house from the Hamilton estate in 1915 and lived there with his family until 1926. The mansion was opened for boarding and became a home for the Marine Hospital nurses in 1928. The Turner family moved back into the home in the 1940s, and the courtyard level was Turner's medical office.

The Turner family sold the house in 1965 to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The plan was to knock the building down and turn the lot into a school playground. The Historic Savannah Foundation intervened, and the mansion was spared from the wrecking ball.

Over the next 30 years, the Hamilton-Turner house changed hands several times, at one point even being converted into apartments. The Inn even appears in John Berendt’s best-selling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

In 1997, The Hamilton-Turner mansion was converted into an inn.

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