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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 Intendance Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Seychelles

August 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Seychelles has five Intendance Pool Villas. From the spacious terrace of guests enjoy a stunning bird's eye view of the Indian Ocean, Intendance Bay, and the lush tropical mountain greenery surrounding Banyan Tree Seychelles. Featuring a private jet pool and swimming pool, a set of walkways and stairs connects the villa, living pavilion, and pool with a separate sundeck and jet pool – set at different levels into the hill in between imposing granite rocks. Breathtaking views are the trademark of the lofty Intendance Pool Villa, which has been inspired by the exotic charm and elegance of local colonial architecture. For spa aficionados one Intendance Pool Villa on top of the mountain also features an additional massage pavilion.

Banyan Tree Seychelles

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Image of the Day: Dhevatara Beach Hotel

August 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Dhevatara Beach Hotel is located on the island of Praslin, one of the 115 granitic islands in The Seychelles archipelago and the second largest island in the country, Praslin is home to the Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a haven for the endemic Seychelles Black parrot as well as a multitude of exotic beaches such as Anse Lazio and Cote D’or.

Dhevatara Beach Hotel

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Image of the Day: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

August 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has 67 villas and suites, which all feature expansive outdoor spaces that open up to a lush tropical oasis, where coconut, mango, jackfruit and cinnamon trees kiss the air with a heady fragrance. Oh, they also have an amazing view of Indian Ocean.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

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Posted in: Mahe Island

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Resort in the Seychelles for a Family of Four?

June 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Fisherman's Cover
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay in Seychelles. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove

Founded in 1943, historic Fisherman's Cove is the Seychelles’' first and most legendary hotel. Over the decades, the resort has gained a reputation for relaxed, understated luxury and friendly, personalized service, providing guests with a peaceful hideaway. Seabirds skim the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, schools of fish flurry just below the surface, and the clear sunlight illuminates the rippling crystal waves. Welcome to the Seychelles, home of the amusingly shaped lovenut, the largest seabird colony in the world, and over one thousand species of fish. Nestled in the heart of paradise on the southern tip of Beau Vallon, Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove features sweeping thatched roofs and local granite. The open-air lobby, which affords breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, stands above a stylish bar and library.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Deluxe Room Ocean View connected to Deluxe Room Ocean View

The Spacious Deluxe rooms, which are 45 square meters, rest amongst verdant tropical fauna with a private garden terrace with beachfront views of the crystal clear Indian Ocean waters. Immerse yourself in the soft and muted shades of the décor that unwind and calm. This open plan room is perfect for those who just want to relax in a tranquil atmosphere.

All rooms Feature:
Le Meridien Fisherman's CoverA seperate seating area
Private GardenTerrace
32" LCD Television with Satellite Channels
Iron and Ironing Board
Mini Bar
Individually controlled air-conditioning
In-room Safe
Tea and Coffee making facilities
Hairdryer
Separate Walk-in Showers
Separate Bathtub

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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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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Posted in: Mahe Island

Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Banyan Tree Seychelles

November 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Banyan Tree Seychelles is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for leisure facilities. This luxury hotel is nestled in the Intendance Bay, a 30 minute drive from the Mahe International Airport. This 60-villa resort provides visitors the option to choose where they stay since about half of the villas are on the beach while the other half are on the palm-forested slopes overlooking the sea. All of the villas feature private plunge pools, indoor baths, and verandahs. The Banyan Tree Seychelles is recognized for its extensive list of leisure facilities which include opportunities to play tennis, swim in the infinity pool, fine dine at 4 restaurants on site, go fishing, diving, island hopping, and more!

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Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2012: Raffles Praslin Seychelles

May 24, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

Conde Nast Traveler, purveyor of fine hotel reviews and travel advice, has just released its 2012 edition of the Hot List, a list of hotels that are setting the hotel world aflame with fresh designs and new concepts, or maybe just a solid new look at classic luxury. 41 reporters embedded themselves anonymously in hotels across the globe to review their targets. What results is a list of 121 hotels around the world that are so on fire they should be put on your watch list, just in case they end up burning down.

There's not a lot that needs to be said about the Raffles Praslin Seychelles. It pretty much speaks for itself. A supreme level of personal service abounds at the 86 villas, all with butlers and private plunge pools. The Seychelles couldn't be much more idyllic, with sandy beaches and azure oceans almost fading into the background you become so used to their astounding beauty. The Raffles Praslin's spa is also not to be scoffed at. 12 treatment pavilions allows your vitalizing treatment to come with a free helping of fresh sea air. Open windows and private deck space are almost a guarantee, even in rooms where you might not expect it. All in all, at the Raffles Praslin is exactly how I would want to spend my summer.


Pooling our Resources: The 10 Best Hotel Pools in the World

September 19, 2011
By: Christopher Roney

 After reading CNN’s own list of great hotel pools, we decided to put our heads together and write up our thoughts on the matter. Who has the 10 best hotel pools in the world? To truly know, you’ll have to visit yourself and see. But these are certainly our favorites.

10. The Banyan Tree Seychelles

With the simple application of basic mathematics, the Banyan Tree has figured out how to improve upon the tried and true concept of the private pool: By giving its two-bedroom suites two private pools – and what a sight they are. That’s the kind of thinking I can get behind.

Banyan Tree Seychelles

9. Le Palais de la Mediterranee, France

Le Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice rolls in at number 9 with its incredible 3rd floor indoor/outdoor pool. Just feet from a sun terrace with a gorgeous view of the Mediterranean, this is a pool that was tailor-made for lounging. If to you a vacation means leaning back, lowering your sunglasses over your eyes and relaxing the afternoon away, then this is the hotel for you.

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8. The Berkeley, London

While some other pools may be more spectacular, as you’ll see in a moment, none offer the same level of comfort year-round as The Berkeley rooftop pool in London. The heated pool features a wonderful open-air swimming experience in the summer, but unlike most hotels, when it gets a bit colder, you don’t have to take the party inside. The Berkeley instead rolls out its retractable roof, and you can now enjoy the comfort of a perfectly climate-controlled rooftop pool in winter.

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7. Villa d’Este, Italy

The pool at Villa d’Este on Lake Como would make Archimedes blush. Floating above the very lake that the Villa rests against, the pool features a built-in Jacuzzi and fantastic view of the surrounding mountains. It’s like swimming in the lake just inches below your feet, but it’s always the perfect temperature.

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6. Blue Palace Resort and Spa, Crete

The Blue Palace Resort and Spa is truly deserving of its sixth place finish, and really if we were fair it’d be on this list twice. The aptly-named Blue Palace is renowned for the private pools that come standard with most of their rooms and suites. With pools up to 40 sq. meters in size for just you and your companion(s), there couldn’t be a more private or luxurious swimming experience. And if that weren’t enough, the Blue Palace is famous for its unique Grecian Thalassotherapy, which combines the relaxing powers of a world-class massage with water-cleansing rituals guaranteed to revitalize your body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Library Koh Samui, Thailand

In this case, the picture speaks for itself. The Library Koh Samui is built around the innovative concept that a vacation is about relaxation and people should be allowed to free their minds from stress by engaging in the simple pleasures of cracking open a book and enjoying the company of their family or friends. They’ve also turned their pool red - which is both surreal and strangely captivating, like green ketchup or a fish riding a bicycle.

The Library Koh Samui

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Rawi Warin Resort and Spa, Thailand

The 1000 sq. meter infinity edge pool at Rawi Warin looks as if the water is fading into the ocean, with only little beach umbrellas poking above the water line to let you know that it doesn’t go on forever. The illusion is compelling and gorgeous. As if that weren’t enough, Rawi Warin also has Asia’s first ocean swimming pool, extending 100 meters into the water and allowing you to swim with the fishes in an entirely literal way.

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3. Palazzo Sasso, Italy

The Palazzo Sasso has one of the more innovative designs for a hotel pool we’ve ever seen. Situated on the edge of a cliff 1000 feet above sea level, the pool at Palazzo Sasso offers underwater windows with a view of the sea below, thus discovering the heretofore unknown condition of subaqueous vertigo. But seriously, it is the single most impressive thing I’ve seen at the bottom of a pool.

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2. Atlantis the Palm Dubai

Atlantis the Palm Dubai may just be the best thing ever. If you got all the things together in one place, and made me pick, I’d say, “I want that thing. It looks like the best thing.” So what is this thing I’m so excited about? Well, it just might be a standard luxurious hotel pool, only it’s attached to a full water park! I don’t bandy about with exclamation points lightly, but this seems to be worth one. If you, like me, have ever thought, “wow, this vacation is really relaxing, but what I’d really like is to go launching out of a ziggurat at high speeds into a pool of water,” then this is the destination for you. And even more than that, much of the hotel is themed around this aquatic experience. There are underwater mazes, a four-and-a-half hectare dolphin habitat, and something they just call Aquaventure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Occasionally, a feat of engineering comes along that’s so remarkable, you have to doff your hat to the architects of its design. The Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool in Singapore is more like what would result if Leonardo da Vinci were in the hotel business. Resting 200 meters above the ground in the Sands SkyPark, the Infinity Pool is as breathtaking as it is surreal – the edge of the pool seems to fade into the horizon itself. Swimmers are greeted with a panoramic vista unequaled anywhere. Without a doubt, the Infinity is the coolest hotel pool we’ve ever seen and not just for the breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So throw on your swim trunks and book a room at any of these amazing hotels (maybe in the other order), and soon you'll be enjoying the sun by some of the most amazing pools in the world.