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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.

Condé Nast Traveler Platinum Circle 2012: Swissotel the Bosphorus

March 26, 2012
By: Christopher Roney

We've been spotlighting a list of Conde Nast's award-winning Gold List Hotels for 2012, and each one is amazing in its own right. In a clear case of never enough of a good thing, Conde Nast has yet an additional level to their awards, the meta-prestigious Platinum Circle Hotels, distinguished for being consistent Gold List winners for the last five years. Perhaps it could have been more aptly named the Conde Nast Award for Continued Excellence in the Having of Conde Nast Awards, but that's probably just my jealousy talking. It takes a certain level of cachet to be able to recognize someone for being recognized by you, and the Conde Nast Awards carry that weight. Regardless, the Platinum Circle hotels are undoubtedly some of the best of the best and have the mark of consistency that other hotels can only aspire to.

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.

Today, the hotel on showcase the Swissotel the Bosphorus in Istanbul.  Turkey's capital is a place of so much history that you can barely take a step for fear of crunching some historic relic of civilizations past and present.  And to explore such a storied city, you need a storied location. The Bosphorus has unparalleled views of the old city and the Bosphorus from its perch on a wooded hilltop.  Sixteen restaurants, bars, and lounges provide every possible permutation of fine dining you could hope for, and you can look forward to relaxing in their heated indoor and outdoor pools. Modern amenities meet turkish tradition in a hotel with both a traditional Turkish wellness center and perfect connectivity.  Swissotel the Bosphorus is everything you'd want on the Mediterranean coast, packaged up nicely just waiting for your visit.


Hotels with an Incredible View! Istanbul, Turkey

February 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that an incredible view is of utmost importance to luxury travelers. After a day of exploring a new city, there’s nothing more enjoyable then returning to your luxurious accommodations and taking in the miraculous view before calling it a day. For others, there simply is no time to enjoy everything a city has to offer, and the only exploration one has time for is to take in the view from the hotel. We’d like to introduce you to our blog series, which will be featuring incredible hotels with incredible views! Whatever your travel reasons or however much time you have to enjoy your trip, we hope you leave thinking wow what a view!

Our third feature is the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. It’s located on the European bank of the Bosphorus, which flows through Istanbul’s phenomenal history. This luxury hotel is a converted Ottoman Palace surrounded by indigo water and mountaintops. Its 145 guest rooms and 25 suites blend Ottoman design with contemporary furnishings and nearly a quarter of the rooms offer incredible views across the legendary Strait to the hills of Asia. Rooms located on the first and second floor offer straight views of the water and the Maiden’s Tower in Old Town. The hotel’s pool overlooks the Bosphorus, and the outdoor terrace of the hotel’s restaurant Aqua allows you to dine right on the water’s edge.

Be sure to keep up with our blog series to discover various luxury hotels all over the world with the best views!


Travel to Istanbul: Sleep on the Banks of the Bosphorus at Hotel Les Ottomans

September 9, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Les Ottomans, Istanbul

This has got to be one of the coolest places to bunk down for a night: on the banks of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Housed in a former Pasha's mansion dating from the 18th century, the Hotel Les Ottomans has postcard-perfect views over one of the most famous waterways in the world. Inside you'll find posh interiors (yup, Paris Hilton stayed here) and a Caudalie Vinothérapie spa that's positively decadent. This elegant hotel also has a pool overlooking the Bosphorus, and yachts both for leisure sails and practical transfers to other parts of the sprawling city of Istanbul.

Hotel Les Ottomans, Istanbul


A Unique Spa Experience at Hotel Les Ottomans in Istanbul

July 21, 2011
By: Daniel L. Moses

Hotel Les Ottomans SpaHave you heard of Vinotherapy? I hadn't until today, but when I found out that the Hotel Les Ottomans was offering this unique spa treatment in one of my favorite cities, I went straight to Wikipedia. It turns out that Vinotherapy ''describes a beauty therapy process where the residue of wine making (the pips and pulp) are rubbed into the skin. The pulp is said to have excellent exfoliating qualities and help reduce the problems associated with ageing.'' Wine is a known anti-oxidant, and its properties have long been extolled, but this new process takes it one step further, and with more than 2400 square feet of spa at a hotel so exclusive that it only has 10 suites, a spa visit at the Hotel Les Ottomans is only for the most luxuriously-minded travelers.

If the spa isn't enticement enough, the location of the Hotel Les Ottomans will tempt anyone. Situated on the banks of the Bosphorous, stunning views are the norm rather than the exception with all suites giving visitors a special, romantic vista. The placement of Istanbul as a crossroads between East and West has brought visitors to this unique land for centuries, and everyone leaves with a different experience among the twisting streets and quite alleys. When you come for your first (or second or third or twentieth) visit to Istanbul, make sure to book a hotel as beautiful, with a spa treatment as unique, as the city itself. For my money, that's the Hotel Les Ottomans.


Friday Photos: Bosphorus Views from the A'jia Hotel, Istanbul

May 20, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

A'jia Hotel, Istanbul

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more magical setting in Istanbul. From your balcony in a former pasha's mansion on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, the views are striking. A'jia Hotel has only 16 guest rooms, ensuring the ultimate in personalized service, and all rooms are dressed in a sleek, contemporary style and outfitted with cutting-edge technology. No wonder A'jia is such a prized address.

A'jia Hotel, Istanbul

A'jia has a lovely restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating. After a day of sightseeing, relax with a massage in-room while watching the boats glide by on the Bosphorus. Nice perk: The complimentary boat shuttle that cruises between the continents and bypasses Istanbul's traffic.


Hotel Buzz: Raffles to Open a Hotel in Istanbul in 2012

May 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Raffles Hotel SingaporeRaffles Hotels & Resorts is a long established leader in the luxury hotel world. Hotels like the Raffles in Singapore- where the Singapore Sling was invented- and Le Royal Monceau in Paris are benchmarks for excellence in the industry. So when Raffles announces a new project, we pay heed! After debuting a glorious beachfront oasis in the Seychelles this year, the company has turned its gaze to Istanbul- the spellbinding city that famously sits astride two continents. Slated for 2012, the Raffles Istanbul Zorlu Center will overlook the Bosphorus from the new, mixed-use Zorlu Center, where guests will have direct access to the Performance Arts Centre, featuring "world-class dramas and musicals simultaneously with their openings in London and Broadway." What to expect: 130 guest rooms and 50 suites attended to by the famous Raffles Butler Service, a ballroom, two restaurants and bars, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and-- in case you had any doubts about the hotel's level of luxury-- a heliport.

Pictured: The Raffles Hotel Singapore.