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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.

Best Bathrooms: Southern Ocean Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

The open bathroom at Southern Ocean Lodge commands views to the horizon, and boasts a hand sculptured granite bath, heated limestone floors and deluxe rain shower.

Southern Oceand Lodge
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Choose Your Room at Babuino 181


By: Five Star Alliance

Pick your suite at Babuino 181. With 24 rooms and suites, Babuino 181 has a perfect location in Rome, in the famous via Babuino and near Piazza del Popolo. Each suite here is crafted with not only luxury and comfort in mind, but with a refined eye for Italian design and the luxuries and privacy of a high-end home. Roms and suites start at 22 square meters and are designed for the discerning traveler. Enjoy king-size beds with Frette linens, spacious, marble bathrooms, and chic décor including original artwork, honey-toned wood, clean lines, and lots of light.

Room Amenities Include:
Free WiFi
Flat-screen TV
Satellite channels
iPod dock
Nespresso machine
Frette linens
Air-conditioning
In-room safe
Laundry service
Mini-bar

Room Categories Include:

Classic Suite

Deluxe Room: Average 29 square meters. This deluxe room features a king-size bed with Frette sheets and a silk-filled duvet by Bianco Seta. A sitting area and a desk let guests relax while enjoying the room's comforts, like the Bose sound system or flat-screen television. The marble-and-mosaic bathroom includes a full bath, walk-in shower, Italian toiletries, and Frette bathrobes. The Deluxe Room is for up to three people (the king-size bed can be divided into two twins). To create a private suite or family residence, it can be connected to the Deluxe Suite.

Double Superior: Average 22 square meters situated in the new wing across the street from the main building. Warm wood, big windows, and sumptuous marble make for a luxury retreat that feels as cozy as it is contemporary. Details are nothing short of plush: The king-size bed comes with Frette sheets and a silk-filled Bianco Seta duvet, the bath is finished in marble and mosaic, and lush bathrobes and towels are Frette. The Double Superior is for up to two people (the king-size bed can be divided into two twins). To create a private suite or family residence, it can be connected to the Classic Suite.

Classic Suite: Average 40 square meters. Relax in the oversized chair or plush sofa in the sitting area, spread out on the desk, or stretch out in the king-size bed. Original art, honey-toned wood, and modern architecture fill every inch of this luxurious suite with light, warmth and style. The mosaic-and-marble bathroom offers a roomy shower and a separate bath, along with Frette bathrobes and Italian toiletries. The Classic Suite is for up to three people (the king-size bed can be divided into two twins). To create a private suite or family residence, it can be connected to the Double Superior.Babuino 181 Guest Bathroom

Deluxe Suite: Average 49 square meters. Live like a VIP in this oversized Rome suite, complete with areas for sitting and dining: Stretch out between Frette sheets on the king-size bed, relax with a cappuccino in the elegant armchair, or toast to your Roman holiday at the chic wooden table. This roomy bathroom comes with a large shower, separate bathtub, and his-and-hers sinks, all handcrafted in marble and mosaic. The Deluxe Suite is for up to three people (the king-size bed can be divided into two twins). To create a private suite or family residence, it can be connected to the Deluxe Room.

Patrizi Suite: 55 square meters situated in the new wing across the street from the main building. Stylish, spacious, and with a stunning, private rooftop terrace, the brand-new Patrizi Suite is your high-end home in Rome. This apartment-sized suite includes everything you need to feel at home: an independent sitting area, king-size bed with Frette linens, marble bathroom with separate bath and shower, and ample closet space. Every inch is exquisitely designed in Babuino 181's chic, contemporary style. Step out onto your large, private rooftop terrace—measuring 50 square meters—to take in the gorgeous sights of Rome, from the dome of St. Peter's to the Villa Medici.

Moncada Suite: The split-level Moncada suite combines Babuino 181's best assets: the traditions of a noble family, the history of the Spanish Steps area and the contemporary elegance of modern Rome. Stretched across two floors, the suite is purely palatial. On the ground floor, relax in the king-size bed with Frette linens, enjoy a prosecco from the mini-bar, or unwind in the large marble bathroom with a separate bath and shower. Upstairs, enjoy the living area with its luxurious couch, spacious desk, leather armchair, and flat-screen TV. Every inch is exquisitely designed with a chic, contemporary style. The Moncada Suite is for up to three people (the king-size bed can be divided into two twins).Patrizi Suite

Babuino Suite: 63 square meters. The Babuino Suite is the largest, most elegant suite - enjoy the absolute privacy and comfort that you'd expect in your own home. Stretch out in the spacious bedroom on a king-size bed with Frette sheets. Relax, socialize, or get work done in the separate living and dining area, which comes with a plush, modern couch and a dining table. When you want some fresh air, step out onto your private balcony to take in the warm, Rome light. There are two bathrooms: The master bathroom, in handcrafted marble and mosaic, has a shower large enough for two and an oversized bathtub; plus there is a powder room for guests.

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Cool Pools: Rawi Warin Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Extending directly from the beach up to the hillside overlooking Klong Tob Bay,
accommodations at Rawi Warin Resort and Spa's secluded Koh Lanta resort range from deluxe rooms
with magnificent sea views to immense luxury villas with private swimming pools.

Rawi Warin Resort and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: Belle Mont Farm


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Guests at Belle Mont Farm enjoy an authentic West Indies culinary experience with locally foraged ingredients. By working closely with nearby farmers and expert foragers, the resort is able to bring the best of farm-to-table dining to the Caribbean.

Belle Mont Farm

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New to Five Star Alliance: Fairmont Mara Safari Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Mara Safari Club lies in the north west of the Masai Mara, at the foot of the Aitong Hills. The luxury Masai Mara accommodations at Fairmont Mara Safari Club offer a traditional safari experience with the comfort and amenities of a luxury resort hotel. The well-appointed Mara Safari Club is set by the Mara River at the foot of the Aitong Hills in the Ol-Choro Oiroua Conservation Area that borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve. All the 51 luxury tents have their own private viewing deck from where hippo and crocodile are regularly seen. Each room has four-poster beds with pillow-top mattresses and fine linens, 3-piece en-suite facilities with solar-heated hot and cold running water, a refreshment center. in-room safe, and wireless telephone that allows you to set up dining on your deck or ensures no request is left unfulfilled.

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

The main lodge houses a warm reception area, retail shop, library equipped with Internet access, a beautifully decorated lounge area, and a lovely dining room. A large deck is cantilevered over the river so guests can watch the hippos play or gaze up at the stars after a day of wonder is unmatched. Dining at The Mara Safari Club is a safari in itself, made from the abundance of fresh Kenyan produce. At the Club, the pool, al fresco buffet lunches, and nightly activities of Maasai dancing, presentations, and discussion on the Mara's ecosystem and Maasai culture, all add up to create a truly unique experience.

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Cool Pools: Kandolhu Island


By: Five Star Alliance

Facing the sunset, the Ocean Pool Villas offer the best experience at Kandolhu Island. Each lavish water villa in Maldives is reached by its own private walkway and includes an oversized bedroom with king bed, day bed and walk-in wardrobe.

Kandolhu Island

The bathroom of these luxury pool villas in Maldives is open and airy with shower, twin vanity and a bathtub, and features a sliding door which opens up to the outdoor deck. This expansive and completely private deck includes sunloungers, sun umbrella and a plunge pool and infinite views of the Indian Ocean. The Ocean Pool Villas can accommodate maximum 3 adults.

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Explore Memphis from River Inn of Harbor Town


By: Five Star Alliance

River Inn of Harbor Town
Anyone desiring a walk in Memphis would do well to check in to River Inn of Harbor Town. Overlooking the Mississippi River near downtown, this charming hote has impressive architecture, accented by gas-lit lanterns, decorative wrought iron, blooming window boxes and a panoramic view from the Terrace on the roof top. In addition to 28 luxury boutique and upscale lodging accommodations and suites, River Inn offers two dining options: long time Memphis favorite, Paulette's Restaurant with its cozy Little Bar, casual Tug's neighborhood grill,and the Terrace with drinks, small plates, and an unsurpassed view. 

A beautiful nature trail meanders through Harbor Town, and Greenbelt Park runs along the banks of the Mississippi River offering walking, hiking, and running opportunities along a 1 1/2 mile paved path.

The Concierge will be happy to arrange the following tours for guests:

Elvis' Graceland Tour
Graceland Platinum Tour
City of Memphis Tour
Elvis/Memphis Tour
RiverboatTour
Mud Island (Mississippi River Museum and Beach)
After Dark Dinner Tour (Beale Street artist best with live music, food and drinks)
Memphis Music Tour (Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, Rock N Soul Museum)
National Civil Rights Museum Tour
Downtown Loop Tour

Other don't-miss sites and activities include The Orpheum Theatre, home to Opera Memphis and Ballet Memphis, and the world-class Cannon Center for the Performing Arts which is home to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. For sports enthusiasts, Memphis’ own NBA team, the Grizzlies, offer courtside action at the FedEx Forum.

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Cool Pools: Ritz Carlton Aruba


By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Aruba features two pools for children and adults. Towels and chairs are provided poolside with food and beverage service available daily. 

Ritz Carlton Aruba

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Dine Well at May Fair Kitchen


By: Five Star Alliance

The May Fair London was first opened by King George V in 1927 and has been known as one of London's quintessential luxury hotels ever since. Part of the luxury experience here should include a visit to the May Fair Kitchen. Nestled in the heart of London's West End, the refined menu and sophisticated ambiance compliments the elegance of the luxury hotel's elegant location. 

At the May Fair Kitchen, chefs have sourced all ingredients from the farmer, fisherman, or grower who originally produced it. Every member of the staff is trained to tell diners the provenance of those ingredients. Even better, the open kitchen provides a show with dinner. 

May Fair London

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Cool Pools: Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai


By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai's outdoor swimming pool, set amidst lush landscaping, offers a serene respite from the city. Guests can also unwind on chaises longues beside the relaxation pool near the open-air pool deck, where light snacks and beverages are served. For added convenience, the pool is equipped with telephones and wireless Internet access.

Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai

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