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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.

Andy Murray Scores Love at Cromlix


By: K. Clare Johnson

Cromlix
If you owned a hotel in the form of a restored country house, why wouldn't you get married there?  Sources say that tennis legend Andy Murray is set to marry this weekend near his recently opened hotel Cromlix. Murray, who is currently ranked #3 in the world and has two Grand Slams to his name, is marrying Kim Sears, his girlfriend of nearly a decade.  Cromlix, a Victorian Perthshire mansion, is in Murray's hometown of Dunblane, Stirling. Murray bought the property in 2013 for 1.8 million pounds and turned it into a 15-room luxury getaway. Rooms are named after Murrays fellow Scotsmen, including Sean Connery, Annie Lennox, and the medieval King of Scotland, Eden, which is likely to be the suite in which the newly-hitched couple will stay. Cromlix

Tying the knot at Cromlix is a apparently a rite of passage for the Murray family. Andy's brother was married at the estate in 2010. 

Although the property has its own, 12th century, 28-seat chapel onsite, the pair has chosen to wed in nearby Dunblane Cathedral. The reception will be held at Cromlix, where dining is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux.

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Image of the Day: G&V Royal Mile Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

G&V Royal Mile Hotel is the only five-star hotel on the historic Royal Mile, set in the heart of the Scottish capital. The Victoria Suite, pictured below, is approximately 55 square meters. This deluxe space combining supreme form and function issituated on G&V's top floor. Guests enjoy far reaching views across the beautiful Scottish capital.

G&V Royal Mile Hotel 

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Did You Know? Gleneagles Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

This summer, Gleneagles Hotel celebrated its 90th birthday. When the Gleneagles® Hotel opened in 1924 it was described as 'a Riviera in the Highlands' and 'the eighth wonder of the world'. Today, this luxury hotel remains dedicated to excellence, just as it was in its earliest days when "the avowed intention of the management was to create happiness".

The hotel was built by the former Caledonian Railway Company, with its own railway station just minutes away, and is now owned by Diageo plc, custodians of iconic brands such as Johnnie Walker, Guinness, and Tanqueray gin.

Gleneagles Hotel

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New to Five Star Alliance: Cromlix


By: Five Star Alliance

Tennis champ Andy Murray spearheaded the rebirth of Cromlix. Close to his home of Dunblane, he has bought the property and reinventedthe glorious era of grand country house living. Following extensive refurbishment, the US Open and Olympic champion has now transformed the elegant Victorian Perthshire mansion into a luxury 15-bedroom and Gate Lodge, five star destination, ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being staged a short drive away at Gleneagles.

Cromlix

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The Gleneagles Hotel Re-Launches the Leisure Club


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? Balbirnie House


By: Five Star Alliance

Balbirnie House
Balbirnie House
dates back to 1777, having been commissioned by The Balfour family who were a very influential agricultural and coal mining family at the time.

The house was originally designed by the architect John Nisbet in 1777 and was then extended by Robert Crichton in 1815, and is now listed as Grade A of architectural and historical importance, most probably built as one of the largest and earliest Grecian style houses in Scotland.

The park surrounding Balbirnie extends to 416 acres of undulating scenery, and is landscaped in the style of Capability Brown, including many specimen trees and a collection of magnificent rhododendrons which is unrivalled in the East of Scotland. Views from the house extend over flowering garden lawns and trimmed yew hedges to woodland walks around the park. The first tee off for Balbirnie Park’s 18 hole golf course is a short amble from the hotel.

Also within the park is The Balbirnie Craft Centre, housed in the original old stable block just a few minutes walk away. Crafts sold include hand made jewelry, pottery, glassworks, and leather goods.

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Image of the Day: The Edinburgh Residence


By: Five Star Alliance

 The Edinburgh Residence is a distinguished collection of 29 luxury town house suites. Situated in Edinburgh's West End, close to both the city's financial district and main shopping area, The Edinburgh Residence enjoys a peaceful yet central location, only minutes walk from Edinburgh's main tourist attractions. In-house dining is available at Number Seven, which is open for lunch and dinner daily. 

Edinburgh Residence 

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Image of the Day: Hotel Missoni Edinburgh


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Missoni Edinburgh is a high-fashion hotel in one of the world's oldest cities. It is located in the heart of Edinburgh on the corner of George IV Bridge and the historic Royal Mile, just minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle.

hotel Missoni edinburgh

Nightly rates for a Fall stay start at 161 GBP >>

 

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Did You Know? The Caledonian


By: Five Star Alliance

The Caledonian Hotel is a grand railway hotel that was built in 1903 above the three main archway entrances of the Princes Street Station (It was originally opened as Princes Street Station Hotel). The Caledonian Railway Company even developed a system in which steam from trains at the adjoining station was recycled to heat the hotel's water supply. 

The Caledonian 

The Caledonian has Fall rates starting from GPB $143>> 

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Did You Know? Fairmont St Andrews


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont St Andrews, which opened in 2001, is home to some of the world's greatest golf courses. 

Fairmont St Andrews

Fall rates at Fairmont St Andrews start at GBP 179>>

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