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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.

Cool Pools: Pikaia Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

The pool at Pikaia Lodge is on the top plateau of the crater and is centered amongst the exteriors of the main building. The infinity pool merges with the horizon with the back drop of the endless ocean and the pristine savanna – a mesmerizing sight. With its surrounding decks plastered with peruvian travertine marble and furnished with comfortable beach chairs, the pool is strategically placed to receive the sun, shadow free the entire day to maintain a pleasant water temperature. Guests can take a refreshing dip or do some laps for exercise. There is a covered terrace next to the pool where guests can enjoy meals and drinks without having to change.

At the eastern end, on the very edge of the main crater there is a covered gazebo with two sofas for napping, reading or quiet contemplation. At night the pool and decks are softly illuminated, creating a tranquil ambiance.

Pikaia Lodge

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Adventures Await at Wyoming Inn


By: Five Star Alliance

Wyoming Inn
In 2013, Wyoming Inn completed a multi-million dollar property-wide renovation. Beginning with exterior updates to the roof, siding, stonework, and landscaping, the renovation continued indoors where the boardroom, fitness center, restaurant, and accommodations were all redesigned. Guests can nowexpect  24 guest rooms with custom designed window seats, and 17 accommodations with private stone fireplaces. Should you want to venture outside the luxurious Jackson Hole luxury proerty, there's plenty to do both on-property and off.  In warm weather, the area is well-known for wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and dining. When the seasons change, Jackson Hole becomes one of the top ski areas in the United States. 

Throughout the year guests can easily travel to nearby outdoor attractions, including:Wyoming Inn

Snow King Ski Area (1 mile) - Snow King Ski Area and Mountain Resort offers five beginner trails and six intermediate ski and snowboarding runs. 13 Expert trails coupled with Advanced and Expert tree skiing round out the ski resort's offering. Summer activities at Snow King Mountain include Jackson's only Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift Ride, Bungee Trampoline, hiking trails for all ages and abilities, and an extensive mountain biking trail system.

National Museum of Wildlife Art (4 miles) - Situated on a cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge,  the Museum's location provides a rare opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat, as does the artwork that pays tribute to it. The building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Check out the sculpture trail, the Museum's newest outdoor art venue.

Grand Teton National Park (20 miles) - Explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River, or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.

Wyoming InnYellowstone National Park (57 miles) - This park features the world's largest collection of geysers, including Old Faithful. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

In addition, the hotel can arrange adventures such as:

Sleigh Ride on the Elk Refuge - Sleigh rides are available in the winter months through Double H Bar.

Snowmobile Yellowstone National Park - You’ll be guided by a local expert through snowy landscapes, steamy geysers,or grand canyons, spotting wildlife along the way.

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Cool Pools: Fairmont Mara Safari Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Mara Safari Club offers guests a free-form swimming pool. Sun-beds and mattresses are available and towels are provided. Changing rooms, both male and female, are available adjacent the pool and there is an outdoor shower.

Fairmont Mara Safari Club

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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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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: Cayena-Caracas


By: Five Star Alliance

The lap pool at Cayena-Caracas, located on the top floor, is the perfect place to exercise outdoors and enjoy one of the best climates in the world. All this in front of the striking view of El Ávila, the majestic mountain that embraces the valley of Caracas.

Cayena-Caracas

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Image of the day: African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa is a first-class culmination of
exceptionally detailed design, a spectacular location, and a top rate management
and service team. The hotel’s intimate ambience and five star amenities epitomise a
lavish lifestyle that lets guests live the Crystal Life. From the rooftop pool’s underwater
music, the in-room ascending flat screen TVs and the distinctive boardroom wall decor
to the South African themed bar lounges, the delight is in the detail.

African Pride Crystal Towers

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New to Five Star Alliance: Indura Beach and Golf Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Indura Beach and Golf Resort is situated on the northern coastline of Honduras in an area known as Tela Bay, a setting rich in biodiversity with its protected national parks, pristine coral reefs, and blue lagoons. Indura was designed to merge with the area's scenic landscape, where a spectacular backdrop of mountains and tropical jungle meet the beauty of golden beaches that stretch for 26 miles along the Caribbean Sea. 

Indura Beach and Golf Resort

This luxurious destination, remaining ever-mindful of its cultural ancestry, features 60 accommodations positioned throughout the grounds, immersing guests into the beauty of nature. A Gary Player designed 18-hole championship golf course, managed by Troon Golf, was carefully integrated into the natural setting.

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Room with a View: Southern Ocean Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

The Flinders Suite at Southern Ocean Lodge features floor to ceiling glass to embrace an uninterrupted view of the magnificent Southern Ocean and foreground of rugged coastline. Each suite features spacious interiors at 65 square meters, king or twin beds, curved sunken lounge with bespoke soft furnishings, robe, ensuite with oversized rain shower, and in-suite bar. An outdoor terrace with day bed invites rest and relaxation.

Southern Ocean Lodge

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Things to Do at Porto Zante Villas and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Porto Zante Villas an Spa
Porto Zante Villas and Spa is a private Greek getaway perfect for blissing out and relaxing. But, if you prefer your vacations with a little more adventure, here are some suggestions for things to do during your stay.

Navagio Beach
Sometimes referred to as Smugglers’ Cove, Navagio Beach is one of the most popular attractions in Greece, with crystal-clear waters and the shipwreck of a notorious Greek smuggler ship. One of the best beaches in the world (as chosen by Condé Nast Traveler) awaits you only 20 minutes away from your villa by private speedboat or motor yacht. 

Blue Caves
A succession of caves reflecting the striking deep azure color of the sea, the Blue Caves invite you to admire their wild beauty and dive in their marvelous waters.

Caretta-Caretta Turtles
Visit Marathonisi Island, home to the endangered species Caretta-Caretta, and swim side by side with these beautiful creatures. Protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, it is an absolute must-see is only 20 minutes away from your villa by private speedboat or motor yacht.

Dafni beach
Under the protection of the National Marine Park, Dafni beach is one of the most important turtle nesting beaches in Greece. Ideal for those looking for a secluded spot to relax and swim.

Kefallonia
Treat yourself to a private cruise with the resort's private speedboat, motor yacht, or sailing yacht. 30 minutes is all you need to reach Kefallonia, the biggest island of the Ionian Sea.

Bochali
Astonishing views of the capital of Zakynthos and other parts of the island, the Castle and the church of Virgin Mary of Chrysopigi, along with the traditional architecture and aristocratic allure, will make Bochali one of your favourite spots on the island.

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