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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.

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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Cool Pool: Arabella Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Arabella Hotel & Spa rests in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Hugged by the Rooisands Nature Reserve, the Bot River Lagoon and Kogelberg Mountains, every room leads to a private terrace or balcony overlooking pristine grounds, swimming pool, mountain views or lagoon waters. Leisure facilities include a heated indoor hydro pool, sauna, and an award-winning spa.

Arabella Hotel & Spa

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Did You Know? Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

The first member of the van Breda family came to the Cape in 1721 and over the years, the family became owners of large tracks of land. Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of The Cape, gave Michael van Breda a piece of land at Oudekraal in 1836 on which to build his own hunting lodge.

In 1929, Jack van Breda designed a handsome house – much after the style of Sir Herbert Baker – with two big white frontal gables and a thatched roof. It took two years to build. After changing hands several times, the hotel became part of Red Carnation Hotels in 2002. It was renamed The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and was completely renovated by 2007.

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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Did You Know? The Cellars-Hohenort


By: Five Star Alliance

The Cellars-Hohenort
In 1693, The Cellars-Hohenort, then known as Klaasenbosch Farm, was the house of Hendrik ten Damme, Chief Surgeon of the Dutch East India Company. The farmhouse is positioned against the wooded knoll of the eastern slope of Table Mountain. During the 1750's it became part of the flourishing farming and wine producing area. The Cellars was the wine cellar of Klaasenbosch Farm.

After numerous owners, Arnold Spilhaus bought the farm in 1906 and replaced the old thatched farmhouse with the magnificent manor in the German style with square gables, designed by architect Seeliger. It was named Hohenort, meaning "high place" in old German. 

 

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(Bath) Rooms with a View: Table Bay at the Waterfront


By: Five Star Alliance

The Table Bay at the Waterfront's luxurious Table Mountain Head Suite offers guests incredible views of Table Mountain. There's even one from the marble bathtub. 

The Table Bay at the Waterfront Table Mountain Head Suite 

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Image of the Day: Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa offers 3 Mountain Facing and 9 Sea Facing one-bedroom suites and naturally all come with inspiring views.  

Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa 

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve


By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

 
Here are a few fun facts about Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve:

-Bushmans Kloof has been consistently lauded for its outstanding dedication to the preservation of the 7500 hectare reserve. It is a sanctuary for many species of endangered flora and fauna.

-The organic garden provides the kitchens with fresh, robust produce.

-The award-winning state-of-the-art spa offers unique facilities such as the Crystal Steam Room and Riverside Gazebo.

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The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: Honorable Mention The Table Bay at The Waterfront


By: Jordan Schultz

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! But there were a few more hotels we absolutely had to mention. Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels.

 

Here are a few fun facts about The Table Bay at The Waterfront

-The Table Bay at The Waterfront is found between Robben Island and Table Mountain right off the beautiful Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town.

-This hotel features 311 rooms (18 are superior suites) all with spectacular views of both Table Mountain and the harbour or the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island.

 

-Enjoy the spa facility, fine dining, fitness center, and their outdoor pool on site or discover adventure off site like biking, boating, gambling, fishing-ocean, golfing, sailing, jet skiing, shopping, water skiing, windsurfing. The concierge will be of assistance to make these exciting new plans for you.

 

-At this hotel you get a combination of everything from going down to the beach for a relaxing day or the mountains for some adventure, and you can also enjoy the city for some shopping or culture (all are just a short drive away).

 

 

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Your Questions Answered: Deals at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa


By: Oksana Balytsky

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: I’m hoping to stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town from October 29th – November 5th. What are the details of the One More Night 4 for 3 deal?

Answer: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa does have availability for your dates of travel, and it has a ‘Leading One More Night 4 for 3’ package available for various room types. The nightly rate shown has already discounted the free night into the price breakdown. To make a reservation at any of the room options, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room option, and fill in the booking form.  Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Ellerman House Cape Town


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 Ellerman House Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for ambiance and design. This luxury hotel is one of the world’s most exclusive and private retreats. Its perfect position sweeping over the lively city of Cape Town and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean has earned it the status of a historical landmark. This boutique hotel only has 9 rooms and 2 suites, all beautifully decorated with eloquence and style. What makes this hotel stand out from the rest is its phenomenal wine cellar of 17,000 bottles of South African wine as well as its world famous art collection. Add this hotel to your bucket list and be sure to check it out when visiting Cape Town!