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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Cromlix

April 28, 2014
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

March 6, 2014
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

March 1, 2014
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

December 18, 2013
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

August 26, 2013
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

August 18, 2013
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

August 16, 2013
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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The Caledonian and Edinburgh Castle

May 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Caledonian
The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
, known locally as the "Caley", is one of Edinburgh's most significant landmarks. The historic hotel is located at the west end of Prince street, and it is perfect spot to explore nearby Edinburgh Castle.

Erected in the first century AD on an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle was Scotland’s principal royal house in the Middle Ages. Built around the castle, Edinburgh’s Old Town is a maze of medieval buildings, while splendid Georgian terraces grace the city’s New Town. 

 

Some notable facts about Edinburgh Castle:

-The castle has sheltered many Scottish monarchs. They include Queen Margaret (later St Margaret), who died there in 1093, and Mary Queen of Scots, who gave birth to James VI in the Royal Palace in 1566.

-Scotland's oldest poetry tells of a war band feasting here for a year before riding to their deaths in battle.

-The castle is Scotland's leading tourist attraction, and a key element of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

-The Great Hall’s hammerbeam roof ws where  Scotland’s great and good were expected to honour their king.
It was completed in 1511 for James IV, but he had little time to enjoy it, as he was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, fighting the forces of King Henry VIII of England.

-The Stone of Destiny, was shere Kings of Scotland were enthroned for centuries. But in 1296, the English King Edward I took the Stone from Scone near Perth and had it built into his throne. In 1996, the Stone was returned to Scotland. 

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Missoni Hotel Edinburgh Perfect for Business Travel

November 14, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Missoni Hotel Edinburgh in the UK has a few extra amenities thrown in that make travel for business a breeze. Rates at the Missoni include the following:

Complimentary healthy minibar

Two items of laundry

Premium movies

Newspaper

Local calls

Free high-speed internet access

iPod connection

In-room coffee machines

These little additions certainly go a long way, so next time you need to be in Edinburgh, consider staying at the Missoni where your coffee will be brewing, internet is at hand, and your suit is clean and pressed for the busy day ahead.

Please read the rate details carefully since added amenities change frequently.


Image of the Day: Gleneagles Hotel

September 13, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

 Edinburgh's stunning Gleneagles Hotel will have you saying "Gosford Park who?"

 

 

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