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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: Anantara Seminyak Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

This sunken bathtub at Anantara Seminyak Resort and Spa is more like a private indoor pool. Anantara's 59 luxurious suites feature expansive, free-flowing living spaces, with Balinese-inspired decor, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows and large balconies with terrazzo tubs for two and views of the sparkling ocean.

Anantara Seminyak 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Ritz Carlton Bali


By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Bali has a cliff top setting that overlooks the Indian Ocean. The villas offer private pools and exclusive butler services. Every suite and villa at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is oriented to take full advantage of the Indian Ocean and resort garden views. The Ritz-Carlton Suites feature an air-conditioned bedroom with indoor and outdoor living area with oversize daybed to enjoy the view of Sawangan beach and the Indian Ocean.

Ritz Carlton Bali

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Image of the Day: The Omnia


By: Five Star Alliance

The Omnia is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional mountain lodge. Here in the Swiss Alps, the mountain lodge, a quintessentially American concept, has been reinvented for its European environment by the New York based architect Ali Tayar. This dialogue between two cultures was the starting point for the design. While the materials and the craftsmanship reflect the tradition of the Valais, the furnishings are inspired by a warm, handcrafted modernism.

The Omnia

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New to Five Star Alliance: Cayena-Caracas


By: Five Star Alliance

Cayena-Caracas is a state-of-the-art hotel where innovative design and engineering meet with luxury and comfort infused with Venezuelan flavor. Nestled in the most exclusive area of Caracas, the hotel is the perfect place for those who expect luxury and comfort as the standard when traveling internationally. Impenetrable to the eyes of the outside world and surrounded by exceptional rooftop landscaping, terraces, and private patios, the Cayena Caracas rooms give the feeling of being in a private retreat enclosed within a beautiful garden.

Cayena-Caracas

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Your Questions Answered: What are the Connecting Room Options at One&Only The Palm Dubai?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

One&Only The Palm Dubai
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 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: What are the connecting room options at One & Only The Palm Dubai, United Arab Emirates?


ANSWER:  With its enviable location on one of Dubai’s most ambitious developments, Palm Jumeirah, guests of One&Only The Palm Dubai will be mezmerised by striking views of a world-renowned destination just beyond the resort’s exclusive marina and private harbour.

One&Only The Palm blends Moorish and Andalusian architecture with contemporary chic interiors, consisting of 91 keys and 4 exclusive Beach Villas. Stylish guest rooms are secluded in a residential environment within the tri-level Manor House, six low-rise Mansions and four private Beach Villas. Once relaxed and unpacked, indulge in the resort’s private leisure facilities including a stunning 850 square-metre swimming pool, 450 metres of beach front and the outstanding all-suite One&Only Spa and fitness centre.

Stunning and spacious with every modern amenity, accommodations are secluded in a residential environment within magnificently landscaped grounds. Guestrooms and suites embrace a stylish modern design with an elegant palate of rich fabrics in hues of turquoise and purple.
Indulge in an exclusive island feel getaway or choose to be whisked away by the resort’s private water taxis or limousine to Dubai's most coveted experiences, be they golf at award-winning courses designed by the greatest, awe-inspiring shopping featuring the latest collections or dining and entertainment at the most sought-after of venues with the likes of Nobu and Ronda Locatelli at Atlantis, The Palm, and Tagine, Nina, the Roof Top and Kasbar at One & Only Royal Mirage to name but a few.
One&Only The Palm Dubai
One & Only The Palm offers a wide selection of water sports including sailing, kayaking, Hobie Cats, windsurfing, water-skiing and fishing. Indulge in world-class sailing or be thrilled by nearby adrenaline-packed water parks. For relaxation, they may bask in the sun on oversized daybeds or in one of the six private cabanas by the 850 square metre pool or stroll along the private beach.

We recommend connecting a Premier room in Manor house with a Palm Manor Executive Suite. 

Located within the main Manor House, Premier rooms feature 65m² of exquisite living space finished in contemporary chic design with a subtle taste of Arabia. All Manor House Premiere Rooms include a private balcony or garden patio. Located within the main Manor House, Palm Manor Executive Suites offer 130m² of grand luxury featuring a separate living room and dining area, finished in contemporary chic design with a subtle taste of Arabia. The Manor House Executive Suites include a private outdoor terrace with dining space and sun loungers. Personalized round-the-clock service is provided by a team of dedicated hosts.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
 


New to Five Star Alliance: Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico


By: Five Star Alliance

Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico offers impressive views of Lago Argentino and Cerro Calafate. Alto Calafate Hotel is strategically located at the entrance to the city on the way to the airport and 3.5 kilometers from downtown. 

Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico

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New to Five Star Alliance: La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa, Michel Reybier's highly distinctive urban mansion, has all the elegance of a 19th century private apartment, where ultra-personalized services can be enjoyed in complete simplicity and discretion.

La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at The Westin St. John Resort and Villas?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Westin St John Resort and Villas
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 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: We are a couple traveling with our puppy.What is the pet policy for The Westin St. John Resort and Villas St. John, United States Virgin Islands?


ANSWER: Nestled among hibiscus and bougainvillea on the The Westin St. John Resort and Villas' 47 lush acres guests will find 174 guest rooms and suites and 92 villas. The resort offers water sports, tennis, nearby golf, children's activities, great dining, a spa, and meeting facilities.
The rooms, suites and villas are set apart, adding to the drama of the site, on a verdant, sloping beachfront hillside. All of the rooms face Great Cruz Bay and feature both Westin's Heavenly Bed and refreshing Heavenly Bath.Westin St John Resort and Villas

The smallest of the developed U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is renowned for its gorgeous, pristine scenery and wealth of recreational opportunities. The Westin St. John Resort & Villas is perfectly positioned to make the most of this bounty with a splendid setting on Great Cruz Bay, just steps from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and moments from Virgin Islands National Park.


An outstanding spa, tennis courts, private beach, Westin Kid's Club, dining and health club are steps away with many more pleasures nearby - secluded beaches, golf, fishing, shopping, snorkeling, sailing. Vacation your way by doing it all or doing nothing at all. The Westin St. John Resort is a smoke-free resort.

Pet Policy
The resort accepts dogs up to 20 pounds on the resort side. For Villas Guests: In compliance with the Home Owner Association Policy we are unable to accommodate pets in Villas. (Service dogs are excluded from this policy)

We suggest booking a Deluxe Room. Enjoy spectacular views from a private patio or balcony overlooking our private beach on Great Cruz Bay or the stunning views of the lushly landscaped oversized pool. Enjoy Westin's Heavenly Bed® and marble Heavenly Bath® with curved shower rod for extra room. Equipped for comfort with a 32 inch flat screen TV, a refrigerator, High Speed Internet Access and safe.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
 


New to Five Star Alliance: Palazzo Montemartini


By: Five Star Alliance

Member of the prestigious Ragosta Hotels Collection, Palazzo Montemartini is a luxury hotel in central Rome, within walking distance from Termini Station, adjacent to the Baths of Diocletian, and near the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, designed by Michelangelo. Palazzo Montemartini is the only hotel in Rome crossed by the Servian Walls, built in the sixth century BC during the reign of Servius Tullius. At Palazzo Montemartini holiday, business and wellness meet unique high-tech elegance, perfectly in harmony with marble, stucco, and classic lines of an ancient palace. Palazzo Montemartini is the hotel for those who travel for pleasure or business.

Palazzo Montmartini

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Did You Know? Iron Gate Hotel and Suites


By: Five Star Alliance

Iron Gate Hotel and Suites
Iron Gate Hotel and Suites
 
is housed in a building that dates back to 1519.

As from the beginning of the 17th century, this rare patrician house was owned by Jan Stastny Golias. For many years it was believed that none of the facades preserved a single trace of any of the house signs, which had been quoted in ancient documents; however, during the restoration of the facade facing Michalska Street, a painting of the house emblem was discovered and restored.

The gothic complex underwent a large reconstruction in the 16th century. The Baroque period and Classicism contributed gradually with the addition of loggias and balconies, however, the most prominent feature is a tower which is significantly higher than the houses themselves.

The new face, especially of the northern wing was changed around the year 1800, by Count Ludvik Jan Hartig (1736-1813), a lover of art and an active musician. He founded here a musical society, joined two floors into one and thus created a huge concert hall decorated with stucco, gilding and paintings. Today, the hall cannot be restored to its original scale. However the Heritage Department has managed to discover and restore both pillars with decorative bases and parts of preserved paintings. Count Hartig was a distinctive personality also served as a model for one of the characters in Mörike's novel "Mozart's Journey to Prague".

August Fridrich Piepenhagen, who later became famous as an outstanding painter of romantic landscapes sought-after by collectors all over Prague, used to live here. In the 2nd half of the 19th century, the house was famous for Fuchs printing office, and housed an editor's office of several Czech papers. Czech writers of that time, Jan Neruda and Ignat Hermann, used to frequent the house.

Recently, it was subject to major renovation during which a number of important discoveries were made. Especially worth mentioning are: part of a wall fresco painting from the 14th century, the wooden, painted, so-called decking ceilings with various ornamental scenes, and also ceiling paintings with figured compositions, the most interesting of which is of Joseph and Putiphar's Wife. The wooden ceilings have been covered for almost three hundred years since, according to the decree issued by the Empress Marie Theresa, all combustible constructions had to be covered, at least by plaster – so that they were hidden from sight to those who came later, but were preserved for centuries, taking us back to almost the times of the famous Emperor Rudolf II. Another discovery is a torso in a medieval paving in the ground-floor room with a central pillar and a chapel, which has been out of use for a long time.

During a careful renovation, an exceptional and rare high gothic roof truss from around 1380, and a former northern gable wall with a narrow and high window on the central axis, was discovered. It is all now preserved for our viewing pleasure.

It is also possible to admire period parquet, partly original, historic railing, roof truss constructions, profiled doors and a number of other remarkable features; as for example, little windows of various sizes and shapes, or various niches and alcoves which give the space an original flavour with a unique atmosphere. Facades, uni-coloured until recently, can today be admired in a restored shape with a number of artistic details.

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