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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: Palazzo Versace


By: Five Star Alliance

The Palazzo Pool at Palazzo Versace overlooks the marina. The luxury hotel has two pools total with a sitting area with lounge chairs and private cabanas for rent in between.

Palazzo Versace

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Cool Pools: Hotel Romazzino


By: Five Star Alliance

Surrounded by a lush and sweet-smelling Mediterranean landscape of flowering hibiscus, juniper trees, rosemary, and macchia, the spectacular seawater swimming pool at Hotel Romazzino is just steps away from the seaside. A welcoming respite from the Sardinian sun, summertime pool temperatures average a comfortable 26 degrees Celsius—78.8 Fahrenheit. The nearby Beach Bar offers a refreshing menu of drinks, light sandwiches, and fresh salads.

Hotel Romazzini

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Image of the Stay: Excelsior Hotel Gallia


By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Hotel Gallia  was first opened in 1932. It has been fully renovated by renowned Milanese architect Marco Piva. Behind this sparkling hotel’s iconic Art Deco facade are elegant restaurants and lounges, an expansive spa, and stunning meeting venues.

Excelsior Hotel Gallia

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Image of the day: Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled between the blue Pacific Ocean and the calm Southport Broadwater,
Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa is an oasis of rare luxury. Surrounded by
15 hectares of lush palm gardens and a sparkling one hectare blue lagoon,
the Sheraton Mirage is the Gold Coast's only five-star luxury resort located right on the beach.

Sheraton Mirage and Spa

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Cool Pools: Cinnamon Grand Colombo


By: Five Star Alliance

The ground floor pool at Cinnamon Grand Colombo is possibly the largest outdoor pool in the city. Naturally heated by the warm rays of the sun, it overlooks four of the hotel's signature restaurants - Breeze Bar, Taprobane, Tao, and The Lagoon - but also provides the privacy to soak up the sun or take a refreshing dip. 

 

 

Cinnamon Grand Colombo

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Cool Pools: Serene Pavilions


By: Five Star Alliance

The swimming pool of Serene Pavilions is a focal point for the hotel, but a discreet and stunning one. Set between the Clubhouse and the gardens within the pristine and lush gardens, it is stylishly designed with clean lines and acute angles.

Serene Pavilions

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Cool Pools: 137 Pillars House


By: Five Star Alliance

137 Pillars House boasts a shimmering 25 x 5.5-meter outdoor pool. Refreshments are available by the poolside together with a choice of any menu items from the hotel's  restaurants. Homemade sorbet, cool mineral water, and cold towels are served by an attentive staff to help take the edge off the northern Thailand’s steamy hot season.

137 Pillars House

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Enjoy Lake Como Luxury at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in Italy. Set in the splendid surroundings of Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. Lake Como, part of the northern Italian Lakes District,  is Italy's deepest and most popular lake. It is surrounded by mountains and is known for it's world renowned romantic atmosphere. It is conveniently located between Milan and the border of Switzerland.

For the past 100 years or more, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake: sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. Owing to its delightful setting, Bellagio, an oasis of peace on the shores of the lake, has been a holiday destination for centuries and it was here that, in around 1850, construction work started on a luxurious holiday villa on the banks of the lake for an aristocratic family from Milan.Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni offers a plethora of amenities and activities designed to take full advantage of its spectacular location. 

Activities include:

Take a boat ride from the hotel's private dock.

Stroll in the historic gardens. 

Mountain bike on the Bellagio promontory

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

 

Enjoy a massage in the spa

Listen to live music in the lounge

Lounge on the beach

Sup on a meal prepared by a Michelin starred chef

 
Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniTake a dip in the swimming pool overlooking the lake

Play a match on the tennis courts

Work up a sweat in the gym

Take a hike in the mountains

Mingle with the hotel's famous guests

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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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