November 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Villa Armena, Buonconvento, is in the heart of the Crete Senesi. An astoundingly attractive area of unsurpassable historical interest, Buonconvento - whose name derives from the Latin "bonus conventus" meaning a good-natured, fortunate community - is a member of the prestigious "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" Association.
The Villa, whose construction is attributed to Baldassarre Peruzzi, was built in the first half of the sixteenth century. It was the country residence of the noble Malavolti family from Siena who had the good fortune to number among their ranks nine Captains of the People, in other words the most important figures in Siena's political landscape at that time. Legend has it that the name Armena was given to the Villa and its immediate surroundings by a member of the Malavolti family who, returning from the Crusades in the Holy Land, stopped off in Armenia and fell in love with a beautiful local girl. He returned to Italy to get married and decided to devote his feud to his betrothed, calling it Armena as a sign of respect for the origins of the one who had entered his heart and his life so forcefully.
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Venice during the holidays sure sounds great doesn't it?
The magical atmosphere of the festive season at Luna Hotel Baglioni is enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding Lagoon. Just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square, the Luna Hotel Baglioni is the perfect location to celebrate your unforgettable New Year’s Eve 2015.
The package includes:
-Welcome drink at Caffè Baglioni overlooking the small Canal and Royal Garden
-New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner for two people in the charming Marco Polo Ballroom with entertainment, live music, dances, and cotillions (beverages included, champagne excluded)
-Welcome fresh fruit basket in room upon arrival
-Morning buffet breakfast in the Marco Polo Ballroom, magnificently frescoed by the famous School of Tiepolo
-Brunch on New Year's Day
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Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers its guests a plethora of outdoor dining options.
At Porticciolo Pool Bar, guests can relax in the shade, or gaze at the lagoon as they enjoy regional specialities and refreshing drinks.Cip's Club has earned an international reputation and boasts unparalleled views of St Mark's Square.
Designed by architect Adam Tihany to reflect the romantic atmosphere of Venice, Oro Restaurant sets the scene for a timeless dining experience. Guests can admire stunning lagoon views from the terrace.
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Fisher Island was a wedge of land with coconut palms and mangroves that sat in Biscayne Bay. In 1919, Miami Beach founder and developer Carl Fisher bought it from Dana Dorsey, South Florida's first black millionaire. Fisher, when trying to expand the island and build deep-water docks, experienced quite a bit of push back from the County, which delayed his progress. The construction of the Port of Miami served to separate the lush appendage from Miami Beach, creating an entirely distinctive island. In the 1920's, Carl Fisher traded 7-acres of Fisher Island for a yacht from William K. Vanderbilt II.
In 1936, Vanderbilt began building his $1.5 million private island retreat on Fisher Island with a Mediterranean-style mansion. He surrounded this mansion with lush landscaping, gracious guest homes, tennis courts and swimming pools.The main home and the surrounding guest cottages were completed in 1941. Rosemary's Cottage was built for Vanderbilt's stepdaughter Rosemary (Rosamund's daughter from her first marriage.) The studio cottage was built for Rosamund to paint in, as she was an artist. The North and South Cottages were for the their servants. The building now referred to today as the Jr. Suites was built to house the crewman for his yacht. The building now the Spa Internazionale was Vanderbilt's personal airplane hanger.
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Vallon De Valrugues, ideally located near Avignon, has one of the largest spas in the area. The Spa at Le Vallon de Valrugues boasts a complete fitness centre over an area of 500 sqm. It includes an indoor heated swimming pool at 30°C (8 x 5 m) as well as a heated jacuzzi at 35°C, counter-current pool, steam room, sauna, and fitness room. Pictured is a Hydromassage bath with essential oils.
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November 10, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau
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: What is the size of the king bed at the Swissotel Merchant Court, my husband is approximately 185 meter tall?
ANSWER: Swissotel Merchant Court Hotel is a luxury hotel in the heart of the entertainment and dining hotspot Clarke Quay. Conveniently situated next to the train station, the hotel is accessible to many tourist attractions, including the shopping belt along Orchard Road, the Chinatown heritage site, and the business district at Raffles Place.
The 476-room hotel provides you with genuine Swiss hospitality and reliable service. Choose from a range of accommodation options and enjoy the use of the Club Lounge and upgraded amenities when you book an Executive room. Facilities include two restaurants, a lounge, a 24-hour gym, a free-form swimming pool and a wellness spa. Four function rooms and a column-free ballroom are also available for events.
For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Premier Room. The contemporary furnished rooms come with private balconies, providing a quayside view. Unwind in the comfort of luxury and enjoy complete in-room services and amenities after a long day of work and recreational pleasures. King bed measures 182 x 203 meter length.
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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.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
November 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Hotel du Cap Eden Roc might be 100 years old, but it's one of the newest hotels in the Five Star Alliance collection. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc has always been renowned for the refined luxury of its rooms, suites and villas but especially for their glittering settings overlooking the azure sea and the private parkland, with its swaying pines and Riviera palms. Following an extensive restoration project, the hotel's elegance and appeal has been further enhanced.
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Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is located on the former site of Boyes Hot Springs Hotel. Native Americans who were the first to discover the natural underground hot mineral waters here. This site was considered a sacred healing ground. In 1923, a disastrous fire destroyed the hotel and most of Boyes Hot Springs. However, in 1927, the current Inn rose from the ashes as an architecturally accurate replica of a California Mission. Once again, the Inn was filled with guests, and this unique hot springs resort was hailed as one of the finest in all of Northern California. In 1980, major renovation returned the Inn to its 1920's grandeur, and the Spa, added in 1981, attracted visitors from around the globe. Since then, the most recent additions and renovations, began in 1999 and completed in 2000, include the expansion of the Spa, to its 40,000 sq.ft. indoor and outdoor space, beautifully appointed, lush landscaping making this a true European Spa.
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Castel Monastero offers its guests an unique opportunity to get up close and personal with truffle hunting. Truffle hunting takes place in the morning, in Castel Monastero's fields and woods, an area famous in Tuscany for its black and white truffles. The excursion lasts approximately an hour and a half and the hunt will be led by an expert truffle hunter and his pack of dogs. At the end of the excursion guests can purchase the truffles they have foraged. The truffle hunt is followed by a truffle-based lunch at La Cantina restaurant.
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November 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa offers guests two oceanfront pools. There is an adult pool and an activity pool with waterslide and children's wading pool.
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