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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.

Dining al Fresco: Palazzo Avino

By: Five Star Alliance

Dining at Palazzo Avino is truly a unique experience. You can enjoy a candle light dinner
served in the award-winning Rossellinis restaurant or a delicious casual meal at Terrazza Belvedere.

Palazzo Avino

Terrazza Belvedere serves an array of appetizing small bites and fresh pasta dishes. With
a terrace perched over the property that offers magnificent views of the coastline, this is
a casual dining favorite amongst guests. A new addition to Terrazza Belvedere is the 
Lobster & Martini Bar that opens at 6 pm.

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Image of the Day: Maison La Minervetta

By: Five Star Alliance

Maison La Minervetta sits in an unique position on the seacliff overlooking Marina Grande,
and facing the entire Gulf of Naples with Vulcano Vesuvio, just minutes away from the centre of Sorrento.

Maison la Minervetta

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Dining al Fresco: San Montano Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

San Montano Resort and Spa, located on the Amalfi Coast, focuses on Mediterranean cuisine. It has an accent on time- honoured recipes from Naples and southern Italy revitalised with a contemporary twist by the brilliant Executive Chef Pasquale Di Iorio Special attention is put on the freshness of the food, which is immediately apparent in the mouth-watering selection of mozzarella, local vegetables, fish and meat. Guests can enjoy affording peerless vistas of the Amalfi Coast from the Buganvillea Restaurant, with an elegant indoor dining room and a stunning outdoor terraces, perfect for sunny days and warm evenings to create a magical atmosphere to fulfill the desire for a good and genuine cuisine.

San Montano Resort and Spa 

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Image of the Day: Casa Angelina

By: Five Star Alliance

Casa Angelina is located in Praiano (from "praia," meaning beach), a small town located on the Amalfi Coast in Campania, between Amalfi and Positano. 

Casa Angelina

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Did You Know? Le Sirenuse

By: Five Star Alliance

Le Sirenuse opened in 1951, when the Marchesi Sersale turned their summer house into a charming Hotel,
overlooking the bay of Positano. Today Le Sirenuse has 58 rooms, furnished with all the comforts of a luxury
hotel, while maintaining the atmosphere of a private home.


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New to Five Star Alliance: San Montano Resort and Spa

By: K. Clare Johnson


Meet our newest addition, San Montano Resort and Spa. Located on the island of Ischia, on Italy's Amalfi Coast, the hardest decision you'll have to make during your stay is which one of the many gorgeous beaches you want to sun yourself on.

 San Montano Resort and Spa


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Meet Palazzo Avino!

By: K. Clare Johnson

Meet Palazzo Avino! Formerly known as Palazzo Sasso, this stunning five-star deluxe hotel on Italy's famed Amalfi Coast has been rated as one of the world’s finest hotels and boasts two-star Michelin dining.

Here are few details about this amazing property:

-Built in what was once a 12th century private villa for an Italian noble family and opened as a hotel in 1997.


-All rooms and suites are decorated with hand made Vietri tiles, antique carpets, furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries and brass accessories and appliques.


-A 20 meter outdoor heated swimming pool is situated in the gardens of Palazzo Avino with an amazing view of the sea and the mountains.


-Dining at Palazzo Avino is truly a unique experience. You can enjoy a candle light dinner served in the two Michelin starred Rossellinis restaurant or a delicious casual meal at Terrazza Belvedere.

-Horses are available for treks on most of the scenic mountain routes.


-The gymnasium is located in the gardens under white gazebos and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. A variety of technogym equipment is available.


-The surroundings of the seven village fragments' of Ravello amount to a wild, scenic garden affording leisurely walks or more challenging treks up into the mountains.

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Palazzo Sasso Gets a Makeover for the New Year!

By: Oksana Balytsky

Beginning in January 2013, the Palazzo Sasso will be renamed to its founding family’s name: Palazzo Avino. Situated on a cliff top 1,000 feet above sea level, this stunning luxury hotel overlooks the Amalfi coastline and has 43 exclusive rooms and suites. Originally built in the 12th century, the Palazzo Sasso has been transformed into an architectural masterpiece, and it’s the only hotel in Ravello that has a beach club. A few other key features include a twenty meter heated rooftop pool, ample opportunities to go wine tasting, and a state-of-the-art wellness spa.

Make your reservations at this luxury hotel today to experience the Palazzo Sasso, and be sure to come back in the New Year to take in the newly improved Palazzo Avino!

The Traveler's Compendium: 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

By: Christopher Roney

Bucket lists.  We've probably all got one, and I can't get over my slightly morbid fascination of the idea of making the list of the things you'd like to live framed around dying.  Maybe it's that the finitude of life creates a sweet sense of urgency that makes experience all the more poignant.  But I'm not here to philosophize; I leave that to the well-bearded among us.  I'm here to tell you about the second edition of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die with the much more uplifting subtitle: A Traveler's Life List.

A coffeetable book if there ever was one, 1,000 Places lays out some of the most unique and gorgeous places the world has to offer. And one of the things about the luxury hotel industry is that we've done a pretty good job of making sure that most of these places have the accommodations for you to experience them.  Heading to the Amalfi Coast? Why not stay at the Palazzo Sasso, which has a breathtaking view of the ocean stretching out from its feet, 350 meters below.  Or perhaps you're interested in Paris.  The Plaza Athenee or Hotel de Crillon have you covered.  It's really quite incredible when you step back to think how easy it is to experience the unique gems this blue-green sphere has to offer.  So pick up your copy of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and pick out your next vacation destination.  We have certainly have some suggestions for you.

Hotel Santa Caterina: Where Kim Kardashian Honeymooned on the Amalfi Coast

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Santa CaterinaWhere to go on a honeymoon when you're Kim Kardashian? Why Italy, of course. The reality TV star and her NBA beau escaped to the Amalfi Coast for some PDA-packed "alone time" after they tied the knot in Montecito, California on August 20th. They bunked down in a "Romeo and Juliet" chalet that costs $3,300 per night. The gorgeous Hotel Santa Caterina-- surrounded by olive groves and fruit orchards next to the Mediterranean sea-- must be counting their lucky stars for this PR opportunity!