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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.

Did You Know? Copacabana Palace

June 24, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Copacabana Palace was featured in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio. The film was the first one to feature the legendary dance partners Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. 

Copacabana Palace

 

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Image of the Day: The Oitavos

June 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

One of the many relaxing views at Portugal's The Oitavos.

The Oitavos 

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Did You Know? Diamond Deluxe Hotel

June 22, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Diamond Deluxe Hotel is located on Greece's Kos Island. Founded in 366 BC, Kos Island is the third largest of the Dodecanese islands in Greece. Measuring 40 km by 8 km and located at a distance of a mere 4 km from the coast of Bodrum in the neighboring country of Turkey, the island has a population of 30,947.

Diamond Deluxe Hotel

 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Diamonds Star of the East

June 21, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Diamonds Star of the East fis a private sanctuary of 11 exclusive villas with their own plunge pools and a tastefully furnished terrace just 5 minutes from Tanzania's Nungwi beaches.

Diamonds Star of the East

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hawks Cay Island Resort

June 18, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Meet the newest member of our collection: Hawks Cay Island Resort! Hawks Cay Island Resort is located in the middle of the Florida Keys (mile marker 61 ocean side) on the quiet island of Duck Key. The resort is just over an hour's drive from Key West attractions and nightlife, and only minutes from the village of Marathon where you'll find the Seven-Mile Bridge, Pigeon Key, the Marathon Turtle Hospital, shopping opportunities and more.

Hawks Cay Island Resort

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Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay Opens New Restaurant

June 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor has the latest news on the new beachfront restaurant at Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay:

Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay

 
 

Sundara – the new beachfront restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – has opened, offering three private dining rooms on the mezzanine level. These distinctively Balinese venues are ideal for birthday parties, anniversaries and other special occasions. They are also offered for destination wedding celebrations – from rehearsal dinners to post-wedding receptions, brunches, lunches and dinners.

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Image of the Day: Hilton Pattaya

June 9, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Hilton Pattaya is part of South East Asia's largest and exclusive beachfront, lifestyle, shopping and entertainment center CentralFestival at Pattaya Beach, a 240,000 square meter development with over 300 shops and restaurants.

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Did You Know? GoldenEye Hotel and Resort

June 4, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

  

GoldenEye


What's the connection between Jamaica, Island Records, James Bond, and GoldenEye Hotel and Resort

GoldenEye

 

 

James Bond is famous for his travels to exotic and luxurious locales. That's no surprise, given that the man who dreamed him up worked for British Naval Intelligence during WWII. It was during his service that Fleming was sent to Jamaica to investigate U-Boat activities in the Caribbean. Fleming fell in love with the tropical island and vowed to return as soon as he could. The name of the naval operation he was working on? GoldenEye. Fleming bought property in the village of Oracabessa Bay (which means Golden Head) and built his dream home after the war ended. There was James Bond born out of Fleming's no-doubt brain. 

 

It took Island Records founder Chris Blackwell to turn Fleming's home into a luxury hotel. Blackwell bought the property in 1976. He has since expanded the property into a 52-acre world-class property. 

 

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For Sale: St. Barth's Estate, Former Home of a Wild and Crazy Guy

June 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance


Want to sleep in Steve Martin's bed?  Now you can, as long as you have a lot of cash to throw around.   

St. Barth Properties Sotheby’s International Realty has announced Villa Au Soleil as a listing for sale.  Owned by comedian Steve Martin, Villa Au Soleil has garnered many accolades for its ambiance, spectacular pool, lush gardens and 270 degree views.

What will you get if you purchase The Jerk's old digs?

-A secluded Balinese-style gazebo set amidst lush tropical gardens; a true sanctuary with a lily pond.

-A state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, a poolside barbeque shelter, a traditional dining room and multiple terraced dining areas; foodies and aspiring chefs are inspired to cook in and enjoy.

-A bird’s eye view of St. Barth’s notorious little runway with the small planes taking off and landing.

-Expansive outdoor living spaces that include a spectacular infinity pool, a multi-level sun deck and a patio.

-A private hot tub on the Master Bedroom’s terrace.

If you'd rather rent before plunking down the asking price, that can be arranged as well.  But act quickly, Tom Smyth, Co-owner and Real Estate contact for the US Market, who is handling the sale, reports that the interest from buyers is very high. For questions regarding the sale of Villa Au Soleil, Tom Smyth can be reached by phone at (508)-570-4481 or via email at tom.smyth@sothebysrealty.com. Those interested in renting the villa should contact reservations@stbarth.com.
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Luxury Hotels from the Past: The Ponce de León Hotel

May 28, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Recently Shorpy showcased the Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustin Florida - "Vacation Spots: 1890s".

Ponce de León Hotel

Completed in 1888, the exclusive luxury hotel in St. Augustine, Florida was built by millionaire developer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry M. Flagler. Designed in the Spanish Renaissance style it was constructed entirely of poured concrete. From the very beginning, the hotel also was wired for electricity with power being supplied by D.C. generators supplied by Flagler's friend, Thomas Edison and was one of the first buildings in the nation to have electricity.

During World War II the Hotel was used as a Coast Guard Training Center and in 1963 the Hotel was one of several St. Augustine sites involved in the civil rights movement. In the late 1960's the hotel and grounds became the focal point of the newly-established Flagler College.

From Shorpy: "St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1890s. 'The Ponce de Leon, rear view.' Henry Flagler's grand hotel, with the street traffic none too artfully stippled out. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson."

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