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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? The Serras


By: Five Star Alliance

When you check into The Serras Hotel, you stay in a building dating from 1846. Its facade was designed by Francesc Daniel Molina, the architect who built Barcelona's famous Placa Reial. And as if that weren't enough, Pablo Picasso, one of the 20th centurys most renowned artists, had his first studio in this building in 1896, when he was only 15. Guests can stay in it today by booking the Picasso Suite.

·The Serras

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Did You Know? Banyan Tree Lang Co


By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Lang Co is an all-pool villa resort. Within touch of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the imperial city of Hue, charming old town of Hoi An, and My Son's historical ruins - culture aficionados will be satiated. Those with a bent for the physical will also find joy in a wide range activities. Golfers can tee off in style at the Sir Nick Faldo-designed 18-hour championship golf course, meandering through rice paddies and trickling streams against the backdrop of a staggering mountain range.

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Did You Know? Alisal Guest Ranch


By: Five Star Alliance

Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley bound by a river on the northeast and a coastal mountain range on the southwest. The range barricades the coastal flow, producing warmer valley days and cooler valley nights. The adjacent river and seasonal streams that cross this land abound with annual runs of 10-pound steelhead trout. The rolling hills are dotted with valley oaks and coast live oaks, many of which will live up to 300 years. The verdant glens and riverbanks, shadowed by the mountain backdrop, support healthy groves of western sycamores. Deer graze cautiously, fearing mountain lions, bears, and coyotes. Original inhabitants used this land for hunting and for gathering acorns and, most recently, for raising livestock. 

Alisal Guest Ranch

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Did You Know? Fairmont Banff Springs


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Banff Springs
The 
Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta is an internationally recognized symbol of Canadian hospitality. It was built during the 19th century as one of Canada's grand railway hotels, being constructed in Scottish Baronial style and located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The hotel was opened to the public on June 1, 1888. The likes of Helen Keller, Marilyn Monroe, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth
visited the hotel.
 


Dining al Fresco: Belmond Hotel Splendido


By: Five Star Alliance

La Terrazza, located at Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare, is an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Portofino
and one of the most spectacular dining venues in all of Italy.

Seafood, pasta and regional specialities are cooked to perfection by Chef Corrado Corti and his team.

Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare

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A Look at Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

The Ca’ Nigra Lagoon Resort is an authentic expression of styles of the Venetian Settecento and modern design,
blending in perfect taste with the influences of fine oriental antiques. Today, after masterly preservative restoration
works that have brought up the value of its splendour, mosaics, original venetian floors of the Seicento, marble friezes
and precious glass panes are rediscovered harmonizing elegantly with modern solutions. 

Ca'Nigra Lagoon

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Did You Know? Ca' Sagredo Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Ca' Sagredo Hotel was a palace originally owned by the Morosini family. It was purchased at the start of the 18th century by the Sagredos, a noble family who had lived in the Santa Sofia district for centuries. The facade onto the Grand Canal is proof of the Byzantine origin of the building, which was altered several times in subsequent centuries. The original ground floor with the doors leading onto the water and the first floor with its tall arch windows topped on slim pillars, were completed in the 15th century by the addition of second floor, which has tracery frieze around the middle mullioned windows of the Portego or central hall.

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Dining at Borgo Egnazia


By: Five Star Alliance

The chef personally selects products from his vegetable garden at Borgo Egnazia or purchases them at local markets, following a careful selection that favors quality and freshness. These local products are part of a cuisine with simple yet intense flavors. 

Borgo Egnazia

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Warped Stairs at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia?


By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton PhiladelphiaThe stairs leading to what today is The Grand Ballroom at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia (formerly the vault of Girard Bank) are warped on one side. The stairs were built for the ladies to make their “grand entrance” into the vault to retrieve their jewels on Friday for their weekend social event, and their subsequent return on Monday. The warping on that one side is from the traffic up and down—the skirts were long at the time, and there is a banister only on that side. The stairs were left as is.

 

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Green Initiatives at Bardessono


By: Five Star Alliance

BardessonoBardessono is one of only three hotels in the United States that has been designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for environmental design. Initiatives include:

-Buildings that are designed with overhangs to reduce the heat gain from the summer sun, yet allow the winter sun's rays to enter and warm the rooms. Each room has 200 square feet of glass to allow for natural lighting. 

-When cooling is required, the first stage of intervention is for motor controlled exterior venetian blinds to lower to reduce the heat gain from the sun. When additional heating or cooling in guest rooms is necessary, water is used from 72, 300 foot wells on the property.

-The large amount of glass used in each building reduces the daytime requirement for electrical lighting. LED, halogen, or fluorescent bulbs are used in light fixtures throughout the property. Bardessono

-All glues, adhesives, finishes, paints, carpets, and fabrics used at Bardessono are required to meet low volatile organic compounds (VOC) standards to vastly improve indoor air quality. 

-The combination of low VOC compound materials, no carpeting and drapes, all organic linens, terry and cleaning supplies, greatly reduces any potential allergens in the rooms.

-Indoors, bathroom fixtures with low water flow have been installed, along with dual flush toilets and waterless urinals. Outdoors, native and drought tolerant plants have been chosen for landscaping in order to minimize water demand. 

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