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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.

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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A Bit About Beau Rivage Hotel Et Plage


By: Five Star Alliance

Beau Rivage Hotel Et Plage, built in 1860, is located in the heart of the old city, a few steps away from the famous Promenade des Anglais and within walking distance from the Acropolis Convention Centre. Artists and intellectuals of that time such as Matisse, Fitzgerald, Nietzsche or Theckhov were fond of this hotel and were regular clients. It features a private beach with a restaurant.

At the beginning of the 21st century, the French architect Jean-Michel WIlmotte completed a full scale renovation of the Hotel Beau Rivage. Throughout the hotel, pebble motifs evoke the beaches of Nice. You will find them in the sofas with their Livingstone pebble cushions designed by Stéphanie Marin, the lamps by Céline Wright and the tables which were tailor-made for this boutique hotel by the artist Bernard Reyboz.

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Did You Know? Barnsley Gardens Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Behind Barnsley Resort's storybook setting is a true story filled with as many twists and turns as a work of fiction. The original manor, called Woodlands, was an estate built by a man—Godfrey Barnsley—for the love of his life, his wife Julia. Godfrey Barnsley began construction on his Italianate villa in the 1840's in the north Georgia foothills, on land that had once been inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. Both the home and its elaborate gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneering landscape designer and proponent of Italianate and gothic revival architecture. Julia never saw the completed home, as she fell ill and passed away. Today, Barnsley's stunning estate is an award-winning destination resort.

Barnsley Garden's Resort

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Did You Know: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai


By: Five Star Alliance

The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is the world's tallest hotel, a 76-story, 355 meter twin-tower skyscraper complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It features a 1,608-rooms, 14 food and beverage outlets, rooftop bars, a business center, conference halls and meeting rooms, an extensive banquet hall, a 3,700 square meter spa and health club, as well as retail outlets, a swimming pool, and a gymnasium.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

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Did You Know? Post Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Post Hotel
The Post Hotel's wine cellar is located adjacent to the Lake Louise Dining Room and has an inventory of over 25,500 bottles and more than 2300 selections of the finest wines available. Thanks to the efforts of Lake Louise Hotel owner George Schwarz, the wine list at the Post has become one of the most comprehensive in the country and continues to impress dining room guests. Since 2002, Wine Spectator, the authoritative wine magazine of North America, has awarded the Post Hotel its highest honour – The  "Grand Award." It is one of only four restaurants in Canada to achieve this recognition, which is regarded as the pinnacle of restaurant success worldwide.

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Did You Know? Ajman Saray


By: Five Star Alliance

Brought together by the passion and dedication of His Highness Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Executive Council, Ajman Saray is home to some of the finest Arabian horses in the world, known across Middle Eastern and European show circuits. Guests here can get up close and personal with these majestic thoroughbreds. 

Ajman Saray

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Did You Know? Barcelo Huatulco Beach


By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Huatulco Beach is the only hotel in Huatulco with a water park. It also offers tennis courts, snorkels, kayaks, minigolf, and playground areas.

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Did You Know? Quail Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

Quail Lodge
Guests at Quail Lodge & Golf Club can try their hand at some stunt-person worthy driving. The luxury resort features the Land Rover Experience Driving School. Open year-round, it offers customized lessons and adventure for all skill levels. Guided by a qualified instructor, guests will make steep descents down a two-track trail, climb piles of logs and navigate tight hairpin turns. Lessons and programs range from one hour to multiple days. The dedicated course is composed to provide an exciting outdoor adventure of endless obstacles including ascents, descents, side-tilts, log crossings, and rock crawls.

 

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Did You Know? Blue Palace Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Blue Palace Resort and SpaGuests at Blue Palace Resort and Spa can learn how to cook like a Greek. Join the hotel for a Greek cooking class, focusing on authentic flavors and traditional recipes of Crete. Learn how to make your favorite Cretan salad Dakos, aromatic and delicious Dolmadakia (vine wraps with rice and herbs) and enjoy a step-by-step lesson on how to make a traditional Prawn Saganaki or Sea bass fillet. Learn valuable cooking secrets, take a wonderful lesson with plenty of hands-on cooking and enjoy the meal you prepared at Blue Door restaurant. 

 

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Did you know?: Baltschug Kempinski Moscow


By: Five Star Alliance

The building where Baltschug Kempinski Moscow makes its home dates back to 1898.The hotel has 227 elegant rooms, including 36 suites and unique Design Suites. Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow boasts restaurant The Baltschug Grill, as well as the refined Cafe Kranzler, Lobby Lounge bar, Beauty Centre Baltschug, and a Health Club. In addition, there are 12 modern meeting rooms, and most offer great views over Red Square. 

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