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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.

Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Villa Cora


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Villa Cora earned its reputation by hosting international guests of great importance, such as Princess Eugenia, wife of Napoleon III, and the French musician Claude Debussy. Grand Hotel Villa Cora

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Danieli


By: Five Star Alliance

Restaurant Terrazza Danieli at Hotel Danieli hosts up to 120 guests in both
the indoor restaurant and also outdoors on its exquisite terrace, open for al fresco
dining in warmer months from April to October. An a la carte menu showcases
typical Venetian cuisine as well as traditional Mediterranean fare accompanied by
breathtaking views of Venice. Restaurant Terrazza Danieli offers a truly memorable
dining experience.

Hotel Danieli

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Things to Do at Porto Zante Villas and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Porto Zante Villas an Spa
Porto Zante Villas and Spa is a private Greek getaway perfect for blissing out and relaxing. But, if you prefer your vacations with a little more adventure, here are some suggestions for things to do during your stay.

Navagio Beach
Sometimes referred to as Smugglers’ Cove, Navagio Beach is one of the most popular attractions in Greece, with crystal-clear waters and the shipwreck of a notorious Greek smuggler ship. One of the best beaches in the world (as chosen by Condé Nast Traveler) awaits you only 20 minutes away from your villa by private speedboat or motor yacht. 

Blue Caves
A succession of caves reflecting the striking deep azure color of the sea, the Blue Caves invite you to admire their wild beauty and dive in their marvelous waters.

Caretta-Caretta Turtles
Visit Marathonisi Island, home to the endangered species Caretta-Caretta, and swim side by side with these beautiful creatures. Protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, it is an absolute must-see is only 20 minutes away from your villa by private speedboat or motor yacht.

Dafni beach
Under the protection of the National Marine Park, Dafni beach is one of the most important turtle nesting beaches in Greece. Ideal for those looking for a secluded spot to relax and swim.

Kefallonia
Treat yourself to a private cruise with the resort's private speedboat, motor yacht, or sailing yacht. 30 minutes is all you need to reach Kefallonia, the biggest island of the Ionian Sea.

Bochali
Astonishing views of the capital of Zakynthos and other parts of the island, the Castle and the church of Virgin Mary of Chrysopigi, along with the traditional architecture and aristocratic allure, will make Bochali one of your favourite spots on the island.

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Dining al Fresco: Palazzo Montemartini


By: Five Star Alliance

The Senses restaurant at Palazzo Montemartini has a magical and evocative atmosphere, with a large central fountain with a waterfall, and a privileged view of the Baths of Diocletian and the ancient Servian Wall. Perfect for satisfying the requirements of guests, the Senses Restaurant at Palazzo Montemartini combines the best traditional Italian recipes with international dishes, focusing on high quality ingredients, linked to the territory's best produce.

Palazzo Montemartini

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Did You Know? Hotel Paris Prague


By: Five Star Alliance

The restaurant at Hotel Paris Prague is named for legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt. Its 
Art Nouveau interiors make it one of the crown jewels of Prague restaurants. The restaurant is non-smoking
and offers French and Czech cuisine revisited in modern style.

Hotel Paris Prague

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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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Andy Murray Scores Love at Cromlix


By: K. Clare Johnson

Cromlix
If you owned a hotel in the form of a restored country house, why wouldn't you get married there?  Sources say that tennis legend Andy Murray is set to marry this weekend near his recently opened hotel Cromlix. Murray, who is currently ranked #3 in the world and has two Grand Slams to his name, is marrying Kim Sears, his girlfriend of nearly a decade.  Cromlix, a Victorian Perthshire mansion, is in Murray's hometown of Dunblane, Stirling. Murray bought the property in 2013 for 1.8 million pounds and turned it into a 15-room luxury getaway. Rooms are named after Murrays fellow Scotsmen, including Sean Connery, Annie Lennox, and the medieval King of Scotland, Eden, which is likely to be the suite in which the newly-hitched couple will stay. Cromlix

Tying the knot at Cromlix is a apparently a rite of passage for the Murray family. Andy's brother was married at the estate in 2010. 

Although the property has its own, 12th century, 28-seat chapel onsite, the pair has chosen to wed in nearby Dunblane Cathedral. The reception will be held at Cromlix, where dining is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux.

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Did You Know? Boscolo Budapest


By: Five Star Alliance

Boscolo Budapest
The eclectic building of the Boscolo Budapest was constructed between 1892 and 1894 by the architects Alajos Hauszmann, Floris Korb and Kalman Giergl, for the Hungarian offices of the New York Life Insurance Company, by transposing the old styles of Greek, Latin, Renaissance and Baroque together in prodigiously-creative Art Nouveau.

The ground floor houses the historic New York Cafe, opened in 1894 by the Hungarian coffee baron Sandor Steuer, and is a place to meet the artistic and cultural life of the city of Budapest.

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Dining al Fresco: Chateau des Vigiers


By: Five Star Alliance

Set in an old wine making building at Chateau des Vigiers, Brasserie le Cha imparts the cordiality
and conviviality of its origins. It serves famous regional specialities such as Magret de Canard, Confit
and home-made Foie Gras as well as lighter lunches, all in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Inside, the restaurant’s vast vaulted ceiling and warm open fire portray rural charm. Outside, the
elevated terrace is perfect for dining in peace and tranquillity under an ancient walnut tree, surrounded
by views of the lake, parkland, and Chateau.

Chateau de Vigiers

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Image of the Day: Petit Palace Museum Barcelona


By: Five Star Alliance

The Petit Palace Museum is located next to Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes in a parallel
street of Paseo de Gracia and very near from the Cataluna Square, Ramblas, Barrio Gotico,
and the main historic and cultural old city center. 

Petit Palace Musuem

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