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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: Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Adare Manor is initially reminiscent of a chateau, but many of its features are
shared by great residences of the era in Britain and Ireland. Unusually, the Manor
is laid out as a Calendar House. 365 stained windows and 52 chimneys mark the
annual tally of days and weeks. There are also references to the 7 days of the week
and 12 months of the year.

Adare Manor

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Cool Pools: Carlsbad Plaza


By: Five Star Alliance

Carlsbad Plaza has a 15x6 meter swimming pool, whirlpools, saunas, and a relaxation room.

Carlsbad Plaza

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Dining al Fresco: JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Have a meal and a drink accompanied by the terrific views of Venice found at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa.
In addition to the breathtaking vistas of the park and the lagoon, La Sagra Poolside offers cicchetti and sharing platters,
along with inventive cocktails, beer, and wine.

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

 

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Private Cooking Lessons at The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests of The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort can indulge in culinary experiences during their stay at the Italian resort. Explore the rich flavors of Sicily’s cuisine with cooking classes, wine-tasting lessons, and mixology classes. All the ingredients are organic handpicked from Verdura's vegetable garden, olive, lemon, and orange trees.

Verdura Golf and Spa Resort

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Cooking Class - The chefs will teach you to make some of Verdura's most popular dishes with the freshest local ingredients. 

Sicilian Cuisine Class - Sicilian cuisine is a triumph of flavours, enriched over centuries by a variety of culinary traditions. Classes focus on how to make a Sicilian classic like chocolate, pastry, pizza or caponata.

Mixology - Learn how to mix a Sicilian Mojito and other classic cocktails with a twist. Make your very own cocktails with the resort's mixologist. 

Wine Tasting - Sicily has all the ingredients for good wine. Taste the very best wines selected by the resort's sommelier. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Residenz Heinz Winkler


By: Five Star Alliance

Residenz Heinz Winkler was created from a late medieval building and has been rebuilt it into a modern yet tradition-conscious Residenz. There are 32 rooms and suites with balconies, terraces, or access to the garden. There is also a Laconium with sauna, tepidarium, and indoor pool. But is is the famous Venetian Gourmet Restaurant that is the heart and the soul of the Residenz Heinz Winkler. The elegant interior and the Italian ambiance is the perfect setting for unforgettable hours of culinary enjoyment and pleasure. In his starred cuisine Vitale Heinz Winkler creates classic menus and offers surprising creations to inspire his guests.

Residenz Heinz Winkler

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Where to Visit During Your Stay at NJV Plaza Athens


By: Five Star Alliance

NJV Athens Plaza


NJV Athens Plaza is considered one of the best and most luxurious hotels in Athens. Its ideal location, supreme customer service, and subtle opulence are its three distinctive characteristics. With 159 guestrooms, 23 suites, a trendy restaurant, bars, lounges, a fully equipped conference center, and high quality services, amenities, and standards, NJV Athens Plaza is the ideal choice for a short or a long-term stay. 

Guests of NJV Athens Plaza will find themselves within striking distance of numerous Athenian cultural and historical sites.

Here's just a few places to put on your itenirary:

 

The Acropolis: The Acropolis, and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilisation. The Parthenon was dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the patron goddess of the city of Athens and goddess of wisdom. It was built under the instructions of Pericles, the political leader of Athens in the 5th century BC. The Parthenon was constructed between 447 and 438 BC and its sculptural decoration was completed in 432 BC. In 1987 it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site (UNESCO, 1987). 

The Temple of Olympian Zeus: The massive temple of Zeus, the most important building in the Altis, standing in its very centre, is the largest temple in the Peloponnese, considered by many to be the perfect example of Doric architecture. 

The National Gardens: This 38 acres public park is located behind the Greek Parliament building.  The Garden is home to ancient ruins, columns, mosaics, and busts of historically important Greeks such as Dionysis. 

The National Archeological Museum of Athens: This is largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. It was founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece.

Megaron Mousikis (Athens Concert Hall): This cultural center is is just 2 metro stops from NJV Athens Plaza. Famous artists and renowned orchestras have performed in its amazing state-of-the-art halls, while numerous dance and theater performances have attracted thousands of visitors. Megaron Plus is located right next to the Athens Concert Hall and regularly hosts numerous lectures, workshops and conferences. 

Lycabettus Hill: The hill offers a panaromic view of the city and can be  reached by a funicular railway that departs from Kolonaki. 

Athens' Historical District: The picturesque paved streets, the lovely taverns with the delicious traditional cuisine dishes, the cozy bars, the galleries, the cultural centers, the museums, the old churches, and the ancient monuments bedazzle the eye of the beholder. Especially during the winter, the heart of the Athenian night life beats in Psyrri, Thiseio, Kerameikos, Gazi and Monastiraki, where visitors will find numerous big and smaller bars and clubs. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel has 22 rooms that provide cozy and refined comfort. Each room has either a private terrace or private garden. The rooms have been decorated by the interior designer Sybille de Margerie, immersing you in the colorful and fanciful world of the Mediterranean.

Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel

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Image of the day: AlpenRoyal Grand Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Rooms at AlpenRoyal Grand Hotel have a splendid view over the Grand Park of the hotel and of the Dolomites. 

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Dining al Fresco: Santa Marina Resort and Villas


By: Five Star Alliance

Santa Marina Resort and Villas offers an incomparable sea view, fresh beverages, and enticing Mediterranean dishes. 

Santa Marina Resort

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Image of the day: Tschuggen Grand Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The history of the Tschuggen Grand Hotel began in 1883 when Otto Herwig,
a German from Hanau on the river Main, came to Arosa to recover from a lung condition.
Convinced of the therapeutic effects of Arosa’s air, he soon founded the Berghilf Sanatorium
together with his sister Marie, who took over the running of the institution in 1892 and
managed it until her death in 1922.

Tschuggen Grand Hotel

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