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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.

The Gleneagles Hotel Re-Launches the Leisure Club

March 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Gleneagles Hotel
The Gleneagles Hotel
 
has officially relaunched The Club, which is the hotel's leisure complex. The re-launch, which took 12 months and cost  £5 million, coincides with the hotel's 90th anniversary and arrives just in time for the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being held at the hotel.

The Club's reception area now has a viewing gallery overlooking the pool hall, and a waiting area with comfortable seating. There are dry and wet stairs so that swimmers and gym users can stay seperate. The changing facilities have been enlarged with more lockers, vanity tables, and added space for adult and toddler changing cubicles. There is a playroom  for junior members between 2 and 10 years old.The Gleneagles Hotel Leisure Pool

The former lap pool has now been transformed into a soothing adults-only zone. There is a whirlpool tub, sauna and steam room, and heated loungers. The leisure pool now features a waterfall, bubble jet crossing, and bubble pool. Undergoing a complete transformation, the old outdoor pool is now an Alpine Onsen. The outdoor pool now combines the look and feel of a hot mountain pool with the tranquillity of a highland landscape. 

The Gleneagles Hotel

The hotel has previously unveiled a series of developments including the £3 million overhaul of the Dormy Clubhouse in 2011, the installation of The Blue Bar - a new outdoor whisky and cigar bar - in the same year, and a £1 million investment in its PGA Centenary Course in 2012. In 2013, the resort invested £1million in refurbishing 36 of its 232 rooms, as part of a rolling revamp.

The Gleneagles Hotel was built in 1924 and is situated in 850 acres of beautiful Perthshire countryside, just one hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel is a haven of luxury British heritage that offers a five star hotel experience. With 232 elegant rooms, including 26 suites, the hotel provides some of the finest accommodation in Scotland.

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Did You Know? Grand Hotel Eden

March 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Eden was originally called hotel Panorama, and was built by Domenico Lombardi in 1870. It was purchased in 1883 by Carlo Augusto Reichmann,  a famous German hotelier.

In 1907, to make the most of the hotel's wonderful location, Reichmann hired architect Paolito Somazzi to construct a new larger building directly on the lake's shores. The two buildings were linked with a tunnel, acting as a particularly luxurious underground passage, entirely tiled in white, with painted garlands of flowers and furnished with shops and fitness centres for the hotel's guests.

The two buildings were called Reichmanns’ Hotels till 1919, when the name Hotel Eden was first adopted with the new owner - Adolfo Michel di Bonigen from the Canton Bern.

Grand Hotel Eden 

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Deals of the Day: Warwick Denver Hotel, Radisson St. Martin Resort, and Breidenbacher Hof A Capella Hotel

March 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Warwick Denver
Warwick Denver 
 - Denver, CO, USA

Combining the finest in comfort with unmatched hospitality and service, Warwick Denver Hotel offers visitors the ultimate in affordable luxury among hotels in downtown Denver, Colorado. Warwick Denver Hotel boasts the most spacious lodging accommodations in Downtown Denver, the majority of which have private balconies (with two patio chairs and table) and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering impressive views of the Downtown Denver skyline or the Colorado Front Range. The rooms are decorated in a traditional style with understated comfort.

Try the Suite Life Package. It includes:
-Luxury Suite for two
-Wine and cheese welcome amenity
-One in-suite movie
-Complimentary Valet Parking
-Complimentary Wi-Fi

Rates start at $249 per night >>

Radisson St. Martin Resort - St Martin Cedex, French West Indies
As the most comprehensive full-service beach resort in St Martin, this is the place to stay, dine, play, discover and relax. Guest accommodations at the Radisson St Martin Resort, Marina and Spa provide a relaxing environment for a romantic getaway, Caribbean honeymoon or family vacation. Guests can opt to stay in a beautiful Marina Suites or traditional guest room. All will enjoy such welcome amenities as a private balcony, iPod dockable clock radio and high-speed Internet access. This St Martin resort offers motorized water sports and everything you need to enjoy a day on the Caribbean Sea, including banana boats, canoes, kayaks and wave runners. There is always something fun going on.
Radisson St. Martin Resort

Take advantage of the Early Summer Sale. It includes: 
-Superior Room with two Queen beds
-30% savings on accommodations
-Spacious guest rooms with two queen beds
-Daily breakfast buffet for two adults
-Kids Stay & Eat Free
-Fun resort guest activities: nature hikes, dive-in movies, aqua gym and sunrise stretch
-Free wireless, high-speed Internet access

Early summer sale rates start at EUR 168 per night >>

Breidenbacher Hof A Capella Hotel - Dusseldorf, Germany 

Breidenbacher Hof a Capella HotelSituated right on one of the world's most renowned streets, the Konigsallee, Breidenbacher Hof is an icon for Germany, combining modern features and amenities with the rich tradition and heritage of the past. While the exterior remains the same, preserving one of Germany's treasures, the inside of the Breidenbacher Hof has been entirely rethought to fit the needs of the modern traveler.
Shopping at the Breidenbacher Hof provides select and distinct shopping experiences, including House of Escada, Schnitzler Perfumery and Hugo Boss, moments away on the Konigsalle. Inside Breidenbacher Hof, a world-class grill awaits, combining modern flair with traditional German cuisine, and there are numerous opportunities to discover the local flavor along the Konigsallee and beyond. Dusseldorf's renowned Old Town is steps away from the hotel, featuring historic taverns, bars and restaurants, as well as a stunning collection of turn-of-the-century architecture awaiting your exploration. 

Try the Honeymoon Package. It includes: 
-Fireplace Suite
-Four-course dinner
-Carriage ride
-Spa treatments
-Complimentary Wi-fi

Honeymoon Package rates start at EUR 656.80 per night >>

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Image of the Day: Aigialos Hotel

March 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Aigialos Hotel s a Luxury Hotel comprising a complex of 16 authentic Houses, exemplars of island architecture, remodelled with absolute respect for Cycladic tradition, together with state-of-art hotel comfort. Among its unique houses, named after the Ancient Gods of Wind, it proudly features the impressive "Voreas" Mansion and the exceptional "Tramountana", ideal for honeymooners.

With a breathtaking view of the world-famous Aegean caldera, the volcano and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Aigialos Hotel, strategically located at the edge of Fira city, offers from all its balconies and verandas an unrivalled experience of the loveliest sunset in the world, together with a rare combination of unique architecture, elegance and tradition. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: El Palauet Living Barcelona

March 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

El Palauet Living Barcelona

Meet El Palauet Living Barcelona. Located on Barcelona’s most exclusive boulevard at Passeig de Gracia 113, this five-story palatial mansion, built in 1906, is an extraordinary example of Modernisme (the sumptuous Catalan version of Art Nouveau). Its architect, Pere Falques, is also known for his ornate lampposts jutting from ceramic tile benches that are sidewalk landmarks at the Passeig de Gracia. He was a contemporary of Antoni Gaudi, whose acclaimed buildings are nearby. The facade of El Palauet reflects the great prosperity, creative genius, and unbridled imagination of the era. Palauet, in the Catalan language, is a small palau or palace.

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Did You Know? Balbirnie House

March 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Balbirnie House
Balbirnie House
dates back to 1777, having been commissioned by The Balfour family who were a very influential agricultural and coal mining family at the time.

The house was originally designed by the architect John Nisbet in 1777 and was then extended by Robert Crichton in 1815, and is now listed as Grade A of architectural and historical importance, most probably built as one of the largest and earliest Grecian style houses in Scotland.

The park surrounding Balbirnie extends to 416 acres of undulating scenery, and is landscaped in the style of Capability Brown, including many specimen trees and a collection of magnificent rhododendrons which is unrivalled in the East of Scotland. Views from the house extend over flowering garden lawns and trimmed yew hedges to woodland walks around the park. The first tee off for Balbirnie Park’s 18 hole golf course is a short amble from the hotel.

Also within the park is The Balbirnie Craft Centre, housed in the original old stable block just a few minutes walk away. Crafts sold include hand made jewelry, pottery, glassworks, and leather goods.

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Vote Your Way to the World’s Best Sweepstakes

February 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vote Your Way to the World's Best

Announcing the Vote Your Way to the World’s Best Sweepstakes! Choose your favorite World’s Best luxury hotel or resort from the participating properties, and you may win a stay! Vote and win. What could be simpler than that?

Prizes include:

-Two business class round trip flights courtesy of Qatar Airways and 4 Night Stay in an Armani Deluxe Room at the Armani Hotel Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

-A four-night stay at Hotel Le Toiny on St. Bart’s

-A four-night stay at Armani Hotel Milano in Italy

-A four-night All-Inclusive stay at Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun

-A four-night stay in an Ocean View Room at the Acqualina Resort in Miami Beach

-A four-night stay in Ocean View Room at Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

-A four-night stay in a Deluxe Room at Grace Cafayate in Cafayate Provincia de Salta, Argentina

-A four-night stay in a Deluxe Junior Suite at Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia

-A four-night stay at Titilaka Lodge in Lake Titicaca, Peru

You can only vote once, so choose wisely! 

Enter Now!

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Your Questions Answered: Where Can Our Family of Three Stay in London?

February 23, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a family of 3 and looking to stay is London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

Blakes HotelANSWER: Blakes Hotel

Blakes is the inspirational creation of world renowned designer Anouska Hempel. Located in the leafy Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Blakes is famous for its stunning design, elegance, and dedicated service. Its uncompromising stand on privacy has made it the London base for film stars, musicians and all the top designers, earning it a reputation as The "Couture" Hotel. Carefully converted from a collection of period Victorian town houses, Blakes has revolutionized and influenced the concept of the small luxury hotel worldwide.
The stunning design, both elegant and romantic, of each room was individually created by Anouska Hempel, displaying her immaculate attention to detail reconstructed to provide the ideal blend of color, texture and atmosphere. Blakes Hotel

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Directors Doubles: Ask for a Luxury Double to Luxury Double (with twin beds) or a Deluxe double/Directors Double to a Luxury Suite. These options all sleep three, and range in size from 25-35 square meters. Furnishings and amenities include European King-Sized beds, Antique Biedermeier furniture with stenciled wooden floors and gold accents, pale grey Venetian rooms, and state of the art splendor. Rooms have Complimentary Wi-Fi & local calls, Bang&Olufsen TV, Bang&Olufsen iPod docking station, Bang&Olufsen cordless phones, and SKY satellite.   

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Villa La Massa Re-Opens

February 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa La Massa Immersed in the heart of Tuscany and just few miles from the historic centre of Florence, Villa La Massa is set on the bank of the Arno River with over 20 acres of lush gardens full of lemon trees and olive groves. The 37 accommodations are divided in three ochre and pink coloured villas overlooking the romantic Chianti hills and a magnificent countryside landscape. The hotel's shuttle service runs daily to and from Ponte Vecchio, allowing the guests to enjoy the serenity of the Villa and unwind after a long day of touring or shopping in Florence.

The hotel is re-opening March 20th, 2014, with a brand new fitness center located in the Noble Villa. Equipped with state of the art exercise machines and audio/visual, it has also a treatment room offering a wide selection of massages, among which the famous Wine Therapy treatment. The Wine Treatment Massage uses a custom blended massage oil of Chianti grapes blended with lavender honey and wine to envelop your senses, release stress, and lull the body into a state of ultimate rest. Villa La Massa can also organize yoga classes and massages in the garden upon request. The Hotel is at guests' disposal for any further information. 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Italy?

February 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Principe di Piemonte Turin

We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What are some family-friendly resorts in Italy for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?
ANSWER: Principi di Piemonte Turin

The Principi di Piemonte in Turin is an elegant 5 star hotel located in the heart of the city. The building that houses Principi di Piemonte Hotel is imposing and quite high, able to provide exciting views of the most suggestive panoramas of Turin. This is a luxury hotel immersed in a charming atmosphere where class and style greet sophisticated and demanding guests. The building has 99 rooms, divided into rooms and suites, ideal for congressionalist and business men, but also for tourists who want to discover the beauty of the Savoy capital, residing in a high-class hotel.

Located near the Porta Nuova train station, and easily reached from Turin's Caselle Airport using public transportation, Principi di Piemonte is the ideal location for visiting the city, reaching the fashionable boutiques in Via Roma, and visiting the monuments and buildings that are most representative of Turin. The hotel offers the refined and exclusive restaurant with soft, private ambiance, the luminous breakfast room, the American bar with outdoor seating, and a variety of areas available for the guests to satisfy any need during their stay. The Health Center at Principi Piemonte joins elegance and class with traditional and the newest wellness and beauty treatments. From crystalline water to colors for maximum sensorial relaxation, from different types of massages to the Turkish bath for rediscovering beauty and charm, the spa and wellness center of the Principi di Piemonte is able to provide magical moments for wellness and relaxation to reinvigorate you from the stress of modern society.
Principe di Piemonte Turin


For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 
• Deluxe room connecting to Junior Suite or a Junior Suite connecting to a Suite. These are modern, roomy, luminous rooms with panoramic views of Turin, offering spacious and comfortable bathrooms, a working desk with ergonomic chair, and high speed Wi-Fi Internet connection. The hotel features an extravagant room-service menu. All rooms are non-smoking. Rooms are available for handicapped guests. There are also room featuring non-allergenic furnishings  or pet friendly rooms.

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies. 

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