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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.

Your Questions Answered: Which Guest Rooms at the Armani Hotel Milan Have the Biggest Closets?

January 16, 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.

Armani Hotel MilanQUESTION: What guest room has the largest closet space at the Armani Hotel, Milan? Also can you tell me more on the fitness center?


ANSWER: Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel to be launched within the Armani Hotels & Resorts project, following the success of the Armani Hotel Dubai. Inside this building with its austere and powerful exterior, Giorgio Armani has created a world of harmony and privacy, with uncompromising attention to the requirements of guests. Here luxury, calm, and beauty are fostered in pure Armani style, imparting a new aesthetic excellence to the concept of comfort.


Armani Hotel Milano promises a “home-away-from-home” experience in line with the Stay with Armani philosophy. The Armani approach goes beyond visual aesthetics, offering a new level of service under the care of the lifestyle service department, with an innovative Lifestyle Manager concept. Armani Hotel Milano’s Lifestyle Managers are key representatives of the hotel and are assigned to guests as hosts. Their role is to anticipate guests’ needs and to ensure that you get the most out of your stay, and your visit to Milano. The Armani style and philosophy defines every detail of the 95 guestrooms and suites of Armani Hotel Milano. Each element has been personally designed by Giorgio Armani and has been chosen for its sculptural, aesthetic and sensual qualities.

Here's details on the Guest Room Closets:

-Armani Premiere Room. These rooms measure 70 square meters, and provide a comfortable living space with a bar and workstation. Rooms offer walk-in wardrobes, and guests can request rooms with the largest closets.

-Executive Suites. These suites are located on floors 3-5, and are 95 square meters. They have a vestibule, fully equipped Living Room, and walk-in closets.  

Here's details on the Fitness Center: 
-The fitness center has 4 treadmills, free weights, weight-lifting equipment, 8 different machines, forerunners, and a stationary bike. The center is 100 square meters. Personal trainers are available. The fitness center, which is part of the spa, also includes a relaxation pool overlooking the city, Finnish sauna, steam bath, heat experiences, relaxation areas, and and ice cascade.

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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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Image of the Day: Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort

January 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort is situated in the emerald bay of Milatos. Since the accommodations' preference may vary from one guest to another, Minos Imperial, consisting of 338 rooms and suites, provides a wide selection of choices. Furthermore, the hotel’s location provides the opportunity to its guests to take many different kinds of excursions due to its short distance from all the major sites of interest. Minos Imperial features six restaurants and five bars, offering a wide variety of quality food and beverage services to satisfy every guests needs. 

Minos Imperial Beach Resort

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Fitness Center Like at the Four Seasons Milan?

January 14, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons Milan
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 is the fitness center like at the Four Seasons Milan?

ANSWER: 
A dramatically reborn 15th-century convent with a mere 118 rooms and suites, the intimate Four Seasons Milan is stepsFour Seasons Milan from Milan's couture houses and financial district on the exclusive Via Gesu between Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga.

The Fitness Center is located inside the Spa. Designed by celebrated architect Patricia Urquiola, the Spa at Four Seasons Milano offers a delectable range of massage, facial, nail and body treatments in seven luxurious treatment rooms, including a spa suite. The 160 square-meter (1,722-square-feet) fitness area offers the very latest equipment, including state-of-the-art machines from Technogym's Excite line, and weight-lifting and stretching areas. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day. Personal training sessions on request for 60 minutes for an additional fee. Private yoga sessions are also available on request for an additional fee. 

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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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New to Five Star Alliance: Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites

January 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites
Perched in the cliffs of Oia lies the luxurious Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites. Most of the 39 beautifully renovated suites were originally 17th century caved houses. The name of the hotel, Canaves, means exactly that, Caved Houses.

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Dining al Fresco: Punta Tragara

January 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Punta Tragara's Monzù Gourmet Restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean dishes and fresh fish. 

Punta Tragara

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Did You Know? Pavillon de la Reine

January 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pavillon de la Reine




Established in the Place des Vosges, in the heart of Le Marais, one of the most famous and historic districts of Paris, the Pavillon de la Reine perpetuates an elegant atmosphere combined with discreet luxury to attract the most stylish globetrotters in the world in their quest for a quiet and discreet place to relax.

Inaugurated in 1612 under the name of Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built on Henri IV’s initiative, who died before it was completed. It quickly became popular with with the likes of Mme de Sevigne, Racine, La Fontaine, and Moliere. The hotel, slightly set back from the famous Place, was named after Anne of Austria, who once stayed in the hotel.

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Room with a View: InterContinental Marseille

January 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

InterContinental Marseille boasts breathtaking views of the Vieux Port and the world-famous Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde.

InterContinental Marseille

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Did You Know? No.11 Cadogan Gardens

January 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

No 11 Cadogan Gardens

Originally four separate Victorian townhouses, No.11 Cadogan Gardens was built by Lord Chelsea in
the late 19th Century. The desirable Knightsbridge location and elegant design of the hotel meant it
became a home away from home for Victorian aristocrats, politicians, and celebrities. At the time, the
borough had a reputation for being London’s bohemian quarter, and was the haunt of radicals, artists,
and poets. A portrait of Hans Sloane, the namesake of Sloane Square, hangs at the foot of the grand staircase.

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The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Debuts Renovated Royal and Fashion Suites

January 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Got a flair for fashion? Want to feel like royalty? Here are two updated suites that should fit the bill: The Four Seasons Hotel Milano recently renovated its Fashion and Royal Suites, and we think they're worth a peek. (Click on images to view larger versions).

The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Royal Suite in Milan

Interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon (who also redesigned hotels like the Goring and the Savoy in London) recreated the spaces, both located in the Hotel's casa ringhiera wing and arranged around open balconies that overlook a glass-covered atrium.

The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Fashion Suite in MilanAs the Hotel's top accommodation, the Royal Suite occupies the entire fifth floor of Four Seasons Hotel Milano. Rochon gave the space a home-like atmosphere by adding a library and using different styles of furniture- "like people do in private apartments," Rochon said.

A white leather partition divides the bedroom area from the lounge space. The bed is now positioned to face the suite's step-out balcony (top views across the rooftops of Milan, we hear). The suite's sitting and reading room has a fireplace that overlooks a private terrace and garden manicured with iconic Mediterranean plants. The kitchenette is equipped with temperature-controlled wine refrigerators and modern tools for preparing meals. The Four Seasons Hotel Milano Royal Suite in MilanAccessible by a dedicated elevator, the Royal Suite can be connected via a private internal staircase to a Premium Room and an Executive Suite on the floor below to become either a two- or three-bedroom residence.

With a decidedly contemporary look, the Fashion Suite (Suite 444) on the fourth floor of the Hotel evokes the 1950s and 60s with furniture pieces by Saarinen and a color scheme of bright kelly green with black and white accents.

The suite has a long terrace bordered with hedges and a Knoll table and chairs fitted with cushions for a relaxing afternoon in the fresh air.

Both the Royal Suite and the Fashion Suite were restyled as part of the Hotel's ongoing room refurbishment project.

A dramatically reborn 15th-century convent with a mere 118 rooms and suites, the intimate Four Seasons is steps from Milan's couture houses and financial district on the exclusive Via Gesu between Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga.

More information, plus rates and availability, at the Four Seasons Milano Hotel in Milan >>


Spa Treatments We'd Like to Try

December 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

So many spas, so little time!  With over 4,000 luxury hotels on the site, we have a lot of great spa spots. 



Here are a few treatments offered at luxury hotel spas that have recently caught our eye:

-The Spa at Aria (pictured at right) in Las Vegas offers a Shio Salt room. Taking in salt through inhalation is thought to provide respiratory benefits. The illuminated wall of Shio salt bricks is complemented by salt lamps, vibration therapy, and radiant music.

-Intercontinental Thalosso Spa Bora Bora's fittingly named Deep Ocean Spa has glass-floored overwater bungalows enabling you to admire the marine life during your treatment. We'd go for the Deep Sea Hydromassage Bath with Chromatherapy.

-Nob Hill Spa at The Huntington Hotel offers a Cinnamon Ginger Escape.  An exfoliating spiced marmalade scrub with ground nutmeg is followed by an energizing massage using smooth pebbles wrapped in aromatic spice bags soaked in warm oil.

-Hotel Hershey, fittingly, offers a Whipped Cocoa bath,  Chocolate Bean Polish and a Chocolate Fondue wrap in their Chocolate Spa. We'll take all three! 

-A  visit to Calistoga isn't complete without a stop at a winery and at the hot springs. After you've visited both,  Napa Valley's Solage Calistoga (pictured at left) has a three-part Mudslide Experience that involves a customized mud body wrap, a relaxing soak in geo-thermal mineral water from their own spring, and then zoning out in a state-of-the-art sound/vibration chair.

-Prague's Hotel Augustine has a St. Thomas Beer Body Ritual. Created using a secret recipe from the Augustinian order of Monks.  It starts with an exfoliation using ground organic beer hops and St. Thomas dark beer, and then finished with a full-body massage. 

-Hotel Il Salviatino (pictured at top) offers an an Antixodant Wine Gel Peel. It's a body scrub using red wine gel and exfoliating seeds, followed up by a therapist-supervised aromatic vapor experience and a highly moisturizing massage.
 

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