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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.

Take a Walk with Loch Torridon

June 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loch Torridon is set in 58 acres of parkland at the end of a magnificent sea loch, The Torridon has one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in the country. Explore some of the surrounding countryside by taking part in the fourth annual Torridon Walking Festival, which takes the weekend of October 11th – 13th, 2014.

Loch Torridon

The event takes in some of the North West Highlands finest Munros, including Torridon's famous three: Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Ben Alligin. A Munro is is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet. As well as climbing the big three, there are other classic Munros, including Maol Chean Dearg and Slioch, located in the area. The weekend kicks off with the ascent and the classic traverse of the famous Liathach ridge.
Loch Torridon

The high level walks are aimed at people that are used to the mountain environment and as such will have a reasonable level of fitness. The walks will be visiting wild places and will not necessarily follow footpaths. Conditions underfoot, coupled with the terrain; dictate that these walks are of a medium to strenuous nature. All activities involve a degree of physical input and as such any aches, pains weaknesses or concerns need to be advised to the guide at the start of the day and to The Torridon before the festival.

Low level walks will follow estate roads and footpaths with easy height gain but a reasonable level of fitness is still recommended. 

Bring your walking shoes! 

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Did You Know? The Savoy London

June 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Savoy LondonIrish actor Richard Harris is famously known for playing Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movie series. But did you know that he spent the last 12 years of his life living in Room 758 at London's ultra-luxurious Savoy Hotel

Harris reportedly liked the suite life for several reasons. Chief among them was that, unlike at home, he could order up a pint or a sandwich at 4am, if he so desired. For the privilege of late-night sandwiches, Harris paid approximately 6,000 pounds per month. 

Shortly before his death from cancer, Harris was taken out of the hotel on a stretcher. According to an article in London's Daily Mail, as he went past the lobby, he shouted to the hotel guests found there that "It was the food! Don't touch the food!"

The hotel, far from taking offense at the legendary prankster's last joke, instead has named one of its Personality Suites after him. These suites are among the most spacious in the hotel and each suite has been furnished with special pieces, artwork and antiques associated with their namesake. The Art Deco style suites offer a separate sitting room, large bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate dressing area, marble entrance foyer ,and guest cloakroom. Every Suite features a sofa, 2 armchairs and writing desk in the sitting room, a dressing table and armchair in the bedroom, personal bar, Loewe flat-screen televisions, Meridian iPod docking station, DVD player and bespoke Savoy furnishings. The well-appointed marble bathrooms all feature a freestanding, claw foot bath, separate walk-in showers with the famous Savoy rain showerhead, a double vanity, large chrome fittings and Le Labo amenities.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend an Ibiza Resort for a Family of Four Adults?

June 14, 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.

Ibiza Grand HotelQUESTION: We are a family of 4 adults and looking to stay is Ibiza, Spain. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Ibiza Gran Hotel  

Ibiza Gran Hotel is centrally located next to the Paseo Maritimo, a stone's throw from the city, the Marina Botafoch and Marina Ibiza ports, and Ibiza's renowned night life. For those who appreciate the truly unique, Ibiza Gran Hotel offers exclusive accommodation and leisure facilities. The essence of the Mediterranean captured in 157 suites with exceptional views, spas, restaurants, swimming pools, a casino, and an art gallery. All of the suites have something different, as well as many things in common. They are light and airy, spacious, have stunning views, works of art in the suites, and fine materials. 


The casino is part of the Ibiza Gran Hotel, a unique place where you can have a lot of fun; it's in a class of its own in Ibiza. The casino has a games room, a slot machine room, a restaurant, and the Casino Bar. The casino is open all year round and is one of the main leisure attractions on the island, paying meticulous attention to the professionalism of its staff with a firm commitment to responsible gambling. If you are looking to have an absolute blast, you'll find what you're after at the Casino de Ibiza.

The spa offers guests treatments, spa rituals and sensations with a traditional mix of hospitality, bespoke service, and discretion, pampering both body and mind . There are four different areas which complement each other with details that convey a pleasant sensation of purity, with over 1300 m² of modern facilities dedicated to revitalizing and rejuvenating the body.
This is an ideal place for reflection, relaxation and leisure.Ibiza Gran Hotel


For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Gran Suite Vanity Fair-A loft of 150 m² located on the eastern edge of the top floor of the hotel, with the sky as a neighbor. Terrace with solarium, private heated pool and whirlpool, an exceptional view of the Mediterranean. This suite has 2 King size beds, two bedrooms and open plan living room and comfortable, 180 m2 of magnificent private terrace with sundeck, heated pool and whirlpool, soundproofing, original artwork, full open bar with coffee and tea set, elegant and luxurious bathrooms with whirlpool, 3 TV Loewe 55 "with free satellite channels, adjustment control lighting and temperature.

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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.

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Palais Coburg Residenz

June 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Palais Coburg Residenz 

Located in the heart of Vienna, one of the world's cultural capitals, the Palais Coburg Residenz is a fascinating testimony to outstanding architecture. One of the most important tasks in revitalising Palais Coburg was to preserve and make use of the historically significant Renaissance fortifications from the 16th century. They serve as the Palais foundations and have witnessed 600 years of Viennese history.

The Palais Coburg Hotel Residenz features 34 highly individual suites for sophisticated guests. They range in size from 54 square meters to 165 square meters. Most of the suites are spread over two stories and each is uniquely furnished and presents a fascinating combination of valuable historic elements, technological conveniences, and modern design. Each suite is dedicated to an important member of the Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha family dynasty who was significant in the history of Palais Coburg. In this way, the suites of Palais Coburg also honor the service of royal families from Great Britain, France, Hungary, Portugal, Bulgaria, Belgium, and Austria.

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Image of the Day: Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

June 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese offers this stunning view of Rome. The hotel is situated on the edge of the Borghese Gardens and is close to Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps. 

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

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Das Stue Gets Smart (Bikes)

June 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Das Stue

Das Stue has introduced a new way to explore Berlin in the summer.  The 79-room Das Stue is located in Berlin's former Royal Danish embassy, a landmarked 1930's structure. The historic hotel now has six e-bikes by Smart that are available for guest use. The company Smart is owned by DaimlerAG, the same company that produces the Mercedes Benz. The e-bikes have a 250 watt hub motor, a display that controls drive and generator levels, and allows riders to check time, trip kilometers, or remaing power. 

To see Berlin in the summer is to experience the city at its best. Das Stue is located in Berlin's central Tiergarten disctrict, right within the prestigious Embassy Quarter, adjacent to the 210 acre Tiergarten Park and facing the Berlin Zoo. Some of the most famous cultural institutions like the Culture Forum, the Philharmonic and the New National Gallery are only minutes away, and for the shopping enthusiasts, both Kurfürstendamm, with the legendary KaDeWe, and Friedrichstrabe are within easy reach. Considered to be Europe's greenest city, it has a plethora of parks, urban beaches lining the Spree river where one can watch the boats cruise by; rooftop beach bars and cafes, and the surrounding lakes to go swimming, sailing, or canoeing. 

Bikes are available on a complimentary first-come, first-serve basis. 

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Image of the Day: The Augustine

June 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Behold the aptly named Freco Suite at The Augustine. In addition to walls that are a work of art, the signature suite has a breathtaking 360° view of Prague.

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Did You Know? Mandarin Oriental Prague

June 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Prague


Mandarin Oriental Prague
 
is situated in a former monastery. It also has the only spa in the world located in a former Renaissance chapel. It is hidden in the cobbled streets of picturesque Mala Strana on the left bank of the Vltava River. Mala Strana is the oldest and most picturesque district on the left bank of the Vltava River. Mandarin Oriental, Prague has many iconic sights within easy reach – the 14th-century Charles Bridge, the Baroque St Nicholas Cathedral and Prague Castle which towers overhead.

The hotel's 79 room and 20 suites offer charming views of cobbled streets, private garden, or Prague Castle.  The hotel was named The Best Hotel in the Czech Republic on the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List. It also received the Conde Nast Traveler Platinum Circle Award, 2014.

 

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Spotlight on Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

June 7, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniFor the past 100 years or more, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. Right from the outset, the Grand Hotel became the chosen destination for illustrious guests in search of peace: royalty, aristocrats, figures from international politics, and movie stars. The Sovereigns of Spain, Romania, Albania, Egypt; above all the Russian and English aristocracy; Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J.F. Kennedy; Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Maria Schell, Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, Al Pacino.... these are just some of the famous guests who have strolled through the rooms and lakeside gardens of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, enjoying its beauty and outstanding hospitality. 

Located on the gorgeous Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake. The locale enjoys sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. From April to November the salons and the large lakeside garden offer guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The hotel's  interior reflects the good taste loved by the wealthy nobility of the time. Its walls and ceilings are adorned with frescoes and paintings of mythological scenes, gilded frames, festoons, temples, putti, flamingos, and Pompeian reds. The coffer ceilings are frescoed with floral patterns in grey and pink tones. Guests will enjoy period wall coverings in the French style, antique Persian carpets, crystal chandeliers from Murano, Imperial furniture, and the neo-classical and Art Nouveau style; not to mention the marble staircases, the stucco work columns, and the splendid trompe l'oeil.The "salle à manger" alone is a genuine monument to art, as is the Salone Reale, which in the evening is lit by bronze and crystal chandeliers, the splendor of whose lights are reflected by large mirrors. 

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniLovers of peace and quiet can alternate the pleasure of a poolside drink with beauty treatments and programmes at Villa Serbelloni SPA, the hotel's own beauty farm. Guests can set off from the private dock for a motorboat trip to the historic gardens along the lake which, in springtime, attract tourists from all over the world: especially for the wonderful flowering of the azaleas.  Lovers of sport can take advantage of the hotel gym and tennis courts, enjoy delightful walks, take a mountain bike out on the Bellagio promontory, and cool off in the swimming pool overlooking the lake.

Nightly spring rates at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni start at EUR 418 >>

 


Your Questions Answered: What Barcelona Hotel Do You Recommend for a Family of 4?

June 6, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Casa Fuster Hotel
We at Five Star Alliance work hard to 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, 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 resorts in Barcelona for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Casa Fuster Hotel 

This 5-star luxury hotel (listed as a landmark building dating back to 1908), boasts a perfect combination of a modernist atmosphere, unique architecture, and a mix of Art Deco and traditional furnishings. The hotel is situated at the highest point of Paseo de Gracia, giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city of Barcelona. Hotel Casa Fuster is located in the heart of Barcelona, in the residential and cultural area of L'Eixample - within walking distance to designer shopping, clubs and restaurants.

 
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Book for a Standard Room that connects to a Junior suite, and ask for a rollaway bed. 



Standard Deluxe Room Details:
43m2
Queen-size double bedCasa Fuster Hotel Balcony
Double doors
Reception area
Dreessing room
Complete Bathroom
Hydro massage shower
Shower cabin

 

Junior Suite Details:
40m2
2 single beds or king size double bed
Double doors
Reception area
Dressing room
Sitting room
Complete bathroom
Hydro massage shower
Shower cabin

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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