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Dining Al Fresco: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

February 18, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Beside the swimming pool, in the shade of a cool pergola, the Pool Restaurant at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo is open daily for lunch. Enjoy light bites, brick-oven pizzas, a salad buffet, and a selection of freshly-caught fish overlooking Mount Etna and the Mediterranean Sea.

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Unique Activities: Gladiator Training at Rome Cavalieri

February 9, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

If Julius Caesar is one of your heros, you won't want to enroll in gladiator training at Rome Cavalieri. The luxury hotel is located only minutes from Rome's great monuments, but offers 15 acres of Mediterranean parklands. The setting makes it a perfect place to practice your swordfighting. Rome CavalieriAt the Rome Cavalieri guests can experience the world of the gladiators who fought and often died in the Coliseum two thousand years ago.

In the Rome Cavalieri's private park, overlooking Rome's skyline, instructors from Rome's Gladiatorial School will instruct guests in ancient combat techniques as well as explaining the life and times of the gladiators. Available on request, and open to all guests over the age of seven, the course is a mix of sport and culture. A gladiator kit is included with traditional tunic, Roman sandals, belt, protective gloves, and wooden training sword, and on completion students are presented with a medal declaring them a "Tiro," or first level gladiator.


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Cool Pools: Four Seasons Milan

February 8, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance


Designed by celebrated architect Patricia Urquiola, the Spa at Four Seasons Milano is accented with wood, cream and grey design elements to embrace you in warmth and comfort.  Take a swim in the elegant lap pool, measuring 14 metres (45 feet) long and 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) deep.

Four Seasons Milano

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Where to Eat: Ashford Castle

February 7, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Creative cooking, inspired use of seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu await you at Ashford Castle.
Chef Stefan Matz has received many accolades for his culinary expertise and has developed an impressive
choice of four unique dining experiences, each with its inimitable style and ambience.

Ashford Castle

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Image of the Day: Cliveden House

January 29, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Cliveden House is unique. The setting, architecture, and interiors all speak eloquently of extraordinary extravagance and remarkable refinement. Guests are free to explore the 376 acres of beautifully maintained National Trust owned gardens and the acres of woodland, water garden, and magnificent formal garden that surround the House, complete with fitness trail and children's play area.

Cliveden House

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Dining al Fresco: Castillo Hotel Son Vida

January 28, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Located in Palma, the lively and luxurious bar at Castillo Hotel Son Vida welcomes guests
with a wide variety of delicious drinks such as wine, distinctive whiskeys, and alcoholic and
non-alcoholic cocktails. Hotel guests and residents at the surrounding villas enjoy the lounge
character with space for 40 people in its indoor area as well as space for 80 people in the outdoor area.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida

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Cool Pools: Villa d'Este

January 25, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

This unique heated pool at Villa d'Este floats on Lake Como, and has a built-in Jacuzzi.

Villa d'Este

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Dining al Fresco: Park Hotel Vitznau

January 21, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

Direct on the shores of Lake Lucerne next to the jetty is Park Hotel Vitznau's nostalgic pavilion with its lake terrace. Spend a while here, sampling sweet and savoury delicacies, listen to the gentle splashing of the bronze Bull & Bear fountain and enjoy stunning views of the Alps.

Park Hotel Vitznau

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Cool Pools: Stikliai Hotel

January 19, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

The Stikliai Hotel in Vilnius, Lithuania, features this beautiful pool with an unique setting.
It is located in a brightly lit, vaulted cellar, with frescoes on the walls.

Stikliai Hotel

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Best Bathrooms: Hotel Martinez

January 14, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance

At Hotel Martinez, suite offers a spacious marble bathroom. Amenities include bathrobe, slippers,
hair dryer, and exclusive bath products from 73 La Croisette.

Hotel Martinez

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