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Get to Know Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

November 10, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
The unique setting of the Excelsior Palace Hotel, facing the bay of Rapallo to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, inspire a return to the elegance of the early 1900's. Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo is devoted to its guests' relaxation, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, gym, and an indoor pool with a sea view.

This aura of relaxation extends to the guest rooms. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. Attractive and comfortable, the Classic Double Rooms are ideal for those who desire comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Superior Rooms may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some also offer a balcony. The Exclusive Rooms all feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view and some can be connected with Superior Rooms.  A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Starting from the Junior Suites and on up to the top-floor Presidential Suite, they are furnished with antique furniture and offer an open bar and a terrace.

Excelsior Place Hotel RapalloThe Excelsior Palace Hotel has two restaurants, able to satisfy the most demanding palates. The Lord Byron restaurant, open year round, is a blend of refinement, tradition, and creative culinary skill. The Eden Roc Lounge & Restaurant, the hotel's summer restaurant, offers light, refined dishes and aperitifs.

The Yachting Bar is an elegant setting for the pleasure of a cocktail and the cheerful cordiality of an after-dinner drink. In summer guests can enjoy the sea air and the glow of a romantic sunset from the terrace. Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Open year round, the Beauty Spa Health & Fitness Club offers a range of services. In addition to the treatment rooms, there is an indoor heated pool and a gym with Technogym machines. During the summer massages and spinning classes are available on the terraces of the Beach Club.

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

The Beach Club features two outdoor infinity pools, equipped with 6 whirlpool loungers. There are also two Jacuzzi's and a gazebo for massages. Guests can also use of the roomy cabanas.  The Sporting Bar offers snacks pool-side. On request and with for an additional fee, small size pets accepted at the Beach Club in reserved and equipped area.

The hotel also has a jetty so that guests can travel by boat to Portofino, S. Fruttuoso, and the Cinque Terre. 

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Dining al Fresco: Le Chatelain Hotel

November 9, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Chatelain HotelBrussels boasts thousands of places to eat, many of which are consistently voted as the best in the Europe. Le Chatelain Hotel's aptly named La Maison du Chatelain offers elegance, refined taste, and a touch of exclusiveness.

During the warmer days, the beautiful garden terrace inspired by the Florentine inner courtyards, invites you to relax and dream away whilst enjoying your tea with pastry, an afternoon drink, and even a full meal from the La Maison du Chatelain Restaurant. 

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St Regis Gets Bloody (Mary)

November 7, 2015
By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis New YorkA staple of brunch menus everywhere, you can thank the St Regis New York for perfecting the Bloody Mary. In 1934, Fernand Petiot, the bartender at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, perfected the recipe for a vodka-and-tomato juice cocktail he dubbed the Bloody Mary. Deemed too racy a name for the hotel’s clientele, it was rechristened the Red Snapper, a name that didn't last long. 

Today, the Bloody Mary remains the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand, with each hotel crafting its own interpretation of the libation. Here's three of our favorites:

The St. Regis Beijing-Great Wall Bloody Mary

Taking its cue from the inclusion of beer in ancient worship rituals, this cocktail substitutes Chinese pilsner for vodka.

2 1/2 oz / 75 ml Tsingtao® beer
3 1/2 oz / 100 ml Bloody Mary mix
3 oyster shooters, for garnish
1 lemon wedge, for garnish

Pour the beer into an 8 oz / .2 l white wineglass filled with ice. Then pour the Bloody Mary mix on top. Garnish with the oyster shooters and lemon wedge.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort-Bora Mary
The discovery of a watermelon plantation on a nearby coral reef islet led to the creation of a delightfully refreshing cocktail.

1 1/2 oz / 45 ml premium vodka
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 oz / 30 ml lime juice
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml watermelon juice (or strawberry juice)
Watermelon cube (or whole strawberry), for garnish

Blend all ingredients with ice until frothy. Pour into a 6 oz / 150 ml champagne flute. Strawberry may replace watermelon in this recipe. Garnish with a cube of watermelon to size or strawberry, if using.

The St. Regis Houston-Harry's Texas Bloody Mary
Cajun seasoning, tequila, vodka, and jalapeño give this bold cocktail a decidedly Texas kick.

1 oz / 30 ml premium vodka
6 oz / 30 ml tequila
5 oz / 150 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 lemon wedge / 5 ml fresh lemon juice
1 lime wedge / 5 ml fresh lime juice
4 slices jalapeño
1/2 tsp / 2 g sugar
2 olives
1 thin tomato slice, for garnish
1 celery spear, for garnish

Combine all of the ingredients over ice and shake. Pour into an 8 oz / .2 l highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a thin slice of tomato on the celery spear.

If none of those suit your fancy, you can find all the St. Regis Bloody Mary Recipes here



Special Holiday Offer from CastaDiva Resort

November 5, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance

You've got until November 30 to take advantage of CastaDiva Resort's Best Available Rate promotion.

Nightly room rates are from:

Deluxe Double Room Lake View: 390 EUR

Suite Partial Lake View: 510 EUR

Penthouse Suite Lake View: 510 EUR

Suite Roccabruna Front Lake View: 630 EURCastaDiva Resort

The rates include:

- Buffet gourmet breakfast at L’Orangerie Restaurant

- Daily entrance to the wellness area of the SPA featuring: Swedish Sauna, Steam Bath, Mediterranean Bath, Relaxation Pool with side jets,

Vitality Pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, Kneipp Circuit, Balancing Himalayan Rose Salt Room, Refreshing Ice Cascade,

Emotional Showers with peppermint and exotic fragrances, Darsena Relax Area - an original XIX century dock gently suspended on the lake

- Fitness Center with Kinesis and Technogym equipment

- Wifi

- Service and VAT

Rates could be subject to daily city tax, applied per person (from 12 years old). Offer is not applicable on existing bookings. Offer is applicable to a limited number of rooms. Additional rates and restrictions may apply. Book early and read the terms and conditions carefully to avoid disappointment. 

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Holiday Offers from The London EDITION

November 4, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance

The London EDITIONChristmas and New Year's are just weeks away, so the time is nigh to book your holiday travel. If you are heading to England, The London EDITION has great offers for the best holiday celebrations. 

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Spend the holidays with us and enjoy a guaranteed table at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern with £100 credit towards food & beverage per stay, two complimentary pre-dinner cocktails and a special holiday welcome amenity. Rates from £415.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Valid from 1 December through 30 December 2015. Table reservation at Berners Tavern must be booked in advance. Cancellations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival. The London EDITION

Shop Til You...

No need to drop.  This package includes overnight accommodation in one of the sophisticated Loft rooms or above, a £50 Liberty London gift card per stay, exclusive access to Liberty's Private Shopping service,  afternoon tea for two at Liberty’s luxurious private suite per stay and English breakfast for two daily at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern. Rates from £665.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Valid through 31 January 2015. Access to Liberty’s Private Suite and shopping service must be booked in advance and can only be access from Monday through Saturday. Cancelations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival. 

Get Punch'd

Includes guaranteed table in Punch Room, signature EDITION punch for two, breakfast in bed and late checkout at 2pm. Rates from £390.

Based upon availability. VAT included in rate. Offer is valid from 13 September through 31 December 2015. Rates are not applicable to groups or in conjunction with any other offer. Cancelations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Bright Eyed and Breakfast Ready

Stay overnight and enjoy an English breakfast for two daily at the critically acclaimed Berners Tavern. Rates from £305.

Based upone availability. VAT is included in Rate.  Offer is valid through 31 December 2015. Rates are not applicable to groups or in conjunction with any other offer.  Cancellations are permitted up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

Additional rules and restrictions may apply. Read the rates and terms carefully and book early to avoid disappointment. 

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Dining al Fresco: Angleterre Hotel St. Petersburg

November 3, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance

Borsalino Restaurant  at Angleterre Hotel St Petersburg features an original Italian menu
that attracts discerning locals as well as hotel guests.

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Image of the day: Aigialos Hotel

November 2, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance

With a breathtaking view of the world-famous Aegean caldera, the volcano and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the five-star Aigialos Hotel, strategically located at the most peaceful, romantic and relaxing district 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. 

Aigalos Hotel

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Cool Pools: Palais Coburg Residenz

October 30, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance

The third floor at Palais Coburg Residenz offers an oasis of calm for the weary traveler. It offers a pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath, training area, conservatory, sun terrace, and a range of massage and cosmetic treatments.

Palais Coburg Residenz

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Cool Pools: Hotel Le K2

October 26, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance

The Goji Spa by La Prairie at Hotel Le K2 offers an intimate atmosphere. The swimming pool, equipped with massage jets,
overlooks the valley, offering an incredible panoramic view.

Hotel Le K2

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Dining al Fresco: Le Chatelain Hotel

October 16, 2015
By: Five Star Alliance


During the warmer days, Le Chatelain Hotel's beautiful garden terrace, inspired by the Florentine inner courtyards, invites relaxation whilst enjoying tea with pastry, an afternoon drink, and even a full meal from the La Maison du Chatelain Restaurant. 

Le Chatelain Hotel

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