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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.

Dining al Fresco: Castello di Casole

April 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Castello di Casole is a 4,200-acre five-star resort and private residence club in Tuscany, Italy, 45 minutes from Florence. It offers a collection of fine and casual dining venues serving traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. The focus is on simple, rustic food in the classic Italian tradition. Expect handmade pastas, fresh organic vegetables, fresh fish, and game from local sources – all paired with fine wines from the best wineries in Italy and around the world. 

Castello di Casole

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Lungarno

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Lungarno offers a breathtaking view over many of the landmarks and sights that gave Florence its reputation for architectural and cultural beauty and grace. 

Hotel Lungarno

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Did You Know? Carlsbad Plaza

April 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Carlsbad Plaza

Carlsbad Plaza's original building dates back to the late 19th century. At the time it was four separate buildings named Rudolfshof, Quirinal, Neapol, and Moskau. All buildings but the Quirinal were Spa residences. Among the Spa guests were Sigmund Freud in 1915 in the Spa residence Rudolfshof. 

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Did You Know? Beau Rivage Hotel et Plage

April 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Beau Rivage Hotel et Plage

Beau Rivage Hotel Et Plage, built in 1860, was one of the first Nicois hotels located in continuation of the famous Promenade des Anglais on the sea shore. Artists and intellectuals of that time such as Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Friedrich Nietzsche were frequent guests of the luxury hotel. 

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Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam

April 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam
Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam's
Revive Massage & Wellness has a whole team of professionals ready to spoil guests with beauty treatments and massages. The centerpiece of the spa is the relax area's 9x5 meter swimming pool with a jetstream. The spa aquatic offering also includes a Turkish steam and whirlpool. 

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Image of the Day: The Margi

March 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Margi's prime location on the stunning peninsula of Vouliagmeni, the most exclusive area of the Athenian Riviera, allows guests to enjoy sunny days and cool evenings by the sea and provides easy access to an array of first-class seaside restaurants and nightclubs. It is conveniently located next to Athens’ most elegant sandy beach & yacht marina, just five minutes away from the 18-hole golf course and the elite shopping & business center of Glyfada, as well as half an hour away from Athens’ most interesting cultural and historical attractions.

The Margi

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Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower!

March 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris


The Eiffel Tower is turning 125 years old! On March 31, 1889, the tower was officially opened to the public.  The Eiffel Tower was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which was  held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. 


 

Hotel Lutetia

Only intended to last 20 years, it was saved by the scientific experiments that Eiffel encouraged, and in particular by the first radio transmissions. The Eiffel Tower has played host to 250 milliion visitors since its opening. It served as a military radio post in 1903; it transmitted the first public radio programme in 1925, and more recently it has played a part in broadcasting like TNT. 

At left is the Eiffel Tower as seen from Four Seasons Hotel George V. At right is the Eiffel Tower as seen from Hotel Lutetia.

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Win a Free Meal at One of the World’s Best Restaurants

March 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Soro
Food and travel enthusiasts, listen up! Want to win a meal at one of the best restaurants in the world?  The Mugartiz is known alongside Noma and the nowed -shutterEl Bulli as one of the best restaurants in the world. The restaurant, helmed by Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, is located near San Sebastian, Spain. The winner of this online competition will get a exclusive preview of never-before-tasted dishes from the upcoming 2014 menu. The restaurant was closed for four months in order to develop the new dish. Chef Aduriz worked with scientists, musicians, artists, and fellow chefs to create the new menu. A typical prix-fixe-only menu here starts at 180 euros, according to the restaurant's two-Michelin star writeup (the highest star rating is three).

Unlike other world-class restaurants found in major food cities like New York, Milan, and Paris,  Mugaritz is found in the small town of Errenteria (about 20 minutes from the San Sebastian airport).  If you are lucky enough to win, we suggest booking a stay at Villa Soro.

Villa Soro is a charming 25 bedroom hotel located in a renovated 19th century villa which has been declared a Historical Heritage Building of San Sebastian. Villa Soro is an outstanding address for the discerning traveller, offering a harmonious balance between the warm and familiar atmosphere of a century-old home and the comfort and services of a luxury hotel. Even if you don't win, Villa Soro is a great choice for a sophisticated and private getaway. 
 
Enter the You Open the Doors of Mugaritz contest on the restaurant’s website. Submissions will be accepted until March 31, with winners (allowed one companion) announced on April 1.

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Spotlight on Babuino 181

March 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Babuino 181Babuino 181 is a luxurious boutique hotel with 24 rooms and suites located in two historical buildings in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter on the fashionable Via Babuino. It's the ideal base from which to explore many of Rome's historical sites. 

Here's just a few to check out:

-The Villa Borghese is Rome’s answer to Central Park. The largest green space in the historic center of Rome, the Villa Borghese dates back to the 17th century, when it was created as a pleasure garden for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Turned over to the public in the early 19th century, it’s filled with faux-ancient temples, fountains, an amphitheater, and even a small lake.


-Within strolling distance is Piazza Navona, one of  Rome'’s most beloved piazza. Once home to medieval jousts and carnivals, the square is now where Rome’s annual Christmas market takes place. 

 

Babuino 181

-St. Peter's Basilica is just three metro stops from the hotel. The basilica is  not technically in Rome, but rather in a separate country, Vatican City—the smallest country in the entire world. The basilica at the heart of this country is actually the second St. Peter’s Basilica. The first, built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century A.D., was glorious… but decrepit by the Middle Ages. In 1506, Pope Julius II tore it down. The "new" basilica he commissioned took 120 years to build. Still one of the largest churches in the world, the basilica also is one of Rome’s most breathtaking. 

-The most famous fountain in Europe, if not the world, the Trevi Fountain is another Rome must-see. Just at the edge of the Spanish Steps neighborhood, it's within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. 

-The Spanish Steps are a Baroque masterpiece—and one of Rome’s main icons. (They’re also where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck met in the 1953 film Roman Holiday). Today, travelers flock to the steps from all over the city. The Spanish Steps are located within a 5-minute walk of Babuino 181. Located a stone’s throw from the hotel, this world-famous staircase was built in 1723. Although funded by the French and designed by an Italian, the Spanish Steps get their name from the Spanish Embassy that is located at the bottom.

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Sunday Night Film Club at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

March 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

 

 

 

 

 




 





Guests at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris will find themselves with access to the chicest theaters in town. The 99-seat private cinema was designed by the legendary Philippe Starck. The luxury hotel has recently launched a Sunday Night Film Club so that guests can end their weekends with a flick. Complete with comfortable leather seats and state-of-the-art equipment including 3D, our Katara Cinema room is the cultural jewel of the hotel. It is also the only cinema theatre in the world where you can enjoy the most moreish of movie snacks: caramelised pop-corn by Pierre Herme, the "Picasso of Pastry."

The schedule through May is:
-Sunday, March 23: Casino. Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci
-Sunday, March 30: Ocean’s 11. Las Vegas, Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon
-Sunday, April 6: Pretty Woman. The modern-day Cinderella tale with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
-Sunday, April 13: The Thomas Crown Affair. Faye Dunaway stars opposite ‘King of Cool’ Steve McQueen in this 1968 classic
-Sunday, April 20: Some Like it Hot. The 1959 Hollywood classic by Billy Wilder, with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
-Sunday, April 27: Scarface. The ultimate gangster movie by Brian de Palma, with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer
-Sunday, May 4: Casablanca. One of the most famous love stories of all times, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (3 Academy Awards)
-Sunday, May 11: Leon, the Professional. Film culte de Luc Besson, avec Natalie Portman, Jean Reno et Gary Oldman
-Sunday, May 18: Pulp Fiction. Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994, by Quentin Tarantino
-Sunday, May 25: The Godfather Part II. By Francis Ford Coppola, starring Al Pacino and Robert de Niro

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