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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
 
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: Belmond Hotel Cipriani


By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers its guests a plethora of outdoor dining options. 

At Porticciolo Pool Bar, guests can relax in the shade, or gaze at the lagoon as they enjoy regional specialities and refreshing drinks.Cip's Club has earned an international reputation and boasts unparalleled views of St Mark's Square.

Designed by architect Adam Tihany to reflect the romantic atmosphere of Venice, Oro Restaurant sets the scene for a timeless dining experience. Guests can admire stunning lagoon views from the terrace.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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Did You Know? Fisher Island Hotel And Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Fisher Island Resort and Spa
Fisher Island was a wedge of land with coconut palms and mangroves that sat in Biscayne Bay. In 1919, Miami Beach founder and developer Carl Fisher bought it from Dana Dorsey, South Florida's first black millionaire. Fisher, when trying to expand the island and build deep-water docks, experienced quite a bit of push back from the County, which delayed his progress. The construction of the Port of Miami served to separate the lush appendage from Miami Beach, creating an entirely distinctive island. In the 1920's, Carl Fisher traded 7-acres of Fisher Island for a yacht from William K. Vanderbilt II.

In 1936,  Vanderbilt began building his $1.5 million private island retreat on Fisher Island with a Mediterranean-style mansion. He surrounded this mansion with lush landscaping, gracious guest homes, tennis courts and swimming pools.The main home and the surrounding guest cottages were completed in 1941. Rosemary's Cottage was built for Vanderbilt's stepdaughter Rosemary (Rosamund's daughter from her first marriage.) The studio cottage was built for Rosamund to paint in, as she was an artist. The North and South Cottages were for the their servants. The building now referred to today as the Jr. Suites was built to house the crewman for his yacht. The building now the Spa Internazionale was Vanderbilt's personal airplane hanger.

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Image of the Day: Vallon De Valrugues


By: Five Star Alliance

Vallon De Valrugues, ideally located near Avignon, has one of the largest spas in the area. The Spa at Le Vallon de Valrugues boasts a complete fitness centre over an area of 500 sqm. It includes an indoor heated swimming pool at 30°C (8 x 5 m) as well as a heated jacuzzi at 35°C, counter-current pool, steam room, sauna, and fitness room. Pictured is a Hydromassage bath with essential oils.

Vallon De Valruges

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel du Cap Eden Roc


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc might be 100 years old, but it's one of the newest hotels in the Five Star Alliance collection. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc has always been renowned for the refined luxury of its rooms, suites and villas but especially for their glittering settings overlooking the azure sea and the private parkland, with its swaying pines and Riviera palms. Following an extensive restoration project, the hotel's elegance and appeal has been further enhanced.

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

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Did You Know? Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn


By: Five Star Alliance

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is located on the former site of Boyes Hot Springs Hotel. Native Americans who were the first to discover the natural underground hot mineral waters here. This site was considered a sacred healing ground. In 1923, a disastrous fire destroyed the hotel and most of Boyes Hot Springs. However, in 1927, the current Inn rose from the ashes as an architecturally accurate replica of a California Mission. Once again, the Inn was filled with guests, and this unique hot springs resort was hailed as one of the finest in all of Northern California. In 1980, major renovation returned the Inn to its 1920's grandeur, and the Spa, added in 1981, attracted visitors from around the globe. Since then, the most recent additions and renovations, began in 1999 and completed in 2000, include the expansion of the Spa, to its 40,000 sq.ft. indoor and outdoor space, beautifully appointed, lush landscaping making this a true European Spa.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

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Go Truffle Hunting at Castel Monastero


By: Five Star Alliance

Castel Monastero offers its guests an unique opportunity to get up close and personal with truffle hunting. Truffle hunting takes place in the morning, in Castel Monastero's fields and woods, an area famous in Tuscany for its black and white truffles. The excursion lasts approximately an hour and a half and the hunt will be led by an expert truffle hunter and his pack of dogs. At the end of the excursion guests can purchase the truffles they have foraged. The truffle hunt is followed by a truffle-based lunch at La Cantina restaurant. 

Castel Monastero

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Cool Pools: Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa offers guests two oceanfront pools. There is an adult pool and an activity pool with waterslide and children's wading pool.

Rio Mar Beach Resort 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Royal Davui Island Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Royal Davui Island Resort is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary situated in Fiji's spectacular Beqa Lagoon offering a level of Fijian luxury, elegance and privacy not found in today’s larger resorts. Royal Davui Island Resort has 16 exquisitely appointed Vales nestled around 10 acres of lush tropical landscape.

Royal Davui Resort 

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Image of the Day: Villa Gallici


By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Gallici is located just a few minutes' walk from the town centre. It enjoys the perfect central location between the French Riviera and the Luberon.

Villi Gallici

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Cool Pools: Four Seasons First Residence Cairo


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Four Seasons First Residence Cairo can take advantage of poolside dining at Aura Restaurant. It's easy to make dinner here an all-night affair. Start with hot and cold mezzah followed by grilled meats or fresh seafood. For dessert, try honey-infused baklava. Soon you'll be ready for some shisha, a traditional tobacco, available in a number of delicious flavours. 

Four Seasons First Residence Cairo

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