June 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Irish 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.
The indoor pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh features garden views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
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Keltic Lodge is serious about reducing energy consumption.
Green Initiatives include:
Eco-friendly laundry detergents and dish washing soaps
Recycle bins throughout the property
Compost, Recycle & Reuse where possible
Including brown paper bags for compost and clear bag garbage in each guest room
Insulated blankets on hot water tanks
Using energy efficient light bulbs where possible
Using energy efficient thermostat controls in rooms where possible
Using recycled paper
On-site garden for fresh fruits & vegetables
Supporting local food
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June 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
The guest rooms at The Waterhouse at South Bund have magnificent views of the Pudong skyline, an area where the city's quaint low-rise architectural heritage is still largely intact.
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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.
QUESTION: 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.
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.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel, has everything from romantic getaways, vacations, and honeymoons to spa and wedding services. Known as Florida's Legendary Pink Palace since opening in 1928, the luxury resort is revered internationally for its sprawling, sugar-white beach, unparalleled dining, rejuvenating Beach Club and Spa, fabulous fishing, children's program, nearby tennis and golf and award-winning meeting facilities.
The hotel is rumored to be haunted. A young bride was tragically killed on her wedding day in a freak accident on the marble staircase at Fairmont Banff. Today the hotel still reports mysterious, chilling breezes on the starircase, and strange sightings of a beautiful woman in a flowing white dress descending the stairs or dancing in the ballroom.
Happy Friday the 13th!
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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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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.
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World Cup fever has hit worldwide! Brazil is playing host this time around, and one lucky team has gotten the VIP treatment at a brand-new luxury resort. The resort is currently the accommodation for the German Football Team during the World Cup 2014.
Situated in the village of Santo André in the state of Bahia, the sport and nature Campo Bahia resort covers 15,000 square metres and contains 14 two-story houses with a total of 65 residential units. Campo Bahia is very close to Santa Cruz Cabrália, where Portuguese seafarer Pedro Álvares Cabral landed when he first discovered Brazil in 1500. The resort has been built with careful attention to sustainability and the natural environment. The materials used in construction were sourced locally, while the trees which had to be removed were transplanted rather than chopped down.
Constructing these facilities has been a boost to lasting infrastructural development in the Santo André and Santa Cruz Cabrália area. The effects include the establishment of long-term skilled jobs – in the catering and hotel sectors, for example – and the integration of the local communities and the Pataxó Indian reserve. The whole project is based on the principles of responsible tourism, eco-friendliness and sustainability.
In addition to providing luxury accommodations to the soccer players, the hotel has asked seven Brazilian and seven German artists to create works of art for the buildings and the surrounding area. The artists selected for this task were chosen for their engagement with issues of cultural and social identity.
After the World Cup, the resort will open for booking for guests who don't happen to play professional football.
Here's a sneak peek at the spectacular resort:
June 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
The Osprey at Beaver Creek offers a plethora of activities during the warmer months. The area is a mecca for hiking, mountain and road biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and golf. Guests at The Osprey enjoy exclusive golfing access to the nearby Beaver Creek Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed course. There’s also the Red Sky Golf Club, featuring award-winning courses designed by Tom Fazio and Greg Norman, and it’s fantastic Red Sky Golf Academy, with former PGA Tour player Larry Rinker as the Director of Instruction.
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