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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.

Spotlight on Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

June 7, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniFor the past 100 years or more, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. Right from the outset, the Grand Hotel became the chosen destination for illustrious guests in search of peace: royalty, aristocrats, figures from international politics, and movie stars. The Sovereigns of Spain, Romania, Albania, Egypt; above all the Russian and English aristocracy; Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J.F. Kennedy; Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Maria Schell, Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, Al Pacino.... these are just some of the famous guests who have strolled through the rooms and lakeside gardens of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, enjoying its beauty and outstanding hospitality. 

Located on the gorgeous Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake. The locale enjoys sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. From April to November the salons and the large lakeside garden offer guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The hotel's  interior reflects the good taste loved by the wealthy nobility of the time. Its walls and ceilings are adorned with frescoes and paintings of mythological scenes, gilded frames, festoons, temples, putti, flamingos, and Pompeian reds. The coffer ceilings are frescoed with floral patterns in grey and pink tones. Guests will enjoy period wall coverings in the French style, antique Persian carpets, crystal chandeliers from Murano, Imperial furniture, and the neo-classical and Art Nouveau style; not to mention the marble staircases, the stucco work columns, and the splendid trompe l'oeil.The "salle à manger" alone is a genuine monument to art, as is the Salone Reale, which in the evening is lit by bronze and crystal chandeliers, the splendor of whose lights are reflected by large mirrors. 

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniLovers of peace and quiet can alternate the pleasure of a poolside drink with beauty treatments and programmes at Villa Serbelloni SPA, the hotel's own beauty farm. Guests can set off from the private dock for a motorboat trip to the historic gardens along the lake which, in springtime, attract tourists from all over the world: especially for the wonderful flowering of the azaleas.  Lovers of sport can take advantage of the hotel gym and tennis courts, enjoy delightful walks, take a mountain bike out on the Bellagio promontory, and cool off in the swimming pool overlooking the lake.

Nightly spring rates at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni start at EUR 418 >>

 


Did You Know? Eden Rock

June 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

One of the four ultra-luxury suites at the exclusive St Barthelemy resort Eden Rock is the beach-side Villa Rockstar. The suite is an enormous 16,000 square feet, and consists of north and south houses connected by a fountain courtyard and cloisters. The property has its own gate onto a vast beach of soft pink and white coral sand. Partnering with Oceanway Recording Studios of Hollywood, guests of Villa Rockstar are offered the chance to record their own music in a professionally equipped recording studio, complete with a selection of instruments, microphones and recording equipment. This suite of rooms also functions as the Villa's cinema screening room. The legendary Neve music mixing console, installed in the recording studio, is the very same one used by John Lennon to record Imagine.

Eden Rock 

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Your Questions Answered: What Barcelona Hotel Do You Recommend for a Family of 4?

June 6, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Casa Fuster Hotel
We at Five Star Alliance work hard to 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, 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: What are some family resorts in Barcelona for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Casa Fuster Hotel 

This 5-star luxury hotel (listed as a landmark building dating back to 1908), boasts a perfect combination of a modernist atmosphere, unique architecture, and a mix of Art Deco and traditional furnishings. The hotel is situated at the highest point of Paseo de Gracia, giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city of Barcelona. Hotel Casa Fuster is located in the heart of Barcelona, in the residential and cultural area of L'Eixample - within walking distance to designer shopping, clubs and restaurants.

 
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Book for a Standard Room that connects to a Junior suite, and ask for a rollaway bed. 



Standard Deluxe Room Details:
43m2
Queen-size double bedCasa Fuster Hotel Balcony
Double doors
Reception area
Dreessing room
Complete Bathroom
Hydro massage shower
Shower cabin

 

Junior Suite Details:
40m2
2 single beds or king size double bed
Double doors
Reception area
Dressing room
Sitting room
Complete bathroom
Hydro massage shower
Shower cabin

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.

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Image of the Day: Alexis Hotel

June 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Alexis Hotel is ideally located just a few blocks from Seattle's storied waterfront. The First Avenue address puts you near landmark locations and experiences including Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, and the Seattle Art Museum. 

Alexis Hotel 

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Did You Know? 21C Museum Hotel

June 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

21C Museum Hotel

21c Museum Hotel derives its name from its in-house museum. The 21c Museum is North America's first museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting the art of the 21st century.

21c Museum features permanent, commissioned installations, and presents dynamic group and solo exhibitions by both emerging and established artists, including Bill Viola, Yinka Shonibare, Camille Utterback, Tony Oursler, Slater Bradley, Jennifer Steinkamp, Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Alfred Jaar, Anthony Goicolea, and many others.

Additional cultural programming, including poetry readings, films, artist lectures, and theatre and music performances, extends the Museum’s mission to bring innovative new art to the public.

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(Bath) Rooms with a View: Table Bay at the Waterfront

June 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Table Bay at the Waterfront's luxurious Table Mountain Head Suite offers guests incredible views of Table Mountain. There's even one from the marble bathtub. 

The Table Bay at the Waterfront Table Mountain Head Suite 

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Cool Pools: Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa

June 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa has a 38 meter by 10 meter infinity swimming pool with Jacuzzi and swim-up pool bar.

Wanakarn Beach Resort and Spa 

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Image of the Day: The Atlantic

June 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Atlantic is set amidst 23 miles of pristine sun-splashed golden beaches in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast.

The Atlantic

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Did You Know? Athenaeum Personal Hotel

June 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Athenaeum Personal Hotel
Ideally located for business or leisure visitors, Athenaeum Personal Hotel in Florence is where contemporary design, modern style and classic materials skillfully combine with art and culture. Several art events and exhibitions of emerging artists are held at Hotel Athenaeum in partnership with Florence Academy of Fine Art.

Around the corner from the hotel guests will Galleria dell’Accademia with its best-known treasure, the statue of David by Michelangelo. The hotel is fond of saying that  "David is our most famous neighbor!"

 

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Image of the Day: The Oberoi Vanyavilas

June 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestling in the natural beauty of the wilds, The Oberoi Vanyavilas is India’s leading luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The perfect base from which to explore the territory of the majestic tiger. Tiger sightings are most frequent during the months of May and June. 

The Oberoi Vanyavilas

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