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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.

Rooms with a View: The Waterhouse at South Bund

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.

The Waterhouse at South Bund

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend an Ibiza Resort for a Family of Four Adults?

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.

Ibiza Grand HotelQUESTION: 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.Ibiza Gran Hotel


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.

 


Did You Know? Don CeSar Beach Resort

June 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Don CeSar Beach Resort
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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New to Five Star Alliance: Palais Coburg Residenz

June 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Palais Coburg Residenz 

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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Image of the Day: Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

June 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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. 

Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

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Campo Bahia Opens...But Only if You are on the German National Soccer Team

June 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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: 

 


Image of the Day: The Osprey at Beaver Creek

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.

The Osprey at Beaver Creek

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Your Questions Answered: What is a Great Spanish Resort for a Family of 4 Adults?

June 11, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hospes Palau De La Mar
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: Your Questions Answered: What is a Great Spanish Resort for a Family of 4 Adults? 


ANSWER: Hospes Palau De La Mar – Valencia, Spain


Hospes Palau de la Mar Valencia is housed in a heritage-listed 19th century stately home which symbolizes the values of the

Hospes Palau De La Mar

 city’s inhabitants and their seafaring spirit. Standing in one of the most attractive streets in downtown Valencia, this majestic and stimulating mansion is a wonderful example of elegance, art and design combined to lead guests down the paths of history to discover the reality of the mysteries of the past. A modern and stunningly designed interior patio offsets the classical nobility of the rest of the architectural style; inspiration flows through the Mediterranean scents of the luxuriant garden and other areas designed to foster creativity and discovery. The cuisine of a master chef offers a different way of perceiving and enjoying natural, local culinary delights. Among its many facilities, guests will find a wellness centre and massage parlour. 

For Your Needs We Recommend:

Presidential Suite 
The marble staircase and the vaulted hall welcomes guests to the Presidential Suite. The classical architectural scheme of arches and vaults have been restored and each detail well thought to introduce a unique suite where natural light go through large windows to put on view the perfect balance of styles: classic and contemporary furniture unified by comfort. Two large bedrooms connected by a spacious living room and two bathrooms, propose one the most spectacular places in the city of Valencia. The suite is 70 square meters has a living room, two bedrooms, and Queen size beds with exclusive mattresses and Egyptian cotton bed linen.

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.

Posted in: Valencia

Dining al Fresco: Wedgewood Hotel

June 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is one of Vancouver’s leading luxury downtown Vancouver hotels. Located amidst the gardens and waterfalls of the fashionable Robson Square in the heart of Vancouver's thriving cosmopolitan core, the Wedgewood has become a landmark. Privately owned and operated by Greek born owner, Eleni Skalbania. Of the Vancouver hotels, the Wedgewood has been a family-run boutique hotel providing a home away from home for countless guests.

Wedgewood Hotel 

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Das Stue Gets Smart (Bikes)

June 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Das Stue

Das Stue has introduced a new way to explore Berlin in the summer.  The 79-room Das Stue is located in Berlin's former Royal Danish embassy, a landmarked 1930's structure. The historic hotel now has six e-bikes by Smart that are available for guest use. The company Smart is owned by DaimlerAG, the same company that produces the Mercedes Benz. The e-bikes have a 250 watt hub motor, a display that controls drive and generator levels, and allows riders to check time, trip kilometers, or remaing power. 

To see Berlin in the summer is to experience the city at its best. Das Stue is located in Berlin's central Tiergarten disctrict, right within the prestigious Embassy Quarter, adjacent to the 210 acre Tiergarten Park and facing the Berlin Zoo. Some of the most famous cultural institutions like the Culture Forum, the Philharmonic and the New National Gallery are only minutes away, and for the shopping enthusiasts, both Kurfürstendamm, with the legendary KaDeWe, and Friedrichstrabe are within easy reach. Considered to be Europe's greenest city, it has a plethora of parks, urban beaches lining the Spree river where one can watch the boats cruise by; rooftop beach bars and cafes, and the surrounding lakes to go swimming, sailing, or canoeing. 

Bikes are available on a complimentary first-come, first-serve basis. 

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