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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.

A Great Rate at The Villas of Grand Cypress


By: Five Star Alliance

The Villas of Grand CypressThe Villas of Grand Cypress has newly Club Suites. Decor by Orlando-based interior designer Lori Rapport is a tranquil balance of contemporary and classic styles through thoughtful details and custom-made furnishings. Surrounded by calming natural elements like rich Zebrano wood and stacked stone, the roomy master bedroom comes with a choice of either one king bed or two double beds and separate sitting area. Enjoy views of the undulating green hills of the larger Grand Cypress resort and the peaceful property lakes from a private balcony or patio. The 650 square foot Club Suite offers a bathing experience beginning with a glass-surrounded shower including a European shower tower complete with body jets, hand held shower, and rain shower head. The bathroom also features a sculptural, deep-walled bathing vessel and custom quartz counters with double sinks, polished chrome Kohler faucets, and an illuminated mirror integrated with a 19" television.

Special Five Star Alliance Rate Includes:

-Club Suite

-$100 Resort Credit valid for food and beverage

Two-night minimum stay available, rates subject to availability.

Rates start at $359 per night. 

Book a stay at The Villas of Grand Cypress>>


How New Zealand's Blanket Bay Got Its Name


By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s finest Lodge – Blanket Bay. In 1861, a mob of sheep owned by Mr William Gilbert Rees were sheared on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, in a bay just south of where the small town of Glenorchy is situated.  This bay was to be named Blanket Bay after blankets used to create the shed and shelters used to protect the eight Maori shearers and the wool from the elements.

Book astay at Blanket Bay>>


Three Great Offers in Barcelona


By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
Five Star Alliance has terrific offersfor luxury travelers. Here are three current offers, all in Barcelona, Spain.

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona offers some of the most exclusive accommodations in Barcelona.  Finished to a level of luxury synonymous with Mandarin Oriental, this property gives every guest a supremely comfortable home in the city.

The Fall in Love in Barcelona Rate Includes:

-Complimentary upgrade upon arrival (subject to availability)

-A Chilled Bottle of Cava The Catalan Champagne With A Selection of Seasonal Berries.

-Continental In Room Breakfast

-Complimentary Late Checkout until 2pm 

-Butler Service

 

Hotel Miramar Barcelona is an artistically restored palace on the slope of a mountain with marvellous views over the area of Las Ramblas, this luxury hotel in Barcelona combines the grandeur of the 1920s with contemporary design. 

The Romantic Promotion Rate Includes:Great Rates in Barcelona

-Buffet breakfast

-Romantic Bath with Petals

-Bottle Of Cava

-Free WiFi

-Access to Hotel Spa & Swimming pools

Book your stay at Hotel Miramar Barcelona >>

 

The Ohla HotelThe Ohla Hotel is a new five-star hotel located in the heart of Barcelona, an ideal setting for tourists, shoppers and business people offering a world of experience, service and wellbeing. The calmness and serenity of the hotel combined with the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Barcelona offers a unique blend. 

The Fall in Love Suite Includes:

-Breakfast included In Room

-A La Carte Bath Service

-Bottle of Cava

-Sensual Kit

-Chocolate Sins

-Late check out until 2pm

-Free WiFi

Book a stay at The Ohla Hotel >>


Did You Know? Barnsley Gardens Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Behind Barnsley Resort's storybook setting is a true story filled with as many twists and turns as a work of fiction. The original manor, called Woodlands, was an estate built by a man—Godfrey Barnsley—for the love of his life, his wife Julia. Godfrey Barnsley began construction on his Italianate villa in the 1840's in the north Georgia foothills, on land that had once been inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. Both the home and its elaborate gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneering landscape designer and proponent of Italianate and gothic revival architecture. Julia never saw the completed home, as she fell ill and passed away. Today, Barnsley's stunning estate is an award-winning destination resort.

Barnsley Garden's Resort

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Cool Pools: Bellagio


By: Five Star Alliance

When you're ready to take a break from the casinos, nightlife, and fine dining, relax at Bellagio. The Mediterranean
style pool area is for more than a refreshing dip in the pool. There are five al fresco dining areas at the pool. 

Book a stay at Bellagio>>


Cool Pools: Belmond Hotel Cipriani


By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Hotel Cipriani is home to the only swimming pool in central Venice. The Olympic-sized pool is fully heated and filled with filtered seawater. A team of pool assistants is on hand to cater to your every request, from fresh towels to cool drinks and light dishes from the pool menu.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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Cool Pools: Belmond Governor's Residence


By: Five Star Alliance

A romantic, colonial-style mansion dating from the 1920s, Belmond Governor's Residence recalls the days when it was home to the ruler of Myanmar's southern states. Go for a cooling dip in the fan-shaped swimming pool, or simply relax and take in the atmosphere while lounging on the comfortable sunbeds.

Book a stay at Belmond Governor's Residence >>


Cool Pools: Belmond Copacabana Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Copacabana Palace employs a team of pool assistants to guests' every request, from fresh towels to cool drinks and light dishes from the pool menu. Sunbathe, swim, and socialize in one of Rio's largest and most attractive swimming pools. 

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Book a stay at Belmond Copacabana Palace>>


Cool Pools: Bagni di Pisa Natural Spa Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Bagni di Pisa Natural Spa Resort has a grand thermal pool that's nestled between original arches and pilaster strips of the grand duke’s building, overlaid by an impressive velarium. The pool accommodates numerous hydro-massage tubs and is supplemented by two smaller pools, the Bagno di Mercurio, or Thalaquam Pool, supplied with water in an 18% salt solution, making it ideal for floating and relaxing treatments, and the Bagno di Minerva, with strong hydro-massage water jets. 

Book a stay at Bagni di Pisa Natural Spa Resort>>


Dining Al Fresco: Baur au Lac


By: Five Star Alliance

The Rive Gauche Terrasse at Baur au Lac is the most exclusive place in Zurich to while away those hot summer days and lazy, hazy evenings. Refreshing cocktails and ice-cold champagne are served as aperitifs in the decidedly chic lounges. Small snacks and light meals are served till midnight by a friendly, outgoing team. Soak up the distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere of grandeur and extravagance.

 

Dine at Baur au Lac>>