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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.

Get to Know: Lucy LeTourneau


By: Five Star Alliance

Lucy LeTourneau of Five Star Alliance

Lucy LeTourneau has been a member of the Five Star Alliance family since 2006 after working in travel agency arena since 1986 where she started out selling vacations at a storefront office and moved into corporate travel and management positions for many years in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA. Lucy entered the industry as a way to see more of the world after finishing college.

At Five Star Alliance, she oversees day to day operations across a variety of facets of the site and has enjoyed seeing the digital world of travel evolve since coming onboard. 

Farthest Place Traveled: Te Anau, New Zealand

What does your office/desk look like: laptop, pen, notebook, dog treats , water and coffee; always coffee.

One thing most important when picking a destination: Not too picky--there are too many places to go!

One thing most important when picking a hotel:  Location

Weirdest "special request" on a reservation: Helping a groom-to-be fix the dates on his reservation when he accidentally booked the wrong ones.

Dream travel destination: Too many to list but South Africa, Greece, Switzerland, Ireland and Costa Rica are currently high on the list...

Plane, train, or automobile? Automobile, but whatever the situation warrants, I'm happy with.

Best travel experience: Toss up between the Galapagos Islands, Venice, Italy and Queenstown, New Zealand.

Worst travel experience: Losing my traveling companion in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
 

Favorite Hotel: Set on its own secluded island, the Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives is a combination of luxury and simplicity.

Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives

Favorite Hotel Image: View from the terrace and lounge at the Aigialos Hotel in Santorini, Greece

Aigialos Hotel in Santorini

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Cool Pools: Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista


By: Five Star Alliance

Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista offers its guests an ideal setting for relaxation in the humid area of the spa center where they can find a softly illuminated pool with hydromassage and chromotherapy, sauna, steam bath, tropical showers. The fitness corner offers professional accessories and Tecnogym fitness equipment, together with herbal teas and fresh mineral water with energizing mineral salts.

Byblos Hotel Villa Amista

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Did You Know? Buckland Manor


By: Five Star Alliance

Buckland Manor, was first mentioned in 600 AD, when the land was owned by the Abbey of Gloucester. The village of Buckland is thought to have the oldest rectory in England, which stands next to the Manor, with an impressive timbered hall that dates from the 15th Century. John Wesley preached in the church of St. Michael, the east window of which contains 15th Century glass, judged by some to be the nicest in the Cotswolds and reputed to have come from Hailes Abbey at the Dissolution. William Morris attended church services here when he came to Buckland in the 19th Century and was so impressed by the glass that he personally paid for its releading.

Buckland Manor

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Did You Know? Banyan Tree Lang Co


By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Lang Co is an all-pool villa resort. Within touch of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the imperial city of Hue, charming old town of Hoi An, and My Son's historical ruins - culture aficionados will be satiated. Those with a bent for the physical will also find joy in a wide range activities. Golfers can tee off in style at the Sir Nick Faldo-designed 18-hour championship golf course, meandering through rice paddies and trickling streams against the backdrop of a staggering mountain range.

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George Harrison and Banyan Tree Seychelles


By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Seychelles is set upon the original Seychellian abode belonging to Pink Panther actor Peter Sellers and Beatles member George Harrison. The resort took painstaking steps toward preserving the authenticity of the site's architecture and culture with the aid of island residents, some of who still dedicate their careers to forwarding Banyan Tree Seychelles' mission of providing a Sanctuary for the Senses.

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Did You Know? Ca' Sagredo Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Ca' Sagredo Hotel was a palace originally owned by the Morosini family. It was purchased at the start of the 18th century by the Sagredos, a noble family who had lived in the Santa Sofia district for centuries. The facade onto the Grand Canal is proof of the Byzantine origin of the building, which was altered several times in subsequent centuries. The original ground floor with the doors leading onto the water and the first floor with its tall arch windows topped on slim pillars, were completed in the 15th century by the addition of second floor, which has tracery frieze around the middle mullioned windows of the Portego or central hall.

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Gambling Options at Caesars Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

Caesar's PalaceCaesars Palace brings you all the excitement of a Las Vegas casino in an ancient Roman setting. Enjoy lavish surroundings while playing slots and table games—including blackjack and poker—or take your chances at the race and sports book. Whether you're looking to win big or simply in it for the experience, Caesars Place always offers something fun to play.

POKER
The most action-packed Las Vegas Poker Room is perfect for recreational players and seasoned pros alike.
RACE & SPORTS BOOK
On game day, there is no better place in Las Vegas than Caesar's Race & Sports Book. The room buzzes with excitement as horse bettors and sports fans cheer their favorites while watching action from coast to coast.


SLOTS
Caesars Palace is the Las Vegas casino that has been the site of more $1,000,000+ slot jackpots than any other casino in the world. 

TABLE GAMES
From the iconic Palace Casino to the OMNIA gaming tables, from Craps and Baccarat to Pai Gow and Six Card Poker, you’re sure to find just the right Las Vegas gambling experience at which to test your luck and skill.

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Green Initiatives at Bardessono


By: Five Star Alliance

BardessonoBardessono is one of only three hotels in the United States that has been designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for environmental design. Initiatives include:

-Buildings that are designed with overhangs to reduce the heat gain from the summer sun, yet allow the winter sun's rays to enter and warm the rooms. Each room has 200 square feet of glass to allow for natural lighting. 

-When cooling is required, the first stage of intervention is for motor controlled exterior venetian blinds to lower to reduce the heat gain from the sun. When additional heating or cooling in guest rooms is necessary, water is used from 72, 300 foot wells on the property.

-The large amount of glass used in each building reduces the daytime requirement for electrical lighting. LED, halogen, or fluorescent bulbs are used in light fixtures throughout the property. Bardessono

-All glues, adhesives, finishes, paints, carpets, and fabrics used at Bardessono are required to meet low volatile organic compounds (VOC) standards to vastly improve indoor air quality. 

-The combination of low VOC compound materials, no carpeting and drapes, all organic linens, terry and cleaning supplies, greatly reduces any potential allergens in the rooms.

-Indoors, bathroom fixtures with low water flow have been installed, along with dual flush toilets and waterless urinals. Outdoors, native and drought tolerant plants have been chosen for landscaping in order to minimize water demand. 

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Cool Pools: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo


By: Five Star Alliance

Relax by the pool with your favorite newspapers and magazines. Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo offers guests an exclusive
digital service with over 3,000 periodicals in 18 different languages. Guests can even borrow an e-readers from the hotel.

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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. 

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