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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.

Dining al Fresco: Hotel Byblos Saint Tropez


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Byblos Saint Tropez recently opened Rivea at Byblos. Under Alain Ducasse's vision, it offers a menu that blends French and Italian tastes with the use of local and seasonal ingredients. Overlooking the Place des Lices, it is a relaxed and informal destination restaurant for guests and locals to enjoy.

Hotel Byblos Saint Tropez

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Grande Colonial La Jolla's Executive Chef Named San Diego's Chef of the Year


By: Five Star Alliance

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla


Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla's
executive chef Jason Knibb was recently named San Diego's "Chef of the Year" by the California Restaurant Association. The historic luxury hotel's NINE-TEN restaurant was also awarded "Best Hotel Restaurant/Fine Dining." Both awards were presented at the 30th annual Gold Medallion Awards dinner. 

Knibb joined the staff of the Grande Colonial more than ten years ago. A self-trained chef, he discovered a love of cooking when he was a 17 year old busboy at a local restaurant. He trained under some of the country's finest chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Roy Yamaguchi, and Hans Rockenwagner. 

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

A recognized name in culinary circles across the country and universally acknowledged to be among the top chefs in Southern California for his consistently exquisite food and artistic presentations, Jason has amassed many awards and accolades for his style and cuisine. Most notably: Zagat Survey® Food Score of 26 (extraordinary to perfection); Zagat Top 10 Restaurants in San Diego; and a 2010 Rising Star Chef Winner/StarChefs. In November of 2011, he was also a contender on the Food Network’s Iron Chef, battling Bobby Flay in a seafood showdown, marking yet another significant milestone in his culinary career.

Situated in the seaside village of La Jolla, just 15 minutes from San Diego, the Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel. Commanding views of the coastline, this Centurion hotel is steps from miles of beaches and world-class shopping, dining & entertainment. Its award-winning NINE-TEN Restaurant offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. Diners enjoy the best of the harvest from local farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s evolving California cuisine.  

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Image of the Day: Domaine Des Hauts De Loire


By: Five Star Alliance

Domaine Des Hauts De Loire is located at the heart of the Loir-et-Cher region, between Blois and Tours,
and 2 kilometers from Onzain. The hotel is surrounded by a vast 70 hectare park.

Domaine des hauts de loire

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Lacroix Suite Package at The Rittenhouse


By: Five Star Alliance

The Rittenhouse
Book the Suite Lacroix package at Philadelphia's The Rittenhouse, and you will dine and sleep in style. The Rittenhouse is known for its world-class amenities and services, along with a Center City location. 

Lacroix Suite Package includes:

- Overnight accommodations in a Park Suite
- Four course dinner for two at the AAA Four Diamond Award Lacroix Restaurant
- Wine pairing for two
- Two glasses of champagne
- American breakfast for two in the morning

The Lacroix Restaurant is known for its locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, extensive wine selection, Progressive International Cuisine, and a backdrop of Rittenhouse Square.

Each of the Park Suites include marble bathrooms, four-poster beds, and carefully chosen hand-crafted furniture designed specifically for The Rittenhouse. Located on the third floor of the hotel, each of the Rittenhouse Hotel suites are designed to take full advantage of these unique treetop views of Rittenhouse Square. The suites range in size from approximately 950 to 1,300 square feet. 

Park Suite Amenities Include:

Rittenhouse Hotel

- Separate seating area with queen-sized sofa sleeper
- Twice daily housekeeping including evening turndown service
- Plush bed with pillow-top mattress, duvets and king-size down pillows 
- State-of-the-art technology featuring flat-screen televisions and iPod docking station 
- Entertainment on demand
- Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access
- Individual climate control
- In-room safe large enough to store a laptop computer
- Private bar stocked with a selection of cold beverages and snacks
- Luxurious marble bathroom featuring Acqua Di Parma bath amenities
- Oversized bathtub and glass enclosed shower with massage showerhead
- Separate vanity and dressing area with illuminated makeup mirror
- Plush bathrobe and slippers
- 24-hour in-room dining
- Overnight shoe shining service

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Armani Hotel Milano's Armani/Ristorante Concept


By: Five Star Alliance

Armani Hotel MilanoThe dining venues within Armani Hotel Milano, with their floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give a breathtaking panoramic view on the rooftops and the terraces of Milan. Overlooking the Duomo Cathedral and the magnificent skyline and terraces of the city, the Armani/Ristorante (on the 7th floor of the Armani Hotel Milano) is the ideal place for a business lunch, for a hearty meal over several courses and for a relaxed and light dinner with a glass of wine … and for a special Sunday brunch too.

Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic Italian traditions, providing Guests with classic and authentic culinary delights. The dishes make use of fresh produce and are served amid an elegant ambiance, with expert, attentive, and impeccable service.


Armani/Ristorante features a unique Enoteca with an exclusive and wide selection of more than 300 wines. Each wine label is chosen for its ability to let guests live a unique sensory experience. Armani/Ristorante also features an intimate Private Dining Room and a magnificent Chef’s Table located within the kitchen.
Armani Hotel Milan
On the same floor is the panoramic Armani/Bamboo Bar, with an exclusive and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a memorable aperitivo and for a vibrant after-dinner, accompanied by very good music.

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Did You Know? Meritage Resort at Napa


By: Five Star Alliance

Meritage Resort at Napa opened along with the Vino Bello Resort in 2006, creating the ultimate Wine Country destination. Situated across nine acres of vineyards, The Meritage Resort  feature 504 luxury guest rooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant with an award-winning chef, two swimming pools, and premier meeting and event space.

Meritage Resort

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Hit the Road and the Wine at Blanket Bay


By: Five Star Alliance

Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay Lodge sits at the north end of Lake Wakatipu amidst New Zealand's finest scenery. The luxury resort is known for its commitment to active vacations. Nearby activities include fly-fishing, heli-skiing, hiking on the Routeburn or Milford Tracks, jetboating, golfing kayaking, 4WD tours, horse riding, and flight-seeing over Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. 

For those guests whose interest's lie in the area of wine and art, the resort has the perfect activity. The Wine & Arts Trail takes you to the homes and galleries of New Zealand's pre-eminent artists coupled with sampling Otago's finest wines at the local vineyards. 

Guests spend the day visiting Kiwit artists in their home studios. Then, they can quaff some "New World" wines that the Southern Lakes region is known for. The hotel can arrange for a chaffeur-driven car, so that guests can imbibe freely.

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Image of the Day: Milliken Creek Inn and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Milliken Creek Inn and Spa is a private getaway in the heart of Napa Valley. Each of the 12 rooms is distinctively designed in chic yet comfortable decor, with painstaking attention given to even the smallest details. Hidden away on three verdant acres, the luxury boutique hotel has a spa, special winery tour packages, and views of the Napa River.

Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: Le Pigonnet


By: Five Star Alliance

Le Pigonnet is a Provencal manor house from the XVIIIth century combines tradition and modernity. This 5-star hotel with 44 rooms and suites is a stone’s throw away from Aix-en-Provence city centre and offers guests relaxing moments in a luxury and timeless atmosphere.

Le Pigonnet 

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Family Adventures at Tower Club at lebua


By: K. Clare Johnson

Tower Club at lebua
The Tower Club at lebua is a five-star luxury hotel and it epitomizes luxury accommodation in Bangkok. From the views, to the suites, the hospitality and service, and the acclaimed restaurants and bars, Tower Club is everything you've heard about lebua – turned up, for a heightened five-star hotel experience.

The luxury hotel welcomes children, and has a host of ideas for how families can best enjoy their stay in the city.

Family-Friendly Activities in Bangkok

-Safari World. A drive-in zoological park divided into two parts. The first part is Safari Park, an open zoo with wild animals like zebras, deer, giraffes, tigers, lions, bears, elephants and others. The second part is the Marine Park with marine animals and shows of trained dolphins, birds, seals, and apes.

-Dream World. This large amusement park is an European style fantasy land where the world's favorite fairy tales come to life.

Tower Club at lebua

-Siam Park City & Amusement. Located in Minburi District, Siam Park City includes a water park featuring a man-made sea, an amusement park, and a theme park. 

-Siam Ocean World. Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium exhibits over 30,000 native and exotic marine life.

-Nakhon Pathom Province. Approximately an hour's drive away from Bangkok, Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo is a popular sightseeing destination for both adults and children alike.

-Dusit Zoo at Khao Din Park. Located in Bangkok's Dusit District next to the Parliament House and Dusit Palace, it is the oldest zoo of Thailand, built by King Chulalongkorn as his private garden.

After city adventures, families can cool off in the luxury hotel's open-air swimming pool.

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