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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.

Image of the day: Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico

By: Five Star Alliance

Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico is located 320 kilometers from Rio Gallegos and on the south bank of Lake Argentino, it is the city of El Calafat and a haven of peace and greenery. Considered one of the top tourist destinations in the Patagonia Argentina , has a modern infrastructure with all the services and amenities needed for a comfortable stay. This resort is considered the starting point for many excursions in Calafate both to the Glacier National Park and the town of El Chalten.

Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico
The great ice sheet known as Perito Moreno Glacier, located 80 kilometers from El Calafate, traps thousands of tourists who want to learn about the natural beauty of this large iceberg which has a front of 5 kilometers and a height of 60 meters above water level. Thus, in El Calafate it is today one of the world's most iconic destinations you should definitely visit on your next trip.

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Natural Adventures at Hotel Quinta Do Lago

By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Quinta do LagoThe Hotel Quinta do Lago is situated in the Resort of Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, next to the Formosa Estuary (Ria Formosa) and the sea, in the very heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Hotel Quinta do Lago is the ideal place to discover nature.

Nature Activities and Adventures Include:

Horseback Riding-There are numerous stables near the hotel, from where one can enjoy the beauty of the Ria Formosa National Park on horseback.

Birdwatching-Quinta do Lago is a luxury destination for true bird watchers; here they have the opportunity to observe many different species in their natural habitat. The best location is besides the São Lourenço Lagoon, where a wooden shelter provides views over the water.Hotel Quinta do Lago

Seaside-Discover the unique beauty of the coast with its rock formations and caves. Take an exclusive cruise to relax, or have fun in the company of others on a group cruise.

Countryside-The inhabitants of Algarve's countryside maintain traditions of past centuries. Taste the traditional cuisine and enjoy the natural beauty of Algarve's best kept secret.

Beach-The Quinta do Lago beach is located a mere 300 meters from the hotel. You will find a vast array of water sports that will enliven your summer. You can also visit nearby beaches such as the Garrão beach and the Ancão or the Vale do Lobo beaches.

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Did You Know? IDW Esperanza Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Lithuania's IDW Esperanza Resort is surrounded by 27 acres of extensive pine forests. The resort was handcrafted from cedar logs imported from the mountains of British Columbia. The wood ranges from 175-400 years old.

IDW Esperanza Resort

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Brewhouse Inn and Suites

By: Five Star Alliance

The Brewhouse Inn and Suites is part of Milwaukee's visionary, LEED certified, Platinum rated sustainable neighborhood, The Brewery. The hotel was home to the Pabst brewhouse for more than 150 years. Now it's an all-suite hotel with generous amenities and thoughtful, first-class accommodations. It is the perfect location for memorable one night as well as extended stays. From the more than 300 beautifully arched windows throughout to the exposed, original cream city brick, to the original exposed timbers and the historic Carnegie Steel beams, the curved staircase with forged iron barley inlays to the original Pabst copper brew kettles, the property is a feast for the eyes and an architectural marvel.

The Brewhouse Inn and Suites

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Dining al Fresco (And Inside As Well): Victoria Falls Hotel

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Victoria Halls Hotel

Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria Falls. The hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge and the gorges below. Situated in acres of private garden, the charm and tranquil atmosphere of the hotel has earned international acclaim. The elegant decor and the old world charm of this gracious hotel is reflected in the wide colonial verandahs and the Livingstone room with its superb cuisine.

A walk along the hotel's private pathway will bring guests out atop the gorge and provides a magnificent view of the bridge crossing into Zambia. From here one can watch in awe as bungi jumpers fall 111 metres down the world's longest natural bungi jump, towards the mighty Zambezi below. 

Dining options include:

The Livingstone Room-Enjoy an elegant dining experience at The Victoria Falls Hotel. Guests can choose from a la carte menu and an extensive wine list. The dress code has been relaxed in line with the times. The dress code is smart but a jacket and tie is not longer obligatory. 

The Jungle Junction-Situated close to the swimming pool with a clear view of the spray of the Falls, the Jungle Junction is a popular venue with groups, offering African fusion food with traditional African music. 

Stanley's Terrace-A selection of light meals is served from the Stanley's Terrace at The Victoria Falls Hotel. An afternoon spent enjoying the renowned traditional High Tea overlooking the Victoria Falls bridge and spray of the Falls is a must for hotel guests.

In-room dining is also available.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Campo Bahia

By: Five Star Alliance

Campo Bahia

The resort Campo Bahia is situated at the seaside of the federal state Bahia, to the north of Porto Seguro. The 14.740 square meter area Campo Bahia has been built in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to include it into the surrounding landscape of the Santo Andre and Santa Cruz Cabralia region. Campo Bahia has 14 houses with a total of 68 suites for a personal and exclusive stay. Each house has two stories with a living space, a kitchen area and a terrace on the first floor and extraordinary but cozy bedrooms on the first floor. The houses are surrounded by an open central sector with a spread out lounge and dining area, an open kitchen and a 700 square meter pool area. Close to the resort, guests can enjoy several outside sport facilities as well as an indoor fitness center.

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Did You Know? FCC Angkor Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

FCC Angkor Hotel is renovated from the French former governor's mansion. The building itself is a monument to provincial fortunes.

FCC Angkor 

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Hit the Road and the Wine at Blanket Bay

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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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Das Stue Gets Smart (Bikes)

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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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Spotlight on Tiamo Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Tiamo Resort
Tiamo Resort
combines luxury living with responsible environmental design. The 10 villas blend tastefully into their natural surroundings, taking advantage of the indigenous tropical vegetation to provide each one with a very private setting. The properties are all built from sustainable pine wood, and are elevated on stilts to benefit from natural cooling and ventilation. Roofing is made from thatch that helps to insulate buildings and keep temperatures pleasant. Any external ingredients are locally sourced and organic whenever it is possible. Tiamo is also the largest employer on the island. All of this combines to give you a luxury Caribbean experience while leaving a minimal footprint.

Andros is the largest of the Bahamian islands, located 150 miles southeast of Miami and about 40 miles Southwest of Nassau. One mile off the coast of the island lies the third largest barrier reef in the world, the Tongue of the Ocean, where the water depth goes from 30 feet to 6,000 feet.

Things to do at Tiamo Resort include:

-Bonefishing & deep sea fishing. Andros is known as the Bonefishing capital of the world. With miles and miles of pristine flats and seagrass beds, the island is perfect bonefish habitat.

Tiamo Resort

-Scuba diving. Tiamo offers fantastic diving thanks to its PADI Center. The reef runs parallel to the coast of Andros for 140 miles, and access to its edge is only a 10 minute boat ride from the resort. 

-Water Sports including water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, paddleboarding, sailing, and riding in a transparent canoe.

-Strolling down to the beach, or settling down on a soft sun lounger by the inviting pool.

-Browse the collection of volumes in the island's library.

-Shop the interesting local items on display in the shop for something special to bring home.

-Reserve the whole resort for a wedding or vow renewal.

Tiamo Resort

-Guided nature tours. The Nature Concierge will take you on a fascinating trek through the wild side of South Andros. Look out for the resident rock iguanas that call South Andros home, and see how many of the island’s 330 bird species you can identify. 

-The Great Room. Have breakfast and take in the view from the infinity pool to the azure Caribbean waters. The lodge's terrace spreads down over three levels towards the beach, with alfresco dining on the upper decks, and the lower deck is perfect for sunbathing.

-Spa treatments. Located to the rear of the resort and surrounded by tropical palms, indulge in a range of relaxation and beauty treatments. Choose from a revitalizing facial, or an all-over body massage to ease away every ounce of stress and tension. 

-Hit the gym. Tiamo's gym caters for all your fitness needs. Air-conditioned and fully equipped with cardio and multi-gym equipment, as well as free weights and chi balls, enjoy a Zen-like workout with a view as you look out across the Caribbean.

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