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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 Splendide Royal Rome


By: Five Star Alliance

With its reputation for exclusivity and excellence, the Hotel Splendide Royal Rome boasts one of the most elegant gourmet terraces in Rome. The restaurant is located on the hotel's 7th floor, where huge glass terrace doors open out onto a view of breathtaking beauty: a panorama which sweeps across the city from the 19th century palaces of Pinciano, Villa Medici, Trinita dei Monti all the way to Saint Peter's, and to the Gianicolo. 

Hotel Splendide Royal

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Cool Pools: Aman Sveti Stefan


By: Five Star Alliance

As well as the swimming pool on the mainland which is part of the Spa, Aman Sveti Stefan offers two swimming pools on the island. The resort’s main lap pool is located on the lower terrace on the west side of the island, while the second is set on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Both are surrounded by sun loungers and offer casual dining throughout the day.
Aman Sveti Stefan

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Did You Know? Hotel Negresco


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel NegrescoHotel Negresco first opened its doors on January 8th, 1913. The hotel, designed by Henri Negrescu, immediately attracted an international clientele, including the Vanderbilts, Kings, Queens, the Beatles, Elton John and Louis Armstrong. Besides its stunning location overlooking one of the French Riviera’s most beautiful bays for a century, the luxury hotel is known for it's amazing art collection.

 

Hotel NegrescoHotel owner Jeanne Augier has collected over 6,000 pieces of fine French art. Guests can admire the generous forms of Niki de Saint Phalle's Nana Jaune in the Royal Lounge or the series of seven brightly colored rugs designed by Raymond Moretti. Floor carpets were made from an original work by Yvaral in 1974. The rooms display an impressive collection of works by great artists from every period. The Versailles Lounge hosts Louis XIV's portrait, identical to that exhibited at the Louvre or Versailles. 

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Get to Know Hotel DeBrett


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel DeBrett

If a visit to Auckland is on your horizon, check in to Hotel DeBrett. Located in an historic building, the 25-room luxury boutique hotel connects downtown's hip and fashionable High Street with the business district found on Shortland Street. One of Auckland's first hotels was located here in 1841. Since that time, it has survived two fires, and two rebuilds, before the current building was erected in 1925. 

Hotel DeBrett

Every room is individually designed and complemented with eclectic furniture, New Zealand art and photography. All rooms feature bespoke carpet from hand woven 100% New Zealand wool. Classic rooms are filled with light from either High Street or the glass roofed atrium. Boutique Suites are ideal for business travellers needing space for work and private meetings, or for couples wanting a little more space, as all have a separate living room. O'Connell Suites are spacious duplex suites have been designed to cater for families. There is a double sofa bed in the living room, additional to the king/queen size bed in the upper bedroom, and separate half bathroom on the lower floor. Finally, Loft Suites offer the option of a two level suite with spiral stair access from living to bedroom, or a one level suite – some have Juliet balconies onto the rustic courtyard and the glass roofed atrium, others have inner city views.

At the heart of the hotel sits DeBretts Kitchen and the famous Art Deco inspired Housebar. Experience contemporary New Zealand cuisine featuring the best local produce prepared and cooked with care. The famous Housebar has been meticulously restored as Auckland's premier meeting place. A private drawing room has been created for exclusive use by hotel guests – while a glass roofed atrium and courtyard form the central focal point for guests and diners at DeBretts Kitchen. At street level the colorful Cornerbar has an emphasis on local craft beers and boutique wines. 

Hotel DeBrett aims to create a warm,welcoming environment, where guests felt at home, but with a quirky, unpredictable flair, excellent amenities, and top-notch service. 

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Image of the Day: Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Adare Manor is initially reminiscent of a chateau, but many of its features are
shared by great residences of the era in Britain and Ireland. Unusually, the Manor
is laid out as a Calendar House. 365 stained windows and 52 chimneys mark the
annual tally of days and weeks. There are also references to the 7 days of the week
and 12 months of the year.

Adare Manor

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Cool Pools: Carlsbad Plaza


By: Five Star Alliance

Carlsbad Plaza has a 15x6 meter swimming pool, whirlpools, saunas, and a relaxation room.

Carlsbad Plaza

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New to Five Star Alliance: Residenz Heinz Winkler


By: Five Star Alliance

Residenz Heinz Winkler was created from a late medieval building and has been rebuilt it into a modern yet tradition-conscious Residenz. There are 32 rooms and suites with balconies, terraces, or access to the garden. There is also a Laconium with sauna, tepidarium, and indoor pool. But is is the famous Venetian Gourmet Restaurant that is the heart and the soul of the Residenz Heinz Winkler. The elegant interior and the Italian ambiance is the perfect setting for unforgettable hours of culinary enjoyment and pleasure. In his starred cuisine Vitale Heinz Winkler creates classic menus and offers surprising creations to inspire his guests.

Residenz Heinz Winkler

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New to Five Star Alliance: Suiran


By: Five Star Alliance

Set along a river in the countryside, Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto is ideally poised in western Kyoto's scenic Ukyo-ku. The residential hotel occupies part of the grounds of Tenryuji Temple, a World Heritage site. Suiran features 39 luxuriously-appointed guestrooms, inspired by traditional ryokan-style accommodations, ranging from 500 to 1,000 square feet. Suiran offers two private treatment rooms equipped with a Japanese-style open-air bath as well as the option for in-room treatments. Guests can enjoy traditional Japanese-style treatments, including SEIRAN, a body massage with tea seed oil, scrub with green tea and facial treatment with jade stones and collagen mask. Suiran has preserved elements of its esteemed past, including two original structures, Enmei-kaku, which was built in 1899, and Hasshoken, constructed in 1910, which have undergone extensive restoration and now house the hotel's restaurant, Kyo Suiran, and cafe, Saryo Hassui. 

Suiran

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Dining al Fresco: Casa Colombo


By: Five Star Alliance

Casa Colombo is prepared to take you on an enchanting culinary adventure, with options ranging from the four fabulous eateries that highlight exceptional cuisines. Located on the lawn, facing the front façade of the mansion, T-Republic takes its inspiration from its airy outdoor location.

 

Casa Colombo

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Where to Visit During Your Stay at NJV Plaza Athens


By: Five Star Alliance

NJV Athens Plaza


NJV Athens Plaza is considered one of the best and most luxurious hotels in Athens. Its ideal location, supreme customer service, and subtle opulence are its three distinctive characteristics. With 159 guestrooms, 23 suites, a trendy restaurant, bars, lounges, a fully equipped conference center, and high quality services, amenities, and standards, NJV Athens Plaza is the ideal choice for a short or a long-term stay. 

Guests of NJV Athens Plaza will find themselves within striking distance of numerous Athenian cultural and historical sites.

Here's just a few places to put on your itenirary:

 

The Acropolis: The Acropolis, and the Parthenon in particular, is the most characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilisation. The Parthenon was dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the patron goddess of the city of Athens and goddess of wisdom. It was built under the instructions of Pericles, the political leader of Athens in the 5th century BC. The Parthenon was constructed between 447 and 438 BC and its sculptural decoration was completed in 432 BC. In 1987 it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site (UNESCO, 1987). 

The Temple of Olympian Zeus: The massive temple of Zeus, the most important building in the Altis, standing in its very centre, is the largest temple in the Peloponnese, considered by many to be the perfect example of Doric architecture. 

The National Gardens: This 38 acres public park is located behind the Greek Parliament building.  The Garden is home to ancient ruins, columns, mosaics, and busts of historically important Greeks such as Dionysis. 

The National Archeological Museum of Athens: This is largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. It was founded at the end of the 19th century to house and protect antiquities from all over Greece.

Megaron Mousikis (Athens Concert Hall): This cultural center is is just 2 metro stops from NJV Athens Plaza. Famous artists and renowned orchestras have performed in its amazing state-of-the-art halls, while numerous dance and theater performances have attracted thousands of visitors. Megaron Plus is located right next to the Athens Concert Hall and regularly hosts numerous lectures, workshops and conferences. 

Lycabettus Hill: The hill offers a panaromic view of the city and can be  reached by a funicular railway that departs from Kolonaki. 

Athens' Historical District: The picturesque paved streets, the lovely taverns with the delicious traditional cuisine dishes, the cozy bars, the galleries, the cultural centers, the museums, the old churches, and the ancient monuments bedazzle the eye of the beholder. Especially during the winter, the heart of the Athenian night life beats in Psyrri, Thiseio, Kerameikos, Gazi and Monastiraki, where visitors will find numerous big and smaller bars and clubs. 

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