November 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
The Henry Jones Art Hotel is Australia's first dedicated art hotel, and one of a handful of art hotels in the world.
Located on Hobart's waterfront, the Henry Jones site dates back to 1804 and was once the location of one of Australia's most successful companies—H. Jones and Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL. Art and design are woven into the fabric of the Henry Jones. The hotel partners with a diverse range of Tasmanian artists to present a continuously changing exhibition of over 400 artworks.
The hotel’s 56 individually designed rooms and suites reflect Henry Jones’ characteristic fusion of art, heritage, tradition and nature. Sleek modernity complements untouched heritage features, nineteenth century sandstone walls frame contemporary artworks, and original windows reveal views of Hobart's harbour, city, mountains ,and built history.
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Hotel Castello di Casole offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a restored Italian castle on a country estate in Tuscany. The castle's rich history dates back to the end of the 10th century, when it was built and christened Querceto Manor. Querceto Manor often hosted the political exiles of nearby Siena until it fell into decline starting in the 15th century. Owned and reconstructed during the 19th and 20th centuries by the Bargagli family of Siena – esteemed local aristocracy – the castle rose to a prominent position in the region, as the surrounding estate was a leading agricultural producer with 31 farms on 2200 acres. During the late 20th century the Castello was owned by prominent Italian film director Luchino Visconti, who entertained European and Hollywood luminaries throughout the estate.
Timbers Resorts acquired the estate in 2005 and immediately began a significant and authentic restoration of all of the buildings, including the historic castle. The restoration has made use of traditional construction methods and authentic materials found on the estate and throughout the region, while spaces were updated with modern conveniences and luxuries. Today, Hotel Castello di Casole reflects its proud history, offering a new and exciting experience for guests and Owners who treasure contemporary amenities in a classically traditional Italian castle.
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The Royal Crescent Hotel is situated in one of the most famous crescent’s in the world. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom and is a Grade I listed building. Although some changes have been made to various interiors over the years, the Georgian stone facade remains much as it was when it was first built.
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November 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Hotel Imperial was built in 1863 as the Vienna residence of the prince of Württemberg and became the Hotel Imperial for the universal exhibition in 1873. The unique location at Vienna's famous Ringstraße provides an excellent starting point for exploring the imperial city.
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Villa Kennedy is built around Villa Speyer, the home of the influential banking family who lived in the house for 30 years from 1904. The hotel's name pays tribute to the road it is located on — named in honour of President John F Kennedy's visit in 1963.
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Those who saw the award-winning movie Life of Pi (or read the book) will remember the legendary pool Piscine Molitor. The book and movie's hero was named Piscine Molitor, because his father wanted him to be as clean as the pool's water. Pi later shortened his name due to teasing at school. In addition to being featured in Life of Pi, Olympic gold medalist and future Tarzan actor, Johnny Weissmuller, was once a lifeguard at the pool. In a photoshoot held at the pool in 1946, the modern bikini was revealed for the first time. The pool also used to double as a skating rink in the winter. In 1989, the pool closed due to lack of funds, and the site became a magnet for graffiti artists.
After 25 years, the pool was recently reopened as part of the new Hotel Molitor Paris. With views of the summer pool, the 124 rooms at the 5-star MGallery hotel invite you to discover this wonderful location: enjoy relaxing in the spa, swim in the indoor pool, share a cocktail on the rooftop or savor the menu dreamt up by 2 generations of Meilleurs Ouvriers de France. Relax: you are at the Molitor.
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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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Villa la Vedetta started life as a neo-renaissance romantic villa, today it is a refined 5 star luxury hotel The villa is located close to Piazzale Michelangelo and few steps away from Ponte Vecchio, with a breathtaking view of the city of Florence.
A reinvigorating dive into the splendid panoramic pool, enjoying one of the most beautiful views in the world, is just one of the most fantastic emotions that Guests can experience during their stay at Villa la Vedetta. The Duomo, The Campanile of Giotto, The Santa Croce Church and the entire Florentine skyline provide a stunning backdrop to the pool.
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November 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Offering luxurious accommodation in the heart of Singapore's arts and financial districts, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a masterpiece of understated comfort and elegance. Transformed from the Fullerton Building which was built in 1928, its rich heritage, neo-classical architecture and strategic location make it an inspiration to business and leisure travelers.
Located where the dynamic developments of Marina Bay intersect with the Singapore skyline and nestled in the heart of Singapore's historic civic and business districts, The Fullerton Heritage Precinct is the focal point for waterfront fine dining, upscale shopping and entertainment. It consists of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Waterboat House, The Fullerton Pavilion, One Fullerton, Clifford Pier, and Customs House.
Guests of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore can enjoy a tour of led by an appointed historian, The Fullerton Hotel Tour takes guests on a journey to several historical points of interest within and around The Fullerton Hotel including the former main entrance of the General Post Office, Post Bar (where a 300-feet long postal counter used to be), the Straits Room (formerly the Billiard Room of the prestigious Singapore Club) and The Lighthouse (The Fullerton Hotel's Italian restaurant & rooftop bar which used to house a beacon that guided ships approaching Singapore's shores from 1958 to 1979).
Guests can also take a self-guided tour. With the support of the National Heritage Board's Heritage Industry Incentive Programme, The Fullerton Heritage together with the Singapore Philatelic Museum has designed The Fullerton Heritage Trail Map to guide visitors on a walking trail – whether you have less than an hour or three hours to spare – to discover firsthand the rich history and landmarks in and around the precinct and neighboring civic district. Some of the historical gems include the Foundation Stone, the Cavenagh Bridge, and Old Supreme Court and City Hall.
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November 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
On the rooftop of Neri Hotel, guest will find Roba Estesa: a peaceful and hidden place in the gothic quarter, open to everyone to delight cocktails and tapas and shelter from the city noises and enjoy Barcelona's roofs.
Roba estesa is an amazing space with a small outdoor urban garden, where you can contemplate the skies of Barcelonas. It's a corner to take a cocktail or snack in a setting based on feng-shui and the five elements.
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