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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: 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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Dining al Fresco: Planters Inn


By: Five Star Alliance

Dedicated to serving the finest and freshest ingredients sourced locally and globally,
the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond-ranked Peninsula Grill  at Planter's Inn 
remains the Lowcountry’s foremost culinary experience.

Thanks to Charleston’s mild, subtropical temperate climate, Peninsula Grill is delighted
to offer seasonal al fresco dining in the Planters Inn Courtyard. Designed by Sheila Wertimer,
the landscape architect responsible for Charleston’s most elegant gardens, the Planters Inn
Courtyard is an enchanting urban oasis and the most romantic al fresco dining setting in the city.

Planter's Inn

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Did you know? Aigialos Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

With a breathtaking view of the world-famous Aegean caldera, the volcano and the deep blue waters of the
Mediterranean Sea, Aigialos Hotel, strategically located at the edge of Fira city, offers from all its balconies and
verandas an unrivalled experience of the loveliest sunset in the world, together with a rare combination of unique architecture,
elegance and tradition.

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Cool Pools: Raffles Makati


By: Five Star Alliance

At Raffles Makati, catch your breath in a luxurious spa retreat offering signature treatments designed to promote inner peace and serenity, complete with and open-air swimming pool overlooking the sleepless city.

Raffles Makati

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Image of the Day: Excelsior Hotel Gallia


By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Hotel Gallia  was first opened in 1932. It has been fully renovated by renowned Milanese architect Marco Piva. Behind this sparkling hotel’s iconic Art Deco facade are elegant restaurants and lounges, an expansive spa, and stunning meeting venues.

Excelsior Hotel Gallia

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Enjoy Lake Como Luxury at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in Italy. Set in the splendid surroundings of Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. Lake Como, part of the northern Italian Lakes District,  is Italy's deepest and most popular lake. It is surrounded by mountains and is known for it's world renowned romantic atmosphere. It is conveniently located between Milan and the border of Switzerland.

For the past 100 years or more, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake: sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. Owing to its delightful setting, Bellagio, an oasis of peace on the shores of the lake, has been a holiday destination for centuries and it was here that, in around 1850, construction work started on a luxurious holiday villa on the banks of the lake for an aristocratic family from Milan.Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni offers a plethora of amenities and activities designed to take full advantage of its spectacular location. 

Activities include:

Take a boat ride from the hotel's private dock.

Stroll in the historic gardens. 

Mountain bike on the Bellagio promontory

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

 

Enjoy a massage in the spa

Listen to live music in the lounge

Lounge on the beach

Sup on a meal prepared by a Michelin starred chef

 
Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniTake a dip in the swimming pool overlooking the lake

Play a match on the tennis courts

Work up a sweat in the gym

Take a hike in the mountains

Mingle with the hotel's famous guests

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Did you know? Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Dum u Jeziska, aka House at the Jesus Child, houses the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa. The oldest preserved part of the Dum u Jeziska is the rear portion facing the courtyard, which was built after 1591. The lower part of the original tower structure, with its perimeter masonry supported by steel bars, dates from the fortification of the Lesser Town in 1257, the oldest Premyslid fortification.

Alchymist Hotel and Spa
The Dum u Jeziska is also linked with several legends. One of them is that a convent once stood there and a nun seriously violated the rules of her order. As punishment for her transgression, she was bricked alive. Legend claims that her unhappy soul has been wandering the property since; however, the legend also suggests that the nun will be freed only when the house built on the former convent foundations is demolished and the nun's remains are buried.

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Dining al fresco: Hotel Du Louvre


By: Five Star Alliance

The restaurant at Hotel du Louvre, the Brasserie du Louvre, is renowned
for its typically Parisian cuisine and atmosphere. The terrace provides a
spectacular view over the Louvre Museum. Guests canjoy the generous
buffet breakfast on the terrace during the summer season. 

Hotel du Louvre

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Image of the day: Don Cesar Beach Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Don CeSar Beach Resort has everything
from romantic getaways, vacations, and honeymoons to spa and wedding services.
Known as Florida's Legendary Pink Palace since opening in 1928, the luxury resort 
is revered internationally for its sprawling, sugar-white beach, unparalleled dining,
rejuvenating Beach Club and Spa, fabulous fishing, children's program, nearby
tennis and golf, and award-winning meeting facilities. 

Don CeSar Beach Resort

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