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Renovations Continue at the Adare Manor Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort is set on a magnificent 840 acre estate in the heart of the picturesque village of Adare, Co. Limerick featuring sweeping parklands, formal French gardens, magnificent mature trees and the River Maigue, one of Ireland's finest trout rivers. As of January 2016, the hotel closed their doors for approximately 18 months to undergo an extensive refurbishment and development project. As you can see from these photos posted today on Twitter by Adare Manor, the Manor House is slowly being encapsulated in a white wrap as the exterior conservation work continues.

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Adare Manor offered the following details about the planned renovation:

This major refurbishment will enhance all areas of the resort including upgrading and restoring internal finishes, furniture and woodwork, and repairing the external stonework and windows. New designs by acclaimed architects Reardon Smith and interior designers Richmond will enhance all guest bedrooms and public areas. These renovations will honour the building's architectural heritage as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece and embody the hotel's signature style, whilst incorporating the latest in contemporary luxury and technological innovations.

Subject to planning permission, the construction of an additional bedroom wing will add extra bedrooms bringing the total room count to 104 bedrooms, while the addition of a splendid new ballroom will have the capacity of 350 people catering for events and international conferences; both will be clad in limestone, complimenting the architectural detail of the original Manor House. The enhancements in the Manor House will also include a new state of the art spa, pool and relaxation area, boardroom and cinema.

Plans are also in place for a complete transformation of the golf clubhouse with local architects, Michael Healy and Partners. While on the golf course, world-renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio will assist with improvements to make the course one of the finest Parkland courses in Europe.

The 800 acres of Adare Manor's beautiful parkland, walled gardens and walking trails will be enhanced and improved. It is planned to provide an activity centre which will add an extensive range of pursuits available to guests during their stay, including falconry, archery and a children’s activity zone.


Reviving Historic Charm in Charleston


By: Five Star Alliance

 A King Bed Club Room at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, SCLocated in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city's landmark luxury hotel.

Now, having recently completed a $30 million, three-year renovation project, that distinction has never been more fitting. The hotel's 434 guest rooms and suites now embrace the historic beauty of Charleston as well as the innovative lifestyle of today. The rooms feature sophisticated, modern designs and slick, in-room technology like one touch lighting and high-speed wireless.

The redesigned Club Level is available by private access only and is located on the top two floors of the hotel. The Club Lounge offers a cosmopolitan space including an expanded marble bar, cozy banquette that spans an entire wall and complimentary all day food and beverage service while overlooking the historic Charleston skyline.

Belmond Charleston PlaceThe new Belmond Boardroom is a sophisticated space for your next corporate retreat while the newly renovated Fitness Center has doubled in size and includes all new cardio and weight machines, making it easier to stick to your workout while traveling.

Don't worry, the hotel still has the heated, saltwater pool on the roof top of the fourth floor. In addition to the stunning retractable glass roof,  there are striking 'porthole' windows which overlook downtown Charleston. Lush plants surround the pool and jacuzzi providing a private paradise. 

Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect place for you to experience the unrivaled charm of Charleston, SC in a setting unlike any other. They offer newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Diamond restaurants, a full-service spa and rooftop pool, sophisticated shopping and unbeatable Southern hospitality.

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Did You Know? The Serras


By: Five Star Alliance

When you check into The Serras Hotel, you stay in a building dating from 1846. Its facade was designed by Francesc Daniel Molina, the architect who built Barcelona's famous Placa Reial. And as if that weren't enough, Pablo Picasso, one of the 20th centurys most renowned artists, had his first studio in this building in 1896, when he was only 15. Guests can stay in it today by booking the Picasso Suite.

·The Serras

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A Look at Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

The Ca’ Nigra Lagoon Resort is an authentic expression of styles of the Venetian Settecento and modern design,
blending in perfect taste with the influences of fine oriental antiques. Today, after masterly preservative restoration
works that have brought up the value of its splendour, mosaics, original venetian floors of the Seicento, marble friezes
and precious glass panes are rediscovered harmonizing elegantly with modern solutions. 

Ca'Nigra Lagoon

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Meet Belgraves London


By: Five Star Alliance

Belgraves London is perfectly positioned to explore London, connecting guests to internationally renowned shops, sites and iconic landmarks. The hotel's eclectic mix of social spaces and its 85 rooms and suites feature bold interior architecture and design by acclaimed British designer Tara Bernerd.

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Warped Stairs at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia?


By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton PhiladelphiaThe stairs leading to what today is The Grand Ballroom at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia (formerly the vault of Girard Bank) are warped on one side. The stairs were built for the ladies to make their “grand entrance” into the vault to retrieve their jewels on Friday for their weekend social event, and their subsequent return on Monday. The warping on that one side is from the traffic up and down—the skirts were long at the time, and there is a banister only on that side. The stairs were left as is.

 

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Cool Pools: Brufani Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests who take a dip in the pool at Brufani Palace will themselves swimming over the age-old remains of an Etruscan settlement which are protected by glass. 

Brufani Palace

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Belmond Villa San Michele's Amazing Pool


By: Five Star Alliance

Guests of Belmond Villa San Michele enjoy magnificent views across the Arno Valley and Florence
from the panoramic heated swimming pool. It is situated on a grassy plateau above the gardens,
reached by a winding path, with a pool snack bar.

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Four Seasons Hotel George V Goes Floral


By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel George V

Guests of Four Seasons Hotel George V can learn how to arrange flowers from the best. Jeff Leatham, the hotel's acclaimed Artistic Director, is renowned worldwide for his floral creations. Now he's sharing his secrets in a free workshop open to guests of the hotel. 

The 2-hour lesson takes place in one of the Hotel's salons and begins with a floral art demonstration followed by the opportunity to put the demonstration into practice and create a bouquet. Reservations are required, and can be made with the Concierge.


New Hotel: Perth's The Treasury


By: Five Star Alliance

COMO The Treasury is a new hotel in an old property. Housed in Perth's 140-year ­old State Buildings, which forms part of the Cathedral Square development, there are 48 elegant guest rooms and suites featuring original high ceilings, cornicing, and balconies. Facilities include two restaurants, a bar, lounge and library, which together provide a social hub for the city. Holistic therapies are available at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, as well as a gym and 20 meter indoor pool.

The Treasury

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