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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Molitor Paris

November 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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.  

Hotel Molitor Paris

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

November 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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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Cool Pools: Villa la Vedetta

November 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa la Vedetta



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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Take a Tour of The Fullerton Hotel

November 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
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.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
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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Dining al Fresco: Neri Hotel

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.

Neri Hotel

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Did You Know? Villa Rothschild Kempinski

November 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Rothschild Kempinski is the smallest Kempinski hotel in the world. It has just 22 rooms and suites. 
A true boutique hotel, it was once the summer residence of Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild, the founder
of Naples' famous banking family.

Villa Rothschild Kempinski 

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Did You Know? Villa Armena

November 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Armena, Buonconvento, is in the heart of the Crete Senesi. An astoundingly attractive area of unsurpassable historical interest, Buonconvento - whose name derives from the Latin "bonus conventus" meaning a good-natured, fortunate community - is a member of the prestigious "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" Association.

Villa Armena

The Villa, whose construction is attributed to Baldassarre Peruzzi, was built in the first half of the sixteenth century. It was the country residence of the noble Malavolti family from Siena who had the good fortune to number among their ranks nine Captains of the People, in other words the most important figures in Siena's political landscape at that time. Legend has it that the name Armena was given to the Villa and its immediate surroundings by a member of the Malavolti family who, returning from the Crusades in the Holy Land, stopped off in Armenia and fell in love with a beautiful local girl. He returned to Italy to get married and decided to devote his feud to his betrothed, calling it Armena as a sign of respect for the origins of the one who had entered his heart and his life so forcefully. 

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Spend New Year's Eve at Luna Hotel Baglioni

November 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Venice during the holidays sure sounds great doesn't it?Luna Hotel Baglioni

The magical atmosphere of the festive season at Luna Hotel Baglioni is enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding Lagoon. Just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square, the Luna Hotel Baglioni is the perfect location to celebrate your unforgettable New Year’s Eve 2015.

The package includes:

-Welcome drink at Caffè Baglioni overlooking the small Canal and Royal Garden

-New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner for two people in the charming Marco Polo Ballroom with entertainment, live music, dances, and cotillions (beverages included, champagne excluded)

-Welcome fresh fruit basket in room upon arrival

-Morning buffet breakfast in the Marco Polo Ballroom, magnificently frescoed by the famous School of Tiepolo

-Brunch on New Year's Day

 

Book your New Year's Eve stay at Luna Hotel Baglioni >>


Dining al Fresco: Belmond Hotel Cipriani

November 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers its guests a plethora of outdoor dining options. 

At Porticciolo Pool Bar, guests can relax in the shade, or gaze at the lagoon as they enjoy regional specialities and refreshing drinks.Cip's Club has earned an international reputation and boasts unparalleled views of St Mark's Square.

Designed by architect Adam Tihany to reflect the romantic atmosphere of Venice, Oro Restaurant sets the scene for a timeless dining experience. Guests can admire stunning lagoon views from the terrace.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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Did You Know? Fisher Island Hotel And Resort

November 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fisher Island Resort and Spa
Fisher Island was a wedge of land with coconut palms and mangroves that sat in Biscayne Bay. In 1919, Miami Beach founder and developer Carl Fisher bought it from Dana Dorsey, South Florida's first black millionaire. Fisher, when trying to expand the island and build deep-water docks, experienced quite a bit of push back from the County, which delayed his progress. The construction of the Port of Miami served to separate the lush appendage from Miami Beach, creating an entirely distinctive island. In the 1920's, Carl Fisher traded 7-acres of Fisher Island for a yacht from William K. Vanderbilt II.

In 1936,  Vanderbilt began building his $1.5 million private island retreat on Fisher Island with a Mediterranean-style mansion. He surrounded this mansion with lush landscaping, gracious guest homes, tennis courts and swimming pools.The main home and the surrounding guest cottages were completed in 1941. Rosemary's Cottage was built for Vanderbilt's stepdaughter Rosemary (Rosamund's daughter from her first marriage.) The studio cottage was built for Rosamund to paint in, as she was an artist. The North and South Cottages were for the their servants. The building now referred to today as the Jr. Suites was built to house the crewman for his yacht. The building now the Spa Internazionale was Vanderbilt's personal airplane hanger.

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