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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.

The Perfect Proposal at Il Salviatino


By: Five Star Alliance

Il Salviatino
Is it time to pop the question? There's no better location than the multi-award winning 15th Century Florentine Villa Il Salviatino. 

From now until December 28th, 2013, the historica villa is offering a Perfect Proposal package.  

The package includes:

-Two nights' accommodation in a room of your choice

-Daily full a la carte breakfast

-One complimentary night in the occasion of your first wedding anniversary (on request, upon availability)

-A one hour couples massage during the stay

-Romantic candlelight dinner at our restaurant (3 courses, drinks not included)

-A three hour tour with a personal shopper, to escort you to the best to the best jewellers on the Ponte Vecchio and Via Tornabuoni or for some original fashion findings

On the very slight chance that your beloved says no, the package also includes an open bar all night if your proposal is rejected.
 

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Did You Know? The Huka Lodge


By: Five Star Alliance

In the 1920s, Irishman Alan Pye, discovered the incredible fly fishing on the reaches of the Waikato River and realised his dream to build a fishing lodge. Before long, the fame of The Huka Lodge had spread to every corner of the fly fishing world. As its reputation spread the Lodge attracted such famous anglers as HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; Charles Lindbergh; James A. Mitchener (who wrote part of Return to Paradise there) as well as many famous film stars and public figures of the time.

The Huka Lodge 

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Did You Know? Pinehurst Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

James Tufts purchased what is now Pinehurst Resort for $1/acre in 1895, as a health-centered winter retreat. He purchased the name Pinehurst from an individual entering the name in a contest to tag a real estate development in Martha’s Vineyard. The physical plan for the Village of Pinehurst was prepared by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape designer acclaimed for creating New York City’s Central Park.

 Pinehurst Resort

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Did You Know? Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort is mysteriously laid out as a Calendar House. 365 stained windows and 52 chimneys mark the annual tally of days and weeks. Sleuthing visitors may be able to spot references to the 7 days of the week and 12 months of the year on the property. Although there are other examples of such buildings, they are rare, and no one is certain why the Earl of Dunraven determined on this symbolism.

Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort

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Special Five Star Alliance Rate: Pestana Palace


By: K. Clare Johnson

Pestana Palace


Located in Lisbon city but only a short drive from the Estoril Coast and its beaches, Pestana Palace is a XIX century palace, now fully restored to its former glory and classified as a National Monument. The luxury hotel looks over an inner private park lush with many subtropical trees and plants and enjoys panoramic views over the Tagus River.

 

Now for a short time, you can take advantage of Special Five Star Alliance Rates at Pestana Palace. 

 

The Five Star Alliance Rate Includes:


-Superior City View Room, which is 24 square meters or a Deluxe City View Room, which is 26 square meters. Rooms have either King or Twin beds

-The Breakfast Inclusive rate includes Buffet Breakfast at the restaurant. 

-WiFi

-Free use of the health club and outdoor pool

-Welcome cocktail consiting of the area's famous port wine and pastry Pasties de Nata.

 


All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

 

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Did You Know? Abigail's Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Abigail's Hotel was  was originally built in the 1930's as a Tudor revival-style apartment building known as The Bessborough apartments. The apartments were named after Vere Brabazon Ponsonby, ninth Earl of Bessborough, who was Governor General of Canada from 1931 until 1935. The building is derived from the half-timbered houses of the 16th and 17th centuries with irregular shapes, steeply pitched roofs, multi-paned windows and rough-hewn materials. 

Abigail's Hotel 

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Image of the Day: The Oberoi Udaivilas


By: Five Star Alliance

The Oberoi Udaivilas is accessible by an enchanting boat ride across Lake Pichola.

The Oberoi Udaivilas

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Did You Know? Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo


By: Five Star Alliance

Winston Churchill loved Monaco and stayed there often. As early as 1945, he got into the habit of staying at the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo. He would often settle down to paint on the balcony of his suite, straight after taking his bath and still dressed in his bathrobe. The hotel's Diamond Suite is named for him. Guests enter the suite through a red hallway which has all the hallmarks of Churchill. The British PM left his mark in the rare furniture items and personal objects, complemented by prints of his own works. 

Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo

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Your Questions Answered: What are the Connecting Room Options at Hotel Gritti Palace Venice?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Your Questions Answered: Connecting rooms at Hotel Gritti Palace Venice
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: We are a family looking for connecting rooms at the Hotel Gritti Palace Venice, Italy. What would you suggest?


ANSWER: Many room and most suites can be connected at Hotel Gritti Palace. We suggest a Giglio Prestige Room connected to another Giglio Prestige Room. Please make your request as early as possible, to ensure availability.

The Gritti Palace re-opened in early 2013 after an extensive handcrafted restoration. Directly overlooking the Grand Canal, with an incomparable view of Venice, the Palace of the Doge Gritti is now one of the most celebrated hotels in the world. Commissioned in 1525 as the residence of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, the Gritti Palace was later used as the official residence of the Vatican's ambassadors to Venice. The Hotel Gritti Palace continues to attract elite guests, with luxuriously appointed rooms, attentive service, and the savoury cuisine of the Restaurant Club del Doge. Ernest Hemingway once appreciated the hotel "as the best hotel in a city of great hotels." 


Giglio Prestige Rooms offer a south-west location rich in natural light. It offers captivating views of neighboring Santa Maria del Giglio Square and its neo-classical church of the same name. Spacious and luminous Giglio Prestige Rooms are a private haven in which to relax, play, or socialize. Decorated with splendid stuccos and hand-restored Murano glass chandeliers, the room's ceilings sit high over large windows enclosed by silk and velvet drapes and wall fabrics of Lorenzo Rubelli archival design. Oak parquet floors showcase a collection of rare antiques, prints, and oil paintings, and Venetian mirrors from the hotel's private collection. Large en-suite bathrooms in the finest polished marble from Italy and Croatia feature dual vanities, a bath for soaking and separate walk-in shower, plush bathrobes, and signature bath amenities.

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Your Questions Answered: What are connecting rooms options at The St Regis Florence?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

St Regis Florence Arno River ViewWe at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that's why we’re here. Be sure to explore our blog series "Your Questions Answered" to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What are connecting rooms options at The St Regis Florence?


ANSWER: Try the Premium Deluxe River View Room connected to another Premium Deluxe River View Room.

 
Situated in central Florence, the scenic St. Regis Florence has been the preferred stop of seasoned travelers since the 18th Century. Steps away from iconic landmarks, it offers an unrivaled immersion into the cradle of the Renaissance. Reflecting Florence's rich artistic heritage, the 81 spacious guest rooms and 19 distinctive suites are exercises in discreet opulence and refined elegance. Additionally, all guests enjoy impeccable St. Regis Butler Service any time day or night. Affixed with rich colors, custom frescos, and sparkling crystal chandeliers, the antique decor pays homage to the city's storied history.

The Premium Deluxe River View Room provides views of the Arno River, the Cestello Church, and the surrounding hills. Some offer a stepout balcony. Each room recalls the glory of the 15th century, Florentine, Medici, or Renaissance style. The rooms are luxurious, adorned with coffered ceilings, frescoes, and brocades. Amenities include a King Size or Twin St. Regis Bed, work area, WiFi Internet access, Bose sound system, IPod charger, 42 Inch Lcd TV, Dvd player, Deep soaking tub, separate shower, large vanity, and a double bathroom sink.

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel's policies.

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