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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.

Did You Know? Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina


By: Five Star Alliance

The luxury hotel Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina is built on the site of a villa that once belonged to a Roman Empress who was the mother of the Emperor Nero. Julia Agrippina was one of the most powerful women in the Julio-Claudian dynasty. The relics and archaeological remains found during construction of the hotel are displayed in the public spaces of the Hotel by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Gran Melia Villa Agrippiina

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Did You Know? The Xara Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

The Xara Palace is inextricably linked to that of Mdina, as its walls form part of the bastion walls that surround the hilltop city. Upon their arrival in Malta, the Knights of St John were granted Citta Notabile, (Noble City) as Mdina was then known. The Xara Palace was built in the 17th Century as a residence for the noble family Moscati Parisio. During their 268 year stay in Malta the Knights embellished, fortified and rebuilt Mdina, making it the city it is today.

The Xara Palace

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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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