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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.

Where to Sleep at Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

May 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
The unique setting of Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo, facing the bay of Rapallo (Italian Riviera) to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, has inspired a return to the elegance of the early 1900s, when the international beau monde gathered here.

Refined and comfortable ambiences reflect the warm colours of the sun and sea of Rapallo and the Portofino Coast. The guest rooms and suites look out onto one of the literature's most celebrated panoramas, the Gulf of Tigullio. The Hall stands out for paintings, prints, and furniture which all are authentic antiques.A splendid setting for weekends and vacationing, Excelsior Palace Hotel five-star luxury hotel Rapallo devotes special attention to lovers of relaxation and of excellence, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, an oasis of pure pleasure for personalised treatments, gym and an indoor pool with a sea view.

All the Excelsior Palace Hotel's rooms are equipped with lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, telephone with a direct outside line, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, bathtub and shower, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Here are the room choices available to guests:

Classic Rooms (pictured right)-Attractive and comfortable, with elegant furnishings that often recall the colours of the sea, the Classic Double Rooms of the Excelsior Palace Hotel in Rapallo are ideal for those who feel the need for comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Approx. 22 square meters.

Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Superior Rooms-Pretty rooms located in various points of the building, spacious and well-lighted, may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some have a small external space – a balcony – while others, more spacious, are also suitable for accommodating three people. Approx. 28 square meters

Exclusive Rooms-The Exclusive rooms category feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view. Some are connected with Superior category rooms. The wi-fi connection is free of charge. Approx. 35 square meters.

Here are the suite choices available to guests:

Suites offer spectacular panoramas and enchanting terraces, luminous rooms, and elegant furnishings, beds that are the utmost in comfort. A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. The windows open onto picturesque landscapes that lift the spirits and stimulate the fantasy. Among the services present in the suites are a lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, double telephone with a direct outside line, stereo, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, open bar with choice of liquors, Internet connection, Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower box, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

Classic Suites-These suites enjoy privileged positions, with a lovely view of the Gulf of Portofino. Terraces or furnished balconies make a stay in this luxury five-star truly one of a kind. All Suites are very roomy, divided between a spacious bedroom and a bright living area, furnished with elegant and ancient furniture. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. Most of the Suites are connecting with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Junior Suites-Recently redecorated, all the Junior Suites of the Excelsior Palace Hotel have a spacious bow window instead of balcony to afford guests a sweeping view over the sea and the Gulf of Portofino. Their main characteristic is that there's no separation between the large bedroom and the sitting room, with parquet pavement. All Junior Suites offer the internet connection. Most of the Junior Suites can connect with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.

Deluxe Suites-The two luxurious Deluxe Suites are located at the sixth floor and have a terrific view on the Portofino Coast and on the Rapallo marina. With elegant decoration and antique store high quality furniture, all authentic prints and paintings, the Deluxe Suites are provided with an outdoor sea view space. One Deluxe Suite is equipped with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa on the terrace. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. These Suites are connecting with double rooms. Starting from approximately 60 square meters.Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo

Relax Suite (pictured left)-The Relax Suite offers a private Sauna where you can pamper and relax yourselves with a terrific view on the Portofino Coast from the seventh and last floor of the hotel, which will become an all suite floor. Furthermore, the magnificient terrace is equipped with a Jacuzzi City spa to enhance its wellness offer. The Relax Suite can be interconnected with the Presidential Suite.

Presidential Suite-Located on the seventh and top floor, with a superb view of the sea, the fascinating Presidential Suite features exquisitely elegant furnishings. The refined and elegant living room, with a desk corner, opens onto a spacious terrace, spectacular with its sweeping panorama from the Bay of Rapallo and its famed tourist harbour to the Portofino lighthouse, for a total view of the Gulf. The terrace, equipped with awnings, recliners, sofas and armchairs, is perfect for celebrating special occasions or simply relaxing in total privacy, in tune with the style of refined, discreet elegance that is a hallmark of the hotel. This oustanding space is provided with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa. Inside the Suite, in addition to the living room, a large bedroom, two cloakrooms, parquet floor, air-conditioning, four direct dial phones, private safety box, two TV;s with satellite channels, pay TV, VRC, stereo, minibar, and open bar with choice of liquors. Two bathrooms, the more spacious one offers double basins, corner Jacuzzi bathtub for relaxing pause of wellness, separate shower box, and separate toilet. The Presidential Suite, in addition to the Main Room with a living room, includes two spacious and bright Deluxe Exclusive Rooms with respective bathrooms, both overlooking the terrace. This Suite offers an internet connection. The suite is 130 square meters with a 150 square meter terrace.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel B Lima

May 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Originally built in the style of the Belle Epoque, the mansion that is the Hotel B Lima served as a seaside retreat during the presidency of Augusto Leguia in the 1920's. Its architectural features and flair capture the celebratory spirit of Peru's centennial, which permeated life in the capital city throughout the era of its construction. Famed French architect Claude Sahut, lauded for his work remodeling portions of the Government Palace, along with many of Lima's main avenues, parks, theaters, and other public buildings and spaces, was originally commissioned to design the property as a summer retreat for the Garcia Bedoya family.

Hotel B Lima

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New to Five Star Alliance: Pier One Sydney Harbour

May 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pier One Sydney Harbour is nestled alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and offers magnificent panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, Pier One Sydney Harbour is built on and over the water. The private pontoon provides the ideal launching pad to access all the great sights of Sydney Harbour. One of the very few Sydney hotels set in the heart of The Rocks, this boutique hotel allows easy access to Sydney's historic dining and entertainment precinct as well as Sydney Central Business District (CBD).

Pier One Sydney Harbour

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Image of the Day: Kessler Canyon

May 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kessler Canyon is nestled on 27,000 acres of private mountain property. Kessler Canyon’s Guesthouse includes six private rooms, each with original artwork, hand-crafted juniper furniture and amazing mountain and stream views. The Homestead features nine private rooms which can accommodate up to 18 guests, along with a spacious wrap-around porch and outdoor fireplace overlooking the lake and apple orchard.

Kessler Canyon

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Image of the Day: Le Meridien Beach Plaza

May 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally located within walking distance of Monaco's most renowned tourist attractions, Le Meridien Beach Plaza
hotel is a serene place to stay in Monte Carlo, in a chic and contemporary atmosphere. There's even a private beach.

Le Meridien Beach Plaza

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Did You Know? Villa d'Este

May 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa d'Este

Villa d'Este was where legendary director Alfred Hitchcock decided to do his first movie. That stay happened in 1925 and the movie was titled The Pleasure Garden. Hitchcock was a big fan of the waterfront hotel. He often spent his September vacations relaxing on Lake Como.

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Cool Pools: Park Hyatt Tokyo

May 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Park Hyatt Tokyo features a 26x65 foot (8x20 metre) Sky Pool. Stunning panoramic views of Tokyo and a snow-peaked Mount Fuji can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls from the surrounding deck chairs. Club On The Park offers classes in aqua exercise and aqua walking which rotate every six months. After a swim, guests may enjoy soothing drinks and light refreshments from the poolside menu.

Park Hyatt Tokyo 

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Craving a Room-Service Burger? Bring Your Wallet

May 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasRoom service is notorious for being expensive No matter the price, burgers are a world-wide room service staple. Here's a sampling of how much a burger will run you at eight luxury hotels worldwide. Keep in mind that most hotels also charge some combination of a service charge, gratuity, tax, or a delivery fee.

Hotel Palomar Chicago dishes up an all-American cheeseburger for $17 and a wild mushroom veggie burger for $14. 

US Grant Hotel in San Diego has a Grant Grill Burger. It comes on a potato bun with aged Goat Gouda, onion marmalade, Iceberg lettuce, confit tomatoes, and pickles. All those toppings will run you $17. 

The Metropolitan Bangkok offers a choice of a Lentil and 7 grain burger with tomato salsa, avocado and sprouts for 390 baht ($12) or the met burger made of black angus beef patties and topped with  prosciutto, tomato, lettuce, and bbq onions. It costs 580 Baht ($18).

Hard Rock at Universal Orlando Resort offers what they call a "legendary 10 oz. burger." It is topped with seasoned bacon, two slices of cheddar cheese, a fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato, and pickle. It has a side of fries and costs $18. 

The Dorchester

Park Hyatt Tokyo has a grilled hamburger or cheeseburger for ¥ 2,200 ($22).

Trump International Hotel Tower in New York has a grilled hamburger that is served with a Mesclun Salad and French Fries $26. 

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (pictured left) charges $18 for the basic burger, But adding toppings such as bacon, cheese, and egg can push the price up to $30. The basic burger features tomato, lettuce, avocado, butter pickle, and Basil pesto aioli. It is served on bacon cheddar bread and comes with a market fresh fruit salad.

The Dorchester in London offers The Dorchester truffled beef burger for £39.50 ($66.50). It is served with truffle mayonnaise, truffle shavings and pan fried foie grass. Also on the menu is a grilled beef burger or cheese burger in a sesame bun with lettuce and barbecue sauce for £21.50 ($36).

Enjoy!

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Cool Pools: Abano Ritz Spa and Wellbeing Resort

May 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Abano Ritz Spa and Wellbeing Resort

Abano Ritz Spa and Wellbeing Resort has a new hydroRelax pool, with a focus on pleasure and well-being in thermal water in the lush green of the park. In the hydroRelax pool guests can experiment with the benefits of different hydro-massage jets thanks to two casks with crossed hydro-massage jets (energetic hydro-massage on different muscles of the body and a beneficial effect on circulation), two cervical hydro-massage beds (full-body massage of medium intensity that stimulates and oxygenates the skin), one cervical fountain (relaxing and tension-releasing effects on the cervical vertebra), and one hydro-massage bench (good activation of circulation on a lumbar level).

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