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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.

Dining al Fresco: Hotel Lungarno

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Lungarno offers a breathtaking view over many of the landmarks and sights that gave Florence its reputation for architectural and cultural beauty and grace. 

Hotel Lungarno

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Villa La Massa Re-Opens

February 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa La Massa Immersed in the heart of Tuscany and just few miles from the historic centre of Florence, Villa La Massa is set on the bank of the Arno River with over 20 acres of lush gardens full of lemon trees and olive groves. The 37 accommodations are divided in three ochre and pink coloured villas overlooking the romantic Chianti hills and a magnificent countryside landscape. The hotel's shuttle service runs daily to and from Ponte Vecchio, allowing the guests to enjoy the serenity of the Villa and unwind after a long day of touring or shopping in Florence.

The hotel is re-opening March 20th, 2014, with a brand new fitness center located in the Noble Villa. Equipped with state of the art exercise machines and audio/visual, it has also a treatment room offering a wide selection of massages, among which the famous Wine Therapy treatment. The Wine Treatment Massage uses a custom blended massage oil of Chianti grapes blended with lavender honey and wine to envelop your senses, release stress, and lull the body into a state of ultimate rest. Villa La Massa can also organize yoga classes and massages in the garden upon request. The Hotel is at guests' disposal for any further information. 

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Did You Know? Villa la Massa

November 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa la Massa is a fascinating Medici dwelling of the 16th century on the outskirts of Florence. It was turned into a luxury hotel in 1948. After a complete renovation by the Villa d'Este Group in 1998 it reopened and its five hundred years of history live on, telling us tales of Renaissance splendour and the lifestyle of Florentine aristocrats in every nook. It is the sister property to the stunning Villa d'Este.  The two properties were built in 1525. During the Renaissance in Tuscany many noble families built new homes. Among these are the wealthy Landinis, successful publishers, who decided to commission the construction of two houses on the banks of the Arno.

Villa la Massa 

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Posted in: Florence

The Perfect Proposal at Il Salviatino

October 20, 2013
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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Your Questions Answered: What are connecting rooms options at The St Regis Florence?

September 26, 2013
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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Your Questions Answered: Where Should a Family of Three Stay in Venice?

September 18, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Bauer Palladio Hotel and SpaWe 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 of 3 and looking to stay is Venice, Italy. What room type at the Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa is Venice's luxury all natural wellness spa and boutique hotel. The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa on Giudecca Island, facing St. Mark's Square, continues the philosophical traditions of its past by redefining the ideals of grace, beauty and character. The original property, one of Andrea Palladio's famous Renaissance designs, was a sanctuary for unmarried women of virtue and style and represents a piece of Venetian history.
Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa
Under the personal care of Chair & CEO, Francesca Bortolotto Possati, the hotel has been carefully restored and updated to become a relaxing sojourn and spa without losing sight of its original identity. The grandiose space of the Great Hall has been transformed to a warm, welcoming respite to melt away the day. The 37 elegant guest rooms and 13 suites are all spacious in nature and vary in design from a fresh, pastel-palette of color in cabana-inspired style to a touch of tapestry, and hand-crafted, antique interpretations, some with garden terraces or others with lagoon views. The Bauer Palladio Hotel Venice offers first class beauty treatments including massages and specialized facial treatments. The wellness centre uses the world-known Daniela Steiner routine to provide innovative treatments for the whole body. 

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The Palladio Junior Suites are warmly decorated with fine tapestries in soft colors reflecting the magical atmosphere of the surrounding gardens. Amenities include Italian marble bathrooms, a bathtub and separate walking shower, some with Jacuzzi bathtub, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, international direct-dial telephone. The rooms have King/Twin Size Bed. Average size is 40 sqm. A rolloway bed can easily be added for a nightly fee.(complementary for under 12 years of age).

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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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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Baglioni

August 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The artwork displayed at the Grand Hotel Baglioni tells 100 years of Florence's history.

Grand Hotel Baglioni

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Pre-Packaged Florence Experiences At Your Fingertips!

July 23, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Hotel Il Salviatino
If you are planning on visiting Florence, Italy and tired of surfing the Internet on places to go and things to do in order to maximize your experience in the area, look no further than Il Salviatino! With the property being just as beautiful as the views it provides, also takes the guess work out of planning your trip with their pre-packaged experiences that cater to different types of guests. Their Dine Around package is ideal for foodies on the hunt for a Tuscan gastronomical experience. The package comes complete with hand-picked restaurants to help tourists discover the best of Florence through the best Italian fare.

For those looking for a romantic way to propose, look no further than the Perfect Proposal package Il Salviatino provides. It even comes up with a backup plan option, providing guests with an all-night open-bar if their proposal is rejected.

Hotel Il Salviatino

Not ready to get engaged? Il Salviatino has a Romantic Getaway package for you, complete with romantic activities for you and your loved one to participate in while enjoying Florence and each other. If you are looking to vacation in the more relaxed side of things, try the Relax and Enjoy Florence package, ideal for spa enthusiasts.

 

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Savor the Sights of Florence at Hotel Continentale's Rooftop Bar

May 31, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 Hotel Continentale

The only thing better than being in Florence? Being on a rooftop in Florence.  Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has a peek at Hotel Continentale's rooftop bar, La Terazza. Jena Tessa Fox writes:

 

Perched on top of a 13th century medieval tower, Florentine architect Michele Bonan reinterpreted the glamour of the 1950s Italian film and fashion scene in his re-design of La Terazza. With the addition of an open fireplace and heated benches the Continentale’s rooftop terrace La Terrazza will be open to welcome guests all year round.

To coincide with the re-launch of La Terrazza, the Continentale has been working with some of Florence’s best mixologists to develop a new drinks menu. Featuring signature Italian cocktails such as the Negroni – a blend of gin, vermouth rosso and Campari – and new interpretations of the Vesper Martini (made famous by fictional spy James Bond), La Terrazza has something for everyone.

 

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Refined Seasonal Eating at Relais Santa Croce's Guelfi e Ghibellini

May 3, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

 

Relais Santa Croce

 

Guelfi e Ghibellini is the restaurant located on the hotel grounds of Relais Santa Croce hotel in Florence, Italy. A perfect blend of traditional and modernity in Tuscan cuisine, the menu is seasonal and changes every three months dictated by the ingredients local markets have to offer. Guests are welcomed by a marble fireplace and black leather armchairs that create an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance, which guests can uncannily taste in their meals at Guelfi e Ghibellini. The tables are decadently laden with traditional Italian blown glassware, amongst an in-depth selection of different flavors of olive oil. The menu is also known to slightly change on a day-to-day basis, as the talented young local chefs like to enhance the menu with daily produce from local markets. As Italians are known for their artisanal craftsmanship in everything they produce, it is no surprise the same sentiment is trickled into their food. For example, all pastries are made strictly by hand in order to deconstruct the traditional and transform it into a contemporary gastronomical experience.

 

 

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