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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.

Image of the Day: Elbow Beach Bermuda

August 27, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Elbow Beach Bermuda is named after the stretch of private pink sand beach on which it resides. Set amongst 50 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel is five minutes from the charming, downtown area of Hamilton, the island's capital. 

Elbow Beach Bermuda

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Highlight on Chateau St. Gerlach's Indoor Roman Swimming Pool

August 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Surrounded by a wild 400-hectare nature reserve in Maastricht, Netherlands The Chateau St. Gerlach's property includes a castle, an old farmhouse, a granary, a convent and a Baroque church.

7x14-metre indoor Roman swimming pool at Chateau St. Gerlach

Guests at Spa & Wellness St. Gerlach are also offered an opportunity to relax in comfort in the generous 7x14-metre indoor Roman swimming pool, and on sunny days the large sliding doors are opened to an idyllic and sun-drenched area where guests can sunbathe. In addition to swimming pool, guests can also relax in a sauna with Turkish bath. It goes without saying that all these facilities are available to Spa guests at no extra charge.

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

August 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is located on the gorgeous shores of Lake Como. 

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has nightly rates starting at 370 Euros >>

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Celebrate Miami Spa Month with Acqualina Resort and Spa

July 31, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

Acqualina  Spa and Resort on the Beach
Be sure to book a spa appointment with Miami Beach’s five star beachfront retreat Acqualina Resort and Spa. For the past six years the Miami’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has organized a Miami Spa Month where they contact all of the premiere spas in the area and invite them to participate in a two-month long event offering customers the best deals on special spa packages. The special packages available at their award winning spa, ESPA at Acqualina Resort and Spa, are available to guests and non-hotel guests at the special discounted rate of $99. Or just go visit Acqualina’s ESPA to see their extensive and impressive facilities of 11 multi-functional treatment rooms, Roman waterfall, Finnish saunas, mist rooms, or experiential shower rooms all while enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Receive a unique European spa experience and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated at Acqualina Resort & Spa’s ESPA.

 

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Rest and Relaxation in Hawaii at Wailea Beach Villas

July 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Wailea Beach VillasVacations are all about relaxation, and what better way to relax than to treat yourself to a nice relaxing massage to start your vacation? If you are a spa buff and looking to vacation in the beautiful islands of Hawaii, why not stay at Wailea Beach Villas? The property is perfectly located in the serene and beautiful island of Maui. Their 10,000 square-foot Mandara Spa offers ocean-view treatment rooms, an oceanfront cabana for massages, and a full-service salon.

The Mandara experience began on the spiritual island of Bali, inspired by the beautiful tradition of healing touches which are so deeply entwined within the culture. These time-honored therapies, combined with European methods and natural elements indigenous to Bali, meld together to provide the most unique and pampering spa treatments. Grand Wailea Villas

Mandara Spa's services include several 60 to 90 minute massage packages for you to indulge in. The different massages are each rooted in the Hawaiian culture,  traditional massages available with sacred healing techniques that were practiced for hundreds of years. There are hot lava stone massages as well. The stones were collected from Maui’s beaches. Oils and fragrances also reflect the Hawaiian culture. The massage services provided at Wailea Beach Villas seem to be a one way ticket to rest and relaxation-ville.

 

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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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Did You Know? Schlosshotel Velden

July 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Schlosshotel Velden began as the Castle Velden in 1590. A fire in 1762 burned the castle, and it was then rebuilt and opened as a hotel in 1890.

Schlosshotel Velden

 

 

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Image of the Day: Anassa

July 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Anassa, which means "queen" in ancient Greek, is a luxury 5 star hotel resort on the Mediterranean shores of Cyprus.

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Image of the Day: Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk

July 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk is located just steps away from Waikiki's famous white sand beaches and the new Waikiki Beach Walk offering vibrant entertainment, exclusive boutiques and world-class restaurants.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach

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The Story of The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

July 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, recently acquired by Omni Hotels, set atop Sunset Mountain features guestrooms with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its lush Donald Ross–designed golf course and is is one of the South's best-loved resorts. Celebrating its Centennial today, the luxurious Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Here's the story of how it all began: 

The Grove Park Inn - Then and Now"Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the "Father of Modern Asheville" was born in 1850 on a small farm in Tennessee. After serving in the Civil War he had a very definite plan for his life and career – the pharmaceutical business and the determination to rise from his early poverty to great wealth and success.

He purchased a pharmacy in Paris, Tennessee in his mid-twenties. He put all of his energy into formulating a tasteless quinine to prevent malaria, a life-threatening disease that permeated the South in the 19th century (he suspended quinine in liquid form). After experimenting for several years, Grove introduced Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic and experienced immediate success. In the late 1890's Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic, which had become a household staple, sold more bottles than Coca-Cola. After 20 years on the market, Grove had sold over 1.5 million bottles of his Tonic and surpassed his dreams by making millions of dollars. 

Grove himself was often ill, afflicted with periods of bronchitis and exhaustion and his doctors recommended the clean mountain air of Asheville, NC to relax and recover. He spent time in Asheville throughout the year and that is where he would realize his next big dream.

While still pursuing new pharmaceutical inventions, Grove met Fred Seely in Detroit, who was making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical business. While working together in Detroit, the two sparked a friendship and mutual admiration. Grove invited Seely to his summer home in Asheville. One week later he left his position in Detroit to work for Grove and his Paris Medicine Company. But business was not the only thing that interested Seely. When Grove introduced his daughter, Evelyn, to the bachelor, within 24 hours Grove had given Seely permission to wed her.

Grove Park Inn and SpaSeely began working for the Paris Medicine Company in June 1898 and in October of that year married Evelyn. Both men ventured into other businesses including real estate. In Asheville Grove began purchasing property, he had successfully developed residential neighborhoods in Atlanta and was considering doing the same in prospering Asheville. With the expansion of the railroad and publicity surrounding the opening of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House, Grove was positioning himself as a serious investor in the future of Asheville. In 1909 Grove purchased 408 acres in north Asheville, including what would become The Grove Park Inn. But he would concentrate on residential neighborhoods before ever considering building a hotel.

Two years later Grove began to plan the building of a hotel on Sunset Mountain. In 1911 Seely became involved with the plans. After reviewing the plans of several prominent architects, Grove did not find any of them satisfactory. The consummate visionary, Seely presented a sketch of the proposed hotel to Grove and he not only accepted the plan but gave Seely the enormous task of building the hotel.

Four-hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, granite boulders, some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds, were hauled from Sunset Mountain to build the hotel. Seely kept his promise to be open for business in less than one year from the ground breaking.

Just three days shy of one year, The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, delivered the keynote address to four hundred of the most distinguished men of the South, gathered for the opening banquet. 

Another version of this story is available at http://www.groveparkinn.com/the-grove-park-inn-story

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