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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.

Dining al Fresco: Neri Hotel

November 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

On the rooftop of Neri Hotel, guest will find Roba Estesa: a peaceful and hidden place in the gothic quarter, open to everyone to delight cocktails and tapas and shelter from the city noises and enjoy Barcelona's roofs.

Roba estesa is an amazing space with a small outdoor urban garden, where you can contemplate the skies of Barcelonas. It's a corner to take a cocktail or snack in a setting based on feng-shui and the five elements.

Neri Hotel

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Did You Know? Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive

November 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive is situated on the secluded beach where the legendary film Night of the Iguana was filmed. The 1964 film, which starred Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, and was directed by John Huston. The film was based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. 

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive

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Did You Know? Villa Rothschild Kempinski

November 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Rothschild Kempinski is the smallest Kempinski hotel in the world. It has just 22 rooms and suites. 
A true boutique hotel, it was once the summer residence of Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild, the founder
of Naples' famous banking family.

Villa Rothschild Kempinski 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

November 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is an indulgent escape for adults seeking refuge from the rigors of the outside world. Here, within the resort's sprawling grounds, couples, friends, and individuals are welcome to partake in whatever their hearts desire. Attentive service at every turn assures each guest of a harmonious, hassle-free vacation filled with gourmet cuisine, expertly poured cocktails, and enough memories to last several lifetimes.

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in San Antonio?

November 13, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Contessa RiverwalkWe 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 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 6 and looking to stay is San Antonio. What river walk hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Hotel Contessa Riverwalk is among San Antonio's newest premier Riverwalk hotels. A reflection of the state's most popular destination, this contemporary 12-story property captures both the historic and cultural essence of San Antonio. From the atrium lobby overlooking the riverwalk and the warmth created by the Mediterranean design to the overall comfortable elegance Hotel Contessa establishes a friendly welcoming environment from the moment of your arrival. At Hotel Contessa you will find all the things you'd expect from a premier luxury hotel. Each guest suite features a separate bedroom and parlor flat screen televisions land and wireless high-speed internet access in-room safe mini bar large marble bath and sofa beds. The hotel also offers 100 Percent Smoke Free Rooms. Hotel Contessa Riverwalk

Aside from being among the most luxurious Riverwalk hotels in San Antonio Hotel Contessa provides a number of ways to relax and unwind. Enjoy a swim in the heated rooftop pool, a workout in the fitness center or simply admire the view from the atrium lobby. When it's time to treat your taste buds consider the signature restaurant Las Ramblas. This unique restaurant where you can choose to dine in the exhibition style kitchen or al fresco along the Riverwalk features Spanish and American cuisine as well as a daily asado selection. The Cork Bar Offers a wide selection of libations daily and live entertainment every weekend. 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Luxury Riverview King Suite or Double Double Suite connected to Luxury Riverview Suite. This 500 square foot suite features one bedroom with a king size bed (or double double), floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Riverwalk, a separate living room with full size sofa bed, in-room safe, one oversize bathroom, wireless internet.

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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.
 


Did You Know? Villa Armena

November 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Armena, Buonconvento, is in the heart of the Crete Senesi. An astoundingly attractive area of unsurpassable historical interest, Buonconvento - whose name derives from the Latin "bonus conventus" meaning a good-natured, fortunate community - is a member of the prestigious "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" Association.

Villa Armena

The Villa, whose construction is attributed to Baldassarre Peruzzi, was built in the first half of the sixteenth century. It was the country residence of the noble Malavolti family from Siena who had the good fortune to number among their ranks nine Captains of the People, in other words the most important figures in Siena's political landscape at that time. Legend has it that the name Armena was given to the Villa and its immediate surroundings by a member of the Malavolti family who, returning from the Crusades in the Holy Land, stopped off in Armenia and fell in love with a beautiful local girl. He returned to Italy to get married and decided to devote his feud to his betrothed, calling it Armena as a sign of respect for the origins of the one who had entered his heart and his life so forcefully. 

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Spend New Year's Eve at Luna Hotel Baglioni

November 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Venice during the holidays sure sounds great doesn't it?Luna Hotel Baglioni

The magical atmosphere of the festive season at Luna Hotel Baglioni is enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding Lagoon. Just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square, the Luna Hotel Baglioni is the perfect location to celebrate your unforgettable New Year’s Eve 2015.

The package includes:

-Welcome drink at Caffè Baglioni overlooking the small Canal and Royal Garden

-New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner for two people in the charming Marco Polo Ballroom with entertainment, live music, dances, and cotillions (beverages included, champagne excluded)

-Welcome fresh fruit basket in room upon arrival

-Morning buffet breakfast in the Marco Polo Ballroom, magnificently frescoed by the famous School of Tiepolo

-Brunch on New Year's Day

 

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Dining al Fresco: Belmond Hotel Cipriani

November 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers its guests a plethora of outdoor dining options. 

At Porticciolo Pool Bar, guests can relax in the shade, or gaze at the lagoon as they enjoy regional specialities and refreshing drinks.Cip's Club has earned an international reputation and boasts unparalleled views of St Mark's Square.

Designed by architect Adam Tihany to reflect the romantic atmosphere of Venice, Oro Restaurant sets the scene for a timeless dining experience. Guests can admire stunning lagoon views from the terrace.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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Did You Know? Fisher Island Hotel And Resort

November 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fisher Island Resort and Spa
Fisher Island was a wedge of land with coconut palms and mangroves that sat in Biscayne Bay. In 1919, Miami Beach founder and developer Carl Fisher bought it from Dana Dorsey, South Florida's first black millionaire. Fisher, when trying to expand the island and build deep-water docks, experienced quite a bit of push back from the County, which delayed his progress. The construction of the Port of Miami served to separate the lush appendage from Miami Beach, creating an entirely distinctive island. In the 1920's, Carl Fisher traded 7-acres of Fisher Island for a yacht from William K. Vanderbilt II.

In 1936,  Vanderbilt began building his $1.5 million private island retreat on Fisher Island with a Mediterranean-style mansion. He surrounded this mansion with lush landscaping, gracious guest homes, tennis courts and swimming pools.The main home and the surrounding guest cottages were completed in 1941. Rosemary's Cottage was built for Vanderbilt's stepdaughter Rosemary (Rosamund's daughter from her first marriage.) The studio cottage was built for Rosamund to paint in, as she was an artist. The North and South Cottages were for the their servants. The building now referred to today as the Jr. Suites was built to house the crewman for his yacht. The building now the Spa Internazionale was Vanderbilt's personal airplane hanger.

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Image of the Day: Vallon De Valrugues

November 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vallon De Valrugues, ideally located near Avignon, has one of the largest spas in the area. The Spa at Le Vallon de Valrugues boasts a complete fitness centre over an area of 500 sqm. It includes an indoor heated swimming pool at 30°C (8 x 5 m) as well as a heated jacuzzi at 35°C, counter-current pool, steam room, sauna, and fitness room. Pictured is a Hydromassage bath with essential oils.

Vallon De Valruges

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