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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.

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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New to Five Star Alliance: Cromlix

April 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tennis champ Andy Murray spearheaded the rebirth of Cromlix. Close to his home of Dunblane, he has bought the property and reinventedthe glorious era of grand country house living. Following extensive refurbishment, the US Open and Olympic champion has now transformed the elegant Victorian Perthshire mansion into a luxury 15-bedroom and Gate Lodge, five star destination, ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being staged a short drive away at Gleneagles.

Cromlix

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Spotlight on Babuino 181

March 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Babuino 181Babuino 181 is a luxurious boutique hotel with 24 rooms and suites located in two historical buildings in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter on the fashionable Via Babuino. It's the ideal base from which to explore many of Rome's historical sites. 

Here's just a few to check out:

-The Villa Borghese is Rome’s answer to Central Park. The largest green space in the historic center of Rome, the Villa Borghese dates back to the 17th century, when it was created as a pleasure garden for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Turned over to the public in the early 19th century, it’s filled with faux-ancient temples, fountains, an amphitheater, and even a small lake.


-Within strolling distance is Piazza Navona, one of  Rome'’s most beloved piazza. Once home to medieval jousts and carnivals, the square is now where Rome’s annual Christmas market takes place. 

 

Babuino 181

-St. Peter's Basilica is just three metro stops from the hotel. The basilica is  not technically in Rome, but rather in a separate country, Vatican City—the smallest country in the entire world. The basilica at the heart of this country is actually the second St. Peter’s Basilica. The first, built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century A.D., was glorious… but decrepit by the Middle Ages. In 1506, Pope Julius II tore it down. The "new" basilica he commissioned took 120 years to build. Still one of the largest churches in the world, the basilica also is one of Rome’s most breathtaking. 

-The most famous fountain in Europe, if not the world, the Trevi Fountain is another Rome must-see. Just at the edge of the Spanish Steps neighborhood, it's within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. 

-The Spanish Steps are a Baroque masterpiece—and one of Rome’s main icons. (They’re also where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck met in the 1953 film Roman Holiday). Today, travelers flock to the steps from all over the city. The Spanish Steps are located within a 5-minute walk of Babuino 181. Located a stone’s throw from the hotel, this world-famous staircase was built in 1723. Although funded by the French and designed by an Italian, the Spanish Steps get their name from the Spanish Embassy that is located at the bottom.

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Your Questions Answered: What Brazilian Beach Property Would You Recommend for a Honeymoon?

March 12, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive ResorWe 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: What Brazilian beach property would you recommend for our honeymoon?


ANSWER: Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort 

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort is located on a privately-owned peninsula, surrounded by the exuberant Emerald Coast. Known as one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Brazil, the property enjoys direct flights from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, or Buenos Aires. Here the waters of the Emerald coast meet the lush rainforest vegetation in a dazzling display of colour and light. Twenty-five sophisticated and charming bungalows lay in perfect harmony with the breathtaking scenery.
Ponta dos Ganchos offers a state-of-the-art fitness centre, cinema, business centre, restaurant, bar, lounge, games room, oceanfront ocean-front tennis court, heated swimming pool, massage gazebos, spa, and nature trails. In close proximity to the resort, guest can also experince Arvoredo Island, the best site for scuba diving in South Brazil. Additional boat trips include Anhatomirim Island and the Baía dos Golfinhos (Bay of Dophins).

The paradisiacal nature and the feeling of being special combine the romanticism of the most exclusive places in Brazil, designing the perfect setting for as unique as the Honeymoon time. More than a romantic destination, the tip of the hooks is a natural refuge that surprises at every turn. Besides all the surprises during their stay, honeymooners are met with champagne and flowers in the bungalow, plus a memorable and unique dining experience on the island.

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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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Cool Pools: The Majestic Hotel Santorini

March 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Majestic Hotel Santorini overlooks the Aegean Sea and has three swimming pools (one heated), and a Jacuzzi. 

The Majestic Hotel Santorini

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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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Special Valentine's Day Offers in Central and South America

February 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in the Central and South America. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment!

Palacio NazarenasPalacio Nazarenas-Cuzco, Peru
Celebrate in Style Package
Whether it's an anniversary, a special birthday or just because, an indulgent break at Palacio Nazarenas is the perfect way to celebrate. This package includes luxury accommodations, welcome amenities, including cocktails, Andean petit fours, fresh fruit and a flower arrangement, dinner with champagne, daily buffet breakfast, complimentary upgrade to a deluxe suite with special historic or contemporary features (subject to availability), and a celebration cake.

Rates start at $670 per night >>

Sofitel Buenos Aires-Buenos Aires, Argentina
Magnifique Romance
It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Discover Magnifique Romance and enjoy luxurious comfort in elegantly styled accommodation, a bottle of champagne on ice delivered to sip any time you wish once during your stay, a romantic gift of chocolate or flowers upon arrival for your shared pleasure, a wonderful breakfast served in your room every morning, and a late check-out until 4pm.

Rates start at $377 per night >>

Ka'ana Boutique Resort-San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize Ka'ana Boutique Resort
Romance Package
The package starts with a helicopter Tour from Belize International Airport to Ka’ana Resort passing over Maya Mountains and 1000-Foot Falls with champagne on arrival OR private road tansfer from Belize International or Municipal Airports to Ka’ana Resort. There's also a private road transfer back to Belize International or Municipal Airports, accommodation in a Master Suite with private garden and outdoor shower, hosted "Craboo" Welcome in Ka’ana's wine cellar, daily full breakfast, one private dining experience, one full-day private cave tubing and zip lining tour, and one half-day private Xunantunich Maya Ruin Tour.

Rates start at $907 per night >>

Hotel das Cataratas – Parana, Brazil
Set in one of the most awe-inspiring locations, enjoy a truly indulgent stay at Hotel das Cataratas. The Spa Experience
includes luxury accommodation, daily Brazilian breakfast, a 60-minute custom Cataratas Swedish massage, and a 20% discount on any additional spa treatments of your choice, per person per stay.

Rates start at BRL 1170 per night >>

Waldorf Astoria Panama - Panama City, Panama
Waldorf Astoria Spa Experience
Get the relaxation you are longing for with the Waldorf Astoria Spa Experience. Stay two or more nights in a premium room at any of the over 20 Waldorf Astoria hotels and resorts and enjoy a complimentary 50 minute massage during your stay.

Rates start at $169 per night >>

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Special Valentine's Day Offers in New York City

February 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in the New York City. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment!
 

Trump SoHo Hotel Condominiums
Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium 
(pictured left)
Romance Package 
Illuminate a spark between you and your lover that neither will soon forget. Indulge in each other's company from the breath-taking city view of a deluxe or premiere one-bedroom suite. Toast to the evening with a bottle of Prosecco, decadent chocolate-covered strawberries and subtle luxury. Take pleasure in a late check-out to enjoy an in-suite continental breakfast for two.

Rates start at $570 per night >>

Sofitel New York
Magnifique Romance
Discover Magnifique Romance and enjoy luxurious comfort in elegantly styled accommodation, a bottle of champagne on ice delivered to sip any time you wish once during your stay, a romantic gift of chocolate or flowers upon arrival, a wonderful breakfast served in your room every morning, and a late check-out until 4pm.

Rates start at $395 per night >>
The Algonquin New York


The Algonquin 
Algonquin Romance Package (pictured left)
The Algonquin invites you to spend a romantic getaway with them, filled with the special touches to make the perfect stay. This package includes accommodations for two, bottle of champagne, and Continental breakfast in the restaurant.

Rates start at $389 per night >>
 

Gansevoort Meatpacking District
Toss aside the candy hearts and spice up your Valentine’s Day with the intimacy inspired "Get Loved" package. Includes everything you’ll need to surprise your other half with a sexy Manhattan retreat. Temptations include early check-in at noon (subject to availability),
Continental breakfast in room for two, a bottle of Champagne + strawberries, one dozen red roses, the sensual travelers mile high kit, Kama Sutra book, and late check-out at 2PM (subject to availability).

Andaz Wall Street

Rates start at $539 per night >>

Andaz Wall Street
Love Goes Around Package (pictured left)
Enjoy two nights over Valentine's Day Weekend (February 14th, 15th or 16th) at Andaz Wall Street with a special package created for you and your sweetheart. Upon arrival, you'll be treated to in-room champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. You'll get breakfast for two every day, and a complimentary room upgrade when available

Rates start at $330 per night >> 

Loews Regency New York
VIP Valentine's Day Package
A freshly renovated guestroom in a soft, soothing palette sets the scene for romance, and is the perfect place to enjoy the bottle of Prosecco and selection of cheeses we will deliver to your door. This package also includes $200 credit to use on two tickets to the Broadway show of your choice. Simply select the show you want to see and our Concierge will take care of the booking while you toast Saint Valentine, the city of New York and, of course, your beloved.

Rates start at $599 per night >>
 

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Special Valentine's Day Special Offers in Paris

February 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in Paris. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment!
 

Sofitel Paris le Faubourg (pictured left)Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg
Magnifique Romance Package 
Enjoy magical moments in magnificent places around the world… It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Share special time together…savor intimate dinners…take sunset strolls and moonlight walks. Discover Magnifique Romance and enjoy luxurious comfort in elegantly styled accommodation, a bottle of champagne on ice delivered to sip any time you wish once during your stay,
a romantic gift of chocolate or flowers upon arrival for your shared pleasure, a wonderful breakfast served in your room every morning, and a late check-out until 4pm.

Rates start at EUR 930 per night >>

Saint James Paris
Valentine's Day in a Castle
This package includes a stay in a Junior Suite, breakfast at the buffet or in your room, and a bottle of Champage Deutz Cuvee Amour. 

Rates start at EUR 600 per night >>

Auberge du Jeu de Paume (pictured right)
Saint Valentine Package 
Escape to Chantilly and rejuvenate in love at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume. Enjoy a night in a double room decorated with rose petals and some sweets. Savor the continental breakfast in room.
Relax in our Spa Valmont (swimming pool, hammam, sauna and gym). Taste a romantic dinner at Le Jardin d'Hiver and the next day enjoy a romantic walk in the park of the Chateau de Chantilly.  

Rates start at EUR 555 per night >>

La Reserve Paris
A Romance in Paris Package
Especially for you, La Réeerve Paris has dreamed up a totally glamorous stay available throughout the month of February, at the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful capitals. The stay comprises a VIP in-room welcome (with roses, chocolates, champagne and candles), a night in one of the apartments, delicious and plentiful breakfasts served in your apartment, a romantic dinner for two, prepared according to your wishes by a talented chef, and a one-hour chauffeur-driven limousine tour of Paris by night.

Rates start at EUR 2800 per night >>

Hotel du Louvre
Romance Package
Celebrate your love at the Hotel du Louvre, a Hyatt Hotel with this package featuring a bottle of Champagne, roses, sweets, in-room
breakfast for 2, and late check-out at 2 pm

Rates start at EUR 770 per night >>
 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra 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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