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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.

Special Dining Packages at Auberge du Soleil

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil
Opened in 1981, Auberge du Soleil is Napa Valley's first fine-dining establishment. gained recognition as one of the leading and best restaurants in Northern California. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars. Auberge has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees. Accompanying the fine cuisine is the inn, which opened in 1985.   
The luxury Napa resort  is currently featuring two dining packages for guests who want to stay and eat. 

Culinary Escapes Package:

Submit to the talents of Chef Robert Curry and his staff as you enjoy a specially prepared dinner and fine dining experience in the newly-designed restaurant.

Auberge du Soleil

This hotel package includes:
-One-night stay in a Garden Room
-In-room wine amenity
-Daily breakfast for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant
-Four-course dinner for Two with sparkling wine greeting
(additional alcoholic beverages not included)
-All taxes and gratuities (included in Restaurant and spa only)
-Available any night of the week (holidays excluded)

 

Taste of Napa Package

Auberge du Soleil invites resort guests to a feast of the senses with a quintessential Napa Valley experience. The Rutherford property offers wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, famous breathtaking views, pure relaxation in the Auberge Spa, and early morning balloon flights to view the rest of the valley.

This hotel package includes:
-Three-night stay in a Garden Room (upgraded guest rooms and rates also available)
-Dinner for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant. Guests are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of a four-course seasonal menu (excludes all additional beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Lunch for two at any of the three culinary venues: The Restaurant at Auberge, The Bistro & Bar or La Plage (excludes all beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Daily breakfast for two in the Restaurant (excludes beverages and gratuity)
-Enjoy each of these Napa Valley activities for two:
-Early morning balloon flight (weather permitting)
Six-hour winery tour with a private car and driver (excludes tasting fees)
60-minute Auberge Massage for two in the Auberge Spa
All taxes and gratuities (included in our Restaurant and spa only)

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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New to Five Star Alliance: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

June 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Elegantly enveloped within the Santa Rosa Mountain range, Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage is one of the most esteemed luxury resorts in Palm Springs, CA, an elegant retreat where both palm trees and snow-capped mountain views provide a delightful visual choice. From a mountaintop overlooking world-famous Palm Springs and the picturesque Coachella Valley, the hotel's desert surroundings are reflected in a decor that reveals natural elements of stone, wood and fire. From the 244 guest accommodations that feature private balconies and patios to spa treatments that awaken the senses with indigenous herbs and plants to dining that serves local California fare at its freshest, let us open your eyes to an oasis that will touch both your soul and adventurous spirit.

Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

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Did You Know? Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort

June 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort has seven pools, including one pool reserved for guests' pets. Lucky dogs.

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort

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Spotlight on Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

June 7, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniFor the past 100 years or more, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. Right from the outset, the Grand Hotel became the chosen destination for illustrious guests in search of peace: royalty, aristocrats, figures from international politics, and movie stars. The Sovereigns of Spain, Romania, Albania, Egypt; above all the Russian and English aristocracy; Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J.F. Kennedy; Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Maria Schell, Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, Al Pacino.... these are just some of the famous guests who have strolled through the rooms and lakeside gardens of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, enjoying its beauty and outstanding hospitality. 

Located on the gorgeous Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake. The locale enjoys sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. From April to November the salons and the large lakeside garden offer guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The hotel's  interior reflects the good taste loved by the wealthy nobility of the time. Its walls and ceilings are adorned with frescoes and paintings of mythological scenes, gilded frames, festoons, temples, putti, flamingos, and Pompeian reds. The coffer ceilings are frescoed with floral patterns in grey and pink tones. Guests will enjoy period wall coverings in the French style, antique Persian carpets, crystal chandeliers from Murano, Imperial furniture, and the neo-classical and Art Nouveau style; not to mention the marble staircases, the stucco work columns, and the splendid trompe l'oeil.The "salle à manger" alone is a genuine monument to art, as is the Salone Reale, which in the evening is lit by bronze and crystal chandeliers, the splendor of whose lights are reflected by large mirrors. 

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniLovers of peace and quiet can alternate the pleasure of a poolside drink with beauty treatments and programmes at Villa Serbelloni SPA, the hotel's own beauty farm. Guests can set off from the private dock for a motorboat trip to the historic gardens along the lake which, in springtime, attract tourists from all over the world: especially for the wonderful flowering of the azaleas.  Lovers of sport can take advantage of the hotel gym and tennis courts, enjoy delightful walks, take a mountain bike out on the Bellagio promontory, and cool off in the swimming pool overlooking the lake.

Nightly spring rates at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni start at EUR 418 >>

 


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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