June 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
The Osprey at Beaver Creek offers a plethora of activities during the warmer months. The area is a mecca for hiking, mountain and road biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and golf. Guests at The Osprey enjoy exclusive golfing access to the nearby Beaver Creek Golf Club, a Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed course. There’s also the Red Sky Golf Club, featuring award-winning courses designed by Tom Fazio and Greg Norman, and it’s fantastic Red Sky Golf Academy, with former PGA Tour player Larry Rinker as the Director of Instruction.
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June 11, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau
We 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: Your Questions Answered: What is a Great Spanish Resort for a Family of 4 Adults?
ANSWER: Hospes Palau De La Mar – Valencia, Spain
Hospes Palau de la Mar Valencia is housed in a heritage-listed 19th century stately home which symbolizes the values of the
city’s inhabitants and their seafaring spirit. Standing in one of the most attractive streets in downtown Valencia, this majestic and stimulating mansion is a wonderful example of elegance, art and design combined to lead guests down the paths of history to discover the reality of the mysteries of the past. A modern and stunningly designed interior patio offsets the classical nobility of the rest of the architectural style; inspiration flows through the Mediterranean scents of the luxuriant garden and other areas designed to foster creativity and discovery. The cuisine of a master chef offers a different way of perceiving and enjoying natural, local culinary delights. Among its many facilities, guests will find a wellness centre and massage parlour.
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The marble staircase and the vaulted hall welcomes guests to the Presidential Suite. The classical architectural scheme of arches and vaults have been restored and each detail well thought to introduce a unique suite where natural light go through large windows to put on view the perfect balance of styles: classic and contemporary furniture unified by comfort. Two large bedrooms connected by a spacious living room and two bathrooms, propose one the most spectacular places in the city of Valencia. The suite is 70 square meters has a living room, two bedrooms, and Queen size beds with exclusive mattresses and Egyptian cotton bed linen.
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.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is one of Vancouver’s leading luxury downtown Vancouver hotels. Located amidst the gardens and waterfalls of the fashionable Robson Square in the heart of Vancouver's thriving cosmopolitan core, the Wedgewood has become a landmark. Privately owned and operated by Greek born owner, Eleni Skalbania. Of the Vancouver hotels, the Wedgewood has been a family-run boutique hotel providing a home away from home for countless guests.
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Das Stue has introduced a new way to explore Berlin in the summer. The 79-room Das Stue is located in Berlin's former Royal Danish embassy, a landmarked 1930's structure. The historic hotel now has six e-bikes by Smart that are available for guest use. The company Smart is owned by DaimlerAG, the same company that produces the Mercedes Benz. The e-bikes have a 250 watt hub motor, a display that controls drive and generator levels, and allows riders to check time, trip kilometers, or remaing power.
To see Berlin in the summer is to experience the city at its best. Das Stue is located in Berlin's central Tiergarten disctrict, right within the prestigious Embassy Quarter, adjacent to the 210 acre Tiergarten Park and facing the Berlin Zoo. Some of the most famous cultural institutions like the Culture Forum, the Philharmonic and the New National Gallery are only minutes away, and for the shopping enthusiasts, both Kurfürstendamm, with the legendary KaDeWe, and Friedrichstrabe are within easy reach. Considered to be Europe's greenest city, it has a plethora of parks, urban beaches lining the Spree river where one can watch the boats cruise by; rooftop beach bars and cafes, and the surrounding lakes to go swimming, sailing, or canoeing.
Bikes are available on a complimentary first-come, first-serve basis.
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At Sofitel So Bangkok, the rooftop venues were developed by famed restaurant concept developers the UKs Gorgeous Group.
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Behold the aptly named Freco Suite at The Augustine. In addition to walls that are a work of art, the signature suite has a breathtaking 360° view of Prague.
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Are you a hops-head? Always looking for the newest IPA or Lager? You're iln luck! Several Four Seasons properties in the US are pairing up with local breweries to create custom batches and service offerings.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle has a new custom beer is called Never Trust a Skinny Chef. ART Restaurant Chef Jelle Vandenbrouke is serving up some creative dishes, including Skinny Chef Ale ice cream, inspired by the pale ale. The beer itself was made by local nano-brewery NW Peaks, which specializes in small batches and new inventive experiments. ART has also customized the beer tap handle, in likeness of Executive Chef Kerry Sear.
Santa Barbara may be known for its wines, but the region is also home to numerous microbreweries. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has teamed up with the award-winning Telegraph Brewing Company to create its own signature beer. Served only at the Resort's Ty Lounge, the extra-pale ale was inspired by evenings spent strolling through the area's citrus groves. The ale's name, 1927, was chosen via social media. 1927 is also the year the hotel opened.
Considering a Beantown wedding? Four Seasons Hotel Boston is offering those who book a ceremony at the hotel a break from the usual champagne toasts. Beer-loving lovebirds can choose from custom beer stations or a travelling kegerator. On offer are exclusively Boston-brewed beers, including Samuel Adams and Allagash Belgian White. Ifyou aren't getting married, but still want to take advantage of the beerfest, the package can be booked for other events.
Mandarin Oriental Prague is situated in a former monastery. It also has the only spa in the world located in a former Renaissance chapel. It is hidden in the cobbled streets of picturesque Mala Strana on the left bank of the Vltava River. Mala Strana is the oldest and most picturesque district on the left bank of the Vltava River. Mandarin Oriental, Prague has many iconic sights within easy reach – the 14th-century Charles Bridge, the Baroque St Nicholas Cathedral and Prague Castle which towers overhead.
The hotel's 79 room and 20 suites offer charming views of cobbled streets, private garden, or Prague Castle. The hotel was named The Best Hotel in the Czech Republic on the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List. It also received the Conde Nast Traveler Platinum Circle Award, 2014.
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June 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
The Michelangelo Hotel New York is the only European luxury boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan, New York's business, cultural, theater, and shopping district.
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June 7, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson
For 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.
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.
Lovers 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 >>
By: K. Clare Johnson