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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: Sofitel So Bangkok

June 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

At Sofitel So Bangkok, the rooftop venues were developed by famed restaurant concept developers the UKs Gorgeous Group.

Sofitel So Bangkok 

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Image of the Day: The Augustine

June 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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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Four Seasons Hotel Boston Brews It Up

June 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel Seattle


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. 

 


Did You Know? Mandarin Oriental Prague

June 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Prague


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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Image of the Day: The Michelangelo Hotel New York

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. 

The Michelangelo Hotel New York

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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? Eden Rock

June 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

One of the four ultra-luxury suites at the exclusive St Barthelemy resort Eden Rock is the beach-side Villa Rockstar. The suite is an enormous 16,000 square feet, and consists of north and south houses connected by a fountain courtyard and cloisters. The property has its own gate onto a vast beach of soft pink and white coral sand. Partnering with Oceanway Recording Studios of Hollywood, guests of Villa Rockstar are offered the chance to record their own music in a professionally equipped recording studio, complete with a selection of instruments, microphones and recording equipment. This suite of rooms also functions as the Villa's cinema screening room. The legendary Neve music mixing console, installed in the recording studio, is the very same one used by John Lennon to record Imagine.

Eden Rock 

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Your Questions Answered: What Barcelona Hotel Do You Recommend for a Family of 4?

June 6, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Casa Fuster Hotel
We at Five Star Alliance work hard to 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, 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 are some family resorts in Barcelona for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Casa Fuster Hotel 

This 5-star luxury hotel (listed as a landmark building dating back to 1908), boasts a perfect combination of a modernist atmosphere, unique architecture, and a mix of Art Deco and traditional furnishings. The hotel is situated at the highest point of Paseo de Gracia, giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city of Barcelona. Hotel Casa Fuster is located in the heart of Barcelona, in the residential and cultural area of L'Eixample - within walking distance to designer shopping, clubs and restaurants.

 
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Book for a Standard Room that connects to a Junior suite, and ask for a rollaway bed. 



Standard Deluxe Room Details:
43m2
Queen-size double bedCasa Fuster Hotel Balcony
Double doors
Reception area
Dreessing room
Complete Bathroom
Hydro massage shower
Shower cabin

 

Junior Suite Details:
40m2
2 single beds or king size double bed
Double doors
Reception area
Dressing room
Sitting room
Complete bathroom
Hydro massage shower
Shower cabin

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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Image of the Day: Alexis Hotel

June 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Alexis Hotel is ideally located just a few blocks from Seattle's storied waterfront. The First Avenue address puts you near landmark locations and experiences including Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, and the Seattle Art Museum. 

Alexis Hotel 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Resort in the Seychelles for a Family of Four?

June 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Fisherman's Cover
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: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay in Seychelles. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove

Founded in 1943, historic Fisherman's Cove is the Seychelles’' first and most legendary hotel. Over the decades, the resort has gained a reputation for relaxed, understated luxury and friendly, personalized service, providing guests with a peaceful hideaway. Seabirds skim the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, schools of fish flurry just below the surface, and the clear sunlight illuminates the rippling crystal waves. Welcome to the Seychelles, home of the amusingly shaped lovenut, the largest seabird colony in the world, and over one thousand species of fish. Nestled in the heart of paradise on the southern tip of Beau Vallon, Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove features sweeping thatched roofs and local granite. The open-air lobby, which affords breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, stands above a stylish bar and library.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Deluxe Room Ocean View connected to Deluxe Room Ocean View

The Spacious Deluxe rooms, which are 45 square meters, rest amongst verdant tropical fauna with a private garden terrace with beachfront views of the crystal clear Indian Ocean waters. Immerse yourself in the soft and muted shades of the décor that unwind and calm. This open plan room is perfect for those who just want to relax in a tranquil atmosphere.

All rooms Feature:
Le Meridien Fisherman's CoverA seperate seating area
Private GardenTerrace
32" LCD Television with Satellite Channels
Iron and Ironing Board
Mini Bar
Individually controlled air-conditioning
In-room Safe
Tea and Coffee making facilities
Hairdryer
Separate Walk-in Showers
Separate Bathtub

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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