June 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Located in the heart of Vienna, one of the world's cultural capitals, the Palais Coburg Residenz is a fascinating testimony to outstanding architecture. One of the most important tasks in revitalising Palais Coburg was to preserve and make use of the historically significant Renaissance fortifications from the 16th century. They serve as the Palais foundations and have witnessed 600 years of Viennese history.
The Palais Coburg Hotel Residenz features 34 highly individual suites for sophisticated guests. They range in size from 54 square meters to 165 square meters. Most of the suites are spread over two stories and each is uniquely furnished and presents a fascinating combination of valuable historic elements, technological conveniences, and modern design. Each suite is dedicated to an important member of the Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha family dynasty who was significant in the history of Palais Coburg. In this way, the suites of Palais Coburg also honor the service of royal families from Great Britain, France, Hungary, Portugal, Bulgaria, Belgium, and Austria.
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Aldrovandi Villa Borghese offers this stunning view of Rome. The hotel is situated on the edge of the Borghese Gardens and is close to Via Veneto and the Spanish Steps.
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World Cup fever has hit worldwide! Brazil is playing host this time around, and one lucky team has gotten the VIP treatment at a brand-new luxury resort. The resort is currently the accommodation for the German Football Team during the World Cup 2014.
Situated in the village of Santo André in the state of Bahia, the sport and nature Campo Bahia resort covers 15,000 square metres and contains 14 two-story houses with a total of 65 residential units. Campo Bahia is very close to Santa Cruz Cabrália, where Portuguese seafarer Pedro Álvares Cabral landed when he first discovered Brazil in 1500. The resort has been built with careful attention to sustainability and the natural environment. The materials used in construction were sourced locally, while the trees which had to be removed were transplanted rather than chopped down.
Constructing these facilities has been a boost to lasting infrastructural development in the Santo André and Santa Cruz Cabrália area. The effects include the establishment of long-term skilled jobs – in the catering and hotel sectors, for example – and the integration of the local communities and the Pataxó Indian reserve. The whole project is based on the principles of responsible tourism, eco-friendliness and sustainability.
In addition to providing luxury accommodations to the soccer players, the hotel has asked seven Brazilian and seven German artists to create works of art for the buildings and the surrounding area. The artists selected for this task were chosen for their engagement with issues of cultural and social identity.
After the World Cup, the resort will open for booking for guests who don't happen to play professional football.
Here's a sneak peek at the spectacular resort:
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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June 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
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.