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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.

Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Minerva Florence

June 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Minerva Florence has a sixth floor terrace that is the perfect place to enjoy one of the world's most famous views. The facade of the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, and the Palazzo Vecchio are all visible from the terrace.

In addition to the stunning views, the hotel's rooftop swimming pool is open from May to September. Circled by comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas, soak up some sun while enjoying the rooftop panorama of Florence. There is also a bar serving refreshing drinks, ice cream, aperitifs, snacks, salads, fruit or vegetable smoothies, and cold dishes.

Grand Hotel Minerva Florence 

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Did You Know? Athenaeum Personal Hotel

June 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Athenaeum Personal Hotel
Ideally located for business or leisure visitors, Athenaeum Personal Hotel in Florence is where contemporary design, modern style and classic materials skillfully combine with art and culture. Several art events and exhibitions of emerging artists are held at Hotel Athenaeum in partnership with Florence Academy of Fine Art.

Around the corner from the hotel guests will Galleria dell’Accademia with its best-known treasure, the statue of David by Michelangelo. The hotel is fond of saying that  "David is our most famous neighbor!"

 

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Did You Know? Villa San Michele

May 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele is nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees and terraced gardens, enjoying unparalleled vistas of Florence, stretched out before it in all its classic splendour. Dating from the 15th century, the Villa's facade is attributed to Michelangelo. The hotel's largest and most romantic suite, the Michelangelo Suite, stretches the whole length of the façade of the hotel. Once the monastery library, it also served as Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's headquarters in Florence.

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Lungarno

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Lungarno offers a breathtaking view over many of the landmarks and sights that gave Florence its reputation for architectural and cultural beauty and grace. 

Hotel Lungarno

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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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Did You Know? Villa la Massa

November 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa la Massa is a fascinating Medici dwelling of the 16th century on the outskirts of Florence. It was turned into a luxury hotel in 1948. After a complete renovation by the Villa d'Este Group in 1998 it reopened and its five hundred years of history live on, telling us tales of Renaissance splendour and the lifestyle of Florentine aristocrats in every nook. It is the sister property to the stunning Villa d'Este.  The two properties were built in 1525. During the Renaissance in Tuscany many noble families built new homes. Among these are the wealthy Landinis, successful publishers, who decided to commission the construction of two houses on the banks of the Arno.

Villa la Massa 

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Posted in: Florence

The Perfect Proposal at Il Salviatino

October 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Il Salviatino
Is it time to pop the question? There's no better location than the multi-award winning 15th Century Florentine Villa Il Salviatino. 

From now until December 28th, 2013, the historica villa is offering a Perfect Proposal package.  

The package includes:

-Two nights' accommodation in a room of your choice

-Daily full a la carte breakfast

-One complimentary night in the occasion of your first wedding anniversary (on request, upon availability)

-A one hour couples massage during the stay

-Romantic candlelight dinner at our restaurant (3 courses, drinks not included)

-A three hour tour with a personal shopper, to escort you to the best to the best jewellers on the Ponte Vecchio and Via Tornabuoni or for some original fashion findings

On the very slight chance that your beloved says no, the package also includes an open bar all night if your proposal is rejected.
 

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Your Questions Answered: What are connecting rooms options at The St Regis Florence?

September 26, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

St Regis Florence Arno River ViewWe 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. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that's why we’re here. Be sure to explore our 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 connecting rooms options at The St Regis Florence?


ANSWER: Try the Premium Deluxe River View Room connected to another Premium Deluxe River View Room.

 
Situated in central Florence, the scenic St. Regis Florence has been the preferred stop of seasoned travelers since the 18th Century. Steps away from iconic landmarks, it offers an unrivaled immersion into the cradle of the Renaissance. Reflecting Florence's rich artistic heritage, the 81 spacious guest rooms and 19 distinctive suites are exercises in discreet opulence and refined elegance. Additionally, all guests enjoy impeccable St. Regis Butler Service any time day or night. Affixed with rich colors, custom frescos, and sparkling crystal chandeliers, the antique decor pays homage to the city's storied history.

The Premium Deluxe River View Room provides views of the Arno River, the Cestello Church, and the surrounding hills. Some offer a stepout balcony. Each room recalls the glory of the 15th century, Florentine, Medici, or Renaissance style. The rooms are luxurious, adorned with coffered ceilings, frescoes, and brocades. Amenities include a King Size or Twin St. Regis Bed, work area, WiFi Internet access, Bose sound system, IPod charger, 42 Inch Lcd TV, Dvd player, Deep soaking tub, separate shower, large vanity, and a double bathroom sink.

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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Your Questions Answered: Where Should a Family of Three Stay in Venice?

September 18, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Bauer Palladio Hotel and SpaWe 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 3 and looking to stay is Venice, Italy. What room type at the Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa is Venice's luxury all natural wellness spa and boutique hotel. The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa on Giudecca Island, facing St. Mark's Square, continues the philosophical traditions of its past by redefining the ideals of grace, beauty and character. The original property, one of Andrea Palladio's famous Renaissance designs, was a sanctuary for unmarried women of virtue and style and represents a piece of Venetian history.
Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa
Under the personal care of Chair & CEO, Francesca Bortolotto Possati, the hotel has been carefully restored and updated to become a relaxing sojourn and spa without losing sight of its original identity. The grandiose space of the Great Hall has been transformed to a warm, welcoming respite to melt away the day. The 37 elegant guest rooms and 13 suites are all spacious in nature and vary in design from a fresh, pastel-palette of color in cabana-inspired style to a touch of tapestry, and hand-crafted, antique interpretations, some with garden terraces or others with lagoon views. The Bauer Palladio Hotel Venice offers first class beauty treatments including massages and specialized facial treatments. The wellness centre uses the world-known Daniela Steiner routine to provide innovative treatments for the whole body. 

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The Palladio Junior Suites are warmly decorated with fine tapestries in soft colors reflecting the magical atmosphere of the surrounding gardens. Amenities include Italian marble bathrooms, a bathtub and separate walking shower, some with Jacuzzi bathtub, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, international direct-dial telephone. The rooms have King/Twin Size Bed. Average size is 40 sqm. A rolloway bed can easily be added for a nightly fee.(complementary for under 12 years of age).

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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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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Baglioni

August 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The artwork displayed at the Grand Hotel Baglioni tells 100 years of Florence's history.

Grand Hotel Baglioni

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