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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 (And Inside As Well): Victoria Falls Hotel

November 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Victoria Halls Hotel

Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria Falls. The hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge and the gorges below. Situated in acres of private garden, the charm and tranquil atmosphere of the hotel has earned international acclaim. The elegant decor and the old world charm of this gracious hotel is reflected in the wide colonial verandahs and the Livingstone room with its superb cuisine.

A walk along the hotel's private pathway will bring guests out atop the gorge and provides a magnificent view of the bridge crossing into Zambia. From here one can watch in awe as bungi jumpers fall 111 metres down the world's longest natural bungi jump, towards the mighty Zambezi below. 

Dining options include:

The Livingstone Room-Enjoy an elegant dining experience at The Victoria Falls Hotel. Guests can choose from a la carte menu and an extensive wine list. The dress code has been relaxed in line with the times. The dress code is smart but a jacket and tie is not longer obligatory. 

The Jungle Junction-Situated close to the swimming pool with a clear view of the spray of the Falls, the Jungle Junction is a popular venue with groups, offering African fusion food with traditional African music. 

Stanley's Terrace-A selection of light meals is served from the Stanley's Terrace at The Victoria Falls Hotel. An afternoon spent enjoying the renowned traditional High Tea overlooking the Victoria Falls bridge and spray of the Falls is a must for hotel guests.

In-room dining is also available.

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Cool Pools: Villa la Vedetta

November 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa la Vedetta



Villa la Vedetta
started life as a neo-renaissance romantic villa, today it is a refined 5 star luxury hotel The villa is located close to Piazzale Michelangelo and few steps away from Ponte Vecchio, with a breathtaking view of the city of Florence. 

A reinvigorating dive into the splendid panoramic pool, enjoying one of the most beautiful views in the world, is just one of the most fantastic emotions that Guests can experience during their stay at Villa la Vedetta. The Duomo, The Campanile of Giotto, The Santa Croce Church and the entire Florentine skyline provide a stunning backdrop to the pool. 

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Image of the Day: Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort

November 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort & Spa

The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort & Spa, located on the island of Tenerife, next to the Atlantic Ocean, is a luxury residential complex inspired in the culture of The Canary Islands, reflected both in its colonial style as well as the clothing of the personnel, inspired in the traditional attire of the region.  

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Hotel Mazarin Offers a Host of Complimentary Amenities

November 19, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Mazarin

Hotel Mazarin takes its name from the famous European diplomat and Catholic Pontiff, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, a 17th century Italian-born statesman, gambler, aide-de camp to French royalty, Machiavellian scholar, chief financial minister to Queen Anne, and a longtime Regent of France on behalf of Louis the XIV. A Renaissance man and collector of fine wines and wealth, he designed the Mazarin Diamond, one of the first forms of the brilliant cut.

At the historic luxury hotel, the guestrooms are thoughtfully appointed to cater to the modern traveler while preserving New Orleans' signature charm. Hotel guests will enjoy a private courtyard setting with a Renaissance-inspired fountain, a 24-hour fitness center, and a business center.

Guests need only to step outside and enjoy the jazz resonating in the streets and galleries and shops just a half block away on Royal Street. The lively nightlife and music New Orleans is known for is on Bourbon Street, also just a half block away. Enjoy a nightcap at the only French Quarter wine bar, Patrick's Bar Vin or at the hotel's Prohibition-era inspired bar 21st Amendment at La Louisiane. 

Guests enjoy the following amenities included in the room rate:

Wireless Internet access
Daily deluxe breakfast
Welcome cocktail at our 21st Amendment at La Louisiane
In-room bottled artesian water and coffee
Daily newspaper
Local calls

Additional amenities include:

Fitness center
Concierge service
Business center
Patrick’s Bar Vin Wine Bar
21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane
Valet parking (additional fee)
Special pricing is available to guests of the Hotel Mazarin for New Orleans airport transportation service

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Cool Pools: LUX Belle Mare

November 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

LUX Belle Mare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUX Belle Mare features one of the largest swimming pools in Mauritius (2000 m²) - with a separate area for children. The pool is lighted and heated.


Spa After Dark at Villagio Inn and Spa

November 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villagio Hotel and Spa

The 23-acre Tuscan inspired Villagio Inn and Spa features flowing water fountain pathways weaved throughout lush Mediterranean-style gardens. The centerpiece of the Yountville property is the 13,000-square-foot Spa Villagio, featuring sixteen treatment rooms and five intimate, private spa suites appointed with indoor and outdoor oversized sunken infinity tubs, fireplaces, steam showers, wet bars and flat screen televisions with Bose sound systems.

One of the many signature treatments and spa packages that can be enjoyed by guests is the Spa Villagio After Dark experience.

Start the day in your luxurious hotel guestroom. At dinner, experience the culinary epicenter of Napa Valley in a town that boasts the most Michelin Star rated restaurants on Washington Street. Your sensory journey continues after dinner where an inviting Spa Suite awaits you. Enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious dessert next to a crackling fireplace on your own private patio. Listen to your favorite music and take a soothing Mediterranean steam. Candles are lit and it's time to complete your ultimate evening of tranquility with a Mineral Soak in your infinity edge tub.

Spa Villagio After Dark Includes:

Luxurious One Night Accommodations for Two at either Villagio Inn & Spa or Vintage Inn.
Complimentary Bottle of Wine Upon Arrival.
A $100.00 Dinner Credit at Michael Chiarello's Bottega Ristorante
Use of a Private Spa Suite for 1.5 hours.
Sumptuous Champagne Breakfast & Afternoon Tea Service Each Day.
Complimentary Daily Access to Spa Villagio Facilities and Amenities.

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Take a Tour of The Fullerton Hotel

November 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Offering luxurious accommodation in the heart of Singapore's arts and financial districts, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a masterpiece of understated comfort and elegance. Transformed from the Fullerton Building which was built in 1928, its rich heritage, neo-classical architecture and strategic location make it an inspiration to business and leisure travelers.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Located where the dynamic developments of Marina Bay intersect with the Singapore skyline and nestled in the heart of Singapore's historic civic and business districts, The Fullerton Heritage Precinct is the focal point for waterfront fine dining, upscale shopping and entertainment. It consists of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Waterboat House, The Fullerton Pavilion, One Fullerton, Clifford Pier, and Customs House.

Guests of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore can enjoy a tour of led by an appointed historian, The Fullerton Hotel Tour takes guests on a journey to several historical points of interest within and around The Fullerton Hotel including the former main entrance of the General Post Office, Post Bar (where a 300-feet long postal counter used to be), the Straits Room (formerly the Billiard Room of the prestigious Singapore Club) and The Lighthouse (The Fullerton Hotel's Italian restaurant & rooftop bar which used to house a beacon that guided ships approaching Singapore's shores from 1958 to 1979).

Guests can also take a self-guided tour. With the support of the National Heritage Board's Heritage Industry Incentive Programme, The Fullerton Heritage together with the Singapore Philatelic Museum has designed The Fullerton Heritage Trail Map to guide visitors on a walking trail – whether you have less than an hour or three hours to spare – to discover firsthand the rich history and landmarks in and around the precinct and neighboring civic district. Some of the historical gems include the Foundation Stone, the Cavenagh Bridge, and Old Supreme Court and City Hall.

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Cool Pools: Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

November 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita










 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The infinity-edge pool at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is located on the resort's private island of Ile aux Chats, facing the picturesque turquoise lagoon. With the breathtaking effect of floating above the lagoon, the infinity-edge pool is an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing swim while appreciating the beautiful view of the ocean and nearby islands. The free-form California-edge pool overflows into the infinity-edge pool. The pool's design allows you to relax on its slopes while enjoying the sun and the breathtaking view of the lagoon. There's also a lap pool and a children's pool. 

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Your Questions Answered: What's the Perfect Family-Friendly Scottsdale Resort for a Family of 6?

November 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort And Spa
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 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 6 and looking to stay is Scottsdale, AZ. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort And Spa

This Scottsdale luxury resort fuses a spirit of modern adventure with its storied history - live music, acres of desert gardens, hiking, biking & more. Challenge yourself at Scottsdale golf resort's Camelback Golf Club, featuring two championship 18-hole courses. Stay in the Paradise Valley resort's Pueblo-style casitas, offering an oasis of tranquil privacy. The Casita's private patios and balconies open onto breathtaking views of Arizona's Paradise Valley. Seven of the luxurious Scottsdale hotel's suites feature private swimming pools. Enjoy contemporary fine dining in the best steakhouse in Scottsdale, AZ, BLT Steak. Celebrity French Chef Laurent Tourondel brings his culinary wizardry to the desert, and the result is not to be missed. 

Family Amenities and Activities Include:

- Bicycles - Mountain bikes and children's bikes are available for rent through the Concierge Desk. Scenic trails on
property and off property. 

- Golf Lessons are available for the young enthusiast.

- Jackrabbit Pool Complex offers Hoppin’ Jack's Restaurant, children's water oasis, and sandbox. 

- Mummy Mountain Hiking Trail - Trail begins just past Mummy Mountain Cookout Town. Start the hike by crossing
over the bridge. The trail is approximately 300 yards (1000 feet) up the mountain.

- Pitch & Putt Golf Course - Located in the front of the resort.http://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/scottsdale-az/jw-marriott-camelback-inn-resort-and-spa

- Playground - Located near the Valet lot in front of the lobby. Equipment for all ages, a play area, half court basketball,
and shuffle board. 

- Tennis - The courts are located near the playground.  Tennis professional on staff daily.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

1 bedroom suite, king bed measures 750sqft/68sqm-1100sqft/99sqm, is Air-conditioned, non-smoking, allows for connecting rooms are available (for some rooms), has outdoor spaces: patio (1), Living/sitting area, Living room is separated and Windows may be opened. All rooms feature Marriott's Revive Bedding with down comforters, designer duvets and plush pillows. All guest accommodations also feature microwave, mini-fridge and high speed Internet.This hotel has a smoke-free policy. 

Book your family's stay at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa >>

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.

 


Dining al Fresco: Neri Hotel

November 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

On the rooftop of Neri Hotel, guest will find Roba Estesa: a peaceful and hidden place in the gothic quarter, open to everyone to delight cocktails and tapas and shelter from the city noises and enjoy Barcelona's roofs.

Roba estesa is an amazing space with a small outdoor urban garden, where you can contemplate the skies of Barcelonas. It's a corner to take a cocktail or snack in a setting based on feng-shui and the five elements.

Neri Hotel

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