November 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Did you know that memorable scenes in nearly 200 movies have been filmed in Monterey County nearby Hyatt Carmel Highlands? Since 1897, the dramatic beauty of the Monterey Peninsula has attracted directors and cinematographers from around the world. Now guests at Hyatt Carmel Highlands can take a scenic tour of these famous sites located in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel. Watch scenes that were filmed at that exact location on overhead monitors onboard a luxury motorcoach on the movie tour.
Listen to behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the movies and hear tales about famous movie stars. Enjoy some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world throughout the Carmel movie tour, and celebrate Hollywood while singing along to some of your favorite show tunes.
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Hotel Castello di Casole offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a restored Italian castle on a country estate in Tuscany. The castle's rich history dates back to the end of the 10th century, when it was built and christened Querceto Manor. Querceto Manor often hosted the political exiles of nearby Siena until it fell into decline starting in the 15th century. Owned and reconstructed during the 19th and 20th centuries by the Bargagli family of Siena – esteemed local aristocracy – the castle rose to a prominent position in the region, as the surrounding estate was a leading agricultural producer with 31 farms on 2200 acres. During the late 20th century the Castello was owned by prominent Italian film director Luchino Visconti, who entertained European and Hollywood luminaries throughout the estate.
Timbers Resorts acquired the estate in 2005 and immediately began a significant and authentic restoration of all of the buildings, including the historic castle. The restoration has made use of traditional construction methods and authentic materials found on the estate and throughout the region, while spaces were updated with modern conveniences and luxuries. Today, Hotel Castello di Casole reflects its proud history, offering a new and exciting experience for guests and Owners who treasure contemporary amenities in a classically traditional Italian castle.
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The Royal Crescent Hotel is situated in one of the most famous crescent’s in the world. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom and is a Grade I listed building. Although some changes have been made to various interiors over the years, the Georgian stone facade remains much as it was when it was first built.
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Hotel Imperial was built in 1863 as the Vienna residence of the prince of Württemberg and became the Hotel Imperial for the universal exhibition in 1873. The unique location at Vienna's famous Ringstraße provides an excellent starting point for exploring the imperial city.
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Casa Colombo is a 12 suite retro-chic boutique hotel in Colombo that blends a contemporary designer style with the charms of a magnificent 200-year-old Moorish mansion. Built by one of the wealthiest Indian trading families at the time, the mansion is adorned with acres of Italian and Indian mosaic floors, carved arches, molded ceilings, and Moorish styled balconies, and is one of the few remaining treasures of its era. A significant part of creating this amazing boutique hotel in Colombo involved restoring the building back to its former grandeur.
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Villa Kennedy is built around Villa Speyer, the home of the influential banking family who lived in the house for 30 years from 1904. The hotel's name pays tribute to the road it is located on — named in honour of President John F Kennedy's visit in 1963.
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Those who saw the award-winning movie Life of Pi (or read the book) will remember the legendary pool Piscine Molitor. The book and movie's hero was named Piscine Molitor, because his father wanted him to be as clean as the pool's water. Pi later shortened his name due to teasing at school. In addition to being featured in Life of Pi, Olympic gold medalist and future Tarzan actor, Johnny Weissmuller, was once a lifeguard at the pool. In a photoshoot held at the pool in 1946, the modern bikini was revealed for the first time. The pool also used to double as a skating rink in the winter. In 1989, the pool closed due to lack of funds, and the site became a magnet for graffiti artists.
After 25 years, the pool was recently reopened as part of the new Hotel Molitor Paris. With views of the summer pool, the 124 rooms at the 5-star MGallery hotel invite you to discover this wonderful location: enjoy relaxing in the spa, swim in the indoor pool, share a cocktail on the rooftop or savor the menu dreamt up by 2 generations of Meilleurs Ouvriers de France. Relax: you are at the Molitor.
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November 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Le Chatelain Hotel strikes the perfect balance between gracious hospitality, exceptional comfort and state-of-the-art technology. It offers a full range of technological facilities while remaining traditional in one respect: it still clings steadfastly to traditional ideas of hospitality: personal care for every guest. This luxury hotel emphasizes personalized service and attention to detail.
The hotel offers 107 ample and fully soundproofed rooms and suites that have been especially designed and abundantly equipped so as to meet and even surpass your highest expectations of comfort, privacy and security. All rooms are luxuriously spacious, with vast and richly appointed bathrooms, elegantly furnished and endowed with the most innovative conveniences.
The excellent location in Central Brussels, the varied range of choices in sophisticated dining and leisure, an enchanting garden and a superbly equipped top floor Fitness Centre further contribute to the unparalleled charm of your Brussels' "home suite home."
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November 22, 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: We are a family of 7 and looking to stay is Miami, FL. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?
ANSWER: Acqualina Resort and Spa On The Beach epitomizes the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa combined with the beautiful oceanfront location on Florida's Riviera. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this Miami Beach luxury resort features 188 residences, 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites and world-class luxury hotel amenities, including three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools, and an innovative marine biology-based children's program. The luxurious 20,000 square foot ESPA oceanfront spa features 16 treatment rooms including a private hotel spa suite for two, a private spa pool and heated jet pool with a Roman waterfall, Finnish Saunas, Crystal Steam Rooms, Ice Fountains, Experience Showers, and Relaxation Rooms.
The resort is a recipient of the coveted 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award, 2014 AAA Five Diamond Award for five consecutive years and 2012 Andrew Harper's Reader's Choice Award for Top 20 Beach and Family Resorts. Acqualina is just five minutes from the world famous Bal Harbour Shops and a short drive to the vibrant daytime activities and nightlife of Miami Beach, South Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale.
Acqualina's 54 guest rooms and 44 suites include two deluxe three bedroom oceanfront suites. All are havens of elegance and comfort. The richly appointed accommodations feature classic furnishings with fresh modern elements complete with luxurious fabrics and gracious amenities such as private terraces, flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with imported marble flooring, double sinks, bath tub and glass-enclosed shower. All rooms and suites offer magnificent views and are equipped with fully stocked private bars with gourmet food snacks, goose down duvet and pillows (foam pillows available upon request), Frette sheets, ETRO bath amenities, hair dryer & makeup mirror, luxurious bathrobes, in-room CD players, IPOD docking stations, high-speed Internet access, and umbrellas.
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suite connected to a Deluxe Ocean Front room, with a rolloway added for an additional $50.00 night- The suites offer king-size beds in both the master and second bedroom, premium oceanfront views, separate living room, writing desk, two flat-screen TVs, entertainment unit, mini bar, private terrace, gourmet kitchen (with Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator/freezer, designer granite countertops with full back splash, Italian limited edition cabinets, microwave, dishwasher, stainless-steel sink and garbage disposal), breakfast room and two full bathroom outfitted with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. (2035 sq. ft. of enclosed area; 2379 sq. ft. with terrace). The Deluxe Ocean Front Rooms rooms boast an oceanfront view, king-size bed, foyer area, flat-screen TV, entertainment unit, mini bar, sitting area, writing desk, private terrace and bathroom with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower.
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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.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
November 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Today's the day! Thompson Miami Beach, formerly the Crown Hotel, opens for business today. Close to South Beach, Thompson Miami Beach is where Art Deco meets mid-century and Miami Modern. The beachfront hotel features a new restaurant by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, and a rooftop, outdoor spa.
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