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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.

Image of the Day: Evian Royal Resort

September 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Evian Royal Resort enjoys a stunning location in Evian-les-Bains, on the French bank of Lake Geneva. The hotel, which was built in 1905, has been undergoing a major renovation that updates the hotel without comprimising any of the resort's history or heritage.

Evian Royal Resort

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Shop Bulgari in Bali

September 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Bulgari Bali
One place you may not expect to find Bulgari is Bali. But the luxury retailer has a gorgeous property in the tropical paradise.  Based in Rome, since 1884 Bulgari has been creating renowned fine jewelry. Today it is a global and diversified luxury brand with a product and services portfolio of jewels, watches, accessories, fragrances, hotels and resorts featuring exceptional quality, an innovative style and impeccable service.

The Bulgari Boutique, located at Bulgari Resort Bali, is the only Bulgari shop in Bali, with its jewels and accessories, whilst the Art & Craft Store is a treasure that awaits guests in an inspiring place where the art of shopping meets a unique collection of Balinese fabrics. Among the richness of the island's traditions, The Resort features the understated and elegant collections from BIASA whose sophisticated 'resort wear' showcases hand woven and stitched material with hand crafted details by local artisans.

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Grande Colonial La Jolla's Executive Chef Named San Diego's Chef of the Year

September 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla


Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla's
executive chef Jason Knibb was recently named San Diego's "Chef of the Year" by the California Restaurant Association. The historic luxury hotel's NINE-TEN restaurant was also awarded "Best Hotel Restaurant/Fine Dining." Both awards were presented at the 30th annual Gold Medallion Awards dinner. 

Knibb joined the staff of the Grande Colonial more than ten years ago. A self-trained chef, he discovered a love of cooking when he was a 17 year old busboy at a local restaurant. He trained under some of the country's finest chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Roy Yamaguchi, and Hans Rockenwagner. 

Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

A recognized name in culinary circles across the country and universally acknowledged to be among the top chefs in Southern California for his consistently exquisite food and artistic presentations, Jason has amassed many awards and accolades for his style and cuisine. Most notably: Zagat Survey® Food Score of 26 (extraordinary to perfection); Zagat Top 10 Restaurants in San Diego; and a 2010 Rising Star Chef Winner/StarChefs. In November of 2011, he was also a contender on the Food Network’s Iron Chef, battling Bobby Flay in a seafood showdown, marking yet another significant milestone in his culinary career.

Situated in the seaside village of La Jolla, just 15 minutes from San Diego, the Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel. Commanding views of the coastline, this Centurion hotel is steps from miles of beaches and world-class shopping, dining & entertainment. Its award-winning NINE-TEN Restaurant offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. Diners enjoy the best of the harvest from local farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s evolving California cuisine.  

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Did You Know? FCC Angkor Hotel

September 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

FCC Angkor Hotel is renovated from the French former governor's mansion. The building itself is a monument to provincial fortunes.

FCC Angkor 

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Cool Pools: Punta Islita Hotel

September 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Punta Islita Hotel's Private Villas offer private plunge pools.

Punta Islita Hotel

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Did You Know? Hotel Prince de Galles

September 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance


Hotel Prince de Galles
 
was built in 1928 and was inspired by the style of the Decorative Arts exhibition of 1925. With a classical yet modern frontage and a magnificent patio in mosaic, the hotel Prince de Galles owes its name to its original aim: to welcome to Paris during his annual stays, the Prince of Wales, future Edward VIII, son of the king of England George V. Other famous guests include Winston Churchill, Lord Chamberlain, Marlene Dietrich, Elvis Presley, Lana Turner, and Gina Lollobrigida. Composer Frederic Chopin lived in the building that was the precursor to the hotel.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa

September 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa is a charming tropical sanctuary in a tranquil bay setting on Phuket's
stunning western coast. One of the most breathtaking luxury hotels Phuket has to offer, it opens onto a private
stretch of beautiful Layan Beach, where soft white sands are gently lapped by the turquoise waters of the Andaman
Sea are just steps away.

Anantara Phuket Layan Resort and Spa 

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Did You Know? Ksar Char-Bagh

September 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ksar Char-Bagh has four hectacres of garden. The Moorish palace is nestled in the palm grove of Marrakech, just ten minutes from the medina.

Ksar Cher-Bagh 

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Image of the Day: Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

September 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai's design draws heavily from the architectural and cultural influences of the historic Lanna Kingdom.

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai :

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Did You Know? The Rubens At The Palace

September 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the PalaceBuckingham Palace Road takes its name from nearby Buckingham Palace. The Rubens At The Palace forms part of the grounds and stabling of a much earlier house on this site, once owned by John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave.

The Rubens at the PalaceBy 1841 the site of the present hotel was accommodating the shops of a druggist and a ham and tongue dealer named Thomas Murley. The firm of Thomas Murley & Son continued here until the mid-1880s. Their premises then passed into use as a law stationer's shop. In 1885 the site was sold and most likely redeveloped. From 1890 until about 1906 it was occupied by the Aerated Bread Company.

The Rubens at the Palace

The Rubens at the Palace, originally called the Hotel Rubens, came to life on this site in 1912.The hotel immediately became popular with debutantes and others attending functions at Buckingham Palace. During the Second World War it was taken over by General Sikorski's Free State Polish Army, which used it as its headquarters. Another statesman in exile, General Charles De Gaulle, the leader of the Free French army in exile, also stayed here during the war.

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