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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.

Did You Know? San Ysidro Ranch

By: Five Star Alliance

In the 1930s, Hollywood actor Ronald Colman and hotelier and former Senator Alvin Carl Weingand acquired the San Ysidro Ranch and transformed it into a hospitality haven – known for its idyllic setting, service, and guarding of guest privacy – for celebrities. The famous guests over the years range from Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx to Winston Churchill, Somerset Maugham, and Sinclair Lewis. Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier were married at the Ranch, John and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned there and John Huston completed the script for African Queen during a three-month stay.

San Ysidro Ranch

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Did You Know? Lodge and Cottages at Primland

By: Five Star Alliance

Lodge and Cottages at Primrose

The Lodge and Cottages at Primland offers guests a unique way to enjoy the resort. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. This fun game of hide-and-go-seek involves using the GPS device to locate hidden canisters, or geocaches. The geocaches may contain little treasures or interesting information.

Geocaching offers a terrific opportunity for guests to explore the trails of Primland while learning fascinating facts about the local environment and culture. The caches also include puzzles for those who want an added challenge.


Primland's geocache courses and guidebooks were designed in partnership with the Conservation Management Institute of the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Did You Know? Constance Tsarabanjina

By: Five Star Alliance

Constance Tsarabanjina makes it home in the north-western part of Madagascar, at about 40 miles from the island of Nosy Be. Tsarabanjina is one of the islets of the Mitsio Archipelago. 

Here's a few insider tips and tricks to enhance your stay:

1-All the 25 villas are terrific but Villa number 15 has a little special something.

Constance Tsarabanjina

2-Don't miss the brand new turtle nursery

3-From August to November- you can see Humpback Whales as they come around to give birth.

4- During low tide, small romantic beaches appear between the bar and the North Beach

5-When you stay at Constance Tsarabanjina three times you can get a nameplate on the bar.

6-Bird lovers can take a ride to the neighboring Quatre Frere coral island, where a colony of seabirds including northern gannets, frigate birds and white-tailed tropic birds dwells.

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Did You Know? Casa Fuster Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Originally constructed in 1908 and completely restored in 2004, Casa Fuster Hotel is an emblematic
modernist building designed by the famous Catalan architect Lluís Domenech i Montaner. Mr. Mariano Fuster, 
a gentleman from Mallorca’s upper class, met and fell in love with Ms. Consuelo Fabra i Puig, the daughter of the
Marquis of Alella, in Barcelona. The building was a gift from the Senor Fuster to his wife. Mariano Fuster put the
house in his wife's name and dedicated a rose window to her with the initials CF. At the time it was the most expensive
house in the Catalan capital, due to the high quality marble and other materials used in construction. 

Casa Fuster Hotel

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Did You Know? IDW Esperanza Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Lithuania's IDW Esperanza Resort is surrounded by 27 acres of extensive pine forests. The resort was handcrafted from cedar logs imported from the mountains of British Columbia. The wood ranges from 175-400 years old.

IDW Esperanza Resort

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Did You Know? Hotel Negresco

By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel NegrescoHotel Negresco first opened its doors on January 8th, 1913. The hotel, designed by Henri Negrescu, immediately attracted an international clientele, including the Vanderbilts, Kings, Queens, the Beatles, Elton John and Louis Armstrong. Besides its stunning location overlooking one of the French Riviera’s most beautiful bays for a century, the luxury hotel is known for it's amazing art collection.


Hotel NegrescoHotel owner Jeanne Augier has collected over 6,000 pieces of fine French art. Guests can admire the generous forms of Niki de Saint Phalle's Nana Jaune in the Royal Lounge or the series of seven brightly colored rugs designed by Raymond Moretti. Floor carpets were made from an original work by Yvaral in 1974. The rooms display an impressive collection of works by great artists from every period. The Versailles Lounge hosts Louis XIV's portrait, identical to that exhibited at the Louvre or Versailles. 

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Private Cooking Lessons at The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Guests of The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort can indulge in culinary experiences during their stay at the Italian resort. Explore the rich flavors of Sicily’s cuisine with cooking classes, wine-tasting lessons, and mixology classes. All the ingredients are organic handpicked from Verdura's vegetable garden, olive, lemon, and orange trees.

Verdura Golf and Spa Resort

Choose From:

Cooking Class - The chefs will teach you to make some of Verdura's most popular dishes with the freshest local ingredients. 

Sicilian Cuisine Class - Sicilian cuisine is a triumph of flavours, enriched over centuries by a variety of culinary traditions. Classes focus on how to make a Sicilian classic like chocolate, pastry, pizza or caponata.

Mixology - Learn how to mix a Sicilian Mojito and other classic cocktails with a twist. Make your very own cocktails with the resort's mixologist. 

Wine Tasting - Sicily has all the ingredients for good wine. Taste the very best wines selected by the resort's sommelier. 

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Did you know? Aigialos Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

With a breathtaking view of the world-famous Aegean caldera, the volcano and the deep blue waters of the
Mediterranean Sea, Aigialos Hotel, strategically located at the edge of Fira city, offers from all its balconies and
verandas an unrivalled experience of the loveliest sunset in the world, together with a rare combination of unique architecture,
elegance and tradition.

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Did You Know? Anse Chastanet Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Do you like your luxury resorts with a side of chocolate? Book a stay at Anse Chastenet and pay a visit to its Chocolate Laboratory. There are over 2000 cocoa trees on the resort estates, including the organic farm Emerald's in the Soufriere Hills. Since 2010, the resort has hand-crafted Emerald Estate Chocolate for the enjoyment of guests. At the resort's chocolate factory, guests are now able to not only taste but participate in the making of the chocolate. Resort guests staying at Anse Chastanet and at the adjoining sister property Jade Mountain Resort can choose from a variety of chocolate infused activities like chocolate sensory tastings, educational estate trips, and truffle making classes on a year round basis. Chocolate lovers will be further enticed by chocolate inspired dishes, cocktails, and body treatments in the resort restaurants, bars, and spa. 

Anse Chastenet

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Did You Know? Keswick Hall at Monticello

By: Five Star Alliance

One of the best ways to see Central Virginia's glorious countryside is from a hot air balloon.
Keswick Hall's exclusive partner, Bonaire Charters, lifts our guests to a spectacular experience
over the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rolling landscapes beyond. You will launch
from the estate and float over the area's magnificent scenery for 1 ½ hours taking in some of
Virginia's most breathtaking natural sites and historical landmarks.

Keswick Hall
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