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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER

 
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?: Banyan Tree Phuket


By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Phuket garnered 2nd Place at the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler 20th Annual Readers' Choice Awards, also taking 8th Place for Top 100 Resorts of the World. Less than a half hour's drive from the Phuket International airport and located on the island's northwest, Banyan Tree Phuket is a glorious spread of elegant Thai architecture complemented with every modern amenity imaginable, and cradled within Laguna Phuket's exclusive community.

Laguna Phuket is a 400-hectare former abandoned tin mining site and includes three kilometres of sandy shores tilted on the great Andaman. It is home to more than 30 restaurants and bars and offers inter-resort transportation by shuttle vehicle or lagoon boat.

Banyan Tree Phuket

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Did You Know? Sonora Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Culinary fans can indulge their passion for food and tote home a recipe or two by
enrolling in one of the cooking classes at Sonora Resort

Sonora Resort

The luxury Vancouver resort will set you up to spend an afternoon learning how
the executive chef combines flavours and techniques to create fresh, delectable cuisine.

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Did You Know? The Meydan Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Tour the Meydan Stables at The Meydan Hotel and meet the Thoroughbred stars of racing.
Experience a side of world-class horseracing you never usually see with an exclusive behind-the-scenes
tour of the Meydan Stables. Every Tuesday & Wednesday morning, start the tour at The Meydan Hotel
with a five-star buffet-style breakfast at Farriers Restaurant and watch the racehorses during morning
Trackwork. Take a personal tour of the stables where these horses are groomed and conditioned and learn
how they are trained and prepared for raceday. See horses exercise in the equine swimming pool.
Go behind-the-scenes at the Meydan Grandstand, and gain exclusive access to the Jockeys' Room,
Saddling Paddock and Parade Ring.

The Meydan Hotel

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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.

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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.

Book a stay at The Lodge and Cottages at Primland >>


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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