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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? The Fearrington House

July 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Fearrington House
The Fearrington House
 has award-winning gardens that meld the informal qualities of Fearrington’s farm heritage with the romantic landscape details of the European countryside. The grounds include about 60 garden beds, an herb garden used by the chefs at the Fearrington House Restaurant, several cutting beds used by our florists, and several greenhouses. A experienced year-round team of seven maintain the grounds, and they’re delighted to answer questions.

The Fearrington House

Fearrington’s gardens celebrate seasons, holidays, and special occasions and North Carolina’s rich horticultural traditions and plant diversity. The mild climate of the Piedmont region means our gardens are attractive and engaging throughout the year.

 

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Did You Know? Vidago Palace

July 11, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Commissioned by King Carlos of Portugal in 1908, Vidago Palace was originally conceived as an opulent holiday residence for His Majesty and his entourage, who, since the late 1800s, had been regular visitors to the region in order to enjoy the therapeutic effects of Vidago's famed mineral waters. Assassinated later that year, King Carlos never saw his project completed. Nor, in an ironic twist of fate, did his son and successor, King Manuel II, who was deposed in the republican revolution that swept across Portugal on October 5th 1910 – the day before Vidago Palace was meant to open. Although it would never host its intended royal residents, Vidago Palace became a favoured destination among Portuguese and European aristocracy and was considered to be the most luxurious hotel on the Iberian Peninsula.

Vidago Palace 

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Did You Know? Rusty Parrot Lodge And Spa

July 10, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Ever wonder how Jackon, WY's Rusty Parrot Lodge And Spa came by its unusual name? Well, we can't tell you. Because we don't know. Mind you, there's many an exaggerated campfire tale that claims to reveal the secret behind the family-run 30-room lodge's moniker, but the only way to really find out. You'll have to ask the owner, Ron Harrison. He can usually be found behind the front desk (with a unrusted parrot) and he'll tell you the real story. Let us know what you find out!

 Rusty Parrot Resort and Spa

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Did You Know? Fairmont Southampton

July 8, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fairmont Southampton of is located on Bermuda's highest point on a 100-acre estate.  It is the sister hotel
to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Together the two hotels constitute 25% of all the hotel rooms in Bermuda.

Fairmont Southampton

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Did You Know? Ka'ana Boutique Resort

July 6, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Ka'ana Boutique Resort is the closest luxury resort to Tikal,, one of the most prominent Maya Ruins in Guatemala. Tikal ("City of Echoes") is the largest known City remaining from the ancient Maya civilization and was considered the greatest metropolis in the Maya Kingdom. It holds ruins comprising over 3,000 astounding structures set in 55 square kilometres / 21 sq miles and situated in Guatemala’s largest protected area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ka'ana Boutique Resort

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Did You Know? QT Sydney

July 5, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

QT Sydney, a boutique hotel in the city's central business district, is set within the heritage-listed Gowings department store and the State Theatre. Pairing stars from stage and screen that have performed in the State Theatre over the past 80 years, and the classic retail of the Gowings department store, the QT Sydney captures the intrigue and excitement of the past in an edgy, contemporary design style.

QT Sydney

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Did You Know? W Retreat and Spa Vieques Island

June 29, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Vieques Island is home to not only a wonderful W Retreat and Spa, it's also home to what many believe to be the world's most spectacular Bioluminescent Bay.

W Retreat and Spa Vieques

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Did You Know? Fuchun Resort

June 27, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fuchun Resort
Fuchun Resort
 
is named to honor a painting by artist Huang Gongwang, who lived from 1269-1354. "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" is considered to be one of his greatest works and is a national treasure. The Chinese landscape painting, which is a depiction of the scenery along the Fuchun River, was burnt into two pieces in 1650. Today, one piece is in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou, while the other piece is in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Fuchun Resort stands as a replica of this famous painting. In his honour, the Resort is named after his greatest artwork.

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Did You Know? Copacabana Palace

June 24, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Copacabana Palace was featured in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio. The film was the first one to feature the legendary dance partners Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. 

Copacabana Palace

 

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Did You Know? InterContinental Marseille

June 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Intercontinental Marseille

 

 

InterContinental Marseille is housed in the former Hotel Dieu, a listed historical monument dating back to the 18th century, originally serving as a hostel for pilgrims to the nearby Basilica. It overlooks the Vieux Port, right beside the oldest district in Marseille known as the Panier. The renovations took 2 years, during which various archaeological sites were discovered. Guests can see some of the artifacts that were excavated in the dedicated cultural area of the InterContinental Marseille.

 

 

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