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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.

Image of the Day: Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort

November 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort & Spa

The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort & Spa, located on the island of Tenerife, next to the Atlantic Ocean, is a luxury residential complex inspired in the culture of The Canary Islands, reflected both in its colonial style as well as the clothing of the personnel, inspired in the traditional attire of the region.  

Book a stay at The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort & Spa >>


Dining al Fresco: Neri Hotel

November 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

On the rooftop of Neri Hotel, guest will find Roba Estesa: a peaceful and hidden place in the gothic quarter, open to everyone to delight cocktails and tapas and shelter from the city noises and enjoy Barcelona's roofs.

Roba estesa is an amazing space with a small outdoor urban garden, where you can contemplate the skies of Barcelonas. It's a corner to take a cocktail or snack in a setting based on feng-shui and the five elements.

Neri Hotel

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Did You Know? Villa Rothschild Kempinski

November 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Rothschild Kempinski is the smallest Kempinski hotel in the world. It has just 22 rooms and suites. 
A true boutique hotel, it was once the summer residence of Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild, the founder
of Naples' famous banking family.

Villa Rothschild Kempinski 

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Did You Know? Villa Armena

November 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Armena, Buonconvento, is in the heart of the Crete Senesi. An astoundingly attractive area of unsurpassable historical interest, Buonconvento - whose name derives from the Latin "bonus conventus" meaning a good-natured, fortunate community - is a member of the prestigious "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" Association.

Villa Armena

The Villa, whose construction is attributed to Baldassarre Peruzzi, was built in the first half of the sixteenth century. It was the country residence of the noble Malavolti family from Siena who had the good fortune to number among their ranks nine Captains of the People, in other words the most important figures in Siena's political landscape at that time. Legend has it that the name Armena was given to the Villa and its immediate surroundings by a member of the Malavolti family who, returning from the Crusades in the Holy Land, stopped off in Armenia and fell in love with a beautiful local girl. He returned to Italy to get married and decided to devote his feud to his betrothed, calling it Armena as a sign of respect for the origins of the one who had entered his heart and his life so forcefully. 

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Spend New Year's Eve at Luna Hotel Baglioni

November 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Venice during the holidays sure sounds great doesn't it?Luna Hotel Baglioni

The magical atmosphere of the festive season at Luna Hotel Baglioni is enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding Lagoon. Just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square, the Luna Hotel Baglioni is the perfect location to celebrate your unforgettable New Year’s Eve 2015.

The package includes:

-Welcome drink at Caffè Baglioni overlooking the small Canal and Royal Garden

-New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner for two people in the charming Marco Polo Ballroom with entertainment, live music, dances, and cotillions (beverages included, champagne excluded)

-Welcome fresh fruit basket in room upon arrival

-Morning buffet breakfast in the Marco Polo Ballroom, magnificently frescoed by the famous School of Tiepolo

-Brunch on New Year's Day

 

Book your New Year's Eve stay at Luna Hotel Baglioni >>


Dining al Fresco: Belmond Hotel Cipriani

November 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers its guests a plethora of outdoor dining options. 

At Porticciolo Pool Bar, guests can relax in the shade, or gaze at the lagoon as they enjoy regional specialities and refreshing drinks.Cip's Club has earned an international reputation and boasts unparalleled views of St Mark's Square.

Designed by architect Adam Tihany to reflect the romantic atmosphere of Venice, Oro Restaurant sets the scene for a timeless dining experience. Guests can admire stunning lagoon views from the terrace.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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Image of the Day: Vallon De Valrugues

November 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Vallon De Valrugues, ideally located near Avignon, has one of the largest spas in the area. The Spa at Le Vallon de Valrugues boasts a complete fitness centre over an area of 500 sqm. It includes an indoor heated swimming pool at 30°C (8 x 5 m) as well as a heated jacuzzi at 35°C, counter-current pool, steam room, sauna, and fitness room. Pictured is a Hydromassage bath with essential oils.

Vallon De Valruges

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

November 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc might be 100 years old, but it's one of the newest hotels in the Five Star Alliance collection. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc has always been renowned for the refined luxury of its rooms, suites and villas but especially for their glittering settings overlooking the azure sea and the private parkland, with its swaying pines and Riviera palms. Following an extensive restoration project, the hotel's elegance and appeal has been further enhanced.

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

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Go Truffle Hunting at Castel Monastero

November 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Castel Monastero offers its guests an unique opportunity to get up close and personal with truffle hunting. Truffle hunting takes place in the morning, in Castel Monastero's fields and woods, an area famous in Tuscany for its black and white truffles. The excursion lasts approximately an hour and a half and the hunt will be led by an expert truffle hunter and his pack of dogs. At the end of the excursion guests can purchase the truffles they have foraged. The truffle hunt is followed by a truffle-based lunch at La Cantina restaurant. 

Castel Monastero

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Florence, Italy?

November 7, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Portrait Firenze
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 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 4 and looking to stay is Florence, Italy. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Portrait Firenze  
Portrait Firenze is a select 34-suite property, including a spectacular rooftop suite and 273 square meter Penthouse Floor. It is owned by the Ferragamo family and listed among the Leading Hotels of the World. Florentine Architect Michele Bonan has given the distinguished, riverside location by the Ponte Vecchio a unique style and heritage. Portrait is inspired by the spirit of haute couture in its lavish style and its every conceivable comfort with exquisite fabrics and hand-crafted furniture. You see it in all the finest portraits. Portrait Firenze
The rippling waters of the Arno and the old-world Ponte Vecchio, framed in your lounge and bedroom window, mirror the sense of past and present in the interior design. Classic and contemporary fuse as warm wood and opaque grays are bathed in the glow of gilded details and shimmering steel. Soft materials and cozy cashmere set an aristocratic yet relaxing tone. Each sumptuous suite has its own identity and many personal flourishes.

For Your Families Needs, We Recommend:

Family Suites- The Portrait Family Suite with courtyard view offers 58 square meters of space for you and your children to revel in the cultural riches of the city. Make yourself at home in the 58 square meter Family Suite or enjoy even more space tucked atmospherically under the roof like a true Florentine in the 110 square meter Family 2 Bedroom Suite.

Whichever one you choose, both have a shared living space during the day and separate sleeping accommodation for invited friends or family at night. To accommodate everyone's needs, both have in-room cooking facilities, two bathrooms and space for all the extra luggage in multiple closets. Toys, films, and a DVD player are available and you'll find a wealth of places to visit with children on the in-room iPad. If staying in touch with the office is a necessity, there is a stylish desk in each suite with power and network connections 

Book a family stay at Portrait Firenze >>

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.