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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? Buckland Manor


By: Five Star Alliance

Buckland Manor, was first mentioned in 600 AD, when the land was owned by the Abbey of Gloucester. The village of Buckland is thought to have the oldest rectory in England, which stands next to the Manor, with an impressive timbered hall that dates from the 15th Century. John Wesley preached in the church of St. Michael, the east window of which contains 15th Century glass, judged by some to be the nicest in the Cotswolds and reputed to have come from Hailes Abbey at the Dissolution. William Morris attended church services here when he came to Buckland in the 19th Century and was so impressed by the glass that he personally paid for its releading.

Buckland Manor

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Did You Know? Banyan Tree Lang Co


By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Lang Co is an all-pool villa resort. Within touch of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the imperial city of Hue, charming old town of Hoi An, and My Son's historical ruins - culture aficionados will be satiated. Those with a bent for the physical will also find joy in a wide range activities. Golfers can tee off in style at the Sir Nick Faldo-designed 18-hour championship golf course, meandering through rice paddies and trickling streams against the backdrop of a staggering mountain range.

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George Harrison and Banyan Tree Seychelles


By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Seychelles is set upon the original Seychellian abode belonging to Pink Panther actor Peter Sellers and Beatles member George Harrison. The resort took painstaking steps toward preserving the authenticity of the site's architecture and culture with the aid of island residents, some of who still dedicate their careers to forwarding Banyan Tree Seychelles' mission of providing a Sanctuary for the Senses.

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Did You Know? Ca' Sagredo Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Ca' Sagredo Hotel was a palace originally owned by the Morosini family. It was purchased at the start of the 18th century by the Sagredos, a noble family who had lived in the Santa Sofia district for centuries. The facade onto the Grand Canal is proof of the Byzantine origin of the building, which was altered several times in subsequent centuries. The original ground floor with the doors leading onto the water and the first floor with its tall arch windows topped on slim pillars, were completed in the 15th century by the addition of second floor, which has tracery frieze around the middle mullioned windows of the Portego or central hall.

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Gambling Options at Caesars Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

Caesar's PalaceCaesars Palace brings you all the excitement of a Las Vegas casino in an ancient Roman setting. Enjoy lavish surroundings while playing slots and table games—including blackjack and poker—or take your chances at the race and sports book. Whether you're looking to win big or simply in it for the experience, Caesars Place always offers something fun to play.

POKER
The most action-packed Las Vegas Poker Room is perfect for recreational players and seasoned pros alike.
RACE & SPORTS BOOK
On game day, there is no better place in Las Vegas than Caesar's Race & Sports Book. The room buzzes with excitement as horse bettors and sports fans cheer their favorites while watching action from coast to coast.


SLOTS
Caesars Palace is the Las Vegas casino that has been the site of more $1,000,000+ slot jackpots than any other casino in the world. 

TABLE GAMES
From the iconic Palace Casino to the OMNIA gaming tables, from Craps and Baccarat to Pai Gow and Six Card Poker, you’re sure to find just the right Las Vegas gambling experience at which to test your luck and skill.

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Green Initiatives at Bardessono


By: Five Star Alliance

BardessonoBardessono is one of only three hotels in the United States that has been designed to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest standard for environmental design. Initiatives include:

-Buildings that are designed with overhangs to reduce the heat gain from the summer sun, yet allow the winter sun's rays to enter and warm the rooms. Each room has 200 square feet of glass to allow for natural lighting. 

-When cooling is required, the first stage of intervention is for motor controlled exterior venetian blinds to lower to reduce the heat gain from the sun. When additional heating or cooling in guest rooms is necessary, water is used from 72, 300 foot wells on the property.

-The large amount of glass used in each building reduces the daytime requirement for electrical lighting. LED, halogen, or fluorescent bulbs are used in light fixtures throughout the property. Bardessono

-All glues, adhesives, finishes, paints, carpets, and fabrics used at Bardessono are required to meet low volatile organic compounds (VOC) standards to vastly improve indoor air quality. 

-The combination of low VOC compound materials, no carpeting and drapes, all organic linens, terry and cleaning supplies, greatly reduces any potential allergens in the rooms.

-Indoors, bathroom fixtures with low water flow have been installed, along with dual flush toilets and waterless urinals. Outdoors, native and drought tolerant plants have been chosen for landscaping in order to minimize water demand. 

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Cool Pools: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo


By: Five Star Alliance

Relax by the pool with your favorite newspapers and magazines. Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo offers guests an exclusive
digital service with over 3,000 periodicals in 18 different languages. Guests can even borrow an e-readers from the hotel.

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A Great Rate at The Villas of Grand Cypress


By: Five Star Alliance

The Villas of Grand CypressThe Villas of Grand Cypress has newly Club Suites. Decor by Orlando-based interior designer Lori Rapport is a tranquil balance of contemporary and classic styles through thoughtful details and custom-made furnishings. Surrounded by calming natural elements like rich Zebrano wood and stacked stone, the roomy master bedroom comes with a choice of either one king bed or two double beds and separate sitting area. Enjoy views of the undulating green hills of the larger Grand Cypress resort and the peaceful property lakes from a private balcony or patio. The 650 square foot Club Suite offers a bathing experience beginning with a glass-surrounded shower including a European shower tower complete with body jets, hand held shower, and rain shower head. The bathroom also features a sculptural, deep-walled bathing vessel and custom quartz counters with double sinks, polished chrome Kohler faucets, and an illuminated mirror integrated with a 19" television.

Special Five Star Alliance Rate Includes:

-Club Suite

-$100 Resort Credit valid for food and beverage

Two-night minimum stay available, rates subject to availability.

Rates start at $359 per night. 

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How New Zealand's Blanket Bay Got Its Name


By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand’s finest Lodge – Blanket Bay. In 1861, a mob of sheep owned by Mr William Gilbert Rees were sheared on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, in a bay just south of where the small town of Glenorchy is situated.  This bay was to be named Blanket Bay after blankets used to create the shed and shelters used to protect the eight Maori shearers and the wool from the elements.

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Three Great Offers in Barcelona


By: Five Star Alliance

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona
Five Star Alliance has terrific offersfor luxury travelers. Here are three current offers, all in Barcelona, Spain.

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona offers some of the most exclusive accommodations in Barcelona.  Finished to a level of luxury synonymous with Mandarin Oriental, this property gives every guest a supremely comfortable home in the city.

The Fall in Love in Barcelona Rate Includes:

-Complimentary upgrade upon arrival (subject to availability)

-A Chilled Bottle of Cava The Catalan Champagne With A Selection of Seasonal Berries.

-Continental In Room Breakfast

-Complimentary Late Checkout until 2pm 

-Butler Service

 

Hotel Miramar Barcelona is an artistically restored palace on the slope of a mountain with marvellous views over the area of Las Ramblas, this luxury hotel in Barcelona combines the grandeur of the 1920s with contemporary design. 

The Romantic Promotion Rate Includes:Great Rates in Barcelona

-Buffet breakfast

-Romantic Bath with Petals

-Bottle Of Cava

-Free WiFi

-Access to Hotel Spa & Swimming pools

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The Ohla HotelThe Ohla Hotel is a new five-star hotel located in the heart of Barcelona, an ideal setting for tourists, shoppers and business people offering a world of experience, service and wellbeing. The calmness and serenity of the hotel combined with the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Barcelona offers a unique blend. 

The Fall in Love Suite Includes:

-Breakfast included In Room

-A La Carte Bath Service

-Bottle of Cava

-Sensual Kit

-Chocolate Sins

-Late check out until 2pm

-Free WiFi

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