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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.

Dining al Fresco: Le Chatelain Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Le Chatelain HotelBrussels boasts thousands of places to eat, many of which are consistently voted as the best in the Europe. Le Chatelain Hotel's aptly named La Maison du Chatelain offers elegance, refined taste, and a touch of exclusiveness.

During the warmer days, the beautiful garden terrace inspired by the Florentine inner courtyards, invites you to relax and dream away whilst enjoying your tea with pastry, an afternoon drink, and even a full meal from the La Maison du Chatelain Restaurant. 

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St Regis Gets Bloody (Mary)


By: K. Clare Johnson

St Regis New YorkA staple of brunch menus everywhere, you can thank the St Regis New York for perfecting the Bloody Mary. In 1934, Fernand Petiot, the bartender at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, perfected the recipe for a vodka-and-tomato juice cocktail he dubbed the Bloody Mary. Deemed too racy a name for the hotel’s clientele, it was rechristened the Red Snapper, a name that didn't last long. 

Today, the Bloody Mary remains the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand, with each hotel crafting its own interpretation of the libation. Here's three of our favorites:

The St. Regis Beijing-Great Wall Bloody Mary

Taking its cue from the inclusion of beer in ancient worship rituals, this cocktail substitutes Chinese pilsner for vodka.

INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 oz / 75 ml Tsingtao® beer
3 1/2 oz / 100 ml Bloody Mary mix
3 oyster shooters, for garnish
1 lemon wedge, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Pour the beer into an 8 oz / .2 l white wineglass filled with ice. Then pour the Bloody Mary mix on top. Garnish with the oyster shooters and lemon wedge.

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort-Bora Mary
The discovery of a watermelon plantation on a nearby coral reef islet led to the creation of a delightfully refreshing cocktail.

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml premium vodka
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 oz / 30 ml lime juice
1 1/2 oz / 45 ml watermelon juice (or strawberry juice)
Watermelon cube (or whole strawberry), for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Blend all ingredients with ice until frothy. Pour into a 6 oz / 150 ml champagne flute. Strawberry may replace watermelon in this recipe. Garnish with a cube of watermelon to size or strawberry, if using.

The St. Regis Houston-Harry's Texas Bloody Mary
Cajun seasoning, tequila, vodka, and jalapeño give this bold cocktail a decidedly Texas kick.

INGREDIENTS
1 oz / 30 ml premium vodka
6 oz / 30 ml tequila
5 oz / 150 ml Bloody Mary mix
1 lemon wedge / 5 ml fresh lemon juice
1 lime wedge / 5 ml fresh lime juice
4 slices jalapeño
1/2 tsp / 2 g sugar
2 olives
1 thin tomato slice, for garnish
1 celery spear, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Combine all of the ingredients over ice and shake. Pour into an 8 oz / .2 l highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a thin slice of tomato on the celery spear.

If none of those suit your fancy, you can find all the St. Regis Bloody Mary Recipes here

 

 


Dining al Fresco: La Casa Que Canta


By: Five Star Alliance

With an amazing view surrounded by the sea, the restaurant at La Casa Que Canta offers a unique dining experience under a starlit sky. It offers contemporary Mexican cuisine with a French touch, using fresh and organic ingredients, wild caught fish, and selected seafood.

la casa que canta

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Dining al Fresco: Sheraton Hacienda del Mar


By: Five Star Alliance

Tomatoes Restaurant at Sheraton Hacienda del Mar invites friends and families to gather for a
Mediterranean take on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brightly striped chairs, tile floors, and dramatic
arches create a casual, yet stylish, dining room. Relax and enjoy views of the Sea of Cortez with a
pina colada or margarita at the full bar, or dine al fresco on the veranda and patio.

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Dining al Fresco: Residenz Heinz Winkler


By: Five Star Alliance

Against the mountain scenery the terrace at Residenz Heinz Winkler invites guests to a late summer breakfast, an aperitif at sunset, or an afternoon coffee.

Residenz Heinz Winkler

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Dining al Fresco: Palais Sheherazade and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

At Palais Sheherazade and Spa, guests will find not only a lush garden, rich with the intoxicating perfumes of jasmine and orange flowers, but also a kiosk and a winter restaurant, alongside a swimming pool bordered by century old palm trees. 

Palais Sheherazade and Spa

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Dining al Fresco: JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Have a meal and a drink accompanied by the terrific views of Venice found at JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa.
In addition to the breathtaking vistas of the park and the lagoon, La Sagra Poolside offers cicchetti and sharing platters,
along with inventive cocktails, beer, and wine.

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa

 

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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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Dining al Fresco: Casa Colombo


By: Five Star Alliance

Casa Colombo is prepared to take you on an enchanting culinary adventure, with options ranging from the four fabulous eateries that highlight exceptional cuisines. Located on the lawn, facing the front façade of the mansion, T-Republic takes its inspiration from its airy outdoor location.

 

Casa Colombo

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Dining al Fresco: Thompson Miami Beach


By: Five Star Alliance

The pool at Thompson Miami Beach has been called "possibly the most beautiful swimming pool in the world." It was originally
built in the 1920's as a place for movie stars like Esther Williams and Jonny Weissmuller to get some R&R.

Thompson Miami Beach

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