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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? Meadowood Napa

October 6, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Meadowood Napa

Ninety-six percent of Napa Valley vineyards are family-owned. At Meadowood Napa, guests are invited
to come together every afternoon for a tasting of outstanding Napa Valley wines. The luxury resort typically
feature two varietals, one red and one white. On Friday afternoons the tradition is to share a Napa Valley
sparkling wine to welcome the weekend.

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Image of the Day: Hotel Espana

September 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

A telescopic view of Restaurante Fonda Espana at Barcelona's Hotel Espana.

Hotel Espana 

Fall rates at Hotel Espana start at $176 per night >>

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Did You Know? Inverlochy Castle

September 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Inverlochy Castle has three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway.

Inverlochy Castle 

Fall rates at Inverlochy Castle start at $664 per night >>

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Eden A Royal Meridien

September 10, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Eden-A Royal Meridien has a rooftop restaurant, Il Giardino dell'Eden, which many consider the best place to sip a cocktail while enjoying one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves a selection of Mediterranean dishes.

Hotel Eden a Royal Meridien 

Fall rates start at $429 per night >>

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The DC Lime Rickey at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington

September 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The DC Lime RickeyCourtesy of Taste by Four Seasons, The Four Seasons Hotel Washington shares the recipe for The DC Lime Rickey.

The Rickey is the official cocktail of Washington, DC, created at Shoemaker's Bar for Colonel Joe Rickey. Originally done with bourbon, it quickly became popular with gin.

Ingredients:
1-½ oz (45 ml) Green Hat Gin from Washington, DC
3 oz (90 ml) Club Soda
½ lime, juiced
Lime wedge for garnish

Method:
1. Pour ingredients into a short glass over ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

This recipe serves 1.

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Making Waves: The Jumeirah Beach Hotel

August 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance


Few hotels have a more iconic structure than the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which is constructred to look like a single, massive breaking wave. The sprawling hotel is so built so that every room can feature a sea view, since its wide face is open to the ocean. With 618 rooms and suites, that's no mean architectural feat, and its large size means that guests always have great choices when it comes to dining and leisure. The Pavilion Sports & Leisure Center puts most other hotels to shame. You can enjoy watersports, a full-service spa, tennis, dive center, and even a climbing wall.  Five different fine dining experiences await your palate, so you'll have to stay at least a week to try them all. From Italian to Latin to Lebanese, each is a completely unique culinary treat. 

There are 19 beachside villas that have an extra degree of privacy. The hotel has a total of 550 Ocean View Rooms, 48 Ocean View Suites and 19 Villas.

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Five Star Eats - Roman Style

August 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Regina Hotel Baglioni
The Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome, houses the award winning Brunello Lounge & Restaurant. The restaurant is headed by award winning Chef to the stars: Luciano Sarzi Sartori. Sartori has cooked for celebrity A-listers such as Jennifer Lopez, George Clooney, Veronica Lario and Silvio Berlusconi- just to name a few.  The top Chef sees food as an art of not only the palate but of all of the senses,, so he plates his food the way he makes them, like beautiful works of gastronomical art.

There's a large variety in offerings at Brunello Lounge & Restaurant, from earth and sea menus to traditional Italian dishes, which ensures delicious fare for every dining guest. The Regina Hotel Baglioni restaurant has direct access to the renowned Via Veneto, one of the most famous and expensive streets in Rome. So after you dine, there' a perfect place for a stroll, helping to walk off the delicious eats consumed at Brunello.

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Image of the Day: Gritti Palace

July 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The newly renovated Hotel Gritti Palace was originally commissioned in 1525 as the residence of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti. It was later used as the official residence of the Vatican's ambassadors to Venice. Guests may enjoy their meals on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal from May or even earlier, weather permitting, until October.

Gritti Palace

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The Story of The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

July 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, recently acquired by Omni Hotels, set atop Sunset Mountain features guestrooms with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its lush Donald Ross–designed golf course and is is one of the South's best-loved resorts. Celebrating its Centennial today, the luxurious Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Here's the story of how it all began: 

The Grove Park Inn - Then and Now"Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the "Father of Modern Asheville" was born in 1850 on a small farm in Tennessee. After serving in the Civil War he had a very definite plan for his life and career – the pharmaceutical business and the determination to rise from his early poverty to great wealth and success.

He purchased a pharmacy in Paris, Tennessee in his mid-twenties. He put all of his energy into formulating a tasteless quinine to prevent malaria, a life-threatening disease that permeated the South in the 19th century (he suspended quinine in liquid form). After experimenting for several years, Grove introduced Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic and experienced immediate success. In the late 1890's Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic, which had become a household staple, sold more bottles than Coca-Cola. After 20 years on the market, Grove had sold over 1.5 million bottles of his Tonic and surpassed his dreams by making millions of dollars. 

Grove himself was often ill, afflicted with periods of bronchitis and exhaustion and his doctors recommended the clean mountain air of Asheville, NC to relax and recover. He spent time in Asheville throughout the year and that is where he would realize his next big dream.

While still pursuing new pharmaceutical inventions, Grove met Fred Seely in Detroit, who was making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical business. While working together in Detroit, the two sparked a friendship and mutual admiration. Grove invited Seely to his summer home in Asheville. One week later he left his position in Detroit to work for Grove and his Paris Medicine Company. But business was not the only thing that interested Seely. When Grove introduced his daughter, Evelyn, to the bachelor, within 24 hours Grove had given Seely permission to wed her.

Grove Park Inn and SpaSeely began working for the Paris Medicine Company in June 1898 and in October of that year married Evelyn. Both men ventured into other businesses including real estate. In Asheville Grove began purchasing property, he had successfully developed residential neighborhoods in Atlanta and was considering doing the same in prospering Asheville. With the expansion of the railroad and publicity surrounding the opening of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House, Grove was positioning himself as a serious investor in the future of Asheville. In 1909 Grove purchased 408 acres in north Asheville, including what would become The Grove Park Inn. But he would concentrate on residential neighborhoods before ever considering building a hotel.

Two years later Grove began to plan the building of a hotel on Sunset Mountain. In 1911 Seely became involved with the plans. After reviewing the plans of several prominent architects, Grove did not find any of them satisfactory. The consummate visionary, Seely presented a sketch of the proposed hotel to Grove and he not only accepted the plan but gave Seely the enormous task of building the hotel.

Four-hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, granite boulders, some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds, were hauled from Sunset Mountain to build the hotel. Seely kept his promise to be open for business in less than one year from the ground breaking.

Just three days shy of one year, The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, delivered the keynote address to four hundred of the most distinguished men of the South, gathered for the opening banquet. 

Another version of this story is available at http://www.groveparkinn.com/the-grove-park-inn-story

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Image of the Day: Patios de Cafayete

July 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Patios de Cafayate Hotel and Spa embraces its spectacular views of the Calchaqui Valley vineyards.
Patios de Cafayate Hotel and Spa

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