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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: Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore


By: Five Star Alliance

The Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore is a one of a kind true gem in Santa Barbara’s history of lavish upscale resorts.  It was built in the 1920's as a retreat for movie stars and the rich and famous as a way to get away from the busy LA scene just 90 miles to the south.  The hotel and outdoor dining deck is strategically located right on the ocean and just minutes away from the many downtown Santa Barbara events and activities. Lunch or dine in the beautifully landscaped grounds filled with majestic palms, flower gardens, and cypress trees.

Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore

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Did You Know? Post Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

The Post Hotel
The Post Hotel's wine cellar is located adjacent to the Lake Louise Dining Room and has an inventory of over 25,500 bottles and more than 2300 selections of the finest wines available. Thanks to the efforts of Lake Louise Hotel owner George Schwarz, the wine list at the Post has become one of the most comprehensive in the country and continues to impress dining room guests. Since 2002, Wine Spectator, the authoritative wine magazine of North America, has awarded the Post Hotel its highest honour – The  "Grand Award." It is one of only four restaurants in Canada to achieve this recognition, which is regarded as the pinnacle of restaurant success worldwide.

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Image of the day: Bardessono


By: Five Star Alliance

62 luxurious guest rooms in downtown Yountville, each designed for private in-room spa services.
A restaurant based on local, farm-fresh ingredients. A rooftop pool for lounging and dining. Carbon
fiber bicycles, on-site producing gardens, and the inspired taste of artisan-crafted coffee.
Bardessono is all this as well as a significant national model of green building and operating practices.

Bardessono

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Fine Dining and Other Culinary Adventures at Constance Le Prince Maurice


By: Five Star Alliance

Constance Le Prince Maurice Archipel RestaurantCulinary choices at Constance Le Prince Maurice are just as terrific as the resort itself. To start, guests can savor fine dining and discover Constance's philosophy of food with a light Mauritian twist at Archipel restaurant. Here, beautifully crafted food is served in an elegant setting with a view out across the beach or the infinity pool. Wine pairings add an additional flavor to the meal. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It offers a la carte menus and themed buffet dinners. A new wine cellar adjoining the Archipel restaurant has a capacity of 25,000 bottles from around the world. The cellar includes a dedicated area for wine tasting accompanied by cheese and charcuterie.Constance Le Prince Maurice Le Barachois Floating Seafood Restaurant

Le Barachois is an unique floating seafood restaurant comprised of five decks, located amongst the natural fish reserve, which is reached via a wooden pathway. Le Barachois overlooks the lagoon with an unspoiled view of a mountain range - the sunset is breathtaking. It is an incredible spot with a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere where guests can enjoy an aperitif before dinner while listening to relaxing music and enjoying the beauty of the surroundings. The restaurant is open for dinner only.

Asian Restaurant. situated in the Laguna Bar area, offers for lunch and dinner a selection of sushi, sashimi, maki, and dim-sum as well as other Asian specialities.

Constance Le Prince Maurice Laguna BarSituated in the main building, The Laguna Bar overlooks the pool and the beach and has two sundecks. The bar serves perfectly mixed cocktails and has live entertainment every night.

The trendy Lotus Lounge Bar is located in the main building, adjacent to Archipel restaurant. It is ideal for an aperitif before dinner and after dinner drinks in an elegant and intimate atmosphere. 

 

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Dining Al Fresco: Marmara Bodrum


By: Five Star Alliance

Enjoy delectable dishes at Marmara Bodrum's Tuti Restaurant as watch the romantic
rose-coloured sky at sunset and the first city lights of Bodrum as the evening sets in.

Marmara Bodrum

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The Peninsula Paris Turns Kids into Chocolatiers


By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula ParisYoung guests at The Peninsula Paris can indulge in a delicious day with the Fun With Chocolate Peninsula Academy program an interactive culinary class conducted by the hotel's pastry team led by Pastry Chef Julien Alvarez. This class offers a sneak peek into the secrets of the creation of The Peninsula's famed chocolate recipes. Students enjoy a tour of the kitchen and can meet the pastry department staff. The Pastry chef will teach young ones the basic techniques and methods of chocolate making, demonstrate some of his expert culinary skills, and give class members a chance to hand-make their own chocolate. Each participant will also receive a Pen Kids apron, a box of chocolates and a recipe book by which to remember this special occasion. Yum!

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Dining Al Fresco: Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa offers guests an epicurean journey of pleasure.
Austrian specialties which fully rival the diverse selection of Salzburg cuisine;
freshly caught fish from the on-site castle fishery; or the choice Austrian wines
from the castle's wine cellar - all enjoyed on the legendary lake terrace.

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

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Did You Know? Sonora Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Culinary fans can indulge their passion for food and tote home a recipe or two by
enrolling in one of the cooking classes at Sonora Resort

Sonora Resort

The luxury Vancouver resort will set you up to spend an afternoon learning how
the executive chef combines flavours and techniques to create fresh, delectable cuisine.

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Image of the day: Hotel Negresco


By: Five Star Alliance

A decor filled with vibrant colors, an 18th century carousel and its wooden horses make
La Rotonde at Hotel Negresco a very unexpected place. Dedicated to families, it is a warm
and bright restaurant where it is pleasant to linger after a delicious gourmet meal. A simple
menu and yet full of creative surprises. From the first sunny days, its terrace opens onto the sea and the sun.

Hotel Negresco

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Best Bar in the World is at Langham London


By: Five Star Alliance

The Langham London
London Luxury Hotel's bars have stepped up their game. The proof is in the latest rankings from Drinks International’s annual competition, The World's 50 Best Bars, which were released last week. Artesian (pictured left) at The Langham London has captured the top spot for the fourth year running. The chic and glamorous bar specializes in stirring and shaking up classic cocktails and creating innovative cocktails. American Bar at The Savoy London took 5th place, and the hotel's Beaufort Bar was 27th. The London luxury hotel The Connaught's bar took 9th. Rounding out the Londonhotel bars represented on the list is Dandelyan, found at Mondrian London.

Other luxury hotels that had winners on the list are NYC's The Nomad Hotel, whose Elephant Bar was 24th. Lobster Bar at Island Shangri-La Hong Kong came in 18th, and The Regent Singapore's Manhattan Bar was 25th. 

Cheers to all the winners!