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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: Grand Hotel Villa Medici


By: Five Star Alliance

The Grand Hotel Villa Medici's two restaurants are an incomparable blend of the finest gastronomic traditions and culinary inspiration.
The Lorenzo de' Medici is perfect for fine dining evenings, and the cosy atmosphere in the Conservatory is an ideal choice for intimate lunches.

Grand Hotel Villa Medici 

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Did You Know? Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

pennyhill park hotel and the spa 
The earliest reference to Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa in Bagshot, Surrey, is found in the Tithe Land Registry of 1609. It was known as Pennyhill field and thought to have been common land used as a beacon-warning site aiding a national system, warning the arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

James Hodges, a civil engineer, who had been born in Queensborough in Kent in 1814, began to build the first house on the site in 1849 and was completed in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition.

James Hodges died in 1879 and the next occupant of Pennyhill was Louis Schott, a banker born in Frankfurt but with British Nationalisation. He added the Orangery in 1881 – the site of the current 45,000 sqft Spa. Louis died in 1901 and the house was then occupied until 1922 by his nephew, Louis Floershim, also born in Frankfurt and a naturalised British subject. He extended the house in 1903 in neo-Tudor style using Bath stone. For a period during the 1st World War the house reputedly served as a rest house for officers.

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Dining in the Dark at Alila Diwa Goa


By: K. Clare Johnson

Alila Diwa GoaAlila Diwa Goa is offering a "Dining in the Dark" pop-up sensory dining event. On the last Thursday of every month, Spice Studio, the signature Indian restaurant at the resort, guests will explore their palates using taste, smell, sound, and touch. Guests will relish their choice of a vegetarian or non-vegetarian "thali" in pitch darkness. 

You will hear nothing but the soft clinking of cutlery and the silent whispers of patrons who are trying to guess what they are eating as you see the silhouette of your server in the distance. There are no rules in this delicious guessing game apart from savoring the flavorful delicacies in the dark. The Chefs at Spice Studio have given innovative twists to the dishes on the menu to let your imagination run wild and will also be changing the menu at every sitting to retain the element of surprise. Guests are provided with a copy of the menu at the end of the meal. 

Alila Diwa Goa first launched this concept during the International Earth Hour 2014 and rave guest reviews have brought it back as an Alila Dining Experience now happening on the last Thursday of every month till March 2015.

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Bernardus Lodge to Undergo Multi-Million Dollar Renovation


By: Five Star Alliance

Bernardus Lodge


Bernardus Lodge
 
has announced that it will be closed from November 30 through March 13, 2015 to undergo a multi-million dollar lodge restoration project. The renovation plans include upgrades to luxury accommodations, a stunning new lobby space, a reinvented pool experience and refreshed dining destinations. The new decor will offer contemporary design elements, state of the art technology, and spectacular new creative accents that match the beauty and charm of Carmel Valley.


Did You Know? Villa Armena


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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Go Truffle Hunting at Castel Monastero


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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Food and Wine Indulgences at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Steamboat Bay Fishing Club
Steamboat Bay Fishing Club, the 
elite luxury Alaska sport fishing lodge, is the only resort on the unpopulated Noyes Island. The exclusive club accepts reservations for groups up to sixteen during the summer fishing season. The location’s remote privacy makes it the perfect venue for both intimate gatherings of friends and family, and for high end corporate events.

The world-class fishing and accommodations  at the club are matched by the world-class dining. The cuisine at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club is designed to invoke the great Alaskan wildnerness. The regionally inspired cuisine includes quality ingredients like wild game, prime cuts of meat, local seafood, and organic greens grown in The Club's gardens.

Steamboat Bay Fishing Club

The kitchen at Steamboat Bay is an open display-style, so guests can observe and interact with the Chef and his staff. Gourmet dining at The Club is all-inclusive and customized to guests’ individual tastes. Guests with food preferences or restrictions are easily accommodated with advance notice. The fine dining starts as early as 5am. Guests can fuel up for the long day of fishing. Lunch options include a picnic-style lunch on the water, which means no break in the fishing, or guests can return to the lodge from nearby fishing spots. The guides even call in lunch orders on the way back so the meal is ready as soon as the fisherman hit the shore. 

Guests are treated to an evening reception. The Club's open bar is amply stocked with Pacific Coast wines, local microbrews and brand name beers, and premium spirits and mixers. For dinner, bay-side table service is available. There's also a special five-course Taste of Alaska option. Menus are updated daily, and personalized to accommodate guests individual tastes. 

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Prickly Pear Celebration at Boulders Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

The Boulders ResortThe Boulders Resort is taking advantage of the Prickly Pear harvest. The native cacti are expected to produce more than 50 pounds of ripe fruit. To celebrate, the Arizona resort's restaurants and bars will be incorporating freshly-harvested prickly pear fruit (and its tart juice) in everything from breakfast syrups and glazing to the signature Prickly Pear Smoothies.

Here's a few of the mouth-watering dishes that will be available during October:

-Prickly Pear Steak Sandwich with a Prickly Pear Onion Marmalade
-Prickly Pear Muffins 
-Prickly Pear smoothies 
-Prickly Pear onion Jam 
-Prickly Pear Lime dressing 
-Prickly Pear Salsa 
-Mesquite waffle with carmelized anjou and Prickly Pear infused syrup
-Pan Seared California Halibut with a Prickly Pear Butter Sauce

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Image of the Day: Farmhouse Inn


By: Five Star Alliance

Farmhouse Inn offers all the warmth and hospitality of a family owned bed and breakfast inn coupled with all of the services and amenities of a Preferred Boutique Hotel.

Farmhouse Inn

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Indulge in White Truffles at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills


By: Five Star Alliance

SLS Beverly Hills
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is once again dishing up its Annual White Truffle Dinner Series. Returning for a third year, the  multi-course experience celebrates the flavors of the truffle through the playful imagination of Chef Jose Andrés and his award-winning culinary team at SAAM. Set in an elegant, secluded dining room designed by Philippe Starck, SAAM offers a quiet retreat, where the chef's creations and world-class wines take center stage.

Named "Outstanding Chef" by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2012, SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills culinary director, Chef José Andrés, is recognized globally for his creative and unforgettable dining experiences. 


The Dinner Series Will Be Held

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings
October 23rd – November 22nd at 6:30pm
$350 per guest. Wine pairing options for $100 or $300
 

 

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