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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.

Did You Know? The Cellars-Hohenort

June 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Cellars-Hohenort
In 1693, The Cellars-Hohenort, then known as Klaasenbosch Farm, was the house of Hendrik ten Damme, Chief Surgeon of the Dutch East India Company. The farmhouse is positioned against the wooded knoll of the eastern slope of Table Mountain. During the 1750's it became part of the flourishing farming and wine producing area. The Cellars was the wine cellar of Klaasenbosch Farm.

After numerous owners, Arnold Spilhaus bought the farm in 1906 and replaced the old thatched farmhouse with the magnificent manor in the German style with square gables, designed by architect Seeliger. It was named Hohenort, meaning "high place" in old German. 

 

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Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Minerva Florence

June 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Minerva Florence has a sixth floor terrace that is the perfect place to enjoy one of the world's most famous views. The facade of the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, and the Palazzo Vecchio are all visible from the terrace.

In addition to the stunning views, the hotel's rooftop swimming pool is open from May to September. Circled by comfortable sun loungers and umbrellas, soak up some sun while enjoying the rooftop panorama of Florence. There is also a bar serving refreshing drinks, ice cream, aperitifs, snacks, salads, fruit or vegetable smoothies, and cold dishes.

Grand Hotel Minerva Florence 

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Did You Know? Cour Du Corbeau

June 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Cour Du Corbeau

Cour Du Corbeau became a hotel in 1528, when it went under the name Zum Rappen. "The Court Yard of the Crow" is a rare architectural example of a building originally designed as a hotel. Run for more than three centuries as such, it was closed only in 1854. In the interim betwen then and its renovation in 2009, the structure housed a glass factory, a furnishing manufacturer, and housing for workers.  

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New to Five Star Alliance: Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel

June 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel

Pousada do Porto Palacio do Freixo Hotel is housed in a palace which has been classified as a National Monument since 1910, was by architect David Sinclair and decorated by architect James Mitchell. The building is located on the banks of the Douro River, named after the famous Wine Region in Portugal, which dates back to Roman times. In the main building of the Pousada - the old Palace - you can find the restaurant, bar, and social rooms. In the other building, the old Harmony grinding mills, you can find the bedrooms, some of which hold a magnificent view over the river.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Lone Star Court

June 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lone Star Court

New to Five Star Alliance is Lone Star Court. Like the motor courts of yesteryear, this cool Austin boutique hotel features an aesthetic that epitomizes Austin and Texas Hill Country. Located in Austin's newest residential and commercial district, The Domain, Lone Star Court is central to Austin's most vibrant new community. From the attractive room decor to the relaxing outdoor courtyard, nothing says Americana like Lone Star Court Domain Austin. The hotel is near Austin Arboretum in The Domain, a short drive from the Austin Convention Center and many more attractions in Downtown Austin, TX.

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Take a Walk with Loch Torridon

June 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loch Torridon is set in 58 acres of parkland at the end of a magnificent sea loch, The Torridon has one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in the country. Explore some of the surrounding countryside by taking part in the fourth annual Torridon Walking Festival, which takes the weekend of October 11th – 13th, 2014.

Loch Torridon

The event takes in some of the North West Highlands finest Munros, including Torridon's famous three: Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Ben Alligin. A Munro is is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet. As well as climbing the big three, there are other classic Munros, including Maol Chean Dearg and Slioch, located in the area. The weekend kicks off with the ascent and the classic traverse of the famous Liathach ridge.
Loch Torridon

The high level walks are aimed at people that are used to the mountain environment and as such will have a reasonable level of fitness. The walks will be visiting wild places and will not necessarily follow footpaths. Conditions underfoot, coupled with the terrain; dictate that these walks are of a medium to strenuous nature. All activities involve a degree of physical input and as such any aches, pains weaknesses or concerns need to be advised to the guide at the start of the day and to The Torridon before the festival.

Low level walks will follow estate roads and footpaths with easy height gain but a reasonable level of fitness is still recommended. 

Bring your walking shoes! 

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Did You Know? Kingsmill Resort

June 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kingsmill Resort


Situated in  the Virginia's Historic Triangle, Kingsmill Resort is nestled on land that housed a bustling Virginia plantation from 1619 through the 1800s.It was nearly the home of the first settlers to Virginia, but lost out to nearby Jamestown, because it was easier for ships to anchor there. A decade or so later, the first 300 acres of Kingsmill settled by Richard Kingsmill, a member of the Virginia Company, an organization chartered in England and charged with the founding and settlement of Virginia. Several other early colonists played a significant part in the development of Kingsmill and the growth of nearby Williamsburg.


Today Kingsmill is a AAA Four‐Diamond resort lt features one- to three-
bedroom suite accommodations with access to family-friendly amenities and three 18-hole championship golf courses. Suites with kitchens, washer/dryers, spacious living areas and multiple bedroom units are available. Kingsmill houses a 16,000 square‐foot IACC certified conference center, five on-site restaurants, fitness center and spa, indoor/outdoor pools and full service
marina.

 

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Did You Know? The Savoy London

June 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Savoy LondonIrish actor Richard Harris is famously known for playing Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movie series. But did you know that he spent the last 12 years of his life living in Room 758 at London's ultra-luxurious Savoy Hotel

Harris reportedly liked the suite life for several reasons. Chief among them was that, unlike at home, he could order up a pint or a sandwich at 4am, if he so desired. For the privilege of late-night sandwiches, Harris paid approximately 6,000 pounds per month. 

Shortly before his death from cancer, Harris was taken out of the hotel on a stretcher. According to an article in London's Daily Mail, as he went past the lobby, he shouted to the hotel guests found there that "It was the food! Don't touch the food!"

The hotel, far from taking offense at the legendary prankster's last joke, instead has named one of its Personality Suites after him. These suites are among the most spacious in the hotel and each suite has been furnished with special pieces, artwork and antiques associated with their namesake. The Art Deco style suites offer a separate sitting room, large bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate dressing area, marble entrance foyer ,and guest cloakroom. Every Suite features a sofa, 2 armchairs and writing desk in the sitting room, a dressing table and armchair in the bedroom, personal bar, Loewe flat-screen televisions, Meridian iPod docking station, DVD player and bespoke Savoy furnishings. The well-appointed marble bathrooms all feature a freestanding, claw foot bath, separate walk-in showers with the famous Savoy rain showerhead, a double vanity, large chrome fittings and Le Labo amenities.

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Did You Know? Don CeSar Beach Resort

June 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Don CeSar Beach Resort
Located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel, has everything from romantic getaways, vacations, and honeymoons to spa and wedding services. Known as Florida's Legendary Pink Palace since opening in 1928, the luxury resort is revered internationally for its sprawling, sugar-white beach, unparalleled dining, rejuvenating Beach Club and Spa, fabulous fishing, children's program, nearby tennis and golf and award-winning meeting facilities.

 The hotel is rumored to be haunted. A young bride was tragically killed on her wedding day in a freak accident on the marble staircase at Fairmont Banff. Today the hotel still reports mysterious, chilling breezes on the starircase, and strange sightings of a beautiful woman in a flowing white dress descending the stairs or dancing in the ballroom.

Happy Friday the 13th!

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New to Five Star Alliance: Palais Coburg Residenz

June 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Palais Coburg Residenz 

Located in the heart of Vienna, one of the world's cultural capitals, the Palais Coburg Residenz is a fascinating testimony to outstanding architecture. One of the most important tasks in revitalising Palais Coburg was to preserve and make use of the historically significant Renaissance fortifications from the 16th century. They serve as the Palais foundations and have witnessed 600 years of Viennese history.

The Palais Coburg Hotel Residenz features 34 highly individual suites for sophisticated guests. They range in size from 54 square meters to 165 square meters. Most of the suites are spread over two stories and each is uniquely furnished and presents a fascinating combination of valuable historic elements, technological conveniences, and modern design. Each suite is dedicated to an important member of the Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha family dynasty who was significant in the history of Palais Coburg. In this way, the suites of Palais Coburg also honor the service of royal families from Great Britain, France, Hungary, Portugal, Bulgaria, Belgium, and Austria.

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