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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 Chesterfield Palm Beach

September 9, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Designed in the manner of a European bed and breakfast, The Chesterfield Palm Beach was built as The Lido-Venice in 1926 and renamed The Vineta in 1928. The hotel was renovated in 1937 by Palm Beach architect John L. Volk. Named The Chesterfield Palm Beach in 1989, the hotel today is a member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

The Chesterfield Palm Beach

Fall rates at The Chesterfield Palm Beach start at $205 per night >>

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Image of the Day: Taj Palace Marrakech

September 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The spectacular Royal Suite at the Taj Palace Marrakech.

Taj Palace Marrakech

Fall rates at the Taj Palace Marrakech start at $601 per night >>


Did You Know? Sumahan on the Water

September 8, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Sumhan on the Water
Sumahan on the Water
 sits on the very edge of the Bosphorus Straits which separate Europe from Asia and link the cold waters of the Black Sea to the warm waters of the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean beyond.

It was originally built in the mid-nineteenth century to produce suma, the unadulterated spirit used to make raki, the Ottomans' favourite tipple. Where today a motorised launch ferries hotel guests to and from downtown, barges laden with figs would arrive to keep the stills of the Sumahan busy.

Fall rates at Sumahan on the Water start at $388 per night >>

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New to Five Star Alliance: Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

September 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle is a 10-minute drive from the entrance to the historic site of Petra. Dating back as early as 312 BCE, Petra is Jordan's most popular tourist attraction.

Moevenpick Petra Nabatean Castle

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Image of the Day: Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista

August 29, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista is home to ESPACE Spa, which features features Decleor Paris, Keraskin by L'Oreal, and Tauleto wine therapy.

byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista

Fall rates at Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista start at 250 EUR Per Night >> 

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Image of the Day: Rambagh Palace

August 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Rambagh Palace was built in 1835 for the queen's favorite handmaiden Kesar Badaran. It was later a royal guesthouse and hunting lodge, and in 1925 was converted into a palace for the Maharaja of Jaipur. In 1957 it was turned into a luxury hotel by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. 

Rambagh Palace

Fall rates at Rambagh Palace start at $261USD >>

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Did You Know? Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa

August 24, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Tambo del Inka Resort and Spa is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is the only hotel in Urubamba with a private train station, which means guests can discover the ancient culture and stunning vistas of Machu Picchu at their convenience.

Tambo del Inka 

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Baglioni

August 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The artwork displayed at the Grand Hotel Baglioni tells 100 years of Florence's history.

Grand Hotel Baglioni

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Get to Know The Raj Palace

August 22, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The Raj Palace

Raj Palace was made for royalty. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the palatial luxury hotel has architecture that's not only stunningly beautiful, but also designed with a purpose. The Raj Palace was formerly a Maharaja’s palace built in 1727 and was named World's Best Heritage hotel in 2011 by World Travel Awards.

The Indian nobility's belief in their divine right to power manifested itself in the planning of palaces. The palace was designed following architectural guidelines described in ancient Indian texts known as the Vastushastras some of which are more than fifteen hundred years old and was meant to be a physical and spiritual microcosm of the universe. The central courtyard of a palace was said to be the building's most powerful point, and always contained a representation of a prominent deity. Views of the courtyard and deity could thus be enjoyed from each of the palace's residential quarters.

Extremely preoccupied with palace security, Maharajas would also build fortified walls and gateways around their residences. These heavily guarded structures were architectural marvels in themselves, mammoth in size and wrought with complex geometric designs that communicated the authority of the royal family. 

The secret tunnels and doorways that abounded in Indian palaces allowed Maharajas easy access to their queens' quarters and provided them with quick getaways from public reception halls. More importantly, these clandestine passageways were a precaution against assassination plots and enabled a king and his entourage to slip in and out unnoticed.

In 1995, Princess Jayendra Kumari Ji decided to restore this luxurious palace into the finest luxury Palace hotel. The Royal family renovated the arched corridors, the residential quarters and its courtyards with small amplifications, Best services were added like Handicap access etc. Museum suites were created which have the finest Royal antiques giving the property the honor of being first museum suite palace hotel of the world as the suites have their private museum. The specially designed frescoes deciphered with the finest mirror and hand painted work and rare palace furniture , Large crystal chandeliers leave you adorned with an astonishing fantasy. The elegance personified and the renowned hospitality is served in its 40 well-appointed rooms and beautiful venues with extreme intimacy and caring personal service in the reborn Raj Palace.

 

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Image of the Day: Taleon Imperial Hotel

August 21, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Taleon Imperial Hotel is a 120-room hotel with 27,000 square metres of grand halls, stairways, atriums and hallways. Taleon Imperial Hotel is the only modern luxury hotel created from the XVIIIth century palace in Saint-Petersburg.

Taleon Imperial Hotel

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