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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.

Dining al Fresco: Xara Palace

July 6, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 The 17 rooms and suites at Xara Palace overlook the ancient city of Malta. After your meal, take a romantic soak in the hot tub. 

 Xara Palace

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Did You Know? QT Sydney

July 5, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

QT Sydney, a boutique hotel in the city's central business district, is set within the heritage-listed Gowings department store and the State Theatre. Pairing stars from stage and screen that have performed in the State Theatre over the past 80 years, and the classic retail of the Gowings department store, the QT Sydney captures the intrigue and excitement of the past in an edgy, contemporary design style.

QT Sydney

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Olde Bell

July 2, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Olde Bell is part of a family of modern coaching inns, set in historic timber framed buildings providing eating, drinking, gatherings and lodgings. Only 45 minutes from central London, with great access to Henley on Thames, Maidenhead and Marlow, with 50 bedrooms, a celebrated restaurant and 7 private rooms seating up to 150 people for weddings, parties and meetings.

The Olde Bell

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Meet The Greenbrier

June 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

The Greenbrier


The Greenbrier
 is an award-winning resort located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. A National Historic Landmark, The Greenbrier represents 230 years of history with its classic architecture, exquisite interior design, carefully sculpted landscape, impeccable service and outstanding amenities. Our sister publication, the Luxury Travel Advisor, has an extensive profile of this historic Virginia hotel. Writer Lindsay Lambert  has the rundown on which room is the best for your stay:

Here’s the scoop on the best of the best at the revamped resort.
The Greenbrier is all about going over the top, so we say skip the entry-level Deluxe Room accommodations in favor of something more lavish. Junior Suites are the largest single rooms at the resort and are outfitted with one king bed or two double beds, as well as a separate seating area that includes a queen-size sleeper sofa.
If you plan to spend time with friends and family in your space, book one of seven luxury Deluxe Suites, which can be configured to feature two to seven bedrooms. These suites are also equipped with spacious parlors that are ideal for entertaining guests.
If your stay at The Greenbrier necessitates only the absolute best accommodations, book a suite in the Windsor Club, within the ultra-exclusive Virginia Wing. Its Presidential Suite is The Greenbrier’s most lavish rooming option. The two-story suite boasts its own private foyer, beyond which lies a library, a den with a half bath, a large living room with a grand piano, a reception foyer, a private patio, and a stately dining room. Each of the suite’s seven bedrooms is outfitted with a king-size bed. (Guests who book this room will be in good company: President Eisenhower held the North American Summit Conference here in 1956, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco are among its past occupants.)
Note that the resort also has cottage accommodations, but we preferred rooms and suites in the main hotel building to experience the full effect of the resort.

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Did You Know? Fuchun Resort

June 27, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fuchun Resort
Fuchun Resort
 
is named to honor a painting by artist Huang Gongwang, who lived from 1269-1354. "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains" is considered to be one of his greatest works and is a national treasure. The Chinese landscape painting, which is a depiction of the scenery along the Fuchun River, was burnt into two pieces in 1650. Today, one piece is in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum in Hangzhou, while the other piece is in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Fuchun Resort stands as a replica of this famous painting. In his honour, the Resort is named after his greatest artwork.

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Receive the Royal Treatment at The Raj Palace

June 24, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The Raj Palace

A stay at The Raj Palace Hotel will leave you doused in luxurious elegance. This royal Indian palace turned hotel held the title of “World’s Leading Heritage Hotel” by the World Travel Awards consecutively from 2007 to 2011, so guests should not expect anything less than the royal treatment when visiting this opulent palace. The Raj Palace Hotel is home to one of the most luxurious hotel suites in the world, with their presidential suite priced at a jaw-dropping $45,000 USD a night. The room used to belong to a former Maharaja, and is one of the biggest suites in Asia. However, with high costs come high expectations which the Raj Palace Hotel fully delivers on. This four floor palatial suite comes complete with gold and ivory absolutely everywhere. If the design elements alone do not speak to its royal past, then maybe the historical artifacts inside a private museum located inside the suite would. Guests are pampered with top notch five star service and privacy, as a private roof terrace and swimming pool with breathtaking views of the city of Jaipur.

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Did You Know? InterContinental Marseille

June 23, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Intercontinental Marseille

 

 

InterContinental Marseille is housed in the former Hotel Dieu, a listed historical monument dating back to the 18th century, originally serving as a hostel for pilgrims to the nearby Basilica. It overlooks the Vieux Port, right beside the oldest district in Marseille known as the Panier. The renovations took 2 years, during which various archaeological sites were discovered. Guests can see some of the artifacts that were excavated in the dedicated cultural area of the InterContinental Marseille.

 

 

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Did You Know? The Rookery Hotel

June 20, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Each of the 33 rooms at The Rookery Hotel are named after an inhabitant who lived there when the first census of the area was taken in 1832. Guests can stay in rooms named after Apothecary Dr Theophilus Garencieres, architect William Pettit Griffith, or prostitute Sally Salisbury.

The Rookery Hotel

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Grand Hotel Bordeaux Presses Lobster Just for You

June 20, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Bordeaux


Are you a lobster fan? If you'd like a real lobster treat, head to Bordeaux. Luxury hotel Grand Hotel Bordeaux is home to Pressoir d'Argent, a Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant. The Michelin-starred restaurant takes its name from a unique piece of kitchen equipment, a lobster press. The lobster press, one of only five in the world, reportedly cost 30,000 Euros, and weighs 90 pounds. 

The lobster press is used for Breton blue lobster dishes, one with a bearnaise sauce and one served with sweetbreads and summer vegetables.The "Brittany Blue Lobster" is presented alive to the diner then fried in the kitchen. It is then halved and the shell is removed. Then the lobster press comes in to play. The press is wheeled table side and the the legs and lobster coral (roe) are run through the press twice to get all the juice out of the lobster. The juice is then made into a bearnaise sauce. No word on the cost of this culinary experience

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Did You Know? Soho House Berlin

June 19, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Soho House Berlin

 

Originally opened in 1928 as a department store, the property that now houses Soho House Berlin was seized by the wartime government before being occupied by the post-war, Communist regime until 1956. It was then used to house the Communist Party archives and the Central Committee’s Historical Institution. After German reunification the building was legally returned to the descendents of its original owners, and remained empty until the hotel was opened.
 

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