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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.

Did You Know? Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort

June 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort has seven pools, including one pool reserved for guests' pets. Lucky dogs.

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort

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Spotlight on Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

June 7, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniFor the past 100 years or more, Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni has been one of the most well-known and prestigious hotels in the world. Right from the outset, the Grand Hotel became the chosen destination for illustrious guests in search of peace: royalty, aristocrats, figures from international politics, and movie stars. The Sovereigns of Spain, Romania, Albania, Egypt; above all the Russian and English aristocracy; Winston Churchill, Roosevelt, the Rothschilds, J.F. Kennedy; Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Maria Schell, Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, Al Pacino.... these are just some of the famous guests who have strolled through the rooms and lakeside gardens of the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, enjoying its beauty and outstanding hospitality. 

Located on the gorgeous Lake Como, where the blue waters meet the green mountains which soar above the lake, the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni enjoys a breathtaking position on the promontory which juts halfway out into the lake, separating the two branches. The luxurious vegetation of its Italian-style gardens, abounding in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, flourishes in the pleasant microclimate around the lake. The locale enjoys sunshine almost all year round, accompanied by mild temperatures in every season. From April to November the salons and the large lakeside garden offer guests the chance to enjoy a holiday far from the madding crowd and close to nature immersed in one of the most beautiful panoramas in the world.

Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

The hotel's  interior reflects the good taste loved by the wealthy nobility of the time. Its walls and ceilings are adorned with frescoes and paintings of mythological scenes, gilded frames, festoons, temples, putti, flamingos, and Pompeian reds. The coffer ceilings are frescoed with floral patterns in grey and pink tones. Guests will enjoy period wall coverings in the French style, antique Persian carpets, crystal chandeliers from Murano, Imperial furniture, and the neo-classical and Art Nouveau style; not to mention the marble staircases, the stucco work columns, and the splendid trompe l'oeil.The "salle à manger" alone is a genuine monument to art, as is the Salone Reale, which in the evening is lit by bronze and crystal chandeliers, the splendor of whose lights are reflected by large mirrors. 

Grand Hotel Villa SerbelloniLovers of peace and quiet can alternate the pleasure of a poolside drink with beauty treatments and programmes at Villa Serbelloni SPA, the hotel's own beauty farm. Guests can set off from the private dock for a motorboat trip to the historic gardens along the lake which, in springtime, attract tourists from all over the world: especially for the wonderful flowering of the azaleas.  Lovers of sport can take advantage of the hotel gym and tennis courts, enjoy delightful walks, take a mountain bike out on the Bellagio promontory, and cool off in the swimming pool overlooking the lake.

Nightly spring rates at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni start at EUR 418 >>

 


Did You Know? Villa d'Este

May 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa d'Este

Villa d'Este was where legendary director Alfred Hitchcock decided to do his first movie. That stay happened in 1925 and the movie was titled The Pleasure Garden. Hitchcock was a big fan of the waterfront hotel. He often spent his September vacations relaxing on Lake Como.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Cromlix

April 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tennis champ Andy Murray spearheaded the rebirth of Cromlix. Close to his home of Dunblane, he has bought the property and reinventedthe glorious era of grand country house living. Following extensive refurbishment, the US Open and Olympic champion has now transformed the elegant Victorian Perthshire mansion into a luxury 15-bedroom and Gate Lodge, five star destination, ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is being staged a short drive away at Gleneagles.

Cromlix

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Spotlight on Babuino 181

March 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Babuino 181Babuino 181 is a luxurious boutique hotel with 24 rooms and suites located in two historical buildings in the heart of the upscale Spanish Steps quarter on the fashionable Via Babuino. It's the ideal base from which to explore many of Rome's historical sites. 

Here's just a few to check out:

-The Villa Borghese is Rome’s answer to Central Park. The largest green space in the historic center of Rome, the Villa Borghese dates back to the 17th century, when it was created as a pleasure garden for Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Turned over to the public in the early 19th century, it’s filled with faux-ancient temples, fountains, an amphitheater, and even a small lake.


-Within strolling distance is Piazza Navona, one of  Rome'’s most beloved piazza. Once home to medieval jousts and carnivals, the square is now where Rome’s annual Christmas market takes place. 

 

Babuino 181

-St. Peter's Basilica is just three metro stops from the hotel. The basilica is  not technically in Rome, but rather in a separate country, Vatican City—the smallest country in the entire world. The basilica at the heart of this country is actually the second St. Peter’s Basilica. The first, built by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century A.D., was glorious… but decrepit by the Middle Ages. In 1506, Pope Julius II tore it down. The "new" basilica he commissioned took 120 years to build. Still one of the largest churches in the world, the basilica also is one of Rome’s most breathtaking. 

-The most famous fountain in Europe, if not the world, the Trevi Fountain is another Rome must-see. Just at the edge of the Spanish Steps neighborhood, it's within a 10-minute walk from the hotel. 

-The Spanish Steps are a Baroque masterpiece—and one of Rome’s main icons. (They’re also where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck met in the 1953 film Roman Holiday). Today, travelers flock to the steps from all over the city. The Spanish Steps are located within a 5-minute walk of Babuino 181. Located a stone’s throw from the hotel, this world-famous staircase was built in 1723. Although funded by the French and designed by an Italian, the Spanish Steps get their name from the Spanish Embassy that is located at the bottom.

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Your Questions Answered: What Brazilian Beach Property Would You Recommend for a Honeymoon?

March 12, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive ResorWe at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series Your Questions Answered to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

QUESTION: What Brazilian beach property would you recommend for our honeymoon?


ANSWER: Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort 

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort is located on a privately-owned peninsula, surrounded by the exuberant Emerald Coast. Known as one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Brazil, the property enjoys direct flights from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, or Buenos Aires. Here the waters of the Emerald coast meet the lush rainforest vegetation in a dazzling display of colour and light. Twenty-five sophisticated and charming bungalows lay in perfect harmony with the breathtaking scenery.
Ponta dos Ganchos offers a state-of-the-art fitness centre, cinema, business centre, restaurant, bar, lounge, games room, oceanfront ocean-front tennis court, heated swimming pool, massage gazebos, spa, and nature trails. In close proximity to the resort, guest can also experince Arvoredo Island, the best site for scuba diving in South Brazil. Additional boat trips include Anhatomirim Island and the Baía dos Golfinhos (Bay of Dophins).

The paradisiacal nature and the feeling of being special combine the romanticism of the most exclusive places in Brazil, designing the perfect setting for as unique as the Honeymoon time. More than a romantic destination, the tip of the hooks is a natural refuge that surprises at every turn. Besides all the surprises during their stay, honeymooners are met with champagne and flowers in the bungalow, plus a memorable and unique dining experience on the island.

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All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Cool Pools: The Majestic Hotel Santorini

March 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Majestic Hotel Santorini overlooks the Aegean Sea and has three swimming pools (one heated), and a Jacuzzi. 

The Majestic Hotel Santorini

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Villa La Massa Re-Opens

February 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa La Massa Immersed in the heart of Tuscany and just few miles from the historic centre of Florence, Villa La Massa is set on the bank of the Arno River with over 20 acres of lush gardens full of lemon trees and olive groves. The 37 accommodations are divided in three ochre and pink coloured villas overlooking the romantic Chianti hills and a magnificent countryside landscape. The hotel's shuttle service runs daily to and from Ponte Vecchio, allowing the guests to enjoy the serenity of the Villa and unwind after a long day of touring or shopping in Florence.

The hotel is re-opening March 20th, 2014, with a brand new fitness center located in the Noble Villa. Equipped with state of the art exercise machines and audio/visual, it has also a treatment room offering a wide selection of massages, among which the famous Wine Therapy treatment. The Wine Treatment Massage uses a custom blended massage oil of Chianti grapes blended with lavender honey and wine to envelop your senses, release stress, and lull the body into a state of ultimate rest. Villa La Massa can also organize yoga classes and massages in the garden upon request. The Hotel is at guests' disposal for any further information. 

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Special Valentine's Day Offers in Central and South America

February 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the year. We've got some of our favorite offers and activities for love day stays in the Central and South America. Book soon and be sure to check the rates carefully to avoid disappointment!

Palacio NazarenasPalacio Nazarenas-Cuzco, Peru
Celebrate in Style Package
Whether it's an anniversary, a special birthday or just because, an indulgent break at Palacio Nazarenas is the perfect way to celebrate. This package includes luxury accommodations, welcome amenities, including cocktails, Andean petit fours, fresh fruit and a flower arrangement, dinner with champagne, daily buffet breakfast, complimentary upgrade to a deluxe suite with special historic or contemporary features (subject to availability), and a celebration cake.

Rates start at $670 per night >>

Sofitel Buenos Aires-Buenos Aires, Argentina
Magnifique Romance
It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Discover Magnifique Romance and enjoy luxurious comfort in elegantly styled accommodation, a bottle of champagne on ice delivered to sip any time you wish once during your stay, a romantic gift of chocolate or flowers upon arrival for your shared pleasure, a wonderful breakfast served in your room every morning, and a late check-out until 4pm.

Rates start at $377 per night >>

Ka'ana Boutique Resort-San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize Ka'ana Boutique Resort
Romance Package
The package starts with a helicopter Tour from Belize International Airport to Ka’ana Resort passing over Maya Mountains and 1000-Foot Falls with champagne on arrival OR private road tansfer from Belize International or Municipal Airports to Ka’ana Resort. There's also a private road transfer back to Belize International or Municipal Airports, accommodation in a Master Suite with private garden and outdoor shower, hosted "Craboo" Welcome in Ka’ana's wine cellar, daily full breakfast, one private dining experience, one full-day private cave tubing and zip lining tour, and one half-day private Xunantunich Maya Ruin Tour.

Rates start at $907 per night >>

Hotel das Cataratas – Parana, Brazil
Set in one of the most awe-inspiring locations, enjoy a truly indulgent stay at Hotel das Cataratas. The Spa Experience
includes luxury accommodation, daily Brazilian breakfast, a 60-minute custom Cataratas Swedish massage, and a 20% discount on any additional spa treatments of your choice, per person per stay.

Rates start at BRL 1170 per night >>

Waldorf Astoria Panama - Panama City, Panama
Waldorf Astoria Spa Experience
Get the relaxation you are longing for with the Waldorf Astoria Spa Experience. Stay two or more nights in a premium room at any of the over 20 Waldorf Astoria hotels and resorts and enjoy a complimentary 50 minute massage during your stay.

Rates start at $169 per night >>

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