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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.

Unique Amenities: Sleep Concierge at The Benjamin Hotel


By: K. Clare Johnson

The Benjamin HotelThe Benjamin Hotel wants to make sure that guests' to its boutique Manhattan hotel get a lot more than the 40 winks. The hotel has a 24/7 Sleep Team who won't rest until the guests have the sweetest dreams possible. Renowned sleep consultant Rebecca Robbins hastrained the entire staff on the fundamentals of sleep medicine and the promotion of healthy sleep habits. The staff can advise on items from the Rest & Renew Menu found, of course, on the bedside table. The menu offers items such as a top ten pillow selection categorized by sleep position, an array of decaffeinated teas, and bedtime snacks that are under 200 calories.The Benjamin Hotel

Younger guests can also benefit from all the slumber help. Winks' Kidzzz Club is a complimentary children's program created to educate our youngest guests on the importance of sleep. The Benjamin provides children age two to 10 with a child-sized pillow and bathrobe, a library of family bedtime books, and an official Winks' Kidzzz Club Sleep Certificate awarded at check-out. Winks the Owl dolls are available for purchase.

Good night to all, and to all a good night!

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Cool Pools: Belmond Copacabana Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Copacabana Palace employs a team of pool assistants to guests' every request, from fresh towels to cool drinks and light dishes from the pool menu. Sunbathe, swim, and socialize in one of Rio's largest and most attractive swimming pools. 

Belmond Copacabana Palace

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Cool Pools: Bagni di Pisa Natural Spa Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Bagni di Pisa Natural Spa Resort has a grand thermal pool that's nestled between original arches and pilaster strips of the grand duke’s building, overlaid by an impressive velarium. The pool accommodates numerous hydro-massage tubs and is supplemented by two smaller pools, the Bagno di Mercurio, or Thalaquam Pool, supplied with water in an 18% salt solution, making it ideal for floating and relaxing treatments, and the Bagno di Minerva, with strong hydro-massage water jets. 

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Unique Activities: Gladiator Training at Rome Cavalieri


By: Five Star Alliance

If Julius Caesar is one of your heros, you won't want to enroll in gladiator training at Rome Cavalieri. The luxury hotel is located only minutes from Rome's great monuments, but offers 15 acres of Mediterranean parklands. The setting makes it a perfect place to practice your swordfighting. Rome CavalieriAt the Rome Cavalieri guests can experience the world of the gladiators who fought and often died in the Coliseum two thousand years ago.

In the Rome Cavalieri's private park, overlooking Rome's skyline, instructors from Rome's Gladiatorial School will instruct guests in ancient combat techniques as well as explaining the life and times of the gladiators. Available on request, and open to all guests over the age of seven, the course is a mix of sport and culture. A gladiator kit is included with traditional tunic, Roman sandals, belt, protective gloves, and wooden training sword, and on completion students are presented with a medal declaring them a "Tiro," or first level gladiator.

 

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Dining Al Fresco: Baur au Lac


By: Five Star Alliance

The Rive Gauche Terrasse at Baur au Lac is the most exclusive place in Zurich to while away those hot summer days and lazy, hazy evenings. Refreshing cocktails and ice-cold champagne are served as aperitifs in the decidedly chic lounges. Small snacks and light meals are served till midnight by a friendly, outgoing team. Soak up the distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere of grandeur and extravagance.

 

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Cool Pools: Four Seasons Milan


By: Five Star Alliance

 

Designed by celebrated architect Patricia Urquiola, the Spa at Four Seasons Milano is accented with wood, cream and grey design elements to embrace you in warmth and comfort.  Take a swim in the elegant lap pool, measuring 14 metres (45 feet) long and 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) deep.

Four Seasons Milano

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Where to Eat: Ashford Castle


By: Five Star Alliance

Creative cooking, inspired use of seasonal ingredients and an innovative menu await you at Ashford Castle.
Chef Stefan Matz has received many accolades for his culinary expertise and has developed an impressive
choice of four unique dining experiences, each with its inimitable style and ambience.

Ashford Castle

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Image of the day: Beach House Turks and Caicos


By: Five Star Alliance

Beach House is a playful 21-suite abode the overlooks the bright white dunes, swaying sea grass and azure waters of one of the world’s most beautiful destinations – Grace Bay Beach on Turks and Caicos.

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Cool Pools: Al Bustan Palace


By: Five Star Alliance

Al Bustan Palace has a 50-meter temperature–controlled infinity pool with four lagoon pools including a kids pool with access to one kilometer private beach.

Al Bustan Palace

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Dining al Fresco: Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore


By: Five Star Alliance

The Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore is a one of a kind true gem in Santa Barbara’s history of lavish upscale resorts.  It was built in the 1920's as a retreat for movie stars and the rich and famous as a way to get away from the busy LA scene just 90 miles to the south.  The hotel and outdoor dining deck is strategically located right on the ocean and just minutes away from the many downtown Santa Barbara events and activities. Lunch or dine in the beautifully landscaped grounds filled with majestic palms, flower gardens, and cypress trees.

Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore

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