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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Carlsbad, CA?

August 29, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

La Costa Resort and Spa
We 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: We are a family of 5 and looking to stay is Carlsbad, Ca. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: La Costa Resort and Spa 

Nestled among 400 lush garden acres near the beach in Carlsbad, CA – but miles away from the pressures of the world – this delightful coastal California hotel is a haven of rejuvenation, comfort, and escape where you can do it all or, if preferred, nothing at all.La Costa Resort and Spa While away the afternoon beneath the glow of warm Southern California sunshine in the spa courtyard. Steal a moment of quiet solitude curled up on a hammock in a garden alcove. Share a dance with that special someone underneath a moonlit spotlight. Walk in the footsteps of legends as you welcome the challenge of two championship golf courses. Create a lasting memory with your children as you navigate the waters of Splash Landing. Even excite and tantalize your palate with an abundance of culinary delights. Whatever it is that you desire, it can all be found in one place – Omni La Costa Resort & Spa. Steps from your door, world-class golf, tennis, dining, and spa anxiously wait to welcome your arrival. It's simply the perfect respite while on a perfect Southern California getaway. 

Kidtopia, Omni La Costa Resort and Spa’s exciting club just for kids, takes children’s resort programs to another level. At Kidtopia, children can journey through a magical forest, observe sea creatures in an "underwater" wonderland, make crafts, dance on an interactive game floor, and more. Land and sea elements will stimulate young imaginations in three distinct conceptual areas — for infants/toddlers, bathroom independent 3-5 year olds, and 6-12 year olds. Kidtopia provides: a nursery (6 months to 3 years, for two consecutive hours of care at a time); night camp program on weekends; small slides and soft climb items; books, puzzles, blocks, games, and a craft center; a towering seven-foot tree house with slide, nooks, cubbies, and windows; a comfortable movie lounge; personal high-tech entertainment stations; pressure-sensitive light floor for games and dancing; and a 600-gallon saltwater aquarium filled with exotic fish.


La Costa Resort and Spa

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Two Bedroom Villla-The Spanish Colonial-style villas have living rooms, well-stocked gourmet kitchens with Viking appliances, dining areas for six, fireplaces, and two bedrooms. Private patios off both the bedroom and living room bring the outdoors in and queen sofa beds in the living room offer flexibility. Two Bedroom villas are 1,800 square feet. 

OR

Family Suite- These suites feature a living room with two bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms.  The Bedroom offers luxurious bedding and roomy marble bathrooms feature deep soaking tubs and separate showers, stocked with Spa at La Costa Coco Mango bath amenities. Enjoy garden or fairway views. Family suites are 1,150 square feet.

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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.


The Five Star Alliance Staff Celebrates Labor Day

August 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Five Star Alliance staff all have a travel bucket list that doesn't always line up with the time and money available for travel. Here's where we are celebrating Labor Day, and where we would spend the Labor Day weekend if time and money were no object. 

Lucy
Actual Labor Day Plans: Laundry and house cleaning.

Chanler at Cliff Walk

Labor Day Bucket List: The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport RI (pictured), The Resort at Paws Up in Missoula, MT, or Trout Point Lodge in Nova Scotia, Canada.
 

Marty
Actual Labor Day Plans: Onteora Lake. It's got like 5 to 10 miles of trails and a lake big enough for lots of swimming and non-motorized boating. The terrain is mellower than the real mountain trails more into Catskill Park, but it's still a real nice spot.


Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa


Labor Day Bucket List: World tour starting in Kauai, HI. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is pictured above.

 

Courtney
Actual Labor Day Plans: A trip to Beaufort, NC.

Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace

Labor Day Bucket List: Las Vegas. Nobu Hotel Caeser's Palace is pictured above.
 

Clare
Actual Labor Day Plans: Lunch with friends, yoga in Prospect Park, and laundry.

Porto Zante Villas and Spa


Labor Day Bucket List: The Greek Islands. Somewhere like Porto Zante Villas and Spapictured above.
 

Tabitha 
Actual Labor Day Plans: No plans.

W Atlanta Midtown

Labor Day Bucket List: Visiting Atlanta's Piedmont Park. W Atlanta Midtown, pictured above, is 1/2 mile away.


Cheryl
Actual Labor Day Plans: Beach yoga and a BBQ at the Jersey Shore.

Intercontinental la moana bora bora


Labor Day Bucket List: A return visit to Bora Bora.  InterContinental La Moana Bora Bora is pictured above.
 

Shannon
Actual Labor Day Plans: No plans.

Palazzo Verscace

Labor Day Bucket List: Beach. Palazzo Versace, on Australia's Gold Coast, is pictured above.

 

Betsy

Actual Labor Day Plans: A visit to parent's condo in Hilton Head, SC.

Labor Day Bucket List: Too many to choose from! The Inn at Harbour Town in Hilton Head is pictured above.

Vicki
Actual Labor Day Plans: Working.

Labor Day Bucket List: In the past, I have spent many Labor Days out on beautiful Lake Murray with pontoons tied together, just floating and sunning.

 

However you are celebrating, we wish you a safe and happy Labor Day!

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Cool Pools: Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

August 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi is located in the historical center of Istanbul. Its wellness center features this heated indoor swimming pool.

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

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Image of the Day: Amangalla

August 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Amangalla sits within the ramparts of the 17th-century Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Offering views of the resort’s 200-year-old gardens and of the Fort and harbour beyond, Amangalla provides for the leisurely exploration of this historic trading port and the surrounding countryside.

Amangalla

Relax at Amangalla >>


Hotel Pacific Brings the Monterey Bay Aquarium to You

August 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Pacific
Fish fans will appreciate the latest offer from Hotel Pacific. Hotel Pacific is a boutique hotel in downtown Monterey, CA, and is a few minutes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Hotel Pacific offers luxury all-suite accommodations with fireplaces, wifi-internet, continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments, luxurious feather bedding, and unique vacation packages.

The nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium offers visitors a unique glimpse into the deepest realms of California’s Pacific Ocean and a close-up look at many different ocean species, from great white sharks to albacore tuna, sunfish, sea turtles, and otters.

Hotel Pacific's Monterey Bay Aquarium Package Includes

- Overnight accommodations for two
- Two 2-day adult admission tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- VIP express entrance to the Aquarium, no waiting in line

Rates for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Package start at $375 per night >>

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.


Did You Know? Barnsley Gardens Resort

August 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Barnsley Gardens Resort has a long and storied history. It was build by one of the wealthiest men in the south, Godfrey Barnsley, for his wife Julia. Construction began on the Italian-style villa in the 1840s, on land that was once inhabited by Cherokee Indians. Both the home and its elaborate gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a pioneering landscape designer and proponent of Italianate and gothic revival architecture. Sadly, Julia passed away before the home was completed. 

Barnsley Gardens Resort

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Did You Know? Art Deco Hotel Montana

August 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Art Deco Hotel Montana, perched on the hillside above the Palace Hotel, was opened in 1910. At the same time, an electric funicular railway was also built to take guests from the lakeside promenade directly to the hotel lobby, in just one minute.

Art Deco Hotel Montana

Check in to Art Deco Hotel Montana >>


Your Questions Answered: What Room Type at Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Suits a Family of 5?

August 26, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter
We 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 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 room type at Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter should we request for family of 5?

ANSWER: The all new Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel is the first Le Méridien ever in Atlanta. Mixing contemporary culture with its European heritage, Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter is an ideally situated, residentially styled boutique hotel conveniently positioned in the center of the upscale commerce and business district of Perimeter. The luxury hotel offers all the benefits of the Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty program. Adjacent to the Perimeter Mall, and surrounded by mature dogwood trees, the hotel creates a private and quiet diversion from the nearby activities in the Atlanta Perimeter area. 

The spacious, light and airy foyer embodies the stylish clean lines throughout this Atlanta Perimeter hotel. As the Georgian sun sets, a more intimate setting welcomes guests as they unwind in the southern hospitality of Portico, the new Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel restaurant, or Longitude 84, the lobby bar. Unmistakably, the outdoor pool is a tranquil place to unwind, rest and be peaceful. Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel is a smoke free hotel.
Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Hotel
Space really does matter in the oversized Atlanta Perimeter Deluxe Rooms, One Bedroom, and Executive Suites. Slip into the comfiest night sleep you will ever have on the layered soft featherbed mattress, luxury crisp white 350-thread count linens, a down duvet, and plump pillows. Make a fresh cup of illy coffee from your own personal coffee maker while you connect on the fastest WI-FI connection.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Le Méridien offers a truly unique experience in every one of its stylish guest rooms and suites. Warm earth tones in addition to the luxurious sitting and work areas create an inviting ambiance for you to experience and enjoy. Try the chic 825 sq.ft. Club Suite. It has a separate living room, club room access, Le Méridien Platform Bed, a bathrobe, and 46" and 55" LCD TVs. There is a $25.00 per nightcharge each additional guest – max is 5 for this suite- a rolloway can be added if needed.

View rates, details, and more images of Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter >>

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.
 


Did You Know? Inn At Depot Hill

August 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

A landmark in Capitola history, Inn At Depot Hill is located in the heart of this seaside community on the California central coast. It started life as a Southern Pacific Railroad rail station. In 1990 the station was converted into a inn of 12 rooms, each decorated and named after a train destination. 

Inn at Depot Hill

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Barcelona Hotel?

August 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

W Barcelona
We 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: We are a family of 5 and looking to stay is Barcelona, Spain. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: W Barcelona 

Where Miro meets the Mediterranean, medieval quarters showcase modernista masterpieces and Catalan cuisine complement caliente clubs, the W Barcelona is an avant-garde icon rising above a stunning waterfront in Spain's most dynamic and stylish city. Inspired by the city's artistry and exuberance, where there's fashion, fiesta and fine dining, there's the hotel's world-class gourmet restaurants, sensual rooftop bar, vibrant Living Room, cool WET(sm) pool, decadent spa, and state-of-the-art meeting spaces.
W Barcelona

Nothing but sweet dreams in 473 inviting rooms featuring celebrated comforts such as the signature W bed, fully wired technology, fabulous entertainment system, delightful Munchie Box,  and Whatever/Whenever service to make all other wishes come true.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Cool Corner Suite, connected to a Fabulous Room, with a rolloway for an extra charge. The Fabulous Rooms have floor to ceiling windows which bring the Mediterranean scene inside. The beach, bustling city, and sea below are all within view from sun up to colorful sunset. In a secluded, one-bedroom Cool Corner Suite, take in fabulous views of the port and sea below from a cozy window chaise. Or, tune in to either of the two LCD TVs from the comfort of the signature W bed or the separate living room. Get to work on the expansive work desk, or just set the mood lighting and indulge in a long luxurious bath. From this corner location at the front of the sail, you'll be floating above the sea. Cool Corner Suite measures at 65 square meters. Both accommodation types have state-of-the-art entertainment systems with Tivoli® radio alarm clock, iPod docking station and 32" LCD TV, mood lighting systems, oversize work desks, high speed internet access, rainfall showers, and Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath amenities.

View rates, details, and more images of W Barcelona >>

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.