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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Taiwana

June 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally situated on the treasured island of St Barthelemy, Taiwana is located at the edge of the pristine beach of Flamands. This boutique hotel features amazing accommodations with astonishing ocean views. While it is within close proximity to Gustavia, the hotel is known as the most secluded retreat on St Barth. Guests can effortlessly escape to all that Taiwana and the island has to offer. This intimate "Boheme chic" property features spacious rooms and suites with stunning ocean views.

Taiwana

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Luxury Hotel in Istanbul Suitable for a Family of Five?

June 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ritz Carlton Istanbul
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 Istanbul. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family of 5 . There are 2 adults and 3 children 15, 10, and 8.

ANSWER: Ritz Carlton Istanbul 

This luxury hotel, set in the heart of the city and overlooking the Bosphorus, beautifully blends modern sophistication with historic Ottoman touches, found everywhere from the spa's traditional hammam to the exceptional accommodations. A 16th-century door offers passage from the energetic city into this Istanbul hotel, where the graceful lobby is adorned in Turkish carpets, antique furniture and an oversized oil painting from contemporary artist Timur Kerim Incedayi. The location of this luxury hotel invites the beauty of the Bosphorus into spaces throughout the property. At Cintemani Restaurant and Bleu Lounge & Grill, guests can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with spectacular views, while meeting and wedding venues such as the Cam room also draw upon its charm. Guests can easily explore this historical city with its most famous attractions, including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and Grand Bazaar, only 15 minutes away.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Ritz Carlton Istanbul
-Bosphorus Suite connected to a standard Partial Bosphorus king or twin rolloway. Guest rooms and suites at this Istanbul hotel offer impeccable service, indulgent amenities, and breathtaking Bosphorus views.

The Partial Bosphorus View Deluxe Room is 450 square feet with Turkish-inspired style and decor. Choose from one King or two Twin beds. The oversized marble bathroom is decorated with Iznik tiles, and has a separate shower and bathtub. Amenities include multi-lingual interactive flat screen TV, Internet access, computer and fax hook ups, multi-line telephones with voice mail, honor bar, coffee machine, electronic in-room safe, and twice daily maid service.

 

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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.

 

 


Winvian Indulges the Inner Child

June 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Winvian

Winvian
 
is a former farm set amidst 113 acres of Connecticut countryside. It features 18 individually architecturally designed cottages, including the whimsical Treehouse. The 780 square foot hideaway is suspended 35 feet above the forest floor, and is sure to indulge every adult's inner child. 
 

The first floor bedroom has a king-sized bed, a gas fireplace, steam shower and Jacuzzi. The second floor lounge has a wood-burning fireplace, a queen-sized sleeper sofa, a full bar and grand, treetop views of the New England forest below.
 

Each five-star resort cottage has its full share of traditional and not-so-traditional indulgences: king-sized beds, a patio or screened porch, fabulous bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and rainfall steam showers, fireplaces, state of the art BOSE stereo systems, flat screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, wet bars, Nespresso coffee, Harney & Sons Fine Tea, espresso – and anything else you desire is only a phone call away. 
 

Winvian features both all-inclusive and a la carte rates. 
 

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Contemporary Designs of The G Hotel Galway

June 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Michael Wurm of www.InspiredByCharm.com recently shared the photo below from the lobby of The G Hotel in Galway that we absolutely love.

Now THAT is a light fixture!


Image of the Day: Casa Angelina

June 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Casa Angelina is located in Praiano (from "praia," meaning beach), a small town located on the Amalfi Coast in Campania, between Amalfi and Positano. 

Casa Angelina

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It's a Privilege at Tower Club at Lebua

June 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tower Club at lebua 
Tower Club at lebua is one of Bangkok's most luxurious 5-star hotels. Located just outside of the city's sightseeing, business, and shopping districts, Tower Club's proximity to the Chao Phraya River, BTS SkyTrain and expressway puts the entire city in reach. Located on the 51st through 59th floors, the 221 expansive suites offer extraordinary views, daily full breakfast, in-suite 12MB wired and wireless internet, non-alcoholic drinks, and luxury amenities by Acca Kappa.

Tower Club at lebua lounge

One of the VIP perks of staying with Tower Club at lebua is access to the intimate and sophisticated Tower Club Lounge, which is located on the 52nd floor. Exclusive and complimentary for Tower Club at lebua's guests, the Tower Club Lounge offers a panoramic view of the city's stunning skyline in a private setting. Tower Club Lounge guests enjoy wireless internet access, Continental buffet breakfast, light luncheons, high tea, snacks, canapes, and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day.

The Tower Club Lounge has a smart casual dress code, which applies to both children and adults. 

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Take a Walk with Loch Torridon

June 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loch Torridon is set in 58 acres of parkland at the end of a magnificent sea loch, The Torridon has one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in the country. Explore some of the surrounding countryside by taking part in the fourth annual Torridon Walking Festival, which takes the weekend of October 11th – 13th, 2014.

Loch Torridon

The event takes in some of the North West Highlands finest Munros, including Torridon's famous three: Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Ben Alligin. A Munro is is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet. As well as climbing the big three, there are other classic Munros, including Maol Chean Dearg and Slioch, located in the area. The weekend kicks off with the ascent and the classic traverse of the famous Liathach ridge.
Loch Torridon

The high level walks are aimed at people that are used to the mountain environment and as such will have a reasonable level of fitness. The walks will be visiting wild places and will not necessarily follow footpaths. Conditions underfoot, coupled with the terrain; dictate that these walks are of a medium to strenuous nature. All activities involve a degree of physical input and as such any aches, pains weaknesses or concerns need to be advised to the guide at the start of the day and to The Torridon before the festival.

Low level walks will follow estate roads and footpaths with easy height gain but a reasonable level of fitness is still recommended. 

Bring your walking shoes! 

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Did You Know? Kingsmill Resort

June 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kingsmill Resort


Situated in  the Virginia's Historic Triangle, Kingsmill Resort is nestled on land that housed a bustling Virginia plantation from 1619 through the 1800s.It was nearly the home of the first settlers to Virginia, but lost out to nearby Jamestown, because it was easier for ships to anchor there. A decade or so later, the first 300 acres of Kingsmill settled by Richard Kingsmill, a member of the Virginia Company, an organization chartered in England and charged with the founding and settlement of Virginia. Several other early colonists played a significant part in the development of Kingsmill and the growth of nearby Williamsburg.


Today Kingsmill is a AAA Four‐Diamond resort lt features one- to three-
bedroom suite accommodations with access to family-friendly amenities and three 18-hole championship golf courses. Suites with kitchens, washer/dryers, spacious living areas and multiple bedroom units are available. Kingsmill houses a 16,000 square‐foot IACC certified conference center, five on-site restaurants, fitness center and spa, indoor/outdoor pools and full service
marina.

 

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Did You Know? The Savoy London

June 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Savoy LondonIrish actor Richard Harris is famously known for playing Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movie series. But did you know that he spent the last 12 years of his life living in Room 758 at London's ultra-luxurious Savoy Hotel

Harris reportedly liked the suite life for several reasons. Chief among them was that, unlike at home, he could order up a pint or a sandwich at 4am, if he so desired. For the privilege of late-night sandwiches, Harris paid approximately 6,000 pounds per month. 

Shortly before his death from cancer, Harris was taken out of the hotel on a stretcher. According to an article in London's Daily Mail, as he went past the lobby, he shouted to the hotel guests found there that "It was the food! Don't touch the food!"

The hotel, far from taking offense at the legendary prankster's last joke, instead has named one of its Personality Suites after him. These suites are among the most spacious in the hotel and each suite has been furnished with special pieces, artwork and antiques associated with their namesake. The Art Deco style suites offer a separate sitting room, large bedroom with en-suite bathroom, separate dressing area, marble entrance foyer ,and guest cloakroom. Every Suite features a sofa, 2 armchairs and writing desk in the sitting room, a dressing table and armchair in the bedroom, personal bar, Loewe flat-screen televisions, Meridian iPod docking station, DVD player and bespoke Savoy furnishings. The well-appointed marble bathrooms all feature a freestanding, claw foot bath, separate walk-in showers with the famous Savoy rain showerhead, a double vanity, large chrome fittings and Le Labo amenities.

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Image of the Day: Ritz Carlton Riyadh

June 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The indoor pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh features garden views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Ritz Carlton Riyadh

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