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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: What's the Perfect Family-Friendly Scottsdale Resort for a Family of 6?

November 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

JW Marriott Camelback Inn 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 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 6 and looking to stay is Scottsdale, AZ. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort And Spa

This Scottsdale luxury resort fuses a spirit of modern adventure with its storied history - live music, acres of desert gardens, hiking, biking & more. Challenge yourself at Scottsdale golf resort's Camelback Golf Club, featuring two championship 18-hole courses. Stay in the Paradise Valley resort's Pueblo-style casitas, offering an oasis of tranquil privacy. The Casita's private patios and balconies open onto breathtaking views of Arizona's Paradise Valley. Seven of the luxurious Scottsdale hotel's suites feature private swimming pools. Enjoy contemporary fine dining in the best steakhouse in Scottsdale, AZ, BLT Steak. Celebrity French Chef Laurent Tourondel brings his culinary wizardry to the desert, and the result is not to be missed. 

Family Amenities and Activities Include:

- Bicycles - Mountain bikes and children's bikes are available for rent through the Concierge Desk. Scenic trails on
property and off property. 

- Golf Lessons are available for the young enthusiast.

- Jackrabbit Pool Complex offers Hoppin’ Jack's Restaurant, children's water oasis, and sandbox. 

- Mummy Mountain Hiking Trail - Trail begins just past Mummy Mountain Cookout Town. Start the hike by crossing
over the bridge. The trail is approximately 300 yards (1000 feet) up the mountain.

- Pitch & Putt Golf Course - Located in the front of the resort.http://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/scottsdale-az/jw-marriott-camelback-inn-resort-and-spa

- Playground - Located near the Valet lot in front of the lobby. Equipment for all ages, a play area, half court basketball,
and shuffle board. 

- Tennis - The courts are located near the playground.  Tennis professional on staff daily.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

1 bedroom suite, king bed measures 750sqft/68sqm-1100sqft/99sqm, is Air-conditioned, non-smoking, allows for connecting rooms are available (for some rooms), has outdoor spaces: patio (1), Living/sitting area, Living room is separated and Windows may be opened. All rooms feature Marriott's Revive Bedding with down comforters, designer duvets and plush pillows. All guest accommodations also feature microwave, mini-fridge and high speed Internet.This hotel has a smoke-free policy. 

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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.

 


Dining al Fresco: Neri Hotel

November 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

On the rooftop of Neri Hotel, guest will find Roba Estesa: a peaceful and hidden place in the gothic quarter, open to everyone to delight cocktails and tapas and shelter from the city noises and enjoy Barcelona's roofs.

Roba estesa is an amazing space with a small outdoor urban garden, where you can contemplate the skies of Barcelonas. It's a corner to take a cocktail or snack in a setting based on feng-shui and the five elements.

Neri Hotel

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Did You Know? Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive

November 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive is situated on the secluded beach where the legendary film Night of the Iguana was filmed. The 1964 film, which starred Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, and was directed by John Huston. The film was based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. 

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Resort in Cancun Suitable for 4 Adults Traveling Together?

November 15, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Blanc Spa Resort
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: Can you recommend a resort in Cancun for four adults traveling together?

ANSWER: Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

The adults-only and all-inclusive Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun beckons you from the white sand beaches and sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Le Blanc offers a world class experience like no other. An experience of sophisticated style, lavish personal attention, and uncompromising attention to detail. The resort towers majestically over one of Mexico's most beautiful stretches of private beach, just 15 minutes from downtown Cancun and 25 minutes from the airport. Covering 5 acres, it offers 260 air-conditioned luxurious rooms with an ocean or lagoon view, balcony, double Jacuzzi, flat screen LCD TV with satellite and much more.Le Blanc Spa Resort
There are also five international restaurants and five bar/lounges, three outdoor pools (including two infinity pools) with an outdoor Jacuzzi and a fitness center. The Spa has been designed to be a sanctuary of tranquility and peace, secluding guests in an exquisitely luxurious environment of sensory pleasures. The property offers both all-inclusive and room-only rates. 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Royale Deluxe: Le Blanc Spa Resort’s standard room features one king or two double beds, a double whirlpool, seating area, French balcony with views of lagoon and resort or common areas. From the cream-colored marble to the varied hues of brown and white reflected in the linens and draperies.
Maximum Occupancy - 4 adults two double beds or 2 adults one king size bed
It's 429 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.
 


Did You Know? Villa Rothschild Kempinski

November 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Rothschild Kempinski is the smallest Kempinski hotel in the world. It has just 22 rooms and suites. 
A true boutique hotel, it was once the summer residence of Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild, the founder
of Naples' famous banking family.

Villa Rothschild Kempinski 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

November 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is an indulgent escape for adults seeking refuge from the rigors of the outside world. Here, within the resort's sprawling grounds, couples, friends, and individuals are welcome to partake in whatever their hearts desire. Attentive service at every turn assures each guest of a harmonious, hassle-free vacation filled with gourmet cuisine, expertly poured cocktails, and enough memories to last several lifetimes.

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in San Antonio?

November 13, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Contessa RiverwalkWe 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: We are a family of 6 and looking to stay is San Antonio. What river walk hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Hotel Contessa Riverwalk is among San Antonio's newest premier Riverwalk hotels. A reflection of the state's most popular destination, this contemporary 12-story property captures both the historic and cultural essence of San Antonio. From the atrium lobby overlooking the riverwalk and the warmth created by the Mediterranean design to the overall comfortable elegance Hotel Contessa establishes a friendly welcoming environment from the moment of your arrival. At Hotel Contessa you will find all the things you'd expect from a premier luxury hotel. Each guest suite features a separate bedroom and parlor flat screen televisions land and wireless high-speed internet access in-room safe mini bar large marble bath and sofa beds. The hotel also offers 100 Percent Smoke Free Rooms. Hotel Contessa Riverwalk

Aside from being among the most luxurious Riverwalk hotels in San Antonio Hotel Contessa provides a number of ways to relax and unwind. Enjoy a swim in the heated rooftop pool, a workout in the fitness center or simply admire the view from the atrium lobby. When it's time to treat your taste buds consider the signature restaurant Las Ramblas. This unique restaurant where you can choose to dine in the exhibition style kitchen or al fresco along the Riverwalk features Spanish and American cuisine as well as a daily asado selection. The Cork Bar Offers a wide selection of libations daily and live entertainment every weekend. 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Luxury Riverview King Suite or Double Double Suite connected to Luxury Riverview Suite. This 500 square foot suite features one bedroom with a king size bed (or double double), floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Riverwalk, a separate living room with full size sofa bed, in-room safe, one oversize bathroom, wireless internet.

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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.
 


Did You Know? Villa Armena

November 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Armena, Buonconvento, is in the heart of the Crete Senesi. An astoundingly attractive area of unsurpassable historical interest, Buonconvento - whose name derives from the Latin "bonus conventus" meaning a good-natured, fortunate community - is a member of the prestigious "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy" Association.

Villa Armena

The Villa, whose construction is attributed to Baldassarre Peruzzi, was built in the first half of the sixteenth century. It was the country residence of the noble Malavolti family from Siena who had the good fortune to number among their ranks nine Captains of the People, in other words the most important figures in Siena's political landscape at that time. Legend has it that the name Armena was given to the Villa and its immediate surroundings by a member of the Malavolti family who, returning from the Crusades in the Holy Land, stopped off in Armenia and fell in love with a beautiful local girl. He returned to Italy to get married and decided to devote his feud to his betrothed, calling it Armena as a sign of respect for the origins of the one who had entered his heart and his life so forcefully. 

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Spend New Year's Eve at Luna Hotel Baglioni

November 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Venice during the holidays sure sounds great doesn't it?Luna Hotel Baglioni

The magical atmosphere of the festive season at Luna Hotel Baglioni is enhanced by the beauty of the surrounding Lagoon. Just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square, the Luna Hotel Baglioni is the perfect location to celebrate your unforgettable New Year’s Eve 2015.

The package includes:

-Welcome drink at Caffè Baglioni overlooking the small Canal and Royal Garden

-New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner for two people in the charming Marco Polo Ballroom with entertainment, live music, dances, and cotillions (beverages included, champagne excluded)

-Welcome fresh fruit basket in room upon arrival

-Morning buffet breakfast in the Marco Polo Ballroom, magnificently frescoed by the famous School of Tiepolo

-Brunch on New Year's Day

 

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Dining al Fresco: Belmond Hotel Cipriani

November 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Belmond Hotel Cipriani offers its guests a plethora of outdoor dining options. 

At Porticciolo Pool Bar, guests can relax in the shade, or gaze at the lagoon as they enjoy regional specialities and refreshing drinks.Cip's Club has earned an international reputation and boasts unparalleled views of St Mark's Square.

Designed by architect Adam Tihany to reflect the romantic atmosphere of Venice, Oro Restaurant sets the scene for a timeless dining experience. Guests can admire stunning lagoon views from the terrace.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

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