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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: Ritz Carlton Aruba

March 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Overlooking the Caribbean Sea with miles of azure waters to explore, experience, surprise and delight at every turn is The Ritz-Carlton Aruba, one of the newest Aruba luxury hotels to rise along the island’s spectacular Palm Beach. With its exclusive location and remarkable offerings of dining,wellness and recreation, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba makes each vacation experience more memorable than the last.

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba 

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New to Five Star Alliance: The Epiphany Hotel

March 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

In the heart of downtown Palo Alto, The Epiphany Hotel is surrounded by the hottest venture capital firms, the fastest-growing companies, plus the creative dynamism of Stanford University. This luxury hotel harnesses the passion and enthusiasm of innovation into a memorable hotel experience meeting the unrecognized needs of its guests.

The Epiphany Hotel 

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Posted in: San Jose, CA

Sunday Night Film Club at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

March 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

 

 

 

 

 




 





Guests at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris will find themselves with access to the chicest theaters in town. The 99-seat private cinema was designed by the legendary Philippe Starck. The luxury hotel has recently launched a Sunday Night Film Club so that guests can end their weekends with a flick. Complete with comfortable leather seats and state-of-the-art equipment including 3D, our Katara Cinema room is the cultural jewel of the hotel. It is also the only cinema theatre in the world where you can enjoy the most moreish of movie snacks: caramelised pop-corn by Pierre Herme, the "Picasso of Pastry."

The schedule through May is:
-Sunday, March 23: Casino. Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci
-Sunday, March 30: Ocean’s 11. Las Vegas, Steven Soderbergh and an all-star cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon
-Sunday, April 6: Pretty Woman. The modern-day Cinderella tale with Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
-Sunday, April 13: The Thomas Crown Affair. Faye Dunaway stars opposite ‘King of Cool’ Steve McQueen in this 1968 classic
-Sunday, April 20: Some Like it Hot. The 1959 Hollywood classic by Billy Wilder, with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon
-Sunday, April 27: Scarface. The ultimate gangster movie by Brian de Palma, with Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer
-Sunday, May 4: Casablanca. One of the most famous love stories of all times, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman (3 Academy Awards)
-Sunday, May 11: Leon, the Professional. Film culte de Luc Besson, avec Natalie Portman, Jean Reno et Gary Oldman
-Sunday, May 18: Pulp Fiction. Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994, by Quentin Tarantino
-Sunday, May 25: The Godfather Part II. By Francis Ford Coppola, starring Al Pacino and Robert de Niro

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Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz

March 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz is renowned for its spa and wellness facilities. The sports pool and the garden pool are open from May to September complete the water world. The spacious sauna landscape.

Grand Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz

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Posted in: Zurich

New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Santorini

March 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grace Santorini is an exclusive luxury boutique hotel in a spectacular location high on Santorini’s Caldera. It has been designed to integrate perfectly with its unique geography. From its setting on the exclusive Imerovigli hillside in northwest Santorini, guests can enjoy famed Aegean sunsets over the Cyclades. This graceful property with its individually-styled suites and bedrooms appeals to those seeking the ultimate romantic escape and indulgence.

Grace Santorini

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

March 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Palomar San FranciscoWe 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 are some family friendly hotels in San Francisco for a family of 5, children ages 9,12,and 14?
 

ANSWER: Hotel Palomar San Francisco

Hotel Palomar is just one block from Union Square and Moscone Center. The Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel, is a sophisticated urban sanctuary in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This luxury hotel offers the style of a boutique hotel in quiet seclusion, five floors above the traffic of nearby bustling Union Square. Centrally located in San Francisco's SOMA district at the intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, the hotel is within walking distance of the Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District and Union Square. At once fun and sophisticated, the hip Hotel Palomar offers guest rooms and suites located five floors above the bustling downtown streets. Simple elegance and playful variety characterize yhr 195 guestrooms and suites.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking: Hotel Palomar San Francisco
-A Deluxe Suite connected to a King Deluxe or Executive King or a Deluxe King room to a Deluxe Room with double beds. Suites at Hotel Palomar San Francisco are beautifully realized compositions of cosmopolitan comfort. The hotel offers 11 Deluxe Suites for the ultimate San Francisco stay. Each of the 625-square-foot suites feature a king-sized bed, a sitting area or parlor with sleeper sofa and an oversized bathroom with a Fuji soaking tub and separate shower. Each Deluxe room offers 300 square feet designed exclusively around both your comfort and style featuring a plush king-sized bed or two double beds. Some Deluxe guestrooms have interior views of our Zen Garden. Request in advance is recommended. The spacious Executive King guestrooms each feature 350 square feet of Hotel Palomar alluring style, a luxurious king-sized bed and exterior views of downtown San Francisco.

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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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New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Mykonos

March 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

An exclusive boutique hotel in Mykonos, Grace Mykonos is located just north of Mykonos town, with a sea view above the sandy and protected beach of Agios Stefanos.

Grace Mykonos 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family and Pet-Friendly Santa Barbara Hotel?

March 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Fess Parker's Doubletree 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 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 6 looking for a pet friendly place in Santa Barbara, Ca. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort 

Come enjoy the paradise of Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort - a dramatic mission-style Santa Barbara hotel on 24 beautiful beachfront acres. Delight in the rich amenities and extensive array of activities - perfect for any age. Lounge by the pool. Walk along the soft-sand beach Dine on delicious cuisine at one of four restaurants. Relax in your restful guest room or suite. Take pleasure in the down-to-earth setting of this enchanting Santa Barbara beach hotel. 

Fess Parker's Doubletree ResortFess Parker's Doubletree Resort is the perfect locale for a truly unique Santa Barbara family vacation. Encircled by mountains and set along the Pacific Ocean, the resort is near an array of activities for all ages. Year-round, explore the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Learn about sea life at the Ty Warner Sea Center. Go whale watching. This impressive Santa Barbara family resort is an idyllic destination, offering entertaining pursuits for both children and adults. The luxurious Santa Barbara pet-friendly accommodations comprise 360 guest rooms on 24 beautifully landscaped acres. Each room includes a furnished patio or balcony, high speed internet access, mini bar and personal coffee maker.

Pet Policy:
Pets of all sizes are welcome. Step outside your door of this Santa Barbara pet-friendly hotel, where you both can enjoy miles of landscaped walking paths along the beachfront and parks. Want to go for a swim? Take your dogs with you. There are dog-friendly beaches a short drive away. The concierge can assist with directions to dog-friendly beaches and off-leash parks as well as hiking trails in the local mountains.  In addition to the spacious rooms and a special treat bag, pets enjoy acres of landscaped grounds and pet menus for in-room dining.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking:
-Ocean View 1 King Bed connecting to an Ocean View 2 Queen Beds: These spacious accommodations offer striking views of the Pacific Ocean from a own private patio or balcony.
Or
-Resort View 1 King Bed connecting to a Resort View 2 Queen Beds: 

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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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Image of the Day: The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

March 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally located in the heart of Shanghai’s entertainment hub, The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai is also adjacent to the retail utopia of Huai Hai Road, known as the Champs Elysees of the East. Shanghai’s underground rail network is nearby, and foreign consulates, must-see museums, and the key business district are all within close proximity.

The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

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Fun Facts About The Peninsula Bangkok

March 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula BangkokIn the few years since the hotel opened, the luxurious riverside The Peninsula Bangkok has quickly established itself as one of Bangkok's finest hotels, winning many awards and accolades, including World's Best Hotel in 2003 by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Thanks to its unique waved-shape design and location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, The Peninsula Bangkok is a stunning, 39-story hotel offering uninterrupted panoramic views of Bangkok from every one of its large, luxurious guest rooms and suites. Here's a few fun facts about the luxury hotel. 

-Over five years ago, The Peninsula Bangkok's expert gardener planted the first seeds in the Naturally Peninsula Garden. The hotel's own herb garden features an array of local herbs used in Thai cuisine as well as in traditional medicines. Located behind Thiptara restaurant, the garden is watered twice a day and its soil is refreshed every six months to ensure the highest quality produce including sweet and red basils, thyme, rosemary, mint, sage, vanilla beans and tarragon. The Peninsula Bangkok
 

-The Peninsula Bangkok's selection of transport options includes an elegant customised fleet of Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, BMW 7 Series, and a helicopter from the hotel’s private helipad. Guests can also explore the city Thai style via The Peninsula Bangkok's customised three-wheel tuk-tuk or on one of four beautifully restored rice barges that ferry across the river from the Peninsula Pier Lounge to the Skytrain Station.

-The Peninsula Bangkok's four stylish shuttle boats make 648 daily roundtrips between three piers. The trips - and the views - are free.

-All rooms at the Peninsula Bangkok have views of the Chao Phraya River and the city. Some rooms offer landscaped balconies where guests can relax and enjoy the stunning views and the river breezes or indulge in an intimate fine dining experience.

The Peninsula Bangkok

-The Peninsula Academy offers classes and experiences as diverse as one-on-one Muay Thai class on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, elephant rides through vineyards, Thai painting classes, and exotic cooking classes.

-The tennis court, located on the ground level of the hotel, offers a full-time tennis expert for those needing a partner or wanting to improve their swing.
 

-With breathtaking views of the river and the city, the serene three-tiered outdoor pool measures 88m (288 ft) and is flanked by Thai salas for relaxing in style.

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Posted in: Bangkok