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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: Southern Ocean Lodge

December 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Sensitive, intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe, Kangaroo Island style.

Southern Ocean Lodge

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Your Questions Answered: What's a Family-Friendly Chicago Hotel for a Family of Four?

December 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
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: Can you recommend a Chicago hotel suitable for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11? 

ANSWER: Waldorf Astoria Chicago 

Ranked the #1 US Hotel in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago boasts stunning interiors, expansive rooms, gracious service, and unique amenities that combine to create a travel experience like no other. The luxury hotel located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, which features exclusive shopping, dining, nightlife, and the Windy City's most famed attractions. 

Indulge in sanctuary of tranquil spa treatments, thoughtful relaxation and wellbeing at Spa & Health Club. The spa offers treatments such as facials, massages, spa gatherings and men's atelier. A lap pool adorned with thousands of mosaic titles is available for leisure or intense swims, as well as for water classes. 
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Savor inspired American and French cuisine in captivating restaurants featuring intimate dining experience. RIA, a Michelin Two Star restaurant highlights seasonally driven menu in a sophisticated tone. While Balsan offers refined yet rustic fare with an American sensibility. Rich suede walls and classic cocktails await at Bernard’s Bar.

Luxurious accommodations at Waldorf Astoria Chicago are intended for all guests, even four-legged friends. The hotel offers family-friendly packages such as American Girl Place hotel offer.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking:
Astor Suite (1 King) connects to Gold Coast Suite (1 king or 2 Queen)
Spanning across 915 spacious square feet of first-rate living, the Astoria King Suite is a fitting title for these exquisite living areas, as each suite with separate King bedroom overlooks the prestigious north end of the Gold Coast neighborhood. Of course, while staying in this suite, the inspired view can be enjoyed from the furnished outdoor terrace, which is located right off the parlor. Additionally, the Astoria Suite offers a fireplace, queen sleeper sofa and king-size bed. Additional enhancements include: Wireless internet access, two 42-inch high definition LCD televisions with DVR, Bowers & Wilkins virtual surround system with iPod integration, and wet bar including refrigerator, freezer and microwave. 

The 1,264 square Gold Coast 2 Queen 1 Bedroom Suite offers a fireplace, separate bedroom with two queen size beds, elegant living room with dining table and queen sleeper sofa, full master bath with a soaking tub, as well as a separate powder room. Additional enhancements include: Wireless internet access, 42-inch high definition LCD television, Bowers & Wilkins virtual surround system with iPod integration and wet bar including refrigerator, and microwave.  Accessible guest rooms all comply with current ADA regulations.

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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 Magic Treehouse Comes Alive for Christmas at The Plaza New York

December 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Plaza New York
New York City's iconic hotel, The Plaza, is embarking on a holiday new journey with Random House Children’s Books and author Mary Pope Osborne, creator of the Magic Tree House series. This literary partnership provides boys and girls the opportunity to set off from the historic hotel to explore the Big Apple as inspired by the books.  The Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza is pairs the hotel with the popular fiction books and the corresponding Magic Tree HouseFact Tracker—the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles—and supplemented with New York activities that bring each story to life. 

From December 1 - December 31, 2014, the focus is on the book A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time and Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens and corresponding Fact Tracker.

Each experience includes luxurious accommodations in a guest room or suite, a Plaza-specific passport for collecting stamps throughout each trip, a special Magic Tree House pin to designate explorers, and a New York City welcome amenity.

Availability:
This offer is available subject to availability.

Rates:
Rates from $2015 USD per night, based on double occupancy.

This NYC Magic Tree House package rate is based upon availability and exclusive of tax & gratuity. This offer is not applicable to group bookings of ten or more and cannot be combined with any other special offer. 


Spend New Year's Eve in Paris

December 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

If you've ever dreamed of spending New Year's Eve in Paris, now's your chance!

La Tremoille

We found availability at the following Paris-area hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

Sofitel Paris La Defense from EUR252 per night

The Westin Paris from EUR282 per night

Villa and Hotel Majestic from EUR380 per night

Le Burgundy Paris from EUR400 per night

La Tremoille from EUR435 per night

Budda Bar Hotel Paris from EUR508 per night

Hotel Prince de Galles from EUR550 per night

Castille Paris from EUR561

Hotel Du Louvre from EUR590

Hotel De Sers from EUR618

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


New to Five Star Alliance: The Kingsbury

December 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Kingsbury is ideally located in the heart of Colombo and offers quick access to the city's business centers, shopping complexes, restaurants, pubs, as well as boutique outlets, making it the ideal base for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is situated at the far end of the famous Galle Face Marine drive and with the newly developing Colombo Port, travelers are presented with a unobstructed view of the metropolis on one side with the hottest night spots, shopping malls and the best of Colombo’s cultural locations just minutes away, and the endless Indian Ocean on the other.

The Kingsbury 

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Happy Opening to Gansevoort Playa Imbert!

December 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gansevoort Playa Imbert opens today! The Dominican resort features 48 suites comprised of one and two-bedroom lofts; three-bedroom apartments with private plunge pools and spacious terraces; and a collection of four-bedroom penthouses. Each penthouse offers a private rooftop Jacuzzi. Floor-to-ceiling windows seamlessly blend the outdoors with the indoors offering dramatic seascapes from every guest room, while modern interiors provide understated opulence with standard amenities like state-of-the art kitchens, walk-in showers, custom bathtubs and natural stone finishes. 

Gansevoort Playa Imbert

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Image of the Day: Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa

December 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Situated on the seafront overlooking a lagoon with crystal-clear water, Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa consists of 18 beautiful villas with 50 truly delightful, inviting suites. More than half of them have their own small private swimming pool and open-air shower. The hotel also has 2 restaurants, a lounge bar, a spa by Guerlain and a swimming pool.

Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa

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Did You Know? Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal Chantilly

December 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Back at the beginning of the last century, Fernand Halphen bought 12 acres of land close to Chantilly. The location was covered with ponds and meadows. His vision was to build a wonderful countryside residence on the highest wooded hillock. Halphen was a noted composer, in his time. He called upon architect Guillaume Tronchet and the best builders to construct a chateau that celebrated music on the inside and hunting, his other passion, on the outside. The chateau’s drawing rooms were dedicated to music, while the bas-reliefs on the facade conjured up the world of hunting. That chateau is now Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal Chantilly.

Tiara Chateau Mont Royal

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New to Five Star Alliance: Curtain Bluff

December 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Flanked by water on both sides, Curtain Bluff sits on a rocky promontory that juts into the sea between two beautiful beaches. One is calm, ideal for swimming and watersports; the other beach is washed by ocean surf. 72 rooms and suites, all with staggering seascape views, are spread out along the Surf Beach and up the bluff. There are two restaurants: the open-walled Tamarind Tree serving breakfasts and candle-lit dinners, and The Sea Grape restaurant where barefoot casual lunches and romantic dinners are enjoyed one step from the sand and a few feet from the water’s edge.

Curtain Bluff

The resort's exceptional facilities include a championship tennis center, a fully equipped watersports center (scuba, windsurfing, paddle-boarding, waterskiing, Hobie Cats and kayaks), a squash court, and fitness center. When it's time to relax, there's a tranquil spa overlooking the sea, a beach side swimming pool, a beach bar, and hammocks swaying in the shade of coconut palms.

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Spend New Year's Eve in Miami

December 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hilton Bentley

Sun, surf, neon, and celebration are the name of the game when you spend New Year's Eve in Miami.
It's not too late for you to join the revelry!  We found availability at the following Miami hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Sofitel Miami has a Superior Two Double Bedded room for $229 per night.

* InterContinental at Doral Miami has a Club Floor room for $359 per night.

* Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a King room for $799 per night. 

* The Redbury South Beach has a Redbury King room for $579 per night.

For a beachy splurge, Hilton Bentley has a King Studio for $1728 per night and Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a Club Level Executive Suite for $2899 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.