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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-and Surfer-Friendly Tahitian Resort?

November 2, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
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 looking to stay is Tahiti. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family and is near one of the surf spots and surf schools?


ANSWER: InterContinental Resort Tahiti 

The InterContinental Resort Tahiti is the premier international resort of Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia, which is situated between California and Australia in the South Pacific. The resort has a total of 263 units, comprising of 170 fully renovated lagoon and garden view rooms, an extension of 60 panoramic view rooms with a Presidential Suite, and 32 over the water bungalows located in 32 acres of gardens. The Polynesian style resort with its own private sand beach and lagoon, offers views of unforgettable sunsets over the Volcanic peaks of sister island Moorea, just 12 miles across the sea of moons.

TOPDIVE Tahiti Diving center, located at the very heart of the hotel, offers numerous exciting and unique activities, from PADI 5-Star SCUBA diving,to discovering the lagoon by kayak, to whale watching, all in a safe environment that will make your stay both thrilling and fun.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

The Overwater Bungalows located at the Lotus end of the resort, with sweeping views of the lagoon, reef and ocean beyond. The bungalows have a private sundeck and platform - ideal for sun bathing or watching the magnificent sunset. Intercontinental resort tahiti

All rooms and bungalows have the following amenities : a terrace or a private balcony, a bathroom with bath tub and shower, an individually controlled air conditioning system, a flat screen Cable TV, a direct dial international phone, an Internet connexion (wireless in public areas), a private safe, a refrigerator restocked on request, some 110V/220V outlets,tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, etc.

The resort makes available to its clients a laundry and dry cleaning service (express or regular), some self-service laundry facilities located throughout the hotel and some transit rooms with individual shower for early arrivals and late departures.
Moreover, children younger than 15 can share their parents room without supplement (within the limits of the room capacity).

Book your family vacation at InterContinental Resort Tahiti >>

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: Gray d'Albion Hotel

November 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

At Gray d'Albion Hotelguests can dine against the backdrop of the resort's private beach.

Gray d'Albion Hotel

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Food and Wine Indulgences at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club

November 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Steamboat Bay Fishing Club
Steamboat Bay Fishing Club, the 
elite luxury Alaska sport fishing lodge, is the only resort on the unpopulated Noyes Island. The exclusive club accepts reservations for groups up to sixteen during the summer fishing season. The location’s remote privacy makes it the perfect venue for both intimate gatherings of friends and family, and for high end corporate events.

The world-class fishing and accommodations  at the club are matched by the world-class dining. The cuisine at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club is designed to invoke the great Alaskan wildnerness. The regionally inspired cuisine includes quality ingredients like wild game, prime cuts of meat, local seafood, and organic greens grown in The Club's gardens.

Steamboat Bay Fishing Club

The kitchen at Steamboat Bay is an open display-style, so guests can observe and interact with the Chef and his staff. Gourmet dining at The Club is all-inclusive and customized to guests’ individual tastes. Guests with food preferences or restrictions are easily accommodated with advance notice. The fine dining starts as early as 5am. Guests can fuel up for the long day of fishing. Lunch options include a picnic-style lunch on the water, which means no break in the fishing, or guests can return to the lodge from nearby fishing spots. The guides even call in lunch orders on the way back so the meal is ready as soon as the fisherman hit the shore. 

Guests are treated to an evening reception. The Club's open bar is amply stocked with Pacific Coast wines, local microbrews and brand name beers, and premium spirits and mixers. For dinner, bay-side table service is available. There's also a special five-course Taste of Alaska option. Menus are updated daily, and personalized to accommodate guests individual tastes. 

Book your stay at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club >>


Image of the Day: Palihouse Santa Monica

October 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Palihouse Santa Monica is a boutique beach lodge offering 37 generously appointed classic rooms as well as stunning studios, one and two-bedroom guest suites featuring fully equipped kitchens. In continuous operation since 1927, Palihouse Santa Monica (formerly The Embassy Hotel Apartments) is an outstanding example of Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival Architecture. The hotel dates back to a time when Santa Monica was the last Los Angeles rail stop and travelers from all over the world came for seaside vacations all year round.

Palihouse Santa Monica

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: The Stanley Hotel

October 31, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Stanley Hotel

Two words: The Shining. The Stanley Hotel was made famous by the Stephen King book and Stanley Kubrick film. King wrote much of the novel while staying in Room 217 at the hotel. The film wasn't shot there, and the hotel in the film is called Overlook Hotel, but a later TV movie was. The hotel fully embraces its haunted history. In fact, it might be the world's only hotel that offers an upgrade to a haunted room. The Ghost Adventure package includes a  guaranteed 4th Floor room, a K2 Meter per reservation, a glow-in-the-dark Stanley Hotel squishy ghost per person, and a REDRUM mug per person.

No one knows when the ghostly happenings started at The Stanley, but virtually all the rooms have had unexplained experiences reported. but unlike the movie, all the instances reported involve friendly, rather than malevolent, spirts.

Here's a few of the sightings:

- In 1911, the chief housekeeper was involved in an explosion in what is now room 217. She wasn't killed, but her ghost is known to perform extra housekeeping duties in the room. Expect unexplained unpacked bags and tidying. This is the room Stephen King occupied during his stay at The Stanley.

- Children are heard running and giggling in the hallway of the 4th floor. Somes guests will be tucked in by ghostly nannies. Room 418 is said to be the most haunted room in the hotel. 

- Frequent guests F.O. and Flora Stanley haven't let death stop them from regular visits. It is de rigeur to see F.O hanging around the lobby and Flora often plays the piano in the Music Room. 

- The Earl of Dunraven, the former owner of the land on which the hotel is built, haunted room 407. The scent of his tobacco is often smelled in the air, and a ghostly face has been seen at the room's window. 

Do you dare to check in to The Stanley Hotel?


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs

October 30, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fairmont Banff Springs
Legend has it that a bride fell down the marble staircase at Fairmont Banff Springs and died on her wedding day. She's also rumored to have caught fire on the way down, due to the torches that lit the staircase.  The bride has been sighted dancing in the Cascade Ballroom, and cold air on the staircase is said to be her doing. 

Tip: If an elderly Scottish man offers to help with your bags, he's a ghost. Sam the Bellman was a longtime employee who has apparently made good on his threat to come back and haunt the place. The random opening and closing of the elevator doors is also attributed to Sam.

Book a spooky stay at Fairmont Banff Springs >>

 


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: The Heathman Hotel

October 29, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

The Heathman Hotel
Long before 50 Shades of Gray made it popular, The Heathman Hotel had a reputation as one of the most haunted hotels in America. Rooms whose numbers end in 03 are rumored to be the most haunted in the hotel. The origin of this is a guest who committed suicide by jumping out of the window of room 1003. 703 is also considered haunted, but those not comfortable with the spirit world should avoid all 03 rooms. 

Guests have reported clean towels used when no one is in the room, glasses of water mysteriously emptying, and chairs moving around. Cold spots, sounds that can't be explained, and faces that appear in the dark have also been reported. Most chillingly, some guests have reported feeling a ghostly presence in bed with them. 

Shudder. Talk about double occupancy. 

Book your own ghostly stay at The Heathman Hotel >>


Book a Stay at Hogwarts

October 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! You can now book a room at Hogwarts, the mythical wizarding academy attended by the boy wizard and his pals. Sort of. Since Hogwarts is, well, fictional, you can't really check-in. But, the Georgian House in London has transformed some guest rooms into Wizard's Chambers. The rooms are part of the hotel's Harry Potter Tour Package. The first part of the package is the Muggle Walking Tour, which showcases landmark sights used in the making of the film. Then, check into the Wizard's Chambers. They have a gothic feel, very true to the spirit of Hogwarts, with 4 poster beds, potion bottles and cauldrons, and unexpected wizardly details. A full English breakfast is included. 

After breakfast, take a walk to Victoria Station and climb aboard the Harry Potter Tour bus. The bus takes you to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour– The Making of Harry Potter. This tour gives you the lowdown on how the films were made, and you get to see many of the sets and props that feature in the movies. This tour has 5 stars and rave reviews, and is a must for any Harry Potter fan.

Harry Potter Package Details and Prices

For two people, 1 night in the Wizard Chambers, with breakfast and Muggle tour: £249.00. (£60 for an additional child and £72 for an additional adult)

For two people, 1 night in the Wizard Chambers, with breakfast, Muggle Tour tickets and Studio Tour tickets including the branded bus transport from Victoria £363, (£112 for an extra child and £129 for an extra adult)

Wizard Chambers prices, not including tours:
For two people, with breakfast, £209 ( for each additional guest sharing the room, an extra £20)

Happy Wizarding!


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Puppy-Friendly Hotel in Dallas?

October 29, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The JouleWe 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 is a pet friendly resorts in Dallas for a family of 2, and our puppy of course?


ANSWER: The Joule, a Luxury Collection Hotel 

The Joule, Dallas is the first true designer hotel in Dallas. The Joule embodies a new sense of energy sweeping through the revitalized historic center. The restoration of the 1920s Neo-Gothic facade is further enhanced by a new 10-story tower and striking lobby. The hotel also features 2,374 square feet of event space and a 1,500-sq.-ft. deluxe gym. Nearby attractions include Victory Park and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as shopping at the flagship original Neiman Marcus location, dining and entertainment in the West End historic district and the West Village.

Destined to delight vacationing visitors and business travelers alike, the Deluxe hotel rooms offer up to 350 square feet of vibrant space for the most relaxing stay. With a combination of style, art and originality, the deluxe accommodations feature imported Italian woodwork, Black Merbau floors, dark grey ceramic tile, custom bathroom fixtures and more.The Joule Wrap yourself in ultimate comfort with The Joule's premier bedding. From the premium down comforter and pillows to the 300-thread-count sheets, guests will never want to leave the bedroom. For entertaining, the room features an iPod docking station and a 47" flat-screen Apple Smart TV.

The hotel is pet-friendly. There is no fee for furry family-members of no more than 50 lbs. You will need to kennel while in room for maid, and animals are not permitted in food prep or serving areas.

Book your stay at The Joule >>


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.
 


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel del Coronado

October 28, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel del Coronado
According to legend, a former guest by the name of Kate Morgan took her life at the Hotel del Coronado in 1892 and has haunted the place ever since. Morgan had been at the hotel for five days waiting for a man who never arrived. She was found dead of a gunshot wound on an exterior staircase that led to the beach. 

Today, Morgan's spirit seems to have remained at The Del, where she tends to occupy her former guestroom. But her beautiful vision – and ghostly pranks – can be experienced throughout the rambling resort and grounds.

Morgan is fond of playing pranks at the hotel's gift shop. The glassware that flies off shelves and the pictures that fall off walls are attributed to her mischevious ways. Because memorabilia related to Marilyn Monroe's 1958 hotel filming of Some Like It Hot seems to be the most prone to tumbling, some speculate that The Del's resident ghost doesn't like sharing the spotlight with Hollywood’s biggest star.

Catch up with the ghostly Kate at Hotel del Coronado >>