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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.

Image of the Day: Alvear Palace Hotel

February 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Alvear Palace Hotel has a Wellness Area that is created specifically to provide an intimate atmosphere. It features steam baths, saunas, pressure showers, a ludic pool, and relaxation rooms. The Vitality Pool, pictured below, has combination of air and water designed to provide the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.

Alvear Palace Hotel
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Cool Pools: Epic Hotel Miami

February 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Epic Hotel Miami

Epic Hotel Miami
has not one, but two pools for your swimming and sunning pleasure. The downtown Miami has a sixteenth-floor pool terrace that is an open-air oasis. Guests can sip cocktails and enjoy meals while they lounge poolside, courtesy of the hotel's own Area 31 restaurant and outdoor bar. Daybeds for sunbathing and pool cabanas for romantic cabanas are de rigeur.  There are also poolside massages and therapies provided by Exhale. 
Epic Hotel Miami
 

 

 
 

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Your Questions Answered: Where Can Our Family of Three Stay in London?

February 23, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 3 and looking to stay is London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

Blakes HotelANSWER: Blakes Hotel

Blakes is the inspirational creation of world renowned designer Anouska Hempel. Located in the leafy Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Blakes is famous for its stunning design, elegance, and dedicated service. Its uncompromising stand on privacy has made it the London base for film stars, musicians and all the top designers, earning it a reputation as The "Couture" Hotel. Carefully converted from a collection of period Victorian town houses, Blakes has revolutionized and influenced the concept of the small luxury hotel worldwide.
The stunning design, both elegant and romantic, of each room was individually created by Anouska Hempel, displaying her immaculate attention to detail reconstructed to provide the ideal blend of color, texture and atmosphere. Blakes Hotel

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Directors Doubles: Ask for a Luxury Double to Luxury Double (with twin beds) or a Deluxe double/Directors Double to a Luxury Suite. These options all sleep three, and range in size from 25-35 square meters. Furnishings and amenities include European King-Sized beds, Antique Biedermeier furniture with stenciled wooden floors and gold accents, pale grey Venetian rooms, and state of the art splendor. Rooms have Complimentary Wi-Fi & local calls, Bang&Olufsen TV, Bang&Olufsen iPod docking station, Bang&Olufsen cordless phones, and SKY satellite.   

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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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Villa La Massa Re-Opens

February 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa La Massa Immersed in the heart of Tuscany and just few miles from the historic centre of Florence, Villa La Massa is set on the bank of the Arno River with over 20 acres of lush gardens full of lemon trees and olive groves. The 37 accommodations are divided in three ochre and pink coloured villas overlooking the romantic Chianti hills and a magnificent countryside landscape. The hotel's shuttle service runs daily to and from Ponte Vecchio, allowing the guests to enjoy the serenity of the Villa and unwind after a long day of touring or shopping in Florence.

The hotel is re-opening March 20th, 2014, with a brand new fitness center located in the Noble Villa. Equipped with state of the art exercise machines and audio/visual, it has also a treatment room offering a wide selection of massages, among which the famous Wine Therapy treatment. The Wine Treatment Massage uses a custom blended massage oil of Chianti grapes blended with lavender honey and wine to envelop your senses, release stress, and lull the body into a state of ultimate rest. Villa La Massa can also organize yoga classes and massages in the garden upon request. The Hotel is at guests' disposal for any further information. 

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Did You Know? Castillo Hotel Son Vida

February 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Castillo Hotel Son Vida
Castillo Hotel Son Vida's
history dates back to the 13th century, when King Jaume I declared the hills behind Palma city—where the hotel is located—fertile ground. However, it wasn’t until the 16th century, when Mateu Vida acquired the medieval castle that now houses the hotel, that the building was baptized. The castle’s subsequent owners, the aristocratic Desmas and Truyols families, kept the castle’s distinctive name, marking the beginning of a proud heritage of elite service, elaborate feasts, and profound relaxation.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida

Near the turn of the 20th century, Fernando Truyols and Despuig undertook extensive and extravagant renovations as a gift to his wife, Magdalena Villalonga. The result was a villa with the look of a castle, complete with a tower. Fifty-seven years later, the Truyols family sold the private Son Vida estate,  and on June 23, 1961, the castle opened its doors as a luxury hotel. 

In 1995, the hotel was purchased by the Schorghuber Group and renamed Castillo Hotel Son Vida. The hotel underwent a full renovation in 2005. Today, Castillo Hotel Son Vida draws influential guests from all over the world. Politicians and celebrities who have chosen Castillo Hotel Son Vida as their Mallorcan destination include: Prince Rainer of Monaco and Grace Kelly, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Anthony Quinn, Pedro Almodovar, Claudia Schiffer, and many more.

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Did You Know? Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

February 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives can enjoy a meal at Sea, while being under the actual ocean. The luxury resort's fine dining restaurant is one of teh few underwater wine cellars and restaurants in the world. Here, degustation menus are paired with premium Old and New World wines by the resident Wine Sommelier.

Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

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Cool Pools: Gansevoort Park Avenue

February 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at the Gansevoort Park Avenue can take in views of the Empire State building while they swim or lounge. The heated, indoor/outdoor rooftop pool featuring a collapsible garage door allowing passage between the interior and exterior elements. The pool is exclusive for guests during business hours, and open year round for easy access. Take a dip and meet the Mosaic 1940’s pin up temptress who beckons enticingly from the pool bottom. 

Gansevoort Park Avenue

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Image of the Day: Ceylan InterContinental

February 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ceylan InterContinental is the ideal base for exploring Istanbul's historic sites, museums, restaurants, clubs, and shops. Located in Taksim with stunning views of the Bosphorus, Istanbul skyline and the Blue Mosque, this luxury hotel is a short walk from Dolmabahce Palace and Lutfi Kırdar Congress Hall.

Ceylan InterContinental 

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Did You Know? Hotel Captain Cook

February 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Anchorage's Hotel Captain Cook is named for British explorer and cartographer whose three major voyages took him around the southern tips of Africa and South America, to Easter Island and, on his final voyage, along Alaska’s majestic coastline. Cook helped define Alaska in the 18th century by mapping its jagged coastline for the first time. In June of 1778, while looking for a Northwest Passage to Hudson Bay, he and his crew on the HMS Resolution dropped anchor in Turnagain Arm—within sight of the spot where the Hotel Captain Cook stands today.

Hotel Captain Cook

An earthquake in 1964 leveled much of downtown Anchorage. Businessman Walter J. Hickel, who was also Alaska's mayor, had already been investing in Alaska’s future for decades, building hotels and business centers as well as serving as Alaska’s governor, all with an eye to making Alaska the American gateway to the Pacific Rim. The Hotel has prospered and expanded with the times: the first Tower opened in 1965, followed by Tower II in 1972 and Tower III in 1978. Today, the 547-room hotel plays host to dignitaries, celebrities and people from all walks who love the grandeur of Alaska.


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

February 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Principe di Piemonte Turin

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: What are some family-friendly resorts in Italy for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?
ANSWER: Principi di Piemonte Turin

The Principi di Piemonte in Turin is an elegant 5 star hotel located in the heart of the city. The building that houses Principi di Piemonte Hotel is imposing and quite high, able to provide exciting views of the most suggestive panoramas of Turin. This is a luxury hotel immersed in a charming atmosphere where class and style greet sophisticated and demanding guests. The building has 99 rooms, divided into rooms and suites, ideal for congressionalist and business men, but also for tourists who want to discover the beauty of the Savoy capital, residing in a high-class hotel.

Located near the Porta Nuova train station, and easily reached from Turin's Caselle Airport using public transportation, Principi di Piemonte is the ideal location for visiting the city, reaching the fashionable boutiques in Via Roma, and visiting the monuments and buildings that are most representative of Turin. The hotel offers the refined and exclusive restaurant with soft, private ambiance, the luminous breakfast room, the American bar with outdoor seating, and a variety of areas available for the guests to satisfy any need during their stay. The Health Center at Principi Piemonte joins elegance and class with traditional and the newest wellness and beauty treatments. From crystalline water to colors for maximum sensorial relaxation, from different types of massages to the Turkish bath for rediscovering beauty and charm, the spa and wellness center of the Principi di Piemonte is able to provide magical moments for wellness and relaxation to reinvigorate you from the stress of modern society.
Principe di Piemonte Turin


For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 
• Deluxe room connecting to Junior Suite or a Junior Suite connecting to a Suite. These are modern, roomy, luminous rooms with panoramic views of Turin, offering spacious and comfortable bathrooms, a working desk with ergonomic chair, and high speed Wi-Fi Internet connection. The hotel features an extravagant room-service menu. All rooms are non-smoking. Rooms are available for handicapped guests. There are also room featuring non-allergenic furnishings  or pet friendly rooms.

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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