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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.

Cool Pools: Park Hyatt Sydney

February 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Sydney Opera House


Park Hyatt Sydney
 is perched on one of the world's most beautiful harbours. The luxury hotel is situated right between the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The rooftop pool means guests can see these iconic landmarks without ever leaving their lounge chair.

 

Left: View of the Sydney Opera House from the Park Hyatt Sydney's Rooftop Pool

Park Hyatt Sydney

 






Right: View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Park Hyatt Sydney's Rooftop Pool

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Image of the Day: Taj West End

February 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Taj West End is a lush, 20-acre garden in the middle of Bangalore. West End VIPs have included the vivacious and beautiful Devika Rani, the First Lady of the Indian Screen who held the film world in thrall for two decades, and her venerated Russian husband Roerich. Many members of Indian Royalty practically settled into the West End Hotel - The Jagirdar of Arni stayed at the West End for 36 years and the Raja of Chettinad was a regular in Room No.50.

Taj West End

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Bali Resort for a Family of Four?

February 18, 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.

InterContinental Resort BaliQUESTION: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay in Bali. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family of 3 adults and 1 child age 1?

ANSWER: InterContinental Resort Bali  

Secluded within the boundaries of the exclusive neighbourhood of Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s southern coastline, InterContinental Bali Resort embraces 35 acres of tropical landscape. Blessed with an endless stretch of white sandy beachfront as its stunning backdrop, the resort integrates ornamental ponds, a winding lagoon and aesthetic stonework.
Suspended between heaven and earth, this 417 luxury room resort was designed to blend modern convenience with elements of traditional Balinese architecture. There is a sensitivity towards the surrounding environment, whilst respecting the rich culture of the island, its fine artistry, and Hindu heritage.
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Singaraja Room that can connect to Singaraja Room or Singaraja Duplex.

The Singaraia Rooms are located within 2 private wings of the resort, highlighted by local artworks, Javanese masks, and a contemporary blend of dark timber furnishings with creamy textiles. The rooms measure 49 square meters and feature either 1 king bed or 2 twins and have views of the resort garden, lagoons, pool or ocean. Maximum occupancy is for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. The Singaraia Duplex Suite exudes comfort with a distinct contemporary Balinese ambience. The split level suite with a mezzanine master bedroom, integrated living environment, and private terrace is the ideal retreat for families. The suite measures 79 square meters with 1 king bed, a sofa bed and offers views of the resort garden, lagoons, pool, or ocean. Maximum occupancy is 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

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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: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

February 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal has completed a full renovation inviting guests to enjoy the feeling of quiet luxury. A modern classic that puts on a show; in the heart of Paris and Parisian's favorite neighborhood, the world renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon has brilliantly turned this historical monument into a hotel of timeless elegance and glamour. With an enviable location, this Grand Hotel Parisien is literally steps away from the world's finest attractions: The Louvre Museum, the Opera Garnier, and Saint-Honore fashion designers. The Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is ideally placed whether you are coming to Paris for business or pleasure.

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

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Sleeping with the Presidents

February 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Willard InterContinental
In honor of President's Day, we wanted to showcase some luxury hotels that are favorites of POTUS.

The Willard InterContinental - Washington, DC
Every president since Franklin Pierce has stayed or attended an event here. President Lincoln even lived here with his family before his inaguration. Just in case more than one Commander-in-Chief is in residence, the historic hotel has four presidential suites, named after Presidents Jefferson, Adams, Washington, and Lincoln. 

The Kahala Hotel and Resort - Honolulu, HI
This hotel has put to bed every president since Lyndon B. Johnson. Presidents and other VIPs stay in either the Imperial and Presidential Suite. Both 2,200-square-foot suites are on the top two floors, with views of Kahala Bay. 

The Jefferson Hotel Richmond - Richmond, VA
Named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, the historic Richmond hotel has checked in 12 presidents, from Harrison and McKinley to both Bushes and Obama. Commanders-in-chief usually stay in the 1,400-square foot Presidential Suite, complete with a baby grand piano, dining room, and a marble balcony overlooking Franklin Street. 

Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa - Phoenix, AZArizona Biltmore
The one-bedroom Presidential Suite has hosted every president since Hoover, except Obama—though he stayed at the hotel on the campaign trail. Arizona Biltmore was also the honeymoon spot of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. 

Loews Madison Hotel - Washington, DC
President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy were hosts at the original opening of this hotel in 1963, and it has hosted every President since.

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel - New York, NY
The Carlyle has hosted every American president since Harry Truman. Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter and Reagan stayed at The Carlyle so often, it became their home away from home.

Presidents haven't only stayed at hotels. According to legend, The Equinox in Vermont is thought to be haunted by the ghost of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. She and her sons spent summers there, although their last vacation was cancelled due to President Lincoln's assassination. The Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC was to play host to President Coolidge's Inagural Ball, but his son's death changed those plans. Consequently, he is said to haunt the hotel. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: La Cigale

February 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

La Cigale offers five-star accommodation and a superb level of personal service in the heart of Doha, Qatar at La Cigale Hotel. Behind its polished 20-story facade, this striking high-design hotel offers a stylish yet relaxing haven where business travellers can escape the city’s hectic pace. Named the 2010 and 2012 Qatar Leading Hotel and 2012 World’s Ultimate Service Award in Hospitality by the World Travel Awards and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, La Cigale is one of the city's most esteemed hotels, an engaging blend of contemporary style and cosmopolitan ambiance.

La Cigale 

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

February 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

St. Ermin's Hotel London
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 in London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: St Ermin's Hotel London

The St. Ermin’s Hotel, nestled in the heart of London, is in the center of the city's vibrant business, leisure and government landmarks. Just a minute's walk from St James Park, this distinctive four-star deluxe hotel is a relaxed and elegant haven from London's bustling streets. Respectful, genuine, and attentive service is provided by a team fully dedicated to the comfort and happiness of our guests. The St. Ermin's design, from the lush tree-lined courtyard to historically significant interiors, engenders a sense of warmth and repose whilst providing guests with modern and innovative facilities.St. Ermin's Hotel London

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Family Room with 2 spacious rooms equipped with two queen size beds, two en-suite bathrooms and an inviting day bed - your very own haven in the centre of London. Sized at 36-37 sq m, these beautifully furnished rooms make the perfect place for families with three small children or four adults to use as their base whilst exploring London.

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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: Ajman Saray

February 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Nestled near the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf where white sandy beaches dazzle in the sun, Ajman Saray is the first beach-side Luxury Collection Resort in the Middle East. Located on a pristine stretch of Ajman coast, the resort is an accessible retreat, just a short drive from major International airports and the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain. 

Ajman Saray

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The Omni Homestead Debuts its New Spa

February 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Omni Homestead has long been popular for its natural hot springs. Two major springs from the Allegheny Mountains flow onto The Omni Homestead Resort property, naturally heated and requiring no chemical treatment. Renew your mind and body with a rejuvenating soak in the natural mineral waters of our legendary Jefferson Pools. The luxuy resort has also just debuted its rejuvenated spa.

The Spa at The Omni Homestead is an expansive, state-of-the-art facility for guests to experience decadent treatments, wellness facilities and unique features, including theAqua Thermal Suite and a year-round, adults only Spa Garden. In the Spa Garden, dip into the natural hot springs or relax your muscles in a naturally-pressurized geothermal deluge shower. 

The river reflexology walk offers a one-of-a-kind massage for your feet with smooth stones amid a small stream of natural spring water. Poolside cabanas, a spring-fed pool and whirlpool and Finnish-style sauna are other key features of this exclusive garden experience.

The Spa offers a variety of signature services including the Southern Harvest Apricot and Sweet Vanilla Wrap, 1766 Mineral Bath. and Mineral Springs Mud Wrap. Virginia’s classic spa also offers soothing and restorative massages, skin care and body therapies, and a fitness area with cardio/weight room and movement therapy rooms for yoga, cycling, and other classes.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Zero George

February 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests staying at Zero George are greeted upon arrival in the heart of the house, the original kitchen carriage house on the courtyard. This 1805 Carriage House has been transformed into the guest reception for the concierge desk, adjacent to the custom designed professional show kitchen, with a signature French enamel cooking range. Juxtaposing Charleston's period architecture, the hotel's decor is southern sophistication with a contemporary twist – reminiscent of a spacious, well appointed and comfortably furnished private home. The residences' private piazzas are furnished with wicker and wrought iron furnishings, allowing guests to casually lounge or breakfast while overlooking the Garden Courtyard.

Zero George 

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