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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.

What St Lucia Resort Would You Recommend for a Family of 4, Children Ages 15 and 16?

December 1, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ladera St Lucia
We at Five Star Alliance work 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: What St Lucia resort would you recommend for a family of 4, children ages 15 and 16?

ANSWER: Ladera St. Lucia 

Ladera was once part of Rabot Estate, one of Soufriere's oldest and most famous cocoa plantations. In 1982 it was transformed into the unique resort it is today. Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings, Ladera offers a unique design in guest accommodations. The 32 suites, each with a private pool, overlooking the famous Piton Mountains, a UNESCO World heritage site, the Caribbean Sea and the Soufriere valley. Ladera is know for its distinctive eco-lodge architecture, built with Caribbean timbers and modeled on luxury tree-house living, and a relaxed, barefoot lifestyle. The suites were intentionally built without a fourth wall, yet are designed to be sheltered, safe, and completely private. The design affords spectacular sunset views and unobstructed star gazing at night. Seven luxurious Dream Suites complement the Piton Suites. With two levels of living space, the Dream Suites also feature the famously unobstructed views and are designed in Ladera's elegant tropical architecture, using polished hard woods, crisp white linens and colorful tile and stone work by local artisans. A private deck and a spiral staircase lead to a private pool.

Ladera is pleased to offer a range of sightseeing activities on and around St. Lucia that will allow you to appreciate the uniqueness of its Caribbean history and the magnificence of its tropical location. Dasheene Restaurant sets itself apart by focusing on sustainable cooking sourced from locally harvested ingredients. Chef Nigel Mitchel's kitchen is dedicated to serving up fresh native ingredients from island farmers and neighboring plantations that grow their produce primarily for the resort.Ladera St Lucia
The Ti Kai Pose Spa at Ladera features indulgent treatments inspired by Saint Lucia's volcanic history and the lush rainforest that surrounds this peaceful retreat.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend Booking:
The Suite at Paradise Ridge. This 1400 sq foot offering accommodates children ages 15 and older. The Suites are constructed of tropical hardwoods, Soufriere stone and house cut tile and furniture made onsite by our own craftsmen. All units are decorated with local artwork and feature magnificent views of the Pitons (Unesco World Heritage Site) and Caribbean Sea. Each suite includes: Open air bedroom with four-poster king bed and open-air sitting room. Other features of the room include a heated swimming pool located 1,000 feet above the Caribbean Sea, private mini bar stocked with water, soft drinks and local beer daily, local coffee and tea making facilities, extra large bathrooms and showers, Kholer Signature bath fixtures, Molton Brown bath products, butler Service, airport transfers via luxury cars,  and full breakfast.

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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.
 


Image of the Day: Grand Hotel and SPA Rodina

November 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel and SPA Rodina is a luxurious combination of modern functionality and refined Attic style.

Grand Hotel and SPA Rodina

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Did You Know? Waterford Castle

November 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Waterford Castle is located on a 310-actre private island that is nestled on Kings Channel. According to tradition a Monastic settlement existed on the Island sometime between the sixth and the eighth centuries. Two finds on the Island have lent substance to this: A Winged Angel dating from the 8th century and the crude carving of a Monk's head, which is now prominently displayed over the main entrance to the Castle, dating from the 6th century.

Waterford Castle

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Dining al Fresco: Gallery Hotel Art

November 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gallery Hotel Art has studio galleries located on the top floor. These suites offer stunning views of the Florence Cathedral and San Miniato Church.

Gallery Hotel Art

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Image of the Day: Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel

November 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel, located in the heart of Orange County's business and cultural center, is just steps away from Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. The hotel's 238 guestrooms and suites offer luxurious furnishings, stunning eco-friendly hardwood floors, luxury linens, and floor to ceiling marble and granite bathrooms, flat screen cable TVs, stocked minibar, and high-speed Internet access. All guestrooms offer views of the lake or private gardens, and full walk-out balconies. Executive and Junior Suites feature spacious layouts with separate sleeping and living areas bathed in natural light from large windows.

Avenue of the Arts

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Image of the Day: Hotel Kura Hulanda

November 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Kura Hulanda offers a boutique village experience in the center of Willemstad, the island's capitol city. Spread over an eight-block area, the resort village includes two pools, multiple restaurants and bars, shops, a world-acclaimed anthropological museum, spa, courtyards, gardens and more.. Cobblestone pathways wind through the meticulously restored buildings that showcase the intricate Dutch architecture of the 17th and 18th century. This Dutch Colonial historic district is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hotel Kura Hulanda 

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Your Questions Answered: What Resort in Cancun Can Host a Symbolic Wedding Ceremony for a Same-Sex Couple?

November 28, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hyatt Zilara Cancun
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 resort in Cancun will host a symbolic wedding ceremony for a same-sex couple?

ANSWER: Hyatt Zilara Cancun. Prominently located on the widest stretch of beach in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Hyatt Zilara Cancun is an adults-only, all-suite, all-inclusive resort where guests experience traditional Mexican warmth in an intimate yet casual setting. The resort features spacious suites with breathtaking views of the Caribbean and offers world-class dining, an impressive array of upscale amenities, outstanding service from an attentive and thoughtful staff, and spectacular grounds and facilities. Hyatt Zilara Cancun offers a myriad of activities and conveniences including rejuvenating treatments and services at The Spa– Cancun's only ocean view spa – wine and spirits tastings, enhanced pool and beach butler service, and more.Hyatt Zilara Cancun

Whether celebrating a religious, civil, spiritual wedding, union or vow renewal, Hyatt Zilara Cancun offers extraordinary settings and exceptional accommodations to create memories that will last a lifetime. The experienced staff of professional wedding planners assists couples every step of the way to create extraordinary events. Design your own wedding or choose from a wide selection of celebrations, including a boutique complimentary wedding, to barefoot beach weddings, to lavish celebrations. Every detail is artfully arranged by the dedicated staff including flowers, music, photography, the wedding cake, the catering, and so much more.  

Honeymoon couples enjoy extra special amenities and romantic services in their suite, including a rose petal strewn bed, aromatherapy candles, a sweetheart cake and sparkling wine. For added luxury, choose a Romance Package with even more special touches such as a private candlelight beach dinner for a truly unforgettable experience.

Please note that no children are allowed on property, even for ceremonies and events. 

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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.
 


Wishing You a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The staff at Five Star Alliance wishes you a safe and happy Turkey Day!

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Meet The Henry Jones Art Hotel

November 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Henry Jones Art HotelThe Henry Jones Art Hotel is Australia's first dedicated art hotel, and one of a handful of art hotels in the world.

Located on Hobart's waterfront, the Henry Jones site dates back to 1804 and was once the location of one of Australia's most successful companies—H. Jones and Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL. Art and design are woven into the fabric of the Henry Jones. The hotel partners with a diverse range of Tasmanian artists to present a continuously changing exhibition of over 400 artworks. 

The hotel’s 56 individually designed rooms and suites reflect Henry Jones’ characteristic fusion of art, heritage, tradition and nature. Sleek modernity complements untouched heritage features, nineteenth century sandstone walls frame contemporary artworks, and original windows reveal views of Hobart's harbour, city, mountains ,and built history.

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