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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Resort in Aruba?

August 21, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casion
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 child friendly resorts in Aruba for a family of 3, child age 10?

ANSWER: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino

Experience the all-new Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, where luxurious pampering and exquisite touches enhance every moment of your visit. 

Kids enjoy playtime in paradise during your amazing Caribbean family vacation when they join the fun at Camp Hyatt Watapana. The resort offers a myriad of kid's activities in Aruba - from pool games to arts and crafts. Kids will meet new friends, play in the Caribbean sunshine and explore the wonders of this fascinating island. Under the supervision of trained camp counselors, kids spend their days romping on the beach, creating crafts and learning about the natural beauty and colorful history of Aruba. While kids enjoy fun Aruba activities, mom and dad can enjoy some quiet time in the spa, on a sailboat, or enjoying a romantic dinner.

The magnificent, 8,000 square foot pool complex offers fun in the sun for everyone. For those wishing to simply relax and enjoy the sunshine, the expansive pool decks provide comfortable lounge chairs and umbrellas to spend a day basking in the warm Caribbean sun. When you need to cool down, enjoy a leisurely swim in the enticing three-tier pool, with a refreshing cascading waterfall on each level. There's plenty of excitement at the pool, too. Take a thrilling ride down the two-story water slide, landing with an invigorating splash in the warm waters. Challenge the family to a game of water volleyball or explore the freshwater lagoon, stocked with tropical fish and wildlife. Hungry? Swim up to Balashi Bar and Grille for a light lunch, snack or your favorite cocktail. For a perfect ending to another glorious day in Aruba, submerge in one of the two outdoor Jacuzzi's, nestled under the swaying palms, as you plan your evening of delicious dining and entertainment.

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and CasinoFor Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

2 Grand Queen Beds-Let the hypnotic sounds of the ocean gently lull you to sleep each evening in the luxurious comfort of these newly remodeled Aruba accommodations. Situated on the upper floors of the resort, these spacious 380-sq.-ft. rooms offer a private step-out balcony, perfect for enjoying views of the ocean, three-level pool, lagoon, and tropical gardens. Complementing the view is the delightful decor, with sophisticated yet warm colors of the Caribbean creating a serene setting for your visit. Awaken each day refreshed from an exceptional rest in the signature Hyatt Grand Beds, fitted with luxurious linens, fluffy down pillows, and a colorful throw over pillow-top mattresses. All King rooms include a shower while the Queen/Queen guestrooms include a bathtub. Deluxe amenities in the air-conditioned, beachfront Aruba lodging include refreshing ceiling fan, Portico bath products, iHome clock/radio, coffeemaker, minibar, 42" LCD TV, high-speed Internet access, and daily newspaper.

Book your family vacation at Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino >>


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.


New to Five Star Alliance: Les Sources de Caudalie

August 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Les Sources de Caudalie, located among the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a Graves great growth, was established in 1999. The concept behind Les Sources de Caudalie is inspired by the French Paradox, discovered over 20 years ago. It refers to a study proving that the French diet and lifestyle, particularly in Southwest France, is conducive to good health. Between vineyards and forests, at only 20 minutes from Bordeaux center, the architect Yves Collet created from scratch contemporary buildings from recycled local materials in tune with the surroundings.

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The Rubens at the Palace Means Family Fun in the Heart of London

August 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the Palace
When it comes to exceptional family facilities and a location in the heart of London's main tourist attractions, it's hard to beat The Rubens at the Palace located in Victoria, neighbouring London’s most prestigious address, Buckingham Palace. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many popular London sites including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Downing Street, the London Aquarium, and the London Eye as well as the leafy green open spaces of the Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.

The Rubens offers a number of extra special touches that ensure every family is kept entertained and well looked after. Children are made to feel like mini VIP's with access to their own Kids Concierge also known as the Director of Fun and Adventure, John Goncalves. John is fully abreast on London’s hottest openings and attractions and will happily offer advice to help each family make the most out of their trip to the capital. Many of the bedrooms offer views over the Royal Mews and the Director of Fun & Adventure will talk each child through traditional royal ceremony, such as the changing of the guard, and explain exactly what is happening and why. John has years of experience in keeping the most demanding of children amused both in and out of the hotel leaving parents to relax and enjoy their stay.

The Rubens is well known for its outstanding afternoon tea and youngsters are catered for with a Prince and Princess version. Treats include bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and a choice of milkshakes, hot chocolate, tea or a soft drink. There is also a special kids menu including tasty “mocktails”. Children can also enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel including a trip to the kitchen, where the Pastry Chef will help the kids decorate their own cupcakes. The Rubens at the Palace
Each family bedroom is fully equipped with a host of games and activities to keep everyone entertained. A special turndown treat is offered to all children, with cookies, hot milk, a bubble bath full of toys and their own mini bathrobes and slippers are supplied. For kids of all ages, there is a full library of DVDs and computer games to borrow, free of charge.

The Rubens offers flexible accommodation with ten interconnecting room combinations catering for families of up to six and family wing options that cater for extended families of up to eleven guests.

Enjoy London luxury for less with three nights for the price of two on suites at The Rubens At The Palace >>

 


Park Hyatt New York Opens

August 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Park Hyatt New York

Park Hyatt New York, the flagship hotel of the globally recognized Park Hyatt brand, makes its grand debut today. Guests will appreciate the hotel's prime location across from Carnegie Hall and within walking distance to Central Park. The property will allow the best local New York artists, chefs, interior and fashion designers, musicians, and collectors to showcase their specialties providing the ultimate guest experience. New Yorkers and worldwide travelers alike will enjoy an exquisite bar, gourmet culinary offerings, a phenomenal spa, fitness center, and indoor swimming pool.

Park Hyatt New York will feature 210 luxurious guestrooms, including 92 premier suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and nestled within the first 25 floors of the iconic, 90-story One57 skyscraper, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc. At 475 square feet, the standard rooms at Park Hyatt New York will be among the largest in New York City and the majority of deluxe rooms will span 530 square feet. 

Be among the first to stay at Park Hyatt New York >>


Image of the Day: Bellasera Hotel

August 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Inspired by the beautiful villages of Tuscany, Bellasera Hotel exudes elegance, charm, and historical beauty. Guests at this Four-Diamond property enjoy gorgeous courtyard fountains, Italian architecture, Mediterranean cuisine, and world-class service.

Bellasera Hotel 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Churchill Suites Monte Carlo

August 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Churchill Suites Monte Carlo offers luxurious vacation rentals and corporate apartment suites in the heart of central Miami Beach at the Monte Carlo building, newly built in 2014. This luxury 18 story property located directly on the ocean at 65th Street and Collins Avenue offers direct beach access, ocean views, two outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, fitness center, lounge with billiards, and much more.

Churchill Suites Monte Carlo

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Shop Til' You Drop: WestHouse Hotel New York Partners with NET-A-PORTER

August 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

WestHouse Hotel New YorkIn partnership with stylish e-commerce site NET-A-PORTER, the world’s premier online luxury fashion retailer, WestHouse Hotel debuts the first online shopping experience in a U.S. hotel that brings exclusive shopping options to guests. On the elegant touch-screen tablets featured in each guestroom which connect seamlessly to hotel services, Residents can browse NET-A-PORTER’s unparalleled selection of the season’s chicest fashions without leaving their beds. WestHouse provides guests with an easy way to keep tabs on cutting-edge fashion from labels such as Ksubi, R13, Erdem, as well as highly coveted styles by Stella McCartney, Marni, Helmut Lang and Alexander McQueen, among others.

The superb service and customer care from NET-A-PORTER, includes:
• A dedicated phone line in each of WestHouse’s 172 rooms and suites connecting to NET-A-PORTER’s Customer Care team, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
• A dedicated phone line providing direct access from WestHouse’s 16 suites to NET-A-PORTER’s Personal Shoppers from 9AM to 5PM each weekday, and to Customer Care after hours and on weekends
• Seamless direct connect to NET-A-PORTER ‘s website via in-room tablets that feature a highly visible “just tap” NET-A-PORTER icon on the home screen
• Complimentary same-day delivery directly to the WestHouse in NET-A-PORTER’s beautiful signature black boxes
Highlighting the new partnership will be a specialty Suite Shopping Package whereby guests who book a stay of three or more nights in one of WestHouse’s suites will receive a $500 NET-A-PORTER gift card to spend on their site.


Image of the Day: Blue Palace Resort and Spa

August 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Blue Palace Resort and Spa is nestled on the famed coast of Elounda on the island of Crete, and has emblematic views to the relics of Spinalonga Island. 

Blue Palace Resort and Spa

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Sustainability and Six Senses Laamu

August 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu
 
wants the earth to have as good an experience at their resort as the guests do. The luxury resort is committed to reducing its ecological and carbon footprint.

Here's a few of the green initiatives at the resort:

- All villas have been designed to take advantage of passive cooling and overhanging roofs creates shade for the windows, thus reducing the need for air-conditioning. Where air-conditioning is required, only low energy units are used.

- Freshwater production works through reverse-osmosis desalination, whereby pressurised seawater is filtered via a semi-permeable membrane – an energy-intense operation. To reduce this energy consumption, an innovative energy recovery system (ERI) uses the brine’s energy to pressurise seawater to the same pressure as the brine. This installation makes the desalination process much more efficient.

- Suppliers are asked to reduce packaging when delivering supplies.

- Printing paper is eco-labelled or recycled and the reverse side of printed paper is used for notes.

- Guests are given re-usable glass water bottles rather than disposable plastic bottles.

- A recycling corner where waste is separated into paper, plastic, metal, glass, organic waste, and toxic waste. A compactor reduces the space required to store the waste before it is sent for recycling and proper handling.

- A composting site takes food waste from the kitchen and restaurants composts it with garden waste. The composting soil generated from this activity is reused in our landscape and gardening.
 

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Your Questions Answered: What London Hotel Would You Recommend for a Family of Four?

August 17, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Piccadilly
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 4 and looking to stay is London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER:  With its timeless Regency architecture and unmatched location in the heart of London's West End, Le Méridien Piccadilly is recognised as the landmark hotel in Piccadilly Circus. The hotel proudly stands on nine floors, showcasing 266 luxurious bedrooms. The hotel is near the shopping district, theatres, parks and museums. Regarded as one of London's finest hotels, guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Oak Room Lounge, or indulge in the gourmet cuisine of the Terrace Restaurant and Bar. The hotel has an atmosphere of quiet luxury and comfort, providing quick, efficient and unobtrusive service.  

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Family Room-Non-Smoking. Ideal for a family of four, these sophisticated rooms are equipped with two queen beds and include complimentary buffet breakfast for all plus free in-room WiFi internet access. Exclusive benefits for children throughout your stay include complimentary dining at Le Meridien Piccadilly and an unlimited number of items to launder; allowing you the option to travel lighter.

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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.