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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.

Did You Know? The Montague on the Gardens

December 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Montague on the Gardens is named for the dissolute Ralph, Duke of Montagu, who came by this land in a very devious manner. The Duchess of Albemarle was a unscrupulous woman who enjoyedthe fruits of her late husband's scheme to discover buried treasure. The Duchess swore that unless the Prince of Tartary himself were to come to her door and beg her to be his wife by throwing himself at her feet, she would never remarry. Hearing of this, the unscrupulous Duke of Montagu dressed up as the Prince, and thus acquired both her hand and her fortune. He appropriated his wife’s money to construct for himself a vast mansion, Montagu House, in Great Russell Street. The land of Montague Street formed part of its ten-acre garden, thus confirming that the Montague on the Garden is well-named. Six years after it was finished, Montagu House burned down in just five hours. His Grace promptly had it rebuilt and lived on here until his death in 1709. 

The Montague on the Gardens

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Tahitian Resort That Offers Overwater Bungalows?

December 20, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien 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 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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Tahitian Resort That Offers Overwater Bungalows? 

ANSWER: Le Meridien Tahiti, situated on the beachfront in the Punaauia region, offers 138 lagoon view bedrooms and suites with stunning views of the ocean, and 12 over-water bungalows designed with an emphasis on natural materials and refreshing local colors. The resort features two restaurants providing a wide selection of gourmet Polynesian and international cuisine. It is also equipped with meeting rooms, facilities for business traveler,s and a wide variety of sporting and recreational facilities.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Le Meridien Tahiti
Overwater Bungalow -Suspended over the crystal clear lagoon of Tahiti, the overwater bungalow offers the ultimate experience in Polynesia: luxurious yet traditional Tahitian accommodation and breathtaking views on a rich coral garden, colourful fishes and marine life. Unique on the island, these thatched roof bungalows feature local woven palm walls, romantic canopy bed, lovely timber floor, large terrace, Polynesian style bathroom and open views to the reef. Access to the lagoon by the end of pontoon.
The 56m² (600 sqft) bungalows offer flat screen TV, video on demand and music channels, Le Meridien signature bed, i-pod dock, inviting sofa, mini bar, separate bathtub & shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, in-room safety box, walk-in closet, snorkelling gear, and a private terrace for romantic sunset cocktails.

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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.


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

December 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Palais Namaskar
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: Can you recommend a family-friendly resort in Morocco?


ANSWER: Palais Namaskar Marrakech 

Commanding more than 12 acres of pristine seclusion, tranquil lakes and inspiring panoramas, Palais Namaskar hotel in Marrakech explores new dimensions in hospitality - indulging guests with unrivaled spaciousness, personal freedom and majestic grandeur to create an undeniably unique experience. The 5 Star accommodations at Palais Namaskar are a harmony of timeless elegance and extravagant personal space with exceptional views of mountains, lakes, and scented gardens. The decor is a vibrant combination of Eastern-inspired architecture infusing Feng Shui principles with contemporary interior design.

Palais NamaskarPalais Namaskar has a total of 41 units comprising of three kinds of rooms, four types of suites, two styles of luxury villas, and two extraordinary palaces. Some units feature terraces while others offer outdoor Jacuzzis and heated pools. The luxury villas offer private pools and dedicated outdoor areas, while the 5 star palaces also include private kitchens and butler services. Certain rooms and suites can also be merged to create customized living environments.

For Your Families Needs, We Recommend:

2 Bedroom Pool Suite: The 2 bedroom Pool Suite offers guests more than 140 square feet. Each bedroom is overlooking a scented garden terrace with day beds and has its own bathroom. The master bedroom features a king size bed and an extraordinarily spacious bathroom which includes a double shower and bathtub. The second bedroom has two twin beds, which makes this suite perfect for a couple with two children. The private living room is open on a large terrace with private heated pool.

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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.
 


New to Five Star Alliance: The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya

December 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Formerly the residence of Count Orlov-Davydov, The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya's exclusive retail frontage was once known for the Koeller perfumery business and many fine chocolate stores. The historic facade has been lovingly preserved and renovated, and the superb decorative mosaic arches by Nierman in 1907 was partially saved during the painstaking reconstruction - and remains proudly on display. Today, the St. Regis brand remains the highest expression of bespoke service and refined surrounds.

The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya

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New to Five Star Alliance: Southern Ocean Lodge

December 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Southern Ocean Lodge is Australia’s first true luxury lodge, offering a unique and exclusive travel experience on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge commands peerless views of the wild Southern Ocean and pristine Kangaroo Island wilderness. Sensitive, intimate and sophisticated, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary of refined comfort and luxe, Kangaroo Island style.

Southern Ocean Lodge

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Your Questions Answered: What's a Family-Friendly Chicago Hotel for a Family of Four?

December 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
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: Can you recommend a Chicago hotel suitable for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11? 

ANSWER: Waldorf Astoria Chicago 

Ranked the #1 US Hotel in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago boasts stunning interiors, expansive rooms, gracious service, and unique amenities that combine to create a travel experience like no other. The luxury hotel located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, which features exclusive shopping, dining, nightlife, and the Windy City's most famed attractions. 

Indulge in sanctuary of tranquil spa treatments, thoughtful relaxation and wellbeing at Spa & Health Club. The spa offers treatments such as facials, massages, spa gatherings and men's atelier. A lap pool adorned with thousands of mosaic titles is available for leisure or intense swims, as well as for water classes. 
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Savor inspired American and French cuisine in captivating restaurants featuring intimate dining experience. RIA, a Michelin Two Star restaurant highlights seasonally driven menu in a sophisticated tone. While Balsan offers refined yet rustic fare with an American sensibility. Rich suede walls and classic cocktails await at Bernard’s Bar.

Luxurious accommodations at Waldorf Astoria Chicago are intended for all guests, even four-legged friends. The hotel offers family-friendly packages such as American Girl Place hotel offer.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking:
Astor Suite (1 King) connects to Gold Coast Suite (1 king or 2 Queen)
Spanning across 915 spacious square feet of first-rate living, the Astoria King Suite is a fitting title for these exquisite living areas, as each suite with separate King bedroom overlooks the prestigious north end of the Gold Coast neighborhood. Of course, while staying in this suite, the inspired view can be enjoyed from the furnished outdoor terrace, which is located right off the parlor. Additionally, the Astoria Suite offers a fireplace, queen sleeper sofa and king-size bed. Additional enhancements include: Wireless internet access, two 42-inch high definition LCD televisions with DVR, Bowers & Wilkins virtual surround system with iPod integration, and wet bar including refrigerator, freezer and microwave. 

The 1,264 square Gold Coast 2 Queen 1 Bedroom Suite offers a fireplace, separate bedroom with two queen size beds, elegant living room with dining table and queen sleeper sofa, full master bath with a soaking tub, as well as a separate powder room. Additional enhancements include: Wireless internet access, 42-inch high definition LCD television, Bowers & Wilkins virtual surround system with iPod integration and wet bar including refrigerator, and microwave.  Accessible guest rooms all comply with current ADA regulations.

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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.


The Magic Treehouse Comes Alive for Christmas at The Plaza New York

December 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Plaza New York
New York City's iconic hotel, The Plaza, is embarking on a holiday new journey with Random House Children’s Books and author Mary Pope Osborne, creator of the Magic Tree House series. This literary partnership provides boys and girls the opportunity to set off from the historic hotel to explore the Big Apple as inspired by the books.  The Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza is pairs the hotel with the popular fiction books and the corresponding Magic Tree HouseFact Tracker—the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles—and supplemented with New York activities that bring each story to life. 

From December 1 - December 31, 2014, the focus is on the book A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time and Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens and corresponding Fact Tracker.

Each experience includes luxurious accommodations in a guest room or suite, a Plaza-specific passport for collecting stamps throughout each trip, a special Magic Tree House pin to designate explorers, and a New York City welcome amenity.

Availability:
This offer is available subject to availability.

Rates:
Rates from $2015 USD per night, based on double occupancy.

This NYC Magic Tree House package rate is based upon availability and exclusive of tax & gratuity. This offer is not applicable to group bookings of ten or more and cannot be combined with any other special offer. 


Spend New Year's Eve in Paris

December 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

If you've ever dreamed of spending New Year's Eve in Paris, now's your chance!

La Tremoille

We found availability at the following Paris-area hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

Sofitel Paris La Defense from EUR252 per night

The Westin Paris from EUR282 per night

Villa and Hotel Majestic from EUR380 per night

Le Burgundy Paris from EUR400 per night

La Tremoille from EUR435 per night

Budda Bar Hotel Paris from EUR508 per night

Hotel Prince de Galles from EUR550 per night

Castille Paris from EUR561

Hotel Du Louvre from EUR590

Hotel De Sers from EUR618

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


New to Five Star Alliance: The Kingsbury

December 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Kingsbury is ideally located in the heart of Colombo and offers quick access to the city's business centers, shopping complexes, restaurants, pubs, as well as boutique outlets, making it the ideal base for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is situated at the far end of the famous Galle Face Marine drive and with the newly developing Colombo Port, travelers are presented with a unobstructed view of the metropolis on one side with the hottest night spots, shopping malls and the best of Colombo’s cultural locations just minutes away, and the endless Indian Ocean on the other.

The Kingsbury 

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Happy Opening to Gansevoort Playa Imbert!

December 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gansevoort Playa Imbert opens today! The Dominican resort features 48 suites comprised of one and two-bedroom lofts; three-bedroom apartments with private plunge pools and spacious terraces; and a collection of four-bedroom penthouses. Each penthouse offers a private rooftop Jacuzzi. Floor-to-ceiling windows seamlessly blend the outdoors with the indoors offering dramatic seascapes from every guest room, while modern interiors provide understated opulence with standard amenities like state-of-the art kitchens, walk-in showers, custom bathtubs and natural stone finishes. 

Gansevoort Playa Imbert

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