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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.

Your Questions Answered: Kids and the Maldives

July 18, 2013
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: What hotels or resorts in the Maldives do you recommend for a family traveling with kids?


ANSWER: Lucky Kids! We have a great collection of hotels in the Maldives that welcome children.  Hf the ere are some of the amenities at the luxury hotels that are part of the Five Star Alliance collection.

Dusit Thani Maldives-The Dusit Thani Maldives (left) offers a children’s play area and club facility. 

-At the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah "KidsOnly" is free for all children from 2-11 years and provides world-class benefits including exciting and imaginative daily fun programs, age-appropriate activities, facilities and amenities, over twelve hours a day. Babysitters are available 24 hours a day for those under 2. 

-At the Anantara Veli Resort and Spa , the Dhoni Kids Club (for children from the ages of 3 to 12) keeps the youngest guests entertained during their holidays with an action-packed program featuring a variety of beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games that are fun, educational and culturally enriching. 

-At the LUX Maldives "PLAY" offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything kids could hope for on an island vacation. 

-Kids For All Seasons Kudamas Club is an organized program of fun activities for the little ones at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives.  

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Dress Code at Grand Hotel Mazarro Sea Palace?

July 17, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace
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 is the dress code at Grand Hotel Mazarro Sea Palace?  Is it okay for us and have breakfast in shorts?


ANSWER: Overlooking one of the most beautiful bays in the world, set among the rocks and sea and embellished by the colours of Mediterranean architecture, rises up the Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace. In this delightful setting, at the centre of the bay from which it takes its name, the Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace offers the comfort of a 5 stars de luxe hotel, in a modern, efficient structure. All of this crowned by the charm of the highest volcano in europe: Etna.

The rooms and the suites of the Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace are quite literally terraces on the sea situated in a refined and exclusive context where the personalization of the services, apart from epitomising hospitality, represents a perfect harmony between tradition and innovation. All the rooms are very carefully furnished with mini-bar, color TV with satellite and in-house program, direct telephone line, hair dryer and individually programmable air conditioning.


As far as dress code, during the day the hotel is casual-friendly, and short are allowed. Dinner is more dressy, men are required to be in long pants and to wear a jacket. 

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: Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk

July 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach Walk is located just steps away from Waikiki's famous white sand beaches and the new Waikiki Beach Walk offering vibrant entertainment, exclusive boutiques and world-class restaurants.

Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Beach

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Image of the Day: San Antonio Santorini

July 9, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

San Antonio Santorini is built into a fascinating natural cave formation, and embedded in the volcanic rocks of Santorini. As you can see, it offers unobstructed sea views.

San Antonio Santorini

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Did You Know? Fairmont Southampton

July 8, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Fairmont Southampton of is located on Bermuda's highest point on a 100-acre estate.  It is the sister hotel
to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Together the two hotels constitute 25% of all the hotel rooms in Bermuda.

Fairmont Southampton

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Image of the Day: Canouan Resort

June 30, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Canouan Resort showcases 30 one and two bedroom luxuriously appointed pool or beachfront locations suites, hidden coves, beautiful white sand beaches, tennis, water sports, signature restaurants and bars, a large freshwater swimming pool, Sugar Palms Kids Club, and the magnificent Canouan Resort Spa.

Canouan

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Did You Know? W Retreat and Spa Vieques Island

June 29, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Vieques Island is home to not only a wonderful W Retreat and Spa, it's also home to what many believe to be the world's most spectacular Bioluminescent Bay.

W Retreat and Spa Vieques

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Winner's Report: The Ultimate Getaway

June 28, 2013
By: Guest Writer

Viceroy BaliA few months ago, we held an Ultimate Getaway sweepstakes. The grand prize was a stay at Viceroy Bali, and included business class airfare furnished by Qatar Airlines. 

Our winner, Kim H, has written up her experiences for us. 

 My trip to Bali began in New York City on Qatar Airlines. Being able to fly Business Class with such a wonderful airline was truly a rewarding way to travel. 

Viceroy Bali

It was an absolute pleasure to travel in such comfort and luxury!


Everything in Bali was a feast for the senses. From sights to sounds to everything in between, it was overwhelming – but all in a good way! There were so many wonderful restaurants to try out in Ubud and beyond. There was a lot of Nasi Goring to be had, and plenty of watermelon juice. We sampled everything from local roadside stands to top rated warungs.


Our stay at the Viceroy Bali was the crown jewel of the trip. The staff showed such an unparalleled kindness throughout our entire visit. The Deluxe Garden Terrace villa that we were in was absolutely heaven. The room was immaculate and the pool with a bale was truly a touch of paradise. We had our morning breakfasts at Cascades Restaurant at the Viceroy which was phenomenal. What a perfect way to start out the day!

Viceroy Bali


We did get a chance to go down to the beaches in Seminyak and Kuta. I can see why Bali is a surfer’s paradise. The waves were tremendous and beautiful! When I return to Bali one day, it will be with a surf board in hand. A real highlight was a visit to the Elephant Safari Park in Ubud, where they had a six-week old baby there and you could really get up close and interact with the elephants. It was a really amazing experience!

Bali is a kind, culturally-rich island which was unlike any place that I’ve ever been to. I left feeling incredibly grateful for the chance to soak it in for one week and take away such wonderful memories.

 We're so glad she had a wonderful time on her trip!

 

You can see more of Kim's gorgeous pictures on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Facebook

 

 

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Image of the Day: Punta Islita Hotel

June 26, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Punta Islita is a eco-resort located along the sunny Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. Nicoya is one of the five regions in the world where healthy longevity is most common.

Punta Islita

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New Two Bedroom Beach Houses at Parrot Cay by Como

June 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Parrot Cay by Como
Parrot Cay by Como
 
 is an award-winning Turks and Caicos luxury resort set on its own private island. It is nestled on 1,000 unspoilt acres and offers guests a mile-long beach to sun and swim themselves. The 72 rooms, suites and villas at Parrot Cay by COMO range from ample king rooms to family-friendly three-bedroom villas. All rooms, suites and beach villas have soothing interiors along with COMO’s service ethic, holistic therapies, yoga, diving, and world-class cuisine.

Add to the lovely accommodations Parrot Cay by Como's new two-bedroom beach houses. The Parrot Cay houses are set on 1.5 acres, have uninterrupted ocean views, and offer access to 84 metres of private beach. The beach houses are comprised of two ensuite bedrooms (which have four-poster beds with white voile draping), a spacious living and dining area, a large outdoor deck, and a private swimming pool. Each two-bedroom beach house comes with the services of a private butler. The houses are decorated in COMO's signature aesthetic with antique pieces from Indonesia.

Parrot Cay Private Deck


The private outdoor pool is 87 square meters and has ocean views. There's also an outdoor shower area. The outdoor deck is partially covered, so it can be enjoyed no matter the weather. It's a perfect spot to practice a little yoga, and mats are available on request. Bathroom amenities include a hairdryer, bathrobes, and exclusive COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities. Guest will stay cool with their choice of air-conditioning or a colonial-style ceiling fan. Other in-room amenities include a minibar, WiFi and high speed Internet access, satellite TV and a DVD player, coffee/tea making facilities, and complimentary flip-flops.

 

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