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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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL?

By: Betsy LeTourneau

Don CeSar Beach Resort
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: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay is St Pete FLA. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Don CeSar Beach Resort 

Located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Don CeSar Beach Resort, a Loews Hotel, has everything from romantic getaways, vacations, and honeymoons to spa and wedding services. Known as Florida's Legendary Pink Palace since opening in 1928, the luxury resort is revered internationally for its sprawling, sugar-white beach, unparalleled dining, rejuvenating Beach Club and Spa, fabulous fishing, children's program, nearby tennis and golf, and award-winning meeting facilities. Guests are tickled pink with complimentary enjoyments from sandy strolls and sunset finales to seaside pampering and sweet dream service.Don CeSar Beach Resort

The Don CeSar Beach Resort has a magnificent location. This beach front resort is located on the island of St. Pete Beach, on the Gulf of Mexico. The resort features 277 newly renovated guestrooms including 2 penthouses and 40 suites. 70 one-bedroom condominium style suites are located at The Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar. The Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar is located one half mile north of the Main Resort and complimentary shuttle transportation is provided between the Main Resort and the Beach House Suites.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Grand King Suite - This suite features a private terrace that brings all the splendor of the Gulf of Mexico right to your door. Suite includes: One King bed with plush linens, Premium Plus Wi-Fi included in Resort Fee, Balcony and direct Beach and Gulf of Mexico views, Conversation area with Queen sleeper sofa. Comfortable work desk in the suite, the bathroom includes a Shower/tub combination. All Grand King Suites are located on 2nd floor, 400 square feet / 37.16 square meters, Occupancy: 4 maximum, Cribs/rollaways available upon request. Charges may apply.

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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.

Did You Know? San Alfonso del Mar has the World's Largest Swimming Pool

By: Five Star Alliance

The largest swimming pool in the world is more than 3,000 feet long, with a deep end that descends 115 feet. So where is the Guinness-record holding pool?

San Alfonso del Mar

It's at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Valparaiso, Chile. It holds 250 million liters of water. How big is that? It's the equivalent of 6,000 8 meter pool. Besides its gargantuan size, the water is an an impossible-to-believe clear turquoise. This has been made possible thanks to an advanced technology developed by the company Crystal Lagoons, which is able to collect ocean water and keep it in perfect condition. But this is not all that it is there: during summer, the lagoon further maintains a pleasant temperature that borders 26ºC, nine degrees more than the nearby sea temperature. 

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Did You Know? Hotel Botanico

By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Botanico has a suite named after an American president. Occupying its own wing on the penthouse floor with exclusive access, the fabulous Bill Clinton Suite has been home to Royalty, politicians and celebrities. It is decorated with rich fabrics, such as Thai silk, rugs from the Royal factories in Madrid, and unique pieces of art and antiques. The suite is available with two or with three bedrooms, which makes it suitable for up to six persons. Each bedroom has its own large marble bathroom and a separate dressing room. It also boasts a spacious lounge with work area, an indoor whirlpool, a private kitchen, reception areas and a dining room, suitable for up to ten people. Its wrap around terrace, accessible from all the suite's rooms, offers stunning views of Mount Teide, the Orotava Valley, and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Terranea Resort Celebrates Five Years of Fun

By: Five Star Alliance

Terranea ResortPoised above coastal bluffs with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, Terranea, A Destination Hotel, is the only luxury destination resort on the Los Angeles coast. When you step onto the secluded 102-acre peninsula paradise, it's like stepping into a whole new world – yet mere minutes from L.A. On three sides, you're surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific with Catalina Island just across the channel. The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into every inch of architecture. From the resort lobby and outdoor gardens to the private terraces and inviting courtyards, Terranea is infused with a classic Californian elegance. Terranea is a land unto itself. A land with its own culture and way of life. From the moment you arrive, this land called Terranea becomes yours to explore.Terranea Resort

Terranea’s Suites, Bungalows, Casitas and Villas are elegant yet functional, balanced and inviting, and replete with modern conveniences. Each offers expansive living space with additional great rooms, perfect for your unique getaway.

Step out of the rooms and find plenty of space to roam. Terranea Resort offers a wealth of activities for kids, teens and families to enjoy. Pointe Discovery, Terranea’s innovative activity center and adventure concierge, helps you discover and explore all 102 acres of natural beauty. Make a splash with activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tide pooling and snorkeling. Then dive deeper into your adventure with a guided bike ride, an ocean-side hike, a horseback trail ride or a visit to our falconry program.

Terranea Resort

This family oasis has everything parents and kids could ask for. The main resort pool boasts the 140-foot waterslide and jumping splash pad. And when you are ready to relax, reserve a private cabana at the Spa Pool or sip an exotic drink at the adults-only Cielo Point pool.

Restore, rejuvenate and realign at the award-winning spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Embracing the natural beauty and energy of its southern California setting, it spans more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and contains 25 treatment rooms, a fitness center and a wellness center.


Terranea Resort

Perfect your game at The Links at Terranea, a dramatic 9-hole, par-3 oceanfront golf course, with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island – all masterfully routed and integrated with the natural surroundings.

Taking full advantage of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island views, Terranea’s collection of eight restaurants promise tastes that satisfy and sights that surprise. The chefs personally tailor menus with an emphasis on regional and seasonal ingredients. And if you want to relax in your room, a complete in-room dining menu is available 24 hours a day.

Come celebrate Terranea’s five-year anniversary. Festivities will take place all year long, including the annual Celebration of Food & Wine event, plus exclusive offers and promotions. Other events include special culinary offerings such as beer flights and beer and wine paired dinners. Not to mention enhancement to existing Terranea programs, including the Seaside Yoga celebration, Chef’s Table Dinner Series, Acoustic Series, the ever-popular Traditions events, and more.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Sunrise Kempinski Hotel

By: Five Star Alliance

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel is located on Yanqi Lake, a new haven of tranquility and beauty, with magnificent views of Yanshan Mountain and the Mutianyu Great Wall, just one hour's drive from Beijing City Centre. Sunrise Kempinski offers guests and their families an exciting experience at a new fully-integrated resort on the outskirts of Beijing. Facilities include 306 guestrooms and suites, meeting facilities, Kempsinki The Spa, recreational and fitness facilities, a Kid's Club, and an array of culinary offerings at its nine restaurants and bars.

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel
Designed by Shanghai Huadu Architect Design Co., Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing embodies the shape of the rising sun and symbolizes harmony, unity and infinity. From a side angle view, the hotel building is shaped like a scallop which represents Fortune in the Chinese culture. The front view is that of the "Rising Sun" – symbolic of the fast- developing economy of China.

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Cool Pools: Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum

By: Five Star Alliance

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum offers an indoor aqua therapy pool (WATSU Pool), plus specially designed treatment zones offering uniquely designed spa programs that combine various therapies and spa treatments with fitness and well-being, ensuring a memorable experience that balances the body and mind.

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay BodrumKempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum

The indoor pool's unique programs are under the aegis of Consultant Practitioner Deniz Susever. Deniz Susever began her journey in 1997, with alternative therapies, and the healing energies of Reiki. After being introduced to yoga as a guest she decided to go to Rishikesh and became a Yoga Instructor, and created Underwater Yoga. Deniz had excellent training in India for Watsu (Water-Shiatsu), Tantsu (Watsu on land),Water dance (WATA), AquaReflexo, Integrative Massage, Ai Chi and Hypno Therapy (California Hypnosis Institute of India). The last eight years she has been a Vipassana Meditator. Deniz makes recommendations for you to choose the most suitable combination of therapies, such as Water Therapies, Reiki, Klang Massage, EFT, Hypno Therapy,or Meditation to activate your self-healing process.

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La Savina at Mondrian South Beach is Now Open

By: Five Star Alliance

La Savina
The culinary wait is over. La Savina at Mondrian South Beach is open! The new 140-seat restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine inspired by the island of Formentera, Spain. The new restaurant features an award-winning culinary team led by Morgans Corporate Executive Chef Tien Ho (Momofuku, Best New Chef Food & Wine). Eliciting the spirit of these magical islands, La Savina offers a simple mix of fresh crudos, grilled meats and fish, artisanal charcuteries and the best seasonal vegetables in South Florida, served alongside Mondrian's unmatched views of Biscayne Bay.

Morgans Hotel Group's Design Team were inspired by the style and relaxed interiors of Formentera beach homes. The indoor, outdoor restaurant boosts a garden overlooking Biscayne Bay with multiple seating options filled with oversized planters, rattan lampshades, Beachwood tabletops, and intimate lantern lighting. The interior dining room brings the Beachwood and bohemian energy inside with concrete colored walls and reclaimed wood throughout the space.

Signature crudo offerings include Hamachi with Serrano chili, crispy shallot and lime; Tuna with romesco and cilantro; Scallop with yuzu, jicama and sorrel; and Crab Salad with espelette, grapefruit and Spanish olive oil. La Savina's beverage menu features a broad selection of Mediterranean wines and cocktails. The comprehensive beer list features American microbrews from local New York breweries and European craft brews. In addition, La Savina's red and white table wine is available by the glass or carafe. 

Located just off the entrance of La Savina is Cafe Savina. Open for breakfast, lunch and cocktails, Cafe Savina is a market-driven Mediterranean-inspired cafe and wine bar. As the sun sets, Cafe Savina transforms into a tapas bar similar to those of Barcelona. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa

By: Five Star Alliance

Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa features a total of 101 guest rooms and suites, including 30 Tokoriki Retreats with private plunge pools, 14 Beachfront Rooms which interconnect to 14 Ocean Breeze Rooms, 18 Ocean View rooms, 16 Family Suites, and 19 Island Breeze rooms.

Sheraton Tokoriki Island Resort and Spa

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New to Five Star Alliance: Gansevoort Dominican Republic

By: Five Star Alliance

Gansevoort Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic 

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Special Five Star Alliance Rate at Ka'ana Boutique Resort

By: Five Star Alliance

Ka'ana Boutique Resort
Conveniently located near all major touring attractions in the Cayo District of Belize, Ka'ana Boutique Luxury Resort is Belize's first Small Luxury Hotel of the World and the only choice for discerning travelers. Since its opening in 2007, Ka'ana is now widely regarded locally and internationally as the premier resort in Western Belize offering a level of personalized service and amenities never before realized in this region. With nearby cultural, historical and eco-adventure attractions, guests can utilize Ka'ana as an ultra-luxurious and exclusive out-post.Ka'ana Boutique Resort

Adventure seekers will be enticed by the numerous touring options created by a team of tour specialists, in what was once the center of the Mayan Empire, while a team of culinary artisans immerses you in authentic Belizean gourmet cuisine. Enjoy the best of Belize - its people, its food, and its attractions at a world class resort that pays respectful homage to this truly spectacular destination. 

Five Star Alliance fans can now enjoy a special offer. Simply book the Belize2015 Advance Booking Offer and enjoy:

-10% off Room Rates
-Welcome Bottle of Sparkling Wine
-Privately guided tour of the Maya City of Xunantunich

Booking Window: Now to January 31st, 2014
Travel Window: January 3rd-April 30th, 2015 

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