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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: How Do We Get to Pangalusian Island Resort?


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 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.Pangulasian Island Resort

QUESTION: We are a family of 2 and looking to stay in Phillipines at Pangulasian Island Resort. How do we get there?

ANSWER: Pangulasian Island Resort is El Nido's luxury island hideaway in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan. The resort is set fronting a pristine beach and against a backdrop of tropical forest. Also known as the "Island of the Sun," Pangulasian has breathtaking views of both the sunrise and sunset. Frolic in the 750-meter stretch of white sand beach and be amazed by the marine sanctuary right at its doorstep. Discover diverse flora and fauna thriving in its forest.

Discerning guests will be treated to luxurious amenities and impeccable and personalized service at Pangulasian Island. The resort offers a total of 42 deluxe accommodations built with contemporary Filipino and cutting edge green design. Resort facilities include a boutique, library, restaurant and bar at the Clubhouse, an infinity pool with beach bar, gym, spa, hiking trail with view deck, Scuba Shack, and marine sports center. Located just minutes away are vibrant coral reefs and El Nido Resort's Beach Clubs. Pangulasian Island Resort 

To Get to Pangulasian Island Resort:
Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) offers daily flights from Manila to El Nido, Palawan. Travel time is approximately 55-minutes using a 50-seater ATR aircraft. From Lio airport in El Nido, a 25-minute boat ride follows to take guests to Pangulasian Island.
Flight reservations on ITI may be made through El Nido Resorts. Regular flights depart Manila at 7:00AM, 11:00AM, and 3:00PM daily. Return flights depart El Nido, Palawan at 9:00AM, 1:00PM, and 5:00PM daily.

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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: Alila Diwa Goa


By: Five Star Alliance

Alila Diwa Goa brings a refreshingly unique resort experience to Gonsua Beach in Majorda, just 20 minutes from Goa Dabolim International Airport. Set amidst the serene landscape of lush, verdant rice plantations flowing towards the Arabian Sea, relaxation reigns at this Goa resort. High pitched roofs and wide verandahs combine with the subtle shades of teak, local red laterite stone, polished Kota stone and terrazzo flooring, open-sided walls and brass lanterns, which bestow a soft magical glow at night.

Alila Diwa Goa

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Cool Pools: The Laguna Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Connecting the seven swimming pools of The Laguna Resort and Spa, the 5,000-square-metre crystal clear, swimmable lagoon pools harmonize with the resort's landscaped tropical gardens, creating a tranquil and scenic ambiance. Additional swimming pools add to the exotic environment. Among them are two sandy pools, which imitate the comfort and feel of a white sand beach; a 35-centimeter-deep children's pool; and a main pool situated near the beach. Meanwhile, two outdoor Jacuzzis are nestled among the serene tropical gardens, as are two soothing waterfall features. 

In order to protect the natural environment, the pools are filled with water from PDAM (Perusahaan Daerah Air Minum), the water supply company owned by the Government of Bali, rather than deep private wells. The resort’s regular water treatment program ensures clean moss- and bacteria-free pool water.

The Laguna Resort and Spa

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


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.

Book a stay at Ladera St Lucia >>

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: Avenue of the Arts Wyndham Hotel


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


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?


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.
 


Movie Star Tours at Hyatt Carmel Highlands


By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Did you know that memorable scenes in nearly 200 movies have been filmed in Monterey County nearby Hyatt Carmel Highlands? Since 1897, the dramatic beauty of the Monterey Peninsula has attracted directors and cinematographers from around the world. Now guests at Hyatt Carmel Highlands can take a scenic tour of these famous sites located in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, and Carmel. Watch scenes that were filmed at that exact location on overhead monitors onboard a luxury motorcoach on the movie tour.

Listen to behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the movies and hear tales about famous movie stars. Enjoy some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world throughout the Carmel movie tour, and celebrate Hollywood while singing along to some of your favorite show tunes.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Luxury Miami Resort for a Family of Seven?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
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 7 and looking to stay is Miami, FL. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?
Acqualina Resort & Spa
ANSWER: Acqualina Resort and Spa On The Beach epitomizes the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa combined with the beautiful oceanfront location on Florida's Riviera. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this Miami Beach luxury resort features 188 residences, 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites and world-class luxury hotel amenities, including three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools, and an innovative marine biology-based children's program. The luxurious 20,000 square foot ESPA oceanfront spa features 16 treatment rooms including a private hotel spa suite for two, a private spa pool and heated jet pool with a Roman waterfall, Finnish Saunas, Crystal Steam Rooms, Ice Fountains, Experience Showers, and Relaxation Rooms.

The resort is a recipient of the coveted 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award, 2014 AAA Five Diamond Award for five consecutive years and 2012 Andrew Harper's Reader's Choice Award for Top 20 Beach and Family Resorts. Acqualina is just five minutes from the world famous Bal Harbour Shops and a short drive to the vibrant daytime activities and nightlife of Miami Beach, South Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale.

Acqualina Resort and SpaAcqualina's 54 guest rooms and 44 suites include two deluxe three bedroom oceanfront suites. All are havens of elegance and comfort. The richly appointed accommodations feature classic furnishings with fresh modern elements complete with luxurious fabrics and gracious amenities such as private terraces, flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with imported marble flooring, double sinks, bath tub and glass-enclosed shower. All rooms and suites offer magnificent views and are equipped with fully stocked private bars with gourmet food snacks, goose down duvet and pillows (foam pillows available upon request), Frette sheets, ETRO bath amenities, hair dryer & makeup mirror, luxurious bathrobes, in-room CD players, IPOD docking stations, high-speed Internet access, and umbrellas.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Acqualina Resort and Spa
Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suite connected to a Deluxe Ocean Front room, with a rolloway added for an additional $50.00 night- The suites offer king-size beds in both the master and second bedroom, premium oceanfront views, separate living room, writing desk, two flat-screen TVs, entertainment unit, mini bar, private terrace, gourmet kitchen (with Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator/freezer, designer granite countertops with full back splash, Italian limited edition cabinets, microwave, dishwasher, stainless-steel sink and garbage disposal), breakfast room and two full bathroom outfitted with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. (2035 sq. ft. of enclosed area; 2379 sq. ft. with terrace). The Deluxe Ocean Front Rooms rooms boast an oceanfront view, king-size bed, foyer area, flat-screen TV, entertainment unit, mini bar, sitting area, writing desk, private terrace and bathroom with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. 

Book your family's stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach >>

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.