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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.

Enjoy Your Long Weekend!

September 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Moorings Village and Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 







Whether your plans include one last trip to the beach, getting the kids ready for school, or simply relaxing at home, we wish you a wonderful Labor Day!


Cool Pools: The Cliff House Hotel Ardmore

August 31, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Spa and Wellness center at The Cliff House Hotel Ardmore takes its name from the sacred spring at St Declan’s Well, which is  a short walk from the hotel. A 15 meter indoor infinity-edge swimming pool is The Well’s centrepiece. Its floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views create a sense of unending space, as if the pool is merging into the Irish Sea. For those of stronger constitutions, a natural outdoor rock pool can be enjoyed at full tide. There's also an outdoor heated Jacuzzi and relaxation terrace with two stone baths.

The Cliff House Hotel Ardmore

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Le Chateau Du Domaine St Martin Celebrates 60 Years with a Special Offer

August 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Chateau Du Domaine St Martin
Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Relais & Chateaux. Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa is a former 12th century Knights Templar Commandery with superb views over the sweep of the Cote d'Azur. Today Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa is a prestigious five star property that showcases all that is luxurious in Art de Vivre a la Française, and has been one of the jewels of the Relais & Chateaux collection since 1970.

The 60th Anniversary Offer Includes

-Accommodations in a One-Bedroom Suite with 1 King or 2 Twin Beds. Acoommodations include a sea view terrace and a seperate sitting room. 

-Buffet breakfast.

-A  60€ credit on food & beverage for your stay to enjoy in one of the restaurants or bars.

-A 60 minutes treatment in our Spa Saint-Martin by La Prairie.

-Access to the hotel pool.

Book the 60th Anniversary Offer or Another Great Offer at Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer available from April 18 to June 12, 2014 and from September 1 to October 19, 2014. Reservation required, subject to availability and opening hours of the restaurants, valid on published rates only. Room rate includes, buffet breakfast, one credit of 60€ during the entire stay and one treatment only per room per stay. Service and VAT included. Valid only for new reservations. Non alterable, according to the hotel reservation and cancellation policy. Offer not valid for groups. City tax in addition (1€ per person, per day).


Did You Know? Art Deco Hotel Montana

August 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Art Deco Hotel Montana, perched on the hillside above the Palace Hotel, was opened in 1910. At the same time, an electric funicular railway was also built to take guests from the lakeside promenade directly to the hotel lobby, in just one minute.

Art Deco Hotel Montana

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Barcelona Hotel?

August 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

W Barcelona
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 5 and looking to stay is Barcelona, Spain. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: W Barcelona 

Where Miro meets the Mediterranean, medieval quarters showcase modernista masterpieces and Catalan cuisine complement caliente clubs, the W Barcelona is an avant-garde icon rising above a stunning waterfront in Spain's most dynamic and stylish city. Inspired by the city's artistry and exuberance, where there's fashion, fiesta and fine dining, there's the hotel's world-class gourmet restaurants, sensual rooftop bar, vibrant Living Room, cool WET(sm) pool, decadent spa, and state-of-the-art meeting spaces.
W Barcelona

Nothing but sweet dreams in 473 inviting rooms featuring celebrated comforts such as the signature W bed, fully wired technology, fabulous entertainment system, delightful Munchie Box,  and Whatever/Whenever service to make all other wishes come true.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Cool Corner Suite, connected to a Fabulous Room, with a rolloway for an extra charge. The Fabulous Rooms have floor to ceiling windows which bring the Mediterranean scene inside. The beach, bustling city, and sea below are all within view from sun up to colorful sunset. In a secluded, one-bedroom Cool Corner Suite, take in fabulous views of the port and sea below from a cozy window chaise. Or, tune in to either of the two LCD TVs from the comfort of the signature W bed or the separate living room. Get to work on the expansive work desk, or just set the mood lighting and indulge in a long luxurious bath. From this corner location at the front of the sail, you'll be floating above the sea. Cool Corner Suite measures at 65 square meters. Both accommodation types have state-of-the-art entertainment systems with Tivoli® radio alarm clock, iPod docking station and 32" LCD TV, mood lighting systems, oversize work desks, high speed internet access, rainfall showers, and Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath amenities.

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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.

 


Robots Take Over Starwood Hotels!

August 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Check into Aloft Hotels, and you may just run into some robotic customer service. Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward brand of Starwood Hotels, has introduced the hotel brand's first Botlr (robotic butler) at Aloft Cupertino. The addition is a logical next step for Aloft, which is known for its industry-first smart check-in program, Cool Concierge program, and piloting Apple TV in-room services.

A.L.O the Botlr will be on call to assist his Aloft human counterparts in delivering amenities to guests. Guests simply call down to the front desk, and the three-foot tall robot, who is on call 24/7, will fulfill every request. Staff load up A.L.O with the desired items (such as a toothbrush, an extra blanket, etc.) and then enter the correct guest room. A.L.O uses WiFi to get around, and call navigate hallways and call the elevator. Best of all, cash tips aren't accepted by A.L.O. Instead, the robot accepts tweets as tips. #cool

If A.L.O is successful, additional Botlrs will be implemented in Aloft's nearly 100 properties.


Cool Pools: Regent Porto Montenegro

August 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Regent Porto Montenegro nestles on the palm-lined shores and lush mountainous backdrops of the Boka Bay – a historical Austro-Hungarian naval base that is now a superyacht homeport and the heart of the best emerging cruising ground in the Mediterranean basin, with over one kilometer of west-facing waterfront.

The outdoor 20 meter infinity edge pool is located on the first floor and has two outdoor showers. On the same floor, the indoor vitality pool features an air jet Jacuzzi and is a part of the Spa. The two pools connect in the summertime for a plunge with a comprehensive view of the marina.

Regent Porto Montenegro

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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 >>

 


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.