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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 Vienna?

May 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Radisson Blu Style Hotel Vienna
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 4 and looking to stay is Vienna. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Step into a world of contemporary style, unique design and personalized service at the Radisson Blu Style Hotel Vienna. Nestled in the heart of one of Europe's leading cultural capitals, this hotel is close to Vienna's most exciting up-market retail and fashion quarter and the world-famous Cafe Central.
Designed for a style and ambience conscious clientele, the 78 luxurious rooms and suites offer a comfortable, stylish and warm atmosphere. The lavish details and superior amenities such as Free Broadband, flat-panel LCD televisions and CD/DVD players guarantee guests a unique and special experience.
Sapori is a modern, hip and contemporary Italian gourmet restaurant offering an exciting "food and mood" experience with its innovative menu and unsurpassable service. Join the social and business elite of Vienna at the H12 – Wine & Bar where seasonal cocktails and Milan-style aperitifs are complemented with an excellent collection of wine from all over the world.
Radisson Blu Style Hotel Vienna
Pump up your heart beat at the fully-equipped indoor fitness room, or take a break at the sauna and relaxation area. Get pampered with a massage or beauty treatments. A wide of variety of sport facilities and jogging tracks are close to the hotel, while golf and horse riding are just a 20-minute drive.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:
The Junior Suite connected to the Superior room.
Junior Suite- The deluxe Junior Suites are the premier accommodation choice for any traveller and feature sumptuous conveniences like gorgeous and functional bathrooms with shower and bathtub. After a long day of attending meetings or exploring the city, step into a fluffy bathrobe and slippers and relax with a drink from the mini bar.
Superior Room- For additional space and services, opt for the Superior Rooms, complete with additional amenities including the Super Breakfast Buffet and a mini bar. Rest in the room's tranquil atmosphere, and plan the next day's itinerary with high-speed, wireless Internet.

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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.

 


Cool Pools: Tharroe of Mykonos

May 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tharroe of Mykonos 

Tharroe of Mykonos is located at the top of a small hill but is still just 900 meters from the lively town center. With sophisticated living rooms, which reflect the vitality of the island, an excellent gourmet restaurant, stunning sea and sunset view and impeccable service, this Boutique Deluxe Hotel, has earned its reputation as a Mykonos classic.

Overlooking Mykonos town, the Aegean Sea and the islands of Tinos, Syros, Delos, Gyaros, Paros and Naxos, Tharroe of Mykonos offers breathtaking views and the best in unique locations for any photography lovers. Enjoy the wondrous sunsets, drinking a special cocktail by the pool or taste our exceptional Mediterranean cuisine.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Victoria Palace Hotel

May 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Victoria Palace Hotel

Since 1913 Victoria Palace Hotel has been a landmark of the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Located on a quiet street off the bustling Rue de Rennes, the hotel truly is an expression of the Rive gauche. It combines a very Left Bank sense of understated and un-self-conscious luxury with the obvious advantages of a centrally located, residential neighbourhood.

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Did You Know? Hotel Balzac

May 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Balzac


In 1853, Hotel Balzac was built for the director of the Paris Opera. It was home to its namesake, the 19th century French writer Honore de Balzac. The hotel is reminiscent of town houses of that period.

In 1846 Balzac acquired the property to give to Countess Ewelina Hanska, who he married in May 1850. He spent his last days in the house and died a few months later without ever having paid the purchase price.

His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, Emile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Marie Corelli, Henry James, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino as well as philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. 

Balzac's spirit lives on in the luxury hotel where collections of antique books as well as lithographs depicting the writer, and scenes from his work can be found.

 

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Did You Know? Villa San Michele

May 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele is nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees and terraced gardens, enjoying unparalleled vistas of Florence, stretched out before it in all its classic splendour. Dating from the 15th century, the Villa's facade is attributed to Michelangelo. The hotel's largest and most romantic suite, the Michelangelo Suite, stretches the whole length of the façade of the hotel. Once the monastery library, it also served as Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's headquarters in Florence.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Parisian Hotel for a Family of Three?

May 10, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Daniel Paris
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 3 and looking to stay is Paris. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family, our child is 6?


ANSWER: Hotel Daniel Paris 

A haven of elegance and Charm, Hotel Daniel has the intimacy of a private house in the very heart of the Parisian rive droite, between the Champs-Elysses and the Rue du faubourg Saint Honore. Hotel Daniel is decorated in the style of French XVIII Century, inspired by the art of chinoiserie, blending Asian influences. Discovering its elegantly furnished reception areas, suites, and rooms is like leafing through a traveler's journal while sinking into the deep satin of the sofa. Luxurious Khotan carpets line the hotel foyer, transforming it into an oasis of calm in a bustling city. Tones of almond green and pearl grey hues complement each other. The hand-painted wallpaper, specially made in China by De Gournay, has a floral motif recreating the delicate atmosphere of a Chinese garden.Hotel Daniel Paris
In the rooms and suites, the Toile de Jouy, symbol of the XVIII century French style, portrays an array of exotic images; Fair of Cairo, Bahia, Kipling, Travel in China, Marco Polo Chinese boxes, desks and night stands inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and fine wooden chests. Each room is furnished with unique pieces, brought back from travels throughout the world. In the bathrooms, Italian marble and Moroccan zellige, combined with the voluptuous rites of oriental beauty are enhanced by natural light. Hand-crafted soaps and bath salts from the Dead Sea offer timeless moments of sensual delights.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

A Deluxe Room with a complimentary bed for child. Located at 6th floor, these rooms are more spacious, very bright, and offer charming attic with views over the rooftops of Paris parts. Room "Marco Polo" is 30 square meters with a double bed or two separate beds. Room "Toile du Lac" is 25 square meters with a double bed and bathroom with large window and daylight.

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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 Hotel in Bremen, Germany?

May 9, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Park Hotel Bremen
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 are some family friendly hotels in Bremen, Germany for a family of 5, children ages 8 and 11?


ANSWER: Park Hotel Bremen 

Park Hotel Bremen has an idyllic atmosphere, culinary surprises, a temple to wellness where you can unwind, and an ideal setting for celebrations and gatherings of any size. These are some of the things that make the Park Hotel Bremen a treat for all your senses. Classical elegance, high-ceilinged, light-filled rooms, sophisticated furnishings and luxurious fabrics – plus, of course, attentive service for each and every guest. These are the things that give the Park Hotel Bremen its special atmosphere.Park Hotel Bremen
Maybe you would like to start the day with a relaxing breakfast in your room, or perhaps you fancy a sumptuous brunch in the light-filled breakfast room? At the Park Hotel Bremen you can enjoy your stay in exactly the way you choose. Lovingly designed guest areas decorated with sophisticated artwork and furniture – and levels of service that meet your every need – help to create the perfect environment for your stay.
Spa'rks, the 1,200 square-metre, generously appointed oasis dedicated to fitness, wellness and beauty, offers guests a uniquely relaxing experience. It's a genuine paradise where you can unwind in a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool bath, steam bath and tanning salon. And what's more, there is a wide and varied range of treatments and cosmetic therapies to choose from.

For Your Family's Needs, We Suggest:
Book a room with rolloway Deluxe Room connecting to another Deluxe Room. The famous designer Graf Pilati gave each of the 18 deluxe double rooms his distinctive style. Harmonious color, noble and elegant design characterize this room. All deluxe rooms are equipped with air conditioning and have an excellent view of the park or the lake. The rooms offer free Wi-Fi access and are equipped with minibar, desk, sitting area and a safe. Breakfast is 25EUR extra per person.

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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.
 


Dining al Fresco: Dunbrody Country House Hotel

May 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Dunbrody Country House Hotel

Dunbrody Country House Hotel
 is a small luxury hotel in Wexford located on the dramatic Hook Peninsula on Ireland's south coast.  The hotel's award-winning restaurant The Harvest Room is less of a hotel dining room and much more of a stylish, atmospheric restaurant. The Harvest Room Restaurant has been the recipient of numerous awards. Emphasis is always on the freshness of the ingredients and the enhancement of them through the simplicity of combinations. All the ingredients are locally sourced with many of the fruits and vegetables and all of the herbs from their own kitchen & herbs gardens.

Located just opposite Dunbrody Country House where the restaurant has received numerous awards the simple philosophy of under-stated but delicious food follows on in the Dunbrody Cookery School. Dunbrody Cookery School has been designed to cater for all levels of cooks, from budding enthusiasts (Back to Basics) to the experienced gourmet (specialised courses). 

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Quirinale

May 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Hotel Quirinale can experience the best of Italian cuisine at the Rossini Restaurant or a light snack at the Green Bar. During Spring and Summer months they can enjoy dining in the peace of the private garden.

Hotel Quirinale

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Five Star Alliance Recommends Ten Little-Known Honeymoon Locations

May 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lounging on the beach for a honeymoon is nothing to sneeze at, but the newlyweds who want something different should try staying at one of these luxury hotels in an these unusual honeymoon locations.

Five Star Alliance recommends these unusual post-nuptial spots:

Cappadocia, Turkey
Why Visit
This Anatolian region is a UNESCO world heritage site known for its cave structures. Dwellings have been hewn from the rock as far back as 4,000 B.C. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. It is 30 kilometers from Nevsehir Airport.

Where to Stay
Cappadocia Cave ResortCappadocia Cave Resort and Spa (pictured right) is built right into a mountain and offers a spectacular view over the dramatic landscape. The exclusive spa area offers all kinds of treatments, from steam baths to an experience shower with sound and light effects, to a couples massage.

Cappadocia Museum Hotel has just 30 rooms and suites. The unusual living museum concept means the cave rooms and specially restored traditional rooms are decorated with antiques and have wonderful views of Cappadocia.
 

Hue, Vietnam
Why Visit
The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles from the East Sea. Hue has various points of interest, such as the Citadel, the royal tombs of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, and Minh Mang, Thien Mu pagoda, and Dong Ba market. Other attractions include Bach Ma national park, Lang Co beach, Truc Lam Zen monastery, and Thuan An beach.

Where to Stay 
Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. It offers stylish interior decoration on an area of 27 hectares of undulating land and lagoon.

Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. With 99 rooms and villas, the resort is warm and inviting. Hue airport is just 20 minutes away.
 

Cuzco, Peru
Why Visit
Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of Peru's most visited spots as it is a convenient city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu. It is located 7,000 feet above sea level and is nestled in a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range with a generally dry and temperate.

Where to Stay 
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (pictured right)is located in the Urubamba Valley on the banks of the river Vilcanota. The hotel’s property spreads over 10 hectares. Unno Spa includes a hyperbaric chamber, hydrotherapy pools, Vichy shower treatment rooms and meditation, and aromatherapy oxygen.Aranwa Sacred Valley

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco’s main square. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks using the fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

Umag, Croatia
Why Visit
With a coastline filled with stunning beaches, Umag is an established summer destination in Europe. It is known as the town of tennis because it hosts many tennis camps and the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open. Beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, and unrivalled scenery add to the city's undeniable charm. The international festival of chamber theatre Golden Lion is a popular local event.

Where to Stay
Hotel Monte Mulini is situated in a beautiful and quiet location, but close to the town of Rovinj. Maistra’s boutique hotel Monte Mulini is the perfect starting point for sightseeing in Croatia, a wine trail tour, or time in the sun and sea.

Kempinski Hotel Adriatic is surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, and offers breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea. Things to do include treatments at the 3,000 square foot duplex Spa, and a few rounds at the first professional 18-hole golf course in the region.

Doha, Qata
Why Visit
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the modern Doha skyline contrasts with the surrounding desert. Things to do in Doha include playing world-class golf, off-road desert cycling, beach trips, and fossil hunts. Popular attractions include the City Centre Doha Mall, the Corniche Promenade and the acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art. The city will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Where to Stay

The Torch DohaThe Torch Doha (pictured left) is 300 meters high and has panoramic views of the city. It is located on Al Waab Street, 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Hotel guests have private walkway access to Doha's largest shopping mall Villaggio.

Sharq Village and Spa's fourteen courtyard houses are located on one thousand meters of private coastline. Guests can tour the village streets, cool off in the two pools, recline on an outdoor majlis, or shop at the village souq. The hotel is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, B.V.

Other Recommended Locations:

-Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates: A destination with year-round sunshine, white sandy beaches, and world class resorts. It’s just 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport.

 

-Lanai, Hawaii: 9 miles from Maui, the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii is all unspoiled beaches and serenity.

-Port Antonio Jamaica: A quiet and beautiful haven with both jungle trails and impressive museums.

-Almaty Kazakhstan: The largest city in Kazakhstan has a spectacular mountain backdrop and is a winter sports haven.

-Herzliya, Israel: 10 minutes from Tel Aviv, this coastal city offers water sports, boating, and hiking.