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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.

Dining al Fresco: Hotel Lungarno

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Lungarno offers a breathtaking view over many of the landmarks and sights that gave Florence its reputation for architectural and cultural beauty and grace. 

Hotel Lungarno

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Image of the Day: Marenas Resort

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located on pristine beaches, between Fort Lauderdale and ultra-hip South Beach in Miami, Marenas Resort offers a European Riviera style, luxury suite resort atmosphere.

Marenas Resort

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Napa Valley Hotel for a Family of Six?

April 4, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Carneros Inn
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 resorts in Napa, Ca for a family of 4 Adults and 2 children ages 8, 10?

ANSWER: The Carneros Inn   

Nestled among 27 acres of seemingly endless rows of grape vines, unspoiled farmland, and scenic apple orchards, The Carneros Inn's design was based on cues from the local countryside - including barns, silos and ranchers' cottages - and combined with stylish, modern interiors - to capture the region's distinct charm as well as the needs of sophisticated guests. Gravel paths that crunch underneath your feet, private gardens where you can enjoy a glass of California's finest wines, exclusive dining at the first class Hilltop restaurant, outdoor showers under a blanket of stars, crisp white linens, and decadent spa treatments inspired by local ingredients ensure an experience you'll never forget. Whether you're here to get away from it all, or to get together with friends and loved ones, there is something for everyone at The Carneros Inn. Canine family members are welcome as well. 

The Carneros Inn

Kid-Friendly Activities and Amenities at The Carneros Inn Include:
-Complimentary bicycles on a first-come, first-served basis for guests 14 years of age and older
-Two swimming pools, which are heated to 82 degrees year-round: The Hilltop Pool, which is reserved for adults only, and Otto's Pool, which is designated for families and fitness. Otto’s Pool is comprised of an infinity edged lap pool, hot tub, cabanas and children's pool. Pool toys are available, and the zero-edge wading pool is perfect for small children.
-Two professional-size bocce courts are located on the lawn of the Town Square.
-Reception offers a variety of DVDs and games for families to enjoy on a complimentary basis
-Take a Break sends nannies to the Inn to care for children and give adults some time away.

Nearby Activities for Kids Include: 
-Scientopia Discovery Center
-Playground Fantastico
-Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
-Train Town
-Cornerstone Gardens
-Triple Creek Horse Outfitters
-Jelly Belly Factory
-Six Flags Theme Park
-Safari West

Carneros Inn


For Your Family Needs, We Recommend: 


Carneros Courtyard Home - Experience the ultimate in Wine Country living in a private Carneros Courtyard Home. This gated area offers the utmost in privacy while still allowing you access to all the amenities The Carneros Inn has to offer. With approximately 2,400 square feet indoors and over 1,400 square feet of outdoor living space, this private home will give you ample room for both private time and entertaining your guests. Each of the villa-like homes offers: A great room with 16-foot ceilings, a fireplace, a dining area, a well-appointed kitchen with Viking appliances, two master suites (both with luxurious master baths), a den that can be closed off as a third bedroom with its own bath, French doors that open onto a private landscaped courtyard, and an upstairs sun deck with teak furniture and views of the countryside.

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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.

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Did You Know? Carlsbad Plaza

April 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Carlsbad Plaza

Carlsbad Plaza's original building dates back to the late 19th century. At the time it was four separate buildings named Rudolfshof, Quirinal, Neapol, and Moskau. All buildings but the Quirinal were Spa residences. Among the Spa guests were Sigmund Freud in 1915 in the Spa residence Rudolfshof. 

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Peninsula Shanghai Celebrates Aviation

April 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula Shanghai
The Peninsula Shanghai
opened in 2009 and is The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels flagship hotel in Mainland China. Occupying a prime location with direct frontage on Shanghai's historic Bund, The Peninsula is the first new building on the Bund in the last few decades. The Peninsula Shanghai is also one of many Peninsula hotels that feature aviation history-themed lounges.  

The Rosamonde Aviation Lounge at The Peninsula Shanghai celebrates the fascinating history of aviation in China, and it has an impressive collection of antiques and memorabilia. It is named after Xianyi Rosamonde, the first aircraft designed and built in China. It is also referred to as the Dashatou Rosamonde, after the location where it was built, or as Aircraft 1. for On display at the entrance to the lounge is a life-size replica of a 1928 Leoning, Asia's first sea plane. Perched on the 14th floor of the hotel, the glass-encased Rosamonde Aviation Lounge boasts spectacular views of the glittering city skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounge sets a truly unique scene for any occasion.

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Did You Know? Beau Rivage Hotel et Plage

April 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Beau Rivage Hotel et Plage

Beau Rivage Hotel Et Plage, built in 1860, was one of the first Nicois hotels located in continuation of the famous Promenade des Anglais on the sea shore. Artists and intellectuals of that time such as Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Friedrich Nietzsche were frequent guests of the luxury hotel. 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Topping Rose House

April 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Topping Rose House owners Bill Campbell and Simon Critchell have restored Topping Rose House to its former glory by transforming the property into a year-round modern luxury refuge right in the heart of The Hamptons. Acclaimed chef Tom Colicchio not only operates the restaurant but the hotel as well, a first for him. All three are working together to make Topping Rose House a Long Island icon of hospitality.

Topping Rose House 

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

April 2, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Westin Galleria Dallas
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 Dallas, Texas. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Westin Galleria Dallas 

The Westin Galleria Dallas'chic lobby is the direct gateway to exciting shops from Gucci to Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, American Girl Boutique, and much more. Experience no-stress shopping at the Galleria Dallas, also featuring excellent dining venues in an airy, extravagant setting. Whatever your pleasure, the hotel offers a stylish, inviting atmosphere and unmatched amenities for business or leisure. Enjoy a relaxing oasis at the sleek and contemporary pool and splash deck. During downtime, work out in the expanded WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio. The professional concierge is on hand with extended hours to assist guests with their needs or interests while in Dallas. For guests on the go, a Hertz Car Rental desk is right in the hotel. The 148 renovated guest rooms, including 10 suites and seven Sky Rooms, are attractively appointed with plush Westin Heavenly Beds and unique custom-designed touches, conveying fashion synergy and artistic insight from local and global designers. Every guest room features an in-room coffee maker, two dual-line direct-dial telephones with data port, and satellite television with movies on command. Luxury suites are richly appointed with lavish dining and sitting areas and private wet bars. Enjoy guest privileges at the prestigious University Fitness Club or relax in the hotel's Corner Bakery for a snack as you overlook the spectacular indoor ice rink at the adjacent Galleria Mall.

Westin Galleria Dallas

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

-Luxury Suite with Sofa Bed. The contemporary Luxury Suites offer two layouts: the smaller can connect to a second king bedroom, while the other features a single bedroom and two baths, one of which is ADA-compliant. Luxury Suites at The Westin Galleria Dallas bring together stylish contemporary designs by fashion favorites in a large floor plan that is fabulously chic yet completely relaxed and inviting. A palette of soothing neutrals accented by midnight blue and bold yellow hues is found throughout the spacious suite, with built-in wall panels, desks and cabinets all hewn from caramel-colored American walnut wood for a sleek touch. Each suite consists of a sizeable master bedroom furnished with the sublime king-size Westin Heavenly Bed, plus a living area with a plush sofa and chairs, a sleek marble-top wet bar and sink, a large-screen HDTV and an impeccable Bose Sound System for enjoying your favorite music or films in stereo. Inspired lighting design by Philippe Starck and Alberto Meda and one-of-a-kind, vibrant fabric and furniture creations by Paul Smith and Hella Jongerius—both part of an international circle of famed fashion designers—convey a sense of the timeless and carefree. Photography by Texan James Evans celebrates Texas's unique beauty. Beautiful mosaic pearlized tiles appoint the two luxurious bathrooms, with a decadent master bath complete with Heavenly Bath with dual showerheads, deep-depth tub with European fixtures, a dual marble vanity for ample preparation space, and sliding frosted-glass privacy doors. The hotel features two one-bedroom, two-bath Luxury Suites with slightly differing layouts. The smaller suite at 676 square feet offers the option of connecting to a second king bedroom while the larger—1,004 square-foot—suite features a dining area with a glass-top table to seat six, a 60" flat-screen TV, and an ADA-accessible bathroom. Luxury Suites feature exclusive access to our Westin Executive Club Lounge, for complimentary breakfasts, business center services such as complimentary Wi-Fi and printing, evening beverages including wine and beer and hors d'oeuvres, and the services of a dedicated, private concierge staff during breakfast and dinner hours.

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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.

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Cool Pools: Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam

April 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam
Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam's
Revive Massage & Wellness has a whole team of professionals ready to spoil guests with beauty treatments and massages. The centerpiece of the spa is the relax area's 9x5 meter swimming pool with a jetstream. The spa aquatic offering also includes a Turkish steam and whirlpool. 

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Did You Know? Banke Hotel

April 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Banke Hotel

The Hotel Banke’s facade dates to the twentieth century. It was one of the first buildings constructed on Rue Pillet Will. The hotel occupies the premises of a former bank headquarters which was remodeled as a hotel in 2009. The expansive lobby, topped by an impressive glass dome a full 19 meters from the ground, has preserved the large mosaic of old bank counters that separates the lobby from the hotel’s bar and restaurant.

On each floor the Hotel Banke showcases a collection of ethnic jewelry, sculptures, and art  from different continents and civilizations, including Papua New Guinea, India, and Tibet.

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