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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.

Did You Know? Villa Kennedy

November 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Kennedy is built around Villa Speyer, the home of the influential banking family who lived in the house for 30 years from 1904. The hotel's name pays tribute to the road it is located on — named in honour of President John F Kennedy's visit in 1963. 

Villa Kennedy

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New to Five Star Alliance: Hotel Molitor Paris

November 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Those who saw the award-winning movie Life of Pi (or read the book) will remember the legendary pool Piscine Molitor. The book and movie's hero was named Piscine Molitor, because his father wanted him to be as clean as the pool's water. Pi later shortened his name due to teasing at school. In addition to being featured in Life of Pi, Olympic gold medalist and future Tarzan actor, Johnny Weissmuller, was once a lifeguard at the pool. In a photoshoot held at the pool in 1946, the modern bikini was revealed for the first time. The pool also used to double as a skating rink in the winter. In 1989, the pool closed due to lack of funds, and the site became a magnet for graffiti artists.  

Hotel Molitor Paris

After 25 years, the pool was recently reopened as part of the new Hotel Molitor Paris. With views of the summer pool, the 124 rooms at the 5-star MGallery hotel invite you to discover this wonderful location: enjoy relaxing in the spa, swim in the indoor pool, share a cocktail on the rooftop or savor the menu dreamt up by 2 generations of Meilleurs Ouvriers de France. Relax: you are at the Molitor.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Le Chatelain Hotel

November 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Chatelain Hotel strikes the perfect balance between gracious hospitality, exceptional comfort and state-of-the-art technology. It offers a full range of technological facilities while remaining traditional in one respect: it still clings steadfastly to traditional ideas of hospitality: personal care for every guest. This luxury hotel emphasizes personalized service and attention to detail.

The hotel offers 107 ample and fully soundproofed rooms and suites that have been especially designed and abundantly equipped so as to meet and even surpass your highest expectations of comfort, privacy and security. All rooms are luxuriously spacious, with vast and richly appointed bathrooms, elegantly furnished and endowed with the most innovative conveniences.

The excellent location in Central Brussels, the varied range of choices in sophisticated dining and leisure, an enchanting garden and a superbly equipped top floor Fitness Centre further contribute to the unparalleled charm of your Brussels' "home suite home."

 

Le Chatelain Hotel

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

November 22, 2014
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.
 


Happy Opening to Thompson Miami Beach!

November 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Today's the day! Thompson Miami Beach, formerly the Crown Hotel, opens for business today. Close to South Beach, Thompson Miami Beach is where Art Deco meets mid-century and Miami Modern. The beachfront hotel features a new restaurant by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, and a rooftop, outdoor spa.

Thompson Miami Beach

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Dining al Fresco (And Inside As Well): Victoria Falls Hotel

November 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Victoria Halls Hotel

Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria Falls. The hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge and the gorges below. Situated in acres of private garden, the charm and tranquil atmosphere of the hotel has earned international acclaim. The elegant decor and the old world charm of this gracious hotel is reflected in the wide colonial verandahs and the Livingstone room with its superb cuisine.

A walk along the hotel's private pathway will bring guests out atop the gorge and provides a magnificent view of the bridge crossing into Zambia. From here one can watch in awe as bungi jumpers fall 111 metres down the world's longest natural bungi jump, towards the mighty Zambezi below. 

Dining options include:

The Livingstone Room-Enjoy an elegant dining experience at The Victoria Falls Hotel. Guests can choose from a la carte menu and an extensive wine list. The dress code has been relaxed in line with the times. The dress code is smart but a jacket and tie is not longer obligatory. 

The Jungle Junction-Situated close to the swimming pool with a clear view of the spray of the Falls, the Jungle Junction is a popular venue with groups, offering African fusion food with traditional African music. 

Stanley's Terrace-A selection of light meals is served from the Stanley's Terrace at The Victoria Falls Hotel. An afternoon spent enjoying the renowned traditional High Tea overlooking the Victoria Falls bridge and spray of the Falls is a must for hotel guests.

In-room dining is also available.

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Cool Pools: Villa la Vedetta

November 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa la Vedetta



Villa la Vedetta
started life as a neo-renaissance romantic villa, today it is a refined 5 star luxury hotel The villa is located close to Piazzale Michelangelo and few steps away from Ponte Vecchio, with a breathtaking view of the city of Florence. 

A reinvigorating dive into the splendid panoramic pool, enjoying one of the most beautiful views in the world, is just one of the most fantastic emotions that Guests can experience during their stay at Villa la Vedetta. The Duomo, The Campanile of Giotto, The Santa Croce Church and the entire Florentine skyline provide a stunning backdrop to the pool. 

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Image of the Day: Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort

November 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort & Spa

The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort & Spa, located on the island of Tenerife, next to the Atlantic Ocean, is a luxury residential complex inspired in the culture of The Canary Islands, reflected both in its colonial style as well as the clothing of the personnel, inspired in the traditional attire of the region.  

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Hotel Mazarin Offers a Host of Complimentary Amenities

November 19, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Mazarin

Hotel Mazarin takes its name from the famous European diplomat and Catholic Pontiff, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, a 17th century Italian-born statesman, gambler, aide-de camp to French royalty, Machiavellian scholar, chief financial minister to Queen Anne, and a longtime Regent of France on behalf of Louis the XIV. A Renaissance man and collector of fine wines and wealth, he designed the Mazarin Diamond, one of the first forms of the brilliant cut.

At the historic luxury hotel, the guestrooms are thoughtfully appointed to cater to the modern traveler while preserving New Orleans' signature charm. Hotel guests will enjoy a private courtyard setting with a Renaissance-inspired fountain, a 24-hour fitness center, and a business center.

Guests need only to step outside and enjoy the jazz resonating in the streets and galleries and shops just a half block away on Royal Street. The lively nightlife and music New Orleans is known for is on Bourbon Street, also just a half block away. Enjoy a nightcap at the only French Quarter wine bar, Patrick's Bar Vin or at the hotel's Prohibition-era inspired bar 21st Amendment at La Louisiane. 

Guests enjoy the following amenities included in the room rate:

Wireless Internet access
Daily deluxe breakfast
Welcome cocktail at our 21st Amendment at La Louisiane
In-room bottled artesian water and coffee
Daily newspaper
Local calls

Additional amenities include:

Fitness center
Concierge service
Business center
Patrick’s Bar Vin Wine Bar
21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane
Valet parking (additional fee)
Special pricing is available to guests of the Hotel Mazarin for New Orleans airport transportation service

Book your stay at Hotel Mazarin >>


Cool Pools: LUX Belle Mare

November 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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LUX Belle Mare features one of the largest swimming pools in Mauritius (2000 m²) - with a separate area for children. The pool is lighted and heated.