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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 Barcelona?

July 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Casa Fuster Hotel
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 Barcelona, Spain. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Casa Fuster Hotel 

This 5-star luxury hotel (listed as a landmark building dating back to 1908), boasts a perfect combination of a modernist atmosphere, unique architecture, and a mix of Art Deco and traditional furnishings. The hotel is situated at the highest point of Paseo de Gracia, giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city of Barcelona. Hotel Casa Fuster is located in the heart of Barcelona, in the residential and cultural area of L'Eixample - within walking distance to designer shopping, clubs and restaurants.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 
Standard Room connected to a Junior Suite, with a rollaway bed.

- Standard Room is 25 square meters, has twin beds or double bed, has a double door and full bathroom.
- Junior Suite is 40 square meters and has either two beds or ing bed, Double door, Receiver, Dresser, Lounge, Full bathroom, Hot Tub and Shower.

Hotel Casa Fuster's Barcelona accommodation offers 105 rooms that are decorated with natural tones to reflect a peacefully harmonious and comfortable environment - it's exclusive and noble materials such as wood combine both modern and classic design. Its unique style combines contemporary elements along with modernist character. It's large windows fill all the rooms with plenty of natural light. All rooms contain a minibar, telephone, free internet connection, 30" Flat screen LCD TV, Satellite channels, complete bathroom with hair dryer, surround sound, heating, air conditioning and safe.
 

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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: Il Lugano Suite Hotel

July 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Il Lugano Suite Hotel offers an ideal waterfront location, just 2 blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and 6 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale. There's also a heated waterfront swimming pool perfect for a post-beach day.

Il Lugano Suite Hotel 

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Dinner and a Movie at Crosby Street Hotel

July 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Crosby Street Hotel's state-of-the-art screening room has 99 seats,advanced sound and projection technology, and the latest digital capabilities including 3D. On Sunday evenings the hotel hosts a Film Club, which is open to hotel guests and members of the public. Film buffs can make an evening of it by having dinner or drinks at the The Crosby Bar before the 8pm screening. A 3-course dinner and a movie is $55. A cocktail, bar plate, and movie is $35. Upcoming screenings include Chef, starring Jon Favreau, and Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp.

Crosby Street Hotel

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New to Five Star Alliance: Wyoming Inn

July 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wyoming Inn provides visitors with a central location near many Jackson Hole activities. The lobby reflects the beauty of the natural world through a stone fireplace, moose antler chandelier, rich leather furnishings and wildlife art by award-winning wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen. Each of the 68 accommodations offer pillow-top beds, custom hand-made furniture, Keurig coffee stations, and warm Western elegance.

Wyoming Inn 

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Cool Pools: Puma Lodge

July 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Puma Lodge is one of the best heliski centers in Chile and the world. Guests can relax in the heated pool after their day's adventures.

Puma Lodge 

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Weekend Indulgences at The Mulia Bali

July 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Mulia
Ready to fed and pampered? Mark your calenders for October 4! That's when The Mulia is offering a special Weekend Indulgence package featuring Chef Michael White. 

Chef White is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the Altamarea Group, which is composed of the restaurants Marea, Ai Fiori, Osteria Morini, Nicoletta, Costata, and The Butterfly in New York, Osteria Morini and Due Mari in New Jersey, and Al Molo in Hong Kong. Chef Michael White studies, compares and contrasts different cultures' culinary philosophies to create unique recipes, restaurants, products, and brands of unsurpassed quality. Chef White is a multiple Michelin & NY Times starred chef, a Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux, and a 2010 James Beard Award Winner. In addition, he is a member of The Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation's Culinary Council, and was named one of the 40 Most influential New Yorkers under 40 by Crain's New York Business.

The Mulia is an all-suite property located on the prime beachfront of the pristine Nusa Dua coastline with an unparalleled view of the Indian Ocean. This boutique concept hotel offers pure a lifestyle retreat with the highest level of privacy and personalized service including individualized Butlers and a meticulous attention to detail and unsurpassed sense of style and space. 

The Mulia

Choose from a one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite, which are tastefully furnished with carefully selected interior, plush bed, fine art and outstanding entertainment system. Every suite is complete with a Jacuzzi on the patio. Guests, in addition to savoring this gourmet opportunity, can indulge at the Mulia Spa, which has 20 treatment rooms, a state-of-the art Wellness Suite, an Ice Fountain Room with Chromatherapy Chakra cleansing colours, Hydro Tonic pool, and an outdoor meditation area.

This special Weekend Indulgence package includes the degustation dinner and two nights accommodation. Seating at this special event is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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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.


Discover Paradise Point Resort and Spa

July 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Paradise Point Resort and Spa
For a private vacation spot right in the middle of San Diego, try Paradise Point Resort & Spa. The family-friendly resort offers bungalow-style rooms that are right on the sandy beach or nestled among tropical gardens and lagoons. Guests of all ages will enjoy relaxing on the 44-acre island. Despite its secluded atmosphere, Paradise Point is next door to SeaWorld and within minutes of other top San Diego top attractions like Mission Beach, Old Town, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and the Gaslamp Quarter.

 Some of the Many Amenities and Activities Include:

Paradise Point Resort and Spa

-Bungalow-Style Rooms located on the sand or tucked amongst tropical gardens and lagoons. The 462 Balinese influenced bungalow-style rooms includes 73 hotel suites. Each open and airy ground-floor guestroom offers garden, lagoon, or bay views, with a refreshing, tropically elegant color scheme of coral, turquoise, chartreuse, and gold.

-Five Swimming Pools. The  family-geared Main Pool is right next to the lobby and the Tropics Cantina serves food and beverages poolside. The main pool is also home to poolside activities such as games, crafts, and face-painting on Saturday afternoons. Dive-in Movies take place on Saturday nights. The Lagoon Pool features two fire pits and is popular with evening swimmers. The Adult Lagoon pool is for those over the age of 18. The Meadow Pool offers a fountain of fun. The Waterfall Pool's swimming area is accented by cascading waterfalls.

-Full-Service Marina & Spa. Guests can enjoy water taxi service to SeaWorld, where guests can skip lines and parking fees by entering the park through a VIP gate. Park costume characters provide a special dockside welcome just for Paradise Point guests on Sundays in July and August. In addition, various aquatic activities such as sailing, jet skiing, motor boating, and kayaking are on offer. Lessons in these activities and at the Paradise Surf Academy are readily available to guests. New in 2014 is private "door-to-dock" water taxi service with pick-up from the sand outside the bungalows.

Paradise Point


Special Paradise Point Resort & Spa Events Include:

-Beach bonfires with views of the Mission Bay fireworks show occur nightly. 

-Sunday Fun Day Concerts means that San Diego's best rock cover bands take the bayside stage at the legendary Barefoot Bar & Grill.

-Market Night on Fridays brings the shopping to resort guests. Browse a collection of items crafted by San Diego artisans, including locally made food, coffee, tea, jewelry, skincare, and art.

-Guests ages 4-12 can explore, play, and learn through creative activities in the two-story Island Adventure Club bungalow and around the resort's tropical grounds. 


Learn more about all the family-fun activities at Paradise Point Resort and Spa.  

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Did You Know? Wildflower Hall

July 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wildflower Hall

Wildflower Hall started life as a country escape for Viceroys and high-ranking officials. It was well-loved and visited often by Lord Kitchener, who many call "the greatest Commander-in-Chief that India has ever possessed." In addition to the comforts of the residence, he also enjoyed camping and shooting in the area. 

Kitchener took command of the gardens, planning, planting, and even paying for them. He also had a snow-pit built, which created ice that was used in Wildflower Hall's kitchens throughout the year.  

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Cool Pools: Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya

July 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya has five outdoor swimming pools, including a children's pool.

Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya

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Did You Know? Wynn Macau

July 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Wynn Macau

Gamblers at Wynn Macau are aided by the resort's Tree of Prosperity. Designed to thrill and excite guests, the Tree of Prosperity is a choreographic masterpiece of music, video and light. Rays of light illuminate the tree and change into vibrant colors to represent different seasons of the year. The sparkling chandelier, composed of 21,000 crystals, adds glitter and glamour. 

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