LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
March 21, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau
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 Crete, Greece for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11
ANSWER: There are a number of resorts that fit the bill. Here are the top 3 that we recommend:
Blue Palace Resort and Spa – Elounda Crete, Greece.
The Blue Palace Resort and Spa offers a variety of suites where a maximum of 4 occupants can comfortably stay and they are child-friendly.
The Deluxe Suites with Sea View and Private Pool are luxurious bedrooms with elegant décor. In addition they offer a separate living room which leads to an oversized veranda with a corner infinity pool of 44 square meters (473 square feet). These suites can accommodate up to four guests and are 68 square meters(732 square feet). A Corner suite has a slightly smaller private pool, impressive sea views, a veranda with sun beds and umbrella, and a separate living room.
Island Luxury Suites with a Sea View and Private Heated Pool have amazing sea views, enlarged private heated pool of 30 square meters (322 square feet) and an outdoor patio with privacy. Two to four guests can be accommodated and they are 72 square meters (775 square feet). These suites include a spacious patio with sun beds, umbrella, separate living room, four poster bed, egg-shaped bathtub or Jacuzzi.
At Blue Palace Resort and Spa, guests 12 and under are considered children and sleep for free in the existing bedding of a room shared with a paying adult. (Rollaways, child rollaways and cribs may incur extra charges.)
Kids Only: The Blue Palace Resort and Spa is pleased to provide extensive children facilities and amenities. In addition to an indoor and outdoor playground and two children's swimming pools, they offer a wide range of engaging activities including theater, fishing, painting, and Greek dancing, creating fun-filled times during their stay with great memories to take home. Baby-sitting can be arranged for the day or night upon request at a charge. The Kids Club is available only to children aged 3 to 12-years-old.
Elounda Gulf Villas and Suites – Crete, Greece
Stylishly designed Two Bedroom Deluxe Family Suites have an area of approximately 100-120 sqaure meteres and can accommodate up to 5 guests. All Two Bedroom Deluxe Family Suites feature two master bedrooms, spacious bathrooms and a cozy living room equipped with tea and coffee facilities. Beautiful large windows offer views to the azure sea. Tromp l' oeil hand-painted ceilings adorn the spacious marble bathrooms featuring makeup mirror, hairdryer, pool towels, soft bathrobes and slippers and luxury toiletries for a truly comfortable stay. Families can enjoy a refreshing swim at the main stunning pool of the hotel and specially designed children’s pool located only a few steps away from the suites. All Two Bedroom Deluxe Family Suites are ideal for groups of friends and relaxing family vacations.
St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas – Aghios Nikolas, Greece
St. Nicholas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas offers interconnecting rooms and family suites, club suites and villas with private pool for families up to 6 persons, The St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel has a fully serviced private beach that has been distinguished with an EU Blue Flag rating. The protected sandy cove is ideal for kids and their parents alike. Children can enjoy a seawater paddling pool next to our large outdoor swimming pool just few steps from the sea
Penelopi Suite: a two bedroom suite with a private pool, offers great privacy and superb seaviews from privileged location with large private swimming pool heated in colder months. The bedrooms have ensuite marbled lined bathroom with Jacuzzi, an elegant living room and spacious terrace.
Poseidon House: a two bedroom, 2 story Villa with a private pool: With a privileged seafront location, this delightful villa combines indoor and outdoor living with spacious rooms, terrace garden with an extra sized swimming pool (heated during the colder months), large patio with dining table, sunshades, daybeds and sun loungers and commands spectacular views to the Mirabello Bay. Centrally located in two levels it is composed with 2 bedrooms, separate living room, dining room area and kitchenette on the mid level. Master bedroom features a french double bed, ensuite marble lined bathroom with Jacuzzi while the upstairs bedroom has separate shower and balcony with sea view.
St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas welcomes Kids at the Hotel's Mini Club every day and the complimentary kids's program is available for children from 4 to 11 years old under the supervision of dedicated and fully certified staff. Children’s menus and high chairs provided in all restaurants, except “Minotaure” restaurant by the pool.
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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By: Betsy LeTourneau
December 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!
Coming in the #30 spot is King George Palace which is located in the heart of Athens, Greece. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:
- Certain rooms above the fourth floor feature stunning views of the Acropolis.
- Located on Constitution Square, within steps of the Greek Parliament, the hotel is near the historical city center blended with the financial, commercial and business districts.
- Located within walking distance from the Acropolis, the old city (Plaka), and most of Athens' sights and attractions.
- The Tudor restaurant on the 7th floor features an impressive view of Athens and the Acropolis.
- Private pool for royal presidential suite.
- Fulfills the need of every type of traveler with a spa facility, fitness center, and a business center on site.
Explore photos, availability, and rates at the King George Palace here >>
By: Oksana Balytsky
March 22, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
We understand that an incredible view is of utmost importance to luxury travelers. After a day of exploring a new city, there’s nothing more enjoyable then returning to your luxurious accommodations and taking in the miraculous view before calling it a day. For others, there simply is no time to enjoy everything a city has to offer, and the only exploration one has time for is to take in the view from the hotel. We’d like to introduce you to our new blog series, which will be featuring incredible hotels with incredible views! Whatever your travel reasons or however much time you have to enjoy your trip, we hope you leave thinking wow what a view!
Our feature hotel is King George Palace in Athens, Greece. It has been distinguished as the best hotel in Greece and it has been called home by Kings, Presidents, and travelers since the 1930s. This unique boutique hotel has 102 rooms and 22 suites, each gracefully designed with classical and modern concepts in mind. King George Palace is located on Constitution Square, within steps from of the Greek Parliament and near the historical city center. The most stunning feature of this hotel is certainly the views it offers. Some of the rooms offer breathtaking views of the Acropolis, and the rooftop restaurant, the Tudor features remarkable views of the Acropolis and the city of Athens. Check out this phenomenal hotel and get to have your breath taken away!
Be sure to keep up with our blog series to discover various luxury hotels all over the world with the best views!
By: Oksana Balytsky