May 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Ideally nestled between the Montparnasse Tower (the best view of the city) and the mythical Saint-Germain-des-Pres arty neighborhood on the left bank of Paris, Hotel Le Littre welcomes guests for family vacations, honeymoon, business trips, or weekend gateways. Everything is at hand: from restaurants, shops, monuments, exhibitions, museums, bars, and other entertaining places. There is direct metro and bus access to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Opera House, the Arc de Triomphe, and other sites of interest.
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May 27, 2014
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 Hotels in London for a family of 5, children ages 3, 6, and 8?
ANSWER: The Metropolitan London
The Metropolitan in London is a hotel that combines cool looks and cosseting service with a contemporary mindset, putting it squarely on the map of travellers seeking to be at the centre of the action. From floor-to-ceiling windows, look out over a glittering skyline, comfortable in the knowledge you are standing right where it matters - on Park Lane, with the city's best bar and restaurant in the very same building. The hotel's sleek yet serene urban image combines soft whites, pear-wood panelling, suede upholstery, and pure Egyptian cottons. Colours are subtle, featuring cosseting mauves and warm plum. Carefully selected pieces of antique Asian furniture introduce soft, Eastern accents.
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Metropolitan Room connected to a Park Suite. Natural light fills all 144 rooms and suites—each a cool, pared-back space perfect for business or leisure travel.
Metropolitan Rooms are oversized rooms and have some of the most memorable views of the Royal Parks offered by any modern hotel in London. A well-placed, amply-sized desk makes working more enjoyable, while a cozy banquette sitting area provides calm respite from the city. The room measure 33 square meters. Amenities include Nespresso machine, interactive TV with over 70 international channels, extensive on demand music jukebox and movies, UK and US modem points, printers and fax machines on request, and DVD & CD players on request.
Park Suites are oversized light-filled accommodations commanding some of the most stunning views of Hyde Park. Both the bedroom and sitting areas feature full-length windows and a small balcony. All Park Suites can easily connect to Metropolitan Rooms. They measure 47 square meters. Amenities include WiFi and high speed internet access, Nespresso machine, interactive TV with over 70 international channels, extensive on demand music jukebox and movies, Bose iPod docking station in Studios and Suites, UK and US modem points, printers and fax machines on request, DVD & CD players on request, and print share.
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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.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
May 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
For one of the best 360-degree view of Santa Barbara, head up to the rooftop pool at Canary Hotel. There's an ocean breeze, and guests can see all the way from the city's iconic red-tiled rooftops to the mountains and the sea in the distance. Lounge by the pool, or take a dip in the warm waters. If you get hunthe gry or thirsty, there's no need to leave the roof.
When the sun sets, and the temperatures cool, the hotel lights the fireplace, and the roof becomes the perfect spot to view the numerous constellations.
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May 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
On this Memorial Day, we want to say to all who have served, or are still serving:
Gold isn't just for wearing at Four Seasons Spas around the world. Gold has long been touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, and the luxury hotel group has started adding the precious metal to its spa offerings.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC has a Four Seasons Gold and Diamond Facial that utilizes the ultimate in anti-ageing technology to provide instant results. This facial combines several cutting-edge technologies designed to achieve maximum skin health while promoting cellular renewal. Following a complete ultrasonic exfoliation, micro-current therapy is administered to lift and tone sagging muscles. A specialty serum is then infused for smoother, firmer and more hydrated skin. The treatment is finished with LED therapy to calm any redness and stimulate collagen production. The cost ranges from $460-470.
Four Seasons Chicago features the Sjal Skincare Signature Gemstone and Crystal Facial. This one-of-a-kind, holistic facial incorporates the healing power of precious minerals and gemstones such as rose quartz, platinum, copper, and nano-gold as well as sapphires, rubies, diamonds and pearls with Eastern healing techniques of shiatsu Ayurveda and reflexology. This facial rejuvenates mind and body while visibly restoring skin nutrition for a smooth and radiant look. The cost ranges from $170-220, depending on appointment time and length.
Get the heavy metal treatment with gold and copper with the Pinnacle Facial at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. This decadent treatment indulges both the face and the body. An intensely stimulating facial brings radiance to the complexion, while the body is treated to a gold-infused sugar scrub and shimmer oil. A Copper Peel concludes the treatment. The cost is $300 for 100 minutes.
At Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, guests can enjoy the Gold Perfection Facial. This sensational treatment combines innovative technology with the rich, natural healing properties of gold to deliver glowing, radiant skin. Umo's 24 Karat Gold Facial mask creates immediate and long-lasting lifting, firming, and lightening results. The cost is EUR 550 for 100 minutes.
Go for the gold!
Chateau De La Messardiere's name actually goes back to the era of Charles Martel and numerous marriages related the family to the Royal, Carolingian and Capetian dynasties from 640 onwards. Built in the 19th century, the Chateau was donated to officer and excellent horseman Henry Brisson de la Messardiere and young artist and musician Louise Dupuy Angeac, at the time of their wedding.
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The unique setting of Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo, facing the bay of Rapallo (Italian Riviera) to the east and the headland of Portofino to the west, has inspired a return to the elegance of the early 1900s, when the international beau monde gathered here.
Refined and comfortable ambiences reflect the warm colours of the sun and sea of Rapallo and the Portofino Coast. The guest rooms and suites look out onto one of the literature's most celebrated panoramas, the Gulf of Tigullio. The Hall stands out for paintings, prints, and furniture which all are authentic antiques.A splendid setting for weekends and vacationing, Excelsior Palace Hotel five-star luxury hotel Rapallo devotes special attention to lovers of relaxation and of excellence, offering a Beach Club with terraces on the sea, individual cabanas and a panoramic swimming pool, in addition to an exclusive wellness centre, an oasis of pure pleasure for personalised treatments, gym and an indoor pool with a sea view.
All the Excelsior Palace Hotel's rooms are equipped with lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, telephone with a direct outside line, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, bathtub and shower, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.
Here are the room choices available to guests:
Classic Rooms (pictured right)-Attractive and comfortable, with elegant furnishings that often recall the colours of the sea, the Classic Double Rooms of the Excelsior Palace Hotel in Rapallo are ideal for those who feel the need for comfort and luxury, but no great additional space. Approx. 22 square meters.
Superior Rooms-Pretty rooms located in various points of the building, spacious and well-lighted, may offer a view of the open sea or a partial view of the Tigullio's Gulf. Some have a small external space – a balcony – while others, more spacious, are also suitable for accommodating three people. Approx. 28 square meters
Exclusive Rooms-The Exclusive rooms category feature balconies and a view of the sea of Portofino or Rapallo view. Some are connected with Superior category rooms. The wi-fi connection is free of charge. Approx. 35 square meters.
Here are the suite choices available to guests:
Suites offer spectacular panoramas and enchanting terraces, luminous rooms, and elegant furnishings, beds that are the utmost in comfort. A stay in a suite offers a unique chance to experience a special vacation. Warm sun and sea colours tinge the furnishings of the comfortable, spacious rooms, places of quiet, pleasant relaxation. The windows open onto picturesque landscapes that lift the spirits and stimulate the fantasy. Among the services present in the suites are a lock with electronic key, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, double telephone with a direct outside line, stereo, satellite TV and pay TV, individual safe, a well-stocked mini bar, open bar with choice of liquors, Internet connection, Jacuzzi bathtub and separate shower box, telephone, hair dryer, bathrobes and slippers.
Classic Suites-These suites enjoy privileged positions, with a lovely view of the Gulf of Portofino. Terraces or furnished balconies make a stay in this luxury five-star truly one of a kind. All Suites are very roomy, divided between a spacious bedroom and a bright living area, furnished with elegant and ancient furniture. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. Most of the Suites are connecting with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.
Junior Suites-Recently redecorated, all the Junior Suites of the Excelsior Palace Hotel have a spacious bow window instead of balcony to afford guests a sweeping view over the sea and the Gulf of Portofino. Their main characteristic is that there's no separation between the large bedroom and the sitting room, with parquet pavement. All Junior Suites offer the internet connection. Most of the Junior Suites can connect with either a Deluxe or a Superior Double Room. Starting from approximately 50 square meters.
Deluxe Suites-The two luxurious Deluxe Suites are located at the sixth floor and have a terrific view on the Portofino Coast and on the Rapallo marina. With elegant decoration and antique store high quality furniture, all authentic prints and paintings, the Deluxe Suites are provided with an outdoor sea view space. One Deluxe Suite is equipped with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa on the terrace. All Suites offer internet connection and open bar with choice of liqueurs. These Suites are connecting with double rooms. Starting from approximately 60 square meters.
Relax Suite (pictured left)-The Relax Suite offers a private Sauna where you can pamper and relax yourselves with a terrific view on the Portofino Coast from the seventh and last floor of the hotel, which will become an all suite floor. Furthermore, the magnificient terrace is equipped with a Jacuzzi City spa to enhance its wellness offer. The Relax Suite can be interconnected with the Presidential Suite.
Presidential Suite-Located on the seventh and top floor, with a superb view of the sea, the fascinating Presidential Suite features exquisitely elegant furnishings. The refined and elegant living room, with a desk corner, opens onto a spacious terrace, spectacular with its sweeping panorama from the Bay of Rapallo and its famed tourist harbour to the Portofino lighthouse, for a total view of the Gulf. The terrace, equipped with awnings, recliners, sofas and armchairs, is perfect for celebrating special occasions or simply relaxing in total privacy, in tune with the style of refined, discreet elegance that is a hallmark of the hotel. This oustanding space is provided with a brand new Jacuzzi City spa. Inside the Suite, in addition to the living room, a large bedroom, two cloakrooms, parquet floor, air-conditioning, four direct dial phones, private safety box, two TV;s with satellite channels, pay TV, VRC, stereo, minibar, and open bar with choice of liquors. Two bathrooms, the more spacious one offers double basins, corner Jacuzzi bathtub for relaxing pause of wellness, separate shower box, and separate toilet. The Presidential Suite, in addition to the Main Room with a living room, includes two spacious and bright Deluxe Exclusive Rooms with respective bathrooms, both overlooking the terrace. This Suite offers an internet connection. The suite is 130 square meters with a 150 square meter terrace.
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Originally built in the style of the Belle Epoque, the mansion that is the Hotel B Lima served as a seaside retreat during the presidency of Augusto Leguia in the 1920's. Its architectural features and flair capture the celebratory spirit of Peru's centennial, which permeated life in the capital city throughout the era of its construction. Famed French architect Claude Sahut, lauded for his work remodeling portions of the Government Palace, along with many of Lima's main avenues, parks, theaters, and other public buildings and spaces, was originally commissioned to design the property as a summer retreat for the Garcia Bedoya family.
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Pier One Sydney Harbour is nestled alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge and offers magnificent panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, Pier One Sydney Harbour is built on and over the water. The private pontoon provides the ideal launching pad to access all the great sights of Sydney Harbour. One of the very few Sydney hotels set in the heart of The Rocks, this boutique hotel allows easy access to Sydney's historic dining and entertainment precinct as well as Sydney Central Business District (CBD).
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Kessler Canyon is nestled on 27,000 acres of private mountain property. Kessler Canyon’s Guesthouse includes six private rooms, each with original artwork, hand-crafted juniper furniture and amazing mountain and stream views. The Homestead features nine private rooms which can accommodate up to 18 guests, along with a spacious wrap-around porch and outdoor fireplace overlooking the lake and apple orchard.
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