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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.

Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type in Bora Bora for Family of 3

October 11, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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: I would like to see if you have any glass bottom over the water bungalows that sleep two adults and one child available for December 25th – 27th, 2012 at the Hotel Bora Bora.

Answer: The Hotel Bora Bora does not have availability for your dates of travel, but the Four Seasons Resort has the following room type available which has a maximum occupancy of 3 people, so this would be a good option for your family. It is for an overwater bungalow but it does not specify whether it would have a glass bottom. You could certainly request this, but it would not be guaranteed. To make a reservation for this room type, please visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating ‘traveling with 10 year old child and would like a bungalow with a glass bottom’ so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Bed And Breakfast - Beach View Overwater Bungalow King Bed With Queen Sofabed Maximum Occ 3

The rate is currently 1,250.77 USD per night plus tax and fees. (rates are subject to change prior to making a reservation)

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Would You Care for Some Elephant Poo with Your Cup of Joe?

October 11, 2012
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Tired of the mundane macchiatos at your local Starbucks? Got some cash burning a hole in your pocket?  
Anantara Resorts
has what you need to feel caffeinated and lighter in wallet. The luxury hotel group has
introduced Black Ivory Coffee (affectionately dubbed Elephant Poo Coffee for reasons that will become clear
in a moment) to its resorts in the Maldives and in Thailand's Golden Triangle. While picking coffee beans out of
animal poop isn't new (civets, those hipsters of the animal world, have been pooping out coffee beans since
before it was cool), coffee beans via elephant dung is.

How is this rare and precious coffee made? The process begins with selecting choice Thai Arabica beans that
have been picked from an altitude of 1,500 meters. Said beans are fed to the rescued street elephants that live
at Anantara's Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF). Enzymes found in the elephant's digestive
system break down the protein in the coffee bean. Since protein is one of the main factors responsible for bitterness
in coffee, the resulting bean has almost no bitterness.

Beans expelled by the elephant are handpicked out of the dung by mahouts (elephant trainer and carer) and their
spouses. After some time drying in the sun, the coffee is refined at the GTAEF. The roasted beans sell for around
$1,100 a kilogram with eight percent of all sales are donated to the GTAEF to help with veterinary care for rescued
street elephants. Approximately 10,000 beans are needed to produce one kilogramme of roasted coffee.

When it is served to guests at Anantara's Golden Triangle, the coffee is hand-ground and brewed tableside using
technology developed in 1840's Austria. Now all this coffee needs is a fun nickname. Dumbochino? Elephalatte?
Pachyspresso? We'll keep working on it.


Image of the Day: Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

October 10, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

 

This peaceful moment is brought to you by Fairmont Orchid Hawaii.

 


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

October 8, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for ambience and design. This luxury hotel is a private-island resort surrounded by sparkling water and white sand beaches. Featuring 1,000 acres with organic gardens and a mile stretch of beach, Parrot Cay has 72 suites and villas of which 23 feature private pools and butler service. This luxury hotel is a hotspot for romantic getaways because of its stunning spa facility which offers one of the world’s most extensive treatment lists, a private beach, cathedral-high ceilings, intimate four-poster beds, and opportunities to partake in adventures such as snorkeling, hiking, and boating.

Explore what the Parrot Cay has to offer here!


Image of the Day: Barnsley Gardens Resort

October 7, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

 

A pathway of petals through the gorgeous gardens at Barnsley Gardens Resort.


Image of the Day: Villa D'Este

October 5, 2012
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Villa D'Este's pool surrounded by Lake Como is one of our all-time favorite watering holes.

 

Posted in: Lake Como, Hot Spots

Your Questions Answered: Best Option in Turks and Caicos for Family of 4

October 5, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 planning a trip to Turks and Caicos from December 21st – 26th. It will be a family vacation with 2 adults and 2 kids ages 11 and 14. We would like to stay at the Gasevoort. What room type would you recommend for the 4 of us?

Answer: For your December 21st - 26th trip, the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos does not have room types that would be able to accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids ages 11 and 14. The Seven Stars Resort, however, does have a 2 bedroom Ocean View Suite that would be an ideal fit for your family. This room type features Clear ocean air room, water view, 2 king beds, full kitchen, living and dining area, wrap around terrace. 2050 sqft. The rate is $1733 per night plus 21% tax for a total of $10,484.65 for the 5 nights. This rate includes daily breakfast, non-motorized water sports, Wi-Fi, and daily turn down service. The hotel only has one 2 bedroom ocean view suite available for your dates. To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to add 'traveling with 2 kids ages 11 and 14' to the Special Requests field so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.