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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.

Image of the Day: Niyama Maldives

January 24, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

 

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Niyama Maldives >>

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Newly Renovated El Encanto Opening Soon!

January 18, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

We’re holding our breath for the opening of the new and improved El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California! This Orient Express property has been undergoing a major renovation for the last few months, and we’re absolutely thrilled to see all of the upgrades and modifications! Opening day is currently set for March 18th, 2013, and this luxury hotel will stand out from the rest in more ways than one! A few additions to look forward to include:

- El Encanto will have its very own cow, Ellie whose milk will be used to make a special cheese only to be found at this hotel. (cool, huh?)

- This hotel will be serving unpasteurized beer brewed nearby to go with the special cheese.

- The coffee served for breakfast will be El Encanto’s own brand, and their on-site herb and vegetable garden will ensure only the very best greens make it to your table.

- For the eco-friendly travelers, El Encanto has added various energy saving and preservation techniques to reduce overall consumption. Guests are encouraged to leave their cars behind and hop on one of the complimentary electric bikes and mosey their way to the beach or into town.

- Accommodations will include 92 intimate bungalows that are scattered throughout seven acres of grounds.

Explore details and photos of El Encanto here, and be sure to make your reservation for this stunning property in March!


Your Questions Answered: Hotels in the Maldives Perfect for Family Travel

January 17, 2013
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: What hotels in the Maldives do you recommend for a family traveling with kids?

Answer: A few hotels in the Maldives that we’d recommend for families traveling with kids are below:

Dusit Thani Maldives - Children’s play area and club facility.

One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah - KidsOnly is free for all children from 2-11 years and provides world-class benefits including exciting and imaginative daily fun programs, age-appropriate activities, facilities and amenities, over twelve hours a day. Babysitters are available 24 hours a day for those under 2.

Anantara Veli Resort and Spa - Open for children from the ages of 3 to 12, the Dhoni Kids Club keeps our youngest guests entertained during their holidays with an action-packed program featuring a variety of beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games that are fun, educational and culturally enriching.

LUX Maldives - PLAY offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything your kids could hope for on an island vacation.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives - Kids For All Seasons Kudamas Club, an organized program of fun activities

The Gili Lankanfushi Maldives - Baby sitting service is available.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives - Children are VIPs at the Waldorf Astoria Kids' Club. Their own little paradise has a private pool, games room, a bungee trampoline for older children and adults and an extensive tailor-made program of activities for their entertainment. Fun and discovery never end.

Kanuhura - The Kids Club offers imaginative fun for kids (2 to 11 years old).

To view availability, rates, and to make a reservation, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel!


Image of the Day: Banyan Tree Lang Co

January 15, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 

Banyan Tree Lang Co is a stunning all-pool villa resort located in Vietnam’s new playground for the sophisticated vacationer.

 

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Posted in: Hue, Asia, Hot Spots, New Hotels

Meet Palazzo Avino!

January 14, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Meet Palazzo Avino! Formerly known as Palazzo Sasso, this stunning five-star deluxe hotel on Italy's famed Amalfi Coast has been rated as one of the world’s finest hotels and boasts two-star Michelin dining.

Here are few details about this amazing property:

-Built in what was once a 12th century private villa for an Italian noble family and opened as a hotel in 1997.

 

-All rooms and suites are decorated with hand made Vietri tiles, antique carpets, furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries and brass accessories and appliques.

 

-A 20 meter outdoor heated swimming pool is situated in the gardens of Palazzo Avino with an amazing view of the sea and the mountains.

 

-Dining at Palazzo Avino is truly a unique experience. You can enjoy a candle light dinner served in the two Michelin starred Rossellinis restaurant or a delicious casual meal at Terrazza Belvedere.

-Horses are available for treks on most of the scenic mountain routes.

 

-The gymnasium is located in the gardens under white gazebos and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. A variety of technogym equipment is available.

 

-The surroundings of the seven village fragments' of Ravello amount to a wild, scenic garden affording leisurely walks or more challenging treks up into the mountains.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at Palazzo Avino>>

 

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Turks and Caicos Hotels with a Kids Club

January 14, 2013
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’re planning a family vacation to Turks and Caicos. Please provide us with the all inclusive options as well as the hotels that have a kids club.

Answer: We have 18 luxury hotels in Turks and Caicos, and depending on your dates, some of them may offer breakfast inclusive or all inclusive rates. None of the hotels in Turks and Caicos are categorized as all-inclusive resorts. The ones that have kids clubs include:

Grace Bay Club (Kids Town Program offers a variety of half and full day excursions and a range of other activities to ensure that children of all ages enjoy their Caribbean adventure.)

Sands at Grace Bay (Only offered during high season)

The Meridian Club (Only children 12 and older)

Seven Stars Resort (Has a children's play area)

The Veranda (Using the natural environment of Turks and Caicos as a foundation, the Kids Club offers a variety of fun, stimulating and experiential activities. All this is housed in a modern facility where parents can safely leave children between ages of 3 to 12 years old.)

To view availability and rates, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel!

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Your Questions Answered: Options for Family of 5 at Half Moon Jamaica

January 10, 2013
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’re planning a family vacation and would like to stay at the Half Moon Jamaica. We have a family of 5 in total, 2 adults and 3 kids ages 3, 9, and 11. What room types can accommodate all 5 of us?

Answer: The Half Moon Jamaica has 1 bedroom suite options that can accommodate a family of 2 adults and 2 kids, but for a family of 5 you would need to make a reservation for a 2 bedroom suite. There would be no additional charges for children under the age of 12. To view availability, rates, and to make your reservation, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating ‘traveling with 3 kids age 3, 9, and 11’ so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

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Partner Hotel Focus: The James Chicago

January 9, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The James Chicago is one of Five Star Alliance's partner hotels, so we think it's pretty great! So, what makes it so special?

-Location, location, location. The James Chicago is located just steps from all the Michigan Avenue has to offer, from world-class shopping to restaurants to hot nightspots. Don't forget the many museums  such as the The Museum of Contemporary Art, and cultural attractions such as Millennium Park. They even offer public bikes for adults and Paul Frank child city bikes for those who want to explore the city on wheels.

-Art@TheJames, a program that brings works by local and international artists to the public areas and guest rooms.

-24-hour room service courtesy of David Burke's Primehouse. 24-hour concierge. 24-hour Business Networking Lounge with video conferencing. 24-hour 2,500-square-foot, full-service fitness center. No matter what time you like to work, work-out, or eat, the James is open for business.

-Yoga anyone? In partnership with lululemon athletica, The James offers a weekend R&R package that includes a lululemon yoga mat, complimentary class at the lululemon Rush Street studio, Spa by ASHA massage and bottle of sommelier-select wine.

-Guest rooms that feature a contemporary layout and a palette of warm tones. Choose from Double Deluxe or King rooms, studios, lofts, penthouse lofts,  and 1 bedroom apartments.

-Special programs and amenities for your babies and kids, whether they are the traditional human kind, or of the furbaby variety.

 These are just a few of the reasons to consider The James Chicago the next time you visit the Windy City!

Explore rates, amenities, and special offers at The James Chicago>>

 

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12 Days of Hotels: The 1 Best Beach Resort

January 5, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is the 1 Best Beach Resorts!

1. Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru

Maldives has some of the best beaches in the entire world, and this luxury hotel is surrounded by dazzling white talc sand and the bluest of waters teeming with an astonishing abundance of soft corals and fish sparkling in brilliant colors.


12 Days of Hotels: The 2 Best Gold Resorts

January 4, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 2 of the World’s Best Golf Resorts!

1. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Tee off at 2 18-hole champion Tom Fazio designed golf courses.

2. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Play the Five championship courses including the world-famous Ocean Course.