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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.

The First Legoland Hotel to Open in the U.S. This April!


By: Oksana Balytsky

Legos, original barbie dolls, and beanie babies send us all back to our childhoods, so we certainly squeeled like little kids when we heard about Legoland Hotels. Set to open on April 5th 2013 in Carlsbad California, this will be the first Legoland Hotel in the United States and the third in the world with the two already up and running in the United Kingdom and Denmark.

We’re looking forward to having life-sized, lego built employees including bell hops and dragons dispersed throughout the property. All of the 250 rooms are decorated in accordance with one of Lego’s three most popular product styles (Kingdom, Adventure, or Pirate), and feature perks like mini-fridges and in-room treasure hunts. Rooms also feature free Wi-Fi, flatscreen televions, and all of the lego bricks you could ever want in a lifetime!

If a visit to Legoland Park is all you need, be sure to explore the 2 luxury hotels in Carlsbad for a vacation full of kid-friendly fun and luxury!


Breath-Taking Presidential Suites


By: Oksana Balytsky

The Inauguration has got us jazzed about the next four years, and we’re taking a look into some of the world’s most extravagant and luxurious presidential suites!

Today’s focus is the 51 Buckingham Gate in London which has a Presidential Residence, complete with 6 bedrooms, 3 kitchens and takes up an entire floor. Guests are welcomed by personal and discreet butlers and the suites in 51 Buckingham Gate feature award winning contemporary bathrooms and modern kitchens fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the 51 Buckingham Gate here!


Newly Renovated El Encanto Opening Soon!


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


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!


Your Questions Answered: Best Room Type at Hotel Negresco for 3 Adults


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 looking to stay at the Hotel Negresco. We’ll be traveling in a group of 3 adults, and we’d like a room with a balcony. What room type would you recommend?

Answer: The Deluxe rooms have a maximum occupancy of 2 people. The Junior Suite Sea View Double can accommodate 3 adults, and there will be an additional 95 Euro per night extra per charge. There is also a city tax of 1.50 Euros per person, per night, and there are no rooms available that have a balcony. 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 daughter who is an adult and request extra bed to be added to the room' to the Special Request field so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

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Turks and Caicos Hotels with a Kids Club


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


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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Insider’s Look into Park Hyatt Chicago’s New Bottega Veneta Suite


By: Oksana Balytsky

Park Hyatt Chicago has been recognized as one of the top 20 ‘World’s Best Hotels’ by Institutional Investor, so it’s no surprise that its 198 rooms meet a high level of luxury, but its Bottega Venta suite certainly exceeds our expectations! This 1400-square foot suite offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and its design is sleek and refreshingly simple. The bedroom, open living room, kitchenette, and two bathrooms are spacious and maximize the light and dramatic views of Chicago’s expansive lakefront. A few elegant touches include leather pillows, hand-carved Venetian glassware, and cashmere throws, and objects from Bottega Veneta’s home collection.

Explore the Bottega Veneta suite and other room options at the beautiful Park Hyatt Chicago here!


12 Days of Hotels: The 1 Best Beach Resort


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.


New Luxury Hotels Opening: Waldorf Astoria Berlin


By: Oksana Balytsky

We at Five Star Alliance are all about the best and most luxurious hotels. We certainly keep up with the happenings in the luxury travel world and take pride in bringing our clients the latest luxury travel news. Keep up with our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring luxury hotels opening to stay on top of the trends and make your reservations at the newest hotspots.

After much anticipation, the Waldorf Astoria Berlin opened its doors at the end of 2012! This luxury hotel allows visitors to admire incredible panoramic views of the Berlin skyline from every guest room and suite. Its central Berlin City West location is perfect for folks wishing to take advantage of the luxury shopping district of Kurfürstendamm, and the hotel’s ballroom as well as five conference rooms are ideal for hosting conferences, social events, and celebrations. The Waldorf Astoria Berlin’s Guerlain Spa features a wide range of treatments and an indoor pool, and the fine dining options on site serve up timeless classic dishes with a modern twist that’ll have you eating bratwurst and schnitzel 3 times a day!

Be sure to check out the Waldorf Astoria Berlin here!