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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.

Image of the Day: Bellasera Hotel

August 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Inspired by the beautiful villages of Tuscany, Bellasera Hotel exudes elegance, charm, and historical beauty. Guests at this Four-Diamond property enjoy gorgeous courtyard fountains, Italian architecture, Mediterranean cuisine, and world-class service.

Bellasera Hotel 

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Image of the Day: LaPlaya Beach Resort

March 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

LaPlaya Beach Resort is the only luxury beachfront resort on the Florida Gulf Coast. The resort promises an experience of rejuvenation, whether under a white cabana, by a cascading-falls pool, through the fine cuisine at Baleen Naples, in exotic SpaTerre, out on the Bob Cupp golf course, or simply in your guestroom.

LaPlaya Beach Resort

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Your Questions Answered: What are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Marco Island for a Family of 4?

March 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hilton Marco Island
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 Marco Island for a Family of 4? 

ANSWER: Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa 

The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is perfectly situated off the Southwest coast of Florida, directly on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Naples. The resort is minutes from the Florida Everglades National Park, Caribbean Gardens, historic downtown Naples, and many of the finest golf courses in Southwest Florida. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is only 55 minutes from Southwest Florida Regional International Airport and 90 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale Florida International Airport.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa
Guest rooms at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort include amenities such as sofa bed, private furnished balcony, 32 inch LCD television, high-speed internet access, mini refrigerator and are offered in a garden/tennis, partial Gulf view or full Gulf of Mexico views. The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel is an ideal choice for vacationing guests.

This Hilton hotel offers resort guests an array of dining, recreational, and entertainment choices great for the entire family. Enjoy casual, poolside, or elegant formal dining in the hotels two restaurants or watch the sun go down from the Beach Bar and Grille. Watersport activities include sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, or wave runners. Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel has beach volleyball or poolside sunning if something more relaxed is a priority.
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort hotel boasts of warm Gulf Stream water, an array of activities making this Hilton hotel an ideal vacation spot.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa features 22 one-bedroom suites. These spacious suites are perfect for families and offer a bedroom and living room area with dining table and sofa bed. All suites offer comfortable accommodations with a soothing contemporary theme. Amenities in the one-bedroom suites include a luxurious Hilton Serenity Bed, 32" LCD flat panel TVs, Cuisinart coffeemaker, sofa bed, in-room safe, refrigerator, work desk, private furnished balcony, and well-appointed bathrooms with walk-in showers.

-Two Queen Bed Junior Suite Deluxe Golf View
Take in views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and hotel pool from the balcony of this suite with queen beds. Stretch out on the sofa and watch an on-demand movie on the 32-inch TV, or read a book by the bedside LED lighting.

The Family Fun package includes breakfast for four and free high-speed Internet access. This deal will be available until May 16, 2015.

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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.

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Did You Know? Inn at Pelican Bay

May 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 
There are literally dozens of golf courses in Naples, FL. The Inn at Pelican Bay is just blocks from pristine Paradise Coast beaches, award-winning golf courses, and fabulous shopping opportunities, this hotel in Naples, FL provides a delightfully serene retreat.

The Inn at Pelican Bay 

 

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Ritz-Carlton Naples Renovates

March 20, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Twenty-seven might be a little young for human facelifts, but it's just about right for a luxury hotel to undergo some refurbishments. The Ritz-Carlton Naples just announced that that it will close for two months, starting July 24, 2013. while it undergoes renovations.  Refurbishments are planned for all of the 450 guest rooms and suites, the three dining options, the "Princess ballroom," as well as other structural and mechanical renovations.  The guest rooms renovations will be overseen by Interior designers Wimberly Interiors, which plans to have the rooms resemble a luxurious, residential beach home. The three restaurants will be re-done by the New York-based design agency Blue Plate. The Sushi Bar will be renamed The Bar and will be extending its balcony and reconfiguring to allow for more cozy areas. The Terrace will reopen as Terrazza, an Italian eatery open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Grill steakhouse will continue as a classic dining establishment with a terrific selection of dry-aged beef, fresh seafood and collection of international wines. Brides will want to take note taht the popular Artisans "princess ballroom" will be redesigned to resemble an elegant jewel box.  The 20,000 square feet of meeting space will also undergo some refreshing. 

During the renovation, nearby sister property The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort Naples will be open for business and will provide guests with a shuttle to the beach. 

The transformation will be unveiled on October 1, 2013.  

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Watch the Green Flash with Cocktails at Naples' Edgewater Beach Hotel

August 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Edgewater Beach Hotel, NaplesOne of the best places to watch the sunset in Naples, Florida? At the Edgewater Beach Hotel, the all-suite oceanfront property situated on seven miles of beach along the Gulf of Mexico. They've got a glass-enclosed beachfront bar that's named for the "green flash" that is said to briefly appear when the sun dips below the water's horizon. The hotel recently introduced a summer-inspired cocktail and small plates “Flash at the Glass” beachfront happy hour. Order up the signature Edgewaterita, a refreshing libation of Partida tequila, lime and agave nectar, while nibbling on selections from a menu of $5 small plates, including Tuna Tartare with Avocado Dressing, Jumbo Porcini Tortellini with Marina Sauce or Chicken Satay with Sundried Tomato and Artichoke Tapenade. Interested in staying overnight? Get rates from $199 per night with the Best of Waldorf package, and enjoy reciprocal privileges at the Edgewater’s sister property, Naples Grande Beach Resort, with access to championship golf and tennis, the Golden Door Spa and Clam Pass Beach adjoining a 200-acre mangrove preserve and estuary.


Trends in Travel: Marco Island Resort Rewards Guests for Voluntourism

August 22, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marco Island Beach ResortThe latest hotel to give travelers discounts to reward them for voluntourism work? Florida's Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort which recently launched Give & Get-- meaning 15% savings when guests use a portion of their hard-earned vacation time helping others. Available through September 30, 2011, the program features diverse volunteer opportunities: coastal clean-up with Friends of Rookery Bay, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering with the YMCA, or helping out at Marco Island’s first public high school.

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Celebrate National Golf Month with Unlimited Golf at Marco Island Marriot Beach Resort

August 3, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Marco Island Marriott Beach ResortDid you know that August is National Golf Month? Celebrate with a round of golf (or two) by the sea. Golf resorts like Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort-- nestled on three miles of pristine Florida beach near Naples-- are offering savings for National Golf Month for extra fun on the fairway. Book the "Unlimited Golf Escape" and you'll get 25% savings. Here's what's included: accommodations in a tropical-view guestroom, daily breakfast for two people and two rounds of golf per day at The Rookery at Marco Island golf course, including complimentary replay based on availability. You'll also get a free golf gift item and 10% off purchases at the Golf Pro Shop. The package includes bag storage, bag tags, range balls and golf cart rental. Starting at $304 per night.


Play with the Pros: Tennis Package from $175 at Naples Grande Beach Resort

June 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Naples Grande Beach Resort, FloridaTennis anyone? The Naples Grande Beach Resort in Florida is inviting you to perfect your game with the Peter Burwash International tennis pros. Ranked by Tennis magazine as the #8 tennis resort in the U.S. and #25 worldwide (2010), Naples Grande offers 15 Har-Tru courts (five lighted for night play), daily clinics and annual summer camp for juniors, a tennis concierge to match players, not to mention group and private lessons.

Take advantage of the "Tennis for Life" package, available through September 30, and you'll score room rates from just $175 plus value-added extras: a one-hour group tennis lesson, one-hour private lesson and a $70-per-hour discounted rate on any additional lessons; complimentary player matching services to put your newly honed skills to the test; all court fees; personal copies of Tennis for Life by Peter Burwash and the current issue of PBI magazine, packed full of the latest tennis tips and trends. After tuning up your game, wind down with a massage at the Golden Door Spa, or soak in one of the three pools. (The signature Mangrove Pool has an 100-foot water slide!) Of course, there are oodles of water sports at Clam Pass beach, too. The package is subject to availability.