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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: The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

March 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally located in the heart of Shanghai’s entertainment hub, The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai is also adjacent to the retail utopia of Huai Hai Road, known as the Champs Elysees of the East. Shanghai’s underground rail network is nearby, and foreign consulates, must-see museums, and the key business district are all within close proximity.

The Langham Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

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Fun Facts About The Peninsula Bangkok

March 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Peninsula BangkokIn the few years since the hotel opened, the luxurious riverside The Peninsula Bangkok has quickly established itself as one of Bangkok's finest hotels, winning many awards and accolades, including World's Best Hotel in 2003 by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Thanks to its unique waved-shape design and location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, The Peninsula Bangkok is a stunning, 39-story hotel offering uninterrupted panoramic views of Bangkok from every one of its large, luxurious guest rooms and suites. Here's a few fun facts about the luxury hotel. 

-Over five years ago, The Peninsula Bangkok's expert gardener planted the first seeds in the Naturally Peninsula Garden. The hotel's own herb garden features an array of local herbs used in Thai cuisine as well as in traditional medicines. Located behind Thiptara restaurant, the garden is watered twice a day and its soil is refreshed every six months to ensure the highest quality produce including sweet and red basils, thyme, rosemary, mint, sage, vanilla beans and tarragon. The Peninsula Bangkok
 

-The Peninsula Bangkok's selection of transport options includes an elegant customised fleet of Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, BMW 7 Series, and a helicopter from the hotel’s private helipad. Guests can also explore the city Thai style via The Peninsula Bangkok's customised three-wheel tuk-tuk or on one of four beautifully restored rice barges that ferry across the river from the Peninsula Pier Lounge to the Skytrain Station.

-The Peninsula Bangkok's four stylish shuttle boats make 648 daily roundtrips between three piers. The trips - and the views - are free.

-All rooms at the Peninsula Bangkok have views of the Chao Phraya River and the city. Some rooms offer landscaped balconies where guests can relax and enjoy the stunning views and the river breezes or indulge in an intimate fine dining experience.

The Peninsula Bangkok

-The Peninsula Academy offers classes and experiences as diverse as one-on-one Muay Thai class on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, elephant rides through vineyards, Thai painting classes, and exotic cooking classes.

-The tennis court, located on the ground level of the hotel, offers a full-time tennis expert for those needing a partner or wanting to improve their swing.
 

-With breathtaking views of the river and the city, the serene three-tiered outdoor pool measures 88m (288 ft) and is flanked by Thai salas for relaxing in style.

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Image of the Day: Fusion Maia Da Nang

March 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Fusion Maia Da Nang have to make the difficult choice between the infinity pool, the beach, or a bite to eat al fresco.

Fusion Maia Da Nang 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Singita Boulders Lodge

March 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Singita Boulders Lodge is set along the banks of the Sand River in Singita’s privately owned reserve within the Sabi Sand Reserve. The lodge is a celebration of the tranquillity, space, and light which flows throughout this incredibly vast area. Inspired by the geometry of the boulders on which it rests, Boulders Lodge is an inviting oasis where organic interiors integrate seamlessly with the raw African beauty outside. Singita Boulders Lodge is perfectly at home in its pristine setting and whether through walls of glass or open-air areas, the surrounding landscape and animals can be seen and enjoyed from every angle, making for a truly immersive safari experience. There are 10 one bedroom suites each with a private plunge pool and 12 two-bedroom family suites each with a private plunge pool.
Singita Boulders Lodge

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a London Hotel for a Family of Four?

March 22, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Jumeirah Carlton Tower
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.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower



QUESTION: We are a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11, and looking for a recommendation in London for our stay?


ANSWER: Jumeirah Carlton Tower  

Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the essence of Knightsbridge, is only moments from Harvey Nichols, Harrods and the exclusive boutiques on Sloane Street. The hotel features 220 rooms, including 58 suites and a Presidential Suite with stunning panoramic views. It offers three restaurants serving a wide range of mouth-watering cuisine, including the renowned Rib Room. Alternatively, visit the GILT Champagne Lounge for the ultimate in sophistication and glamour.Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Jumeirah Carlton Tower also features the luxurious Peak Health Club & Spa, offering a fully equipped gymnasium, state-of-the-art golf simulator, and a 20 meter heated indoor pool.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
-Deluxe King Room connected to a Superior Twin Room Twin or any Suite connected to a Superior Twin-Bedded Room.

The Superior Twin Room is a smart urban choice for business or leisure. Comfortable and intimate with custom made furnishings that evoke simplicity and modernity. Guests will enjoy the sophisticated entertainment system, ready to play your own music with a simple wireless connection. The Deluxe Room offers privileged moments with added space. Ideal when traveling with a child, it features an extra rollaway bed to conveniently preserve your precious space. Spend leisure time your way, especially on the sofa, with the possibility of connecting any of your devices to the entertainment system.

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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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New to Five Star Alliance: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

March 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem hotel stands in the heart of Jerusalem at the intersection of King David, Agron and Mammilla Streets, just minutes from the Jaffa Gate. The design of this Jerusalem hotel blends Greco-Roman, Gothic and Ottoman architecture into the preserved 80-year-old facade.

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem 

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Interactive Art at The Quin

March 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Quin Hotel
The Quin
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the newest luxury hotel in Manhattan, is located on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. The legendary hotel has long been a home away from home for countless painters, writers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, and conductors. Doubtless, this is due to both The Quin's elegant beaux-arts architecture and its proximity to Broadway, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. Thanks to the hotel's Quin Arts initiative, the tradition continues today. Quin Arts is an interactive arts program that celebrates the property's rich heritage and produces exciting new spaces for contemporary artists. Quin Arts seeks to inspire suspended moments of reflection amid the bustle of urban life with engaging and immersive new work in New York City. The Quin invites progressive contemporary artists to make their mark through its residency program.

The Quin Hotel

The artistic  and cultural legacy of The Quin was laid by such art world luminaries Georgia O’Keeffe, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Marc Chagall. Quin Arts presents an ongoing series of culturally significant events, exhibitions, salons, lectures, film premieres, book debuts, musical performances, and artist receptions. This multi-media initiative extends to a substantial permanent collection, along with an artist-in-residence program; grand displays on the lobby's 15-foot abstract video art wall, which are specifically created for the hotel; and intimate salons with participating artists.

The Quin currently houses 18 original pieces by artists from around the world. The collection includes works by Blek le Rat, the Paris-based "Godfather of Street Art;” YZ; Eric Zener; Wulf Von Treu, "the German Basquiat;" and renowned Irish painter Patrick Graham. This collection now includes 15 new pieces from Bristol-based street artist, Nick Walker, and will continue to grow with original works commissioned through the Quin Arts' artist-in-residence program.

Current exhibits and artistic endeavors include:

-Heritage, an immersive photography exhibit presented in conjunction with Magnum Photos. It celebrates what Magnum co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson calls "a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on, and a desire to transcribe it visually." Heritage features the work of Burt Glinn, Erich Hartmann, Dennis Stock, and Elliott Erwitt and was co-curated by Darren Johnston and Gary Hoenig.

-Quin Artist in Residence Rosemary Siemens. Violinist Rosemary Siemens has mesmerized audiences the world over since the age of three. Equally comfortable with Classical and Pop music, her diverse talents and improvisational skills have led to countless performance opportunities, including concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall, performing as the first instrumentalist ever at St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican and playing at the Latin Grammy's in Miami. Rosemary's latest visit to New York includes a performance at Carnegie Hall as Concert Master for National Sacred Honor Choir and an intimate private recital in the Quin Lobby for guests and New York music aficionados.

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Family Fun Rules at Paradise Point Resort and Spa

March 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Paradise Point Resort and Spa


If you are looking for a family-friendly luxury resort near San Diego, look no further than Paradise Point Resort and SpaThe resort is on a private 44-acre island located in Mission Bay, minutes from the heart of downtown San Diego and adjacent to SeaWorld Adventure Park. The Southern California resort features 462 Balinese influenced bungalow-style rooms, including 73 hotel suites. Each open and airy ground-floor guestroom offers garden, lagoon or bay views, with a refreshing, tropically elegant color scheme of coral, turquoise, chartreuse and gold.

A Few Family-Friendly Reasons Families Love Paradise Point Resort and Spa  

• Insulated setting where older kids (teens and tweens) can safely explore without constant parental supervision
• Just 10 minutes away from top San Diego attractions such as Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and the Gaslamp QuarterParadise Point Resort and Spa
• Kid-friendly activities include Paradise Surf Academy, dive-in movies, poolside games, watersports camp, scavenger hunts, fishing, 18-hole putting golf course, croquet course, tennis, basketball, and the Island Adventure Club
• Five pools to choose from: Main pool, lagoon pool, adult lagoon pool, meadow pool, and waterfall pool
• All family members, even the four-legged ones, are welcome at the resort
• One mile of sandy white beach, perfect for digging in the sand, building sandcastles, playing horseshoes, or having a game of Bocce Ball. The surrounding Mission Bay is less crowded than nearby beaches, and the waters are calm and inviting
Paradise Point Resort and Spa• Beach cruiser and surrey quadracycle rentals available, there are 14 miles of bike paths nearby
• Segway tours of the 44-acre island
• 60-minute boar tour of Mission Bay, means a chance to witness sea lions, pelicans, and other sea life in their natural habitat and gaze at picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, SeaWorld, Fiesta Island, and the striking downtown San Diego skyline
• Sailing lessons in one of the resorts 14 to 25 foot sloops
• Speedboat, Jet-ski, kayak, and paddleboards for rent and use
• Spa services for kids, including manicures, ice cream pedicures, "Mom & Me" mother-daughter spa package, and "Girls' Night In" teen spa events

Paradise Point offers a private island escape with all the comforts and activities of a San Diego waterfront hotel. It's a luxury resort the whole family is sure to enjoy.
 
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New to Five Star Alliance: Conrad Dubai

March 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located in the heart of the buzzing financial and shopping district of Dubai, Conrad Dubai offers elegantly furnished accommodations with panoramic views, 6 unique dining and entertainment venues, and a luxury spa and fitness center.

Conrad Dubai

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Cool Pools: Windsor Court Hotel

March 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Windsor Court Hotel's pool is an expansive 18 x 65 outdoor pool with a large Jacuzzi whirlpool. Both have a bird's-eye view of New Orleans.

Windsor Court Hotel
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