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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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Room at The Hay-Adams Hotel?

August 11, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Hay-Adams HotelWe 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 a family of 4 and looking to stay at the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC. What rooms offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Hay-Adams Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel, is as close as you can get to staying at the White House without a personal invitation from the President. Originally designed in the 1920s as a residential hotel, The Hay-Adams carefully emulates the ambiance of a distinguished private mansion on Lafayette Square. The 145-room hotel features 21 luxury suites with stunning views of Lafayette Park and the White House. All guest rooms exhibit the perfect combination of heritage, luxury, contemporary comfort and technology.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Lafayette Park View Room - These rooms offer breathtaking views of Lafayette Park. These low-floor luxury hotel rooms offer a truly unique perspective of the capital city. Available with one king bed or two double beds.

White House View Room - With breathtaking views of the White House, these top-floor luxury hotel rooms offer a truly unique perspective of the capital city. Available with one king bed or two double beds. Select rooms feature French doors that open onto a private balcony.

Book your stay at The Hay-Adams Hotel >>

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.
 


Dining al Fresco: Le Pigonnet

August 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Pigonnet is a Provencal manor house from the XVIIIth century combines tradition and modernity. This 5-star hotel with 44 rooms and suites is a stone’s throw away from Aix-en-Provence city centre and offers guests relaxing moments in a luxury and timeless atmosphere.

Le Pigonnet 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Dive Resort in Greece?

August 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Minos Beach art hotel
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: Can you recommend a dive resort in Greece for a family of 4?

ANSWER: Minos Beach art hotel – Aghios Nikolaos, Greece

Minos Beach art hotel, a favorite of all those appreciating genuineness and authenticity, provides a luxurious stay in minimalist surroundings. The 129 Bungalows, all with air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, safety deposit box, mini bar, TV, bath or whirlpool bath or Jacuzzi shower, hairdryer and personalized service are designed to meet your most demanding needs. For a truly VIP experience at Minos Beach, there is a presidential suite and three executive suites with private swimming pools, as well as exclusive bungalows that are literary caressing the sea.Minos Beach art hotel

Pelagos Dive Centre has been operating since 1987 and is located in the grounds of the Minos Beach art hotel. It is ideal for all divers, with tideless, calm, warm waters, divable all year round. Courtesy of the hotel, a sheltered sandy beach and a large private swimming pool are available, for those wishing to try or take up diving, in the "Discover Dive" sessions. There is a fully equipped classroom, complete with its own unique mural. A relaxed atmosphere combined with the latest teaching methods makes learning easy and fun. The instructors have up to twenty years diving experience and are proficient in first aid.

Diving sites range from ancient remains, through wrecks, rocky slopes, caverns, walls, reefs and drop offs. The exceptionally clear water, with its many shades of blue offers visability averaging over 30 meters. Pelagos is a fully qualified and established diver training centre where learning to dive is made easy and fun by PADI instructors. Diving groups are limited to 9 people for each dive leader. Thorough dive planning, detailed pre-dive briefings, in conjunction with conservative dive-limits ensure all safety aspects are covered.  Divers may hire a Sony underwater video housing and a Nikonos V still 35mm camera and flashgun. There is a wide range of Specialist Courses available, including Night Diver, Underwater Photography and Deep Diver.Minos Beach art hotel

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

Sea View Room- The Sea View Rooms are situated in the main building and consist of one bedroom with two beds and a single sofa bed and a bathroom with bathtub. A large balcony offers panoramic sea view. Amenities include individual air condition, bathroom with bath tub, cable and satellite TV, min-bar, hair dryer, beach towels, daily maid service, direct dial phone, and safe.

Book your family vacation at Minos Beach art hotel >>

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.


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Santorini?

August 9, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

On the Rocks Hotel
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 a family of 3 and looking to stay is Santorini, Italy. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: On the Rocks Hotel  
On The Rocks, an acclaimed member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, stands proudly at 200 meters above the Caldera basin. Situated in the famous village of Imerovigli, On the Rocks has Caldera views and is 10 minutes away from the island's capital Fira. Due to its privileged location is the perfect starting point to explore the magnificent island of Santorini. Boasting one of the finest scenic locations in Imerovigli, this Cycladic-inspired luxury hotel features 24 stylish Caldera view rooms and Volcano view suites.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend
Superior Double Room with Caldera View - The captivating romantic rooms with Caldera view in Imerovigli are traditionally decorated and uniquely furnished with unusual artifacts and fine quality linen. The superior double hotel rooms in Santorini feature an area of of 25 square meters, a private terrace with a breakfast table and chairs.

Superior Rooms can accommodate 2 adults in 1 double bed and 1 child in an extra bed. There is an extra charge per night for the extra person.

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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.

 

 


Did You Know? Hyatt Regency La Jolla

August 9, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine may look familiar, if you make a habit of shopping at Target. Famed architect (and Target housewares designer) Michael Graves and his company are responsible for the luxury hotel's appearance. Set on 11 prime acres in La Jolla, CA, the luxurious hotel hasts 417 recently-updated guestrooms, a 32,000 square foot Sports Club and spa, gourmet restaurant row, and 32,000 square feet of function space.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

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Posted in: San Diego, CA

The Talbott Hotel Chicago Loves American Girls

August 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

American Girl Place
If you've got a kid obsessed with American Girl dolls, you'll want to check out the American Girl Packages at The Talbott Hotel Chicago. The hotel blends the charms of a gracious bygone era with opulent accommodations, impeccable service, and unexpected delights. The Talbott Hotel is located walking distance from Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile. Built in 1927 and recently renovated, the AAA Four Diamond, European-style Talbott Hotel provides everything one expects from large, world-class brands along with everything desirable about an independent boutique hotel—streamlined check-in and check-out, top-of-the-line amenities, a welcoming staff that takes personal pride in delivering unequaled service and behind-the-scenes hotel technologies that ensure guest security and comfort. 

Located at the nearby Water Tower Place, the Chicago American Girl Place features specialty shops, private dining, and more. The in-house cafe offers brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and parties.  Children can pose for a picture at the Photo Studio and take home a souvenir issue of American Girl® magazine with their face on the cover. Dolls can even get a makeover at the Doll Hair Salon. 

The Talbott Hotel has three different American Girl packages to choose from. 

American Girl Dream Package
With the American Girl Place Dream Package, guests wake up to breakfast in bed for two. After a long day of shopping at the Water Tower Place, children come back to the hotel and receive a personalized pink twin sized blanket. There's also guaranteed late check-out of 3pm.

American Girl Spirit Package
This package embodies everything that American Girl Place has to offer. Amenities include a personalized welcome letter, keepsake American Girl Place fold-out doll bed, access to the girl blog @ the talbott, a $15 Breakfast Credit per person at Little Market Brasserie for a maximum of two people, and one entry into the American Girl Place quarterly drawing for a doll. The two Sprinkles cupcakes and milk at turndown provides a perfect ending to a perfect stay at The Talbott Hotel. 

American Girl Imagine Package
Imagine an American Girl Place experience that will last a lifetime. The Imagine package offers everything from the Spirit package, but also includes personalized Talbott Hotel stationary,
personalized guest room keycard, six personalized photo postcards by the fireplace, and a personalized room service menu.

View rates and book an American Girl Package at The Talbott Hotel >>


Did You Know? Ritz Paris

August 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Paris
In the early '30s, fashion icon Coco Chanel moved into the Hotel Ritz Paris. She not only brought her luggage, she also brought her own furniture, including a beige suite settee and a chinoiserie folding screen. The suite where she lived for more than 35 years still exists. The 1,670-square-foot Coco Chanel Suite has two bedrooms and a living room and features Coromandel lacquers, Chinese furniture, baroque mirrors, and over-sized sofas with quilting created by Chanel. 

But Madame Coco wasn't the only celebrity of the time to call the hotel home. Ernest Hemingway also lived there, and one of the bars is fittingly named in his honor.  

The hotel is currently closed for extensive renovations, but is expected to re-open in late 2014 or early 2015. 

 

 

 

 


Image of the Day: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

August 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has 67 villas and suites, which all feature expansive outdoor spaces that open up to a lush tropical oasis, where coconut, mango, jackfruit and cinnamon trees kiss the air with a heady fragrance. Oh, they also have an amazing view of Indian Ocean.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

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Posted in: Mahe Island

Your Questions Answered: What Parking Arrangements are Available at O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel?

August 7, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

O'Callahan Davenport HotelWe 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 parking arrangements are available at O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel?

ANSWER: 
The O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel is located at Merrion Square, within walking distance of Trinity College and Saint Stephen's Green, and approximately eight miles from Dublin International Airport. Located in an 1863 building that once served as a gospel hall, the hotel is 200 meters from Pearse Street train station, 700 meters from Saint Ann's Church, and one mile from Dublin Castle.

The O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel and O'Callaghan Alexander Hotel have shared parking between them at Alexander Court. You will receive a code at Front Desk and the cost is currently 12EUR per 24 hours for hotel guests.

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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.


 


Dining al Fresco: Mount Cinnamon

August 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Mount Cinnamon's open-air restaurant Savvy's is bright and airy for breakfast and romanticly candlelit for dinner with every table taking advantage of the far-reaching sea views.

Mount Cinnamon

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