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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 Hotel in Greece?

July 30, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Elounda Bay Palace
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's a family friendly resort in Greece for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Elounda Bay Palace

Located on the island of Crete is the Elounda Beach Palace, a capitivating luxury resort. The 245 rooms and suites are tastefully decorated and provide all the modern amenities. For more privacy, the suites offer private swimming pools in a secluded garden or on the waterfront. In the perfect setting, guests can enjoy a long drink or a cocktail at the Veghera Jetty Bar or dine in one of the multi-cuisine restaurants. For the energetic person, a number of leisure activities are offered by the hotel, including all kind of water sports and a certified PADI diving center. The Thalaspa Chenot Elounda Beach offers blissful signature treatments and pampering techniques. Guests can relax on secluded white sandy beaches, with umbrellas and sun beds.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:Elounda Bay Palace Family Suite
Family Suite Garden View - This spacious accommodation (approx. 55 sq.m) ideal for families is composed of two bedrooms with a Queen & twin sized beds, two marble – lined bathrooms with a TV. The comfort of the suites pours onto an exquisite private balcony which is offering Mountain View. There is also the option of adding a single sofa bed.

Amenities and Activities Include: 
A bottle of wine, fresh fruit, flowers upon arrival
Use of gym
Use of tennis courts
Use of sauna & hamam
€50,00 spa gift voucher per person
Childrens facilities
Daily supervised children's program (for ages 4-12)
Baby sitting – hourly charge applicable
Children's meals available in restaurants

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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.

 


Explore Family-Friendly Houston from Hotel Sorella CityCentre

July 29, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Sorella CityCentre


Hotel Sorella CityCentre
 
is the perfect spot from which to explore the many pleasures of Houston, Texas. The hotel offers the most spacious guest rooms in the West Houston area, a full-service spa and fitness center, and a unique European-inspired bar at Monnalisa

Here's just a few of the family-friendly things to do when you make Hotel Sorella CityCentre your home base in Houston: 

-Houston Zoo has over 6,000 permanent residents. There are over over 2 million guests each year who come to experience the incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment.

-Downtown Aquarium Houston is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe.

-Johnson Space Center  is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's center for human spaceflight training, research, and flight control.

-Bear Creek Park offers 7,600 acres of soccer fields, hiking trails, and picnic facilities. Other park amenities include tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, lighted walking trails, golf and horseshoes. 

-Memorial Park features many things to do, including 2.93-mile running trail, wooded walking trails, tennis, croquet, softball, swimming, biking, sand volleyball, and an 18-hole golf course. Memorial Park also includes the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, which features gardens, nature trails, birds, bees, wildlife habitats, and a nature shop.

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Cool Pools: The Hotel Wilshire

July 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The rooftop terrace at The Hotel Wilshire is the place to see and be seen. The Roof on Wilshire serves up innovative cuisine and cocktails, the cabanas are the perfect size for snuggling, and the pool is perfect for a dip. On the weekends, the rooftop area becomes a party, with comfortable seating with intimate fire pits, a state-of-the-art surround sound system, and views of the Hollywood sign. 

The Hotel Wilshire

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend Family-Friendly Accommodations at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa San Diego?

July 28, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort
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 at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa in San Diego. What are the best accommodations for our family? 


ANSWER:

Centered between the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort epitomizes the true Southern California lifestyle. Taking full advantage of the resort's waterfront location, the resort artfully combines San Diego's sun and surf with the casual charm of southern California.

Loews Coronado Bay

The 439 rooms include 37 suites and are all designed to fit specific needs, whether those needs be spacious rooms perfect for families or flexible work areas ideal for business travelers looking to get work done while traveling. For casual dining guests can savor the cuisine at the re-designed and re-concepted Market restaurant or satisfy a need for a coffee craving or sweet tooth at Market to Go featuring Starbucks Coffee.  The newly redesigned lobby bar, Cays Lounge, features in-door out door seating, cozy fire features and a 9 foot media wall.  The fine dining restaurant, Mistral, offers global fusion cuisine served with sweeping views of Coronado Bay, Pacific sunsets, and the San Diego skyline stretching out beyond Mistral's floor-to-ceiling windows.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort offers activities as varied as its guests. Relax by one of three pools, stroll down the pristine Silver Strand State Beach, get pampered at Sea Spa, sail or boat on the bay, or just enjoy a glass of wine sitting at an outdoor fire feature watching the sunset. Other resort recreation include three tennis courts, a full service marina, bike rentals, and a fleet of gondolas.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 

Coronado Bay View King Suite - A spacious, separate bedroom offers a little privacy on a family vacation, while the large living room comes complete with a queen-size sofa bed. Each suite is uniquely decorated in soft, soothing colors and the finest linens. At the end of your day, you can wash away your stress in the Japanese-style deep soaking tub, then step onto the fully-furnished balcony and delight in the sweeping views of San Diego Bay and the sparkling city skyline. Abundant space, incomparable amenities and impeccable service combine to make a Coronado Bay View King Suite at the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel the key to comfort on your stay in San Diego. Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee. 

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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Cool Pools: Hotel Royal Riviera

July 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The heated outdoor pool at Hotel Royal Riviera is open all year round. During spring and summer, guests can enjoy libations from the pool bar. Children are welcome at the pool, and a lifeguard is on duty during the day. 
Hotel Royal Riviera

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Image of the Day: Rayavadee

July 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Rayavadee boasts 98 enchanting two-story pavilions and 4 luxurious private villas spread over 26 acres of coconut groves and tropical gardens and bordered by three beaches. The award-winning architecture blends with its natural surroundings to create a unique atmosphere reminiscent of an idyllic southern Thai village. In the Hydro-Pool Pavilions, the sensitive, low-key design and luxury of Rayavadee's accommodation is heightened by the addition of a 4.5 x 2.5 metre freshwater hydro-pool situated in a spectacular enclosed tropical garden with sun lounges and a terrace for barbecues. 

Rayavadee

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Cool Pools: The St. Regis Lhasa Resort

July 27, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort has a pool suitable for those who like to swim with the riches. The hotel's Gold Energy Pool maintains a constant water temperature of 28-32℃, and has views of the lake and the Himalaya Palace. Guests may enjoy a reviving foot massage and specially created food and drinks poolside on comfortable cabana-style seating.Dressing rooms and locker facilities are available at the pool. Running and diving are not allowed, as the pool is a relaxation pool recommended for wading and relaxation only.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort 

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New to Five Star Alliance: NJV Athens Plaza

July 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

NJV Athens Plaza is ideally located on Constitution Square (Syntagma), in the heart of the business and shopping districts, and within walking distance from the Acropolis and the Old City (Plaka).

NJV Athens Plaza 

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Family Adventures at Tower Club at lebua

July 26, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Tower Club at lebua
The Tower Club at lebua is a five-star luxury hotel and it epitomizes luxury accommodation in Bangkok. From the views, to the suites, the hospitality and service, and the acclaimed restaurants and bars, Tower Club is everything you've heard about lebua – turned up, for a heightened five-star hotel experience.

The luxury hotel welcomes children, and has a host of ideas for how families can best enjoy their stay in the city.

Family-Friendly Activities in Bangkok

-Safari World. A drive-in zoological park divided into two parts. The first part is Safari Park, an open zoo with wild animals like zebras, deer, giraffes, tigers, lions, bears, elephants and others. The second part is the Marine Park with marine animals and shows of trained dolphins, birds, seals, and apes.

-Dream World. This large amusement park is an European style fantasy land where the world's favorite fairy tales come to life.

Tower Club at lebua

-Siam Park City & Amusement. Located in Minburi District, Siam Park City includes a water park featuring a man-made sea, an amusement park, and a theme park. 

-Siam Ocean World. Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium exhibits over 30,000 native and exotic marine life.

-Nakhon Pathom Province. Approximately an hour's drive away from Bangkok, Samphran Elephant Ground & Zoo is a popular sightseeing destination for both adults and children alike.

-Dusit Zoo at Khao Din Park. Located in Bangkok's Dusit District next to the Parliament House and Dusit Palace, it is the oldest zoo of Thailand, built by King Chulalongkorn as his private garden.

After city adventures, families can cool off in the luxury hotel's open-air swimming pool.

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Cool Pools: Amangiri

July 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Amangiri's unique swimming pool is set within a sunken courtyard framed by the Pavilion and rock escarpment. It wraps around the rock to finish with a hot tub that sits at the base of a rock wall. The lounging terrace that surrounds the pool features king-sized daybeds, some of which appear to float on the water, and pairs of sun-loungers. Adjacent to the hot tub is the Campfire Pavilion which faces inwards. Warmed by a fire during winter, it is an inviting nook for lounging and relaxing.

Amangiri 

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