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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Downtown Dallas Luxury Hotel?

February 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Crescent Court
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 Downtown Dallas Luxury Hotel? 

ANSWER: Hotel Crescent Court


As culturally vibrant as the neighborhood in which it sits, Rosewood Crescent Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Uptown Dallas. Offering chic, contemporary styling, a serene spa and dining options ranging from Nobu to Starbucks, Rosewood Crescent Hotel offers discreet, professional service with Texas charm.
Offering some of the finest luxury accommodations in Dallas, the hotel's 191 rooms range from 380 to 625 square feet, and include a living area and bath. Each beautifully decorated and knowingly outfitted guestroom features a large closet with an automatic light, vanity with cosmetic lights, full-length mirror, individually controlled air-conditioning, desk, and comfortable seating area.
The 29 one- and two-story suites range from 770 to 3,035 square feet, and some offer private kitchens. All suites are individually designed and have a residential feel that complements the warm Texas hospitality. It will feel like you have found your home away from home. A variety of additional luxuries such as spiral staircases, hardwood floors, dining rooms, original works of art, antique porcelains and Bose sound systems are found in individual suites.

Deluxe Rooms include a generous sitting area with sofa, chair, coffee table, and desk, as well as a 32-inch flat screen television. This stylish Dallas hotel room features a private French balcony, a traditional bath in Italian marble and brass with a lighted marble vanity and special make-up mirror, all in 460 square feet of private space.

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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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Your Questions Answered: Can Your Recommend a Miami Beachfront Hotel That's Close to Nightlife?

February 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Beach 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 looking for a Miami Florida South Beach property that beachfront, within walking distance to the night life and dining, and has a pool. What resort offers the best accommodations for our trip?



ANSWER: Grand Beach Hotel 

The Grand Beach Hotel is on the doorstep of South Beach with its night life and restaurants, while still offering just enough privacy and relaxation. The hotel offers ocean front location, two beach front pools and hot tubs, tranquility pool, Chez Gaston restaurant, three lounges and bars, 24-hour fitness center, nearly 20,000 square feet of event and meeting space, business center, comfortable library, massage and spa services, beach chair and umbrella rental for all guests. This is a pet-friendly hotel.

The Grand Beach Hotel features 430 luxurious and oversized guest room suites at their  Miami Beach ocean front hotel. Suites start on the 7th floor guaranteeing unobstructed views of the ocean or Biscayne Bay and Miami’s skyline. Oceanfront suites have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and white beach. Suites also include one-bedroom suites and two bedroom Corner Suites, which offer even more spacious accommodations. The Grand Beach Hotel in Miami also offers a large number of connecting rooms for Miami family vacations.
Grand Beach Hotel
Most suites offer two luxurious marble bathrooms and a King bed plus sleeper sofa or two double beds plus sleeper sofa. Suites have two 42-inch flat-screen TV with premium television channels, balcony with water views, WiFi, interconnecting suites, iPod cradle plug-in, ample luggage storage, and panoramic floor.

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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Image of the Day: Alvear Palace Hotel

February 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Alvear Palace Hotel has a Wellness Area that is created specifically to provide an intimate atmosphere. It features steam baths, saunas, pressure showers, a ludic pool, and relaxation rooms. The Vitality Pool, pictured below, has combination of air and water designed to provide the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.

Alvear Palace Hotel
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Cool Pools: Epic Hotel Miami

February 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Epic Hotel Miami

Epic Hotel Miami
has not one, but two pools for your swimming and sunning pleasure. The downtown Miami has a sixteenth-floor pool terrace that is an open-air oasis. Guests can sip cocktails and enjoy meals while they lounge poolside, courtesy of the hotel's own Area 31 restaurant and outdoor bar. Daybeds for sunbathing and pool cabanas for romantic cabanas are de rigeur.  There are also poolside massages and therapies provided by Exhale. 
Epic Hotel Miami
 

 

 
 

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Your Questions Answered: Where Can Our Family of Three Stay in London?

February 23, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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 London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

Blakes HotelANSWER: Blakes Hotel

Blakes is the inspirational creation of world renowned designer Anouska Hempel. Located in the leafy Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Blakes is famous for its stunning design, elegance, and dedicated service. Its uncompromising stand on privacy has made it the London base for film stars, musicians and all the top designers, earning it a reputation as The "Couture" Hotel. Carefully converted from a collection of period Victorian town houses, Blakes has revolutionized and influenced the concept of the small luxury hotel worldwide.
The stunning design, both elegant and romantic, of each room was individually created by Anouska Hempel, displaying her immaculate attention to detail reconstructed to provide the ideal blend of color, texture and atmosphere. Blakes Hotel

For Your Needs, We Recommend: 

Directors Doubles: Ask for a Luxury Double to Luxury Double (with twin beds) or a Deluxe double/Directors Double to a Luxury Suite. These options all sleep three, and range in size from 25-35 square meters. Furnishings and amenities include European King-Sized beds, Antique Biedermeier furniture with stenciled wooden floors and gold accents, pale grey Venetian rooms, and state of the art splendor. Rooms have Complimentary Wi-Fi & local calls, Bang&Olufsen TV, Bang&Olufsen iPod docking station, Bang&Olufsen cordless phones, and SKY satellite.   

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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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Villa La Massa Re-Opens

February 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa La Massa Immersed in the heart of Tuscany and just few miles from the historic centre of Florence, Villa La Massa is set on the bank of the Arno River with over 20 acres of lush gardens full of lemon trees and olive groves. The 37 accommodations are divided in three ochre and pink coloured villas overlooking the romantic Chianti hills and a magnificent countryside landscape. The hotel's shuttle service runs daily to and from Ponte Vecchio, allowing the guests to enjoy the serenity of the Villa and unwind after a long day of touring or shopping in Florence.

The hotel is re-opening March 20th, 2014, with a brand new fitness center located in the Noble Villa. Equipped with state of the art exercise machines and audio/visual, it has also a treatment room offering a wide selection of massages, among which the famous Wine Therapy treatment. The Wine Treatment Massage uses a custom blended massage oil of Chianti grapes blended with lavender honey and wine to envelop your senses, release stress, and lull the body into a state of ultimate rest. Villa La Massa can also organize yoga classes and massages in the garden upon request. The Hotel is at guests' disposal for any further information. 

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Did You Know? Castillo Hotel Son Vida

February 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Castillo Hotel Son Vida
Castillo Hotel Son Vida's
history dates back to the 13th century, when King Jaume I declared the hills behind Palma city—where the hotel is located—fertile ground. However, it wasn’t until the 16th century, when Mateu Vida acquired the medieval castle that now houses the hotel, that the building was baptized. The castle’s subsequent owners, the aristocratic Desmas and Truyols families, kept the castle’s distinctive name, marking the beginning of a proud heritage of elite service, elaborate feasts, and profound relaxation.

Castillo Hotel Son Vida

Near the turn of the 20th century, Fernando Truyols and Despuig undertook extensive and extravagant renovations as a gift to his wife, Magdalena Villalonga. The result was a villa with the look of a castle, complete with a tower. Fifty-seven years later, the Truyols family sold the private Son Vida estate,  and on June 23, 1961, the castle opened its doors as a luxury hotel. 

In 1995, the hotel was purchased by the Schorghuber Group and renamed Castillo Hotel Son Vida. The hotel underwent a full renovation in 2005. Today, Castillo Hotel Son Vida draws influential guests from all over the world. Politicians and celebrities who have chosen Castillo Hotel Son Vida as their Mallorcan destination include: Prince Rainer of Monaco and Grace Kelly, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Anthony Quinn, Pedro Almodovar, Claudia Schiffer, and many more.

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Did You Know? Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

February 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives can enjoy a meal at Sea, while being under the actual ocean. The luxury resort's fine dining restaurant is one of teh few underwater wine cellars and restaurants in the world. Here, degustation menus are paired with premium Old and New World wines by the resident Wine Sommelier.

Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

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Cool Pools: Gansevoort Park Avenue

February 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at the Gansevoort Park Avenue can take in views of the Empire State building while they swim or lounge. The heated, indoor/outdoor rooftop pool featuring a collapsible garage door allowing passage between the interior and exterior elements. The pool is exclusive for guests during business hours, and open year round for easy access. Take a dip and meet the Mosaic 1940’s pin up temptress who beckons enticingly from the pool bottom. 

Gansevoort Park Avenue

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Image of the Day: Ceylan InterContinental

February 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ceylan InterContinental is the ideal base for exploring Istanbul's historic sites, museums, restaurants, clubs, and shops. Located in Taksim with stunning views of the Bosphorus, Istanbul skyline and the Blue Mosque, this luxury hotel is a short walk from Dolmabahce Palace and Lutfi Kırdar Congress Hall.

Ceylan InterContinental 

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