July 13, 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: What are some family hotels in Paris for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?
ANSWER: Shangri-La Hotel Paris
Built in 1896 as the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte - Napoleon Bonaparte's grandnephew - Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is situated in the elegant 16th arrondissement of Paris, adjacent to the Trocadero. Located amidst one of the highest concentrations of museums in Europe, this historic residence features breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and Seine River, Les Invalides, the Louvre and Montmartre.
Restored by the prominent architect Richard Martinet, the plush interiors of this luxury hotel are the realization of renowned interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. Surrounded by a secluded garden re-invented by landscape designer Louis Benech, the 81 rooms and suites - the largest among Paris luxury hotels - offer guests the chance to enjoy an exclusive home in a unique setting. The hotel features sumptuous guest rooms and suites in a classically French style. These opulent furnishings are complemented with superb views across the city and the River Seine, making every room a special place to rest and relax. To complete this experience of pure luxury, every room includes a spacious marble bathroom with seperate deep soaking bathtub, large walk-in shower, flat screen TV in the bathroom, mist-free mirror, and decadent heated floors. Breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine confirm the hotel's status as one of Paris' finest hotels.
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
2 connecting rooms (maximum occupancy in rooms is 3). Try a Deluxe King connecting to a Deluxe Twin or a Premium King connected to a Deluxe Twin.
Deluxe Rooms are spacious French style bedrooms located between the first and the seventh floor of the hotel. They are appointed with the very latest technology and Shangri-La signature beds create a warm residential feel. Furniture, made of natural wood and marquetry, is characterised by French clear-cut silhouettes and symmetry in decoration.U The rooms unique layouts overlook the hotel garden, the courtyard or the Avenue d"Iena. Some rooms have a terrace or a balcony. King, Queen or Twin beds available on request. The marble-clad bathrooms feature a bathtub, separate deep soaking tubs, large walk-in shower, flatscreen television, mist-free mirror, and heated floor. Each room offers 40 square meters of luxury.
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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.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
July 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Wildflower Hall started life as a country escape for Viceroys and high-ranking officials. It was well-loved and visited often by Lord Kitchener, who many call "the greatest Commander-in-Chief that India has ever possessed." In addition to the comforts of the residence, he also enjoyed camping and shooting in the area.
Kitchener took command of the gardens, planning, planting, and even paying for them. He also had a snow-pit built, which created ice that was used in Wildflower Hall's kitchens throughout the year.
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Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya has five outdoor swimming pools, including a children's pool.
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Gamblers at Wynn Macau are aided by the resort's Tree of Prosperity. Designed to thrill and excite guests, the Tree of Prosperity is a choreographic masterpiece of music, video and light. Rays of light illuminate the tree and change into vibrant colors to represent different seasons of the year. The sparkling chandelier, composed of 21,000 crystals, adds glitter and glamour.
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July 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Ibiza Gran Hotel's "Open Aqua" includes heated swimming pools and hydrotherapy with underwater massage, contrast baths, cold pool, Hammam, sauna, and a relaxation area.
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Mr Garces comes to Washington! Iron Chef Jose Garces has just opened Rural Society, an Argentine steakhouse, at the Loews Madison Hotel. Rural Society is the chef's first restaurant in the Nation's Capital. Chef Garces, in addition to being an Iron Chef, is a James Beard Award-winner.
Rural Society takes its name from the historic La Sociedad Rural Argentina and La Exposicion Rural, an annual event that combines a livestock show, gaucho exhibition, and a social gathering.
In tribute to this celebratory time, the open flames of a parrilla (Argentine grill) welcome guests into the new Rural Society restaurant. All meats, fish, and some vegetables are grilled here in the center of the restaurant, on the grill fueled by charcoal as well as traditional Argentine hardwood (quebracho).
Rural Society is also celebrating the Italian culture so embedded in Argentina. Guests can savor handmade pastas along with fugazzas (thick-crust Argentine pizza). In addition to presenting apéritifs and digestifs, Rural Society’s bar showcases South American and Argentine wines. A Chef's Tasting Menu and wine pairings are also available.
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Auberge du Soleil's guests can enjoy a side of Napa Valley views with their breakfast.
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Perched 7000 feet up, The Oberoi Cecil is located in the majestic Himalayan ranges. The heated indoor swimming pool – among the highest in the world – has windows that look out over a spectacular panorama of snow capped mountains.
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Located in the heart of the hip and historic Georgetown neighbourhood, Four Seasons Washington DC offers unparalleled access to DC's inspiring monuments and historic sites as well as the eclectic charm of upscale shops, restaurants and galleries.
The Night Spa package includes:
-Two monogrammed bathrobes waiting in personalized lockers
-A bouquet of flowers: choice of 12 long-stem red roses (or the colour of your choice), a tall tropical mixed arrangement, a low lush mixed arrangement of seasonal blooms, or an arrangement of all tulips (in season)
-Two 80-minute massages
-Exclusive use of the Hotel's pool level between 10:30 pm and 1:30 am
-A personalized Michael Mina dining experience (incudes one bottle of house champagne or wine)
The cost for this nocturnal pampering starts at $1,800 per couple. Add a one-night stay in a luxurious Premier Room for $500 or upgrade to a suite for an additional $300.
The Night Spa must be booked at least 72 hours in advance. Prepayment and menu selection is required 24 hours prior to the experience and cancellations must be received at least 72 hours in advance.
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July 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
The spa suites at Banyan Tree Liajing are two-story residences inspired by traditional Chinese courtyard style.
The accommodations consist of an extensive living and dining area, with an attached pantry. The bedroom above offers a balcony, allowing for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Below the stairway, the spa treatment room is ideal for a pampering spa experience after a day of exploration and trekking. Enjoy an intimate dining experience under the stars in a private courtyard.
Regarded as the Venice of the Orient with its dizzying array of water canals, quaint bridges and cobble-stoned streets, Lijiang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
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