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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Grace Santorini

March 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grace Santorini is an exclusive luxury boutique hotel in a spectacular location high on Santorini’s Caldera. It has been designed to integrate perfectly with its unique geography. From its setting on the exclusive Imerovigli hillside in northwest Santorini, guests can enjoy famed Aegean sunsets over the Cyclades. This graceful property with its individually-styled suites and bedrooms appeals to those seeking the ultimate romantic escape and indulgence.

Grace Santorini

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly San Francisco Hotel?

March 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Palomar San FranciscoWe 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 friendly hotels in San Francisco for a family of 5, children ages 9,12,and 14?
 

ANSWER: Hotel Palomar San Francisco

Hotel Palomar is just one block from Union Square and Moscone Center. The Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel, is a sophisticated urban sanctuary in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This luxury hotel offers the style of a boutique hotel in quiet seclusion, five floors above the traffic of nearby bustling Union Square. Centrally located in San Francisco's SOMA district at the intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, the hotel is within walking distance of the Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District and Union Square. At once fun and sophisticated, the hip Hotel Palomar offers guest rooms and suites located five floors above the bustling downtown streets. Simple elegance and playful variety characterize yhr 195 guestrooms and suites.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking: Hotel Palomar San Francisco
-A Deluxe Suite connected to a King Deluxe or Executive King or a Deluxe King room to a Deluxe Room with double beds. Suites at Hotel Palomar San Francisco are beautifully realized compositions of cosmopolitan comfort. The hotel offers 11 Deluxe Suites for the ultimate San Francisco stay. Each of the 625-square-foot suites feature a king-sized bed, a sitting area or parlor with sleeper sofa and an oversized bathroom with a Fuji soaking tub and separate shower. Each Deluxe room offers 300 square feet designed exclusively around both your comfort and style featuring a plush king-sized bed or two double beds. Some Deluxe guestrooms have interior views of our Zen Garden. Request in advance is recommended. The spacious Executive King guestrooms each feature 350 square feet of Hotel Palomar alluring style, a luxurious king-sized bed and exterior views of downtown San Francisco.

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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: Grace Mykonos

March 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

An exclusive boutique hotel in Mykonos, Grace Mykonos is located just north of Mykonos town, with a sea view above the sandy and protected beach of Agios Stefanos.

Grace Mykonos 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family and Pet-Friendly Santa Barbara Hotel?

March 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Fess Parker's Doubletree 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 6 looking for a pet friendly place in Santa Barbara, Ca. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort 

Come enjoy the paradise of Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort - a dramatic mission-style Santa Barbara hotel on 24 beautiful beachfront acres. Delight in the rich amenities and extensive array of activities - perfect for any age. Lounge by the pool. Walk along the soft-sand beach Dine on delicious cuisine at one of four restaurants. Relax in your restful guest room or suite. Take pleasure in the down-to-earth setting of this enchanting Santa Barbara beach hotel. 

Fess Parker's Doubletree ResortFess Parker's Doubletree Resort is the perfect locale for a truly unique Santa Barbara family vacation. Encircled by mountains and set along the Pacific Ocean, the resort is near an array of activities for all ages. Year-round, explore the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Learn about sea life at the Ty Warner Sea Center. Go whale watching. This impressive Santa Barbara family resort is an idyllic destination, offering entertaining pursuits for both children and adults. The luxurious Santa Barbara pet-friendly accommodations comprise 360 guest rooms on 24 beautifully landscaped acres. Each room includes a furnished patio or balcony, high speed internet access, mini bar and personal coffee maker.

Pet Policy:
Pets of all sizes are welcome. Step outside your door of this Santa Barbara pet-friendly hotel, where you both can enjoy miles of landscaped walking paths along the beachfront and parks. Want to go for a swim? Take your dogs with you. There are dog-friendly beaches a short drive away. The concierge can assist with directions to dog-friendly beaches and off-leash parks as well as hiking trails in the local mountains.  In addition to the spacious rooms and a special treat bag, pets enjoy acres of landscaped grounds and pet menus for in-room dining.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking:
-Ocean View 1 King Bed connecting to an Ocean View 2 Queen Beds: These spacious accommodations offer striking views of the Pacific Ocean from a own private patio or balcony.
Or
-Resort View 1 King Bed connecting to a Resort View 2 Queen Beds: 

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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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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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