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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.

Go Truffle Hunting at Castel Monastero

November 9, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Castel Monastero offers its guests an unique opportunity to get up close and personal with truffle hunting. Truffle hunting takes place in the morning, in Castel Monastero's fields and woods, an area famous in Tuscany for its black and white truffles. The excursion lasts approximately an hour and a half and the hunt will be led by an expert truffle hunter and his pack of dogs. At the end of the excursion guests can purchase the truffles they have foraged. The truffle hunt is followed by a truffle-based lunch at La Cantina restaurant. 

Castel Monastero

Get your truffle on at Castel Monastero >> 


Cool Pools: Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa

November 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa offers guests two oceanfront pools. There is an adult pool and an activity pool with waterslide and children's wading pool.

Rio Mar Beach Resort 

Book a stay at Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Royal Davui Island Resort

November 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Royal Davui Island Resort is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary situated in Fiji's spectacular Beqa Lagoon offering a level of Fijian luxury, elegance and privacy not found in today’s larger resorts. Royal Davui Island Resort has 16 exquisitely appointed Vales nestled around 10 acres of lush tropical landscape.

Royal Davui Resort 

Book a romantic stay at Royal Davui Island Resort >>


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Florence, Italy?

November 7, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Portrait Firenze
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 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 is Florence, Italy. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Portrait Firenze  
Portrait Firenze is a select 34-suite property, including a spectacular rooftop suite and 273 square meter Penthouse Floor. It is owned by the Ferragamo family and listed among the Leading Hotels of the World. Florentine Architect Michele Bonan has given the distinguished, riverside location by the Ponte Vecchio a unique style and heritage. Portrait is inspired by the spirit of haute couture in its lavish style and its every conceivable comfort with exquisite fabrics and hand-crafted furniture. You see it in all the finest portraits. Portrait Firenze
The rippling waters of the Arno and the old-world Ponte Vecchio, framed in your lounge and bedroom window, mirror the sense of past and present in the interior design. Classic and contemporary fuse as warm wood and opaque grays are bathed in the glow of gilded details and shimmering steel. Soft materials and cozy cashmere set an aristocratic yet relaxing tone. Each sumptuous suite has its own identity and many personal flourishes.

For Your Families Needs, We Recommend:

Family Suites- The Portrait Family Suite with courtyard view offers 58 square meters of space for you and your children to revel in the cultural riches of the city. Make yourself at home in the 58 square meter Family Suite or enjoy even more space tucked atmospherically under the roof like a true Florentine in the 110 square meter Family 2 Bedroom Suite.

Whichever one you choose, both have a shared living space during the day and separate sleeping accommodation for invited friends or family at night. To accommodate everyone's needs, both have in-room cooking facilities, two bathrooms and space for all the extra luggage in multiple closets. Toys, films, and a DVD player are available and you'll find a wealth of places to visit with children on the in-room iPad. If staying in touch with the office is a necessity, there is a stylish desk in each suite with power and network connections 

Book a family stay at Portrait Firenze >>

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.
 


Image of the Day: Villa Gallici

November 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa Gallici is located just a few minutes' walk from the town centre. It enjoys the perfect central location between the French Riviera and the Luberon.

Villi Gallici

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Cool Pools: Four Seasons First Residence Cairo

November 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Guests at Four Seasons First Residence Cairo can take advantage of poolside dining at Aura Restaurant. It's easy to make dinner here an all-night affair. Start with hot and cold mezzah followed by grilled meats or fresh seafood. For dessert, try honey-infused baklava. Soon you'll be ready for some shisha, a traditional tobacco, available in a number of delicious flavours. 

Four Seasons First Residence Cairo

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Resort in Teton Village?

November 6, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Snake River Lodge and SpaWe 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 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 Teton Village for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Snake River Lodge and Spa.This luxury full service hotel is located slopeside at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The lodge features 131 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. Guests enjoy access to the 17,000 square foot Avanyu Spa and Fitness Center and enjoy fine dining at Gamefish. Area attractions include Grand Teton and Yellowston National Parks, The Grand Teton Music Festival, National Museum Of Wildlife Art, and the many art galleries and restaurants in the town of Jackson. Gues enjoy summer activities such as golf, fly-fishing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and arts. During winter, Nordic and Alpine skiing and snowboarding are available, along with snowmobiling, dog-sledding, and winter wildlife viewing excursions. 

The Lodge offers the following family-friendly amenities and activites:Snake River Lodge and Spa

- Unique lodge architecture with bear sculptures around the hotel and the famous Bear Bench.
- Swim through indoor/outdoor pool - the only pool of its kind in Jackson Hole.
- Indoor/outdoor hot tubs, stone sauna, and outdoor grotto waterfalls.
- Gamefish Restaurant with a huge family friendly buffet and kids menu.
- Full Concierge services to assist in all family activities.
- Located next door to the world famous Jackson Hole Mountain Aerial Tram, awe inspiring 4000
vertical foot trip to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain.
- Convenience market for beverages, snacks, sandwiches and desserts available 24 hours per day.
- Ski valet service with boot warmers, ski tuning, and waxing. Special discounts on ski and snowboard equipment rentals with professional on-site fittings at our ski valet provided by JH SKIS: Jackson Hole's premier ski and snowboard outfitter.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Deluxe Two Queens connects to Deluxe 2 Queens. A beautifully renovated guest room, approximately 325 square feet, featuring two queen size beds. Additional features include high speed wireless internet, 42 inch flat screen TV, two-line telephone, refrigerator, electronic safe and daily Starbucks coffee and tea service. Luxurious bathroom with granite countertop, plush robe, slippers, and fine amenities.
Ski in property with a short walk to lift.

Book a stay at Snake River Lodge and Spa >>

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.
 


Cool Pools: Hotel Imperiale Taormina

November 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Imperiale Taormina has an outdoor panoramic swimming pool on the first floor of the building, encircled by a large terrace. The water flow system generates a cascade of water, adding to the already incredible view of the historic centre of the town and the sea in the background.

Hotel Imperiale Taormina

The pool, with walls covered entirely in light-coloured glass mosaic, has hydromassage chairs and beds, water jets for back massage and counter current swimming.

The terrace, laid in limestone and wood, is furnished with elegant sun loungers, sofas, tables and armchairs. Shade is provided by large umbrellas. 

Book a stay at Hotel Imperiale Taormina >>


Your Questions Answered: What's a Family-Friendly Resort in Miami for a Family of 5?

November 5, 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 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 is a family-friendly resort in Miami for a family of 5, children ages 8, 9, and 11?


ANSWER: Grand Beach Hotel in South Beach, Florida is in a terrific location, overlooking more than 200 feet of beautiful white sandy tropical beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. Built in 2009, this super-modern Miami hotel offers the highest levels of luxury and comfort. Leisure facilities include two heated Jacuzzi's, a well-equipped gym with unbeatable panoramic sunset views, as well as three different swimming pools, including 2 beach level family pools and a top floor tranquility pool for adults, offering something for everyone. The luxury doesn't end there, with all suites including 2 gorgeous marble bathrooms, private balconies, and panoramic floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows, with breathtaking ocean, bay or Miami city views. All visitors enjoy a lounge area within their suite, large flat screen TVs with free movie channels, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend
King Family Suite - The Grand Beach Hotel gives guests the opportunity to connect two suites to provide more space for families and small groups. They offer three different alternatives for these Miami Beach Family Suites. Please book two rooms in their respective categories and add a Request for Connecting Rooms. Final room assignment is subject to availability at the time of check-in. Contemporary furniture conveys an atmosphere of casual elegance and provides ample storage space for a romantic Miami Getaway or an extended Miami beachfront vacation. Private balconies allow business travelers or leisure guests alike to take advantage of Miami’s near perfect weather. Complimentary internet access and state-of-the-art amenities create the perfect retreat for an unforgettable Miami vacation experience. The Grand Beach Hotel features twenty-four suite combinations with one King and two Double Beds. Guests have the opportunity to book Bay Views or Ocean Views on the South side of the hotel. Approximately 940 square feet. Maximum occupancy 8 guests. No Roll-away beds available. Baby Cribs available upon request.
Grand Beach Hotel
For your utmost comfort and convenience, standard features of King & Double Family Suites in Miami Beach include:

Ocean or Bay View
Pillowtop mattresses
350-count cotton bed linens
Four 42-inch flat screen TVs
48 complimentary Premium TV channels with 7 international channels
Complimentary high-speed internet access
Alarm/clock – CD player and iPod cradle
Three bathrooms in all suites
Two Queen sleeper sofas
Four telephones
Self Check-in kiosk
USA Today delivered every weekday
Two Private Balconies
Two Wet-bars, refrigerators and coffee makers
Work desk with desk level ethernet and power access
Iron & ironing board
Hair dryer
Bathrobes
In-room Spa treatments
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
Voltage 110/ 120 V
In-room Dining

Book your family stay at Grand Beach 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.


Cool Pools: Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

November 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva has a rooftop pool with sky domes and amazing views over the old town of Geneva. There's even underwater music.

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

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