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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: What's the Perfect Parisian Luxury Hotel for a Family of Five?

August 4, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel LutetiaWe 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 Paris, connecting rooms or suite with 2 bedrooms for a family of 5, children ages 7, 10, and 13?Hotel Lutetia


ANSWER: Hotel Lutetia
Hotel Lutetia is a modern-day reflection of the Belle Epoque and Art Deco periods - the embodiment of contemporary, stylish Parisian living. The sculpted Art Deco facade and welcoming statue of Gustave Eiffel, along with pictures of artists that once lived in the hotel, are your first indications that Hotel Lutetia is something special. A renowned meeting place for artists, writers and politicians, Hotel Lutetia's busy lobby has a lively edginess featuring works of art by renowned contemporary artists Arman, Cesar, Philippe Hiquily, Perrin, and Thierry Bisch. Surrounded by Art Deco architecture, period furniture, crystal chandeliers, and the sounds of jazz music drifting through from the highly popular Lutetia Bar, you will find you are immersed in a truly Parisian atmosphere.
Hotel Lutetia
The 231 rooms and suites of the Lutetia are elegant and bathed in natural light, and offer a unique atmosphere in a very Art Deco setting. We recommend the 2-Bedroom Suite.  An incomparable place, the hotel’s luxurious Arman suite is the work of the sculptor himself, assisted by the famous interior designer, Sybille de Margerie. Themes of music and African art are given special precedence in this superb, 130 m2 Parisian suite.
A tribute to the sculptor, Arman, (Arman Pierre Fernandez), this is the largest and the most unique suite in the hotel and contains furniture designed by the master, who stayed here on his visits to Paris. Comprising two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large sitting room that is filled with works of art by Arman; this striking suite is a testimony to the flamboyance of this great artist. The artistic centrepiece is a typical Arman table with accumulated violins as the table legs surrounded by cello-shaped chairs. Reflecting the artist's favourite themes, one bedroom is dedicated to his love of music with a violin shaped headboard, while the second bedroom is dedicated to African art and is decorated in red, black and metallic shades with a large collection of African artwork. The stylish bathroom continues the mood of luxury with a combination of dark wood and Art Deco mosaics.

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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Ease Family Travel With The James Hotel's Lil' James Program!

August 3, 2013
By: Elaine Lee

The James


The James has recently announced their launch of their property’s new children’s program: Lil’ James, available at The James Chicago Hotel, The James Royal Palm, and The James New York. An answer to all parents’ travel woes, The Lil’ James program provides kids with an array of creative activities and services as well as recommendations for family-friendly destinations during your stay. The program eliminates planning and researching for parents by doing it for them, and allowing parents to them to relax and enjoy themselves. Some of the fun activities and amenities for your young traveler on offer, include a fun welcome James back pack filled with kid-friendly healthy snacks and beverages, a wide selection of books and board games, kid-friendly dining menus, milk and cookie turndown service, Nintendo Wii games, bikes and helmets for kids, coloring kit, and much more! With these services and amenities being available on request, leaves only one thing for parents to do, making a quick call to the hotel in advance to request the Lil’ James program before your arrival!

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Your Questions Answered: What Luxury Tokyo Hotel Will Accommodate a Family of Five?

July 30, 2013
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.

Hotel Nikko TokyoQUESTION: We are a family of 5 and looking to stay in Tokyo . What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Hotel Nikko Tokyo offers a truly unique view of the exciting Tokyo's urban waterfront from all of the spacious and luxurious guestrooms, which are equipped with spacious balconies and state of the art facilities. For your family, we recommend Ocean View -Connecting Rooms For 4 -6 People. There are also Superior Category rooms offering Partial Ocean View. These rooms offer twin beds or a double bed. Rooms are 40 sqM in size.

At this amazing location, guests enjoy top-class lodging, quality dining, a spa with wide range of programs, full blown convention facility, wedding services, and refined and sincere hospitality. Enjoy the sunset with selected champagne. Feast your palate while you feast your eyes with the spectacular landscape, be it at a traditional Japanese Sushi bar or a cheerful terrace restaurant. Wrap up your day at a quiet bar. All is possible on-site at Hotel Nikko Tokyo. Top quality dining is offered at 10 restaurants and bars in the premises, presenting various styles of cuisines, prepared with fresh and carefully sort-after ingredients, that are guaranteed to make your Tokyo stay memorable. 

Hotel Nikko Tokyo

Indulge yourself in the Spa and fitness facility Zen before and after a busy day of sightseeing with personalized and original spa programs ranging from Shiatsu with the locally-famous Namikoshi methods, to various Thalasso and originally developed Aroma therapy programs which will soothe and revitalize you after sight-seeing or shopping duties. 

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: Kids and the Maldives

July 18, 2013
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 hotels or resorts in the Maldives do you recommend for a family traveling with kids?


ANSWER: Lucky Kids! We have a great collection of hotels in the Maldives that welcome children.  Hf the ere are some of the amenities at the luxury hotels that are part of the Five Star Alliance collection.

Dusit Thani Maldives-The Dusit Thani Maldives (left) offers a children’s play area and club facility. 

-At the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah "KidsOnly" is free for all children from 2-11 years and provides world-class benefits including exciting and imaginative daily fun programs, age-appropriate activities, facilities and amenities, over twelve hours a day. Babysitters are available 24 hours a day for those under 2. 

-At the Anantara Veli Resort and Spa , the Dhoni Kids Club (for children from the ages of 3 to 12) keeps the youngest guests entertained during their holidays with an action-packed program featuring a variety of beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games that are fun, educational and culturally enriching. 

-At the LUX Maldives "PLAY" offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything kids could hope for on an island vacation. 

-Kids For All Seasons Kudamas Club is an organized program of fun activities for the little ones at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives.  

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Your Questions Answered: What hotel in the San Francisco area offers space for a family of 5?

July 13, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

4 Seasons Resort Palo Alto
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 hotel in San Francisco area offers space for a family of 5?


ANSWER: Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto – East Palo Alto, California

Four Seasons brings the high-touch appeal of its legendary service and luxury to the capital of high tech. At the hub of Silicon Valley, five minutes from Stanford University, this intimate, 200-room hotel is the centrepiece of the prestigious University Circle complex. Offering the area's most luxurious accommodations, the Hotel's guest rooms - including 27 suites - reflect a harmonious blend of relaxed California style and high-tech. Their contemporary design incorporates natural woods with warm colours and comfortable furnishings. The rooms are light and airy, and most feature floor-to-ceiling windows. All rooms have a king-sized bed or two double beds and offer a flat-screen television and up-to-the minute technology, allowing guests to remain productive and focused. The extra-spacious marble bathrooms are light and inviting, incorporating Four Seasons signature features: deep soaking tubs, separate glass-walled showers,WCs with telephone in a separate alcove and flat screen television.

For your stay, we recommend one of the Silicon Valley Suites, which have a King Bed with a sofa bed and crib available. The suites are 500 sq ft in size and have 1 full marble bathroom and 1 guest powder room. The full marble bathroom has a deep soaking tub and a glass-enclosed shower. The living area offers ample seating and a dining table that seats four guests. A guest powder room is located off the foyer. This spacious one-bedroom suite can be configured as a two-bedroom suite with the addition of a connecting king-bedded room. The bedroom features a flat screen television., The living area offers a separate work area with high-speed Internet access Additional features include an in-room safe, private bar, flat screen television, and DVD/CD player. Additional amenities include a private bar, in-room safe, 42-inch (107-centimetre) plasma screen television, Bose radio and high-speed wired and Wi-Fi Internet access.

 

Four Seasons Palo Alto Silicon Valley

Another option is the Deluxe-View Rooms, whichshowcase stunning views of the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains, the courtyard, or San Francisco Bay. These rooms feature King beds and are located on the 7th to 10th floors. Measuring 420 sq ft, an extra crib can easily be accommodated. The full marble bathroom features a deep soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower and a flat-screen television. 

To book, choose the choose the Silicon Valley Suite or the Deluxe king Courtyard and ask for connection in special request box (Details: in Special request box 1: 1 of 2 res (last name) cnnt rm, 3 child 13, 9, 3. In Special request box 2 2 of 2 res (last name) cnnt rm)

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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The Story of The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

July 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, recently acquired by Omni Hotels, set atop Sunset Mountain features guestrooms with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its lush Donald Ross–designed golf course and is is one of the South's best-loved resorts. Celebrating its Centennial today, the luxurious Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Here's the story of how it all began: 

The Grove Park Inn - Then and Now"Edwin Wiley Grove, known as the "Father of Modern Asheville" was born in 1850 on a small farm in Tennessee. After serving in the Civil War he had a very definite plan for his life and career – the pharmaceutical business and the determination to rise from his early poverty to great wealth and success.

He purchased a pharmacy in Paris, Tennessee in his mid-twenties. He put all of his energy into formulating a tasteless quinine to prevent malaria, a life-threatening disease that permeated the South in the 19th century (he suspended quinine in liquid form). After experimenting for several years, Grove introduced Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic and experienced immediate success. In the late 1890's Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic, which had become a household staple, sold more bottles than Coca-Cola. After 20 years on the market, Grove had sold over 1.5 million bottles of his Tonic and surpassed his dreams by making millions of dollars. 

Grove himself was often ill, afflicted with periods of bronchitis and exhaustion and his doctors recommended the clean mountain air of Asheville, NC to relax and recover. He spent time in Asheville throughout the year and that is where he would realize his next big dream.

While still pursuing new pharmaceutical inventions, Grove met Fred Seely in Detroit, who was making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical business. While working together in Detroit, the two sparked a friendship and mutual admiration. Grove invited Seely to his summer home in Asheville. One week later he left his position in Detroit to work for Grove and his Paris Medicine Company. But business was not the only thing that interested Seely. When Grove introduced his daughter, Evelyn, to the bachelor, within 24 hours Grove had given Seely permission to wed her.

Grove Park Inn and SpaSeely began working for the Paris Medicine Company in June 1898 and in October of that year married Evelyn. Both men ventured into other businesses including real estate. In Asheville Grove began purchasing property, he had successfully developed residential neighborhoods in Atlanta and was considering doing the same in prospering Asheville. With the expansion of the railroad and publicity surrounding the opening of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House, Grove was positioning himself as a serious investor in the future of Asheville. In 1909 Grove purchased 408 acres in north Asheville, including what would become The Grove Park Inn. But he would concentrate on residential neighborhoods before ever considering building a hotel.

Two years later Grove began to plan the building of a hotel on Sunset Mountain. In 1911 Seely became involved with the plans. After reviewing the plans of several prominent architects, Grove did not find any of them satisfactory. The consummate visionary, Seely presented a sketch of the proposed hotel to Grove and he not only accepted the plan but gave Seely the enormous task of building the hotel.

Four-hundred men worked 10-hour shifts six days a week. With only the use of mules, wagons and ropes, granite boulders, some weighing as much as 10,000 pounds, were hauled from Sunset Mountain to build the hotel. Seely kept his promise to be open for business in less than one year from the ground breaking.

Just three days shy of one year, The Grove Park Inn opened on July 12, 1913. Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, delivered the keynote address to four hundred of the most distinguished men of the South, gathered for the opening banquet. 

Another version of this story is available at http://www.groveparkinn.com/the-grove-park-inn-story

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Your Questions Answered: Where in Prague Can a Family of Four Stay?

July 9, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Boscolo Prague
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 going to Prague, for 2 nights. We have a party of 2 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 11. What luxury hotel do you recommend?

ANSWER: Boscolo Prague – Prague, Czech Republic 

The hotel's 152 splendid rooms, including 42 deluxe room, 20 Junior Suites and Suites, designed by architect Maurizio Papiri, are the epitome of genteel elegance. Advanced technology and fine amenities are the additional luxuries that make the Boscolo Prague the preferred address for the discerning traveler. The most unique luxury and comfort flow through from the room to the restaurant, from the business centre to the Cigar Bar, to the indoor swimming pool with its striking mosaic floor. In this ultra-modern, surreal setting created by talented Adam D. Tihany, polished steel and light mirror and enhance exclusive moments of conviviality and relaxation. The Inn Ox bar is a labyrinth of myriad reflections, refined mazes and surprising sinuosity- smooth surfaces, innovative materials and the excellent drinks make it one of the city's most trendy rendez-vous at night.

You will want to choose the Junior Suite or the Presidential Suite to accommodate your party. The Junior Suite will accommodate 2 rolloways. There are no connecting rooms offered at this 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.

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The Arizona Biltmore - Then and Now

July 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Arizona Biltmore Resort in PhoenixBuilt as one of Phoenix's first resorts in 1929, the Arizona Biltmore was constructed in grand form by brothers Albert, Charles and Warren McArthur. Frank Lloyd Wright served as the consulting architect, and the Arizona Biltmore remains one of the only existing hotels in the world to benefit from his influence. The Arizona Biltmore has been an Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929 when it was crowned "The Jewel of the Desert."

In 1930, when the estimated $1 million construction cost doubled, Chicago chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., one of the original investors in the project, became the sole owner. Over the next 44 years, the Wrigley family owned and operated the Arizona Biltmore and it became world renowned as the preferred luxury oasis for celebrities, heads of state, captains of industry and other famous travelers.

Arizona Biltmore Hotel Pool DiverDid you know that the famed song composer Irving Berlin penned many tunes, including "White Christmas" while sitting poolside at the Arizona Biltmore? Or that the pool was first built by the Wrigleys in 1930 and was host to diving competitions as well as fashion shows? Marilyn Monroe called this her favorite pool. A Who's Who of rockers have vacationed at the Arizona Biltmore – Elton John, Eric Clapton, U2, Steely Dan, Neil Diamond and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. 

Today, the luxury hotel features 740 hotel guest accommodations; 78 one-and two-bedroom villas; eight swimming pools; seven tennis courts; a full-service resort spa, salon and fitness center; and five dining options across 39 acres. The adjacent Arizona Biltmore Country Club boasts two of the best 18-hole PGA golf courses in Phoenix: The Links and The Adobe.

The Arizona Biltmore offers 1.5 hour long History Tours three times per week - free to registered guests or $10 for the general public.

More archival photos available here: Arizona Biltmore Archive Photos

Learn more about the hotel and check rates and availability here: Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona


Suite Dreams at Grosvenor House

June 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Grosvenor House London
Set just back from Park Lane and overlooking the sweeping gardens of Royal Hyde Park, Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel is a living reminder of an age of elegance and a name synonymous with luxury and London’s rich history; a destination that is "Quintessentially British."

Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor has the latest news on their royal nursery:

Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel, and bespoke nursery designers Dragons of Walton Street, have announced an exclusive partnership which will see a luxury Premium Park View suite transformed into a British nursery, said to have been designed and tailored with a royal baby in mind. Dragons of Walton Street has a historic association with the Royal family, with Princes William and Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie all growing up in a Dragons’ nursery. 

More on the Grosvenor House's royal nursery...

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Le Burgundy Loves Babies (and Kids)

June 18, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Le Burgundy parisLe Burgundy Paris is a cozy boutique hotel just off the Champs-Elysees in the City of Lights. The architect and decorator have produced a restful setting, blending contemporary furniture and luxurious cloths while favouring space and light. The owner's passion for art is expressed in the ground floor's black-marble Guy de Rougemont puzzle, through which runs a brass thread. Paintings, lithographs and black-and-white photographs bring a personal touch to the decor.

Le Burgundy also believes that their youngest guests deserve luxury treatment.  In addition to child-size robes and slippers, pint-size visitors are welcomed with candy, cartoons, and a teddy bear. Strollers, high-chairs, cots, changing mats, and a toy box are also available Children are given access to the swimming pool, and petite palates can be catered to via special room service and Le Baudelaire dishes. There's even a children's concierge to arrange baby-sitting services, or activities such as face-painting, museum visits, pastry-making classes, and magic shows. 

Your children aren't going to want to go home. 

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