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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 is a Connecting Room Option for Family of Four at the Park Hyatt Milan?

October 28, 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.

Park Hyatt MilanQUESTION: What is a connecting room option for family of four at the Park Hyatt Milan?

ANSWER: Park Hyatt Milan is an elegant boutique hotel, set in a palatial classical building dating back to 1870. The hotel features exclusive interiors designed by Ed Tuttle. The hotel is home to restaurants VUN and La Cupola, treasured for their refined atmosphere and gourmet cuisine. Located on the lower ground floor of Park Hyatt Milan, The Spa is an oasis of pure relaxation and rejuvenation. The Spa is comforting and intimate, with clean lines and mellow lighting, travertine and a pastel Venetian stucco finish showcasing elegance and professionalism while offering an escape from the hectic outside world. The Spa includes a new fully geared Fitness Centre of 60 square metres.Park Hyatt Milan

For your needs, we'd recommend the Diplomatic Suite connected to the Park Deluxe King Room. The Deluxe Room (42 sqm, 452 sq ft) offers a king size bed, an elegant sitting area, and a generous workstation. The stylish decor is accented by Venetian stucco and an  Italian marble bath with soaking tub and oversized rain shower. A connecting Park Deluxe Twin is available upon request. The Diplomatic Suite (115 sqm, 1238 sq ft) offers panoramic views of Milan, a living room with a collection of unique Chinese vases, dining for six, furnished outdoor terrace, kitchenette, marble bath, whirlpool tub, and rain shower. Venetian stucco, hardwood floors and Italian marble accent the stylish decor. Enjoy incomparable views over the Galleria's glass dome from a magnificent furnished terrace suitable for outdoor dining and entertaining.

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: Soneva Kiri

October 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Arriving at Soneva Kiri, guests immediately notice a striking bamboo structure in the shape of a manta ray jutting out from the jungle. Known as The Den, this captivating combination of art and science impresses the grown-ups but its prime purpose is as a hive of ideas and activities for younger guests. Pictured is the sleepover pod.

Soneva Kiri

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Your Questions Answered: What are the Connecting Room Options at Hotel Gritti Palace Venice?

September 28, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Your Questions Answered: Connecting rooms at Hotel Gritti Palace Venice
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 looking for connecting rooms at the Hotel Gritti Palace Venice, Italy. What would you suggest?


ANSWER: Many room and most suites can be connected at Hotel Gritti Palace. We suggest a Giglio Prestige Room connected to another Giglio Prestige Room. Please make your request as early as possible, to ensure availability.

The Gritti Palace re-opened in early 2013 after an extensive handcrafted restoration. Directly overlooking the Grand Canal, with an incomparable view of Venice, the Palace of the Doge Gritti is now one of the most celebrated hotels in the world. Commissioned in 1525 as the residence of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, the Gritti Palace was later used as the official residence of the Vatican's ambassadors to Venice. The Hotel Gritti Palace continues to attract elite guests, with luxuriously appointed rooms, attentive service, and the savoury cuisine of the Restaurant Club del Doge. Ernest Hemingway once appreciated the hotel "as the best hotel in a city of great hotels." 


Giglio Prestige Rooms offer a south-west location rich in natural light. It offers captivating views of neighboring Santa Maria del Giglio Square and its neo-classical church of the same name. Spacious and luminous Giglio Prestige Rooms are a private haven in which to relax, play, or socialize. Decorated with splendid stuccos and hand-restored Murano glass chandeliers, the room's ceilings sit high over large windows enclosed by silk and velvet drapes and wall fabrics of Lorenzo Rubelli archival design. Oak parquet floors showcase a collection of rare antiques, prints, and oil paintings, and Venetian mirrors from the hotel's private collection. Large en-suite bathrooms in the finest polished marble from Italy and Croatia feature dual vanities, a bath for soaking and separate walk-in shower, plush bathrobes, and signature bath amenities.

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 Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

September 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

A Renaissance-designed luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is a crescent-shaped 5-star hotel that features a 2,000-square-meter (21,500-square-foot) rejuvenating spa, ten on-site restaurants, sophisticated lounges and pool-side bars, and spacious meeting facilities.

The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi

 Fall rates start at $194 per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: Where Should a Family of Three Stay in Venice?

September 18, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Bauer Palladio Hotel 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 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 Venice, Italy. What room type at the Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa is Venice's luxury all natural wellness spa and boutique hotel. The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa on Giudecca Island, facing St. Mark's Square, continues the philosophical traditions of its past by redefining the ideals of grace, beauty and character. The original property, one of Andrea Palladio's famous Renaissance designs, was a sanctuary for unmarried women of virtue and style and represents a piece of Venetian history.
Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa
Under the personal care of Chair & CEO, Francesca Bortolotto Possati, the hotel has been carefully restored and updated to become a relaxing sojourn and spa without losing sight of its original identity. The grandiose space of the Great Hall has been transformed to a warm, welcoming respite to melt away the day. The 37 elegant guest rooms and 13 suites are all spacious in nature and vary in design from a fresh, pastel-palette of color in cabana-inspired style to a touch of tapestry, and hand-crafted, antique interpretations, some with garden terraces or others with lagoon views. The Bauer Palladio Hotel Venice offers first class beauty treatments including massages and specialized facial treatments. The wellness centre uses the world-known Daniela Steiner routine to provide innovative treatments for the whole body. 

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The Palladio Junior Suites are warmly decorated with fine tapestries in soft colors reflecting the magical atmosphere of the surrounding gardens. Amenities include Italian marble bathrooms, a bathtub and separate walking shower, some with Jacuzzi bathtub, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, international direct-dial telephone. The rooms have King/Twin Size Bed. Average size is 40 sqm. A rolloway bed can easily be added for a nightly fee.(complementary for under 12 years of age).

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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: What is the Best Room at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese for a Family of 3?

September 16, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese
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 "our 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 the best room option at the Sofitel Rome for a family of 3, child age 9 and 2 adults? 


ANSWER: The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese 
The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese offers unique accommodation with high standards of service and quality. The hotel has 111 bedrooms, 3 suites with private terrace,a bar with several lounges, and lounge "La Bella Vista," located on the top floor of the hotel with stunning panoramic views of Rome. 

Look for the Luxury Room with sofa or the Dolce Vita Suite with a sofa bed.

-Luxury Room: Peaceful and spacious luxury room measure 355 sq. ft. (33 m²) with double MyBed bed & sofa bed, bathroom with Hermes products, desk, Bose iPod docking station, LCD TV, WIFI (256 KB) & ADSL connection available. Extra bed available on request, subject to charge.

-Dolce Vita Suite with double bed and sofa bed: The Dolce Vita Suite with double bed and sofa bed is 904-sq. ft. suite with a modern chic style, balcony, MyBed bed and walk-in closet. There is a spacious white marble bathroom and a second bathroom and a large living area with sofa bed, home theater, Bose iPod docking station, 2 LCD TVs, Nespresso machine, 256-KB WIFI & ADSL.

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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American Girl Checks in to The New York Palace Hotel

September 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

The New York Palace
Parents of little girls are familiar with the American Girl doll empire. At American Girl Place in New York City, kids and their mini-mes can have tea, shop, see a show, and even visit the doll hospital to fix boo-boos.

The New York Palace, conveniently located just one block from the flagship Fifth Avenue store, has a package just for American Girl fans big and small.  The New York Palace Hotel is known for spectacular views, attention to detail, and impeccable service. The hotel boasts 813 guest rooms and 86 suites, including the prominent Towers accommodations, showcasing exceptional views of the city skyline, elegant furnishings and enhanced features.

American Girl New York Palace

 

 

 


The hotel's American Girl Place Package includes:

-Choice of Superior or Tower accommodations (ranging from floors 9 to 54)

-A special sweet treat

-A complimentary American Girl doll-sized travel bed (your gift to take home)

Activities and amenities at the hotel include on-site dining at GILT, Istana and the Madison Room and a 7,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. It is conveniently located within blocks of New York's Theatre District and Times Square.

Fall American Girl Rates at The New York Palace Hotel start at $549 per night >>

 

 

 

 


Your Questions Answered: What's are the Best Accommodations for a Family of Four at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

September 10, 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 unanswered questions. 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.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
QUESTION: We are a family of 4 and looking to stay at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur. What are the best accommodations of adjoining rooms or same floor, 1 room to be Park Suite and the other to have twin beds, for our family?


ANSWER: 

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is a great choice for your family's needs. Located adjacent to the world famous 88-story Petronas Twin Towers, it has far-reaching views overlooking the lush 50 acre KLCC Park. The hotel rooms, suites, and apartments are truly extravagant. Ancient and contemporary artifacts contrast yet complement the state-of-the-art technology found in every guest room.

Here are some choices suitable for your stay:

-Park Suite is an elegant 1 bedroom suite in soothing palette of creams and browns across plush carpets, Asian artworks and a selections of furnishings include a king bed and working desk. Offering space for relaxing, working or entertaining, the adjoining living room features an elegant sofa, armchairs, and a dining table with space for four. Bathrooms have walk-in showers and stand-alone tubs. In addition, suites boast guest powder rooms, access to the Mandarin Oriental Club Lounge and views over the lush greenery of KLCC park. Connecting rooms are available.  MO Club features breakfast, weekday deli lunch, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails. There is complementary use of Club Floor boardroom for 2 hrs a day, five pieces of dry cleaning per day and broadband and wireless access.Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

-Deluxe Park View Rooms overlook the lush green space of KLCC park These rooms are lavishly appointed with plush carpets, richly colored curtains, and king or twin bed swathed in luxurious linens. Adding to the chic residential feel is the soft furnishings upholstered in shades of brown and gold, dark wood tables, and a selection of contemporary artwork. Adjacent to the bedroom lies a spacious marble bathroom fitted with a large bathtub and elegant vanity area.

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.

Fall rates at Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur begin at $198 per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: Can we take our 14 year old son to the Red Level Service at the Gran Melia Victoria?

August 27, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Gran Melia VictoriaWe 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.

QUESTION: Can we take our 14 year old son to the RedLevel Service at the Gran Melia Victoria? We are interested in Ocean Front Rooms.

ANSWER:  Located on the Paseo Maritimo with wonderful views of the beautiful, blue waters of the Bay of Palma, the Gran Melia Victoria is one of the most luxurious hotels in Mallorca.Gran Melia Victoria Surrounded by history and exotic beauty, the Gran Melia Victoria Hotel has 171 rooms.

The RedLevel at the Gran Meliá Victoria Hotel is a boutique hotel within a hotel. It provides the most exclusive service available from Meliá Hotels Internationals. Guests get access to the separate RedLevel Lounge, the heart of this boutique service.

Children are welcome in RedLevel accommodations with parental supervision. Look for the REDLEVEL PREMIUM ROOM FRONT SEA & CATHEDRAL VIEW- a rolloway can be added.  The luxury Premium rooms have a choice of a king-size DreaMax bed or two single beds on request on arrival at the hotel. Elegant and bright,these renovated rooms offer panoramic views of the sea and Cathedral from their large terraces.

RedLevel Services & Amenities include:

-Outdoor parking and private car park

-Welcome gift in your room

-Business Corner with free Internet, library and daily press

-Daily buffet breakfast, aperitifs, and open bar in Marivent Restaurant

-Personalized Nespresso coffee service in suites

-Exclusive pillow menu

-Butler Service

-In-room aromatherapy

-Shoe cleaning & same day laundry and dry-cleaning service

-Personalised wake-up calls

-Personalized minibar

-Bookings for excursions 

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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Making Waves: The Jumeirah Beach Hotel

August 25, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance


Few hotels have a more iconic structure than the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which is constructred to look like a single, massive breaking wave. The sprawling hotel is so built so that every room can feature a sea view, since its wide face is open to the ocean. With 618 rooms and suites, that's no mean architectural feat, and its large size means that guests always have great choices when it comes to dining and leisure. The Pavilion Sports & Leisure Center puts most other hotels to shame. You can enjoy watersports, a full-service spa, tennis, dive center, and even a climbing wall.  Five different fine dining experiences await your palate, so you'll have to stay at least a week to try them all. From Italian to Latin to Lebanese, each is a completely unique culinary treat. 

There are 19 beachside villas that have an extra degree of privacy. The hotel has a total of 550 Ocean View Rooms, 48 Ocean View Suites and 19 Villas.

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