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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.

Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at The Westin St. John Resort and Villas?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Westin St John Resort and Villas
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 couple traveling with our puppy.What is the pet policy for The Westin St. John Resort and Villas St. John, United States Virgin Islands?


ANSWER: Nestled among hibiscus and bougainvillea on the The Westin St. John Resort and Villas' 47 lush acres guests will find 174 guest rooms and suites and 92 villas. The resort offers water sports, tennis, nearby golf, children's activities, great dining, a spa, and meeting facilities.
The rooms, suites and villas are set apart, adding to the drama of the site, on a verdant, sloping beachfront hillside. All of the rooms face Great Cruz Bay and feature both Westin's Heavenly Bed and refreshing Heavenly Bath.Westin St John Resort and Villas

The smallest of the developed U.S. Virgin Islands, St. John is renowned for its gorgeous, pristine scenery and wealth of recreational opportunities. The Westin St. John Resort & Villas is perfectly positioned to make the most of this bounty with a splendid setting on Great Cruz Bay, just steps from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and moments from Virgin Islands National Park.


An outstanding spa, tennis courts, private beach, Westin Kid's Club, dining and health club are steps away with many more pleasures nearby - secluded beaches, golf, fishing, shopping, snorkeling, sailing. Vacation your way by doing it all or doing nothing at all. The Westin St. John Resort is a smoke-free resort.

Pet Policy
The resort accepts dogs up to 20 pounds on the resort side. For Villas Guests: In compliance with the Home Owner Association Policy we are unable to accommodate pets in Villas. (Service dogs are excluded from this policy)

We suggest booking a Deluxe Room. Enjoy spectacular views from a private patio or balcony overlooking our private beach on Great Cruz Bay or the stunning views of the lushly landscaped oversized pool. Enjoy Westin's Heavenly Bed® and marble Heavenly Bath® with curved shower rod for extra room. Equipped for comfort with a 32 inch flat screen TV, a refrigerator, High Speed Internet Access and safe.

Book a stay at The Westin St. John Resort and Villas >>


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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?


By: Five Star Alliance

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
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 the pet policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?

ANSWER: From the moment you enter through the gates of the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, you are embraced by the picturesque beauty and leisurely charm of the coastal California lifestyle. Here within this quaint village setting, you'll discover an idyllic Southern California getaway. Nestled among 400 lush garden acres near the beach in Carlsbad, CA – but miles away from the pressures of the world – this delightful coastal California hotel is a haven of rejuvenation, comfort and escape where you can do it all or, if preferred, nothing at all.
While away the afternoon beneath the glow of warm Southern California sunshine in the spa courtyard. Steal a moment of quiet solitude curled up on a hammock in a garden alcove. Share a dance with that special someone underneath a moonlit spotlight. Walk in the footsteps of legends as you welcome the challenge of two championship golf courses. Create a lasting memory with your children as you navigate the waters of Splash Landing. Even excite and tantalize your palate with an abundance of culinary delights. Whatever it is that you desire, it can all be found in one place – Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

PET POLICY- Your dog is welcome at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with the following conditions:
• You will be charged a $50 non-refundable cleaning fee upon check-in. This is a basic cleaning of pet hair and odor. Additional charges for damages may be imposed.
• Your dog may not exceed 25 lbs.
• Omni La Costa will not allow any dangerous animals, animals perceived to be threatening, wild animals, or other unusual animals on property. Omni La Costa shall make the final determination of whether a specific dog will be permitted.
• If your dog barks, makes other noises or is otherwise a cause of complaints that would create a revenue loss or adjustments, you will be required to reimburse us.
• Omni La Costa also reserves the right to require you to remove your dog and we are not required to provide any warning or second chance for violation of this policy. The decision of Omni La Costa shall be final.
• You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog. If an accident does occur, please call Housekeeping so we can provide assistance and a quick clean up.
• Guests bringing a dog will be required to sign an "Acceptance of Responsibility for Damages Pet Policy Agreement Form" upon arrival.

Note: Guide dogs for the blind or otherwise disabled are exempt from the pet policy; there is no weight limit or pet fee.

Book a stay at Omni La Costa Resort & 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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What are the Pet and Smoking Policies at Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall
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 is the pet policy for Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall Hamburg, Germany? Do they offer any smoking areas?

ANSWER: The Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall Hotel welcomes you to the heart of the hanseatic city. Creative ingenuity meets French art de vivre in this luxury Hamburg hotel which rests by a quiet canal in the historic German citys heart. Near Alster Lake Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall is a harmonious union of high function and contemporary decor. A design aesthetic of opulent purism brings a bold chic blend of simple and luxurious materials marble and glass plush fabrics and steel. Inside the 5-star hotel in Hamburg taste international dishes at Ticino Restaurant and linger with a drink on the sunny canalside terrace. The Seagull Spa is a destination for those who wish to experience a world of soothing relaxation.

Dogs are welcome at the hotel. There is an additional fee per night for canine companions.

The hotel is a non-smoking property.

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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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy for Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa
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 is the pet policy for Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa?


ANSWER: There's no place like Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa - the Palm Springs hotel of choice for families and couples seeking a carefree retreat. Set within 240 garden acres surrounded by the soaring San Jacinto mountain range in the heart of Rancho Mirage, the resort beckons travelers to the sun-kissed Southern California desert. This is Palm Springs at its laid-back best, where guests can enjoy 27 holes of golf, tennis and an expansive spa without ever leaving the beautifully landscaped grounds. Discover the classic Palm Springs accommodations at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. The resort-style hotel is home to 444 guest rooms including 22 suites - housed in captivating, Spanish-style accommodations, where French doors open to private patios and balconies overlook the lushly landscaped grounds. Premium mattresses are draped in plush down comforters, custom duvets and cotton-rich linens. Comfort prevails at this Palm Springs luxury hotel, with spacious guest rooms complemented by thoughtful amenities and services.

Pet Policy
Rancho Las Palmas is pet friendly in specific buildings. Pets must be less than 50 pounds and a $100 charge per stay will be applied. Pet-friendly amenity included.

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.


Discover Paradise Point Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Paradise Point Resort and Spa
For a private vacation spot right in the middle of San Diego, try Paradise Point Resort & Spa. The family-friendly resort offers bungalow-style rooms that are right on the sandy beach or nestled among tropical gardens and lagoons. Guests of all ages will enjoy relaxing on the 44-acre island. Despite its secluded atmosphere, Paradise Point is next door to SeaWorld and within minutes of other top San Diego top attractions like Mission Beach, Old Town, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and the Gaslamp Quarter.

 Some of the Many Amenities and Activities Include:

Paradise Point Resort and Spa

-Bungalow-Style Rooms located on the sand or tucked amongst tropical gardens and lagoons. The 462 Balinese influenced bungalow-style rooms includes 73 hotel suites. Each open and airy ground-floor guestroom offers garden, lagoon, or bay views, with a refreshing, tropically elegant color scheme of coral, turquoise, chartreuse, and gold.

-Five Swimming Pools. The  family-geared Main Pool is right next to the lobby and the Tropics Cantina serves food and beverages poolside. The main pool is also home to poolside activities such as games, crafts, and face-painting on Saturday afternoons. Dive-in Movies take place on Saturday nights. The Lagoon Pool features two fire pits and is popular with evening swimmers. The Adult Lagoon pool is for those over the age of 18. The Meadow Pool offers a fountain of fun. The Waterfall Pool's swimming area is accented by cascading waterfalls.

-Full-Service Marina & Spa. Guests can enjoy water taxi service to SeaWorld, where guests can skip lines and parking fees by entering the park through a VIP gate. Park costume characters provide a special dockside welcome just for Paradise Point guests on Sundays in July and August. In addition, various aquatic activities such as sailing, jet skiing, motor boating, and kayaking are on offer. Lessons in these activities and at the Paradise Surf Academy are readily available to guests. New in 2014 is private "door-to-dock" water taxi service with pick-up from the sand outside the bungalows.

Paradise Point


Special Paradise Point Resort & Spa Events Include:

-Beach bonfires with views of the Mission Bay fireworks show occur nightly. 

-Sunday Fun Day Concerts means that San Diego's best rock cover bands take the bayside stage at the legendary Barefoot Bar & Grill.

-Market Night on Fridays brings the shopping to resort guests. Browse a collection of items crafted by San Diego artisans, including locally made food, coffee, tea, jewelry, skincare, and art.

-Guests ages 4-12 can explore, play, and learn through creative activities in the two-story Island Adventure Club bungalow and around the resort's tropical grounds. 


Learn more about all the family-fun activities at Paradise Point Resort and Spa.  

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Pets Check-In at Derby Hotels


By: Five Star Alliance

Urban Hotel Madrid

Going on vacation this summer and want to bring your four-legged family members along? Consider Derby Hotels. The Derby Hotels Collection began in Barcelona in 1968 with the opening of Hotel Derby. Since then it has grown to include luxury hotels in Barcelona, Madrid, London, and Paris. Policies vary according to hotel, but animals of varying breed and sizes are welcome at the following Derby Hotels. 


Granados Hotel 83 - Barcelona, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.

Urban Hotel Madrid (pictured left)- Madrid, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.
 

Hotel Villa Real - Madrid, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.

Hotel Claris BarcelonaBarcelona, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.

Banke Hotel - Paris, France 
Small pets are permitted, except for in the bars and restaurants.

 


Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at the Hyatt Regency Cypress Orlando?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando
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 is the pet policy at the Hyatt Regency Cypress Orlando?


ANSWER: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando

Discover a secluded luxury hotel set in the heart of Orlando theme park country near Lake Buena Vista. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is surrounded by 21 acres of shimmering lakes and lush landscaping, offering an ideal destination for leisure or business travelers looking to unwind. Just one mile from Walt Disney World Resort and five miles from Sea World, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress also offers such an impressive collection of on-site activities. Want to learn to scuba dive or improve your tennis game? Guests can take a lesson from the on-site professionals. The whole family will love to waterslide in an 800,000 gallon lagoon-style pool, or teeing up on a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. Or, just have a relaxing spa treatment while the kids enjoy their day at Camp Hyatt.

Pet Policy
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress OrlandoDogs are allowed. There is a maximum 50 poounds for 1 dog, 2 dogs of no more than 75 pounds combined weight. There is a one-time $150 fee for the first 6 nights. There are specific rooms set aside for pets. Guests bringing pets need a shot record and 3 day pre-stay notice for reservation with a pet.

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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.
 


Did You Know? Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort has seven pools, including one pool reserved for guests' pets. Lucky dogs.

Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort

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Horses Check-In at Coworth Park


By: Five Star Alliance

Coworth Park
Humans aren't the only ones who can check-in at Coworth Park. The country house hotel on the borders of Windsor Great Park has just announced has enhanced its riding offerings with The Ultimate Horse Check-In, a prestigious check-in service designed for its equestrian guests. Coworth Park is frequently home to some of the world's most prized thoroughbreds who deserve the finest stable-to-stable amenities. It is the only hotel in the UK to offer polo run by Guards Polo Club and is the residence of choice for jockeys and owners from around the world visiting Ascot Racecourse.

Coworth Park's five-strong equestrian services team are all British Horse Society qualified, and facilities include an all-weather canter track and state of the art equestrian accommodation with rubber matting, social stalls, a covered barn and bathing bays. Equestrian at Coworth Park is home to immaculately bred, trained and presented horses for one-on-one or group lessons in basic riding, dressage, jumping, and pony camps for both children and adults.

The Coworth Park Ultimate Horse Check-in Includes:

• Assigned stable with a keepsake welcome card and personalized check-in. The equine's dietary and bedding preferences are taken into consideration.Coworth Park

• Horses get a welcome polo ball from nearby Guards Polo Club, which manages the estate's polo grounds. 

• Arrival amenities such as a Himalayan Rock Salt Lick, home-grown carrots, and horse treats made by the hotel's pastry chef. 

• Equine manicure consisting of a hoof oil moisturising treatment.
 
• Luxury post ride bubble bath in Coworth Park's hot and cold bay with natural equine aromatherapy wash.

• Relaxing aromatherapy oil muscle massage and rubdown by expert stable hands.  
   
After all that pampering, good luck getting your horse to check-out!

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


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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