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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.

Spend New Year's Eve in Miami

December 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hilton Bentley

Sun, surf, neon, and celebration are the name of the game when you spend New Year's Eve in Miami.
It's not too late for you to join the revelry!  We found availability at the following Miami hotels from 1/31/1-1/2/15:

* Sofitel Miami has a Superior Two Double Bedded room for $229 per night.

* InterContinental at Doral Miami has a Club Floor room for $359 per night.

* Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a King room for $799 per night. 

* The Redbury South Beach has a Redbury King room for $579 per night.

For a beachy splurge, Hilton Bentley has a King Studio for $1728 per night and Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne has a Club Level Executive Suite for $2899 per night.

Book quickly, as these rates will not last long. Be sure to check the rate details carefully to avoid disappointment.


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Luxury Miami Resort for a Family of Seven?

November 22, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
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 7 and looking to stay is Miami, FL. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?
Acqualina Resort & Spa
ANSWER: Acqualina Resort and Spa On The Beach epitomizes the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa combined with the beautiful oceanfront location on Florida's Riviera. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this Miami Beach luxury resort features 188 residences, 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites and world-class luxury hotel amenities, including three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools, and an innovative marine biology-based children's program. The luxurious 20,000 square foot ESPA oceanfront spa features 16 treatment rooms including a private hotel spa suite for two, a private spa pool and heated jet pool with a Roman waterfall, Finnish Saunas, Crystal Steam Rooms, Ice Fountains, Experience Showers, and Relaxation Rooms.

The resort is a recipient of the coveted 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award, 2014 AAA Five Diamond Award for five consecutive years and 2012 Andrew Harper's Reader's Choice Award for Top 20 Beach and Family Resorts. Acqualina is just five minutes from the world famous Bal Harbour Shops and a short drive to the vibrant daytime activities and nightlife of Miami Beach, South Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale.

Acqualina Resort and SpaAcqualina's 54 guest rooms and 44 suites include two deluxe three bedroom oceanfront suites. All are havens of elegance and comfort. The richly appointed accommodations feature classic furnishings with fresh modern elements complete with luxurious fabrics and gracious amenities such as private terraces, flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with imported marble flooring, double sinks, bath tub and glass-enclosed shower. All rooms and suites offer magnificent views and are equipped with fully stocked private bars with gourmet food snacks, goose down duvet and pillows (foam pillows available upon request), Frette sheets, ETRO bath amenities, hair dryer & makeup mirror, luxurious bathrobes, in-room CD players, IPOD docking stations, high-speed Internet access, and umbrellas.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Acqualina Resort and Spa
Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suite connected to a Deluxe Ocean Front room, with a rolloway added for an additional $50.00 night- The suites offer king-size beds in both the master and second bedroom, premium oceanfront views, separate living room, writing desk, two flat-screen TVs, entertainment unit, mini bar, private terrace, gourmet kitchen (with Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator/freezer, designer granite countertops with full back splash, Italian limited edition cabinets, microwave, dishwasher, stainless-steel sink and garbage disposal), breakfast room and two full bathroom outfitted with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. (2035 sq. ft. of enclosed area; 2379 sq. ft. with terrace). The Deluxe Ocean Front Rooms rooms boast an oceanfront view, king-size bed, foyer area, flat-screen TV, entertainment unit, mini bar, sitting area, writing desk, private terrace and bathroom with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. 

Book your family's stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach >>

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.
 


Happy Opening to Thompson Miami Beach!

November 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Today's the day! Thompson Miami Beach, formerly the Crown Hotel, opens for business today. Close to South Beach, Thompson Miami Beach is where Art Deco meets mid-century and Miami Modern. The beachfront hotel features a new restaurant by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, and a rooftop, outdoor spa.

Thompson Miami Beach

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Did You Know? Fisher Island Hotel And Resort

November 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Fisher Island Resort and Spa
Fisher Island was a wedge of land with coconut palms and mangroves that sat in Biscayne Bay. In 1919, Miami Beach founder and developer Carl Fisher bought it from Dana Dorsey, South Florida's first black millionaire. Fisher, when trying to expand the island and build deep-water docks, experienced quite a bit of push back from the County, which delayed his progress. The construction of the Port of Miami served to separate the lush appendage from Miami Beach, creating an entirely distinctive island. In the 1920's, Carl Fisher traded 7-acres of Fisher Island for a yacht from William K. Vanderbilt II.

In 1936,  Vanderbilt began building his $1.5 million private island retreat on Fisher Island with a Mediterranean-style mansion. He surrounded this mansion with lush landscaping, gracious guest homes, tennis courts and swimming pools.The main home and the surrounding guest cottages were completed in 1941. Rosemary's Cottage was built for Vanderbilt's stepdaughter Rosemary (Rosamund's daughter from her first marriage.) The studio cottage was built for Rosamund to paint in, as she was an artist. The North and South Cottages were for the their servants. The building now referred to today as the Jr. Suites was built to house the crewman for his yacht. The building now the Spa Internazionale was Vanderbilt's personal airplane hanger.

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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.


Get Your Fourth Night Free at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach

October 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
 is offering guests a free night. Book four consecutive nights at Acqualina and receive the fourth night free plus the following daily benefits:

• Daily Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
• Daily $40 Body or Facial Spa Treatment Credit for up to two adults at Acqualina Spa By ESPA
• Daily access to our award-winning Children's Program, AcquaMarine, for Children Ages 5 to 12
• Welcome Fruit Amenity
The Fourth Night Free Offer is available now through December 19, 2014 with rates starting from $550 per night for a Deluxe Intracoastal Room.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach epitomizes the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa combined with the beautiful oceanfront location on Florida's Riviera. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this Miami Beach luxury resort features 188 residences, 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites and world-class luxury hotel amenities, including three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools and an innovative marine biology-based children's program.

Book a stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach >>

 


New to Five Star Alliance: The Miami Beach EDITION

October 15, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Miami Beach EDITION features 294 guest rooms, suites and bungalows as well as a soaring penthouse; a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and a gourmet marketplace with a variety of food and beverages for dining in or on the go; a lobby bar with a direct view of the ocean-the only one in Miami Beach; a full floor entertainment area complete with a bowling alley, ice-skating rink and nightclub all with a state-of-the-art sound system as well as dramatic lighting and projection effects created by world-renowned lighting designer Patrick Woodruff; two outdoor pools with outdoor bars, personal cabanas and lounge areas; an outdoor movie theatre and private beach; 70,000 square feet of private beach front and an 1,800 square foot, 24-hour state-of-the-art high performance fitness center and spa.

The Miami Beach EDITION

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Cool Pools: Delano Hotel

September 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Delano Hotel has more than 7,000 square feet of the outdoors to enjoy, in the form of the Delano Beach Club. The centerpiece of the club is the iconic swimming pool.

Delano Hotel

Reserve your lounge chair at Delano South Beach >>


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friend Resort in Miami?

September 8, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Conrad Miami
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 are some family friendly resorts in Miami for a family of 6?



ANSWER: Conrad Miami offers contemporary luxury in the heart of downtown Miami's financial district, with views of the city and the Bay of Biscayne.The hotel's Brickell Avenue address provides quick and easy access to many of Miami's attractions including South Beach, Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne. The hotel is also just 15 minutes from Miami International Airport.

The Conrad Miami has 203 luxury hotel guest rooms and 103 residences that include studios and one and two bedroom suites with stunning views of Miami or the bay. Capturing minimalist, contemporary flair, the hotel rooms are accessorised with contrasting elements of glass, wood, leather and metal, and the hotel's dramatic 25th-floor Sky Lobby offers breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and Miami sunsets. Enjoy the rooftop pool, tennis courts, Spa Conrad, and hot tub. and personalized service for an ideal southern Florida getaway. Guest rooms and condominiums feature unparalleled views and luxury amenities. 
Superb dining options at Conrad Miami include the hotel's signature restaurant, Atrio; an experience in progressive American cuisine with the creative and meticulously crafted menu offering American favourites accented by Spanish and Asian influences. The hotel's dark and sultry Noir Bar is the Ying to Atrio's Yang. Adjacent to Atrio in the Sky Lobby, it is affectionately known as the "Dark Bar," with its dark interior highlighting views of Miami's glittering nightlife.Conrad Miami

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 

-Executive Two Bedroom Bayview Residence King. This spacious condo has 2 bay view rooms, sofa bed on request, full kitchen, and two spacious bathrooms. The large marble bathrooms are equipped with deep soaking bathtubs, a selectionof luxurious bath care product, and separate glass enclosed showers. Families enjoy all of the amenities of a hotel with the feeling of a luxury condominium. 

Room amenities and services include balcony, bath slippers, HBO, pillow menu, dining table and chair, ergonomic desk chair, granite counter tops, movie channel, TV on-demand, movie seating area with sofa, seperate bathtub and shower, signature bedding, 37 inch HDTV, desk with adjustable lamp, double locking door safe, remote printing, DVD/CD player, dishwasher, evening room service, desk level electric plug, high speed internet access, full refrigerator, espresso machine, ironing board, kitchen, full microwave. 

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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.


New to Five Star Alliance: Churchill Suites Monte Carlo

August 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Churchill Suites Monte Carlo offers luxurious vacation rentals and corporate apartment suites in the heart of central Miami Beach at the Monte Carlo building, newly built in 2014. This luxury 18 story property located directly on the ocean at 65th Street and Collins Avenue offers direct beach access, ocean views, two outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, fitness center, lounge with billiards, and much more.

Churchill Suites Monte Carlo

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