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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: 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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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: What's the Best Room Combinations at the Relais Christine for a Family of 4 Adults?

September 9, 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 some unanswered questions, 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.

Relais Christine

QUESTION: What are the best room combinations at the Relais Christine for a family of 4 adults?

ANSWER:  Within a stone's throw of the Louvre and Notre-Dame, Relais Christine is located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, a bustling district famous for its intellectual and artistic circles. The names of Baudelaire, Hugo and Musset, and later Picasso, Sartre and Eluard are among the many associated with the luxury property. Tucked in at the end of the narrow street from which it took its name, the Relais Christine is a haven whose peaceful atmosphere in enhanced by its pleasant garden and flowers. This delightful and secluded luxury hotel has succeeded in preserving the privacy of the home it once was. Its comfortable and welcoming rooms, the quiet atmosphere of its lounge and honesty bar, and its personalized service make it a restful and friendly place to stay, on a par with the best Parisian establishments.

Adjoining rooms or connecting rooms are available dependent on your needs. Any room can adjoin any other room with the exception of the suites, which cannot adjoin each other.  

Connecting Room Types:
-Superior Room connects to Deluxe Room (choose bed type per each room)
-Superior Room connects to Deluxe Jr Suite (suite only with Queen bed)
-Deluxe Room to Deluxe Jr (Jr suite only with Queen Bed) Standard Room

Relais Christine

Superior Rooms have a bathtub and some have a separate walk-in shower, all offer Argan toiletries. Rooms are 22 sqm in size and have 1 Queen bed or 2 twin beds overlooking the quiet street Rue Christine, the flowered courtyard or the garden. Deluxe Rooms are 27 sqm and overlook Rue Christine, the flowered courtyard or the garden and offer 1 Queen or 2 twin beds. Deluxe Jr Suites are 35 sqm in size and either 1 or 2 levels with a lounge area and a bedroom offering 1 Queen or 2 Twin Beds overlooking the Rue Chrisitne, the flowered courtyard or the garden. The Deluxe Junior Suite can sleep up to 3 people.  

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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 Miami Hotel is Beachfront and Close to Nightlife?

September 5, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The James Royal Palm
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 looking for a hotel right on the beach with walking distance to nightlife and fine dining and breakfast option in South Beach Florida- What can you recommend?


ANSWER: The James Royal Palm – Miami Beach, FL

Just steps away from the beach and world famous Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, The James Royal Palm hotel is located within the coveted and culturally rich area of South Beach, Miami. Featured as one of Conde Nast Traveler UK & US Magazine's "Hot Hotels of 2013" and now a AAA Four Diamond rated beachfront retreat, The James Royal Palm is an inspiring oceanfront beach retreat. Night or day, a distinct energy is in the air, sparked by travelers, trendsetters, and creative personalities at the forefront of defining what's next.
The hotel serves as a modern tribute to the Royal Palm Hotel’s rich history, keeping intact many signature elements of the original architect's Art Deco design. The compass rose on the terrazzo lobby floor, artistically-inspired, green glass front desk and porthole windows in the lobby lounge has been preserved and restored.
Just outside the hotel, you’ll find yourself immersed in luxury retail, endless entertainment and a host of opportunities. Located near amed Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road, the destination is an unmatched shopping experience.
The hotel features two swimming pools, two dining options, poolside bar, lobby lounge, full-service spa, Lil' James offerings for children, retail shop and a gym.

Fall rates at The James Royal Palm start at $262 per night >>


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 Hotel with a Fitness Center is Available in September with Connecting Rooms for 4 Adults in Charleston?

September 4, 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 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.

Charleston PlaceQUESTION: What hotel with a fitness center is available in September with connecting rooms for 4 adults in Charleston, SC?

ANSWER: Charleston Place 

Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand 17th century residence from the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier to lush personal suites. The staff of Charleston Place is dedicated to entertaining its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality, and has become the choice of celebrities, princes and politicians.
Located in the heart of Charleston's historic downtown, Charleston Place offers unparalleled luxury accommodations, including beautifully appointed rooms and suites, award-winning dining at the Palmetto Cafe and Charleston Grill restaurants, and a full-service Spa with rooftop indoor outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.


You will want to choose a Deluxe Room king to Deluxe Room 2 Doubles;  Deluxe Room king to Deluxe Room King.
-Deluxe Rooms are 400 square feet of luxurious fittings and Charleston-inspired design. Deluxe Rooms include either a fabulous king-sized bed or two plush double beds.

-Deluxe King Balcony Rooms allow you to soak in the sea air or watch the wind fluttering through the palmetto trees from the comfort and privacy of your own Juliet balcony. At nightfall, pamper yourself in the marble bathroom and then slip into the luxurious bed as the gentle, cooling breeze floats around the room.

September rates at Charleston Place start at $320 per night >>

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: 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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Your Questions Answered: Where Can a Family Stay in Ubud?

August 24, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ubud Hanging Gardens
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 3 and looking to stay is Ubud. What offers are best for 2 adults and a 1 yr old child ?


ANSWER: Ubud Hanging Gardens 

Ubud Hanging Gardens is a haven of peace and tranquility set in the heart of the tropical paradise of Bali. Ubud Hanging Gardens offers you a tropical paradise experience never to be forgotten. Set in the steep rice terraces of Ubud with sweeping views across the Ayung River, each luxury Balinese style private villa provides the perfect location to escape, relax and unwind. There are thirty-eight luxury villas, each with a heated private infinity plunge pool overlooking the Ayung river and sensational views of the surrounding verdant gardens of this tropical resort.

We suggest the Duplex Family Pool Villa for your family.

Ideal for families—or friends travelling together—the Duplex Family Pool Villa features two luxurious bedrooms and two spacious bathrooms. The upper level includes a master bedroom, an indooor/outdoor bathroom, a large terrace, and an infinity pool. A second bedroom is located on the lower level, along with an additional bathroom and a second terrace.
With floor to ceiling windows, this villa offers its guests sweeping views across the valley. The Duplex Family Pool Villa can accommodate four adults or two adults and two children in superior luxury. The villa has a King-sized bed and two twin beds in a separate bedroom, large polished terrazzo bath with rain showerhead, additi.onal bathroom on the lower level, private terrace with heated infinity pool, panoramic views of the valley, and is 160 m2 / 1722 ft2. Other amenities include a welcome fruit basket, complimentary bottled water, bathrobes, luxury toiletries, TV and DVD player, and Wireless Internet. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, and amenities, as well as any extra person charges, are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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Your Questions Answered: Where can a Family of 5 Stay in Paris?

August 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Park Hyatt Vendome ParisWe 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 5, children are 13, 10, and 7 and looking to stay is Paris, France. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Park Hyatt Paris Vendome 

Experience the City of Lights from its central heart at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, one of the most luxurious 5 star hotels in Paris. This hotel overlooks the fashionable Rue de la Paix and is within walking distance of Place Vendome and Opera Garnier. Enjoy evening strolls along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees, browse exhibits at the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, or spend an afternoon on the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, renowned for its haute couture and trendy shops.

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome's striking blend of contemporary architecture and classic design was conceived by renowned designer Ed Tuttle, lending the hotel a sensual, understated elegance that extends throughout - from the lavish hotel rooms and suites to the captivating social areas and impressive meeting venues. Exquisite decor is finished in impeccable detail with wood, bronze and silk, complementing a king, queen or two twin beds with lush linens, limestone bath with floor heating, soaking tub and stone-enclosed rain shower, and large work desk with high-speed Internet. Enjoy Paris street or the serene courtyard views, plus thoughtful touches such as robes, slippers and morning newspaper on request.Park Hyatt Paris Vendome

Guests are offered a host of wonderful dining experiences. The hotel boasts beautiful bars and some of the finest restaurants in Paris, including Pur, proud holder of a Michelin star, The Chef's Table, Les Orchidees, and La Terrasse. Hotel guests can also enjoy use of Le Spa, the exquisite spa and fitness centre.

For your family we recommend the Park Deluxe Twin connected to the Park Suite King.

Park Deluxe Twin (max occupancy 3) offers an oversized 30-40 sqm room finished in exquisite detail with wood, bronze and silk, complementing 2 twin bed with luxurious linens, generous work area with high-speed internet and limestone bath with soaking tub and stone-enclosed rain shower. Enjoy serene courtyard or impressive Rue de la Paix views from floor to ceiling windows, plus amenities such as plush robes and Blaise Mautin toiletries. Other amenities include 24 hr room service, 3 or more phones, ac, and rolloways or crib upon request.

Park Suite King(max occupancy 3) features simple, innovative decor and charming courtyard or street views complement spacious interior of a room from 40-50 sqm with sitting area, oversized work desk with high-speed internet access, limestone bathroom with soaking tub and rain shower, king bed with luxurious linens. Relax with plush bathrobes, slippers and exclusive Blaise Mautin toiletries. Separate sitting area and windows that open.

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 start at 612 Euros per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: What's the Pet Policy at Pan Pacific Seattle

August 14, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

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.

Pan Pacific SeattleQUESTION: What is the pet policy for the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle?


ANSWER:
Pets are welcome at the Pan Pacific Seattle. There is a one-time $50.00 fee and a max of 2 pets per room.

The hotel, which opened four years ago is located minutes from downtown and many area attractions. Presiding over Westlake Avenue in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, it is just steps away from Nordstrom's flagship store. Part of the exclusive 2200 Development, the hotel features two restaurants, a sumptuous spa, and 160 superbly appointed guest rooms and suites. Designed by Hirsch Bedner, the hotel exudes an East meets West theme with sleek modernity through a mix of zebra-wood furnishings and decor in muted hues of taupe, slate, and cream. Rooms feature premium bedding and furnishings, a 32-inch plasma cable television with premium movie channels, DVD player, and wireless Internet access.

The Pan Pacific Seattle Hotel also provides you with a personal steward who delivers the new standard of individualized service. Whether it's planning a full vacation itinerary  or  arranging dinner reservations, your personal concierge works with you to customize your stay.

Fall rates at Pan Pacific Seattle start at $250 per night >>

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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