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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 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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Your Questions Answered: What's the Best Hotel in Quebec for a Family of 6?

August 10, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Loews Le Concorde
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 and looking to stay is Quebec City. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family that is 1 room?

ANSWER: Loews Le Concorde Hotel 

Say bonjour to Old World charm and contemporary comfort at Loews Le Concorde, a luxury hotel in Quebec City. Guests will feel like they are in a European city as they traverse the winding cobblestone streets of the Old City. All 406 rooms and 19 suites have been luxuriously furnished with the intent of creating accommodations that invite guests to linger. Expansive views allow guests to gaze over the city's skyline while enjoying the privacy of their hotel room.

The Junior Suite is the ideal place for a family getaway to Quebec City. These suites offer multiple amenities, incomparable value, and a choice of extra space or privacy. There is a separate bedroom that features 2 Queen size beds or 1 King Bed and a spacious living room with a double sofa bed, so the suite can sleep as many as 6. Guests will be surrounded by the beauty of this historic city, with magnificent views of the St. Lawrence, the Plains of Abraham, or the Old City itself. No detail has been overlooked when it comes to your comfort, from the modern, French-inspired deceor to the fine plush linens. The elegant marble bath is the perfect place to relax after a day spent exploring this incredible city. Then slip into one of the ultra-comfy robes, and watch an in-room movie with the family. You will find everything you need for a perfect family getaway in the Junior Suite at the Loews Hotel le Concorde.

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 Smoking Policy at the Le Palais de la Mediterranee

August 9, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Palais de la Mediterranee
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 smoking policy for the rooms/suites at the Le Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France?


ANSWER: Le Palais de la Mediterranee has 1 floor, the 9th, that is set aside for smoking. If you wish to smoke and did not obtain a room on the 9th floor, most rooms have a balcony on which to smoke. Le Palais de la MediterraneeLe Palais de la Mediterranee, now a Hyatt Regency Hotel, is a landmark in Nice. It features luxurious and spacious accommodation including 176 guestrooms and 11 superb suites. Contemporary guestrooms range in size from 25 to 117 square meters with balconies or terraces offering guests spectacular views overlooking either the Mediterranean Sea or the city of Nice.  

Towering over the Bay of Angels and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the charming Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee is ideally located on the prestigious Promenade des Anglais. Not only does this striking luxury hotel enjoy seafront views, it is also located within a short walk of the key attractions like the city of Nice.

The third floor is the heart of the hotel with a beautifully conceived indoor/outdoor pool, gastronomic restaurant, fitness rooms, cozy lounge and a sun terrace with stunning views.

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 are the best room types for a family of two adults and two children at Palais Namaskar, Marrakech?

August 8, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Palais Namaskar
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 party of 4, 2 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 9 and would like would like to stay at Palais Namaskar Marrakech , Morocco,  We would like the children to sleep in a separate room from  us.  What do you recommend?

ANSWER: To accommodate your family, we'd recommend the  One Bedroom Pool Suite connecting to a Superior Room, 2 Bedroom Pool Suite, Villa Namaskar, or the Pool Palace which will all sleep four comfortably.

The Pool Suites overlook a  garden terrace, while the separate living room offers another terrace featuring its own heated pool to encompass 180sqm of outdoor space and 108sqm interior. The bedroom has king size beds and the living room comes equipped with a  fireplace.

Villa Namaskar is 487sqm large with 1200sqm of private gardens including a pond and a large heated pool. An inviting 108sqm interior with a separate living room and fireplace adjoins a 180sqm exterior living space. 

The Pool Palace is located in front of the main swimming pool and only a few steps from Le Namaskar Restaurant. The Pool Palace can be booked with 2 or 3 bedrooms, totalizing 210sqm indoor 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.   

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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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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.  

View the Five Star Alliance Collection of Hotels in the Maldives >>

 

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Dress Code at Grand Hotel Mazarro Sea Palace?

July 17, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace
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 dress code at Grand Hotel Mazarro Sea Palace?  Is it okay for us and have breakfast in shorts?


ANSWER: Overlooking one of the most beautiful bays in the world, set among the rocks and sea and embellished by the colours of Mediterranean architecture, rises up the Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace. In this delightful setting, at the centre of the bay from which it takes its name, the Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace offers the comfort of a 5 stars de luxe hotel, in a modern, efficient structure. All of this crowned by the charm of the highest volcano in europe: Etna.

The rooms and the suites of the Grand Hotel Mazzaro Sea Palace are quite literally terraces on the sea situated in a refined and exclusive context where the personalization of the services, apart from epitomising hospitality, represents a perfect harmony between tradition and innovation. All the rooms are very carefully furnished with mini-bar, color TV with satellite and in-house program, direct telephone line, hair dryer and individually programmable air conditioning.


As far as dress code, during the day the hotel is casual-friendly, and short are allowed. Dinner is more dressy, men are required to be in long pants and to wear a jacket. 

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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