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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.

Did You Know? Hotel Balzac

May 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Balzac


In 1853, Hotel Balzac was built for the director of the Paris Opera. It was home to its namesake, the 19th century French writer Honore de Balzac. The hotel is reminiscent of town houses of that period.

In 1846 Balzac acquired the property to give to Countess Ewelina Hanska, who he married in May 1850. He spent his last days in the house and died a few months later without ever having paid the purchase price.

His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, Emile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Marie Corelli, Henry James, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino as well as philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. 

Balzac's spirit lives on in the luxury hotel where collections of antique books as well as lithographs depicting the writer, and scenes from his work can be found.

 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Provident Luxury Suites Fisher Island

May 14, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Provident Luxury Suites Fisher Island

Nestled in the waters of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean,Provident Luxury Suites Fisher Island features Mediterranean-style residences showcasing spectacular vistas, spacious interiors with elegant decor, advanced comfort, and communications. Suites range in size from 800 square feet up to 3,500 square feet and contain one to three bedrooms. Each suite offers ocean views, estate quality furnishings, marble bathrooms with oversized tub, separate shower, LCD televisions, in-room safe, lavish bath amenities, kitchen or kitchenette with granite countertops, and a personal golf cart to use throughout your stay.

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Spotlight on Tiamo Resort

May 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tiamo Resort
Tiamo Resort
 
combines luxury living with responsible environmental design. The 10 villas blend tastefully into their natural surroundings, taking advantage of the indigenous tropical vegetation to provide each one with a very private setting. The properties are all built from sustainable pine wood, and are elevated on stilts to benefit from natural cooling and ventilation. Roofing is made from thatch that helps to insulate buildings and keep temperatures pleasant. Any external ingredients are locally sourced and organic whenever it is possible. Tiamo is also the largest employer on the island. All of this combines to give you a luxury Caribbean experience while leaving a minimal footprint.

Andros is the largest of the Bahamian islands, located 150 miles southeast of Miami and about 40 miles Southwest of Nassau. One mile off the coast of the island lies the third largest barrier reef in the world, the Tongue of the Ocean, where the water depth goes from 30 feet to 6,000 feet.

Things to do at Tiamo Resort include:

-Bonefishing & deep sea fishing. Andros is known as the Bonefishing capital of the world. With miles and miles of pristine flats and seagrass beds, the island is perfect bonefish habitat.

Tiamo Resort

-Scuba diving. Tiamo offers fantastic diving thanks to its PADI Center. The reef runs parallel to the coast of Andros for 140 miles, and access to its edge is only a 10 minute boat ride from the resort. 

-Water Sports including water skiing, wakeboarding, snorkeling, paddleboarding, sailing, and riding in a transparent canoe.

-Strolling down to the beach, or settling down on a soft sun lounger by the inviting pool.

-Browse the collection of volumes in the island's library.

-Shop the interesting local items on display in the shop for something special to bring home.

-Reserve the whole resort for a wedding or vow renewal.

Tiamo Resort

-Guided nature tours. The Nature Concierge will take you on a fascinating trek through the wild side of South Andros. Look out for the resident rock iguanas that call South Andros home, and see how many of the island’s 330 bird species you can identify. 

-The Great Room. Have breakfast and take in the view from the infinity pool to the azure Caribbean waters. The lodge's terrace spreads down over three levels towards the beach, with alfresco dining on the upper decks, and the lower deck is perfect for sunbathing.

-Spa treatments. Located to the rear of the resort and surrounded by tropical palms, indulge in a range of relaxation and beauty treatments. Choose from a revitalizing facial, or an all-over body massage to ease away every ounce of stress and tension. 

-Hit the gym. Tiamo's gym caters for all your fitness needs. Air-conditioned and fully equipped with cardio and multi-gym equipment, as well as free weights and chi balls, enjoy a Zen-like workout with a view as you look out across the Caribbean.

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Did You Know? Villa San Michele

May 13, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele is nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees and terraced gardens, enjoying unparalleled vistas of Florence, stretched out before it in all its classic splendour. Dating from the 15th century, the Villa's facade is attributed to Michelangelo. The hotel's largest and most romantic suite, the Michelangelo Suite, stretches the whole length of the façade of the hotel. Once the monastery library, it also served as Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's headquarters in Florence.

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy at the Barnsley Gardens Resort?

May 12, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Barnsley Gardens 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: What is the pet policy at the Barnsley Gardens Resort?


ANSWER: 
In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Barnsley Gardens Resort is just a short drive from Atlanta, Chattanooga and Birmingham. This historic Georgia resort welcomes guests into an enchanting, old-world setting with unique overnight accommodations, outstanding restaurants and incomparable service. On-site recreation offerings include luxurious spa services, championship golf, horseback riding, hiking, biking, fishing, sporting clays, and bird hunting.  Encompassing 3,300 acres, the historic Barnsley Gardens offers a unique getaway experience. Originally built as an opulent estate in the 19th century, the grounds have been transformed into a world-class resort. All guests are lodged in private rooms, suites or cottages, all luxuriously appointed with a mix of old-world charm and modern convenience. Whether looking for a relaxing weekend, strategic meeting or an elegant wedding, guests will discover a retreat of privacy and perfection.

Barnsley Gardens Resort

At Barnsley Resort, they share the pet love with four-legged friends. Barnsley Resort is an ideal getaway for dog lovers with more than 3,300 acres of natural beauty. There is no better place in Georgia to travel with furry family members. With more than 10 miles of hiking trails and beautiful gardens to explore, outdoor sitting areas with fire pits, lawn games and outdoor dining venues such as the Beer Garden and Rice House Herb Garden, four-legged friend are certain to feel like a pampered pooch. There are no pet weight limits at Barnsley Resort. They do not require pets to be crated, but do require that all dogs stay on leashes while in the village. All public facilities are open to pets, with the exception of the spa, fitness center, pool are, and indoor restaurants.

Pet friendly accommodations include the Garden or Meadow Suites and Arbor Cottages. Standard amenities for pets include pet beds, bowls, bottled water and treats. Pet sitting may be arranged with advance notice. Barnsley Resort partners with PAWS Atlanta, a non-profit, no kill shelter dedicated to finding forever homes for dogs and cats.

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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.

 

Posted in: Adairsville, GA

Cool Pools:Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach and Spa Resort

May 12, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach and Spa Resort

The Oceanfront Residential Pool Villa at Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach and Spa Resort has 550 SQM space,
including 2 bedrooms, a living and dining room, pantry, private swimming pool and Jacuzzi and direct beach access.

 

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Happy Mother's Day!

May 11, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

We wish the best to all the mothers out there! Relax and enjoy your day!

Happy Mother's Day

 

 

Posted in: Articles

Dining al Fresco: Mamilla Hotel

May 10, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

High above the city, the Rooftop Outdoor Lounge & Restaurant at Mamilla Hotel embraces the fresh Jerusalem breeze, while offering a magnificent view of the Old City. 

Mamilla Hotel

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Posted in: Jerusalem

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Parisian Hotel for a Family of Three?

May 10, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Daniel Paris
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 3 and looking to stay is Paris. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family, our child is 6?


ANSWER: Hotel Daniel Paris 

A haven of elegance and Charm, Hotel Daniel has the intimacy of a private house in the very heart of the Parisian rive droite, between the Champs-Elysses and the Rue du faubourg Saint Honore. Hotel Daniel is decorated in the style of French XVIII Century, inspired by the art of chinoiserie, blending Asian influences. Discovering its elegantly furnished reception areas, suites, and rooms is like leafing through a traveler's journal while sinking into the deep satin of the sofa. Luxurious Khotan carpets line the hotel foyer, transforming it into an oasis of calm in a bustling city. Tones of almond green and pearl grey hues complement each other. The hand-painted wallpaper, specially made in China by De Gournay, has a floral motif recreating the delicate atmosphere of a Chinese garden.Hotel Daniel Paris
In the rooms and suites, the Toile de Jouy, symbol of the XVIII century French style, portrays an array of exotic images; Fair of Cairo, Bahia, Kipling, Travel in China, Marco Polo Chinese boxes, desks and night stands inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and fine wooden chests. Each room is furnished with unique pieces, brought back from travels throughout the world. In the bathrooms, Italian marble and Moroccan zellige, combined with the voluptuous rites of oriental beauty are enhanced by natural light. Hand-crafted soaps and bath salts from the Dead Sea offer timeless moments of sensual delights.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

A Deluxe Room with a complimentary bed for child. Located at 6th floor, these rooms are more spacious, very bright, and offer charming attic with views over the rooftops of Paris parts. Room "Marco Polo" is 30 square meters with a double bed or two separate beds. Room "Toile du Lac" is 25 square meters with a double bed and bathroom with large window and daylight.

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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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Bremen, Germany?

May 9, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Park Hotel Bremen
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 hotels in Bremen, Germany for a family of 5, children ages 8 and 11?


ANSWER: Park Hotel Bremen 

Park Hotel Bremen has an idyllic atmosphere, culinary surprises, a temple to wellness where you can unwind, and an ideal setting for celebrations and gatherings of any size. These are some of the things that make the Park Hotel Bremen a treat for all your senses. Classical elegance, high-ceilinged, light-filled rooms, sophisticated furnishings and luxurious fabrics – plus, of course, attentive service for each and every guest. These are the things that give the Park Hotel Bremen its special atmosphere.Park Hotel Bremen
Maybe you would like to start the day with a relaxing breakfast in your room, or perhaps you fancy a sumptuous brunch in the light-filled breakfast room? At the Park Hotel Bremen you can enjoy your stay in exactly the way you choose. Lovingly designed guest areas decorated with sophisticated artwork and furniture – and levels of service that meet your every need – help to create the perfect environment for your stay.
Spa'rks, the 1,200 square-metre, generously appointed oasis dedicated to fitness, wellness and beauty, offers guests a uniquely relaxing experience. It's a genuine paradise where you can unwind in a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool bath, steam bath and tanning salon. And what's more, there is a wide and varied range of treatments and cosmetic therapies to choose from.

For Your Family's Needs, We Suggest:
Book a room with rolloway Deluxe Room connecting to another Deluxe Room. The famous designer Graf Pilati gave each of the 18 deluxe double rooms his distinctive style. Harmonious color, noble and elegant design characterize this room. All deluxe rooms are equipped with air conditioning and have an excellent view of the park or the lake. The rooms offer free Wi-Fi access and are equipped with minibar, desk, sitting area and a safe. Breakfast is 25EUR extra per person.

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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.