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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.

Image of the Day: Pan Pacific Vancouver

April 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Pan Pacific Vancouver is uniquely located atop Canada Place at the heart of Vancouver's downtown waterfront. With the iconic five sails rising above the Alaska cruise ship terminal and the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Pan Pacific offers sweeping views of the Coastal Mountains, Coal Harbour, and Vancouver's city skyline. 

Pan Pacific Vancouver

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Your Questions Answered: What's a Family Friendly Resort with Connecting Rooms in Punta Cana?

April 8, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Sivory Punta Cana
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 Punta Cana resorts with connecting rooms?

ANSWER: Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Hotel 

The award winning Sivory Punta Cana resort welcomes you to experience a quieter, more authentic Dominical Republic. Situated on an expansive and secluded private beach, the hotel offers a luxurious and exclusive oasis that combines Polynesian and Caribbean influences with style and modern sophistication. It features fifty-five spacious suites, with most offering stunning ocean views and personal plunge pools and a private beach club with seven lavish oceanfront suites, its own pool, bar, and exclusive beach area. This upscale boutique property distinguishes itself from other luxury boutique resorts in the Caribbean by going the extra step and adding details that set the standard in delivering an exceptional hospitality experience.
Sivory Punta Cana
This secluded resort is enveloped in an atmosphere of tranquility inspired by design elements rooted in Asian tradition of incorporating water into daily existence. The check-in desk is situated in an open-air lobby where a wood-paneled walkway surrounded by two small pools of water lilies and sea turtles leads guests to the property's spectacular ocean view and elegant accommodations. A special focal point of the lobby is the 17th century hand-carved wooden archway that encases the entrance to the hotel's boutique where traditional Dominican art sculptures adorn windows.

Most of the furnishings for the property's guestrooms, food and beverage outlets, meetings facilities and restaurants were specially selected and imported from Spain and Indonesia. Guest services and amenities are tailored to surpass even the most upscale travelers' expectations. 

For Your Needs, We Recommend Booking:

Deluxe Junior Suite-Overlooking the garden, this room opens to a furnished lanai and measures 650 square feet (59 square meters). Get a good night's sleep with premium bedding, cotton linens, and blackout drapes/curtains. The partially open bathroom has a deep soaking bathtub and separate shower with a handheld showerhead, as well as bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, makeup mirror and toiletry items by ETRO. Wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the 32-inch LCD TV offers movies, DVD/CD player, MP3 docking station, safety box. A minibar, wine cooler and a coffee/tea maker are supplied. direct dial telephone, voice mail, Individual air conditioning control, ceiling fan and a separate sitting area are among the conveniences offered.

Connecting to:

2 Oceanfront Junior Suites-Oceanfront, this room opens to a furnished lanai and measures 650 square feet (59 square meters). Get a good night's sleep with premium bedding, cotton linens, and blackout drapes/curtains. The partially open bathroom has a deep soaking bathtub and separate shower with a handheld showerhead, as well as bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, makeup mirror and toiletry items by ETRO. Wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and the 32-inch LCD TV offers movies, DVD/CD player, MP3 docking station, safety box. A minibar, wine cooler and a coffee/tea maker are supplied. direct dial telephone, voice mail, Individual air conditioning control, ceiling fan and a separate sitting area are among the conveniences offered.

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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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Cool Pools: InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

April 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
 reflects the grand and graceful architecture of a Queensland estate, unlike any other ve
nue. Located a short distance away from the tourist mecca of the Gold Coast, the resort allows easy access to the Gold Coast theme parks which are only a 10 minute drive away. The luxury resort is tucked within the beautiful surrounds of Sanctuary Cove and boasts a marina, acclaimed golf courses, one acre lagoon beach pool and lush garden landscapes. Part of the wellness and facilities include the outdoor spa tub.

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Dining al Fresco: Fairmont Royal Pavilion

April 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Using produce sourced from the island's farmers, Fairmont Royal Pavilion's culinary team have designed menus for our restaurants in Barbados which bring distinctive local dishes to life, as well as providing an excellent variety of international cuisine and succulent options for banquets and events.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

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Dining al Fresco: Castello di Casole

April 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Castello di Casole is a 4,200-acre five-star resort and private residence club in Tuscany, Italy, 45 minutes from Florence. It offers a collection of fine and casual dining venues serving traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. The focus is on simple, rustic food in the classic Italian tradition. Expect handmade pastas, fresh organic vegetables, fresh fish, and game from local sources – all paired with fine wines from the best wineries in Italy and around the world. 

Castello di Casole

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New to Five Star Alliance: Ritz Carlton Tianjin

April 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ritz Carlton Tianjin
Ritz Carlton Tianjin
 
is ideally located for business and recreational travel alike. Only minutes away from the scenic banks of the Haihe River, the distinctive architectural medley of the Five Avenues, and the shining towers of the city’s Central Business District, this luxury Tianjin hotel offers a perfect base from which to seek out success and inspiration. In addition to The Ritz-Carlton’s legendary personalized service, The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin features 277 spacious rooms, including 53 suites ranging from 50 to 410 square meters. Each guest room and suite offers charming downtown views, attentive personalized service, and exclusive amenities. Each room features high-quality LCD televisions and Blu-ray disc players in addition to touch-panel environmental controls; Ritz-Carlton signature linens and feather beds, and Purple Water luxury bath amenities by storied British luxury house, Asprey.

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Dining al Fresco: Hotel Lungarno

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Lungarno offers a breathtaking view over many of the landmarks and sights that gave Florence its reputation for architectural and cultural beauty and grace. 

Hotel Lungarno

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Image of the Day: Marenas Resort

April 5, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Located on pristine beaches, between Fort Lauderdale and ultra-hip South Beach in Miami, Marenas Resort offers a European Riviera style, luxury suite resort atmosphere.

Marenas Resort

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Napa Valley Hotel for a Family of Six?

April 4, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Carneros Inn
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 Napa, Ca for a family of 4 Adults and 2 children ages 8, 10?

ANSWER: The Carneros Inn   

Nestled among 27 acres of seemingly endless rows of grape vines, unspoiled farmland, and scenic apple orchards, The Carneros Inn's design was based on cues from the local countryside - including barns, silos and ranchers' cottages - and combined with stylish, modern interiors - to capture the region's distinct charm as well as the needs of sophisticated guests. Gravel paths that crunch underneath your feet, private gardens where you can enjoy a glass of California's finest wines, exclusive dining at the first class Hilltop restaurant, outdoor showers under a blanket of stars, crisp white linens, and decadent spa treatments inspired by local ingredients ensure an experience you'll never forget. Whether you're here to get away from it all, or to get together with friends and loved ones, there is something for everyone at The Carneros Inn. Canine family members are welcome as well. 

The Carneros Inn

Kid-Friendly Activities and Amenities at The Carneros Inn Include:
-Complimentary bicycles on a first-come, first-served basis for guests 14 years of age and older
-Two swimming pools, which are heated to 82 degrees year-round: The Hilltop Pool, which is reserved for adults only, and Otto's Pool, which is designated for families and fitness. Otto’s Pool is comprised of an infinity edged lap pool, hot tub, cabanas and children's pool. Pool toys are available, and the zero-edge wading pool is perfect for small children.
-Two professional-size bocce courts are located on the lawn of the Town Square.
-Reception offers a variety of DVDs and games for families to enjoy on a complimentary basis
-Take a Break sends nannies to the Inn to care for children and give adults some time away.

Nearby Activities for Kids Include: 
-Scientopia Discovery Center
-Playground Fantastico
-Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
-Train Town
-Cornerstone Gardens
-Triple Creek Horse Outfitters
-Jelly Belly Factory
-Six Flags Theme Park
-Safari West

Carneros Inn


For Your Family Needs, We Recommend: 


Carneros Courtyard Home - Experience the ultimate in Wine Country living in a private Carneros Courtyard Home. This gated area offers the utmost in privacy while still allowing you access to all the amenities The Carneros Inn has to offer. With approximately 2,400 square feet indoors and over 1,400 square feet of outdoor living space, this private home will give you ample room for both private time and entertaining your guests. Each of the villa-like homes offers: A great room with 16-foot ceilings, a fireplace, a dining area, a well-appointed kitchen with Viking appliances, two master suites (both with luxurious master baths), a den that can be closed off as a third bedroom with its own bath, French doors that open onto a private landscaped courtyard, and an upstairs sun deck with teak furniture and views of the countryside.

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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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Did You Know? Carlsbad Plaza

April 4, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Carlsbad Plaza

Carlsbad Plaza's original building dates back to the late 19th century. At the time it was four separate buildings named Rudolfshof, Quirinal, Neapol, and Moskau. All buildings but the Quirinal were Spa residences. Among the Spa guests were Sigmund Freud in 1915 in the Spa residence Rudolfshof. 

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