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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.

Did You Know? 51 Buckingham Gate


By: Five Star Alliance

51 Buckingham Gate


51 Buckingham Gate
 is tucked away on St. James Court. You could easily pass it – because the street is almost too narrow to let you stand back and enjoy the full panorama of its Victorian-Edwardian stone-trim-and-brick-façade. Linking the eight mansion blocks that surround this court is an endless frieze of figures carved from the bricks that dance around the quad, reputedly the longest frieze in existence anywhere in the world. 

What makes St. James Court all the more special is that its builder was not a famous architect or hotelier, but an almost unknown English gentleman. Major Charles Pawley was a retired military man who had learned his skills in the Royal Engineers.

St. James Court was a Major Pawley's masterwork. 

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Your Questions Answered: What's a Family-Friendly Resort in the Bahamas for a Family of 3?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Old Bahama Bay
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's a family-friendly resort in the Bahamas for a family of 3, child age 8?


ANSWER: Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour West End

Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour is the ultimate getaway for tranquility and pampered service. Combining Bahamian charm and barefoot elegance, the resort features all beachfront suites, full-service marina, 2 restaurants, and a host of events and boating activities.

West End, Grand Bahama Island, is the ultimate getaway for families, fishing enthusiasts, and couples looking for that perfect out of the way spot for a memorable vacation. Combining Bahamian resort charm and island luxury, Old Bahama Bay is an all-suite beachfront resort with 67 junior suites and 6 spacious two bedroom suites, a 72 slip marina, and a private airport with a 6,000 ft paved runway. Old Bahama Bay is an official Bahamas Port of Entry with on-site customs and immigration services for arrival by air or sea.

Situated directly on the beach on the western-most tip of Grand Bahama Island, Old Bahama Bay is just 56 miles due east from Palm Beach, Florida. The resort has a barefoot elegance ambiance with an out-island remote feel, but with the convenience of an international airport and major destination amenities in Freeport - just 26 miles away.

With adjoining suites, calm waters and a wide range of kid activities, the resort is ideal for families of all ages. An expert wedding planner is available to assist with elaborate group weddings as well as simple and exquisite elopements.

Old Bahama Bay

The accommodations at Old Bahama Bay are unlike any other - perfect for families or just the two of you. Old Bahama Bay offers exquisitely designed suites for the most discriminating traveler. All suites have Wireless Internet service and are appointed with modern British colonial custom-made furnishings and luxury amenities including marble baths, whirlpool soaking tub, kitchenettes, and sitting areas.

 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Junior Suite Ocean View – These suites are located on either the ground floor or second floor with partial ocean views. The 550 sq. ft. Junior Suites come in a choice of king or double queen beds and the 1200 sq ft two bedroom suites sleep up to 6 guests.Some suites also provide wonderful views of the yacht basin and the famous West End sunsets. These suites have a full kitchenette, a king bed, sleeper sofa in the sitting area, and a washer/dryer.

Book a stay at Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour >>

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.

 


Image of the Day: Guanahani Hotel


By: Five Star Alliance

Guanahani Hotel is spread out over 18 secluded tropical acres on its own peninsula. One can bask in the sunshine at a choice of two beaches, explore a colorful underwater world on a diving excursion, enjoy exhilarating kite surfing, or venture out to explore the enchanting surrounds of St. Barth.

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Did You Know? Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

pennyhill park hotel and the spa 
The earliest reference to Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa in Bagshot, Surrey, is found in the Tithe Land Registry of 1609. It was known as Pennyhill field and thought to have been common land used as a beacon-warning site aiding a national system, warning the arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

James Hodges, a civil engineer, who had been born in Queensborough in Kent in 1814, began to build the first house on the site in 1849 and was completed in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition.

James Hodges died in 1879 and the next occupant of Pennyhill was Louis Schott, a banker born in Frankfurt but with British Nationalisation. He added the Orangery in 1881 – the site of the current 45,000 sqft Spa. Louis died in 1901 and the house was then occupied until 1922 by his nephew, Louis Floershim, also born in Frankfurt and a naturalised British subject. He extended the house in 1903 in neo-Tudor style using Bath stone. For a period during the 1st World War the house reputedly served as a rest house for officers.

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Image of the Day: Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort


By: Five Star Alliance

Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort is located on a privately-owned peninsula, surrounded by the exuberant Emerald Coast. Known as one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Brazil, the property enjoys direct flights from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires. Here the waters of the Emerald coast meet the lush rainforest vegetation in a dazzling display of colour and light. 25-sophisticated and charming bungalows lay in perfect harmony with the breathtaking scenery.

Ponta dos Ganchos 

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Did You Know? Cliveden House


By: Five Star Alliance

Cliveden House was first built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham. A notorious rake, schemer and wit, he created Cliveden as a hunting lodge where he could entertain his friends and mistress.

Since then it has twice been destroyed by fire, only to emerge, phoenix-like, more stunning than before. The house has played host to virtually every British monarch since George I and has been home to three Dukes, an Earl and Frederick Prince of Wales, who created a happy family home here until his death in 1751.

Clivden House

Queen Victoria, a frequent guest was not amused when the house was bought by William Waldorf Astor, America's richest citizen. When in 1906 he gave it to his son and daughter-in-law Nancy Astor, Cliveden became the hub of a hectic social whirl, where notable guests included everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, and President Roosevelt to George Bernard Shaw.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a New Orleans Hotel for a Family of Two?


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: We are a family of 2 and looking to stay is New Orleans. What hotel do you recommend for our family?


ANSWER: The Cornstalk Hotel 
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is equally as famous as a tourist attraction as it is a hotel. The fence that stands around it was built by the original owner, Francoise-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France, in the early 1800's to ease his homesick bride's sorrow for her home state of Iowa. The Cornstalk features beautifully appointed rooms and all the amenities a guest could hope for. The historically maintained and welcoming guest rooms with historic and comfortable furnishings will send you back in time but never wanting for any modern conveniences. Exquisitely, Victorian styled rooms with Old World Charm and 14 foot gold leaf ceilings, chandeliers, fireplaces (decorative only due to local post Katrina ordinances), internet access, and private baths. A common balcony overlooking Royal Street is accessible to all guests.


The hotel is in the heart of the Vieux Carre, featuring the sights, the sounds, gourmet foods, and night life of old New Orleans. Tours of all kinds are available at the hotel desk and the hotel is conveniently located to the Convention Center, Superdome, and bustling heart of the City. The Cornstalk Hotel has played host to many famous guests that include; Bill and Hillary Clinton, Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and even the King himself...Elvis graced the halls of The Cornstalk during the filming of King Creole.

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Queen Premier Room - Large exquisite, Victorian styled room on the second floor, with two queen sized beds, Old World Charm with 14 foot gold leaf ceiling, chandelier, fireplace, free internet access, private bath. Note: Even though this room does not have a balcony, all guests can use the common balcony, on the second floor, overlooking Royal Street.

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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 River Walk Hotel in San Antonio?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Mokara 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: What are some River Walk resorts in San Antonio for a family of 2? We would like a suite.


ANSWER: Mokara Hotel and Spa San Antonio is a relaxing retreat on San Antonio's world-famous River Walk. Just steps from all the action yet worlds away, this inviting oasis has all the best creature comforts easily at hand, including luxurious accommodations, first-class amenities, fine dining, and a full-service spa. Pluse, the attentive staff is always available to make your stay in San Antonio a truly memorable one.
Formerly the Watermark Hotel, the Mokara Hotel & Spa has a long-standing history of excellence. As the only four-star hotel in San Antonio, Mokara Hotel & Spa is the first choice for sophisticated travelers.


With 99 rooms and suites, each appointed with world-class amenities and fine finishes, Mokara San Antonio offers the ultimate in comfortable luxury. Every room and suite features high ceilings, wood and marble finishes, cozy beds with fine linens, and gracious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Mokara Hotel and Spa

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Suites -Enjoy luxury as big as Texas in a spacious Mokara suite, with a living area that boasts a panoramic view of the River Walk, an adjoining bedroom, and a spacious bath.

Book a stay at Mokara Hotel and Spa >>

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.
 


Image of the Day: Buckland Manor


By: Five Star Alliance

Buckland Manor is one of the finest manor houses in the Cotswolds, with a heritage dating back to the 13th Century. The Manor is located in a breathtaking setting next to the church with ten acres of gardens rolling into the surrounding countryside and based in the tiny village of Buckland.

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