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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.

The Trump International Beach Resort is the Perfect Vacation Spot

August 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

The Trump International Beach Resort is a 32-story, 390-room romantic hotspot and happening family vacation zone. It’s rare that a luxury hotel can embody both categories and provide the perfect vacation for all, but the Trump International Beach Resort is one of those rare and fortunate finds. Pristinely located on the Atlantic Ocean in Sunny Isles Beach, this luxury hotel has four fine dining restaurants and lounges, a full service fitness center, and a Just Us Kids program to offer. Your kids can partake in morning and afternoon activities such as beach and pool games, and arts and craft projects lead by specially trained counselors. One of the best features at the Trump International Beach Resort is that its brand new Bella Beach restaurant and bar is located right on the sandy beach and has a dining area, bar, and luxurious daybeds and lounge chairs. Relax on the sand with the best ocean views by only taking a few steps from the hotel. Return from a day at the beach and lounge by the six million dollar pool complex complete with waterfalls, hot tubs, and lush tropical foliage, and then retire to your oversized room ranging from 550 to 1,773 square feet. Make your reservations at this phenomenal luxury hotel and start packing for the perfect vacation!


Your Questions Answered: Best Room at Stowe Mountain Lodge for a Family

August 15, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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: I’m traveling with my family and we’d like to stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge. Can their studio room options accommodate 2 adults and 1 child the age of 4?

Answer: All of the studio units have a king bed and a queen sleeper sofa, so they would be able to accommodate up to four people. The studios also have a fire place, kitchenette, and an outdoor terrace or balcony. To make a reservation, you can either do so online or over the phone, whichever you prefer. To make the reservation online, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating 'traveling with 4 year old child' so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival.

Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Your Questions Answered: Best Hotels in Orlando for Family of 4

August 10, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 have rooms that can accommodate 1 adult and 3 kids ages 8, 10, and 12 in Orlando?

Answer: The following are a few hotel options that would be a good fit for your family of 4. The Peabody Orlando has a Deluxe Room with 2 queen beds that can have an additional rollaway bed added to the room at no extra charge for a child. The Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes has an Executive Suite with 2 double beds, 1.5 baths, 960 square feet and a separate living area that could have a rollaway bed added for an additional $15 per night. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress does not have a room that can accommodate a family of 4, but its Buena Vista room with a king bed can interconnect to the Buena Vista room with 2 double beds, so that may be another good option for your family. To make a reservation at any of these hotels, simply visit their page by clicking on the hotel name link, enter your dates of travel, click on the 'Available' box for the specific hotel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Be sure to fill in the special request field stating that you'll be traveling with 3 kids ages 8, 10, and 12 and will require a rollaway bed.

Please be advised that the rates and availability are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

Photo of the Peabody Orlando


A Hogwarts Halloween at Ashford Castle

August 9, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Have a ‘Harry Potter’ filled adventure this Halloween at Ashford Castle in Ireland. For one incredible week, Ashford Castle will be under a magical spell with Hogwarts activities perfect for the whole family. Ashford Castle’s hidden rooms, soaring ceilings, and hundreds of years of history give it a wizardly feel that kids will surely appreciate. Go on a ‘Forbidden Forest’ treasure hunt, visit the hiding place of Ashford Castle’s own, Dingle, take a ‘Chamber of Art’ painting class, and of course, watch a ‘Harry Potter’ movie screening. What an incredible way to bring Hogwarts to life! Make your reservations between October 26th and November 3nd at Ashford Castle for an unforgettable adventure for you and your family!


Get Into the Spirit of the Olympics without Crossing the Pond

August 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

If a trip to London wasn’t in the cards for you this summer but you still want to catch the spirit of the games, then check out one of these hotels! The Waldorf Astoria Park City in Utah, home of the 2002 Olympics is offering private ice skating lessons with a member of the U.S. National Speed Skating Team and an Olympic hopeful. Available through September 12th, 2012, this lesson is $120 per adult for a 2 hour time frame and it certainly looks to be educational, exhilarating, and only slightly embarrassing. The Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia is offering a ‘Go for the Gold’ deal which features 20% off the best available rate whenever Team USA wins a gold. Guests already checked into the hotel during the time of a gold medal winning will receive a $20 resort credit that can be applied toward golf, dining, or spa purchases. We’re proud to be American and we love that these hotels are embracing the American spirit and giving guests a way to enjoy the Olympics even more!


Experience the Balloon Festival at Thornbury Castle

August 3, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Thornburry Castle, the only Tudor castle in England to open as a hotel, has been considered home to kings, queens, and travelers alike. Its heavy oak doors, roaring fires, and luxurious bedchambers make this 500-year old castle palace a must-visit for travelers searching for a historic adventure. Be sure to explore Thornburry Castle this summer to experience the Bristol International Balloon Festival which is Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event going on August 9th to the 12th. The event (or should we say party) attracts half a million visitors and is free for all to attend. The mass Hot Air Balloon rises at 6am and 6pm, and it is surely a sight you don’t want to miss!

Click here to explore Thornburry Castle and make your reservations!


Your Questions Answered: Best Rooms for a Family of 4 at Hotel Paracas in Peru

August 2, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 4, 2 adults and 2 children age 15 and 11, and I am enquiring about the availability in Hotel Paracas, Peru for 3 nights from the 28th of August 2012.

Answer: The Hotel Paracas has a number of room types available, but they all have a maximum occupancy of 2 people. Sometimes rooms with 2 queen beds or a suite with a separate living area is able to accommodate a family of 4, but unfortunately this hotel has a strict 2 person maximum occupancy policy for every room type. We would suggest getting 2 rooms and requesting that they be interconnecting. This request cannot be guaranteed but the hotel would do its best to honor this request. The only room type that can interconnect is a Superior Garden View room to another Superior Garden View room. There are also Superior Rooms with an Ocean view that have either 1 king or 2 queen beds. These rooms cannot interconnect but the hotel would do its best to have them be located near one another. To explore these room options as well as view nightly rate breakdowns, please visit this website and enter your dates of travel. To make a reservation for 2 rooms, simply select the first room type, fill in the booking form, and then repeat the process. Please be sure to fill in the special request field stating that you will be traveling with 2 kids and that’d you like your rooms to be located near one another or interconnecting if possible.

Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as the extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.


Not Your Average Vacation in Madrid, Spain

August 1, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Visiting the Prado Museum, strolling through Retiro Park, and enjoying a few tapas at an outdoor café are all wonderful activities every visitor to Madrid should experience, but once you’ve checked these must-sees off your list, how should you spend your time? Check out our newest blog series where we’ll be featuring a few fun places to explore and things to do during your visit to various cities around the world that you wouldn’t come across in every tour book.

Experience a new side of Spain by visiting the Alcala de Henares, one of the first designated university cities. Its located about 20 miles outside Madrid, and it’s the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the author or the world renowned book, ‘Don Quixote.’ The center of the city remains relatively medieval with beautiful, winding cobblestone streets and preserved, historic buildings. The city has a Moorish, Jewish, and Christian quarter, earning it its reputation of “the city of three cultures.” Make your reservations at any of our luxury hotels in Madrid and take a day trip to Alcala de Henares to fight windmills and rescue damsels in distress!

Photo of the Mirasierra Suites Hotel


Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012: Intercontinental Thalasso Spa Bora Bora

July 30, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

We understand that no one aims to come in second place; there is no recognition for mediocrity. We at Five Star Alliance understand better than anyone the importance of offering the most luxurious resorts in the world, so we notice what’s going on in the industry, and it matters to us, because it matters to you. We work hard to offer you the best in the industry, and we’d like to welcome you to our second blog series where we feature the best and most luxurious resorts in the world. But don’t take our word for it. These resorts have been recognized as the best in the business and have made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012.

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 is the eighth of their annual lists, and the hotels chosen by their team of editors and experts are the best for service, food, location, rooms, leisure facilities, ambiance and design.

The Intercontinental Thalasso Spa Bora Bora in French Polynesia is featured on the Gold List 2012: Best for service. This luxury hotel is located on Motu Piti Au or ‘Two Hearts’ in Tahitian, and it offers revolutionary solutions in both comfort and environmental protection. Its 80 over-water bungalows are decorated in a bright color palette and have floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious terraces, and private platforms for sunbathing. A few of the InterContinental’s phenomenal facilities available to its guests include a beautiful infinity pool, a fitness center, and a stunning spa. The service at the hotel and the spa is truly exceptional with the staff going above and beyond to ensure that your experience is relaxing and rejuvenating. This luxury hotel’s most unique trait is that its spa features glass-floor treatment rooms so guests can view the marine life while enjoying their spa appointments! Make your reservations at this phenomenal luxury hotel here!


Gotham City Getaways

July 20, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

With the much anticipated premiere of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, we certainly want to go beyond just seeing the films. For all of the Batman aficionados who hope to experience some of the scenes first hand, we bring you the numerous faces of Gotham City.

The Dark Knight had scenes shot in Chicago, Hong Kong, and London. The opening robbery of ‘Gotham National Bank’ by the Joker takes place at the Old Chicago Post Office, the offices of Harvey Dent and the boardroom of Wayne Enterprises are in the IBM Building in Chicago, and the restaurant where Bruce Wayne crashes Rachel’s and Harvey’s date is the Criterion Restaurant in London. The theater where Harvey attempts to take Rachel to see the ballet is the Chicago Theater on 175 North State St, and the meeting with the crooked financial tycoon is held in Hong Kong’s IFC2, the tallest building in the city. The views over the Chicago River from Bruce Wayne’s penthouse are actually taken from the 39th floor of the 71 Hotel, which is also where the bedroom of Wayne’s penthouse was filmed.

Want more? Check out the other pieces of Gotham City here!

Hoping to view all of these movie destinations in person? Make your reservations for London, Chicago, and Hong Kong here!

Photo of the 71 Hotel exterior