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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.

Image of the Day: Esencia

November 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Esencia is a 50-acre private estate, with an awe-inspiring beachfront, two swimming pools, day spa, gourmet restaurant, and an indulgent atmosphere fitting of royalty. In fact, the property and many of the buildings once served as the exclusive beach-side retreat of an actual Italian duchess.

Esencia 

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-and Surfer-Friendly Tahitian Resort?

November 2, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
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 looking to stay is Tahiti. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family and is near one of the surf spots and surf schools?


ANSWER: InterContinental Resort Tahiti 

The InterContinental Resort Tahiti is the premier international resort of Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia, which is situated between California and Australia in the South Pacific. The resort has a total of 263 units, comprising of 170 fully renovated lagoon and garden view rooms, an extension of 60 panoramic view rooms with a Presidential Suite, and 32 over the water bungalows located in 32 acres of gardens. The Polynesian style resort with its own private sand beach and lagoon, offers views of unforgettable sunsets over the Volcanic peaks of sister island Moorea, just 12 miles across the sea of moons.

TOPDIVE Tahiti Diving center, located at the very heart of the hotel, offers numerous exciting and unique activities, from PADI 5-Star SCUBA diving,to discovering the lagoon by kayak, to whale watching, all in a safe environment that will make your stay both thrilling and fun.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

The Overwater Bungalows located at the Lotus end of the resort, with sweeping views of the lagoon, reef and ocean beyond. The bungalows have a private sundeck and platform - ideal for sun bathing or watching the magnificent sunset. Intercontinental resort tahiti

All rooms and bungalows have the following amenities : a terrace or a private balcony, a bathroom with bath tub and shower, an individually controlled air conditioning system, a flat screen Cable TV, a direct dial international phone, an Internet connexion (wireless in public areas), a private safe, a refrigerator restocked on request, some 110V/220V outlets,tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, etc.

The resort makes available to its clients a laundry and dry cleaning service (express or regular), some self-service laundry facilities located throughout the hotel and some transit rooms with individual shower for early arrivals and late departures.
Moreover, children younger than 15 can share their parents room without supplement (within the limits of the room capacity).

Book your family vacation at InterContinental Resort Tahiti >>

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.
 


Dining al Fresco: Gray d'Albion Hotel

November 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

At Gray d'Albion Hotelguests can dine against the backdrop of the resort's private beach.

Gray d'Albion Hotel

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Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel del Coronado

October 28, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel del Coronado
According to legend, a former guest by the name of Kate Morgan took her life at the Hotel del Coronado in 1892 and has haunted the place ever since. Morgan had been at the hotel for five days waiting for a man who never arrived. She was found dead of a gunshot wound on an exterior staircase that led to the beach. 

Today, Morgan's spirit seems to have remained at The Del, where she tends to occupy her former guestroom. But her beautiful vision – and ghostly pranks – can be experienced throughout the rambling resort and grounds.

Morgan is fond of playing pranks at the hotel's gift shop. The glassware that flies off shelves and the pictures that fall off walls are attributed to her mischevious ways. Because memorabilia related to Marilyn Monroe's 1958 hotel filming of Some Like It Hot seems to be the most prone to tumbling, some speculate that The Del's resident ghost doesn't like sharing the spotlight with Hollywood’s biggest star.

Catch up with the ghostly Kate at Hotel del Coronado >>


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Hotel Galvez and Spa

October 26, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel GalvezHotel Galvez & Spa, built in 1911 on Galveston Island, is a renowned upscale hotel, with guest rooms that boast an island or ocean view. Legend has it a seaman's fiancé was staying in room 501 when she heard his ship had sunk, and took her own life. Now she haunts the halls, especially during October Ghost Tours. Throughout October, the 104-year-old historic Texas hotel is offering its annual public ghost tour accompanied by a three-course dinner. During the one-hour tour, the Hotel Galvez concierge will guide guests through the historic hotel's ghostly past using popular ghost hunting tools to conduct a paranormal investigation. 

Want more ghost stories? Check out more haunted hotels on Pinterest and Facebook.

Book your own stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Serene Pavilions

October 26, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Serene Pavilions is 55 kilometers from Colombo, in the heart of a 7 acre coconut grove by the Indian Ocean. There are 12 pavilions, a spa, gym, tennis court, reading room, swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and private butlers to unobtrusively cater to whatever takes your fancy.

Serene Pavilions

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend an Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico?

October 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Royal Hideaway Playacar
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 couple looking to stay at an adult-only all-inclusive property in Mexico. What resort offers the best accommodations for us?


ANSWER: Royal Hideaway Playacar Playa del Carmen - Quintana Roo, Mexico

Royal Hideaway Playacar is for the most discriminating guests. Designed to feel more like a fully-staffed private vacation home with 11 villas, each with a private concierge, Royal Hideaway boasts the AAA-Five Diamond award distinction and is a member of Leading Hotels and Virtuoso. Guests of Royal Hideaway Playacar soak in incomparably serene Caribbean vistas, experience succulent culinary creations served in the finest surroundings, enjoy pampering spa treatments, and an attentive staff that lives the idea of "always at your service."
The exclusive Royal Hideaway Playacar offers 200 elegantly-appointed guest accommodations including 6 junior suites and 2 presidential suites. Mexican colonial style architecture adorns two- or three- floor villas giving guests sheer privacy and exceptional intimacy throughout their stay. Royal View accommodations feature a view of the azure Caribbean. All rooms feature a furnished balcony or terrace as well as a private villa concierge, candles, pillow menu, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, Etro amenities, hydromassage bathtub &shower, monogrammed terrycloth bathrobes and slippers, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, DVD player, high-speed wireless Internet access, CD stereo system, stocked mini-fridge with water, soda & beer, and coffee maker.Royal Hideaway Playacar

For Your Needs, We Recommend:
Duplex Suite
This beautiful two-story suite features a living room and dining area with a wet bar, bathroom and balcony on the first floor. The second floor features a large bedroom, full bathroom and large terrace where guests can enjoy endless hours of relaxation on a lounge chair or a traditional hammock. Room size: 118 sq m / 1270 sq ft. Bed type: One king size bed, per request one extra bed.

Book a stay at Royal Hideaway Playacar Playa del Carmen >>

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.


Countdown to the Most Haunted Hotel: Grande Colonial La Jolla

October 24, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Stay in business long enough, and you are bound to pick up a ghost or two. Such is the case with Grande Colonial La Jolla. We explored the alleged hauntings at La Jolla last year, you can find the full report here. The spirit of Groucho Marx, tiny jumping Abe Lincolns, a mysterious hair brushing, and ringing telephone are all de rigeur for the spirit world at this historic beach hotel. 

Grande Colonial La Jolla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

See your own ghost (maybe) at Grande Colonial La Jolla >>

Want more ghost stories? Check out more haunted hotels on Pinterest and Facebook


New to Five Star Alliance: Lumeria Maui

October 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lumeria Maui is a stunning six-acre property on the North shore of Maui comprised of five historic lodge-style buildings connected by a continuous, covered lanai (porch). Featuring 24 individually appointed guest rooms and suites with ocean, island and mountain views. The historic building is surrounded by indigenous tropical and edible organic gardens, stunning communal areas and meditation gardens, and a saltwater pool and Jacuzzi.

Lumeria Maui 

Book your stay at Lumeria Maui >>


Get Your Fourth Night Free at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach

October 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
 is offering guests a free night. Book four consecutive nights at Acqualina and receive the fourth night free plus the following daily benefits:

• Daily Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
• Daily $40 Body or Facial Spa Treatment Credit for up to two adults at Acqualina Spa By ESPA
• Daily access to our award-winning Children's Program, AcquaMarine, for Children Ages 5 to 12
• Welcome Fruit Amenity
The Fourth Night Free Offer is available now through December 19, 2014 with rates starting from $550 per night for a Deluxe Intracoastal Room.

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach epitomizes the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa combined with the beautiful oceanfront location on Florida's Riviera. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this Miami Beach luxury resort features 188 residences, 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites and world-class luxury hotel amenities, including three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools and an innovative marine biology-based children's program.

Book a stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach >>