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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.

New to Five Star Alliance: Four Seasons Explorer

August 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Why limit yourself to one Four Seasons resort in the Maldives when you can avail yourself of three?  

The Four Seasons Explorer connects guests with the Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa and the Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru with seamless Four Seasons service on this live-aboard three-deck catamaran. Each cruise itinerary includes visits to numerous sites, pre-selected for their unique diving, snorkeling, surfing, or on-shore recreation potential.

Four Seasons Explorer

Along the journey, guests can dive in secluded, virgin sites – snorkel or play in turquoise waters teeming with neon-colored marine life; enjoy amazing lunch breaks or dinner celebrations on private, white-sand beaches; relax like Robinson Crusoe in the shade of a coconut palm; or indulge in an on- or off-board massage – daily, if you wish. On board, on land or in the water, Four Seasons Explorer offers a wealth of leisure activities, all supported by their signature service.

Four Seasons Explorer

Four Seasons Explorer offers three, four, or seven night cruises.

It's truly two if by land, one if by sea.

Plan your vacation on  Four Seasons Explorer >>


Image of the Day: AMATAO Tropical Residence

August 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

At AMATAO Tropical Residence, a splendid Khmer-themed swimming pool awaits you, with private in-water seats and cozy pool bar. 

AMATAO Tropical Residence

Book your own swim lane at AMATAO Tropical Residence >>


Did You Know? Cheeca Lodge

August 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Cheeca Lodge has a history that stretches over half a century. It was opened as the Olney Inn in 1946, and its first guest was none other than President Harry Truman. President Trumen spent his vacation around the pool taking walks amidst the 1,000 palm trees that graced the landscape. Another famous guest was legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow. Due to Murrow's influence, the inn became a popular spot for DC's elite to vacation. 

Cheeca Lodge

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Resort in Aruba?

August 21, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casion
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 child friendly resorts in Aruba for a family of 3, child age 10?

ANSWER: Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino

Experience the all-new Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino, where luxurious pampering and exquisite touches enhance every moment of your visit. 

Kids enjoy playtime in paradise during your amazing Caribbean family vacation when they join the fun at Camp Hyatt Watapana. The resort offers a myriad of kid's activities in Aruba - from pool games to arts and crafts. Kids will meet new friends, play in the Caribbean sunshine and explore the wonders of this fascinating island. Under the supervision of trained camp counselors, kids spend their days romping on the beach, creating crafts and learning about the natural beauty and colorful history of Aruba. While kids enjoy fun Aruba activities, mom and dad can enjoy some quiet time in the spa, on a sailboat, or enjoying a romantic dinner.

The magnificent, 8,000 square foot pool complex offers fun in the sun for everyone. For those wishing to simply relax and enjoy the sunshine, the expansive pool decks provide comfortable lounge chairs and umbrellas to spend a day basking in the warm Caribbean sun. When you need to cool down, enjoy a leisurely swim in the enticing three-tier pool, with a refreshing cascading waterfall on each level. There's plenty of excitement at the pool, too. Take a thrilling ride down the two-story water slide, landing with an invigorating splash in the warm waters. Challenge the family to a game of water volleyball or explore the freshwater lagoon, stocked with tropical fish and wildlife. Hungry? Swim up to Balashi Bar and Grille for a light lunch, snack or your favorite cocktail. For a perfect ending to another glorious day in Aruba, submerge in one of the two outdoor Jacuzzi's, nestled under the swaying palms, as you plan your evening of delicious dining and entertainment.

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and CasinoFor Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

2 Grand Queen Beds-Let the hypnotic sounds of the ocean gently lull you to sleep each evening in the luxurious comfort of these newly remodeled Aruba accommodations. Situated on the upper floors of the resort, these spacious 380-sq.-ft. rooms offer a private step-out balcony, perfect for enjoying views of the ocean, three-level pool, lagoon, and tropical gardens. Complementing the view is the delightful decor, with sophisticated yet warm colors of the Caribbean creating a serene setting for your visit. Awaken each day refreshed from an exceptional rest in the signature Hyatt Grand Beds, fitted with luxurious linens, fluffy down pillows, and a colorful throw over pillow-top mattresses. All King rooms include a shower while the Queen/Queen guestrooms include a bathtub. Deluxe amenities in the air-conditioned, beachfront Aruba lodging include refreshing ceiling fan, Portico bath products, iHome clock/radio, coffeemaker, minibar, 42" LCD TV, high-speed Internet access, and daily newspaper.

Book your family vacation at Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino >>


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: Bellasera Hotel

August 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Inspired by the beautiful villages of Tuscany, Bellasera Hotel exudes elegance, charm, and historical beauty. Guests at this Four-Diamond property enjoy gorgeous courtyard fountains, Italian architecture, Mediterranean cuisine, and world-class service.

Bellasera Hotel 

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New to Five Star Alliance: Churchill Suites Monte Carlo

August 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Churchill Suites Monte Carlo offers luxurious vacation rentals and corporate apartment suites in the heart of central Miami Beach at the Monte Carlo building, newly built in 2014. This luxury 18 story property located directly on the ocean at 65th Street and Collins Avenue offers direct beach access, ocean views, two outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, fitness center, lounge with billiards, and much more.

Churchill Suites Monte Carlo

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Image of the Day: Blue Palace Resort and Spa

August 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Blue Palace Resort and Spa is nestled on the famed coast of Elounda on the island of Crete, and has emblematic views to the relics of Spinalonga Island. 

Blue Palace Resort and Spa

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Sustainability and Six Senses Laamu

August 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu
 
wants the earth to have as good an experience at their resort as the guests do. The luxury resort is committed to reducing its ecological and carbon footprint.

Here's a few of the green initiatives at the resort:

- All villas have been designed to take advantage of passive cooling and overhanging roofs creates shade for the windows, thus reducing the need for air-conditioning. Where air-conditioning is required, only low energy units are used.

- Freshwater production works through reverse-osmosis desalination, whereby pressurised seawater is filtered via a semi-permeable membrane – an energy-intense operation. To reduce this energy consumption, an innovative energy recovery system (ERI) uses the brine’s energy to pressurise seawater to the same pressure as the brine. This installation makes the desalination process much more efficient.

- Suppliers are asked to reduce packaging when delivering supplies.

- Printing paper is eco-labelled or recycled and the reverse side of printed paper is used for notes.

- Guests are given re-usable glass water bottles rather than disposable plastic bottles.

- A recycling corner where waste is separated into paper, plastic, metal, glass, organic waste, and toxic waste. A compactor reduces the space required to store the waste before it is sent for recycling and proper handling.

- A composting site takes food waste from the kitchen and restaurants composts it with garden waste. The composting soil generated from this activity is reused in our landscape and gardening.
 

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Image of the Day: Amankila

August 16, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Amankila is an oasis of calm in the remote yet accessible regency of Karangasem, Bali’s most traditional regency. The area offers a host of activities from mountain biking and diving, to cultural excursions to temples and ancient water palaces.

Amankila

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