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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.

Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Barcelona Hotel?

August 24, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

W Barcelona
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 5 and looking to stay is Barcelona, Spain. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: W Barcelona 

Where Miro meets the Mediterranean, medieval quarters showcase modernista masterpieces and Catalan cuisine complement caliente clubs, the W Barcelona is an avant-garde icon rising above a stunning waterfront in Spain's most dynamic and stylish city. Inspired by the city's artistry and exuberance, where there's fashion, fiesta and fine dining, there's the hotel's world-class gourmet restaurants, sensual rooftop bar, vibrant Living Room, cool WET(sm) pool, decadent spa, and state-of-the-art meeting spaces.
W Barcelona

Nothing but sweet dreams in 473 inviting rooms featuring celebrated comforts such as the signature W bed, fully wired technology, fabulous entertainment system, delightful Munchie Box,  and Whatever/Whenever service to make all other wishes come true.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Cool Corner Suite, connected to a Fabulous Room, with a rolloway for an extra charge. The Fabulous Rooms have floor to ceiling windows which bring the Mediterranean scene inside. The beach, bustling city, and sea below are all within view from sun up to colorful sunset. In a secluded, one-bedroom Cool Corner Suite, take in fabulous views of the port and sea below from a cozy window chaise. Or, tune in to either of the two LCD TVs from the comfort of the signature W bed or the separate living room. Get to work on the expansive work desk, or just set the mood lighting and indulge in a long luxurious bath. From this corner location at the front of the sail, you'll be floating above the sea. Cool Corner Suite measures at 65 square meters. Both accommodation types have state-of-the-art entertainment systems with Tivoli® radio alarm clock, iPod docking station and 32" LCD TV, mood lighting systems, oversize work desks, high speed internet access, rainfall showers, and Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath amenities.

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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.

 


Cool Pools: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

August 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is spread over two floors, and offers more than the traditional spa experience. The hallmark of the spa is its heat and water treatments.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Holistic spa areas include experience showers, vitality pools, ice fountains, amethyst crystal steam rooms, saunas, and Zen Relaxation Rooms. There's also a Turkish Hammam, Moroccan Rasul, and Roman Laconium.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Guests are encouraged to arrive 60 minutes before their appointment time to take full advantage of these facilities and prepare for the deepest therapeutic experience. 

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Open to hotel guests and spa members, the 18-metre heated indoor pool is the most centrally located swimming pool in Hong Kong. Salads, juices and light refreshments are available from the poolside area.

Check in to the Spa at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental >>


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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Robots Take Over Starwood Hotels!

August 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Check into Aloft Hotels, and you may just run into some robotic customer service. Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward brand of Starwood Hotels, has introduced the hotel brand's first Botlr (robotic butler) at Aloft Cupertino. The addition is a logical next step for Aloft, which is known for its industry-first smart check-in program, Cool Concierge program, and piloting Apple TV in-room services.

A.L.O the Botlr will be on call to assist his Aloft human counterparts in delivering amenities to guests. Guests simply call down to the front desk, and the three-foot tall robot, who is on call 24/7, will fulfill every request. Staff load up A.L.O with the desired items (such as a toothbrush, an extra blanket, etc.) and then enter the correct guest room. A.L.O uses WiFi to get around, and call navigate hallways and call the elevator. Best of all, cash tips aren't accepted by A.L.O. Instead, the robot accepts tweets as tips. #cool

If A.L.O is successful, additional Botlrs will be implemented in Aloft's nearly 100 properties.


Cool Pools: Regent Porto Montenegro

August 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Regent Porto Montenegro nestles on the palm-lined shores and lush mountainous backdrops of the Boka Bay – a historical Austro-Hungarian naval base that is now a superyacht homeport and the heart of the best emerging cruising ground in the Mediterranean basin, with over one kilometer of west-facing waterfront.

The outdoor 20 meter infinity edge pool is located on the first floor and has two outdoor showers. On the same floor, the indoor vitality pool features an air jet Jacuzzi and is a part of the Spa. The two pools connect in the summertime for a plunge with a comprehensive view of the marina.

Regent Porto Montenegro

Dive in to Regent Porto Montenegro >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Les Sources de Caudalie

August 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Les Sources de Caudalie, located among the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, a Graves great growth, was established in 1999. The concept behind Les Sources de Caudalie is inspired by the French Paradox, discovered over 20 years ago. It refers to a study proving that the French diet and lifestyle, particularly in Southwest France, is conducive to good health. Between vineyards and forests, at only 20 minutes from Bordeaux center, the architect Yves Collet created from scratch contemporary buildings from recycled local materials in tune with the surroundings.

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The Rubens at the Palace Means Family Fun in the Heart of London

August 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Rubens at the Palace
When it comes to exceptional family facilities and a location in the heart of London's main tourist attractions, it's hard to beat The Rubens at the Palace located in Victoria, neighbouring London’s most prestigious address, Buckingham Palace. The hotel is within easy walking distance of many popular London sites including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Downing Street, the London Aquarium, and the London Eye as well as the leafy green open spaces of the Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.

The Rubens offers a number of extra special touches that ensure every family is kept entertained and well looked after. Children are made to feel like mini VIP's with access to their own Kids Concierge also known as the Director of Fun and Adventure, John Goncalves. John is fully abreast on London’s hottest openings and attractions and will happily offer advice to help each family make the most out of their trip to the capital. Many of the bedrooms offer views over the Royal Mews and the Director of Fun & Adventure will talk each child through traditional royal ceremony, such as the changing of the guard, and explain exactly what is happening and why. John has years of experience in keeping the most demanding of children amused both in and out of the hotel leaving parents to relax and enjoy their stay.

The Rubens is well known for its outstanding afternoon tea and youngsters are catered for with a Prince and Princess version. Treats include bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and a choice of milkshakes, hot chocolate, tea or a soft drink. There is also a special kids menu including tasty “mocktails”. Children can also enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel including a trip to the kitchen, where the Pastry Chef will help the kids decorate their own cupcakes. The Rubens at the Palace
Each family bedroom is fully equipped with a host of games and activities to keep everyone entertained. A special turndown treat is offered to all children, with cookies, hot milk, a bubble bath full of toys and their own mini bathrobes and slippers are supplied. For kids of all ages, there is a full library of DVDs and computer games to borrow, free of charge.

The Rubens offers flexible accommodation with ten interconnecting room combinations catering for families of up to six and family wing options that cater for extended families of up to eleven guests.

Enjoy London luxury for less with three nights for the price of two on suites at The Rubens At The Palace >>

 


Park Hyatt New York Opens

August 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Park Hyatt New York

Park Hyatt New York, the flagship hotel of the globally recognized Park Hyatt brand, makes its grand debut today. Guests will appreciate the hotel's prime location across from Carnegie Hall and within walking distance to Central Park. The property will allow the best local New York artists, chefs, interior and fashion designers, musicians, and collectors to showcase their specialties providing the ultimate guest experience. New Yorkers and worldwide travelers alike will enjoy an exquisite bar, gourmet culinary offerings, a phenomenal spa, fitness center, and indoor swimming pool.

Park Hyatt New York will feature 210 luxurious guestrooms, including 92 premier suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and nestled within the first 25 floors of the iconic, 90-story One57 skyscraper, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc. At 475 square feet, the standard rooms at Park Hyatt New York will be among the largest in New York City and the majority of deluxe rooms will span 530 square feet. 

Be among the first to stay at Park Hyatt New York >>