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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: Options for Family of 5 at Half Moon Jamaica


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’re planning a family vacation and would like to stay at the Half Moon Jamaica. We have a family of 5 in total, 2 adults and 3 kids ages 3, 9, and 11. What room types can accommodate all 5 of us?

Answer: The Half Moon Jamaica has 1 bedroom suite options that can accommodate a family of 2 adults and 2 kids, but for a family of 5 you would need to make a reservation for a 2 bedroom suite. There would be no additional charges for children under the age of 12. To view availability, rates, and to make your reservation, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel. Please be sure to fill in the Special Request field stating ‘traveling with 3 kids age 3, 9, and 11’ so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

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Partner Hotel Focus: The James Chicago


By: K. Clare Johnson

 

The James Chicago is one of Five Star Alliance's partner hotels, so we think it's pretty great! So, what makes it so special?

-Location, location, location. The James Chicago is located just steps from all the Michigan Avenue has to offer, from world-class shopping to restaurants to hot nightspots. Don't forget the many museums  such as the The Museum of Contemporary Art, and cultural attractions such as Millennium Park. They even offer public bikes for adults and Paul Frank child city bikes for those who want to explore the city on wheels.

-Art@TheJames, a program that brings works by local and international artists to the public areas and guest rooms.

-24-hour room service courtesy of David Burke's Primehouse. 24-hour concierge. 24-hour Business Networking Lounge with video conferencing. 24-hour 2,500-square-foot, full-service fitness center. No matter what time you like to work, work-out, or eat, the James is open for business.

-Yoga anyone? In partnership with lululemon athletica, The James offers a weekend R&R package that includes a lululemon yoga mat, complimentary class at the lululemon Rush Street studio, Spa by ASHA massage and bottle of sommelier-select wine.

-Guest rooms that feature a contemporary layout and a palette of warm tones. Choose from Double Deluxe or King rooms, studios, lofts, penthouse lofts,  and 1 bedroom apartments.

-Special programs and amenities for your babies and kids, whether they are the traditional human kind, or of the furbaby variety.

 These are just a few of the reasons to consider The James Chicago the next time you visit the Windy City!

Explore rates, amenities, and special offers at The James Chicago>>

 

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12 Days of Hotels: The 1 Best Beach Resort


By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is the 1 Best Beach Resorts!

1. Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru

Maldives has some of the best beaches in the entire world, and this luxury hotel is surrounded by dazzling white talc sand and the bluest of waters teeming with an astonishing abundance of soft corals and fish sparkling in brilliant colors.


12 Days of Hotels: The 2 Best Gold Resorts


By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 2 of the World’s Best Golf Resorts!

1. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Tee off at 2 18-hole champion Tom Fazio designed golf courses.

2. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Play the Five championship courses including the world-famous Ocean Course.


12 Days of Hotels: The 3 Best Spa Resorts


By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 3 of the World’s Best Spa Resorts!

1. Canyon Ranch Lenox

Relax in the 100,000-square-foot spa complex where you will find everything you need for a vacation that's as active or leisurely as you like.

2. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Sanctuary Spa offers a comprehensive menu of treatments, with a discreet and professional staff - including two outdoor Gazebos for treatments, allowing you the chance to enjoy the natural beauty of this stunning part of the world

3. Parrot Cay

The Shambhala Spa provides one of the world's most extensive treatment lists on the pre-eminent private island, wrapped in sweeps of sand and peaceful seas.


12 Days of Hotels: The 4 Most Romantic Hotels


By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 4 of the World’s Most Romantic Hotels!

1. La Casa Que Canta

This luxury hotel in Mexico appeared in the film When A Man Loves A Woman. We think the title is very appropriate!

2. Villa d’Este

Lovers are welcomed to a celebrated standard of Old World allure and charm at the Villa d'Este, situated next to scenic Lake Como in Italy.

3. Le Sirenuse

A consistant award winner with breath taking views of Positano, Italy, an unforgettable atmosphere to reconnect together.

4. Amanjena

Take a step back in time at this 16th Century villa, with a delightful combination of Italian pageantry and modern conveniences in Morocco.


Have a Better Time than the President this Inauguration at the Georgetown Four Seasons


By: Oksana Balytsky

Inauguration is only two and a half weeks away which means hotels are filling up fast. For folks looking for an exceptional luxury hotel in the heart of it all, we encourage you to explore the 39 luxury hotels in the Washington DC area! If, however, you’re looking for something above and beyond luxurious and have $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, then be sure to explore the Royal Suite in the Georgetown Four Seasons.

The Royal Suite has served as a home away from home for celebrities such as Oprah, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and others. It’s going rate for Inauguration night is $20,000, and this gets you a stunning bedroom, dining room, kitchen, small gym, small office, large terrace, bulletproof windows, and an expansive living room featuring ample seating areas and televisions. With a suite like this, we can only imagine the occupants will skip the parade and watch the excitement of the Inauguration with their closest friends and family on one of the many televisions.

Photo courtesy of the Georgetown Four Seasons


The Top 30 Hotels of 2012: #1 Hotel de Crillon


By: K. Clare Johnson

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

We've finally reached #1 on our list!  This year, the top spot goes to Hotel de Crillon.  Here are few facts about the Parisian property:

-The hotel is located at the foot of the Champs-Elysees and is one of two identical stone palaces on the Place de la Concorde.

-The fitness center has state-of-the-art equipment and personal trainers are available.  For additional pampering, Carita Beauty Parlour offers high-quality services.

-Decorated in a Louis XV style, the hotel's 147 guest rooms and suites include Presidential apartments and the exceptional Louis XV and Leonard Bernstein suites.

- Les Ambassadeurs restaurant is acknowledged to be one of the best dining venues in the city and was awarded a Michelin Star in 2011.

-The hotel offers specialized guest services for women, families, and dogs.

-Book now! The historic property (which is one of the world's oldest luxury hotels) will be closed for a two-year makeover starting March 31, 2012.

Explore photos, availability, and rates at the Hotel de Crillon>>

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12 Days of Hotels: 6 Best Irish Castle Hotels


By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today we’re featuring the 6 Best Irish Castle Hotels!

1. Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort

The Manor House offers 62 elegantly decorated bedrooms, Fine Dining Oak Room Restaurant offering the finest produce from Ireland, Cocktail Bar, Late Night Tack Room Bar where many a sing song can be heard nightly orchestrated by our Resident Pianist and Singer.

2. Dromoland Castle Hotel

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland.

3. Waterford Castle

One of the most acclaimed castle hotels in Ireland, Waterford Castle has welcomed and charmed the most discerning travellers for decades. The castle is a legendary luxurious retreat of world class standing, offering superb castle accommodation.

4. Solis Lough Eske Castle

Here, at the water's edge of Lough Eske, near the fabled Blue Stack Mountains, you escape into a luxurious world of relaxed elegance and attentive service.

5. Ashford Castle

Originally built as a crenellated castle in the 13th century and rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, today Ashford Castle is one of the finest and most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland.

6. The Lodge at Doonbeg

With every small detail carefully considered, the standard of accommodation at Doonbeg is unprecedented, offering a distinct departure from generic hotel offerings and raising a new benchmark for the discerning guest.


The Top 15 Luxury Hotel Locations in 2012: #1 Paris


By: K. Clare Johnson

In the final days of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 15 Luxury Hotels and Resort Destinations Worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

As of this writing, Five Star Alliance has 72 luxury hotels and resorts in Paris, France. Paris is the city of lights, and arguably the most romantic city in the world. 

What makes our guests love Paris?

-Art! Millions of visitors flock to the Musee de Louvre to see the famed Mona Lisa and other priceless works. Fans of modern art will love Centre Pompidou.

-Romance! A stroll on the Seine, taking in the view from the Eiffel Tower, or wandering the Left Bank are legendary romantic activities.

-Shopping! Paris is renowned for its fashion scene.

-Food! World class cuisine abounds, from the priciest and tasties bistros to delicious breads and pastries sold on every street corner.

-History. Visit Versaille, Montmartre, Moulin Rouge, and the famed Pere Lachaise cemetary. 

 

Where to stay?

-April in Paris is a truly magical time.  As of this writing, nightly rates are available from EUR 161 at Trianon Palace Versailles to  EUR 288 at Hotel Du Louvre to EUR 470 W Hotel Paris Opera (pictured above). 

-Fall is also lovely in Paris.  As of this writing, nightly rates for a mid-September stay range from EUR 290 at L'Hotel to EUR 805 at Hotel Plaza Athenee to EUR 1150 at Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris (pictured).

 

Did you know?

-The area of Montparnasse is Paris got its name from Greek mythology's Mount Parnassas. Parnassus is where the muses lived and it was associated with poetry, music, and learning. Literature students who recited their poetry in the streets adopted the name "Le Mont Parnasse," and it stuck. 

  

 

Check out all the best luxury hotels and resorts in Paris>>

 

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