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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.

Explore Family-Friendly Houston from Hotel Sorella CityCentre

July 29, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Sorella CityCentre


Hotel Sorella CityCentre
 
is the perfect spot from which to explore the many pleasures of Houston, Texas. The hotel offers the most spacious guest rooms in the West Houston area, a full-service spa and fitness center, and a unique European-inspired bar at Monnalisa

Here's just a few of the family-friendly things to do when you make Hotel Sorella CityCentre your home base in Houston: 

-Houston Zoo has over 6,000 permanent residents. There are over over 2 million guests each year who come to experience the incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment.

-Downtown Aquarium Houston is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe.

-Johnson Space Center  is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's center for human spaceflight training, research, and flight control.

-Bear Creek Park offers 7,600 acres of soccer fields, hiking trails, and picnic facilities. Other park amenities include tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, lighted walking trails, golf and horseshoes. 

-Memorial Park features many things to do, including 2.93-mile running trail, wooded walking trails, tennis, croquet, softball, swimming, biking, sand volleyball, and an 18-hole golf course. Memorial Park also includes the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, which features gardens, nature trails, birds, bees, wildlife habitats, and a nature shop.

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Cool Pools: The Hotel Wilshire

July 29, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The rooftop terrace at The Hotel Wilshire is the place to see and be seen. The Roof on Wilshire serves up innovative cuisine and cocktails, the cabanas are the perfect size for snuggling, and the pool is perfect for a dip. On the weekends, the rooftop area becomes a party, with comfortable seating with intimate fire pits, a state-of-the-art surround sound system, and views of the Hollywood sign. 

The Hotel Wilshire

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend Family-Friendly Accommodations at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa San Diego?

July 28, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort
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 3 and looking to stay at The Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa in San Diego. What are the best accommodations for our family? 


ANSWER:

Centered between the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort epitomizes the true Southern California lifestyle. Taking full advantage of the resort's waterfront location, the resort artfully combines San Diego's sun and surf with the casual charm of southern California.

Loews Coronado Bay

The 439 rooms include 37 suites and are all designed to fit specific needs, whether those needs be spacious rooms perfect for families or flexible work areas ideal for business travelers looking to get work done while traveling. For casual dining guests can savor the cuisine at the re-designed and re-concepted Market restaurant or satisfy a need for a coffee craving or sweet tooth at Market to Go featuring Starbucks Coffee.  The newly redesigned lobby bar, Cays Lounge, features in-door out door seating, cozy fire features and a 9 foot media wall.  The fine dining restaurant, Mistral, offers global fusion cuisine served with sweeping views of Coronado Bay, Pacific sunsets, and the San Diego skyline stretching out beyond Mistral's floor-to-ceiling windows.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort offers activities as varied as its guests. Relax by one of three pools, stroll down the pristine Silver Strand State Beach, get pampered at Sea Spa, sail or boat on the bay, or just enjoy a glass of wine sitting at an outdoor fire feature watching the sunset. Other resort recreation include three tennis courts, a full service marina, bike rentals, and a fleet of gondolas.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 

Coronado Bay View King Suite - A spacious, separate bedroom offers a little privacy on a family vacation, while the large living room comes complete with a queen-size sofa bed. Each suite is uniquely decorated in soft, soothing colors and the finest linens. At the end of your day, you can wash away your stress in the Japanese-style deep soaking tub, then step onto the fully-furnished balcony and delight in the sweeping views of San Diego Bay and the sparkling city skyline. Abundant space, incomparable amenities and impeccable service combine to make a Coronado Bay View King Suite at the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel the key to comfort on your stay in San Diego. Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee. 

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.

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Cool Pools: Amangiri

July 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Amangiri's unique swimming pool is set within a sunken courtyard framed by the Pavilion and rock escarpment. It wraps around the rock to finish with a hot tub that sits at the base of a rock wall. The lounging terrace that surrounds the pool features king-sized daybeds, some of which appear to float on the water, and pairs of sun-loungers. Adjacent to the hot tub is the Campfire Pavilion which faces inwards. Warmed by a fire during winter, it is an inviting nook for lounging and relaxing.

Amangiri 

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Did You Know? Chateau Marmont

July 24, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Chateau Marmont


Modeled after an infamous royal residence in France's Loire Valley, Chateau Marmont opened its doors in 1929. It was originally a luxury apartment residence, but was converted to a hotel during the Great Depression. The hotel was acquired and restored in 1990 by André Balazs. The hotel has become a celebrity in its own right. 

The hotel is popular with celebrities both for its iconic appearance and its private accommodations. Each of the sixty-three rooms, cottages and bungalows are a home of their own. The majority have full kitchens, sitting areas or living rooms, some have formal dining rooms, balconies and private terraces. The scale is gracious from a long gone era, perfect for hosting an impromptu party-thick soundproof walls ensure privacy.

In 2010, Sofia Coppola directed her movie Somewhere at the hotel. The opening scene of The Canyons was shot at the Bar Marmont. Other celebrities would have produced work at the hotel include Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothy Parker, Bruce Weber, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tim Burton, and Jay McInerney. Legendary actor Robert De Niro is well-known for his penchant of often retreating to one of the hotel's two penthouses. 

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Hyatt Regency La Jolla Completes $12 Million Dollar Renovation

July 22, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hyatt Regency La Jolla
Makeover. Facelift. Renovation. Freshening Up. Nip and Tuck. Whatever you want to call it, Hyatt Regency La Jolla has had some expensive work done. The resort has recently invested $12 million into its guestrooms. Set on 11 prime acres in La Jolla, CA, the luxurious hotel boasts the 417 updated guestrooms, as well a 32,000 square foot Sports Club and spa, gourmet restaurant row, and 32,000 square feet of function space.

The top-to-bottom improvements included the redesign of bathrooms and bedrooms with a contemporary, coastal chic aesthetic accented in colors of blues, greys, and yellows. The rooms feature new lighting fixtures and furnishings including chairs, ottomans, headboards and TV stands. The sleek bathrooms feature all new fixtures and finishes including glass mosaic tiles and white porcelain sinks with stainless steel faucets and hardware.

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Did You Know? The Hotel of South Beach

July 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Hotel of South Beach was designed by innovative fashion designer Todd Oldham. The rooftop pool and sundeck features Oldham's signature style and casual elegance. Canvas-covered, overstuffed sofas and chairs are solid white, accented with handmade orange and pink woven ribbon pillows. Sheer white fabric, stirred by the ocean breezes, hangs from the rooftop's main wall. The flooring consists of planks of wood, painted vibrant red, orange and white. The circular Spire Bar surrounds the original Art Deco era Tiffany spire. Guests can partake of the free yoga classes held every Saturday morning that are held by the pool.

The Hotel of South Beach

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Offers Estate Homes for Rent

July 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Sanctuary on Camelback MountainPlan the ultimate getaway in one of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's Mountainside Estate Homes, nestled above the resort, just a short stroll from all Sanctuary has to offer. 

Terraced high on Camelback Mountain, the luxury vacation homes offer the pinnacle of privacy for Sanctuary guests. Each unique in style, these mountainside homes are the ultimate retreat for family vacations, social gatherings, and corporate retreats to Sanctuary Camelback Mountain. Enjoy dazzling vista views and comfortable, spacious seclusion in one of six luxury vacation homes. And with all the resort pleasures just a few steps away, these mountainside estates are the ideal choice for a Scottsdale vacation home, offering intriguing features like a private game room, secluded pools, private patios, and even a guest house. 

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Each of Sanctuary's distinctive private estates is available for the night, week or month. Casa del Sano: starting at $1,500 per night Gallery: starting at $2,000 per night Casa Montana: starting at $2,500 per night Hi Lob: $2,500 per night Casa Five: $4,000 per night Casa Nine: starting at $4,000 per night

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. 

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Miraval Resort and Spa Makes Plans for Expansion

July 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Miraval Resort & SpaRevolution Places, the owners of the Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, has entered into a joint ownership agreement with private equity firm KSL Capital Partners.

The new partnership will drive the expansion of the Miraval spa and wellness brand into new markets, with plans to launch in other US locations, in Europe, and in other destinations around the world.

Nestled at the base of the stunning Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa's 400 acres of lush Sonoran Desert creates an inspiring backdrop that is warm and welcoming year-round with luxurious accommodations and a world renowned spa.

Miraval

Steve Case, chairman of Revolution, said: "For many years, we have been working to grow Miraval, to bring it to new locations and new people. Partnering with KSL allows us to accelerate these efforts, build on our success in Tucson, and take Miraval to new locations around the country and the world."

Miraval's focus on sustainable living, casita-style guest accommodations, and the spectacular new Life in Balance Spa are consistently recognized by SpaFinder, Travel+Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler year after year.

Miraval began in 1996 with a powerfully simple vision: life is more meaningful and enjoyable when physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual components are in balance. Guests came to Miraval individually or with family and friends to relax, refresh, and learn to live and feel better. There were no strict regimens. Instead, choice was the guiding principle, with a wide range of programs and experiences designed to create overall well-being and help guests become more aware of themselves and their surroundings – live in the moment through the means that works best for them. In 2004, Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, became the majority owner of Miraval. Through his own memorable experience at the resort, he saw the opportunity to grow Miraval into a global lifestyle brand.
 

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Cool Pools: Il Lugano Suite Hotel

July 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Il Lugano Suite Hotel offers an ideal waterfront location, just 2 blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and 6 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale. There's also a heated waterfront swimming pool perfect for a post-beach day.

Il Lugano Suite Hotel 

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