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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.

Your Questions Answered: What Orlando Family-Friendly Luxury Resort Would You Recommend?

August 4, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate
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 Orlando family-friendly luxury resort would you recommend for a family of four, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Omni Orlando Resort At Championsgate 

The four-diamond Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is located within 10 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, and just 20 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld. Surrounded by 36 holes of Greg Norman designed golf, the resort is also home to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy World Headquarters. Five unique dining options on-site include PanAsian, Italian and American cuisine. In addition to superb golf, guests enjoy 15 acres of recreation and relaxation. Guests may grab a tube and ride the long and winding lazy river, splash in the zero entry family pool with pool slide and nearby water playground, or relax by the quiet formal pool in their own private cabana. Fitness options include tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts, a lighted, nine-hole par three golf course, walking and jogging trails, and a state-of-the-art fitness center that is available for guests to access 24 hours a day. A full service European-style Spa rounds out the amenities with the highest level of personalized attention. 
Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate
All 720 guest rooms are beautifully furnished and feature luxury linens, bathrobes, executive work chair and desk, wired and wireless internet access, dual line telephones with voicemail (one cordless), flat screen TV with on-demand movies, coffeemakers, safes (accommodates laptop), hairdryer, lighted makeup mirror, iron, and ironing board. Spacious two and three bedroom villas feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble clad baths with Roman tubs and spectacular golf and pool views. Master bedrooms feature king size beds, and master baths. Each villa offers a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room for six, spacious living room, and den with sleeper sofa.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
2 Bedroom Villa - 1 King Bed And 2 Double Beds. Two-bedroom villas will accommodate up to eight guests comfortably. These spacious accommodations feature a master bedroom and bath with a king bed and a second bedroom with one or two beds. Each villa includes a fully equipped kitchen, a living room, a dining room with a wet bar, a separate den, and a private terrace or balcony. Maximum Occupancy 10. 1,543-1,620 square feet.

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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.


Get Well at Miramontes THE WELL Spa

August 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Miramonte Resort and Spa What better way to get away from it all than to run away to the deserts of Palm Springs to the ultimate spa destination, Miramonte Resort and Spa? This property is home to The Well Spa, a destination spa resort that has received multiple awards for its spa services on offer. 

Established in 2004, THE WELL Spa offers award-winning services in an intimate Tuscan environment. It has been named "Best Spa" by polls of readers locally from Desert Magazine to "Top 100 Resort Spas" by worldwide vote in Conde Nast Traveler.

Distinctive outdoor and indoor treatments are available to enliven your senses and bring relaxation and rejuvenation to both the body and spirit, for the ultimate spa experience. The 12,000 square foot spa facility at WELL Spa features amenities such as separate steam rooms for both men and women, river bench water therapy, a plethora of indoor treatment rooms to choose from that have jet soaking tubs, five outdoor treatment spaces including the Watsu pool, a quiet meditation room, and a beverage bar featuring an exclusive spa menu with light fare to complement the rejuvenation experience. Guests can also have fun while they relax with the Pittura Fiesta Painting Party by getting dirty using bright-colored muds and clays on your body, face and hair.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Marmara Park Avenue

August 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Marmara Park Avenue provides a refuge from the noise, pace, and pressures of the city that never sleeps. Openness and understated glamour are part of the building’s DNA, harkening back to the days when it housed design and architecture studios. Each of the 128 suites and guestrooms, including three penthouses, boast vast, spacious ceilings that capitalize on the location's natural light, providing uninterrupted and unparalleled views of the New York skyline. Inside, the rooms feature massive guest beds topped with mountains of pillows, wetbars /fully-equipped kitchens, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood floors. 

The Marmara Park Avenue

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Image of the Day: Hotel Nelligan

July 30, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Nelligan's lobby includes a four-story atrium that wafts high above. This aptly-named "Art-trium" is surrounded by beautiful stone walls adorned by the romantic verses of Emile Nelligan (one of Quebec’s most celebrated poets and the hotel’s namesake). The regal scenery provides the perfect respite for gourmet coffee or delicious cocktails.

Hotel Nelligan

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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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