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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 Resort in Morocco?

December 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Palais Namaskar
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 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: Can you recommend a family-friendly resort in Morocco?


ANSWER: Palais Namaskar Marrakech 

Commanding more than 12 acres of pristine seclusion, tranquil lakes and inspiring panoramas, Palais Namaskar hotel in Marrakech explores new dimensions in hospitality - indulging guests with unrivaled spaciousness, personal freedom and majestic grandeur to create an undeniably unique experience. The 5 Star accommodations at Palais Namaskar are a harmony of timeless elegance and extravagant personal space with exceptional views of mountains, lakes, and scented gardens. The decor is a vibrant combination of Eastern-inspired architecture infusing Feng Shui principles with contemporary interior design.

Palais NamaskarPalais Namaskar has a total of 41 units comprising of three kinds of rooms, four types of suites, two styles of luxury villas, and two extraordinary palaces. Some units feature terraces while others offer outdoor Jacuzzis and heated pools. The luxury villas offer private pools and dedicated outdoor areas, while the 5 star palaces also include private kitchens and butler services. Certain rooms and suites can also be merged to create customized living environments.

For Your Families Needs, We Recommend:

2 Bedroom Pool Suite: The 2 bedroom Pool Suite offers guests more than 140 square feet. Each bedroom is overlooking a scented garden terrace with day beds and has its own bathroom. The master bedroom features a king size bed and an extraordinarily spacious bathroom which includes a double shower and bathtub. The second bedroom has two twin beds, which makes this suite perfect for a couple with two children. The private living room is open on a large terrace with private heated pool.

Book a stay at Palais Namaskar >>

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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What's a Family-Friendly Chicago Hotel for a Family of Four?

December 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
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: Can you recommend a Chicago hotel suitable for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11? 

ANSWER: Waldorf Astoria Chicago 

Ranked the #1 US Hotel in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers, the Waldorf Astoria Chicago boasts stunning interiors, expansive rooms, gracious service, and unique amenities that combine to create a travel experience like no other. The luxury hotel located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, which features exclusive shopping, dining, nightlife, and the Windy City's most famed attractions. 

Indulge in sanctuary of tranquil spa treatments, thoughtful relaxation and wellbeing at Spa & Health Club. The spa offers treatments such as facials, massages, spa gatherings and men's atelier. A lap pool adorned with thousands of mosaic titles is available for leisure or intense swims, as well as for water classes. 
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Savor inspired American and French cuisine in captivating restaurants featuring intimate dining experience. RIA, a Michelin Two Star restaurant highlights seasonally driven menu in a sophisticated tone. While Balsan offers refined yet rustic fare with an American sensibility. Rich suede walls and classic cocktails await at Bernard’s Bar.

Luxurious accommodations at Waldorf Astoria Chicago are intended for all guests, even four-legged friends. The hotel offers family-friendly packages such as American Girl Place hotel offer.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend Booking:
Astor Suite (1 King) connects to Gold Coast Suite (1 king or 2 Queen)
Spanning across 915 spacious square feet of first-rate living, the Astoria King Suite is a fitting title for these exquisite living areas, as each suite with separate King bedroom overlooks the prestigious north end of the Gold Coast neighborhood. Of course, while staying in this suite, the inspired view can be enjoyed from the furnished outdoor terrace, which is located right off the parlor. Additionally, the Astoria Suite offers a fireplace, queen sleeper sofa and king-size bed. Additional enhancements include: Wireless internet access, two 42-inch high definition LCD televisions with DVR, Bowers & Wilkins virtual surround system with iPod integration, and wet bar including refrigerator, freezer and microwave. 

The 1,264 square Gold Coast 2 Queen 1 Bedroom Suite offers a fireplace, separate bedroom with two queen size beds, elegant living room with dining table and queen sleeper sofa, full master bath with a soaking tub, as well as a separate powder room. Additional enhancements include: Wireless internet access, 42-inch high definition LCD television, Bowers & Wilkins virtual surround system with iPod integration and wet bar including refrigerator, and microwave.  Accessible guest rooms all comply with current ADA regulations.

Book a stay at Waldorf Astoria Chicago >>


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.


The Magic Treehouse Comes Alive for Christmas at The Plaza New York

December 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Plaza New York
New York City's iconic hotel, The Plaza, is embarking on a holiday new journey with Random House Children’s Books and author Mary Pope Osborne, creator of the Magic Tree House series. This literary partnership provides boys and girls the opportunity to set off from the historic hotel to explore the Big Apple as inspired by the books.  The Magic Tree House Experience at The Plaza is pairs the hotel with the popular fiction books and the corresponding Magic Tree HouseFact Tracker—the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles—and supplemented with New York activities that bring each story to life. 

From December 1 - December 31, 2014, the focus is on the book A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time and Rags and Riches: Kids in the Time of Charles Dickens and corresponding Fact Tracker.

Each experience includes luxurious accommodations in a guest room or suite, a Plaza-specific passport for collecting stamps throughout each trip, a special Magic Tree House pin to designate explorers, and a New York City welcome amenity.

Availability:
This offer is available subject to availability.

Rates:
Rates from $2015 USD per night, based on double occupancy.

This NYC Magic Tree House package rate is based upon availability and exclusive of tax & gratuity. This offer is not applicable to group bookings of ten or more and cannot be combined with any other special offer. 


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

December 11, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ca'Nigra Lagoon 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 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 is Venice, Italy. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER:
Ca' Nigra Lagoon Resort Venice

Ambassador Conte Costantino Nigra's 1600s residence is located on Canal Grande where the rose garden offers a romantic way to enjoy relaxing moments while being lulled by the swishing waves and the second garden is the perfect venue for charming parties and special occasions among centuries-old trees and flowers. This place renders homage to the old and refined Venetian magnificence with its precious decor, mother-of-pearl inlays, marble friezes, and fine glass work that blend elegantly with modern amenities and create a jewel of rare beauty.

Ca'Nigra Lagoon Resort

Cà Nigra Lagoon Resort is a luxury 4-star hotel for an unforgettable holiday; its 22 junior rooms, all different, are an oasis of peace offering the latest comforts. The first floor of the palazzo surrounds guests with an aura typical of the Venice of the 1700s.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

Superior Junior Suite - The most spacious among double rooms, superior suites are elegantly furnished with bright colors: a unique blend of classical and contemporary elements. Featuring a living room, one king-size bed, or twin-size beds. Some units are equipped with whirlpool tubs; others feature a furnished terrace with table and chairs. Some suites are connecting.

Book your family's stay at Ca'Nigra Lagoon Resort Venice >>

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.


What St Lucia Resort Would You Recommend for a Family of 4, Children Ages 15 and 16?

December 1, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ladera St Lucia
We at Five Star Alliance work 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 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 St Lucia resort would you recommend for a family of 4, children ages 15 and 16?

ANSWER: Ladera St. Lucia 

Ladera was once part of Rabot Estate, one of Soufriere's oldest and most famous cocoa plantations. In 1982 it was transformed into the unique resort it is today. Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings, Ladera offers a unique design in guest accommodations. The 32 suites, each with a private pool, overlooking the famous Piton Mountains, a UNESCO World heritage site, the Caribbean Sea and the Soufriere valley. Ladera is know for its distinctive eco-lodge architecture, built with Caribbean timbers and modeled on luxury tree-house living, and a relaxed, barefoot lifestyle. The suites were intentionally built without a fourth wall, yet are designed to be sheltered, safe, and completely private. The design affords spectacular sunset views and unobstructed star gazing at night. Seven luxurious Dream Suites complement the Piton Suites. With two levels of living space, the Dream Suites also feature the famously unobstructed views and are designed in Ladera's elegant tropical architecture, using polished hard woods, crisp white linens and colorful tile and stone work by local artisans. A private deck and a spiral staircase lead to a private pool.

Ladera is pleased to offer a range of sightseeing activities on and around St. Lucia that will allow you to appreciate the uniqueness of its Caribbean history and the magnificence of its tropical location. Dasheene Restaurant sets itself apart by focusing on sustainable cooking sourced from locally harvested ingredients. Chef Nigel Mitchel's kitchen is dedicated to serving up fresh native ingredients from island farmers and neighboring plantations that grow their produce primarily for the resort.Ladera St Lucia
The Ti Kai Pose Spa at Ladera features indulgent treatments inspired by Saint Lucia's volcanic history and the lush rainforest that surrounds this peaceful retreat.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend Booking:
The Suite at Paradise Ridge. This 1400 sq foot offering accommodates children ages 15 and older. The Suites are constructed of tropical hardwoods, Soufriere stone and house cut tile and furniture made onsite by our own craftsmen. All units are decorated with local artwork and feature magnificent views of the Pitons (Unesco World Heritage Site) and Caribbean Sea. Each suite includes: Open air bedroom with four-poster king bed and open-air sitting room. Other features of the room include a heated swimming pool located 1,000 feet above the Caribbean Sea, private mini bar stocked with water, soft drinks and local beer daily, local coffee and tea making facilities, extra large bathrooms and showers, Kholer Signature bath fixtures, Molton Brown bath products, butler Service, airport transfers via luxury cars,  and full breakfast.

Book a stay at Ladera St Lucia >>

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.
 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Luxury Miami Resort for a Family of Seven?

November 22, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach
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 7 and looking to stay is Miami, FL. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?
Acqualina Resort & Spa
ANSWER: Acqualina Resort and Spa On The Beach epitomizes the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa combined with the beautiful oceanfront location on Florida's Riviera. Located on 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of Florida's stunning Atlantic Ocean coastline, this Miami Beach luxury resort features 188 residences, 98 impeccable hotel rooms and suites and world-class luxury hotel amenities, including three oceanfront restaurants, three oceanfront swimming pools, and an innovative marine biology-based children's program. The luxurious 20,000 square foot ESPA oceanfront spa features 16 treatment rooms including a private hotel spa suite for two, a private spa pool and heated jet pool with a Roman waterfall, Finnish Saunas, Crystal Steam Rooms, Ice Fountains, Experience Showers, and Relaxation Rooms.

The resort is a recipient of the coveted 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award, 2014 AAA Five Diamond Award for five consecutive years and 2012 Andrew Harper's Reader's Choice Award for Top 20 Beach and Family Resorts. Acqualina is just five minutes from the world famous Bal Harbour Shops and a short drive to the vibrant daytime activities and nightlife of Miami Beach, South Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale.

Acqualina Resort and SpaAcqualina's 54 guest rooms and 44 suites include two deluxe three bedroom oceanfront suites. All are havens of elegance and comfort. The richly appointed accommodations feature classic furnishings with fresh modern elements complete with luxurious fabrics and gracious amenities such as private terraces, flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with imported marble flooring, double sinks, bath tub and glass-enclosed shower. All rooms and suites offer magnificent views and are equipped with fully stocked private bars with gourmet food snacks, goose down duvet and pillows (foam pillows available upon request), Frette sheets, ETRO bath amenities, hair dryer & makeup mirror, luxurious bathrobes, in-room CD players, IPOD docking stations, high-speed Internet access, and umbrellas.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Acqualina Resort and Spa
Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suite connected to a Deluxe Ocean Front room, with a rolloway added for an additional $50.00 night- The suites offer king-size beds in both the master and second bedroom, premium oceanfront views, separate living room, writing desk, two flat-screen TVs, entertainment unit, mini bar, private terrace, gourmet kitchen (with Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator/freezer, designer granite countertops with full back splash, Italian limited edition cabinets, microwave, dishwasher, stainless-steel sink and garbage disposal), breakfast room and two full bathroom outfitted with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. (2035 sq. ft. of enclosed area; 2379 sq. ft. with terrace). The Deluxe Ocean Front Rooms rooms boast an oceanfront view, king-size bed, foyer area, flat-screen TV, entertainment unit, mini bar, sitting area, writing desk, private terrace and bathroom with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. 

Book your family's stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach >>

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.
 


Your Questions Answered: What's the Perfect Family-Friendly Scottsdale Resort for a Family of 6?

November 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort And Spa
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 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 6 and looking to stay is Scottsdale, AZ. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort And Spa

This Scottsdale luxury resort fuses a spirit of modern adventure with its storied history - live music, acres of desert gardens, hiking, biking & more. Challenge yourself at Scottsdale golf resort's Camelback Golf Club, featuring two championship 18-hole courses. Stay in the Paradise Valley resort's Pueblo-style casitas, offering an oasis of tranquil privacy. The Casita's private patios and balconies open onto breathtaking views of Arizona's Paradise Valley. Seven of the luxurious Scottsdale hotel's suites feature private swimming pools. Enjoy contemporary fine dining in the best steakhouse in Scottsdale, AZ, BLT Steak. Celebrity French Chef Laurent Tourondel brings his culinary wizardry to the desert, and the result is not to be missed. 

Family Amenities and Activities Include:

- Bicycles - Mountain bikes and children's bikes are available for rent through the Concierge Desk. Scenic trails on
property and off property. 

- Golf Lessons are available for the young enthusiast.

- Jackrabbit Pool Complex offers Hoppin’ Jack's Restaurant, children's water oasis, and sandbox. 

- Mummy Mountain Hiking Trail - Trail begins just past Mummy Mountain Cookout Town. Start the hike by crossing
over the bridge. The trail is approximately 300 yards (1000 feet) up the mountain.

- Pitch & Putt Golf Course - Located in the front of the resort.http://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/scottsdale-az/jw-marriott-camelback-inn-resort-and-spa

- Playground - Located near the Valet lot in front of the lobby. Equipment for all ages, a play area, half court basketball,
and shuffle board. 

- Tennis - The courts are located near the playground.  Tennis professional on staff daily.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

1 bedroom suite, king bed measures 750sqft/68sqm-1100sqft/99sqm, is Air-conditioned, non-smoking, allows for connecting rooms are available (for some rooms), has outdoor spaces: patio (1), Living/sitting area, Living room is separated and Windows may be opened. All rooms feature Marriott's Revive Bedding with down comforters, designer duvets and plush pillows. All guest accommodations also feature microwave, mini-fridge and high speed Internet.This hotel has a smoke-free policy. 

Book your family's stay at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa >>

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.

 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in San Antonio?

November 13, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Contessa RiverwalkWe 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 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 6 and looking to stay is San Antonio. What river walk hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Hotel Contessa Riverwalk is among San Antonio's newest premier Riverwalk hotels. A reflection of the state's most popular destination, this contemporary 12-story property captures both the historic and cultural essence of San Antonio. From the atrium lobby overlooking the riverwalk and the warmth created by the Mediterranean design to the overall comfortable elegance Hotel Contessa establishes a friendly welcoming environment from the moment of your arrival. At Hotel Contessa you will find all the things you'd expect from a premier luxury hotel. Each guest suite features a separate bedroom and parlor flat screen televisions land and wireless high-speed internet access in-room safe mini bar large marble bath and sofa beds. The hotel also offers 100 Percent Smoke Free Rooms. Hotel Contessa Riverwalk

Aside from being among the most luxurious Riverwalk hotels in San Antonio Hotel Contessa provides a number of ways to relax and unwind. Enjoy a swim in the heated rooftop pool, a workout in the fitness center or simply admire the view from the atrium lobby. When it's time to treat your taste buds consider the signature restaurant Las Ramblas. This unique restaurant where you can choose to dine in the exhibition style kitchen or al fresco along the Riverwalk features Spanish and American cuisine as well as a daily asado selection. The Cork Bar Offers a wide selection of libations daily and live entertainment every weekend. 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Luxury Riverview King Suite or Double Double Suite connected to Luxury Riverview Suite. This 500 square foot suite features one bedroom with a king size bed (or double double), floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Riverwalk, a separate living room with full size sofa bed, in-room safe, one oversize bathroom, wireless internet.

Book a family stay at Hotel Contessa Riverwalk >>

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: Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa

November 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa offers guests two oceanfront pools. There is an adult pool and an activity pool with waterslide and children's wading pool.

Rio Mar Beach Resort 

Book a stay at Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa >>


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hotel in Florence, Italy?

November 7, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Portrait Firenze
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 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 4 and looking to stay is Florence, Italy. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Portrait Firenze  
Portrait Firenze is a select 34-suite property, including a spectacular rooftop suite and 273 square meter Penthouse Floor. It is owned by the Ferragamo family and listed among the Leading Hotels of the World. Florentine Architect Michele Bonan has given the distinguished, riverside location by the Ponte Vecchio a unique style and heritage. Portrait is inspired by the spirit of haute couture in its lavish style and its every conceivable comfort with exquisite fabrics and hand-crafted furniture. You see it in all the finest portraits. Portrait Firenze
The rippling waters of the Arno and the old-world Ponte Vecchio, framed in your lounge and bedroom window, mirror the sense of past and present in the interior design. Classic and contemporary fuse as warm wood and opaque grays are bathed in the glow of gilded details and shimmering steel. Soft materials and cozy cashmere set an aristocratic yet relaxing tone. Each sumptuous suite has its own identity and many personal flourishes.

For Your Families Needs, We Recommend:

Family Suites- The Portrait Family Suite with courtyard view offers 58 square meters of space for you and your children to revel in the cultural riches of the city. Make yourself at home in the 58 square meter Family Suite or enjoy even more space tucked atmospherically under the roof like a true Florentine in the 110 square meter Family 2 Bedroom Suite.

Whichever one you choose, both have a shared living space during the day and separate sleeping accommodation for invited friends or family at night. To accommodate everyone's needs, both have in-room cooking facilities, two bathrooms and space for all the extra luggage in multiple closets. Toys, films, and a DVD player are available and you'll find a wealth of places to visit with children on the in-room iPad. If staying in touch with the office is a necessity, there is a stylish desk in each suite with power and network connections 

Book a family stay at Portrait Firenze >>

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.