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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-and Surfer-Friendly Tahitian Resort?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

InterContinental Resort Tahiti
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 looking to stay is Tahiti. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family and is near one of the surf spots and surf schools?


ANSWER: InterContinental Resort Tahiti 

The InterContinental Resort Tahiti is the premier international resort of Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia, which is situated between California and Australia in the South Pacific. The resort has a total of 263 units, comprising of 170 fully renovated lagoon and garden view rooms, an extension of 60 panoramic view rooms with a Presidential Suite, and 32 over the water bungalows located in 32 acres of gardens. The Polynesian style resort with its own private sand beach and lagoon, offers views of unforgettable sunsets over the Volcanic peaks of sister island Moorea, just 12 miles across the sea of moons.

TOPDIVE Tahiti Diving center, located at the very heart of the hotel, offers numerous exciting and unique activities, from PADI 5-Star SCUBA diving,to discovering the lagoon by kayak, to whale watching, all in a safe environment that will make your stay both thrilling and fun.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend:

The Overwater Bungalows located at the Lotus end of the resort, with sweeping views of the lagoon, reef and ocean beyond. The bungalows have a private sundeck and platform - ideal for sun bathing or watching the magnificent sunset. Intercontinental resort tahiti

All rooms and bungalows have the following amenities : a terrace or a private balcony, a bathroom with bath tub and shower, an individually controlled air conditioning system, a flat screen Cable TV, a direct dial international phone, an Internet connexion (wireless in public areas), a private safe, a refrigerator restocked on request, some 110V/220V outlets,tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, etc.

The resort makes available to its clients a laundry and dry cleaning service (express or regular), some self-service laundry facilities located throughout the hotel and some transit rooms with individual shower for early arrivals and late departures.
Moreover, children younger than 15 can share their parents room without supplement (within the limits of the room capacity).

Book your family vacation at InterContinental Resort Tahiti >>

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 Puppy-Friendly Hotel in Dallas?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The JouleWe 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 is a pet friendly resorts in Dallas for a family of 2, and our puppy of course?


ANSWER: The Joule, a Luxury Collection Hotel 

The Joule, Dallas is the first true designer hotel in Dallas. The Joule embodies a new sense of energy sweeping through the revitalized historic center. The restoration of the 1920s Neo-Gothic facade is further enhanced by a new 10-story tower and striking lobby. The hotel also features 2,374 square feet of event space and a 1,500-sq.-ft. deluxe gym. Nearby attractions include Victory Park and the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as shopping at the flagship original Neiman Marcus location, dining and entertainment in the West End historic district and the West Village.

Destined to delight vacationing visitors and business travelers alike, the Deluxe hotel rooms offer up to 350 square feet of vibrant space for the most relaxing stay. With a combination of style, art and originality, the deluxe accommodations feature imported Italian woodwork, Black Merbau floors, dark grey ceramic tile, custom bathroom fixtures and more.The Joule Wrap yourself in ultimate comfort with The Joule's premier bedding. From the premium down comforter and pillows to the 300-thread-count sheets, guests will never want to leave the bedroom. For entertaining, the room features an iPod docking station and a 47" flat-screen Apple Smart TV.

The hotel is pet-friendly. There is no fee for furry family-members of no more than 50 lbs. You will need to kennel while in room for maid, and animals are not permitted in food prep or serving areas.

Book your stay at The Joule >>


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 Your Fourth Night Free at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach


By: Five Star Alliance

Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach
 is offering guests a free night. Book four consecutive nights at Acqualina and receive the fourth night free plus the following daily benefits:

• Daily Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
• Daily $40 Body or Facial Spa Treatment Credit for up to two adults at Acqualina Spa By ESPA
• Daily access to our award-winning Children's Program, AcquaMarine, for Children Ages 5 to 12
• Welcome Fruit Amenity
The Fourth Night Free Offer is available now through December 19, 2014 with rates starting from $550 per night for a Deluxe Intracoastal Room.

Acqualina Resort & 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.

Book a stay at Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach >>

 


Your Questions Answered: What are Some Family-Friendly Resorts in Telluride, CO?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel Madeline
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 are some family friendly resorts in Telluride, Co for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?


ANSWER: Hotel Madeline Telluride

The Hotel Madeline Telluride, formerly Capella Telluride, is a luxury mountain resort hote with every imaginable amenity, including a ski valet, world-class spa, pool and fitness center, two restaurants, wine bar, and ice rink. Hotel Madeline Telluride embodies a complete concept. Superb architecture. Lush interior design. Ultra-luxury amenities. Meticulous personalized service from a professional staff that is at your beck and call, night and day. Fully decorated and furnished hotel condominiums are offered, as well as two, three, and four bedroom residences. Designed for the individual who visits a few weeks a year and wants the ease and services of a hotel during their stay, including complete access to every hotel amenity (including daily maid service and nightly turn-down service), the private lobby, 24-hour concierge service, ski valets, the stunning indoor open-air pool, along with use of the spa, fitness, and business centers. Hotel Madeline Telluride
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

1 & 2 Bedroom Suites with Efficiency Kitchen – The atmosphere inside the condo-style suite feels slightly more contemporary. Stainless steel appliances dominate the neighboring warm wood and marble. The classy retreat has everything you need with an emphasis on the most popular room in the house.

View rates, details, and more images of Hotel Madeline Telluride >>

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 Beverly Hills Hotels Suitable for a Mother-Daughter Spa Weekend?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Montage Beverly Hills
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 mother and 12 year-old daughter wanting to experience a spa weekend in Beverley Hills, CA. What resort would you recommend?

ANSWER: Montage Beverly Hills Hotel 

At the Montage Beverley Hills one will find rooms and suites that celebrate refined comfort. A garden that embodies our devotion to grace and grandeur. Fashionable restaurants that encourage conversation. And a spa that combines intimacy and spaciousness into a holistic respite. All of this is ensconced in Beverly Hills' legendary Golden Triangle. Just steps from Rodeo Drive's world-class boutiques and famed addresses. 

Inspired by the splendor of the traditional Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture prevalent in historic Beverly Hills, the hotel's 20,000 square foot urban spa oasis is comprehensive, warmly appointed and luxurious.

From lavish caviar facials, to holistic wellness therapies and cutting edge fitness classes, to world class salon services, Spa Montage Beverly Hills stands ready to offer you your most memorable spa experience in a serene sanctuary nestled nearby the exclusive shops and magnificent dining of vibrant Rodeo Drive. The spa offers specific treatments just for children 12 & younger. They include the Paintbox Manicure, which can be a 20 or 40 minute treatment. Moms will enjoy the Day of Indulgence package. Begin with a 60 minute Swedish Massage, followed by a 60 minute Customized Facial. End your half day with the Montage Manicure and Montage Pedicure.

We Recommend the Following Accommodations:

Montage Beverly HillsThe Grand Deluxe Guestroom presents the Montage Beverly Hills guest with 550-square-feet of living space, featuring one king bed or two queen beds, an L-shaped custom chaise, an executive desk with a 42-inch LCD television, and a Gentleman's Valet. Every indulgence imaginable is provided, including sumptuous settees, stunning marble and mosaic-tiled bathrooms with generous tubs and dual sinks, the latest in high-tech communications and generous furnished patios overlooking the gardens or the finest city views.

Book your spa getaway at Montage Beverly Hills Hotel >>

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 Hotel in Amsterdam Suitable for a Family of Four?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel VondelWe 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 4 and looking to stay is Amsterdam. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Hotel Vondel 

Nestled among Amsterdam's lively center, you will find Hotel Vondel, a boutique hotel offering outstanding accommodations at an excellent location. Distinguished by its extraordinary interiors, the hotel has a very stylish and unique ambiance. The 86 guestrooms have been specifically designed to provide the utmost comfort for everyone’s taste. You may choose from various different room types, ensuring everyone will find just what they're looking for. Start your day with the restaurants extensive breakfast buffet, or just stay in and enjoy it in your room. The trendy bar extends into a charming for guests to relax during the summer months. The hotels exclusive and intimate size doesn't prevent it from possessing an array of facilities oriented towards both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is located a stone's throw away from the Leidseplein, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum right in the museum quarter and fashion district.Hotel Vondel

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

Two-Bedroom Loft Suite

Take luxury to new heights! This one-of-a-kind split level loft suite is a stunning city loft located on the top floor. Soothe your soul in this spacious loft with two separate bedrooms, a spacious living room and a fully equipped kitchen. Sleep like a King or Queen in the comfortable king size beds. The master bedroom with king size bed, bathroom with bath and walk-in rain dance shower are located on the same floor as the kitchen and living room. The second bedroom and bathroom with shower are located on the top floor of the hotel. Enjoy wifi and extensive amenities from Spa Collection. The Loft Suite is a perfect hidden sanctuary for a long weekend with family or for extensive business trip.

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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.

 


Your Questions Answered: What Portland Hotel Offers Activities for the Whole Family?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Allison Inn and Spa Hotel
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 looking to stay in the Northwest. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family that offers a number of activaties and wine tastings?

ANSWER: The Allison Inn and Spa Hotel blends so naturally into the lush beauty of Oregon Wine Country's Willamette Valley, it's as if its always been here. There are 85 luxury guestrooms and suites with gas fireplaces, a signature restaurant featuring Oregon Wine Country cuisine, a pampering spa with 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio, and a swimming pool. The Allisons immaculate grounds on 35 acres beckon guests with fragrantly elegant gardens and pathways connecting to the hotel's vineyards and picnic area. The hotel offers a showcase for local artists, wine cellar, wine seminars, and tastings.

The Allison Inn

Guest Rooms are quietly luxurious and thoughtfully appointed with custom built-in closets, upholstered window seats, and king beds. Oversized windows let sunlight in and provide vistas of the vineyards and countryside. All rooms feature a gas fireplace, wet bar, original artwork, and custom crafted furnishings, while a complimentary welcome snack basket, luxurious robes, and slippers make guests feel at home. Cabinets contain an ironing board, iron, and full-length mirror. Bose sound systems, Wi-Fi, and movies on demand provide in-room entertainment and connectivity. Spacious spa-like bathroom with five fixture baths, double vanities, and a sliding panel provide a glimpse of the fireplace and outdoor landscapes from the soaking tub.

Larger families should consider booking the Grand Two Bedroom Suite. Located on Penthouse Level, the 575 square foot suite includes a spacious living room with fireplace, two bedrooms with private baths. reception foyer, butler's pantry, powder room, dining table for six, gas fireplace in master bedroom, large balcony with dining table and chairs, bay window seat, six foot soaking tub, dual vanities, and filtered water. 
The Allison Inn and Spa

Nearby Activites Include:

-Wine & Olive Oil Tasting
-Nature Hiking
-Biking
-Golf
-Equestrian rides to wineries
-Hot Air Balloon Rides
 

Book your stay at The Allison Inn 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: What are Some Family Friendly Resorts in Naples FL Offering 2 Bedroom Suites for a Family of 3?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Bellasera
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 are some family friendly resorts in Naples, Florida offering 2 bedroom suites for a family of 3?
ANSWER: Bellasera Hotel 

Welcome to the Bellasera hotel in Naples, located at the gateway to 5th Avenue South, where Naples' tropical elegance, charm and historical beauty are at their finest. Drawing its spirit and inspiration from the beautiful villages of Tuscany, Bellasera offers guests a richly-appointed setting that glows with distinction. With charming courtyard fountains, Italian architecture and Mediterranean cuisine, guests are treated to "la dolce vita" - the sweet life - while enjoying all that this hotel in Naples has to offer.

Between forays into the famous galleries, boutiques, and restaurants that line 5th Avenue South within walking distance, guests enjoy on-site luxury cabanas, a heated outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, concierge and spa services, fine cuisine and more, all within an authentic Italian setting. Bellasera is a Naples luxury hotel featuring an exquisite beauty truly fitting of its name. More importantly, though, it offers a level of service worthy of the numerous awards for which it has been honored, allowing guests to savor the experience of Four-Diamond inspired and gracious service. Come discover why TripAdvisor named Bellasera one of the "Top Ten Hidden Gems in the U.S." in their most recent Travelers' Choice Awards.

For Your Family's Needs We Recommend

-Two Bedroom/Two Bath Suite

With room for six, this suite has a full kitchen and dining room, 2 bathrooms and a laundry room. All acommodations at Bellasera feature:
* Chenille bath robes
* Daily housekeeping serviceBellesera* Guest start-up supplies
* Hair dryers
* Secure in-room safes
* In-room movies
* High-speed Internet access
* Card key entry door lock system
* Luxurious upscale furnishings
* Local and 800 phone calls
* DVD player
* Ceiling fans
* Two-line telephone system with message feature
* 42″ television in living room
* 32″ television in master and second bedrooms (n/a in third bedroom)
* Large capacity washer/dryer

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.

Book your stay at Bellasera Hotel >>

 


Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Boston Hotel That is Family-Friendly and has Balconies?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Revere Hotel
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 4 and looking to stay is Boston, MA. What hotel with rooms with balconies offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Revere Hotel Boston Common  

Inspired by Boston’s revolutionary spirit, Revere Hotel Boston Common breathes new life into the space formally inhabited by The Radisson Boston. With Northwood Hospitality at the helm, the property has undergone a theatrical transformation of its own, emerging a completely new and re-imagined luxury hotel. Inspired by the city and encouraging the spontaneous, the hotel offers all the warmth of home in an eclectic setting. From high-octane to easy-going, the experiences at Revere Hotel are nothing less than intoxicating. Explore Boston at your own pace and discover something new on every street. Borrow a Kindle and kick back on the houndstooth chaise lounge in your room – feel free to admire the twinkling city below in between chapters. Find yourself surrounded by the fabric of the city with a carefully-curated collection of Boston-centric products.

Epitomes of livable glamour, the guestrooms are the perfect hub for any Boston experience. Echoing the stunning skyline views out the window, the details in each room are thoughtful and carefully curated. From hardwood entryways to easy-to-reach outlets, the elements of the guestrooms seamlessly blend form and function. Harnessing the true spirit of the city, these Downtown Boston hotel rooms are ideal for anyone with a passion for experiencing the good things in life.

Revere Hotel


For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
-Superior 2 Queen Room with Private Balcony
-353 square feet of space
-Oversized workspace with easy-to-access outlets
-37” LG HDTV
-skoah bath amenities | personal training for your skin
-Coffee & tea in each room
-Iron and ironing board
-Ice Bucket
-Complimentary wireless Internet
-Access to 24-hour Fitness Center
-Two sets of Frette robes and slippers
-Balconies with impressive city-scape views
-JBL iPod Speaker System
-Complimentary and priority access to Emerald Lounge
-Champagne toast at check-in
Cribs available with accompanying infant baths, Johnson and Johnson Baby Soap and Moisturizer, Sheets and Infant towels washed in High Temp water and Dreft
-Inflatable bed rails for toddlers available

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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Bulgari Bali Introduces Mansion Accommodations


By: Five Star Alliance

Bulgari Resort Bali
The Bulgari Bali Resort has introduced a new level of luxury living. The second luxury property from Bulgari Hotels & Resorts is located in one of the most exclusive destinations in the world. It's location 150 meters up offers stunning views of the Indian ocean, and combines traditional Balinese forms with high Italian style.

The hotel's newest accommodations come in the form of Mansions. Ranging from 1,710 square meters to 4,415 square meters per unit, the Mansions that compose the new residential complex cover a 19,500 square metre area, are rich in comfort and lush amenities. Spacious, airy openings make up the units, each one containing from three to five bedrooms, a large living room, a dining room and a large kitchen.

The three bedroom Mansions feature three separate bedrooms, private pool and garden with Indian Ocean View, terrace, open – air living room pavilion, Bang & Olufsen Video & Audio, Miele kitchen appliances, and a private elevator. The five bedroom Mansions feature five separate bedrooms, private pool and garden with Indian Ocean View, terrace, open – air living room pavilion, spa pavilion, theatre room with Bang & Olufsen audio visual, Miele kitchen appliances, and private elevator.

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