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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.

Sneak Peek: The World's Best Hotels and Resorts 2014

November 22, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

We've done it again! And we are giving you a sneak peek! Our team of luxury hotel experts is proud to present our most current collection of the World's Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Who better to select the best luxury hotels in the world than the travel agency with the most comprehensive collection of 100% luxury hotels? This year we've hand-picked the best luxury hotels worldwide grouped into 15 different categories and based on great feedback from our loyal customers. Need a ski break? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury ski resorts. Beach more your style? We've got 20 of the world's best luxury beach hotels and resorts. It's safe to say that no matter your destination, hotel style, amenities, activities, or interests, we’ve got one of the world’s best luxury hotel and resort that will fulfill your every desire.

 

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Your Questions Answered: What Bahama Resorts are Family-Friendly?

November 15, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Reef Atlantis
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 the Bahamas for a family of 3, consisting of 2 Adults and an 8 year old boy?

 

ANSWER: The Reef Atlantis – Nassau, Bahamas 

The Reef Atlantis is an entirely new way to experience Atlantis beachside. Located directly on Paradise Beach, guests enjoy miles of white sand and ocean in their backyard with all the wonder and excitement of Atlantis on their front doorstep. The Reef Atlantis is a non smoking, family-friendly hotel. Atlantis, Paradise Island is a unique destination featuring the worlds largest open-air marine habitat, second only to Mother Nature. Explore Aquaventure, 141 acres of innovative waterscape including thrilling water slides and river rides. Additional recreational facilities include 14 lagoons, artificial coral reefs, an underwater tunnel for shark observation the Dig underground maze of corridors and viewing tanks containing marine animals, 11 swimming pools, including a lap pool and childrens pools, a Lazy River Ride, the Mayan Temples five waterslides, Turtle Beach sanctuary for native turtles, a full service casino, Mandara Spa, Sports Center complete with tennis courts, beach access, and water sports. The property also offers shops, 21 restaurants and 19 bars and lounges, 24-hour room service, live entertainment, babysitting, and film developing. This hotel offers a smoke-free environment.

The Reef AtlantisWe recommend the 2 Bedroom Suite Terrace-2 King Bed-living Area. The Suites of the Reef Atlantis offer all the conveniences, comforts and luxuries of home plus a few extras that vacationers won’t find anywhere else. The spacious suites (1497 square feet) offer private balconies, master bedroom with a king bed, 2 to 3 bathrooms, grand bathroom with marble vanities, oversized tub, and separate shower. There's a full chef equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room with a sitting area with a sleeper sofa. Flat screen HD TVs, and a Bose sound system are included.

Enjoy your vacation!
 

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Recommend a Paris Hotel for a Family of Four?

November 4, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Villa Hotel & Majestic
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: Please recommend a Paris hotel with connecting rooms or a suite with 2 bedrooms for our family of 4. Our children are 8 and 11.


ANSWER: Villa and Hotel Majestic – Paris, France.

 La Villa & Hotel Majestic is a luxury residence combining elegance and discretion for the comfort of guests. On a daily basis, the hotel strives to combine quality and environmental conservation through intelligent consumption. From the very beginning, Villa and Hotel Majestic has always showcased artists.

For your family's needs, we recommend you choose a Grand Deluxe guest room connecting to a Grand Deluxe guest room. Another option is to choose a Prestige Suite connecting to a Grand Deluxe guest room. Rollaway beds are also available. 

The Grand Deluxe rooms at Villa Hotel Majestic are spacious and welcoming. These luxurious guest rooms offer five-star amenities near the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.

Villa Hotel & MajesticA Prestige Suite has an entrance and a large lounge. The bedroom room has a double bed (twin beds on request), a bathroom with bath tub and walk-in shower, a fully fitted kitchenette and espresso machine. The suites are 70 to 80 m².
Prestige Suite amenities include an ultra-comfortable bed with mattress overlay, hypoallergenic duvet, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, a safe, soft drinks free of charge, a courtesy tray, scales, magnifying mirror, hair-dryer, DVD player, two satellite television sets, LCD screen, telephone, iPod® dock, video on demand, free Wi-Fi in guest room and public areas, turn-down service, VIP welcome and round-the-clock room service.


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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Your Questions Answered: What is a Connecting Room Option for Family of Four at the Park Hyatt Milan?

October 28, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

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.

Park Hyatt MilanQUESTION: What is a connecting room option for family of four at the Park Hyatt Milan?

ANSWER: Park Hyatt Milan is an elegant boutique hotel, set in a palatial classical building dating back to 1870. The hotel features exclusive interiors designed by Ed Tuttle. The hotel is home to restaurants VUN and La Cupola, treasured for their refined atmosphere and gourmet cuisine. Located on the lower ground floor of Park Hyatt Milan, The Spa is an oasis of pure relaxation and rejuvenation. The Spa is comforting and intimate, with clean lines and mellow lighting, travertine and a pastel Venetian stucco finish showcasing elegance and professionalism while offering an escape from the hectic outside world. The Spa includes a new fully geared Fitness Centre of 60 square metres.Park Hyatt Milan

For your needs, we'd recommend the Diplomatic Suite connected to the Park Deluxe King Room. The Deluxe Room (42 sqm, 452 sq ft) offers a king size bed, an elegant sitting area, and a generous workstation. The stylish decor is accented by Venetian stucco and an  Italian marble bath with soaking tub and oversized rain shower. A connecting Park Deluxe Twin is available upon request. The Diplomatic Suite (115 sqm, 1238 sq ft) offers panoramic views of Milan, a living room with a collection of unique Chinese vases, dining for six, furnished outdoor terrace, kitchenette, marble bath, whirlpool tub, and rain shower. Venetian stucco, hardwood floors and Italian marble accent the stylish decor. Enjoy incomparable views over the Galleria's glass dome from a magnificent furnished terrace suitable for outdoor dining and entertaining.

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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Image of the Day: Soneva Kiri

October 17, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Arriving at Soneva Kiri, guests immediately notice a striking bamboo structure in the shape of a manta ray jutting out from the jungle. Known as The Den, this captivating combination of art and science impresses the grown-ups but its prime purpose is as a hive of ideas and activities for younger guests. Pictured is the sleepover pod.

Soneva Kiri

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Your Questions Answered: What are the Connecting Room Options at Hotel Gritti Palace Venice?

September 28, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Your Questions Answered: Connecting rooms at Hotel Gritti Palace Venice
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 looking for connecting rooms at the Hotel Gritti Palace Venice, Italy. What would you suggest?


ANSWER: Many room and most suites can be connected at Hotel Gritti Palace. We suggest a Giglio Prestige Room connected to another Giglio Prestige Room. Please make your request as early as possible, to ensure availability.

The Gritti Palace re-opened in early 2013 after an extensive handcrafted restoration. Directly overlooking the Grand Canal, with an incomparable view of Venice, the Palace of the Doge Gritti is now one of the most celebrated hotels in the world. Commissioned in 1525 as the residence of the Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti, the Gritti Palace was later used as the official residence of the Vatican's ambassadors to Venice. The Hotel Gritti Palace continues to attract elite guests, with luxuriously appointed rooms, attentive service, and the savoury cuisine of the Restaurant Club del Doge. Ernest Hemingway once appreciated the hotel "as the best hotel in a city of great hotels." 


Giglio Prestige Rooms offer a south-west location rich in natural light. It offers captivating views of neighboring Santa Maria del Giglio Square and its neo-classical church of the same name. Spacious and luminous Giglio Prestige Rooms are a private haven in which to relax, play, or socialize. Decorated with splendid stuccos and hand-restored Murano glass chandeliers, the room's ceilings sit high over large windows enclosed by silk and velvet drapes and wall fabrics of Lorenzo Rubelli archival design. Oak parquet floors showcase a collection of rare antiques, prints, and oil paintings, and Venetian mirrors from the hotel's private collection. Large en-suite bathrooms in the finest polished marble from Italy and Croatia feature dual vanities, a bath for soaking and separate walk-in shower, plush bathrobes, and signature bath amenities.

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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Image of the Day: The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

September 19, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

A Renaissance-designed luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is a crescent-shaped 5-star hotel that features a 2,000-square-meter (21,500-square-foot) rejuvenating spa, ten on-site restaurants, sophisticated lounges and pool-side bars, and spacious meeting facilities.

The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi

 Fall rates start at $194 per night >>

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Your Questions Answered: Where Should a Family of Three Stay in Venice?

September 18, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Bauer Palladio Hotel and SpaWe 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 is Venice, Italy. What room type at the Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa is Venice's luxury all natural wellness spa and boutique hotel. The Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa on Giudecca Island, facing St. Mark's Square, continues the philosophical traditions of its past by redefining the ideals of grace, beauty and character. The original property, one of Andrea Palladio's famous Renaissance designs, was a sanctuary for unmarried women of virtue and style and represents a piece of Venetian history.
Bauer Palladio Hotel and Spa
Under the personal care of Chair & CEO, Francesca Bortolotto Possati, the hotel has been carefully restored and updated to become a relaxing sojourn and spa without losing sight of its original identity. The grandiose space of the Great Hall has been transformed to a warm, welcoming respite to melt away the day. The 37 elegant guest rooms and 13 suites are all spacious in nature and vary in design from a fresh, pastel-palette of color in cabana-inspired style to a touch of tapestry, and hand-crafted, antique interpretations, some with garden terraces or others with lagoon views. The Bauer Palladio Hotel Venice offers first class beauty treatments including massages and specialized facial treatments. The wellness centre uses the world-known Daniela Steiner routine to provide innovative treatments for the whole body. 

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The Palladio Junior Suites are warmly decorated with fine tapestries in soft colors reflecting the magical atmosphere of the surrounding gardens. Amenities include Italian marble bathrooms, a bathtub and separate walking shower, some with Jacuzzi bathtub, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, international direct-dial telephone. The rooms have King/Twin Size Bed. Average size is 40 sqm. A rolloway bed can easily be added for a nightly fee.(complementary for under 12 years of age).

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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.

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Best Room at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese for a Family of 3?

September 16, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese
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 "our 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 the best room option at the Sofitel Rome for a family of 3, child age 9 and 2 adults? 


ANSWER: The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese 
The Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese offers unique accommodation with high standards of service and quality. The hotel has 111 bedrooms, 3 suites with private terrace,a bar with several lounges, and lounge "La Bella Vista," located on the top floor of the hotel with stunning panoramic views of Rome. 

Look for the Luxury Room with sofa or the Dolce Vita Suite with a sofa bed.

-Luxury Room: Peaceful and spacious luxury room measure 355 sq. ft. (33 m²) with double MyBed bed & sofa bed, bathroom with Hermes products, desk, Bose iPod docking station, LCD TV, WIFI (256 KB) & ADSL connection available. Extra bed available on request, subject to charge.

-Dolce Vita Suite with double bed and sofa bed: The Dolce Vita Suite with double bed and sofa bed is 904-sq. ft. suite with a modern chic style, balcony, MyBed bed and walk-in closet. There is a spacious white marble bathroom and a second bathroom and a large living area with sofa bed, home theater, Bose iPod docking station, 2 LCD TVs, Nespresso machine, 256-KB WIFI & ADSL.

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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American Girl Checks in to The New York Palace Hotel

September 13, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

The New York Palace
Parents of little girls are familiar with the American Girl doll empire. At American Girl Place in New York City, kids and their mini-mes can have tea, shop, see a show, and even visit the doll hospital to fix boo-boos.

The New York Palace, conveniently located just one block from the flagship Fifth Avenue store, has a package just for American Girl fans big and small.  The New York Palace Hotel is known for spectacular views, attention to detail, and impeccable service. The hotel boasts 813 guest rooms and 86 suites, including the prominent Towers accommodations, showcasing exceptional views of the city skyline, elegant furnishings and enhanced features.

American Girl New York Palace

 

 

 


The hotel's American Girl Place Package includes:

-Choice of Superior or Tower accommodations (ranging from floors 9 to 54)

-A special sweet treat

-A complimentary American Girl doll-sized travel bed (your gift to take home)

Activities and amenities at the hotel include on-site dining at GILT, Istana and the Madison Room and a 7,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. It is conveniently located within blocks of New York's Theatre District and Times Square.

Fall American Girl Rates at The New York Palace Hotel start at $549 per night >>