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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: What's a Great Oahu Luxury Hotel for a Family of Six?

December 28, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Turtle 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 6 and looking to stay is Oahu, Hi. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: We recommend Turtle Bay Resort.


Turtle Bay Resort has almost five miles of beachfront that includes the beauty of Kawela Bay, Bay View Beach Lawn, and of course Turtle Bay. Only 45 minutes from the high pulse and energy of Honolulu, guests enjoy the natural tranquility of the North Shore lifestyle and Spectacular Ocean views. Just minutes away, find one of Hawaii's most popular destinations, The Polynesian Cultural Center, and many other famous Oahu attractions. Oahu, the one island that has it all, Turtle Bay Resort offers a true Hawaiian outer-island experience. Because of the resort's unique position on the island, all of the 375 luxury guest rooms, 26 suites, 42 beach cottages and luxury ocean villas offer picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort features two lushly landscaped pools, two championship golf courses, tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails, a surfing school, world-class dining, and shopping.

Turtle Bay ResortFor your family, we recommend Turtle Bay's Ocean Villas. Elegantly furnished with a masterful blend of luxury and style, Turtle Bay’s Ocean Villas surpass any oceanfront resort accommodations on North Shore Oahu. Enjoy exclusive amenities, such as a private pool, Jacuzzi, courtyard and barbecue area. Just steps from the beach, the Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay Resort are the perfect setting for relaxing and playing in Oahu's Fabled North Shore luxury.

-The Villa Studio, 3-Bedroom offers: Living Area with Sleeper Sofa, Lounge Chairs, Coffee Table and Entertainment Cabinet, Dining Area equipped with Silverware, Dinnerware, Glassware and Stemware, Brazilian Chestnut Wood Floors, Granite Kitchen Countertops, Sub Zero refrigerator, Wolf Cooktop, Oven and Microwave Oven, Dishwasher, Quality Cookware and Small Kitchen Appliances, Travertine Marble Stone in the Entry-way, Kitchen and Bathrooms, High Speed Internet, Bose Home Entertainment System and Flat-screen TVs with Cable, Super Capacity Washer/Dryer, Private Lanai with Sitting Area and is Steps to the Bay View Beach.

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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's a Great Paris Hotel for a Family of Six?

December 12, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hotel California Champs-ElyseesWe 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 6 and looking to stay is Paris, France. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family (children ages 6-11)?


ANSWER: Hotel California Champs-Elysees

Built in 1925, a few steps away from the Champs-Elysees, with an extensive painting gallery for art lovers, this hotel unites luxury with its classic and refined decor. Charm, romance and refinement come naturally to this prestigious Parisian hotel, which owes its name to Hollywood and the New York Press. Each of the rooms and suites offer a view of Paris. Through the windows, eyes wander over a central courtyard open to the sky, the sacred heart of Montmartre and rooftops of Paris. Hotel amenities include Le Cadre d'Or restaurant serving traditional French dishes, bar, business center, Internet access, multilingual staff, and 24-hour front desk. Rooms feature minibars, TVs with pay movies, air conditioning, and black-out drapes.Hotel California Champs-Elysees

For your family's needs, we recommend:

The Deluxe room with an occupancy of 3 to connect to Deluxe Premium rooms, with a rolloway. The large and wide 30sqm Deluxe rooms are elegantly furnished and decorated. Some of them have a nice private terrasse and they all overlook the charming Patio or lively Berri St. They offer a king size bed or 2 twin beds and can accommodate a maximum of 3 people (2 adults and 1 child ). Most of the bathrooms (modern or marble style) have a shower and a bath tub and some of them have natural daylight. An extra baby cot available on request. Connecting rooms to other Deluxe or classic rooms are available in this category upon request and availability. The room measure 30 sqm and has either King size bed or Twin beds.



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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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Teddy Bear Tea at Rittenhouse Hotel

December 5, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Rittenhouse Hotel Teddy Bear Tea


Gather up your kids for a special kid-friendly tea-time at Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Hotel.

From November 29th through December 31st 2013, children can enjoy a real-life tea party with their teddy bear friends at The Rittenhouse daily. With a child friendly menu and a complimentary Rittenhouse Teddy Bear, you will be sure to leave with a smile and a memory. Children's seating is at 11:30 am with Story time at 12:30 pm. Teddy Bear Tea is being offered at $60 for adults and $30 for kids. Advance reservations are required. 

The Tea Room bears the name of renowned painter Mary Cassatt, whose brother once lived in the mansion that is now the Rittenhouse Hotel. Amidst the rush of urban life, Afternoon Tea at the Mary Cassatt Tea Room offers an intimate daily escape and the continuance of an age-old tradition. The tea selection spans the world, from tisanes of local herbs and flowers to grand black and green teas of Asia. As accompaniment, Executive Chef Jon Cichon at Lacroix has crafted a selection of delightfully inspired and perfectly delicate sweets and savories with a view to seasonal ingredients and pairings with the wonderful teas.

 

Nightly rates at Rittenhouse Hotel from November 29th-December 31st start at $349>>

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Your Questions Answered: Where Should a Family Stay in New York City?

December 4, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The LowellWe 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 New York City near the Rockefeller Center. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: The Lowell


Located on a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue, The Lowell is in the heart of New York's most exclusive and fashionable Upper East Side. With only 49 individually decorated suites and 23 deluxe rooms, the hotel lavishes its guests with truly personalized service and great attention to detail. Among the many thoughtful touches are complimentary beverages upon arrival, Fiji water at turndown, and a selection of Bulgari amenities. Most suites have wood-burning fireplaces, some have terraces, and almost all have fully equipped kitchens.

For your needs, we recommend a Junior Suite with a rollaway bed. This spacious suite (over 600 square feet) contains a comfortable sitting area with a sofa, coffee table,and oversized desk. The suites feature Crema Marfil & Breccia Rosia marble bathrooms with a deep soaking tub and a separate stall shower with flat screen televisions. The suite also has a recently refashioned granite-topped kitchenette. The suite can accommodate a complimentary rollaway bed.

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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: Where in London Should a Family of Four Stay?

December 3, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

51 Buckingham GateWe 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 in London. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: 51 Buckingham Gate  

Housed in a Victorian building, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences, combines all the expertise of a hotel with the space and privacy of a private home, offering luxury suites, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms. Welcomed by courteous and discreet personal butlers, you will enter a world-class five star hotel with one of the most spacious suites in London. Suites in 51 Buckingham Gate feature award winning contemporary bathrooms and modern kitchens fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.
For those who don't feel like cooking, 24-Hour In Room Dining is available. The luxury suites are equipped with the latest technology, including flat-screen Television, DVD player, two line telephones, voice mail, data ports and high speed Internet and wireless access. Guests may use the Spa at 51, which brings a touch of Paris to London, offering luxurious Anne Sémonin pampering in an exclusive setting. 

51 Buckingham Gate
51 Buckingham Gate has a number of restaurants and bars to satisfy any palate. Michelin starred Quilon restaurant serves southwest coastal Indian cuisine. It is the only restaurant in the world serving south-west coastal Indian cuisine to have won a Michelin star. The Courtyard at 51 is open in the summer months for delicious barbeques, shisha, afternoon tea and exquisite cocktails. Bistro 51 serves a special selection of international cuisine in a casual atmosphere. At Bank Westminster you can enjoy classic British fare with a modern twist, overlooking the tranquil courtyard, or linger over a pre dinner cocktail in the adjoining Zander Bar, the longest in the UK. The Hamptons Bar is quintessentially English to enjoy an Afternoon tea, cocktails or a light meal.

For your family, choose either the Falconers 2 Bedroom Suite or Minsters Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suite. 


FALCONERS TWO BEDROOM SUITE: The stylish and homely Falconers Two Bedroom Suite is approximately 70 square meters/752 square feet in size and features two bedrooms with king or twin beds, two bathrooms, separate living room and fully-equipped kitchen.


MINSTERS DELUXE TWO BEDROOM SUITE: The contemporary and chic Minsters Deluxe Two Bedroom Suite is approximately 74 square meters/796 square feet in size and features two bedrooms with king or twin beds, two luxurious bathrooms, fully-equipped open-plan kitchen and living room.

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 available at the Four Seasons St Louis for a Family of Four?

November 30, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Four Seasons St LouisWe 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, children. What is available at the Four Seasons St. Louis?


ANSWER: The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis brings new cachet to the downtown riverscape. The Four Seasons St. Louis rises just steps from the Laclede's Landing entertainment district. Enjoy unrivaled access to stadium sports and the Lumiare Place Casino, right downstairs. Then escape into Four Seasons tranquility - where views of the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi are as big as the Midwestern sky. Four Seasons St Louis

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has 200 spacious guest rooms and suites that offer a variety of views of the city, the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi. They are bright and airy, with a very contemporary look that incorporates light woods and soft, natural hues. Well-defined work areas allow focused productivity, and each room features high-speed wired and wireless Internet access.

For your needs, we recommend the Grand Premier City-View Rooms. They feature elegantly designed interiors and offer expansive views of the city. These 639 sq foot rooms are on floors 9-19th, feature a king bed, and can easily accommodate an extra rollaway or crib.

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 are the Options for Connecting Rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus?

November 29, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Four Seasons IstanbulWe 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 6 and looking to stay at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. What are the best connecting rooms offering the best Bosphorus views accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: On the European bank of the Bosphorus – which flows through Istanbul’s history and heart – the Four Seasons gives a 19th-century palace a fresh, eclectic spirit. Alluring facilities include a chic urban spa, fine restaurants, and pools by the quayside that overlook the Asian shore. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus offers 170 guest rooms including 25 suites. Bright and airy, blending Ottoman design details and contemporary furnishings. these rooms open to balmy sea breezes and a variety of waterfront, garden and city views. Nearly a quarter of the rooms offer views across the legendary Strait to the hills of Asia.Four Seasons Istanbul

For your party choose the Palace Bosphorus Room King plus single bed, connecting to the same or to the Bosphorus Palace Two Bedroom Suite.

Palace Bosphorus Room King: These high-ceilinged, expansive rooms measuring 45-55 sq m (484 to 592 sq ft) offer eye-catching views of the city's key landmarks, including the Strait of Bosphorus, the Asian shores, the Maiden Tower or the domes and minarets of Old Town. Maximum occupancy is 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child, A rolloway or crib can easily be added.


Two-Bedroom Bosphorus Palace Suite: These suites offer views of our beautifully landscaped gardens and the Bosphorus. The first bedroom has a king bed while the 2nd room has 2 twin beds. Maximum occupancy is 5 adults or 2 adults and 3 children. An extra rollaway or crib can be added. Suite measures 170 sq m (1830 sq ft) They are the perfect setting for meetings or entertaining.

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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.

 


New to Five Star Alliance: The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana

November 24, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana is an all inclusive luxury boutique resort at the Paradisus Punta Cana Resort is specially designed for families. This deluxe luxury hotel in Punta Cana has a spectacular swimming pool with water ritual as well as a children's pool with slides. It also provides a YHI Spa, Family Concierge service, the finest dining, a private golf course, a fully equipped gym, a fun Kids Zone with great facilities for children, and 132 totally new luxury suites which include One Bedroom Master Suites, The Reserve One Bedroom Suites, and 48 Family Concierge Suites.

Paradisus Punta Cana

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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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