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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.

The Summer Houses of Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah

March 12, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Dar Al Masyaf is one of the three properties of Madinat Jumeirah Resort. Literally translated, Dar Al Masyaf means summer houses and the property features 29 summer houses comprising 283 rooms and suites with private balconies or terrace areas.

Beautifully appointed, all 283 rooms and suites portray an Arabian theme in keeping with the overall style of the resort. An integrated design means that guests can take either one room or even an entire summer house. Designed for the guest who seeks added privacy within intimate enclaves yet with easy access to all Madinat Jumeirah resort facilities,  the summer houses of Dar Al Masyaf are an ideal refuge. Offering two house types (Gulf and Arabian), each with luxurious guest rooms and suites, the Gulf summer houses offer superb access to the beach and all houses benefit from privileged locations within the resort.

Dar Al Masayaf Arabian Summer Houses

View more photos, read more, or check rates and availability at Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah >>


Your Questions Answered: What are the best accommodations for a family of six in Scottsdale, AZ?

March 7, 2013
By: Betsy LeTourneau

 Your Questions Answered: What are the best accommodations for a family of six in Scottsdale, AZ? 

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 in Scottsdale, AZ.  What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?
 

The Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas is located in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona, within minutes of shopping, attractions, dining, world-class golf, and business districts. With breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain, this AAA Four Diamond resort combines a relaxed ambience with decor inspired by the Sonoran Desert. Relax in your beautifully furnished, spacious guest room. Unique from other Scottsdale hotels are our spacious two-bedroom villas with wood-burning fireplaces which provide beautiful views from your private balcony, and a pool dedicated solely to the villas.

Two Bedroom Deluxe Villa Details: these luxurious two bedroom, two bathroom Villas range between 1,500 and 1,800 sq. ft. All of the Villas have identical guestroom configurations; the first bedroom offers a king bed, and the second guest room offers two double beds.  The spacious living room features a wood burning fireplace, queen sleeper sofa, wet bar, dining table and a 42-inch flat-screen plasma television with Bose stereo system. The kitchenette is stocked with ample cookware, cooking utensils and silverware. Other kitchenette amenities include: flat top range, refrigerator, toaster and plenty of cabinet storage. Additional villa amenities include: secure entrance, private pool, complimentary wireless internet, dual line telephones, washer and dryer, private patio and upscale 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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Atlantis Summer Camps for Kids

February 21, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

Ahhh, summer camp.  Sleeping in cabins, eating at the mess hall, playing pranks on counselors. For those with fond memories of summer camp, you can pass on some of those memories to your kids.  Except, well, they'll be in the Bahamas and staying in a lot more luxurious surroundings!

Atlantis, the family-friend resort in Nassua, has announced the first three of its summer camps. They are:

-Junior Scuba Explorers, for ages 10-15, offers ocean adventurers the chance to earn PADI Open Water SCUBA Certification from certified instructors. Divers will get  to explore the themed exhibit lagoons and embark on underwater excursions to nearby coral reefs.

-Marine Adventure Camp, for ages 10-14,  is for kids interested in becoming Atlantis Jr. Aquarists.  Campers will spend 3 days working with marine life, from food prepping to feeding the animals to snorkeling and learning about coral reefs.

-Junior Golf Camp, for ages 6-14, will get kids swinging like the pros.  Campers will learn the fundamentals fo golf, starting with grip, posture and alignment. They'll also learn how to putt, chip, pitch, and full-swing.  

Other camps will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

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Your Questions Answered: A Family of 4 at The Dolder Grand in Zurich

February 20, 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.

The Dolder Grand ZurichQUESTION: What rooms are available at the Dolder Grand in Zurich Switzerland for a family of 4?

ANSWER: All of the rooms at The Dolder Grand have a maximum occupancy of 2 adults and 1 child. However, for families or groups with more than 3 occupants, connecting rooms can easily be arranged between varieties of room types. Examples would be as follows:

- Double Room Superior can connect to the Double Room Deluxe

- Junior Suite connecting to Double Room Deluxe

- Junior Room Supreme can connect to the Double Room Supreme

- The Suites Grand can be connected with double rooms superior

- The Suites Superior can be connected with double rooms superior

- The Suites Deluxe can be connected with up to three double rooms deluxe

All rooms at the Dolder Grand are equipped with luxurious white-marble bathrooms with separate bath and shower areas. The historic balconies give the rooms a turn-of-the-century zeitgeist. Double rooms and suites are furnished with king-size beds, single rooms with queen-size beds.

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.

View more details, photos, and check rates and availability at The Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich >>


Fun Fact Friday! Fairmont’s President’s Club Members Ride in Style

February 8, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

Fairmont is now offering complimentary shuttle service to its President’s Club members in a BMW 750i Sedan, so arrive to the airport, your meeting, or your dinner date in style!

Explore Fairmont hotels all over the world here >>


Get Your Golden Easter Egg at The Homestead

January 31, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

It's not even Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean it's too soon to start planning for Easter!  The Homestead, one of the country's leading historic resorts and a National Historic Landmark, has been providing luxuriously appointed resort accommodations to Presidents, Princes, and sports enthusiasts alike since its founding in 1766. Easter weekend is a big deal at The Homestead, with activities such as crafts, magic shows, caricatures, balloon animals, photos with the Easter Bunny, and even Saturday afternoon tea with the Easter Bunny.

On Sunday, The Homestead hosts the largest Easter Egg hunt in Virginia, with over 4,000 eggs hidden! One lucky child will find the Golden Egg, and will receive a complimentary one-night stay including breakfast and dinner for a family of four. 

Adults can enjoy such activities as a golf clinic, Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland Ice Skating & Swimming, and a Ballroom dance clinic.
 

Explore rates, details, photos and more at The Homestead >>

 

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The First Legoland Hotel to Open in the U.S. This April!

January 22, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

Legos, original barbie dolls, and beanie babies send us all back to our childhoods, so we certainly squeeled like little kids when we heard about Legoland Hotels. Set to open on April 5th 2013 in Carlsbad California, this will be the first Legoland Hotel in the United States and the third in the world with the two already up and running in the United Kingdom and Denmark.

We’re looking forward to having life-sized, lego built employees including bell hops and dragons dispersed throughout the property. All of the 250 rooms are decorated in accordance with one of Lego’s three most popular product styles (Kingdom, Adventure, or Pirate), and feature perks like mini-fridges and in-room treasure hunts. Rooms also feature free Wi-Fi, flatscreen televions, and all of the lego bricks you could ever want in a lifetime!

If a visit to Legoland Park is all you need, be sure to explore the 2 luxury hotels in Carlsbad for a vacation full of kid-friendly fun and luxury!


Your Questions Answered: Hotels in the Maldives Perfect for Family Travel

January 17, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 hotels in the Maldives do you recommend for a family traveling with kids?

Answer: A few hotels in the Maldives that we’d recommend for families traveling with kids are below:

Dusit Thani Maldives - Children’s play area and club facility.

One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah - KidsOnly is free for all children from 2-11 years and provides world-class benefits including exciting and imaginative daily fun programs, age-appropriate activities, facilities and amenities, over twelve hours a day. Babysitters are available 24 hours a day for those under 2.

Anantara Veli Resort and Spa - Open for children from the ages of 3 to 12, the Dhoni Kids Club keeps our youngest guests entertained during their holidays with an action-packed program featuring a variety of beach and outdoor activities, creative crafts and games that are fun, educational and culturally enriching.

LUX Maldives - PLAY offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island's incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes and treasure hunts to engaging and educational Teddy Tennis lessons, PLAY is everything your kids could hope for on an island vacation.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives - Kids For All Seasons Kudamas Club, an organized program of fun activities

The Gili Lankanfushi Maldives - Baby sitting service is available.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives - Children are VIPs at the Waldorf Astoria Kids' Club. Their own little paradise has a private pool, games room, a bungee trampoline for older children and adults and an extensive tailor-made program of activities for their entertainment. Fun and discovery never end.

Kanuhura - The Kids Club offers imaginative fun for kids (2 to 11 years old).

To view availability, rates, and to make a reservation, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel!


Kids, Paul Frank, and The James New York

January 16, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

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At first glance, The James New York might seem to be too sophisticated to cater to smaller, younger guests.
But this sophisticated Soho luxury hotel has teamed up with illustrator Paul Frank to make kids feel welcome. 
You'll probably recognize Frank's whimsical Julius the Monkey character that has appeared on clothing, accessories,
and many other products. 

Paul Frank amenities for kids include:

-Crib for youngest guests with cozy Paul Frank blankets.

-Paul Frank car seats and boosters for use in The James New York car service or city taxis.

-Paul Frank pajamas for boys and girls, sizes 3T-7.

-Paul Frank coloring sheets and crayons.

Paul Frank amenities aren't the only things parents can expect from The James New York. Babysitting services are available on request, along with a selection of children’s books, movies and a Play Station for use during your stay. David Burke Kitchen has also created in-room dining options sure to appeal to tiny palates.

Explore rates, details, photos and more at The James New York>>

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Turks and Caicos Hotels with a Kids Club

January 14, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

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’re planning a family vacation to Turks and Caicos. Please provide us with the all inclusive options as well as the hotels that have a kids club.

Answer: We have 18 luxury hotels in Turks and Caicos, and depending on your dates, some of them may offer breakfast inclusive or all inclusive rates. None of the hotels in Turks and Caicos are categorized as all-inclusive resorts. The ones that have kids clubs include:

Grace Bay Club (Kids Town Program offers a variety of half and full day excursions and a range of other activities to ensure that children of all ages enjoy their Caribbean adventure.)

Sands at Grace Bay (Only offered during high season)

The Meridian Club (Only children 12 and older)

Seven Stars Resort (Has a children's play area)

The Veranda (Using the natural environment of Turks and Caicos as a foundation, the Kids Club offers a variety of fun, stimulating and experiential activities. All this is housed in a modern facility where parents can safely leave children between ages of 3 to 12 years old.)

To view availability and rates, simply visit this website and enter your dates of travel!

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