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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 Hotel in Barcelona?

July 18, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Casa Fuster 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 Barcelona, Spain. What hotel offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Casa Fuster Hotel 

This 5-star luxury hotel (listed as a landmark building dating back to 1908), boasts a perfect combination of a modernist atmosphere, unique architecture, and a mix of Art Deco and traditional furnishings. The hotel is situated at the highest point of Paseo de Gracia, giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city of Barcelona. Hotel Casa Fuster is located in the heart of Barcelona, in the residential and cultural area of L'Eixample - within walking distance to designer shopping, clubs and restaurants.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 
Standard Room connected to a Junior Suite, with a rollaway bed.

- Standard Room is 25 square meters, has twin beds or double bed, has a double door and full bathroom.
- Junior Suite is 40 square meters and has either two beds or ing bed, Double door, Receiver, Dresser, Lounge, Full bathroom, Hot Tub and Shower.

Hotel Casa Fuster's Barcelona accommodation offers 105 rooms that are decorated with natural tones to reflect a peacefully harmonious and comfortable environment - it's exclusive and noble materials such as wood combine both modern and classic design. Its unique style combines contemporary elements along with modernist character. It's large windows fill all the rooms with plenty of natural light. All rooms contain a minibar, telephone, free internet connection, 30" Flat screen LCD TV, Satellite channels, complete bathroom with hair dryer, surround sound, heating, air conditioning and safe.
 

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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 Does iprefer Member Mean The Resort at Longboat Key Club?

July 16, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Resort at Longboat Key Club
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 Does iprefer Member Mean at The Resort at Longboat Key Club?

ANSWER: The Resort at Longboat Key Club is set like a jewel on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Sarasota. Playing together along the white sand beach. Relaxing by the beautiful Gulf-side pool. Unwinding on the two championship golf courses, in the new Island House Spa, or at the supervised Kids Klub. Dining in four superb restaurants and lounges. Or watching a Gulf Coast sunset from the private balcony of a luxurious suite.

The hotel's Iprefer Member Only Offer is the most flexible hotel points program, letting you choose when and how to redeem your points. Unlike other loyalty programs, you enjoy real benefits at all membership levels., iPrefer is completely free, and you'll begin earning points with your first stay (one point earned for every US$1 spent). The more you earn, the better it gets.

The Resort at Longboart Key Club


We Recommend:
Sarasota One-Bedroom Suites- At 850 square feet, The Resort at Longboat Key Club's spacious One-Bedroom Suites are ideal for guests seeking a stylish beachside retreat with all the comforts of home. The suite's spacious master bedroom boasts a king-size bed and dressing area, along with access to a furnished private balcony overlooking the beach or golf course. An expansive living/dining room also offers access to the balcony along with a comfortable queen-size sleeper sofa and rich, dark wood furnishings including a four-person dining table and elegant writing desk. Take advantage of the suite's kitchen and enjoy a relaxing breakfast on the outdoor dining table or simply luxuriate in a plush bathrobe and have a a gourmet meal delivered. With an in-room washer/dryer, custom bedding and flat screen televisions, the resort's One-Bedroom Suites reflect Sarasota's relaxed coastal lifestyle at its finest.

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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 is the Pet Policy at the Hyatt Regency Cypress Orlando?

July 7, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando
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 is the pet policy at the Hyatt Regency Cypress Orlando?


ANSWER: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando

Discover a secluded luxury hotel set in the heart of Orlando theme park country near Lake Buena Vista. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is surrounded by 21 acres of shimmering lakes and lush landscaping, offering an ideal destination for leisure or business travelers looking to unwind. Just one mile from Walt Disney World Resort and five miles from Sea World, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress also offers such an impressive collection of on-site activities. Want to learn to scuba dive or improve your tennis game? Guests can take a lesson from the on-site professionals. The whole family will love to waterslide in an 800,000 gallon lagoon-style pool, or teeing up on a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. Or, just have a relaxing spa treatment while the kids enjoy their day at Camp Hyatt.

Pet Policy
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress OrlandoDogs are allowed. There is a maximum 50 poounds for 1 dog, 2 dogs of no more than 75 pounds combined weight. There is a one-time $150 fee for the first 6 nights. There are specific rooms set aside for pets. Guests bringing pets need a shot record and 3 day pre-stay notice for reservation with a pet.

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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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Los Angeles Hotel?

July 3, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Terranea 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 in Los Angeles. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Terranea Resort

Terranea is a land unto itself. When you step onto this 102-acre private peninsula paradise, it's like stepping into a whole new world - minutes from the bustle of Los Angeles. On three sides, you're surrounded by the tranquil waves of the Pacific and across the channel is Catalina Island. The coastal setting of Terranea embraces its Mediterranean heritage and incorporates it into its architecture. Terranea Resort

The luxury eco resort offers well-appointed rooms and suites and includes a collection of residential Bungalows, Casitas, and Villas. An award-winning nine-hole, par-three golf course, the soothing oceanfront Spa at Terranea, three ocean-view pools, and a collection of eight distinctive restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges welcomes you with open arms. 

Surrounding Terranea are countless adventures in and around the Palos Verdes peninsula and in the South Bay beach cities. Explore the resort's Aqua-Terra Adventures and make a splash with activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, tide pooling, and snorkeling. Then dive deeper into your adventure with a guided bike ride, an ocean-side hike, a horseback trail ride, or a trip to the falconry program. Within a reasonable driving distance are Disneyland, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and major sporting venues.

Terranea Resort
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:

2 Bedroom Ocean View Vacation Casita
Situated on Terranea Resort's East and West bluffs on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the Vacation Casitas have private entrances and a luxurious, residential feel. Boasting expansive views, suite amenities include a kitchen, living room, and laundry facilities. These southern California vacation rentals are the perfect option for a family vacation or summertime getaway with plenty of room for entertaining.

Details and Amenities
-Two oversized bedrooms with pillow-top beds and luxurious linens
-Bedroom One: King bed
-Bedroom Two: Two double beds
-Two bathrooms
-One 5-fixture stone master bathroom
-One 4-fixture stone bathroom
-Comfortable living room with a 42-inch flat screen television
-Kitchen with full-size refrigerator, four stove top burners and a convection/microwave oven
-Indoor fireplace with shared outdoor fireplace
-Washer and dryer
-Three dual-line telephones with voicemail
-In-room safe
-Available wireless Internet
-Oversized private balcony or patio for each bedroom

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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: Can You Recommend a Family-Friendly Hawaiian Resort?

June 25, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel 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 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 Hawaii What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa

Your family's ultimate Hawaii getaway begins at the Grand Wailea Resort, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award 14 consecutive years. Feel the sands of Wailea Beach between your toes. Unwind in the whirlpools of Spa Grande. Indulge in the cuisine of Alan Wong's Amasia. There's no shortage of unique activities to explore at the Grand Wailea.

Surrounded by the rising slopes of Haleakala and the expansive azure blue of the Pacific Ocean, the design of Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort captivates and delights the senses. Enjoy the lush, Polynesian beauty of an elegant Maui hideaway, providing an incomparable destination for relaxation and playful adventure.

Grand WaileaFor Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: 

Deluxe Ocean View 2 Queen connects Deluxe Ocean View. There is an additional per night fee to guarantee connecting rooms. Deluxe Ocean view rooms offer the best views in the Grand Wailea. Located on the upper floors of the Haleakala, Wailea and Molokini wings, these luxury accommodations provide ocean views from your lanai, perfect for enjoying Maui’s memorable sunsets. With beautiful ocean views, King bed or two Queen beds. Appointed with feather duvets and pillows and with spacious with a private lanai that is perfect for enjoying brilliant Maui sunsets.

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 Family-Friendly Luxury Resort in Fort Lauderdale?

June 21, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Westin Beach Resort and Spa Fort Lauderdale
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: What's a family friendly resort in Ft Lauderdale for a family of 5, children 4 months, 8 and 11?

ANSWER: The Westin Beach Resort & Spa Fort Lauderdale

Guests can experience the golden sands and blue waters of Fort Lauderdale's 23 miles of sun-kissed beaches, just a few steps away from the The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale. The hotel amenities include air-conditioning, wireless high-speed Internet access, 24-hour business center, outdoor pool, 24-hour front desk, and elevator access. The hotel is wheelchair accessible. The room amenities include hairdryers, irons, ironing boards, coffeemakers with Starbucks Coffee, dual-line telephones, and high-speed Internet access

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend: Westin Fort Lauderdale
You will need 2 rooms- same view and category to connect -1 King to 2 Doubles with the addition of a crib. Choose the Premium Deluxe Ocean View Room, Imagine awakening each morning to full views of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean right outside your window. That pleasure—and more—is in store for you in the Premium Ocean Front rooms. Slide open the elegant, ceiling-height glass doors and take in the sea views while you sip your morning coffee. Facing back inside, you'll rediscover our ocean locale in a color palette of jewel-like blues and golden browns. Natural light streams in through the glass to illuminate the clean lines and warm mahogany accents of the room’s contemporary decor.

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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: Can You Recommend a Luxury Hotel in Istanbul Suitable for a Family of Five?

June 19, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Ritz Carlton Istanbul
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 5 and looking to stay is Istanbul. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family of 5 . There are 2 adults and 3 children 15, 10, and 8.

ANSWER: Ritz Carlton Istanbul 

This luxury hotel, set in the heart of the city and overlooking the Bosphorus, beautifully blends modern sophistication with historic Ottoman touches, found everywhere from the spa's traditional hammam to the exceptional accommodations. A 16th-century door offers passage from the energetic city into this Istanbul hotel, where the graceful lobby is adorned in Turkish carpets, antique furniture and an oversized oil painting from contemporary artist Timur Kerim Incedayi. The location of this luxury hotel invites the beauty of the Bosphorus into spaces throughout the property. At Cintemani Restaurant and Bleu Lounge & Grill, guests can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with spectacular views, while meeting and wedding venues such as the Cam room also draw upon its charm. Guests can easily explore this historical city with its most famous attractions, including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and Grand Bazaar, only 15 minutes away.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Ritz Carlton Istanbul
-Bosphorus Suite connected to a standard Partial Bosphorus king or twin rolloway. Guest rooms and suites at this Istanbul hotel offer impeccable service, indulgent amenities, and breathtaking Bosphorus views.

The Partial Bosphorus View Deluxe Room is 450 square feet with Turkish-inspired style and decor. Choose from one King or two Twin beds. The oversized marble bathroom is decorated with Iznik tiles, and has a separate shower and bathtub. Amenities include multi-lingual interactive flat screen TV, Internet access, computer and fax hook ups, multi-line telephones with voice mail, honor bar, coffee machine, electronic in-room safe, and twice daily maid service.

 

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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: Can You Recommend an Ibiza Resort for a Family of Four Adults?

June 14, 2014
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.

Ibiza Grand HotelQUESTION: We are a family of 4 adults and looking to stay is Ibiza, Spain. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?


ANSWER: Ibiza Gran Hotel  

Ibiza Gran Hotel is centrally located next to the Paseo Maritimo, a stone's throw from the city, the Marina Botafoch and Marina Ibiza ports, and Ibiza's renowned night life. For those who appreciate the truly unique, Ibiza Gran Hotel offers exclusive accommodation and leisure facilities. The essence of the Mediterranean captured in 157 suites with exceptional views, spas, restaurants, swimming pools, a casino, and an art gallery. All of the suites have something different, as well as many things in common. They are light and airy, spacious, have stunning views, works of art in the suites, and fine materials. 


The casino is part of the Ibiza Gran Hotel, a unique place where you can have a lot of fun; it's in a class of its own in Ibiza. The casino has a games room, a slot machine room, a restaurant, and the Casino Bar. The casino is open all year round and is one of the main leisure attractions on the island, paying meticulous attention to the professionalism of its staff with a firm commitment to responsible gambling. If you are looking to have an absolute blast, you'll find what you're after at the Casino de Ibiza.

The spa offers guests treatments, spa rituals and sensations with a traditional mix of hospitality, bespoke service, and discretion, pampering both body and mind . There are four different areas which complement each other with details that convey a pleasant sensation of purity, with over 1300 m² of modern facilities dedicated to revitalizing and rejuvenating the body.
This is an ideal place for reflection, relaxation and leisure.Ibiza Gran Hotel


For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Gran Suite Vanity Fair-A loft of 150 m² located on the eastern edge of the top floor of the hotel, with the sky as a neighbor. Terrace with solarium, private heated pool and whirlpool, an exceptional view of the Mediterranean. This suite has 2 King size beds, two bedrooms and open plan living room and comfortable, 180 m2 of magnificent private terrace with sundeck, heated pool and whirlpool, soundproofing, original artwork, full open bar with coffee and tea set, elegant and luxurious bathrooms with whirlpool, 3 TV Loewe 55 "with free satellite channels, adjustment control lighting and temperature.

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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 Barcelona Hotel Do You Recommend for a Family of 4?

June 6, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Casa Fuster Hotel
We at Five Star Alliance work hard to 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, 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 resorts in Barcelona for a family of 4, children ages 8 and 11?

ANSWER: Casa Fuster Hotel 

This 5-star luxury hotel (listed as a landmark building dating back to 1908), boasts a perfect combination of a modernist atmosphere, unique architecture, and a mix of Art Deco and traditional furnishings. The hotel is situated at the highest point of Paseo de Gracia, giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire city of Barcelona. Hotel Casa Fuster is located in the heart of Barcelona, in the residential and cultural area of L'Eixample - within walking distance to designer shopping, clubs and restaurants.

 
 

For Your Needs, We Recommend:

Book for a Standard Room that connects to a Junior suite, and ask for a rollaway bed. 



Standard Deluxe Room Details:
43m2
Queen-size double bedCasa Fuster Hotel Balcony
Double doors
Reception area
Dreessing room
Complete Bathroom
Hydro massage shower
Shower cabin

 

Junior Suite Details:
40m2
2 single beds or king size double bed
Double doors
Reception area
Dressing room
Sitting room
Complete bathroom
Hydro massage shower
Shower cabin

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 Resort in the Seychelles for a Family of Four?

June 5, 2014
By: Betsy LeTourneau

Le Meridien Fisherman's Cover
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 in Seychelles. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?

ANSWER: Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove

Founded in 1943, historic Fisherman's Cove is the Seychelles’' first and most legendary hotel. Over the decades, the resort has gained a reputation for relaxed, understated luxury and friendly, personalized service, providing guests with a peaceful hideaway. Seabirds skim the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, schools of fish flurry just below the surface, and the clear sunlight illuminates the rippling crystal waves. Welcome to the Seychelles, home of the amusingly shaped lovenut, the largest seabird colony in the world, and over one thousand species of fish. Nestled in the heart of paradise on the southern tip of Beau Vallon, Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove features sweeping thatched roofs and local granite. The open-air lobby, which affords breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, stands above a stylish bar and library.

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Deluxe Room Ocean View connected to Deluxe Room Ocean View

The Spacious Deluxe rooms, which are 45 square meters, rest amongst verdant tropical fauna with a private garden terrace with beachfront views of the crystal clear Indian Ocean waters. Immerse yourself in the soft and muted shades of the décor that unwind and calm. This open plan room is perfect for those who just want to relax in a tranquil atmosphere.

All rooms Feature:
Le Meridien Fisherman's CoverA seperate seating area
Private GardenTerrace
32" LCD Television with Satellite Channels
Iron and Ironing Board
Mini Bar
Individually controlled air-conditioning
In-room Safe
Tea and Coffee making facilities
Hairdryer
Separate Walk-in Showers
Separate Bathtub

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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