November 22, 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.
QUESTION: We are a family of 7 and looking to stay is Miami, FL. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family?
ANSWER: Acqualina Resort and 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. The luxurious 20,000 square foot ESPA oceanfront spa features 16 treatment rooms including a private hotel spa suite for two, a private spa pool and heated jet pool with a Roman waterfall, Finnish Saunas, Crystal Steam Rooms, Ice Fountains, Experience Showers, and Relaxation Rooms.
The resort is a recipient of the coveted 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award, 2014 AAA Five Diamond Award for five consecutive years and 2012 Andrew Harper's Reader's Choice Award for Top 20 Beach and Family Resorts. Acqualina is just five minutes from the world famous Bal Harbour Shops and a short drive to the vibrant daytime activities and nightlife of Miami Beach, South Beach, Hollywood, and Fort Lauderdale.
Acqualina's 54 guest rooms and 44 suites include two deluxe three bedroom oceanfront suites. All are havens of elegance and comfort. The richly appointed accommodations feature classic furnishings with fresh modern elements complete with luxurious fabrics and gracious amenities such as private terraces, flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with imported marble flooring, double sinks, bath tub and glass-enclosed shower. All rooms and suites offer magnificent views and are equipped with fully stocked private bars with gourmet food snacks, goose down duvet and pillows (foam pillows available upon request), Frette sheets, ETRO bath amenities, hair dryer & makeup mirror, luxurious bathrobes, in-room CD players, IPOD docking stations, high-speed Internet access, and umbrellas.
For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suite connected to a Deluxe Ocean Front room, with a rolloway added for an additional $50.00 night- The suites offer king-size beds in both the master and second bedroom, premium oceanfront views, separate living room, writing desk, two flat-screen TVs, entertainment unit, mini bar, private terrace, gourmet kitchen (with Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator/freezer, designer granite countertops with full back splash, Italian limited edition cabinets, microwave, dishwasher, stainless-steel sink and garbage disposal), breakfast room and two full bathroom outfitted with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower. (2035 sq. ft. of enclosed area; 2379 sq. ft. with terrace). The Deluxe Ocean Front Rooms rooms boast an oceanfront view, king-size bed, foyer area, flat-screen TV, entertainment unit, mini bar, sitting area, writing desk, private terrace and bathroom with imported marble flooring, double sinks, custom vanity area, bathtub and glass-enclosed shower.
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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.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
November 21, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Today's the day! Thompson Miami Beach, formerly the Crown Hotel, opens for business today. Close to South Beach, Thompson Miami Beach is where Art Deco meets mid-century and Miami Modern. The beachfront hotel features a new restaurant by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, and a rooftop, outdoor spa.
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Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria Falls. The hotel overlooks the Victoria Falls Bridge and the gorges below. Situated in acres of private garden, the charm and tranquil atmosphere of the hotel has earned international acclaim. The elegant decor and the old world charm of this gracious hotel is reflected in the wide colonial verandahs and the Livingstone room with its superb cuisine.
A walk along the hotel's private pathway will bring guests out atop the gorge and provides a magnificent view of the bridge crossing into Zambia. From here one can watch in awe as bungi jumpers fall 111 metres down the world's longest natural bungi jump, towards the mighty Zambezi below.
Dining options include:
The Livingstone Room-Enjoy an elegant dining experience at The Victoria Falls Hotel. Guests can choose from a la carte menu and an extensive wine list. The dress code has been relaxed in line with the times. The dress code is smart but a jacket and tie is not longer obligatory.
The Jungle Junction-Situated close to the swimming pool with a clear view of the spray of the Falls, the Jungle Junction is a popular venue with groups, offering African fusion food with traditional African music.
Stanley's Terrace-A selection of light meals is served from the Stanley's Terrace at The Victoria Falls Hotel. An afternoon spent enjoying the renowned traditional High Tea overlooking the Victoria Falls bridge and spray of the Falls is a must for hotel guests.
In-room dining is also available.
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Villa la Vedetta started life as a neo-renaissance romantic villa, today it is a refined 5 star luxury hotel The villa is located close to Piazzale Michelangelo and few steps away from Ponte Vecchio, with a breathtaking view of the city of Florence.
A reinvigorating dive into the splendid panoramic pool, enjoying one of the most beautiful views in the world, is just one of the most fantastic emotions that Guests can experience during their stay at Villa la Vedetta. The Duomo, The Campanile of Giotto, The Santa Croce Church and the entire Florentine skyline provide a stunning backdrop to the pool.
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November 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque Resort & Spa, located on the island of Tenerife, next to the Atlantic Ocean, is a luxury residential complex inspired in the culture of The Canary Islands, reflected both in its colonial style as well as the clothing of the personnel, inspired in the traditional attire of the region.
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November 19, 2014
By: K. Clare Johnson
Hotel Mazarin takes its name from the famous European diplomat and Catholic Pontiff, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, a 17th century Italian-born statesman, gambler, aide-de camp to French royalty, Machiavellian scholar, chief financial minister to Queen Anne, and a longtime Regent of France on behalf of Louis the XIV. A Renaissance man and collector of fine wines and wealth, he designed the Mazarin Diamond, one of the first forms of the brilliant cut.
At the historic luxury hotel, the guestrooms are thoughtfully appointed to cater to the modern traveler while preserving New Orleans' signature charm. Hotel guests will enjoy a private courtyard setting with a Renaissance-inspired fountain, a 24-hour fitness center, and a business center.
Guests need only to step outside and enjoy the jazz resonating in the streets and galleries and shops just a half block away on Royal Street. The lively nightlife and music New Orleans is known for is on Bourbon Street, also just a half block away. Enjoy a nightcap at the only French Quarter wine bar, Patrick's Bar Vin or at the hotel's Prohibition-era inspired bar 21st Amendment at La Louisiane.
Guests enjoy the following amenities included in the room rate:
Wireless Internet access
Daily deluxe breakfast
Welcome cocktail at our 21st Amendment at La Louisiane
In-room bottled artesian water and coffee
Additional amenities include:
Patrick’s Bar Vin Wine Bar
21st Amendment Bar at La Louisiane
Valet parking (additional fee)
Special pricing is available to guests of the Hotel Mazarin for New Orleans airport transportation service
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By: K. Clare Johnson
LUX Belle Mare features one of the largest swimming pools in Mauritius (2000 m²) - with a separate area for children. The pool is lighted and heated.
The 23-acre Tuscan inspired Villagio Inn and Spa features flowing water fountain pathways weaved throughout lush Mediterranean-style gardens. The centerpiece of the Yountville property is the 13,000-square-foot Spa Villagio, featuring sixteen treatment rooms and five intimate, private spa suites appointed with indoor and outdoor oversized sunken infinity tubs, fireplaces, steam showers, wet bars and flat screen televisions with Bose sound systems.
One of the many signature treatments and spa packages that can be enjoyed by guests is the Spa Villagio After Dark experience.
Start the day in your luxurious hotel guestroom. At dinner, experience the culinary epicenter of Napa Valley in a town that boasts the most Michelin Star rated restaurants on Washington Street. Your sensory journey continues after dinner where an inviting Spa Suite awaits you. Enjoy a glass of wine and a delicious dessert next to a crackling fireplace on your own private patio. Listen to your favorite music and take a soothing Mediterranean steam. Candles are lit and it's time to complete your ultimate evening of tranquility with a Mineral Soak in your infinity edge tub.
Spa Villagio After Dark Includes:
Luxurious One Night Accommodations for Two at either Villagio Inn & Spa or Vintage Inn.
Complimentary Bottle of Wine Upon Arrival.
A $100.00 Dinner Credit at Michael Chiarello's Bottega Ristorante
Use of a Private Spa Suite for 1.5 hours.
Sumptuous Champagne Breakfast & Afternoon Tea Service Each Day.
Complimentary Daily Access to Spa Villagio Facilities and Amenities.
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Offering luxurious accommodation in the heart of Singapore's arts and financial districts, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a masterpiece of understated comfort and elegance. Transformed from the Fullerton Building which was built in 1928, its rich heritage, neo-classical architecture and strategic location make it an inspiration to business and leisure travelers.
Located where the dynamic developments of Marina Bay intersect with the Singapore skyline and nestled in the heart of Singapore's historic civic and business districts, The Fullerton Heritage Precinct is the focal point for waterfront fine dining, upscale shopping and entertainment. It consists of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Waterboat House, The Fullerton Pavilion, One Fullerton, Clifford Pier, and Customs House.
Guests of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore can enjoy a tour of led by an appointed historian, The Fullerton Hotel Tour takes guests on a journey to several historical points of interest within and around The Fullerton Hotel including the former main entrance of the General Post Office, Post Bar (where a 300-feet long postal counter used to be), the Straits Room (formerly the Billiard Room of the prestigious Singapore Club) and The Lighthouse (The Fullerton Hotel's Italian restaurant & rooftop bar which used to house a beacon that guided ships approaching Singapore's shores from 1958 to 1979).
Guests can also take a self-guided tour. With the support of the National Heritage Board's Heritage Industry Incentive Programme, The Fullerton Heritage together with the Singapore Philatelic Museum has designed The Fullerton Heritage Trail Map to guide visitors on a walking trail – whether you have less than an hour or three hours to spare – to discover firsthand the rich history and landmarks in and around the precinct and neighboring civic district. Some of the historical gems include the Foundation Stone, the Cavenagh Bridge, and Old Supreme Court and City Hall.
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The infinity-edge pool at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is located on the resort's private island of Ile aux Chats, facing the picturesque turquoise lagoon. With the breathtaking effect of floating above the lagoon, the infinity-edge pool is an ideal place to enjoy a relaxing swim while appreciating the beautiful view of the ocean and nearby islands. The free-form California-edge pool overflows into the infinity-edge pool. The pool's design allows you to relax on its slopes while enjoying the sun and the breathtaking view of the lagoon. There's also a lap pool and a children's pool.
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