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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: 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.

 


New to Five Star Alliance: Lone Star Court

June 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Lone Star Court

New to Five Star Alliance is Lone Star Court. Like the motor courts of yesteryear, this cool Austin boutique hotel features an aesthetic that epitomizes Austin and Texas Hill Country. Located in Austin's newest residential and commercial district, The Domain, Lone Star Court is central to Austin's most vibrant new community. From the attractive room decor to the relaxing outdoor courtyard, nothing says Americana like Lone Star Court Domain Austin. The hotel is near Austin Arboretum in The Domain, a short drive from the Austin Convention Center and many more attractions in Downtown Austin, TX.

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The Mulia Gets Beachy

June 20, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

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Opened in February 2013, the ultra luxury resort The Mulia is an all-suite property located on the stunning Nusa Dua coastline. This boutique hotel, set on 30 hectares of gorgeous beachfront, epitomizes extravagance and opulence, combined with world-class hospitality. The personalized service includes individual Butlers, a meticulous attention to detail, and an unsurpassed sense of style and space. 

The Mulia's luxury accommodations truly exceed expectations for style, comfort, and service. Guest will find The Mulia to be a relaxing retreat with lavish amenities. The views of the Indian Ocean are unparalled, and the resort a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The natural beauty of the island can be enjoyed in the resort's public spaces as well as the accommodations. The interior and outdoor spaces intertwine effortlessly providing a grand view of the vast pool decorated with beautifully crafted Balinese statues. The tranquil infinity pool seamlessly flows to the beach and continues to the white sand beach providing a very warm and welcoming feeling.

A getaway to The Mulia is uniquely wonderful, private, and relaxing. Once guests relax on the white sand beach here, enjoying the sights and sounds of the gorgeous Indian Ocean and unspoiled Nusa Dua coastline, any other beach vacation spot will pale in comparison.

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New to Five Star Alliance: Taiwana

June 19, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Ideally situated on the treasured island of St Barthelemy, Taiwana is located at the edge of the pristine beach of Flamands. This boutique hotel features amazing accommodations with astonishing ocean views. While it is within close proximity to Gustavia, the hotel is known as the most secluded retreat on St Barth. Guests can effortlessly escape to all that Taiwana and the island has to offer. This intimate "Boheme chic" property features spacious rooms and suites with stunning ocean views.

Taiwana

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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.

 

 


Winvian Indulges the Inner Child

June 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Winvian

Winvian
 
is a former farm set amidst 113 acres of Connecticut countryside. It features 18 individually architecturally designed cottages, including the whimsical Treehouse. The 780 square foot hideaway is suspended 35 feet above the forest floor, and is sure to indulge every adult's inner child. 
 

The first floor bedroom has a king-sized bed, a gas fireplace, steam shower and Jacuzzi. The second floor lounge has a wood-burning fireplace, a queen-sized sleeper sofa, a full bar and grand, treetop views of the New England forest below.
 

Each five-star resort cottage has its full share of traditional and not-so-traditional indulgences: king-sized beds, a patio or screened porch, fabulous bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs and rainfall steam showers, fireplaces, state of the art BOSE stereo systems, flat screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, wet bars, Nespresso coffee, Harney & Sons Fine Tea, espresso – and anything else you desire is only a phone call away. 
 

Winvian features both all-inclusive and a la carte rates. 
 

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Contemporary Designs of The G Hotel Galway

June 18, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Michael Wurm of www.InspiredByCharm.com recently shared the photo below from the lobby of The G Hotel in Galway that we absolutely love.

Now THAT is a light fixture!


Image of the Day: Casa Angelina

June 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Casa Angelina is located in Praiano (from "praia," meaning beach), a small town located on the Amalfi Coast in Campania, between Amalfi and Positano. 

Casa Angelina

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It's a Privilege at Tower Club at Lebua

June 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Tower Club at lebua 
Tower Club at lebua is one of Bangkok's most luxurious 5-star hotels. Located just outside of the city's sightseeing, business, and shopping districts, Tower Club's proximity to the Chao Phraya River, BTS SkyTrain and expressway puts the entire city in reach. Located on the 51st through 59th floors, the 221 expansive suites offer extraordinary views, daily full breakfast, in-suite 12MB wired and wireless internet, non-alcoholic drinks, and luxury amenities by Acca Kappa.

Tower Club at lebua lounge

One of the VIP perks of staying with Tower Club at lebua is access to the intimate and sophisticated Tower Club Lounge, which is located on the 52nd floor. Exclusive and complimentary for Tower Club at lebua's guests, the Tower Club Lounge offers a panoramic view of the city's stunning skyline in a private setting. Tower Club Lounge guests enjoy wireless internet access, Continental buffet breakfast, light luncheons, high tea, snacks, canapes, and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day.

The Tower Club Lounge has a smart casual dress code, which applies to both children and adults. 

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Take a Walk with Loch Torridon

June 17, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Loch Torridon is set in 58 acres of parkland at the end of a magnificent sea loch, The Torridon has one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in the country. Explore some of the surrounding countryside by taking part in the fourth annual Torridon Walking Festival, which takes the weekend of October 11th – 13th, 2014.

Loch Torridon

The event takes in some of the North West Highlands finest Munros, including Torridon's famous three: Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Ben Alligin. A Munro is is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet. As well as climbing the big three, there are other classic Munros, including Maol Chean Dearg and Slioch, located in the area. The weekend kicks off with the ascent and the classic traverse of the famous Liathach ridge.
Loch Torridon

The high level walks are aimed at people that are used to the mountain environment and as such will have a reasonable level of fitness. The walks will be visiting wild places and will not necessarily follow footpaths. Conditions underfoot, coupled with the terrain; dictate that these walks are of a medium to strenuous nature. All activities involve a degree of physical input and as such any aches, pains weaknesses or concerns need to be advised to the guide at the start of the day and to The Torridon before the festival.

Low level walks will follow estate roads and footpaths with easy height gain but a reasonable level of fitness is still recommended. 

Bring your walking shoes! 

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