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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.

Cool Pools: Eden Roc at Cap Cana


By: Five Star Alliance

Redefining luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in the island, consists of 34 freestanding suites with private pools and stunning views. At the resort's Solaya Spa, the free-form swimmping pool is surrounded by lagoons and lush local flora. 

Eden Roc at Cap Cana 

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Special Five Star Alliance Rates in Italy


By: Five Star Alliance

Five Star Alliance has special offers travelers won't find anywhere else. Here's three of our newest Five Star Alliance Rates, all in Italy.

Palazzo Victoria is a stunning palace built at the beginning of the XIV° century.

The Five Star Alliance rate features:

-Full Buffet Breakfast
-Free Upgrade (subject to availability)
-Late Check-Out (subject to availability)
-Welcome Gift
-Free WiFi
-Welcome Aperitif

Palazzo Victoria


Hotel Il Salviatino is a stunning and perfectly hand restored 15th century villa that lies proudly on the hillside of Fiesole, with inspirational views of Florence.

The Five Star Alliance rate features:

-Full American Breakfast
-Free Upgrade (subject to availability)
-Late Check-Out (subject to availability)
-Complimentary WiFi
-Welcome Gift
-Welcome Aperitif

Hotel Il Salviatino

Palazzo Montemartini is a luxury hotel in central Rome, within walking distance from Termini Station, adjacent to the Baths of Diocletian, and near the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, designed by Michelangelo. 

The Five Star Alliance rate features:

-Welcome cocktail
-Late check-out, based on availability

Palazzo Montemartini

The rates are valid throughout 2015.

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: Westin Puntacana Resort and Club


By: Five Star Alliance

Westin Puntacana Resort and Club is located in the Playa Blanca area of the Puntacana Resort & Club, a spectacular 26-square-mile slice of paradise. The resort offers miles of powdery white sand beaches, two championship golf courses, a world class spa, endless water sports, and award-winning cuisine—all overlooking the magnificent Caribbean.

Westin Puntacana Resort and Club 

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10 Jobs at Luxury Hotels and Resorts That You Wish You Had


By: Five Star Alliance

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Resorts
Ready to give up the rat race for an exciting new career? Here are 10 awesome jobs that we found at luxury resorts. 

1-Marine Biologist at Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, (pictured left).Located on 17 acres of a former coconut plantation, the resort is a place where heavenly surroundings combine with an unsurpassed range of luxury hotel activities. With a full-time Marine Biologist on staff, the resrt is committed to treating guests to fascinating insights into the ecology of the marine world in Fiji. 

2-Camel's Milk Mixologist at Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. This kind of  mixologist does pretty much what his job title implies--mixes drinks with freshly muddled ingredients infused with locally-sourced camel milk, ranging from flavors such as sweet strawberry and refreshing mint. 

3-Wine Guru at the Anantara Group. Jirachai Sethisakko has been Anantara’s Group Wine Guru for five years. Ensuring that each guest’s wine experience is guided by the best of the best, June is responsible for training Anantara’s elite team of Wine Gurus. In addition to training, June manages the wine lists and overall wine experience set up at new resorts, so that guests can enjoy Anantara’s impeccable standards whichever destination they travel to.

4-Pool Concierge at Ritz Carlton South Beach. This expert on all local happenings strolls the pool deck (pictured right) between 9-5 to assist guests with reservations and information, offering sunglass polishing and a selection of magazines, presenting ever-changing culinary amenities make activity recommendations and proffer updates about special events in town that guests might enjoy.  ritz carlton south beach

5-Kids Concierge at The Athaneaum Hotel & Apartments. The luxury hotel is so child-friendly, they even have a Kids' Concierge. The Concierge gets in touch prior to check-in to arrange tickets to shows or events and to create an itinerary that is age and interest appropriate. Every whim, from food to movies to books, can be fulfilled by this concierge. 

6-Duck Wrangler at The Peabody Memphis. Be warned, this is not a position with many openings. This job was held by Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, from 1940-1991.  The wrangler oversees the duck's twice-daily march from their home in the Royal Duck Palace on the roof to the hotel lobby's marble fountain. 

7-Surfing Instructor at Turtle Bay ResortOahu’s North Shore is world famous for its surfing, and Turtle Bay Resort’s 5-mile stretch of breath-taking coastline offers a variety of surf breaks for every level, from absolute beginner to elite wave rider. Our local community is filled with surfing legends and contemporaries, and we draw upon their expertise daily to share their experience and knowledge with you. Group and semi-private lessons are available. Or hire your own professional surfer for a day and live the life as you tour famous breaks, find a few waves to yourself, and get personally introduced to the area with a top local guide.

Tower Club at lebua

8-Sleep Concierge at The Benjamin Hotel. Rebecca Robbins is a Cornell sleep medicine professor and the co-author of Sleep for Success, traveling internationally to give talks on the latest sleep research. Much of the Rest & Renew program’s content and resources are based on the studies and findings outlined in her book. Robbins is available for custom sleep consultations while overseeing the hotel’s Sleep Team.

9-Fragrance Butler at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Through this unique service, guests can borrow from a curated selection of the finest perfumes and colognes. When summoned the butler appears bearing a silver tray with ten fragrances from which the guest can choose. Each property hand-selects fragrance menus distinct to its location.

10-Bartender at Tower Club at lebua (pictured left). The hotel is home to The Dome at lebua, Bangkok's most coveted and certainly highest collection of restaurants and bars, with the famed Sirocco and Sky Bar, the inviting Distil lounge, the celebrated Asian restaurant Breeze, and Mezzaluna, the award-wining fine-dining mecca renowned for its innovative cuisine. Bartenders at the glowing rooftop bar have a birds-eye view of Bangkok. 

 


The Breakers Revels in Ocean Fitness


By: Five Star Alliance

The Breakers

Take in the beach while still keeping fit on your next vacation. 

Situated atop the resort’s Mediterranean-style Beach Club complex, the flagship of The Breakers fitness collection, the masterfully designed 6,000-square-foot Ocean Fitness facility includes an expansive terrace for outdoor workouts (including cycling and yoga classes) beyond its 10-foot-tall windows that showcase breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. This best-in-class, hotel fitness center features a network of advanced fitness solutions and equipment, an array of classes, and the expertise of professional instructors, personal trainers and a wellness coach to deliver a highly customized and energizing fitness experience.

Highlights of this modern facility include:

Functional workout and training equipment systems such as Life Fitness' Synrgy 360™Technogym’s Kinesis One and Artis Collection

High-tech treadmills including the self-propelled Woodway, indoor cycling equipment, arc trainers, upright and recumbent bikes, lateral ellipticals and water rowers

Multi-faceted strength training equipment and a mix of dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine and balance balls, and resistance bands

Weekly rotation of over 60 classes that incorporate core strength and conditioning programs

Ocean Fitness is open daily from 6am. to 9pm as a complimentary amenity to hotel guests 16 years of age and older. Teens 13 and older may participate in fitness classes, while family fitness classes are open to guests with children 12 and under. 

There's also other ways to get your workout on at this West Palm Beach resort:

Hotel Fitness Center
Located on the first floor of the main hotel, this facility is fully equipped with cardiovascular, weight training and strength equipment. 
The Breakers
Fitness Studio

Situated on the Southeast Mezzanine level of the hotel, the Fitness Studio is where guests may enjoy a variety of group classes taught by certified instructors.

Fitness Classes
A wide variety fitness activities designed to build aerobic capacity, flexibility, strength and endurance are on offer.

Get tan and fit at The Breakers >>


New to Five Star Alliance: Grand Miramar Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Miramar Resort and Spa is nestled in swanky Conchas Chinas, and features 112 suites that offer private space, magnificent views, and seductive sunsets from your own terrace. The best views of Puerto Vallarta and Bandera's Bay can be found at the Grand Miramar Puerto Vallarta Hotel, where you can enjoy the perfect combination between the mountains and the sea, the comfort and luxury designed especially to meet the most demanding tastes, and first class services to make your stay unforgettable. Whether your goal is romance, rest, or restoration, you'll find a quiet appropriate corner here.

Grand Miramar Resort and Spa

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Cool Pools: Hotel Le Toiny


By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Le Toiny is a 5-Star Relais & Chateaux luxury resort comprised of Villas Suites set in a tropical surrounding with ocean views of Toiny Bay, St. Barthelemy, FWI.

Hotel Le Toiny

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Your Questions Answered: Does The Umstead Hotel and Spa Have a Lake View Room for a Family of Three?


By: Betsy LeTourneau

The Umstead Hotel and SpaWe 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: We are a couple traveling together with our daughter, age 10 and looking for a room with 1 king bed and a rolloway – all with a lake view. Does the The Umstead Hotel and Spa offer that kind of accommodation?

ANSWER: The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC - five minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport - features 150 well-appointed guestrooms, including 27 suites. The Signature Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant - Herons - serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The Umstead Spa, a 14,000 square-foot spa features ten treatment rooms, mens and ladies relaxation lounges including sauna, steam, and whirlpool and a coed relaxation lounge and meditation garden. 

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
The Umstead Hotel and Spa was conceived and built with the muses of Art and Nature. These inspirations paired with impeccable, sincere service make for an exquisite hideaway that will comfort and rejuvenate. Everything – from the naturally landscaped grounds to the central Chihuly glass sculpture, the locally sourced cuisine to the botanically infused Umstead Spa products – is designed to stir the senses and inspire.

In every corner of the hotel and 12-acre grounds, there is something beautiful waiting to be discovered. The Umstead Hotel is more than a place to stay; it is a place to be changed for the better. Centrally located within the heart of the Triangle area The Umstead's location offers convenience, privacy and access to the region’s abundant corporate offices, universities, and cultural attractions in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
 

For Your Family's Needs, We Recommend:
Lake View Balcony-These beautifully appointed rooms range in size from 540 – 570 square feet and feature balconies with a stunning view of our pristine lake. Select your choice of one king-sized or two double-sized pillow-top beds. Rolloway is complimentary and based on availability.

Book a stay at The Umstead Hotel and Spa >>

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.

 

 


Dining al Fresco: San Montano Resort and Spa


By: Five Star Alliance

San Montano Resort and Spa, located on the Amalfi Coast, focuses on Mediterranean cuisine. It has an accent on time- honoured recipes from Naples and southern Italy revitalised with a contemporary twist by the brilliant Executive Chef Pasquale Di Iorio Special attention is put on the freshness of the food, which is immediately apparent in the mouth-watering selection of mozzarella, local vegetables, fish and meat. Guests can enjoy affording peerless vistas of the Amalfi Coast from the Buganvillea Restaurant, with an elegant indoor dining room and a stunning outdoor terraces, perfect for sunny days and warm evenings to create a magical atmosphere to fulfill the desire for a good and genuine cuisine.

San Montano Resort and Spa 

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Your Questions Answered: What is the Pet Policy for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?


By: Five Star Alliance

Omni La Costa Resort 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 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 for La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA?

ANSWER: From the moment you enter through the gates of the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, you are embraced by the picturesque beauty and leisurely charm of the coastal California lifestyle. Here within this quaint village setting, you'll discover an idyllic Southern California getaway. Nestled among 400 lush garden acres near the beach in Carlsbad, CA – but miles away from the pressures of the world – this delightful coastal California hotel is a haven of rejuvenation, comfort and escape where you can do it all or, if preferred, nothing at all.
While away the afternoon beneath the glow of warm Southern California sunshine in the spa courtyard. Steal a moment of quiet solitude curled up on a hammock in a garden alcove. Share a dance with that special someone underneath a moonlit spotlight. Walk in the footsteps of legends as you welcome the challenge of two championship golf courses. Create a lasting memory with your children as you navigate the waters of Splash Landing. Even excite and tantalize your palate with an abundance of culinary delights. Whatever it is that you desire, it can all be found in one place – Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

PET POLICY- Your dog is welcome at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with the following conditions:
• You will be charged a $50 non-refundable cleaning fee upon check-in. This is a basic cleaning of pet hair and odor. Additional charges for damages may be imposed.
• Your dog may not exceed 25 lbs.
• Omni La Costa will not allow any dangerous animals, animals perceived to be threatening, wild animals, or other unusual animals on property. Omni La Costa shall make the final determination of whether a specific dog will be permitted.
• If your dog barks, makes other noises or is otherwise a cause of complaints that would create a revenue loss or adjustments, you will be required to reimburse us.
• Omni La Costa also reserves the right to require you to remove your dog and we are not required to provide any warning or second chance for violation of this policy. The decision of Omni La Costa shall be final.
• You are responsible for cleaning up after your dog. If an accident does occur, please call Housekeeping so we can provide assistance and a quick clean up.
• Guests bringing a dog will be required to sign an "Acceptance of Responsibility for Damages Pet Policy Agreement Form" upon arrival.

Note: Guide dogs for the blind or otherwise disabled are exempt from the pet policy; there is no weight limit or pet fee.

Book a stay at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa >>

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.