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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.

Did You Know? Banyan Tree Liajing

July 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Banyan Tree Liajing
The spa suites at Banyan Tree Liajing are two-story residences inspired by traditional Chinese courtyard style. 

The accommodations consist of an extensive living and dining area, with an attached pantry. The bedroom above offers a balcony, allowing for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Below the stairway, the spa treatment room is ideal for a pampering spa experience after a day of exploration and trekking. Enjoy an intimate dining experience under the stars in a private courtyard.Banyan Tree Liajing

Regarded as the Venice of the Orient with its dizzying array of water canals, quaint bridges and cobble-stoned streets, Lijiang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. 

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Pets Check-In at Derby Hotels

July 8, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Urban Hotel Madrid

Going on vacation this summer and want to bring your four-legged family members along? Consider Derby Hotels. The Derby Hotels Collection began in Barcelona in 1968 with the opening of Hotel Derby. Since then it has grown to include luxury hotels in Barcelona, Madrid, London, and Paris. Policies vary according to hotel, but animals of varying breed and sizes are welcome at the following Derby Hotels. 


Granados Hotel 83 - Barcelona, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.

Urban Hotel Madrid (pictured left)- Madrid, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.
 

Hotel Villa Real - Madrid, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.

Hotel Claris BarcelonaBarcelona, Spain
Small dogs allowed, except for in the bars and restaurants.

Banke Hotel - Paris, France 
Small pets are permitted, except for in the bars and restaurants.

 


Image of the Day: Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

July 7, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur

Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur's all day dining venue is Maya Brasserie. Diners can choose from an a la carte menu or buffet selection. The comfortable ambience is perfected with warm lighting and soothing instrumental music.

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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.
 


Dining al Fresco: MileNorth Hotel

July 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

MileNorth Hotel

Visit 52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge at MileNorth Hotel for a stunning view of the iconic Chicago skyline. Elevating 563 feet above sea level, 52EIGHTY Rooftop Lounge is an intimate and decidedly chic indoor/outdoor experience. Capping off the 29th floor and just steps away from the Magnificent Mile, the 52EIGHTY experience provides soaring skyline images of downtown Chicago on a new level. 

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Image of the Day: The BodyHoliday

July 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The BodyHoliday

The BodyHoliday is a unique combination of one of the world's most beautiful islands, an all inclusive resort that provides a truly luxurious and personal service, a Wellness Centre that provides a range of treatments that will leave you feeling alive and a range of activities that could keep you busy from dawn until dusk.

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Image of the Day: Grand Hotel Vesuvio

July 3, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Grand Hotel Vesuvio

The end of the 19th century saw an initiative by the Italian government to renovate the most deprived areas of Naples and to build a sea-front from scratch. Grand Hotel Vesuvio was constructed in 1882 by Belgian financier Oscar du Mesnil. Two years later, the hotel hosted Queen Victoria of Sweden and her personal doctor, Axel Munthe. In 1885 Guy de Maupassant stayed at the hotel. The hotel was destroyed during World War II, but was rebuilt by 1950, and two extra floors were added.

The first famous guest from the period was President Einaudi and his wife, followed by Prince Ranier of Monaco and Grace Kelly, King Gustav of Sweden, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn, Gina Lollobrigida, the Nobel prizewinner Rita Levi Montalcini and many others. During the G7 summit of 1993, the hotel hosted President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton. 

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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.

 


Did You Know? The Beverly Hills Hotel

July 2, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

The Beverly Hills Hotel



Legendary billionaire heir, Hollywood producer, and recluse Howard Hughes spent a good chunk of his life in a bungalow at The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Hughes famously became a recluse after an aviation accident that nearly killed him. In 1947, he spent four months in his private screening room, where he subsisted on a diet of chocolate, chicken, and milk. After he emerged, Hughes took up residence in Bungalow 4 at the legendary Pink Palace. He allegedly left his Cadillac outside and unused for so long that the tires went flat and plants began to grow in the car's interior. His wife and key staff members also took up residence in the hotel, albeit in different rooms. 

Hughes spent time living in other luxury hotels. In the early 1940s, he lived in the Sunset Tower Hotel. Hughes and his entourage occupied the entire top floor and the 14th floor as well. He also spent time at Eden Rock Hotel on St. Barth's. The luxury resort has a suite named after him. The Howard Hughes loft is situated on top of the iconic main house, and has three terraces and a stunning 360° view of the bay. The suite also has a King size bed, kitchenette, dining area, spacious living area, and 2 copper clad bathrooms. 

 


Special Dining Packages at Auberge du Soleil

July 1, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance

Auberge du Soleil
Opened in 1981, Auberge du Soleil is Napa Valley's first fine-dining establishment. gained recognition as one of the leading and best restaurants in Northern California. Under the direction of Executive Chef Robert Curry, the famed Napa Valley restaurant has earned back-to-back Michelin stars. Auberge has maintained its legacy as a culinary destination, where innovative menus inspired by the bounty of Napa Valley are paired with wine in ways that delight and inspire longtime devotees. Accompanying the fine cuisine is the inn, which opened in 1985.   
The luxury Napa resort  is currently featuring two dining packages for guests who want to stay and eat. 

Culinary Escapes Package:

Submit to the talents of Chef Robert Curry and his staff as you enjoy a specially prepared dinner and fine dining experience in the newly-designed restaurant.

Auberge du Soleil

This hotel package includes:
-One-night stay in a Garden Room
-In-room wine amenity
-Daily breakfast for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant
-Four-course dinner for Two with sparkling wine greeting
(additional alcoholic beverages not included)
-All taxes and gratuities (included in Restaurant and spa only)
-Available any night of the week (holidays excluded)

 

Taste of Napa Package

Auberge du Soleil invites resort guests to a feast of the senses with a quintessential Napa Valley experience. The Rutherford property offers wine tasting, award-winning cuisine, famous breathtaking views, pure relaxation in the Auberge Spa, and early morning balloon flights to view the rest of the valley.

This hotel package includes:
-Three-night stay in a Garden Room (upgraded guest rooms and rates also available)
-Dinner for two in the Michelin-starred Restaurant. Guests are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine and a selection of a four-course seasonal menu (excludes all additional beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Lunch for two at any of the three culinary venues: The Restaurant at Auberge, The Bistro & Bar or La Plage (excludes all beverages, tax and gratuity included)
-Daily breakfast for two in the Restaurant (excludes beverages and gratuity)
-Enjoy each of these Napa Valley activities for two:
-Early morning balloon flight (weather permitting)
Six-hour winery tour with a private car and driver (excludes tasting fees)
60-minute Auberge Massage for two in the Auberge Spa
All taxes and gratuities (included in our Restaurant and spa only)

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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