September 28, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
On the fourth-floor terrace overlooking the Corniche and the Mediterranean, the large circular infinity pool at Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano offers a calming escape from Alexandria's active city life. Take a leisurely dip or simply lounge on the expansive pool deck with a cool drink. The attentive staff is there to ensure your comfort with refreshing spritzes and chilled towels. A whirlpool is located next to the main pool, with a children's pool positioned nearby for the little ones to get cool and be entertained.
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September 28, 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 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 looking to stay in the Northwest. What resort offers the best accommodations for our family that offers a number of activaties and wine tastings?
ANSWER: The Allison Inn and Spa Hotel blends so naturally into the lush beauty of Oregon Wine Country's Willamette Valley, it's as if its always been here. There are 85 luxury guestrooms and suites with gas fireplaces, a signature restaurant featuring Oregon Wine Country cuisine, a pampering spa with 12 treatment rooms, a fitness studio, and a swimming pool. The Allisons immaculate grounds on 35 acres beckon guests with fragrantly elegant gardens and pathways connecting to the hotel's vineyards and picnic area. The hotel offers a showcase for local artists, wine cellar, wine seminars, and tastings.
Guest Rooms are quietly luxurious and thoughtfully appointed with custom built-in closets, upholstered window seats, and king beds. Oversized windows let sunlight in and provide vistas of the vineyards and countryside. All rooms feature a gas fireplace, wet bar, original artwork, and custom crafted furnishings, while a complimentary welcome snack basket, luxurious robes, and slippers make guests feel at home. Cabinets contain an ironing board, iron, and full-length mirror. Bose sound systems, Wi-Fi, and movies on demand provide in-room entertainment and connectivity. Spacious spa-like bathroom with five fixture baths, double vanities, and a sliding panel provide a glimpse of the fireplace and outdoor landscapes from the soaking tub.
Larger families should consider booking the Grand Two Bedroom Suite. Located on Penthouse Level, the 575 square foot suite includes a spacious living room with fireplace, two bedrooms with private baths. reception foyer, butler's pantry, powder room, dining table for six, gas fireplace in master bedroom, large balcony with dining table and chairs, bay window seat, six foot soaking tub, dual vanities, and filtered water.
Nearby Activites Include:
-Wine & Olive Oil Tasting
-Equestrian rides to wineries
-Hot Air Balloon Rides
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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
Wellington Hotel was opened in 1952. It was the brainchild of businessman Baltasar Iban Valdes. Valdes was also the founder of the bullfighting breed that carries his name. During the 1950’s, Curro Romero, a promising matador apprentice, established his residency at the Hotel.Ever since, the hotel has been a second home for bullfighters. Bullfighters such as Paco Camino, Jaime Ostos, Rafael de Paula, Manuel Benitez "El Cordobés,", El Niño de la Capea, Manuel Caballero, Finito de Córdoba, Ortega Cano, Cesar Rincón, Luis Francisco Esplá, Espartaco, Francisco Rivera Ordóñez, Dávila Miura, "El Cid", Sebastián Castella and the Alejandro Talavante are just some of the bullfighters who have stayed at Hotel Wellington. Bullfighters aren’t the only celebrities of this art that grace the halls. Rejoneadores (bullfighters who fight riding a horse) along with bullfighting businessmen, cattle-raisers, and bullfighting journalists are also regular guests. The bull of Baltasar Ibán’s livestock that, after being killed in Alicante by Paco Camino, was even stuffed and displayed at the hotel .
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Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas and Spa offers poolside spa treatments.
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Dating back to 1883, La Tremoille was transformed from a private residence into a hotel in 1925. La Tremoille took its name of Louis II de La Tremoille, a statesman during the reign of Francois I. Today, La Tremoille luxury spa hotel in Paris pays tribute to this past by providing top-of-the-range contemporary services. Body care can be administered in guest rooms, or in delightful cabins integrated into the hotel spa. The spa has dubbed its treatments as "The Well-Being Stopover."
The spa includes a fitness room, sauna and jet shower; access is free of charge for hotel guests. Unwind in the sauna and let its virtues relax your body and mind. The jet shower also brings unrivalled relaxation.
For total repose, guests can take advantage of therange of body and facial care treatments by Carita. La Tremoille's spa has joined forces with Carita's Haute Beauté brand to offer guests effective, top-of-the-range beauty treatment. Body care and modeling services are available to both men and women and are sure to bring relaxation and well-being.
Treatment Options Include:
-Facial treatments: whatever your skin type, enjoy beauty treatments adapted to your face bringing suppleness, freshness, and lightness and a perfect complexion.
-Beauty care: foot and hand beauty treatments, manicure, depilation, eye care, make-up, hairstyling, and more.
-Body care: exfoliation, foot and head reflexology, leg massage, and more.
-Care promoting well-being: modeling with essential oils, ayurvedic massage, hot stone massage, and more.
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Gansevoort Turks and Caicos offers guests the of snorkel equipment, beach volleyball equipment, kayaks, paddle boards, and Hobie cats. Or, simply lounge on one of the beach beds.
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September 25, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Gild Hall A Thompson Hotel brings the unexpected feel of an Aspen country house in the heart of New York City's Financial District.
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Evian Royal Resort enjoys a stunning location in Evian-les-Bains, on the French bank of Lake Geneva. The hotel, which was built in 1905, has been undergoing a major renovation that updates the hotel without comprimising any of the resort's history or heritage.
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One place you may not expect to find Bulgari is Bali. But the luxury retailer has a gorgeous property in the tropical paradise. Based in Rome, since 1884 Bulgari has been creating renowned fine jewelry. Today it is a global and diversified luxury brand with a product and services portfolio of jewels, watches, accessories, fragrances, hotels and resorts featuring exceptional quality, an innovative style and impeccable service.
The Bulgari Boutique, located at Bulgari Resort Bali, is the only Bulgari shop in Bali, with its jewels and accessories, whilst the Art & Craft Store is a treasure that awaits guests in an inspiring place where the art of shopping meets a unique collection of Balinese fabrics. Among the richness of the island's traditions, The Resort features the understated and elegant collections from BIASA whose sophisticated 'resort wear' showcases hand woven and stitched material with hand crafted details by local artisans.
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September 23, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla's executive chef Jason Knibb was recently named San Diego's "Chef of the Year" by the California Restaurant Association. The historic luxury hotel's NINE-TEN restaurant was also awarded "Best Hotel Restaurant/Fine Dining." Both awards were presented at the 30th annual Gold Medallion Awards dinner.
Knibb joined the staff of the Grande Colonial more than ten years ago. A self-trained chef, he discovered a love of cooking when he was a 17 year old busboy at a local restaurant. He trained under some of the country's finest chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Roy Yamaguchi, and Hans Rockenwagner.
A recognized name in culinary circles across the country and universally acknowledged to be among the top chefs in Southern California for his consistently exquisite food and artistic presentations, Jason has amassed many awards and accolades for his style and cuisine. Most notably: Zagat Survey® Food Score of 26 (extraordinary to perfection); Zagat Top 10 Restaurants in San Diego; and a 2010 Rising Star Chef Winner/StarChefs. In November of 2011, he was also a contender on the Food Network’s Iron Chef, battling Bobby Flay in a seafood showdown, marking yet another significant milestone in his culinary career.
Situated in the seaside village of La Jolla, just 15 minutes from San Diego, the Grande Colonial offers classic European styling in the intimate setting of a boutique hotel. Commanding views of the coastline, this Centurion hotel is steps from miles of beaches and world-class shopping, dining & entertainment. Its award-winning NINE-TEN Restaurant offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. Diners enjoy the best of the harvest from local farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s evolving California cuisine.
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