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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.

The Arizona Biltmore - Then and Now

July 8, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

The Arizona Biltmore Resort in PhoenixBuilt as one of Phoenix's first resorts in 1929, the Arizona Biltmore was constructed in grand form by brothers Albert, Charles and Warren McArthur. Frank Lloyd Wright served as the consulting architect, and the Arizona Biltmore remains one of the only existing hotels in the world to benefit from his influence. The Arizona Biltmore has been an Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929 when it was crowned "The Jewel of the Desert."

In 1930, when the estimated $1 million construction cost doubled, Chicago chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., one of the original investors in the project, became the sole owner. Over the next 44 years, the Wrigley family owned and operated the Arizona Biltmore and it became world renowned as the preferred luxury oasis for celebrities, heads of state, captains of industry and other famous travelers.

Arizona Biltmore Hotel Pool DiverDid you know that the famed song composer Irving Berlin penned many tunes, including "White Christmas" while sitting poolside at the Arizona Biltmore? Or that the pool was first built by the Wrigleys in 1930 and was host to diving competitions as well as fashion shows? Marilyn Monroe called this her favorite pool. A Who's Who of rockers have vacationed at the Arizona Biltmore – Elton John, Eric Clapton, U2, Steely Dan, Neil Diamond and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. 

Today, the luxury hotel features 740 hotel guest accommodations; 78 one-and two-bedroom villas; eight swimming pools; seven tennis courts; a full-service resort spa, salon and fitness center; and five dining options across 39 acres. The adjacent Arizona Biltmore Country Club boasts two of the best 18-hole PGA golf courses in Phoenix: The Links and The Adobe.

The Arizona Biltmore offers 1.5 hour long History Tours three times per week - free to registered guests or $10 for the general public.

More archival photos available here: Arizona Biltmore Archive Photos

Learn more about the hotel and check rates and availability here: Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona


Did You Know? Inn at Pelican Bay

May 20, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

 
There are literally dozens of golf courses in Naples, FL. The Inn at Pelican Bay is just blocks from pristine Paradise Coast beaches, award-winning golf courses, and fabulous shopping opportunities, this hotel in Naples, FL provides a delightfully serene retreat.

The Inn at Pelican Bay 

 

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Tee It Up at Charleston Place

April 16, 2013
By: Five Star Alliance

Charleston PlaceCharleston, SC is a golfer's paradise.  According to Golf Magazine, Charleston is home to two of the "100 Greatest Golf Courses in the World." There are more  than 20 courses in the Charleston area to choose from; from the Rivertowne Country Club, which offers 13 holes along the Wando River and Horlbeck Creek to Charleston National, an 18 hole championship course designed by the renowned golf course architect Rees Jones,  to the Links at Stono Ferry, which  is a championship par 72 golf course located along the Intracoastal Waterway. Many golf architects have proclaimed their Charleston area courses as some of their best, including Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Pete Dye, Gary Player, Tom Fazio and Rees Jones.

Unlike some other golf destinations, Charleston is generally not crowded with golfers, which  results in a greater array of  tee times and golfers who can take their time hitting the links.  Morevoer, it's always a good time of year to play golf in the Charleston area, where average high temperatures range from 57°F to 89°F. The 94th PGA Championship was one of many tournaments played in Charleston, so you know the golfing is good.  

Kiawah Island Golf Resort The Ocean Course

 
 
Pictured: Charleston Place refers guests to The Ocean Course, part of Kiawah Island Golf Resort

 

 

So where to stay to take advantage of all this golf? May we suggest Charleston Place? Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, this luxurious hotel makes every guest feel part of this great Southern city. At Charleston Place, you can take advantage of all the city has to offer in addition to great golfing. Renowned as Charleston’s finest accommodations, it is a standard bearer of Orient-Express style. Leisure activities include relaxing by the rooftop pool, dining in the award-winning Charleston Grill and browsing the exclusive boutiques both at the hotel and in the shopping areas nearby. 

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Image of the Day: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

April 11, 2013
By: K. Clare Johnson

 

Nestled amongst 35 acres of tropical gardens, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is the sole destination resort on Natadola Beach - the only stretch of natural, white sand beach on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu.

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

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Your Questions Answered: Turks and Caicos Family Friendly Hotel

January 7, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

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’re planning a family vacation in February to Turks and Caicos. There will be 2 adults and 2 kids age 9 and 12. What hotel has rooms that can accommodate all 4 of us?

Answer: The Regent Grand Turks and Caicos has the following room type available that will accommodate your family of 4: 1520sq 2beds 2baths, Separate Kitchen, Lounge Dining Area, Wi-fi, Breakfast for 1225 USD per night plus 21% tax. At the time of booking, a deposit of 3 nights plus tax will be taken. The cancellation policy states that it must be received 21 days prior to arrival for a deposit refund. To reserve this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. Please add 'traveling with 2 kids ages 9 and 12' in the Special Requests field so the hotel can properly prepare for your arrival. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.

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12 Days of Hotels: The 2 Best Gold Resorts

January 4, 2013
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today’s feature is 2 of the World’s Best Golf Resorts!

1. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Tee off at 2 18-hole champion Tom Fazio designed golf courses.

2. Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Play the Five championship courses including the world-famous Ocean Course.


12 Days of Hotels: 6 Best Irish Castle Hotels

December 31, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

Instead of 12 Days of Christmas, Five Star Alliance is having its own countdown featuring 12 Days of Hotels! We unfortunately don’t have a song to go along with our countdown, but we will be featuring a variety of categories. Today we’re featuring the 6 Best Irish Castle Hotels!

1. Adare Manor Hotel And Golf Resort

The Manor House offers 62 elegantly decorated bedrooms, Fine Dining Oak Room Restaurant offering the finest produce from Ireland, Cocktail Bar, Late Night Tack Room Bar where many a sing song can be heard nightly orchestrated by our Resident Pianist and Singer.

2. Dromoland Castle Hotel

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland.

3. Waterford Castle

One of the most acclaimed castle hotels in Ireland, Waterford Castle has welcomed and charmed the most discerning travellers for decades. The castle is a legendary luxurious retreat of world class standing, offering superb castle accommodation.

4. Solis Lough Eske Castle

Here, at the water's edge of Lough Eske, near the fabled Blue Stack Mountains, you escape into a luxurious world of relaxed elegance and attentive service.

5. Ashford Castle

Originally built as a crenellated castle in the 13th century and rebuilt as a hunting and fishing lodge in the 1800s, today Ashford Castle is one of the finest and most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland.

6. The Lodge at Doonbeg

With every small detail carefully considered, the standard of accommodation at Doonbeg is unprecedented, offering a distinct departure from generic hotel offerings and raising a new benchmark for the discerning guest.


The Top 30 Hotels in 2012: #8 Don CeSar Beach Resort

December 24, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

In the last month of 2012, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 30 Luxury Hotels and Resorts worldwide, as decided by you, our luxury travelers! Be sure to check in with us daily to keep up with our countdown and explore a few of the absolute best and most luxurious hotels in the world for your future travels!

Coming in the #8 spot is the Don CeSar Beach Resort which is a beach front resort that’s located on the island of St. Pete Beach in Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. Here are a few fun facts about this luxury hotel:

- Features 277 newly renovated guestrooms including 2 penthouses and 40 suites

- Seven-and-a-half miles of beaches

- Two beachside pools

- Kids program with counselors overseeing the activities, allowing parents to rejuvenate at the Pink Palace

- After the sun goes down, romantic lighting sets the ambiance for the new whirlpool accented with a mosaic of tiffany glass, and surrounded by a lush garden and overlooking the Gulf shores

- Famous for their ocean front sunset couples massages in tiki huts on the beach

- 6,349-yard (5,777 m) golf course features narrow, palm-lined fairways, tightly manicured greens and Gulf breezes

Explore photos, availability, and rates at Don CeSar Beach Resort here >>

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Your Questions Answered: Availability and Rates at Abama Golf and Spa Resort

October 16, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

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 need two rooms, and we'd like to stay at the Abama Golf and Spa Resort from January 30th - February 6th in an Ocean View room. What is available and at what rates?

Answer: The Abama Golf and Spa Resort – Guia de Isora, Spain has availability from January 30th - February 6th, and its Deluxe Rooms with an Ocean View are currently 335 Euros per night. To make a reservation for this room type, simply visit this website, enter your dates of travel, select the room type, and fill in the booking form. To make a second room reservation simply repeat the process. Please be advised that rates and availability are subject to change prior to making a reservation.


Fun Fact Friday! New Rosewood Hotel Coming to Thailand

September 28, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky

 Rosewood Hotels has recently announced that it plans to open a luxury property in Phuket in 2014! We’ve come to expect nothing short of greatness from Rosewood, and we look forward to tracking this new hotel’s developments!

Other Rosewood properties include the Carlyle in New York City, the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Rosewood Tucker's Point in Bermuda, and more!

Photo of Rosewood Tucker's Point